Ernest Duane “Shorty” Barman was the oldest child born to Arthur and Sophie Barman in Ray, ND, on February 25, 1932. Dad passed away on March 8, 2020, at Aspen Meadows in Billings, MT.

Shorty served in the US Army until the passing of his father in 1953. At that time he returned home to assist his mother with the farm and his sisters. After meeting Marie Lindstrom, the love of his life, they were married on May 20, 1956. Shorty spent his life loving his family (dogs), friend and his semi trucks. After driving trucks over the road for over 20 years he logged his last miles with Yellowstone Molasses.

Shorty leaves behind a sister, DeLaine Ault, Poplar, MT; daughters, Lori (Dan) Ankrum, Mountain Home, ID and Diane (Ronald) LaRoche, Poplar, MT; sons, Wade (Melanie) Barman and Douglas Barman, Billings, MT; grandchildren, Tiffany Ankrum, Eric (Brenda) Barman, Marci Barman, Daniel Barman, Michael Barman, Josh LaRoche and Whitney Kelsey; and several great grandchildren along with many extended family  and friends. Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Sophie; wife, Marie; son, Bryan; sister, Sharon; brother-in-laws, Randy Sandow and Al Ault.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2:00 at Cremation and Funeral Gallery at 29 Eighth Street West, Billings, MT. Shorty and Marie’s ashes will be interred at a later date, alongside his parents in Ray, ND.

         Shorty’s family wishes to thank Aspen Meadows, his nurses and doctors for the care and love given to Dad the past few years.

          “Whoa, take ‘er easy there, pilgrim.” – John Wayne