John M. Kralich

BIG SANDY John M. Kralich, 80, of Big Sandy, a veteran, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 6.



Private family services will be held in the spring.



John was born on Jan. 2, 1933, in Black Eagle, to Matt and Mary (Stanish) Kralich. He was raised in Black Eagle, spending his junior high and high school summers in Big Sandy. John purchased his first land at 16, and farmed for 65 years. Following high school, he joined the US Army, and served until his honorable discharge in 1961. He married his country gal, Shirley Tyler, on March 27, 1961, and she helped farm so he could work on the railroad as a conductor and retired after 50 years.



John enjoyed fishing and especially his elk hunting trips to Utica. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks, Eagles and Big Sandy Rotary.



John was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson.



He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Kralich; children, Rickie Jo, Mark John Kralich and Denise Jolene Kralich; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his faithful companion, Charlie, his dog.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 10, 2013