Leroy James Leikam, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 11, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer.
Leroy was born on December 10, 1938, in Sidney, Montana to William and Lydia (Schell) Leikam. Leroy married the love of his life Antonia (Toni) Frank on July 25, 1960. Together, they were blessed with four children: Tannia (Mike) Stebbins, Kirk (Gwyn) Leikam, Leanne (Patrick) Novak and Lynette Leikam. Grandchildren: Erin and Shaun Stebbins; Morgan (Jonathon) Cameron; Mary Duthie; Jace Leikam; Samantha, Tara, Taylor and Jacob Novak. Great Grandchildren: Kaiden, Tatum and Carter Clement; Adira and Amelia Cameron.
Leroy spent the majority of his working career with the Burlington Northern Transport, delivering freight to local businesses. He particularly enjoyed the interaction with all the customers and friends he made during his employment. Once the transport business closed, Leroy spent the remainder of his career working for the Helena School District until retirement.
Leroy was a very loving husband, father and spent as much time as possible surrounding himself with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending the family’s activities, from his children’s sporting events to the grandchildren’s rodeos and band concerts. Leroy’s favorite pastimes included hunting, ice fishing, four-wheeling and camping with family and friends. Every year, he looked forward to spending time with his friends, shuttling vehicles for the annual Smith River float trip. He especially was interested in history and spent many hours watching war, western and other historical documentaries. He was an avid fan of football and looked forward to watching his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, play whenever possible. Leroy could be counted on and was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need whenever he could.
Leroy is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Leikam and sister-in-law Dorothy Leikam. He is survived by his brothers Garry Leikam, Don (Pat) Leikam, Mike (Marilyn) Leikam and many nieces and nephews.
The Family would like to thank Dr. Weiner, St. Peters’s Oncology unit and all the medical staff that cared for him during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Church, St. Peter’s Oncology Unit or a charity of your choice.