Meredith “Buster” Knerr

Meredith “Buster” Knerr, 72, passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, from respiratory failure caused by lung cancer at The Health Center of Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell.

Buster Knerr was born in Lewistown, on Sept. 15, 1945, the son of Meredith and Colleen (Craig) Knerr. He grew up in Lewistown. He dropped out of high school his junior year and joined the Navy. He served on the USS Oak Hill in Vietnam from Oct. 26, 1962 to Sept. 12, 1966, when he was honorably discharged. He later got his GED in 2006.

Buster worked for numerous construction companies in Montana and Wyoming. His last job before retiring was at Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho.

Buster enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on classic vehicles, rock hounding and gold panning with his good friend Bud Heller. He also enjoyed riding his ATV and spending time on his boat on Flathead Lake.

Buster is survived by his two faithful, furry companions Buddy and Snow; his daughter Heather (Rex) Farr of Lewistown, Mont., and son Darby Knerr of Kila, Mont.; step-daughters Shayne (Troy) Burdick of Belgrade, Mont., Jesse (Trevor) Phillips of Elko, Mont., and Kelsey (Jose) Gutierrez of Bozeman, Mont.; grandchildren Alistair, Seth and Lainey Farr, Nicholas and Angelica Espinoza, Jaci, Samantha, Cooper and Hunter Wichman, Dylan, Dawson and Devon Knerr, Clayton Reynolds, Emma and Erin Bair, Ella Peniska, Evangeline and Elliott Phillips; and great-grandchildren Ariana Espinoza, Arielle Harchenko and Luna Espinoza; sister Jane Knerr; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Betty Jo Knerr and Peggy Dell Knerr; daughter Darcee (Robert) Wichman; stepson Billie Knerr; and his close friend, Gwendolyn Peniska.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place next summer. Memorial donations can be made to Disabled American Vets.

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