Sunday, March 07, 2021

Vernon Dean Tiensvold, 84

| February 22, 2021 8:38 PM

Vernon Dean Tiensvold was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Rushville, Neb., to Edward and Mary Tiensvold. He passed on Feb. 11, 2021 in Missoula. Vernon married Doris Joan Gottier on Oct. 20, 1955. Vernon and Doris started their family in Rushville, and then moved to Great Falls in 1965.

Vernon and Doris moved to Missoula, and eventually to a 20-acre farm in Arlee. Vernon worked as a mechanic for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. from 1965 until he retired. Vernon met so many people through his work at Firestone and gained the trust of loyal customers that they would always bring their vehicles back to him to repair.

Vernon enjoyed putting up hay for his horse and cattle. He also loved working with wood, and started a small business called Vernon’s Wooden Wonders, making cribbage trucks as well as many other wood projects that he sold.

Vernon and Doris enjoyed watching their kids’ sporting events. He enjoyed having family over for dinners and playing cards.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; wife Doris Joan (Gottier) Tiensvold; son-in-law Kenneth Gordon; brother-in-law Ron Bruns; and great-grandson Mason Allen Tiensvold.

Vernon is survived by his brother, Morton (Beverly) of Rushville, and his sister Joyce (Rollie) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son Randy (Patty) of Arlee, and their four children Latricia, Doug, Melissa and Dustin; son Bernie (Rita) of Boise, Idaho, and their three children Rianon, Krista and Corey; daughter Sandy (Mike) Brumwell of Columbia Falls and their three children Chris, Candice and Cealie; and daughter Cindy Gordon of Blaine, Minn., and their three children Dan, Steve and Mark. He also is survived by 18 great-grandchildren.

Per Vernon’s wishes, a cremation has taken place. Services will be held at a later date at the Jocko Valley Baptist Church in Arlee with reception to follow.