FORSYTH — Arthur William Polich, age 93, longtime Rosebud County farmer and rancher, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth, with his family by his side. Art was born in Roundup on March 21, 1917, the son of John and Petra (Shubat) Polich.
He was raised on the family homestead north of Roundup until the age of 13, when the family moved to Cartersville. In 1931, Art finished his schooling at Rosebud and, shortly thereafter, met the love of his life, Vesta Bromley. They were united in marriage on Feb. 2, 1941, in Forsyth. Following their marriage, they moved out to the family farm, where they farmed and ranched for over 70 years.
Art's passion was his farm and his animals. In his later years, he loved to sit in his pickup and watch his cattle by the hours. He loved playing cards, bowling, square-dancing, visiting with his neighbors, and riding his horses, Skeeter and Guy. He also loved to watch sports, including his beloved "Shaq." But most of all, he loved his family.
Art was involved with or a mentor for the Rosebud Treasure County Fair Board, PCA, Cartersville Irrigation District, ASCS, REA, Rosebud/Cartersville School Board, and the Stockman's Association. He was a past recipient of the Farmer of the Year Award and the Conservationist of the Year Award.
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Art is survived by his wife, Vesta Polich of Cartersville; three sons, Jim and wife Carol Polich of Bozeman, John and wife Linda Polich of Miles City, and Don and wife Heather Polich of Forsyth: three grandchildren, Sarah Parr and husband Ben Parr, Rachel Polich, and Matthew Polich and wife Alta Polich; and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Lane Parr.
Art was preceded in death by two brothers, Lud Polich and Rudy Polich; three sisters, Eva Nygaard, Julia Althoff and one sister in infancy; and one granddaughter, Amy Dawn Polich.
General visitation will start Tuesday morning, Feb. 15. There will be a family to greet friends gathering from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in their chapel. Interment will take place in the Forsyth Cemetery following the service.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth has been entrusted with these arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.