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John Douglas Ham

Life-long Bridger Canyon Resident Passes
Posted on: 2013-02-25

John Douglas Ham, 88, lifelong rancher of Bridger Canyon, passed away at his home Feb. 19, 2013. He was born Aug. 11, 1924, 59 Fred and Mary Evelyn (Pease) Ham and lived his entire life in Bridger Canyon.

John enlisted in the Navy and served in the USS Rooks in WWII. He earned three stars: the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal and a WWII Victory Medal. When John came home he went to agricultural school on his GI Bill.

He married Carol Pardue on Sept. 21, 1948, and they purchased his parents' original homestead in Bridger Canyon. John and Carol spent the rest of their lives building up the 4-D Ranch.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol, his daughter Bonnie Pardue Hyde. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Carrie and Dan Spence, his son Cliff Ham,and his daughter-in-law Kathy Middleton, all of Bozeman; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Isabell Rassley and Loretta Stevens of Bozeman; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of John's life will be held this summer on the ranch; the date and time will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
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