Lee Barton Chapman

Lee Barton Chapman, age 85, passed away peacefully May 8,2017 in Miles City. 

Lee was born February 24,1932 to Lewis and Phyllis (Reynolds) Chapman in Terry. Lee grew up near Big Sheep Mountain in northwestern Prairie County on the ranch his father homesteaded in 1913. He attended school in Terry.

Lee enlisted in the Army in 1956 and was stationed at Honzo Ammo Depot in Japan until 1958. Upon his return to Montana, he met and married Helen Drewelow, September 5, 1959. They were blessed with two daughters LaJeannea in 1960 and Vadnae in 1963.

Lee spent his life ranching and farming. He was always optimistic despite many hard times. His family was a priority and he always made time for small vacations and fishing. Lee was known for telling stories about the “old timers” who he spent many days with gathering stray horses and trailing cattle on the open ranges of Prairie County.

Lee was proud to serve as Prairie County Commissioner from 1988 to 1994. He also served on the Prairie County Weed, Predator Control and draft Boards.

Lee retired in 2009 and passed the ranch on to his daughter, Vadnae and her husband Bill. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great source of pride and joy.

Lee is survived by his wife Helen of 57 years; LaJeannea (Tom) Hietpas and Vadnae (Bill) Greenfield; grandchildren Jessica (Lewis) Boss, Brandon Hietpas, Valerie Greenfield, and great-grandchildren Jacqueline and Sterling Boss. Also two siblings Ruth Groen and Jerry (Glenia) Chapman and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorraine Doyle, Maxine Svenvold, and Marjorie Beecher; and brothers, Charles and Paul.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral Services will follow on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Prairie County Cemetery with Military Honors. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.

A memorial scholarship fund will be set up in his name.