Leslie “Les” Delano Krieg, 68, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, and was surrounded by his loving wife and his two daughters in Billings.
He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Barb (Hamilton) Krieg; his daughter Carri of Dallas, Texas, his daughter, Michele and her husband, David Barrett, of Billings; his brother, Jim Krieg (Gwen) of Billings; his grandchildren, Cameron Kehler of Billings and Amanda Barrett, of Billings; and many, many close friends. He is now together in Heaven with the Lord and his parents, son in law and grandson.
He was born in and raised in Billings. Les proudly served his country in the Navy in the Vietnam War. He was assigned to the Cargo Handling Battalion two, Combat Stevedores, and was attached to the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Les also trained with the Navy Seals. Les bravely served in Danang Vietnam from October 1964 to August 1966.
Les met the love of his life, Barb, on a blind date and they were married Dec. 17, 1966. Not long after, followed the two lights of his life, his daughters, Carri and Michele. Life would never be the same for him again. He enjoyed stepping into the role as a husband, father, friend, best friend, grandfather, mentor and role model to his family, friends and all who met him.
He was a master electrician for over 30 years and was the co-founder of Billings Electric. He enjoyed being a member of Masonic Lodge 113, the Scottish Rite, a greeter for the Al Bedoo Shrine, a member of the Order of Eastern Star, as well as being on the executive board and a member of the Honor Guard for the American Legion.
Les was a life-long avid New York Yankee's fan, a fan of the Billings Mustangs, and he was one of the founders of Stewart Park Softball fields. He played slow pitch softball for over 20 years. He was active in volunteering his time to the Shrine and the American Legion. He loved his family, Fords, NASCAR, camping, beer, hot dogs, mustard and onions. He had at least one spare of everything so as to not run out of anything.
Les was a kind and selfless man who never met a stranger. He had a smile that made you feel as if you had known him forever. His generosity was endless and always put friends and family first. He was a “care taker.” It did not matter if it was his family, a brother from the legion, his friend or his daughters’ friends if he thought he could help he was there to lend a hand and a smile. It always seemed to be personal with Les and he put his heart and soul into everything which is what made him so endearing.
He never quit and never stopped fighting. He had the heart and spirit of a warrior. He is a true Hero.
Memorials may sent to Al Bedoo Hospital Corps, 1125 Broadwater Avenue, Billings, MT 59102 or to American Legion Post #4, 1540 Broadwater Avenue, Billings, MT 59102.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Smith West Chapel, 304 34th Street West. Burial will follow at Fort Rockvale Cemetery and then reception at the American Legion.