Eugene Kreshimir Emerick Knezevich (March 6, 1930 – March 17, 2023)

Eugene Knezevich, resident of Rycroft, AB, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the age of 93 years.

Eugene was born on March 6, 1930, in the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital. He lived in the Rycroft area and attended school in Silverwood. Eugene grew up playing ball and hockey and enjoyed community gatherings. He met his wife Betty, and they raised their family in Rycroft.

Eugene farmed with his father Jerry, brother Lawrence, and sons Mel and Gerry. He worked at local sawmills and on road construction running cat and scraper. He snow plowed oilfield roads and towed trucks, moving drilling equipment in the mountains of the Peace Country, BC.

Eugene loved his family and his lifelong friends, Matt and Joe, who he grew old with. He enjoyed exploring and touring old infrastructures and history of the development of the Peace Country, Alberta, and North Western Canada. He enjoyed his cattle, river boating, and seen the untouched part of the world. He enjoyed hot springs of which Miette, Radium, and Liard were some favorites. In his later years, he loved watching nature programs, Curse of Oak Island, Gold Rush, and Mountain Men. He loved to sit on the porch at the cabin with his family, and look out over the river flat, and remember his journey and tell the history. He would say with pride to his great grandkids “You’re the sixth generation looking out from here.”

Eugene will be sadly missed by his son Mel (Darlene); grandson Ben (Carla); great-grandchildren: Dylan (Olive), Kylie, Zayn, and Korben; grandson Eric (Allison); great-grandsons Emerick and William.
Daughter Pam (Wade); granddaughter Bobbie (Curtis); great-granddaughters Cara and Breanna; granddaughter Billie; great-granddaughters Jenna, Jessica, and Sierra; grandson Wayne; great-grandsons Kyle and Kohen

Daughter Sherry (Bruce); grandson Fritz; great-grandson Miles; granddaughter Ashley (Brad); granddaughter Megan; great-grandson Macchio; granddaughter Courtney (Carson); great-grandchildren, Hayden and Hayley.

Son Gerry.

Daughter Carrie; grandchildren Allie and Gage;

A Viewing was held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 1:00-2:00pm, at the Rycroft AG building.

Graveside Service followed at 2:00pm, at Old Mission Cemetery in Rycroft.

Luncheon and refreshments followed at 3:00pm at the AG building on Hwy 49 in Rycroft.

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