By HDN Staff
GREAT FALLS Bernard Frank Schlageck, 80, died Sunday, March 18, at a Great Falls nursing home of natural causes.
A vigil service is 7 p.m. today at Croxford & Sons Funeral Home. The funeral is 10 a.m. Friday at Croxford's, with cremation following.
Memorials may be made to Benefis Skilled Nursing Center Alzheimer's Unit, 2621 15th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405, or to the McLaughlin Research Institute, 1520 23rd St. S., Great Falls, MT, 59405.
Schlageck was born Aug. 5, 1920 in Sheridan County, Kan. He grew up in Kansas and graduated from Sheridan County High School in 1938. He joined the Army Air Force and served during World War II.
Schlageck married Roberta P. Freemyer in Seguin, Kan. in 1945.
He farmed in Kansas and did custom harvesting in Kansas and Montana. He also lived in Colorado, Arizona and California, working various jobs, among them an implement and automobile dealer and U.S. mail contractor.
Schlageck and his wife moved to Havre in 1982, then to Chinook, and finally to Great Falls in 1991.
He was a member of the Sheridan County Farm Bureau and Knights of Columbus.
Schlageck enjoyed cars and especially loved his dogs.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Schlageck.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta Schlageck of Great Falls; daughters, Norma Baker of Grass Valley, Calif., Phyllis Kreller of Dayton, Nev., Teresa Schlageck-Fishman of Laguna Beach, Calif., Mona Dahm of Alamo, Calif., Laura Schlageck of Helena, Patricia Schlageck of San Francisco, Calif., Maureen Maphies of Great Falls and Sharon Ellis of Everett, Wash.; sons, Bernard Schlageck Jr. of New Jersey, Robert Schlageck of Gilbert, Ariz. and Mark Schlageck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sisters, Marie Arnold of Russell, Kan. and Anna Geerdes of Hoxie, Kan.; twin brother, Bert Schlageck of Hoxie; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.