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 MALTA-Billy Marvin Froman, 85, went quietly to Our Lord January 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife, daughters and lifelong friends.

    Rosary will be 7:00 P.M., Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Mass will be 10:00 A.M., Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery with military honors. After the reception at the church following the graveside, everyone is invited the Malta V.F.W. for refreshment in Billy’s honor. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Billy Marvin Froman was born September 17, 1931 in Quincy, Illinois to Elmer and Ruby Lucille (Downs) Froman. Billy grew up in Illinois on the family farm with brothers, Louis Earl, Elmer Francis (Fran), John Lesley (Jack) and a sister Ramona. He worked the bottoms, farming the Mississippi River in Illinois. He also picked 'pickles' with his father and brother Fran. He also delivered fish to Catholics on Friday's with his Uncle Phillip out of the trunk of his uncle's old car.

    After graduating high school, Billy joined the US Army following his father and two brothers in to the service. Billy was stationed in Germany.

    The family left a son Billy R. off.

    Billy was lucky enough to fall in love with his beautiful dancing partner, Darlene LaFond Bennatt. The two were married August 2, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon returning to Roundup Montana, the couple had their marriage blessed at the St. Benedicts Catholic Church. Billy was proud to have Darlene's daughters; Trish and Teresa become his also.

    Billy farmed for a few years then began branching out into other areas of commerce.

    The oil field is where he landed from Louisiana to Midwest, Wyoming. Working from the bottom up he worked for Halliburton, GN Drilling, and Comanche just to name a few. In the 1970's he started Froman Drilling. With several projects under his feet, Billy became an oil field consultant, working for Hohn Engineering for 27 years.

    Golfing was also something Billy enjoyed, participating in and winning many tournaments.

    Billy, his horse Spooks, partner Gary Pendergrass with his horse, Barney were team ropers on the Montana Rodeo Circuit. He also team roped with Lyle Cochran in the PRCA. Billy and Lyle became fast friends traveling the rodeo circuit. Billy was a sponsor of the PRCA and the UIRA. He sponsored Lyle Cochran and in the UIRA his daughter Arlana in barrel racing.

    Hunting and fishing were his favorite past times. With his sons and brother Fran they packed into the mountains for many a hunt. They always came back successful. Marvin tells of many years of great hunts and adventures with his Dad up in those mountains. Probably some we shouldn't hear.

    A fisherman for life, Billy loved to get out in his boat and toss out a line. Clad in his signature bib overalls favorite fishing shirt and a big grin he would set about catching his limit, which he usually did. Then it was time for a family fish feed.

    What tales he as regaled to his family and friends with, telling each with such gusto that one almost thought they were there or maybe even believed the tale.

    Billy and Darlene had a wonderful life together, dancing when they could and being Snowbirds, traveling to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Billy got plenty of fishing in.

    When home, Billy was an avid gardener, sharing his wisdom and bounty. He enjoyed going to coffee at Westside and visiting with the guys.

    In the last few years Billy and Darlene took over the care of Darlene's father, Gaylord. Billy and Gaylord became best friends. Gaylord has told us many times that Billy is the best friend he ever had.

    Billy is survived by his loving wife Darlene, sons: Marvin (Joanne) of Nacogdoches, TX, Flay (Deborah) of Roundup, Mt, Billy R ( Donna) of Casper, Wyo; Daughters: Rhonda ( Craig Hanson) Froman of Belle Fouche, SD, Deb (Duane) Cebulski, of Gillette, Wyo., Arlana (Lowell) Mosby, of Anegard ND. Step children: Teresa (Larry) of Yeoman, Las Vegas, Nv., Trish ( Shane Beres) Fish, of Kalispel, MT; 13 grandchildren, 18 step grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 7 great step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his parents, brothers, Louis, Fran and Jack, one daughter Janice, grandson Clinton step grandson Travis.

Guest Book

From: Larry and Susan Matthews

Our sincerely sympathies to all of Billys families. Billy was a remarkable man and true friend of many. Billys presence would lighten any ones day. Billy will be missed by many. Rest In Peace.

From: Brian Hohn

Darlene and family,

I am so sorry to here about Billy's passing. He was a great man, mentor and coworker. I used love to listen to his tales. I learned a lot from him and will always have a a place in my heart for Bill. I may have to have some sardines for lunch on Friday in honor of him. It is amazing how Billy was woven into my life long before I knew him. I remember the day he told Larry was his son in law, then when Steve asked if I knew Billy while installing equipment for me in Townsend.

I am happy to be able to call Billy a friend.

God Bless.

From: Mike & Brenda Palagyi

To Darlene and Family,
please accept our condolences for the loss of Billy.
He was a wonderful man, Mike and I will both miss visiting with him. and his stories of all his adventures.
Mike & Brenda Palagyi and Families.

From: Jim and Mary Brady

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Billy will be fondly remembered for his humble, gentle, and caring manner.

From: Beth Brezina_Suttell

Dear Darlene and Family:

May the beautiful memories you have of Billy be forever in your hearts.

Rest in peace, Billy.

From: Mick and Paula Morrison

Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your family. Billy was a great guy. Mick really enjoyed him and loved to visit. It's so unfortunate that we didn't take the time to get together. You are in our Prayers.

From: Maureen (Herschman) Zwiefelhofer

Reading about your dad brought back so many wonderful memories of him and all you kids in Cut Bank. God just gained another precious Angel! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!

From: Jim and Bev Charlton

To Billy's Family. Darlene, we were so glad to get reconnected with you and Billy at Lake Havasu City. Jim remembers with fond memories the oilfield years in Melstone, Roundup. and Cut Bank. He will be missed.

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