Donald Ray Fleharty

Donald Ray Fleharty, 74, of Grass Range, passed away at his home on May 24, 2016 of natural causes. He was born Dec. 12, 1941 in Lewistown, Montana, the son of Ray and Myrtle (Freberg) Fleharty. Don was raised on the Freberg Homestead, receiving his schooling in Grass Range and graduating from Grass Range High School in 1960.

His parents passed away and he operated the ranch; he was a man before his time. Don was always reading and experimenting with his own solar energy system and electrical wind generation. He had a CB base station and visited with people worldwide. He was the Grass Range weatherman, reporting the rainfall and daily weather to the U.S. Geological Survey.

His favorite spot on the ranch was on the top of the mountain in Beckett. He said, “This is as close to God as anyone gets.”

He always looked forward to hunting season, with friends and family coming to hunt with him. His truck always came out of the mountains with an elk or a load of firewood for a friend. He was a kind and gentle soul, always willing to take in a stray animal or help his friends.

He is survived by several cousins.

Memorial Graveside Services for Donald R. Fleharty will be Friday, June 23, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Lewistown City Cemetery. Cremation has taken place, with the Cloyd Funeral Home assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials in Don’s memory to the NRA Foundation, Attn: Office of Advancement, 11250 Waples Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. You may also call Frances at (703) 267-1125 for information on specific donating options to the NRA. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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