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Richard Feisthamel

These pictures and the copy of Richard's obituary were provided by his wife, LeAnn Galt Feisthamel.  

LeAnn expressed to me that she and Dick's children would like to thank all of his classmates who posted such kind words.  In her words, "He has been gone almost 13 years, but not a day goes by that we do not think of him.  So it was very moving for us to know he is rememberd fondly by his classmates as well".

The web address for the article that appeared in the Great Falls Tribune on Thanksgiving Day of last year is, and it is entitled "Making Her Parents Proud".

Thank you, LeAnn, for providing this wonderful tribute to Richard!

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11/26/15 01:12 PM #1    

Bill Turnquist

There is a nice article in today's Great Falls Tribune about Richard's daughter and family.

11/27/15 06:44 AM #2    

Rick Smith

Thank you, Bill, for the info on the GF Trib story.  I didn't know Richard well,l but well enough to know he was a good guy and I enjoyed interacting with him.  It was sad to learn of his Vietnam reality.  What a wonderful daughter he has.  She's an inspiration to all, the pride of her Mom and a legacy any Dad would be proud of. 

11/27/15 08:27 AM #3    

Gary Armstrong

I first got to know Richard when we were same home room (and therefore some other classes) at Lincoln Jr. High.  I remember at our 30 year reunion he was sharing pictures of his newborn son who was about six weeks old.  That boy is the older brother of LynDee who is featured in the article.  Thank you Bill for calling attention to the article, and thanks to Richard for his service.  

11/28/15 09:03 AM #4    

Donna Connor (Kellogg)

I just read the Tribune story about Richard's daughter....I'm sure he must have been so proud of her!  She sounds like a sweetheart!!!  So sad to find out too late that we lived so near each other.  I have been to Belt numerous times, and I work in Great Falls.  Wish I would have known.  I always thought he was so much fun.

02/24/16 03:12 PM #5    

Linda Brink (Lokken)

I have to tell say that as I read the wonderful tribute LeAnn wrote for Richard, I had tears streaming down my face ... first from laughter remembering the kid in high school, then from sadness for all the battles that he fought, and finally from gratitude for what he (and his family) sacrificed.  Thank you, LeAnn, for sharing!

Here is LeAnn's email (being shared with her permission)

From: LeAnn Feisthamel <>
To: Linda Lokken <> 
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 10:51 PM
Subject: Class of 66 In memory obit for Richard L. Feisthamel
     My name is LeAnn Galt Feisthamel & I am the widow of Richard Lee Feisthamel. Our daughter, LynDee & I now live in Great Falls, MT. We moved into town about 3 1/2 years ago, from outside of Belt. Our son, Nic, just became a US Marine & is currently at his Military Occupation School, at Twentynine Palms, CA.
    Dick would have graduated with your class, except he enlisted in the Marines & ended up in Vietnam instead. But he always valued his high school years there at Sr High & shared many stories & experiences from his "glory days" there. I wish I could have known him back then. I did attend a reunion with him...probably back in about 1986 or so. We had a great time & Dick returned for at least one other reunion that I can recall. I am certain he would be there with you for this, your 50th, next September. He passed away on 6-5-2003, from several illnesses brought on by his exposure to Agent Orange during his tour of duty in Vietnam.
     My daughter, LynDee, is the one who found your website & the wonderful comments left by several classmates about her dad.  She shared it with me & also with her brother, Nic. When I looked at your website I saw you were requesting copies of I have attached one of Dick's for you to use. 
     Also, if you could add a comment from us, onto Dick's In Memory site, thanking the classmates who posted such kind words. He has been gone almost 13 years, but not a day goes by that we do not think of him. So it was very moving for us to know he is remembered fondly by his classmates as well. Also, a couple of his classmates mentioned an article that appeared in the Great Falls Tribune on Thanksgiving Day of last year. Please put the following web address in my comment section,   so that people can read that wonderful article if they want. It is entitled: "Making Her Parents Proud".
     Wishing you all the best on your 50th class reunion. 
LeAnn Galt Feisthamel



02/25/16 01:29 PM #6    

Erika Reich (Giles)

I didn't know Richard, but found his obituary to be incredibly moving. And what a wonderful legacy he has left in the form of his children! 

02/29/16 12:50 PM #7    

Linda Boyd (Ketcham)

I just finished reading the story of Richard Feisthamel.  I have tears in my eyes.  I believe we all have lived interesting and productive lives.  As we look back on the last 68 years they cannot help but be full of contributions to our families and to our country, like Richard's.  I wish we could all be remembered as he has been by his family.

09/18/16 10:17 AM #8    

Donna Connor (Kellogg)

Last week while I was working at the Penthouse Salon in Great Falls, I was talking to my client about our wonderful class reunion, and the gal getting her hair done in the next booth overheard us talking and came over and introduced herself....she is Richard Feisthamel's widow, LeAnn!  We had a very nice visit....she is so nice!  She was so happy to hear that many of us had read her daughter's story in the Great Falls Tribune, and had fond memories of her husband.  I enjoyed meeting her, and just wanted to share that with you all.  Donna Connor Kellogg


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