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Wallace H. Winship, 90, of Billings, who had worked 30 years for GTA feeds, died in the early hours of June 6, 2012, of congestive heart failure.
He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Wolf Point, the eldest child of Marshall and Alta (Mickel) Winship. He lived on a farm west of Wolf Point and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1940 as a member of the championship football team.
Shortly thereafter, the family moved west of Fairfield on the Sunny Slope Bench. He then headed to Washington and worked at Boeing as a riveter. After that he moved to California to work with his grandparents, the E.O. Mickels, and Uncle Montie Montana, helping with the horses.
Later in California he worked for a dairy, hauling hay from Yuma, Ariz., to San Diego, Calif. He married Gayle Du Bord on Jan. 9, 1945, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Choteau. They moved northwest of Fairfield on land he irrigated for a fellow homesteader, then he worked for 10 years as manager of the Great Falls stockyards.
In the early ’50s, they purchased a farm on the east end of the Fairfield bench.
Mr. Winship was the first feed consultant for GTA feeds in Montana, helping the plant expand from one to three shifts. He retired from GTA after 30 years.
He was a 4-H leader and showed and sold livestock at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls. He and a daughter, Lori, took part in rodeos and showed quarter horses, and he took up team roping.
In 1993, Mr. and Mrs. Winship sold the farm and moved to Billings. They traveled widely and spent many years at their winter home in Yuma. Mrs. Winship died in 2004.
In 2005 Mr. Winship began playing pickleball and participated in the National Senior Games in St. George, Utah. He was active in First Alliance Church, Bible study groups and a grief group.
Survivors include a son, Gary Winship of Big Fork; a daughter, Kathy Johnson of Billings; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Services will be 11 a.m. July 14 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. A reception will follow, concluding with inurnment at the Mountainview Cemetery Mausoleum with “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipe.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Clinic Foundation to Cardiac Care Services, P.O. Box 31031, Billings, MT 59107; or RiverStone Health Foundation-Hospice, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.