Allen Wayne Billmayer
Born: Feb 26, 1946
Died: Sep 03, 2014
Allen Wayne Billmayer, 68, a lifelong resident of Hogeland went to walk with his Lord & Savior on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Great Falls, Montana.
His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Turner High School Gymnasium, burial to follow at the Silver Bow Cemetery.
Allen was born February 26, 1946 to Frank Jay Billmayer and Jeanette Kelly in Havre, the first of four children. He graduated from Hogeland High School in 1963 and he wore his nations uniform for six years in the U.S. Army National Guard. Allen attended Northern Montana College from 1963-1971 obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education in 1971 where he also played football for the Lights. On December 17, 1967 Allen married his one true love and life partner Merrilyn Rae Hewitt and to this union were born two children, nine grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Following graduation from college, Allen & Merrilyn made their home on Allen’s grandparents homestead west of Hogeland and together they operated a successful farming operation until their recent retirement. Allen was an active member of the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland, the Hogeland American Legion and various other community groups over the years.
Allen is survived by his wife of 46 years Merrilyn of Hogeland, his son Adam (Shawna) Billmayer of Hogeland and grandchildren Tristan, Ella, Sarah and Trent; and his daughter, Aimee (P.J.) Timmons of Billings and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Andrew, Macy, Emma and Matthew and a great-grandchild Gage. Allen is also survived by his mother Jeanette (Dick) King of Conrad, brothers Jay (Vicki) Billmayer of Lakeside, Pete (Pam) Billmayer of Helena, sisters-in-law Joyce Billmayer of Big Fork, Roberta Brekke of Havre, Cindy (Max) Erickson of Havre, his Mother-in-law Ardis Hewitt of Havre as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and all of his lifelong friends.
Allen was widely known for his joke-telling abilities and his quick whit, he enjoyed laughing with everyone and had a heart the size of the Big Flat. While much of his adult life was met battling Multiple Sclerosis, Allen never gave up and his example of sheer willpower overcoming adversity served as an inspiration to many. He always enjoyed attending his Grandchildren’s sporting events, Montana Grizzly football, a good hand of cribbage and of course a friendly bet here and there.
Allen was preceded in death by his father Frank Jay Billmayer, his younger brother Scott Billmayer, his father-in-law Clair “Bud” Hewitt and brother-in-law George “Skrud” Brekke.
Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church in Hogeland, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Big Flat Community Grain Bin or to the charitable organization of one’s choice.
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