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James Clarence Yeager

James Clarence Yeager    James Clarence Yeager, 87, died Aug. 21, in a Great Falls extended care facility of natural causes.
    Jim was born Nov. 20, 1919 in Conrad to Charles and Anna (Louws) Yeager. He went through school in Conrad, graduating from Conrad High School in 1937. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman, completing a course in diesel mechanics. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Whitaker on Sept. 5, 1941, and they began farming 12 miles north of Conrad. In addition to being a farmer, Jim started an irrigation business in 1954 and provided sales, setup, and repair services to farmers all over Montana and parts of Canada for over 50 years. Jim was a member of the local co-op, an active member of the Conrad Moose Lodge and life-long member of the NRA. He enjoyed target shooting with the Ledger Gun Club, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, photography and playing cards. He also enjoyed going to farm auctions.
    Survivors include his children, Roger (Theresia) Yeager, Leland (Susan) Yeager, and Michael Yeager, all of Great Falls, and Theron (Teri) Yeager, of San Rafael, Calif.; grandchildren, Julie (Michael) Ray, of Toronto, Susan Yeager, of Portland, Ore., Garrett Yeager, of Missoula, Evan Yeager, of Great Falls, and Roslyn Yeager, of San Rafael, Calif.; brothers, Charles Yeager, of Conrad and Glenn Yeager, of Choteau; a sister, Ethel DeVries, of Conrad.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 2002; his parents; and a sister, Grace, in 2002.
    Funeral Services were held Aug. 28, at the Conrad First Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Memorials are suggested to the Conrad High School Dollars for Scholars scholarship fund.