Robert A. “Bob” Hein, 92, who worked more than 40 years for the railroad, died May 18, 2012.
He was the oldest of five boys and three girls, born Feb. 28, 1920, in Billings to Alex and Mary Hein. He attended Billings schools but took a job with the Northern Pacific Railroad just short of graduation in order to help support his family. He worked more than 40 years for the railroad, taking time to serve in the Army overseas in World War II.
After the service he returned to Billings and built his own home for his family of three. He was a gardener, hunted and fished and taught himself to play the accordion and violin. In his younger years he played with his uncles and father at German weddings.
In recent years he had been a resident at Autumn Springs Assisted Living.
Survivors include a brother, Marvin, and a sister, Phyllis, both of Austin, Texas; brothers, Russell and Gary, both of Billings; a son-in-law, Tom Blevins, and his wife, Diane, of Billings, two great-grandchildren; and their mother, Terri Blevins, all of Billings.
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or to another veterans’ organization.