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Harry Robert Funk, 86, who had been vice president of marketing for Wyo-Ben Products for 55 years, died in the late afternoon of June 28, 2012.
He was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Beach, N.D., the son of Harry and Flora and brother to Vera, Millie and Margie.
Enlisting in the Army, he celebrated his 19th birthday on a ship headed for New Guinea. He joined the 11th Airborne Division in January 1945 and participated in the Luzon campaigns in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan.
He was honorably discharged in 1946, but continued to be active in the Army Reserves for 14 more years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze service stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and the Purple Heart.
He married Evelyn Staley on Feb. 1, 1951. He had a long career at Wyo-Ben Products and even went to work for an hour on the day of his death.
He was a gardener and played golf at the Yellowstone Country Club.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Lonnie; daughters, Terri McIver and Geri Funk; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation began July 1 and vigil was held July 2 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was July 3 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with a luncheon following.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Yellowstone County Junior Golf program.