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Albert H. "Bud" Groskinsky, 89, Sidney, MT

 

February 23, 2022

Albert H. "Bud" Groskinsky

Funeral services for Albert H. "Bud" Groskinsky, 89 of Sidney are at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 3, 2022, at the Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney with John Carey and Pastor Audrey Rydbom officiating. Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MT under the care of the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney, MT. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the funeral home and one hour before services at the church. Masonic Service will be at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at http://www.fulkersons.com.

Albert "Bud" Harry Groskinsky was born in Sidney Montana to parents Albert and Marie (nee Klempel) Groskinsky on September 30th, 1932. Bud's brother, William "Bill" Grover Groskinsky joined the family, 2 ½ years later. The brothers attended the Anderson school near Crane until moving into Sidney. Bud's mother passed away unexpectedly when he was 15. Thankfully, the Cenex café provided a more balanced daily diet for their lunch, as his dad's one specialty was steak in a cast iron skillet.

Bud graduated in 1951 from Sidney High School, achieving the American Farmer Award in FFA. He farmed for the next 4 years, until he met Anne Lynde. Following her graduation, they were married June 1st, 1955, and began a 66-year journey of love, learning, and laughter. Bud and Anne attended college together, first in Bozeman, MT, then moving to Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, MT. Bud graduated with a degree in Chemistry, while Anne graduated with a degree in Medical Technology, and they were life-long supporters of RMC. St. Louis, MO was their next destination for a year of advanced medical school.

Each summer between semesters, Bud and Anne returned to Sidney to help on his family farm. Farming proved to be his true calling, and thus they returned to Sidney and stewardship of the land they love and nurture to this day. Bud worked at Sidney National Bank, as a loan officer, then as President until his retirement, in addition to being a Bank Board Director. During these years, in addition to Bud's banking duties, they farmed each summer and enjoyed traveling to different countries during the winter. They explored 34 different countries, learning their cultures while meeting a variety of people along the way in their quest of nature and adventure. Excellent photography became an integral part of these trips, (before digital), which they lovingly shared with the community. For many years, Bud successfully raised registered oats and wheat, in addition to other crops and wildlife plantings. Bud continued adapting and implementing the newest technology in farming, with research and a life-long pursuit for improvement. He served on the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project board for 24 years. He helped Dr. Jimmie Ashcraft break ground on the fitness center at Sidney Health Center in 1985. He is a founding member and board member emeritus of the Foundation for Community Care, supporting their goal of keeping good affordable healthcare in our community. Bud and Anne became Ham Radio operators, and each were licensed pilots, flying their Piper Cub and Skylane airplanes for many years, with their black labs at their side. Bud and Anne spent numerous hours improving the Eastern Montana Bible Camp property near Lambert, MT. They established the Groskinsky Foundation, providing scholarships to deserving area graduates for many years, assisting with their college expenses. The Foundation also donated to local projects including the Richland Ranger Hockey building, and a final donation from the Foundation was to the Boys and Girls Club new facilities, annexed to the Methodist Church. Bud and Anne shared their love of nature, exploring the Badlands of Montana and North Dakota, while introducing this beauty to friends, on outdoor adventures, and with many gorgeous photographs, in addition to Go-pro videos in recent years.

Bud is survived by his loving Wife, Anne; Sisters-in-law Elaine Lynde Emly and Anna Schmoll Lynde; Nieces Vicky Groskinsky (Mateel Todd), Brenda Groskinsky (Daughters Kacy Link and Lexi Brady), Nancy Groskinsky Schwartz (Husband Clay and son Dieter), Rita Emly Huether, Annie Lynde, Ruth Lynde Moore (Husband Dennis and Children Brandon and Nicole); and Nephews Larry Lynde (Shirley) and Jerry Lynde (Aleeshia Viktora); Great Nephew (Ronald James' Son) Mikel Campbell (Wife Melissa and Daughter Kaira Lynn Campbell).

Bud was preceded in death by his parents Albert P. and Marie Groskinsky; Grandparents Carl William and Christine Hoelzel Groskinsky, and Hugo Otto and Johanna Siebert Klempel. Brother William "Bill", and Bill's wife Yvonne Stone Groskinsky. Nephews Ronald James Groskinsky, William Randall Groskinsky, Annie's Husband Dave Kimble and Rita's Husband, Arnie Huether. Brothers-in-law Ralph (Anna) Lynde, Harold Emly, Husband of Elaine Lynde Emly, Harold Lynde and his Wife Elaine Harris Lynde.

 

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