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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • OBIT: Robert Lloyd LeDuc

  • Robert Lloyd LeDuc, 90, passed away in Kalispell, MT on Wednesday August 29, 2012. He went to be with his Lord, loving wife Betty Ann and deceased family and friends.
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  • Robert Lloyd LeDuc, 90, passed away in Kalispell, MT on Wednesday August 29, 2012.  He went to be with his Lord, loving wife Betty Ann and deceased family and friends.  
    A Celebration of Life will be held for Robert on Wednesday, September 5 at 10 a.m. at Risen Christ Catholic Church with Father Stanislaw Rog as Celebrant. Burial will be at Glacier Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 4 from 12 noon until 7p.m. at the Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Chapel with the Rosary following.
    Robert was born in Nelson County (Crary), North Dakota, December 11, 1921 to Leo and Nelva LeDuc.  
    Robert or Bob to many, graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Devils Lake, ND where he was a student and athlete in football and basketball. He lived his childhood and young adult years in North Dakota. Upon meeting the love of his life Betty Ann Holgerson, they married in Seattle, WA during World War II and shortly after had their first-born son Trent in October of 1945.  
    During the war, Bob assisted the Army Corp in shipping supplies from the docks in the Seattle area to the war effort in the Pacific Rim. After the war, they returned to North Dakota until 1951 when they moved to Kalispell, MT for the remainder of their lives.  Bob, Betty, and Trent settled in nicely in the Flathead Valley with other brothers, sisters, and parents who moved to Montana.  Together they enjoyed the many outdoor recreational splendors while raising their children and building numerous successful businesses.  In May of 1954, Scott the second son was born.  
    Bob was an entrepreneur and started several businesses.  Most notably was Bob's Sales, which was comprised of entertainment coin-operated jukeboxes, shuffleboard and pinball machines (Est. 1968). He eventually added food and beverage coin-operated machines to his business. He sold the business in 1973 and started Golden Wheels Auto Sales business that evolved to include manufactured housing, RVs of which his sons would ultimately join in forming as the family entity. Together Bob and Betty also ran the Elks Resort summer bar and lodge for the local BPOE from 1967 to 1971, and promoted many summer activities and evening jazz band events.  
    Bob was a proud family man who enjoyed the mix of friends and family on outings to Glacier Park, area lakes, and rivers.  Above all else, he was a diehard waterfowl hunter. Growing up in the central flyways of North Dakota with his brothers and uncles during the Great Depression, his entertainment was hunting before and after school, or for that matter any time he could.  He shared his knowledge of hunting sports with his family and select friends, if you were lucky.  It was amazing to witness his resolve in outsmarting those geese and ducks that were always at his beckon call.  Many will remember him as a waterfowl hunting legend.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Fishing was also another passion but not of the same intensity as bird hunting. Something he could perhaps share with his wife Betty, Tom and Judy Stack, and friends on the Flathead Lake while trolling for Macs and Salmon. He also enjoyed deep-sea fishing on the Coast.  His other interests included Swing and Big Band dancing.  Bob and Betty would dance the night away to acts like Annie Carruthers, Don Lawrence Orchestra, or something the Flathead Jazz Society drummed up.  They liked to “live it up” and enjoy the pleasures of all their hard work.  
    Above all else, he enjoyed his family, close friends, and was always quick to point out any accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, or anyone he was proud of.  He was a character, a passionate man who was determined, stubborn, and opinionated.  He had true grit with a soft heart; you might catch him tearing up at the National Anthem.  He was a true American Patriot.  He grew up as a Democrat but left as a Republican but nevertheless he was “always proud to be an American”.  
    The community clubs and organizations he belonged to were; BPOE-ELKS, Knights of Columbus, St. Matthews and Risen Christ Catholic churches, Democratic and Republican Parties (at different stages), Flathead Jazz Society, Flathead Braves Bench, Walleye's Unlimited, and the Sheriffs association. He was also a board member to Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Flathead Fishing Association, and more.
    One final note: there was not a dog that Bob met that he did not like or could not get to. Even the meanest he could disarm. After all, if you checked his pocket he would always have dog treats to win over any dog.
    As they say, “They don't make 'em like they used to.” See you in the skies!
    The family suggests memorial gifts be given in lieu of flowers to: Ducks Unlimited Youth Green Wing program.
    Bob is survived by two sons, Trent LeDuc and wife, Sheila and Scott LeDuc and wife, Joyce all of Kalispell, MT; five grandchildren;, Ryan LeDuc and wife Kathy, Tye LeDuc and wife Jessica, Angela LeDuc, Kyle LeDuc and Paige LeDuc all of Kalispell, MT with numerous great grandchildren.
    Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for Robert's family.

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