July 25, 1963-May 7, 2018
William “Bill” Janney Jr. passed away on May 7, 2018 in Community Medical Center, Missoula, Montana, surrounded by his many friends and family.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, their daughter Melissa, his two grandchildren, Alijah and Benjamin, his older sister, Kym Hargrove, of Kansas, and his younger sister, Cathy Janney, of Missoula. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay, his father, Bill, his cousin and best friend, Pat Janney, and his longtime dog companion, his chocolate lab, Abby.
Born in Butte, Montana on July 25, 1963, Bill spent his first five years outside of Deer Lodge, Montana in the small community of Phosphate where his family ran Janney Construction. It was at that time that he discovered the mountains and his love of hiking. His parents could never get him off the hill where the “old dead tree” was and he spent many hours grounded for not being home on time.
Growing up, Bill was an avid outdoorsman and spent numerous hours with his Deer Lodge friends exploring the mountains and lakes in the beautiful area, hiking, hunting and even a short stint with skiing. Bill loved fast cars and most everyone in Deer Lodge remembers his first car love, his 1978 Mustang Pace car. He gave many locals a thrilling ride in his favorite car! Anyone fortunate enough to take a ride in the Pace car would never forget it.
After high school, Bill spent three years in the Navy working out of the Carrier Group, Whidbey Island, Washington, as an aircraft electronics technician from 1983 to 1985. After he left the Navy, he worked construction in Seattle where he learned and mastered his craftsmanship. He then moved back to his beloved Montana working in the construction and remodel industry. After seeing his talent, his soon-to-be work family for 27 years offered him a job at Montana Music, based in Missoula. Bill had an extremely successful career there, staying through the transition from Montana Music to Century Gaming.
Bill was eventually offered his own route in Butte, Montana, where he and Beverly have resided for the past 10 years. Butte welcomed him and Beverly with open arms and they quickly became an integral part of the community with many wonderful close friends, celebrating Butte’s rich history and culture.
One of the greatest additions to his life was the addition of Beverly, daughter, Melissa, and their grandsons, Alijah and Benjamin. They were the joy of his life and the loves of his life. Bill was neither a big texter nor sharer of pictures except for when he was with the grandsons. He loved them to death and was so proud of them. He was Melissa and his grandsons’ greatest supporter and cheerleader.
Bill was a wonderful storyteller and had a fantastic memory for history, especially Butte history and Irish history. He had a special place in his heart for Columbia Gardens, Butte, where he won his first teddy bear at the age of 5. His favorite pastime was having game night with close friends, or hiking in the woods. And, one more side note, Bill did a pretty great Mae West impersonation!
Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel.