James "Jim" Smith Germer

November 4, 1944 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

James "Jim" Germer Obituary

With both of his sons close to him, James Smith Germer passed away on February 6, 2024.  A long-time resident of Three Forks, he was living in Anaconda with his son, Bill at the time of his death.

Born November 4, 1944 and raised in Billings, Jim attended local schools and graduated from Billings West High School in 1962.  He attended Eastern Montana College until the US entered the war in Vietnam, at which point he enlisted in the Navy.  During his time in the service, he was stationed in Japan as a Cryptologist.  Honorably discharged, he returned to Montana to continue his schooling at the University of Montana.  Here he met and married Sandy Sletton.  They moved to the small mountain town of Basin, Montana where they settled and raised their two sons.  While living in Basin, Jim attended the Helena College of Technology.  His training led him to a career in seismology as a Party Manager for Haliburton Geophysical.  Jim worked offshore in search of oil, exploring everything from the frigid waters of the Arctic and northern seas to the sunny coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

While Jim was employed by Haliburton, the family moved to Three Forks.  Jim loved this community and continued to live there for 40 years.  When his job at Haliburton ended, he sold Safeco insurance from his office at First Security Bank until his retirement in 2006.

In retirement, he enjoyed the company of many friends, not only in Three Forks but across the state of Montana.  A dog person, he truly loved every dog that came into his life.  Jim had a passion for playing golf and was an expert at solving crossword puzzles, his favorite being the Sunday puzzle in the New York Times.  His greatest pleasure, however, came from watching his sons and grandsons compete in and coach football and basketball.

Jim is survived by his brother, Bill (Susan) Germer of Billings, his sons, Chad (Amy) Germer of Missoula and Bill (Jenn) Germer of Anaconda, grandsons, Nicholas Germer of Denver CO and Alex Germer of Caldwell, Idaho, nephews, Brandon Miller & Eric Taylor, and niece, Andi McHugh Halsten, all of Billings.

 A private celebration of life will be held in the spring at a date to be determined later. 

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