Willard Leith

Willard “Bill” Leith, age 54, of New Rockford, ND, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at CHI St. Alexius Carrington, Carrington, ND.

Bill was born on December 19, 1963 in Grand Rapids, MN, to Willard and Garnet Leith. In 1983, he moved to North Dakota where he met his wife Dawna. They were married on March 29, 1986. Together they have 3 sons; Garrick, Casey, and Tom, and his first grandchild is expected in July.He attended Montana State University and earned a BS in Biology and an MA in Education. Bill worked at Edutech for the last 8 years as a technology trainer for K-12 teachers. He loved working with all the schools and especially the times he was able to be in the classrooms with students.

Bill loved reading, playing computer games, watching old movies and westerns. He especially loved animals and doted on his family pets. Bill loved playing outside with them and taking them for walks. He always made sure they had plenty of special treats. Last year Bill made a trip out to the Pacific Ocean with his sons; a trip that was undoubtedly his favorite for the time they spent together. Bill was a wonderful husband, father and he will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife of 32 years Dawna Leith, New Rockford, three sons, Garrick, Casey (Mary) and Tom; 7 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard & Garnet Leith and sister, Fern Leith.


Visitation: Saturday, March 17, 2018 2-3:00PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.

Funeral Service: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 3:00PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND

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Name: Gina Joyce

Date: April 12,2018

Message: I knew Bill through his tech support when he came to Hettinger School this past year.  He was always so patient and kind to all of us while stepping us through our training.  I am truly sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. 


Name: Maureen Kucera

Date: 03/17/18

Message: Dawna, Garrick, Casey (Mary) and Tom, Please know, Ray and I are hurting for you knowing the loss your dealing with.  We are here for you if you want to get in touch.


Bill, I miss hearing your voice, seeing your smile, getting your hugs, hearing your jokes.  You have never/nor will you ever be gone from my heart and thoughts! My heart is broken, I Love You Always!

Your Sister Maureen!


Name: LeAnn Nelson

Date: 03/17/2018

Message: So sorry to hear about the passing of Bill.  He has come to my technology integration class twice a semester for the last 4 years to teach my students some of the latest technologies in the schools.  We all enjoyed his presentations because he made them interactive and fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: Janice Brady

Date: 3/16/2018

Message: Dear Dawna and boys,

I was so saddened to read of Bills passing in the Havre Daily News. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your sons. Bill and I worked together at MSU Northern for several years. Bill was Northern's NorthNet expert and he was such a tremendous help to faculty teaching on NorthNet when it was in its infancy. Bill was both helpful and  patient and went above and beyond to do whatever he could to assist faculty and students. Take care and I am sending hugs and prayers your way. Janice Brady


Name: Shirley Krueger

Date: 3/16/18

Message: Dawna, sorry for your loss.  You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care!


Name: Elaine Johnson

Date: 3/16/18

Message: Dear Dawna,

It's Elaine from Beulah/Grand Rapids.  My heart breaks for you with the news of Bill's passing.  Sending hugs and sympathy across the years and miles.


Name: Lane Azure

Date: 3/15/18

Message: I am. Sry sorry for your loss. Willard was very well liked at Oberon School! God bless!


Name: Melissa M. Wolf-Tveito

Date: 03/15/2018

Message: I knew Bill (as he was known to us at H-M-B Public School, Hazelton, ND) when he came to our school this past school term to do tech support and training. He was always willing to help and even though I was pretty ignorant when it came to technology, he didn't make feel worse about my weakness. The few times we interacted at school, I could tell that he was a gentle and caring soul. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and may my prayers help comfort you. Melissa M. Wolf-Tveito