Hugh Z. Reynolds 99 of Ennis and former Harlowton resident died Wednesday evening, September 4th, 2019 in the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis of natural casues. He was born December 21, 1919 in Blooming Prairie, MN the son of James C. and Antha B. (Frye) Reynolds. He attended school in Judith Gap, Big Timber, Melville and Harlowton areas. He worked on ranches, trapped and logged in the Melville area until entering the U.S. Army on September 16, 1940 in Harlowton. He trained at Fort Lewis until shipping overseas on March 19, 1942, with Company D of the Montana 163rd Division, the first unit sent overseas after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Hugh was the last survivor of the group of 65 men from Harlowton that went to confront the Imperial Japanese Army in the islands of the South Pacific. He fought in the first successful campaign against Japanese ground forces at Sanananda in Papua, New Guinea in January of 1943 and again in northwest Dutch New Guinea in early 1944, making four combat beach landings before being wounded on Biak Island on the northwest tip of New Guinea in June 1944.
After more that five years of service during World War II, he returned to Harlowton to work and helped re-establish the local National Guard unit and served until retiring as a Major with 28 ½ years of service.
ON June 21, 1947 he was united in marriage to June Hereim and to this union three boys were born. He also spent many years in the bar business and metal building business.
He is survived by three sons Gary (Debbie), Darwin (Leslie) and Rick (Trina); five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife June, three brothers Raymond, Clifford and Dale and two sisters Mildred Ledger and Gertrude Harroun and earlier this year lost his soulmate Lydia Peterson.
A Memorial Military Service for Hugh Z. Reynolds will be Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Chapel in Harlowton, cremation has taken place.
Friends are asked to make memorials to the Upper Musselshell Veteran’s Memorial or the Upper Musselshell Museum or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com