Written by The Wolf Point Herald
William R. “Bill” Pattison, 95, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born May 26, 1917, in Glasgow, the son of Jacob and Amanda (Gulbranson) Pattison. He was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1935. He attended one year in St. Olaf College, then transferred to Bozeman and graduated in 1940.
He worked for General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., before starting his military service in August 1941, finishing in December 1945.
On Nov. 20, 1941, he married Peggy Donovan in Cohoes, N.Y. After the war, they came back to Glasgow and he, along with his father and two brothers, owned Pattison Implement for 25 years. Bill and Marvel Bjorklund owned United Insurance for 25 years, retiring in 1984.
He never missed a football game in town and attended all sporting events of the Scotty’s. He supported Key Club, high school activities and donated to the high school and hospital foundations. He enjoyed playing golf and making family scrapbooks.
He served as president of the Glasgow Jaycees in 1949, Kiwanis Club in 1959, Catholic Home School board, Montana Association of Mutual Agents in 1969 and was governor of Montana Kiwanis District. He was chairman of the Glasgow Housing Authority from 1960 to 1976, served eight years on the Valley View board starting with the planning and financing of the building, served on the Valley Industrial Park board managing GAFB until its sale to Boeing, served on the Frances Mahon Deaconess Foundation board for 12 years with three years as chairman and in 1961 served as president of Sunny Side Golf Club board.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Pattison of Glasgow; a daughter, Karen Mathis of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren; sisters, Dora Radakovich of Glasgow, Marie Fargo of Ellettsville, Ind., and Patsy Shepard of Perham, Minn.; and a brother, Leo Pattison of Glasgow.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 25, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow. Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.