Merle R. Listoe, 80, died at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT, on April 5, 2018. He and his twin sister, Marion, were born on September 7, 1937 in St. Maries, ID, to Dorothy (Foster) Listoe and Roy Listoe. He grew up in Westby, MT and attended schools there and in Plentywood, MT. He then attended Montana State University and graduated with a Civil Engineering degree. He was dedicated to his career and worked as a Professional Engineer until 2016. He married his high school sweetheart, Rie Rucker, on June 13, 1957, in Bozeman, MT. Together they raised 8 children during their 60 years of marriage.


In addition to being a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and employee, he also had a life-long interest in the world of flight. He obtained his pilot license and then built his own airplane.

Due to his love of children, Rie and Merle were blessed with 8 children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grand children. He is survived by his wife, Rie Listoe ; daughters, Kim (Ken) Strychalski; Julie (Jeff) Nagel; Kelly (Mark) Payne; Jill (Andy) Knight; Stacy Listoe; sons, Scott (Pam) Listoe; Jay Listoe; grandchildren, Zane Listoe; Ryan (Stephanie) Ferguson; Spencer (Briona) Ferguson; Garret Ferguson; Kevin Ferguson; Ty (Emily) Listoe; Corey Listoe; Stephanie Listoe; Kyle Listoe; Carly (Lukus ) Collins; Jessica Payne; Sandon Smith; Dustin MacDonald; Cole Nagel; Rocko Nagel ; Ashlynn Nagel; Morgan Strychalski; Madison Strychalski; great-grandchildren, Sean MacDonald; Luke MacDonald; Luci Collins; Landon Listoe; Preston Listoe, Bella Ferguson; Kinzey Ferguson; Eason Ferguson; brother, Ken (Alva) Listoe; sisters, Marion (Ken) Harrison and Karen Fielding. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.


He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Joan Shourds and his son, Steven Listoe.


Interment of ashes will be at Calvary Cemetery on Monday, May 28, at 10AM. A Celebration of Life will be held May 27, 2018, starting at 5:00 pm at the home of Scott and Pam Listoe (5722 Heron Glenn Lane, Billings, MT 59106).

Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.