|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1916|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2006|
HARDIN - John Kukes, 90, retired area farmer, passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, 2006, in the Heritage Acres Nursing Home.
He was born July 2, 1916, in Billings, one of 11 children to Henry and Marie Harr Kukes. He grew up and received his education in the Sidney area. Following his education, he began an extended career in farming, culminating with the purchase of his own farm in the valley south of Hardin in 1951. Over the years, he raised various crops, including potatoes, grain, beets and hay, as well as cattle and sheep. Along the way, he was chosen as Big Horn County Conservation Farmer of the Year and was President of the Beet Growers Association.
John married Esther Hamberg on Nov. 18, 1934, in Sidney, and the couple made their home of the family farm. She passed away in 1981. In February of 1982, he married Pearl Baker and the couple resided in Hardin.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Fort Custer Golf Club and a charter member of the Elks.
His parents, five brothers and two sisters preceded John in death.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl of Hardin; daughter, Sharon (Bill) Day of Texas; sons, Dr. Wilbur (Linda) Kukes of Washington and Robert (Jean) Kukes of Hardin; stepdaughter, Pam Roberts of Bozeman; three sisters, Mary Kukes, Elizabeth Adler and Emma Fulton of Billings; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in the Billings Gazette on 9/29/2006.
Maintained by: Lesley Yates (KLEPZIG)
Originally Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Sep 29, 2006
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