William ‘Bill’ Lyle Grist (63) of Brockway, Montana passed away Saturday, October 11th at Riverstone Health in Billings, MT with his wife of 44 years, as always, by his side.
Bill was born December 24th, 1950 in Miles City, MT to Lyle ‘Bud’ and Marjorie Grist and joined an older brother, Gene. He grew up on the family ranch south of Brockway and attended school in Terry, where he stayed with his grandparents Bill and Mary Allen during much of the school year. Bill was a standout athlete, especially at basketball and enjoyed many outstanding seasons with his fellow Terriers. He graduated in 1969 and attended a year of college in Havre. In the fall of 1970 Bill married Cathy Gackle after meeting her for the first time a year earlier, even though the family farms are only 9 miles apart. He joined the National Guard and was trained as a tank driver in the armored cavalry, after which he and Cathy returned to the ranch to work alongside his bother and parents.
Bill spent the next 40 years on the farm raising crops and livestock. Along the way he was blessed with two sons, Cory and Kelly, whom he raised with inspiring love and patience through all the doctor visits, games and trials two boys can provide.
Bill enjoyed anything that allowed him to spend time with friends and family, whether elk hunting in the mountains, golfing or just visiting. His baritone voice and laugh made him easy to find in a crowd where he was one of the first to strike up a conversation and one of the last to leave.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Marjorie Grist and his son Cory Grist. He is survived by his wife Cathy Grist; his son Kelly (Amber) Grist; his three grandchildren Allison, William, and Emily; and his brother Gene (Norma) Grist.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friend desire, memorials may be made to Riverstone Health Foundation, 123 S. 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101.