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Obituary-Jack R. Sharp

Jack R. Sharp, 89, a retired rancher and Army veteran, died of natural causes Friday, June 3, 2011, at Peace Hospice House in Great Falls, Mont.

He donated his body to the WWAMI Program at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Dobyns Baum; daughters Gayle Stolinski of Shepherd and Lee Sharp of Tucson, Ariz.; stepdaughters Ann Carlson of Butte and Susan Baum of Mount Vernon, Wash.; a brother, Aubrey Sharp of the Philippines; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie B. Sharp.

Jack was born Nov. 23, 1921, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., and was raised in Colorado, graduating in 1938 from Pagosa Springs High School.

In 1942, he joined the Army, and was discharged in 1946 as a master sergeant. He served 2 1/2 years overseas in the European Theater of Operations. In April 1946, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and received an honorable discharge on April 23, 1949.

He married Jimmie B. O’Bar Ardis in 1948, in Aztec, N.M.; she died in 1972. He married Patricia A. Dobyns Baum in 1981, in Cut Bank, Mont.

From 1938 to 1942, he worked as a ranch hand and at a Texas oil field; and served in the Army from 1942-46. He later worked ranching and construction in southern Colorado, and ranching and construction in north central Montana, until retiring in 1981.

Jack was a volunteer for RSVP; Habitat for Humanity; the Great Falls Visitors Center; Red Cross; and was Volunteer of the Year for Great Falls Habitat for Humanity.

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