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George (Porky) Kuschnick

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George (Porky) Kuschnick August 3, 1938 - October 6, 2009 GERVAIS - George L. Kuschnick passed away on October 6, 2009 at Salem Hospital surrounded by his family at the age of 71. He was born in Woodburn, Oregon on August 3, 1938 to George and Veronica. On December 28, 1957, he married his "Hun" Carol at Sacred Heart Church, Gervais. They moved into his family farm where he was born and raised and they began to farm and raise their nine children. George is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Greg, Tom, Jeff, Paul and Michael Kuschnick; daughters, Lynn Ruggles, Carrie Ballweber, Sue Munson and Pam Antoni. His sister Elaine Schlechter and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Frank also survive him as well as 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. They were fortunate to celebrate a 50th Anniversary Mass with family and friends in December 2007. He enjoyed having early morning coffee, visiting the Woodburn Auction Yard, antiquing, hunting, 4-wheeling, tinkering in his shop and shooting the breeze with others in which his sense of humor always shined. He also enjoyed attending all sporting events for his children and grandchildren where his empty chair will be dearly missed. He was fortunate to be able to travel to Penticton, British Columbia in August, where his daughter, Pam, completed an Ironman (140.6 miles) competition. Dad we know you have recently competed in your own Ironman and you are now in a peaceful place surrounded by your Heavenly Father. He recently received his 50 year member pin and was a Charter Member of the Gervais Knights of Columbus Council #5842. Visitation will be 1 - 5 p.m., Saturday, October 10 at Unger Funeral Chapel, Mt. Angel. Funeral services will begin with a Rosary at 6 p.m., Sunday, October 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 12, at Sacred Heart Church, Gervais. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions can be made to Sacred Heart School, Gervais, Blanchet Catholic School, Salem and The Father Taaffe Homes, Salem.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Oct. 10, 2009
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