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Charlie G. Guinn

February 11, 1943 September 7, 2019
Charlie G. Guinn
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Charlie G. Guinn, 76, died on September 7, 2019. He was born February 11, 1943 to Herman and Gladys (Spinks) Guinn. He married Susan Knedler, the love of his life and life partner. Charlie is also survived by children: Robin (Mike) Groene, Grady (Tammy) Guinn; sister, Cathy (Merrill) Blaser; grandchildren: Erica, Brett, Christopher, Beth and Melissa; and the 609 people who have been employees of Hi-Heat Industries.            

He started working at the age of 6 delivering newspapers in Selma, Alabama. He continued his work experience at the fruit market under the tutelage of a customer service pro.  

Charlie began his life career path working in production at Watlow Electric, a manufacturer of electrical components. In the late 70s Charlie was one of the founders of Heatron, a manufacturer of electrical heating elements.  

At the request of a previous customer, Tom Wedbush (life-long friend), Charlie founded Hi-Heat Industries, January 1981 in Kansas City. In 1990, the company relocated to Lewistown, Montana to a small building on First Avenue North. Hi-Heat grew and blossomed; today Hi-Heat is located in a modern factory and employs 61 people.  

Hi-Heat Industries’ employees, the community of Lewistown, Susan, and his cats, not necessarily in that order, were the center of his life. 

Charlie was a member of Rotary, the City-County Planning Board, and the Outlook Club. He and Susan became active supporters of the Lewistown Swimming Pool, the Central Montana Medical Center, community school groups, and 4-H clubs. Charlie believed in buying locally and supporting the community.  

One of Charlie’s goals was to generate on-going, sustainable growth for the company in order to have a healthy business now and long after he and Susan have retired. Through the study of business theories and practices, they discovered the Theory of Constraints (TOC), which is a process improvement methodology, which Hi-Heat began implementing in late 2004.  

Charlie wore his attitude pin daily; his philosophy was, “Get up on the right side, keep your attitude right side up.” 

Viewing will be held at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with family receiving guests from 5:00 to 7:00. Funeral Services will be held at the Fergus Performing Arts Center at the high school on Thursday, September, 12th, at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be Friday, September 13th, 2:30 p.m. at the Geraldine Cemetery.  Memorial donations are requested to CMMC Hospice, Fergus/Petroleum County 4-H, or donor's choice. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Charlie’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuenralhome.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

11

Sep

3:00 PM 9/11/2019 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/11/2019 7:00:00 PM
Creel Funeral Home

601 West Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457

Charlie's family will receive guests from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Creel Funeral Home
601 West Main Street Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Service

Thursday

12

Sep

7:00 PM 9/12/2019 7:00:00 PM
Fergus High School

1001 Casino Creek Dr.
Lewistown, MT 59457

Fergus High School
1001 Casino Creek Dr. Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Graveside

Friday

13

Sep

2:30 PM 9/13/2019 2:30:00 PM
Geraldine Cemetery

Lazy Bell Rd.
Off Hwy 80
Geraldine, MT 59446

Geraldine Cemetery
Lazy Bell Rd. Geraldine 59446 MT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Geraldine Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lazy Bell Rd.
Off Hwy 80
Geraldine, MT 59446

Lazy Bell Rd. Geraldine 59446 MT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Fergus/Petroleum County 4-H Leaders

712 W. Main
Lewistown, MT 59457

Donor's Choice

Central Montana Medical Center Home Health/Hospice

408 Wendell Ave.
Lewistown, MT 59457
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