|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1929|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2013|
An article posted on Jan 26, 2010 by Dan Boyce at www.kbzk.com:
Gallatin Valley Land Trust celebrates 20 years
The Gallatin Valley Land Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2010. Last year was one of the most successful years, for the nonprofit, which works to secure land conservation easements on agricultural land, stream corridors and wildlife habitat.
"I was born just over the hill here, and when I was a kid I walked up over the hill many, many times, I spent most of my time up here on this yard," Gallatin Valley property owner Andy Leep said.
Four hundred and twenty acres of farmland in the valley have been in Andy Leep's family since his grandparents homesteaded it. He now owns and works the property in a three-way partnership with two of his sons [Sherwin and Greg, PH]. Last year, Leep decided to add another partner to the mix in the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. His family joined nine others in 2009, setting aside over 3,200 acres.
"Bringing the total accomplishments over our 20-year history 83 families and 56 square miles of land permanently conserved," Gallatin Valley Land Trust Executive Director Stephen Johnson said.
The fields are locked in their current state, free from development, in perpetuity.
Leep says we cannot really know what's going to happen down the road with easements and property law. But, he adds he trusts the GVLT to do what it can to protect his land.
"It's been one of my dreams that I live for my lifetime to be able to see that my family would follow in my steps and possibly be farmers," Leep said.
Maybe now his great-grandchildren will be able to experience that same joy.
Andrew (Andy) H. Leep, 84, passed into the arms of his precious Savior, Jesus Christ, in the early morning hours of Monday 11 March 2013 at his home in Bozeman near Four Corners. Andy was born on 19 January 1929 to Harry and Edith (Alberda) Leep in Bozeman, Montana - the oldest of twelve children. He graduated from the Little Holland School in 1943.
While working in a factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan Andy met Arla DeKock on a blind date. After a period of courtship, they were married on 27 November 1951 in Jamestown, Michigan. He was called to service for our country a few months before marriage so they began their life together in a small trailer on the army base at Camp Garden in Augusta, Georgia. Andy served in the Army there from 1951-1953 during the Korean Conflict.
After completing his time with the Army, Andy and Arla moved back to his extented family in the Manhattan area. He spent a couple of years working on his Uncle Henry Alberda's dairy farm and later put a stint in working for Mountain Machinery in Bozeman. During these years Andy also partnered with his lifetime friend, Harold VanderMolen in several sideline ventures including a hay grinding business, delivering liquid fertilizer, building hay loaders out of old trucks and operating a guiding service for out-of-state hunters.
In 1961 Andy and Arla decided to begin a farming endeavor of their own and moved to a rented farm on Catron Creek near Bozeman where North 19th Street goes through today. Later they had opportunity to move to the home farm near Bozeman Hot Springs. They have resided there since. In between farming work Andy began a cattle-order-buying business and in doing so became acquainted with cattle ranchers and dealers all over the country. He loved nothing better than making a deal! As the years passed and the children grew, the farm increasingly became the main focus. Despite many setbacks including the loss of two children and a farm accident that cost him four fingers of his left hand, he and Arla persevered and continued to trust God's plan for their lives. This farm has since grown to include sons, grandsons and several hired hands.
Andy loved helping others and being with people. He and Arla participated with several mission teams providing disaster relief. He contributed to his community by serving on the boards of the Gallatin County Fairgrouns, Churchill Reteirement Home, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), and Love, Inc. He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served as both Elder and Deacon. Andy's faith and walk with God were the underpinnings of his life and were instilled faithfully in his children and grandchildren.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn, brother David, daughter Cynthia in 1964 and eldest son Randall in 1989. He was also preceded in death by his sister- and brother-in-law, Ade (John) Morren, and Karen DeKock Broesma.
Andy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arla, children Debbie Aldworth (wife of deceased son Randall), Sherwin (Tamara) Leep, Greg (Kara) Leep of Fort Worth, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Claire Kimm of Manhattan, Arlene Blake of Mount Vernon, Washington, Betty Folkersma of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lois (Don) Morren of Jamestown, Michigan, Mary Ann (Roger) VanDyken of Bozeman, Dorothy (John) Kinna of Fairfield; brothers Willard (Fran) Leep of Allendale, Michigan, Eldon (Sheri) Leep of Manhattan, and Jerry (Linda) Leep of Toston. His sisters- and brothers-in-law, Irma (William) Blok of Wyoming, Michigan, Don (Judy) DeKock of Jamestown, Michigan, and David (Margo) DeKock of Byron Center, Michigan, and numerous other relatives and a host of friends also survive him.
Visitation will be from noon to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Hills Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Harry Leep (1902 - 1983)
Edith Alberda Leep (1907 - 1979)
Randall Alan Leep (1953 - 1989)*
Cynthia Kay Leep (1958 - 1964)*
Andrew H. Leep (1929 - 2013)
Claire E Leep Kimm (1930 - 2013)*
Carolyn Faye Leep (1948 - 1988)*
David Nicholas Leep (1952 - 2009)*
Maintained by: Peter Hakze
Originally Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
Record added: Mar 13, 2013
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