William “Bill” Hoagland moved to heaven on Jan. 10, 2019 at the age of 90.
He attended a one-room country school, graduated from Rapelje HS, & attended Billings Polytechnic (Rocky Mountain College).
Bill served in the US Army during the Korean War. Upon his return to MT, he farmed the family homestead with his parents & brother growing wheat, barley, hay and beef cattle.
In 1962, Bill met & married the love of his life, Claire Herstedt. Bill & Claire built their home 3 miles east of the homestead, where they raised their children (Paul, Heidi & Laurie).
Bill enjoyed flying, farming, ranching, welding, wiring, building, hunting, skiing, traveling, camping, fishing, playing pinochle, gardening, picnics with family & friends… and, of course, baking pies. He was an American Legion member, Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, Stillwater Farm Service Agency County Committee member, Broadview Community Center Board member, & charter member of the Broadview Lions Club. Bill & Claire were members of the Broadview Lutheran Church & The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings.
Throughout his life, Bill’s love for kids was only exceeded by the love kids had for him. Grandpa Bill was involved as a volunteer at Arrowhead Elementary School, helping students with reading & math. He also worked as a crossing guard on Rimrock Road. In addition to his work with Arrowhead, Bill volunteered with Billings Head Start in the “Reading Rocks” program & helped with their gardens. He also packed school backpacks for Head Start & Tumbleweeds.
Thank you to all of his dear friends & family that shared LIFE with him! During his last years, Bill lived at Liggett Cottage. We want to express our deepest & most sincere thanks to the staff & volunteers who loved our dad. Thank you for sharing (and listening to) stories while providing tender care, compassion and grace, to ALL of us. To all who knew & loved Bill… you are treasured!
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Claire, brother Don, and brother-in-law Wilson Moore.
Survivors include sister Jean Moore of Salisbury, Children: Paul (Karin) Hoagland of Dillon, CO; Heidi (Ladd) Paulson of Billings, Laurie (Rich) Swartz of Broadview. Grandchildren: Kirstin Hoagland (Jericho), Michael (Kaley) Swartz, Katie Paulson (Derrick), Colt (Emily) Swartz, and Adam (Dallas) Paulson. Great-grandchildren: Brynlee, Beckett, Christian & Julian; Chase Paul & Hesston Hayes Swartz; and Kyson Paulson.
Memorial services to be held: Monday, January 21st at 1 PM in the Lillis Chapel on St John’s campus. Tuesday, January 22nd at 11 AM at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
Please join us for a pie and ice cream social following the services.
Memorials may be made to some of Bill’s favorite charities, including: Head Start of Billings (explorershs.org), How2LoveYourCop (how2loveyourcop.com), or the Broadview Community Center (13824 4th Street, Broadview, MT 59015).
We do not grieve as those with no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14