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Gene Edward Tufton

Died: Wed., Nov. 2, 2011

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VICTOR - After years of being the symbol of strength for the family, Gene Tufton used the last of that strength to lift up his arms so the angels could carry him home, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Gene was born Dec. 25, 1936, in Dooley, the first son of Christian and Clara, and was the best Christmas gift any of us have ever had.

He grew up on the family farm north of Comertown, helping with the farming and ranching.

He was a horse whisperer before the phrase was coined. He spent many years breaking horses at the farm. His dedication ran deep. In his younger years, he had to be locked in the house at night, as he'd sleep-ride his horse, rather than sleep-walk, in the middle of winter in his underwear!

Gene had an amazing ability as a fix-it man. With a little study, he could put together anything, or repair something that didn't work.

After Ma's death in 1958, we started to see brother Gene's other roles, as a mother, father, teacher and best friend. He was constantly asked, "Gene, why doesn't this car run?" or "Gene, how do I get this horse to stop?" or "Gene, what's wrong with this bread dough?" or "Gene, why can't I hit anything with this gun?"

He worked hard at making everything work, and ran the cattle ranch until the drought of the 1980s convinced him to look for greener pastures. He bought a small ranch near Victor, where he raised a few cows and horses, and later chickens.

He had quite a list of folks who couldn't wait for him to show up and visit and deliver eggs.

Gene taught us to hunt, fish and leave areas cleaner than we found them. He also enjoyed hiking, snowshoeing and gardening.

Gene was preceded in death by his folks, Clara (Corcoran) and Christian Tufton and their infant son. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Edna (Paul) Tkachyk of Victor, Sonny (Pat) Tufton of Medicine Lake, Sweede (Kaye) Tufton of Dagmar, Loren Tufton of Missoula, Lois Tufton of Victor, Marial (Jim) Hovet of Antelope and Sara Tufton. He thought the world of his nieces and nephews, even with their continual questions of "Gene, how do you ... ?" He'll also miss his good friends from Sheridan County, especially Dave Marsh and Dick Johnson.

Gene has been cremated and a private ceremony will follow at the farm north of Comertown.

Gene, we love you and we'll miss you; we'll be keeping a list of questions for you. You rest up good now; you've earned it. You know there won't be any rest once the rest of us get there

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Marge Christensen
   Posted Fri November 04, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. My memories of him are of a quiet, sweet, kind, gentle man who did whatever it took to raise his 2 baby sisters. He was young and single and a cowboy, didn't know much about raiding children - especially girls - so he used to ask my mom (Mary Corcoran Christensen) questions from time to time. I had great respect for him. God bless you all.

Cheryl Arthur
   Posted Fri November 04, 2011
Lois and family,
Am so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you all in this time of loss and healing.

Cheryl and Ron

Wes Falk
   Posted Sat November 05, 2011
I am sorry for your loss.

Jerry & Cindy Stenehjem
   Posted Sun November 06, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Now that I think about Gene's passing is a loss for us all. What a great example for us all.

Sweede told us the other day that store bought bread was called "windy" bread in the Tufton home because it was so lacking in substance. I eaten some of the bread Loren made-I always wondered how he learned to bake so well. Now i know.


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