The Billings Outpost

LeRoy Kirschenmann

LeRoy Kirschenmann, 79, who had played trumpet in the Air Force for 21 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at home due to complications from vascular dementia and stroke.

He was born Oct. 28, 1934, in Burnstad, N.D., to John and Frieda Kirschenmann. In 1935, they moved to the Hardin area. He played trumpet while attending Hardin High School and graduated in 1952.

Shortly afterward, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at George Air Force Base in California.

He married Virginia Griffith in 1954 in Pasadena, Calif.

He played trumpet in the Air Force Band until his retirement as master sergeant in 1973. While in the band, he played on the Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan shows, at Carnegie Hall, for the King of Thailand and USO shows around the world.

After retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Billings, where he began a second 21-year career at the U.S Postal Service, retiring in 1994. In August 1995, he married Susan Simmons.

He had received care from Aspen Meadows, Billings Health and Rehabilitation, Rocky Mountain Hospice and Premier Home Care.

Survivors include his wife, of Billings; children, Pam Resch, Mike Kirschenmann, Debbie Mauthe, Patti Monaco and Peggy LeBrun; stepchildren, Kristine Wagner and Greg Simmons; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Eugene, Delores Anderson, Darlene Anderson, Priscilla Newell, Annabelle Snyder and Johnny.

Services were held Nov. 12 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery with the Rev. Phil Newell officiating. Inurnment with military honors followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.

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