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Herbert Samuel Kindsfater

Herbert Samuel Kindsfater

Wednesday, January 28th, 1925 - Friday, September 27th, 2019
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Our Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and treasured friend, Herbert Samuel Kindsfater went to heaven on September 27, 2019. He was born January 28, 1925, to Andrew and Margaret Kindsfater in Rocky Ford, CO. He grew up in a large family including four brothers; Andrew, Alexander, Edward, William, and three sisters; Marie, Elma, Elizabeth. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the army and his service to this nation began as a machine gunner in Company H, 172nd Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division - the "Green Mountain Boys" of Vermont. His unit served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and he engaged in three major battle campaigns. At Ipo Dam in the Philippines, Herb was badly wounded in both arms, and spent months recuperating in a hospital. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation for his service to this nation. After his military service, Herb married his beloved Betty Ruth Lapp on August 31, 1946, sharing over 71 years together. They settled in Laurel, MT, and welcomed a daughter, Pamela Ann, in 1947, and a son, Bruce Herbert, in 1950. After decades working on the railroad, Herb retired with Betty and spent 20+ years as snowbirds retreating to the warmth of Yuma, AZ each winter. Herb loved golf, fishing and hunting, travel, sharing a good laugh and his enormous vitality with friends, and most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam (Rich) Relyea, his son, Bruce (Michele) Kindsfater, his grandsons, Herb (Suzanne) Kindsfater and Jeff (Meg) Kindsfater, his granddaughter, Kristin (Joe) Relyea, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty, parents Andrew and Margaret, brothers Andrew, Alexander, Edward, William, and sisters Marie, Elma, Elizabeth.

Although Herb is finally at rest, his love for his family continues to sustain us as we celebrate his life on Friday, Oct 4th at 11 a.m. at Smith's Funeral Chapel in Laurel. Following the celebration of life, there will be a graveside service at Laurel Cemetery and a luncheon following at the Laurel United Methodist Church, 307 West 4th Street. Viewing is available on Thursday, Oct 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel – Laurel.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Riverstone Hospice Home c/o Riverstone Health, 123 South 27th Street, Billings MT 59101, or to Special K Ranch.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Chapel-Laurel
    315 E. Third Street
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  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Smith Funeral Chapel - Laurel
    315 E. Third Street
    LAUREL, MT 59044
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  • Interment

    Laurel Cemetery
    31 Buffalo Trail road
    LAUREL, MT 59066
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  • Reception

    Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel
    luncheon following the graveside service


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Amy Kehm Letcher

Posted at 10:48am
Michelle, Bruce and family,
I always loved seeing Uncle Herbie at Aunt Mick's and Uncle Ed's when Lisa & I were growing up. He was a special man with a kind and loving heart.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
My deepest condolences to you and your families.
Love, Amy

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