Joseph John Pisk Jr. age 88 , passed away on Monday, December 21, 2009 at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive. Visitation was held on Monday, January 4, 2010 at the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services were held at on Monday, January 4, 2010 in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Father Joseph Ponessa officiating. Interment with military honors were held at Dawson Memorial Cemetery. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive had been entrusted with the arrangements.
Joe was born on October 13, 1921 on the family homestead in Fallon, Montana the eldest son of Joseph Sr. and Katie (Fornall) Pisk. He was raised and educated in Fallon, attending Dawson County High School. Joe entered the Untied States Army on June 17, 1942 in Missoula, Montana. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged from the military on May 6, 1943. Following his discharge from the military Joe returned to Montana and worked various jobs.
Joe married Frances Roald on January 2, 1944 in Bloomfield, Montana. He worked at the Glendive Buffalo Rapids pumping plant for five years and had also worked for Simes Construction in Glendive and Three Forks, Montana. In 1952, the couple purchased a sugar beet farm in Fallon which they operated until 1962 when they purchased a ranch twenty miles south of Glendive which they owned and operated until Joe’s retirement in 2000. In retirement Joe and Frances moved to Glendive where they had resided since. Joe had been a resident of the Eastern Montana Veterans Home for the past year.
Joe loved life and had a heart of gold. There was never a time in his life that his family was not in his thoughts and prayers. He was a natural musician, teaching himself to play the accordion and harmonica. He played in a band on weekends with his brothers, dancing with his wife and enjoying the company of friends and family.
The ranch remained in his heart, his cattle and his horse were memories to the end, along with the twinkle in his eye and his warm crooked smile.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rose Buechler and Helen McHarry; one brother, Frank and one infant son, Norman Peter Pisk.
Survivors include his wife Frances of Glendive; daughter, Deborah Olson and her husband Brad of Alexandria, Minnesota and children, Joie Schubert and Patricia Forcier and her husband Greg, their children, Courtney, Ashlynn, Patrick and Peyton; son, Douglas Pisk and son Kristopher Pisk and his wife Vicki, their children, Johnathan and Nicholas all of Glendive; brothers, Peter Pisk and his wife Ella Mae of Kalispell, Montana and Carl "Bud" Pisk and his wife Bertha of Terry, Montana; sisters-in-law, Darlene Pisk, Ethal Rogers and her husband Kale, and Mary Lou Roald and many special nieces and nephews.
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