John Harasymczuk

John Harasymczuk, age 90, passed away peacefully the early morning of the 6th of February, 2017 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, MT.

John was born August 7, 1926 in Chesapeake City, Maryland to John and Annie (Woznik) Harasymczuk. John was the eighth child in the family of nine children. He attended grade school in Chesapeake City and graduated from high school.

He enlisted in the Army Air Force in January 17, 1944. He often said as a child he was a “water rat” swimming in the Chesapeake Delaware Canal. He was the last member of this first generation of Harasymczuk’s. Enlisting in the Air Force and missing the draft he was able to select the Air Combat Program which he felt was a select group of young men. He was sent to Germany, and after the Battle of the Bulge the end of the war in Europe was in sight. During the occupation of Germany he spent seven months traveling from Berchtesgaden to Garnish. He really enjoyed the sights and the swimming. He was set to be sent into the Japanese war when President Truman ordered the atomic bomb for Japan, which was dropped August 6th, the day before John’s birthday. John said that was his best birthday present ever. He was again home in Maryland in the fall of 1946. 

He and Cathy Beaston were married and they moved to Missoula, MT for college. After graduation he came to Miles City and began teaching science, P.E. and coaching in the Miles City School system. He taught for 36 years before retiring. During that time he built two homes for his family here in Miles City, the last on the Tongue River which was his current home. His wife Cathy passed away in 1995. 

He met Leah Pace in late 1996 and they shared 20 wonderful years together.

John is survived by his companion Leah Pace, of Miles City; his children: Michelle (Vince) Husted of Dillon, MT, Mike (Sondra) Harasymczuk of Miles City, Doug (Char) Harasymczuk of Billings, MT and David (Gail) Harasymczuk of Spring Creek, NV. John is also survived by ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by  a vigil service at 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery. 

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