The Billings Outpost

Charles Preston Trask

Charles Preston Trask, 93, of Worden, who had operated Trask Truck and Car Sales, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Eagle Cliff Manor.

He was the oldest child of Maurine and George Preston Trask and grew up at the Trask Ranch south of Ballantine. He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1936, then attended Billings Polytechnic Institute (now Rocky Mountain College) and Montana State College.

He married Marie Baier on June 3, 1944, and ranched with his father on Arrow Creek. In the late ’50s he rehabilitated an old airplane and used it to check on cattle.

Upon the death of his father, the ranch was sold, and the family moved to Worden. He operated Trask Truck and Car Sales in the Billings Heights for several years.

In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Trask moved to Youngtown, Ariz., where he worked as a real estate agent and a roofer. In 1996 they moved back to Worden.

He fixed cars well into his 80s and built an airplane with a friend, Ken Newman. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Farm Bureau and the Ballantine Congregational Church.

Survivors include eight children, David Trask of St. Louis, Mo., Margaret Waddell of Sidney, Neb., Elinore Devitt of Billings, Helen Toogood of Worden, Susan Davis of Stanford, Carl Trask of Goodyear, Ariz., Mark Trask of Penryn, Calif., and Ken Trask of Worden; 22 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Bethlehem Congregation Church of Worden at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Inurnment will follow at Pleasantview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials can be made to Bethlehem Congregational Church of Worden.

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