Wally Blain

A tough old cowboy and spray pilot for over 45-years, filed his final flight plan on April 16 and flew away to better times for a big reunion with loved family and friends.

Wally was born Aug. 9, 1927 in Gallatin Gateway. He was the eldest child of Robert and Grace Blain. He attended schools in Washington State, Bozeman, Bridger, Belfry, Boyd, and Joliet. He learned about hard work at an early age.

Wally Blain and Margaret Winkler met when they were 15 and 17 at a dance. They married 3 years later on Oct. 1, 1946. They were blessed with 3 children; Monte 1948, Larry 1952, and Bonnie 1953.

Wally worked many occupations from custom combining to long haul trucking but farming, ranching and flying were his true passions. He was so proud all of his kids learned to fly and also that 6 more in the family are involved in aviation and agriculture. Wally flew until he was 83.

Wally and Marge made a great team. They enjoyed each other for over 67 years.

Wally is survived by his wife Marge, son Larry (Kathy), daughter Bonnie (Art Daniel), and daughter-in-law Linda. Grandchildren: Wade (Dawn) Allie, Breanna, Cloee; Shelley Peterson, Megan, Col ter ; Scot t (El len) Weston; Tracy (Nate) Menuez, Joey, Mae; Laura (Daniel) Arthun, Alexa, Kale, Oren; Ann Zimmerman, Allyse, Kate and Jess; and Drew Daniel. Sisters Gertude (Don) Christensen and Grace Lehnherr, brother Rodney (Mary) , sister- in- laws Aldonna Blain and Mae Blain, many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, much loved son Monte in 1992, brothers Gerhardt and Bobby.

He lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed the good times and weathered the bad. He said the end is not the end – better times await.

A memorial service will be held at the Joliet Wesleyan Church on Saturday April 26, at 11 a.m. Memorials to Special K Ranch or a charity of one's choice.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.