Leonard L. Moug, 81, of Cascade, MT passed away peacefully at home, with family and close friends by his side during the early morning hours of July 3, 2021. After a 6-month battle with multiple health issues, he lost the fight but “got ‘er done” in his quest of life.
Funeral services were made through Croxford Funeral Home; A private burial service for the family will be on July 16th, 2021, at 11:00 am at the Hillside Cemetery, Cascade. A public gathering for food, drink, and merriment will be held at the Moug household south of Cascade, starting at 12:00 pm. Please join us and share your stories and memories of this remarkable man.
Born on December 16th, 1939, in Fargo, ND, Leonard was the fourth of eight children born to Leslie Walter and Ruby Anna (Bjerk) Moug. His early years were in Page, ND, but throughout his younger life, he lived in various places, moving as his father worked in constructing sawmills.
Leonard completed the 9th grade before he left school and started his life-long working career. In Toledo, Oregon he started by working in the “woods” as a choker setter, then he progressed to timber faller. He moved to Green, OR, again as a timber faller then operating the heavy equipment for constructing logging roads. He was employed by SunStuds in Roseburg as a diesel mechanic, where he perfected his skills and nurtured his independent spirit until he chose to leave the “employee” industry and started his own company.
He purchased a rock quarry in Monroe, OR and began his successful career of crushing rock, road construction and excavation work. He built Territorial Rock Products into a profitable business until retirement called him in 2001.
On May 3, 1958, Leonard married Vernice Ann Kinion with whom he had three children: Anna, Candy, and David. The family lived on an 80-acre ranch in Dixonville where he raised wheat, then cattle and continued working in the timber industry. The couple divorced in 1981.
On December 6, 1986, Leonard married Claudia Perkins; The couple divorced in December 2001. In 1999, Leonard met Charlene Luckman, a widow from Cascade, MT, while purchasing a Cessna airplane she had for sale. Two years later, he reconnected with Charlene, and they were married on January 22, 2002. He always joked and said the reason she married him was because “she wanted the airplane back”.
Although he retired from his business in Oregon and moved to Cascade, he kept some heavy equipment. Here he began excavating for local ranchers building watering “ponds” for cattle, preparing foundational building sites, constructing, or repairing driveways, and roadways. He could always be counted on to “help a neighbor in need”. He had a supply of tools and parts to fix most anything; if he didn’t have it, no doubt he could make it. One neighbor who needed a part, which of course Leonard had, he commented that “if Moug don’t have it, you don’t need it!”
As a master of his trade, Leonard has left a mark in the Cascade community, as driveways are driven on, and homes are built on foundational sites he prepared. He had two mottos he always quoted: one he worked by “Git ‘Er Done”, and the other he lived by “LIFE—what a bargain!”
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Ruby Moug; brothers Les, Bill, Larry, Bob and Louie; sister Betty Jo.
He is survived by his loving wife Charlene of Cascade, daughter Anna (Mike) Vaughn of Eagle Point, Or; brother Joe (Judy) Moug of Santa Rosa, CA; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces; and friends, too numerous to count! He only knew a stranger for 5 seconds.
May you rest in peace, Leonard, you will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Great Falls Elks Lodge “Antler Fund”, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, St. Judes Hospital for Children, or any charity of your choice.