Celebrating the life of William Harold Lehfeldt
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Dad was born on February 18th, 1922 in Ryegate to Sid and Anna Lehfeldt. He grew up in Lavina and graduated from Lavina High School. After graduation, he attended Montana School of Mines in Butte where he met his future wife of 66 years, Barbara Jean Forsell. Dad served in the Army Air Corp and was the pilot of a “Widowmaker” B26 Bomber. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after being shot down over Germany.
At the end of WWII, Bill returned to Lavina and his lifelong passion for ranching. Dad was always proud to be a sheep producer and carry on the tradition established two generations prior. While ranching in Lavina, he also served on the Board for the Production Credit Association, the Montana Woolgrowers Association and the Lavina School Board.
We will always remember his ability to recall the history of the area and tell great stories; give advice about the “best investments”; and talk politics. He was a friend to so many…. Always the last to leave a good party and enjoy a good dance!
Dad is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and his parents Sid and Anna. He is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Schraudner; two sons - Bob (Marie) and John (Ellen) both of Lavina; two daughters - Susan (Donnell) Burnett of Billings and Wendy (Roger) Doely of Lavina; eleven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Dad/Grandpa you are no longer a part of our lives, but forever in our hearts.
A rosary celebrating Dad’s life will be held on Thursday October 6th at 7:00 pm at Wier Funeral Home in Roundup. A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday October 7th at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Roundup. Burial will be at the Lavina Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Lavina Senior Center. Per Dad’s wishes, a dance will follow at the Cozy Corner Bar. Come and celebrate a Life Well Lived!
The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care provided by the staff at Billings Health and Rehabilitation and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dad’s final weeks. Donations can be made in his name to the Friends of the Adams Hotel or the Lavina Senior Center.
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