Walter Eugene McGrail

June 13, 1936


November 2, 2020

Walter Eugene McGrail

June 13, 1936


November 2, 2020

Walter Eugene McGrail, 84, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at home with family on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.

The son of Walter and Estella McGrail, he was born on June 13, 1936, in Billings. Gene served in the Navy from 1954 to 1957 and, later in life, went on to serve in the Army National Guard until 1988.

Gene and his wife, Virginia Villard, were married on Feb. 28, 1958. They went on to raise three children, all of Billings: Richard, Karen and Randy. Throughout his years, Gene worked several jobs in the auto industry and most recently spent 22 years at Aspen View. He enjoyed going to work every day and refused to retire until he was 80 years old.

It seemed like Gene knew everyone. He always enjoyed catching up and sharing stories with old friends he ran into. He loved cars, playing cards, dancing, rodeos, spending time with his family, the holidays and his wife’s cooking.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Estella; his sisters, Colleen, Catherine and Edna; his brother, Larry; and his great-grandson, Christian. Survived by his wife, Virginia; children Richard McGrail, Karen McGrail and Randy McGrail (Pennie); his grandchildren, Stephanie McGrail, Lena McGrail, Vickie McGrail, Amber Burgess (Coltin), Kailey McGrail Klinger (Kris), Trevor Fink, Lexi McGrail, Marvin Birthmark Jr.; great-grandchildren Lily, McKenzie and Evan; and his brothers, George and Ron (Carol) McGrail.

There will be a private family service on Thursday, Nov. 5. All friends and family are invited to a reception following the service at the Elks Club at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate Gene’s life.

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11 thoughts on “Walter Eugene McGrail”

  1. I have fond memories of Gene. We worked together in the car business. A great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. I truly enjoyed working with him. Heaven’s a better place with Gene’s arrival.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I worked with Gene at Aspen View some years ago. He was the best bus driver ever and he taught me how to drive the bus and helped me study for the test that I would have never passed had it not been for him! I only got my license so that he could get a day off once in a while.
    Thanks for the memories and getting all the passengers to all the places that they needed to go.

  3. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Gene’s family. My mother lived at Aspen View from 2002-2005. He was so kind and caring in all of his interactions with her as he drive her to many appointments. She thought the world of him. He blessed all who knew him. Sending prayers and comfort to his family.

  4. Darlene Broderson

    So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Bob & I worked with him at Frontier Chevrolet. What a service he did for all those folks at Aspen View driving them in the Van.
    Darlene & Bob Broderson

  5. Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. Gene was a sweet caring and always ready to lend a hand man! He will be greatly missed! Gene and Larry can now hang together again!

  6. Thank you, McGrail family, for being instrumental in gracing our lives at Aspen View with his presence. I was introduced to Gene in 2011 and found him to be an invaluable friend. His quick wit and honest humor helped a lot of us make it through one more day. He touched the lives of every one he met and I think he knew everyone. His memory and his stories were impeccable. May his memories be a blessing to all his family in the dark hours to come. RIP, friend!

  7. Marilyn Schieno Rudolph

    Dear Virginia and family: I am so sorry to read of Gene’s passing. I think of you often . Take care. Love, Marilyn Schieno Rudolph

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