Miles 'Pete' Wambach

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z 2013-03-04T15:58:04Z Miles 'Pete' Wambach The Billings Gazette
March 04, 2013 12:00 am

Pete went to meet his Lord and Savior on March 1, 2013, after his year battle with multi myeloma. Pete was born in Poplar on Sept. 27, 1936. He was the youngest of seven children. His mother, Mary Wambach, supported the family by teaching so he had the opportunity to attend many schools in Montana including Poplar, Snake Butt, Denton and White Sulphur Springs. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he married his lifelong partner JacElin (Jaci) Van Valkenburgh in June, 1959.

Pete attended Montana State University, receiving his master's degree in mechanical engineering and ultimately earning his Professional Engineer Certification. During his career, he worked at Exxon in Billings; Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich., and Freeport, Texas; Husky Oil Company in Cody, Wyo.; Beulah Gas Plant in Beulah, N.D.; Rosebud Power Plant in Colstrip and LL&E in Lost Cabin, Wyo.

After retirement he bought a hay and cattle farm near Shoshoni, Wyo. Retiring again in 2002, he moved back to Billings and took up golf and continued his hobby of shooting. He was fortunate to have had a mother who believed in a Christian lifestyle and also instilled a good work ethic for all her children. Pete taught Sunday school, was AWANA director and served on many Church boards.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alphonse and Mary Wambach, brother Marvin, brother-in-law William Melton and sister-in-law Mary Wambach.

Pete is survived by his wife Jaci Wambach, his sons Derik (Karen) Wambach, Jeff (Patrice) Wambach, Deuel (Cheryl) Wambach and daughter Danyelle Robinson. All Pete's children served in the U.S. military, allowing Pete and Jaci to travel extensively within the U.S. and Europe. He has 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Pete's surviving siblings are his brothers Marion and Milton Wambach, and sisters Marjorie Todd, Maxine Metlon and Myra Gilkey.

Services will be at Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W., Billings, Tuesday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Roberts Cemetery Wednesday, March 6, at 11 a.m. with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider making a donations to Big Sky Bible Church's youth program or charity of your choice.

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