Charles Patrick Burnell

Dec. 13, 1950 – Sept. 4, 2021

Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Patrick Burnell, 70-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 1 until 9 p.m. Wednesday with the rosary at 6 p.m. at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo. Interment will be at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis, Wyoming, with graveside services at 2 p.m. Friday. Donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Burnell was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, on Dec. 13, 1950, to James and Barbara Burnell. He was the oldest of six children. Following a divorce, James married Donna Patterson (Skinner), who raised all six children and was their mom. Charles went to school and graduated from Riverton, Wyoming, with the class of 1969. Following graduation, he enlisted with the Navy and was stationed in Delaware as a Naval Corpsman. When he returned from the Navy he worked in the oil fields of Wyoming, before attending college to receive a certificate in medical technology. In 1991 he married Linda Parker in Tonapah, Nevada. To this union Mary Elizabeth Burnell was born in Pasco, Washington on Jan. 26, 1994. After returning to Tonapah, he was the manager of the medical lab at the hospital there. After retiring from the medical lab, he became a drug and alcohol counselor for New Frontier Rehabilitation in Fallon, Nevada. In 2002 the Burnell family moved to Reno, Nevada. There he continued to pursue a computer science/web design degree at UNR. He was instrumental in helping others with their sobriety by being a mentor and guiding AA meetings. Around 2009 Charles moved back to Wyoming, settling in Buffalo. He worked for and greatly enjoyed the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns. 

Charles loved technology, computers and great literature. He enjoyed spending his free time listening to rock and roll, and when younger he loved fishing in the Wind River Range and the Bighorns. Politics was a passion, and he loved a lively debate about current events. Charles was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, and he greatly enjoyed his friendship with Father Pete. No matter where he lived, Charles was always a devout Catholic.

Charles leaves behind his wife, Linda Burnell; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Burnell and her fiancé Gerardo “Gerald” Hernandez Martinez all of Reno, Nevada; brother, Steve Burnell (Eva Henry) of Thornton, Colorado; sisters, Reverend Lin Davenport of Gillette, Wyoming, and Julie (Jim) Enis of Thermopolis, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers James Douglas and CR Burnell.