It is with great
regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roy
Haarman, on September 9, 2016, in Missoula, MT, after a long and courageous
Roy is survived by his wife,
Kathy; his daughter, April Haarman (Fred) of Pleasanton, CA; his son, Timothy
(Laura) Haarmann of Pagosa Springs, CO; his step-daughter, Janine (Jason)
Kowalski of Florence, MT; his step-son, Paul (Courtney) Kalstad of Rohnert Park,
CA; his grandchildren, Scott (Tara) Bingham; Sean Bingham; Sage, Noah, and
Isabelle Haarmann; Klaja (Nick) Baines; Kurtis Dion; Connor and Megan Kowalski;
and McKenna and Haylie Kalstad; and his great-grandchildren, Kenna, Athan,
Braden, and Cameron Bingham. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy
Haarmann Bingham, and his baby granddaughter, Sienna Haarmann.
Funeral services for Roy were held at Grace Lutheran Church
in Hamilton, MT, on September 16, 2016. Interment followed at Riverview
Cemetery, Hamilton, MT, with military honors.
Condolences may be sent to Kathy
at 100 Cottonwood Ct., Hamilton, MT 59840.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in
Roy’s memory be sent to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011,
Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Well done, Roy. Be thou at
Class Memorial Pages\H-2 Roy Haarman.pdf
Roy A. Haarman, 78, of Hamilton passed away early Friday,
September 9, 2016 at the Edgewood Vista in Missoula, with his wife at his side.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who
will be greatly missed. After his long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, we
are comforted to know he’s at peace in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior.
Roy was born April 6, 1938 in New York City to George A. and
Lillian A. (Sautter) Haarmann. His early school years were in New York and Los
Angeles before graduating from high school at South High in Denver, Colorado in
1955. He joined the US Army and was sent to the Army Language School in
Monterey, California where he learned the Korean language. He took exams and
was accepted at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. He attended
the USMA Prep School and was a Cadet at West Point for three years before
resigning. He returned to California and obtained his Bachelor of Science in
Electrical Engineering from Fresno State University in 1964, then worked for
Pacific Gas & Electric in Salinas, California. In 1966 Roy was hired by the
University of California at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico.
His first three years were spent on Project Scyllac, a controlled thermonuclear
research project. While working, he attended the Los Alamos Graduate Center and
received a Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University
of New Mexico in 1970. His career at the Los Alamos Lab included leading the
Safety Assessment Group involved in nuclear facility safety and sabotage studies
for the NRC. This entailed travel to other countries that were using nuclear
power plants. In 1986-1991 he served as leader of the Facilities Engineering
Division, responsible for construction and maintenance of all facilities at Los
Alamos. In 1991-1993, he was a leader of the Topaz II Reactor Project in
Albuquerque, working on safety assessment of the Russian space powered reactor
and comparing Russian and US nuclear safety philosophies. In 1993-1995 he
managed technical experts giving advice for stabilization and cleanup of Rocky
Flats actinide processing buildings near Boulder, Colorado.
Roy’s family and his faith were very important to him. He
had three children, Cindy, April and Tim, from his first wife, Barbara Lawrence,
whom he married in 1960. He had two stepchildren, Janine and Paul, from his
second marriage to Kathy in 1994. He was brought up in the Lutheran church and
was very strong in his faith, always active and willing to serve in any way
needed. When he retired from Los Alamos, he found the beauty and life in the
Bitterroot Valley to be perfect and moved to Stevensville in 1998. He enjoyed
outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, rafting and boating. He loved visiting
family and friends by the beautiful ocean in California as well as hiking a
trail up the awesome mountains in Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his baby
granddaughter Sienna Haarmann in 1994, and his daughter Cindy Haarmann Bingham
in 2007. He is survived by his wife Kathy Haarman of Hamilton, daughter April
Haarman (Fred) of Pleasanton, CA, son Timothy (Laura) Haarmann of Pagosa
Springs, CO, step-daughter Janine (Jason) Kowalski of Florence, MT, step-son
Paul (Courtney) Kalstad of Rohnert Park, CA; sister Lillian Warner of Bennett,
CO, sister Lorraine Towell of Haven, KS, brother George Haarmann of Mesa, AZ,
half-brother Johnny (Roxanna) Smith of Rockwall, TX; niece Janie (Keith) Rohrig
of Aurora, CO, niece Kelly (Al) Wayrynen of Hutchison, KS, nephew Jeff (Donna)
Towell of Haven, KS; grandchildren, Scott (Tara) Bingham, Sean Bingham, Sage,
Noah and Isabelle Haarmann, Klaja (Nick) Baines, Kurtis Dion, Connor and Megan
Kowalski, McKenna and Haylie Kalstad, and four great-grandchildren Kenna, Athan,
Braden and Cameron Bingham, along with many dear cousins.
Roy’s family is thankful for the care he was given at the
Remington Memory Lane of the Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton for two years,
and the loving care as he neared the end of life at the Edgewood Vista in
Missoula for two months, along with the wonderful Missoula Hospice team.
A memorial service is being held at Grace Lutheran Church in
Hamilton at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16. Interment will be at Riverview
Cemetery with military honors presented by the U.S. Army and the Hamilton
The family suggests memorials be given for Alzheimer’s