Kenneth John Mihalovich II passed away on February 14, 2021, at age 72. He went peacefully in his home while surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Kenny John was born on February 5, 1949, to Betty and Kenneth John Mihalovich in the middle of a blizzard in Roundup, Montana. The family soon moved to Harlowton where Kenny grew up and gained sister Diane Mihalovich Slezak and then later Robert Mihalovich. The three of them, along with their classmates, ran the streets as the “flat rats” of Harlowton. He is described by his sister Diane as being a protective big brother and later a good friend. He loved his hometown and visiting his grandparents in Roundup. Up until he passed, he spoke very fondly of his Grandma Savage, her homemade bread, and her crabapple tree.
Ken graduated in 1967 and went off to attend Eastern Montana College. He worked for Gene Leery’s Exxon station which later led to his move to Darby, Montana where he was part of a Hot Shot fire crew and met Claudia Plotnick who bore his first son, Paxton Mihalovich in 1971.
Ken’s more celebrated birthday was his sober birthday on June 3, 1982. With hard work and much commitment, he stayed sober for the rest of his life. AA was a huge part of his life; he faithfully attended meetings, meditated daily, and made many life-long friendships that lasted throughout the years. Not long after becoming sober Ken had his second son, Kenneth John Mihalovich III. Later, he met Deanna Porter and her two girls Jessica and Jennifer whom he took into his arms to love and raise as his own. Twelve years later, Ken and Deanna had Konner Roy Mihalovich together.
Father-daughter dates were a regular thing, he taught all his children how to cook and be self-sufficient; how to travel; how to camp and always took a loving bite out of their sandwiches to make sure it was not poisoned, even if he made it himself.
Anyone that knew Ken would tell you that if you wanted him to be anywhere on time you had to lie about what time to be there. He loved making everyone laugh and he genuinely enjoyed conversing with anyone. Everywhere he went he would make friends and end up having full-blown conversations with strangers which was a trait that he inherited from his own father. He was everything, a great son, a great brother, a great friend, a providing partner, and the best father.
Ken built his most successful and award-winning career doing what he did best, selling land and building relationships with his clients and business partnerships. Besides his children and grandchildren, his biggest legacy is his Ranch & Land Office in Tonopah, Arizona. He shared his lifelong successful career tips with his son Konner, who spent his days at the office learning the ropes and who is currently getting his realtor license to further the legacy.
He will be immeasurably missed but his life touched so many and in this, he lives on.
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