Elmer Eugene Feldman, 88, a Shriner and longtime Real Estate Appraiser, passed away due to natural causes at Benefis Healthcare on February 16,2021. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home and Elmer will be laid to rest at the Highland cemetery.
Born on June 11,1932 in Great Falls, he was the only son of John and Agnes (Swanson) Feldman. Elmer graduated from Great Falls High School in 1951, shortly after graduation he joined the Naval Reserve and was called to Active Duty during the Korean War. In Korea, he was stationed on the Destroyer USS Hanson near Sasebo, Japan. Elmer received an honorable discharge in 1955.
After being discharged from the Navy, he enrolled in college at the Butte School of Mines. Having been active in Ice Hockey since his youth, Elmer played hockey for Robert “Evel” Knievel’s Butte “Copperkings” Hockey team. After leaving Butte, Elmer returned to Great Falls and played for the Great Falls "Americans" Hockey team, whom he helped get a win in the Calgary Big 6 League in 1961. He founded and managed the Great Falls “Hawks” Hockey team and was elected president of the Montana-Alberta Hockey League.
Elmer worked as a building inspector for the Montana Rating Bureau and rated buildings for fire insurance companies. He went on to work at Great Falls Federal Savings and Loan as a Senior Staff Appraiser. Elmer attended Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and later Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ where he received a degree in Business and Real Estate Appraising and in 1979 became a professional Certified Real Estate Appraiser. Elmer was later elected President of the Montana Real Estate Appraisers. He was partners with Don Robinson and the project manager for the Devenshire Townhouses. For the ten years leading up to his retirement, Elmer lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV as a limousine Chauffer for Whitalsea-Bell Limousine service, while sharing a room with Evel Knievel.
Throughout his life Elmer had been an active member in several fraternal organizations and held civic duty positions. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #214; Eternal Order of Eagles Lodge; and he continued his commitment to the Masonic Lodge and Shriners. He was a member of the Masonic Delta Lodge #128 and The Scottish Rite; it was through the Scottish Rite; he became a 32-degree Mason. He was a member of the Albadoo Shrine Temple in Billings, MT, the Elbon Shrine Club in Great Falls, MT and Ambassador of Bagdad Shrine in Butte, MT. Elmer participated with the Algeria Hsan Tauf Red Horse patrol and Burikka car patrol of Great Falls and was one of several members of the Montana Ambassadors under Montana Governor Schweitzer in 2006. He served on the Board of Directors for the City of Great Falls Community Development.
Elmer enjoyed his time with his fellow Masons and Shriners. They helped to orchestrate the East/West football game and annual Shrine Circus in Great Falls and Billings, MT. Their collective effort to raise money was instrumental in sending injured children to the Shriners orthopedic and burn centers in Spokane, WA and Sacramento, CA. Elmer loved spending time with his friends and family, he loved helping others as much as he could, and he would not have had it any other way. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents: John and Agnes Feldman and his sisters: Florence, Bernice, and Elsie.
He is survived by his many nieces and nephews.
Elmer’s wishes were for memorial donations to go in his name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane, WA.
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