Jan. 25, 1937 – Oct. 7, 2017
David Edward Ferguson passed away at his home surrounded by family on October 7, 2017.
David was born on January 25, 1937 in Ambrose, ND to Edward and Blanche (Wehrman) Ferguson. He grew up in Westby, MT and graduated from Westby High School in 1955. David continued his education at the Minneapolis School of Business.
David was married to Shirley Hammer on December 29, 1956. From this marriage was born a son, Howrey, in Minneapolis, MN in 1958 and twin daughters, Lisa and Lori, in Hamilton, MT in 1960.
David was an accountant for a sawmill in Darby, MT from 1960-1967. His family moved to White Sulphur Springs where he was an accountant for another sawmill from 1967-1972. After moving to Glasgow in 1972, David worked for UBC for a short period before joining the Montana Department of Revenue as an appraiser for the Property Assessment Division in 1973. In 1977 he was promoted to Regional Manager supervising multiple counties from the Helena office.
David was married to Sharon Partridge Courchene on October 22, 1977 in Glasgow, MT and together they moved to Helena. David continued his career with the department until his retirement at age 63 in 2000.
David was a lifetime Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Indians, and Montana Griz fan and was a proud Packers share owner. He was an avid sports fan and many games where watched from his prized “Packers” room. In the late 80’s, he owned several race horses that traveled the racing circuit in Montana. David also loved the lake where he and Sharon lived for 17 years. All family and friends were welcome at the lake and Dave loved boating and pulling tubers and skiers for anyone who would be willing to try it. Grandkids were known to ask for both nice and wild rides from Grandpa on the tube and Grandpa was always willing to oblige. It was also a proud moment when David pulled the six Koon boys at one-time slalom skiing behind his beloved boat.
David was a member of IAAO, the Eagles Lodge 16, Aerie, and past Elks Club Member.
David is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sharon Ferguson of Helena, MT. His three children, a son, Howrey Ferguson of St. Louis, MO and two daughters, Lisa (Tully) Tryan of Plentywood, MT and Lori (Dave) Martin of Benson, MN; Stepson, Pat (Pam) Courchene of Helena, MT and stepdaughter, Chris (Mark Smith) Courchene of Helena, MT. Eight beloved grandchildren: Zachary (Katie) Ferguson, Derrick Ferguson, Jill (Mike) Carlson, Julie (Reid Nicklason) Martin, Daniel Martin, Danielle Tryan, Kirsten Tryan, Patrick Courchene and Kelly (Carlos) Chairez. Four great-grandchildren: Ryane, Weston, Charlotte, Brody Ferguson, Vivi and Charlie Chairez. Two siblings, a brother Darrold (Dona) Ferguson of Missoula, MT and sister, Carol Jean (Dick) Capell of Brandon, FL. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bill Adamy and numerous nieces and nephews. He is greatly missed by all.
David is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Howard Ferguson, Aubrey Ferguson, Ione Anderson, Elaine Koon, Marjorie Reed, Selma Sneva, Kathryn Adamy and Vavine in infancy.
Viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. with a service celebrating David’s life to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials in David’s name are suggested to an organization of the donor’s choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of David.