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Louis Edwin Maack, 98

Louis Edwin Maack peacefully joined the Lord and his beloved wife on the morning of May 7th, 2024. Born in Albion Township, North Dakota, on November 4th, 1925, he was the 12th of 13 children born to Christian and Ida (Steffen) Maack. Louis embarked on a motorcycle journey to Pony, MT, to visit his older siblings, where he resided for a year before returning to North Dakota to attend a vocational school specializing in welding. Louis relocated to the West Coast during WWII, joining his sister Elsie and her husband Donald. There, he worked alongside Donald at the shipyards in Portland.

On November 21st, 1949, he married Nola Eldredge, and they shared 67 wonderful years and were blessed with three children. Louis dedicated 30 years to the Montana State Highway Department in Harrison. Even after retirement, he remained active, assisting on various ranches and shearing sheep from age 13 well into his 80s.

A pillar of his community, Louis volunteered for the fire department, cemetery board, and school board and was a founding member of Zion Lutheran Church in Whitehall.

Fondly remembered for his bigger-than-life hugs, homemade chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and afternoon toddies, Louis leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Ida Maack, his wife, Nola, and all 12 siblings. He is survived by his children Russel Maack, Wanda (Chuck) McGregor, Jackie (Dean) Strong, grandchildren Carla (Joe) Leligdowicz, Stuart (Ian McInroy) McGregor, Mike (Stacy) Strong, Devin (Jacquelan) Strong, Kallie (Ryan) Williams, and great-grandchildren Natasha (Sean) Bengochea, Spencer (Makkell Baillargeon) Leligdowicz, Daniella (Justin) Stoppler, Samantha Leligdowicz, Brent Williams, Easton Williams, Luke Strong, Clara Strong, and a baby Strong on the way. Louis also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews whom he cherished dearly.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the many friends and family members who supported Dad throughout the years. Memorials may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church in Whitehall, Hollow Top Senior Citizens in Pony, or a charity of your choice.


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