Willard G. Tonne

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Willard G. Tonne

Willard G. Tonne 83, of Stanford died Monday morning, Oct. 7, 2019 at his home of natural causes. He was born Aug. 19, 1936 at the Culbertson House in Fort Benton, the son of Albert and Rae (Reeves) Tonne. He went through school in Geraldine, working on the ranch and driving his ‘55 Chevy to pick up the ladies. He caught a good one when he married Nancy Vinion on Sept. 21, 1958, 61 years ago. They began to raise their family in Fort Benton before ending up in Stanford.

Willard was thoroughly involved with both the Fort Benton and Stanford communities. He was on the Stanford City Council for 12 years, and served as mayor for four, he was on the fire department for years in both towns, and he served as postmaster for 20 years in Stanford. Willard’s most recent involvement was in the form of president of the Stanford Senior Center.

Some of the things Willard loved most were taking walks to the post office and joking with friends around town, spending time with his grandchildren, gardening with Nancy and going to the high school games to support the local sports teams.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Vinion) Tonne; brothers Chuck (Glenda), Wayne, and Jerry (Karen) Tonne; children Sherry, Alan (Renee), and Mark (Cheri) Tonne; grandchildren Serena (Jacob) Smith of Great Falls, Autumn Norris of Great Falls, Jacob and Whitney Tonne of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tyler Bragg of Helena, Trent Tonne of Great Falls, Zachary Bragg of Helena, and Julia Tonne of Missoula; as well as 11 well-loved great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services for Willard Tonne will be held in the Stanford Presbyterian Church on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at 2 p.m., cremation and committal have taken place in the Stanford Cemetery. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

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