Les Dimich of Red Lodge, Montana passed away on January 1, 2020, at the age of 68, with his family at his side. He was born in Billings, Montana, on September 7, 1951, to George and Pauline Dimich.
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Les graduated from Red Lodge High School in 1970. He was an active member of the band as a drummer and continued playing with various musicians and bands for many years. He earned an associate’s degree in Agriculture Diesel repair at the Vocational Center in Helena, Montana. Les returned to Red Lodge and worked at the Red Lodge Auto store until it closed in 1988. He opened his own NAPA Store in 1989 and built the store that exists today in 1998.
Les married Diane Cameron on March 16, 1991. Together they had two children, Hannah Marie and Andrew Paul. Les’s children were his pride and joy.
Les earned The Red Lodge Local’s unsung hero award in 2006. He was so unsung that he didn’t attend the acceptance ceremony. He said he had to “meet the truck.”
Les was an expert at sarcasm and eye-rolling, nobody was immune. If you were lucky, you got to hear one of his terrible jokes, some of us were lucky enough to listen to them daily. Cooking and feeding a crowd were Les’s passions. He developed his love of cooking when, as a teenager, he worked for his Mom at the Red Lodge Cafe.
Les was an avid supporter of the Carbon County schools. He gave generously of his time and resources to the support of the local youth sports, activities, and academics.
Les was a champion bowler winning local, state, and national Championships over the years.
Les loved having his yard full, whether it be with decorations at Christmas or family and friends on the fourth of July.
The community lost a pillar of a man. His selflessness was always on display to help anybody out at any time. He has left a lasting impact on many people, from children to adults, locals to tourists. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father George Dimich, mother Polly (Dimich) Jarvi, stepfather Emil Jarvi, nephew Sandor Szabo and brother in law Terry Wells.
Survivors include his wife Diane Dimich, daughter Hannah Dimich, son and daughter in law Andrew and Brittney Dimich. Siblings Georgia Wells, Dennis Dimich, Debbie (Chuck) Trevisan, Dan (Nancy) Dimich, Cathy (Tim) Monahan, Donna (Bob) Kent, Diana (Leon) Baranko, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Les’s Life will be held at the Red Lodge High School Gym on Sunday, January 12, at 2 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come. Casual wear (the more NAPA shirts and hats, the better!).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County (PO Box 11 Red Lodge, Montana 59068)