Willard (Bill) Hallstrom died in his home on April 7, 2016 in Kalispell, MT from pancreatic cancer. He was 76.
Bill was born on September 14, 1939 in Chatham, MI to his parents, George and Annie Hallstrom. After high school he enlisted in the Air Force and then attended school at Lawrence Technical Institute and was employed by Ford Motor Company and Detroit Diesel in Detroit, MI. In 1970, he moved his family to Kalispell where he worked as a draftsman and designer for Arrowhead Construction and Jackola Engineering and later as a project manager for Northwest Fuel Systems before retiring in 2013.
Bill had many interests and hobbies including restoring vehicles, flying, and photography. He thoroughly enjoyed Montana and always found time to fish, camp, bike, and ski. His time spent hunting with his sons and grandsons was especially dear to him. But, most important to Bill, were his Christian friends and his faith. He was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kristine; his children, Erik and wife, Renee, of Duluth, MN; Heather and husband, Scott Lindberg, of Battle Ground, WA; Leif and wife, Jill, of Kalispell, MT; sixteen grand-children and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by siblings, Violet (Wilbert, deceased) Maki of Chatham, MI; Helen (John) Uskoski of La Center, WA; Richard (Alice) Hallstrom of Hancock, MI; Kenneth (Elizabeth) Hallstrom of Chatham, MI; Mary Jane (John) Whitmarsh of Chatham, MI. In addition, Bill leaves in-laws Thor and Nancy Jackola, Dave and Sally Waatti, and David and Annie Tonjum all of Kalispell, MT along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeanne (Ron) Wiitanen.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm April 12, 2016 at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Lakeside, MT. A viewing is scheduled at 11:00am prior to the service.