Celebrating the life of Gene Dribnenki
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This is a little bit of the story of his life (written in first person). I remember the dust storm in 1934. We didn’t see any rain until 1938 or 1939, when it washed out all of the fences. I was 6 years old when I started driving a team of horses, planting corn and cultivating or whatever else needed to be done.
Dad bought a tractor when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was an iron wheel John Deere. We walked a mile to school the first 2 years, after that we went to a different school a mile and a half away. This was the Sand Creek School where I went from 3rd to 8th grade.
I started high school in 1946 in Circle, MT. I left home in 1947 and moved to Circle to live with my sister Margaret and brother in law, Bob Brown. I worked my way through school and worked for Bob and Margaret ranching and farming.
I got drafted in February of 1952 then went to Fort Hood, Texas. Then I went to Germany until I was discharged in December of 1953.
I worked for Browns again until I leased our old farm from my Dad in 1955. I got married to Louise Ferch in October of 1957. We purchased the farm from Dad in 1959. I farmed and ranched and did other things until 1970 when we sold the farm to our neighbor, Frankie Whitmus. We then purchased a ranch in Big Timber, MT. We sold the ranch in 1985 and moved into town.
Since moving to town I have worked at various jobs. The last full time job was hauling mail to Melville, MT.
I am survived by my wife of 60 years, Louise and our four children, Karla Dribnenki, Brenda Morning (daughter, Tiersa), Lorinda Brewer (Don and son Sterling), and Dana Dribnenki (Karen and sons Tracer and Landon) numerous nieces and nephews. I was the final child to pass away out of 10, born to Andrew to Geneva Dribnenki. See you all again on the other side
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Big Timber, MT 59011