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Louis Henry Marchuk

Born: Sun., Aug. 17, 1930
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

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Victor - Louis Henry Marchuk, age 88, of Victor, Montana, died December 26, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Missoula, from cancer. He was born August 17, 1930, Baudette, Minnesota, to Nick and Grace Marchuk. Louis married his high school sweetheart, Iris Koidahl, in 1950, and they were married 62 years until her death in Victor in 2012. He served in the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps in their early years; Louis spent his career in the airline industry, successfully retiring after 33 years with Northwest Airlines (now Delta) as a Captain. During his career, he flew all over the U.S., as well Europe, the Caribbean and Pacific islands. They lived in various states from New York to California, eventually moving back to Minnesota and then to Montana in December 1975 to begin ranching in the Bitterroot Valley with their son, Keith. They raised Hereford cross cattle and Appaloosa horses, grew and harvested their own hay. Louis loved to fly, horseback ride, raise quality cattle, and hunt mountain lions, elk and antelope. When living in Minnesota, he hunted pheasants, ducks and whitetail deer. He was interested in astronomy, studied the habits of wild animals and migrating birds, and educated himself on many different topics. He was a private man who prided himself on a job well done, and he passionately loved his wife and their ranch’s panoramic view of the spectacular Bitterroot Mountains. Louis is survived by his daughters, Lynda (Bob) Zimmerman, Pamela (Scott) Olson, both of Minnesota, and son, Keith (and Hilda) Marchuk, Stevensville, his sister Elouise McKinnon, Minnesota, as well as seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris C. Marchuk, brother Vernon “Bob” Marchuk, and sisters, Marie (Hanlon) Olson, Lenore (Vern) Olson, and his parents. The family wishes to thank the staff at Stevensville Senior Center for their friendship, thoughtfulness and generosity through Louis’ recent illness, as well as his friend, Margo Sims, Victor, for her care. A private interment will be held Tuesday, January 8, at Riverside Cemetery, Stevensville.

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Lyle Prouse
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
I knew Lou from our days together at Northwest Airlines. I flew with Lou several times and thought he was a fine gentleman. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and I send thoughts, prayers, and condolences to his family.

steve white
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Strange that I had been thinking about Lou in recent weeks. Should have done something about it.
One of my favorite people. Expect you'll her that a lot.


Wray and Barbara Featherstone
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
Condolences to Lou's family and friends. I met Lou when I was a new pilot with Northwest. He was fun and interesting to fly with and always the professional. I grew up in North Idaho and had traveled with Barbara many times through Lou's country. happily we had many conversations about his ranch and the planning and innovations he applied to make things work. Very sad I had not seen him for years. A nice man who will be missed.

Jeff Dietz
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
I was in my first month on the line as new hire Second Officer with Northwest Orient back in 1979 when I first flew with Lou. I remember him as a soft-spoken gentleman, an outstanding aviator, a mentor and one of my favorite Captains. It was truly a pleasure to fly with him. Although the last time I flew with him was in 1982, his style of leadership and his warm personality has left a lasting impression on me. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Good Lord give you comfort in your time of grief.

Doug & Barbara Peterson
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
I was always happy to see that I was going to be flying with Lou for the month after bidding. He was a "Gentleman of Gentlemen." Talking about his ranching and hunting in Montana was always an interesting subject. Barbara and I stopped in Hamilton several years after Lou had retired and enjoyed another great evening talking and eating dinner out with Iris and him. He was a fine pilot and respected by many of the pilot group of Northwest Airlines.

Dwaine Ratfield
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
I have memories of Lou, flying together at Northwest in the mid 70's. He was a very interesting and well rounded personality. We had many conversations about hunting, fishing, along with a little aviation. I'll always remember him. Condolences to his family, Dwaine Ratfield

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