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Owen Neiter, 89, a businessman who was active in the community, died March 15, 2012, at his home.
He was born in Forsyth on Sept. 10, 1922, to Harold and Mary Neiter. He was raised on a ranch five miles west of Sand Springs in Garfield County. He attended a one-room school in Sand Springs and later lived in the Public School Dorm, graduating from Garfield County High School in Jordan. From there, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula.
In 1947, he and his parents moved to Billings and purchased Northside Locker Plant, operating that business for more than 25 years.
He married Marian Knutson on Jan. 14, 1950. She died on Jan. 8, 1980.
Mr. Neiter collected Western and cowboy art. He was active in the Montana Meat Processors Association and a past president of the National Association of Locker and Freezer Provisioners, a founding trustee of Rimrock Foundation, a board member of the Billings Chamber of Commerce and a MetraPark board member for six years.
He was elected to two terms as Ward 4 councilman on the Billings City Council and served for six years as a member of the Logan Field Aviation and Transit Commission. He was a life member and past president of the Yellowstone Kiwanis Club, having 34 years perfect attendance.
He was a life member of the Elks Club, the Knights of Columbus, and twice served as Elks Club manager. He was involved in mentorship and adult education programs, including presenting workshops for Billings School District 2 Adult Education and as a small business counselor and mentor for the Montana District Service Corps of Retired Executives, Billings Chapter.
Survivors include sons, Mark of Rochester, Minn., Tim of Billings and Dan of Billings; a daughter, Mary Uecker of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a sister, Paula Robertson, Billings; a longtime friend and companion, Carol Smith of Billings; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 24, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Rimrock Foundation of Billings.