Harold L. Holtan, 82, passed away on June 16, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana due to extended complications from his cancer treatments.
Harold was born December 8, 1936 to Martin and Alice Holtan in Plentywood, Montana. He was the youngest of six children.
He graduated from Outlook High School in 1954. After graduation Harold enlisted in the Army. He then went on to college in Bozeman, Montana.
Harold married Kea Verhaar on October 31, 1965 and to this union they had Greg and Michelle. They were married for 10 years. Harold than married Billie Jean Crossen on January 22, 1977. Billie Jean had her daughter Kelly Loucks from her previous marriage. They all lived in Glasgow for many years and when the kids were all out of high school, Harold and Billie Jean moved to St. Marie.
Harold was a master electrician that started his career at Rainbow Electric, then had partners at Tri-electric, then had his own business, Holtan Electric until he retired. Once he retired, the couple became snowbirds and went to Yuma, Arizona for the past eleven winters, where they loved the warm weather.
Back in the day Harold was a great stock car driver at Duck Creek and other places winning many trophies. He also enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, boating and Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon. He was a member of the VFW and Elks Lodge.
Harold is survived by his wife Billie Jean of 42 years; a son, Greg Holtan of Ennis, Montana; a daughter Michelle (Creyton) Hughes of Ennis, Montana; a step-daughter, Kelly (Norm) Sillerud of Fort Peck, Montana; step-sons, Dutch Newby of Canaan, Maine; and Darrell Newby of Madison, Maine; His grandchildren, Lauren Holtan of Dillon, Montana, and Austin Hughes of Ennis, Montana; step-grandchildren Josh (Jenni) Sillerud, Jason Sillerud and Nate Sillerud all of Glasgow, Montana; great-step grandchildren: Sage, Carter, Karsyn. Siblings Gordon, Beverly, Deloris, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Alice; mother-in-law Eunice and his brothers Howard and Robert.
His big, warm smile will be missed by all.
Funeral service will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.