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Franklin Kummerfeldt

Franklin Kummerfeldt, 91, of Nashua died Feb. 11, 2024.

He was born Nov. 3, 1932, to William and Ossie (Jamison) Kummerfeldt on their homestead north of Nashua with friend and neighbor Effie Brandt as midwife.

He started farming and ranching at an early age progressing from plow horses to tractors as well as raising cows, pigs and chickens. He attended Bjorkland School, graduated from Nashua High School and attended Montana State University during the winter term. While at MSU, he attained his pilot’s license.

In the early 1950s, he traveled cross-country to visit friends and relatives in New York City. Another adventure took him south to Mexico.

His passions were farming, his antique cars and flying. He enjoyed league bowling, hunting, boating and water skiing. He was a long-standing member and office holder with the local elevator and Farmers Union/CHS.

He married Meredith Geer in April 1961. By 1968, their family of four needed a bigger house so he built a new home and Frank, Meredith, Karyn and Kurt moved in just in time for Christmas.

He continued to grow and expand his farm and love of flying. He bought a Cessna 182 and a small training airplane. After earning his instructor’s license, he soloed a number of people in the community.

He and Meredith began to travel during the winter with their International Flying Farmer’s group, enjoying their time in Arizona, tours across the states and as far away as New Zealand.

In his later years, he met Lorraine Gabel, also an avid pilot. They spent their retirement time between Independence, Oregon and Sun City, Ariz. After losing Lorraine to cancer in the fall of 2019, he came full circle moving back to Glasgow and living at Prairie Ridge with friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Floyd, Melvin, Ernest and Walter Kummerfeldt; and sister, Vera Buchmann.

He is survived by his daughter, Karyn Taylor of Portland, Ore.; son, Kurt Kummerfeldt of Nashua; five grandsons; sisters, Louise Fournier of Helena and Irene Bryant of Great Falls.

A military honors service was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.

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