James “Jim” Althoff, 90, who had worked as a mechanic and truck driver, died March 25, 2012, in Billings.
He was born May 12, 1921, in Powell, Wyo., and went to school in Pompeys Pillar. His family moved to Bridger, where he worked on the family farm and on surrounding farms.
Mr. Althoff ran his own trucking company, which included hauling fuel, freight and vehicles. He married Dolores Lorraine Myervold on July 19, 1958, and lived in Billings and Bridger.
As he drove truck he became mechanically adapted to keep the trucks running and later sold the trucks to work as a mechanic. He worked at many different locations, including helping to build the Alaskan pipeline.
Mr. Althoff was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers until his death. He retired in 1985 and lived in Bridger, and he and his wife became snowbirds.
Survivors include daughters, Pat Knapp Jr. of Portland, Ore., Linda Watson of Houston, Texas, and Jackie Moler of Billings; a grandson, Mark Demaniou of Grand Island, Neb., whom he and Mrs. Althoff raised; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Sorter of California; and a brother, Allen Althoff of Bridger.
Viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. in Billings. Services will be at 11 a.m. March 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bridger. Committal will be in Bridger Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Lampman Group Home, 2237 Lampman Drive, Billings, MT 59102.