Paul David Kanta passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at the age of 55 in Colton, California.
Paul was born on June 21, 1958 in Billings Montana to Paul A. and Margaret Kanta. His parents raised Paul and his five sisters in Forsyth, Montana.
Paul graduated from Forsyth High School in 1976 and attended Billings Vocational-Technical Educational Center. He lived in Billings for many years, working at Elmer’s Pancake House as assistant manager before moving to Oregon. After living in Oregon for eight years and making many friends, Paul moved back to Forsyth, where he worked on the family farm for many years.
Paul, who had a library card for every place he lived, was an avid reader of history books and western novels. When he first moved to Forsyth as a third grader, he insisted on going to the library and getting library cards for his younger sisters, who were not yet in grade school. Along with his love of reading was his love of playing poker with his friends down at Buff’s Bar and on the occasional trip to Las Vegas.
One of the most important roles in Paul’s life was that of uncle to his twelve nieces and nephews. He loved to tease them and was always ready to take them out for ice cream. He liked them to have fun and was always willing to take them on a fun activity like when he booked an ocean fishing trip for all of them when attending a family reunion in Oregon.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother Margaret. He is survived by his father Paul A. Kanta of Forsyth, sisters Mary Catherine(Skip)Meek of Big Timber, MT, Maggie(Glen) Pate of Salem, OR, Teresa(Lance) Patterson of Redlands, CA, Christine(Art) Godinez of Mentone, CA, and Susan(Howard) Quinlan of Forsyth, MT; seven nieces: Joelle(Gary) Clayton, Kim ( Ben) McDonald-Brandner, Tierney(Allyn) Parker, Katie Quinlan, Emily(Isaac)Eisenbarth, Anna Meek, and Brooke Godinez; five nephews: Nathan Meek, Alan Godinez, PO3 Colin Patterson USCG, A1C Jacob Quinlan USAF and Jesse Pate; seven grandnieces and grandnephews.
A service will be held for Paul at Stevenson & Sons in Forsyth on September 11th 2013 at 2:00PM. A reception in his honor will be held following the service at Buff’s Bar.
Memorials may be made to the Rosebud County Library.