Charles James Squires


April 16, 1928 - January 5, 2016


Charles James Squires was born April 16 1928 in Enosburg, VT to Charles James and Mildred (Wells) Squires. Charlie grew up in a family of musicians and loved to play guitar and the fiddle. He was a boxer for the Vermont Golden Gloves and turned professional middle weight in 1948 until 1951.  He served in the US Army and Merchant Marines during WWII. On May 8, 1971 he married Donna Ponusky in Hollis, NH. He was sales supervisor for Cumberland Farms for 24 years and then was owner operator of C J’s Lake Street Market in St. Albans, VT until 1989. He also worked with the St. Albans Fire Department for 5 years.  In 1995 they moved to Alexandria, SD and then to Emery in 2003.  He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery.  He was a volunteer DAV driver and the American Red Cross and the Veterans Health Center.

He is survived by his wife Donna Squires, Emery, four sons: Timothy Squires, Scotland, SD, Shawn Squires, Coco, FL, John Brainard, East Newport, ME and James Brainard, Viera, FL, three daughters: Kathleen Evans, St. Albans, VT, Carolyn Palano, Ware, MA and Colleen Ridgway, Tyndall, SD, fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Captain J.J. Brainard, a brother, Lawrence and a sister, Barbara Pelkey.



Friday, January 8, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Emery, South Dakota


Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:00 AM
Saint Martin Catholic Church
Emery, South Dakota


Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

Posted by Andy Squires on January 9, 2016
RIP Uncle Charlie.
Posted by Suzanne Corey-Trombley on January 8, 2016
Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever. With heartfelt sympathy,

Sending a gentle hug your way, to comfort you, and to let you know that you're on my mind and in my heart today and always. With heartfelt condolences,
Posted by Debbie Blouin on January 7, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. Enjoy being with loved ones, sharing memories. Take care and Kathy and family return home safely. ♥
Posted by Pat and Maurice Pigeon on January 7, 2016
We are very for your loss. We are some of Kathy's friends from Vermont. May your family enjoy gathering and reminiscing about your Husband, Dad and Grandpa. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by carolyn on January 7, 2016
Dad, I am very grateful for the time I had with you even if for just a little while, I'm happy you got to spend time with my children and got to meet your grandson Anthony, that was a very good day! Remember what I said? Save me a spot DAD. Love You
Posted by Sandra Swaney on January 6, 2016
He will be missed. Welcomed everyone with kindness.
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