Funeral Service for Steve Spriggs, 71, of Baker, MT, was held March 7, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, with Pastor Jim Biswell officiating. Burial followed at Bonnievale Cemetery, Baker. Military Honors were presented by Baker American Legion Post #35.
Steve passed away March 2, 2020 at his home in Baker.
Steve was born in Beach, ND on Sept. 27, 1948 to Walter and Marlys (Lutts) Spriggs. He joined a sister, DiAnn and would later be joined by a brother, Gerald. He grew up and attended schools in Baker, graduating from BHS in 1966 and was the first athlete to play in the East-West Shrine game in Great Falls. He attended Eastern Montana College until he was drafted into the Army in April 1969. While on leave before going to Vietnam as a Medic, he married Bonnie Swart of Billings. In April 1970, he received an honorable medical discharge due to injuries received while in Vietnam which earned him two Purple Hearts, an Air Medal, a Bronze Star and numerous letters of Commendation.
In 1971, his daughter Barb was born and in 1975 Shelly joined the family. He adored them, took great pride in raising them and sharing in their accomplishments. They made their home in Baker where he began his oilfield career working for D&D Oilfield, Shell Oil, Encore Operating and transitioning for Denbury Resources until his retirement in 2011. He was a member of the School Board, serving as Chairman for 10 of his 15 years there. He ran a small cattle operation for 34 years, which was his pride and joy until he retired due to declining health.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 50 years, his daughter Barb (Franco) Multari, grandchildren Estella and Luca; daughter Shelly (A.R.) Morris, grandchildren Caitlin and Paige; sister DiAnn (Bob) Hollar, nephews Wally (Gayle) and Dan (Judith); brother Gerald (Connie), nephews Shan (son Brayden), Kris (Sarah, Fallyn and Scarlett), Ryan (Julia, Savannah and Paxton); Cousin Roy (Erin) Lutts, Ashlyn, Riley and Keara; brother-in-law, Wayne (Betti) Freier.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walt and Marlys, his Uncle Robert Lutts and Grandparents Rudolph and Gulnare (Stark) Lutts, Schuyler and Cora (Peabody, Spriggs, Blaser).
Steve was a man of integrity and honor and always extended a helping hand to anyone in need. His positive impact has been felt far and wide and he will be greatly missed.
A very special thank you to everyone who offered prayers and support during this difficult journey, we couldn’t have gotten through it without your support.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.