Hugh W. "Bill" McIntosh
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Lewistown —Hugh William (Bill) McIntosh 91 of Denton was born April 30, 1923 to John J. and Helen C. (Bruce) McIntosh. He received his elementary schooling at White Arrow School on the Arrow Creek Bench and later graduated from Fergus County High School in 1940. During high school Bill delivered the Democratic News in the morning and after school worked at Zacker's Machine & Welding for very little money but he felt the knowledge he gained was priceless to his future life as a farmer. Upon graduation he continued working for a year and then attended Montana State College in Bozeman for a time before enlisting in the army in 1943. He served in the Army Signal Corps where he was stationed in Italy. As a member of the Greatest Generation, Bill was proud to have served his country during WWII. He was a great historian of the war and loved to share stories of that time period. Many people far and wide enjoyed his history lessons. He returned from the Army in 1946 and married his high school sweetheart Babe Drake on September 22, 1946 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown. He again returned to Montana State College for one year majoring in electrical engineering. At that time his father was ready to retire and requested he return home to the family farm on the Arrow Creek Bench. Bill and Babe were blessed with four children and farmed from 1948 until retiring to Denton in 1993. The family farm has reached centennial status having been farmed for 100 years by the McIntosh family. The McIntosh family loved their years on the family farm. Harvest was especially a time of excitement for the kids in the neighborhood. Tailgate parties were daily events in the wheat fields. The family also had many beloved pets, large and small. Bill's favorite was his milk cow Queenie and an apricot poodle Punaise. He leaves behind his beloved housecat Bitsy that he bottle-fed back to health nine years ago.
His work at Zacker's Machine & Welding proved invaluable when he and his brother-in-law, Vestal Hershberger, designed and built a sprayer for applying commercial fertilizer. It was the first in the Coffee Creek area. In the neighborhood he was Mr. Fix It because of his wiring skills, ability to weld, and his mechanical talent. His well-organized shop was always abuzz with some ongoing project. Up until his final day family members were still relying on his expertise to help fix this or that.
Bill served on the county A.S.C.S. Committee for many years and also on the Farmers Union Board in Coffee Creek. He was past Commander of the American Legion post #62, was a lifetime member of the F.O.E., past Master of Western Star Masonic Lodge 104, a member of the ALBEDOO Shrine of Billings and Central Montana Shrine Club AAH-OOGA patrol and a member of the Denton Community United Methodist Church. Bill believed donating blood was important. He began donating when he was 17 and donated for the last time when he was 90.
Bill and Babe spent many wonderful times camping and boating with their beloved family. Bill enjoyed teaching numerous kids to waterski over the years. The family also enjoyed many road trips touring National Parks. Their highlight trip was to Glasgow, Scotland where Bill found the house his mother was born in.
Bill is survived by his wife, Babe, of nearly 69 years; his beloved sisters Betty Sperry, Brentwood, CA. and Mary Ellen Ramlow, Whitefish, MT; his children Jack McIntosh of Coffee Creek, MT, MaryLynn Donnelly and Pat (Fred) Jense both of Helena, MT and Pam (Dave) Linker of Coffee Creek, MT; grandchildren Ryan (Helena) Jense, Kristopher (Emily) Jense, Rebecca Donnelly, Sarah Donnelly, Emily (Tyler) Hessler, Brock Linker, Natalie Linker, Robin (Eric) Hogan; great grandchildren, Anya Jense, Ella, Lucas, Jacob, Christian, and Isaac Hogan and numerous nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. Memorial Service for Hugh W. "Bill" McIntosh will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 21st, 2014 in the Denton United Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow at the Denton Town Hall. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the Denton Endowment Fund, Shrine Crippled Childrens' Hospital or the
and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com
Cloyd Funeral Home
209 Third Avenue North Lewistown, MT 59457-0118
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 20, 2014