Celebrating the life of Robert Elvin Mihalovich
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Bob and Dick grew up in a family that greatly enjoyed the outdoors, Roundup was a coal town back in the day and because of it many families took a long summer break when the mines closed down, favoring cooler weather and the Montana scenery. They spent many days of the summer at the family cabin on the Boulder south of Big Timber.
When attending school in Roundup he met and fell in love with his high school sweetheart Wilma Goffena, they soon married July 20th, 1963 and Bob's extended family grew significantly. They soon started a family and two boys were born of that union, Michael and Robert. He instilled in his sons the love of the outdoors, by teaching them to fly fish, shoot and hunt. They enjoyed a number of backpacking trips into Montana's wilderness with them and friends.
Bob was a jack of all trades and had numerous jobs, he started working at Van Dykes super market for the Amdor family. He then started working at Seitz & Bower's, the local butcher shop and later the local Chevrolet dealership. There shortly after he started his own service station, Bob's Hilltop Texaco, with his brother, father, and friends helping out where they could. He soon applied for and was accepted to the Montana Highway Patrol Academy in 1966. After completing his training, he was first stationed in Scobey. With his new family, they stayed there for about three years, making more friends and driving the highways of Montana. Bob truly had the gift of gab and was quick to strike up a conversation with anyone. While Scobey was nice, he missed the mountains of the Boulder and being closer to family, so he applied for, was accepted and stationed in Livingston. They stayed there for the next six years and expanded his network of friends. Eventually a position opened up in Roundup in 1976 and he soon applied for and got transferred there. A career soon passed, and he decided to retire from the patrol after 20 years of service. He was approached by the local justice of the peace about filing in for her, and eventually ran for the position and was elected. He served as the Justice of the Peace for Musselshell County from 1988 to 2002. It was only a part time job, but he supplemented his income with arts and craft shows, a matting and framing business, and being a reserve school bus driver. He transitioned into a full time driver after serving his last term as a judge and again it gave him the opportunity to drive the highways of Montana and county roads of Musselshell. This included numerous trips to school sporting events along with educational and extra curricular activities.
In 1998 a daughter, Bailey, was born to Rob and Stacey, and Bob loved being a grandparent to her. He truly enjoyed watching her grow up and attending school sporting events and extra curricular activities. He enjoyed watching many of his nieces and nephews grow up and loved being an uncle to many of them. Always willing to lend a hand or offering support and guidance to any of them.
Bob and Wilma eventually relocated to the family ranch east of town and helped out where they could with the lambing, calving and feeding of livestock. Eventually he decided to retire from everything and spend more time with family and to do the many activities he enjoyed. He and Wilma loved to camp, spend time at the family cabin, and travel and see the wonders of nature. He enjoyed shooting trap, pistols and rifle. Bob also loved fly fishing with his good friend Rob Nicholson on the Boulder. Bob and Wilma enjoyed riding their ATV's with family and friends around the ranch, The Boulder, and in the Little Belt Mountains.
He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years Wilma, sons Michael and Robert (Stacey), granddaughter Bailey, brother Richard (Kay), sister-in-law's Patricia Goffena, Carolyn Swenson (Rob), Barbara Miller (Dave), brother-in-law Alan Goffena (Susan), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Celebration of his life, and honoring of his memory will be held Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at the Roundup High School gymnasium, in Roundup, Montana at 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Masonic Scholarship Fund or the Roundup Volunteer Fire Department.
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Celebration of Life
525 6th Ave. West
Roundup, MT 59072