Thomas Jay “TJ” Underberg, age 25, of Fallon passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 due to an accident.
TJ was born on October 19, 1987 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the son of Mark and Donna Underberg. In TJ’s 25 years he accomplished many things. During his high school years he was a proud Terry Terrier football player, took basketball stats and was a Big Champ to the grade school classes. During the summer he worked for many area farmers and ranchers moving irrigation pipe and branding cattle. His first job was working for Chuck and Helen Jacques irrigating his alfalfa. After Chuck’s retirement he worked for Mike and Terry Karrels in the summer on the ranch North of Terry, Montana. After high school graduation he was invited by Carroll College to play football in the Pigskin Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was so proud to be one of the few athletes chosen to play in Hawaii. After his return from Hawaii, TJ went to work for Advance Well Service in Gillette, Wyoming for about a year and a half. TJ returned to the Fallon area when work slowed down. TJ then went to work for Frank Eaton & Sons in the Terry and Lindsay area. He was employed there for 2 ½ years. TJ did many different jobs at this wondrous operation. He found out that he had a love for cattle. He enjoyed feeding and looking after the cows and calving time. He loved watching the newborns spring to life. What TJ most liked was when he was behind the wheel of one of Eaton’s Semi’s. His first truck driving experience was hauling hay from Yellowstone River to the feedlots north of Terry. Then grain to the elevator at harvest and hauling cattle from time to time. TJ often commented that he got more knowledge working for the Eaton family then any book could have ever taught him. In July 2010, TJ went to work for Cross Petroleum Service in Glendive, Montana. His job there was delivering bulk oil products to the oil rigs to operate their huge generators and equipment. TJ liked what he did at Cross Petroleum but what he liked most was the friendship and camaraderie with the people he worked with there. His job ended November 6, 2012 when an accident on the highway took TJ’s life.
TJ was a kind hearted person with a ready smile and willingness to help anyone, all you had to do was ask and he would be there. TJ had a passion for the outdoors. He loved to fish by the Yellowstone and at Sand Stone Lake with his friends. He enjoyed ABATE poker runs with all his biker buddies including mom and dad and the hog roast and dance after. He was always there to help clean up the next day. TJ also helped with Bump & Run as flag person and also at the arena motocross in Terry. TJ’s favorite pastime was hunting with his family, but he most enjoyed hunting with his best friend, his dad. TJ never met a stranger and if he did in a matter of minutes they were his friend. To know him was to love him. Fly with the angels TJ.
TJ is survived by his parents, Mark and Donna Underberg of Fallon, MT; his grandparents: Leonard Underberg of Sioux Falls, SD; Harvin and Anna Schlosser of Westport, SD; numerous aunts and uncles: Donny & Debbie Schlosser of Westport, SD; Dan & Deb0 Schlosser of Westport, SD; Jim & Dixie Hatfield of Craig, CO; Myron & Joyce Underberg of Fallon, MT; Norb & Cyndi Underberg of Sioux Falls, SD; Robert & Linda Proffitt of Larchwood, IA; Carol & Marvin Stoterau of Sioux Falls, SD; and Bruce and Jennifer Underberg of Larchwood, IA; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Underberg.