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Eugene 'Gene' Naasz

 

August 15, 2018

Eugene "Gene" Naasz, age 94 of Glasgow, went to be with his Savior on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at the Prairie Community Hospital in Terry, Mont.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m., at Bell Mortuary with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow at the Nashua Cemetery with a reception at the Nashua Senior Center.

He was born April 28, 1924, at Crow Rock, Mont., the son of Ludwig and Christina (Wahl) Naasz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, was a lifetime Christian, and was active in Joy Fellowship in Glasgow for many years.

His native language growing up was German, and he attended a country school at Crow Rock up through third grade. He had to drop out of school, as his older sister, Erna, who interpreted for him, moved on to middle school at a different school. He later learned English, and his beloved wife, Gladys Rachel Hill Naasz, who he married on July 2, 1960, taught him to read. Gene loved to read, and learn new things.

Gene left the family ranch in Crow Rock when he was 21 to follow his dream of being a construction worker. He worked on many of the wooden bridges in eastern Montana, and always had many funny stories to tell passengers whenever he traveled, and they passed over a wooden bridge. He also worked on Tiber Dam, Yellowtail Dam, and Libby Dam. He retired from Western Energy in Colstrip, and was a cat operator and an oiler.

Gene and Gladys were lifetime members of the Nashua Senior Citizens, and were Nashua's Senior Citizens of the Year in 1998. Gene loved to socialize, tease people, and to find the little joys all around him. He never met a stranger, and appreciated all people. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed horses, and was always one to tell a great story.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; one infant daughter, Dawn Christina Naasz; his parents; two sisters, Martha Neiffer and Erna Haber; and two brothers, Edgar and Edwin Naasz.

He is survived by one son, Kenneth Eugene Naasz; one daughter, Diane Marie Naasz; one sister, Delila Scheid; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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