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Roy E. Kallevig
October 28, 1928 - March 15, 2023

Place of Birth: Fairview, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 94

Roy E. Kallevig was born on October 28, 1928, in Fairview, Montana to Julia L. and John J. Kallevig.

Roy had a lot of nicknames from family, including Roy Boy (from his wife Gloria), Pops, Papa Roy, and Gramps. He went to school in Fairview and Sidney through 8th grade. His mother passed away when he was 13, which is when he started his working career helping his dad collecting city garbage, mowing (with horses) the Sidney golf course fairways and roughs, and digging graves in Sidney and surrounding communities. At age 18, he worked for Lalonde Construction building roads west of Circle, and from there he went to work for “Kallevig Brother Excavating,” which was owned by his two older brothers - Cliff and Chet. He operated a Gradahl backhoe, digging basements and installing septic tanks and drain fields, and installing water and sewer for smaller communities like Froid and Medicine Lake.

Pops met his soon to be bride of 68 years while installing a new septic/sewer system on a farm south of Westby in 1949, Gloria Nielsen. They were married December 5, 1950 in Sidney and shortly thereafter moved to the San Diego naval base. Pops served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict for three years and was aboard four different aircraft carriers as an airplane hydraulics mechanic. During their stay in San Diego, Garth was born in 1952. Upon their return to Sidney in 1954, Jamie was born, followed by Brent in 1956 and Valeri in 1959. The house they moved in to in 1954 is the house Pops still lived in until his passing.

Pops working career continued with Kallevig Brothers Excavating in the spring, summer and fall months and then he worked campaigns at Holly Sugar in the winter months when the ground was too frozen to excavate. Pops went to work full time as a master mechanic for Holly Sugar in 1965, and then in 1979 bought a used HopTo Backhoe and joined the ranks of the self-employed, digging basements, cleaning out irrigation laterals, and installing septic systems. When things slowed down in the excavating business, he sold the HopTo and went to work full time for the road and bridge crew of Richland County as an equipment operator.

Pops and Gloria spent ten late “honeymoon years” in their little bungalow in Arizona during the winters from 1994 to 2004 and made a ton of friends and memories.

Pops retired from the county in 1994 and continued working mowing county road right of ways in the fall until 2008, when Gloria needed 24-7 care at home. Gloria passed away in 2009.

Pops had a few special words in his vocabulary: if things were all in order, he used the word “copecetic”. Around family, if things weren’t in order, he used the word “shucks”. When we said goodbye to Pops he would say “we’ll see ya when I see ya.” That last line changed to “we’ll see you in heaven” this past week at Saint Vincent Hospital in Billings, where he spent his final days with all four of his children. Pops had a strong faith. He taught all of us by example great work ethic, positive “can do” attitudes, and the importance of prayer and faithful worship.

Praise the Lord for 94 years for our dad, Pops, Gramps, Papa Roy, and Roy Boy, from all his children, sons and daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Roy passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings, MT.

Roy is survived by his children, Garth (Joyce) Kallevig, Jamie (Gary) Beaudry, Brent Kallevig, and Valeri (Kim) Getchell; siblings Doris Ehlke and Shirley Martini; sister-in-law, Martha Kallevig; grandchildren, Wendy (Josh) Ruggles and their children Colton and Carson, Bradly Kallevig, Cody Roy (Brielle) and son Kalen, Brian (Sarah) Beaudry and their children Abby (Svend) and Owen, Erica (Corey) Thorson and their children Beau (Katie), Isabella, Ivan, Zion, and Koda, Kallie (Micah) Charles and their children Lily, Oliver, Luke, Rylynn, Melina and Chloe, Brant (Leanna), Treavor (Alex) Mosbaugh, Brittny Renee (Shane) Asbury and their children Briggs, Garrett, and Maverick, Mitchell (MiKayla) Kallevig and their children Klayton Roy and Brynlee, Matthew (Madison) Getchell and their children Charlie and Terrin, and Sean Getchell, as well as many nieces and nephews who called him their favorite uncle.

Roy is preceded by his parents, John and Julia Kallevig; siblings, Pearl (Joseph) Boland, Clifford (Vivian) Kallevig, Mabel (Darold) Jones, Chet (Annie) Kallevig, Gladys (Sig) Andreason, LaVern (Del) Kallevig, Hazel (Bill) Banta, Leonard Kallevig, Phyllis (Wes) Smith; brothers-in-law Adrian Ehlke and Howard Martini; and infant sister Vera Kallevig.

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Michael A. Kallevig (Billings , MT)
Mar 18, 2023
It has been my honor to call Roy Kallevig my uncle.
He was a great presence in my life. He was always quick to give me gentle guidance and positive encouragement in everything I did.
I will miss him greatly.
Jim Boyer (Polson, Montana)
Mar 19, 2023
What a great person Roy was always a super happy to see you he will be missed dearly. My sympathy to the family.
Doug Hettich
Mar 19, 2023
My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Kallevig Family.
Ramona Johnson (Williston, ND)
Mar 19, 2023
I remember Roy when he would come into my place of work. He was such a kind, quiet man with a twinkle in his eye, never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He always made my day better just by coming in. Rest in peace Roy.
Emily (Kuylen) Hoff (Sidney)
Mar 19, 2023
To Roy's family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember him and my Dad sharing a good friendship, my Dad always spoke fondly of Roy. Roy always had time to stop and visit when we would run into each other. He will be missed. Sending hugs and prayers.
Sherm & Sherrie Williams (Silverdale, WA)
Mar 19, 2023
Uncle Roy will certainly be missed by us all. I wished we could be there to help celebrate his life. We all hope we can live as long and as happy a life as Roy. Roy, Pops to his kids, wii long be remembered; bringing a smile to our face every time we think of him. Out thoughts, prayers, and love are with his family during these sad times.
Sherm & Sherrie
Lynn Powers
Mar 20, 2023
My sincere condolences to Roy’s family and friends, enjoyed working with Roy, learned a lot!
Violet Tharp
Mar 20, 2023
Rest in Peace, Roy. I have many fond memories of Roy and Gloria when the children were young and Turner was still here. VFW activities included all the family then, and they were well attended, including picnics, dinners. Roy was a friend and a true gentleman.
Wendy Ellefson (Lakeville , MN)
Mar 20, 2023
Garth and family I am sad to read of your dads’ passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kris Gabrielson (La Farge, Wisconsin)
Mar 20, 2023
My Condolemces to the Kallevig family.
Frank Dahl (Billings, Mt.)
Mar 20, 2023
To the Kallevig Family: Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dad Roy, he and I shared the same birthday. God Bless Frank and Joyce Dahl.
Debbie (Verhasselt) Compton (Kilgore, NE)
Mar 20, 2023
This is kind of an entertaining memory to share. I was with one of my siblings, I think it was Beaver and we were driving down the road near West side school. We came to a stop sign and were behind a motorcycle with a cowboy as the passenger, complete with his cowboy hat tipped to one side and a cigarette in his hand. Beaver commented on what a sight that was " A smoking cowboy on a motorcycle" I said " well I think that is Roy Kallevig" Beaver didn't believe me so we followed until we could get a good view of who that was and sure enough, Brent was the driver of the motorcycle and Roy was the passenger. Every time I think of Roy that picture pops back into my head. I'm so glad we stopped and had a nice visit with your Dad after Mom's funeral. Garth< Jamie, Brent and Valerie, you and your families are all in my prayers. I won't be able to be at the funeral but hope to be able to attend it virtually.
Lin Noble (Casa Grande, AZ)
Mar 20, 2023
Uncle Roy will be missed by the many people he impacted during his 94 years. I know the family history because of the stories he shared. He loved company and was always interested in what was going on in our lives. He was a hard worker and a great family man.
I had to smile.when you mentioned the word copecetic - I thought my mom was the only one with that word in her vocabulary. She used it often.
Uncle Roy.- we loved you and will miss you. Rest in.peace.

Lynette Peterson Neighbors (Sheridan, Wyoming)
Mar 21, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss. Parents are so hard to lose, hard to say good bye. Keep those memories close to your hearts and continue to tell their stories. You, Garth, and your family will be in my prayers. Hugs
Jim Ausk (Billings, Montana)
Mar 21, 2023
Garth and siblings, sorry hear of your dad's passing.
Kevin and Jackie Sullivan (Watford city, ND)
Mar 21, 2023
Kallevig family: Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Holly (Getchell) Mikula (Coquille, Oregon)
Mar 21, 2023
Garth, Jaimie, Brent and Valerie, you were all blessed to have had such a father who instilled his ethics to work hard, live life to the fullest, love all those around you and know the salvation that will be there when you meet again. He will be with you in spirit guiding you always. Now after living a full long life, he rests in peace with our heavenly Father. The memories and love live on.
Larry and Cheryl Tveit (Lake Preston , South Dakota )
Mar 23, 2023
So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
Belinda and Tom Pavek (Sidney, Montana)
Mar 27, 2023
Joyce, Garth, Brent and Family,
We just learned of Roy’s passing.
Just wanted to send Our warmest thoughts and condolences. We know he will be missed but want to celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful things Roy did for his community and Family.
Vicki (Kemmis) Hochhalter (Henderson , NV)
Mar 27, 2023
The last of the Kallevig uncles. What a life, what a great example of love patience and family.
We all loved and admired you and our precious Gloria.
Rest now, your labors were many. You made life better by the quiet and gentle love that you always showed with your smile.
One of the greats!
Michelle Judd (Fairview, MT)
Mar 30, 2023
I'm so sorry to hear of uncle Roy's passing. I remember when we lived down the alley and if we wanted to know where mom and dad were the first place we went was there. They were always so kind. Praying for the family.
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