George Baldik(1921 - 2013)

George J. Baldik

Choteau —George J. Baldik, 92, passed away June 15, 2013 in Choteau, MT. A memorial service was held at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Chinook, MT. Arrangements were made by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

George J. Baldik was born January 25, 1921 on the family farm located south of Big Sandy in the community of Hopp Illiad. He was delivered to his parents, Marie (Petr) and Franz Baldik by the local midwife, Mrs Krumczeck.

George received his GED upon entering the Army in 1942. He served 4 ½ years, ending his mission in 1946 and had achieved the rank of Staff Sargent. He saw action in England, Italy, France, Germany and North Africa.

He was a cowboy his entire life, working on the PN ranch in the early 30's, broke horses and liked to rodeo. The farm tack area had many saddles from competitions he had won. He knew no other way than to be a cowboy and a soldier. He rode saddlebronc later serving as a roughstock judge. He was involved in the Milk River Riders Association in Harlem, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chuckwagon Days and rode in many local parades in Harlem. He was one of the last of the oldtime cowboys and a successful rancher.

George enjoyed visiting, telling jokes with his friends (at times stating them in Czechlosovokian 'so the kids could not figure them out'), getting together w/ 'Charlie, Lavinder and Nemes' to play music on the accordian or guitar and dancing. It was at one of the local dances, in the 50's, that he met his future bride/Mary Buckley. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Kremlin/Gildford area at the time. They married December 12, 1957 at St Jude's Catholic Church in Havre.

Born to George and Mary were 5 children: Joanna C. Hamilton of Spokane, WA, Frank (Lisa) Baldik of Harlem, Lorraine Baldik, Barbara Baldik-Gaskell of Great Falls and Susan K. (Brent) MacDonald of Floweree, MT.

He is survived by his sister Emily Brown of Big Sandy, his four children, their spouses and his grandchildren: Ryan & Dani Stout, Joe & TJ Hamilton, Mandy (Dustin) Schmidt, Kale & Mary Baldik, Lanie & Kelsey Gaskell, Shelby & Allison MacDonald. His many treasured friends including Donna & Duane Sargent and all those from the Highline and Big Sandy area.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Buckley) Baldik, his daughter Lorraine, his parents Marie and Franz, his stepfather George Fry, his brother Frank and his sister Martha.

Memorials and donations in George's name may be sent to St. Thomas Altar Society Box 184, Harlem, MT 59526-0184

Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 20, 2013