In memory of

Louis Moran, age 98, of Billings, formerly of Helena

December 4, 1918 – September 20, 2017

Louis Moran passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2017, in Billings. Louie was born on Dec. 4, 1918, in Geddes, South Dakota, to William Christopher and Marie (Philipps) Moran. He was the oldest of six children. His family relocated to Conrad in 1928 as the Great Depression began. He worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late ’30s and the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940 to help support his parents and siblings. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1941, faithfully serving his country during World War II. He served on the USS Henderson early in his naval career and the USS Honolulu, where he achieved the rating of Machinist’s Mate 1st Class. Louie was stationed in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. His ship received minimal damage and continued active service in the Pacific Theater. Louie was honorably discharged in December 1946.

Louie married the love of his life, Ann Kimmet, on Jan. 25, 1955. He was employed by Peavey Grain Elevator in Conrad until his retirement in 1980. He and Ann enjoyed retirement in Quartzsite and Cottonwood, Arizona, traveled in the U.S. (including several trips to Alaska) and finally settled in Helena.

Louie was a jack-of-all-trades and master of many! He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed teaching his daughters life skills (like changing spark plugs and tires, as well as bicycle repairs). His sense of humor kept us all smiling. He was devoted to his family, leaving us a legacy of faith and love. His grandchildren will always remember playing Rummikub and other games with him and Grandma.

Louie is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Ann, in 2004; his parents; brothers Terance, Frank and Leo; and sisters Catherine and Dorothy.

He is survived by his daughters, Marie Moran of East Helena and Martha Moran of Billings; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A vigil will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave, Billings, Montana. A funeral Mass will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic church, 120 W Riggs St, East Helena, Montana. The Rite of Committal will be 3:00 p.m. at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Louis.



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  1. Chuck and LouAnn says:

    Marie and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about your fathers passing. He was a very special man. We know he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Love and hugs to you,
    Chuck and LouAnn

  2. Betty Brewer says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Louis passing. He was such a sweet and dear man and my Mom Virginia Russell loved him and Ann so much. They were table mates for a very long time at Eagles Manor. They welcomed my Mom to their table when she first moved in and they were fast friends. I always enjoyed my hugs and talks with them both. Now they are rejoined in Heaven and will be chatting like always. Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. May the wonderful memories you have of your Dad and Mom live in and through your family forever. Gods blessings to you with healing hugs and prayers.

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