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Marko Rubich, 82, of Billings passed away Friday, April 26, 2002 at St. Vincent Healthcare. He was born on May 8, 1919, in Bearcreek, the son of Mike and Gospava (Zmukich) Rubich. He grew up and was schooled in Bearcreek.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII from 1942 through 1945. He was very proud of his service and his military buddies in the 307th Airdrome Squadron, recently meeting every two years for reunions.

After his discharge he came to Billings and married Opal Sjostrom on April 17, 1948, in Custer. He became employed with the Railroad Express Agency for 25 years and then went to work for the Montana Highway Department until retirement in 1982.

Mark was dedicated to, and his life revolved around, his family. He always enjoyed a good day on the stream fly-fishing with family or his best buddies. Mark was a member of the First Congregational Church for many years, a member of the Pryor Mountain Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Serbian National Federation Lodge 94.

Survivors include his wife, Opal; one daughter, Melanie (Timothy) Biel of Phoenix; one son, Michael (Janet) Rubich of Billings; four grandchildren, Justin Biel, Anga Biel, Marko Rubich and Colin Rubich, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Bosa Rubich of Billings. His parents, four brothers and one sister have preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at N. 27th Street and Third Avenue N. Cremation has been held at the Cremation or Funeral Gallery. Private Inurnment will be at Mountview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church or to the Billings Masonic Center.

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