Longtime Lavina resident George Fleming Ainslie III, 56, whose blacksmithing work can be found in historical reconstructions and modern homes throughout the West, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
The youngest son of Cowgill Donn Ainslie and Mary Jane Parker, he was born Aug. 4, 1957. He earned the Eagle Scout Award, as had his brothers before him. He graduated with honors from Rocky Mountain College.
He married Charlotte Marie Kelly on Dec. 27, 1980, and they spent their honeymoon on Alaska’s North Slope.
Mr. Ainslie made his living in the centuries-old trade of blacksmithing. Prairie Elk Forge, established in 1985, sank its roots deep in Lavina, Montana, where he helped raise his three children while pounding iron in the backyard. His artistry can be found in modern architectural homes, as well as historic reconstructions in national parks. He participated in the restoration of Old Faithful Inn.
He and his family welcomed into their home exchange students from Japan, Hong Kong and China and worked with local children for 22 years with the 4-H Club.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Kelly Ainslie; three children, Kit, Miranda and Heather Peters; a grandson; and brothers, Bruce and Scott.
Services were held Sept. 15 in the Lavina Public School Gymnasium, followed by inurnment in Lavina Cemetery, and a community luncheon back at the school. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.