BIG SANDY - Claude E. Miner, 62, farmer and veteran, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at home of cancer.
A gathering and rosary will be today at 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Big Sandy.
Claude was born in Havre to George and Edith Adell (Anderson) Miner on Aug. 19, 1940. He was raised and lived most of his life in the Kenilworth area. He attended school at the Ferndale and Lincoln schools in the country until the family moved to town where he graduated from the Big Sandy High School. He attended college at the State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., and the Great Falls Commercial College in Great Falls.
Claude was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from November 1963 to 1965 with the 103rd Engineer Co. (C5) at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Claude farmed with his mother, worked in town on elevators and at the telephone company, and did bartending during the winter months.
Claude married Marilyn Brady on Jan 2, 1981. They farmed together until his retirement.
Claude was a member of the American Legion Post 50 and was on the honor guard for a number of years. He was a shy person, but was known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed reading, sporting events, float trips on the river, climbing mountains to view the prairie, and the love of his wife. He was proud to have joined the Catholic church.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; brothers, Burl (Nora) Miner of Butte and Gary "Butch" (Vindy) Miner of Alberton; sisters-in-law, Doris Suek of Portland, Ore., Annmarie (Randy) Robinson of Havre, Patty (Martin) Alley of Joplin; brothers-in-law, Terry (Roberta) Brady of Missoula, Jim (Mary) Brady of Malta, Jack (Linda) Brady of Havre, and Tom Brady of Havre; father- and mother-in-law, Ted and Mary Brady of Havre; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, two dogs and two cats.
Memorials may be made to the Kenilworth Hall, c/o Marvin Works, Works Road, Big Sandy, MT 59520, or to the Hospice in Great Falls, or to the Gift of Life in Great Falls.