Leo T. Meier, 89, of Great Falls, Mont., passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 after a lingering illness at Peace Hospice.
Visitation hours will be held Sunday, September 22, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Schnider Funeral Home, 1510 13th St. South, Great Falls. Mont.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Great Falls with burial to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Leo was born in Rugby, N.D. on January 28, 1924 to Barbara and Michael Meier and grew up in the Rugby and Devils Lake, N.D. area. He served in the U. S. Navy as a Water Tender Third Class from 1943 through 1945. He served in 18 Naval battle campaigns aboard the U. S. S. New Orleans. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad in Devils Lake where he met the love of his life, Margaret. They married on October 5, 1950 in Hillsboro, N.D. In 1954, Leo and his family moved to Great Falls, Mont. where he was employed as a pipefitter for the Anaconda Company until its closure in 1981.
In his younger years, Leo enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and later on he spent many hours in his woodshop making gifts for his family. After the grandchildren came along he enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren going to many of their school and athletic events. He was a long-time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic parish and he also belonged to Eagles Lodge.
Leo is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Irene Meier, Paul (Carolyn) Meier, Larry (Kathy) Meier, Dan Meier, Dianne Meier, Theresa Meier, and Jeff (Georgianna) Meier all of Great Falls; grandchildren Joe (Valerie) Meier of Perth, Australia, Katie Meier of Augusta, Mont., Matt Meier of Denver, Colo., Patrick (Desarae) McQueen, Jakob Meier, Lukas Meier and Sara Meier; and great grandchildren Jeidyn and Coulter McQueen all of Great Falls.
He is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and six sisters.
Memorials made in Leo’s name may be given to Peace Hospice of Montana, 1101 26th Str. So., Great Falls, MT 59405 or to the donor’s choice
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Schnider Funeral Home, Great Falls, Mont.