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Lionel Ernest "Sonny" Herreid

May 17, 1934 — December 21, 2021

Lionel E. “Sonny” Herreid, age 87, went to be with his wife of 60 years, Gail on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home. He was born on May 17, 1934 to Ernest and Wilma Herreid in Polson, MT. He was the second of four children, including Dorrene, Shirley, and Dale.

Sonny served in the U.S. Army from 1954 – 1956. He married E. Gail Kimball on April 10, 1957. They were married for 60 + years in which they had five T’s, Tammie (Barry) Zeiser; Tim (Geri); Teresa; Todd (Koko) and Tedd (Steph) and 13 grandkids and numerous great – grandkids.

Sonny enjoyed his woodworking and fishing with his bride at Camp Tuffit.

They lived in Polson until purchasing a farm in Valley View in 1963. Sonny drove a logging truck while he ranched and raised beef cows. The ranch and dairy life took up their time until 1981when they moved back to Polson. He continued to work for Lake County driving truck. After retiring from the county, he drove a school bus for the Polson School District. He finally hung up his keys and retired to fishing, snoozing on the deck in the summer at Camp Tuffit, his home away from home and building bird houses in the winter.

He spent his free time having a toddy or two with his good friends. He never stopped talking about the good times with the “work party gang” at Tuffit.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gail, his parents Ernest and Wilma Herreid, his siblings, Dorrene, Shirley, and Dale, and an infant granddaughter Robin.

Graveside services were held on December 24, 2021.
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