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Nick Ksenych, age 85, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at a local care center. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel. Pastor Scott Dempster will officiate. Music will be provided by A. J. Sherrill as organist with Judy Everson as soloist. The family is requested to meet at the chapel by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at the chapel on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick’s sisters: Anne Carrigan, Rose Clarke and Cathy Caswell; Adam and Andrea Carow, Jeanette Beutler, Kari Carter, Louise O’Shaughnessy and Clarence Morgan. Active pallbearers will be: Todd Ksenych, Wayne Beutler, Eric Beutler, Colton Ksenych, Cody Ksenych, Joe Bevers and Roger Oleson.
Nick was born on December 19, 1932, at Hume, Saskatchewan, to Roman and Mary (Kwachka) Ksenych. He attended school through the 8th grade as he farmed with his family while living in Canada. Later, Nick worked in the oil fields of Saskatchewan.
On November 27, 1955, Nick married Phyllis Zimmerman at Stoughton, Saskatchewan. He farmed briefly and continued to work in the oil fields until moving to Ontario in 1963. Nick and Phyllis purchased and operated a motel, restaurant and service station. Nick also worked in sales and management for a quonset building company. The couple moved to Watertown in 1972, where Nick established a US location for the quonset company. A year later, he branched out and established ‘Trailers Inc.’ in Watertown and yet another business in Canada. Together, Nick and his son established ‘Custom Fabricators’ in Watertown. He also established ‘Innovative Fabricators’ with his daughter and son.
He enjoyed boating in Ontario, Minnesota and South Dakota and taking tropical vacations. Nick also enjoyed attending Country music entertainment events and digging for treasures in junk yards. He loved a good meal at a good restaurant. All were enjoyed with his wife, family and friends. Attending his grandchildren’s sporting events was also a favorite pastime. Nick would stay up late at night reading a new autobiography, received as a gift. He loved to talk about his and other people’s work and achievements.
Nick is survived by his children, Terry (Wayne) Beutler of Bismarck, ND, and Todd (Lore) Ksenych of Deadwood, SD; four grandchildren: Eric (Jeannette) Beutler, Andrea (Adam) Carow, Cody Ksenych and Colton (Kylie) Ksenych; four great-grandchildren: Ava and Adeline Carow, Ellis Beulter and Winston Ksenych; and three sisters: Anne Carrigan of Ontario, Canada, and Rose Clarke and Cathy Caswell both of Saskatchewan, Canada.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, on July 9, 2014; his parents; one sister, Eva; and four brothers: Andy, Jack, John and Leo.