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MISSOULA - Victor W. Schatz, 65, died Friday, October. 17, 2008, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Victor was born Feb. 19, 1943, to Peter and Hilda Schatz in Carson, N.D.

He graduated from Carson High School in 1961. He played basketball, football and track.

He moved to Missoula on Labor Day weekend in 1961. On March 28, 1964, Victor married Karen Pierce of Missoula. They shared 44 years together and raised two wonderful sons.

He worked for Valley Motor Supply for 17 years. He also worked at Mill Supply and White Pine Sash Co. Victor retired from The Department of Transportation in December 2005 after 26 years.

Victor was a very caring person who was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing, and was a fantastic gardener.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Hilda Schatz.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Missoula; sons, Rick Schatz of Missoula and Jay (Dana) Schatz of Missoula; grandchildren, Ashlyn and Sara Schatz of Missoula, whom he loved, adored and was the best PaPa two girls could ever have; in-laws, Jesse and Dorothy Pierce of Missoula; sister-in-law, Pam (Gene) Leonard of Missoula; two brothers, Duane (Gail) Schatz of Elgin, N.D., and James (Bernice) Schatz of Bismark, N.D.; four sisters, Shirley (Norman) Oshner of Elma, Wash., Carol (Lloyd) Rossow of Flasher, N.D., Patty (Jerry) Bohl of Mandan, N.D., and Anna May (Delbert) Himmelspack of Glen Ulin, N.D.; along with many nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m Friday, October 24, at Christian Life Center, 3801 Russell St. in Missoula. Reception following the service will be at Red’s Bar, 217 Ryman St.

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