Remembering Chuck Guschewsky, Long-Time Friend and Board Member of Wyoming Catholic College
The Wyoming Catholic College community was saddened to learn of the passing of local businessman and long-time College friend, supporter, and board member Chuck Guschewsky this past weekend. As fellow Landerite (and fellow WCC board-member) Bill Sniffin wrote on Monday, “Chuck was one of Wyoming’s most forward-thinking business leaders,” building Fremont Motors into “Wyoming’s most wide-ranging car dealer network. His business expertise and leadership were amazing.”
After graduating from college with a business degree, he returned to Lander and joined his father and uncle in the automobile business. As the President and CEO of the Fremont Motors Companies of Wyoming and Nebraska, Chuck grew a single point business with 17 employees into the state’s largest auto dealer. Now in its 83rd year of business, it boasts 550 employees and 12 dealerships, a transportation company, a reconditioning company and a management company.
Chuck and his wife Cathy were early supporters of the College ever since Father Bob Cook met with them and explained the mission of the College, and both played an instrumental role in the Cornerstone Committee that helped the College select Lander as its founding destination. They have continued to support the College since it opened its doors in 2007, and Chuck was a key voice in the recent decision to purchase additional Main Street properties and to pursue a permanent campus in Downtown Lander. “I’m excited about the College’s plans,” he would say. “The proposed campus will be great for our students, but might turn out be even better for the town of Lander.”
He served on manufacturer advertising boards and on automobile dealer councils, was recognized on the cover of Dealer Magazine, was written about in Automotive News and received multiple awards for excellence in the industry. He was the founding member of the Lander Ambassadors, was the youngest President of the Lander One Shot Antelope Hunt Club and served as President of the Water for Wildlife Foundation. An avid pilot who earned his license when he was 19 in an aerobatic decathlon, Chuck flew numerous aircraft including a Beech Duke, a King Air and a TBM. Chuck and Cathy were married for 42 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Please keep Chuck and the Guschewsky family in your prayers during this sorrowful time.