Louis Robert Plaggemeyer came into this world on February 13, 1949. He was born the fourth child of Ida and John Plaggemeyer at the family ranch near Big Timber, Montana. This day still holds the record as the coldest day in recorded history for February 13 in Montana. Louis always smiled when he heard this fact mentioned on the evening news.
Louis married the love of his life, Kim Pistulka, on May 12, 1984, in Big Timber. They created their family with love through the adoption of Angie and Charles. Louis loved his family above all else. He was the best father any child could have asked for. He taught them many things. Perhaps most importantly he showed us the love of reading, the value of enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, and that lutefisk drenched in butter is a good thing.
Louis lived and worked on the family ranch until he was thirty-eight years old. He had a deep respect and love for agriculture and tending to the land. He was a member of the Sweet Grass Sheriff’s Posse and then became a Deputy Sheriff. He later returned to Montana State University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science that he had begun some twenty years earlier. Louis taught Agriculture Education in Custer Montana and then moved on to become a Water Resource Specialist for the State of Montana. Louis took great pride in knowing that his work helped many ranchers around the state preserve their claim to the water that flows through our rivers and streams.
Louis spent his retirement years working together with his brother Bert to build a cabin at the foothills of his beloved Crazy Mountains. He planted over one hundred trees at our home in Billings. Louis and Kim spent many hours admiring what Kim lovingly tagged as “Plaggemeyer Park.”
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack, and brother in-law James Stermitz. He is survived by his wife Kim; children Angie and Charles; siblings Lorayne Stermitz, Mary Sarver (Calvin), Bert (Libby) and Ted (Sandy); father and mother in-law Louis and Lana Pistulka; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials in Louis’s name may be made to the Big Timber FFA or a 4-H Club of your choosing.
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