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Harold Lloyd McKinlay

December 16, 1933 February 22, 2019
Harold Lloyd McKinlay
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Obituary for Harold Lloyd McKinlay

Harold Lloyd McKinlay, 85, passed away Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Strawberry Roan Assisted Living in Judith Gap, MT.

Harold was born in Fort Benton, MT, December 16, 1933 to Lloyd and Dorothy (Hart) McKinlay. He attended Carter Elementary School through the eighth grade. Harold graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1952. After graduation, Harold worked as a guide for a dude ranch near Augusta, MT. He loved to tell about packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

July 31, 1955, Harold married Barbara Ruth Euell in Carter, MT. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the Green Ranch at Buffalo. Within a year, Harold, Barbara and two year old Sherri moved to Harold’s aunt and uncle’s ranch (Esther and Charlie Shrewsbury). Roberta and Judy came along shortly thereafter.

Harold and Barbara purchased the ranch in 1969, where they raised their children and spent every day together until Harold passed away. Harold loved the ranch, his cattle, his horses and his family.

Harold is survived by his wife, Barbara McKinlay; children, Sherri (James) Bergstrom of Buffalo, MT, and Judy (Les) Swanson of Buffalo, MT; grandchildren, Heather (Chad) Finneman of Havre, Tracy Bergstrom of Choteau, Dan (Jolene) Bergstrom of Billings, Roger (Toni) Bergstrom of Joliet, Cody (Crystal) Swanson of Buffalo, Amanda (Bryce) Hove of Circle, Robert (Katrina) Bergstrom of Toronto, Canada, and Barbara (Andy) Guy of Buffalo; 16 great-grandchildren; and brother Orville McKinlay and wife Caroline of Carter, MT.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Dorothy McKinlay; and his daughter, Roberta Larson.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Utica Hall on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. A private inurnment will be held later on the family ranch at the foot of the Twin Sisters Mountain. Memorial donations in Harold’s honor, can be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Harold’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at

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2:00 PM 3/2/2019 2:00:00 PM
Utica Community Hall

Corner of Pig Eye Rd and South Fork Rd.
Utica, MT 59452

Utica Community Hall
Corner of Pig Eye Rd and South Fork Rd. Utica 59452 MT
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