Emery “Bum” Haynie
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:38am admin
On April 12, 2017, one of the last old-time cowboys, Emery “Bum” Haynie of Hardin, was called to the last roundup.
He was born Oct. 28, 1920 in Billings to James R. and Emeline Goldie (Dunlap) Haynie. Bum, as he is known, was raised at the 79 Coulee family homestead at the mouth of the Musselshell River. He and his sister Marie rode horseback several miles to school and enjoyed dances on Saturday night.
At the age of 12, dad helped his father gather horses to deliver to Miles City. He was alone on the return trip, riding 120 miles. The next year, he drove the chuck wagon and cared for the horses when his folks shipped sheep and cows at Sumatra, about 70 miles from the ranch. At age 15, he struck out on his own and worked for John Hill near Winnett. He went to the Little Snowies and worked for a sheep outfit. In 1939, he came to the Custer area where his folks lived and they ranched together for several years.
He married Lois Carrington – two children were born of this union, Patrick and Cynthia. Pat proceeded him in death on March 25, 1977.
Dad later worked for the Kemph family on Reno Creek and Sheridan, Mont. He was living at Sheridan when he and Gretchen Van Cleave Roger were married May 27, 1978. They moved to the Wagon Box Ranch north of Hardin and then to the Van Cleave place, now known as the Sorrel Horse Creek Ranch.
Dad and Gretchen enjoyed traveling to many foreign countries and across the USA. One of dad’s favorite trips was going to Texas for his granddaughter’s college graduation. He could see the Fort Worth Stock Yards, where his grandfather started out on a cattle drive to Montana. Gretchen and dad moved to Billings, and later to Sweetwater Retirement Community. Gretchen passed away on Jan. 19, 2009. Dad enjoyed playing cards, bingo and with jigsaw puzzles.
A special thank you to Dr. Castles, Sweetheart and Compasses for their care.
Survivors include his sisters Marie Dunber and Lillian Lawrence of Billings; brother Bill (Fay) Haynie of Grass Range; daughter Cynthia (Jim) Culp of Columbus; granddaughter Christy (Ben) Doon of Saleda, Colo.; grandsons Shane Culp of Columbus and Jason Gillespie, Tylertown, Miss.; as well as her extended family including Joyce (Larry) Romine, Jean (Jack) Albright and Bill Rogers families.
Though flowers are certainly nice, donations to the Custer Congregational Church, Box 75, Custer, MT 59024 or Big Horn County Historical Society, Route 1 Box 1206 A, Hardin, MT 59034 would have much more lasting effect. Dad would have been pleased to know that these organizations benefited on his behalf.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. Thank for the memories, Dad, Grampy and Bumpa.
Funeral services were held Monday in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.