By HDN Staff
William Ames Golden, 80, died Tuesday, June 5, 2002, in Great Falls.
Cremation has taken place. At his request there will only be a small interment for family and friends at Highland Cemetery in Havre.
William was born Sept. 8, 1921,
in Decorah, Iowa, to Henry Lee and Dollie (Ames) Golden. Shortly after his birth, he moved to Havre with his family. He spent his years growing up in the east end of Havre, where he had many good times with all the bunches of kids, especially the Kato kids. He attended schools in Havre and graduated from Havre High School in 1940. He played basketball in high school and was a member of the Blue Pony Express that won the state title in 1940.
After graduating from high school, he went to work for the Great Northern Railway. He later moved to Seattle for a year to help build airplanes for Boeing. In 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines and served until his honorable discharge in 1946. He then returned to Havre and worked for Grogan-Robinson Lumber Co. for a time before returning to work as a fireman for the railroad. He retired as an engineer from Burlington Northern Railway in 1986 with 41 years of dedicated service.
In 1948, he married Pauline E. Kubitza in Havre. He was known as Bud to his wife, family and friends in Havre, Bill to his friends in Arizona, and Slim to his family. After retirement, they spent their winters in Arizona and summers in Havre.
William was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Eagles Lodge and St. Jude Catholic Church.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, tending his flower garden and his many hanging pots, and his fishing trips. In later years, he enjoyed reminiscing about the good old times and sharing his words of wisdom, "take the high road."
William was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles "Shorty" Golden, Donald "Blondie" Golden, Henry "Red" Golden and Ralph "Bo" Golden; sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Berlin and Margaret "Muggs" Bendele.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Golden of Havre; sons, Gregory (Tammie) Golden and Roger (Valerie) Golden, both of Havre; daughter, Glynis (Steve) Potts of Missoula; sister, Alice "Apple" Brown; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three stepgrandchildren.