Funerals aren't about death—
they're about celebrating life.
406.587.3184

Services & Obituaries
[More]

Edna Doyle
August 5, 1926 ~
July 18, 2015
Date of Service: August 08, 2015


David W. Ford
November 21, 1955 ~
July 22, 2015
Date of Service: August 01, 2015


Eldora Bokovoy
August 7, 1919 ~
July 25, 2015
Date of Service: August 03, 2015


Jesus Robles, Jr.
July 21, 1942 ~
July 26, 2015
Date of Service: July 31, 2015


Lloyd Flikkema
December 17, 1922 ~
July 29, 2015
Date of Service: August 05, 2015


Michael F. Alvord
October 4, 1946 ~
July 31, 2015


Darwin Decker
December 9, 1932 ~
July 24, 2015


Betty Geertz
August 5, 1930 ~
July 23, 2015


Esther Lambrecht
May 30, 1928 ~
July 22, 2015


Lois Leonard
January 19, 1927 ~
July 22, 2015


Jean Julian
February 7, 1932 ~
July 21, 2015


Virginia Fullerton
January 8, 1930 ~
July 20, 2015


 
Search:

Walter Oyler

August 8, 1940 ~ July 31, 2012

Visitation: August 12, 2012 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
Service: August 13, 2012 2:00 P.M.
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel
Graveside Service: August 13, 2012 Following the Service
   Location: Meadow View Cemetery

Walter J. Oyler, 71, of Manhattan passed away Tuesday, July 31st at his fishing lodge on the Kenai River east of Soldotna, Alaska from the debilitating effects of Parkinson's Disease and a stroke.  He was born August 8, 1940, the eldest child of Enos and Bette Oyler.

Walter's early life was spent at the family home/ranch east of Manhattan along the Gallatin River.  His interests included the sawmill and logging operations of Oyler Lumber plus hunting and fishing at every opportunity.  He was named the county's "Fishing King" during the 1953 Fish Rodeo at 12 years of age.  He attended Manhattan schools, graduating as valedictorian of the 1958 high school class.  He worked in the family business several years before answering a personal call to which he gave seven years of his life in the ministry of the Gospel.

Walter worked a brief time in the logging industry for Brist Logging in Libby, MT after which he and a brother purchased the master franchise for ServiceMaster in Montana, northern Wyoming and southern Idaho.  Later, he purchased the New Mexico master franchise and operated local ServiceMaster outlets in Bozeman, Sheridan, WY, and Albuquerque, NM.  Later enterprises in which he partnered include Bridger Mountain Log Homes of Belgrade, Gerbers,Inc. and Rite by Curtis, both of Great Falls.

Walter began to build in 1995 what became one of the finest log construction fishing lodges on the Kenai River where he conducted, with the help of others, a bed and breakfast business that was frequented with the same guests year after year.  His management of the business ended when he was disabled by a stroke in 2009.  His acquaintances, personal and business, remember him for his energy, hard work, ethics, attention to detail and convictions that were manifest in his handiwork and manner of life.

Walter is survived by his mother, Bette Oyler; brothers, Truitt (Judy) Oyler and Bill (Judy) Oyler; sister, Bette Gail (Jeff) Wulf; aunt, Cecil Bekemens; cousins, Sandra Denesen, Allen Stephens, Carole Erickson, Julie Stephens, Ruth Ashmore, Sue Nelson, Larry Oyler, Louise Oyler, Nelson Oyler, Gay Christianson and Greg Horan; nieces, Tanya Young and Janelle Adams; nephews, Steven Wulf, Ross Oyler, Barry Wulf, and Travis Oyler; and 12 great nieces and nephews.

He was a lifetime founding member of the Manhattan Public Schools Foundation, and was associated with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust stewardship program.

A memorial service will be held August 13 at 2:00 pm. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, 113 S. Willson Ave. in Bozeman.  Interment will be at Meadow View Cemetery near Manhattan.  A reception will follow at the Manhattan High School activities room for friends and family.

Memorial donations in Walter’s name may be made to the Manhattan Public Schools Foundation, PO Box 1223, Manhattan, MT 59741-0425.

[Printable Version]

Online Condolences for Walter | Return to Obituaries

Pre-planning information
Family Feedback
[More]

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help with my dad's funeral.  Planning a funeral can be very stressful, but you took such care that we were never confused or stressed about anything.  It was so easy to call and talk with you and ask questions.  You presented all the options to us clearly to let us decide about things, and then you made them happen at the service so we didn't have to do anything.  You are so very good at your job."

~ Sandi C.
 
News & Events
[More]


HAVE THE TALK OF A LIFETIME
Click to Request Your Free Guidebook

NEWS RELEASE: Have the Talk of a Lifetime
November 19 ~ 2pm & 6:30pm

Free Pre-Planning Seminar

Thursday, Oct 9, 2pm or 6:30pm ~ Holiday Inn Bozeman



Jim Mitchell Honored for 50 Years in the Funeral Industry
MFDA Recognizes 50-Year Commitment at State Convention

EYES OF FREEDOM MEMORIAL: May 29 to June 1, 2014
Honoring Those Who've Answered the Call to Service

 


     
© 2003-2015 Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory. All rights reserved. 113 S. Willson Ave. | Bozeman, MT 59715 | 406.587.3184