Lelon (Lee) E. Spurgin passed peacefully at home with his family by his side on Dec. 30, 2018.
Lee was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Billings to Lee Spurgin and Twila Gallentine. He, along with his brother Vern Spurgin, filled their childhood with adventure as they traveled and lived in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Lee excelled in his school years in Clark, Wyoming, Belfry, Montana, and Big Timber, starting a lifelong journey of hard work, friendship, and leadership. He graduated from Big Timber High School while living in McCloud, with his mother, Twila, his Uncle, Norris Gallentine, and his grandfather Vern Gallentine.
As a young man Lee worked on ranches throughout central Montana. These summers were filled with hard work and led to cherished, enduring friendships all across Montana.
The love of Lee’s life is Janice (Wass) Spurgin. They met while he was studying at Rocky Mountain College. There are stories of Lee asking about that pretty girl on the tennis court. Lee and Jan were married on December 27, 1958 in Glasgow, Montana and their love flourished for 60 years.
Lee graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 1958 with a business degree. He worked his way through college at Scheels Hardware and Sporting Goods and served in the Montana National Guard for 11 years. He became the store manager for the Downtown and West Park Plaza Scheels stores. After his 25 years with Scheels, Lee built a real estate company in Billings. These careers enabled him to be close to the community, sportsmen, and most of all, the friends he cherished.
As an avid hunter, fisherman, and sportsman, Lee knew every corner, lake, hike, and meadow. Whether he was hunting mule deer in the Missouri Breaks, elk in his favorite spot in the Gravely Mountains, or sheep and goat in Alaska, he always knew the place to hunt. Fishing the mountain lakes and streams with his mother, uncles, and grandfather set a lifelong passion for the mountains and lakes. In the past 25 years, his annual fall fishing trips to Canada have rekindled friendships and built connections with his children and grandchildren.
Lee is survived by – and will be missed tremendously by - his wife Janice (Wass) Spurgin; his brother Vern Spurgin; his children Kenneth Spurgin, Kimberley Mack (Steve), Kerry Spurgin (Marie), and Pat Spurgin-Pitney, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his mother and father.
The family would like to thank Riverstone Health Hospice Services for their care and support.
A celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at New Life Church, 3950 Temple Place, in Billings (off Shiloh Rd).
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to:
- Special K Ranch, PO Box 479, Columbus, MT 59019.
- Riverstone Health Hospice Services, 123 S 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101