Written by Darla Downs
Earl Leibrand, 91, of
Scobey, died on Feb. 2, 2014, in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Assiniboine, Sask., Canada, the youngest of five children. His family moved to Scobey when he was several months old, and he made Scobey his home for the next 91 years of his life.
When Earl was old enough, he enlisted and became one of the “greatest generation." He joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, a group that specializes in supporting troops through a myriad of construction projects in a wide variety of military theaters. He spoke often about his time in the Pacific during World War II and, although humble like many of his generation, he was also proud of his Seabees service.
When he returned from service, he came home to Scobey. He serendipitously met his faithful wife, Ann, of 58 years at a Montana picnic while in Arizona and brought her home to Sco-bey as well.
They had three children: John, Margie and Nancy.
He joined his older brother Edward’s plumbing, heating and electrical business, having acquired many needed skills as a Seabee.
After Edward’s death, he and his nephews Gary and Richard owned and operated Leibrand’s Service for many years, providing excellent labor and service to the community.
He assisted his community in other ways as well. He served as the mayor of Scobey and worked many years as a volunteer firefighter.
Probably most significant, however, was his service to the Montana Credit Union Network. He spent countless hours supporting the Daniels-
Sheridan Federal Credit Union and, beyond that, numerous years as a statewide volunteer. He was honored to receive the Mitch Reed Award, the highest honor a credit union volunteer in the state of Montana can receive. It was a testament to his dedication and commitment and that of his wife, as well, who supported him throughout his career as a credit union volunteer.
He had a green thumb and was a natural caretaker. He was meticulous about maintaining his yard and garden and took great pride in his beautiful flowers.
Most important to him was his family and friendships. They enjoyed many years traveling in their motor home and paying visits to friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his parents, John and Maude Leibrand; brothers, Edward and Donald; and sisters, Berneice Schaefer and Pearl Lee.
He is survived by son, John Leibrand; daughters, Margie Gardner of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nancy Rush of Kodiak, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Feb. 8 at the United Methodist Church in Sco-bey and interment followed at the Scobey Cemetery.