Info from Obituary of  Ail Leroy Bevolden  May 2011

     Put in PAF 5 May  2011  by John L. Inman  inman@jinman.org

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BILLINGS’S GAZETTE                                           Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Alf Leroy Bevolden

Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 12:00 am

Leroy Bevolden

Alf Leroy Bevolden, 86, of Billings, was called home to Jesus on May 3, 2011. He died at Valley Health Care Center in Billings after a short illness.

Leroy was born on Aug. 19, 1924, to Austin Bevolden and Clara Voje Bevolden at Harlem, and was reared on the family homestead in northern Blaine County just southeast of Hogeland. He was the seventh of 10 children in a family of seven boys and three girls. He was educated at the Wing country school and Hogeland High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hogeland Lutheran Church. Leroy had fond childhood memories of putting up hay, shocking grain, riding horses, 4th of July celebrations and the smell of the 10 loaves of bread that his mother baked every other day. Leroy told stories of his high school years, where he remembered playing basketball on a team that didn't lose a game for six years. He left school before graduating and, on April 2, 1943, joined the United States Army, as three of his older brothers had done, and served honorably during World War II. In the Army, Leroy served with anti-aircraft artillery and with the military police. Leroy loved to tell the story of singing at the Grand Ole Opry while he was an MP. If pressed, he would tell you the auditorium was empty at the time. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 17, 1945.

He found work for a time on the Great Northern Railroad as a fireman and eventually met his wife, Aileen, who worked in the bank in Harlem. They were married on Aug. 30, 1952, and were married nearly 58 years when Aileen passed away on Aug. 25, 2010. Aileen had two daughters, Beverly, age 12 and Donna, age 10. They called their new daddy "the handsome man." For the next 30 years, Aileen and Leroy worked side by side at the family ranch where Aileen had lived as a child. On March 17, 1955, Leroy and Aileen welcomed home a new baby, their only son, Curtis. Leroy loved the ranch life and was a skilled mechanic, veterinarian, cowboy, farmer and cribbage player. He was especially proud of how much hay he could load onto a truck and would take photos of those loads. Aileen and Leroy retired in 1983 and moved to a five-acre "place" near Hamilton. During this time, they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. They were members of Faith Lutheran Church in Hamilton, and Leroy enjoyed coffee with his friends, working outside, and "hotcake" breakfasts at the Senior Citizens' Center and clam chowder at the Coffee Cup. Aileen and Leroy lived in Ravalli County until 2008. In September of that year, they moved to Westpark Village Retirement Community in Billings.

Leroy loved going for drives every weekend and exploring the communities and countryside around Billings. He loved his family and was known for teasing and telling jokes and making people laugh. He loved to just drop in on friends and family members to play cards, watch boxing (he called them "the fights"), drink coffee and laugh. Leroy and his closest brother Cliff could make each other laugh for hours. He would eat "punkin pie" anytime it was offered and always had a cup of coffee nearby. He was proud to buy new dress shoes with "slippery soles" so he could dance a waltz with his granddaughter Kristin at her wedding reception on Sept. 12, 2009.

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife and dancing partner, Aileen; by his parents; and by all of his brothers and one of his sisters. He was also preceded in death in 1984 by his daughter "Dee Dee." He is survived by his sister, Hazel Cichozs of Great Falls; his sister, Mildred Swenson and her husband Ronnie of Chinook; his daughter, Beverly (Dyer) Kirkaldie and her husband Sam Kirkaldie of Bend, Ore.; his son-in-law William Waddell and his wife Dixie of Chugiak, Alaska; his son, Curtis Bevolden and his wife Pamie of Billings; grandson Kevin Kirkaldie and his wife Kendra Simmons and their baby Savannah, of Roanoke, Va.; grandson Kraig Kirkaldie of Atlanta; grandson Kyle Kirkaldie of Corvallis, Ore.; granddaughter Kristin (Bevolden) Lande and her husband Caleb Lande of Billings; grandson Evan Bevolden, currently in Physicians Assistant School in Kalamazoo, Mich.; granddaughter Dawn (Waddell) Tecklenberg and her husband Bruce of Federal Way, Wash.; and granddaughter Blaine Waddell and her two sons Joey and Logan of Pollock Pines, Calif.; and by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whp, he would have wanted to name if space permitted.

Funeral services (a celebration of his life) will be at the Hogeland Lutheran Church in Hogeland at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. His father-in-law helped build that church and helped move it with teams of horses from its original site at Silverbow to its present location in Hogeland. He will be buried at Silverbow cemetery next to his wife Aileen.

Leroy's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the loving and caring staff of Westpark Village, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Valley Care Health Center. Smith Funeral Chapels of Billings and Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook are in charge of arrangements.

Leroy had signed up for the grace of God through his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus who gave him the hope of eternity in Glory. Thanks be to God.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                 Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Alf "Leroy" Bevolden

http://mi-cache.legacy.com/legacy/images/Cobrands/GreatFallsTribune/Photos/5-5obbevolden_05052011.jpgBILLINGS - Alf "Leroy" Bevolden, 86, of Billings, died Tuesday, May 3, at a Billings care facility, after a short illness.

Smith Funeral Chapel of Billings and Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook are in charge of arrangements. A celebration of his life is 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lutheran Church in Hogeland,

His father-in-law helped build that church and helped move it with teams of horses from its original site at Silverbow to its present location in Hogeland. Burial will take place in Silverbow Cemetery next to his wife.

Leroy was called home to Jesus on May 3, 2011.

Leroy was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Austin Bevolden and Clara Voje Bevolden at Harlem, and was reared on the family homestead in northern Blaine County, just southeast of Hogeland, Mont. He was the seventh of 10 children in a family of seven boys and three girls. He was educated at the Wing country school and Hogeland High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hogeland Lutheran Church.

Leroy had fond childhood memories of putting up hay, shocking grain, riding horses, Fourth of July celebrations and the smell of the 10 loaves of bread his mother baked every other day. Leroy told stories of his high school years, when he remembered playing basketball on a team that didn't lose a game for six years.

He left school before graduating and, on April 2, 1943, joined the United States
Army, as three of his older brothers had done, and served honorably during World War II. In the Army, Leroy served with anti-aircraft artillery and with the military police. He loved to tell the story of singing at the Grand Ole Opry while he was an MP. If pressed, he would tell you the auditorium was empty at the time.

He was honorably discharged on Sept. 17, 1945. He found work for a time on the Great Northern Railroad as a fireman, and eventually met his future wife, Aileen, who worked in the bank in Harlem. They were married Aug. 30, 1952, and were married nearly 58 years when Aileen passed away on Aug. 25, 2010.

Aileen had two daughters, Beverly, 12, and Donna, 10. They called their new daddy "the handsome man.' For the next 30 years, Aileen and Leroy worked side by side at the family ranch where Aileen lived as a child. On March 17, 1955, Leroy and Aileen welcomed home a new baby, their only son, Curtis.

Leroy loved the ranch life and was a skilled mechanic, veterinarian, cowboy, farmer and cribbage player. He was especially proud of how much hay he could load onto a truck, and would take photos of those loads.

Aileen and Leroy retired in 1983, and moved to a 5-acre "place" near Hamilton. During this time, they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. They were members of Faith Lutheran Church in Hamilton, and Leroy enjoyed coffee with his friends, working outside, and "hotcake" breakfasts at the Senior Citizens' Center and clam chowder at the Coffee Cup. Aileen and Leroy lived in Ravalli County until 2008. In September of that year, they moved to Westpark Village Retirement Community in Billings. Leroy loved going for drives every weekend, and exploring the communities and countryside around Billings.

He loved his family and was known for teasing and telling jokes, and making people laugh. He loved to just drop in on friends and family members to play cards, watch boxing (he called them "the fights"), drink coffee and laugh. Leroy and his closest brother Cliff could make each other laugh for hours. He would eat "punkin pie" anytime it was offered, and always had a cup of coffee nearby. He was proud to buy new dress shoes with "slippery soles" so he could dance a waltz with his granddaughter Kristin at her wedding reception on Sept. 12, 2009.

In addition to his wife and dancing partner Aileen, he was preceded in death by his parents and by all of his brothers and one of his sisters. He also was preceded in death in 1984 by his daughter, "Dee Dee."

He is survived by his sisters, Hazel Cichozs of Great Falls, and Mildred Swenson and her husband Ronnie of Chinook; his daughter, Beverly (Dyer) Kirkaldie and her husband Sam Kirkaldie of Bend, Ore.; his son-in-law, William Waddell and his wife Dixie of Chugiak, Alaska; his son, Curtis Bevolden and his wife Pamie of Billings; grandsons Kevin Kirkaldie and his wife Kendra Simmons and their baby Savannah of Roanoke, Va., Kraig Kirkaldie of Atlanta, Ga., Evan Bevolden, currently in physician assistant school in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Kyle Kirkaldie of Corvallis, Ore.; granddaughters Kristin (Bevolden) Lande and her husband Caleb Lande of Billings, Dawn (Waddell) Tecklenberg and her husband Bruce of Federal Way, Wash., and Blaine Waddell and her two sons Joey and Logan of Pollock Pines, Calif.; and by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he would have wanted to name if space permitted.

Leroy's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the loving and caring staff of Westpark Village, St. Vincent's Hospital and Valley Care Health Center.

Leroy signed up for the grace of God through his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, who gave him the hope of eternity in Glory. Thanks be to God.

Condolences may be posted online at
www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 5, 2011     

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