Richard A. “Dick” Harwood

Richard A. “Dick” Harwood    Richard A. “Dick” Harwood, age 86, a long time Pondera and Toole County area farmer from Conrad, passed away Sept. 4, 2007 at the Pondera Medical Center due to cancer. Visitation was held Sept. 7, from 1 until 8 p.m. at the Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sept. 8, at the funeral chapel with burial following at the Mountain View Cemetery. A lunch was held at the Shelby Senior Center following the interment.  Whitted Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent for the family to The family suggests memorials be given to a group home called AWARE INC, 205 E Park, Anaconda, MT 59711.
    Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Genevieve Harwood, of Conrad; daughter, Janis Elaine (Leonard) Lundby, of Manchester; sons, Richard Thomas (Linda) Harwood, of Devon and John Allen (Carol) Harwood, of Joliet; sisters, Elizabeth Beth Applegate, of Ore., Bernice Chapman, of Calif., Ariel Croxford and April Sliwoski, both of Great Falls; brothers, Robert James Harwood, of Seattle and Benjamin Harwood, of Renton, Wash.; ten grandchildren, Christine, Tara, Michael, Curtis and Craig  Harwood, Colleen Wohnoutka, Kimberly Wielenga, Kirk, Kara and Kendra Lundby; and two great-grandchildren, Audry Wielenga and Natasha Wohnoutka.
    He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother David Harwood.
    Dick was born Aug. 4, 1921 at Langdon, N.D. to Ernest & Bernice (Gerrie) Harwood. At the age of 10 he moved with his family to Fairfield where they bought the last available homestead. The family created a group called the ‘Virginia Reels’ and would perform and travel from town to town entertaining and showing movies.
    Dick and his brothers did electrical work in the area for a time before he attended Vo-Tech College in Billings. In 1939 he bought a farm near Conrad and married Genevieve Tenney on Nov. 12, 1943. In 1960 the couple bought a farm near Devon. Although they moved to Conrad in 1983, he still remained active with the farming operation until his recent illness.
    Dick was very handy, and in the 1960’s devised what is known as the Harwood Hook-up - a means by which you hook two two-wheel drive tractors together to make it into a four-wheel drive unit.
    He enjoyed woodworking, photography, playing cards, and fixing and rebuilding old radios. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Republican party.