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Leander Michael Schweitzer

14_obit_leander-schweitzerLeander Michael Schweitzer passed away from natural causes July 6.

Visitation was held at the Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27 St., Billings.  A Vigil service was held on July 9 at St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane in Billings.  The Funeral Mass was held on July 10 at St. Bernard’s with a private Rite of Committal at Calvary Cemetery.

Lee was born in Havre on July 27, 1932 to Anton and Elizabeth Schweitzer.  He joined two older brothers; Joe and Lawrence at the farm in Goldstone. Soon to follow were his other siblings Willy, Helen, Leona, Beverly, Ed, Marvin, Richard, Don and Randy.  Another brother, Michael died at birth.

After graduating from high school, Schweitzer enrolled in telegrapher school and was soon drafted into the U.S. Army.  He served in the Korean Conflict; attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged.

After the Army, Lee returned to Rudyard where he met the love of his life, a local schoolteacher by the name of Sarah Ann Davis. They were married on June 30, 1956 in Inverness.  Lee and Sarah were soon blessed with their son Jeff, Tony and Kent were soon to follow.

Lee worked for the Great Northern Railroad for the next 21 years while Sarah taught school and kept the house running.  Lee was also a businessman.  He built one of the first coin operated car washes in Montana and the family ran this business until 1972 when they moved to the family farm north of Rudyard.  Lee farmed and was a carpenter until he retired to Billings in 1999.  He and Sarah had a second home in Mesa, Ariz., where they spent the winters.  It was in Mesa where he really enjoyed life.

Lee was a farmer, businessman, carpenter and a true renaissance man.  He was a talented man. Construction, masonry, electrical, plumbing, mechanics and woodworking were just a few of his skills.

Lee was a “good guy”, a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and neighbor. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Lee is survived by his wife Sarah; sons Jeff (Jaci), Kent (Sandra), and Tony (Cindy); his grandchildren, Amber, Chaslee, Trent and Coltin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Schweitzer was preceded in death by his father Anton, mother Elizabeth and brothers Joe, Lawrence and Willy.

Memorials are suggested to the VFW or American Diabetes Association.

Rest in Peace Dad.