William “Bill” Hoagland

Sept. 17, 1928 — Jan. 10, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
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            William “Bill” Hoagland

William “Bill” Hoagland moved to heaven on Jan. 10, 2019, at the age of 90.

Bill was born to Will and Linda Hoagland at the family homestead, east of Rapelje, on Sept. 17, 1928.

He attended a one-room country school, graduated from Rapelje High School and attended Billings Polytechnic (Rocky Mountain College).

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return to Montana, he farmed the family homestead with his parents and brother growing wheat, barley, hay and beef cattle.

In 1962, Bill met and married the love of his life, Claire Herstedt. Bill and Claire built their home three miles east of the homestead, where they raised their children (Paul, Heidi and Laurie).

Bill enjoyed flying, farming, ranching, welding, wiring, building, hunting, skiing, traveling, camping, fishing, playing pinochle, gardening, picnics with family and friends. And, of course, baking pies. He was an American Legion member, Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, Still-water Farm Service Agency County Committee member, Broadview Community Center Board member, and a charter member of the Broadview Lions Club. Bill and Claire were members of the Broadview Lutheran Church and The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings.

Throughout his life, Bill’s love for kids was only exceeded by the love kids had for him. Grandpa Bill was involved as a volunteer at Arrowhead Elementary School, helping students with reading and math. He also worked as a crossing guard on Rimrock Road. In addition to his work with Arrowhead, Bill volunteered with Billings Head Start in the “Reading Rocks” program and helped with their gardens. He also packed school backpacks for Head Start and Tumbleweeds.

Thank you to all of his dear friends and family that shared LIFE with him! During his last years, Bill lived at Liggett Cottage. We want to express our deepest and most sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers who loved our dad. Thank you for sharing (and listening to) stories while providing tender care, compassion and grace, to ALL of us. To all who knew and loved Bill… you are treasured!

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Claire, brother Don, and brother-in-law Wilson Moore.

Survivors include sister Jean Moore of Salisbury, N.C.; children Paul (Karin) Hoagland of Dillon, Colo., Heidi (Ladd) Paulson of Billings and Laurie (Rich) Swartz of Broadview; grandchildren Kirstin Hoagland (Jericho), Michael (Kaley) Swartz, Katie Paulson (Derrick), Colt (Emily) Swartz, and Adam (Dallas) Paulson; great-grandchildren Brynlee, Beckett, Christian and Julian, Chase Paul and Hess-ton Hayes Swartz and Kyson Paulson.

Memorial services to be held Monday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Lillis Chapel on St John’s campus and Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Please join us for a pie and ice cream social following the services.

Memorials may be made to some of Bill’s favorite charities, including: Head Start of Billings (explorershs.org), How2LoveYourCop (how-2loveyourcop.com), or the Broadview Community Center (13824 4th Street, Broad-view, MT 59015).

“We do not grieve as those with no hope.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14