Noel LePine, 77, passed away due to natural causes on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Northern Montana Care Center. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Northern Montana Care Center Grace Chapel with Ila McClenahan officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements, and you are invited to sign the online register book on Noel's page at http://www.hollandbonine.com.
Noel was born on Dec. 25, 1936, at home in Northern Pine, Saskatchewan, near Pierceland, Saskatchewan, to Fred and Elevena LePine. He moved to Montana in 1955, and worked as a cowboy/ranchhand at numerous ranches. He traveled as a custom cutter in the Midwest eventually returning home to Montana. After returning home, he continued to do ranch work, this time for Cowan's Ranch in Big Sandy. Then, he began an 11-year career for the IX Ranch in Big Sandy, which led to the position of ranch foreman at the NL Ranch.
Noel met Edith Ann Sangrey at a Memorial Day Rodeo dance. They married three months later in September 1969 at Rocky Boy Lutheran Mission and enjoyed 44 years of marriage. In 1971, their only child Shawn LePine was born. In 1984, Noel and family moved to Big Sandy. He and Edith lived in Big Sandy until Noel moved into Northern Montana Care Center in 2013.
Noel was an avid reader of westerns, enjoyed attending rodeos, liked watching baseball with his family, and dancing with his wife. He looked forward to his annual camping trip to Glacier National Park.
Noel was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elevena; his brother, Paul; and his sisters, Evelyn and Pauline.
He is survived by his wife, Edith of Big Sandy; his son, Shawn of Havre; his sisters, Irene Wendeln of Chinook, and Dorothy, Rosie, and Sally LePine, all of Alberta, Canada; his brother, Jimmy LePine of Alberta, Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.