Born on June 7, 1931, Mike Kuchera passed away to the Lord, peacefully and calmly, on Jan. 31, 2005, from a long, courageous and dignified struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mike was born to Mike and Helen Kuchera in Detroit, then relocated to Miles City. He farmed proudly with his family in Hardin, and it was there that the family started the first Kuchera Furniture in 1932. As the business progressed, Kuchera Furniture moved to Billings in 1950.
From 1951 to 1953, Mike served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash. Since that time, he took great pride in Kuchera Furniture and providing service to his longtime customers and friends.
In recent years, Mike's new love was restoring antique tractors. He found personal joy in the end results, as well as sharing them with family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and an occasional "off the wall joke."
Mike is survived by daughters, Kathy Klier of Coon Rapids, Minn., Patty Kuchera of Billings, Helen Littler (Mike) of Worden; a son, Mike Kuchera III; grandchildren, Lance McKinnon, Jennifer Fehr, Michael Kuchera IV, Tyler Collins, Nathon Ewalt, Samantha Ewalt, Rikki Littler and Michael Kuchera V; and great-grandson, Mykal Kuchera VI. He is also survived by his very special friend and companion, Betty Lind.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Little Flower Catholic Church, 209 S. 35th St. Cremation has taken place. Smith Downtown Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Lou Gehrig's Research, University of Washington; Big Sky Hospice or the Billings Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Mike will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.