Calvin Ray McWilliams, age 62 of Cohagen, MT, passed away in his home near Jordan, MT on July 27, 2021.
Calvin was born on July 5, 1959 in Casper, Wyoming to Dean and Clara McWilliams joining his brothers Jim and Larry. After Calvin, his sisters DeAnn and Rhonda joined the family.
In early childhood, Calvin’s family moved often because his dad worked construction. In 1963, they moved to the farm in Cohagen where he grew up. Calvin attended the Cohagen School and Garfield County High School.
From a young age, Calvin learned how to farm and mechanic. The older farmers tell stories about how they would call Dean for help and Calvin would be the one in the tractor when it came over the hill to help them.
His mom tells stories about how he was always getting into things. His mom also said that he was always getting hurt. She tells a story about how when he was two years old, he got his arm caught in a washing machine ringer. Then when he was 12 years old, he was helping his dad fix the baler and cut all the tendons on the back of his hand and went to get it stitched back together. His mom said when they got home, she looked out the kitchen window and he was up in a tree!
In 1977, Calvin married his high school sweetheart Twila Jo Phipps and they made their home in Cohagen, MT. In 1977, they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl Trixie Melanie McWilliams. Three years later, they were blessed with a sweet baby boy Colin Ray McWilliams. In 1982, they were blessed with another beautiful baby girl Amber Lynn Rae McWilliams.
Calvin constructed a smaller model of the World’s Biggest Tractor, Big Bud. His model, which he called Little Bud, began as a drawing on his garage wall and is now a running tractor. He also fulfilled his dream of having a pivot. This pivot runs off of another great accomplishment, natural springs that he dug into a reservoir. He always loved to fly and in 1982, he bought an ultralight that he enjoyed flying for years.
The last few years of his life were spent farming with his family members. Spring planting and Fall harvesting were times when much of the family got together and helped out. He also enjoyed going and watching his grandchildren do the things they loved. Calvin loved getting to spend time in the mountains too. Snowmobiling was something the whole family enjoyed getting to do together. He built a dirt bike track out at his place for him and his grandchildren to enjoy. No matter the weather, if his grandkids were out there playing, you could bet you’d see him out there on his quad playing with them. He left a legacy of kindness, generosity and hard work that will be cherished and remembered forever.
Calvin was proceeded in death by his father Dean Ralph McWilliams, grandson Kolter Garner, Ralph and Clella McWilliams and Phillip and Maggie Rath.
Calvin is survived by the love of his life Twila Jo McWilliams; his daughter Trixie, son Colin Ray (Erin), and daughter Amber Lynn Rae (Pat); grandchildren Blake, Felicity, and Mason Jessen, Tiffany, Jace, Cooper, and Presley McWilliams, and Carson, Bryce, Carter, and Olivia Garner; his mother Clara McWiliams; brothers Jim and Larry McWilliams, sisters DeAnn McWilliams and Rhonda Losinski; and many more family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cohagen Hall in Cohagen. Interment will follow in the Cohagen Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Garfield County Ambulance Service, Garfield County Health Center or Cohagen Grade School.