John Franklin Pinnow, 79, of Billings, a welder and machinist who also had a farm near Shepherd, died Monday, April 29, 2013.
He was born July 21, 1933, in Miles City and was raised on a farm with seven siblings. The farm was homesteaded by his father, Carl Pinnow, and mother, Dora (Hoffman) Pinnow. He graduated from eighth grade at Kinsey grade school near Miles City.
He enlisted in the Marines and spent boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California. He served for a year and a half in Korea during the Korean War.
After military service, he married Theresa Studer, and they moved to Billings in 1957. He was a welder and machinist for Beall Pipe and Tank, Glacier Bit Service and Billings Machine.
He also bought an 80-acre farm outside of Shepherd and continued to commute to Billings for his day job.
After his son graduated from Shepherd High School in 1977, he and his son opened their own welding and machine shop, Midland West MFG, a business that involved the whole family. The business is still family owned by Steve Pinnow.
Survivors include children, Diana, Stephen and Gayle, all of Billings; sisters, Helen Bender of Miles City and Doris Waddell and Martha Bell, both of Billings; and two granddaughters.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.