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Russell Landt

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Feb. 21, 1939-Dec. 20, 2007

Detroit Lakes native Russell Willard Landt, 68, of Coram, Mont., passed away Thursday, December 20, 2007, at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell, Mont.

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Russell was born to Willard and Bonita (Johnston) Landt on Feb. 21, 1939, in Detroit Lakes, where he attended school and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1957. He attended North Dakota State University for a short time, then transferred to Moorhead State University in Minnesota, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in history and biology.

Russell married Beatrice LaChance on Sept. 10, 1966, in Columbia Falls, Mont. Russell was able to spend his whole working career in the place he enjoyed most, Glacier National Park. His career started in 1958 and finished with his retirement in 2000. He held every job at the park, starting on the trails and concluding as road foreman of the west-side crew.

His great love of Glacier National Park was filled with many joys and challenges. Among these was the opportunity to be the pioneer Caterpillar operator for the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Russell loved the outdoors, his grandchildren and football, especially the Tennessee Volunteers.

Surviving Russell are his loving wife of 41 years, Bea Landt of Coram, Mont.; children, Shawna Landt of Columbia Falls, Mont., and Rob Landt and his wife, Sherie, of Hurricane, Utah; seven grandchildren; brother, Dave (Mary) Landt of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; one niece and one nephew. His parents preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

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