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Leland Howard Garlick, 75 of Lewistown passed away Monday morning, June 13, 2016.  That morning he had plans to enjoy breakfast with his bother Marvin but I guess instead, he decided to join Mom (Marilyn) in heaven for breakfast.

Leland was born September 8, 1940 in Lewistown, MT the son of Emery and Dorothy (Lafountain) Garlick. He received his schooling in St. Leo’s Catholic School and was raised in Lewistown, MT. On October 22, 1960 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Marie Bell in Cut Bank, MT. They were happily married for 54 years, until the passing of Marilyn, which broke his heart.  

    In his younger days, Leland worked at the local Brickyards until he sustained severe hand injuries from the brick cutters when the machine was turned on while he was cleaning it. This left his hands deformed and scared for life.  His hands were actually sewed to his belly, using his belly as a handle for grafting skin.  His hand injury laid the groundwork for his favorite “fish tale” story.  He would tell all the kids that he was attacked by a grizzly but he won!  After a long battle of healing, Leland worked bridge construction, which caused them to move around a lot, finally landing back in Lewistown. Leland and Marilyn were natural “people magnets”; there wasn’t a person in town that didn’t know them both.
    Archery, rifles, hunting and fishing -- Leland loved it all. He was proud to play a major role in building the strong Lewistown Bow Hunter’s Association that many enjoy today.

    Nobody loved teaching the kids about shooting and hunting like he did. He virtually lived for it.  Leland loved his Pups, grandchildren, great grandchildren and visiting with anyone and everyone that would stop by. He always had a story, some a bit more colorful than others, if you know what I mean!  The more he got scolded for telling those stories, the more they flew.

    Leland will always be remembered as an honest, hard working, loving man that took in his family’s friends as deep-down family-members at heart.

    Leland is survived by; son Albert (Haruka) of California; daughter Dorothy (Jay) Gremaux of Lewistown;  brothers, Marvin Garlick of Lewistown, Johnny Garlick (Clayton Hershom) of California: sister Patty Long of Lewistown; grandchildren Terry (Felicia Mupo) Gremaux of Dallas, TX, Crystle (Scott) Milburn of Chugiak, AK, Brent Gremaux of Laural, Jacob Gremaux (Jaida Gordon) of Lewistown, Jeremy of California and Matthew Garlick of Haltom City, TX; great grandchildren Hailey & Hayden Gremaux of Lewistown, Colton & Dawson Milburn & Baby Milburn #3 (which he hoped it’s a girl) of Chugiak AK, Lexi & Barrett Mupo of Dallas, TX, several nieces, nephews, great friends and his fur baby Angel, along with his coffee group at the 4 ACES.  Dad is also survived by his close neighbors and wonderful caregivers Martin Garlick, Pam Garlick, Debbie & Steve Phillips, and Ryan McNary.   We truly couldn’t have gotten this far without all of you since Mom’s passing.
    He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marilyn, father Emery Garlick, mother Dorothy (Lafountain) Garlick, brother: Billy Garlick, sister, Mary Garlick Riffle and Sister in law, Bernice Garlick.

    Leland’s wishes were to not have any services and they will be honored with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place and his cremated remains will be kept and scattered with his loving wife’s after Angel’s passing in keeping with both of their wishes. The Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
    We will take care of Angel for you. I know you will be watching over us and taking care of us when we need it. Thank you for giving your life to all of us, while here on earth. You will be loved and missed forever. It will be hard to let go; however, please know you will be in our hearts forever.  Give Mom a generous hug for all of us on earth, R.I.P. Daddy……………….
    Friends are asked to make memorial contributions to the charity of their choice and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted online at