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John Constantine Foundas

John Constantine Foundas    John Constantine Foundas, 80, died after an extended illness Aug 17, at the Pondera Medical Center.
    Funeral Mass was held Aug. 21 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Burial was Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at Custer County Cemetery in Miles City. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
    Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sarah I. Foundas, of Conrad; daughters, Krista (Dan) Anderson, of Conrad; Renee’ (Gary) Dent, of Conrad; a son, Kenton (Tracy) Foundas, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
    He is preceded in death by a grandson, James.
    John was born on Feb. 12, 1927 in Bloomington, Ill., to George and Florence Foundas.  Like many young Americans, John was moved by the attack at Pearl Harbor and with forged papers, enlisted in the Army at the age of 15.  He served four years, part of the time in the Philippines.  He was a member of the underage veteran’s organization.  On June 1, 1946 he married the love of his life, Sarah I. Guy in Bloomington.
    He began his college studies at Pella, Iowa and went on to receive a BA and MA in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa graduating in 1956.  His works as a physical therapist took him first to McHenry, Ill., then to Astoria, Ore., and then to Miles City where he became head physical therapist at the V.A. Hospital and also worked at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City.  He worked later on in the Billings area as a physical therapist for the Visiting Nurse Service.  He retired in 1995.
    He was involved with Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree member; was a core presenter of the Right to Life organization in Montana; former member of Kiwanis; former member and president of the Sacred Heart Roundtable; and involved in the organization of the Miles City St. Vincent DePaul.
    John loved to tie flies, fish, and hunt.  A very intelligent man, he was always involved with news, current affairs, and had a deep concern for the human condition.  He kept furthering his education and knowledge through reading articles, journals and working on his computer.
    Memorials are suggested to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad or to the charity of your choice.