Nick Golder died peacefully on June 17, 2022 at his beloved ranch in southeastern Montana after a long illness. He was born in Lysite, Wyoming on April 4, 1934, the youngest of three children of LaVisa and Jack Golder. He was preceded in death by his siblings Joyce Litton and Don Golder. He married Fay VonKrosigk in 1958. They ranched in Wyoming until Nick returned in 1972 to his family ranch on Rosebud Creek between Lame Deer and Colstrip, Montana.
Nick trained horses, punched cows and savored the land all of his life. He loved training alpine troops and representing the United States cross-country skiing around Europe while in the Army. Added to his love of ranching, he helped found the Northern Plains Resource Council in the 1970s and was proud to be a conservationist rancher. Together with specialists from Montana State University, in the 1980’s Nick pioneered a new method of land reclamation on the Colstrip stripmines that has become the standard today. Active for decades in the organization, Northern Plains organizes Montana citizens to protect the state’s ecosystem, water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.
Nick is survived by his three children, Hugh Miller (Jan), Maury Golder-Dobbie (Steve) and Von Golder (Sue), as well as his former wife, Fay Golder. He was proud of his seven grandchildren, Adam Golder , Daniel Golder (Jillian), Sarah Springer (Will), Ryan Miller (Jessica), Erin Miller-Clark (Chuck), Jarah Grashorn (Mat), and Jesse Komrs (Kate). They are raising 14 great grandchildren he was thrilled about, along with a 15th on the way!
A celebration of life will be held at Life’s Journey Church in Colstrip on Friday, June 24th, 2022 at 5:30pm with a meal following. The family requests that no flowers be sent, however if anyone would like to honor Nick with a gift, two options are: 1) Find a way to “pay it forward” for another individual or family in need in partnership with Nick’s heart, or 2) Rosebud County Cattlewomen is a fantastic non-profit that faithfully works to helps needs of ranchers in cases of natural disaster, helping provide such things as hay after fires, emergency fencing, food, etc.. Donations can be made to Rosebud Cattlewomen; P.O. Box 265; Forsyth, MT 59327
Nick often talked about his faith in God and was active in his community and church. Nick joked he wanted to “die with my boots on so I don’t stub my toe when I kick the bucket.” and laughed about whether he’d get bucked off in heaven. Whether or not he’s topping off a few broncs in heaven now, the mountains and sunsets he’s viewing make the mountains he loved here seem like mole hills!