Vincent Felix Harrington
BILLINGS - Vincent Felix Harrington entered this world with his big, brown eyes wide open on August 1, 1992, in Apple Valley, California. He left to be received into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on November 15, 2017. He spent his first five years in California, and then the remaining in Billings, Montana, with a brief relocation to South Carolina in 2009.
There are not enough adjectives and words to describe the awesome human being that Vince was, and will continue to be, but here are a few: kind, humble, caring, creative, artistic, clever, perceptive, insightful, funny, intensely feeling, loved by many, giving, generous, hardworking, honest, a good listener, a good friend, an amazing son, a compassionate brother and a patriot. He loved children and wanted to be a father someday, with a wife of his own and a marriage like his Great Grandma and Grandpa Burns. He was trusting and loved to help others, without recognition or identification. So many were the recipient of his kind-heartedness and the world will never know, but be markedly better for it.
Vincent attended Burlington, Boulder, and Broadwater Elementary Schools. He went to Lewis and Clark Middle School. He earned his G.E.D. in 2010, the same year his high school class graduated. He completed one semester at Montana State University-Billings and then realized his interests laid elsewhere.
In 2014 Vincent joined the Montana U.S. Army National Guard and felt it was the best decision of his life. He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and A.I.T. at Fort Lee, Virginia. He loved the camaraderie he experienced there. In the National Guard, Vince earned the rank of Specialist and was in the 1063rd SPT Maintenance Company. He was called to duty during the Montana firestorm this year and served just outside of Lolo. His future plans were to sign up for active duty in the United States Army. He earned numerous awards and decorations and most recently attended Basic Leadership Training at Camp Williams, Utah, in preparation to become a Sergeant. This was an accomplishment he had studied and worked hard for. He was Guide On for an exceptionally long time in his Unit. He was extremely loyal to God and Country and took his military career very seriously.
Vincent worked a few part-time jobs before becoming full-time employed for Pete and Deb Gilbert at Finishing Touch Exteriors & Roofing for several years. Vince loved being outside and the physical aspect of the job. He enjoyed working with his coworker Josh. After that, Vince went to work for United States Homeland Security as a Protective Service Officer at two of the Federal Buildings in town. He was very proud of this position and the additional opportunity to protect and serve his country.
He is survived by his loving mother, Shannon Kathlina Harrington, of Billings; father, Chad Kendric (Elizabeth) Westbrooks, of Orange, California; and former stepfather Richard Eugene (Misty Law) Grimm, stepbrother, Richard Scott Grimm, and beloved little sister Olivetta “Olive” Faline Grimm, whom ONLY he called “Scoob”, all of Billings. He has one maternal uncle, Franklin Robert Harrington, and cousin, Robert Franklin Harrington, both living in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has several paternal siblings, including Elexus Lahua (Tott) Wilson of Las Vegas, and Travon Pukanaaloha and Ethan Westbrooks, a neice, nephews, uncles, an aunt, Jana Westbrooks, and cousins, most of California and paternal grandparents Wayne Morris and Lana Jean (Thompson) Westbrooks of Victorville, California, who will all be given another opportunity to know this gentle man. His maternal grandparents, Edward “Mac” and Peggy Ann (Burns Harrington) Partridge also live to deeply mourn his passing in Burlington, Wyoming, and grandfather Richard Peter (Pamela) Harrington of Alaska are left behind to miss this marvelous young man. There are so many, many other family and friends, from military, Church, school, all walks of life, who live on to feel the loss of Vince’s 25-year-old life ending too soon. His great grandparents, Robert Richter “Boppa” and Kathryn Ella (Smith) Burns; Frank Edgar and Ina Lillian (Morse) Harrington; and two paternal uncles, David Wayne and Christopher Grant Westbrooks, preceded him in death.
Vincent was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Visitation will be on November 20th, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Smith Funeral Chapels, located at 925 South 27th Street, and on November 21st, 2017, from 10:00-10:45 a.m., at the Monad Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 3595 Monad Road. His funeral will be on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Monad Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Gordon Strieff presiding. A military burial with the Honor Guard will follow immediately at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Central Avenue and then a luncheon will be served at the Monad Building for family and close friends.
SPC VINCENT F HARRINGTON
AUG 1 1992 NOV 15 2017