Glyn Went Bamford, 84, of Fort Peck, Montana, passed away on July 21, 2020 of natural causes.
He was born to Helen Went Bamford and Glyn Albert Bamford on July 22, 1935 in Portland, Oregon. He was the middle of five children; Sally, Rilda, Elizabeth, and Wallace. His family moved frequently and he attended numerous schools, graduating from Waldport, Oregon High school n 1952, at age 16. As a child, Glyn loved to play on the beach, played baseball, football, and track, and was an alter boy for the Catholic Church.
After graduating high school, Glyn worked odd jobs until he was old enough to join the U.S. Navy, where he served four years as an electronics technician. After the Navy, and one year of school at Oregon State College, he went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an electronics technician. Glyn was with the FAA for forty years, working in Alaska and Montana.
The FAA brought Glyn to Glasgow where, while coaching women’s softball, he met the love of his life, Mytrice Dale, who he married on August 18, 1972. Myrt had three young children, Barry, Kae, and Nancy, all of whom Glyn adopted, making their family complete. It was the greatest gift to his children and he loved them as his own until the day that he died. Glyn loved to attend his kid’s sporting events, traveling all over Montana to see their games and meets.
Glyn kept himself involved in many hobbies. He had an extensive stamp collection, loved to build model railroad cars, and was a very prolific reader of books. Glyn collected all 50 state quarters, and gave complete collections to each of his six grandchildren.
For years, Glyn was a lifelong member of the VFW, and very active with the B.P.O.E, working his way through all the chairs, and ultimately serving as Grand Exalted Ruler in 1979-1980. He could often be seen during whist tournaments at the Elks Club, keeping the scoreboard updated in his clear, concise hand. He loved sports and was involved in the Scottie Booster Club for several years. Glyn was a lifelong, avid, Green Bay Packers fan.
In 1984, the FAA brought Glyn and Myrt to Billings where he worked until he retired. Upon retirement, they moved back home to Northeastern Montana, where they lived in their cabin on Poverty Ridge till present. He was a wonderful father and husband, a kind, thoughtful and intelligent man, and the world is a smaller place without him in it.
Glyn is preceded in death by his parents Helen and Glyn, his mother in-law Hazel, and his sisters Sally and Rilda. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Myrt, his children Barry (Irasema) Bamford of San Francisco, California, Kae (Steve) Sukut of Glasgow, and Nancy (Randy) Lasar of Glasgow, his sister-in-law Rhea Nelson, six grandchildren, Hannah Sukut (DJ), Chloe (Skyler) Bridges, Nicole Bamford, Bryan Bamford, Jacy O’Neill (Desmond), Randall Lasar, one great-granddaughter, Margot Stevie Bridges, his sister Elizabeth, brother Wallace and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to personally thank Kari Lee Knierim for driving to their home numerous Sundays to give Glyn communion. Also a special thanks the neighbors on Poverty Ridge who were always so kind and helpful. Finally a huge thank you to Rhea Nelson for being there day and night to help with his care and being a wonderful sister to both Myrt and Glyn.
The Funeral Mass will be live streamed at straphaelparish.net
The broadcast will also be pushed to the St Raphael FB Page https://www.facebook.com/straphaelglasgow/.