The funeral service for John Pojorlie, 86, of Grassy Butte, will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church of Watford City, with Pastors Jay Reinke and Rob Favorite officiating. Interment will be in the Community Cemetery in Grassy Butte. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at (www.fulkersons.com).
John Pojorlie was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Dickinson, to Efrin and Matilda (Poleshuk) Pojorlie. He was raised on the family homestead and was the second youngest of 10 children. He attended Boehm school one-half mile from their homestead.
As a young man, John worked on the family farm until entering the Navy on Dec. 16, 1944. He served on the USS Wallace L. Lind destroyer as a Fireman 2nd Class. John was honorably discharged on July 18, 1946, and was very proud of being part of escorting General McCain and Admiral John Towers to Tokyo Bay for the surrendering ceremonies at the close of World War II.
After returning home, John married Emma Lorraine Eschenko on July 15, 1949, at the Watford City Courthouse. They purchased the family farm where they raised their four children: Victoria, Eugene, Jim and Cindy. John drove truck for Eklund Brothers Transport during the first oil boom of the mid-1950s. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed helping the neighbors with their needed repairs. John also enjoyed custom combining for the neighbors. Most of all John had a deep passion for the land farming and harvesting his crops each year. He was a very hard worker and possessed a sense of pride and confidence, never complaining, even when times were tough.
John was a tall, gentle, quiet man with a unique sense of humor and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching the youngsters to fish at his dam and shoot his 20 gauge shotgun. Each fall John looked forward to deer hunting season with his '46 Willys Jeep and his yellow Ford feed pickup. Grandpa John enjoyed taking his grandsons to threshing bees and air shows, sharing his knowledge of antique machinery and aircraft. He loved attending rodeos and farm auction sales. John was proud to be a member of the Carl E. Rogen Legion Post 29 and the NRA.
John entered the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in March 2012. He passed away Nov. 1, 2012, at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive, Mont.
John is survived by: his wife, Emma; sons, Eugene and Jim (Colleen); daughters, Victoria Schaff (Larry) and Cindy Geiger; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Alvina Perekrestenko; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Paul, Peter, Dan, Nick; sisters, Elsie, Katie, Pauline and Mary Kohanes.