Don Freier passed away peacefully surrounded by his extended family on July 4, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in Havre, MT on May 10, 1935, the son of John and Mathilda Freier. Raised on a remote homestead in Box Elder, MT, he graduated in the top five of his high school class in 1953 (note: there were only five students in his class). Don joined the Army in 1954 and was stationed in France. In 1957, he relocated to Billings, took flying lessons, and obtained his private pilot’s license while working at Billings Hardware. In 1961, he went to work for Montana Dakota Utilities and retired in 1997 after 36 years. He became a life member of VFW Post 6774, an honor he always cherished.
Don loved the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing. After many persistent attempts, he took 1st place in the Livingston Trout Derby in 1978, winning a bag of 1,000 Eisenhower silver dollars, a truly proud moment in his life. After two marriages, he met Jo Ann Sanger and they married February 14, 1996. She passed away from a long battle with leukemia in July 2000.
Don was the last of his generation of a resilient Freier family, preceded in death by his parents, seven older brothers, and a younger sister. He is survived by his daughter Gayle (Mark) Bauer of Billings, son Keith (Annette) Freier of Kennewick, WA, grandchildren Adam Bauer of Rapid City, SD, Mandi (Jordan) Hennessy of Billings, Meghann (Cord) Barker of Boise, ID, and Hannah Freier of Boise, ID, and his precious great-grandson, Madden Hennessy of Billings. Don is also survived by his loving companion and dance partner, Agnes (Aggie) Stanton of Billings.
Funeral services will be held at Heights Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 733 W. Wicks Lane, Billings MT at 11:00 AM (with visitation available from 9:00 – 11:00 AM). A reception and luncheon will follow at the VFW Post 6774, 637 Anchor Avenue, Billings, MT. A graveside ceremony with military honors will be held at 3:00PM at Mountview Cemetery, 1704 Central Avenue, Billings, MT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW Post 6774 in his honor.