Lenny Lee Belgarde, 83 of Omak, Wash. passed away on May 8, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, Gus Belgarde and mother, Katie Nequette of Browning, Mont., his brother, Louis “Louie” Belgarde, and wife, Patricia Scott (Patty Belgarde).
Lenny was born in Browning on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation Oct. 18, 1937. Lenny finished high school in Omak as a Pioneer class of 1958. He was kindhearted, honest to the bone, and believed in hard work and living a happy life. Lenny wasn’t dealt the best hand in life, but he always made the best of every situation and worked extremely hard to provide for his family. He was known for many types of work such as a plumber, carpenter, finisher but most of all as a musician. Lenny played live music with a number of different bands, he was particularly good at playing the guitar and he loved playing Country Western Music, and he jumped at any chance to string a few cords and sing a good song. He was a member of the Okanogan Eagles, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge and he enjoyed spending time there with friends and family.
Lenny spent most of his days traveling to as many places he could, he loved visiting his home state of Montana and North/South Dakota, he and his life partner Phillis would get in their van and just drive to wherever their hearts desired, enjoying each other’s company and finding new friends along the way. When Phillis fell ill with Dementia and she had to be placed in a care facility he stayed devoted to her until the end and visited every day for years, even after she did not recognize him anymore. He had a heart of gold and loved in the deepest capacity.
Lenny was survived by his brothers, William “Bill” Belgarde and Ermine Belgarde; his life partner, Phillis Cunningham; his sons, Lenny Scott Belgarde, and Patrick Belgarde; his grandchildren, Brandi Belgarde, Jessica Degner, Kara Belgarde, Casey Moses, Nathanael Jones, Lenny Lee Scott Belgarde, Jeremy Smith, Justine Belgarde, Roxanne Belgarde, and Dwight Belgarde; along with 14 great-grandchildren.
Lenny’s family will have a celebration of life ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Okanogan Eagles, there will be good food, good company, and live music. Anyone one who knew Lenny is welcome to attend, bring your family, an appetite, your memories, and some dancing shoes. He did not want a formal funeral, he wanted to be cremated and for his friends and loved ones to celebrate the life he had and enjoy each other’s company.