SHELBY Walter Ehlers Mundt, 94, of Shelby, a retired dairy branch manager, hunting guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and independent contractor, died of natural causes Sunday, Feb. 3, at Marias Care Center in Shelby.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday at Whitted Funeral Chapel. A funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow with military honors in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Walter was born May 20, 1918, in Carter, to Walter William and Emma (Ehlers) Mundt. He attended Apple School in Carter and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1936. In 1941, Walt joined the U.S. Army
and served in the East Indies, Papuan, New Guinea, Australia and the southern Philippines as a medical supply sergeant. He was discharged 1945, receiving a Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Star
, American Defense Service Medal and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. He returned to Great Falls, where he worked at the Ayrshire Dairy as a bookkeeper and in 1953 became their branch manager in Shelby. Walt purchased the Tastee Freeze Drive In in Shelby in 1959, which was operated by his sister Helen and her husband, Bernard Long. After retiring from the Ayrshire Dairy, he became an independent contractor, doing remodels and new construction.
On July 29, 1945, Walter and Verna Hanson were married in Great Falls and had five children. Verna passed away in 1998. Walter and Dorothy Fitzpatrick were married in Shelby on May 15, 2000.
Walt had been a member of the Lions Club, NRA and VFW
and served on the Senior Center Board, St. Luke's Church Council, Shelby City Council, Marias Fair Board and the Area 3 Council on Aging. In 1995, he was chosen as Shelby's Senior Citizen of the Year and also as the Area 3 Senior Citizen of the Year. Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and also bowling, square dancing and cards of any kind. He also loved to travel and enjoyed the scenery in much of the U.S. and Canada.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Shelby; children Walter (Angelita) Mundt of Sterling, Va., Carol of Shelby, Don (Amy Linn) of Missoula, Gordon (Chris) of Belgrade and Lila (Paul) Cebulla of Bozeman; stepchildren Sandra (Ed) Grogan of Gig Harbor, Wash., Diane (Dale) Duff of Whitefish, Randy (Connie) Hammer of Las Vegas; and stepson-in-law, Brian Kessner of Roberts. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and one great-great-grandson; as well as 13 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Verna; sisters Eileen (Richard) Brandt, Ina (George) Porter, Anita Mundt, Sue Barkley and Helen (Bernard) Long; brother Gerald; and stepdaughter Laura Kessner.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Shelby Senior Center, Marias Museum of History and Art, all in Shelby, or to a recipient of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be posted online at www.whittedfuneralchapel.com