Myron L. Vinger, a long-time resident of the Gallatin Valley, passed away at home in Bozeman on Sunday, April 13, due to a nonsmokers lung cancer. Myron was born Dec. 26, 1939, to Olive and Olaf Vinger of Wheelock, N.D. Olaf was a settler from Norway.
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Myron was raised on the family farm that was dedicated to raising Myron and 18 other brothers and sisters. Myron lost his dad at the age of 13. He completed a high school education while serving in the U.S. Army (February 1958-1960). While in the Army, he would send money home to his mother who was still raising younger brothers and sisters. He returned home and continued to work on the family farm until it was sold.
Myron married Doris Flaten of Ray, N.D., on Oct. 16, 1965. He was married to his loving wife of 42 years until his death. They referred to each other as best friends and the love of their lives. Together they raised three children, Byron, Duane and Beckie Walters.
Myron dedicated his career to excavating. He started excavating work in Big Sky in April 1972, during the start of the Big Sky Ski Resort. He started his own excavating company in 1977. Myron was proud that throughout his career he owned and operated seven different backhoes-of which the last one he owned will be used to dig his final resting place. He threatened "retirement" to himself and others during in last few years until he finally retired in December 2006. He was very proud of his reputation for being honest, and gifted in his trade.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife during the winter months. His passion was listening to old-time country music, and playing his various instruments. Myron enjoyed entertaining, (like his dad) playing old-time fiddle music with family and friends. He was a family man. He enjoyed being with family at sporting events (basketball), holidays, fishing and celebration parties. (Did we mention parties!!) As Myron's children, we were proud of our dad. He was a supportive, loving dad. His relationship with his children, grandchildren and wife was always a priority with him. Myron was very giving to all of his children.
Myron has been a member of Hope Lutheran Church for years. He had his own personal relationship with the Lord. He believed in honesty, hard work, giving to those in need. He always remembered where he came from and was very, very proud of the way he grew up. "Poor Norwegian Farm Family from North Dakota." He loved to point out the "special lessons" that you learn along the way.
Myron is preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Clifford Vinger. Myron's infant grandson, Caleb James Vinger, son of Duane and Cyndi Vinger. Caleb touched his grandpa's heart dearly. Half-sisters: Inga Stewart, Olga Jordan, Eunice Broomfield, Delores Steen, Mable Lindsey, Ada Greenhalgh; half-brother, Oscar Vinger; brother-in-law, Bob Dietz; sister-in-law, Alice Hermanson.
Myron is survived by his wife, Doris Vinger (Flaten); son, Byron and wife, Valerie (Wilson) and their children, Jamie (Mike Triebel), Jason, Brandi and grandchildren, Riley and Luke Triebel; son, Duane and wife, Cyndi and their five sons, Nathan, Evan, Seth, Eli and Ezekiel; daughter, Beckie and husband, Ken Walters and their children, Garrett, Cordell and Reeba.
Myron is also survived by six brothers, Gene Hermanson, Richard and (Doris) Vinger, Orren and (Elaine) Vinger, Larry and (Sandy) Vinger, Dennis and (Barb) Vinger, Russ and (Collie) Vinger; his three sisters, Marlene Dietz, Carol and (Ron) Haug, Gayle and (Lonnie) Malwitz; half-sister, Lila McKee; sister-in-law, Sylvia Vinger.
Friends and Family service will be held at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 300 Highland Blvd, Bozeman, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m., with sharing of memories at 7 p.m. The family will be present from 5 p.m. on.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Hope Lutheran Church, 210 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman. Burial will be in Salesville Cemetery, with a luncheon and celebration of Myron's life immediately following at Gateway Community Center. Family and friends are welcome to all or part of the celebration.
The family suggests memorials to Gateway Community Center, or to Gateway Ladies Aid, P.O. Box 329, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 15, 2008