Walter Rudolph Losing, 82, passed away at his home on January 13, 2018.
Walter was born in Sweetgrass, MT on February 26, 1935 to Rudolph and Bertha (Renner) Losing. He attended school in Cut Bank up until his junior year of high school. He worked real hard to learn the English language because he only knew German for most of his childhood. When Walter was of age he enlisted in the US Army and did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Missouri. He was a combat engineer, military police, and learned chemical warfare OSUT. After basic training Walter was sent to the war zone of Korea from January 31, 1955 to January 30, 1958. Upon returning to the US soil, Walter married Lindee Hoptowit on November 14, 1958. He worked on the Gothlef Weiss farm, helping with fall harvest. He then went to work for Frank Whetstone at the Cut Bank Gas Company. He had his hand in the paint can for Harry Morgan for a time! Dodd Meade approached Walter to come work for him. Lindee, Walter’s wife, believed that decision was a life changing moment. First starting in the tire business and later transferred to hauling fuel for Dodd & Bill. He really loved hauling fuel to all the North country of Glacier county that reached as far up to Rumney Ranch and Chief Mountain areas. For 20 days straight Walter drove truck, in the process of all this, he had invested in the business and was considered a part owner. He had the opportunity to purchase the creamery from Jack and Alice Simm. Walter took a chance and sold his shares and bought Cut Bank Creamery. For 30 years the business thrived due to Walter, Lindee, and their 3 sons. For 20 years he sponsored a Little League baseball team called Cut Bank Creamery and was willing to give more if needed. Walter would hand out popsicles and ice cream bars to all the participants in the pet and doll parades. He eventually decided to slow down a little, sold the business, and took on being a school bus route driver for a while. Walter went on to run the roll off site north of Cut Bank and eventually left to drive railroad workers along the Hi-Line and various other towns in Montana. Walter seemed to enjoy taking on various jobs after leaving the creamery and his final job was driving the shuttle bus for Glacier County Northern Transit. He enjoyed this job most of all due to his love for people and a good conversation with anyone. Walter enjoyed fairs, country music concerts, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Pontiac car shows, and visiting at the Senior Center. He was on the Cut Bank Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and enjoyed the picnics and banquets.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lindee (Hoptowit) Losing; sons, Timothy Losing of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Rusty Losing of Cut Bank; grandsons, Lantz Losing of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Trent Losing of San Antonio, TX, and Travis Losing of Edwardsville, IL; granddaughters, Sierra (Sam) Roska of South Korea, Savannah Losing of Ventura, CA, Miranda (Seve) Villalobos of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and Tierani Losing of Bozeman, and two great grandkids, Xaven of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Rhett of Atlanta, GA; brother, Don Losing of Missoula; and sisters, Mildred Hensley of Holter Lake, Alice Cowperthwaite of Sun City, AZ and Holter Lake, and Sharon Norley of Butte.
He is preceded in death by son, Dan Losing; brother, Gene Losing; and his parents.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 27, at 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church.