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Ben J. Raisland

June 6, 1920 January 13, 2017
Ben J. Raisland
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On January 13, 2017, we lost our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and gentleman.

He has left behind many happy memories, and had a great life ranching, playing the accordion, dancing or playing pinochle with family and friends.

Ben was born at the family home on Wild Cat, north of Big Timber on June 6, 1920 to Sivert and Christina Raisland.

He attended local schools, and worked for various ranches, always having a job, as he was willing to herd sheep, milk cows.

Ben was drafted into service in 1942 and served 4 years in the US Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged January 1, 1946. While on furlough, he married Edna Nygaard on June 27, 1943 in Columbus, MT, they lived in Salinas, CA, Sioux Falls, SD, Flora, MS, Aberdeen, MD, and Macon, GA.

After his discharge, he farmed on the Boulder River for a year, then bought a ranch six miles North West of Reed Point, where they lived until 1967, then moving to the ranch up Swamp Creek, then in March 1990 to the current home in Big Timber for retirement.

Ben is survived by 7 children; Carol Schott, Alvin (Marilyn), Nancy Hanson, Una (Walt) Earl, Olen (Barbara), Glen (Karen) and Diane Raisland. 17 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Edna, daughter Florence Fanning, grandsons Tyrel Raisland and Brandon Myers, brother Selmer, sisters; Josie Boe, Bertha Allestad and Cora Peterson and parents Sivert and Christina.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday January 20 at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorials in Ben’s name may be made to the Big Timber Senior Citizens Center, Box 298, Big Timber, MT 59011 or to the Big Timber Lutheran Church, Box 278, Big Timber, MT 59011.
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1:00 PM 1/20/2017 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1/20/2017 3:00:00 PM
Big Timber Lutheran Church

115 West 4th Avenue
PO Box 278
Big Timber, MT 59011

Big Timber Lutheran Church
115 West 4th Avenue Big Timber 59011 MT
United States

Cemetery Details


Mountain View Cemetery Final Resting Place

West of Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011

West of Big Timber Big Timber 59011 MT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Senior Citizen's Center

PO Box 298
Big Timber, MT 59011

Big Timber Lutheran Church

115 West 4th Avenue
PO Box 278
Big Timber, MT 59011

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