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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.