WOLF POINT — Robert “Bob” Lee Millard, 77, of Wolf Point, passed away April 11, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1933, to Donald and Elizabeth (Heser) in Wolf Point. He spent his young life on the family farm in McCone County. He attended Southview Grade School and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1951.
He entered the Army in 1953 and spent two years. Much of that time was spent in Germany along with his brother Larry. Bob always tried to grow tulips to match the ones in Holland that he so loved.
After he was discharged, he attended MSU in Bozeman and U of M in Missoula. In 1958, he returned to the family farm to help his mother after his stepfather died. He loved farming and playing, bowling with his many buddies.
In 1961 he met the love of his life: Ann (Trapp) Samuelson. They had four children: Rick, Connie, Joe and Wendy. After his marriage, he worked at the Farmers Lumber and UBC Lumber in Wolf Point.
He joined UPS and thoroughly enjoyed his employment with them until his retirement after 20 years. He especially enjoyed getting to know people on his route and developed many special relationships with them.
Retirement did not slow down Bob. For his whole life, he was a devout Catholic. Retirement only gave him more time to participate and help people.
He always attended every Mass weekday or weekend. He often lead the rosary before Mass. He was an avid participant in the Knights of Columbus, and was very proud when he attained the 4th degree. You could always depend on seeing him on the street selling tickets for the boat race.
Bob lived his religion. He spent countless hours doing charity work. He and his best friend Moses Whitehorse made sure that the Basket of Hope stayed open even in the absence of other volunteers.
He helped so many of his neighbors at any time they needed, whether it be mowing their lawn or giving them rides. He could always be counted on.
More than anything, Bob will be remembered for his sense of humor. He always had a quick comeback and loved playing practical jokes.
His family will always remember him as being a loving supportive father and brother. His nieces and nephews will always remember his unmerciful teasing. He especially took great pride in his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Elizabeth; his wife, Ann; and his son Rick.
He is survived by his daughters, Connie (Oscar) Bencomo of Deming, N.M., and Wendy (Ernie) Flynn of Lolo; son, Joe (Vickie) Millard of Purvis, Miss.; brothers, Larry (Vicky) Millard of Great Falls and Jerry (Arlene) Neumiller of Wolf Point; sisters, Beverly (Glenn) Dyck of Whitefish, Rose (Rick) Green of Wolf Point, Judy (Mike) Wagner of Helena, Irene Moe of Wolf Point and Connie (Doug) Granbois of Clarkston, Wash.; grandchildren, Justin Millard, Brad, Loren, and Paul Neumann, Aricka and Austin Millard, Brock Flynn; and great-grandchildren Chad and Brea Neumann.
He will be missed by all.
A vigil service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point.
A mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, also at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Jolly Pathiyamoola as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.