Marvin W. LaFarge


(March 21, 2005)

Funeral services for Marvin W. LaFarge, 84, of Billings, who died March 21, are scheduled for today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Billings. Internment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell at 3 p.m.

He was born May 25, 1920, in Morrowville, Kan., to Willett and Floy (Jones) LaFarge and graduated from high school there in 1938. He married Hazel Hennerberg and they were blessed with three daughters, Sharon Rae, Marvene Kay and Barbara Ellen. The family lived in Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, where the couple retired in Billings to be near family.

He served in Pacific during World War II with the Sixth Marine Division.

He enjoyed sports and never missed a basketball game at Rocky Mountain College while his grandson, Scott, played and later coached there.

For five years, he always had a ready smile as he served as a greeter of Wal-Mart on the west end of Billings. He was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church, the American Legion in Powell and was a charter members of the Elks Club in Powell.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; his daughters, Sharon (Lynn) Severance of Spring Valley, Ariz., Kay (Ray) Green of Powell, and Barbara (Tim) Kirkwood of Kokomo, Ind.; his grandchildren, Scott (Jane) Severance, Sharolyn (Chris) Graves, Mark Green, LaRae (Mark) Stone, Kristie (Randy) Murphy, Darcee (James) Jones and Deena (Chuck) Wyatt; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie (Vic) Gabelhouse of Lincoln, Neb.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn DeVera and Betty Ryles of Billings; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church at 1810 Shiloh Rd; Billings, MT 59106; or a memorial of choice.