Bert Ellsworth Keough, 87, passed away on November 4, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes.
Bert was born December 22, 1932 in Glentana, Montana to Clarence and Bernice (Stowell) Keough. He attended country schools in North Valley County through the eighth grade. He worked for the Ruffcorn Ranch for several years, and later the Cornwell Ranch. He married Mabel Rennick in 1954, and they had a daughter Penny. They later divorced. He married Connie Christiansen.
He served in the National Guard for several years, and was later employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Valley County Road Department. He joined the Operating Engineers Union Local 400 and worked for various contractors on jobs throughout the state. He retired in 2002, after 42 years in construction.
Bert was a member of the Montana State Fiddlers, and enjoyed playing his guitar and dancing at the many jam sessions held in eastern Montana. He also enjoyed square and round dancing for many years; he and Connie attended several square dance conventions. He was a farm boy at heart: buying hay land, bred cows, and raising bum calves. You could also see him frequently at McDonald’s having his cup of coffee.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Penny; three sisters, Louise Robbins, Velva sharp, and Sharon Keough; and two brothers, Richard Keough and Roy Keough.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Connie; two sisters, Ila Hensler of Missoula, Montana and Mavis Robbins of Cut Bank, Montana; three brothers, Earl Keough of Plentywood, Gerald and Robert Keough both of Glasgow, Montana; sister-in-law, Harriet Keough of Havre, Montana; grandchildren: Trina (Ronnie) Mullis, Jarret (Anaysha) Watson and Shelby Watson; great-grandchildren: Harrison Mullis, Brooklyn Watson, Sealey Watson, and Azariah Watson; and several nieces , nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 13, 2020 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.