Roy A. Moen, of 6 Golden View Lane in Ennis, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
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He was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Seattle, the son of Roy Olaf Moen and Gladys Geneva Burke Moen. The family moved to Seattle to work in war production until victory in World War II. After the war ended, they returned home to Montana.
In 1955, the family relocated to Billings. Roy was an adventurous spirit, leaving Montana to live in California for a short period of time. He later moved to Seattle, where he met his future wife. Wanting to return to his roots, he moved back to Billings. There he married Marlene Hansen on Sept. 16, 1969.
Roy followed in his father's footsteps, building homes and apartments in the Billings area. Then, once again his adventurous spirit reared its head, and he ventured out looking for gold. He went to White Sulphur Springs and Grasshopper Creek near Dillon and ended up in Virginia City. There Roy spent the remainder of his life, fulfilling his passion for mining, selling and manufacturing mining equipment and operating the mill that he built in 1992.
Roy never did anything in a small way; his mind always busy. He loved working, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, gardening, mining and people. He always had an open door, open heart and an open ear for those who needed it.
Roy is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Roy Matthew of Virginia City; daughter, Tanya Fortner (Phillip) of Ennis; seven grandchildren; his two sisters, Sandra Miller of Missoula and Trudy Chester of Billings; brother, David Moen of Huntley, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother.
Roy had an infinite love for his family. He will forever be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.
Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Church in Ennis. Interment will take place in the Hillside Cemetery at Virginia City, immediately followed by a reception at the Virginia City Elks Lodge.
Memorials may be made to the Ennis Medical Center or a
K&L Mortuaries of Ennis is assisting with arrangements.
K & L Mortuaries
109 West Second
Whitehall, MT 59759
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2011