George Andrew Haxby, 89, passed away on June 9, 2007, at his home in Bozeman.
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George was born on May 17, 1918, at the "bend of the Big Hole River," just below Reichle. His parents were Robert and Carrie Ethel (Zeigler) Haxby. George was the youngest of seven children. He spent his early life in the Twin Bridges and Whitehall areas with many happy times at Zeigler Hot Springs.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Radar Specialist. While on active duty he married his sweetheart, Erlice "Pauline" Dewitte.
After his service ended they returned to Whitehall where daughter Pat was born. He worked at Lepp's Garage and drove school bus. When not working, you could find him on the Jefferson River fishing.
In 1964 the family moved to Las Vegas, where George continued to work in the automotive industry as a parts manager.
George retired in 1980 and returned to "the sticks" on Reese Creek, later moving to Bozeman. During retirement you could always find him fishing, gardening, in his wood shop, helping some neighbor build their home or spending time with his best friend, his wife Polly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and siblings.
He is survived in death by his daughter Pat (Ken) Hamlin, granddaughter Meredith (Glenn) Brandal, grandson Bryan Barnes and great-grandchildren Destry and Devin Brandal.
Memorials may be sent to the Jefferson County Museum in Whitehall or to Hospice Care of Bozeman.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 16 to June 17, 2007