Neil Peter Dribnenki, 72, passed away suddenly at his residence in Mandan, ND on August 9, 2017. A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 13, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Monday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Neil was born March 25, 1945 at Wolf Point, MT, the youngest of 14 children born to Andrew and Geneva (Zagurski) Dribnenki. The Dribnenki family lived on their homestead at Sand Creek in McCone county. However, in 1952 the family moved to Wilton, ND to be near medical facilities to treat Geneva. She passed away in 1953.
The family continued to reside in Wilton and Neil attended Wilton Public Schools, graduating in 1964.
In 1966 he joined the United States Navy and served on recon ships in the Western Pacific Ocean until his discharge in 1970. He was then encouraged by his friend Brian Asplund to join with him in the Civilian Navy, which he did. He served as a ships electrician on commercial merchant ships sailing out of various ports in Washington, Oregon, California and Florida. After a couple of years he decided he wanted to settle down permanently and returned to Wilton.
He eventually took a position as an electrician with Coal Creek Mining out of Underwood working there until his retirement.
To many he was a very quiet individual who preferred to be alone. To his friends and those who knew him he was an intelligent, sharp witted person with a very dry sense of humor and vast knowledge of the local history whether it be people, places or events. His passion was researching the history and lives of the settlers in and around the Wilton area. You could find him sharing his time and knowledge at Buckstop Junction where he told the history and stories about the people who worked the early lignite mines east of Wilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: William, Joseph, Peter, and sisters: Mary Maslowski, Olga, Margaret Brown, Josephine, Veronica Pitman, Pauline Nagel, Carolyn Peltier, Dorothy, and Justine; brothers–in-law: Carl Maslowski, Robert Brown, Henry Nagel, Alex Hruby, and Joe Peltier.
He is survived by a brother Eugene (Louise) in Big Timber, MT and a brother-in-law Wayne Pitman in Idaho Falls, ID, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers and gifts the family asks that memorials be made to your preferred charity or the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.