Herman Zier

Born: Sat., Dec. 20, 1919
Died: Mon., Aug. 15, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 22, 2016
Location: Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home


Tue., Aug. 23, 2016
Location: Stage Stop Inn

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Aug. 23, 2016
Location: Gorder Jensen Funeral Home

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Herman Zier, 96, of Choteau, Mt passed away August 15, 2016 of natural causes at Pondera Medical Center in Conrad, MT. Visitation will be Monday August 22, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a Funeral Service will take place August 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home in Choteau, MT with a burial to follow at Choteau Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends and family are invited to attend a luncheon at the Stage Stop Inn, Choteau, following services for fellowship and memories. Herman was born December 20, 1919 to John George Zier and Elizabeth (Lackman) Zier in Myers, Montana. He was one of 11 children. In 1930 at the age of 10 his family moved to the Choteau area and has spent a life time farming in this area. In October of 1941 Herman was drafted into WWII. He served 40 months in the South Pacific, received the Bronze Star for bravery and achieved the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in August of 1945. After the Service he spent a year as a mechanic in Dutton, MT before he went back to farming. November 17, 1953 he wed the love of his life Wilma Jean McDonell-Zier in Great Falls, MT and the couple was blessed with 4 children; Calvin, Alvin, Bettina and Ricky. Herman loved to travel and had even managed to make it to all contiguous 48 states and Alaska. He was a carpenter and built many things for his family including the family home in 1955. Herman was a great self-taught farming mechanic and managed to fix all of the equipment on the farm at one point. He enjoyed watching baseball especially the Braves, watching T.V., Bowling, farming, and following the Choteau High School Basketball team. He and Wilma attended as many games as they could to support the kids. Herman was preceded in death by his parents John and Elizabeth Zier, His sisters Leota, Molly and Lydia as well as brothers Hank, George, Dave, Jake, Fred and Alec. Herman is survived by his Wife Wilma Zier of the family home, his children Calvin Zier (Billings, MT), Alvin Zier (Shirley) (Casper, WY), Bettina Benson (South Bend, IN), and Ricky Zier (Ann) (Mooresville, IN). Also his brother Bill Zier (Renton, WA) as well as 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to The Wounded Warrior Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com

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Charlene Schottey
   Posted Sun August 21, 2016
Our sympathy to all of you. It sad to think there is only one brother left. It's the end of an era. Thinking of all of you. See you on Tuesday. Charlene and Richard

Neill and Ester Petrie
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Ester and I wish to express our condolences to all of you in the family. I remember all the good times our families had together over the years. May God bless all of you.

Neill Petrie
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Neill and Ester Petrie.

Our sincere condolences to Wilma, Calvin, Alvin, Bettina, and Rick God bless all of you.

Cindy Patterson
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Thinking of you all and sending love. Remembering the Sunday trips we would make "out to the farm" to see you all. We'll see you tomorrow. Love Chuck & Cindy Patterson

Susan Rickman Gruenert
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Thinking of you all at this time. Sorry we can not be there. I have so many memories of wonderful time spent with you all. I remember holding a cows tail while Herman milked it, helping plant vegetables and at some Cindy and I wore our skirts to short, which Herman pointed out to my Mom. We still chuckle over that one. Hope you are doing well, love to Wilma. We need to plan a cousin reunion. I always Herman and my mom looked the most alike. Again, so sorry I can't be there but will hold you all in thought and prayers! Susan and family.

Brian & Sandi McDonell
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
Aunt Wilma and family:

Although we couldn't attend the funeral we were there in spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Herman was a great man and will be missed. We love you and are thinking of you.

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