Art Bilous of the Yorkton district, beloved husband of Helen Bilous passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the age of 71 years. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre. The interment will follow in the Garden of St. Mark. Memorials in memory of Art may be made to the Easter Seals Snowarama, Box 5011/162 Ball Road Yorkton, SK S3N 3Z4.
Arthur Benedict Bilous was born on January 26, 1948 at Canora, Saskatchewan; a son of Harry and Anne (nee Gazdewich) Bilous. In 1952 Art's brother Rick came along, and soon after the family relocated to Yorkton. Art received his education in Yorkton completing high school at St. Joseph's College. On March 2, 1973 Art was united in marriage to Helen Cherry. Soon after Art and Helen moved to the Bilous family farm north of Yorkton, where they have resided to this day. On January 1, 1976 Art and Helen purchased a local business, Yorkton Distributors, which was a Shell Bulk fuel agency. It began as fuel distribution and with the help of brother Rick it soon expanded into farm chemicals, and later on into seed. The business grew from two farm delivery trucks to eventually a fleet of three tandems and four semi-trailer units. With the changes in the industry the fuel delivery was discontinued in 2007, which in turn allowed the farm input side to expand. Through the tremendous support of the farming community in the area the business grew beyond everyone's expectations. Art was a very humble person, he treated each customer, employee and company representative with dignity and respect. The brothers operated the business until it was sold two years ago.
His business involvement allowed he & Helen to travel the world and multiple trips were taken to many places. Art was very adventurous exploring new areas to the fullest.
Art's life-long passion for snowmobiling began when he and Rick purchased two Commanchie Roll-O-Flex snowmobiles. Following a trip to Yellowstone with Helen and being so impressed with the groomed trails and signage, Art purchased groomers and began to make local trails in the area. Some of these trails are still being maintained by the Yorkton Sno-Riders Club. Through his passion for snowmobiling he became a great supporter of Snowarama, by sponsoring and donating fuel, food and signage. Over the years Art collected snowmobiles, and currently has over 120 machines in a snowmobile museum called Super Tracs Racing on their farm. Helen purchased a 1941 Farmall H tractor to use as a lawn ornament. Art & Brian Eckhart restored this tractor. Thus began the vintage tractor museum, and today it houses several more vintage tractors. Art was proud of and enjoyed these collections. He could tell you stories and the history of each piece of equipment he owned. His other interests included racing: stock car racing, drag racing, dirt bike racing and especially tractor pulling. Art enjoyed the tractor pull tractor "The Remedy".
Art loved his dogs. He always had time to take them for a truck ride in the 'dog truck', as well as making the odd trip to McDonalds for a burger.
Art lived life to the fullest and had a passion for life, family, and animals.
Art passed away suddenly Sunday, October 13th 2019 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 71 years of age. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Anne Bilous, mother and father-in-law Florence and Lincoln Cherry, and brother-in-law Elwood Cherry. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Helen; brother Rick and his wife Teresa, their children, Sharlene (Darius) Delon, Kendra (Kurt) Bigoraj, Annelle (Mitchell) Bodnarik, and Rylan Elliott and their families. Also sister-in-law Lois (Alvin) Mosell, and brothers-in-law, Nelson Cherry and Dale (Myrna) Cherry, their sons Todd, Tim, and Trent Cherry and their families.