Robert Harmon, 89, of Williston, N.D., passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston.
Robert Ervin Harmon was born July 5, 1930, at Havre, Mont., to Merton and Isabelle Greene Harmon. The Harmon family moved to Trenton in 1936 where Merton was a Railroad Depot Agent. When Robert was 10, the family moved to Charbonneau, N.D., where he grew to manhood. He attended Charbonneau School and received his High School Degree through the Division of Supervised Study at NDSU. Bob worked for numerous area farmers and the railroad extra gang out of Fairview, Mont. He worked on the construction of the Garrison Dam, then moved to the oil patch out of New Town, N.D.
In 1952, Robert was drafted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After basic training he was stationed in Germany where he was a mechanic. He served until 1954 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. In 1954, the family moved back to Charbonneau. In 1956, Robert married Sylvia Grieger. After this marriage, Robert and Sylvia moved to New Town where they owned the Sunset Motel. Robert started a roustabout business doing concrete and excavation work. Four children were born to the couple while they lived in New Town, Donna Patricia, Beverly Anne, Kenneth Robert, and Sandra Jane. Robert and Sylvia divorced in 1978.
In 1989, Robert married Ida Maud Lester Evanson in Arnegard, N.D., where they made their home until moving to Williston in 2016. Robert entered the Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston in 2017 where he resided until his death.
Robert was a member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion in Williston, the Arnegard Lions Club, and Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard.
Robert had a lifelong passion for music and was ready to play his violin at any opportunity given to him. He relished a good joke and loved his cats. He enjoyed visiting with his coffee group at the Arnegard Café. Everyone knew Robert to never say a negative word about anyone in his almost 90 years on this earth.
Preceding Robert in death were his parents, Merton and Isebelle Harmon; brother, Merton Harmon; daughter, Donna and son-in-law, Judd Evans; and son-in-law, Shotae Little Soldier.
Robert’s survivors include his wife of 30 years, Ida; brother, Dale (Linda) Harmon, San Diego, Calif.; children, Beverly (Dwight) Frank of Beulah, N.D.; Kenneth (Jeannine) Harmon, of Duluth, Minn.; Sandra (Henry) Metzger, of St. Paul, Minn.; step-children, Debra (Ken) Nelson, of Dickinson, N.D., Barbara Evanson, of Bismarck, N.D., David (Penny) Evanson, of Williston and Tracy Evanson, Grand Forks, N.D. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Emily Evans, Karsen and Skye Little Soldier, Luke Mueller, Marie Harmon, Brian and Brent Nelson, Valerie McDaniel, Jeremiah Evanson, and Gabrielle Evanson. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Robert’s Funeral Service was held Monday, June 15, 2020, at the Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, with Pastor Garrett Gudmunsen officiating. Interment was in Wilmington Cemetery, Arnegard.
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com