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Louis James Roark

Obituary Condolences

OILMONT Louis James Roark, 81, of Oilmont, an oil field truck driver, farmer and U.S. Navy veteran died of natural causes Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Marias Care Center.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby. Burial with military honors will follow in Sunburst Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gladys V. Roark of Oilmont; adopted daughter Teresa (Dan) Kaleva of Shelby; daughter Colleen (Thom) Bryant of Great Falls; sons Tim (Jacquie) Roark and Dan (Tina) Roark, both of Oilmont and Brian (Brenda) Roark of Sunburst; stepsons Woody Goodrich of Great Falls and Charles (Sherry) Goodrich of Kevin; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings Leslie W. (Dena) Roark, Darlene (Jim) Watson and Becky (J.P.) Tracy; sister-in-law Gayle (Carroll) Klette; and brother-in-law Jim Sandifer.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings LaVerne Roark and Marilyn Sandifer; and a grandson, Justin J. Roark.

Lou was born Oct. 21, 1931, on the family homestead north of Shelby, to Willis and Gladys (Flesch) Roark and grew up in the Oilmont area. He attended Prairie Dell Elementary and graduated from Oilmont High School in 1949. He served four years with the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and then attended one year of college in Missoula after his discharge.

Louis married Gladys Virginia Lawson on Jan. 8, 1959, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Along with farming he worked for Kevin Trucking as an oilfield trucker for many years. He was a member of the Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Lou served as a trustee on the Oilmont school board and put in countless hours as the founder of the Oilmont Water District. He enjoyed farming and gardening.

Lou was a gentle, kind and caring man, as well as a loving husband and father. He was especially fond of all his grandchildren. Small children always brought joy to his heart with their cute antics.

Condolences may be posted online at www.whittedfuneralchapel.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 20, 2013
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