May 24, 1959-July 10, 2017
On Monday July 10, 2017, the world lost the greatest man on Earth. Nick Kriskovich was born May 24, 1959, in Anaconda to Louis and Theresa Kriskovich. He was born, raised, and educated in Anaconda, graduating from Anaconda High School in 1977.
While attending AHS he met and married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Brenda. They were married in 1977. The love they shared for each other was truly amazing and cannot be described in words. They were inseparable, sharing and enjoying every moment together. They recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in January. “Brenz” meant the world to him and Nick meant the world to her. Together they defined what many can only dream about in a marriage.
Nick took over the family business, Copper City Sheet Metal, from his father in 1983. Things were not easy for him and he had to overcome many obstacles. The business has been a success because of the pride and dedication that he put into it. He spent many late nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays on service calls without a complaint. He knew how to fix anything and no job was ever too big or too small.
Nick assumed many roles and wore many hats in his life but none were more important to him than being a Grandpa to his three grandchildren, Riley, Dawson, and Carson. In their early years, he was referred to as “Grampie” but more recently was known as “Papa”. He always made sure to make time for them and attended all their functions including sporting events and school activities. They enjoyed countless hours together and created lasting memories hunting, camping, 4 wheeling, skiing, swimming and just about anything else they wanted to do. He would NEVER say “No” to them and whatever they wanted they got. His legacy will live on forever through his three little buddies.
Dad, everyone looked up to you. You had your own way of being there for everyone and making each of us feel special. Hunting trips will never be the same without you. Bonfires out camping will never be quite big enough. Prime Rib will never taste as good as when you made it. Nothing or nobody will ever replace your absence. We know in our hearts you will always be with us. Things are darker without you but thinking of you and remembering how blessed we were to have you will brighten our days as we try to move forward without you. We feel comfort knowing that you are back in the arms of your Mom and Dad after so many years without them. Until we meet again, WE LOVE YOU, GO RAMS!!!
Nick was preceded in death by his loving parents Louis and Theresa Kriskovich, father-in-law Francis Davis, stepfather-in-law Ken McKeague, grandparents, John and Irene Kriskovich, Nick and Christina Cotone, and Albert and Leona Mai. Aunt and Uncle Eileen and Fred Blodnick, Uncle George Tonkovich, Uncle Richard Hekkel, Sister-in-law Sandy Davis and special hunting partner and friend, John Andrews.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Brenda, sons and families, Nick, Tara, Riley, Vanessa and Tanner, Chad, Jennifer, Dawson and Carson. Sisters and family Donna Kriskovich and Teresa (Richard) Walter. Special aunt/mother Alberta and Lou Lopez, Trevor, Kristie, Chelsie, Josh Garrels, mother-in-law Vivian McKeague, brother-in-law Frank (Sharon) Davis, Bill Davis, sisters-in-law Debbie (Tim) Hogenson and Terry (Dan) Lorengo. He is also survived by the families, spouses and extended families of Mary Tonkovich, Rosalie Kriskovich, Evie Hekkel, Kathy Bleile, the Blodnick Family, Jeannie Shatto, JoAnn Striefel, Eva Davis, Rosie Abbott, Irene Sawyer and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, shop visitors, and job site pals.
We would like to thank Dr. Sheldon and staff at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Dr. Beatty and his staff at the Missoula Medical Cancer Center and the staff at Compassus Hospice. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Anaconda Sportsman Club, PO Box 1113, Anaconda, MT 59711.
Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church on Thursday, July 13, 2016 with the Vigil starting at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday, July 14, 2017. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Nick’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.