Thomas T. Weir

Dec. 24, 1916 – Oct. 27, 2012

Funeral services for Thomas T. Weir were held Nov. 5 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman, Mont. Thomas, 96, died Oct. 27 in Bozeman.

He was born Dec. 24, 1916 in Shell, the eldest child and only son of Thomas and Lottie Belle Weir. Tom and his sisters, Margaret, Ellen and Leona Belle, all graduated from Greybull High School.

Tom worked as a doorman and projectionist at the Big Horn Theater in Greybull and spent several months rewiring barracks in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Tom was drafted into the United States Army in 1941 and was promoted to Sergeant and Chief of the Communications Crew of the 47th Signal Corps in the 1st Armored Division. On Valentine’s Day 1943, stranded by a broken-down vehicle in Algiers, Tom, along with his unit, was captured and spent the next two years as a POW in Germany. He spent that time performing clerical duties, learning the German language and building working radios (clandestinely) out of tin cans salvaged from Red Cross packages.

He was liberated on April 22, 1945, and returned to Wyoming. He married Betty Zae Chapman Oct. 23, 1945. They lived in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Montrose, Colo., and Powell and eventually settled in Bozeman where Tom continued his career as a radio engineer.  In 2011 he was inducted into the Society of Montana Broadcast Legends.

Tom’s wife, Betty, died in 1999.

He is survived by wife, children and their spouses, Sherry and Rick Nash, Thomas and Sarah Weir, Georgina and Dan Hogan, Teena Peardon and Tim and Marlina Cowan; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Interment was in Sunset Hills Cemetery.