BILLINGS- Seigfried “Freddie” Soennichsen Jr., 83, retired Air Force, passed away January 11, 2018 in Arizona, where he spent his winters.

Viewing and sharing of memories with the family will be Friday, January 19, at 7:00 P.M., at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 20, 2:00 P.M. at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Malta Cemetery with Military Honors. Condolences for the family may be left at

Freddie was born in Malta, MT on January 21, 1934, the first of four children to Florence Conquest & Siegfried George Soennichsen Sr., who had started the gas station in Whitewater. In 1946 they moved to Roundup, however, Freddie had made up his mind that he was going to stay in Whitewater at his two uncles, Harold & Marven (Clara) Soennichsen’s ranch. His brothers Florin Sr. and Mark moved with their folks. According to family, Freddie was a wild child in his younger days and he was quite the character of the family, but in a good way. You knew when he was in the room, always loud and cussing up a storm. He was the anchor to our family, he was always there. Everybody loved him, he had worked for a lot of ranches, had a lot of friends and was always out and about to help everyone. Freddie constantly went to check on the family and friends, even though it was short, he always stopped, “I think he had ants in his pants”. No matter where he went he was always bumping into someone he knew. He loved a good story, or always had a good story to tell.

Freddie met his first wife, Marie Schroeder, in Melstone, then joined the US Air Force along with his two brothers. Moving all around the country, they had four children, Joly and Tom in Arizona, Lisa in Glasgow, Freddie Jr. in Washington then eventually retired in Lewistown, MT. He loved to garden and was very proud of his big sunflowers. Another passion was his love of horses. He received a wagon train master award and enjoyed taking his children on many wagon trains “up North”. There were some wonderful times at Smith River and hardly ever missed any rodeos in Great Falls, Malta, Roundup and Miles City was always a big hit. While in Lewistown he made his daily rounds to the Moose and a few others where he had to sign in. One day he made his grandsons Chase & Kelton ride with him in his horse & buggy, because he had one too many dewies and couldn’t drive. He also rode his horse in another time. It made the front page of the Lewistown newspaper, he had tied his horse to a meter, but received a ticket for not putting money in the meter.

About this time, Freddie and Marie went their separate ways. Tom and his boys helped take care of his place in Lewistown. Then when Freddie Jr. returned from serving in Iraq, he stepped in and became real close with his dad and they did a lot together. When the boys couldn’t be there, Lisa and Joly would take the little ones and step in, they even helped build a new fence, a lot of hard work, but still had fun.

Freddie and Jeannie Bly became snowbirds two years ago and loved every minute of it, spending winters in Arizona. He had been fighting cancer for many years, he would always surprise us as he was quite the fighter and would never give up. Jeannie was a very special lady that helped him through it all, along with his sister Elaina.

Freddie is survived by his children: Joly Boheman, Tommy Soennichsen, Lisa (Rod) Mogen, and Freddie Soennichsen, His latest beloved: Jeannie Bly, Sister: Elaina (Gary) Badovinus, Brother: Florin (Dorthy) Soennichsen, 11 Grandchildren, 19 Great-grandchildren and 3 step-Great grandchildren, as well as many other family members, young and old, too many to list.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Mark and his previous wife Marie, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 15, 2017.

Guest Book

From: Juanita Ross

Joly and family: Fred was like a big brother - will miss his sense of humor!

From: Theresa O 'Reilly Desmarais

I'm sorry to here of your father's passing. I remember him clear as a day. He was kind man and helped me out alot. We were neighbors in Lewistown. He did have a sense of humor. Always a smile. Always spoke highly of his children and grandchildren. A very proud dad and granpa. Keep memories close to your hearts and fresh in your minds. God Bless All Of HIS FAMILIES.

From: Larry Kiefer

Wishing all the family well at there time of loss.

From: Lorraine and Harry Theurer

So sorry to hear of Freddie's passing. We will miss his sweet smile and all his stories he always tells. May God bless and give peace to his family.

From: Carrie Downing

He was a wonderful person, great friends with my dad and a very special man to my mom. I will miss him immensely.

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