Harry Leon Buchanan
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Helena —Harry Leon Buchanan, 101, of Helena formerly of Big Fork, Montana passed away June 11, 2013 in Helena. He was born January 14, 1912 in Stanley, North Dakota to Isaac and Nellie Buchanan. The family moved to Poplar, Montana when he was 5 years old.
Harry graduated from Poplar High School in 1932. In the fall of 1940 he moved to Great Falls and worked at the Home Oil Refinery. Soon after in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945. Harry met and married the love of his life Opal A. Johnson at the First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point on November 18, 1945. They moved to Seattle Washington for a year while Harry went to Vocational Baking School. They then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended Dunwoody Baking School to continue his education. Together they had one daughter, Donna Kay Stone. Harry and his family have also lived in Wolf Point, Chinook, Frazer, Big Fork and Helena, Montana.
Surviving Harry is his wife of 68 years, Opal Buchanan of Helena; daughter, Donna Stone of Helena; grandson, Andrew Stone; sister, Mary Binkley of Helena and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Virgil Buchanan and David Buchanan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday June 28th at Retz Funeral Home with a small reception to follow at the funeral home. A Graveside Service with military honors will follow the reception at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison, Montana. Memorial in Harry's name may be sent to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, P.O. Box 80807 Billings, MT 59108 or to Christikon Lutheran Bible Camp, 1108 24th Street West, Billings, MT 59102.
To offer condolences or share a memory of Harry, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 19, 2013