Nicholas K. "Nick" Uzenski, 21, of Bozeman, died while serving our country as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan.
Nick was born Dec. 30, 1988, in Sidney, N.Y., to William "Bill" and Lisa Uzenski. He graduated from Franklin Central High School in Franklin, N.Y.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Jan. 14, 2008, and went to boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. After boot camp he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, Calif., then attended the basic reconnaissance course obtaining the military occupational specialty of Reconnaissance Man. In January 2009 he joined Third Recon Battalion, Third Marine Division, Camp Schwab, Okinawa. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2009. He was promoted to his current rank of corporal on Oct. 1, 2009.
Nick loved his family and spending time with them, he loved the great outdoors and hiking; in addition, he was an avid Yankees fan. Nick loved to eat, especially Rebakah's cookies.
Nick was also fond of this quote: "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." - President Ronald Reagan.
Nick is survived by his mother, Lisa Uzenski; his father, William and stepmother, Rebakah Uzenski; sisters, Kaitlin and Cassidy; stepsister, Faith; and his three younger brothers, Zebadiah, Zechariah, and Jathniel; his great-grandma Brundege, with whom he shared a special bond and especially enjoyed their joint fondness of the New York Yankees; grandparents, James and Audrey Archibald; grandfather, Alan (and Heidi) Jordan, among others.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow with military rites at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Nicholas K. Uzenski Scholarship Fund, c/o First Security Bank, P.O. Box 910, Bozeman, MT 59771.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2010