Vernon Russell Baldry was born on Nov. 18, 1939, and joined Winnie and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 6, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving children in prayer at the time of his death.
Vern married Winnie on Sept. 3, 1960, in Peerless, Mont. They have three children, Terry (Theresa), Todd (Evelynn) and Theresa (Jeff).
Vern has 12 grandchildren, Shawn (Lizzie), Nathan (Shonna), Craig (Kamri), Isaac, Erika, Garrett, Sydney (Brian), Jordan (Jeremy), Stephanie, Skylar (Reed), Tyler (Emily), Trent; and 13 great-grandchildren, Kellen, Elliot, Max, Kurdt, Aidan, Abbey, Kaison, Karsyn, Everlee, Emmett, Eloise, Lucca and Hudson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Lillian; and siblings, Arlie, Rodney, Helen, Alvin (Buck), Chester (Chetty) and Betty (Tootsie).
His surviving siblings are Doreen (Maggie), Joanne, Shirley, Geri, Orville (Ike) and Gordon (Brother Bede).
Vern worked at various farms and ranches in Peerless and Richland in his teens. He worked at the Ford garage in Wolf Point, City of Wolf Point and the McCone County Road Department. He then worked for and retired from the Department of Transportation for the State of Montana. He was a volunteer firefighter until retirement and was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.
He enjoyed driving around Wolf Point and talking to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed his kids and grandkids sporting events and making fudge from his mom’s recipe. When his father was still alive, he looked forward to helping him at harvest time.
After retirement, Vern became a go-getter. He would take Winnie to work and then go get her. He claimed that during his retirement he was on “sick time and vacation time.” He enjoyed shuttling cars for the Ford garage with Winnie.
Everyone knew Vern by his signature striped bib overalls and his shiny, white Ford pickups (he bought a new one every couple of years) — a look he never steered from.
There should be a book of “Vernisms” because he always had the wit and humor to make you laugh and smile. He enjoyed the time with all his family but he had a very special bond with Isaac and looked forward to his Facetime calls.
Vern continued to pray the Rosary daily for his family after Winnie’s passing.
Dad, grandpa, brother and friend: thank you so much for being the best. We cherish many great memories of you and they will live in our hearts forever — a legend to never be forgotten.
A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point, Mont. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. There will be a meal to follow at the church. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at the Scobey Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.