PARK CITY — Wilford Eugene Elmore suddenly went to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home in Park City, Mont. Better known as “Willy” to all his family and friends, he was a gentle, peaceful, quiet man who loved God, his family and the great outdoors. Willy had many friends who loved and respected him. A perfect day for him was when he could go to the mountains or spend time with his grandchildren. He loved horses and was blessed to be able to ride in a wagon train a few years ago. He loved Dutch oven cooking and cooked for several large groups including his family. His sour dough biscuits and cobbler were favorites among family and church groups.
Willy loved to play the guitar and had a large repertoire of songs he sang to entertain the grandchildren. Even though most of the grandchildren are grown, they still wanted him to sing those songs at family gatherings. Willy was truly a cowboy at heart and one of his most requested songs was “God Must Be a Cowboy at Heart.” Willy loved to read his Bible and led many Bible study groups over the years at church and in his home.
Willy’s many accomplishments included serving in the National Guard, driving semi-truck, and being a pastor. He most recently ran a small engine repair business that he enjoyed. He had regular customers from all over the area and will be missed by many who depended upon him to repair their mowers, weed eaters, 4-wheelers, and other mechanical items.
Willy was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Richland, Iowa.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Dessie Elmore; his brother Clifford Elmore; and a sister, Dorothy McCracken.
He is survived by his wife, Roma Elmore; a brother, Dean Elmore (Marie) of Brighton, Iowa; a sister, Joyce Pavlick ( Richard) of Phoenix, Ariz.; stepchildren, RomaLee Jones (Blair) from Park City, Barby Erhart, (Mel) of Belgrade, Mont., Janna Arnold (Dave) from Colorado Springs, Colo., Stanley Monson (Shelly) of Billings, Mont., Steven Monson (Laurie) of Billings, and Kevin Monson (Sheila) from Wasilla, Alaska, Wes Carter, Evey Carter; 16 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Willy was known for his integrity and love for people. He poured out his life to everyone he touched. He was always blessing and helping others. People were changed by the reflection of Christ shining through Willy’s care and concern for them. He changed each of us. No one who knew Willy will be the same without him.
A celebration service honoring Willy’s life will be held on 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the First Congregational Church, 506 S. Fifth St., Laurel, MT. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Willy’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000 or the charity of your choice.