William Partridge Harston

William Partridge Harston

Jan. 23, 1945 – April 7, 2022

William “Bill” Partridge Harston, 77, entered his eternal life on April 7, 2022.

Bill was born on Jan. 23, 1945, in Cowley, the son of George Briggs and Josephine (Partridge) Harston. Bill was ready to reunite with his parents and sister but also struggled, knowing he would leave his loving and extremely devoted wife of 21 years, Yusun Kang Harston. He found comfort in sharing his concern with friends and family near and far and ultimately knew that
she is strong and will be cared for.

Bill worked hard and played hard all of his life. In his youth he spent hours tending livestock, playing sports and participating in church. As a young adult he became a father and husband, who worked hard to provide for his first daughter, KimberLee Huravitch (1966), of Rozet, Wyoming. 

He traveled all over the states of Montana and Wyoming, working construction and operating heavy equipment, eventually settling in Gillette. He then welcomed his second daughter, Dane Joslyn (1975), of Gillette and son Paul Harston (1978) of Bozeman, Montana. 

In order to stay closer to home Bill became a coal miner and worked at Rawhide Mine for nearly two decades. In the early 1990s Bill got the itch for something else and purchased a ski shop and convenience store in Bozeman. This endeavor truly took blood, sweat, tears, lots of money and Bill’s tenacity and pure grit. 

In Bozeman, Bill met and married his final love, Yusun. Eventually they retired to Arkansas for warmer weather and to be with Bill’s sister and family. Early in their retirement Bill and Yusun welcomed Yusun’s niece, Sunny, of Conway, Arkansas, into their family and formally adopted her as their daughter.

Anyone who knows Bill knows he didn’t sit idle. He was very handy and loved to tinker with anything he could find. He was always going somewhere or doing something. Bill loved a life of service to his fellow man, always willing to help anyone at any time no matter the situation, and this offered him the opportunity to become very grounded and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through this he was able to serve and nurture his faith and ultimately give until the end.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth Brown and nephew Todd Ross.

Along with leaving his wife, children and a host of friends and extended relatives that Bill loved, he was always so grateful for his sons-in-law, Darwin Huravtich and Tony Joslyn, and brother-in-law John Brown, and he loved his grandchildren Jacob Huravitch and Nora and Kale Joslyn immensely.

A memorial service for Bill was held Wednesday, April 13, at Smith Little Rock Funeral Home with his dear friend, David Warner, officiating. Visitation was at 6 p.m. and the service at 7 p.m. The service was livestreamed on the smithfamilycares.com website. Graveside services are being planned around Cowley Pioneer Day in July 2022.

Arrangements are by and cards may be sent to Smith Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court, Little Rock, AR 72205.
Sign Bill’s online guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com.