SIDNEY, Mont. Funeral services for LeRoy "Salty" Prichard, 87, of Sidney, Mont., will be Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at 10 a.m., in St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Sidney, Mont., with Father Jim O'Neil presiding. Wake services will be Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., in Fulkerson Memorial Chapel, Sidney.
The casketbearers will be Lonnie Liebel, Bill Liebel, Keith Hochhalter, Stanley Rosaaen, Colin Gartner and Levi Helmuth. The ushers will be Bob Hall and Delmar Nesper. Interment with military honors will be provided by the Montana Honor Guard in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at (www.fulkersons.com).
LeRoy A. "Salty" was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Berthold, the son of Peter D. and Letha B. (Albin) Prichard. He grew up and attended school in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1942. Salty enlisted in the Army on Dec. 15, 1942, at Fort Snelling, Minn. While in the Army, he served in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 9, 1945, and returned to Minot where he attended Minot State College for one year. Salty moved to Minneapolis where he attended Telegraphy Gale Institute.
On Nov. 24, 1947, Salty was united in marriage to E. Eloyce Liebel at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot. They returned to Minneapolis so Salty could finish school. Following his graduation in 1948 he started working for Northern Pacific Railroad. In the first year with Northern Pacific they moved nine times; moving from Minneapolis, to Custer, Mont., Hyshem, Mont., Colstrip, Mont., Brockway, Mont., Savage, Mont., back to Brockway, Mont., then Richardton, N.D., and on to Sidney, Mont. When they moved to Sidney on April 6, 1949, they were told it was for only six weeks, but they have been in Sidney ever since. Salty worked for 39 years and never missed a day. He moved into the SHC Extended Care Facility in September 2010.
Salty was a member of the St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Sidney. He enjoyed golf, square dancing and bowling. When he was a junior in high school he bowled a 289.
Salty died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility.
Salty is survived by: his wife, Eloyce Prichard, Sidney, Mont.; son, Neal (Pamela) Prichard, Bismarck; grandson, Brandon Prichard, Bismarck; sister, Donna (Michael) Lazar, Whitefish, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews.
Salty was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Merri Thompson and Darlene Smith.