Herbert Freier, 86, of Havre, passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Northern Montana Hospital of natural causes.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at First Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael O'Hearn officiating. His burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. The family has requested that memorials be made in Herbert's name to First Lutheran Memorial for high school scholarships. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.
Herbert or "Herb" was born on May 21, 1926, in Box Elder, Mont., to John and Mathilda (Philippi) Freier. After graduating from Box Elder High School, he married Mary Ann Shore on Dec. 22, 1946, in Havre at First Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with three children. Herbert and Mary Ann lived the majority of their marriage in Havre, raising their three children. Herb enjoyed his work as a water well driller, establishing Hi-Line Drilling in the 1960s. He was a family man first and foremost; he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was a member of the Lions Club, Masons, Elks Club and First Lutheran Church, where he was a dedicated and involved member.
Herb also served as president of the Montana Well Drillers' Association. Herbert was a charitable giver, a wonderful storyteller and an avid Grizzly. He had a passion for geology.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann; his parents, John and Mathilda Freier; his brothers, John, Ruben, Arthur, Adolph, Edwin and Otto Freier; and his sister Anna Shelstad.
Herb is survived by his daughters, Sharon Freier of Reno, Nev., and Barbara Freier of Havre; his son, Rodger (Stacey) Freier of Havre; his three grandchildren, Melissa Martin, Anni Freier and Cali Freier; his great-grandson, Hunter Bjelde; his brother, Donald Freier of Billings, Mont. ; his loving companion, Gwen Geil of Missoula; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.