Harry Arthur Kilmer

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Harry Arthur Kilmer of Belgrade died Dec. 19, 2015 at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital of natural causes. He was born March 14, 1926 in Gallatin, New York to Richard Kilmer and Anna Simmons. He attended Roc Cliff Janson High School in New York. During the Depression school years, he picked apples and berries to buy school clothes, picking up coal along the railroad tracks on the way home to help heat the house.

After High School he joined the U.S. Army during World War II, working with the 87th Golden Acorn Division as a machine gunner in the Normandy Invasion. He learned to ski as they marched across Europe during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944 to 1945 always hoping that the winter supplies would catch up to them. Glad the war was over, Harry re-enlisted to assist in the rebuilding effort in France for the next eight years.

When he returned home after being discharged, he worked on the railroad track on the New York Central Run from Albany to Poughkepsie. He went on to work for Arlington Structural Steel in Poughkepsi, Schweitzer-Mauduit Papermill in Ancram, New York, the Highway department in Gallatin, New York, Firestone Tires and John Deere Tractors in Hudson, New York.

Harry married Beverly Joann Dunn on Aug. 18, 1955 and they had four children. In 1961 they moved from Hudson, New York to Bozeman. Harry was an avid fisherman and game hunter and never regretted the choice to move across country to a state he had never visited. He loved having company come visit at any time of year. He was always ready to be the guide and take them through Yellowstone National Park, Lewis and Clark Caverns or just a jaunt into the beautiful countryside of this sate he had come to love.

He worked for Montana Gardiner construction-repair, Williams Texaco and High School Texaco in Bozeman, Mills Repair, and for Don Westra assisting with the daily ranching and repair of heavy farming equipment in Belgrade. Always willing to work and help out where he could he worked for Thrifty Car Rental with Beverly for several years until his late 70s. After retirement Harry could always be found mowing the lawn on his riding lawnmower, oxygen tank in tow.

Harry is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Anna, his sister Laura, and his brother Ralph. He is survived by his ex-wife, Beverly Dunn; daughters, Brenda (Mike) Sample of Belgrade and Christine (Jason) Carr of Sumner, Washington; sons, Michael Kilmer of Marion, Montana and Martin (Carolyn) Kilmer of Salma, ND; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He will be missed.

There will be no services by request. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2016
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