Kirk C. Chadwick, 69 of Emigrant, Montana died peacefully on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at home with his wife Susi at his side, following an 11-year battle with prostate/bone cancer.
Kirk was born in Afton, Wyoming on January 25, 1949 to Kaestle and Ann Clark Chadwick. In his younger years he grew up on the family's "Eagle Rock Ranch" in Bedford, Wyoming. He later moved to Salt Lake City with his family where he finished school and graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1967. Kirk served our country in the Military for four years in the Marine Corp., and then became a father to Ronald Chadwick.
Kirk later moved back to Jackson, Wyoming where he managed a dude ranch and managed the Cowboy Bar for a few years. In the late 80's he moved to Emigrant, Montana where his life started to change from "swimming against the current" to "swimming with the current". This is when he began his almost 30-year career with Bears Den Outfitters as a hunting guide and ranching. In 1993 Susi Laird came into his life, they married in 1995. Kirk also invested his talents into his new business of construction, "Paradise Builders" where he built many homes and barns in the valley from 1998-2013. All the while, taking time off for hunting season to guide elk, deer and antelope. Kirk met Dan on a Bears Den guided hunt in 1988, we all became friends and the Taranto's had Kirk build their home in 1998. In 2013 Dan contracted Kirk to construct a shop and greenhouses for a new business, "D&D West Greenhouses", in Paradise Valley. Kirk's wife Susi and son Jody managed the business. Kirk returned to Bears Den Outfitters Ranch to help in the operations of the ranch full time, until he retired in June of 2018.
Kirk enjoyed hunting in Montana and Wyoming, horn hunting in the springtime, back-country horseback riding and camp trips with his family and grandchildren, or taking weekend road trips on his Harley through all the back roads of Montana and Wyoming. At home he had a special talent for being a craftsman in his workshop, where he built many family heirlooms.
Kirk is survived by: His wife, Susi Chadwick; brother, Kim Chadwick of Bedford, Wyoming; sister-in-law, LaVonne (Brian) Holland; brother-in-law, Randi Volskey; daughter, Rochelle (Joe) Buck. Grandchildren: Kaitlyn (Lync) Neild, Garrett (Attisyn) Chadwick, Dylan, Taylore, Shayla, Griffin, Jackson, Jason. Great-grandchildren: Korben, Kamry, Quoi and Kepler. A large family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Preceded by: parents, Kaestle and Ann Chadwick; step-father, Fred Sorenson; brother, Brent Chadwick; son, Ronald Chadwick, and son, Jody Laird.
Family Memorial and Burial will take place in the summer of 2019 in Bedford, Wyoming.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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