Russel R. Walden Sr., 85, of Great Falls, Montana passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday evening, June 6, 2020, surrounded by close family.
Son of Fred and Clara “Alta” Walden, Russel was born in Great Falls on August 29, 1934. He was raised on his father’s farm - the former Paris Gibson Farm, south of Great Falls, and started his farming career at a very early age.
After graduating from Great Falls High School in 1952, Russel enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. Following his return, he enrolled in Montana State University in Bozeman, and then continued his college education in Havre.
Though he had many passions, his true pride was the cattle ranch on Hound Creek and the herd of certified commercial Black Angus that he had so much pride in. He and his wife, Jo Ann, also loved traveling the world together, and eventually took up golf along with his friends.
He loved reading anything history, especially war history and history of the American West. He also hunted and collected American Indian culture, art and artifacts. He loved western artists, and adored Charles M. Russell, as well as the C.M.R.’s local museums.
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