Harley Jack Burnett, age 86, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020 at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan, MT.
Harley Jack Burnett
Born: Denver, Colorado to Freda Marie(Carter) and Birl Sheldon Burnett February 13, 1934 Died: May 7, 2020
One stubborn, temperamental, overly-sensitive and downright passionate man with the heart of a lion and the hug of a bear has departed this earth. Harley Jack Burnett is survived by his wife Ramona and four of five of his children, Dirk, Dan, Shelly and Wanda. Harley has joined his son Tim in the great beyond.
We remember his life for the loving, giving and storm of a man he was. Harley, with his bride of 67 years started in motion a family whose legacy born engineers, sailors, airman, marines, mothers, fathers, friendly neighbors and people dedicated to causes bigger than themselves. That was the essence of Harley, where the wave first began as a ripple from his own devotion to something greater than himself, his ever expanding family.
Harley was born in Denver and at 19 stole away his bride of only 17 to live and make a new life in California. After years of learning every craft from carpentry, welding, cementing, framing to carpet laying Harley's love for the great outdoors and big game pulled him to Montana.
He built a home that would become that center a Christmas gatherings, birthdays, and giant Thanksgivings with family stuffed in every corner. He also build homes for his children, along with duplexes to rent, barns and large corals for his children's love of horses. He owned multiple businesses and operated them with honesty and fairness.
Throughout the years and into retirement, Harley remained engaged in his children and grandchildren's lives, with hundreds of pictures in mismatched frames lining the walls of the small duplex he and Ramona would move into and spend their last days before finally succumbing to illnesses and being in need of professional care.
Harley was a patriarch, a loving and devoted husband and a titan for family virtues. He will be forever cherished for the hundreds of fishing trips, the thousands of times he bounced his knees with little ones sitting on them and the eternal love gave to his family.
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."