March 15, 1943-April 5, 2019
William "Bill" was born on March 15, 1943, in Butte, MT and passed away on April 5th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
His parents were Lois (Hansen) and Paul Tonkin.
Bill met JoAnn (Benich), his lifelong partner, and the couple married Oct 27, 1962. They raised three wonderful daughters and created a large, close-knit family.
He worked in the Butte mines (and loved to tell you all about it) with his Dad and brother, Lee. He then went to work for the Butte Concentrator. He also volunteered for the Walkerville Fire Dept.
Bill loved to hunt, camp, fish and spend time with his large family. As seen in his hunting journal he created for many years, he enjoyed bringing anyone who wanted to go, such as family, friends and neighborhood kids and teach them his way of hunting. He also enjoyed riding his side by side.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Laurie Dallaserra (John), Melanie Tonkin (John Osterman), and Marcie Hettick (Jack); his sister, Carol Drobny; his beloved grandchildren, Brandon, Justine (Brian), Jonna, Shavon (Tom), Beau, Danelle (Chris), Bryce, Matt (Heather), Josh (Beth), Zack (Lacie); as well as 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, JoAnn, his parents, Paul and Lois, his brother, Lee and brother-in-law, Jim Drobny.
In accordance with his requests, Bill's remains have been cremated at Butte Crematories.
We would like to say thank you to Amber Dayhuff, NP and the staff at St James Healthcare
Bill will be always be loved and greatly missed by every one that knew him.
Friends are asked to join the family for the celebration of Bill's life at the Butte Elk Lodge, 206 W Galena St. on Saturday, April 13th at 2 p.m.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Bill's family.