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Keith Lancaster, 75, of Broadus, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at his home in Crane Acres.
Mr. Lancaster was born June 4, 1938, in Sheridan, Wyo., the son of Leonard and Violet Lancaster. He attended grade school at Boyes and graduated from Powder River County High School in Broadus in 1956.
He was drafted into the United States Army in January of 1961. Mr. Lancaster completed his two years and was honorably discharged in January 1963. His last duty station was with the 561st Engr. Co., PSF, Conus, Calif., as Heavy Haul Transport Personnel. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal as well as the Marksman Medal during his service.
Upon returning to Broadus from the Army, Mr. Lancaster drove truck for Harlan Irion and Don Ward and also Charley Stabio before joining with partners to form Powder River Trucking in 1968. When PR Trucking later dissolved, Mr. Lancaster continued to haul livestock and grain as Keith Lancaster Trucking.
While he was known to many in southeastern Montana through more than 50 years of hauling livestock and grain, few knew him well. Though he did not have any children of his own, he had more than a passing influence on his niece and nephews, who will miss his wit and dry sense of humor. Many bits of advice and life lessons began with, “Well now…”. His mind remained sharp, and he amazed family members with details of family and local history.
He had traveled many roads throughout much of the United States, and could remember roads years later with enough clarity to give directions without referencing a map. Occasionally, with a little coaxing, he would even share an opinion on politics.
An avid reader, he favored westerns, but was well read on a variety of topics. Mr. Lancaster loved to fish and go camping. He loved going down to his second home at the Cashway Café and have coffee with his trucking friends. He collected guns, though rarely hunted. Those who knew him well knew his gruff manner covered a big heart. He was quiet, and quietly helped people as good and decent people do when they are part of a community.
His survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mary (Grant) Lancaster and Georgia (Gary) Lancaster; a niece and numerous nephews; the Fruit family; and all his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kathleen; and his brothers, Grant, Gene and Gary.
At Mr. Lancaster’s request, no services are planned.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.