The Billings Outpost

Laurence Maurice Marx

Laurence Maurice Marx, 91, a farmer and gardener until the last few weeks of his life, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Billings.

He was born to Mary (Wattier) and Jacob Marx in Mildred on Aug. 18, 1921. During World War II, he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Yukitak, Alaska, building structures from 1942-1943. Upon returning, he married Anna Lee Diefenderfer of Belgrade, and they had eight children.

They worked on farms around Belgrade and moved to Wilsall in 1951, where he purchased their own place, farming and ranching beneath the peaks of the Crazy Mountains. Here, his registered Herford business complemented his farming operations.

In 1974, the couple divorced, and the Wilsall home was sold. Mr. Marx moved to Billings and married Shirley Vandegenachte in 1976. She died in 1992.

During retirement, he tended backyard gardens, canned vegetables and made wine, giving final instructions for a batch of strawberry-rhubarb wine on the day of his death.

Louise Hodges had been a companion the last eight years, attending church, family functions, dining out and fishing with him.

Survivors include daughters, Marietta Teed of Clarkston, Wash., Kathy Parker of Orlando, Fla., Jean Jones of Kalispell, Martha Ridgway of Billings; sons, Roger Marx of Newman Lake, Wash., David Marx of Bozeman, and Mitch Marx of Laurel; a stepson, Mike Ketterling of Billings; 24 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, both at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Lane. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Dahl Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.

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