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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Leslie Dimich

Leslie A. Dimich

Friday, September 7th, 1951 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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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.

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)
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  • Service

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Red Lodge High School Gym
    Address
    800 Chambers Avenue North
    RED LODGE, MT 59068
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    Officiant
    Pastor Bryan Loewen
  • Reception

    Location
    Red Lodge High School Gym
    Address
    800 Chambers Avenue North
    RED LODGE, MT 59068
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Sargent & Lundy

Posted at 06:18pm
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The Engebretson Family

Posted at 01:22pm
In honor of Les Dimich, a pillar in our community. Like a tree standing tall that covers all near to (him) with many good things!
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Eric Coobs

Posted at 10:32pm
I was sure sorry to hear about Les.

He was a neat guy and a true friend. His passing is leaving a big hole in Red Lodge.

Thoughts and prayers to his family!

Jenna Hennings

Posted at 02:15pm
I remember the time I came for a sleepover night with Hannah. He was so sweet and funny, and he made the most delicious eggs benedict for breakfast the next morning. As a Billings native and only going to college with Hannah, I didn't know him outside of this visit. But in the short time I was a guest in his house, he was nothing but kind. The world has lost a gift in him. Rest peacefully, Les. You are missed.
JH

Jo Anne Herem

Posted at 01:03am
From when I first met my husband, Gary, many decades ago, I soon heard and learned about his friend, Les Dimich. I could tell he had great affection for this guy. Gary had many great stories about Les from their school days, and also from their vo-tech days in Helena when they roomed together. They had fun times and serious times. Les was with my pilot husband when he had an incident with his airplane that should have proven fatal for all on board, except for the hand of God. When I met Les, I instantly liked him. The way he told a goofy joke or story with a deadpan face. His easy-going manner. It was just fun to be near him! He had that "it" factor. I was not surprised and very pleased that Gary picked him for his Best Man at our wedding. Over the years, Les has always been our Red Lodge friend. When we moved here from Billings a year ago, it was "back home" for Gary, but an unknown for me. I can't explain it, but it was a comfort to have Les here as my link to us from our beginnings. My husband was down to NAPA several times a week...to get parts, glean tidbits from Les' broad mechanical knowledge, and of course shoot the breeze while eating popcorn. Les bringing us good stuff to eat wasn't unusual! Earlier on the very day he had his heart attack, he was over to our house, providing barbecued ribs for my birthday supper. I'll never, ever forget this. I knew lots of people liked Les...he was so giving and inviting and good to people. It was only after he passed that I learned just how many people Les has made feel special over his lifetime. Les' personality was larger than life, and I feel his absence keenly in our sweet little town. It just isn't the same. I'm going to miss you, Les. I hate it that you're gone.

Jo Anne Herem
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