Marvin Gregory, 74, South Heart, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital & Health Center, Dickinson. Marvins Parastas will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Belfield, with Fr. Taras Miles presiding. Interment will follow at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Ladbury Funeral Service, with a rosary & prayer service at 7 p.m., with Deacon Leonard Kordonowy presiding. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Marvin Walter Gregory was born April 24, 1939 in Dickinson, the son of Matt and Katie (Simnioniw) Gregory. He was raised on the family farm near Gorham, and educated in the Gorham and Fairfield areas, graduating from Belfield High School. He went on to serve his country honorably in the United States Army.
Marvin was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Kanski on January 30, 1965 at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Fairfield. They lived in the Belfield and South Heart areas throughout the years, where he worked as a mechanic and drove fuel truck for Cenex, and also drove school bus in South Heart. Ranching was always his true love and he continued to ranch until his death.
He enjoyed playing the guitar and had been a member of several different bands. His love for his family and especially his grandchildren were second to none. He especially enjoyed the grandchildren and giving them tractor rides. He had broke many horses over the years, enjoyed the companionship of his Blue Heeler dogs, and his adopted kids were his cattle. He had a fondness for his Simnioniw grandparents, and looked forward to stopping at the Four Corners for lunch and socializing. Riding horse and team penning competitions were activities that he looked forward to.
Marvin was a member of the American Legion in Belfield, and the South Heart Saddle Club.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Betty; their four children, Tammie (Dean) Jablonsky, Dickinson, Tina (Jerry) Brydl, Dickinson, Terry (Joy) Gregory, South Heart, and Toni (Matt) Dvorak, Dickinson; seven grandchildren, Aaron & Rebecca Brydl, Trystan & Ty Gregory, and Gavin, Payton & Anna Dvorak; sister, Bernie (Maurice) Obrigewitch, Belfield; brother, Steve (Myra) Gregory, Belfield; sister-in-law, Linda Gregory, West Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Bill (DeEtta) Gregory, and Emil Gregory.
Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, www.ladburyfuneralservice.com