Jack Songer(1932 - 2013)

Jack L. Songer

Lewistown —of Lewistown, husband, dad, grampa, great grampa, a true gentleman among men; heaven welcomed Jack Loyd Songer on Thursday December 12, 2013. Jack was born April 13, 1932 on the Musselshell River in Garfield County, Montana to Alvin W. and Thelma E. (Elliot) Songer. They moved to Spokane Washington when Jack was just a boy. He enlisted in the Navy in 1949 during the Korean War serving as a flight engineer with Patrol Squadron 47 on a PBY Airship. He married Joanne Wyman on November 11, 1956. They were blessed with five children Gwen, Kim, Larry, Linda and Loretta. Jack's 25 year law enforcement career began as a Fergus County deputy continuing on as Undersheriff and retiring as Sheriff. Honest and loyal, he was a man of integrity whose character traits inspired others. He loved to spend time with his family camping, fishing, playing crib, pinochle and watching good movies! Jack also enjoyed getting together with his brothers Alvin, Ed, and Mike and cousin Dick Songer to sing and play their guitars and harmonicas. He was a real "Jack"-of-all-trades….carpentry, mechanics, cowboying and marksmanship; a true perfectionist and master craftsman who built beautiful wood furniture. He had an infectious laugh that would warm any heart and his life left the world a better place, with heaven rejoicing that he is now there!

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Joanne Songer; daughters Gwen (Shane) Hershman of Lewistown; Kim (Ken) Cox of Kenai, Alaska; son Larry Songer of Billings; daughters Linda (John) Anderson of Lewistown; Loretta Songer (Marty Storfa) of Billings; Grandchildren Jessi (Jon) Rasmusson of Billings; Brandon Anderson of Fayetteville, NC; Abi Jo Anderson of Billings; Sierra Hershman of Lewistown; Brittney Storfa of Billings; Taylor Storfa of Bozeman; Marshal (Katie) Cox of Kenai, AK; Caleb (Cyndi) Cox of Bothel, WA; and great grandchildren Kaya and Moriah Cox of Kenai, AK; sister Ida Ackaret of Lewistown; brothers Ed (Darlene) Songer of Grass Range; Mike (Helen) Songer of Garneill; sister-in-law Zelinda Songer of Judith Gap; aunt Helen Elliot of Garneill; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin W. and Thelma E. Songer; brother Alvin E. Songer and sister Betty Mae Spurrier.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown, Montana followed by a luncheon in the church basement. Burial will be at the Lewistown City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 from 4 to 7 pm in the Cloyd Chapel. Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association or the and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 17, 2013