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Thomas Matthew Davies, June 18, 1940 - August 8, 2017

Thomas Matthew Davies, our beloved father, and grandfather passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Thomas was born on June 18, 1940, to Garfield and Elma Davies in Butte, Montana. He was the second son born a mere nine months after his brother Charles. They were lifelong best friends. He grew up on the Boulevard, attending Madison and Webster Garfield Elementary Schools. Following graduation from Butte High School in 1959, he joined the U.S. Air Force and trained as a mechanic. After being honorably discharged, Tom returned to Butte and went to work for the Anaconda Co., as a machinist, retiring in 1983 when it closed. Tom married his sweetheart, Maridorothy Rollman in Butte at St Ann’s Church on Jan. 18, 1964. They were blessed with three daughters: Mary Ann, Joann, and Diann. They also had five granddaughters: Amber, Miranda, Hannah, Dawnann, and Leighann. Tom loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing with his brother. Being born “Finnish,” fishing was in his blood. When he was young, he and his brother Chuck would ride the train from Butte to the Big Hole to fish for the day. When he retired, he and his brother spent many days at Clark Canyon Dam in his boat trolling or on the ice in an ice shack -- always competing for bragging rights. Tom passed his love of the outdoors on to his girls. There were many family trips every year to Jerry Creek and the Ruby Reservoir to hunt, fish and camp. Tom also enjoyed sports. When he was young he played hockey and ran track. As an adult, he played city league basketball and softball. He also loved swimming. He taught all his daughters and granddaughters how to swim. The granddaughters all learned at Big Sky on our yearly family vacation and at Fairmont Resort. Tom continued to swim at Fairmont weekly. He also taught all five granddaughters how to speed skate. He became very active in the Montana Amateur Speed Skating Association. He traveled with the girls all over the U.S. and Canada to speed skating meets and Calgary for summer camp. With all of his girls graduating from Butte High School he was a big supporter. He attended all of their activities including volleyball, basketball, track, softball and band performances. Tom also had a love of animals, especially his dogs. He was active in the Treasure State Retriever Trials in the 1970s. His golden retriever Fred was a state champion. He had many special fur pets over the years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maridoe; brother, Chuck; son-in-law, John Hackman; and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Ann Hackman, Joann and Gary Bracco, and Diann and Andrew Brinig; granddaughters, Amber and Kurt Kuchtyn, Miranda and Hannah Hackman (John Evans), and Dawnann and Leighann Bracco, all of Butte. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Ava and Kutler Kuchtyn, who were the sparkle in his eyes and a third great-granddaughter due to arrive in September named Huntleigh. He is also survived by many others, including the Davies, Lawrence, Rollman and Conroy families. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. The family will receive visitors starting at 9:30. After graveside services, a luncheon will be held at the McQueen Athletic Club. Memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington, or the donor’s choice.

Charles “Chuck” Boyle, July 17, 1947 – August 13, 2017

Charles James “Chuck” Boyle died at home, sometime in the early morning hours of August 13, 2017. He was born on July 17, 1947, the oldest son of Charles and Irene Boyle. A proud native son of Butte, he spent his formative years on Empire Street. He attended elementary school at the Immaculate Conception School until the 6th grade, at which time he and his family moved to Great Falls. There he made many lifelong friends, including Dennis Moira. After graduating from Great Falls Central, Chuck went to Carroll College to earn his degree in Education. During both high school and college, Chuck was a standout athlete, particular in baseball, and he could always be found at various college football games, cheering on his teams. He also competing at Speech and Debate, and to the surprise of no one, was a talented debater. After spending his first year of teaching in Eureka, he returned to Butte, where he taught at Whittier school, where he met Coleen Boyle. They married in 1973 and had two children, Conor and Callie. They later divorced. Chuck received a Master’s Degree from the University of Montana Western and an administrative certification from MSU Bozeman (though it should be noted that he was a Griz fan), and his talent and passion for education was boundless. Chuck became a principal in 1980, at the time the youngest to get a principalship in the state. He was truly dedicated to educating students and he worked tirelessly to give his students every opportunity. He was a principal at Emerson School, Madison School, Greeley School (where he remained for many years) and finally West Elementary, from where he retired in 2003. Outside of work, he was an avid golfer and could often be found hitting the tees at the Butte Country Club. Chuck loved sports of all kind, especially his beloved Denver Broncos, and he loved watching The Game with his mother, Irene. Chuck had a wonderful sense of humor, a love for politics and history, and had the Irish gift of gab. He could captivate a whole room with his storytelling. Chuck fell ill several years ago, and while his health prevented him from golfing or traveling, he remained a larger than life personality. The family would particularly like to thank the nurses and doctors at Saint James Healthcare, and all staff members at the Copper Ridge, who took such good care of him. Chuck is preceded in death by his father, Charles, his mother, Irene, sister-in-law Kerry McMennus, as well as numerous family members in the Lyons, Spears, Todd, and Cloke families. He is survived his son Conor (Cheri), his daughter Callie (Matt) and his grandson Caelum. He is also survived by his brothers Jim (Debbie) and John (Kim) and their children, Kelsey (Ryan), Mike (Kim), Patrick (Mollie) and Colin (Madelyn), many great-nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and countless friends. Services will be held on Friday, August 18th, at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 10 am followed by Funeral Mass at 11. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. “When we die, we can take with us neither possession nor memory. Only love travels with us.” Good-bye, Dad. You were loved.

MICHAEL KNUTH - June 28, 1945, to August 2017

Louis “Michael” Knuth passed away at his home in Butte.  He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28, 1945, to Earl and Virgina Knuth and was raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  He earned his degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington.  He and Maureen Pierre married and had two sons, but later divorced. 

Michael lived in Loomis, Washington before moving to Butte.  He has lived in Butte for several years and worked as an animal walker for the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter.

He is survived by his sister, Judy Pace of Wisconsin, sons and daughters-in0law, Nathan and Melissa Pierre of Lynnwood, Washington, Morgan Pierre and Jodi Armstrong of Fort St. John, British Columbia, grandchildren, Caden and Irie Pierre and Aurora Armstrong as well as his former wife Maureen Pierre of Carlsbad, California.  Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be conducted in Washington at a later date. Express condolences at www.wayrnen-richards.com.


 

WILLIAM STUART “BILLY” JOHNSON


William Stuart “Billy” Johnson passed away in his sleep on the first anniversary of his father’s passing. Billy was born in Butte, on December 10, 1953, to William L. and Delores A. (Stuart) Johnson. He attended St. John’s Grade School. He graduated from Butte High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in counseling from the University of Great Falls. 

He worked road construction before starting his career in chemical dependency counseling.  He worked at Montana Mental Health Clinic, and at the WATCH Program.  

He and Cheryl Boggess were married in Butte in 1975 and together had two sons.  They later divorced.  He spent his younger years hunting, fishing, camping and had a love of fast cars and motorcycles.   But, with age came wisdom and sensibility and William soon became a mentor and roll model to several people.  He loved spending time outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing with his sons.  He had a passion for digging crystals and spent nearly every weekend with his sons in search of nature’s hidden treasures.  He had a profound love for his family and was a loving grandfather. He truly and completely devoted himself and is life to his family.  Each day he would stop in to check on his boys and almost every week he was taking his grandkids on an adventure.  Nothing meant more to Bill than his family.  He made it his ministry to put other people’s needs before his own and will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Zachary and Mindy Johnson and Justin Johnson of Butte, his grandchildren, Rheanna and Eli Johnson, several nieces and nephews including Tommy Johnson and Mitchell (Tammy) Tamietti who were like his own sons.  Also surviving are his siblings:  Daniel Johnson, Thomas and Beverly Johnson of Butte, Georgia Johnson and Don Tamietti of Pipestone and his mentor and cousin, Rick Has The Pipe. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Delores Johnson.

Cremation has taken place.  Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  His family will receive friends beginning at 10 o’clock.  Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.


 

CAPTAIN ROBERT E. HOLTON April 8, 1941 – January 29, 1969 (listed Missing in Action)

Captain Robert E. Holton, MIA from the Vietnam War is coming home after being Missing in Action for over 48 years. Bob's F4 mission over Laos was hit by enemy fire on January 29,1969. He was listed as MIA until his remains were found in June 2017. Bob had a distinguished military career in the Air Force. His medals include, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

 

Bob was born April 8th, 1941 to his wonderful parents, Ed and Norma Holton. Three years later he welcomed his brother, Bill on the same day. Bob and Bill had a wonderful childhood. The family home was across the street from Emerson Grade School and was a favorite meeting place for all the neighborhood kids. His family enjoyed many years of camping and boating, finally settling on their favorite place in the Georgetown Boat Club. They spent many years boating water skiing and loved their summers there. Bob always worked from the time he was young. He worked for Bernie's Pharmacy and F&S Construction before college.

 

Bob went to Emerson Grade School, graduated from Butte High in 1959. He then graduated from the University of Montana in 1965, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Air Force ROTC program.

Bob married the former Dianne Eck in June 1966.  He entered the Air Force, and they were stationed in Arizona, then Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Bob and Dianne loved their short time together and made many life long friends.

 

Bob's greatest love was his family and friends. He loved flying, but his biggest passion was music. He could play almost any instrument but especially loved piano, saxophone, and clarinet. He was in a dance band in high school, and then played in various places while he went to the University of Montana. If Bob wanted to relax he went to his piano.

 

Since Bob's death, he has been joined by his father and mother, Ed & Norma Holton, grandparents, Dick and May Harry, Les and Gwen Holton, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Les and Irene Eck Uncles and Aunts, Jack Harry, Al and Ruth Holton and Bill and Nonie Holton.

 

Bob is survived by his former wife, Dianne (Roy) Moody, Brother, Bill (Judy) Holton, Nephew, Todd (Karen) Holton and their daughters, Ashley and Taylor Holton, Aunt,

Mitzi Lacey, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dave Eck Dennis (Gretchen) Eck, Dwight (Pam) Eck and several cousins and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Air Force, National League of POW/MIA Families, and our Government for all their years of searching for Bob. We know they will keep trying to find all our missing men, and we are praying everyone has the closure they deserve.

We would also like to thank Ed Conway, USAF and Wayrynen's for their compassion and guidance in these final steps. A special thank you goes to the USAF honor guard, Montana and Idaho Patriot Riders and other groups including the Butte America Legion Post and the United Veterans Council for their honoring Bob in his final travels.

Memorials may be sent to National League of POW/MIA Families, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite l-00, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor Martha McCreight officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

 

Dad, you promised Mom you would bring Bob home.

He is home now, rest in Peace.

Love you forever.

 

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