William S. "Bill" Warfield IV (1919 - 2007)

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William S. "Bill" Warfield IV, 87, of Bozeman and former Paradise Valley resident, died at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital early Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007.

Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory in Livingston. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Aspen Pointe, 1201 Highland Blvd., Bozeman. Burial will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman. The Rev. David Gunderson of St. John's Episcopal Church in Emigrant will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston.

Bill was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., the son of William S. and Hildegarde (Ware) Warfield, III. He spent his early life and attended school in Winnetka, Ill., graduating from New Trier High School in 1938. He then attended Princeton University where he received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1942.

Following his graduation he entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor displayed during combat operations.

Upon his honorable discharge in 1945, he lived and worked for a time at his aunt and uncle's ranch and boys' school in Arizona.

On June 30, 1948, he married Norma M. "Pat" Patrick in Cody, Wyo., and in 1949 they settled in Paradise Valley, living and working with Bill's brother, Jim, on his ranch. In 1951 they purchased their own ranch on Mill Creek, which they operated until moving to Bozeman in November 2001.

Bill was a strong advocate for many issues. He served in the Montana Legislature from 1969 to 1974 and was chairman of the Education Committee during one of his terms. Later he served and was an active participant on several local, regional and national mental health and hospital boards. He was a licensed lay reader of St. John's Episcopal Church in Emigrant. For several years he was chairman of the Rosedale school board as well as the Livingston/Park County airport board.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Warfield of Bozeman; two sons, William S. Warfield V and his wife, Claudia of Livingston, and James "Pack" Warfield and his wife, Susan of Napa, Calif.; two daughters, Christine Warfield of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Katharine "Kit" Warfield and her partner, Nancy Gershenfeld of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Hildegarde W. Leslie and her husband, John of Seattle; a brother, Lyman Ware Warfield of Durango, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Margery Warfield of Pray, Mont., and Mary Jean Warfield of Prescott, Ariz.; seven granddaughters; two great-grandsons, a great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James D. Warfield and Richard L. Warfield.

If so desired, memorials may be directed to Yellowstone Girls and Boys Ranch, 1732 S. 72nd St. West, Billings, MT 59106; the Livingston Food Pantry, 112 N. Main, Livingston, MT 59047; the Bozeman Food Bank, 602 Bond St.; or to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 2, 2007
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