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Harry J. Sibary
My Dad, Harry J Sibary, peacefully slept his way home, early Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2014.
Dad was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Manistee, Mich., the 4th child of Henry Charles and A u g u s t a A n n ( S t r e u ) Sibary. He joined Hazel, Josephine, and Charles (Chuck), all d e c e a s e d . P e a r l , E l s i e (deceased) and Robert aka Bob (Nancy) came along over the next 8 years. Dad's father, Henry, died of pneumonia when Dad was 8. Dad dropped out of school at an early age to help support the family. He joined the Civi l ian Conservat ion Corps at Camp Walhalla in Lake County, Mich., where he learned to cook for large groups.
Dad met my mother, Lillian, in Detroit where some of his family had relocated to find work.
They married, May 31, 1943 after Dad had enlisted and before he shipped out to England during WWII. He served in the Army as a Cook with the 3537 MAM in Europe.
Dad was discharged in 1945 and my sister Pamula Jae, now deceased, was born in October 1946. Lola Dee arrived 8 years later in January 1955. After leaving the service my parents lived in Royal Oak, Mich., and Dad worked for General Motors and then Burroughs Adding Machine Company.
In 1960, we moved to a 20-acre farm outside South Lyon, Mich. We had cows, pigs, sheep, ponies, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits, plus a huge garden that Dad took care of on his days off from Burroughs.
In 1967, my dad took a job in Kalamazoo, Mich., at the new General Motors Tool & Die Plant. He retired from there as a die maker in 1988.
My parents divorced in 1975 and shortly after Dad married Mary Prudden, a lovely woman with 3 grown sons: David (Beth), Jim [(deceased) (Sue)] and Guy (Bea).
Mary passed away unexpectedly after only 5 very happy years with Dad. Dad's only grandchildren came from this union, Mark, Curt, Douglas, Lori, Sarah, Kelly and Katie. There are also 2 great grandchildren, Alexis and Parker.
Dad asked my Mom to marry him again after a year of mourning Mary. Dad and Mom moved to Red Lodge in 1995. Dad was a member of the Red Lodge Community Church and was very active with Carbon County Habitat for Humanity.
Dad loved to fish. He spent many happy summers on fishing vacations in Canada with his brother Bob and family, or his sister, Elsie's, boys. Dad hunted too, getting a deer every year he went out. I think what he most enjoyed was being around family and good friends.
Dad was one of the "Good Guys". He never had a bad word to say about anyone, he was kind, gentle and loving. I can't think of anyone he met who didn't like him. He is survived by nephews Calvin, Gene, Fred, David, Richard, Jack, Don, Butch, Bob, Ed, Rodney, Pat, Robbie, Jamie, nieces Barb, Carolyn, Rosie, Sharon, Linda, Charlotte, Patsy, Amy and Diane and their families.
Dad has been cremated and a memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 6 at the Red Lodge Community Church. He will travel back to his beloved Michigan one last time this coming summer, where a celebration of his life is being planned at our place in Luther, Mich., over Memorial weekend. His final resting place will be with my stepmother, Mary, in Vicksburg, Mich.
I would like to thank the staff at Cedarwood Villa, for their kind, loving, compassionate care of Dad throughout his extended stay. Thanks to the staff of Beartooth Hospital who took excellent care of Dad during his many stays there. A special thanks to the Hospice staff, who care so much for all their patients and patients families, David Munson for his guidance and support, Dr Linda Hall who helped me so much during the last emergency room visit and Dr Bill George who treated Dad with such respect and who was always there whenever we needed him.