Funeral service for Leonard Oberlander, 84, of Baker, will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker with Pastor Levi Durfey officiating. Burial will follow at Bonnievale Cemetery.
Visitation for Leonard will take place one hour prior to the service.
For those attending, please wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC and MT Department of Health. To view the live webcast of Leonard’s funeral service, please go to Stevenson Funeral Home website, click on Leonard’s photo, select photos and videos. The livestream will be active 10 minutes before the service.
Leonard passed away December 18, 2020 at Fallon Medical Complex in Baker.
Leonard E. Oberlander was born on July 25, 1936 at the Oberlander family farm north of Plevna, the son of Jacob and Martha (Stienbach) Oberlander. Leonard grew up and attended school in Plevna. As a young boy, he delivered the Billings Gazette paper for five years and belonged to the Boys Scouts of America and enjoyed sports. Leonard graduated from Plevna High School, then began work for Bud Bowen in the grocery store and continued on for over 23 years; seven years at the Super Value and 17 years at Reynolds, serving as assistant manager for part of the time. Leonard then moved to Iowa where he eventually met and married Mary Ellen Eckler on February 8, 1985 in Des Moines. They owned and operated a vending business for over ten years while living in Iowa. During this time, Leonard was very active on the political end of legislation for the blind. He held office in both state and local levels and served as President for a term. This involved Leonard going to Washington D.C. for annual meetings to discuss issues of the Blind with various Congressmen. In 1990, a highlight for Leonard was going to Baltimore, MD, to an officer-training seminar. In 1997, Leonard and Mary moved to Baker to make their final home. He truly enjoyed working with the blind. His faith was important to him as he had received Christ as his Savior as a boy, and he thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Baptist church. Leonard will always be remembered by his kindness and consideration for others.
Leonard is survived by his brother, Ruben of Miles City and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; two brothers, John and Clarence; and sister, Betty.