Morris Grammens


(January 19, 2003)

Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Pius X Church in Billings, Mont., for Heart Mountain farmer Morris Grammens, who died Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Powell Nursing Home. He was 79.

He was born in Custer, Mont., on Feb. 26, 1923, son of Rene and Nathalie Grammens. He started school at Waco and graduated from Custer High School.

He began farming with his brother and father on the home place. In 1947, he and his brother, Albert, went into partnership and moved to the Big Horn Project in Montana to farm.

On Feb. 23, 1952, he married Mildred Bott, whom he had met on a blind date.

In 1960, he purchased his brother's share in the partnership and continued to farm at Big Horn. In 1965, he moved his family to Powell and bought a farm on Heart Mountain. He continued to farm until ill health forced him to retire in 1985.

Mr. Grammens enjoyed boating and fishing on Yellowstone Lake. He also liked water skiing, camping and traveling south in the winter time. He had been a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Frank, Albert and Paul.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two sons, Donald Grammens and wife Rose of Enumclaw, Wash., and Derek Grammens of Lander; a daughter, Brenda Vecchio and husband Ken of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers, Robert Grammens and wife Marian, and Edward Grammens and wife Rosie, all of Custer; three sisters-in-law, Birdie Grammens, Esther Frahm and Maggie Creek and husband Paul, all of Billings; two grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.