Raymond Grant Albert, 92, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, died at his home in Billings on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.
He was born March 25, 1919, in Baraboo, Wis., to Grant and Mabel Albert. He was baptized June 8, 1919, and confirmed Jan. 11, 1942. He was a graduate of Purdue University.
He married Helen Kaleas on June 4, 1940, in Baraboo. They were married for 71 years.
During World War II, he served with the 109th Infantry, 28th Division, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He worked in the heating and air conditioning field, including sales, service and installation, management and teaching for several years in Minneapolis, Minn.
After retiring in 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Albert moved to Billings. They spent 25 winters in Yuma, Ariz., as snowbirds.
Mr. Albert was a master carver and taught at Arizona Western College in Yuma and adult education at the Vo-Tech in Billings. He worked on the Viking ship for the Sons of Norway, and he also painted.
In his younger days, he raced his Indian motorcycle on flat track and scrambles. He clogged for 28 years until his 90th birthday.
He was a member of the World War II Memorial Society, Disabled American Veterans, a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Sons of Norway, Mount Olive Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Layman’s League. He was a past member of the Rocky Mountain Cloggers, Montana Woodcarvers, Montana Roadrunners and Good Sam RV Club.
Survivors include his wife; children, Joe Albert of Minnesota, Ruthann Davis of Minnesota, Jane Schaefer of Billings, Gene Albert of Park City and Marty Albert of Billings; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. A private graveside service with military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery.
Donations can be made to the VFW Post 1634, DAV or Rocky Mountain Hospice.