Edwin 'Ed' Eugene Ban

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
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Edwin (Ed) Eugene Ban, age 96, passed away the evening of January 8, 2022, in Billings Montana of pneumonia.

Ed was born September 18, 1925 to Nickola and Mary Ban in Terry, Montana. He was the 4th of five children.

He attended Terry High School completing his sophomore year.

He married the love of his life, DeLaine (Skippy) Ban on January 17, 1959. Skippy preceded him in death on January 23, 2002.

Ed adored Skippy. She could talk him in to anything (and usually did).

On their honeymoon, the tranny broke on the car they were driving. Skippy convinced him to buy a brand new convertible right off the lot in Wyoming. They put 5,000 miles on the car making it as far as Las Vegas.

He was a hard-working man and worked a variety of jobs over the course of his life. He farmed and ranched, combined, dealt poker, took care of the manor, and ran his own lawn care business. Ed was also the caretaker of the Sacred Heart Church for 34 years.

He loved to play cards (especially rummy), shake dice, watch rodeos and basketball on television, and harass anyone that would let him. It was common to see Ed riding his mower around town.

He told everyone that when he turned 90 he would retire. He slowly cut back, but still continued to mow two yards and take care of the church even at age 96. He needed to go on oxygen in the fall of 2021, and decided to move to Autumn Spring Assisted Living in Billings, Montana, in December 2021.

He lived in Terry his entire life with the exceptions of going to Gila Bend, Arizona and Henderson, Nevada in the winters with Skippy, spending the winter of 2020 - 2021 with his daughter in Florida, and his final move to Billings in 2021.

His first trip to the beach with his daughter was an experience. He sat in a lawn chair while Niki took a brief walk down the shoreline. After returning from her walk, Niki asked Ed if he was hot to which he replied, “Yes, I think I forgot to take my long johns off.”

Ed Ban was proceeded in death by his parents, Nickola and Mary Ban, his wife, DeLaine (Skippy) Ban, his son, Bill Ban, daughter-in-law, Veronica Wiseman, and his brothers – Joe Ban, Ivan Ban, and Frank Ban.

Ed Ban is survived by his daughter, Niki (Willie) Kleinsasser and their children Ronnie (Danielle) Humann, Kristie (Willard) Myers, April (Chris) Schaff, William (Stephanie) Kleinsasser Jr., and Laramie Kleinsasser; grandchildren Kim (Rudy) Stulc, Dawn (PJ) Torres, Marcy Wiseman, Sadie (Riley) Lubbers, William Mills, and Bruce (Heather) Larson; sister Ann Frette, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

It’s not goodbye, but until we meet again.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Services will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Terry on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.; committal will follow immediately after at the Prairie County Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the committal at the American Legion.

Condolences, stories about Ed, and pictures may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.