BIG SANDY Donald LeRoy
Reichelt, 88, a World War II veteran
and retired farmer, died
after a brief illness Monday,
June 19, 2006, at the Big Sandy Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11
a.m. Thursday at the Community
Church of God in Big Sandy.
Donald was born Aug. 25,
1917, in Big Sandy. He attended
school in Big Sandy.
As many young men did at
the time, Donald went to the
Civilian Conservation Corp. in
the spring of 1936. In 1941, he
drafted into the Army and was
assigned to the Air Corps where
he was part of 353rd Bomb
Squadron (B-17’s). Donald proudly
served in England, Italy, and
North Africa. He enjoyed attending
reunions of his Army friends
at different locations around the
country. Just recently Donald
got to ride in a B-17 that was in
Billings. Even with his failing
health, he was very glad that he
had made the trip to Billings to
be able to see and ride in a B-17
one more time. After being honorably discharged from the
army, Donald returned to Big
Sandy and farmed west of town for many years.
Don served on the Big Sandy
School Board for many years
and was able to present each of
his seven children with their high school diploma.
Donald loved his kids, grandchildren
He always had time for
each and every one of them.
Donald was a loving and caring
husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by
his brothers, Hubert, Maurice,
Clyde, Kenneth and Eugene.
Survivors include his wife of
60 years, Erma (Buchholz) of
Big Sandy; sons, Russell
(Elaine) Reichelt of Yuma,
Ariz., Les (Lisa) Reichelt of
Phoenix, Ariz., Verlin (Patty)
Reichelt of Big Sandy, Curt
(Janice) of Whitewater and John
Reichelt of Billings; daughters,
Lenore (Earl) Marx of Big
Sandy and Corinne (Dave) of St.
Louis, Mo.; 14 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; brothers,
Raymond Reichelt of Fort
Benton and Calvin Reichelt of
Lynnwood, Wash.; sister,
Mardella Jordan of Bozeman;
and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorial gifts can be made
to the Community Church of God
or the donor’s choice.
Benton Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.