William E. “Gene” Brum, 86, who worked for the railroad for more than 30 years and enjoyed the outdoors, friends and family, died Feb. 17, 2013.
He was born in Fort Collins, Colo., in November 1926 to J.P. “Pete” and Mary Brum. His mother died when he was 2, and he went with his father to Washington. From there, they came to Billings, where he attended school.
He joined the Navy and served in World War II and Korea, then he worked for the Northern Pacific (Burlington Northern) Railroad. He was also employed as a mechanic with Cummins Diesel, Owens Trailer and Associated Foods. He later worked as a bus aide for First Student, retiring in 2007.
He was active in Cub Scouts and Little League with his sons. He was secretary-treasurer for the International Association of Machinists Union Local 622 for 25 years. He was also a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge. Mr. Brum was active in a bowling league and participated in the Big Sky State Games.
His wife, Viola, died in 1984.
Survivors include four sons, Richard of Dixon and James Waite, Loren and Russell, all of Billings; two daughters, Kristi Burns of Baker and Charlene Hughes of Billings; five sisters, Ilene McCully of Tujunga, Calif., Lillian Steinbrink and Dolores Bernhardt, both of Billings, Betty Arginziano of Lowellville, Ohio, and Darlene Silverman of California; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by services at 11 a.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.