Nelson August “Barney” Bliss, 69, who had worked in oilfields and had a passion for radio-controlled model airplanes, died on the evening of May 18, 2013, at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., after a long illness.
He was born in Roundup on Jan. 14, 1944, to Nelson August “Barney” Horning Sr. and Athna Nickolson. After the death of his father in World War II, he was adopted by William H. Bliss, who married Athna.
He attended school in Roundup and graduated from Sumatra High School in 1962.
He played basketball for the Sumatra Warriors and repaired Model A cars with his brothers and friends.
After high school, Mr. Bliss attended Eastern Montana College for a year before enlisting in the Army in 1964. He was stationed in Germany as a part of the 7th Army until 1966, and then served in the Army Reserve for two years.
After leaving the service, he worked in oilfields in Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico, and he traveled throughout the United States and Canada as a salesman, safety trainer and on-site technician. He retired in May 2012.
On Oct. 18, 1968, he married Mildred Eleanor “Millie” Bliss in Roundup.
He was an avid fisherman and built radio-controlled model airplanes. He was active in model airplane communities in Casper, Thermopolis and Rock Springs and in Farmington, N.M., where he was instrumental in creating a local aero modeling club.
He served in leadership positions in several clubs, and the Bliss garage became a workshop and hangout for countless modelers over the years.
Survivors include his wife, of Rock Springs; a son, Shawn Bliss; a daughter, Wendy Ortiz; five grandchildren; and a brother Bill Bliss, and sisters, Janie Baird and Athna May Porter, all of Billings.
Arrangements were made through Vase Funeral Home in Rock Springs. A private service will be held for family and friends.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Friends of the Musselshell School Inc., Box 14, Musselshell, MT, 59059.