Obituary: Ralph E. Follinglo

December 8, 1947 - May 21, 2022
Ralph E. Follinglo
December 8, 1947 - May 21, 2022
Posted at 12:59 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-23 16:49:21-04

Ralph E. Follinglo was born in Missoula, MT on December 8, 1947, to Agnes and Tollef Follinglo. He graduated from Hellgate High School in 1966 and attended the University of MT. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major in history and a minor in geography.

Ralph was an avid fan of trains and worked during the summers laying track for the Milwaukee Railroad from 1968-1972. He had an extensive collection of train memorabilia especially from the Milwaukee Railroad. He served in the Montana Army National Guard from 1970 to 1976.

In 1973, he moved to Great Falls and was hired by the Great Falls School District in 1974. He taught history at the junior high and high school level. During his teaching career he met Beverly Helm who was also a teacher. They married in 1977.

In 1982, he switched careers and followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a building contractor. Ralph is survived by his wife, Bev; sister, Trudi Schmidt, sister-in-law, Kathy Follinglo; and numerous nephews and nieces. To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.