Leroy Pepion

Leroy Andrew Pepion Jr.

TOLEDO, Ohio —Leroy Andrew Pepion Jr., 77, died Monday, April 22, 2013, due to diabetic complications at his home in Toledo, Ohio, with his loving wife Lynda by his side.

He grew up on a farm/ranch and graduated high school in 1954. He was an avid sports fan and participated in many sports as well. He was a steer wrestler and bareback rider in amateur rodeos across the state. One year he won the steer-decorating in four seconds, which was an unheard of time in those days. His traveling "buds" were Norman Peterson, Denny Loring and Bud Connelly.

Lee was recognized for his strong work ethic. He worked on oil rigs as a "roughneck" and later was employed by prominent construction companies.

Lee was a U.S. Army veteran and because of his interest in construction, he later majored in civil engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman. Lee married Lynn Howard and was a loving father to sons Michael and Darrel and daughter Michelle.

The family traveled throughout the U.S. as Lee continued to be promoted to higher positions. In fact, he turned down lucrative construction work in Vietnam during the war since he had a family.

Lee and Lynn divorced, and he later married Lynda Jones. Lee developed his own business and was the CEO of the Blackfoot Company in Toledo. The business was highly successful dealing with corporate America and other Fortune 500 companies.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda of Toledo; son Michael (Debbie) of Elverta, Calif.; and daughter Michelle (Wyoming); stepson Michael Jones, Toledo; stepdaughter Kathy Haynes, and step-grandchildren Zackery and Braiden of California. Other survivors are sisters Carol and Linda Pepion, Marilyn Trottier of Great Falls; brothers Howard Pepion of Browning, Dr. Don Pepion (Debbie) of Las Cruces, N.M., Dr. Ken Pepion (Leslyn) of Durango, Colo., and Mike Pepion (Elizabeth) of Hamilton; grandchildren Michael and Matthew and great grandson Brylen. Lee was especially close to his step-granddaughter Traci, who he helped raise and he was known as her "Pa."

Lee was sadly preceded in death by his son, Darrell; brother Dennis; and his beloved parents, Leroy and Eileen in 2012.

Because of his love for his family and the beauty of Montana, he requested cremation, and will be interred at the gravesite of his son, Darrell. A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date in Browning.

Lee will live in our hearts forever and his family will be consoled by many happy and special memories.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 17, 2013