A. Lewis Vadheim, MD passed away at home on July 31st. Lew was a man of science with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. He was also a man with a creative and caring spirit.
Raised in Bozeman, he made Miles City his home for 45 years where he practiced internal and sports medicine. One of Lew’s joys was sharing his skills with others, and he spent countless hours volunteering as the “Team Doc” for Cowboy athletics, the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Taekwondo, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. His sports team travel took him to four continents culminating in serving as a team physician at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan.
He loved learning for himself and others, teaching taekwondo, stained glass, and gardening. Playing the piano, singing in choirs, or playing the bagpipes also made him smile. Lew’s family cherishes his legacy of creativity in music and art. The Miles City Economic Council was another of his passions where he could meet with the many people who used their talents to improve our corner of Montana. Always an active person, he could frequently be seen walking, biking, and skiing both in Miles City and his beloved Beartooth Mountains.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Liane, three children, Kari Kale (Eric Saberhagen), Colin (Morgan Vadheim), and Bryan (Corey Ruder), and four grandchildren: Marian and Torrin Kale and Ryan and CJ Vadheim. He valued his friendship with his two sisters (Jan Hintzpeter, Shelley Vallereux, and families) as well as his brothers-in-law (Richard and Jim Mountain and families), his “almost daughter” Camille Carey, and his career-long professional partner, Kay Gundlach.
A family service will be held at the cabin in the Beartooths. Visitation will be Friday, August 6 at Stevenson and Sons in Miles City with family receiving friends from 4 to 6 pm. In Lew’s honor his family asks you to create a picture, poem, or grow a plant and share it with a friend or neighbor. Contributions may be made to Miles Public Library Foundation (Po Box 1525 Miles City, MT 59301) or the charity or your choice.