William (Smokey) Staudinger
William (Smokey) Staudinger, 86, of Laurel, passed away peacefully January 21, 2017. Smokey was born in Stark County, ND. March 30, 1930 to George and Rose Staudinger, the youngest of seven children. He was raised on a farm near Fromberg, went to school in Edgar through eighth grade then as an adult completed his GED.
During this period he met and married Kathryn Vogel of Mandan, ND. They married October 18, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. They were married for 58 years and had five children.
At 21, in November 1951, he entered the Army and served in the Korean War. He was honorable discharged in August 1953.
Smokey started working for the NPRR as a Carman then as a Foreman (Supervisor) for BNSF in Laurel and Havre, retiring after 39 years.
Woodworking, model railroading, tinkering in his workshop, camping, fishing and gardening (irises were especially favored) were his hobbies. Dad was involved with VFW, Eagles, Knights of Columbus and Big Sky Rails. He was an Election Judge in Laurel; belonged to Elks, Laurel Rod and Gun Club and was on the Laurel City Council. He was also involved with Joliet and Park City Senior Citizen Centers.
He is survived by his sister Louise Worden; children, Penelope (William) Ladd of Laurel, W. Richard (Connie) of Alexandria, Va., Stephen (Shelley) of Vancouver, Wash., Pam (Wes) Thatcher, of Park City and Michael (Nathalie) of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, his parents and five brothers.
Visitation was at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel Thursday January 26. A rosary and funeral were held at St Anthony Church in Laurel.
Smokey, our father, grandfather and great grandfather: We will hold you in our hearts till we see you again. Our love is never ending for you.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus or a charity of your choice.