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Ferry, Richard Bruce | Obituary



Richard Bruce Ferrie Richard Bruce Ferrie, 74, was called home to his Savior’s arms on June 24, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Although Rich struggled with health issues for many years, most of his life was spent doing things that many people only dream of doing, and he was grateful for that. Richard was born on November 14, 1946 to Bruce and Phyllis Ferrie in Portage, Wisconsin. While he often said: “I was born a hundred years too late”, because of his love for the Wild West, that did not prevent him from discovering all that life had to offer: hunting, fishing, skiing. boating, snow skiing, gold prospecting, motorcycling, collecting cars, singing and spending time with friends. After graduating from Custer High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Richard received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he graduated with honors. Soon after, he met and married Hattie Czernichowsi and they moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Richard “Dick” worked as a counselor at Lake Havasu High School. He and Hattie had two daughters, Jessica in 1977 and Jillian in 1982. They later divorced. From 1983 to 2008, Rich was married to Carol Mooney. Six months after Rich and Carol’s wedding, they bought a pickup truck, trailer, and gold dredge, packed the fly rods, and started an adventure that ended in Bozeman, MT, where Richard lived. until his death in nearby Livingston. He was an agent for Farmers Insurance in Bozeman for 17 years and cherished the relationships he built in the business. Rich was a member of the Bozeman Optimist Club for many years, a board member for Big Brothers and Sisters of County Gallatin, and also attended E-Free Church. In recent years, Rich has rekindled his relationship with Jesus Christ and has been baptized. Cars, guns, fly fishing, and woodworking were Richard’s passions; most of his lasting friendships were built on conversations that started on these topics. His sense of humor manifested itself in his frequent jokes and his own jokes. Richard was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Jessica and Jillian of Phoenix; sister, Kathie (Charles) Werhane of South Carolina; Aunt Marian Beghin of Milwaukee; niece and nephew, many cousins ​​and friends, and his beloved morning coffee McDonald’s. A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at the Rotary Glen Lake Park Pavilion in Bozeman (Manley Rd. & E. Griffin Dr.). The ashes interment and grave memorial will be scheduled for later this summer at Silver Lake Cemetery in Portage, Wisconsin. To view the tribute page and share condolences, visit: franzen-davis.com .



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