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George Donald Mueller, longtime Lewistown resident, historian, rattlesnake hunter, paleontologist, curmudgeon, friend, beloved uncle, and philanthropist, died at age 94 on October 15, 2016.

The son of Oscar and Josephine Mueller, George was born in Lewistown, Montana on November 4, 1921. His childhood was spent playing on Little Casino Creek and enjoying family picnics on summer afternoons in the Snowies, Judiths, and Little Belts. He graduated from Fergus County High School in 1939, spent two years at Montana State College, where he become a dedicated Bobcat, and then joined the Army and served in World War II.

After returning to finish college, he began his career with the U.S. Weather Service in Meacham, Oregon and later in Great Falls, Montana. Throughout his life, most of his letters and conversations began with “this is the driest year on record since 1919…” If encouraged, and often when not, he would spout unfailingly accurate historical weather statistics for various locations around the state. On retirement, he moved to the family home on West Watson Street in Lewistown, back to the house and the town he has always loved.

Besides meteorology, George’s main interest was local and state history. He was active in the Central Montana Historical Association, the Sons and Daughters of the Montana Pioneers, and was a member of the Montana Historical Society. He wrote many articles on local history for the Lewistown News Argus and was published in the Montana Magazine of Western History. George always shared his historical knowledge with other historians and any other audience he could muster.

George had a marvelous sense of humor. He loved to tell jokes, often dozens of times. Occasionally, he wouldn’t make it to the punchline before dissolving into giggles, which always provoked more enjoyment than the joke itself would have done. He was an ardent supporter of Lewistown. He was a member of the Masons, the Shrine, the Lewistown Rotary Club, and the Outlook Club. He served as Sergeant of Arms for the Lewistown Rotary Club for many years, and eventually enjoyed the status of being its oldest member. He generously supported many local organizations, including the Lewistown Library (through the Oscar and Josephine Mueller Endowment), the Central Montana Medical Center, and the Lewistown Boys and Girls Club.

George had many friends. For many years, he spent holidays with Paul and Eunice Nelson and their extended family. In his later years, he was “adopted” by Jason and Marci Butcher and their extended family.

Although understandably reluctant to leave his home and the independence it afforded him, George moved to the Caslen Living Center three years ago, where he found another true home. The staff and residents welcomed him, fed him, and provided him with a fresh audience for all his jokes and stories. Thanks to the love and care he received, his years at Caslen were unexpectedly happy and fulfilling ones before he ultimately died of complications from prostate cancer.

The family would also like to thank the Fergus County Council on Aging, the staff of Home Health/ Hospice of Central Montana, the Central Montana Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and others throughout the community who supported George, particularly in his later years.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Josephine Mueller, and by his older brother Charles Mueller. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Glenn and Helen Mueller of Kalispell, his nieces Glenda Christenson (Tim), Sally Mueller (Richard Opper), and Ruth Mueller (Daniel Poli), 10 great- nieces and nephews and their children.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Shrine Hospital for Children, the Central Montana Foundation, or one of the many other organizations that George supported.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment, prior to the service at the church, will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00 p.m. at the Lewistown City Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites. The Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. George’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at


Glenn Alfred Wildung, 95, passed away on Friday, October 14th, 2016 in Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana from natural causes. He was born on a homestead east of Winifred, Montana on July 10, 1921 to Emma (Overby) and delivered by his father, Edward C. Wildung, he lived nearly all of his life in that community. Beginning at age six Glenn worked for area ranchers, checking cows and herding sheep. He also worked with his father and brother Lea at the Stafford’s garden on the Missouri River.
After graduating from Winifred High School in 1939, he worked at the Farmers Co-op in town, becoming manager in September. In 1944 he was drafted into the army as a military police (Staff Sergeant) with the US Army Signal Corps, serving for two and a half years.
Glenn returned home after the war and resumed his work as manager of the Winifred Farmers Oil Company (Cenex).

Glenn met his future wife, Donelda (Doni) Karnopp at his brother Lea and sister-in-law Ida’s wedding in Tigerton, Wisconsin in 1957. After a brief long-distance courtship, Glenn married Doni in Thorp, Wisconsin in 1958. They moved to Montana where they lived two-and-a-half miles south of Winifred, later moving to town. The couple had four children: Karen, Carlene, Scott, and Diane. The family often traveled to Minnesota and Wisconsin during summers to visit members of the Karnopp and Wildung families. Glenn and Doni also traveled on work-related trips and to Germany. They were married for 57 years.

Very dedicated to his work, Glenn worked six and sometimes seven days a week to provide the services needed by area ranchers and farmers. This was before credit card gas pumps; Glenn often got a phone call in the middle of the night when someone ran out of gas and he’d go downtown and open up the “station.” Glenn drove his farm truck to Billings or Great Falls to regularly pick up supplies for the Cenex, taking one or two of his children along with him to help keep him awake during his long haul home. He delivered fuel to rural customers and fixed tractor tires, and after the PN Bridge was built in 1982, served customers across the Missouri River. Glenn retired in 1989 and was proud that patrons received a dividend on their purchases with the cooperative during every one of his 50 years as manager.

Glenn was a lifelong member of the American Lutheran Church, serving on the board for over 25 years; was the American Legion Post No. 120’s (Winifred) longest standing member at 72 years; was a member of the Winifred City Council; served on the Montana Board of the Council of Cooperatives; and was a 30-year member of the Winifred Rifle Club.

Glenn enjoyed sports. He played basketball and was on the track team, qualifying for State in discus and shot put, during high school and also played basketball and baseball on city teams after graduation. He especially enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren in their athletic pursuits and was particularly loyal to Red Raider teams, never missing a game or a tournament until later years. Glenn attended games with his brother Lea, sister Joyce, and his children and grandchildren. He was also a champion horseshoe thrower.

Glenn is survived by his four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: Karen Reinhart of Gardiner, MT, children Emma (Trevor) Hamilton, Forrest, and Mariah; Carlene (Harris) Davis of Billings, MT, children Ashley and Levi Heller (Emily and daughter Birkleigh and son Brexton); Scott (Tracy) of Stanford, MT, children Seth (Autumn and daughter Amery) and Luke; and Diane Harper of Billings, MT, children Marcus, Meghan (son Cain), and Tyson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Donelda, mother and father, two brothers, Edward and Lea; and four sisters, Agnes, Jeanette, Louise (Butcher), and Joyce (Hoffman).
Funeral services for Glenn Alfred Wildung will be at 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in the American Lutheran Church in Winifred with interment to follow in the Winifred Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral home is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the American Lutheran Church of Winifred or the charity of their choice. Condolences for the family may be posted online at