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Charles Lechner

Charles A. Lechner

Saturday, September 1st, 1934 - Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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Obituary for Charles A Lechner
Charles Lechner passed away on September 26, 2019 following a brief illness at the age of 85, surrounded by his family. He and his wife, Ruth, had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Charles was born on September 1, 1934, the tenth of eleven children born to Joseph and Katherine Lechner on their homestead farm in Pompey’s Pillar MT. While attending Huntley Project High School he met Ruth House and they married August 8, 1953. They moved to Billings and had 3 children, Christina, Tim and Stefanie.
He spent his working life in law enforcement, retiring from the Billings Police Department as Captain of Detectives after 20 years. He then became the Chief of Security for 20 years at Montana State University—Billings. He also served as a volunteer or board member for many organizations in the Billings area, including the Youth Court Conference Committee, Billings Retired Police Officers Association, Friends of Pompey’s Pillar, Sage Tower Apartments for Seniors, and many committees at the First Congregational Church, including the daycare center there. Charles and Ruth loved to travel and were able to visit relatives in Germany twice, and they also visited France, China, Hawaii and many major cities in the U.S. Charles, Ruth and her parents Harold and Esther House built a cabin south of Red Lodge in 1955 where the family spent most summer weekends. Charles became a master at fly fishing on Rock Creek. He and Ruth also sang in the choir at First Congregational Church for decades, played bridge and bowled with friends, but most of all he loved being with his family. He was a beloved husband, wonderful and supportive father and is deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter Christina Lechner Goe (Oliver) in Helena, Tim Lechner (Pati) in Billings, and daughter Stefanie Flynn (Bryan) in Helena; six granddaughters: Rebecca Goe (Eric Midtlyng) in Missoula, Carrie Goe Nettleton (Tyler Nettleton) in Billings, Emily Goe in Seattle WA, Mara Lechner Cohn (Aaron) in Tacoma WA, Kali Lohse (Kraig) in Fort Wayne IN, and Jenna Lechner in Portland OR; and 6 great-grandchildren: Sawyer, Anders, Gemma, Reese, Clara and Linnea. He is also survived by his younger brother, Ted Lechner (Patty) in Billings and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be at Smith Chapel on S. 27th Street on November 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. There will be a private burial of the urn at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting: Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to:
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 South 27th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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  • Interment

    Pleasantview Cemetery
    Lower Canal Road
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  • Reception

    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 South 27th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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    A reception will follow the memorial service at Smith Downtown Chapel.


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Lois Jean Grocholski

Posted at 06:19pm
Dear Ruth and family,
Please know that I send prayers for comfort and peace. I always enjoyed seeing & visiting with you and Chuck at church. He always had words of wisdom and common sense suggestions. Remember the good times and hold time to the memories.
With love, Jean Grocholski

Carl Zarndt ( Retired FBI )

Posted at 10:41am
Charles was a good law enforcement officer and a gentleman. Peace and prayers to the Lechner family.
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jim Eckenroad

Posted at 10:17pm
Jim Eckenroad
Chuck was my mentor in so many areas while we worked together at the college. His ethical behavior and his fairness towards others was recognized by those who came in contact with him. He was a special man and I will miss him. Warmest thoughts to his family at this time.

Mike Guy

Posted at 05:53pm
Ruth, Chris, Tim and Stef,
I am saddened to learn of Charlie's passing. He was a great guy and his time here will not be forgotten. I have so many great memories of your family from back in the day. It is never easy for those of us left behind but now he gets to walk a friendly beat through Heaven's streets. God Bless you all now and as time passes.
Mike Guy

Susan Habener Vigesaa

Posted at 11:22am
Ruth & family ~
I'm so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. We considered him (and you!) part of our extended family. May God grant you all peace and comfort, and may your sharing of memories bind you closer together during this tough time. I'm guessing he and my mom (Clarice) have already cooked up a bridge game somewhere in heaven. Big hugs and much love from our house to yours.

Susie Habener Vigesaa

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