Walt Sauther, 88, who had worked as a brewery representative, died Sept. 2, 2012.
He was born April 21, 1924, in Antelope, N.D., one of 13 brothers and sisters. The family moved to Billings at an early age and settled on the south side of town. His first job was as a paper boy and delivering telegrams – often singing – for Western Union.
In his early 20s, he moved to Seattle to work for the War Department and then California to work for Lockheed Aircraft Corp. before returning to Billings, where he married Betty Joan Starr.
He had built a mahogany boat and thrilled his children with a gasoline-powered go-kart. At Christmas, he built a Santa, a sleigh and reindeer on the house.
He traveled first for Fred Briggs, then Great Falls Select and finally as a brewery rep for Blitz Weinhard out of Portland, Ore. A short stint in Glendive to build his father-in-law a garage turned into an eight-year stay, working as an oil foreman for LP Anderson.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jerry and Jack; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; sisters, Lorraine and Bernice Toldness; and brothers, Victor and Arnold.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Grace United Methodist Church. Private interment services will take place at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park prior to the memorial Service.