Chapter Eternal

Robert “Bob” Rehfeld ’49 entered Chapter Eternal on January 16, 2016, as a resident of Lewiston, Idaho. While at the University of Montana, Bob was part of the newly resurrected Grizzly football program after the end of WWII. Bob earned a degree in forestry, but his fascination with the subject started as a young man when he worked as a smokejumper. He recorded 11 jumps out of a Ford Trimotor in the summers of 1945 and 1946. Bob served for several years in the Army and later found his career in forest management until 1982. Bob is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Bob, Denis, and Kurt; daughters, Marcy and Teresa; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son, Denis, says, “Dad had a great life as a Griz and an ΣAE!”

Gordon E. Swanson ’43 entered Chapter Eternal on March 23, 2016, as a resident of Missoula, Mont. After graduating from college, Gordon enlisted in the military and completed training in Texas, where he was assigned to the 99th Infantry Division, heavy Weapons Company. Gordon was awarded a Combat Infantry badge and a POW Medal for his service. After returning from the war, Gordon went on to enjoy a 43-year career with Missoula Mercantile Company, The Bon, and Macy’s. He served on the planning committee for the three major bridges across the Clark Fork River, was president of the Orchard Homes Country Life Club, chartered under President Teddy Roosevelt), Immanuel Lutheran Church Council, and held offices in Vasa Order of America, a Swedish cultural organization, and Kiwanis Golden K. Gordon enjoyed gardening, woodworking, photography, fishing, and spending time with friends and family, especially at area lakes. He is survived by his loving wife, Ina; son, John; daughters, Linnea and Cheryl; granddaughters, Stacey, Rebecca, Lindsey, and Amy; great-grandchildren, Kayler, Ali, and Beau; and his brother’s wife, Jean.

Theodore A Schuman ’50 entered Chapter Eternal on May 12, 2015 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife, Elda; and children, Marcia, Jamie, Christopher, and Neal.

William P. Wollschlager ’52 entered Chapter Eternal on March 6, 2015, at the age of 86. He and his wife, Ann, moved to Sanibel, Fla., in 1987 and it is now Ann’s permanent home. Bill and Ann were full-time volunteers for various organizations, and Bill was a proud member of Lions Clubs International, which is the world’s largest service club organization. He is missed dearly by family and friends.

Donald R. Lord ’58 entered Chapter Eternal on February 17, 2015 in Missoula, Mont., after a sudden illness. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat, and his three children.

Stephen L. Johnson ’63 entered Chapter Eternal on June 14, 2016, in Big Timber, Mont. He owned the family business Oie Motors until he retired and sold it to his son, Jeff; the 4th generation to own Oies. Steve was active in Jaycees, volunteer firemen, and the army reserves. He served on various boards and counsels in the community. He loved bowling and golfing. Steve enjoyed traveling and spending time at the family cabin on the Boulder River. Mostly, he was proud of his children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his children Michael, Jeff, and Kay Marie, and six grandchildren.

William “Bill” M. Velde ’68 entered Chapter Eternal on July 3, 2016 in Missoula, Mont., after a long fight with cancer. He was home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill could speak French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Japanese. He studied Latin and Old English. He never stopped writing, reading, learning and thinking. While homesteading and developing rental properties in Missoula, Bill also managed the local Baskin Robbins store and drove a taxi. He always had the most interesting stories and informed opinions to share on any subject. He had a great interest in genealogy. He played piano, rode motorcycles, loved ice fishing, pinball, dancing, but mostly he loved his family. Bill is survived by his wife, Rebecca; his children Todd, Tyce, Elizabeth, and Chryssa; and his six grandchildren.

Lyle E. Presser ’72 entered Chapter Eternal on April 19, 2014, as a resident of Greeley, Colo. After graduating from college, Lyle went on to pursue a career in carpentry and later opened his first franchise restaurant, Quiznos, in Greeley. Over the course of 23 years, Lyle owned and operated eight franchises in northern Colorado. Lyle loved to pheasant hunt with his son and brothers during annual trips in his home town of Wolf Point, fishing, camping, coaching his son’s baseball team, bowling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Gwyne; son, Jesse; grandchildren, Laney, Hallie, Ella, and Evan; brothers, Marvin and Eugene; and several nephews and nieces.

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