Karen L. Egged
Thu, 06/08/2017 - 5:00am admin
Karen Lee Olson Egged passed away on May 27, 2017.
She was born Jan. 25, 1936 in Big Timber, Mont. during one of the coldest winters on record. She spent her early years on a ranch near Melville, Mont., where she lived with her parents W. Ora and Hazel Olson.
Ora helped run the ranch and Hazel was a school teacher. Ora was too old for the service during World War II, but worked on the Aleutian Islands, and Hazel and Karen lived at Manhattan and Twin Bridges with other family members.
After the war, the family bought a small ranch north of Gallatin Gateway. Karen attended the one-room Rochambeau Country School for her first eight years with her mother as her teacher. She graduated in 1954.
Karen attended Montana State College and earned a degree in home economics in 1958. While in college, she met and fell in love with Walter Egged, and they were married on June 3, 1958. Then, they moved to East Peoria, Ill., where Walt was working for Caterpillar Tractor company.
4-H was a big part of Karen’s life; she was a member for 11 years. While in East Peoria, she and Walt started the Springfield Road Clover Heads 4-H Club. Shortly after arriving in East Peoria, Karen was asked to teach home economics at Richwoods High School in Peoria.
Walt and Karen moved back to Montana in the Summer of 1962, where Walt took a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Crow Agency. They took over as leaders of the Sunshine Aggies 4-H Club, which they ended up doing for more than 40 years.
Karen also worked at the Big Horn County Extension Office as 4-H Assistant for 12 years and she was an election judge and Registration Chairman for the Montana AAU for 23 years. She was the team leader for the Montana AAU Wrestling Team to Poland in 1979, and a volunteer worker for the Hardin Wrestling Club and Hardin Sports Club for 40 years, doing everything that needed to be done. After the children grew up and left home, she became Walt’s rodman for his survey work and did this until she could no longer work.
She is survived by her husband Walt, son Doug (Debbie) of Ohio, and daughters Denise (Brian Wolford) of Arizona and Tanya (Bobby Tyra) of Arizona. Her five grandchildren are Jasen and Garrett McDuffie, Madison Crye, and Leah and Colten Tyra. She also has one brother Larry (Sharon) Olson, and two nephews Scott Olson and Niece Leah Olson. As per Karen’s wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes are to be spread in a field of shooting stars.
Celebration of her life will be held Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds from 2 to 6 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Montana 4-H Foundation at P.O. Box 173580, Bozeman, MT 59717; Big Horn County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1206A, Hardin, MT 59034; Hardin Wrestling Club at 1112 Cactus Court, Hardin, MT 59034 or the organization of your choice.
Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.