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Estate of Whitefish man donates $1M to church

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 17 2013 07:58:11 AM MDT
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 08:35:03 AM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

The estate of a reclusive railroad retiree who lived in a small motor home without running water has donated $1 million to a northwestern Montana church where his mother taught Sunday school and Bible study classes.
    
The Daily Inter Lake reports executor Doug Johnson announced Roger Wold's bequest on Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish. He said he was made in honor of Wold's mother, Dee Wold.
    
Wold was 75 when he died in February 2012.
    
Johnson says Wold lived frugally so he could buy real estate and that he owned lots along Whitefish Lake, including an 80-acre parcel where he parked his motor home.
    
The Rev. John Bent asked the congregation to pray for the next 40 days to consider how the money might best be spent.