Longtime Billings resident Fred Bierwiler, 85, who worked in banking and finance and was recognized for his service to the Boy Scouts, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, six months after a heart attack and subsequent complications.
He was born in 1927 and raised in Corning, N.Y. He worked with his father at Carpenter’s Bus as a driver before joining the Army at age 18. He started his finance career in Corning.
In 1959, the family moved to Helena, where he was promoted to finance company office manager. Three years later, he was promoted again and moved to Billings. He joined Midland Bank in 1967 and retired from US Bank 20 years ago.
Mr. Bierwiler was a lifelong member and leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He started a Cub Scout pack as soon as his firstborn son was old enough to participate and remained active until long after his children had left the household. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus presented him with the Silver Beaver, one of Scouting’s highest awards, for his service to the community for more than 35 years.
He and his wife, Valerie, traveled extensively in retirement and spent winters in Salome, Ariz., for 17 years. There they became oil painting artists.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years; sons, David, Michael, Terry, Scott and Amie Spendlow; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cynthia Nan Springsteen.
Services will be at Cremation & Funeral Gallery in Billings. A private family memorial will take place in Colorado.
Donations may be made in his name to the Billings Food Bank or RiverStone Hospice. A website is being set up at http://fred.bierwiler.com for those who wish to share thoughts with the family.