In memory of

Harold E. Meidinger age 18 of Terry, MT

August 29, 1994 – February 16, 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, MT.  He graduated from Terry High School in 2012. He recently completed his first semester at MSU-Northern in Havre, MT 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 and ranching with Brad Eaton (Eaton Ranch); Lon Reukauf (Cherry Creek Ranch) and Joel and Nichole Jackson Ranch.  While attending MSU-Northern, Harold was employed at Bear Paw Livestock Center in Chinook, MT, and spent a lot of his time helping out on North Country Quarter Horse Ranch,  Big Sandy, MT, with Fred, Linda, 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 4×4.  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 ND, DJ Meidinger of Dickinson ND, Floyd Huckins of Broadus, Randi Kirkpatrick of Glendive, Michelle (James) Hendrickson of Shoshone WY, Shanna Huckins of White Sulphur Springs, Lyle Huckins of Jacksonville, NC, 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 funeral service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the 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:


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  1. Michelle Simpson says:

    Doris, I’m in a state of shock. My heart aches for you. The two of you were so close as is the bond between a Mother and her children. I hold you in my heart and in my prayers.

  2. Doris, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Harold was a special person and will be missed. He has always held a special place in my heart ever since 4th grade. May your happy memories sustain you at this time.

  3. Lon and Vicki Reukauf says:

    Doris, we were so very, very sorry to hear of Harold’s accident. We so enjoyed Harold’s company and help on the ranch. He was a very special young man. May God hold you especially close and comfort you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do.

  4. Clara Jo Arneson ( Sikveland ) says:

    Doris, So very sorry to hear of Harold’s accident. I have so many wonderful memories of Harold when he was younger. You are in my thoughts and prayers . if you need anything please call me . Clara Jo

  5. Ron & Connie Watts says:

    So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing Doris. Anything we can do for you, please give me a call.

  6. jake willson says:

    my thoughts and prayers go out to harolds family..
    seems like yesterday we were out getting stuck back in the hills trapping, or out causing all sorts of trouble.. harold was more then a friend to me, he was a brother to me.. id give anything just to get one of those random calls from the big guy.. love ya harold. rest it easy

  7. Greg and Lisa Klevgard says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doris, and family.

  8. Rick Bishop says:

    I am so sorry. As Harold’s 5th grade teacher, he was always one of my favorite students. He had a great sense of humor and I will cherish his memory. My family is sending prayers. You are in our thoughts.

  9. Aliceann Carlton says:

    Doris and family, please accept my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Christine Keltner says:

    Doris——-I like everyone else am heart sick hearing of Harold’s passing. May the Lord hold you and your family close.

  11. AJ, Kirstin, Talon and Shad Mack says:

    Doris, We are so sorry for your loss. Harold was a good kid with a kind heart. We enjoyed having him around. He was a great friend to Talon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Janice Laib says:

    Doris and family I am so sorry to hear of Harolds passing. I know how important he was to you and he will be missed. My Thoughts and Prayers are for you

  13. Bev & Gary Ostermiller says:

    Doris- We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  14. Kevin and Toni Kalfell says:

    Doris and families: So sorry and saddened to hear of your loss. We can only imagine the hurt you are going through losing your child, nephew and cousin. Hold all the beautiful memories in your heart during the days ahead to help you all get through this. Though Harold is no longer here on Earth he will continue to live in all our hearts. RIP Harold and look down upon all of us and SMILE knowing you will never be forgotten.

  15. Scott Carlton says:

    Doris and family, I was most saddened by the news of Harold’s passing. May peace be with you as you mourn his death and praise his life.

  16. Tom, Kay, Sarah, Taylor and Trevor Pisk says:

    Doris, We are so sad to learn of Harold’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Don and Dorcas says:

    Doris and family—We were so shocked at hearing about Harold’s accident. Losing a son of our own, we know exactly the agony you are going thru. Know that you and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers and we will be here for you if you need us.

  18. Danielle Ray says:

    Doris, I am deeply saddened to hear of Harold’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you your family! Harold had a kind heart, a great sense of humor, a bright intellect, and he will be missed!

  19. Mark & Donna Underberg says:

    Doris, our hearts go out to you. We do know what You are feeling as it wasn’t but a few short months ago that we lost TJ. Just remember that God only takes the best at an early age because He has a plan for them. It doesn’t make it easy for us here on earth to deal with, but as time goes on the pain of loss eases some. Remember the good times You and Harold had and all the things You two did together. Trust and have faith in God. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers.

  20. Charlie & Shirley Russell says:

    So very sorry!! Our prayers to you and your family. Keep and treasure your time spent together closely; remembering that Heavenly Father plans for all to be together again some day. Love to you all.

  21. Jim and Sharyn Burdette says:

    Doris and family, your thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

  22. Brittany Straub - Hoversland says:

    Doris – I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. Harold was a great person. I enjoyed getting to know him his last two years of high school. He often would come to my classroom before school started so that he could check who was winning the points race in NASCAR, or just to shoot the breeze. God has taken one heck of a young man to be one rowdy angel. Prayers for you and your family.

  23. Ray and Linda says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Arlen and Alice miller says:

    Doris and Family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Keep you in our prayers

  25. Nichole & Joel Jackson says:

    No words can take away the pain and sadness you are feeling right now. I cannot image the heartache and the feeling of emptiness you are feeling right now. I just know that God has a plan for Harold and he needs him now to carry out that plan, whatever that plan maybe. God will take care of your pain and heartache but only in time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and always be here for you. Let God take you in his arms and comfort you in this time of need! Prayers are going out to you and your family! Harold was like a son we never I had and was alway there to help a lending hand to Joel as well as to me with either ranch work to helping around the house! The kids will dearly miss him and so will Joel and I! Prayers are with you Doris and your family!!! Love Jackson’s!

  26. Cara Willson says:

    Doris, I am so saddened by your loss. Harold was such a little cutie in Headstart and I still have the plant he gave me at the end of the year. My love and prayers go out to you and all the family. Harold will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  27. Randy & Rita Robinson says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Harold. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories sustain you through this difficult time.

  28. Joel Jackson says:

    I have a big hole in my heart. I lost a friend, brother, and son all in the blink of an eye. Thanks, for being my friend and elevating my mood. You will be missed every day Harold. You became family to me. Love you big guy.

  29. Rodney Hickman says:

    Doris,I’m deeply sorry about your loss.Harold was my friend and I will never forget our friendship bond.He made a deep footprint here during his brief life.May God bless and
    comfort you.

  30. Bill and Dina says:

    We are so deeply saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. We send our love and prayers.

  31. The Bearleys says:

    Doris, i just want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with u in this time of lost and god will help u heal and u will always have a angel to watch over u. it will take time but it will get easyer, in time , if u need just give me a call and i will help u . god bless u and the rest of the familys.

  32. Harold was such a good i did not get too know him real well he was a nice kid he is going too be dearly missed my thoughts and prayer go out to the family and friends in this tragic time

  33. Dan and Crystal Willson says:

    Our thought n prayers go out to the Meidinger family. Harold touch our hearts in many ways he was great kid. Doris deeply sorry about ur loss.. Rest in Peace Harold..

  34. Well he was a loving man i only knew him for a short time. but he picked on his sister alot and it was funny. he was a good friend and a great brother. rest in peace big ron.

  35. Norm, Laura Jane and Danielle Willson says:

    Doris and Family,
    We can’t begin to express how sorry we are for your loss of Harold. He was a very special young man and a pleasure to be around. He leaves a big hole in everyone’s hearts and world. Our constant thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. Marvin and Karen Wallace says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Harold’s family.

  37. Kristy Zinsli Erdman says:

    Dear Doris,
    We were all very sorry to hear about the loss of Harold. We can’t be with you and the rest of the family in person but we will be with you in our hearts. Lori and I are so glad we got to see you again this last summer. We are all family regardless of the distance between us and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  38. Vickie Schneidt says:

    Doris, the bond you and Harold had can not be broken. He loved you so much. You will meet again. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  39. Janet Dinardi says:

    Doris, I was so saddened to hear about Harold. I loved working with him while he was here in Miles City. I will always remember him as a fun loving, mischeivious young man. He will be missed.

  40. Gene and Sue Cranford and Family says:

    Doris and Family ~
    I so want to write words that will comfort you at this difficult time. Harold was a special light to those around him, that is obvious with the remembrances that have been written. Lindsey and I were remembering special times on the farm and how much they mean to us. Harold provided us with a lot of those good memories, he was always great at making us laugh. At this time hold those special memories close and know that Harold is happy with family that has passed before him and love him too. We will keep you all in our prayers and know that the warmth you feel is Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s loving arms around you saying, we needed him more. Love you and are here for you.

  41. Virginia & Duane Strohmayer says:

    Doris & Family
    Sorry to hear about your son, Harold, cherish all the memories he gave you!
    Love Virginia & Duane Strohmayer & Family

  42. Myra Gabel says:

    Dear Doris and the whole Meidinger family
    I am so very sorry after hearing about Harold. This is beyond words, but please try to remember the good times and love, acknowledge the bad, and eventually that memory will fade. I feel so bad for all of you and again, sorry. You are in ouir prayers and thoughts.

  43. Bruce, Kimberly & Family says:

    Oh Dear Cousin, my heart is so aching for you. I am so sorry he had to leave us so soon. God has bigger better plans, he always takes the good ones. Please stay strong and know Harold would want you to eventually smile with such fun memories and thoughts of cherished moments. Our hearts and prayers will be with you and all our loved ones back home. God Bless you Harold, God’s speed to Heaven Dear One. Love you very much Doris, God will carry you through.

  44. Bob,Vicki, Kristian and Sadie. says:

    Doris and family. Words cannot express how very sorry we are for your loss. Harold was one of a kind. You never knew what crazy thing he was up to and never knew if you should be mad at him or chuckle under your breath at what he had do or had done. There never was a dull moment with him around. I personally will miss him stopping by the daycare every so often to give his Aunt Iva a bad time. I will miss hearing his noisy truck go by too. RIP Harold. You will be missed!!!

  45. Vanna Lancaster Byrd says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that God can comfort you.

  46. Rosemarie Ackerman Donley says:

    Doris, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the family.

  47. Valda Haidle Jones says:

    Doris…my hear goes out to you! You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  48. Cindy Lund says:

    Doris and the Meidinger family, I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of all of you in this difficult time

  49. Larry and Judy Jens says:

    Doris and Meidinger and Kirkpatrick Families,
    We were so sorry to hear of the tragic passing of Harold. There are no answers to comfort your grief, only lasting love and precious memories. We are fervently asking God to keep you in His care during this very sad time.

  50. dianne mullins rn says:

    Dear mother of Harold,
    I am sorry for the loss of your young son. As a mother, I cannot imagine your pain at losing Harold.
    At tragic times like this , grieving ones need comfort. and the Bible is the best place to find it.
    -Romans 15:4. says that “through our comfort from the scriptures, we might have hope”
    The true God, Jehovah, shows us in the Bible,that soon his son, Jesus ,will perform the greatest miracle, that of the resurrection of the dead.-John 5:28,29. .
    The Bible teaches that very soon, there will be no more death on the earth. You can read from your Bible at Revelation 21:4 that marvelous future hope for the human family.
    sincerely dianne mullins

  51. Jane Huber says:

    Doris and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I didn’t meet Harold but after reading the messages left by others it was my loss! You all are in my prayers.

  52. Susan and Art Tyler says:

    Doris and family,
    May the love of friends and family help you through this very difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers and are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Harold.

  53. I was at shock to hear about this! I have not really had any contact with Harold since he moved to Terry! But we did have some memorable moments when we were with Ron Mills! Down at the fort keigho black bridge fishing! 12 Mile Dam and getting my foot ran over ! I wrestled him in AAU when we were younger! My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family! R.I.P. Harold!

  54. Tim and Diane Ehman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doris and the rest of the family. So sorry for your loss.

  55. Lisa Parsons says:

    Chance and I are so very sorry for your loss. The boys were very close friends growing up. Harold was very special and will never be forgoten.

  56. Dan & Pam Lassle, Nathan & Jordan says:

    Doris, Our prayers are with you, we can’t imagine your heartbreak right now. How lucky we were to get to know Harold. Dan was very impressed with his work ethics when he had him in shop. He said every day that everyone else came in and started horsing around, but not Harold. He went straight to work! He was just a kind and good person. Nathan and Jordan were always up for an adventure with Harold. I am so glad he got to know God at the Presbyterian Youth Group meetings. Please know that he is with God now

  57. Pam Colombik says:

    Doris and Family…I am so sorry to hear about Harold . My heart goes out to you in this time of need. I hope that you will find comfort in knowing he was a special person who always lived life to it’s fullest. God Bless!

  58. Gene and Diane Smith and family says:

    Dear Doris and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and all your family have been in our thoughts and prayers.

  59. Dear Family and Friends of Harold Meidinger, even though I did not personally know Mr. Meidinger, reading about his life was interesting and made me wish that I had known him. He had a variety of interests and added good to the lives of those who knew him. The loss of every human life is significant to me and should be valued by all. The Bible book of Hebrews reminds us that God does not forget all of the love and fine works shown by Mr. Meidinger (Heb 6:10). It was not God’s original purpose that mankind should suffer and die. At creation God was able to say that everything was “very good” (Gen 1:31) Death and imperfection was introduced through Adam’s disobedience (Genesis 2:17) and inherited by all mankind. Jesus’ sacrifice of his human life on earth again gave us hope of everlasting life and soon death will be no more (Revelation 21:4). Hopefully, faith in these Bible promises will ease the pain from this loss. Because of these promises we have reason to be hopeful and look forward to seeing Mr. Meidinger again in perfect health under Paradise conditions. We are also promised that the pain that we now experience with this loss “will not be called to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17) Meanwhile we have the opportunity to follow Jesus’ instruction to continue to take in Bible knowledge that leads to everlasting life (John 17:3).

  60. Eileen Dey says:

    Doris, “I am so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. ” “I could never fully understand how hard this must be for you, but I think of your family often & pray for you throughout the day.” I often think back to stories that Steven and David shared of moments with Harold and how funny they were. He was a great kid with a smile and positive attitude. We will miss him so.

  61. Jim and Marla Ray says:

    Doris and entire family, we are so very sorry for all of you with this shocking turn of events. We got to know Harold through Linda and Dora here in Big Sandy. Can’t wrap our minds around how he was just over here going to college and staying at Dora’s, helping at Linda’s, and now he is gone. Let God help you through this….there is no other way. Cling to the fact that HE who had to give HIS only son will surely comfort you have lost yours. We will continue to hold you, Doris, and your family close in prayer. God bless you all.
    John 3:16

  62. LINDA FINKE says:

    Dear Friends and family, The service for Harold is now past us, but that won’t stop us from loving him anymore or any less. He has gone through his Easter and is up in heaven looking down on us. On his truck’s keychain there is a medal that has this scripture on it from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We alll have to go on living our lives in hopes that no one can harm us in our daily adventures. lives, and jobs. We miss you Harold and we will continue to love you to the end of our days. Love you forever! Love Aunt Linda, Uncle Fred, and Gracie!

  63. leonard and shelly murphy says:

    we just heard of your loss of your son Harold. we are sorry to hear that news. as parents we should not have to bury our children. our prayers go out to you and know you are not alone. cherish your memories. love, Leonard and Shelly Murphy

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