He was commander of the National Guard in Malta for several years. He was president of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Aeronautics Commission.
Victor is survived by his parents, Doug and Sharon Adolphson of Glasgow, MT; brothers Erick Adolphson of Glasgow, MT and Alec (Julie) Adolphson of Raymore, MO; uncle, Douglas Pederson of Meridian, ID and numerous relatives. at the First United Church of Glasgow, Montana with Howard Pippin officiating.
Bozeman and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Portland, Oregon. Victor returned to Glasgow in 2013, where he resided until his death. A Celebration of Victor’s life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at a.m.
As Gene grew up, barnstorming airplanes flying overhead fascinated him.
Anytime a pilot or instructor could be talked into giving a ride or a flying lesson, he went.
His mother’s brother had died as a pilot in WWI, making his parents reluctant about his aviation interest.
In spite of that, Gene was a licensed pilot and flight instructor and owned an Aeronca airplane by age 20.Gene was an innovator, having one of the BLM’s first Allotment Management Plans and one of the original silage operations and automated feed yards in the Milk River Valley.Gene, like his father before him, was involved in the politics of the livestock industry, especially as it pertained to public lands.Gene John Etchart passed to his Heavenly Home on May 3, 2018, with family at his side. 26, 1916, to John and Catherine Etchart, Basque immigrants from the French Pyrenees who came to Montana and settled on the grasslands north of the Missouri river in 1912.Gene, his older sister and three younger brothers were raised on that remote sheep ranch, which grew to nearly 250,000 acres and ran 30,000 sheep together with a fine herd of registered Herefords.Flying proficiency led Gene to own and operate three Civilian Pilot Training Program flying schools in Montana before WWII.After Pearl Harbor, Gene and his crew were assumed into the Army Air Corps as flight instructors.With Elaine tending the children in Glasgow and managing the office and bookkeeping, Gene focused on the operations of the ranch.When Gene’s younger brothers returned from the military, Gene sold them his interest in the Etchart Ranch, and then he and Elaine built Hinsdale Livestock Company, which they operated until their retirement.Gene gradually taught his parents to appreciate the “high lopin’ buckskin’s” utility on the ranch.His father’s typical journey to supply scattered sheep camps would take more than a week in a heavily loaded buckboard.