Shad N. Albrecht

Shad N. Albrecht, 32, of Clyde Park, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017. A visitation and viewing will be held at the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 North Third St., Livingston, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19. The family will be present to receive condolences. A celebration of Shad’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Livingston Christian Center, 1400 Mount Baldy Dr. Graveside service with Veterans Honors will follow the service. A fellowship potluck will conclude the service at the Christian Center. For coordination of the meal, contact Colin at Franzen-Davis 222-2531 if you wish to bring a dish to share. Memorials are preferred to the Park Post #23 American Legion, 112 N. B St., Livingston, MT 59047.

Shad was born on March 12, 1985 the third son of Kevin Albrecht and Jody (Long) Albrecht. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School through fourth grade, then the East Side School for fifth grade, Sleeping Giant Middle School for sixth through eighth, and graduated from Park High School the class of 2003. Always a strong soul, Shad wrestled throughout grade school and high school, making appearances at the state tournaments and club league following school. He also wrestled with the Blitzkrieg Club and assisted coaching the team as well. He boxed Club League, having a 19-2 record, selling out every match he fought in. Growing up, Shad always loved to be outdoors doing what his brothers and dad were doing. He learned to hunt from them and ride dirt bikes. In fact, Shad could ride his YZ before he rode a pedal bike. Shad worked for Ricci’s Thriftway, Green Again Sprinklers, RY Lumber and Nardella Mobile Repair and Welding as high school jobs and after graduation.

On Feb. 26, 2005 Shad enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served two tours of duty in Iraq. During his first deployment, he served as a metal worker, welder, driver and mechanic. During his time overseas he was injured, losing his left thumb. After his first four years, Shad reenlisted, this time in the Infantry in a designated imminent danger pay area. He served four more years. For his efforts serving he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Meal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and the Special Equipment Operator Clasp.  On Feb. 25, 2013 Shad was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Livingston.

Shad held a deep belief and felt a profound honor in his service to his country. He loved the Army and the brothers he served alongside of.

After returning home, he again worked a short time for Nardella Mobile Welding. Jim, his employer, had mentioned how strong and how hard of a worker Shad was — he was a great asset to their team.

He then took employment with National Exploration, Wells and Pumps. He worked as an exploration driller all over the country.

He worked his hardest with every task he took on. He was smart and meticulous in all that he did. He loved to weld and thought that opening his own welding shop maybe something that he would take up in his military retirement. He loved his truck and his best friend and loyal four-legged companion, Kammy. He had a soft spot for kids of all ages and had a reputation to be known as Uncle Shad.

When Shad had returned from his second stint overseas, he returned having experienced more than most men twice his age. The realities of war had taken their toll. Shad kept his feelings held close, never wanting to worry his family. Shad, we are so proud of your accomplishments, we cherish the love and amazing memories we have shared; you are with us always and forever in our hearts.

Shad is survived by his mother, Jody Albrecht, and father, Kevin Albrecht, both of Livingston; brothers Shawn Albrecht of Livingston and Shane Albrecht of Livingston, currently residing in Great Falls; paternal grandmother, Audrey Albrecht, of Livingston; maternal grandmother, Agnes Long, of Livingston; aunts and uncles John J. (Rachel) Long, Mary (Mark) Miller, Berna (Jack) Nardella, Matt (Kristin) Long, Dixie Bullock and Leda (Greg) O’Connor; great-aunt Sister Dominique Long; and many cousins, other relatives and friends. He will also be missed dearly by his four-legged companion, Kammy, and the family of soldiers he served with in the Army.

Shad was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bud Albrecht and John E. Long; and cousin, Ford Melin.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston. Online condolences may be shared at www.franzen-davis.com.
 

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