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MALTA-Roger Fred Ereaux, 81 years old, passed away of natural causes on Monday, August 28th at the Great Falls hospital.

    Rosary will be at 6:30 P.M., Sunday, Sept. 3, at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Sharing of stories will start at 7:00 P.M. after the rosary. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Roger was born on January 6th, 1936 to Fred and Ilene (Burlingame) Ereaux in Wheeler, MT. He was the oldest of 11 children. Roger’s youthful days were spent attending South Wagner Click for larger imageSchool. Many hours were spent playing basketball, baseball and learning to dance. His love of hunting, fishing all sports and hard work began at that early age. He graduated from Malta High School in 1954, married Alice Cauffman in 1955 and had 10 children divorcing in 1988. Roger was a salesman, promoter and developer who held his community and friends with the highest regards. He sold insurance, owned and operated bars & hotels, EH&S Construction Company, Holiday Realty, member of the MT National Guard and volunteer fireman. He became widely known for promoting and rebuilding the community of Malta. The many boards he served on benefitted from his visions to make things better for the people of Phillips County and the state of MT. Among his many accomplishments were bringing to our county famous country music artists such as Charlie Pride, daredevil Robbie Knievel, helping to organize the breaking of the Guinness Book World’s Largest Hamburger, promoting both district and state high school rodeos, the original Milk River Pavilion, helping to make the new Phillips County Hospital a reality and helping keep the Hi-Line Retirement Center open. He spent many hours fishing on the pontoon at Nelson Reservoir, played a lot of pinochle, whist, 31, poker and threw some dice. He won some and lost some.

    Allie and Roger traveled to all parts of the U.S. with good friends Swede & Lois Goodheart, his faithful secretary Grace, Cliff & Helen Heck, Marvin and Donna Korb and many others. He was especially fond of Aunt Sadie and Uncle Don Pope, living with them during his high school years and building a log cabin at the lake with them. Many parties, reunions and get-togethers were hosted there by Roger, Allie and the Pope’s that were enjoyed by many friends and relatives.

    He married Velma (Pickles) James in later life and made their home at the Sleeping Buffalo. He remained at the Sleeping Buffalo until 2013 when he moved to Malta to semi-retire. Roger had a good life with many successes and set-backs. He lived it to the fullest extent possible, had a lot of fun and helped others to do the same.

    He is survived by his 10 children Roger Dale (Brenda) Ereaux of Fort Benton, James Howard Ereaux of Malta, Shaune Marie Kuszmaul of Great Falls, Michael Fred (Nancy) Ereaux of Malta, Anita Faye (Brian) Green of Malta, Darcy Ann (Brian) Kirkhorn of Fairfield, Mark Allen Ereaux of Spokane, Donald Earl Ereaux of Malta, Daniel Edward Ereaux (Barbie) of Metaline WA, Kenneth (Kathy) Ereaux of Malta and 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Roy (Marian) Ereaux, sisters Claris Darrah of Malta, Phyllis Harrington of Helena, Stella (John) Murray of Great Falls, Darla (Leo) Barthelmess of Malta, sisters-in-law Jane Ereaux and Lynette Ereaux of Malta and Jean Ereaux of Morgan Mill TX, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ilene Ereaux, Aunt Sadie and Uncle Don Pope, son in-law Don Kuszmaul, daughter in-law Donna Ereaux, brothers Ezzie, Carrol and Byron Ereaux and sisters LaDonna Itcaina and June Fitzpatrick, brother in-laws Jean Itcaina and Jim Fitzpatrick and niece Monica Darrah.

Guest Book

From: Diane F Smith

Sympathy going out to all of Roger's families. May he rest in peace.

From: Lorne and Judy Purdy

We would like to offer our prayers to Roger's family in this time of sorrow - his children, grandchildren, siblings and extended family. It was an honor to have been his close friend for so many years. We've lost one of the good ones in Roger. He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace.

From: Larry and Susan Matthewd

Our thoughts and prayers to all the Ereaux families on your loss. Roger did a lot to help many people and make Malta a better place to live. He will be missed.

From: Bill Starkey

My thoughts and prayers are with each of Roger's children and their families.

From: Gail (Hendrickson) Baldridge

The Ereaux family - our closest neighbors when I started grade school at South Wagner - so many good memories then and throughout many visits back to Malta over the years. It hurts my heart to see those of you left behind take such a double hit as this. Roger, Byron may you now rest in peace. You will be missed. To those of you left behind I give my deepest sympathy.

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