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Obituary for John R. Egge
A quiet gentle soul left the struggle of this life on January 3rd 2015. John Raymond Egge was born on March 11, 1934 to Clara and CB Egge of Lavina. He became the little brother to Charles Jr, Duane and his sister, Jean. John spent his early education in Lavina but later moved with his sister to Miles City to attend school. There, as a teenager, he met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Hillier. They were both working at JC Penney when their love began to blossom. Mom and dad were united in marriage on June 6, 1954. They shared 60 wonderful years filled with the blessings of love, laughter, hard work, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad spent 4 years working on seismograph crews before being called into active duty with the Army. He was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where their daughter, Debra, was born. Dad was discharged in 1957 and then went back to working seismograph throughout the west. In 1957 their twin sons, Larry and Leland were born prematurely. After the deaths of their sons, mom and dad moved to Roundup and dad began working for Christianson Construction. He later went to work for CBrewer and then Cy Roberts. In 1964 they were blessed with the arrival of their son, Stewart John. In 1976 Cy sold his business to mom and dad and he continued working into his 70's. With the blizzard conditions we are currently experiencing it reminds us of the hours and hours, dad spent plowing snow in the oil field with his D6 Cat and blade. His proudest accomplishment to this day was the land leveling he did for farmers and ranchers up and down the Musselshell Valley. These fields are still in production today and serve as a testament to his abilities. Dad may be gone but the fields he leveled remain and will always remind us of his talents and hard work with which we are able to draw great comfort. He always considered being a soil conservationist his legacy. Dad loved sitting in the gazebo watching the birds, drinking a little Bud, driving ' Blue' in the 4th of July parade, coffee at the Busy Bee, fishing and working on his tractor. He carried his wit and one- liners to the very end. He always told us when we said we were leaving "thanks for the warning". John was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and twin sons. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley ("Ma"); daughter Deb (Gary) Thomas of Roundup; son, Stewart (Janis) Egge of Vista, CA; grandchildren, Charlie, Kevin, John , Alisha (Tom),Eric and Aaron; great grandchildren, Olivia, Alexandra, and Bradley. Dad, we miss your smile, your laugh, and your gentle ways. We were so blessed to have you for so long. We live in the love of our faith that you are now healed. We love you and will forever hold you in our hearts. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Thursday, January 8th at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup. Burial will be at the Roundup Cemetery. With dad's history and the legacy he left in the Musselshell Valley memorials may be made to the Musselshell Valley Historical Museum or a charity of one's choice.