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William John Swartz Sr. Passed away on July 27, 2009, while fishing near Livingston.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1920, to Frances (Staudenmeyer) and Eli Swartz in Portage, Wis. At a very young age, Bill came to Montana with his family and attended elementary schools in Winnett, Billings, rural North Dakota and Wibaux. He graduated from Wibaux County High School in 1938. He enrolled at Montana State University (then Montana State College) where, after three years, his education was interrupted by World War II. Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a commissioned officer after com...

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