Bernice Doris, age 92, of Whitehall, Montana died January 10, 2020 in Butte, Montana.
She was born August 22, 1927 in Butte, Montana, to Raymond and Emma (Mattix) Doolittle. She attended Butte schools. After her schooling she worked for a short time as a messenger for Western Union, cleaned at various motels and hotels in Butte, and also worked at Ponie Die House Dry Cleaners.
Doris married Bertrand Joseph Doris October 18, 1947, in Butte, Montana, at the Mountain View Church. He preceded her in death in 1998. After their marriage Doris continued cleaning, which also included work at Lisa's Lamplighter. They moved to Whitehall in 1990, to California for 2 years, and then returned to Whitehall.
Doris enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and taking pictures while travelling with her husband. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Whitehall Senior Citizens.
Doris was preceded in death by a daughter Linda Ryan; 3 brothers Charles, Clifford, and Walter Doolittle; and 3 sisters Viola Morey, Vera Doolittle, and June Pederson.
Survivors include her children Carolyn Cline of California, Bertrand Joseph Jr., Debra Doris of Whitehall, Denise Doris of Minnesota, and Dale Doris of Whitehall; sisters Blanche Stewart, Charlotte Nestler, and Betty McPhie; 10 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
At her request cremation has taken place and no services are planned. K&L Mortuaries & Crematory of Whitehall is assisting with arrangements.
Mr. Laurence George “Larry” Dunville passed away Saturday morning, January 11, 2020 at the Springs Assisted Living. He was born in Butte, Tuesday, July 22, 1930 to Harold and Louise (Lestiko) Dunville, and was raised in Rocker. He attended grade school in Rocker and graduated from Butte High School in 1950. Larry worked for the railroad when he was young, and later at the Butte Mines Machine Shop. He then went to work in the Montana Power Automotive Shop where he worked until his retirement.
Larry served his country in the United States Army and later as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Naval Reserve. He was a longtime and active member of St. Ann’s Parish, the Butte Elk Lodge, BPOE # 240, where he was honored to serve as Exalted Ruler. He also and enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing.
Larry married Marlene O’Connor in Butte on June 6, 1956, and she passed away in 2002. Larry married Diane Vanina on April 10, 2003, and they have been inseparable for the past 17 years.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Dunville; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Kim Dunville; daughter, Annette Brown, all of Butte; grandchildren, Mark Dunville and Heidi, Katie Dunville and Matt, Sean Dunville, Warren Brown, Timbree and Thomas Brown, and Rebecca. Also surviving are his three great-grandchildren, Nolan, Lincoln and Hudson, his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marilyn Vanina and Bob Fournier, Sue and Max Decker, and their family, nieces and nephews of the O’Connor, Schmechel, and Mason families.
Larry was preceded in death by his sister Hazel, Bill Mason, and nephew John Mason; very close brother-in-law Willam “Oakie” and Eileen O’Connor; and sister-in-law Patricia and Paul Schmechel; and granddaughter Kelly Dunville.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in St. Ann Catholic Church. His family will receive friends beginning at 10 o’clock that morning. A reception will follow at the McQueen Club. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
MISCHKOT — A Celebration of Life for Jim Mischkot will begin Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home, followed by interment of ashes at Holy Cross Cemetery. The reception will follow at The Copper King Convention Center at 3:30 p.m.
DUNVILLE — Mr. Laurence George “Larry” Dunville passed away Saturday morning, January 11, 2020 at the Springs Assisted Living. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in St. Ann Catholic Church. His family will receive friends beginning at 10 o’clock that morning. A reception will follow at the McQueen Club.
MITCHELL- Lewis Mitchell, 68, of Anaconda died Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Community Hospital in Anaconda. Services are pending.
KORMAN- Wade Korman,57, of Anaconda died Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Lynore’s Place in Anaconda. Services are pending. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Wade’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com
John H. Nugent passed away Thursday morning, January 9, 2020, with his loving wife of 31 years, Leda, by his side. John was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and served his country for four decades across the USA and around the world, but his adopted city of Butte was his true home.
John graduated from Boston College in 1961 and later was inducted into the Hall of Fame after competing in the College World Series with the Eagles Baseball team in 1960 & 1961. Upon graduation John served in the US Army for almost 39 years, which included 25 years full-time service with the Montana Army National Guard, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. John’s service included a tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded and received four Bronze Stars, as well as the Purple Heart medal.
While assigned to the University of South Dakota, John received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1976. At the University, he was an instructor, adviser, and training coordinator for the ROTC program. He was also the USD Coyote head Baseball Coach for four years. In 1982, John joined Montana Tech and later he taught business and liberal arts (Korea and Vietnam). He was instrumental in establishing the undergraduate business program. At the College of Technology in Helena MT, where he taught business, he initiated a Bachelors degree in Business. When he joined the MTARNG in 1993, he was assigned as the Educational Services Officer. John contributed to the establishment of the Montana Youth ChalleNGe program in Dillon and also served as the Executive Director of the Youth ChalleNGe Foundation. John touched the lives of so many people and his students held a special place in his heart.
John was an avid outdoorsman and Montana offered a beautiful place where he was able to hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the company of his friends, family, and especially the company of his many dogs and cats.
John was preceded in death by his father Harry; mother Mary; and grandson Sean Nugent. Survivors include his wife Leda Nugent of Butte; daughter Cathy (Kyle) Hanson of Kalispell; son Pat (Gina) Nugent of Iowa; grandchildren Bill Nugent, Eric Huffman, Brad Huffman, Airika Nugent, Brittani Wiersma, Zachari Hanson, Michael Hanson, Victoria Hanson, and Cyrus Hanson. John was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Beatrice (Dave) Malone of New York, Paul (Joanne) Nugent of Massachusetts, and Carol Campion of Maryland.
Family and friends are invited to St Ann's Catholic Church in Butte on January 16th for an 11 a.m. viewing and Funeral Service at noon. Interment with full military honors will be held at Fort William Henry Harrison Cemetery in Helena at 1 p.m. on January 17th.
World War II Veteran, John Pensam Jones, “JP” died Monday evening at his home surrounded by his family, at the age of 94. As the famous comedian, Alan King, said, John is, “Survived by His Wife”, Judy. He is also survived by his two daughters, Carolyn and Elaine; four sons, Fred, Dave, Bill, and Aaron; sister Betty Lu Duffy; many grandchildren and extended family.
Preceding him in death; son John P. Jr., wife Helen, wife Dorothy, brother Bill, parents William and Ila, many family members, and many many friends. John received a full Military Honors Service this past Saturday, with a very special thanks to our honor guard and veterans. A memorial stone will be placed in the Veterans Cemetery at Fort William Henry Harrison, where his younger brother, Bill Jones, a Korean War Veteran, is also memorialized. If you wish to send a memorial, please send it to the Disabled Veterans of America. You can donate by going to DAV.org
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of JP. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for JP and his family.
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Daniel Duffy McGeehan passed away at the age of 84. He was born July 18, 1935, the fourth of six children, to Mary Ann (Quinn) and Daniel Dewey McGeehan. He was raised on east Broadway St., near Finntown, where he loved his neighbors and exposure to many different nationalities.
Dan attended Sacred Heart Parochial Grade School. While in the 3rd grade he seriously injured his right leg and developed chronic osteomyelitis; which required three major surgeries through his freshmen year at Boys’ Central. The development of the use of penicillin saved his leg and allowed him to live a more normal life, and develop his interests in sports, especially baseball.
His early summer years were spent with the American Legion Baseball program as a bat boy, playing in the grade school league at Clark's Park in the morning and the Cinders in the afternoon.
After graduation from Boys’ Central in 1953 he attended The School of Mines, where he played one year as an infielder in the baseball program, and spent the summer months playing in the intermediate league.
Dan started his work career with the Silver Bow County road crew, State of Montana, BAP Railroad, and the old Manganese Plant on south Montana Street. He was hired by the Montana Power Company as a draftsman in the old engineering department, and after 39 years, he retired in 1995 as director of the division services electrical.
In the winter of 1957, he met Joyce Noreen Lynch at a Carroll-Tech basketball function, and after four years of courtship, they were married November 4, 1961, in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. They were blessed with Colleen and Daniel, and four wonderful grandchildren; Casey, Carlee, Erin, and Brian. He was very proud of their academic achievements, sporting events, dance, and piano recitals. Weekly grandparent’s day for 23 years kept him young.
In retirement, he kept very busy with his McGeehan, Quinn, and Duffy genealogy, three trips to Ireland, and of course many more journeys to see his beloved Yankees, Notre Dame, and golfing with friends, Bob Bennie, Jack Burke, Pete Madison, and Bob Miller.
Over his lifetime he was a member of the Butte zoning board of adjustment, K of C, Butte Elks, Butte Exchange Club, Butte Country Club, Soroptimist Club, and Eucharistic minister at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Dewey McGeehan; infant son, Daniel Hugh; sisters, Mary Ellen (Clay) Redfern, Francie (Arnie) Barnett, Loretta (Stan) Roberts, Cathy Peoples, Margaret Joan Mclaughlin; in-laws, John and Laura Lynch; nephews, Marcus Redfern, Chris and Marty Barnett, Jeff McGrain; niece, Dorienne Queer; and grandniece, Mairissa Peoples.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; children Colleen (Tim) Norbeck, Daniel (Patty) McGeehan; grandchildren Casey and Carlee Norbeck, Erin and Brian McGeehan; brothers-in-laws Don Peoples, Cliff Mclaughlin; sisters-in-laws Joan (Ed Foley) Lynch, Janet (John) Badovinac; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A special thank you to Dr. Jim Drynan, Dr. James Hueftle, and staff for the wonderful care after so many years, and to Frontier Home Health and Highland Hospice for your service and compassion.
Friends may call at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 am. Memorials to Butte Central Education Fund- McGeehan Endowment, the Butte Food Bank, or donor’s choice. Faith, Family, and Friends were his greatest resource.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dan. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Dan and his family.
Lawrence (Larry) B. Link Larry passed away surrounded by loved ones at Barrett Hospital in Dillon on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was born in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 1933, and moved back to Montana with his parents when he was two.
Growing up with Yellowstone Park in his backyard, Larry learned to appreciate the natural beauty of Montana, and loved hunting, hiking, camping, and fishing. He attended elementary school in Gardiner and graduated from Park County High School in Livingston, in 1951, as senior class president.
He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in post-war Berlin, Germany. He met his wife Darleen in high school, and they were married shortly after his military service. The young couple moved to Helena when he was given a job examining unemployment applications, immediately after applying himself. After that he was a bookkeeper for a construction firm, before becoming the Director of Financial Aid, at Western Montana College. He was always learning and attended Helena Business College, LaSalle Extension University, Idaho State University, and Western Montana College while he was working full time. His hard work was rewarded when he received his CPA license in 1979.
After retiring from the college in 1985, he practiced as a CPA in Dillon until he was 80. He was well-known and loved in his community, and took pride in growing the earliest daffodils & tomatoes, and baking the best raspberry rhubarb pie in Dillon. He is a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Dillon Elks.
He was predeceased by his father Edward Lawrence Link; mother Beryl (Bishop) Link; and wife of 61 years Darleen (Eastep) Link. He is survived by their daughter Dr. Laureen Link; son in law Dr. Jeff Cooper; grandchildren Brian Cooper, Tara Cooper, and Kelly Cooper of Redding, California. He is also survived by their son Garry Link; daughter-in-law Linda Link; grandchildren Nick Bosworth and Wyatt Link of Pacific City, Oregon. He is also predeceased by his brother-in-law Donald Eastep, and survived by his sister-in-law Mimi Eastep, and their families.
Brundage Funeral Home is overseeing cremation and services. His memorial service will be held at the Saint James Episcopal Church on January 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception at the Guild Hall. Burial with military honors will be at the Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston on January 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
Lee Nelissen was born on January 5, 1948 in Kerkrade, Holland to Henry and Johanna (Ann) Nelissen. He passed away in Butte of natural causes at the age of 72 on Jan. 7, 2020.
Lee’s family immigrated to the United States in 1957, wherein he started residing in Butte, Montana. Lee attended and completed all his schooling in Butte at Butte Central Schools.
Lee was very proud of being a citizen of the United States, wherein he served in the Army as a Helicopter Pilot. After returning home from Vietnam as a decorated veteran, he managed the Butte Safeway produce department in the Butte warehouse. Starting in 1988, Lee started Dutchman’s Sales & Service, which he later, after marrying his beloved wife, combined his business with hers, Cheryl-Lee’s Bridal Shop.
Lee was very adventurous in his younger years. He loved anything outdoors. He spent most of his free time camping, fishing, hunting, riding the 4-wheelers, and touring on his motorcycle until he became too ill to enjoy.
Lee enjoyed spending time with his family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 32 years, Cheryl (Bray) Nelissen; children, Trent Nelissen (Kris), Dori Roberts and Scott Stewart; his younger brother, Frank Nelissen; his beloved grandchildren, Theresa, Tara, Alex, Tiahna, and Jeremy Nelissen; Kaylee & Kiara Roberts; Hope Stewart. In addition, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Services are pending for a later date. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Lee. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Lee and his family.
Remembering GEORGE PAUL with all our love. Ten years have passed since you left, yet we feel you here with us every day as you keep watch over us. Love and miss you, your loving Family
In Loving Memory of BETTY (MASON) SALVAGNI today January 12th, which would be your 99th Birthday. We know that your love for us still is in our lives. You were such a beautiful example of motherhood and we were blessed to have you as our mother. Still missing you and always will. Love, Mike, Tom and Sandi, all your Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren
Dear DAD, JOCKO, POPPA, we remember you today on your 20th Anniversary in Heaven. Thank you for all the blessings you bring to us. Continue to watch over us each day! Love, John, Mollie, Emma, Mia, and Jack
In Loving Memory of JACK KEELEY on his 20th Anniversary. We remember you with love and gratitude every day. Your Family
In Memory of our friend and class member, ROGER DOHERTY, Portland, Oregon. May he and the other classmates who have passed rest in peace. Butte Central Class of 1956
In Memory of KIM McCARTHY, we miss your smile, your love, and laughter. Love, Marty, Susie, Jake, Jaci and Marty Ed
Betty Joyce Borchers passed away on January 6, 2020 peacefully at her home in Butte, exactly 4 weeks after being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Betty was born to Lilly and Ralph Elkin in Centralia, Missouri, on June 11, 1930. The family soon moved to nearby Columbia, Missouri. She graduated from Hickman High School in 1948, and was married to Curtis Black in 1949. They had two children together, Greg and Linda, and divorced about a decade later. Betty worked some as a dental hygienist, then as a secretary, along with being a homemaker during those years.
Opting for a change, Betty applied for a hostess/cashier position at the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Columbia. She was hired by the handsome assistant manager, John Borchers. They soon started dating (this was the early 1960s after all), and they were married in February 1963. From that time forward, Betty and John were inseparable, working together and spending almost all their free time together.
In 1965, John was offered the opportunity to lease the restaurant and bar at the new Holiday Inn being built in Butte. He and Betty flew to Butte to investigate the facility and the town. After mulling it over, they decided to leave their families in Missouri and head west for this opportunity to work for themselves. The family arrived in Butte at night on New Year’s Eve 1965, observing the twinkling lights of Butte from Harding Way as they approached their new home. They lived at the Mile-High Motel for almost 3 months as their house was being completed.
Betty and John built the restaurant, banquet, and bar businesses into successful operations through John’s restaurant knowledge, and their mutual hard work and dedication, as they were open 20 hours a day, every day. Betty found her niche by being the face of the operation, greeting customers, and supervising the front end of their business. She was blessed with a warm and friendly smile, and outgoing personality which suited her well in those pursuits.
In 1973, Ramada Inn suddenly terminated their lease, and Betty and John were faced with an uncertain future. They opted not to pursue running another full-service restaurant. Instead, they bought and remodeled an old house on Harrison Avenue and started Butte Copper Company. They also got a loan, bought an A&W franchise, and built the A&W on Amherst Street. They later bought a corner retail location and adjoining service station in West Yellowstone, expanding their gift shop business, and learning the retail and wholesale petroleum business. They also leased and operated a gift store business in Jackson Hole for over a decade.
As they got older, Betty and John began selling their businesses in Butte and West Yellowstone, holding on to Butte Copper Company for the longest time. They started spending portions of their winter in the south, finally choosing Rancho Mirage, California, as their desired location. They purchased a condo where they spent almost 20 winters. They enjoyed the winter desert lifestyle, playing golf, starting cocktail hour at 4 p.m., and enjoying the restaurants in the Coachella Valley. They made many great snowbird friends in the desert, adding to their lifetime collection of friends in Butte, and all over Montana.
Along with John, Betty was involved in the Butte Chamber of Commerce, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and the Butte Exchange Club. They were members of the Butte Country Club for over 50 years. Betty loved getting all dressed up and going dining and dancing with John as members of the Continental Club. She was an active member of P.E.O. Chapter G in Butte, and was thrilled to attend the state convention in Billings last year to be recognized as a 50-year member.
One of the greatest things that ever happened to Betty was when her children finally settled down, got married, and had children, even though they took their sweet time in doing so. She was exceedingly proud of her grandchildren and would glowingly brag about them to anyone willing to listen. She always tried to make their birthdays and holidays special for them.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, brother, and sister in Missouri, and by her husband John in Butte. Betty continued to live in their condo following John’s death. She was comfortable living there and was fiercely independent in doing so. She was always looking for dining and other social opportunities, as she loved talking to and interacting with people.
Betty remained upbeat and positive in the face of her cancer diagnosis, noting that she had lived 89 and a half years with good health and with her wits intact. She remarked often that she had lived a most fortunate life, and was able to do and see things that she never could have dreamed of, being raised during the Depression and World War II. She summed it up by saying, “Not bad for a poor country girl from mid-Missouri!”
Betty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Bob Larson of La Crescent, Minnesota; her son and daughter-in-law Greg Black and Ann Wayrynen of Butte; and her sister-in-law Arline Borchers of Marshall, Missouri. She leaves behind her grandchildren Mitchell Black (attending school in Corvallis, Oregon), Margeaux Black (attending school in Denver), Jacob Clements of Silverthorne, Colorado, Curtis Black of Seattle, and Maggie (Thomas) Luers of Billings.
Betty and her family greatly appreciate and give special thanks to Raquel Correa of Family Cares, who provided expert nursing and personal care during her last weeks, and the staff of Senior Solutions Hospice for their comfort and care provided during her final days.
Memorials are suggested to Mariah’s Challenge, the Mother Lode Theater, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
A celebration of Betty’s wonderful life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at Butte Country Club.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Betty. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Betty and her family.
NUGENT — Mr. John H. Nugent passed away Thursday in Butte. Friends may call Thursday after 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. in the Church. Burial will be at Montana Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary will appear in a later edition.
Laird Eldon Gustafson, 75, was born on July 15, 1944, and passed away in his home from natural causes on January 8, 2020. He was born in Deer Lodge, MT, to Harry and Eleanor Gustafson.
Laird was an Army Vet from 1967-1969 and served in the Vietnam War. Laird loved to go fishing, camping, and hunting, most importantly Laird loved his family, from his parents all the way down to his great-grandchildren. Laird touched everybody, whether you met him once or knew him a lifetime. He was loved by many and honored by all. He had a heart of gold, and wore it on his sleeve proudly.
He was a truck driver all his life. He started out with his own logging truck back in the 70’s, then went to work for Gene Anderson, where he then moved his family to Wyoming in 1976. He drove for the oil fields in the time he lived in Wyoming, and moved back to Montana in 1986, where he went back to driving log truck for Sun Mountain logging. He retired after 29 years there. He continued his love of fishing, camping, and hunting. His biggest hobby was raising cows on the ranch. He raised his children on the ranch and taught them all they needed to know about life from driving a stick shift to living life to the fullest.
Laird was preceded in death by his father Harry Gustafson, mother Eleanor Gustafson, and brother Robert Gustafson.
He is survived by his children, Wendy (Bruce) Baughman in Butte, LaDonna Gustafson in Deer Lodge, Jennifer Gustafson in Anaconda, and Justin (April) Gustafson in Deer Lodge; his siblings, Errol (Laurie) Gustafson in Helena, Karen (Dan) Palin in Billings, and Leah (Mike) Hurwitz in White Sulphur Springs; 10 grandchildren (Dale, Zachary, Jacob, Dalton, Kayshell, Jayde, Sadie, Kirby, Kailey, and Ashton), 7 great-grandchildren (Calilynne, Sakken, Zachary, Zenadaya, Zion, Zayna, and Poppy); numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the LDS Church in Deer Lodge, MT from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come and celebrate the life of Laird Gustafson with us.
Lowell “Buster” Maxwell died January 7, 2020 at the Springs in Missoula. He was the second of seven children born to Thomas and Reva Maxwell. Lowell grew up in Butte and graduated from Butte High School in 1949. Throughout his life, he always carried in his heart a true fondness for the Mining City.
Lowell attended the University of Montana and graduated in 1953, with a degree in business administration, and a commission in the United States Air Force through ROTC. Missoula is also where he met Wilma Smith of Polson. They married after graduation and began their 66 year life adventure together.
They traveled far and wide during Buster’s military assignments. In 1955 they added a son, Tom, to their family. The trio enjoyed camping, boating, and skiing while taking advantage of what each location had to offer.
Lowell’s career was diverse. He began as a fighter pilot in the 1950’s. During his service he was a missile combat crew commander, and continued his education, receiving his master’s degree in accounting. He achieved many high points in his career, culminating as chief comptroller for the Air Force Space Shuttle Launch Program.
He retired from the Air Force a full colonel in 1982 and worked for 20 years as a consultant to private industry. During that time, he returned with Wilma to Montana. They built their dream home on Flathead Lake and spent the next 30 years boating, fishing, and enjoying Montana’s changing seasons. Their “Last Resort” was a wonderful place for family and friends to visit and enjoy.
Throughout his life, perhaps his greatest virtue was his consistent giving of himself and his time to family and friends. He could always be counted on to be there with a helping hand, support, or advice whenever it was needed. We will forever remember him for that wonderful attribute.
Lowell is survived by his wife, Wilma; son, Tom (wife Eva); granddaughter, Rachel Reed (husband Ryan); brother, Dave Maxwell; sisters, Marilyn Malesich and Margaret McIntosh (husband Scott).
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Reva Maxwell; sister, Beverly Harpster; and brothers Paul and Tom.
A memorial service will be held at Garden City Funeral Home on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery following the reception. Condolences can be left at www.gardencityfh.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lowell’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Diane Dee Dee Aguilar, 64, of Arlee, passed away Sunday December 15, 2019, after a fierce battle with cancer surrounded by her family.
Dee was born September 12, 1955, in Butte to Dan and Rita Aguilar. She was the middle child of five girls and a brother. Dee grew up in Butte and graduated from Butte High School. Soon after she started the adventures of married life with Terry Cole. A few years later they had their daughter Devi Cole, who was her mom’s most cherished pride and joy. After 23 years of marriage Dee and Terry divorced. Dee went on to graduate from the University of Montana, with a degree in management and culinary arts. Shortly after graduation Dee moved to Arlee where she was the head cook/kitchen manager at the Arlee school for many years. Dee then went on to further her career as the culinary arts instructor, at Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan.
Dee was surrounded by kids and young adults, she was a hands-on instructor, loved to joke, especially with her students. If you were good to Dee she was really good to you. Dee was so proud of her grandchildren Gavin Bjorn and Ellah Zen (Bird). Dee was meant to be a grandma. She would call Gavin and Ellah every morning before school to tell the kids that she loves them and to have a good day. She would call Ellah after school to make sure she got home safe and to ask about her day, then the goodnights. Dee was a strong independent woman who loved her solitude. She was always up for a good concert and to be front stage, she could elbow her way to the front like nobody’s business. Dee also enjoyed shopping, she couldn’t pass up a deal, and crafts.
Dee was loved by so many, Terry, Devi, Gavin, and Ellah took care of her in her last days.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents Dan and Rita Aguilar; her sister Toni Aguilar; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Two brothers in-law George Cole, Clifford (Bushy) Cole; nephew Hanny Cole, and niece Erin Marie.
Dee is leaving behind her loving daughters who cared for her with unconditional love. Terry Cole, Gavin Bjorn Bornes-Smith, Ellah Zen Switzer, her sisters, Victoria Aguilar, Debbie and Ed Newgard, Dana and Wayne Parr, brother Rick Dixon, of California, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 25, at St. Ignatius Mission Church 10 a.m.
SUMPTER — Robert Eric Sumpter, age 75, passed away on December 14, 2019. Celebration of Life will be held today at 3 o’clock at the East Side Athletic Club, 3200 Dexter. Memorials can be made in Robert’s honor to Shiner’s Hospital or BSB Fund for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, 25 W. Front.
JONES — Mr. John Jones passed away on January 6, 2020. Friends may call at 12 p.m. at Bert Mooney Airport, 2505 5 Mile Rd., in the Jones Hangar (take 5-mile road entrance), with a Military Honors Service at 1 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Disabled Veteran’s Association.
McDOUGALL — Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” McDougall will be conducted this morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Bernie McCarthy officiating. Memorials may be made to the Nation MS Society.
Happy 73rd Birthday, HAL HONEY! You are missed every day, you are loved. Love you forever, Vickie
In Loving Memory of my mom, SUE SEDARIS, on her Anniversary in Heaven. Love and miss you every day. Love always, Sandy
If roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me, place them in the arms of GLORIA PADILLA and tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while, because remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there’s an ache within my heart that will never go away. Love the Padilla and Montgomery
Three years ago you left us, JOHN. How beautiful, how precious is the peace that we can find in the legacy of memories you left behind. Extra special thoughts today of my son, our brother, and uncle, JOHN “BUBBA” PHYFIELD. We miss you, we remember. Us
In Loving Memory of RORY HOSKING. Missing the great gift of a best friend, husband, and best father I could have ever been given. Rest in peace, HUNNY. Kris Hosking (Baby)
In Loving Memory of JIM YOUNKIN on his second Anniversary in Heaven. From the Lazzari Family
In Loving Memory of LEE MASTERS, to Heidi and Dale Hjelt and Family. From Terri and Dave Oehmcke
In Memory of our dearest friend, JOAN JOHNSON. A light in our lives. Bev, Karen (R), Gordon, and Paul Murray
Remembering our mom, gram, and gramma goose, HELEN LOVELL, on her first Anniversary in Heaven. We miss you daily, talk about you often, and know that you are watching over and protecting us today and every day. We love you, Dan, Jeanie, Ben, Teri, Kevin, Abby, Amelia, Bizzie, Kellen, and Owen
Missing my sister, JAN MARTIN-WOOD, on her 69th Birthday. Love you, Mike and Phyllis King
Lighted for Friday Jan. 10, 2020
Happy Birthday CHARLIE. Love, Kim
The Lady is lit today in Loving Memory of DAVID “DAVE” JACQUES
In Loving Memory of DOLORES WEATHERS, Happy Birthday mom and dodes. We love and miss you so. Love and prayers, Dianne, Mark, and Family
In Loving memory of JANICE SPEAR, gone but not forgotten, missed by many on your third Anniversary. Frank, Todd, Heather, Michelle, and Family
Happy Birthday to our beautiful sister, ESTHER SAGAR. You will always be forever young. Love, Cookie, Janie, and Ann Lynn
Thinking of you today, mom, MARY MONDLOCH, on your first Birthday in Heaven. We love and miss you. Love, Susie, Marty, Jake, Jaci, Hayden, and Marty Ed
Helen Joan “JoAn” Johnson passed away Monday morning, January 6, 2020 in Butte. She was born Friday, February 1, 1935 in Kimball, Nebraska to Alex and Elizabeth (Engstrom) Christiansen. She was raised and educated in Nebraska and earned her teaching degree there. She and Marvin Johnson were married October 23, 1960 in Kimball, Nebraska and moved to Butte in 1964 when Marvin was hired as a safety engineer for the Anaconda Company.
JoAn worked as a substitute teacher in the Butte schools for many years, then as a secretary at the Montana Tech Alumni Association for 25 years. She was a member of the Butte Symphony Guild, the Daughters of Norway, the VFW Auxiliary, the WAAIME Club and the Hoedowners Garden Club, later called the Rocky Mountain Garden Club. She was also a longtime and active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, including WELCA.
JoAn was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, who passed away December 10, 1980; her sister, Mary Jean Good; and her brother, Jim Christiansen.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Deanna Johnson of Butte, Steve and Christy Johnson of Elizabeth, Colorado; grandchildren, Logan Johnson, Emilee Johnson and Ryan Johnson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins in Montana, Nebraska, Washington and Wyoming.
Cremation has taken place. Her family will receive friends Friday morning, January 10th at 9 o’clock in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where memorial services will be conducted at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials in her memory may be made to WELCA c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence Ave. Butte, MT 59701. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
Elisebeth "Bette" Helen (Mauch) Phillips, 95, died on December 27, 2019 at St. James Healthcare, Butte, MT, due to complications following a short illness. Bette was born at home on November 3, 1924, in Goodrich, ND, to Emil and Ida (Jassmann) Mauch. Her family moved from Goodrich to Bismarck in 1941 and Bette graduated from Bismarck High School in 1942. She married Ralph Phillips on September 6, 1948, and raised two children, Deborah and Mark. She resided in Bismarck for most of her life where she was an active member of United Methodist Calvary Church. Later she moved to Butte, MT in 2012 following the death of her husband in 2005.
Mom lived her strong religious convictions throughout her life sharing them readily to the many people whom she met. Over her lifetime she read and studied her Bible 15 times cover to cover. She was good at doing so many things: baking bread and kuchen; making chokecherry jam; sewing; knitting; rock, coin, and doll collecting; gardening; jigsaw puzzles; and being a caring, attentive mother to her children. We and others especially enjoyed her lovely piano playing. She also enjoyed collecting and selling antiques.
Bette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and all of her siblings: Aleta Griffin, Mildred Leedy, Lelah Schmidt, and Glen Mauch.
She is survived by daughter, Deborah (Robert) Brown; son, Mark (Kathy) Phillips; granddaughters, Christine Phillips (Nick) Lyle and Kayleigh Brown (David) Morine; and great-grandsons, Ethan Lyle and Charles Morine.
Remembering the 24th Anniversary of HARRY HARTZ in Heaven, a great husband and father. Thanks for watching over us. Love, Clara, Heidi, Jenny, Amy and John
JERRY LAMERE, when friends or family speak of you it’s clear to see their love shine through. Happy memories of days that passed, seems time goes by so very fast. Loved and missed today and every day. Linda
McMILLAN — Funeral services for Mrs. Helen McMillan will be conducted today (Thursday) at 11:00 am in the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church.
JOHNSON — The family of Helen J. “JoAn” Johnson will receive friends Friday morning at 9 o’clock in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where memorial services will follow at 10 o’clock with Pastor Sarah Schilcher officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to WELCA c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence, Butte, MT.
McDOUGALL — Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” McDougall will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Bernie McCarthy officiating. Memorials may be made to the National MS Society.
BORCHERS — Mrs. Betty Borchers passed away at her home in Butte, surrounded by her loving family. Her obituary and service information will appear in a later edition.
SUMPTER — Robert Eric Sumpter, age 75, passed away on December 14, 2019. Celebration of Life will be held on January 11, 2020 at 3 o’clock at the East Side Athletic Club, 3200 Dexter. Memorials can be made in Robert’s honor to Shiner’s Hospital or BSB Fund for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, 25 W. Front.
JONES -- Mr. John Jones passed away on January 6, 2020. Friends may call at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, at Bert Mooney Airport, 2505 5 Mile Rd., in the Jones Hanger (take 5-mile road entrance), with a Military Honors Service at 1 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Disabled Veteran’s Association.
Happy Anniversary in Heaven, STELLA! We miss you so much. Love you, Jim and Family
In Loving Memory of AGNES KINDT, DON AND SHARON HUBACKA and MIKE, MARLIE ELICH, KIRK TOCHER, and HELEN WISEMAN. You will all be remembered. Love, Debra and Brian
Remembering our mom, MARIE HANLEY on her 29th Anniversary. Forever missed forever loved. Nancy, Greg, Janie, and Families.
You will be missed BEVERLY ANN (ZUPAN) OPITZ. From Simkins Family
Seems like a million years, MA. Miss you more each day and the Prince as well. We hold you both in our hearts every minute. Continue to watch over us, guide us, comfort us, and bring us luck as we need it. Love, Scott and Mollie
Love and condolences to all the Fitzpatricks who recently lost dear, sweet, ROSEMARY. Scott and Mollie
In Loving Memory of our friend, CORA SAJOR, whose anniversary was January 3. Scott and Mollie
In Memory of STEVE CAMFERDAM, a wonderful man. Condolences and much love for Mary Ellen and Nick. Scott and Mollie
In Loving Memory of my dad, ROBERT SEDARIS, on his Birthday without you. Love and miss you every day. Love always, Sandy
Happy Birthday, MARLENE LEWIS. So many people come into our lives and then leave the way they came, but there are a precious few that touch our hearts so deeply. We will never be the same. Miss you, Peggy
JOHNSON — Helen J. “JoAn” Johnson passed away Monday morning. Cremation has taken place. Her family will receive friends Friday morning at 9 o’clock in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where memorial services will follow at 10 o’clock with Pastor Sarah Schilcher officiating. Interment of ashes will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to WELCA c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence, Butte, MT. Her obituary will be published when completed.
McDOUGALL — Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” McDougall will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Bernie McCarthy officiating. Memorials may be made to the National MS Society.
Robert Wedin (known by his friends and family as Bob or Bibs) passed away early in the morning on December 5, 2019. Devoted sons, Robbie and Mike, kept a bedside vigil for 12 days prior to their dad’s death.
Although born in Anaconda, Montana, Bibs grew up in Ramsay, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School continuing his education at the University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State in Bozeman.
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 serving on the battleship USS Pennsylvania in the Pacific until the end of WWII. In June 1952, Bibs married the love of his life, Margie Murphy, who preceded him in death in January 2018. They moved to California in the early sixties to raise their two young sons. Bibs enjoyed a long career at Stauffer Chemical Company based in San Francisco. He was an active member of his church for over 30 years.
Bibs was a perfect gentleman with a quick wit. He approached life with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Above all else he loved his family and was very proud of Robbie and Mike.
Bibs played multiple sports during his youth in Butte, and his college years in Montana. As an adult, he not only loved watching sports, but enjoyed lots of outdoor activities for himself including golf (he was a very good golfer), fishing, tennis, and swimming.
Margie and Bibs loved to entertain. Family members remember many holidays, especially Thanksgiving, spent together with them throughout the years.
As a friend and neighbor, Bibs captured the hearts of many. He seemed to make friends wherever he went. He treasured his too-numerous-to-count friendships celebrating holiday block parties, playing bridge, enjoying outdoor life in Maui each year, and so much more.
Bibs loved his visits to Montana. Family and friends would gather yearly in the summer on Whitefish Lake in Montana. Bibs often talked about fishing in the Big Hole River. He expressed fond memories of drinks, dinner, and fun times at Lydia’s restaurant in Butte.
Bibs was preceded in death by his wife, Margie; his brother Jim and his wife Shirley; brothers-in-law, Joe Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Ray Sullivan, Fran Sullivan; Fr. Bud Sullivan and Fr. Mike Murphy; his sisters-in-law Agnes Murphy Connolly, Eleanor Murphy Chapman, and Mary Sullivan O’Boyle; and many nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his sons, Robbie and Mike Wedin; nieces Karen Wedin Snell, Susan Wedin Olson, Corinne Wedin Gustafson, Marilyn Connolly Overby, Kate Sullivan Delaney and Colleen Sullivan; nephew Tom Sullivan; and many extended family members and friends.
Bibs’ loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. John Vianney’s Catholic Church on Tuesday.
January 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Veterans Administration Hospital of Northern California (northerncalifornia.va.gov/giving/index.asp).
McMILLAN — Friends of Mrs. Helen McMillan may call this Wednesday after 5:30 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church. Prayer Service will be recited at 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Church. Interment will follow in Mountain View cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church.
Harold “Herb” Herbig died peacefully Tuesday night, November 19, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Senior Living Community, Kalispell, MT surrounded by his family.
Herb was born June 18, 1931 in Melstone, MT, he was adopted and raised in St. Ignatius, MT by Burt and Lavonne Herbig. Attending St. Ignatius schools, Herb graduated with honors from St. Ignatius High School. He attended Montana State University, graduating in 1954 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While attending college he was an active ROTC member. Herb was an avid outdoorsman, due in part to his growing up hiking, fishing and exploring the Flathead Valley and Mission Mountain Range. Hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, climbing and camping were a few of his passions. The love of the outdoors was passed onto to his children, grand and great-grandchildren.
After college he moved to LA but shortly returned to Montana to work for the Anaconda Company in Columbia Falls, MT. He joined the Air Force in 1954 and attended officer training school at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Herb was assigned to Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, AK where he was part of 11th Air Division designing and installing the DEW Line and numerous “White Alice’s” throughout northern Alaska in support of U.S. Cold War efforts. While stationed in Fairbanks, Herb met a young woman from Idaho, Virginia Sulzle.
Marrying in 1956, Herb and Virginia enjoyed a full and happy marriage having celebrated 63 years in September. Herb and Virginia moved from Fairbanks back to Montana, working and living in Columbia Falls, Billings, Great Falls, Missoula and then Butte. In Butte, Herb worked as a Civil Engineer for the Anaconda Company. His four children attended Butte schools and graduated from both Butte High School and Butte Central High School. He continued to work as a Civil Engineer until his retirement in 1999 from the City of Spokane.
Retirement years were spent traveling around the USA in their motorhome and enjoying their lake house on Flathead Lake with their family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt and Lavonne Herbig and his granddaughter, Kelly Rose Cortesi.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, and his four children, Debora Walker, Douglas Herbig, Mary Cortesi and Gretchen Herbig Glasgow (Rick). He is also survived by his adored grandchildren, Matthew Walker (Brooke Booher), Kathleen Walker, Hannah Herbig, Heather Herbig Straus (Derek Strauss), Haley Herbig, and Kyle Cortesi, and great-grandchildren, Dean and Mark Strauss, Chelsea, David and Emma Boden, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Kalispell on November 23rd. A celebration of life will be held in June at the family home on Flathead Lake.