Our Dad, Art Riemann, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at the age of 90 surrounded by his family at Morning Star Assisted Living. He was born on Oct. 21, 1925, in Dickinson, N.D. and was the oldest of six children born to Ted and Anna (Zastoupil) Riemann.
Dad spent the first three years of his life in Dickinson before moving to Hardin, Mont., where he attended grade school and graduated from high school. Dad was a very proud Marine his whole life, serving during WWII.
He married our mother, Edith Gates, on Nov. 8, 1946, in Columbus, Mont., and spent the next 69 years raising their four children, working, fishing, traveling and enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad and Mom lived in Columbus until 1956 when Dad went to work for Kraft Foods as a salesman, traveling the states of Montana and Wyoming. Dad retired after 28 years with Kraft, keeping busy remodeling and fixing their homes.
Dad is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edith, his four children Carol (Ray) Sebek of Lewistown, Steve (Terri) Riemann of Peyton, Colo., Betty (Bill) Botnen of Billings, and Gayla (Kevin) Wiedenheft of Bozeman. Dad is also survived his by eight grandchildren, Ray Sebek Jr., Pam (Ric) Heldt, Julie (Monte) Weeden, Michelle (Robert) Hamm, Nicole Swindell, Jennifer (Steve) Corbett, Josh (Karen) Botnen, Rachel (Pat) Garcia and 12 great-grandchildren.
He belonged to the Columbus Baptist Church, VFW Color Guard, the Billings Marine Corp Reserve and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ted, Dorman and Curt, his sisters Darlene Hand and Donna Marsh and his nephew Rod Marsh; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in Columbus, Mont., at the Columbus Baptist Church. A private family burial of ashes will be at the Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors. A huge thank you to Morning Star and Rocky Mountain Hospice for the loving care they gave our Dad. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Marine Corps League or the charity of one’s choice. Smith Funeral Chapel in Billings, Mont., is handling arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Smithfuneralchapels.com.