Great Falls - Don Rossmiller passed away, at the age of 82, on June 12, 2021.
Don was born on November 17, 1938, in Great Falls, MT, to Albert and Romaine Rossmiller.
He graduated from Dutton High School and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics at Montana State University.
Don was a 2nd Generation Farmer in the Knees Area north of Great Falls. He farmed there with his wife, Janet Rossmiller where they raised their two sons, Mike and Scott. They divorced in 1977. He married Carol Gordon in 1982 and eventually adopted their children, Jen, Chris, and Cindy. Together they ran the farm for many years, until their divorce in 2002.
Don loved his farm, and farming, and would say "when you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life". Besides farming, one of his great passions was restoring antique 2-Cylinder John Deere tractors with his close friends Jerry Severson and George Gemar. When he retired he began spending the winters in Arizona where he eventually moved, after reconnecting with his first wife, Janet. They enjoyed being "Snowbirds" every year and made numerous friends who also migrated south in the wintertime. Dad joined the Montana Men's Club made up of other retired men who grew up and lived in Montana and always looked forward to a meal out with them. Some of the men in the Club happened to be old friends of Dads back in Dutton Highschool. Janet passed away in 2013 and Don continued to live in Arizona until 2020 when he moved back to Montana.
Don is survived by his older brother Ed (Molly) Rossmiller of England, children: Mike (Stacey) Rossmiller of Missoula, MT, Scott (Wendy) Rossmiller of Clarkston, MI, Jen (Cory) Olsen of Issaquah, WA, Chris (Nicole) Rossmiller of Kalispell, MT, Cindy (Zac) Barnhart of Billings, MT, and his 9 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Romaine, sister Joyce Godzeski, and wife Janet.
Please join the family in celebrating Don's life with a service held on July 24th at Croxford Funeral Home in Great Falls, MT at 11am with a reception following the burial at New Highland Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, a livestream will be available at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers/donations, feel free to bring any photos or stories to be read at the reception or email to [email protected]
so we can share your memories of dad.
Published by Great Falls Tribune from Jun. 25 to Jun. 27, 2021.