Kenneth Dale Hart Sr. of Choteau passed away on May 25, 2021 after a brief illness at Benefis in Great Falls. His care has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home.
Ken, as most knew him, was born on April 3, 1939 to Jack and Dorothy (Oriet) Hart in Great Falls. He was the oldest of four. He was raised on the west side of town and always had many stories to tell of his youth.
After graduating from Great Falls High in 1957, Ken then spent 5 + years in the National Guard as a cook. While in the Guard he would always cook the turkeys with the same dressing his mother made and the continued that tradition in his own home.
Ken found his passion in life while in his early 20’s. He became a meat cutter and worked for numerous companies throughout his 50 + years in the industry. He knew the trade and was great at what he did. He began at Great Falls Meats, staying until they closed down, he then moved on to Netum Packing, Vaughn Meats and Triangle Packing.
Eventually Ken moved to Choteau, where he met his bride of 44 years, Virginia (Gollehon) Hart. The two were married in 1975 after just 3 short months of dating. They would raise two children together.
In 1983 Ken opened his own shop at Andersons in Choteau. He continued to operate there, until moving his business to his home between Choteau and Augusta in the early 90’s.
Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing along with his family. He raised tropical fish when he was younger and after retirement, he would raise pigeons.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the family home; children, Ken (Dawn) Hart, Lonnie (Scott) Allaire both of Choteau, and Shelly Breunig of West Bend, WI; siblings, Rick Hart of Sun Prairie, Pat (Del) Hotchkiss of Billings, Dick Hart of Great Falls; uncle, Sunny (Pat) Oriet of Belgrade; and 8 grandchildren.
Ken is preceded in death by his daughter, Sherri Boulerice.
Dad will be dearly missed by many. A Celebration Of Life will be held at the Stage Stop Inn on June 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM. A lunch will be provided. Memorials are suggested to the Choteau Lions Club Pool Fund.
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