Louis E. “Bumum” McLeod, Sr., 80, of Polson, went peacefully to be with the Creator on November 12, 2018, at Polson Health & Rehab due to health issues.
Louis was born in St. Ignatius on July 31, 1938. He was the son of Blanche Soucie and Albert McLeod.
He was the eldest of nine children. Surviving are Shirley Pinkston, Ronan; Fran McLeod, Polson; Margaret Lopez, Ronan; Betty Quequesah, Ronan; Robert McLeod, Polson; Julie Parker, St. Ignatius; and “Babe” Margaret Pearson, Iowa.
Louis was educated in Dixon, Moiese and the Ursulines in St. Ignatius. He graduated from 8th grade from Moiese.
He served in the Army, and received an honorable discharge.
He married Rose Palmar and they produced six children. They divorced, and Louis then married Mary Bell Hall. They had one child. They also divorced. He married Rosemary Grove, of whom he adopted her two children. They later divorced.
He held a variety of jobs that included working as a fire fighter, bartender, bus drive and janitor.
Louis worked as a janitor for Missoula County Court House for over three years. He then moved back to St. Ignatius and went to work for Two Eagle River School.
He worked as a bus driver and janitor at Two Eagle River School. Louis worked there for 27 years. His famous words were, “I am going to retire next year!” He worked up till the day he got sick.
Some of the things Louis enjoyed were country music, Indian songs, playing pool, camping and going to powwows, and family.
Louis is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Amos McLeod, and sister Georgina Gardipe; also grandchildren Amos and Daniel.
He is survived by his nine children and spouses: Syliva (Marvin) Gardipe, Sarah, Shirley (John) Gohl, Albert, Fred (Carol), Louis, Jr., all of Ronan; Eva of Texas; Lena (Kurt, Sr.) Burland, Polson; and Jacob “Sonny” of Butte. Louis is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Funerals services have taken place, handled by Foster Funeral Home and Crematory. Louis was laid to rest in the Old Catholic Cemetary in St. Ignatius with Military Honor Guard.
The family would like to thank the cooks, Foster Funeral Home and everyone involved who helped.