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Bill Courser (Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent) - Class of 1986 VIEW PROFILE

Bill Courser (Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent)

Bill Courser


HUSON - William "Bill" Victor Courser, 74, passed away when his loving heart took its last beat on Saturday, May 14, 2005, while surrounded by his family.

Bill was born December 5, 1930, in Arnegard, North Dakota, the fourth of six children born to Rosamond and Elmo Courser.

Bill served his country in the Marine Corps and in the Korean War from 1951 to 1954.  He met Patricia Knell while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.  They were married June 12, 1953, in Van Nuys, California.

Bill and Pat came to Montana in 1957.  He was the eighth person hired for the startup of the pulp and paper mill in Frenchtown.  In 1964, Bill and Pat built their home in the Six Mile Valley to raise their family.

Bill enjoyed 20 years of retirement, especially the time spent with his grandchildren. Some of his hobbies included fishing around Montana, traveling and visiting with family and friends, sapphire mining, rock work, helping his children build their homes, keeping the wood shed full and creating in his wood shop.  Many people shared in the treasure of his woodwork that he so freely gifted.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Patricia; children, Sharon, Shirley and Ken; grandchildren, Colby, Shalon, Alyson, Kyle and their families; his five siblings, Ken, Dorothy, Lars, Phoebe, Philip and their families all of the Kelso/Longview, Washington, area; his many relatives and life long friends.  He would want all who knew and loved him to know that he is at peace now, free from cancer.

Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be spread per his request.

A celebration of life was held at the King Ranch Golf course in Frenchtown on Wednesday, May 25, 2005.  Friends and family brought letters of remembrances and photos to share.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Bill's name to a charity of the donors choice.

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.


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