The Billings Outpost

Thomas Charles Kryzer

Thomas Charles Kryzer Sr., 87, a photographer and documentarian during World War II who became president of Northern Tier Pipeline, died on the morning of Oct. 8, 2012.

He was born June 18, 1925, in Pine City, Minn., growing up on the family farm with a brother and two sisters.

He served in the Army during World War II, mostly in the Pacific Theater as a photographer and documentarian at the end of the war.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked as a chemical engineer for Standard Oil Co. before receiving a master’s of business administration degree in 1966 from the University of Chicago. In 1974 he added an advanced management degree from Harvard Business School and later received graduate training from Northwestern University in energy transportation.

In 1973 he moved to Billings, working for Burlington Northern Railroad as vice president of energy development and delivery. He went on to be president of Northern Tier Pipeline.

After retirement, he worked in energy consulting on resource development and transportation, with interests in ethanol and micro-petroleum refining. He wrote many articles on energy development and transportation.

He married Lorena Lieser on Sept. 2, 1950, in Slayton, Minn. They were married for 59 years before her death. They had lived in Indiana, California and Minnesota before settling in Billings in 1973.

Mr. Kryzer served on the board of directors for Deaconess Hospital and was an active member of Rotary Club.

Survivors include a sister, Rosemary Kryzer of St Paul, Minn.; a daughter, Mary Johnson of Billings; sons, Tom Jr. of Wichita, Kan., and Tim of Lake Elmo, Minn.; and four granddaughters.

A vigil service was held Oct. 11 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was Oct. 12 at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Rite of Committal with military honors was in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project and Montana Rescue Mission.

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