Harold Walter ‘Doc’ Ziolkowski

Harold Walter “Doc” Ziolkowski, 86, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Jan. 17, 2018.  Harry was born in Goodman, Wisconsin, on Aug. 22, 1931 to Walter and Mary Ziolkowski. He worked various jobs following graduation from Goodman High School (1949), before joining the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of sergeant, and was stationed in Billings, Montana, where he met the love of his life, and future wife, Etoile Irene McPherson.  

Harry and Etoile were married on Aug. 4, 1956, in Goodman, and spent the early years of their marriage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while he attended dental school at Marquette University. In 1960, upon completion of his studies, the young couple moved with their two small children to Lewistown, Montana, where Harry established his dental practice and they made their home and life together.

Harry spent his entire career in Lewistown, making many friends and acquaintances, and served the community and Central Montana as a skilled and compassionate practitioner of his profession. He frequently acquired additional education and training so he could provide complete quality dental care ranging from orthodontics to oral surgery to his patients. “Doc” was always willing to take an emergency call, and would often spend evening or weekend hours to repair a broken tooth or perform a root canal, sometimes with Etoile, or later, and even more often, with one of his kids along to assist.  He belonged to several professional organizations including the Montana Dental Association, with which he held every official position, some of them numerous times. After 35 years of dentistry, Harry sold his practice in 1996, and jumped into retirement with great energy and enthusiasm for his many hobbies and activities.  

Throughout his life, Dad was many things; gourmet chef, gardener, beekeeper, rock hound, music lover, photographer, and maker of wonderful creations, including his little bird houses, which are a family favorite, but his greatest passions outside of his family and dentistry were fishing and hunting.  Dad traveled to Canada to fish many times, first with his buddies; then later with his family, and he always had a crop of whiskers and some really big trout and pike upon his return. As a hunter, Dad was a waterfowler first and foremost, but he also pursued upland birds and big game, usually in the company of one or more of his children. He instilled a love of the outdoors in all of his family, especially during the many camping trips to the Big Snowy and Little Belt Mountains, where we would spend summer weekends.  

Dad was a big fellow with an even bigger heart, sometimes gruff and demanding, but also kind and generous, who became a very sweet and loving old man who will be deeply missed by everyone that knew him well. We will always love and miss you, Boompa!

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary; brothers Robert and James; and his lovely wife, Etoile Irene McPherson Ziolkowski. 

Dad is survived by his six children; son Harold Walter Jr. (Butch) and his wife Catherine Seibert; daughter Etoile Denise, her husband Jack Gies, their son Vincent and daughter Emily; son Peter Michael, his wife Collette (Greer), their son Stefan and daughter Teal; son Timothy Allen, his son Luke and daughters Bronwyn, Michaela, Briana and Myisha; son James Raymond and his daughter Brooklyn; and son Joseph Paul, his wife Bree’ (Stanley) and their daughters Hayden and Sophia, and sons Cooper and Deegan, and long-time friends Gene Weber and Rudy Zernzack from his college days at Marquette University School of Dentristry. 

Harry’s great-grandchildren are Dylan and Lily Smart (Michaela); Derick, Ava and Ellie Thronson (Myisha and Andy); Morella and Ruby Ziolkowski (Stefan and Maggie); and Azaelya and Brookzyn Pates (Teal and Julien.)  He is also survived by his aunt Sophia Rudolph of Winston-Salem, S.C., sister Eleanor Werle and husband Jack of Chicago, Illinois, brother Edward Ziolkowski and wife Sharlynne of Glendale, Arizona, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and kindred spirits, as well as his many long-time friends, including Dan and Karen Kenney of Billings, Montana, and dear family friend, Mary Martin Lane of Waterloo, Iowa.

    Funeral Mass will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Lewistown, Montana on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations can be made in Dad’s name to Central Montana Community Concerts through the Lewistown Art Center. If you wish to send flowers, cards or other memorials for the service please address to Denise Gies, 402 W. Erie St., Lewistown, Montana 59457.

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