Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Roy Eugene Clause passed away Friday, March 29, 2019.
He was born, the eldest of five children, to Marie and Philip Clause on June 2, 1938. Part of his childhood was spent on a farm in Hardin, until his family moved to a farm in the Laurel area. Besides helping his dad on the farm; he raised rabbits and sold them to earn some extra spending money. Roy loved to take his 410 shotgun and his dog to the big drainage ditches, in the area, to hunt pheasants and ducks.
After high school, Roy joined the Navy and he was assigned to a battleship where he was able to see a good portion of the world. In 1960 Roy met the love of his life, Betty Bauer and they wed on Dec. 17, 1960. They blessed this world with three boys Jock (Kathy), Shawn (Valerija) and Leon (Michelle). Through the years Roy worked heavy construction operating cranes, scrapers and other big equipment. He worked on the Yellowtail Dam project, bridges on the interstate highway system, the minute man missile project and other projects throughout Montana.
In the mid 70’s Roy started his own construction company and did well enough to buy the Old Stark place east of Billings. Farming, ranching and construction kept Roy busy; but he always found time for his family. In the later part of his life, Roy developed some properties in the Billings Heights. This really kept him hopping. Even as busy as he was; he found time and enjoyed hunting, fishing with the great grandkids, rock hunting along the Yellowstone, riding his four-wheeler on the river bottom and his big gardens.
Roy’s parents, Marie and Philip, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Betty; his sisters Loretta, Peggy, Phyllis and brother Philip; his sons Jock(Kathy), Shawn (Valerija) and Leon (Michelle); his grandchildren Corina, Joshua, Trystan, Dillon, Jerimy, Eric, Michael, Alisha, Madison, Tyler, Alyssa and Jarrod and 17 great grandchildren.
Dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother and uncle we love you and miss you and we all hope you are on some beautiful lake, in heaven, reeling in the big one.