In memory of

Kenneth H. Lode, age 75, of Helena

April 14, 1942 – October 25, 2017

On October 25, 2017 Kenneth H. Lode was welcomed into heaven and the arms of Jesus to receive his eternal rewards. Ken was born on April 14, 1942 to Harold and Thelma Lode. He was a loving and supportive son who spent countless weekends over the years helping them on their ranch. He took great pride in being named the trustee of the family estate which he fulfilled with the utmost honor and integrity. He did all this while maintaining a full time job in Helena. He worked for various engineering firms including Boeing Co., the State of Montana, H.D.R. and his favorite job Morrison and Maierle Engineering firm from which he retired after working for them 28 years.

Ken was a loving and thoughtful husband to Linda, his wife of 53 years. He was also a wonderful father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren. He was a gentle and tender hearted man who always put the best interests of his family ahead of his own interests.

He enjoyed camping, hunting, taking road trips and maintaining his yard and home. He loved the Lord and attended First Assembly of God Church in Helena serving as head usher until his health prevented it.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Thelma, father in law Johnny Rettke, sister June Adell, brother Ronald, two great-nieces Kezia Decker and Allison Cass and a great nephew Brian Blaquiere.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Linda; son, Jay (Theresa); daughter, Kenda (Bob); son Kyle; grandchildren: Daniel, Molly, Caleb, Emily, Jackson and Catalina; his special mother-in-law, Lucille Rettke; and his many friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Instead of charitable donations made in his behave Ken preferred that everyone cherish and hold close their loved ones, treating them with respect and dignity, for you don’t know what tomorrow may bring.

A small private celebration of Ken’s life will be held in the near future. Please visit visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ken.


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  1. John & Cherie Dahl says:

    Linda, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of Ken. Several memories from several years ago! 🙏

  2. Donna Coman says:

    Linda & family,
    I was saddened to read about Ken’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. Your faith, family & friends are there to help & support you.
    Donna Coman

  3. JIM OCONNOR says:

    Sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Our prayers will be with you

  4. Corky & Judy says:

    Linda & Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and if we can help in anyway, please let us know. So sorry to hear about your loss.
    Corky & Judy Harris

  5. Jean O'Connor and family says:

    Ken was a sweet and warm man. He will be missed.

  6. Valerie, your former Birch St. neighbor says:

    Linda and family,

    With deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandpa. We now live in Florida, but wanted to let you know that your family is in my thoughts and Bob and I send our sympathy.

    May your faith, family and friends help you at this difficult time. Cherish all your memories until you are reunited someday with all those who have gone before.

    God bless.

    John 3:16

  7. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of your family , while growing up on Birch street. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeanne Visser Tiddy

  8. Sandra Whitney says:

    Linda and kids, God go with you. We love you, Jay and Sandra

  9. Pastor Ken & Pat Johnston Ross says:

    Dear Linda, Kenda, Bob and other family members,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Losing a loved one is way difficult but knowing they have gone to be with the Lied helps ease the pain. Blessings,

  10. Pastor Ken & Pat Johnston Ross says:

    …be with the Lord…
    Autocorrect is a pain.

  11. Marci Lynn says:

    Linda, Jay and Family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for Ken’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Marci & Steve Lynn

  12. Brad & Teri Peterson says:

    Dear Linda and Family,
    Teri and I are sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. He is a great friend and was always great to work with. We had some good times (and worked many long hours) on many highway design projects — throughout the State of Montana and a few other places. We all knew we could depend on Ken, not only to get the job done, but to be a bright, cheerful, friendly part of our day. We all learned and grew a lot together during those years – I’m still impressed with the way Ken converted from using on an old drafting table, with ink pens and T-squares, to working entirely by computer and becoming adept at CADD and other sophisticated design tools.

    It is our testimony that your parting will be but a for short time and you can look forward to being together again for the eternities. You are in our prayers.
    Love, Brad & Teri

  13. Sharon Holmquist Peterson says:

    Dear Linda, Jay, Theresa and Family, My sincere condolences in the loss of Ken, your husband and father. It is so hard to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless and comfort you.
    Love, Sharon Holmquist Peterson

  14. Kenda (Lode) Biegler says:

    Underneath are the Everlasting arms, above your eternal refuge. Deut. 33:27

    Oh Dad, when I think of you I think of blue skies filled with billowing clouds, green hay pastures ripe for the cutting, branding irons and bellowing cows, happy dinner times, caps and western ties, laughs and eating at the Rettke’s, cards and snacks at the Lode’s, rodeos, pineapple upside down cake, captain of the foot ball team to the National guard, the March of Dimes 20 mile walk, evening walks through car lots, and the walk down the isle, phone calls and prayers to New Jersey ………..and China, you were country before country was cool, and even through my teen age years with a fiery red head temper you remained forgiving and faithful, faithful to your family also – your heart contains the true treasure. I’m thankful for my husand helping me recognize your worth and for being able to express it through cards I sent you, although there is much more to be said. All thruout life’s up and downs you have held our hand, and I am thankful that there was your loved one’s, wife and son, holding yours up to the end. The rose trampled on the ground, Arose to give beautiful fragrance to us all.

    Blessed in His sight is the death of His Godly ones, their works follow after them (Psalm
    116:15, Rev 14:13)

    Amazing events on April 14th:
    (the Lord is Dad’s refuge… Psalm 14, and Psalm 37:32 the wicked seek to slay the
    righteous, but the Lord will not leave him in his hand-nor condemn him when he
    is judged)
    1944 General Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied commander of Allied
    Expeditionary force.
    1945 WWII US 7th Army & allies capture Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany
    1945 US forces conqured Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
    1969 1st major league baseball outside US played (Montreal Canada)
    1981 1st Space shuttle Columbia returned to earth
    1986 US air craft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
    1989 The 1,100,000,000- Chinese born

    Hat’s off to you Daddy, you go!!!

  15. Kenda (Lode) Biegler says:

    P.S. 1942 The most amazing thing that happened on April 14th was that my Dad was born!
    I love you Dad!

  16. Theresa Lode says:

    Thinking of you….wish I could have been there with Jay during his visit. One of my happiest memories of Ken is how he would always fish a dollar out of his pocket for the kids when we would leave from a visit. Warms my heart just thinking of that…

    Sending you, Kyle and Kenda lots of love,

  17. Linda Lode says:

    Many thanks to everyone for your thoughts and memories. They are very comforting at this time. Ken would be so pleased to read them and would appreciate you all for sending us this comfort. Sincerely, Linda and family

  18. Kyle Lode says:

    MY DAD

    Watching Seinfeld with Dad
    -Dances with Wolves
    -Band of Brothers
    -Jimmy Kimel and Giermo
    -and Football of course
    Chicken at the Suds Hut
    The Brewhouse
    Stopping by Morrison and Maierle to say Hi
    Dad stopping by the shop to hang out
    Hunting camp on Mount High
    Hiking John’s Hill in the morning,
    the sun just coming up,
    pink light on the Crazy Mountains
    Dad teaching me to hunt and track
    Fresh elk track with Dad,
    so close we could smell them ahead of us,
    a breath
    Hearing a shot across the canyon,
    a pause
    Hiking to Blue Lake
    crossing a snowfield on the way down,
    picking raspberries
    Camping at Halfmoon
    The smell of the old tent
    Thunder Rapid Falls
    Kading Campground
    Hiking to Blackfoot Meadows
    Dad cutting down a lodge pole for firewood with the old Mcculloch chainsaw
    Taking the canoe out on Park Lake
    Flyfishing with Dad
    A strike,
    setting the hook,
    bringing him in
    Learning how to work on cars,
    and learning some new words in the process!
    Stacking hay with the old tractor
    The scent in your nose
    Branding time,
    catching a calf,
    Dad sets the brand,
    burnt hair in your nose
    The Hunters Feed Diner
    Dad and Mom dancing to the music of Bud Lode and band,
    laughing as we try to do the Butterfly Waltz
    Sleepy eyes and coffee at the ranch table before the hunt
    Listening to Dad laugh playing pinochle,
    when I’m supposed to be sleeping,
    the light and shadows under the door,
    everyone visiting

    Catching up to a Bull,
    Dad whispers “you take the first shot”

    My Best Friend
    My Dad

    Jay, Kenda, & Kyle

  19. Kyle Lode says:


    May the tracking snow always be fresh

    May the Bulls always be broadside

    May the wind always be fair

    You take the west side,
    …I’ll take the east,
    ……I’ll meet you at the top of Long Coulee

    I’ll just ease along, and take my time

    It might be a while, But I’ll be there

    This time you take the first shot Dad,
    …You’ve earned it.

    Your Children,
    Jay, Kenda, & Kyle Lode

  20. Jay, Kenda, &Kyle Lode says:

    I would like to dedicate this song to my Dad,

    By Cole Swindell

    It’s perfect outside its like god let me dial up the weather
    Got the whole crew here, I ain’t seen some of them in forever
    It’s one of those never forget it, better stop and take it in kinda scenes
    Everything’s just right yeah except for one thing

    You should be here, standing with your arm around me here
    Cutting up, cracking a cold beer
    Saying cheers, hey y’all it’s sure been a good year
    It’s one of those moments, that’s got your name written all over it
    And you know that if I had just one wish it’d
    Be that you didn’t have to miss this
    You should be here

    You’d be taking way too many pictures on your phone
    Showing them off to everybody that you know back home
    And even some you don’t yeah
    They say now you’re in a better place
    And I would be too if I could see your face

    You should be here, standing with your arm around me here
    Cutting up, cracking a cold beer
    Saying cheers, hey y’all it’s sure been a good year
    It’s one of those moments, that’s got your name written all over it
    And you know that if I had just one wish
    It’d be that you didn’t have to miss this
    Aw you should be here

    You’d be loving this, you’d be freaking out, you’d be smiling, yeah
    I know you’d be all about what’s going on right here right now
    God I wish somehow you could be here
    Oh you should be here

    Yeah this is one of those moments that’s got your name written all over it
    And you know that if I have just one wish it’d be that you didn’t have to miss this
    Aw you should be here
    You should be here

    Songwriters: Cole Swindell / Ashley Gorley

  21. Lynn Davis says:

    Linda and family. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you. Please know you’re being remembered fondly.

  22. Judy Murphy says:

    I thank GOD for you Ken. You were a special brother -in-law. You cherished my sister, loved your family and loved your extended family. You were quiet and reserved and always a gentleman. I love you.

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