Steven Jon Leischner

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Steven Jon Leischner

Steven Jon Leischner

Steven Jon Leischner, 59, of Laurel, our beloved husband, father, son, and brother, had surrendered his life to Jesus in his early 30s and has now gone to be with his Savior.  He passed away early Wednesday morning April 25, 2018, in the comfort of his own home after an extended illness.

Steve was born on March 7, 1959, in Miles City, Montana to Bill and Ann Leischner.  He was the second child of six. At the age of 4, his family moved to Joliet. They moved to Edgar when hewas 5 years old, where he attended his first year and a half of school.  At the age of 7, his family moved to Laurel where he completed his education graduating in 1977. While attending school in Laurel, he met his future wife, Tanas Field. They spent 7 years together before marrying in June of 1982. Their 35-year marriage was blessed with the birth of three daughters, Ashley, Heather, and Samantha.

Steve was a state certified master welder who worked for various employers over the years, including Empire Welding, Ideal Manufacturing, Lind Trailer Service, with the majority of his years spent working at Stillwater Mining Company.    

Steve loved his family, being a dad, and was so proud to become a grandpa.  Nothing was more important to him than his girls. He was extremely brave and curious by nature which led to some wild stories about his adventures and left his family members with wonderful memories of their time together.  He was an amazing fisherman and loved to tie his own flies. He could catch fish when and where no one else could. He loved the outdoors, especially the mountains and fishing streams, and he loved spending time camping in the Boulder mountains teaching his children how to fish. He loved animals, especially his dogs. He could build and repair anything he put his mind to. He was a diligent and hard worker who took great pride in his work. He was very intelligent and had a quick and sharp wit. He told the best jokes and loved making everyone laugh. Perhaps his greatest asset was his own laughter.  It was not a giggle or a chuckle, but a big, hearty, robust sound that erupted from deep within and enveloped everyone around him in it. It was contagious. His final days were spent getting to know his new granddaughter, who he affectionately called his princess. Our lives are going to be too quiet without his laughter, love, funny antics, and adventurous tales, but we are so thankful for the time we had with him. He will be forever in our hearts.

Steve is survived by his wife, Tanas, of Laurel; his three daughters, Ashley (Devyn) Cunningham of Nashville, Tenn., Heather Leischner (Tanner Adams) of Park City, Samantha Leischner (Dusty Seidel) of Laurel; Tanner’s boys, Traven and Victor Adams, and his new granddaughter, Ella Cunningham.  Steve was preceded in death by his 14-yearold brother, Scott, and his mother, Ann Leischner. He is survived by his father, Bill Leischner of Laurel; his siblings, Carol Merrifield of San Ber- nardino, Calif., Kristi (Ross) Yeager of Laurel, Lana (Greg) Mogan of Fontana, California, and Mark (Tammy) Leischner of Laurel; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  

There will be a private graveside memorial service at the Laurel cemetery on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 1 p.m.  It will be followed by a celebration of his life. We would like to thank Tim Metzger for the quality time he shared with Steve. We also thank the doctors and nurses at Billings Clinic, especially Dr. Klee in Columbus and Dr. Gregory in Billings, for their outstanding care.  We are thankful also for the care and support Steve received from Riverstone Hospice, especially Alecia. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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