Leo Armfield(1939 - 2013)

Leo Don Armfield

Billings —Leo Don Armfield, age 73, passed away on November 20, 2013. Leo was born on November 27, 1939, to Don and Faith Armfield in Council, Idaho. Leo was the eldest of five children.

Leo proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. He served as an aircraft mechanic on a carrier in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1963.

On February 4, 1964, he married Shirley Heckel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they raised five children. The first few years of their marriage, he was employed by Northland Steel and Hal Bick Irrigation. He was offered the job of fabricating pipe racks at Northwest Pipe Fittings in Billings. He held a variety of positions while he was employed with the company which included driving truck, customer service and sales and eventually he opened and managed a very successful Northwest Pipe branch in Great Falls, Montana for twenty four years. Leo worked for Northwest Pipe, Inc. from November 22, 1971 until he retired on March 28, 2008.

After retiring, Leo pursued many different interests. He was extremely gifted in many areas. Leo and Shirley purchased property along York Road which is located by Hauser Lake by Helena, Mt. He had a dream, he along with family and friends, restored this land to "a little slice of heaven". The wonderful memories that the family and friends have will be with each of us forever. Leo was a peacemaker in a marine's body. He shared his many talents with others by giving them beautiful sapphires that he had dug and faceted himself. He was an excellent woodworker and has blessed many members of the family with various pieces. He, also, enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He was meticulous in his gardening, liked to cook and helped Shirley make candy for everyone every Christmas. He even assisted in making thousands of mints for weddings.

He was civic minded and spent many hours volunteering at the Moose Lodge. Leo was Governor of the Lodge in Billings from 1981-1982.

Leo was preceded in death by his dad Don, and his sister Gertrude (Gertie) Herman.

Leo is survived by his wife, Shirley, his sons, Randy Bentley (Cheryl), and Neal Armfield (Jill March), daughters, Belinda Contreraz (Steve Orelup), Jackie Moreland, and Faith Jewett (Wayne). His mother, Faith, and sisters Beatrice Rice(Terry), and Dixie Rogerson (Bill) and his brother Mike Armfield survive him. He is survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Bentley and BreAnna Bentley Fisher, Luciana Salazar and David Contreraz, Jon and Jason Williams, Shawntell and Skylar Armfield, and Seth and Jesse Vannoy. Also, sixteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews survive Leo.

Leo was a kind and giving man to the very end. Our hearts are heavy and he will be greatly missed.

The service will be held on Wednesday, November 27, at 11:00 A.M. at the Smith West Chapel, 304 34th St. West, Billings, Mt. 59102. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately after the service at the Moose Lodge in Billings. Interment will be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eagle Mount, PO Box 2866, Great Falls, MT 59403.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 24, 2013