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Pauline Lucas
September 1, 1928 ~
February 16, 2018
Date of Service: April 21, 2018

Dennis Franz
November 18, 1942 ~
April 15, 2018

Sidney Dykstra
April 20, 1926 ~
April 13, 2018

Patricia Larsen
October 1, 1927 ~
April 12, 2018

Daniel Klein
May 5, 1929 ~
April 11, 2018

Betty Portnell
March 4, 1933 ~
April 11, 2018

Tiffany Halvorson
March 30, 1994 ~
April 08, 2018

Helen Olson
June 9, 1935 ~
April 07, 2018


George Van Noy

October 23, 1930 ~ June 08, 2017

Service: June 27, 2017 11:30 AM
   Location: Bozeman First Presbyterian Church

George Howard Van Noy passed away quietly in his hometown of Bozeman, MT, on Thursday morning, June 8, 2017, known by many as Howard or Howie, he was 86 years old.

Howard was born in Great Falls, MT, on October 24, 1930, to Thomas Arthur and Violet (Mungall) Van Noy, Howard being the eldest of three children. His sister, Artha Mae "Ardie" Slaughter, and youngest sister, Sharon Berger, always looked up to him as their "Big Brother" and a special person.

Howard's youth was spent in Great Falls, where he graduated from Great Falls High School in 1948. His adventures from there, along with his close friends, Gordon "Bud" Dutt and Bill Pledge, took him to enlist into the United States Navy. Howard spent the next four years serving his country in the Korean War on the USS Juneau as a radio operator.

After an Honorable Discharge in 1952, he returned home to Helena, MT, where his folks then resided. Shortly after his return from the Navy, he attended Montana State College (now MSU) in Bozeman, where he graduated with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in 1956. While attending college, Howard was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and most importantly, met his bride-to-be, Ivene J. Ward.

Upon completion of his academic accomplishments, Howard and Ivene were married in 1956. At this time, Howard began his career with The Montana Power Company following the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The onset of his long career with MPC began in Missoula. During his tenure in Missoula, Howard and Ivene gave birth to their first child, Allen Ward Van Noy, in 1958. Soon after, the family was transferred to Billings where their second son, Greg Arthur Van Noy, was born in 1961.

Over the next ten years The Montana Power Company transferred he and his family to numerous towns in the state which included Livingston, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Lewistown and ultimately returning back to Bozeman in 1974. Howard and his family remained in Bozeman until their sons both graduated from Bozeman Senior High School.

Howard's career with MPC then took him back to Great Falls and finally to his retirement in 1994 as Senior Vice-President with The Montana Power Company in Butte, after 38 years of service. During his tenure with MPC, he held the titles of engineer, city manager, division manager, VP of Transmission and finally SR Vice-President.

After retirement, Howard and Ivene returned to Bozeman and built a new home on the ranch Ivene grew up on. Howard enjoyed all the projects that came with their new home and also being a steward to the old family property on the Gallatin River.

Over the years Howard pursued his hobbies which included his of joy of skiing, golfing and following his sons’ pursuits in motocross, ski racing, Hawks football and fixing broken things. His unrelenting support of his sons’ sporting pursuits come rain, sleet, freezing blizzard or shine were a hallmark of Howard’s. Skiing was certainly his biggest passion. He began skiing at an early age which continued throughout his life. Through his years of skiing, he actively participated as a volunteer Ski Patrolman at Z-Bar T, Kings Hill (Showdown), Castle Hill and Bridger Bowl. The one thing Howard may be remembered most for in his skiing was his unique technique deemed the "Howie Hop".

Howard always enjoyed traveling and experiencing new destinations. He and Ivene ventured to Hawaii annually and to Europe where both sons resided and worked at times in their careers.

Howard was a man of his community actively supporting the local area that the family resided in. His commitment to public and community causes would often involve him attending many evening meetings. Howard's contributions to the Bozeman community included The Bridger Bowl BOD, The Bridger Ski Education Foundation, The Gallatin County Planning Board and being passionately involved with "SCORE" at The Bozeman Chamber of Commerce. He also was involved in numerous other clubs and associations.

Howard is remembered in life for his love of family, willingness to always help others and being incredibly ambitious. He approached all his endeavors with passion and a complete, unyielding commitment.

Howard leaves behind his beloved wife, Ivene; sons, Al and Greg; and grandchildren, Ryan and Sydney, who will forever and always have him in their hearts as they cherish their memories of him and the time they spent with him growing up.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Artha Mae "Ardie" Slaughter; and survived by his sister, Sharon Berger.

A memorial service will be held at the Bozeman First Presbyterian Church, 26 West Babcock, (corner of Babcock and Willson Ave), Tuesday, June 27th at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of life reception will follow at the Baxter Hotel Main Ballroom, 105 West Main St, Downtown Bozeman.

In lieu of flowers, we ask to please consider a contribution to The Montana State University Alumni Foundation for the George Van Noy Memorial Scholarship in MSU’s College of Engineering.

Contributions can be made at or sent to MSUAF at P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717 through “In Memory of George Van Noy”.

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