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William 'Bill' Patrick Schwartz, Jr.

April 29, 1948 January 23, 2024
William 'Bill' Patrick Schwartz, Jr.
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William “Bill” Patrick Schwartz, Jr was born on April 29, 1948 in Buffalo NY. He was the first child born to Bill and Pat Schwartz, and much to his surprise he became the first of eleven! Bill graduated from Kenmore High School in 1966 and joined the Army. He was sent to VietNam where he experienced all the pain and pleasures that the other boys did, including Agent Orange and a Purple Heart. He spent time in Germany and then Korea before leaving the Army.

He worked at several jobs and traveled in the United States with friends before deciding that if he had to go to work he should make it pay. He got a BS in Business and became a Certified Quality Engineer. He worked as a quality engineer for medical devices manufacturing in Massachusetts and California. He finally came to Montana where one of his children was living with friends. Bill and Vicky met, and even though he could not believe he was taking on 6 more children, they got married in 1995. Bill owned a small business called Dog Star Traders where he sold antiques and crafts. The family traveled to Rendezvous gatherings with their products and antique beads. He eventually worked on the maintenance crew in Yellowstone National

Park for a few years before being hired on at the Big Timber Ranger District on the Developed Recreation crew. During those years he worked with many fine people in the District and in the Boulder Valley and the Crazies. He enjoyed especially being involved in the development of the Main Boulder Ranger Station Museum. Changes were made in the organization during those years. 

Bill retired in 2015 from what became the Yellowstone Ranger District. He then spent his time perfecting his retirement investments and getting the house in order so that “Vicky would be taken care of when he died”. Bill developed two glioblastoma tumors at some point. They started affecting his balance and vision in December 2023. After one surgery and a couple stays in the Pioneer Medical Center, he came home to die. One of the things he focused on was “that damn war”. (Agent Orange is a presumptive for glioblastoma.) Bill was gentle and cooperative during his last days, which some people would say was a personality change. 

He died on January 23, 2024 with Vicky and family at his side. Bill was predeceased by his parents, 2 siblings, and his son Christopher. He is survived by his wife Vicky, his son Robert Stevens of Lowell, Massachusetts, his step children John (Jen) Locke, Matthew Locke, James (Tara) Locke, Timothy (Melanie) Locke, Hannah (Jeff) Lasher, Nathaniel (Amy) Locke, and a bunch of grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to cancer research or Hearts and Hands Hospice, Box 1337, Big Timber, MT 59011 or Stafford Animal Shelter, 3 Business Park Rd, Livingston, MT 59047

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