|Fred Marble, Jr|
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|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1922|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2007|
Marble Jr., Fred
Fred Marble Jr. was born in Billings on July 8, 1922, to Lillian Wright Marble and Fred W. Marble Sr. (Lynt and Mibs to family and friends). He attended McKinley School and Lincoln Junior High until Mibs was transferred to Cheyenne, Wyo., for a bank job in 1936. It was in Cheyenne, at the age of 14, that Fred met his lovely wife-to-be, Catharine Connaghan.
In high school, Fred was a National Honor Society inductee, the Major in the Cheyenne ROTC unit, All State Football for three years and a three-sport letterman (football, basketball and track) for three years. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan (which was also Lynt and Mibs' alma mater) for three years until he chose to enlist in the U.S. Navy and join the U.S. Forces of World War II. He went to Columbia University for midshipman's school and graduated Ensign.
In those days the Navy shipped crews down the Mississippi to New Orleans to await deployment, and in those days there were more than a few spots where outhouses hung over the muddy waters of the mighty Mississippi. According to Fred, the Navy boys jollied away more than a few days of the trip by creating boat wakes that "tipped" the outhouses and sent many a sitter swimming. Waiting deployment in New Orleans was tough duty because of the excessive heat, and because of the excessive beer that had to be drunk because of the excessive heat, but Fred waited patiently and eventually he was deployed in the Pacific. Fred was the gunnery officer on an LST, the largest of the vessels of the amphibious fleet. He joked that LST stood for "large stationary target," and he captained the target home at the end of the war by dead reckoning, a feat of which he was very proud.
On April 24, 1946, he married his sweetheart Catharine "Kate" Connaghan and together they went back to Ann Arbor, where Fred finished his business degree. They then moved to Billings, where Fred worked as a teller at the Montana National Bank. By 1958, Fred was president of the bank, and six of seven children had arrived. Eventually, Fred and Mibs sold the bank to Northwest Bank Inc., and not long after that Dave Drum came knocking and recruited Fred, along with a small group of savvy and brilliant businessmen, to found and create an idea called Kampgrounds of America. Fred loved KOA - the business, the travel and especially the people. "A business is only as good as the people who work it," was a big part of Fred's business philosophy.
Fred said he retired before he was 60, but that isn't quite true. The fact is, he never really retired and he was calling business meetings just the day before he died. However, he and Kate began wintering in La Quinta, Calif., around 1980, and eventually they purchased a condo there. Fred spent many a happy winters in the La Quinta area playing the game he loved: golf. He was thrilled when he shot his age on his 79th birthday, and he had at least five aces on his overall scorecard.
Fred was the majority owner and Chairman of the Board for Grizzly Peak Inc., otherwise known as Red Lodge Mountain and Golf Course, for many years. Owning a golf course enabled Fred to indulge in another life long love: planting trees. Fred planted trees wherever he went, but at the Red Lodge Golf Course he was able to do it on a grand scale. Fred was frequently spotted driving from Billings to Red Lodge with trees poking out of the trunk of his little car, and more than a few golfers mistook him for a groundskeeper. His family refers to the Red Lodge Golf Course as Fred's fairway to heaven.
Fred also loved ranching. He and Kate bought a small ranch just north of Red Lodge for their horse-crazy daughters from friends Raul and Jean Hoyt in 1966. The Nine Lazy M became the center for many Marble family parties and gatherings, as well as an additional outlet for Fred's tree planting habit. It should be noted that when asked his occupation, Fred most likely responded: Rancher. He loved the Red Lodge area and voted his conservative beliefs at the Roberts Fire Hall for over 30 years.
Fred served on numerous boards including Deaconess Hospital, BACET and several banks. As a businessman, he was a principal in the development of Tipi Village in Red Lodge and T-Bone Feeders in Shepherd. He was a past president of the Highlands Golf Club, the Billings Jaycees and a long time Rotarian. He had a longstanding tradition of delivering turkeys for the Billings Food Bank on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fred left this world to join many of his friends on the 19th tee in the early morning hours of June 22, 2007. It was a perfect day for a game of golf.
His parents, Lynt and Mibs, preceded him in death, as well as an unnamed baby sister. The rest of his family is alive and well, and includes his wife of 61 years, Catharine C. Marble; his son, Fred Marble III (Sheryl); daughters Cathy Glennon (Mike), Francie Marble, Vicki Donoho, Cynthia Marble, Anner Marble (Mike Cardoza) and Roberta Marble (John McFadden). Grandchildren are Katie Glennon Waldron (Shelby), Robbie Donoho (Lisa), Kellie Knaub (Bryan), Ben Turnbull (Rene), Ellie Marble, Aaron Donoho, Meri Marble, Claire Reitz, Wells Reitz, Corporal Nathan Donoho, USMC, Isaac Marble, Chase Cardoza and Drew Cardoza. Great-grandchildren are Reese and Sy Waldron, Ryan Turnbull, Kaden Myrstol, Cavan Marble and Logan Knaub.
Celebrations to honor Fred will take place Monday, June 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Highlands Club.
A private family ceremony and burial will take place on Tuesday, June 26, at the family's Nine Lazy M Ranch north of Red Lodge. Also on Tuesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m. Fred's family invites all friends and well wishers to celebrate and honor Fred at the Red Lodge Golf Course Clubhouse with stories, spirits, food and fireworks.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Billings Food Bank, the St. Labre Mission, Billings Family Services, or a charity of one's choice. Fred's family warmly and sincerely thanks Dr. Kleman, Dr. Gerstner, Dr Weiss, Dr. Merchant and the extraordinary nursing staff at Billings Clinic, as well as Rocky Mountain Home Care for the wonderful care they all provided for Fred.
Specifically: Nine Lazy M Ranch, No. of Red Lodge, Montana
Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Jun 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20056299