THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                       Wednesday, October 9, 2002

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Jacob Scbilling

  Jacob Schilllng, 89, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at the Montana Veter­ans Home in Columbia Falls. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m. in the Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kalispell. Pastor David Jones of the United Methodist Church in Columbia Falls will officiate. Military graveside honors will be con­ducted by the United Veterans of Flathead. The United Methodist Church will host a gathering of friends after the service.

   Jacob was born on March 29, 1913, in Beulah, North Dakota to Jacob and Magdalena Schill­ing. He spent his early life in Beulah, moving to Chinook in 1938 where he was employed at the water plant. From June of 1944 to April of 1946 he served in the U.S. Army as a light artil­lery gun crcwman. serving in the Rliineland and Central Europe.

   On January 10, 1952, Jacob, or Jack as he was called by fam­ily and friends, married Betty Ross and they moved to Colum­bia Falls where he was employed by Kelly Lumber. For many years he worked as a custodian at the Columbia Falls grade school, retiring in 1974.

   His granddaughters were his #1 priority in life and his gentle ways were known by all. He could be seen walking uptown daily and had a smile and a wave for all, before moving to the Montana Veterans Home in De­cember of 1995. He resided there until his death.

   Survivors include a son, Mi­chael Schilling of Kalispell; a daughter, Mary Beth Arnold and her husband Will of Columbia Falls; two granddaughters, Brooke Brennan and her husband Mike, serving with the U.S. Air Force at Elgin AFB in Florida, and Maggie Bigelow, employed as a Financial Manager at Ram-stein AFB in Germany; and two sisters, Martha Boehring of Beu­lah, ND and Louise Gruszie of Chinook. He was also related to the John Schilling, Knettel, Gruszie and Warren Ross families in this area.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; a daughter, San­dra; a son, Randall; three sisters, Bertha Helm of Mandan, ND, Frieda Kncttel of Chinook and Pauline Magda of Chinook; and three brothers, John Schilling of Chinook, George Schilling of Kalispell, and Albert Schilling of Eugene, OR.

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