Robert William Lenz
Robert William Lenz, 86, died in Yuma, Ariz., on March 8, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
Robert was born in Ashton, Idaho, on Dec. 24, 1930. He was one of five children: Frances, Cleo, Robert, Marlene and Harold. He was the son of Otto and Eleonora (Griffel) Lenz. He rode his horse, Buster, to a one-room schoolhouse for the first few years of his education in Warm River, Idaho, until that school burned down. He then went to school in Ashton and graduated from North Fremont High School in 1948. He had his own little dog team he entered in kids’ dog races and for trapping. He was sworn into the Army March 9, 1951, at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was honorably discharged March 19, 1953, at Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago, Illinois.
He farmed with his father numerous years.
Robert married Dorothy Mackert, the love and joy of his life, on Nov. 2, 1958, in the Community Presbyterian Church in St. Anthony, Idaho. He was blessed with two children, Dennis (Deanna) Lenz and Cindy Jo (Ruben) Gomez, and four grandchildren, Danae and Dustin Lenz and Bailey Jo and Christopher Gomez. He was always very proud of his children and grandchildren. In 1964, he quit the farm and went to auto body repair school at Perry Trade in Yakima, Wash. After completion, Robert and his family moved to Rexburg, Idaho, to do auto repair work at Taylor Chevrolet, and then to Ashton where he worked for Hemming Chevrolet.
In 1971, they purchased a farm and cattle ranch in St. Anthony, Idaho. Robert served as president of the Cattlemen’s Association in Fremont County. He was a member of the Lions Club in Ashton. He was a Boy Scout leader for several years in Ashton. In 1983, the family sold the ranch and cattle and bought a dry farm in Moore, Mont., where the family enjoyed farming and being with many friends and neighbors. Robert was involved with Moore School District by maintaining and driving the school bus. He also substituted as a shop teacher and drove the bus all over the state to different school activities. He was also a member of the Moore Farmer’s Oil Co. and was sent as delegate to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
Robert was a man of many talents, including woodworking, stained glass and mechanics. He taught all of his children and grandchildren different skills. He loved to tell stories and pull practical jokes. He used his talents well. Robert was an elder and church president at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton, Idaho, and at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lewistown. Dorothy and Robert were leaders for home Bible studies at Zion Lutheran Church.
Robert was a lifelong member of Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. He loved and trusted his Lord and Savior until his final breath.
Robert is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Dorothy; his beloved children, Dennis (Deanna) Lenz of Billings, and Cindy (Ruben) Gomez of El Paso, Texas; his grandchildren, Danae and Dustin Lenz and Bailey Jo and Christopher Gomez; and his sister Frances Kramer, of Laurel, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Cleo Abshire and Marlene Ingelstrom, and brother Harold Lenz.
A visitation will be held Friday, March 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Creel Funeral Home in Lewistown. The funeral will be Saturday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 125 C Street in Lewistown. Robert will be buried in the Moore Cemetery following the service with military honors presented by the Judith Basin American Legion Post 76. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Lutheran Hour, Hospice of Yuma, your local hospice or a charity in Robert’s honor.
May God bless all of you.
Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Robert’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.