Lawrence "Basil" Bellows, 94, of Great Falls, a retired small engines mechanic, died of natural causes Thursday, April 18 at Peace Hospice.
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Memorial service with military honors is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Faith Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery.
His family would like to extend a Thank You to Peace Hospice and Pastor Ken Waag for all they have done for Basil.
Basil's first marriage was to Blanche Nentwig in 1941. They divorced in 1946. His second marriage was to Marie Christensen, who passed away in 1974. On Oct. 17, 1976, Basil remarried Blanche and they remained happily married until her death in 2005. Basil was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Newell, Iowa. He graduated from high school there in 1936. He was a military policeman in the Army from 1941 to 1947. He went around the world on a troop ship, except for in the Suez Canal.
Upon his discharge from the Army, Basil became a mechanic, working at Sievers Implement in Newell, Iowa and later for Buena Vista County, Iowa, where he retired before moving to Great Falls in 1975, where he worked for Graham Ross on small engines. He eventually opened his own shop, Basil's Repair, until retiring in 2008, at 88. Basil was a life member of VFW, an officer for the Moose Lodge, a member of the Treasure State Fly Wheelers, as well as the Teton Antique Steam & Gas Threshing Assn. He loved old tractors and hit & miss engines.
Basil is survived by his daughter, Genevieve (Galen) Houston of Huxley, Iowa; his son, Michael (Linda) Bellows of Great Falls; and step-children, Bruce, Bonnie, Bryan and Barry Steele; "as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
Those who preceded him in death include his wife, Blanche; both his parents; his brothers, Forrest and Farley; sister, Agnes; and his former wife, Marie.
Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice at 1101 26th St. South.
Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 21, 2013