Morris A. Wigen

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Morris A. Wigen

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Morris A. Wigen, of Billings, passed away at St. John’s Lutheran Home on July 1, 2012, 2 days after his 97th birthday. Morris was born on June 29, 1915, the son of John O. and Olga (Nyland) Wigen, in Virginia, MN. The family moved to Billings by train when Morris was 5 years old. He was raised and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1933.

Morris married Cornelia “Cory” Cook in 1940. To this union, 4 children were born. Morris and Cory raised their family in Billings where he worked for Koenig Construction and later Pederson Construction, as a contractor, finishing carpenter, and skilled craftsman for the duration of his employment. He was the foreman for many large projects in Billings including the Billings Airport Terminal, Rocky Mountain College Fortin Education Center, Petroleum Building, and West High School. Morris’s major accomplishment was receiving the first ever Craftsman of the Year Award, from the Billings Architect Association, in 1956. Morris was a builder through and through, even building his own home starting with creating the blueprints, creating a model, and physically building the home for his family.

He is survived by his children, Gary (Micheale) Wigen of Great Falls, Mont., Karen (Jim) Lockridge of Arizona, Joel Wigen of Billings, and Calvin (Rene`) Wigen of Vancouver, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three wives, Cory, Carol and Clara; two brothers, Arvid and John; and his parents.

Visitation will be held at Michelotti-Sawyers from noon-5 p.m., Friday. Graveside services will take place at 10:00 a.m., Saturday at Sunset Memorial Garden. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., at Ocee Johnson Chapel in Chapel Court, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries.

Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave. Billings, MT 59101.

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  1. Georgia (Wester) Wagenman

    Sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all. I remember when we were neighbors many years ago. Georgia

  2. Charles E. Morrison

    I want to share my deepest condolences with Morris’ four children and their families, and also to Clara’s family members. I am sorry that I cannot come for the service, but I will be with you in every other way. My wife, Chieko and I, remember Morris most for his kind and gentle manner and for the deep and caring love which he had for my mother during the years they were together and the very brief period they were married. For too many of those years, both he and Carol were caring for their mothers, and he asked me of all people in an old-fashioned way for permission to marry my mother. He said that she had nursed him through his heart operation, which he had told would last him seven years so that he did not have much time left! I suppose he was in his early 70s then. But she was the one who did not have much time. When Carol became ill from cancer, Morris poured heart and soul into caring for her until her passing, and then he went into profound grief. I was so relieved when he found Clara and happiness again. Over the past twenty years, I have visited Morris every time that I have been in Billings, in the earlier years staying with him and Clara while she was alive. We would eat, drive around, and visit the cemetery together. On the last time, in May last year, Morris could not remember who I was, nor even my mother, much less go anywhere, and I realized that it would be the last time. While I also grieve that Morris is no longer with us, I am relieved that he has found rest and release from bodily pain. He was a deeply religious man, not just through his faith in God but in the manner in which he conducted his life. We – Chieko and I – thought that of him as a saint, full of faith, love, and service to others. May you have a wonderful remembrance of a wonderful, and meaningful life. Charles

  3. Chris and Susan Walters

    Joel: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss. Chris and Susan Walters in Laurel

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