|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1935|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 2012|
DRUMMOND – Harold Raymond Clute Sr., 77, passed away Oct. 23, 2012, surrounded by his children, at his daughter's home in Bonner. Harold was born June 18, 1935, in Deer Lodge to Ray and Marie Clute. He and his siblings were raised in Drummond and attended Drummond schools.
After graduation, Harold worked for the Milwaukee Railroad until he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict from 1957 to 1959, and later returned to continue his work with the Milwaukee Railroad for several more years. During his lifetime, Harold worked as an equipment operator and driller on road construction crews and for several years at the lime quarry outside Drummond. He also tried his hand at ranch work and worked in a sawmill for many years. Lastly, Harold was employed with the Montana State Highway Department where he worked with the Drummond road crew until his retirement.
After his tour in Korea, Harold married Flora Olmstead on Oct. 13, 1959, and they were married for 28 years. Together they had five children: Harold Jr., Brett, Tina, Marjorie and Clint.
Harold enjoyed the great outdoors and loved hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling in the hills and mountains surrounding Drummond. He spent his life navigating these mountain roads and passed this love on to his boys, who continue to follow in his footsteps. He was also an avid sports fan and loved to follow the success of the surrounding college and high school sports teams. In his last years, Harold was happiest taking mountain rides with his sons or brothers.
He is survived by his brothers Dale, Wayne and Keith; sister Marjorie (Gilson); sons Harold Jr., Brett and Clint; daughter Marjorie (Ron) Morgan; numerous nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Marie (Clawson); brother Allen; daughter Tina; great-grandson Carson White; brother-in-law Charles Gilson; and many Clute and Clawson aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial reception for friends and family will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Drummond Community Hall in celebration of his life.
A special thank you goes out to Partners in Home Care and, most specifically, Nurse Tammy.
-Source: Missoulian, Oct 2012.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: AnnieDuckettHundley
Record added: Oct 24, 2012
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