William Vernon Immonen passed away on Saturday, September 16th after a family dinner celebrating his wife’s birthday.
Bill was born on February 12, 1944 to Walter E. and Bonnie Immonen (Rankin). He grew up in Walkerville and graduated from Butte High School. While attending Montana Tech, he met Wilma Wright at a party given by a foreign student. After three years of college, Bill joined the Army, was stationed at Fort Myer and worked at the Pentagon. He and Wilma married in December of 1965 in Washington D.C.. They would have been married 58 years this December.
When his grandfather was killed in a hay sled accident, Bill was discharged from the Army in order to run the ranch near Wisdom for his grandmother. After the ranch was sold, he joined the Army Reserve, with active duty AGR tour the Army Reserve Center in Butte While remaining in the Reserves, he also became a Distribution Manager for the Montana Standard for a number of years. He drove for North American Van Lines and Palmer trucking, traveling to all 46 contiguous states. After that he provided customer service to patrons of Radio Shack, Lisac’s Tri-Stop, and Hastings.
In the community, Bill was awarded the title of Green Knight for his help with the Girl Scouts, was a Cub and Boy Scout leader, assisted the Civil Air Patrol Program for a number of years, and taught countless people in Butte Silver Bow First Aid and CPR for the Red Cross.
Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter and backpacker. He and Wilma hiked to many high mountain wilderness lakes and they loved to travel and made journeys to Alaska, Hawaii and tallied thousands of miles pulling a trailer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Elaine.
Bill is survived by his wife, Wilma Immonen; daughter, Tracy Immonen; and daughter, Laurie Immonen-Edgar (Kevin); son, Travis Immonen (Janice); grandchildren, Melanie Wendt (Kevin), Morgan Edgar, Julie Warren, Meeka Warren, Jasper Immonen, Tristen Immonen, Matrim Immonen, Megwyn Immonen, Jaden Immonen; and great grandson, Dean Wendt; sister, Betty Lorenz; nephews, Terry Lorenz (Kim) and Mike Lorenz (Erin); and niece, Lindsay Miller (Joe); cousins, Walter Immonen (Judy) and Eileen Carey (Norman); and family friend, Marie Lester.
There will be a celebration of life at the Carpenter’s Union Hall on Oct. 21st, 2-5 pm. It would be delightful if you could share a memory of Bill. In lieu of flowers, please choose your favorite charity or Skyline Sportsmen, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Association (Montana Chapter), the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter, or your public library and literacy programs.
We would like to thank the doctors and nurses of St. James Cancer Center, Enhabit Hospice and Copper Ridge for Bill’s care in his last months.
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Axelson Funeral & Cremation Services is privileged to care for Bill and his family.