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William (Bill) Ernest Marks

William (Bill) Ernest Marks passed away May 10th, 2014, at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes. Bill was born March 11, 1929 at home East of Saco, Montana. He attended school at Saco up to the 10th grade. Bill's father had a heart attack and Bill needed to tend to the family farm full time.

Bill met Christina Ellen Mix in the fall of 1947. They were married December 29, 1948 in Glasgow. From that day on he called her his sweetie. Bill went to work for MDU in April of 1949 at a small gas rig. Their first child (Ernest) was born March, 1950, so Bill went to work for Taylor oil rigs and moved the family to Harlem, Montana.

As the rigs moved, so did the family, living all over Montana and Gillette, Wyoming. In February, 1963 Bill suffered a massive heart attack from working too hard. He moved the family to Havre, Montana, where Bill completed a two year electronics degree.

In the Spring of 1965 Bill started working as an electric motor man for Glasgow Electric. In 1972 Bill went to work for Stumvol Electric, and eventually gained his Master Electrician license. Bill retired from Stumvol Electric in 1992.

Bill and Tina raised eight children. Their families are Ernie and Cindy Marks of Homedale, Idaho, Patrick of Boise, Idaho, Betsy and Leon Quaring of Cataldo, Idaho, Connie and Doug Goodwin of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Cheryl and Neil Bruce of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Carol and Rick Robbins of Glasgow, Montana, William and Pam Marks of Glasgow, Montana, and Christopher and Joy Marks of Beecher, Illinois. Bill and Tina were also blessed with 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Bill was a devout member of the Catholic Church. He was a Knights of Columbus member. He loved his family. Bill and Tina enjoyed square dancing and made many great friends for life. Bill always had a story to tell, and loved helping anyone he could.

Bill is widely known in Valley and Phillips counties in Northeast Montana as a person who would always be there to help others, especially with electrical problems. Bill's electrical troubleshooting and repair skills are already missed. He will be remembered as a loving, caring and competent contributor to our society.

Bill is now free from the pain and strife of this world. We are happy for him and celebrate his new freedom.


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