ROUNDUP—Luther G. Egge, age 88, died in Roundup, Montana, October 14, 2015 after a brief illness. Luther was born in 1926, Plentywood, Montana, second son of Rev. Anton M. and Lena (Gilbertson) Egge. After the family moved back to Wisconsin, Luther attended grade school in Marshfield and Auburndale. In Wisconsin during 1937 Luther suffered the loss of his mother Lena. Still in primary school, Luther became a primary caretaker for his younger brother, Jack (Amos).
Soon after (1941), the family moved to Roundup, Montana, where Anton continued to pastor Lutheran churches. Luther graduated with honors from Roundup High School in 1944. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school. After high school Luther worked at the shipyards in Vancouver, Washington and attended Washington State University before answering the call for military duty in the U. S. Army. After basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, during the waning months of World War II, Luther was deployed with occupation forces to the Pacific Theater of Operations arriving in Okinawa, Japan in September of 1945. There he served in the Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Army as Staff Sergeant in signal, radio and communications assigned to anti-aircraft artillery.
After his military service abroad, Luther returned to St. Olaf College (BS) and finally the Chicago School of Optometry to gain his degree (OD) in optometry. After graduation he returned to Montana to start his career as one of the best and best-liked optometrists in Montana. His reputation for economical and exemplary patient care brought customers from all over the region to his office on the second floor of the Wall Building on Main Street, just down the hall from Doc O’Neil.
On April 2, 1954 he married Ruth Daer in Roundup, Montana. In Roundup they raised their 2 children, Curtis (born in 1955) and Brenda (born in 1959).
In the 50’s and early 60’s, Luther enjoyed playing league fast pitch softball for the local Monarch Lumber Team and Sawyers Grocery Team. Always a sports fan, throughout the 60’s and 70’s he could also often be found playing tennis, basketball or pass-the-goal (football) with young men less than half his age. His particular lifelong passions were fishing, hunting, tennis and jogging.
Throughout his life in Roundup, Luther continued his involvement with and membership at Zion Lutheran Church. Luther was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, daughter Brenda, his parents, his brothers, Sanford and Amos (‘Jack’). Surviving family member is his son, Curtis (Jan) of Boise, Idaho. A private, family service is scheduled for October 19, 2015 in Roundup. There might also be a public memorial service on October 20, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup. Please contact the church for confirmation and details. Memorials may be made to Air Mobile Ministries, 6250 North Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, Florida 32953. Condolences can be sent through www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”