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Maurice LaFrance, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the age of 85.

Maurice was born on June 3, 1927, in Belcourt, N.D., and was the third-youngest of 19 children. He was a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. Maurice served in the United States Army from 1946-1947. After the Army, he worked construction and was probably the best mechanic anywhere.

Maurice loved music and loved to dance. He attended several polka festivals throughout the state. He also enjoyed farming and ranching, working for the Krammer family.

Maurice married Stella Thibert in April 1950. They were married for 58 years. She preceded him in death in 2009.

Maurice is survived by his six children, Darla (David) Moore, Maury (Leylin), Willie LaFrance, Tami (Tom) George, Randy LaFrance and Shelene (Chas) Gouchenour. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Little Flower Church, 3411 Third Ave. S., Billings.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at through “Our Families.”

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