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Fredric "Fred" Lacey, December 3, 1933 - January 13, 2017

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Mr. Fredric Frances “Fred” Lacey passed away at the Crest Nursing Home on Friday, January 13, 2017. Fred was born on December 3, 1933 in Butte, the son of Joseph Martin and Pauline (Jakavac) Lacey.

Fred was raised in the McQueen Addition and attended Holy Savior Parochial School. He graduated from Boys Central in 1951. He also attended Montana State University in Bozeman. After high school, Fred worked at the, famed, Rocky Mountain Café in Meaderville, and Ted Santum’s Auto Body Shop. When he became 18, he went to work at the Leonard Mine. After 6 months of working at the Leonard, he began his enlistment in the United States Coast Guard, serving during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge in 1956, Fred, and his bride, returned to Butte. Fred tried his hand at college, and numerous jobs, until he found his true calling as an Ironworker. For 32 years, he traveled throughout Montana, and the United States, as he said, “Building long bridges and tall buildings”, most notably the Hancock Building in Chicago.

During his enlistment, Fred met the love of his life, Patricia Marie Faith. They were married at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, in Seattle, Washington, on December 12, 1954.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed all that the Big Sky had to offer, spending countless happy days camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the McQueen Athletic Club and the Croatian Fraternal Union.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 5 sisters; and his son, Dan. He is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughters; Susan Lacey, Julie (Gary) Kling, Janice Basso, Patti Jo Lacey (Nathan Kohler), and Katie (Jason) Manning; and his grandchildren, Jolene (James), Amanda (John), Richard, William, Max (Sarah), Rob (Erin), Lacey (Caleb), Josh (Kimberly), Allison (Corey), Chad, Sara (Kyle), and Jenson. He is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, his sister; Mitzi Lacey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are asked to join the family on Friday after 11:00 am in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 PM (noon). In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies, Easter Seals / Highlands Hospice, or the Butte Central Education Fund.

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