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MALTA- An old cowboy crossed over the divide. Lars Rasmussen 81, passed away of natural causes August 12, 2016. Graveside services will be September 10, 2016 at 11:00A.M. at the Zortman Cemetery with a reception to follow. Cremation has taken place. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

    LeRoy as he was known was born December 30, 1934 to Lars and Irene Tremblay Rasmussen. LeRoy was raised in Zortman and left home at the age of 13, when he started working for local ranchers and riding broncs. He enlisted in the Air Force, on February 20, 1956 and received his GED while serving his country for 4 years.

    After his honorable discharge, he returned to Great Falls and went to work for the Anaconda Company. He leased a ranch between Ulm and Cascade, ranching was his passion. During this time he lost his leg in an industrial accident, which never slowed LeRoy down. Continuing to work his job, ranch, and raise his family. After several years living in Ulm, He returned to Zortman and began working for Degerstrom Mining Company driving truck, continuing on with the Pegasus Gold Mining Company until they went out of business. At this time he returned to ranching full time. He moved to Malta and continued to raise cattle and breed horses, until being physically unable to continue the life he loved. He then moved into the Hi-Line Retirement Center.

    LeRoy wore many hats throughout his life, dad, grandpa truck driver, farmer, rancher, bronc rider and friend to all. His last hat was that being the official “greeter’ at Hi-Line Retirement Apartments, wearing his black cowboy hat, boots, western shirt, and vest and sitting in his scooter smoking a cigarette! He had a smile for all and was ready to visit. LeRoy always had a garden and flowers and he continued that at the Hi-Line raising tomatoes, hot peppers, and flowers, with nary a weed!

    LeRoy is survived by his children Roy (Gina) of Helena; Sandy (Ryse) of Grand Junction, Co.; Marjie of Lewistown, Heidi of Grand Junction Co.; and Joseph (Julia) of Bozeman. 7 grandchildren, Chase; Tucker; David;Heather; Kiah; Addison; and Grady; 7 Great- Grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Edwin (Paula) Rasmussen of White Sulphur Springs.

    He was preceded in death by his parents Lars and Irene, 2 brothers, Wilford (Gopher) and Carl (Cutter).

    R.I.P. Dad, Grandpa, friend to all-stranger to none! Any memorials will be sent to the Cowboy Crisis Fund, please contact Kirkwood Funeral Home for address where to send memorials


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From: Colleen (Teterud) & Joe Haney

We want to send our condolence to you, the children and family of LeRoy's. Since I (Colleen) knew you, children while you were growing up in Ulm, my prayers go out to you with the loss of your Dad. Living in Malta, Joe and I have been able to visit with LeRoy from time to time and keep up with you guys. Joe especially visited LeRoy on a regular basis, as he stopped at the Nursing Home quite often. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.


From: Doug/Dixie Engelhardt

Our sympathies go out to all of you-family of Leroy.
We have not seen any of you for a long time, but we always have great memories of our days in Ulm. Your home was always open to us and Leroy was very special. Our prayers will be for your comfort, wisdom, and strength at this difficult time Love and Blessings,
Doug & Dixie E.


From: Tim Teterud

Rasmussen siblings, we just heard of your dad's passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of "Ulm" memories as we shared many family times together. Great memories of your dad and his big smile! Praying for peace and comfort! Tim Teterud


From: Elizabeth Bernier

He was a friend of my husband's they worked together at the smelter...hunted and we're friends. I remember his smile and his bravery. I'm sure he was a blessing to many. I will hold all his family in my prayers


From: Paula Ost

I got acquainted with Leroy while he was living at the Hiline Retirement home. He was a table mate with my parents, Pete and Clarabel Score. I know that mom and dad both enjoyed his company and mom missed him when we needed to move her to Billings. I missed his always cheerful greeting (after mom moved) as he was frequently by the door when we went to visit mom and dad.


From: Howard Coleman

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Lars at the Anaconda wire mill for several years and was with him the day of his industrial accident. Felt so sad for him and I'm happy he was able to recover enough to continue on with the life he loved. My thought s and prayers are with you. Howard Colemnan








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