Private family services for Leland E. Smith, 87 year old long time rancher from Carter County, Montana who passed away peacefully at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, where he had been a resident since March of 2009, will be held at a later date. Donations in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Amie Holt Care Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams Ave. in Buffalo. Leland was very fond of the staff at the Care Center and often commented on the thoughtfulness and loving care he received there.
Leland Everett Smith was born on February 26, 1925 in Dickenson, North Dakota to Everett and Thora Smith. Leland joined the Navy and during WWII he served as a machinist mate with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on the USS Trego (AK78). After serving in the military, Leland started ranching in Carter County, Montana until moving to Buffalo in 2009.
Leland was an avid reader and especially enjoyed the shooting sports having been “tutored” by friends who were Camp Perry competitors. He was an excellent marksman with shotgun, rifle, and handgun. He spent countless hours developing the most accurate hand load for each weapon he owned. Leland frequently sighted in rifles for others including “over- gunned” out of state hunters. He was a life member of the NRA and a strong supporter of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. Leland also had a strong interest in Native American history, having found numerous tepee rings on his ranch and spent time learning about these and other artifacts from his long time friend, Scottie Trenk.
Leland will be sorely missed by family, friends, neighbors, and others to whom he generously gave council and guidance.
Leland is survived by his sister Ida Keneady of Belgrade, Montana; and one brother Harold Smith of Buffalo, Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters.