BEAVERTON, Ore. - Jim Paladichuk, 66, Beaverton, formerly of Sidney, Mont., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, after a long fight with lung disease.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Sidney. A reception will follow.
Jim Paladichuk was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Dickinson, N.D., to Fred and Anna (Gawryluk) Paladichuk. He was a longtime resident of Sidney, attended schools in Sidney and was proud of serving his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army for two and a half years; stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, ending his service during the Berlin Crisis. After his discharge from the Army, Jim returned to Sidney and started dating Gloria Steppler. They were married July 7, 1962, and lived most of their lives in Sidney.
Jim was honored to have worked for MDU Resources for 40 years before retiring. He was especially thankful for having worked for the MDU Public Affairs Department as a senior governmental affairs representative and was transferred from Sidney to Helena, after being hired for this position. Jim considered this department to be part of his family and cherished these working years until his death. He often told Gloria he couldn't believe that they gave him a chance to work in such a special department. His years in Helena, lobbying for MDU, gave Jim great joy and pride. Jim thoroughly enjoyed morning coffee and being part of the "Know-It-All Group" at Jorgenson's in Helena. He would still be working for MDU today if his career was not cut short.
Jim had a passion for serving others whether it was his family, friends, coworkers, community or country. He served as a Sidney volunteer fireman for 20 years, past exalted ruler and trustee of the Sidney Elks Lodge and state chairman of the Montana State Officers Training Program, a member of the Sidney Moose Lodge and the Sidney VFW. Youth activities were always important to Jim. Jim was very proud to be one of the founding members of the Sidney Wrestling Club and Sidney Community Athletic Center and to serve as president of the Sidney Baseball Commission. Jim was presented the Distinguished Service Award in 1978 by the Sidney Jaycees, which he was both humbled and honored to receive. He always felt that hard work, community involvement, public relation skills and ability to work with people were important aspects of a person's life.
Jim Paladichuk is survived by his wife of 46-1/2 years, Gloria Steppler Paladichuk of the family home in Beaverton; daughter, Deedra (Bernie) Howes, Beaverton; son, Brian (Katie) Paladichuk, Tigard; sister, Rose Cobb, Malta, Mont.; brothers Steve (June) Paladichuk, Sidney, and John (Wilma) Paladichuk, Escalon, Calif. He thought the world of his grandchildren, Jared, Nathan, Ana, Carly and Taylor.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anne; brothers Sam, Mike and George; sisters Kate Berry, Marge Denham and Joyce Callen; nieces Lana Jensen and Laurie June Paladichuk.
Jim's message to his children and grandchildren is to become involved, give your time to others, follow your passion and you can make a difference, and never forget the benefits of hard work, good character and giving to others.