Harold Ernest Meidinger, 18


By Tribune - Posted on 21 February 2013

  Harold Ernest Meidinger age 18 was born on August 29, 1994 in Miles City, Montana.  He died on February 16, 2013 due to causes from an accident.

Harold attended Headstart Preschool and Elementary Schools in Miles City, Mont.  He graduated from Terry High School in 2012. He recently completed his first semester at MSU-Northern in Havre, Mont., in diesel mechanics coursework.
Harold was a people person; friendly, personable and loved to visit and text. He really loved guns, hunting and trapping, learning the ropes from local trappers Dan and Les Thomason. He helped with farming, ranching with Brad Eaton (Eaton Ranch); Loni Reukauf (Cherry Creek Ranch) and Joel and Nichole Jackson Ranch. While attending MSU-Northern, Harold was employed at Bear Paw Livestock Center in Chinook, Mont., and spent a lot of his time helping out on North Country Quarter Horse Ranch,  Big Sandy, Mont., with Fred, Linda, and Grace Finke and Preston Meidinger. Through his travels, Harold met and made many new friends.
Harold loved to take his mother out hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed riding horses and fixing up his 1998 Dodge 4x4.  He was always game for new things like team roping and bull riding with his friends.   Harold’s real interest was working on vehicles.  He had a true sense of mechanics, spending many hours under hoods of different vehicles.  He loved snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, motorcycling, and mudslinging.  
He loved playing the banjo and watching movies.  He enjoyed cooking and would vacuum in exchange for home-cooked meals topped with ketchup, Tabasco or Ranch Dressing. 
He always stopped to help someone out, friend or stranger … he had a heart of gold. He loved technology including phones, stereos and computers.  
He kept everyone guessing on what he would do next.  His least favorite thing to do was building and repairing electric fences. He was young and adventurous.  
His best friend was his loyal and loving dog, Jack.  
He is survived by his mother, Doris Meidinger of Terry, Grandmother Edna Meidinger of Miles City, Dora Meidinger-Huckins, Linda (Fred) and Grace Finke, Preston Meidinger all from Big Sandy, Iva (Gary) Kirkpatrick, Daniel (Dawnya) Kirkpatrick of Terry, Charlene Meidinger and Kora (Nick) Payne from Clyde Park, Kim Haas of Livingston, Roland Meidinger from Alexadria N.D., DJ Meidinger of Dickinson N.D., Floyd Huckins of Broadus, Randi Kirkpatrick of Glendive, Michelle (James) Hendrickson of Shoshone Wyo., Shanna Huckins of White Sulphur Springs, Lyle Huckins of Jacksonville, N.C., Micah and Shawnee Kirkpatrick of Terry.  
He is preceded in death by his Grandfather and namesake Harold and Ilene Meidinger.  
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Harold E. Meidinger Memorial and mailed to Box 50, Terry, MT 59349.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Terry Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Interment will be held at a later date. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements and condolences can be made to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.
Published February 20, 2013
 
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