Harold F. Radcliffe Jr.
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Helena, Montana —Harold Francis Radcliffe Jr. passed away from natural causes on the evening of July 2nd, 2014 at his home with his loving wife Mazie of 61 years and his daughters Carolyn and Colleen by his side. He was 86 years old upon his death. Harold was born November 13th, 1927 in Port Chester, New York to Harold and Lillian Radcliffe.
He was the second of five children. Harold grew up in Mamaroneck, NY and graduated from F. E. Bellows High School in 1947. In 1948, Harold joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon, and finally at Malstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT. It was there that he met Mazie Fuller. Harold was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1952 and married Mazie on October 12thof that same year. Together they raised five children. Harold began his 38 year career at Mountain Bell in 1952 as an electrician in Great Falls, MT. As the Central Office Equipment Installer, he spent many years working on the hi-line setting up telephone offices for the company. In 1967, the family settled in Helena where he retired in 1990.
He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts where he led a 60 mile hike through the Bob Marshall wilderness. Harold was a member of the Elks club, the American Legion, and the First Presbyterian Church. He also volunteered at St. Peter's hospital with his wife. Harold enjoyed spending time with his family in the great outdoors, camping, boating, and fishing. He loved his family deeply and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Mazie, sons David (Cindy), Steve (Darlene), Hal
(Deirdre) and daughters Carolyn Radcliffe and Colleen Nichols (Harlan). He is also survived by grandchildren Jonathan, Marta, Casey, Victoria, Michael, Julia, and Berkleigh Radcliffe, Brittany (Caleb) Bettenhausen, Amy Rieker, Daniel and Brian Nichols. In addition, he is survived by great grandchildren Tristin Baker and Ailey Bettenhausen. Harold is also survived by his sister Lillian Jones and brother Edward Radcliffe.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Lillian Radcliffe and his brothers George and John Radcliffe.
A viewing for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday evening on July 10th from 4 to 6 PM. The funeral will be held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 535 North Ewing St. Friday July 11th at 11 AM followed by a reception. A grave site service will take place at Fort Harrison immediately following the reception. Contributions may be made in Harold's name to the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing St, Helena, MT 59601, the St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601 or to the
Special thanks to the entire staff at St. Peter's Hospital, the Cooney Rehabilitation Center and to Katie with Hospice of St. Peter's. In addition, we would like to thank the First Presbyterian Church Deacons and our many special friends and neighbors. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Harold.
Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home & Crematory
3750 N Montana Ave
Helena, MT 59602
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 6, 2014