Arnold H. Dillard


Arnold H. Dillard passed away on July 4, 2012, at Beartooth Manor in Columbus, Montana. He was born on November 24, 1914, in Hoquiam, Washington, to Enoch and Grace (Howard) Dillard.

He was raised on a homestead on North River at a village called Vesta in Grays Harbor County, Washington.

He attended grade school at Vesta and High School at Brooklyn, Washington. He graduated from Washington State College, Pullman, with a degree in Forestry in 1940.

In 1937, he started working for the US Forest Service during the summer months at Seeley Lake, Montana.

On November 6, 1941, he entered the military service, Army. For a while he served as an intelligence officer in 7th Corps under General Middleton. He asked for a transfer and was assigned to the 35th Combat Engineers where he served in Europe until the end of the war. He was discharged from the service as Captain on December 8, 1945.

Prior to going overseas he was married to Iris Anderson of Missoula, Mont. on April 19, 1943, at Hagerstown, Maryland.

Besides working for the Forest Service at Seeley Lake in 1937, he had assignments of what was the Lolo Ranger District of the Lolo Forest, the Superior District of the Lolo Forest, the Bonners Ferry District of the Kootenai Forest, the North Fork District of the Flathead Forest and then to the Bigfork District of the Flathead Forest where he retired in 1970 as District Ranger after 30 years of government service. He then did consulting work for a number of years.

He built a new home at 215 Chapman Hill in Bigfork. He moved to Buffalo Hill Terrace in Kalispell, Mont. in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Evalyne and his brother-in-law, Gerald Lawson; his brother, Dean Dillard; his brother, Dick and sister-in-law, Merren Dillard; and his beloved wife, Iris M. Dillard.

He married Erna (Krause) Tetrault in 1994, and they were married for four years, dissolving their marriage in 1998. Erna preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Roth of Whitefish, Mont. and her husband, Boyd of Kalispell, Mont. and Carol Larson and her husband, Jim of Columbus, Mont.; two grandsons, Ben Larson and wife, Brielle of Sidney, Mont. and Lucas Larson and wife, Amy of Laurel, Mont.; four great- grandchildren, two boys and two girls; Rhys and Malia Larson, (Ben & Brielle’s); Olen and Eli Lynn Larson (Lucas and Amy’s); a sister-in-law, Shirley Dillard of Montesano, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and a cousin.

Memorial services for Arnold will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Community United Methodist Church in Bigfork, Montana. Urn burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula, Montana.