In the late night hours of January 16, 2016, at the age of 88, our beloved dad & grandpa was reunited with the love of his life; his lateWife Ruth. Before her death in May of 2014, dad told her to pull up a bench and wait because he wouldn’t be far behind. We are
sure she did and that it was a very sweet reunion!
Earl was born in Britton, SD on June 15, 1927 to Clarence and Althea Bloedel. The youngest of three children, he was raised inthe Belle Fourche, SD area and graduated from highschool there in 1945. Earl served in the Navy from 1945-1948 on the USS Toledo. He was a cook, a gunners-mate, and part of the clean-up crew from World War II.
After the Navy he resided in Spearfish, SD where he met Ruth Arenesmeyer. They were married on January 7, 1951. Together they had five children: Cindy, Forrest (who died at birth), Bob, and twelve years later twin girls, Jeanne and Laura. In the Spring of 1957 they moved to Billings, MT where he worked as a flooring and carpet layer until 1968 when he went to work for Ryan’s Grocery. In 1977 they moved to Hysham, MT where they owned and operated the Brunswick Bar until they retired in 1992. Earl and Ruth returned to Billings in 2002.
Dad was a great story teller and had a great sense of humor, even joking around on the day he passed. One of his nieces described him as “larger than life”. He was an excellent bowler and also loved fishing, hunting, camping and boating. He was a bit of a rambunctious young man, but mom thought he was the most handsome man she ever met! He was a great family man and adored his kids and grandkids immensely! He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Earl is preceded in death by his parents Clarence & Althea, step-dad Clarence Robbins, sister Jeanne, brother Don, step-sister Dorothy,son Forrest, and wife Ruth. Survivors include daughter Cindy (Jim) Menosky and granddaughter Sarina, son Bob, Daughter Jeanne (Jason) Sironen and grandson Jake, and daughter Laura (Jim) Robertson and grandchildren Donny and Dacey, and many extended family members.
The family would like to thank the girls at the Play Inn Casino for watching out for dad and making sure his coffee cup was always full.
A special thanks also to Joyce O’Donnell who came in to clean the house every week and visit with dad.
Dad, our family is a lot emptier without you! We will greatly miss your stories and sense of humor, but we look forward to the day we
get to see you and mom again. We love you dad!
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held on May 27, 2016 at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, MT with military funeral honors.