RONAN– Richard Gill “Dick” Linse, 87, passed away from natural causes at St. Luke Community Hospital on Friday, April 5, 2013, with his caring wife of 57 years, Beverly, at his side.
Dick was born May 5, 1925, in Lewistown to Fred and Grace Linse. Two years later, he was joined by his only sister, Eleanor. Dick spent his early years in the small rural community of Eaverson and then Billings before eventually graduating from Ronan High School in 1942. He joined and served in the Merchant Marines, providing him with the opportunity to visit and sail to many unique areas of the world. His times in the service were some of his fondest memories.
After being discharged, he attended the University of Montana in pursuit of business administration. He later started selling cars for Hanson Motors in Ronan. After 20 years in car sales, Dick went to work with the Lake County Bridge Crew before finally “retiring” to his beloved ranch east of Ronan, where he was content in tending to his cattle and working the land.
In 1956, Dick married Beverly Mocabee and together they had three sons, Gregory (1957), Robert (1958) and Tom (1963). Throughout the years as foster parents and host family, they welcomed many foreign exchange students, friends and extended family members into their home.
Preceding Dick in death were his parents, sister and infant son, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons, Gregory (Cindy) and Tom (Mona); and his dear grandchildren, Tyler and Taylor. He also is survived by his step-grandchildren, Bob Fisher and his children Brennon, Kylie, Bryson and Kenslie; Ryan Fisher (Jennifer) and son Tristan; and Brad Fisher (Jennifer) and children Xavier, Espn and Arianna.
Graveside services with full Masonic rites will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Mountain View Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at North Crow Clubhouse.