Dale Anson Pease
On Friday, December 13th, Dale Pease, 65, joined his father, mother, and brother on the other side camp. Dale passed away at his home in Lockwood from cancer, a disease which previously took his father, mother, and best friend, Randy Gibson. Dale is lovingly remembered for his sharp wit, strong work ethic, and kind, gentle heart. He will be deeply missed by his wife, kids, grandchildren, and extended family.
Dale was born on April 7, 1954 in Billings, Montana to Anson Pease, Jr. and Betty Frickel. Dale was the second of four children with an older brother and two younger sisters. Dale attended Garfield and Riverside schools in Billings and eventually obtained his GED in Alaska in 1974. Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1971 and was honorably discharged in December 1974. Dale served in the Vietnam War, qualified as a sharpshooter, was injured in battle, and received the national defense service medal. He always proudly wore his Native Veteran hat.
Dale was an avid outdoorsman and loved living in Montana. He fished the Big Horn River all of his life, hunted in the surrounding area, and frequently visited his beloved Pryor Gap. He would spend days and sometimes weeks in the Pryor Gap as a teenager. Dale recalled many fond memories of the Gap, which held a special place in his heart. He always loved going back to share his experience and make new memories with his family.
Dale worked for many years in masonry and construction work, eventually spending most of those working years with the family business, Pease Masonry. He was very proud of the many buildings (including the Double Tree by Hilton – formerly the Sheraton) that his family helped build throughout southeastern Montana. Dale was known for his strong work ethic and was dependable for always getting the job done.
Dale is survived by his wife, Patricia Whiteman Laverdure, whom he met in Billings and began a long-term relationship with her and her family in Lockwood. Dale cared for his wife for many years through her serious health challenges and remained devoted and attentive to his wife and best friend until his own battle with cancer. And Pat, in turn, was devoted, supportive, and loving in taking care of her best friend and husband, Dale, over the last difficult few months of his life. They enjoyed a rich 23 years together.
Dale was a wonderful husband who made his kids and grandchildren his highest priority. Dale is survived by his sister, Shelley (Ace) Big Lake; his children: David, Mark (Diane), Jeff (Deloria) Curfman; Del (Kristen) Laverdure; Farand (David) Gunnels; his grandchildren: Tricia, Tines, Kamdyn, Del, Jeff, and Montana Curfman; and Chelan and Kiowa Laverdure. The family would also like to thank the Hugs, Pease, Whiteman, and Herrera families for their love and support, and we apologize if we missed anybody. A memorial service will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 8th St. West, Billings, MT 59101 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at noon.