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Gerald Schlagel

Gerald Duane Schlagel died Dec. 5, 2018, in Helena.
He was born March 13, 1939, to Philip and Anna Benora (Holm) Schlagel. He grew up on the family farm in Froid, before going to Montana State University where he earned a degree in civil engineering.


He worked a brief period of time for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming before moving to the Seattle, Wash., area. He moved back to the Froid area where he farmed as well as managed a farming operation that took him to Canada and Brockton area.
He eventually opened an auto parts store in Culbertson and left the farming to others. It was at this time that he hired a lifetime friend, Ramona Ross, to work with him. They continued this friendship throughout their lives.
Eventually, he left the parts industry and continued working in Culbertson providing fertilizer to area farmers. He was an entrepreneur at heart as he also started building a business in the Amway corporation and was a proud representative throughout his life.
He followed a path that ultimately led him to Townsend where he remained until his death. It was in this small town that his roots took to life as he made many lasting friendships.
He maintained a towing business that afforded great relationships with the various law enforcement personnel as he serviced their towing needs.
He was very committed to his Baptist faith and local church family. He was also very involved in supporting most local events.
Generosity is one word that everyone would use to describe him with the more notable ones coming to light after his death. Every month for the last three years, he would send a dozen red roses to the nurses at St. Pete’s Cancer Center to brighten their day. He would never let the florist disclose who he was. He would even take a flower with him on his towing calls when the individual(s) sounded like they were having a bad day … he wanted to give them something good to hang onto on a bad day.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Marie Joy Schlagel, Helen Heinle and Ruth Casteel.
He is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Anvik and Evelyn Schmidt; and one brother, Arnold Schlagel.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 8, at Faith Baptist Church in Townsend. Interment will take place at a later date in Froid.