Dean Lamonte Wulff, 81, who co-founded Louie & Dean’s Montana Truck and Car Salvage, died April 4, 2013, from complications of a recent heart attack.
He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Leonard, N.D., and grew up on the family farm there. He was the second child born to William and Ella Wulff. His father died when he was a toddler and his mother married Nick Brown, which brought seven other brothers and sisters.
He began driving a truck in 1953 and later hauled cars for Convoy Trucking, which brought him to Montana. He married Rayona Tate in 1957. They had four children: Bill, Tom, Karen Lekse and Sandra.
In the late 1950s, he and Louie Schoenbeck opened Louie & Dean’s Montana Truck and Car Salvage in the Billings Heights. In the early 1960s it was moved to its present location in Lockwood.
Mr. Schoenbeck died in 1977, and Mr. Wulff ran the business by himself until suffering a debilitating stroke in 1997. His eldest son, Bill, has been running it since.
He was a lifetime member of the Billings Trap Club. He spent the last four years of his life at Eagle Cliff Manor. He also had received care from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include two granddaughters; a brother, Hank Wulff; and siblings, Cleo Brown, Clayton Brown, Connie Nennig and Pati Pogorzilski.
Visitation was April 10-11 with services set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave., Suite 111, Billings 59102; or to LCCS-Spay/Neuter Fund for Pets, 2113 Walter Road, Billings, MT 59105.