Leo E. Chase

Sunday, September 12, 2021
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Leo E. Chase, age 79, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Billings at The Springs at Grand Park assisted living.

Per Leo’s request, cremation has taken place. A Life Tribute Service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Celebrant Heidi Carney officiating. Interment will be in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Leo was born on Oct. 7, 1941 in Omaha, Neb. to Vernon and Florence Chase. He and his twin brother Lee joined their half brother and sister Bud and Louise. The family moved to the Waterbury, Neb. area before moving to South Sioux City. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1959. He attended Morningside College before joining the CB&Q railroad (later the BN and BNSF). He worked his way from being a fireman on a coal locomotive all the way to shop superintendent. His travels took him to Lincoln, Neb.; Hannibal, Mo.; Burlington, Iowa; Seattle, Wash.; and finally to Glendive, where he retired as shop superintendent in 1997 completing a 37 year career with the railroad.

At the beginning of his career, he met the love of his life, Mary Jean Bland of Sioux City, Iowa. They were married on Sept. 7, 1963 and celebrated 46 years of marriage before she passed away in 2010. To their union three children were born: Matt, Mark and Mary.

Leo’s hobbies included bowling, golfing, puttering around the house and watching his Seattle Mariners.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings.

He is survived by his sons, Matt (Michaelene) of Ankeny, Iowa, and Mark of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; daughter, Mary of Glendive; five grandchildren, Kim (Garrett), Ashley (Frank), Kayla (Jaime), Christopher and Ryleigh; and three great-grandchildren, Jack, Drake and Jaiden. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many friends and former co-workers.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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