Conrad "Connie" Yerger Jr. was born in Hardin on Nov. 21, 1924, to Conrad Sr. and Katherine (Mehling) Yerger. He departed this world to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 16, 2008, while residing at Mountain View Nursing Home in Bozeman.
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Connie was raised on a farm in Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School in 1943. During high school and prior to enlisting in the Army in 1944, he became known around the state as an outstanding amateur boxer. During World War II, he was trained as an intelligence agent and he served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in Japan. Upon being honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to Hardin and to farming.
He married Lillian Schaffer in 1947, and they had a daughter in 1950. In 1955, Connie moved his family to California, where he attended the Stenotype School of Los Angeles. After he graduated in 1957, the family moved to Billings. In 1960, he accepted his first official court reporting position in Newcastle, Wyo., and in 1963, he became the official court reporter in Bozeman. While he lived in Bozeman, he traveled to Butte and Helena in the '70s to work as a court reporter. In the '80s, he opened a private court reporting office in Bozeman and also in Sheridan, Wyo.
In his spare time, he completed a law program which qualified him to sit for the bar; he became a self taught builder, completing several homes and apartment complexes, and he developed the first mobile home park where homeowners could purchase their own lots.
Connie retired in 1986 and kept busy with projects around his home. He enjoyed traveling to Arizona and Alabama with his wife to visit his grandchildren. In 1993, he opened his home to his daughter and her family, and he had the privilege of helping raise his two granddaughters.
While living in Bozeman, Connie was an active member of First Lutheran Church, and he had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior.
Connie is survived by his wife, Lillian; his daughter, Marjorie Haines; and his two granddaughters, Pavielle and Arianna Haines, all of Bozeman. He is also survived by a brother, Victor (Beverly) of Forsyth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Connie was preceded in death by his parents, as well as three sisters and three brothers.
Memorials in Connie's name may be made to the church, charity or organization of your choice.
A celebration of Connie's life passing into his Savior's arms will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, at First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Black Ave., Bozeman, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at Bullis Mortuary, 507 N. Center Ave., Hardin, with interment following in Hardin.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 18, 2008