Obituary: Donald F. Lesmeister

Donald F. Lesmeister
Posted at 12:34 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 14:34:54-04

Donald F. Lesmeister, 87, of Great Falls, passed away into the Lord’s loving hands on Friday, September 4, 2020, with loving family by his side.

Don was born on May 11, 1933, in Harvey, ND, to Gene and Martha Lesmeister. He attended school in Great Falls, and graduated from Great Falls Central Catholic High School in 1951. To this day, Don maintained these life-long friendships, and would meet “the guys” at the City Bar once a month to talk about the good old days.

After graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years aboard the USS Wiltsie during the Korean War. He returned to Great Falls, and attended the College of Great Falls to become a high school history teacher.

Soon after graduating, he was offered to purchase one of the first Conoco service stations in Great Falls, Lions Park Conoco, and proudly owned and worked there for 32 years.

On June 14, 1958, Don married his wife and best friend of 62 years, Irene Hartnell. They raised four children, and still resided independently in the same home for 61 years.

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