Harry M. Drogitis passed away Nov. 13, 2012 at his home in Harrison, Mont., at the age of 86. He was born Aug. 10, 1926 to Sam and Mary (Marshall) Drogitis in Ringling, Mont. He attended school in Ringling, and at the age of 17 he joined the United States Navy. He fought in WWII on the destroyer ship USS Gatling DD 671 in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the destroyers that escorted the USS Missouri to Japan for the signing of the treaty. He married the love of his life, Marlyse Tvetene at the Lutheran Church in Harlowton, Mont. on March 1, 1950. They moved to Spokane, Wash. where he attended telegraph school. He then spent 40 years working on the railroad in many places as a depot agent telegrapher for Northern Pacific. He retired in 1985.
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He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlyse, and four children, Dennis Drogitis of Harrison, Duane Drogitis of Shelby, Mont., Debra (Randy) Jacobson of Harrison, Denise (Jim) Christopherson of Kennewick, Wash. Also the pride and joy of his life five, grandchildren, Clayton (Cailin) Davey of Kennewick, Wash., Sara Cossio of Pasco, Wash., Dani Drogitis of Shelby, Mont., Gus and Luke Jacobson of Missoula, Mont., and one great-granddaughter, Kailer Drogitis of Shelby, Mont. He is also survived by his four sisters, Doris Bouchard of Harlowton, Mont., Sophia Ness of Big Fork, Mont., Marge (Norm) Bouldin of Boulder, Mont., Gloria Deglow of Denver, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mary Drogitis and his brothers, John and Bob Drogitis, and mother-in-law, Mildred Mager, all from Two Dot, Mont. A celebration of his life will be at the Harrison Funeral Home, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. followed by dinner at the Hollowtop Senior in Pony, Mont. He will be missed by many friends that loved him as he loved them. In lieu of flowers, contribution to the Hollowtop Seniors in Pony, Mont.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2012