“I guess I am a rare creature utterly content with my life, even with all the hurt & pain, I am in no hurry to leave it. And yet if it ended tonight I would die without any regrets without a worry about stuff left undone. I have loved a couple of great women and have the best kids in the world. I have had and do have some of the best friends a man could ever have. I have lived my life on my own terms (right or wrong) doing the things I love to do. I have stood in the high places and gazed on the beauty of many mountains, the Beartooth being my favorite. I have breathed deeply of the mountain air and of course nothing on earth lasts forever, but I’ve seen my share with only one exception, I have not seen the ocean. when I’m gone the world will soon forget me but my life has meant something, if only to me.”
- Chris Hahn
Chris finished his walk and completed his circle on this side on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015, and now will ride his cloud to the other side.
He was born in Pineview, Mont., on Jan. 14, 1942, to William C. and Mary Jane Hahn. The family later moved to Billings.
Chris went to school at Billings Senior High. Following high school he went on to work in the service station business with his very good friend Mort. He also was a mechanic at car dealerships in Billings, Columbus and then Reed Point.
In 1958 he met and married his first love Pat McDuffee and to this union came three children.
After 11 years Chris and Pat split the sheets.
Soon after he married his second love of forever Diana M. Olson. They had two children Chris Jr. and Caryn Lynn. Deciding Reed Point was to be their home Chris and Diana built the Waterhole Saloon and operated it for the next 40 years. Diana always went above and beyond the call of duty running the bar and also caring for Chris who had a 20-year stretch of bad health.
Chris was a member of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He and Diana spent many days living in a tepee at skinner camps and enjoying friends at rendezvous all over the west. They will always remember the premier rendezvous held in Polebridge, Mont., where they stayed for 15 days.
Most all of his old friends gone he heads to the other side.
Chris is survived by his wife Diana of 46 years, brother Mack of Kansas City, children Christine (Randy), David (Linda), Bill (Cindy), Scooter (Vickie) and Caryn (Nick) and many grandkids and great grandkids and his special friend Smokey.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Chris’ honor to the Reed Point Fire Department, Reed Point Community Club or the Al Bedoo Shrine Children’s Transportation Fund.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at the Waterhole Saloon in Reed Point.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences can be sent through www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”