Lewis Alexander McLeod

Born: Sat., Jul. 28, 1945
Died: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Wed., Aug. 23, 2017

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Lewis Alexander McLeod was born, July 28, 1945, in Grand Prairie, Texas to Alex and Viola McLeod. He was an enrolled Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member and elder.

Lewis joined the service and served his country honorably in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, serving a total of 23 years.

His bravery during the Vietnam War, and throughout his career, earned him many awards and decorations. As a Marine, he served four tours in Vietnam. Lewis continued after Vietnam, serving in the Air Force. He retired with honors from the US Air Force as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, he relocated back to Pablo, Montana, where he began working for the CSKT Environmental Program as an air quality technician. Later, Lewis integrated with the tribal WRAP program and traveled the country as an advocate for tribal environmental issues. Lewis never met a stranger and was known for helping anyone he came in contact with. When his mother became ill, he took care of her. He was very close to his family.

Lewis passed away on August 17, 2017, in hospice care at the Bellevue, Nebraska home of his son, Shawn and daughter-in-law, Jessica. He was comfortable, safe and loved until he departed to walk with God.

Preceding Mr. McLeod in death are his parents, Alex and Viola McLeod, his sister Patricia Kolasinski, and his son Michael McLeod.

He is survived by his daughter, Meshell McLeod-Mahoney of Ft. Collins, CO, son Jason McLeod of Oregon, son Shawn McLeod and his wife Jessica McLeod of Bellevue, NE, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Rita Maloney of Polson, MT and Wanda Bennett of Polson, MT, and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

           The Wake service will begin on Tuesday evening at 9:00 P.M. until 12:00 P.M. when the wake will close to be followed by a Memorial Mass. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Ronan Cemetery with full military honors.

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Patricia Ellsworth
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
I am saddened to read the obituary for Lewis McLeod. Lewis and I taught many times together for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. He was a very good teacher and our tribal participants always responded well to him. I consider Lewis my colleague and my friend. His passing is a loss for all of us.

debi madison
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Deb and Linda.

Lewis was a co working of ours, sending our prayers to his family, Linda Weeks Reddoor and Deb Madison Fort Peck Tribes Office of Environmental Protection

Mehrdad Khatibi
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
I met Lewis during his work with Tribes on air quality issues and the TAMS Center. He was a steering committee member representing tribes and was always a strong voice and advocate for tribal environmental issues. He always spoke from his heart, and shared his knowledge generously with others. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
We are sorry to hear about your loss. Sickness has robbed us of our loved ones resulting in their death. May these scriptures bring you all comfort. Isaiah 33:24 promises ,"And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error." When Jesus was on earth he healed the sick and raised the dead. At John 11:25 "Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." What a wonderful hope we can look forward to and may God strengthened you in the days ahead.


Tom Moore
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
Lewis was a fine man who spoke his mind honestly. I had the privilege to work with him on a wide variety of air quality studies and planning efforts. He provided indefatigable effort and leadership on matters affecting the CSKT and all tribes as the WRAP Co-Director. I wish his family and friends comfort in Lewis' passing. He will be missed.

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