Robert Everett Churchwell’s life began on November 5, 1938, in Manhattan, Montana. He was born to Edward (Bob) and Harriett Churchwell. He started his eternal journey with God on January 20, 2017.
Bob’s early years were spent on a farm in Austin, Montana, where the family raised many animals such as milk cows, horses, pigs, and chickens. Bob would milk the cows, separate the cream and fill the ten-gallon cans. Bob and his siblings would then flag down the train to pick up the cream and sometimes the family would even ride the train to Helena.
The family dearly loved the farm, but they moved to Helena when Bob was a freshman in high school. Bob was in track at school and played trumpet in the band. After Bob graduated, he enlisted in the Army Reserves, while he was in the reserves this skinny boy had filled out and grown so much his family hardly recognized him. Bob attended Carroll College in Helena where he was an A student. At Carroll, Bob met his first wife, Joyce Ford and they began to raise a family.
Bob’s children dearly loved their father, because he was so kind. He taught them to love and respect nature. The children went hunting, fishing, camping and hiking in Montana and sometimes Canada.
Bob was a prolific hunter and fisherman. He brought home numerous elk, deer, and antelope. His happiest days were spent on lakes or rivers, especially in his latter years on the Ruby Reservoir in Madison County, Montana.
Bob’s employment took him from making ice cream bars as a teenager to the State of Montana for a short while, then to 34 years at the Ash Grove Cement Company in Clancy. Bob retired and began his entrepreneurship with the Nikken Company in Helena where he met Mary Ola Maynard, who would become his second wife in December of 1998. Bob was also in the U.S. National Guard for 35 years at Ft. Harrison, Montana.
After retirement, Bob and Mary Ola had many enjoyable days traveling across the country from Massachusetts to California and on to Hawaii, often visiting family and friends along the way. Bob was honored to visit Pearl Harbor during their trip to Hawaii.
Bob and Mary Ola moved from Helena to Alder, MT in 1990. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Sheridan, Montana where he served on the Board of Directors. They then moved to Kalispell, MT in October 2016.
Robert is survived by his wife; Mary Ola (Bozman) Churchwell; his children, Shari (Rodney) Estenson, Helena, MT; Karen (Steven) Braun, Bozeman, MT; Martin (Bonnie) Churchwell, Idaho Falls, ID; Kenneth Peck, Helena, MT; Dorothy (Chris) Means, Chandler, AZ; James (Rose) Lytle, Helena, MT; Carol (Kevin) Pitt, Kalispell, MT; Donna Weathers, Missoula, MT; Sisters, Kay Black, San Jose, CA and Diane Martin, Red Wood City, CA; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.
Bob was preceded in death by his father Edward Hugh (Bob) Churchwell; his mother Harriett (Whitney) Churchwell; son Robert Everett Churchwell; stepson Harold Eugene Peck; first wife Joyce (Ford) Churchwell and sister Mary Lou Williams.
The funeral for Bob will be held on Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley Assembly, 114 N. Main Street, Sheridan, MT.