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William "Bill" Carl Harbolt
Born: Aug 29, 1917
Died: Mar 21, 2015


William Carl Harbolt, AKA “Business Bill”, age 97, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Northern Montana Hospital surrounded by family.  A viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook. Services will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Chinook Presbyterian Church, with a reception following at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook. Condolences may be left for the family at www.edwardsfuneralhomemt.com.
 
Bill was born to Ira S. and Lillie Moorehead Harbolt August 29, 1917 at the family home in Chinook, MT; the youngest of three children. He graduated from Chinook High School in 1935. He participated in football, basketball, and track; excelling in track by setting a record in the high hurdles.
 
Bill enlisted in the National Guard 163rd Infantry Tank Division when he was 15 years old. Bill received an Honorable Discharge due to a serious car accident. In 1938, at the age of 21, he joined his father’s insurance business and managed it until he turned 70, at which time his son, Bill Jr. took over the business.
 
Bill married Mildred Chesarek on Dec. 30, 1939. Married for 69 years, Bill and Mildred were the parents of six children: Connie (Jim) Oliver of Covington, VA, Francie (John) McMahon of Missoula, Carol Jo (Sonny) Lubick of Fort Collins, CO, Bill (Kathy) Harbolt of Chinook, Maggie (John) Moffatt of Missoula, and Beth (Rick) Cottingham of Helena.
 
Bill was an active, progressive community member and a huge Chinook booster. He firmly believed in giving back to the community and did so generously. He was a volunteer fireman, a member of the Elks, Lions, Eagles, and the Masonic Lodge. He served as a board member for many organizations, including the Sacred Heart Hospital, the Sweet Nursing Home, Chinook Businessmen’s Association, and the Blaine Bank of Montana. He was an avid golfer, bowler, fisherman and an active member of the Presbyterian Church.
 
Bill lived life to the fullest. He was passionate about his sweetheart Millie, family, friends, and political activism. Even at 97, Bill moved fast. Slow wasn’t in his nature.
 
Survivors include his six children, their surviving spouses, 17 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, parents Ira and Lillie, brother, Glenn, sister Juanita, and son-in-law John McMahon. 
A memorial in Bill’s name has been established at the Chinook Presbyterian Church.

Public Guest Book

Mar 24th
Mary & Patrick Leeds
I was deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He lived a full life and was an inspiration to me and many others. I and many others will miss him tremendously. I will always treasure his great wit and helpful advice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harbolt family.
Mar 24th
Allen Williamson
So very sorry about the passing of your father . We know he will be missed by all.Sincerly Allen and Phyllis Williamson
Mar 24th
Theresa Caserza (Chesarek)
It is sad to learn of the passing of Uncle Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mar 24th
Derryl Chapman
I was very saddened to hear that Bill Sr. had past away. He and Mildred were very close friends of my folks and were very highly thought of. It was always a pleasure to come back to Chinook and end up at the Tastee Bite having coffee with my dad, Bill and the rest of the "old timers". He was a solid man, true to his word and his kindness had no bounds. One need to look no farther than a person's family to see the type of individual they were...Bill was as good as they come!
Regards,
Derryl Chapman & Family
Mar 24th
HENRY SCOOF GORDON
I AM TRULY SORRY TO HEAR OF BILL PASSING. MY MOM TALKED ABOUT PUSHING HIM IN A BABY CARRIAGE WHEN HE WAS A BABY. HE HAS BEEN A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY HIS WHOLE LIFE AND I WILL MISS HIM AS WILL ALL OF YOU.
Mar 24th
Tim Horan
Your father will always live on in your hearts! We send our deepest sympathy. Tim and Jan
Mar 24th
Jim Jacobsen
My thoughts and prayers are with the Harbolt family with the passing of Bill. He was a very special person who always greeted me when I visited Chinook. He will be missed.
Mar 24th
Joan & Tom Burns
Our thoughts are with you. Your dad was a good friend to our families and we remember him fondly.
Mar 25th
Brian Donahue
I was priviliged to work with Bill for many years in insurance. He was one of a kind. Always generous, insisting that I stay at the family home on my visits to Chinook. I'll never forget him or Mildred.
Mar 26th
Ann Stuart
Harbolt Family
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man. He and Mildred were so good to Cheyanne.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Sam and Ann Stuart
Cheyanne Hamilton
Mar 28th
Barbara Lafrantz
Seems like we always knew your Dad. He was a presence in Chinook, laughing and joking. He came to see my Dad, Nick, in Great Falls at the hospital, Made my Dad's day a lot brighter! We have very fond memories of him. God Bless him and the family. Richard Wagner and Barbara Lafrantz
 

 

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