After a short but valiant battle against leukemia, John Edward Babnik, 68, passed away January 17, 2019.

John was born the first of 4 children to John George and Pattsy Babnik in Pueblo, CO on July 29, 1950. He grew up in Pueblo and graduated from South High School.

After graduation he joined the U.S, Navy. After completing his Navy duty he returned to Pueblo where he worked in various construction related jobs.

In 1971 he joined the U.S. Air Force serving in the Vietnam War. After several assignments around the world, his final station was at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT. It was in Great Falls where he met and married his wife, Linda.

His Air Force obligation ended in 1975 and he and his wife Linda and daughter Cindi stayed in Great Falls where John started his career in the cable TV industry. He also further continued his military career by joining the Montana Air National Guard.

1978 brought the family to Billings where he continued his cable career. He spent 35 years in the cable community working for all the predecessors of what is now known as Spectrum Communications. He and Linda also welcomed son John Jr. in 1982.

John’s hobbies included anything “outdoors”. He loved fishing, hunting, and rockhounding best of all. He enjoyed working in his yard and gardening vegetables. He also loved making his own horseradish sauce for which he had quite a following of people wanting it.

Preceding John in death was his father; his sister, Jackie; and his brother, Daniel.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter Cindi (Jay) Keeling; His son John Jr. (Etsuko) Babnik; and grandchildren Kelsie (Leo) Hansen, Jared (Anne) Keeling, Justin Keeling, Adam Babnik, and Shannon Babnik. Also surviving is his mother Pattsy of Shelton, WA; his sister Diana Heisinger and nephew Cody Heisinger of Weston, CT.

Among those missing John is his very special canine pal, Buddy.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 18, at Heights Family Funeral Home.