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 Elvin Wilson “Elvin” Wedel

Elvin Wilson “Elvin” Wedel

Pretty Prairie, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Death 22 Sep 2000 (aged 87)
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Burial Joliet, Carbon County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 100496970 · View Source
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S/O Peter J Wedel & Martha A Goering Wedel. H/O Marguerite Garrett Wedel.


JOLIET - Elvin Wilson Wedel of Joliet died at Western Manor in Billings on Sept. 22. He was born Nov. 10, 1912 in Pretty Prairie, Kan., the eldest child of Peter J. and Martha (Goering) Wedel.

At the age of six, he moved to Sand Springs in Garfield County. He married Marguerite (Margie) Garrett from Brusett on Jan. 2, 1934 in Miles City.

They farmed in the Custer Pease Bottom, Hysham and Lodge Grass areas until the late 30s when they moved to the Two Leggins area south of Hardin. In 1952, Elvin bought the old Howie Stagestop ranch on the lower Sweetgrass south of Big Timber, and in 1956 purchased a farm/ranch two miles south of Joliet where he made his home.

Elvin was an old-time fiddler. He played for dances and events from an early age, after getting a fiddle at the age of 12. He played for many dances in the Hardin and St. Xavier areas, and while in Big Timber formed a band called the Sweetgrass Ramblers. He played for dances and social gatherings in Joliet and surrounding Carbon County areas. In July of 1999, he was inducted to the Montana Old Time Fiddlers Association's Hall of Fame

.Elvin was a member of District 4 of the Oldtime Fiddlers Association, Masonic Carbon Lodge #65, the Joliet Baptist Church, the Joliet Senior Citizens and the Joliet Kitchen Band.

Elvin was preceded in death by his wife Margie in 1993; his parents; brothers Kenneth, Howard, Rolland and Harold; and sisters Ruth Horton, Dorothy Baranowski and Helen Burr.

He leaves behind his children Joe (Joy) Wedel of Joliet, Joyce (Arnold) Jerke of Terry, Jeanne (Bill) Ruff of Billings, June (Richard) Lohof of Laurel; and a brother Elmer of Reno, Nev.; his grandchildren Jim Wedel, JoAnn Lavelle, Scott Wedel, David Jerke, Robin Ward, Holly Hoagland, Billie Jean Ruff, Michael Ruff, Roxanne Watkins and Russell Lohof; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was Monday, Sept. 25 at the Joliet Baptist Church. Interment followed at the Joliet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joliet Community Center at P.O. Box 29, Joliet, MT 59041 or the Joliet Senior Citizens, Joliet, MT 59041.

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  • Created by: Melinda Morey Gregory
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elvin Wilson “Elvin” Wedel (10 Nov 1912–22 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100496970, citing Joliet Cemetery, Joliet, Carbon County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Melinda Morey Gregory (contributor 46584124) .