Leland A. Redfield
Leland Arthur Redfield, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep, February 14, 2022.
Known to many as “Boog” a nickname given to him by his mother when he was about 3 years old, and it stuck for his entire life.
Leland was born March 1, 1933 in Lodge Grass, Montana to William and Alice Peters Redfield. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and always had a special spot in his heart for all of his grandchildren.
He attended school in Lodge Grass, Montana often riding horseback to and from school and was fond of telling the story of having to walk home from school in the winter because one of his brothers did not tie the horses up correctly. His version of the story was that the school was many, many miles away from home, uphill both ways and of course, it was in the middle of winter!
He joined the Army in 1952 and served for 20 years in the 101st and 82nd Airborne, serving one tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired from active military duty in 1972.
On September 3 ,1955 he married Albertine Brown and had two children Kathy and Steve, they later divorced and Leland married Nancy Harger on September 7, 1961. He adopted Nancy’s three children Karen, Nadine and Kevin. Leland and Nancy had two children of their own Lisa and Gail. He was married to Nancy until the time of his death.
He never met an animal he did not come to love and made each animal he ever owned into one of his children. He loved to work with his hands and was happiest when he was busy doing something, be it sewing or in his later years, his work with stained glass.
Leland is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy, children Kathy (Jimmie) Axton of Winter Haven, Florida, Karen Lawson of Gillette, Wyoming, Nadine (Kevan) Fralick of Gillette, Wyoming, Steve (Bec) Redfield of Cynthiana, Indiana, Kevin Redfield of Yuma, Arizona, and Gail Clark (Charles Burdo) of Littleton, Colorado, 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice Peters Redfield, sister, Rose Redfield (who died as an infant), brothers, Oliver, George, Glen and Roland Redfield, and his daughter, Lisa Redfield Chartier.
He will be missed by all who love him and all of the life lessons he taught us along the way will be front and center for all of us as we continue on our own journey through life.
There will be a celebration of life in Montana in the summer, plans are still pending and will be passed along once they are finalized.
If you wish to make a donation in his memory, the family asks that donations be made to the Crow Tribe; Biiluuke Strong, PO Box 796, Lodge Grass, MT 59022-0796.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.