Elmer Trombley

Elmer Trombley passed away at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Mont. on Monday Oct. 26, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration will take place after the pandemic has passed.

Elmer was born on May 7, 1946. His parents were Frank Trombley Sr. and Susie Champayne Trombley. He came from a large family. 

Elmer and Donna Old Person were in a common law marriage for over 10 years and remained friends. They met in 1971. Carla Sure Chief (Tim) and Lynette Trombley (Carl) are his stepdaughters. Elmer was raised on the family ranch northwest of Blackfoot until 1960 and the ranch was relocated a few miles east of Browning. A lot of good memories were spent on both ranches. 

Elmer attended Browning High School and college at Berkley College in Berkley California. Elmer completed college for the electrical trade. Elmer’s training in electronics gave him the knowledge to fix anything from TV’s, radios, toasters, and you name it, he could fix it. This led him to his lifelong trade, trade as a furnace repairman. Elmer repaired and installed furnaces all over the reservation for over 40 years. People from all over would call on him to repair their furnaces. A few people even said who are we going to go to now that Elmer is gone. Elmer would always repair Deanna’s furnaces. 

In the earlier years Elmer was a firefighter and a jack of all trades. Elmer would do taxes for the people all over the reservation. Elmer also liked to go to garage sales. 

Elmer was very proud of Yazmine, Morgan, Raegyn, and Aza he would hang every award on his wall that they received from school. Elmer would call them daily and ask about the weather. He cared so much for his granddaughters. Elmer was a good grandpa/papa to his granddaughters. 

Heaven gained an angel. 

Marilyn was telling a story about Elmer, after he graduated from Berkley he came home with a really snazzy shiny white car. Marilyn Trombley was telling a story about her going hunting with Elmer. Marilyn saw a buck but she did not want to tell Elmer as she did not want the animal to get shot and die. Elmer told her “I am not taking you hunting with me anymore.” 

Carla SureChief would invite Elmer out for coffee to see her new home. He would tell her he’d come out some time.

Harvetta had a good relationship with her father-in-law. She said Elmer would always tell her what to tell the girls and at times she would argue with him but all was good.

He is survived by his son Harlan (Harvetta) and his four granddaughters, Yaz-mine Trombley, Morgan Trombley, Raegyn Trombley and Aza Trombley, whom he loved very much; his eldest sister Marie Trombley and his brother Donald (Bernadette) Trombley and Delbert (Pat) Trombley; numerous nieces and nephews whom he cared about so much. 

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents Frank Trombley Sr. and Susie Champayne Trombley; his brothers Frank Trombley Jr. and Kenneth Jerome Trombley; his sister Doris Trombley Duran, Darlene Trombley, and Linda Sue Trombley Burdue; his nephew Donald Trombley Jr.; nieces Stephanie Burdue and Rhonda Duran. 

Paternal grandparents were Louis Trombley I, and Margaret Guardipee Trombley. Maternal grandparents were Louis Champayne and Lucy Blackbear Champayne.

Elmer will be sadly missed by his family and the community. Elmer made heaven his home and is no longer suffering. 

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

11 Corinthians 5:8