Our husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle, Wilbur Earl "Will" Funk, died on Feb. 3, 2010, from complications of congestive heart failure. He was born March 7, 1925, in Belgrade, to Earl C. and Gertrude E. Funk. He attended Bozeman, Belgrade and Manhattan public schools, graduating from Gallatin County High School in 1943.
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He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and was honorably discharged with service-connected disability. He earned a BME in 1948 and an MME from The University of Montana.
He taught music at public schools and colleges and had a successful choral conducting career, directing church choirs and community choirs during his lifetime in Montana, Minnesota and Oregon.
He is survived by his wife, Celia; former wife, Joyce Leonard; sons, Gary (Sylvia), Eric (Eugenia), and Matthew; daughters, Nancy Wilson (Don), Melody and Laura; brothers, Harold and Verne; sister, Lorene; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Donald, Kenneth, Alfred and Howard; and sister, Carol.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Ave., Portland, Ore. Disposition is by cremation. His ashes will be scattered in the Mission Mountains of Montana.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central Lutheran Church Restoration Fund, or to the local food bank.
Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center-Portland, Ore.; http://www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/2010/02/will-wilbur-earl-will-funk/.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 14, 2010