William “Bill” Hake, 88, passed away Dec. 8, 2020, at his home, surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at the Turner Christian Church. A burial followed at the Turner Cemetery.
Bill was born Dec. 10, 1931, to William Hake Sr. and Ruth (Rigg) Hake in Osborne, Kan. Bill’s grade school years were spent in Colorado, where his dad worked many different construction jobs until he was inducted into the Navy. After his dad was discharged from the Navy, the family moved to Lenora, Kan.
While attending school in Lenora, he met his lifelong friend, Dee Shoemaker. Upon completion of high school Bill joined a harvest crew, which brought him north to Highwood, Mont. While in Highwood, he met his first love, Marie Bach. Bill and Marie were married Sept. 12, 1952. From this union four children were born, Donna, Jim, Ed and Judy.
The family resided in Shelby, Mont., where Bill worked numerous jobs to support the family. They then moved to Billings and Bozeman for a short time. From there they moved to the Gallatin Canyon area and purchased the Almart Lodge. Bill and Marie managed a café, rental cabins and a gas station. Bill’s most enjoyable part of living in the Gallatin Canyon was getting to put his passion for snowmobiling to use while guiding. He was given the opportunity to guide the CEO of Artic Cat in making a 30-minute advertising movie.
In his later years Bill continued to enjoy sharing his passion for snowmobiling in the Gallatin Canyon with family and friends. After a long battle with breast cancer Bill’s wife, Marie, passed away in 1988.
As years passed, Bill reunited with a lifelong friend, Mary Petrie. It wasn’t long until Bill asked his lifelong friend, Mary, for her hand in marriage. The two were married at Soldiers Chapel, in Big Sky, on June 12, 1993. Bill and Mary have resided in Turner, Mont., for the past 27 years.
Bill and Mary enjoyed many trips together, including cruises to Mexico and Alaska, multiple fishing trips and numerous other adventures. During his time in Turner Bill served the community by becoming an EMT. This certification provided him the opportunity to help give back to his community and work on forest fire crews. He enjoyed cooking for crowds, canning, the perfection of jelly making, tying fly-fishing flies, helping neighbors and giving Mario Andretti a run for his money.
Bill loved teasing his grandkids and cherished spending time with family. Bill quoted, “I have made many different moves in my life, but here in Turner, where I write this, I am totally content. Mary is a perfect partner, the family I inherited with her are closer than blood and the friends I have made are all top-notch. This couldn’t happen anywhere but in a small town like Turner.”
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary; son, Ed (Kathy) Hake, of Big Sky; daughter, Judy Hake, of Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Lisa Hake, of Gallatin Gateway; step-daughters, Lela Kaiser, of Havre, and Betty (Ramsey) Offerdahl, of Conrad; step-son-in-law Loren (Linda) Wolery, of Turner; siblings, Marvel Pierce, of Tracy, Calif., and John (Sharon) Hake, of Olathe, Kan.; brother-in-laws, Joe Bach, of Fort Benton, Domingo Vasquez, of Orlando, Fla., and Steve (Shirley) Bebich, of Shelby; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Ruth (Rigg) Hake; first wife, Marie Hake; daughter, Donna Harbers; son, Jim Hake; step-daughter, Mary Ann Wolery; and sisters, Elizabeth Gearhart, Caroline Hunter and Linda Christensen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bear Paw Hospice 30 13th St. Havre, MT 59501, the Turner Christian Church, 1335 Swenson Rd. Turner, MT 59542, or the charity of ones choice.