Duane Leitheiser, 62, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from a heart attack.
Duane was born in 1955 and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He attended CMR, attaining his GED before his 1973 class even graduated. He joined the Coast Guard in 1976 and was a helicopter radio navigator throughout his military service.
Duane graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an emphasis in Computer Engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman in 1989. He put his talent and programming skills to work in the gaming business creating poker and keno video games. He worked with several gaming companies including IGT, Summit and Fleetwood. In his retirement, he had recently started a software engineering consulting business with his partner, Joe Hufford.
Duane could be found at Pryor Creek Golf Course after the last snow melt to the first snow storm every year. Another passion was shooting pool. He was an excellent shot and played leagues many years for Tiny’s Tavern.
Duane attracted a lot of really good friends that lasted throughout his lifetime and who accepted his wicked and dry sense of humor. He was ready to help his friends at the drop of a hat. Duane studied and was a history buff, retaining everything. He was highly patriotic and a person had better have their facts down before reaching out to discuss politics.
Duane is survived by his wife Judy and three brothers, Jerry (Cheryl), Rolland (Linda) and David (Donna) Leitheiser. Duane was the baby of his family by 10 minutes – something his identical twin brother, David, never let him forget. They shared a special bond that only twins can know. He also leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, nieces and great-great nephews and nieces behind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Melvin.
We want to extend a thank you to all of our family and friends for their overwhelming support during this difficult time.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at a future date.
Everything is in its own time, but 37 years was too short of a time to share. All my love.