Bruce Richard Garbe, 51, of Bozeman passed away Dec. 1, 2009, in Billings. Bruce was born Aug. 11, 1958, to Richard and Patricia (McKinnon) Garbe in St. Paul, Minn.
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In 1968, the family moved to the ranch at Big Timber. Bruce was a graduate from Big Timber High School and then attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo.
Bruce lived and worked in Montana and Wyoming for most of his life.
In 1997, Bruce met his best friend and love, Donna Pilon, and they have shared their lives together ever since. The couple were married on May 22, 2008, in Bozeman.
Bruce enjoyed restoring military vehicles and participated in many local parades. He enjoyed history, especially of the Civil War, and Bruce counted many World War II veterans as his friends. He was an avid black powder shooter and competitor. Bruce loved the outdoors and hunting, especially with his stepson, Adam.
Survivors include his wife, Donna K. Pilon of Bozeman; daughter, Britta L. Garbe of Bozeman; stepdaughter, Erin Pilon of Bonnie Lake, Wash.; three stepsons, Michael Pilon of Billings, Vincent Stackhouse of Sequim, Wash., and Adam Pilon of Bozeman; step-granddaughter, Leslie Stackhouse; parents, Richard and Patricia Garbe of Cody, Wyo.; brother and sister-in-law, Steven P. and Sheryll Garbe of Cody; sister, Lynn P. Hoover of Las Vegas, Nev.; nephews, Jacob Garbe of Paducah, Ky., and Chase Hoover of Los Angeles, Calif.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Bozeman VFW, 2005 N. Rouse Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715; or to the Belgrade VFW, 31 W. Main St., Belgrade, MT 59714.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 4, 2009