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John Russell Emigh

March 10, 1951 March 22, 2020
John Russell Emigh
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I left you and all the challenges, speed bumps, and other adversities I faced on March 22, 2020 due to complications of diabetes. I was born March 10, 1951 in Helena MT. I was given the name of “Baby Dahl” at birth. Not knowing that this was a reference to my biological parent, thinking only that it was a play on the word doll. I thought it to be funny since I had been a chunk at birth. I was adopted shortly thereafter by two wonderful parents. I became the son of Jack and Kay (Sasick) Emigh and was brought to Billings to begin my new life. We lived in Billings until about 1962 when Dad took a job teaching in Council Idaho and then Ukiah California. I graduated from Ukiah High School in 1969. I returned to Billings to attend Eastern Montanan College.

It was at the first freshman dance that I met my wife to be, Pauline Sue Huff. We married in February 28, 1970 and were divorced in 1979. The marriage brought us two children, Martin John (Marty) and Michelle Christine (Christy).

I worked at a few different jobs until finding my career with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s department. I was extremely proud to serve my community as a Deputy Sheriff. I served in a variety of ways but took the most pride in my service as Chief Deputy Coroner. After retiring from the Sheriff Department, I opened with my partner of many years Sam Damon a private investigation firm. I also took on the task of an autopsy assistant with the local pathologist, law enforcement and coroner. My career took me many different places from bombs and bullets to meeting Presidents and delivering babies. I’d start again today, if I could.

Many people came and went along my journey. A select few made life much better and probably even gave me a few more years!

A person does not know or find out who their true friends are until facing the adversities, disabilities, or medical problems, speed bumps as I refer to them, as I have encountered. I owe a better quality of life to a wonderful friend and her family; in a way I never expected. Ruth G. was my bus driver and became what I refer to as my guardian angel. She truly was placed in my life and improved my life so greatly that words are hard to come by. Ruth Brandon, and her family gave me in incentive to keep going as long as I possibly could. Dan and Cindy U. can be said to have helped in a manner that without their care and compassion these last 13 years, my life would not have been the same. A few others who can no doubt be said to be true friends are Sue and Brain A, Bill J. Dave E and Sam D. Thank you for making this a better rodeo. May God hold you in the hallow of his hands until we meet again.


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