Donald Hamblock, 83, a North Havre farmer died Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes.
His prayer vigil will be at 7 p. m. today at St. Jude Catholic Church with his funeral mass at 9 a. m. Tuesday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre with Father Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will follow in the Parish Center after the services at the graveside. Donald was born May 25, 1924, on his grandfather, Jacob Hamblock’s homestead north of Havre to LeRoy and Tena (Johnson) Hamblock. He was raised on the family farm north of Havre, attending country schools and graduating from Havre High Schoool in 1942. On July 19, 1947, Donald married Donna Ervin in Havre. She lived in Kremlin when he courted her and he would fly his small plane there to pick her up. They both loved to dance and anytime one of “their” songs played on the radio, Donald would pull the car over, and they would get out and dance in the moonlight. After their marriage, they made their home on the family farm and raised three children. Donald farmed with his brother, Henry for over 50 years until he retired in 1989 and moved into Havre. When his health started to fail in 2004, he and Donna moved into the Eagles Manor. He passed away on the day they would have celebrated 60 years of married life together. Donald was a quiet, gentle man with a deep faith in the Lord, and had a smile for everyone he met. He was a hard worker, and spent many long but happy days working his farm and raising his registered Shorthorns. The last few months of his life, when he was still able to converse easily, he enjoyed sharing many wonderful stories of his youth with family and friends. Those stories will be cherished forever by those who loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marg Kejsar and Doris Whalen; two half brothers, Charles Hamblock and Birdeen Gullickson; and one granddaughter. Donald is survived by his wife, Donna Hamblock of Havre; son, Ervin (Cheryl) Hamblock of Havre; daughters, Lynn (Wayne) Dolphay of Havre and Debra Henriksen of Livingston; brother, Henry Hamblock of Havre; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Donald’s honor may be made to the St. Jude School 420 7th Ave. Havre, Montana 59501 or to Bear Paw Hospice C/O NMH P.O. Box 1231 Havre, MT 59501. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.