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Billy Mills Hoblitt

Died: Sun., Dec. 16, 2012

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Billy Mills Hoblitt

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Billy Mills Hoblitt

FLORENCE - Billy Mills Hoblitt, 96, passed away of natural causes, Dec. 16, 2012 at his home in Florence. Billy was born Sept. 13, 1916 at the family home where he lived his entire life.

Billy attended grade school at the Holden School and graduated from Florence High School. He graduated from Montana State University in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry.

Billy served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He served in Rhineland at the Bridge of Remagen, Central Europe and the Aleutian Islands. He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and served five overseas tours.

He married Blanche McVey of Victor on Sept. 14, 1947. They were together for 49 years until her passing in 1996.

Billy worked for Misco Mills as a seed salesman and later manager for 22 years and then joined his father in operating and owning the Lone Star Ranch until his retirement in 1988.

Billy was a lifetime member of the Bitterroot Draft Horse and Mule Club and took part in many area parades, shows and competitions with several teams of mules during his retirement years. He was an avid fisherman and big game hunter.

Billy will be remembered for his knowledge of horses and mules. He was a proper cowboy and an avid storyteller with a big sense of humor. His kindness and gentlemanly manners will stand out among his many friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche McVey Hoblitt, brother, A. Tevis Hoblitt and parents, Allen T. and Namoi Tevis Hoblitt.

Survivors include his daughters, Stephanie Hoblitt of Mill Creek, Wash., Cheri (Alan) Grove of Ridgefield, Wash.; grandchildren, Dr. Heather (Daric) Ronngren of Wenatchee, Wash., Ryan (Leah) Grove of Vancouver, Wash., Holly (Nathan) Royle of Vancouver, Wash.; nephew, Ritt (Roxanne) Hoblitt of Bozeman; five great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.

No services are planned at his time. Cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorial donations may be made in Billy's name to the Bitterroot Draft Horse and Mule Club, c/o Mary Lou Connor, 1170 Summerdale Road, Corvallis, MT 59828.

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Gale and MaryEllen Johnson
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Billy remains one of our major heroes. He is the best example of how we should live our lives, and I believe, gave all of "those Johnson boys" next door an amazing role model as they grew up. We always tried to see him every trip to Montana and loved hearing him tell his many stories, even those we were hearing for the 10th or 20th time. The Bitterroot will not be the same.

Scott Johnson
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
My grandpa Herb (Johnson) and I stopped by to visit with Billy and Blanche nearly every fishing trip (which was more than a bunch) for cookies, pie, and TLC. As my mom posted, what great role models. I will miss you Billy!

Buck and Myrna Varner
   Posted Thu December 20, 2012
Stephanie, Cheri and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Billy was such a gentleman and wonderful person. Living next to your McVey grandparents, we knew your parents many years ago and will always remember them fondly. Your Dad's collection of antiques was so fascinating and he had so many tales to tell about them all. It is especially hard to lose a parent during the holidays, as we also know, but you will have so many wonderful memories of them. We are thinking of all of you at this time.

Carola Woolsey Mielke
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Stephanie, Cheri and Family
We have lost another great one!!! Billy was such a true gentleman. My Dad Vernon and Billy were wonderful friends and I always treasured the times I got to be around when they got into some real philosophical conversations.
Billie was a great man and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to know him. His knowledge and humor will be greatly missed.
It has been interesting visiting with Ed about the different memories we have of your Dad.
And of course who can forget your Mom's mincemeat cookies!
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time
Ed and Carola Mielke

Jim & Peggy Huls Haun
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
Dear Billy - you will be greatly missed by so many people
Stevie and Cheri, our sympathy and prayers go out to you
I only met you once or twice but you left such a sweet impression on this cousin.
Billy and Blanche were a favorite visiting place on my Valley visits always. We appreciate Billy's kindness and help to Chris.
God be with you through these trying days.
With Love, Jim and Peggy (Huls) Haun

Eleanor Smith
   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
The first time I met Billy was when we joined the family for Christmas on my first trip to Montana. Billy took me out on a sleigh drawn by his mules to feed the cattle. A wonderful treat for a girl from the city. But he did keep me away from the field with the bull. He thought i was too delicate to witness the bull doing what comes naturally. Billy was like a second Dad to me and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him but have many happy memories of times spent on his ranch.

   Posted Fri December 21, 2012
i will surely miss Mister Hoblitt and his wonderful stories. he always had time to visit and share the history of the valley and showing my boys his rock collection. i will remember him always and his stories of how the west was as a young man. how he got paid to trap as a young boy and how the school marm stayed at their place and he got teased about it from the schoolmates. his love of birds and beasts but especially mules, will keep his memory alive. such a dear sweet gentleman. rest in peace.

Jim and Penney Canton
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
We offer our sincere condolences and your dad and grandfather will be missed greatly, especially on his trips to the Frontier, as well as the past 55 years that Jim can remember him.

Elloie Jeter
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
Stevie and Cheri - I am sadly behind on the news and just got confirmation of Billy's passing. I am sorry to finally lose a kind and considerate neighbor and fellow horseman. I regret I did not make it over to visit and hear a last round of stories, especially after your kind invite last September. My condolences to all. Please let me know if you are back in the area, I would like to visit with you. If you wish to contact me by email, I would appreciate it.

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