Carl W. Idland passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Parkhaven Assisted Living in Manhattan, Mont. He was born May 9, 1928 at the ranch home in Deadman's Canyon northeast of Greycliff, Mont. to Bertel and Agnes (Stockburger) Idland. Carl attended Greycliff grade school and graduated from Big Timber High School. While in high school, he was awarded the State Farmer Degree and the American Farmer Degree in F.F.A. He was State Sentinel in F.F.A. in 1948 - 1949. He was a 4-H Club Leader for 23 years in Sweet Grass and in the Gallatin Counties.
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In 1956, he married Grace (Crance) Idland in Big Timber and they ranched in the Big Timber area. In 1965, the family moved to Belgrade, Mont. He worked as a mechanic for Owenhouse Hardware, Kamp Implement, and Dorn Equipment until he retired in 1990. He later worked part-time for ABC Rental until 1998. They had two daughters, Darlene and Marilou. He taught them life lessons while fixing their cars and showing them how to raise sheep.
Carl was given a .22 rifle when he was 7 years old and hunted to provide for his family his entire life. In 1966 he shot a 7-point bull elk; it was the biggest one taken out of the Gallatin Canyon. He knew the Bridger Mountains and the Gallatin Range like his own back yard; his nephews would call him "mountain goat" as they tried to keep up.
Carl was an avid member of the Bozeman Gem and Mineral Club and enjoyed many rock-hunting trips and sharing his experiences with others. He loved animals; he and Grace were happy to see their daughters have the same degree of compassion for their pets over the years. Carl was a strong and gentle man, always a "country" wave for all passersby and would stop to help anyone who needed it – neighbor or stranger, never accepting anything but a thank you.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Bertel and Agnes Idland; his wife of 53 years, Grace; his sister, Alice Guptill; brother-in-laws, Wallace Guptill and William Randall. He is survived by his daughters, Darlene Idland, husband, Bob Kleven, Belgrade, Mont., Marilou Idland, Bowling Green, Ind.; grandsons, Buck Osborne, Portland, Ore., Ryan Keppel, Somerset, Wis. and Adam Keppel, Sartell, Minn. His sister, Gladys Randall, Sumner, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service with interment to follow at Meadowview Cemetery in Manhattan. Reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719 or online at heartofthevalleyshelter.org. His daughters are planning on a Memorial Park Bench; anyone wanting to contribute can get details at the reception or check with family.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 24, 2014