In memory of

Richard L. LaPier Jr., age 65, of Helena

April 17, 1952 – April 17, 2017

Richard “Pete” LaPier, Jr.

Richard “Pete” LaPier, Jr. passed away after an extended illness on his 65th birthday, April 17, 2017 in Great Falls, surrounded by his loving wife, daughters, siblings and grandchildren.

He loved camping, fishing and hunting with his family, old westerns, music, movies and books. He was a man of many trades – Logging, mining, truck driving, and excavating.

Born in Helena, MT at St. John’s Hospital on April 17, 1952, and stayed in Helena and around the Helena area most of his life. He was a loving and caring man and family was very important to him.

He is preceded in death with his father Richard “Babe” LaPier Sr., mother Mabel J. LaPier, brother Willie LaPier, and sister Grace Glass.

Richard “Pete” will be missed by surviving wife Roberta LaPier of Helena; children Becky (Jeff) Pronteau of East Helena, Catherine (Gary) Russell of Helena, Richard LaPier of Denver Co. and Melissa Rodriguez of Denver, Amy (Ross) Fillmore of Helena. Sisters Jean (Mark) Zabrocki of Havre, MT, Mary Jane Phillips of Michigan, Sylvia LaPier of Idaho, and brother Danny (Terrie) LaPier of Colorado.  Surviving grandchildren include: Tessa (Patrick) Jackson, Kaylie (Jordan) Karr, Matthew and Kassie Dundas, April Russell, Jacob and Brandon Pronteau, Richard E. LaPier, Sydney Donahue Seth Fillmore, Jonathan and Alejandra Rodriguez of Denver and surviving great grandchildren include: Leila Henry, Daken Jackson, and Christopher Karr.

Other survivors include Monique (Kevin) Legg Phillip and Patrick Legg, Mikey Phillips, Angie (Jason) Bennett, Jessica (Doug) Taylor, Jason Phillips and Brandi (Tim) Frey.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. LaClair and Dr. Coyle, along with the Great Falls, Benefis, ICU staff. Please see below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Pete.


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  1. Sarah Parmer says:

    Always loved your smile. You are loved by many, Rest in peace .

  2. Duane Beauchamp says:

    Even though I am not part of the family any more I still feel for your loss. You are in my prayers. I remember Flintstone races.and watching him race and he let me try to drive it. He always made me feel welcome. I know he will be missed.

  3. Nancy Kimball says:

    I only new Pete for a short time but he seemed to be a very beloved man and returned his love to all. I am very sorry for all of your sadness in his passing.

  4. flossie shaw says:

    Roberta, Amy and family
    My heart is in pain . Pete was a beautiful human being always so quiet and the most incredible smile. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you hold all the memories of him close to help ease your pain.

  5. Leanne Purkhiser says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am so happy he was able to know his great grandson! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. Sharon Hencley says:

    Berta and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Remembering the good times you had with him will make his loss easier to cope with. Bless you all.

  7. Melissa Rodriguez says:

    His daughter Melissa Rodriguez would like to correct the spelling of her kids names
    Jonathan Rodriguez and Alejandra Rodriguez

  8. Dear Cathy and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    Chaplain Steve

  9. Patricia St.Dennis says:

    Many years have passed since I last saw Pete when he had been on a road trip with Roy Belgarde and they stopped by our home here in Calif. He was such a kind, funny, and happy young man back then.
    My prayers are with you and your family at this time. You all have a very special guardian angel watching over you today.

  10. Richard E. LaPier says:

    Never got to meet my grandpa but he was a good man and I wish I was able too meet him.

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