George William ‘John’ Cleveland

November 30, 1942


March 4, 2021

George William ‘John’ Cleveland

November 30, 1942


March 4, 2021

George William “John” Cleveland, 78, of Billings, passed away March 4, 2021, at the RiverStone Horizon Hospice House.

John was born to George and Mary Cleveland on Nov. 30, 1942, in Rexburg, Idaho. After high school, he attended the University of Idaho and played a few years of football as a proud Vandal. He moved to California and met Patricia Monahan; together, they had four children. John was a truck driver at heart and hauled everything from dynamite to bentonite. He decided to change careers and started a new chapter as a chemical salesman with Dyce Chemical, where he performed many different tasks before he retired. After retiring, he also enjoyed working as a groundskeeper at Pryor Creek Golf Course.

John will be fondly remembered by family and friends as an avid bowler and golfer. He had a passion for sports and enjoyed watching his grandchildren at sporting events. He enjoyed growing roses, which was a love he acquired from his father. He was a friend to strangers and loved to shoot the bull with anyone close by. John was not afraid to speak his mind and loved using clichés when telling stories. In his downtime, he enjoyed old westerns and was a proud patriot.

He is survived by three children, Jon (Suzy) of Laurel, Michael (Gina) of Billings, Matthew (Karrie) of Billings. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Laurie Johnson, Chelsey Fake, Samantha Seader, Taylor Cleveland, Karlie Cleveland, Casie Cleveland, Cole Cleveland and Jacob Cleveland; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Yvonne Hess.

He was preceded in death by George (Father), Mary, (Mother), Liz (Sister) and Tommy (Son).

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. A reception will follow at Mike and Gina Cleveland’s home.

“In lieu of flowers,” if you would like to make a donation to a charity of your choice or to RiverStone Hospice, who took exceptional care of him during his last days.

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10 thoughts on “George William ‘John’ Cleveland”

  1. To Family of GW:

    I was so sad to hear of GW’s passing. Over the many years I played golf with GW, there was never a dull moment. In my Tribe’s culture, there is a saying to describe GW. It is said that he was a “good visit.” To visit is a lost art in today’s world of email, facebook, instagram, etc.

    In our visits, GW knew a lot about sports, people, places and things. More important he had an opinion about everything. In my rounds with GW, golf was always secondary to our visiting.

    I want to pass on my sincere condolences to your family. I will look forward to visiting GW in the future.

    Tony Fisher
    Polson, MT

  2. I agree with Tony Fisher’s comments on GW’s visits! He was in a group of four that met every Sunday morning for years at JB’s. His deep voice always spoke wisdom. John (That is how I knew him) always made us feeling better every time we met. Sadly I am the only one left of that group now, I miss Bob, Ed, and now John. RIP guys. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family as they grieve their loss. Ardel Ronning

  3. Mike, Gina and family, so sorry to hear of the death of Mikes dad. He sounded like a wonderful man. God Bless

  4. I worked with John for many years. I am with the CHS refinery and we talked many times a week. I also played a little golf with John. He never let me down. He was a class guy and good friend. God Bless and rest easy.

    Jim Ussin

  5. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He and I worked together back in the 80’s at NW Industrial. He was always quick with a quip and a laugh. John was a real standup guy and I’m sure his family and friends will miss him dearly. RIP John!

    Lance Dillon

  6. It was my pleasure to get to know GW and work with him at Pryor Creek! Had many a great conversation with him and our mutual friend Warren Gramley. Rest in Peace my friend!

  7. We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. I would see him in the mornings mowing at Pryor Creek when I was walking my dog. He always stopped to say hi and have a visit. He was always smiling and his outlook on life was always bright. Jim worked with John many years ago at Weschem. He was always a gentleman. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to John’s family. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace dear friend.

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