Lewis Achille Guay passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Copper Ridge Assisted Living Facility.
Lewis was born on Aug. 11, 1917, in Butte, the son of Achille “Archie” and Mary (Lainey) Guay.
Lewis attended St. Ann’s Grade School and graduated from Boys Central High School, before relocating to Los Angeles to attend Mechanic’s School and spending two years in Kiska, Alaska.
His name was drawn in the first draft when World War II began. He proudly served as a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Aleutian Islands for most of his military career, protecting our northern boarders. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war, having achieved the rank of staff sergeant with the 550th Field Artillery Battalion.
Upon returning to Butte, Lewis joined the family business at the Cobban Market. After the closure of the Cobban Market, he worked at Eastgate IGA, on the corner of Cobban and Farragut, before becoming employed at Stauffer Chemical, for which he was employed until his retirement in 1982.
While still in the military, Lewis married Rita C. Delaney on Oct. 7, 1944, in Fort Benning, Ga. They remained constant companions until they were sadly parted by death on June 8, 1971.
Lewis was an avid horseman, serving as a member of the Sheriff’s Posse for many years. He was instrumental in returning the rodeo to Butte. His love of the outdoors was enjoyed for countless years, hunting with his brothers and cousins, which include to Redferns and Stetzners.
His love of family and friends are a treasured memory of many happy family outings and get-togethers. Lewis will be remembered as a wonderful father, son, brother, and grandfather who was always there to support his family whenever they needed him. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
In addition to his adored wife, Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur Guay, and Dick and June Guay; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Marion and Jack Sullivan, and Dee and Al Pierce; his son-in-law, Jim Rooney; and his beloved longtime companion, Lois LaBranche. He was also preceded in death by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank “Shorty” and Ann Delaney, Bill and Zetha Delaney, Walter and Esther Delaney, and Helen Stanton.
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, AnnMarie and Douglas Tripp of Carlsbad, Calif., and Linda Rooney (Dan Plute) of Florence; brother, Norman Guay of Butte, who was unselfishly devoted to his brother and his care; grandchildren, Nichelle Tripp, Justin Tripp, Brian Rooney, and his special angel, Kristi Rooney, who ran errands for him, visited him daily, took care of his financial matters, and always held a very special place in his heart; and his great grandchild, Delaney Tripp. He is also survived by his nephews, Mike, Joe, and John Sullivan, and Mick and Chuck Delaney; and his niece, Patti (Sullivan) Wachter
We wish to thank the staff of Copper Ridge Assisted Living, Dr. Jesse Kautzman, Dr. Pat McGree, and all who cared for Lewie and helped to make his last days, his best days.
Friends are asked to join the family on Tuesday after 10 a.m. in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with interment of ashes to follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Duggan Dolan Mortuary is in charge.
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