May 10, 1924 – Feb. 2, 2019
Inez Larson Hohn, age 94, passed away on February 2, 2019 at Silver Springs Assisted Living Facility in Townsend, Montana, where she had lived since October of 2017.
Inez was delivered by a midwife during a snowstorm on May 10, 1924 on a farm near Troy, South Dakota to Gilbert and Lora Larson. As a child of the depression Inez learned to work hard on the family farm. After graduating from Waverly High School, she moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work for Postal Telegraph. There she met Vincent Hohn, a good-looking sailor from Montana. She transferred to Helena, Montana with Western Union and she and Vincent were married on January 22, 1946, in East Helena. They ranched near Clasoil for many years. Here they raised their 8 children.
Even as a stay at home mom with 8 children, Inez found time and energy to be an active member and work her way through all the chairs in the Women of the Moose Lodge in Helena. She was active in the Clasoil Home Demonstration Club and served as a 4-H leader for many years. She also ran several home-based businesses: raising chickens and maintaining a weekly egg delivery route in East Helena-Helena, baking and decorating many wedding cakes, and running a ceramic shop, Hohn’s Hobbies, out of her basement. When all of her children reached school age, she went to work at Carroll College and then the State of Montana Auditor’s Office/Insurance Division.
Inez loved traveling. She and Vince scoured the state looking for greenware and garage sales, followed their sons for sporting events, and attended many Navy reunions around the US. They went to Japan and Germany to visit their sons who were in the service. After Vince’s death Inez toured the Scandinavian countries and took cruises to Hawaii, Panama Canal, Mississippi River, and Alaska.
After retiring from working for the state, Inez and Vince moved into East Helena where she set up a ceramic shop in the garage out back and transformed the yard with beautiful flowerbeds and a raspberry patch.
After Vince’s death in 1993, Inez began volunteering at the Talking Book Library in Helena. She moved to Townsend in 2001 and became an active member of the community. She volunteered at the Broadwater Food Pantry and the Museum, served on the Tree Board, was President of the Senior Dinner Club, and was an active member of Townsend United Methodist Church and the Townsend Crimson Gals Red Hat group.
Inez was not afraid of technology. She installed Windows 10 on her home computer by herself. She loved Facebook on her smartphone because it kept her in contact with her 8 children, 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She also loved playing Words with Friends and doing jigsaw puzzles on her computer.
Inez is survived by 7 of her children: James (Pamla) of Montana City, Sheila (LaVerne Heavirland) of Townsend, Thomas of Columbus, MT, Beverly of Vancouver, WA, Mark (Penny) of Kent, WA, Dave (Dee) of Tuttle, OK, and Brian (Claudette) of Townsend. She is also survived by her brother Gilbert Larson, Jr of Goodwin, SD, and her dear friend Clara Zabrocki at Silver Springs ALF.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ruby Larson Gunther, her husband Vincent, her son Robert, and her grandson Eric Bieber.
Memorials in Inez’s honor may be sent to Special K Ranch, Hohn House Fund, 34 Special K Lane, Columbus, MT. 59019
Inez’s viewing will be Friday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue, Helena. Burial will be Friday, Feb 8th at 3 p.m. at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Funeral Services will be Saturday, Feb 9th at 2 p.m. at Townsend United Methodist Church, 200 N. Cedar, Townsend, MT. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Inez.