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Richard 'Rick' Dale Clair

February 12, 1954 May 4, 2019
Richard 'Rick' Dale Clair
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Richard (Rick) Dale Clair passed away on May 4, 2019 at his home in Big Timber, following a long battle with COPD. He was 65 years old. Rick was born February 12, 1954, in Paradise, California to Robert Dale Clair and Betty Ruth (Berg)Clair. He was the third of their four children. Rick grew up in San Francisco and San Rafael California. In 1971 he joined the U.S. Navy stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Navy he returned to California where he worked at Standard Oil Refinery. In the early 1980’s he moved his family from California to Alaska where he worked in construction, starting his own company Northland Construction. Upon his return to the lower 48 he moved to California with his second wife, eventually entering into the ministry. Their work took them to Montana and Wyoming. Rick continued his work in Colorado and Wyoming as a United Methodist Minister until his move to Montana to help care for his father until he passed.

He attended San Rafael High School, received his AA from West Valley College in Saratoga, CA and attended Illif School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, continuing his education in theology while serving as a United Methodist Minister. After the passing of his father he remained in Montana helping his mother as needed, while also making numerous trips to Washington to spend time with his children and grandchildren living there. Rick was a member of The American Legion, Sweet Grass Post 19.

Rick was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather and uncle who will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. Rick is survived by his mother Betty Clair, daughter Heather Clair, son Ryan Clair, Kathleen Welch, sisters Holley (Larry) Yarberry, Starla Nelson, grandchildren Steven (Sarah) Simas, Justin Simas, Haley Welch, Tyler Welch, Tabitha Clair, Riley Clair and Olivia Clair, 6 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Dale Clair.
Interment will be Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10am at Mountain View Cemetery with Military Honors by the American Legion, Post 19, followed by a celebration of his life and reception at the American Legion in Big Timber. Stenberg Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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Graveside

Saturday

3

Aug

10:00 AM 8/3/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Mountain View Cemetery

West of Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011

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

Celebration of Life

Saturday

3

Aug

11:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:30 PM 8/3/2019 12:30:00 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
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