HAMILTON – Richard “Dick” Krasovich, 74, passed away Dec. 26, 2017, at The Living Centre in Stevensville. He was born in Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 14, 1943, to Ed and Rita Krasovich, the third of seven children.
Dick attended parochial schools in Denver and Canon City, Colorado, graduating from Holy Family High School. He later attended Assumption College in Richardton, North Dakota, and entered into monastic life taking the name Gerard, after the noviate.
Dick graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He was always proud of the education provided to him by the Benedictines. When he realized ora et labora was not for him he returned to Denver where he married Ruth Keiter in 1968. Dick was soon called to military service and was stationed in Germany during which time son Tim was born. After the military the family returned to Denver and later divorced. Dick moved to Wyoming, and then to Hamilton, Montana, taking a job with the Ravalli County road department, from which he retired.
In Hamilton Dick met Iris McComesky and they were married in 1985 they later divorced. While Dick had troubles with marriages he found it easy to make friends and was active in many charities and fraternities. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, and remained active in the Catholic Church and would argue the finer points of faith with any and all. He enjoyed painting, woodworking, old cars, music, his chickens, old dogs and old friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand where and when he could. Dick was grateful for the help and friendship of many, as his health began to fail, especially that of Elaine Bethmann and niece, Angie Whitlow.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jerome and Gerard. Dick is survived by his brothers, Ed and Jim; sisters, Lillian and Mary Ward; and son, Timothy.
Vigil services and visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at 7 p.m., at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at 11 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Parish in Hamilton, with a reception following in the Parish Life Center. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.