Ollie David Smail

Saturday, December 18, 2021
Ollie David Smail

Ollie David Smail, 91, passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Ollie and his twin sister, Ora (Smail) Ayers, were born May 31, 1930, in Denton to William “Ward” and Mary (Peters) Smail. Ollie always used to quip that, “I was a perfect gentleman, I let Ora come first.” The twins were numbers four and five of eight children. They were delivered at the Denton clinic by the local chiropractor and were so tiny that they came home in shoe boxes, spending their first few months using a dresser drawer as their crib.

Ollie graduated from Denton High School in 1948. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Audrey Nelson, in Lewistown at the Methodist Church. They had four children together. Their first year married, they managed his father’s ranch at Geyser, with his brother, Ralph, until it was sold. Then they moved to Stanford where Ollie ran the Union 76 Gas Station and Bulk Plant until it was sold in 1957. They moved to a ranch southeast of Judith Gap where Ollie ran about 200 sheep and some cattle. In 1959, after the ranch was sold, the family moved back to Stanford where Ollie worked at the GTE Elevator. The family moved to Lewistown in 1962 where Ollie worked building the missile sites operating heavy construction equipment for Tindall Construction. Ollie continued to work road construction in the spring/summer months and for local farmers/ranchers during the winter. In 1976, he became the Judith Basin County Road Foreman until his retirement in 1992. Ollie and Audrey moved to Lewistown in 1994. Audrey passed away August 14, 1997.

Ollie was a lifelong member of the Eagles Club, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and served on many advisory boards in Montana. Ollie was recognized with many awards for his construction expertise during his years operating heavy equipment and while serving as County Road Foreman.

Ollie loved his family, especially following the grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events. His pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ollie enjoyed going for a drive in the Montana countryside with Audrey, and later with his family. He was happiest making memories with his family; working the land farming, gardening, and raising animals; attending youth sporting events; fishing and hunting, and playing cards. He was a lifelong reader. Grampa Ollie was patient, fun and always up for a card game of Pitch. Ollie was a “Good Man,” who was kind, sweet, loving, and fun. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ollie is survived by his twin sister, Ora (Smail) Ayers; son, Ward Smail of Stanford; three daughters, Leslie (Don) Rich of Kalispell, Vickie (Scott) Dubbs of Lewistown, and Teresa (Jim) Diercks of Bozeman; granddaughter, Letha (Zachary) Manning of Lewistown; grandsons, Cory (Karyn) Rich of Tacoma, Wash., Eric (Alexis) Rich of Boise, Idaho, Kyle (Stefanie) Dubbs of Lewistown, Boone Smail of Bozeman; step-grandchildren, Jeremiah (Hannah) Marquardt of Stanford, Kyle (Naomi) Marquardt of Stanford, Roxy (Miles) Schneeman of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Amarah Manning, Josie, Tyson and Taylor Dubbs, Eli and Henry Rich, Carter Rich; step-great-grandchildren, Alexia, Olive and Theo Marquardt; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ollie was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Audrey (Nelson) Smail; parents, William “Ward” and Mary Smail; sisters, Joyce Baker and Monica Maloney; brothers, Ivan, Keith, Ralph and Harold Smail.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel with a reception to follow at the Yogo Inn Mountain Rooms in Lewistown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lewistown Public Library or Judith Basin County Free Library.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Ollie’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.