Henry “Hank” Martin Kilsdonk, 94, longtime Culbertson, Mont. resident, died at the Roosevelt County Long Term Care Center in Culbertson early Sunday morning, Sept. 30, 2012.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Culbertson, Mont.. Father Francis Schreiber will officiate and interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. (MDT) Friday evening at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Henry “Hank” Martin Kilsdonk was born April 25, 1918, in New Rockford to Martin and Mary Elizabeth (Williamsen) Kilsdonk. He was raised and educated in Jamestown, attending the Saint John’s Academy.
Hank joined the CCC’s in August of 1935 and was honorably discharged in May of 1939. During this period of service, Hank traveled and lived in several states, the last being Montana. While in Montana, he met Mildred Rasmussen. Hank and Millie were united in marriage on May 25, 1939, at St Anthony Catholic Church in Culbertson. They were married 58 years until Millie’s passing in1997.
In 1944, Hank and Millie purchased a farm north of Bainville, Mont. Even though Hank had other jobs over the years, farming was his greatest passion.
After retiring, Hank and Millie traveled extensively throughout the United States in their motor home visiting family and friends. They were active members of the “Good Sam’s Club” and enjoyed meeting and making new friends.
Hank is survived by his sons, Ralph (Ruth) Kilsdonk of Hammondsport, N.Y., Rodney (Diane) Kilsdonk of Sydney, Mont., Stanley (Kathy) Kilsdonk of Fairview, Mont., Odean (Christine) Kilsdonk of Culbertson, Mont., and and Timothy (Mary) Kilsdonk of Hornel, N.Y.; his daughters, Mildred (Steve) Owings of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Kathy Kilsdonk of Douglas, Wyo.; his sisters, Virginia Szarkowski, Josephine Miska and Margaret Quigley; 30 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary Elizabeth; his wife, Mildred (Rasmussen) Kilsdonk; two sons, Martin John (Mary) Kilsdonk and Eldon Mathew Kilsdonk; one daughter, Veralyn Angela (Jim) Smith; and several siblings.
Friends are welcome to visit www.eversonfh.com to share memories of Henry or share condolences with his family. Friends may also call at the church on Friday from 1 until 7 p.m. (MDT) and Saturday at the church for the hour preceding the funeral.
Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.