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Catherine G. "Boots" LeFever

Catherine G. “Boots” LeFever passed away Sunday morning in a local nursing home.  She was born in Butte August 23, 1929 to George and Katherine (Shutey) Henderson.  She attended local schools and on New Year’s Day, 1948 she and Norman E. “Gene” LeFever were united in marriage. 

Boots worked as a clerk at several area business including Bill’s Cash Grocery on Walnut Street, The Elm Street Market, Pay & Save, Albertsons and Town Talk Bakery.  She was a member of St. Ann’s Parish, St. James Auxiliary and spent many hours as a volunteer in the gift shop at St. James Healthcare. 

Besides her parents, George and Katherine Henderson, Boots is also preceded in death by her husband, Gene who passed away May 8, 1998, her brother, Bob Henderson and her granddaughter, Kim McDonald.  Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Mary LeFever, Jeff and Colleen LeFever and Mike LeFever all of Butte, daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bill Hands also of Butte, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Michael Robert LeFever and Alician Acebedo of Butte, Kim and Nick Fulton (Paige and Noelle) of Belgrade, Michelle and Landon Boggs (Hayley) of Somers, Jonathan LeFever of Butte, Jordan LeFever of Butte, Tommy and Tia Lloyd (Trenton and Terrik) of Hailey, ID, Jessica and Andy Dirik (Elena and Amaia) of Texas, Jocelyn and Drew Taylor (Avery, Marisol and Andrew) of Texas, and Gina and Mark Gollihugh (Chelsea, Makayla, Zach and Jocelyn) of Florence. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Peggy Henderson of Butte and her life-long friends, Katherine White and Norma White as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Liturgy of the Resurrection for Catherine will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  Her family will receive friends at church beginning at 9 o’clock.  Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Paul Clark Home / McDonald’s Family Place.  

Wayne DeWitt Hendrixson

Wayne DeWitt Hendrixson passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was born June 22, 1939 in Miles City, Montana to Levi and Sena (Lokken) Hendrixson.  Having very mature parents when he was born, (Dad 63 and Mom 49) he found himself alone at the age of 13.  He had been taught to take care of himself and that’s what he did.

His long career as a Chevy parts man started in the 9th grade.  He studied business at the U of M after which on July 26, 1959 he married Jacqueline Brost, the love of his life since age 14, and headed to Great Falls, Montana to start his career at City Chevrolet as a parts manager.

On July 7, 1961 they were blessed with a baby girl, Tana.  Eighteen months later on January 24, 1963, another daughter, Kim was born.

In 1969 Wayne gathered up his family and moved to Billings, Montana to manage the parts department for Frontier Chevrolet.  Four years later they were moving once again to Butte where they found their home.  Wayne managed the parts department of Copper City Chevrolet and then Jim Kraut Chevrolet until 1975 when he decided to venture out on his own and start the prosperous business of Montana Muffler.

On September 23, 1975 a surprise package of another baby girl, Lisa, was born.  With their hands full with a growing business and another mouth to feed, they buckled down and developed their growing business into not only two retail shops for mufflers and brakes but also a wholesale location of independent muffler shop supplies for the eleven western states.  In 1984 Wayne added the manufacturing of glass pack mufflers to his list of accomplishments.  In 1999 his California competition offered him a price for his accomplishments that he couldn’t refuse.  At the age of 50 he was now afforded the opportunity to start traveling.  He always said he had Gypsy blood. 

Dad worked very hard all his life but also knew how to play.  Every weekend was loading either motorcycles, snowmobiles or boats.  Cramming in as much fun as they possibly could.  With a twinkle in his eye he would look at Mom as he was pulling into the driveway with something new in tow and say, “Look Mom, it followed me home!”

We love you very much and will miss you greatly.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; Levi and Sena, wife Jackie, son Kenneth, son-in-law, Tony Rich and granddaughter, Misty Alley (Rich).  Living family members are daughter and family, Tana, Bren and Sara Petersen of Missoula, daughter and husband, Kim and Matt Krsul of Butte, daughter, Lisa Hendrixson of Las Vegas, granddaughter and family, Sheena, Trevor, Keegan, Bailey and Madison Murphy of Helena and great-grandson, Tony Alley (dad, Kevin Alley) of Butte.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services were conducted Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home in Butte with Pastor Ron Martin-Dent officiating. Entombment of ashes followed at Mountain View Cemetery.     

Butte deaths as of April 15, 2014

Wednesday, April 2—Earl F. Dagen, 79
Thursday, April 10—Marion Frances (Miles) Farmer, 90
Friday, April 11—Jane Branstetter, 73
Saturday, April 12—Barbara Robertson, 70
Sunday, April 13—Joan Ellen (Callahan) Maunder, 81
Michael Butorovich, 82
Tuesday, April 15—Betty “Grammy” Mankins, 83

Deaths noted in the Butte Weekly April 2, 2014


Saturday, Mar. 15—Eileen Rau, 71

Wednesday, Mar. 19--Jerry Dlitz

Friday, Mar. 21—Kenneth “Ken” Miller, 71

Sharon Batten, 68

Saturday, Mar. 22—Anthony Patrick “Tony” Gordon, 45

Sunday, Mar. 23—Roland Monroe Wyatt, 79

Monday, Mar. 24—Fred A. Bronner, 84

Louis Robert “Louie” Fontana, 91

Marco Mickey “Mick” Bajovich, 71

Wednesday, Mar. 26—John Edwin Roberts, 81

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Arlene T. Meagor, 71

Thursday, Mar. 27—Grace Marie Taylor, 50

Janis Lynn Wigert

Janis Lynn Wigert passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in St. James Healthcare.  She was born in Anaconda on December 6, 1945 to Fred and Hanna (Anderson) Greenup and attended local schools.  She and Gary Wigert were married on July 7, 1963 in Whitehall and Janis worked as a 911 dispatcher for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.    She belonged to the American Legion in Anaconda and is survived by her husband Gary Wigert of Anaconda, sons and daughters-in-law: Howard and Roxanne Wigert of Anaconda, Dan Wigert of Anaconda, Shawn and Michelle Wigert of Helena and Ben Wigert of Anaconda.  Grandchildren include, Brittney, Brock, Mike, Bryce and Shelby.  Also surviving are her great-grandson, Derrick, brothers and sister-in-law, Don and Linda Anderson of Colstrip, Ed Anderson of Deer Lodge, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Peg McQewen of Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews including Terry Murphy of Butte. 

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted April 12 at the American Legion Hall in Anaconda.  Memorials may be made to the American Legion or to the Crest Nursing Home where Janis received exceptional care. 

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