Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Gerald Ault

November 28, 1928 ~ November 04, 2018

Gerald R. (Pete) Ault of Bozeman, MT, passed away of a sudden illness on November 4, 2018, at almost 90 years of age.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Helen Ault Lankford of Caldwell, ID. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Susan Wilcox Ault; his son, Peter Jonathan Ault; his sister, Raynette Ault Smith; and his first wife and his children's mother, Sue Harper Ault. 

Pete Ault was born on November 28, 1928, in the steel town of Lorain, OH, to Merle Stanley Ault and Helen Foley Ault. He grew up during the Depression near Lake Erie, growing vegetables in the family garden and sailing the lake on everything from homemade rafts to canoes to Coast Guard ships as a Sea Scout. In 1947, he entered Ohio State University, became an officer in the TKE fraternity, and met his first wife, Sue Katherine Harper. After graduating with a BS in chemical engineering, he joined the Air Force in the technical intelligence field. A true intelligence man, the only mission information he ever shared with family was about temporarily being put in charge of a military kitchen until his proper assignment could be arranged. In 1957, Pete joined Aerojet General in California working as a chemical engineer on rocket fuels. In 1965, he moved to Archer Daniels Midland in Minnesota, working on chemistry-related marketing and R&D planning. In 1971, he began a one-man firm offering management and marketing consulting and considered that the best of his career.

He married Susan Ann Wilcox in 1978. After a short finale to his corporate career in Chicago, he and Susan left the city for Bozeman, where he turned his long-time hobby of woodworking into a small business, repairing and refinishing furniture. Besides woodworking, Pete loved cross country skiing, road bicycling, camping, and canoeing. He was happiest pedaling the roads around Bozeman and Yellowstone and paddling rapids that would daunt others, by himself if no one else was up for the challenge.

Anyone wishing to honor his memory may make a donation in his name to Yellowstone Public Radio, 1500 University Dr., Billings, MT 59101, whose classical music he enjoyed day and night.