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February 24, 2009 3:34 am

George W. Loyning

Written by Tribune Staff

(May 19, 1933 – Feb. 19, 2009)

George W. Loyning, 75, died Feb. 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Powell.

He was born on the family ranch in Warren, Mont. on May 19, 1933, the son of Ruth (Bent) and Ben (B.P.) Loyning.

George farmed and ranched in Carbon County, Mont. with his dad and brother for many years, running cattle and sheep and later switching to a cow/calf operation. He looked forward to spring calving, lambing, and farming followed by branding and irrigating, and there were always fences to repair or build.

He spent endless hours in the saddle, riding the range and trailing sheep and cattle up and down the Pryors. The family ranching tradition has been carried on by his son, Paul, and grandson, Ben. George was an FFA member, an honorary FFA member, and he continued to be an avid supporter of FFA, as well as 4-H, throughout his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, sporting events and traveling. George was always ready for the next adventure.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie (Mars); sons, Doug (Judith) of Powell, Geary (Angie) of Zoortman, Mont., Paul (Jean) of Warren, Mont.; daughters, Joni (John) Ballek of Buffalo and LuAnne (Rick) Campbell of Frannie; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Sam Loyning of Laurel, Mont.; sisters, Clara Mae Allen of Garneil, Mont. and Janice Lehman of Laurel; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul, his parents, and a grandson, Levi.

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held on Father's Day.

Memorials may be made in George Loyning's name to Powell Valley Hospice at 777 Ave. H in Powell or to the Special K Ranch at 34 Special K Lane, Columbus, MT, 59019. A memorial fund has also been established at First National Bank in Powell for future support of 4-H and FFA events held during the Park County Fair.