On Jan. 2, 2021, LaMonte “Monte” Joersz, our husband, father and “Proud Papa” passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side.
Dad was born Aug. 3, 1946, to Helen (Letzring) and Raymond Joersz in Bismarck, North Dakota. After graduating in 1964 from New Salem High School, New Salem, North Dakota, Dad attended Dickinson State College for three years.
Dad always wanted to live where there were “mountains and rivers”, so in the summer of 1966 he was hired as a temporary civil engineer for the United States Forest Service on the Clearwater National Forest. That summer he met the true love of his life, Judy Jenks. They continually corresponded as Dad finished a third year of college, and was hired on full-time for the Forest Service where he worked for 38 years, until his retirement in 2004.
He married Mom on Oct. 7, 1967. The first born, a son, Timmy, arrived in July of 1968.
Dad was drafted in September of 1968, where he served his country in the Vietnam War for a year.
In 1971, a daughter, Tammy, was born, and their family was complete.
Dad enjoyed hunting, fishing (though in his later years hunting meant tending to the fire), camping, playing cards, gambling – favorite place being the Wildhorse Casino – traveling, spending time with his best friend, Bud Conroy, but most of all, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Dad’s world revolved around his family.
Dad is survived by his wife, Judy, of 53 years; his son, Timmy and wife Tanya; his daughter Tammy (Schwartz) and husband Dave, and the pride and joy of his life: his three grandchildren, Ryan (Kaitlyn) Joersz, Robby (Summer) Joersz, and Lexi (Matt) Schwartz.
He is also survived by his two sisters, Claudia Joersz and Vicky Joersz, of Bismarck, North Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Brenda Westphal, and his best friend, Bud.
A small graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Orofino Cemetery. All family and friends are welcome to attend. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
This is not goodbye, Dad, it is simply, until we meet again.