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Theodore Leroy Lessman
February 6, 1924 - November 29, 2017

Place of Birth: Lambert, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 93

Theodore “Ted” Lessman was born on February 6, 1924, in Lambert, MT to Joseph and Cecilia (Morzek) Lessman. He was the youngest of the children, Richard, Virginia, Bob, and Ted. They lived in Lambert until Ted was in the 3rdgrade when they moved to Sidney. He quit school after the 8th grade and went to work on various farms and ranches, because he wanted to be a cowboy riding horses. Ted was united in marriage to Kathryn Wilson, on December 24, 1943, in Sidney, MT. They had three children; George, Kathi and Scott. Six weeks after his marriage he was drafted and decided to join the paratroops to get more pay. They traveled on the Queen Mary to the European Theatre where they were trucked into the Battle of the Bulge. He was with the 507th PIR of the 17th Airborne Division. He spent Christmas of 1944 freezing his butt off. Ted was transported out with frozen feet and spent several months in hospitals in Germany and England. He received the Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound to his back area.
While on leave in Sidney waiting for orders to the Pacific Theater, Ted was helping at his father-in-law’s lumber yard where he lost 4 fingers in a table saw accident. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he worked various places until Ted became a truck driver until his retirement. His wife Kathryn died in 1990 and Ted remained in Sidney. His mother’s friend, Emma Graham, came into his life and his life got good again.
One of Ted’s sayings was: “When you come my way, stop and say Hi.”
Ted died on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, MT.
Surviving him are: Emma Graham, Sidney, MT; his son, Scott (Sherry) Lessman, Sidney, MT; his daughter, Kathi Harrison, Indio, CA; his sister, Virginia Peterson, Billings, MT; 8 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, wife-Kathryn, son-George, two brothers-Richard and Bob and a granddaughter-Theresa.

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michael & linda peel (Glendive, Montana)
Nov 30, 2017
Sorry to hear of Ted's passing.I have cherished many childhood memories of Ted and family over the years. I always respected Ted and he will be greatly missed.He has gone home! Love to family!!!
Connie & Keith Carver (Glendive , Mt )
Dec 1, 2017
so sorry for your loss. Emma, our Deepest Condolences.. to you and the entire family.. He went to his lord and Savior. I will miss him, Prayers go out to you. and stay in touch. Mom Shirley will miss him too. Take CARE, and Go with God. We love you, Connie and Keith Carver
Holly Weninger (Cartwright, ND)
Dec 2, 2017
Ted was a special guy and I have some great memories of fun times-ice fishing @ Gartsite with him & Bruce--shaking dice & toasts @ the Triangle. He always had some words of wisdom for me. R.I.P. Teddy! God Bless you & your family..
Jill Staffanson Thom (Sidney)
Dec 2, 2017
My sympathy for your loss. I loved visiting with him and hearing stories about my dad and many more. RIP Ted...
Patricia Sewell (Billings, MT)
Dec 5, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Lessman Family.
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