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Darrel Irvin Kitzenberg

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BIGFORK Darrel Irvin Kitzenberg, 85, of Bigfork, died of natural causes, Saturday, Dec. 1, at his home.

No services are planned. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Darrel passed away at home with his wife Mary at his side. He was born in Plentywood to Lillian and Leland Kitzenberg on July 24, 1927. He graduated from Plentywood High School in 1945, at which time he entered the U.S. Navy. He served one year on the destroyer USS Terry. Upon his discharge, he came back to Montana to attend the University of Montana in Missoula and then transferred to Rocky Mountain College in Billings. While in Billings, he met Mary Morasko, and they were then married on July 19, 1953, in Glendive, where Mary grew up. The next year, 1954, their son Lee was born in Billings. After the birth of their son and late in 1954, Darrel, Mary and their son Lee moved to Plentywood to take over the operation of Kitzenberg's Style Shop at the request of his parents. A little over a year later, in 1956, their daughter Nancy was born. Darrel was active in the community and Chamber of Commerce, helping bring the Canadian trade to Plentywood. Darrel took great pride in his childrens' activities, especially the Boy Scouts of America, where he was a leader. In 1969, he took 15 Scouts on a two-week camping trip to Ely, Minn. Mary and Darrel continued to live in Plentywood until February 2012, at which time they moved to Bigfork to live with their daughter Nancy. In September, he broke his hip, and his health deteriorated.

Darrel was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leland.

He is survived by his wife Mary; sister Arlys; son Lee (Jennifer); daughter Nancy; grandaughters Celine and Grace Kitzenberg; grandsons Nick, Alex, Andrew and Stephen (Vanessa) Olson and Andrew and David Kitzenberg; great-grandchildren Kayla and Andrew Olson; and many nieces and nephews.

Darrel will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was totally devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, community and country. Rest in peace Darrel; you will be missed by all who knew you.

Condolences may be posted online at www.buffalohillfh.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012
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