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John McBride

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John K. McBride was born on January 30th, 1928, at Fort Totten, New York.  John served in the Army Artillery Infantry and was honorably discharged in 1948 as a Corporal. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1952 and received a Bachelor of Science Forest Management degree.  He spent the balance of his professional forestry career in Montana, working in private industry with J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and Champion International.  When St. Regis sold to Champion, John became the Kootenai Block Forest Manager.

John was a devoted family man and a good friend, tree farmer, horse lover, gun collector, military historian, and a consummate story teller with a great and dry sense of humor.  After 38 years as a professional forester, all in Lincoln county, John retired.  Of his retirement, John had said, "I do not fish, don't ski, and flatly refuse to play golf."  He loved to teach: forestry with the 6th graders and new teacher's tours of the woods; Civil War history classes in schools.  He worked hard and had a knack of turning work into fun. 

John K. McBrike, 90, died March 11, 2018, at his home in Libby.

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