BIG TIMBER — Harold Esp, 97, of Big Timber, passed away Thursday evening, April 25, at the Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber. He was born on April 22, 1916, to Meryl and Albert Esp.
Harold had an older sister, Dorothy, and a younger brother, John. They lived on a farm on Deer Creek. They went to a one-room schoolhouse and would get there by horse and buggy.
When Harold was at Sweet Grass County High School, he was a starter on the varsity basketball team. He loved basketball just like his father, Albert, who was on the state championship team in 1913.
Harold and Marjorie Mosier married in 1937. They were married 69 happy years before she passed away in 2006. Their marriage was a wonderful example for their children and grandchildren.
Harold worked in trucking most of his life, though he was foreman of a ranch and farmed in Arkansas. He also worked for the city of Big Timber and as a night policeman.
In later years he and Marge spent many happy hours camping in the mountains and spending winters in Arizona.
Harold was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. When grandchildren came to visit, he would always take the time to play cards with them, take them camping, fishing, and on trips to Yellowstone Park. He showed his grandchildren the great beauty of Montana and created many cherished memories.
Harold was a kind, honest, hard-working man and made friends wherever he went. He will be missed by many.
Harold is survived by his son, Larry, and wife, Maxine; daughter, Linda, and husband, Jim; Jack and wife, BJ; grandchildren Eirik and wife, Julie, Dana and husband, Bill, Jimmy and wife, Rose, Matthew and wife, Rosali, Jennifer and husband, Ian; and nine great-grandchildren, Madeline, Elena, Nicholas, Claire, Caitlyn, Marjorie, Miles, Maysa and Wylan.
Viewing will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Stenberg Funeral Home, 215 Anderson, with funeral services being held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorials in Harold’s name may be made to the Crazy Mountain Museum, Box 83, Big Timber; or Hearts and Hands Hospice at PO Box 1337, Big Timber, MT 59011; or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Stenberg Funeral Home.