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Henry J.
Keiper Jr.

March 3, 1927 – November 22, 2018

Henry Keiper
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Obituary for Henry J. Keiper Jr.

Henry J. Keiper, Jr.
Born March 3, 1927
Entered Glory November 22, 2018

Henry J. Keiper Jr. was an amazing man, husband, father and follower of Christ. He was born near Wolf Point, Montana on the family farm on March 3, 1927, and went home to be with the Lord he loved dearly on November 22, 2018, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by family as he peacefully slipped into heaven. He’s now comfortable in the arms of his Savior.
Henry was born and raised in eastern Montana, near Wolf Point. He spent his childhood on the family farm with his parents and eight brothers and sisters where he learned his incredible work ethic and the joy of hard work. He told so many stories about the fun he had even though the Keiper life during the Great Depression was difficult. He always focused on the positive and the good memories.
In 1945, while still in high school, he was drafted by the Army and while he was in basic training, World War II ended. He was deployed to the Korean peninsula in the US Army of Occupation after the Japanese left Korea. He was so proud to have been under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He was discharged in early 1947 and returned to the Great Falls area where his family had moved during his military service. In 2013, he took Honor Flight #5 to Washington DC to visit the many war memorials. He loved the United States and was proud to have served in the armed forces.
He began a long career in the grocery business by working in the family store in Simms, Montana, and later at Ryan’s Wholesale. He worked for Buttrey Food and Drug from 1953 to 1984, and over a 31-year career, rose to Vice President of Advertising and Promotion. He loved the grocery business and all the many friends he had in the grocery business. He referred to himself as a “Prune Peddler.” He ended his working career at age 90 as a crossing guard for the Billings Public Schools and was affectionately known by the children as “Mr. Henry.”
He married the love of his life, Luella Lee Johnston on October 10, 1954, in Simms, Montana, and together they had five children. Henry loved and tenderly cared for Luella all their married days, a span of 64 beautiful years. When we think of the Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13, that’s that way Henry lived.
Henry trusted Jesus Christ in his late thirties while watching a Billy Graham Crusade on television and was a passionate follower of Christ. He loved to read God’s word, spend time with family and always enjoyed a good meal. More than anything, Henry loved the fellowship of being with others. He served the homeless through the Great Falls Rescue Mission for many years. He was also a leader in the churches he and his family attended in the Great Falls area.
He is survived by his wife, Luella, and four children: Lori Smith (Bill) and grandsons Cory and Kelly Smith, and five great-grandchildren; Wayne Keiper (Linda); Scott Keiper (Greta) and grandson Corbin Keiper; Paul Keiper (Kimberly) and granddaughters Mackenzie and Madeleine Keiper. Henry was preceded in death by his parents Henry J. Keiper Sr and Celestia (Susie) Keiper, and by his infant son, Duane, and his sister Norma (Keiper) Sorenson, and brother Erich Keiper.
We are so grateful to his wonderful caregivers at the Billings Clinic, Morning Star of Billings, and Stillwater Hospice. Thanks to each of you for your wonderful, comforting care. You are the hands and feet of God.
While we are broken-hearted and will miss Dad dearly, we are overjoyed at his homegoing. We are comforted by his saving faith in the great gift of God’s grace and forgiveness offered to all and His amazing plan of redemption for mankind. Dad, we are on our way to join you; until then, dance with the King!! We love you and thank you for all the gifts you gave us.

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When Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Smith Downtown Chapel
925 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

Service Information

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 10:00am
Highland Cemetery
2010 33rd Avenue South
Great Falls, MT

Interment Information

Highland Cemetery
2010 33rd Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405

Reception Information

United Methodist Church
610 North 2nd Avenue
Great Falls, MT