Marvin passed away on Nov. 17, 2019.
He was born on June 12, 1935, in McLoughlin, SD, to Christ and Pauline Schott. In 1946 the family moved to Greycliff, MT where he and his 7 brothers and sisters were raised. While in Greycliff, Marvin worked on neighboring ranches. He met his wife of 60 years, Ardyth (Dietzman) in Livingston. They briefly spent some time in St. Paul MN, but came back to MT working at area sawmill’s and on ranches. Eventually making Billings their permanent home where they raised their family; April, Kelvin, Jeff, Ronnie and Charlie.
Marvin worked for Bill Staley on his farm, then Pierce Packing and while working there, he and Ardyth started their own business “Schott’s Lawn Service” which they ran together for 50 years. He was a hard worker all of his life and lived to take care of his family. He loved being outdoors, especially being in the mountains, riding horses and hunting. More recently he enjoyed listening to the live music at Highgate with his wife and going for drives.
He never tired of talking about his days ranching and would tell stories in vivid detail to anyone willing to listen. And if you were lucky, you got to hear the stories often. You could always spot Marvin by the straw cowboy hat, howdy-doody shirt (buttoned to the top), blue jeans, buckle and cowboy boots. He was old school and appreciated the simplicity of life.
Marvin is survived by his wife Ardyth, daughter April (Dan) Frank, sons; Kelvin (Linda), Jeff (Jennifer), Ronnie (Terry), Charlie (Jan), 3 grandkids and 5 great-grandkids. He is also survived by his sister Jeannette (Carl) Ronnenberg, brothers Earl and Kenneth Schott.
A special thank you to all the staff and amazing caretakers at HighGate Cottage who appreciated Marvin’s sense of humor and took wonderful care of him and the kind staff of Compassus Hospice.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association-Montana or the Montana Parkinson’s Foundation.
Services will be held Saturday, November 23rd at 11:00 AM, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 8th St West in Billings, burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with a reception following at the Elks Lodge, 934 Lewis Ave.