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Ole Oiestad

April 10, 1947 February 8, 2021
Ole Oiestad
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On February 8, 2021, Ole Oiestad took one last spur-of-the-moment trip. In true Ole form, he didn’t tell anyone and he didn’t ask permission; he just went.

Ole was born in April of 1947 to Sverre and Kari (Ronneberg) Oiestad. When he was two years old, his parents and two older sisters left their farm in Tjessheim, Norway, and immigrated to the United States. Ole grew up in Big Timber where he was active in 4-H, FFA, and sports. He graduated from Sweet Grass County High School in 1965 and became a U.S. Citizen the same summer. After high school, Ole attended Montana State University in Bozeman and earned a degree in animal science. He spent time in Norway as an exchange student and in the Midwest studying meat grading. He lasted about a year in California working as a federal meat grader before he got homesick for Big Timber.

Ole met his wife Helen Fausett at the Harlowton Rodeo in 1981. They were married the same year and had two children: Guthrie and Calli. Ole loved his family and he loved his livestock, but he had restless feet, so it was never long before he started looking for a new challenge. He moved his family from Big Timber to Roundup, Ryegate, Barber, Moore, Rothiemay, Greycliff, Melville, McLeod, and finally back to Big Timber. When he died, he was in the midst of packing up again so he could move closer to his grandsons (his “little buddies”) in Townsend.

Above all else, Ole was a hard worker and a devoted friend. No matter how busy he was with his multiple jobs, he always found time for his family, his friends, and his community. He loved to help, and was having a great time playing caretaker at the Crazy Mountain Museum with his buddies.

Ole left behind a legacy we will forever cherish. He is survived by his wife Helen, son Guthrie (Alanna) Oiestad, daughter Calli (Russell) Michaels, and grandsons Wesley, Haakon, and Markus. He is also survived by his siblings Marit (Leonard) Bridger, Sissel (Jerry) Selvig, John (Shari) Oiestad, Kenneth (Jackie) Oiestad, and H. Steven Oiestad. He is predeceased by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ole’s name to the Montana 4-H Foundation, the Big Timber FFA Chapter, or the Crazy Mountain Museum. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on February 20th at the American Legion in Big Timber.

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Funeral Service

Saturday

20

Feb

10:30 AM 2/20/2021 10:30:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2/20/2021 12:00:00 PM
American Legion Post #19

110 East 3rd Avenue
Big Timber, MT 59011

American Legion Post #19
110 East 3rd Avenue Big Timber 59011 MT
United States

Graveside

Saturday

20

Feb

1:00 PM 2/20/2021 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 2/20/2021 2:00:00 PM
Mountain View Cemetery

West of Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011

Mountain View Cemetery
West of Big Timber Big Timber 59011 MT
United States

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Mountain View Cemetery Final Resting Place

West of Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011

West of Big Timber Big Timber 59011 MT
United States
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