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Harry ""Red"" Hayden (1926 - 2013)

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Harry "Red" Hayden, 87, of Belgrade, Mont., formerly of Beach, N.D. passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in Belgrade.

Harry "Red" Hayden was born on May 30, 1926 on the family farm near Carlyle, Mont., the second son of Charles and Estella (Blake) Hayden. He was raised on the farm and attended school at the one-room school house on the hill near the farm. On his 18th birthday Red enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Butte, Mont. and was inducted on June 19, 1944 in the Marines, Company C 26 Marines, 5th Marine Division. During World War II Red was in the 3rd wave of marines that landed on the beaches of Iwo Jima. He spent 30 days on Iwo Jima. His tour ended in Hawaii two years later. Following his time with the military he returned home to help his parents with the family farm. Red married Wilma Brockmeyer in 1949 and they had six children, Larry, Rodney, Lorayne, Darrell, Dale, and RaeAnn. In the late 1980s Red moved to Belgrade and married Luella Wyckoff in 1992. They made their home in Belgrade until the time of his passing.

Red started trucking with a pickup hauling locally around Beach and Wibaux. He progressed to a straight truck hauling grain, hay and gravel; then a semi-truck hauling livestock, grain and lumber. Gradually he built Hayden Trucking into 13 tanker trucks hauling crude oil, road oil and molasses in eight western states. Red was especially proud of his business since he had only finished 8th grade, although he later earned a GED. As a boy Red dreamed of flying and in the mid-70s made his dream a reality by earning his private pilot's license and buying a Cessna 182 airplane. He enjoyed being able to fly his family and friends around the country. Also flying repair parts to the trucks. Red loved attending auctions, purchasing tools, equipment and trucks for his business.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Estella Hayden; one nephew, Charles.

Red is survived by his wife, Luella of Belgrade; his six children, Larry Hayden of Belgrade, Rod Hayden of Belgrade, Lorayne (David) Leastman of Carpenter, Wyo., Darrell Hayden of Carpenter, Dale (Linda) Hayden of Bozeman, RaeAnn (Glenn) Magyar of Honolulu, Hawaii; one brother, Harold Hayden of Beaverton, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, Marcia, Ami, Adellas, Wallace, David John, Emily, Nathan, Jeremiah, Amanda, Jacob and Keaton; 12 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Kayla, Hadley, Montana, Mikaela, Samantha, Dakota, Patricia, Shiloh, Sebastian and Sheldon, two nieces, Kathy and Joan.

Memorials may be made to a veterans association like the VFW or Wounded Warriors in his honor.

Services were held in Beach on Nov. 9 and internment is in the Beach Lutheran Cemetery.

A memorial luncheon will be held for friends and family in the Belgrade area at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in the Belgrade Alliance Church, 205 W Cameron Ave. If you can't make the memorial but have a memory of Red you would like to share, send it to PO Box 346, Belgrade, MT 59714. It will be read during the memorial.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014
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