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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Johnny Wiedmeier

Johnny Emil "John" Wiedmeier

Friday, October 19th, 1934 - Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
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John Emil Wiedmeier, age 86, passed away April 28, 2021 in Billings, Montana.

John is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary, two children Douglas Wiedmeier (Susan) and Renee Wong (Nicholas), daughter-in-law Mary K., and his grandchildren Spencer Wong, Ella Wong, Daniel Wiedmeier (Kelsey), Christopher Wiedmeier, Lauren Wiedmeier, Victoria Wiedmeier, John Wiedmeier, Danielle Wiedmeier and Matthew Wiedmeier, two great-grandchildren and his sister, Carol Peterson. He was predeceased by his son Bryan and his brothers Loran and Delmer.

He was born in Turner County, South Dakota to Emil and Ella Wiedmeier. He grew up on the family farm near Menno. He confirmed his faith in Christ at the EUB church on June 12, 1949. At age 16, his father passed away; as a result, he left school and he and his family took over the farming operation. He was active in 4-H where he met his future wife Mary at a dance. At the age of 18, he joined the South Dakota National Guard and was called to active duty. He served as a military policeman with the 2nd Armored Division as part of the Army of Occupation in Germany after WWII. Upon being honorably discharged from the army, he returned to South Dakota, married Mary on November 18, 1956, and they began farming together on the home place.

After a couple of years of farming they decided “to take a chance” and try something different. While in the service John had been encouraged to earn his GED by one of his NCOs. As a result, he now had the opportunity to continue his education at South Dakota State College where he graduated with a degree in Agronomy, being the first in his family to receive a university degree. After graduation he joined Metropolitan Life in their Agricultural Investments division as a field agent (John and Mary joked “until something better came along”). His career took him and his family to Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Montana (again), Kansas, and finally Washington (again). There, he transitioned to managing large commercial orchards for Metropolitan. During his career he had the opportunity to meet and work with many great farmers and ranchers, some of whom would become lifelong friends. He retired as Assistant Vice-President of Agricultural Investments and a Corporate Officer after 33 years with Met Life.

Upon retirement they returned to Montana, living first in Colombia Falls, and then in Billings, to enjoy a life-long passion for the outdoors. His hunting and fishing adventures took him throughout the US and Canada. He and Mary enjoyed traveling to visit children and grandchildren around the country. They also embarked on adventures that took to Hong Kong, Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and Alaska. His Christian faith was an important part of John’s life, and while able, he was actively engaged at Trinity Lutheran in Billings. John enjoyed a number of other activities throughout his life including a stint as a Scout Master, various house renovations, a car restoration with his children, and watching football.

Memorial services will be held this Saturday, May 1 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Avenue, Billings, 59101. A viewing, starting at 10am, will be held at the church prior the service. All are welcome to come and celebrate John’s life.
A viewing will also be held on Tuesday, May 4 at 2:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 1009 Jackson St., Yankton, SD 57078. Graveside services will follow at Mission Hill Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    537 Grand Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Trinty Lutheran Chruch
    Address
    537 Grand Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Interment

    Location
    Mission Hill Cemetery
    Address
    MISSION HILL, SD
    Notes
    2nd Service location :
    Saint Johns Lutheran Church - 1009 Jackson St. Yankton, SD 57078
    Tuesday May 4th at 3:00pm (Visitation at 2:00pm)

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James B O'Riley

Posted at 09:13pm
John was a great boss and true friend who I admired with a lot of respect. We experienced many good memories together while working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's Agricultural Investments. He worked hard and through his leadership earned the respect of all those he worked with. He will be fondly remembered as a great man who I and many others had the privilege of knowing.

Jim O'Riley
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