Gene Joseph Leach

Gene Leach, 84, of Great Falls, passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Schnider Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Gene was born on Nov. 16, 1933 to JP and Agnes (Smail) Leach in Lewistown. He was raised in Coffee Creek and went to school in Denton. He worked for Dick Klick in Augusta and rodeoed. He ranched at Coffee Creek until he retired and moved to Great Falls.

He married Katherine “Kathy” Triplett on Dec. 20, 1967 at Lewistown. They were married for almost 50 years.

Gene is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons Bill (Karen) Leach of Denver and Jess (Stefanie) Leach of Ledger; daughters Anita Leach of Harlowton, Susan (Andrew) Smith of Greenbay, Wis., and Kelly Leach of Great Falls; sister Joan VanKuiken of Lewistown; and 10 grandchildren: Jack, Wes and Julia Leach; Addison, Caroline and Grier Laughlin; Jordan and Alyson Leach; and Conor and Kate Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the University of Providence Rodeo Team.

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