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Mr. Harfield Hole was born in Poplar on Nov. 13, 1915, to Albert and Nettie (Germundson) Hole. He had three brothers: Art, Clifford and Rudy Hole; and a sister, Lillian Steinmaus.

The family moved to Red Lodge in 1920 when Harfield was 5 years old. Then, in 1929, the family moved to Lewistown, where he graduated from Fergus County High School in 1934. Soon after graduation, Harfield purchased his first vehicle, a “Model T Bug,” for $10. He ventured off to Wheeler (near Fort Peck Dam) to meet his father, the postmaster. Harfield started his first of many business ventures by opening a newsstand. He later worked construction in Indiana, California, Arizona and Utah.

In 1942, Harfield was drafted into the U.S. Army. He first went to Fort Douglas, Utah, and then to Fort Chaffee, Ark., in the 14th Armored Division. He joined the 998 Treadway Bridge Co. Engineers. He landed on Utah Beach and made the drive across France with the 8th Army Units, including 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th and French 1st Army. His company installed the first pontoon bridges across the Rhine River at Remagen while attached to the 8th Army in the Battle of the Bulge. The war carried him through Normandy, France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Harfield moved to Billings, where he owned and operated the Western Lounge, which was located across from the Northern Hotel. After several years, he changed professions and began his career as a landlord, which he continued until his death.

Harfield was married to Josephine Baide.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his longtime friend, Donna Boeck; and many friends and family.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the staff at TenderNest, Rocky Mountain Hospice and all those who contributed to his well-being.

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club.

We will miss you, Uncle Harfield.

Condolences may be made online at

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