Harlan “Red” Daniel Eastlick, 89, of Billings, who had been general manager for G.D. Eastlick Inc., died Monday evening, Oct. 17, 2011, of lymphoma.
He was born March 15, 1922, in Park City, the sixth child of Daniel and Nora Israel Eastlick, who owned a homestead west of Molt. He graduated from Park City High School in 1941.
During World War II, he was a member of the 30th Division, 119th Infantry, and served in France, Germany and Belgium. He married Ella Rose Thatcher on Jan. 8, 1944, and they were married for 40 years.
He worked as a carpenter and contractor, building dozens of homes in Billings and other cities. In the early 1950s he was featured in a national contracting magazine for outstanding leadership in construction management and development of large-scale concrete placement and framing practices.
In the early 1960s, he was instrumental in bringing pneumatic nailing equipment and techniques to Montana. In addition, he held a real estate broker license and worked for nearly 10 years as general manager for G.D. Eastlick Inc.
He had received care from Billings Clinic Hospital, Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community and Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include a brother, Kenneth of Calgary, Canada; a son, Scott of Billings; a daughter, Beth Ferraro of Durham, N.C.; a son-in-law, Glen Woods of Billings, with whom he lived during the last two years of his life; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 24 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception followed at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6774 in the Heights.
Memorials may be sent to the Billings Senior Center, 360 N. 23rd St., Billings, MT 59101.