Herbert Samuel Kindsfater

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Herbert Samuel Kindsfater

Herbert Samuel Kindsfater 

Our Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and treasured friend, Herbert Samuel Kindsfater went to heaven on September 27, 2019. He was born January 28, 1925, to Andrew and Margaret Kindsfater in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He grew up in a large family including four brothers, Andrew, Alexander, Edward, and William; and three sisters, Marie, Elma, and Elizabeth. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the army and his service to this nation began as a machine gunner in Company H, 172nd Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division - the "Green Mountain Boys" of Vermont.  His unit served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and he engaged in three major battle campaigns. At Ipo Dam in the Philippines, Herb was badly wounded in both arms, and spent months recuperating in a hospital. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation for his service to this nation. After his military service, Herb married his beloved Betty Ruth Lapp on August 31, 1946, sharing over 71 years together. They settled in Laurel, Montana, and welcomed a daughter, Pamela Ann, in 1947, and a son, Bruce Herbert, in 1950. After decades working on the railroad, Herb retired with Betty and spent 20+ years as snowbirds retreating to the warmth of Yuma, Arizona each winter.  Herb loved golf, fishing and hunting, travel, sharing a good laugh and his enormous vitality with friends, and most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam (Rich) Relyea, his son, Bruce (Michele) Kindsfater, his grandsons, Herb (Suzanne) Kindsfater and Jeff (Meg) Kindsfater, his granddaughter, Kristin (Joe) Relyea, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty; parents Andrew and Margaret; brothers Andrew, Alexander, Edward, and William; and sisters Marie, Elma, and Elizabeth.

Although Herb is finally at rest, his love for his family continues to sustain us as we celebrate his life on Friday, Oct 4th at 11 a.m. at Smith's Funeral Chapel in Laurel. Following the celebration of life, there will be a graveside service at Laurel Cemetery and a luncheon following at the Laurel United Methodist Church, 307 West 4th Street. Viewing is available on Thursday, Oct 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel – Laurel.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.

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