Aug. 20, 1946 – July 13, 2018
Rick was born August 20th 1946 in Helena, MT. He died Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home in Elliston. He and his siblings were raised on 3rd street by their parents, Mary Jane and Gilbert Longmire Sr.
Rick served in the U.S. Army from January 1964 to December 1966. During this time Rick earned his GED.
Rick worked at RAY-D-ANT cleaners with his mother Mary Jane after his discharge. He worked various jobs before beginning his career with the ASARCO Smelter in 1976 until its closing. Upon his retirement he went to work for Rocky Mountain Healthcare for a short time before becoming boiler operator for the Elliston School District. He retired permanently in September 2007.
In October 1969 he married Christina (Tina) Wickersheim. From this marriage 2 daughters were born.
In 1992 Rick and Tina found their paradise in Elliston, MT and built their dream home in 1999. Many wonderful parties ensued at the “Happy Hut”. His repertoire of jokes was legendary! Rick enjoyed hunting and fishing until he bought his property at which time the animals became his pets. He started snowmobiling later in life and enjoyed his many snowmobile trips with his friends and extended family always accompanied by a bottle of Tums! Rick was an avid motor bike rider in his younger days graduating to a trike which he enjoyed on his trips to the bike rally in Sturgis. Rick was an amazing motorcycle mechanic working on his own bikes as well as friends’.
Rick was broken hearted when he lost his 4-legged companions BJ and Grace but found comfort in his miniature companion Kennedy.
He is preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Mary Jane Longmire, infant daughter Tamarette, and sisters Anna and Julie. He is survived by his loving wife Tina, daughter Shauna Longmire, brother Gilbert Longmire Jr. (Alma Lea), sisters Patty (Doug) Donaldson and Donna (Gary) Schwarz. He is also survived by his step mother Clara Longmire, step brothers and sisters in the Wagner family, an uncle, aunts, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
We would like to thank the Elliston/Avon Response Team for their heroic efforts as well as the Powell County Sheriff’s Department for their support. A thank you to Dr. Kiley Kirksey for her care.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your local volunteer rescue unit or donor’s choice. A service with military honors to celebrate Rick’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Rick.