Wayne Lachenmaier passed away suddenly at his home in Bozeman during the evening hours of Oct. 17, 2007. He was the son of Erwin and Eva Lachenmaier of Bozeman. He graduated from Bozeman Senior High School and went on to become a student at Montana State University.
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Many of his favorite days were spent on the slopes of the Bridger Bowl Ski Area with his parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed being a member of the high school ski racing team and later became a member of the Bridger Bowl Association.
He began his own business as a home builder in the Bozeman area and managed several of his own rental properties. He was an interested witness to the economic growth of the Bozeman area and the Gallatin Valley.
Wayne was well-read, as he greatly enjoyed keeping up with worldly events and political news. In his later years, he developed an interest in genealogy. He made two trips to Europe to trace his family's roots and their eventual emigration to the United States.
Wayne enjoyed the Erickson family reunions that consistently took place in August every four years at his mother's family homestead in Ryegate. Wayne never missed one and loved catching up with his many relatives that were scattered across the United States. He was the gravy-maker at Thanksgiving and looked forward to receiving his yearly new wool shirt and leather work gloves at Christmas time.
Wayne is survived by his three sisters, Sonja Berg of Belgrade, Irene Olson (Harold) of Purcellville, Va., and Janis Eckert (Bruce) of Red Lodge; brother, Ralph Lachenmaier (Dorothea) of Ridgecrest, Calif.
Wayne also took great interest in the lives of his eight nieces and nephews: Courtenay Harmon (Rick), Mark Lachenmaier (Jennifer), Todd Olson (Kimberley), Tana Olson, Tyler Olson, Jennifer Vranish (Dane), Kimberly Eckert and Rebecca Kerscher (Geordy).
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Bozeman Church of Christ Fellowship Center, at the corner of Kagy Boulevard and South 19th Avenue.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2007