John Joseph Gusick


John Joseph Gusick


John Joseph Gusick ,75, of Billings, passed away peacefully at his cabin on the Stillwater, on June 25, 2019.

John was born on Nov. 26, 1943, in Seattle, to Jack and Josephine Gusick. The family moved to Billings soon after, where John made his home for 75 years. John graduated from Billings Central High School in 1962, then attended Eastern Montana College, where he earned his master’s degree in guidance counseling. He married B. Ann James (son Jeff) and they had two children, John Jr. and Crissy. He was member of the Montana Officials Association and loved to talk sports! He always knew the latest scores!

After a time working at Conoco, John and his brother Jim went into the bar business, where John was involved for 45 years. He loved being at the bar and talking with his customers who became friends.

John also loved to golf and spend time at his cabin on the Stillwater with his grandkids. John was a loving brother, father, Papa, and uncle. He was known to many as Uncle J or Holmes.

John is survived by his daughter, Crissy (Griff); grandkids Elise, Ashlyn and Chase; his brother and business partner, Jim (Sylvia); and nephews Marcus and Mike (Lynda); and his great-niece Remington.

Memorial donations can be made to the Chase Hawks Memorial Association, PO Box 31333, Billings, MT 59107.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.

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23 thoughts on “John Joseph Gusick”

  1. Gusick family, I’m so sorry to hear about John. I had the privilege of giving John golf lessons and playing a few rounds here and there. We had some great laughs on the course because we all know how serious he took it. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP my friend. You are pain free and are able to enjoy the game once again.

  2. Judy (Ostermiller) Mikkelson

    So sorry to lose my good friend who I have known for more than 60 years. Will miss our visits. Condolences to all of the Gusick family. John was a kind, generous person with so many friends. RIP friend.

  3. Jim, Sorry for your loss. I have some great ( and not so great ) memories of our childhood…Mike S

  4. Sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will always be remembered as a real fan of high school sports, and he made you feel like he was especially a fan of your team. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  5. John never knew a stranger and never forgot his old friends at Conoco Pipe Line. Can still remember John coming down and visiting on shift with his old op cord pals such as Charlie Hurt, Ponce McNulta, Bruce Bryant, and the rest of us. John seemed to always be a breath of fresh air to all of us and of course the stories were endless!. What you saw in John Gusick is what you saw and he was admired by countless friends! God Speed John Gusick

  6. Jim and John always treated all of us basketball players from Carroll College with extra
    attention. Great dinners that were easily at the top of our travel list each year.
    Thoughts and prayers to each of you.

  7. I remember some escapades in our high school days and some after. John was always ahead of what ever was happening. RIP.

  8. so many tons of great memories….remember having Thanksgiving at the cabin pre losing Big Dougy. tons of good thoughts in the winds to family and all his friends

  9. Freida (Holthues) McLaughlin

    Jim and Sylvia, I am so sorry fo your loss. John was quite a guy. I have memories of some good times we all had at The Spur where we ate Josephine’s wonderful meals and enjoyed fun times in the bar with Jim, Sylvia and John serving us the coldest beer in town.

  10. To the family,

    My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the words at Psalm 46:1 and 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 give you the much needed comfort during this time of great sorrow.

  11. I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a fellow warrior and confidant the 41 years I spent at the Reno. We kidded on the phone while on shift from your joint to ours. Always laughing is how I will remember him.

  12. Jim, Sylvia, and the Gusick Family, my thoughts are with you all. I have so many great memories of John and your family. I will always cherish the times we had both at work or just enjoying life. Blessings to you all, so sorry I can’t make the service, but know I’m there in spirit. Love you all!

  13. To all of John’s family and friends; Sorry to hear of John’s passing. John always had the inside scoop on sports not only in Billings, the state and probably the world. Always enjoyed having a cold Rainier at the bar after work and watching John close down for the night. Hope he finds a big cabin and all the games on his next journey!

  14. Iam saddened by your passing John but you are one guy I’ll never forget..Always a friend and loyal to all your friends..Now you are taking the good ride headed back to camp..RIP my friend.

  15. So sorry for the loss of your papa, Crissy and Griff. A good man who had a great life. I hope you have many fond memories to bring you comfort over the next days, weeks, and years.

  16. My sincere condolences to the Gusick Family. It was always fun to see John and enjoy his quick wit. To Jim and Sylvia, the hole left by John’s passing will be filled with good memories.

  17. My thoughts and prayers to John’s family during this difficult time. We know how hard he fought to get well. First met John well over 35 years ago when we both worked at Continental Pipeline. He was at Field office and I was at the District office. Quite a character. Always had us laughing. Will miss seeing him at Gusicks.

  18. mike and jeanie marr

    Gusick family,we just found out about johns passing and I, jeanie have known John as a
    very special friend for many years since I was a teenager .He was so kind ,had a great sense of humor.we had talks on the phone from seattle and when my husband, mike and I would visit him in Gusicks.He kept up on the sports activities of our son rob Pedersen and our two grandsons.
    The world is dimmer without the light of his life in it. I am so very thankful to have known him
    for all these years.My heart will always remember him with love.God bless and comfort you all.John will be missed and never forgotten by many for a long time, and I for one will always remember him with sincere respect.

  19. Was so sorry to hear of Johns passing. To Crissy and all the Gusick family my heart hurts for you all during this difficult time. I do know he has enlightened the heavens.. Rest In Peace John

  20. Always enjoyed visiting with John, he always made me laugh. Lots of good stories!! Gusick’s won’t be the same without him. Condolences to the entire family. Fred and Marlene Rule

  21. Crissy, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was always a great neighbor to me when I was on Elm and I know you and the kids will miss him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Blessings, Jan

  22. Laura Moore-Kitchens

    Dearest Gusick Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort for you all during this time of sadness and I know you have so many happy memories to help you through… Think of those. My love and prayers, Laura Moore-Kitchens

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