Demetro (Mike) Pushkarenko, a resident of Armstrong, BC, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2013. Mike was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1926 to Tatiana and Trofin Pushkarenko. Mike and 5 of his siblings arrived in Canada in 1927 with their mother to join their father.
Surviving Mike is his loving wife of 18 years, Josephine; 2 step children: Gary Bailey (Juanita), and Nancy Geiser (Jeff); 6 step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are 6 sisters: Sophie Constantineau, Jenny Locken, and Rose Billy, all of Edmonton, Alberta, Anne Pushkarenko of Vernon, BC, Mary White of Calgary, Alberta, and Helen Brady (Ken) of San Jose, California; three brothers: John and George of Mallaig, Alberta, and Ed (Marge) of Vernon, BC.
Preceding Mike in death are his parents; 2 sisters: Vera Melhoff, and Katie Nobiss; and 5 brothers: Peter, Fred, Bill, Walter, and Alex.
At the age of 19 Mike enlisted in the Royal Canadian Infantry, in the spring of 1945. He served his country for 36 years on active duty in Canada, Korea, England, Japan, Germany, and Cyprus until compulsory retirement at age 55.
He was awarded numerous medals including the Canadian Volunteer Medal, 1939 -45 War Medal, Korean Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, UN Services Medal, Canadian Centennial Medal, Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, Special Services Medal NATO, and the Canadian Forces Decoration with 2 clasps for his many years of services.
On September 1, 2013 he was the recipient of the Ambassador of Peace Medal by the Republic of Korea.
While on terminal leave from the Regular Force as Chief Warrant Officer, he was placed on the Supplementary List as a Captain. In 1983 he was called out as Training Officer at the Cadet Camp in Vernon, BC. He was then asked to join the Supplementary Ready Reserve where he served until 1996.
Upon retirement Mike enjoyed travelling, fishing, and camping. In 1995 he met and married his wife, Josephine. They have enjoyed mutual interest in travelling, outdoor activities, and snow birding in Yuma, Arizona.
Mike was an active member of the Korean Veterans Association of Canada, Royal Canadian Legion, and several regimental associations.
The Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the Army, Navy, Air Force Hall in Vernon, BC.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the local Cancer Society (Suite 104-3402 27 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Cremation arrangements entrusted to
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Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866