George L. Krushensky, 83, passed away peacefully on Feb. 15, 2013, at Spring Meadows in Bozeman. He was born March 8, 1929, on a small farm near Belfield, N.D. to Louis and Agnes Krushensky. He was attracted to music at a young age, playing guitar and singing on a radio station at age 15. He taught himself to play the pedal steel guitar and loved to entertain those around him with his classic country western music every chance he got, a musical avocation that spanned over 65 years, which he maintained until six months of his passing.
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He was also interested in a career in the military and joined the Army in 1948. He was a tank mechanic during the day, a musician on his off hours, and he was given an opportunity to play with the USO after winning a music competition. Unfortunately, asthma and other service-related injuries lead to his honorable discharge after six years of service in 1954.
Upon returning to his home town in Montana, he applied his mechanical abilities to logging for a brief period and then to road construction, traveling throughout Montana. He became a member of the Montana Operating Engineers Union, obtained a position with Pioneer Ready Mix in Bozeman, and ran their Belgrade Asphalt/Hot Mix Plant until he retired there after 25 years.
Retirement enabled George to pursue all his passions full time. In addition to his love for music (the steel guitar), he liked a good hunt. When he was younger, it was girls, wild game, and all types of fishing. As he got older, he directed his attention to hunting for antiques, rocks, and old bottles. This lead to his small business ventures selling antiques and bottles, cutting rocks (Montana agates), making jewelry, and running a ceramics shop with his wife, Pat. The last half of his retirement was devoted to gold prospecting near a second home in Lake Havasu, working his gold claim in Montana, and spending quality time with his family – the treasured memories his family will cherish for their lifetime.
George is survived by his daughter, Leslie (Glenn) VanDyke of Bozeman; son, Tom (Margaret) Krushensky of Denver; George's former wife, Joyce Lindberg of Bozeman; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister, Dan (Joyce) Krushensky, Bob Krushensky, Arnie (Sharon) Krushensky, and Mary Robertson; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Pat Krushensky; and his two brothers and one sister, Herb Krushensky, Ray Krushensky, and Laura Kovash.
Visitation hours with the family will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, Feb. 24, at Dokken-Nelson. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Graveside services with military honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Belgrade.
Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Attention – Gift Processing, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or to Warriors and Quiet Waters, PO Box 1165, Bozeman, MT 59771-1165.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2013