Leif William Kapperud, 90, died Monday morning Sept. 8, 2008, at the Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes.
Family will be welcoming friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Leif’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rudyard with Pastor Arden Barden officiating. A luncheon will be held at the church immediately after the service. Leif’s burial will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Havre at the Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Leif’s honor may be made to the Hingham Lutheran Church or the Northern Montana Care Center. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Leif was born June 5, 1918, North of Gildford, to Lars Ole and Anna Mathilde (Anderson) Kapperud. Leif was raised in the Gildford area and attended Muzzey Country School and the Hingham Public School, returning to the farm to help his father. On June 5, 1943, on his 25th birthday he married Tootie (Bebe Jean) Schroeder in Hingham. Together they made their home on the family farm north of Gildford. Leif lived and farmed north of Gildford with his three sons, Ron, Gary and Bruce until he and Tootie moved into Gildford in 1982. Leif moved to the Northern Montana Care Center in 2005 due to failing health. Leif was very active in the Hi-Line communities. He served as the director of the NFO, the Hill County Fair Board, the church council and school board and was also a member of the Elks, Eagles and the Sons of Norway. He was part owner in AC Supply. His hobbies included playing cards, bowling, golfing, fishing, boating, snow skiing, snowmobiling and traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Floren; and his brother-in-law, Clair Smith. Leif is survived by his wife of 65 years, Tootie Kapperud of Gildford; his three sons, Ron (Mary) Kapperud, Gary Kapperud and Bruce (JoHanna) Kapperud all of Gildford; one sister, Gudrun Smith of Cut Bank; and one brother, Norman (Donna) Kapperud of Gildford; a brother- in-law, Wallace Floren of Missoula; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Christina), Kristen (Dave), Kara (Greg), Justine, Tyler, Hali and Ian; four greatgrandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.