William Ross McNamer

2011-05-19T00:00:00Z William Ross McNamer The Billings Gazette
May 19, 2011 12:00 am

Bill McNamer, 82, of Billings, died peacefully and with his family at his side on Monday, May 16, 2011.

McNamer was born on Oct. 19, 1928, the son of Bruce Ross McNamer and Lucie Whetstone McNamer, in Shelby. He was the youngest of five children. He attended college at the University of Montana and Gonzaga University before graduation from law school at the University of Montana in 1955. McNamer served in the Korean War as an infantry platoon officer. On returning to Montana, he moved to Billings, where he practiced law for close to 50 years, and served the State of Montana in both the House of Representatives and the State Senate.

He met Elizabeth Mary Forster on a ski trip to Aspen in 1961, and they were married in May of that year. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. He is survived by Elizabeth and five children: Bruce, Sarah, Bridget, Amy and Deirdre; and eight grandchildren.

Bill loved his family and was devoted to them. His other great passions were singing, the Catholic Church, and service - he was in every way a "Man for Others." His hobbies included fishing, the melodeon and tennis!! Bill was good and kind; he had a wonderful sense of humor and a song or wise words for every occasion; he always did the right thing.

A Rosary will be held on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at Dahl Funeral Chapel, and a funeral mass on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral.

The family is asking that those interested in a contribution in his memory make them to Technoserve, a non-profit organization helping entrepreneurs in poor countries around the world, and run by his son Bruce (www.technoserve.org; 1120 19th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036).

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.

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