BOZEMAN — Phillip Bruce Mullette, 91, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Bruce was born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Butte to Louis E. and Mable R. Mullette. He attended school in Butte.
In 1941, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served in World War II. He served mainly in the Asiatic Pacific Theater stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii at Schofield Barracks, where he specialized in aerial photo interpretation. Bruce received his honorable discharge in February of 1946.
Bruce married Bette Anne Riley on Nov. 10, 1946. There were six children born to this union, which ended in divorce.
On Dec. 30, 1975, Bruce married June Annabelle Sloan. Ann brought three children to this marriage, all of whom were adopted by Bruce and raised as his own. Bruce and Ann also had one child of their own, and many others who called him “dad.”
Bruce worked for the International Harvester Co., for many years. He also worked at the Cartwheel Supper Club and the Beaumont Supper Club and ended his working career at Rocky Mountain Contractors. He retired in 1991.
He was active for many years in the Bozeman United Methodist Church. He leaves behind many wonderful friends in his Octogenarian Club, the Sunday Breakfast Group, the Methodist Men’s group, friends at the Senior Center, and many, many friends throughout the area.
Bruce is survived by his beloved wife, Ann; and his 10 children, Linda (Gary) Johnson, Phillip Bruce (Leslie) Mullette Jr., James Mullette, Rick Mullette, Nancy (Curran) Kuharski, John (Jenny) Mullette, Richard Lee Mullette, Patty (Wood) Chooi, Tracy Mullette Scott and Kristy (Nick) Coate; 26 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 4, at the Bozeman United Methodist Church.
Memorials in memory of Bruce can be directed to Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 South Willson Ave., Bozeman, 59715 or Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, 931 Highland Blvd Ste. 3200, Bozeman, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com or got to www.mtstandard.com/obits.