Kenneth Elling “Ken” Esterby, took his last ride on March 13, 2017.
Ken was born on June 28, 1934 in Straubville, ND. to WW and Adeline Esterby. He was the second of five children joining the family after his sister Francis, and before his sister Arlene, brother Walt and sister Grace. At the age of 2 the family moved to Charlo, Montana. When he decided he had had enough with learning at school, he moved to Helmville, Montana and worked various jobs on ranches, rodeoed and raised a little hell with his lifelong friend Glen Mininger. It was while he was working in Helmville that he met his loving wife to be, Edna. On July 8th, 1956 the couple was married and had 60 years, or as he would say “60 plus 5 or 6 years” to love, laugh and live life together. After they were married, Ken joined the Army where he served for two years. Ken and Edna welcomed their first little girl, Judy into the world.
After being discharged from the Army, they moved to Osborne, Idaho where Ken worked in the Sunshine Mine. While in Idaho, they welcomed their second daughter Joyce and their son Richard. Not long after, Ken and Edna moved back to the hill in Charlo, where Ken would take over the ranch and continue his rodeo dreams. He was quite the roper, and won many buckles and a few bucks as well. It is on this hill that they built their life together.
Through the rodeo road and life travels, Ken met many people whom he cherished and called great friends. There isn't a place he would go that he wouldn't know someone. There wasn't much he didn't know about how to run a ranch, and if you tried to tell him how to do something, you for sure wouldn't be leaving without him having the last word.
Ken had many pride and joys, but His wife Edna was his happiest joy in his life. If you knew him at all you'd know that his three grandchildren Rebecca, Rhondell, Royelle, were some of the most special people in his life. And then came the great-grandchildren, Payton, Keeley, Cooper, Easton and Bryce. He was boastful and filled with so much pride whenever they would come up in conversation. He always made sure he would have a cleared knee for them to sit on and a sucker in his pocket.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Adeline Esterby, his two sisters Francis and Arlene, and his daughter Judy. He is survived by his wife Edna, brother; Walt Esterby, Sister; Grace Hiatt, daughter; Joyce Esterby, Son; Richard Esterby(RaeCille), Granddaughters; Rebecca Stipe (Charlie), Rhondell Volinkaty (Josh), and Royelle Esterby.
Ken wasn’t fond of the idea of his own funeral, so instead there will be a Party in his honor on Thursday, March 16th at 4pm at the Charlo Senior Citizens Center.