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PLEVNA - Dwight L. "Slim" Loutzenhiser, 81, of Plevna, passed away Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Vincent's Health Care in Billings after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 30, 1921, at Calumet, the son of Lewis and Irene (Brown) Loutzenhiser. Dwight grew up and attended county schools near the Lame Jones area. He worked various jobs in Baker before entering the service in 1942. Dwight was an airplane mechanic with the US Army Air Force during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Dwight then moved to Oregon to take up work in forestry as a logger. He moved back to Baker and married Erna Mae Wang on March 10, 1953. Dwight was employed with Standard Oil for a brief time and then hired on with MDU for the next 30 years. After his retirement in 1986, they moved to Plevna to make their final home. Dwight was very active in many of the local organizations throughout his time spent here. Some of which included the Plevna Fire Department, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Scottish Rite, Eastern Star, Shrine, and Knights Templar. He was proud to be apart of these associations.

Dwight loved painting, woodworking, and helping people. Those who knew Dwight will remember him driving bus for the school kids and seniors around the community. He loved and cherished his seven grandchildren as well.

Dwight is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Erna Mae in 1999; two brothers, Ivan and John; and a sister, Nedra Griffin. He is survived by his two children, Laura (John) Brewer and LaVerne Loutzenhiser (friend, Tina Mann), all of Baker; seven grandchildren, Shannon (Andy) Pensonel of Lincoln, Neb., Michael (Kristia) Loutzenhiser of Plevna, Brice Kinsey (friend, Karlene Giezer) of Glendive, Shane and Levi Brewer of Baker and Brittany and Jakob Loutzenhiser of Baker; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Sean, and Ivan Loutzenhiser and Dominick Kinsey; a sister-in-law, Alice (Al) Spika of Delta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at the Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker. Funeral Services will take place on at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Sandstone Masonic Lodge in Baker. Burial will follow at the Lame Jones Cemetery in Willard. A luncheon will be served after the graveside services back at the Masonic Lodge. Stevenson Funeral Homes, Inc. of Baker and Ekalaka are in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at stevensonfuneralhome.com.

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