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Leslie Waite

Died: Sat., Jan. 18, 2014


Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 25, 2014
Location: Bandon IOOF Cemetery


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Leslie S. Waite Jr., 90, a decorated World War II veteran, died Saturday, Jan. 18, in Bandon Ore., after a life full of outdoor adventures.

The son of Leslie S. and Fay Waite, he was born on Aug. 1, 1923, in Lewistown, Mont., grew up in Butte, attended Yale University and then joined the U.S. Army in April 1943 after recovering from a football injury.

He served in England, France and Germany with the 515th airborne and the 101st Airborne, which parachuted and landed heavily-laden gliders on D-Day and later fought advancing German troops to a standstill during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded two Bronze Battle Stars and the parachutist badge and was honorably discharged in February 1946 and returned home to his first wife Anne, whom he met while at Yale, and their daughter Connie, who was born while he was in the Army.

After the war, he worked in Duluth, Minn., then returned to Butte, where he acquired his father’s business, the Waite Oil Co., which he operated until he retired. His business included delivering gasoline and Conoco products to a string of service stations in Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge, plus several company-owned stations.

While in Butte, he was active in the Exchange Club, eventually serving as a national director.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who gave up elk hunting after he was 70 years old and had achieved a lifelong goal, taking a seven-point bull elk. He was a wizard with a fly rod, who knew which fishing holes on Rock Creek contained cutthroat, rainbow, Dolly Varden and brook trout and where the whitefish hung out during the late winter season when fly rod guides froze solid.

He also was a fine wingshot who loved hunting pheasants and ducks, especially with his beloved Labrador retriever Beau, and also was an avid trapshooter after he retired.

He could mix the perfect martini for a fussy society matron, present a Royal Wulff dry fly to a shy trout as lightly as a breath of wind and sneak up on herd of elk in lodgepole timber choked with deadfall as silently as an owl flying at night.

In the early years of his retirement, he spent his summers and hunting season at his beloved cabin on Moose Lake, Mont., and wintered at his home in Mulege’, Mexico.

He is survived by his wife Judie, whom he met while wintering in Mexico; his two daughters, Connie Robertson and Susan Robertson of Helena, Mont.; son and daughter-in-law Leslie and Ardith Waite of Great Falls, Mont; five grandchildren, Mark and Mary Robertson of Helena, Anne Robertson of New York City, Romney and Rod Johanson of Portland, Ore., David and Michelle Waite of Portland, and Jess and Jenna Robertson of Vancouver, Wash., and 11 great-grandchildren.           

Services are planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Bandon, with the Bandon VFW to oversee Les’ burial with military honors, followed by a potluck at the VFW hall in Bandon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service – Bandon Chapel, 541-347-2907

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Mary Robertson
   Posted Wed January 22, 2014
Dearest Judie- may the peace of Our Lord comfort and care for you during this difficult time. Popsy will not soon be forgotten. His love for life is evident in his grandson, Mark, and the stories we remember about hunting and staying at Moose Lake are treasures. We love you and appreciate all you've done. God Bless- Mary, Mark, and the girls

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