James Ross Harnish


December 28, 2017

Courtesy of the Harnish family

James Ross Harnish, Sr. 85, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away December 20th, 2017, at Davis Hospice Center. He was born January 9th, 1932 in Horse Creek, Wyoming to Charles and Bonnie, one of nine siblings. After graduating Wheatland High School, he served in the Army as a musician. He attended the University of Wyoming earning a Civil Engineering degree in 1956. Jim went on to work for the Wyoming Highway Department for 32 years. He loved music and his saxophone most of all, leading country western bands for 35 years. He joined the Moose Fraternity after college graduation where he was a devoted member, earning the Pilgrim Degree.

Most at home at his cabin, Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, and fishing was his passion, which he passed on to his family. Jim was always ready with a bow, crossbow or fishing pole and knew where the elk and deer were hiding and what the fish were biting. Always ready with a story to tell and a patient, listening ear, Jim's infectious smile, quick laughter and ingenuity will be missed by all who knew him.

James is survived by his wife, Marnie of 60 years; brother Bennie Harnish, children, Lynette Kranz (Don), Sheryl McIrvin (Matt), Valerie Spencer (Leigh), J. R. Harnish; grandchildren, Jason Williams, Joshua Williams, Melissa Buljung, Morgan Shabe, Tricia Spencer, Stephanie King; and eleven great-grandchildren.  Services will be Saturday, December 30th at 10:00 am at Cheyenne Hills Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Davis Hospice Center.  Condolences to http://www.wrcfuneral.com. 


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