Alf Archie LeCaptain


Alf Archie LeCaptain


After a full and active life, Alf Archie LeCaptain passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2019, in Billings, at the age of 93.

Alf was born June 17, 1925, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, to Herman and Anita LeCaptain. He was the fourth of their five children, which included Lyle (Uncle Tubby), Veda, Bernhard (Bud), Alf, and Clair Jean (Gene). Gene is his last living sibling. Alf was a radioman in WWII aboard the USS Charlottesville in the Pacific Theater of operations. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and retired from the Seabees.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, where he met his wife, Nancy Coulter. Alf and Nancy were married in 1950 on Alf’s birthday. The couple had four children: Todd, Eric, Susan and Bruce. Alf and Nancy shared a love of the outdoors, and they taught their children how to ski, backpack, hunt, fish and canoe. They cherished their time at their cabin at East Rosebud Lake.

Alf and Nancy began skiing at Red Lodge Mountain the year it opened up. Alf was a longtime member of the Beartooth Ski Patrol. He loved skiing, both downhill and cross-country. One winter, he and a few of his crazy ski buddies cross country skied from Cooke City to East Rosebud Lake on what is now called The Beaten Path.

Alf made a career in the food industry. He loved working with many of the dairies in Montana. He also owned and operated a couple of restaurants in Billings. Always a charmer, he was a natural salesman and host.

In his later years, he enjoyed annual trips to Ingram Days in Ingram, Wisconsin. He would watch a softball game, drink a beer and reminisce about growing up in the area with his relatives.

Alf will continue to live in the memories of his children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother Gene. We take comfort in knowing that Alf is at peace and has joined his wife Nancy, who preceded him in death. We will be forever grateful for the gifts he and Nancy gave us.

Private family memorial services will be held this summer.



the places we went

were heaven sent

places to run places to play

places to enjoy the best of the day

places located behind the town

places where children could

run jump and act like a clown

with no old ones to slow us down

places to sit quietly

with our backs against a tree

race through the woods

race through the grass

jump on a stump

fall on our

the day is done

homeward we went

bruises abundant

another day well spent

— archie

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10 thoughts on “Alf Archie LeCaptain”

  1. From early years of catching rides to Grizzly Peak with Alf, Todd and Eric, to recent years of greeting Alf and his giant walking staff while out walking, he was a larger than life character in my life.

  2. I remember your dad and mom from their days at BUUF. Your dad brought your mom to services when her dementia sometimes caused her to be a bit disruptive, but he gallantly carried on and the congregation was understanding. His desire to continue to give her a full life and his loyalty to her was admirable.

  3. Margaret English

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Alf’s death. It happened so shortly after he came back to town that I wasn’t able to see him. I felt so close to him after Nancy died and I conducted the memorial service. I know he was very happy when he moved to Wisconsin and enjoyed hearing about that when he came to Montana to visit. It feels like a loss to me. He was a loyal Unitarian Universalist even after your mother died. As the obituary indicated, he was a charmer. He always seemed so young at heart that I was surprised that he was 93. It is sad to lose him.
    Margaret English

  4. Heartfelt condolences to all the LeCaptain children who will deeply miss such a wonderful, loving father. From all of the Hauf kids who shared beautiful East Rosebud (& BWHS days) with some of you. Life seems so short at times, even when “long” & well-lived. Hang on to all those unique, cherished memories.

  5. So sad to hear of Uncle Alf’s passing. He was the last man/person standing of the six we knew as children. He married my Mom’s (Joan Coulter) older sister, Nancy Coulter. He was always good to us as children. May he rest in peace. Love and prayers to Todd, Eric, Susan and Bruce and their families.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Alf’s passing. Please accept my condolences. Alf and Nancy were very good friend for many years. Our many group friends are certainly gradually dying. May you rest in peace, Alf. You children can be so proud of your parents.
    Lloyd Mickelson

  7. I have lots of happy memories of times with your family and especially with your Dad. All of us crammed into the back seat of his huge Buick coming back from skiing with the windows rolled up and his cigar is still vivid in my mind. He was truly a character and a fun guy. So sorry for your loss but take joy in his full and happy life.

  8. Bruce Bernhard LeCaptain

    Thank you all for your kind words and remembrances. We are deeply saddened by Alf’s passing but once the feeling of the immediate loss lessens(I still have voicemail from him that I can’t listen to quite yet. :)) the fond memories will take over. Your words and thoughts have helped kindle those memories. Thank you!

  9. Ahh … so sorry to see Alf passed. I have so many memories of our times together on the ski patrol, eating ice cream at Rimrock, many wonderful visits with him and Nancy, and trying to catch up with our kids ripping down M. He was one of a kind and I am so blessed to have known him.

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