Clinton Ray Weldon, 93, who drove trucks and owned and managed truck stops and gas stations, died at Billings Health and Rehabilitation on Jan. 31, 2013.
The fourth of seven children, he was born during a late snowstorm on March 7, 1919, to Orville and Elizabeth (Pfaff) Weldon. He spent his childhood on the family ranch and dairy on Blue Creek and attended Basin Creek School.
He graduated from Billings High School and began working at Farmer’s Union Oil Co., where he stayed until 1941. While there, he married Dorothy Stup.
After Pearl Harbor, Mr. Weldon traveled to New Mexico and Texas with a construction company building air bases. In 1944, he began military service as a gunnery instructor.
His marriage ended, and he drove a truck until 1948, when he returned to the family ranch. Shortly thereafter, he married Margaret “Maggie” Kister and inherited a son.
They owned and managed several truck stops and gas stations around town. He continued driving a truck until retirement at age 70.
Survivors include a brother, Richard Weldon of Billings; two sisters, Maeona Smith and Delores Propp, both of Billings; a daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Lackman of Billings; a son, Gordon Weldon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 6 at Dahl Funeral Chapel, followed by a light luncheon. Burial with full military honors was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.