John Douglas Ham, 88, lifelong rancher of Bridger Canyon, passed away at his home Feb. 19, 2013. He was born Aug. 11, 1924 to Fred and Mary Evelyn (Pease) Ham and lived his entire life in Bridger Canyon.
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John enlisted in the Navy and served on the Destroyer USS Rooks in World War II. He earned three stars on the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. When John came home he went to agricultural school on his GI Bill.
He married Carol E. (Stevens) Pardue on Sept. 21, 1948, they purchased his parents original homestead up Bridger Canyon. John and Carol spent the rest of their lives building up the 4D-Ranch.
John was preceded in death by his parents, wife Carol; sister, Alberta Woosley and daughter, Vonnie Pardue Hyde. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Dan Spence; his son, Cliff Ham; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Middleton all of Bozeman; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Isabell Rassley and Loretta Stevens of Bozeman; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of John's life will be held this summer on the ranch; the date and time will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27, 2013