William 'Bill' Chalmers

Born: Fri., Mar. 31, 1939
Died: Wed., May 3, 2017

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Farmington Cemetery

Funeral Service

2:30 PM Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

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William ‘Bill’ Olaf Chalmers (named after his grandfathers), 78, died Wednesday 05/03/2017 at a hospital in Craig, Colorado after a long illness. Funeral Arrangements have taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home in Choteau, MT. Bill was born in Choteau Montana on March 31, 1939 to John and Dana (Forseth) Chalmers. He was raised on the farm his great grandfather homesteaded. He attend the Burton School and graduated from Choteau High School. He attended Montana State University earning a degree in secondary education and went on to teach mathematics in Chester, Montana and Choteau, Montana. Bill served in the air national guard and worked construction on highway 2 on the south side of Glacier Park after the flood of 1964. In the early 1970’s he took over the family farm from his father, which his Grandfather, William Chalmers homesteaded. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau. He spent many hours leveling his fields as the earth was his canvas. He collected rocks and was fascinated at the many land formations on God’s earth. He was a devoted father and grandfather passing on the love of the land and cattle. Survivors include his daughter Kaylene (Kal) Strutz of Great Falls and his son, Bryan (Michele) Chalmers of Missoula; his sisters Joann (John) Amend of Bozeman, MT, and Donna (Mike) Ferris Columbus, GA; nine grandchildren and two great grandsons. He is preceded in death by his parents and two twin brothers. Services are planned for June 3 with burial at the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery (Farmington Cemetery) at 1:00pm, Funeral Services will be at Choteau, Trinity Lutheran Church at 2:30pm, with a light reception to follow. In honor of Bill’s personality please wear color to the funeral. In lieu of flowers you may bring a small, pretty rock to the funeral which will be placed next to Bill at his rest. Condolences may be left online at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com

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Lynn Olsen Taylor
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
I graduated from High School with Bill, and it is difficult
to say "good bye" to another classmate I would like to
extend my sympathy to Bills family.

Starle (Leazenby) Taylor
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Mr. Chalmers was one of my 7th & 8th grade teachers. Not only did I have him teaching me in school. When I first went to Teton Pass to learn to ski he saw the difficulties I had and took time out of his day to assist me. If I still skied I would probably still be trying to get to the top of the dope slope if it had not been for him. This has always been a favorite memory of my middle school days. My deepest condolences to his family.

Andrea Lindseth Boone
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Rest in peace, Billy! The Master needed another flower in the Masters Bouquet. Billy is actually a shirt tail relation of mine! Through the Forseth Oiens. I didn't know he was in Craig, I was just over there a few weeks ago! My condolences to the immediate family! Much love!

Duke LaRance
   Posted Sat May 27, 2017
Bill was my seventh grade home room teacher. Later, he generously gave my son Barron and me permission to hunt birds on his farm. I would like to convey our sincere condolences to the family.

Larry Broere
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Our condolences to Bill's children and their families and also his two sisters and families. Another neighbor and classmate has departed. RIP.

Lindie Gibson
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
when I lived in Choteau in the 1980's, I did a cleaning job for Bill - on a rental - if I remember right; or maybe at his parents' home. I remember him to be a gentle, kind, and intelligent person, and didn't know his background until reading his obit... What a wonderful man he was...and I'm sorry for your loss...

Jim Sulgrove
   Posted Sat June 03, 2017
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My condolences to the family.

Judy & Jeff Cornell
   Posted Mon June 05, 2017
We had the good fortune of becoming Bill's neighbor at the farm and I always think of him at this time of year when I'm mucking around the dam and along the ditches. We had many engaging fence-line conversations and he always had a twinkle in his eyes. I hope he's still up to mischief.

Ray and Phyllis Yeager
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017
Our condolences to all the family.

   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

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