Emil P. ‘Scrappy’ Anich

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Emil P. (Scrappy) Anich, 88, of Roy passed away Sunday evening, May 12, 2019 at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 27, 1931 in Sterling, Colorado, the son of Louis and Mary (Lakey) Anich.

He received his schooling in Sterling and then began working on farms around Sterling. In 1948 he entered the United States Army, serving in Korea. He received his discharge in 1950 and returned to Sterling. In 1955 he was united in marriage to Martha Jane Burnworth in Haxtun, Colorado, where they started their family with their first two children. He continued working on farms until the late 1950s when they moved to Tucson, Arizona, and two more children were added to the family.

He worked as an exterminator and then operated a service station. The family moved to several places over the next few years until settling in Cut Bank, in 1966. He moved to Roy in the late 1970s and worked as a mechanic for Don Johnson. While in Roy he received the nickname “Scrapiron” or “Scrappy.” In 1982 he started his life with his soulmate Wanda (Emery) Kolstad. In 1991 he began driving truck and Wanda joined him as a driver in 1994. They drove for Sorlie Trucking and Killer Transport in Billings for a total of 15 years, and they retired in 2012. They made their home in Roy until the time of his death.

Emil enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, fishing,

hunting, practical jokes, loved his dogs and he was known by many people, he always enjoyed meeting and visiting with old friends, new friends and new acquaintances. He was a member of the American Legion Post 96 of Roy.

He is survived by his spouse, Wanda, of Roy; sons George (Mary) of Browning

and Philip (Debbie) of Casper, Wyoming; daughters Mary Lou (Bob) Hauser of Depot Bay, Oregon, Monika (George) Taylor of Whitewater, and Dyma (Keith) Anderson of Shelley, Idaho; one sister Ruth Kohler of Sterling, Colorado; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Terri Lynn, in 1971, his parents, one grandson, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral Services for Emil P. Anich will be Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in the Roy High School with cremation to follow the services. Committal will take place at a later date in the Roy Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Roy Cemetery or the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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