Liturgy of the Word for Kevin Newell, 62, of Baker, was held Jan. 15, 2021, at St. John Catholic Church with Father Jolly Pathiyamoola celebrating. Burial took place at St. John Cemetery.
Kevin passed away Jan. 11, 2021 at his residence in Baker.
Kevin was born April 28, 1958 in Beach, ND to Leon Newell and Marilynn (Hayden) McLaughlin. Kevin grew up in Baker, MT attending school and graduated from Baker High School in 1976. He then went to work for Zion Construction in the area. Kevin and Debbie (Crippen) were married June 11, 1977 and raised their two children, Wayne and Jennifer.
Kevin began his career with Shell Oil starting as a roustabout and later a pumper. Before Shell sold he became the Schedule Planner. Kevin continued then with Encore starting in 1999 and worked throughout their term until purchased by Denbury in 2010. Kevin retired and Baker continued to be his home.
Kevin committed his life to the oilfield and made countless friends throughout southeastern Montana. In his free time Kevin found enjoyment in many different activities. Being a craftsman, he created many pieces through his woodworking, leather work and even stained glass. He was fondly called “Cliff” by many because anyone was welcome to take a seat next to him, share a good beer and definitely learn something from his collection of “useless” information. For many years his favorite coffee stop was at KFLN with Uncle Russ and friends. The outdoors is where Kevin enjoyed being, camping, hunting and golfing. He was a huge supporter of the Lakeview Country Club, serving on the board for many years. In the last several years Kevin and Debbie would get together with their car minded friends and take time to cruise around different parts of the country. If Kevin was driving, Hair Nation was definitely the music of choice. Kevin was a special Papa to his grandchildren and loved them dearly. Kevin looked forward to the almost weekly gatherings with family to share a drink and catch up.
Kevin is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debbie of Baker; son, Wayne Newell of Tomball, TX; daughter, Jennifer (Bryce) Lecoe of Marmarth, ND; stepmother, Susie Newell of Baker; brothers, Dale (Kathy) Newell of Baker, MT, and Kyle (Lynda) Newell of Billings, MT; sisters, Sharee Newell of Baker, MT, and Kamie (Jeff) Garner of Bozeman, MT; grandchildren, Trevin and Reese Lecoe, Kevin and Avery Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his father Leon Newell; mother Marilyn McLaughlin; sister Renee McLaughlin; grandparents.
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