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Reid and Edith Grayson

Reid and Edith Grayson

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Reid Ernest Grayson, aged 95, passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2021 with his family by his side.  His beloved wife of 77 years, Edith Elizabeth Olsen Grayson, aged 94, followed him home May 19, 2021.

Reid was born on July 18, 1925 to Richard and Mae Bertelson in Antelope.  He was inducted into the Army in November 1943.  When he came home on furlough, he married his high school sweetheart, Edith Olsen, on April 12, 1944 at Nathaniel Lutheran Church in Dagmar, MT..  Husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, or coach; whatever the role he was loved by all.

Edith Elizabeth Olsen Grayson was born August 17, 1926 at the family farm in Dagmar, the 9th of 10 children born to Jens and Clara Olsen.  She attended grade school at Emerson School in Dagmar, MT and one year at Eugene, OR.  She graduated 8th grade from Hiawatha School in Dagmar, MT.  Edith graduated from Antelope High School in 3 years.  She was an amazing woman who loved her family, friends, playing cards, and telling a good joke.  

In 1947 they lived in Cartwright, ND.  In 1951 they moved to Opheim, MT.  In 1954 they moved to Scobey where they built their first house.  They had four children, Muriel Swenson, Reid Ernest Grayson Jr., Karla Grayson, and Larry Grayson.  In 1990, they moved to Billings and built the home they lived in until their passing.

Reid was awarded several times during his career for Burlington Northern Railroad.  He held several positions over the course of his lifetime.

The Graysons had many hobbies and interests.  They loved to travel and went to many other countries.  They built a cabin overlooking Cooney Reservoir and loved to boat and camp.  Playing cards with friends and families was a favorite pastime.

Reid was active in several organizations throughout his life.  He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest award given in Scouts.  He was a leader to many troops.  Reid was also active in the Lion’s Club, the American Legion, the VFW, the PTA and was a juvenile officer.  One of his greatest interests was basketball, and he coached several teams of all ages.

Reid and Edith are survived by their daughter Karla, their son Larry (Rhonda), 8 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

Our deepest gratitude to the caring, compassionate caregivers from Compassus Hospice.
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  • Service

    Friday, May 21st, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Friday, May 21st, 2021 3:00pm
    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    1721 Central Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Reception

    Smith West Chapel
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Katie Bakewell

Posted at 10:55am
So very sorry for your loss! Two very special people!! May memories comfort you now and always!!

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