Pat McGee, 77
Robert P. “ Pat” McGee died Tuesday in St. James Healthcare.
He was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Spokane to Charles and Viola (Carlson) McGee.
Pat attended St. Patrick's Grade School in Butte and graduated from Boys Central High School, Montana Tech and the University of Montana School of Law.
He enlisted in the Air Corps in 1943 at the age of 17 as one of the youngest enlist ed men. He served with the 8th Air Force in England dur ing World War II and com pleted 50 combat missions within four months. He was the youngest person to receive his officer's commis sion. He flew aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress as a bom bardier, winning the Air Medal with five oak leaf clus ters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pat was assistant city attorney in Butte from 1953 to 1957, was chief U.S. proba tion officer in Butte from 1957 to 1977, and had his pri vate law practice in Butte from 1977 to 1988.
He was a loving husband and father and a good cook. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed his fami ly. He loved walking his spe cial lab, Mac. Pat was an avid fly fisherman spending many a day with his partners on the Big Hole River.
Pat was married to Margaret Hogan from Dec. 26, 1951, to June 26, 1970. He was married to Janet Hall from Jan. 27, 1972, until September 1988. He married his current wife, Midgie Ruckdaschel, on July 26, 1990.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Margaret and Janet; brothers, Jack and Jim McGee.
Survivors include his wife, Midgie McGee of Butte; daughter, Roberta McGee of Yakima, Wash.; sons and daughters-in-law, Patrick and Barb McGee of Butte, John and Kim McGee of Helena; daughters and sons-in-law, Colleen and Brian Thompson of Butte, Michele and Michael Phillips of Boston, Mary Therese and Phil Madrazo of Butte, Kathleen and Dave Uggetti of Zillah, Wash., Sheila and Randy Wiggins of Casper, Wyo., Melissa and Joe McElroy of Butte, Mollie and Dan Boyle of Selah, Wash.; stepchildren, Bill and Annie Telling of Butte, Trudi and Brett Mayes of Boise, Laurie and Les Panasuk, Gary and Jori Pierce, Robbie Pierce and Debbie Pierce, all of Butte; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dick Hernandez of Los Altos, Calif.; sister-in-law, Suzanne McGee of Butte; grandchildren, Nicol McGee, Shawn and Kelley Clausen, Kiarra and Kevin McGee, Meagan, Brian and Sally Thompson, Eric, Ian and Evan Phillips, Shaun, Zachary and Pat Madrazo, Millie, Jamie and Charlie Wiggins, Andrew and Josie McElroy, Olivia and Julia Boyle, Emily, Luke and Cole Telling, Kyle and Simon Wafts, Misti, Brett, Becki and Ben Mayes, Chad and Ryan Pierce, Jeremy Pierce, Briana and Dillon Pierce, Travis, Kayc and Josh Panasuk; greatgrandchildren, Mikayla Clausen, Kyle Clausen and Tayha Hughes; several nieces and nephews.
At his request cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Ann's Church for visitations. Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be conducted at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials: Our Lady of the Rockies, Butte Emergency Food Bank or charity of donor's choice.
Edward Shea, 84
McQueen native Edward M. “ Edo” Shea died Thursday morning in Butte.
He was born in Butte to Patrick and Margaret (Sullivan) Shea on Jan. 15, 1918. He attended St. Lawrence Grade School and the Washington Junior High. Edo was an outstanding athlete and played baseball and foot ball exceptionally well. He played Butte Legion Baseball as well as in the Copper League, playing for Centerville and McQueen. He also played football in the Independent Football League for the Centerville Reno Team.
He started work at a young age and began his truck-dri ving career at the Western Creamery. He drove over the road for Safeway for 12 years and later drove in the pit for F&S Construction and later the Anaconda Co., from which he retired in 1980.
He served in the Army and returned to Butte to the “ love of his life,” Kay (Vlaisalovich) Shea, whom he married in St. Lawrence Church on May 26, 1940; she survives.
Also surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, John and Connie Shea of Butte and Ed and Sandy Shea of Soda Springs, Idaho; grandchil dren, Tammy, Alena and Tera Shea; sister, Mary Frodsham and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Daniel; brothers, Frank, Earl and Daniel; parents-in-law, Mara and Nick Vlaisalovich; and brothers-in-law, John and Dan Adonovic.
Edo's remains have been cremated in Butte. Private family services will be con ducted.
Memorials: Highlands Hospice or charity of the donor's choice.
Ivan Pope, 72
DILLON — Ivan S. Pope died Thursday in Dillon.
He was born to Wendell S. Pope and Berniece Hadden on April 3, 1929, in Arco, Idaho.
Ivan spent his early years in various locations through out Montana and Idaho. He graduated from high school in Leadore, Idaho, after spending 15 months in the Navy, from which he received a medical discharge.
He married Wilma Clark in Salmon, Idaho. To this mar riage was born a son, Eugene Blake Pope. Ivan was also stepfather to Wilma's daugh ter, Gloria. They later divorced. During this time he had several surgeries on his hip.
In 1956, Ivan moved to Lima where he worked 19 years for Leon Bernard. He married Jeanene Rush of Lima on March 8, 1958. They had two daughters. After moving to Alaska to work for his sister and her husband for a year, they returned to Lima where they purchased the local grocery store across from the school and operated it for 20 years.
His father Wendell; broth er, Ronald; son, Eugene; sonin-law, Scott Bettle; and three nephews, preceded Ivan in death.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jeanene; daugh ters and son-in-law, Carmen and George Duck of Dillon, Roxanne and William Weber of Butte; daughter-in-law, Gloria Pope of Washington; stepdaughter, Gloria and Tex Nichols of New Jersey; moth er, Berniece Pope of Salmon; brothers and wives, Wendell L. and Marilyn of Utah, Dale and Evelyn, Keith and Connie of Salmon; sisters and hus bands, Gwen and Harold Horton, Beverly and Charles Shiner of Idaho.
Surviving grandchildren are Heather and husband Dale Keiter of Wyoming, Ivan Eugene Pope of Seattle and Elizabeth, Brian and Kristy Bettle of Butte; great-grand children, Ryan and Britney Keiter; many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Lima Cemetery. Family will meet friends and relatives after the services at the Lima Fire Hall multipurpose room.
Lessie Bucchi, 84
Lessie “ Less” Bucchi died Feb. 21 in Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Cherokee, W.Va., to Aaron and Lalar Cecil.
In 1954, she and her hus band moved to Butte, where they stayed until moving to Phoenix in 1976. They returned to Montana in 1990 and took up residence in Ferndale.
Less truly enjoyed the annual hummingbirds, caring for her flowers and watching the deer. Her great love of the outdoors found her and her husband, Amando Skeets, at Canyon Ferry Reservoir when time permitted (most weekends), where they enjoyed camping with their family and friends, spending numerous hours fishing away the day. She also enjoyed passing an occasional day at the creek panning for gold.
She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved hus band, Amando; one grand child; one great-grandchild; and six brothers.
Less is survived by her sons, Kenneth of Bigfork, Dennis and his wife Arlene of Butte; daughter, Roma and her husband Mike Hall of Bigfork; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchil dren; and sisters, Lynn, Lillian, Yvonne and Francis.
The funeral was Feb. 25 in Bigfork Funeral Home. Interment followed in Lonepine Cemetery, Bigfork.
Retta Rawson, 78
Retta Mae Rawson of Butte died Thursday morning in Butte surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Rexburg, Idaho, Oct. 23, 1923, to Peter and Mabel (Hendricks) McCulloch. She attend ed schools in Idaho and married Perry Rawson there in 1940. They moved to Butte in 1951, and he died July 23, 1988. Retta was active in her church, enjoyed bowling, camping and fishing, but didn't enjoy the fish. She and Perry served as foster parents to 18 children and had seven children of their own.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Francis and Lois Rawson of Walkerville, Darwin and Rose Rawson and Harry and Eva Rawson, all of Butte, Duane and Joan Rawson of Park City; daughters and sons-inlaw, June and Tim Postma and Cheryl and Darrel Storey, all of Butte; 17 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; brothers, Rulon McCulloch of Waitsburg, Wash., Lelin McCulloch of Aurora, Colo., and John McCulloch of Summit City, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Rawson (1972), and grandson, Kenneth Rawson (1985).
Her remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Friday. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorials: Highlands Hospice or to the Fast Offering at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.