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Robert William Yeager

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CONRAD Longtime Conrad resident Robert William Yeager, 64, died following a long illness Sunday, Oct. 7, at his home.

A service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Conrad Baptist Church, 110 N. Wisconsin St., Conrad, followed by interment at the Valier Cemetery. Afterwards, all are welcome to a gathering at the Valier Community Center. Pondera Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert was born in Conrad to Robert and Ruth (Freed) Yeager on November 1, 1947. The family resided in Valier, where Robert attended school until he was 17 when he went to work on an oil rig.

In 1968, he married Linda Gobert of Browning. They had two sons, John and David (they divorced in 1977). In 1979, he married Karen Smith. They had a son, Shawn and daughter, Jamie (they divorced in 1988). In 1990, he met and married Leni Britton. They have a daughter, Savannah.

In the early years, Robert worked on oil rigs, local farms and elevators, the Montana Western Railroad and a seismograph company. In Browning, he worked at the pencil factory and managed the War Bonnet Hotel. In 1974, he started his career with Burlington Northern Railroad and retired from BNSF in 2002 after 29 years.

Robert took great pride in his work, and he loved his huge family that includes 11 grandchildren and 102 nieces and nephews. He treasured the huge family gatherings. He had a big heart and never asked for anything in return. There was always room in his home for family and friends. After he retired, Robert took pleasure in gardening and his many aquariums.

Robert was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Clara Fanny Yeager and Fred and Sylvia Freed; his father, Robert Lewis Yeager and two brothers-in-law.

He is survived by his wife, Enid Leni Yeager; his children, John W. of Conrad, David C. of Valier, Shawn R. of Helena, Jamie N. of Dutton, Savannah L. of Ulm and MacKenzie N., their granddaughter who lives with them; stepchildren Paul Smith and Dana Gobert of Conrad; sisters Patricia Payne (James) and Cindy Habets (Dick) of Valier, Joan Farnstrom (Vaughn) of Conrad, Donna Kubis (Mike) of Kevin, Tammy Coster (Frank) of Great Falls and Diana Web (Roy) of Burns, Wyo.; and brother Donald Yeager (Janice) of Conrad.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 10, 2012
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