Michael was born April 23, 1923, in the coal mining town of Export, Pennsylvania. He was the fifth of eight children born to Eli and Helen Krevokucha who were immigrants of Serbia and Ukrania.
Hard work began at a young age for Mike as he left school when 9 years old to work in the coal mines in order to help support the family. As a teenager he joined the CCC Camps and was stationed in Billings, Montana and Flagstaff, Arizona. It was during this time that he developed a love for the West. He served our nation during WWII in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was stationed off the coast of North Africa and Italy.
Upon his return to the States, he met the love of his life, Flora Rose Hager. They were married in Irwin, Pennsylvania, on August 29, 1951 and enjoyed 60 years together before his beloved “Rosie” died in April, 2012. They had two children – Mark who was born in 1953 and Debbi in 1957. The family moved to Cody in June, 1973, to fulfill Mike’s dream of living in the West so that he could enjoy the outdoors with his family, in particular hunting and fishing with his son. Sadly, that dream was shaken when Mark was killed in a car accident on the Northfork highway in August of that same year.
Mike was a welder by profession and worked in Oregon Basin until he retired at the age of 62. At that time he walked into Cody High School and asked if someone could teach him to read as he was illiterate up to that point in his life. As a result, the Adult Literacy Program was established through Northwest College and the world of reading opened up to him. He enjoyed books on history and sports but by far he spent the most time reading his favorite book, the Bible. Cutting firewood in the mountains was another source of pleasure along with working in the yard and spending time with family. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Those who knew Mike experienced his generous heart. He was always so willing to give of whatever money or possessions he had which was evidence of the fact that he truly thought of the needs of others before his own. He passes on to his family the virtuous treasures of faith in Jesus Christ alone, commitment to family, honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic in order to provide for family and share with others.
Dementia took a large portion of Mike’s mind resulting in his last year living at The Willows in Red Lodge. The family will be ever thankful for the love, care and compassion that he received through the hearts and hands of the staff at this most wonderful home. Mike is now full of peace, joy and life. Not because of who he was or did but rather because of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for those who believe and trust in Him. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:6
Mike is survived by a sister, Helen Krevo of North Huntingdon, PA; his daughter, Debbi Stambaugh (Kenny) of Cody; his granddaughter, Kimberly Zierlein (Auggie) of Powell; and great-grandson, Toby Lane Zierlein. The family requests that gifts be given in Mike’s memory to The Willows, P.O. Box 2011, Red Lodge, Montana 59068.