Neil Burton Jermunson passed away peacefully on March 4, surrounded by his family at the family home in Gallatin Valley.
    Neil was born to Gunerius and Bertha (Overson) Jermunson on Dec. 13, 1931 in Conrad.  Raised on the family farm in Brady, Neil then graduated from Great Falls High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned home to earn a degree from Montana State College in 1956.  He went on as a farmer, teacher, and inventor of adapter cartridges for rifles, for which he held a patent.
    In 1955, Neil married Paula Bowden, and the couple together raised five children, all of whom survive him.  Two sons, Paul and Karl (Maxine) and three daughters, Laine (Schiltz), Kristine (Gullo) and Alex (O’Donnell).
    Neil is also survived by grandchildren Michelle and Karl Jermunson; Kelsey, Amy and Molly Schiltz; Joseph Gullo; and Tallulah and Sierra O’Donnell.
    He is survived by a brother, Garfield (Joyce), and a much loved and honored cousin, Harfield Hole in Billings.
    Neil was preceded in death by brothers Russell and Carter and a sister, Rachel Schumacher
    Services will be held at the Pondera Funeral Home in Conrad on Thurs., March 8 at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Brady Community Hall.
    In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Brady Community Hall or the National Rifle Association.