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Mike Becker

Mike Becker departed from this earth on Friday, October 18, 2013. 

Mike was born in Butte in the winter of 1953 to Marian Rotter Wicka & Felix Wicka.  Mike attended Boy’s Central and Butte High.  Mike’s biological father died when Mike was young and was later adopted by Bob O. Becker.

At the age of 18 Mike chose to enlist in the Navy rather than wait to be drafted.  Mike served in the Navy for over eight years and was stationed in Okinawa as well as Washington.   Mike met and married his first wife when he was in the Navy and they had three children together, Kari, Kristie and Brian.

Mike attended Green River College and received his degree in building technology graduating as valedictorian.  Mike returned to Butte because “you can take the boy out of Butte but you can’t take the Butte out of the man”.  Mike enjoyed playing on a pool league, softball, racquetball, bowling and volleyball.   And most importantly he was a loyal Green Bay Packer fan.  Mike married his best friend and love of his life Jenefer in 1996. Throughout their happy marriage they enjoyed camping, floating the Madison with family, traveling, trips to Nevada and especially spending time together. 

 Mike worked for several contractors as a carpenter and took pride in his work.  Mike worked for the Forest Service fighting the 1988 fire of Yellowstone Park.  In 2011 & 2012 Mike returned to the Forest Service in Wise River.  He referred to his job at Wise River as summer camp because he enjoyed his work and considered it his favorite job.  When Mike’s father, Bob, passed, Mike was the dutiful son to his Mother and was available to assist her.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years Jenefer Becker, mother Marian Becker, sister, Sharon Milner, children, Kari Jorgenson, Kristie Ryf and Brian Becker.  Stepsons, Carl and Keith Fish, and 9 grandchildren, Nieces, Erin Milner and Courtney Finch, nephews, Robert and Jason Milner.                  

The devastating diagnosis of incurable cancer in January 2013 was unexpected.  Mike received the best care from Dr. Wiener and the nursing staff at St. Peters Hospital in Helena.  His loyal companion, Rambo the dachshund, was by his side throughout his illness.  Donations may be made to St. Peters Hospital Foundation for cancer care, American Cancer Society or charity of donor’s choice.

Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Dan McGrath officiating.    

Bill Hazlett

William W. “Bill” Hazlett passed away on October 12, 2013 at his home in Ramsay, Montana surrounded by family and loved ones.  HeBill Hazlett was born June 30th, 1929 in Juanita, North Dakota, the only child of the late Charles and Frieda (Pewe) Hazlett.  In 1940 the Hazlett family moved to Dillon, Montana where Bill attended elementary and high school.  He then became a licensed floor mechanic. 

Bill married Gloria Loveridge on September 11, 1949, and they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary with family at Lydia’s.


From1950 until 1955, Bill pursued his passion of restaurant ownership.  He developed and owned four fast food restaurants with the names of “Dairy Freeze” and “Burgerville” in Boise and Lewiston, Idaho as well as one in Pullman, Washington and one in Kalispell, MT.  This was one of his greatest accomplishments.  By 1955 Bill and Gloria returned to Butte, where they raised eight children in Ramsay. 


Bill began his own business in floor covering which would become his life time career.  He started “Custom Floors” on South Montana and invented and designed the carpet roll out racks that are still used there today.   He trained all four of his sons and his son-in-law and many others in the flooring trade.  He worked at Custom Floors until eighty years of age.  His son Chuck Hazlett Sr. is the second generation owner of the business. 


Bill had many hobbies, bowling, hunting, fishing, motor and motorcycling.  In 1980 he built a back yard pool that was enjoyed by children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.  Many 4th of July’s were made special with times spent having a picnic and fun in the pool.  He also attended many sporting events for his children and grandchildren.  He will be missed by all.


Bill was raised a Baptist and attended the Church of God regularly with family.  He and Gloria have 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Gloria Jean and sons: Bill Jr. (Linda) Ramsay, MT, Dan (Sue) Superior, MT, Chuck (Denise) Ramsay, MT, Daryl (Wendy) Buxton, MT, four daughters: Gloria (Peter Spadora) Lowville, NY, Debbie (Gary Brackett) Ramsay, MT, Diana Rodrigues, Park City, UT, and Doreen (Kevin Young) Three Forks, MT, sister-in-law, Gay Ashcraft (the late Norman Ashcraft) Twin Bridges, MT and brother-in-law, Bob and Jan Loveridge.


Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon, October 19th at 1 o’clock in the Abundant Life Fellowship Church and interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, near Fairmont Hot Springs.  A luncheon will follow at the Abundant Life Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Highlands Hospice.       

George Burke

George Richard Burke passed away early Sunday morning, Sept. 29, 2013, in a local nursing home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Miles City, to George and Dorothy (Rawlings) Burke and has lived in Butte since he was 7 years old. George attended Butte schools and started working at Community Gas Station when he was 14 years old. He retired from there after 41 years with 24 of those 41 years as co-manager. George served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army and married Irene Pearl Boyd in Butte on Nov. 12, 1950.

George was an avid baseball fan and played pitcher on the Intermediate and Copper League. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He was also a longtime member of the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Pearl Burke; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Larry Collins; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve Burke and Cathy Thomas and Mike and Jackie Burke, all of Butte; grandchildren, Kim Collins, Brenna Anderson, John Burke, Joe Burke and Tony Burke; great-grandchildren, Amanda Adkins, Lacey Tarkalson, Trey Tarkalson, Taylor Burke, Kali Burke, Cooper Burke and Mikey Burke. Other survivors include his great-great-grandchildren, Noah, Kennady and Finlee; sister, Betty Brockman of Oregon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edgar Boyd of Seattle, Ted and Joy Boyd of Butte and Ginny Burke of Butte.

Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Boehmer and Jane Okrusch and his brother, Jim Burke.

Alice J. Mendivil

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 Alice J. (Uribe) Mendivil left us to meet her husband in eternity.

Carlos, Susanna and older sister Frances welcomed the baby of the family, Alice Josephine, on January 25, 1918 in Yuma AZ.  She was born and raised in the Yuma area.

Alice married Albert Mendivil on September 29, 1940. They raised their family in the Yuma area until the kid’s health issues relocated them to California.

Although Alice would say her job title was a housewife, no job description could describe all that she did for her family and friends.  Besides cooking and spending time with her family, she enjoyed big band music, traveling, and watching Wheel of Fortune. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her parents, Carlos and Susanna Uribe; sister and brother in law, Fred and Frances Hernandez.

Survivors include a daughter, Yvette (Dave) Anderson of Butte, MT; a son, Rodney (Kathy) Medivil of Yuba City, CA; three Granddaughters, Anissa (Eric) Leininger of Belgrade, MT, Andrea (Brian) Sellers of Española, NM, Krystle (Mike Herrera) Mendivil of Yuba City, CA; six Great granddaughters, Alicia, Theresa, and Laura Leininger, Michelle Woodward, Alize and LeiLani Herrera; four Great grandsons, Austin (Christy) Woodward, Michael (Sara) Woodward, Anthony and Dominic Herrera; and four great-great grandsons.

Cremation has taken place. Committal of Ashes will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, Montana on October 9, 2013 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that all donations be made to Highlands Hospice or your local food bank. 

Margaret Fox

 Margaret Ann Fox passed away Sunday afternoon in a local hospital.  She was born in Anaconda, Montana October 15, 1935 to Arthur E and Betsy (Toole) Sanders.  She graduated high school in Anaconda and married Brian Fox at Hamilton Air Force Base in California in March 10th of 1957.  His military career took them to many places, but from 1970 until 1992 they were based in the Philippines where Margaret worked as the Registrar at the college on the base.  It was there that she studied anthropology and geology and started her fascination with gem stones and mineral samples.

They moved to Anaconda in 1992 and then to Butte in 1993.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Brian Fox of Butte, son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Milagros Fox of Elkridge, Maryland and foster children, Julia Lardizabal and Lourdes Balingcado.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.   

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