Morris A. Wigen, of Billings, passed away at St. John’s Lutheran Home on July 1, 2012, 2 days after his 97th birthday. Morris was born on June 29, 1915, the son of John O. and Olga (Nyland) Wigen, in Virginia, MN. The family moved to Billings by train when Morris was 5 years old. He was raised and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1933.
Morris married Cornelia “Cory” Cook in 1940. To this union, 4 children were born. Morris and Cory raised their family in Billings where he worked for Koenig Construction and later Pederson Construction, as a contractor, finishing carpenter, and skilled craftsman for the duration of his employment. He was the foreman for many large projects in Billings including the Billings Airport Terminal, Rocky Mountain College Fortin Education Center, Petroleum Building, and West High School. Morris’s major accomplishment was receiving the first ever Craftsman of the Year Award, from the Billings Architect Association, in 1956. Morris was a builder through and through, even building his own home starting with creating the blueprints, creating a model, and physically building the home for his family.
He is survived by his children, Gary (Micheale) Wigen of Great Falls, Mont., Karen (Jim) Lockridge of Arizona, Joel Wigen of Billings, and Calvin (Rene`) Wigen of Vancouver, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three wives, Cory, Carol and Clara; two brothers, Arvid and John; and his parents.
Visitation will be held at Michelotti-Sawyers from noon-5 p.m., Friday. Graveside services will take place at 10:00 a.m., Saturday at Sunset Memorial Garden. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., at Ocee Johnson Chapel in Chapel Court, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries.
Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave. Billings, MT 59101.