Mark Roland Lenhardt passed peacefully into Heaven on January 22, 2020, after a brief illness. He lived 70 years, 61 of which were confined to a wheelchair.
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Mark was born on November 19, 1949, in Billings, MT to Frederick and Helen M. Lenhardt. He was disabled as a small boy from complications from brain surgery. He happily lived with his parents and sister on the family farm for about half his life.
Mark attended Elder Grove School, then later, the Center for Handicapped Children at what is now MSU-Billings. Mark was the1961 Easter Seal Child for Yellowstone County. He later transitioned into many Billings group homes, finally settling at the Lewis Group Home, where he was lovingly cared for. Mark attended COR Enterprises for 44 years, and was their longest client. Mark was well known for his happy disposition, a smile that encompassed his whole face, the ability to sing with gusto any song he knew, and his favorite phrases such as, “That's a true fact, Jack, and I'm sticking to it!”
Mark's interests included anything Star Trek or Star Wars, watching movies, playing card games, and airplanes. He loved outings to ballgames, dances, and restaurants. Mark was a regular participant in the Special Olympics, and was very proud of his ribbons and medals. He also enjoyed a good game of bowling on Saturday mornings.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his sister, Linda Staszcuk (Alan) of Billings, MT; his nephews, Andrew Staszcuk and Joey (Maria) Staszcuk; great niece, Kaydee Staszcuk and great nephew, August Staszcuk; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mark left a legacy of kindness and joy to all who knew him. He was a model of contentment to others, even though he certainly had many reasons to be discontent.
A celebration of Mark's life will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 11am at , Faith E Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive, in Billings MT. Smith West Chapel is in charge. A private burial will be held on another date. Memorials may be made to COR Enterprises, 2121 Lampman Drive, Billings; or, Residential Support Services, 2110 Overland Avenue, Billings, MT 59102. A special thanks to Mark's many caregivers, and to Dr. Neal Sorenson. Condolences may be shared with family by visiting smithfuneralchapels.com.