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    October 29, 2020
  • Local 44 remembers Our Brothers and Sisters who have passed away.

    Erick "Del" Delmar Erickson March 24, 1943 - April 19, 2019
    Oct 03, 2019
    Erick "Del" Delmar Erickson, 76, of Stockett, woke up in heaven on Friday, April 19, 2019. Born on March 24, 1943 in Great Falls to Erick Clarence and Thelma Johnson Erickson, Del was raised in Stockett, graduating from Centerville High School in 1961.
    Michael G. O'Connor July 30, 1946 - March 25, 2019
    Oct 03, 2019
    FORT BENTON - Michael G. O'Connor reunited with his loving wife on March 25, 2019. Mike was born in Great Falls, Montana on July 30, 1946 to Loren "Larry" O'Connor and Helen (Larson) O'Connor. He grew up and attended elementary and high school in Nashua, Montana.
    Jack L. Waugh June 4, 1930 - March 10, 2019
    Oct 03, 2019
    Jack L. Waugh, 88, June 4, 1930 - March 10, 2019 Please join the family of Jack L. Waugh in a celebration in honor of his life. A memorial service and interment of Jack's Ashes will be held at the Missoula City Cemetery Chapel, 2000 Cemetery Road, Missoula, Montana at 1 p.m. on Jack's Birthday, June 4, 2019.
    Jerry Alvin Eenhuis June 19, 1942 - March 9, 2019
    Oct 03, 2019
    Jerry Alvin Eenhuis, 76, of Billings, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was born on June 19, 1942, in Garner, Iowa, a son of Helen and Bud Eenhuis. Jerry attended and graduated from school in Forest City, Iowa. He began a career as a utility lineman in Colorado. Jerry married Judy Dahl in 1962 and they had 3 children before their divorce.
    Brian Clifton November 23, 1957 - January 15, 2019
    Oct 03, 2019
    Jeffery "Brian" Clifton 61, Born November 23, 1957 of Lubbock died January 15, 2019. Services will be 2 PM on January 19, 2019 at Joyful Noise Christian Fellowship 5218 18th St, Lubbock, TX.
    Homer Ray Taylor July 7, 1943 - December 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Homer Ray Taylor July 7, 1943 - December 2018 Initated October 14- 1965 to IBEW local 759, also a member of IBEW Local 532 before joining IBEW 44 in 1984 where he started working for the Montana Power Company until 2004 retiring from NorthWestern Energy.
    Scott McKnight June 12th, 1980 - December 6, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Mr. Scott McKnight passed away at his home in Opportunity, MT on December 6, 2018, surrounded by and cared for by his loving family. Scott was born in Bozeman, MT on June 12th, 1980 to Geoff and Peg (Purvis) McKnight. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1999.
    William Harold Thomas March 14, 1928 - November 27, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    William Harold Thomas, 90, passed away at Peace Hospice on November 27, 2018. Bill was a proud native and lifelong resident of Great Falls. He was born March 14, 1928, in Great Falls, MT, one of three children to Harold T. and Helen L. Thomas.
    Steven Ray Frank June 21, 1956 - November 26, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Steven “Steve” Ray Frank, 62, of Great Falls and a retired lineman of 32 years, passed away in his home Monday, November 26th, 2018. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00 pm at Hillcrest Lawn Chapel and a reception will follow at 4:00 pm at The Do Bar. Steve was born in Great Falls on June 21, 1956.
    David "Dave" Pippin August 11, 1946 - November 17, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    David “Dave” Pippin passed away on November 17, 2018. A memorial service will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at O’Connor Memorial Chapel. O’Connor Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Dave was born on August 11, 1946 in Billings, MT to Dutch and Marie Pippin. He graduated from Billings High School and entered the Marine Corps.
    Brother Ryan Renner July 21, 1978 - October 13, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Ryan “Ry” Andrew Renner was born on July 21, 1978 in Richland, Washington to Jim and Jean Renner. Ryan lost his life at the age of 40 in an UTV accident near the Elkhorn Mountains on October 13, 2018. Ryan went to school in Richland Washington and graduated from Richland High School in 1997.
    Brother Rodney Stevens
    Oct 03, 2019
     Rodney Phillip Stevens, 81, of Great Falls passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Per his request, no services are being held. His ashes will be buried in Fairfield Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Rodney was born on February 21, 1937 in Williamstown, Vermont to George and Addie (West) Stevens.
    James Novak Oct. 21, 1942-Aug. 28, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Jim Novak went to heaven to be with his loving wife he so dearly missed. Jim was born James Francis Novak on Oct. 21, 1942 to Francis and Beth Novak. Jim was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota where he was educated. Upon graduating high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served honorably as a ranger and was very proud to be a paratrooper.
    James Edward Sparing Jr February 1, 1950 - July 23, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Jim Sparing went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 23rd , 2018. He passed away unexpectedly of natural causes. Jim was born in Helena on February 1st, 1950 with a penchant for adventure and a zest for life that could be matched by no other. He was born at St. Peters Hospital to James Edward and Deloris (Green) Sparing.
    Vincent Leo Koefelda July 16, 1927 - April 28, 2018
    Oct 03, 2019
    Vincent Leo Koefelda passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018.  He was born in Great Falls to Frank and Ruth Koefelda on July 16, 1927.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving in the South Pacific as a Navy Sea Bee.  He worked for Montana Power Company until his retirement in 1988.
    Ted Jorgenson
    Oct 03, 2019
    Ted Jorgenson, a retired member who passed away on February 19, 2018.  Brother Jorgenson joined the IBEW in October 1962 and was a Journeyman Lineman.
    William Charles "Bill" ABT Jr.
    Oct 03, 2019
    William "Bill" Charles Abt, Jr. was born in Helena, MT on May 10, 1943 to William and Evelyn (Hedican) Abt. He lived a full life and passed away with his family by his side on February 4, 2018.
    Stephen James Wilcox
    Oct 03, 2019
    Our beloved father, Stephen James Wilcox, found his final peace on November 28th, 2017, after a long, hard-fought battle with Carcinoid Cancer.             Steve was born on August 30, 1954 to Jim and Shirley Wilcox in Missoula, MT.
    James Umber
    Oct 03, 2019
    Local 44 mourns the loss of James Umber, a retired member who passed away on November 10, 2017.
    Lars Olesen
    Oct 03, 2019
    Local 44 mourns the loss of retired Brother Lars Olesen who passed away on October 30, 2017.  Lars joined the IBEW in 1959 and worked as a Journeyman Lineman.
    Gene Edwin Bicknell
    Oct 03, 2019
    Gene Edwin Bicknell, 80, died October 19th at his home in Canyon Creek Montana with his wife at his side. He passed away after battling Alzheimer’s for 16 long years. Gene was born in Loveland, Ohio on February 3, 1937 to Clark and Nannie Bicknell. He was the first of 4 children and the only boy of the family.
    Gus Aaberg
    Oct 03, 2019
    Gus Aaberg, May 13, 1939 - October 2, 2017, a retired member who passed away on October 2, 2017. Brother Aaberg joined the IBEW in September 1963 and was a Journeyman Lineman. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
    Glenn F. Logsdon Sr
    Oct 03, 2019
    Glenn Franklin Logsdon Sr., passed away from natural causes at Aspen Gardens Assisted Living in Helena, MT on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. He was 85 years old. Glenn was born to Frank and Grace Logsdon on April 14th, 1932 in Great Falls, MT. He graduated from Simms High School in Simms, MT. and married Ruth Ann Elizabeth Ivey Logsdon.
    Brother Harley Pitman
    Oct 03, 2019
    Local 44 mourns the loss of Brother Harley Pitman, who passed away on May 3, 2017.  He joined the IBEW in September 1976.  Brother Pitman worked as an Equipment Operator until he retired in 2004.
    Brother Tony Cleverly
    Oct 03, 2019
    Tony Bill Cleverly passed away Friday morning, April 28, 2017, in a local hospital. He was born in Butte on Tuesday, January 13, 1942 to Charles E. and Flossie (Jones) Cleverly. He attended Butte schools as well as Texas A & I in Corpus Christi and Pullman College in Washington.


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