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Lawrence Walter Cellmer

Lawrence Walter Cellmer

Wednesday, October 24th, 1928 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Lawrence Walter Cellmer, 92, passed away November 5, 2020, following a short illness triggered by Covid19. He was born on the family farm near Woodworth, North Dakota, October 24, 1928 to Henry and Pauline (Wutzke) Cellmer, the third of six children. In 1939, the family moved to Edgar, Montana where Lawrence graduated from high school. At an early age, Lawrence showed an aptitude for auto mechanics, and began working for nearby farmers and ranchers.
On August 27, 1949, Lawrence and Jean Coakley were married in Billings, Montana. The couple lived in Laurel, Montana where Lawrence worked for Great Northern Pacific RR, in the car shops. He entered the Army in 1953, attending boot camp at Camp Roberts in California. He was deployed to Germany, lastly at Berlin, where his son, Steven, was born. The family returned to Montana in 1955.
Lawrence worked and lived with Jean and family on the Coakley ranch northwest of Billings. In 1956, they were gifted with the birth of their daughter, Mary. Over the years, they added land and angus cattle to the enterprise. Early on, Lawrence also worked at Great Western Sugar in Billings maintaining the boilers at the factory.
Lawrence was an avid reader of all ag related literature, guiding his decisions regarding crops and cattle. He was most content while driving “Big John”, his four-wheel drive John Deere tractor. Lawrence also enjoyed attending sporting events of his children, nieces and nephews, as well as dancing the night away at community dances.
Lawrence was an attentive, devoted husband and father; loved by many, admired by most.
Lawrence is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents Pauline and Henry; sisters Dorothy Stocks and Aliene Cooper; brothers Maynard, Jarel, and Don. He is survived by his children Mary Pednault (Cliff) and Steve (Monica) Cellmer; sister-in-law Doris Parker; brother-in-law Ray Cooper (Ronan, MT); numerous nieces and nephews; six step-grandchildren and oodles of step-greatgrandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 6-8PM, Wednesday, November 11, at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th St. West, Billings, MT. A private service (due to Covid restrictions) will be held at Yellowstone National Cemetery, Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2PM. In the spring of 2021, a celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held.
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    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Graveside Service is private. A celebration of Lawrence's life will be held in the spring of 2021


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Donna McKamy

Posted at 01:28pm
Steven and Mary, a bit late, but heartfelt nevertheless. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, Lawrence, once my brother-in-law. I remember both of you well, very young when I went my way. Your Mom and Dad have always been special persons in my mind and heart. Both kind and considerate to me and my heart it big and overflowing with love and hugs for you two, now the "elders" in your family.
I was with Don in our turbulent youthful days and I have grand memories of ALL the Cellmers and am sad to see all of that era gone, although know that St. Peter greeted each of them with open arms.
I wouldn't recognize you grown kids, so I can't say hello on the street or in the grocery store, but know I have you in my mind and heart as wonderful, warm folks.
Love, good wishes and blessings in all you do.
Donna Green Cellmer McKamy

Mark Erickson

Posted at 07:41pm
So many fond memories of the ranch and all the cellmers some great childhood memories I'm so sorry for your loss you are all in my prayers

monty erickson

Posted at 11:53am
Steve, Mary, and families,
sorry about your dad . He and jean were always good to us Erickson boys. your dad will be missed ,I remember well he and Don, Jack Parker, and my dad Harry playing pitch at thanksgiving . now they are all together and saint Peter can ref. the games.
God be with you, Monty and Irene Erickson

Lynn Heiken Wilkins

Posted at 09:24am
Steve, Mary and families,
Forever your dad will be a part of my childhood. He alway had a smile for me and was such a kind person. Thinking back I see him with your mom dancing at the Echo Inn, laughing at the lake, and drinking beer with a bus driver in Europe. All really good memories. I am so sorry for you all and pray that your special memories of your dad will help heal your hearts.

Kari Humphrey

Posted at 10:33pm
My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Cellmer was such a nice gentleman. I truly enjoyed visiting with him when he came to the bank. I will miss him...😢

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