Luis Pecora Jr., aka Chub or Lou, age 77, had the Angels come and get him on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Riverstone Health Hospice Rehab. He was born to the late Luis and Leona Pecora on Sept 10, 1936, in Glasgow. He was raised and attended grade school and high school in Glasgow. He enjoyed growing up in a house full of cousins and nephews, playing on the farm and riding horses. The youngest of nine boys, he learned a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, which came easy for him right up to the bitter end.
In high school he excelled in basketball, football and rodeos. He was All Around Cowboy in 1954 and received a quarter horse and, of course, a big buckle. Senior year, he was homecoming king. He graduated from Carrol College in Helena with an accounting degree and then joined the Army.
Lou's faith was strong and he was a devout Catholic.
Luis went back to Glasgow, where he met and married Patrica Thorne; they divorced after 20 years. He worked for Frontier Airlines in Wolf Point and Billings for many years. He went to work for himself selling real estate and was many persons' trusty tax man.
Lou always stayed in shape. In his latter years, he was busy ballroom and clog dancing and danced his way down the Mississippi River to the lights of Las Vegas. He gained many good friendships and held his dance partners near and dear.
Each morning rain and shine, it was "coffee" with the boys. He looked forward to each day making people laugh and never thought of retiring. He was always up to the challenge of the day and all the good things to come.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, the late Luis Sr. and Leona Pecora; brother Dave "Sonny" Pecora; sister Theresa Pecora Wetzel; nephews David Pecora and Raymond Wetzel.
Survivors are his sister Dolores Pecora Brenna, of Glasgow; daughter Tammie Pecora Yeager, of Billings; nephew Roy Wetzel, of Glasgow, and nephew Tom Brenna, of S.C.; nieces Marlys Brenna Hopkins, Daria Brenna, Theresa Brenna Mcdonald, of Glasgow; nephew Bobby Pecora of Ennis; niece Kari Schoeder of Kalispell, and special niece Dawn Wetzel Slettem, of Billings. Lou has seven grandchildren and many more great-nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to honor and give praise to all the "too many to name" very dear and special friends that gave so much of themselves during these last few months of Lou's life. God bless each and every one of you.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice at: RiverStone Health Foundation PO Box 1562 Billings, MT 59103.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 8 at St Pius X Catholic Church, with burial in Malta.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”