Best described as a “gentleman” and a “gentle man,” Alexander C. Ducich peacefully passed away on Sept. 18, 2012, at Copper Ridge Nursing Home.
Alex was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Butte, to George and Sophia (Kekich) Ducich. His family moved to Philipsburg in 1920 where he attended grade school through his freshman year of high school. He moved back to Butte with his mother and siblings in 1932, finishing his high school education at Butte High School. He was an avid athlete and lettered in football, basketball and track. He was extremely proud of being a “Diamond B.” Alex
attended the University of Southern California, but had to return to Butte to help his family during the Depression. He was very proud to be a member of the Army Air Corps division during World War II. Much later, he attended the University of Michigan and finally completed his degree through Montana State University.
Alex’s career with the Montana Power Co. started at age 15, when his mother could not pay her electric bill. She offered her strong son to work off her bill (no child labor laws at that time). He began digging ditches for Butte’s future gas lines as well as working in the steam heat tunnels. He served as district manager of the Gas Division, later became a vice president, and after retirement served many years as an advisor to the board. Alex felt there was no better place in the world to work than the Montana Power Co.
Alex was extremely proud of his Serbian Orthodox heritage and faith, rich in its folklore, music and traditions. He was also very grateful to have been born and raised in “The Greatest Place on Earth,” the U.S.A.
After a courtship that lasted 11 years, Alex married the love of his life, Dorothy McCarthy, Sept. 12, 1949. They were blessed with three children, Dan, Dixie and Kris.
Alex was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ducich; mother, Sophia Ducich; father and stepmother, George and Ida (Henry) Ducich; brothers, Danilo and Dewey Ducich; sister, Angelina Ducich; as well as sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Leonard Land.
Alex is survived by and will be greatly missed by his children, Dan (Cindy) Ducich, Dixie (Dan) Harrington, Kris (Colleen) Ducich; grandchildren, Ali Ducich, Stefan Ducich, Kymee (Jake) Wagner, Krista Harrington, Katie Ducich, Nikki Ducich and Ryan Ducich; great-grandchildren, Brea Wagner and Bryden Wagner; sister-in-law, Dode Riley; and many Ducich, Kekich, Bukvich, Land, McCarthy and Riley cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Our family would like to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful care given by the Copper Ridge staff, Highlands Hospice and Dr. Kirwan Webb. We would also like to thank Big Sky Senior Living for 11 great years preceding his move to the Copper Ridge.
Pre-visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. A celebration of Alex’s life will be held at the Holy Trinity Hall from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Memorial donations are preferred to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Church, Highlands Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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