Luis "Chub" or "Lou" Pecora Jr., 77, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at RiverStone Health Hospice Rehab.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at St. Pius X Catholic church, 18th St. West and Broadway, Billings, with burial in Malta.
He was born to the late Luis and Leona Pecora on Sept. 10, 1936, in Glasgow. He was raised and attended grade school and high school in Glasgow. He enjoyed growing up in a house full of cousins and nephews, playing on the farm and riding horses. The youngest of nine boys, he learned a quick wit and sharp sense of humor, which came easy for him right up to the bitter end.
In high school he excelled in basketball, football and rodeos. He was All-Around Cowboy in 1954, and received a quarter horse, and of course a big buckle. Senior year he was homecoming king. He graduated from Carroll College in Helena with an accounting degree and then joined the Army. His faith was strong and he was a devout Catholic.
He went back to Glasgow, where he met and married Patricia Thorne. They divorced after 20 years. He worked for Frontier Airlines in Wolf Point and Billings for many years. He went to work for himself selling real estate and was many persons' trusty tax man.
He always stayed in shape. In his latter years, he was busy ballroom and clog dancing and danced his way down the Mississippi River to the lights of Las Vegas. He gained many good friendships and held his dance partners near and dear.
Each morning rain or shine, it was "coffee" with the boys. He looked forward to each day making people laugh and never thought of retiring. He was always up to the challenge of the day and all the good things to come.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luis Sr. and Leona Pecora; a brother, Dave "Sonny" Pecora; one sister, Theresa Pecora Wetzel; and two nephews, David Pecora and Raymond Wetzel.
Survivors include one sister, Dolores Pecora Brenna of Glasgow; one daughter, Tammie Pecora Yeager of Billings; three nephews, Roy Wetzel of Glasgow, Tom Brenna of South Carolina, and Bobby Pecora of Ennis; five nieces, Marlys Brenna Hopkins, Daria Brenna, Theresa Brenna McDonald of Glasgow, Kari Schoeder of Kalispell and Dawn Wetzel Slettem of Billings; seven grandchildren and many more great-nieces and -nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice at RiverStone Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through "Our Families."