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Galen E. Harshbarger

Died: Wed., Jul. 6, 2016


Celebration of Life

12:30 PM Sat., Jul. 23, 2016
Location: Fire Hall


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Obituary for Galen Eugene Harshbarger Sr. Florence - Galen Eugene Harshbarger Sr passed away at his home on July 6, 2016. A remembrance for Galen will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Fire Hall in Martin City, Montana, at 12:30 pm. Family and friends are invited to share in celebration of his life. Galen Eugene Harshbarger Sr. was born on the family farm near Antelope, MT, on January 25, 1937. He was the 17th of 20 children of John and Mayree Harshbarger. Galen went to work for neighboring ranches at a young age. At 18 he married his lifelong love, Ann Marie Fiske and lived outside of Outlook, Montana where he had milk cows, farmed and ranched. He moved the family to Plentywood, MT and continued to ranch and also work as a mechanic, eventually going to work in the oil fields and moving to Williston ND where he retired. In 2010 he decided to move to move to Florence, MT, to be closer to his children living there. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Marie, and grandsons, Paul Friedrich and Scott Hoffmeyer, Jr. He is survived by daughters Vallery Crumbley (Lee) of Stevensville, MT, and Darlene Burtch (David) of Florence, MT, sons Galen Jr. (Cheryl) of Williston, ND, Chad of Florence, MT, and three sisters, Ann, Carol and Bonnie. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be especially missed by great grandsons, Kyle, Jared, and Dustin Olson. Galen lived his life by example, showing and not so much telling. Although he had much to say and many stories, he will be remembered by how he lived his life. He will be missed very much by the many people he knew and helped. His life was full of challenges and hard times, and his answer was to work harder or longer hours always looking for a better, faster way to do things. This example will be a well taught lesson to all his acquaintances. Although his idea of hitching up a dog behind his goats to pull his sled did exemplify this, it was not one of his better ideas. He will be missed very much by the many people he knew and helped.

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Lester O. Ronholdt
   Posted Thu July 14, 2016
I worked with Galen about 25 years ago. He came to work for my brother Gary on Grace rig 49. He had retired from Petro Hunt I believe and he couldn't stand to have that much spare time. He was a lot of fun to work with even though at the time I was just a punk kid 29 year old. He showed the derrickhand up by not missing a stand tripping in the hole. That derrick hand never did live that down.

Myran Julie Jarmon of Midland City, Al
   Posted Mon July 18, 2016
You are in my prayers and I am so sorry for your loss. 1 Corinthians 15:26

Therresa Christopherson
   Posted Fri July 22, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Galen's passing! I lived next door to him when he lived in the Log Cabin home. He would always stop at the house to visit when he was out "breaking in" anew colt, or driving by. He was such a talker, and so many stories! He was a great friend and will be missed. God Bless to family and friends.

Naomi and Reuben Karlin
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
Glen was the best neighbor we had. He was never too busy to visit or lend a hand if needed. He was generous to all and was trusting, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. We loved having him for meals and tried to be as good a friend to him as he was to us. He will certainly be missed.

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