Marion Wambach

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Marion Wambach
Marion Wambach

Marion Mac Wambach left this earth on Feb. 22, 2022 and entered the gates of Heaven. A man of deep conviction and faith is now safely home.

Marion was born in 1925 in Scottsburg, Ind., to Alphonse and Mary Wambach. His early life was spent in the dust bowl of eastern Montana around Richey and Vida. Tragically, Alphonse died of diphtheria in 1937 leaving Marion to take over as man of the family at age 12. He worked for A.D. Paulson (a local rancher), continued his schooling, and helped his mother raise six brothers and sisters.

He met his future wife, Mary Todd, while attending Northern Montana University in Havre. He also attended machinist school in Helena. He and Mary married in Poplar, Mont., on Feb. 3, 1944.

World War II came calling and he was drafted into the Army in 1943. Marion was a sergeant commanding an antiaircraft halftrack in the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home in 1946 and started his life with Mary working as manager of the Farmers Elevators in Poplar.

In 1952 he and Mary moved with their four children to Washington State where Marion secured a position with Crown Zellerbach paper mill as a machinist in Camas, Wash. They added to their family and raised six children on a farm near Hockinson, Wash., until his retirement.

Upon retiring, Marion and Mary moved back to Mary’s hometown of Denton, and spent many happy years together until her death in 2002. After Mary died, Marion continued to enjoy life in Denton and Lewistown, surrounded by the company of sisters, nieces, nephews, and town friends.

Over the years Marion had many hobbies such as bee keeping, machine shop projects, gun collecting, gun smithing, and shooting. He was a member of the Lewistown Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved to feed the birds, study the German language, play his harmonica, and always had a book to read.

Marion was defined by his faith in God and love of country. He became a Christian in his thirties and lived and practiced his faith at Hockinson Community Church, Lewistown First Baptist Church, and Denton Bible Church. He was active his whole life in the political causes that meant the most to him. He joined the NRA in 1937 at the age of 12 and remained a lifetime member, 85 years in all. In later years he was very active in the American Legion of Denton, filling various roles.

Marion is survived by his six children, Linda Ahola (Mark), Alan Wambach, Wanda Francis (John), Steven Wambach (Fe), Sandra Mickelson (Dale), and Joseph Wambach. He is also survived by three of his siblings, Myra “Bebe” Gilkey, Maxine Melton, and Milton “Bill” Wambach. In addition, he is survived by 17 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents,

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents, Alphonse and Mary Wambach; his siblings, Marvin “Bocky” Wambach, Miles “Pete” Wambach, and Marjory Todd; and two grandchildren, Adam Ahola and Angela Ahola Anthony.

Many thanks to Caslen Living Center, Dr. Michael Sura, family, and friends who cared for him with much love in his final days.

A memorial service honoring Marion will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Denton.

Arrangements are with Creel Funeral Home. Marion’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.