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Louie Van Setten

April 19, 1930 — December 27, 2016

Louie Van Setten, 86, of Fairfield, passed on to heaven December 27th of natural causes. A Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 pm Friday, Dec. 30 and Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec 31, at 2:00 pm at St. John's Catholic Church in Fairfield with private burial at

a later date.

The youngest of 5 boys, Louie was born to William and Alida Van Setten on

April 19, 1930 in Choteau. Along with his brothers, William, Karl, John and Henry, he spent the first five years of his life on the Greenfield Bench and then moved to Farmington where they also farmed and raised livestock. He attended high school in Choteau and farmed for a period of

time with his brother, Henry, before joining the Army and serving in the Korean War.

Upon returning from Korea, he pursued and won the heart of Betty Dhane of Choteau and in June 1957 they were married. They made the move to the Greenfield Bench where they raised their three daughters, Lori, Vicky and

Kim. Louie was a hard-working man and worked for 7 years at the Anaconda Company in Great Falls while establishing their farm. Although he first raised sheep and cows, Louie was most well known for his success at raising prize malting barley. In 1989, he was named the state's top

conservationist by the National Endowment for Soil and Water Conservation as he was a pioneer of using concrete ditches and reshaping his fields to streamline his irrigation practices.

Louie served on many boards including the Fairfield Wool Pool, Farmers Home Administration and Teton County Planning Board. He was a dedicated parishioner at St. Johns Catholic Church where he also served on the church council.

Louie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, along with their daughters Lori (Randy) Brady, Vicky (Mick) Miller and Kim (Gary) Ralph all of Fairfield. Louie was extremely proud of his grandchildren Chad Parcel,

Jaylynn Parcel, Chase (Meagan) Brady, Kinzie (Drew) Pearson, Kelcie Brady, Kaycee (Andy) Olson, Mick Miller and step-grandchildren Will Ralph, Chad Miller and Shelbie Detzler. He is also survived by 3 great grandchildren

Evy Parcel, Landon Pearson and Reya Olson as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers.

Memorials may be made in honor of Louie to St. John's Catholic Church in Fairfield, Peace Hospice or a charity of the donors choice.

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