William B. Linfield (1928 - 2014)

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William B. Linfield, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Feb. 2. Born to Ruth and Bertil Linfield Feb. 19, 1928 in Bozeman, Bill was the youngest of four children, and grew up fly fishing on the Gallatin River with his Grandpop Smith. He attended Bozeman High School, and was hired as a fireguard in Yellowstone Park. Bill wrote and illustrated a book detailing his adventures in the Park in the summer of 1945 filled with his wonderful paintings, showcasing his artistic skill. After graduation, Bill joined the Navy, and was stationed on Midway Island. Bill attended Montana State College where he pledged Sigma Chi, and met his future wife Carlyn Beck (Becky). They married in 1951, and spent the next five years on an oil survey crew in Wyoming before setting down in Billings and raising their three children. Utilizing his artistic talent, Bill became a draftsman, and then dedicated many years selling Securities until retiring in 2004.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Becky; his brother, Robert; and his sister, Lee. Bill is survived by children, Kori (Tom) McCormick, Janet (Robert) Hammond, and Bill (Robin) Linfield; grandchildren, Taelor, Michael, David, Jordyn, and Karson; sister, Margaret Lyons; sister-in-law, Joy Linfield and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the passionate people at Moorburg Cottage on the St. John's Lutheran campus for providing loving comfort and care for our Dad.

Cremation has taken place and private family services are planned.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements and remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 5, 2014
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