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Beryl Grace Lewis 88

   Beryl Grace Lewis passed away December 6, 2013 in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  She was born the only child of William Thomas Toy and Judith Sjoblom) Toy on April 17, 1925, in Butte, MT. at the home of her parents, at 862 South Main St., in the middle of a terrible snow storm.  She was told telephone and power lines were down, and her father had to walk to get the doctor to come to their house and they returned in the doctor's horse and buggy.  She was then born, a very tiny baby, in the same bed and bedroom her mother had been born.  She then spent many hours on the oven door, pulled down, of a coal and wood stove in the kitchen.  She grew up in that house and the reception of her wedding to Robert Kenneth Lewis was held there.

     She met her beloved husband-to-be when she was in the 2nd grade and he was in the 4th grade of the Garfield Elementary School.  She graduated from Garfield School in 1939 and Butte High School in 1943.  She was proud to be a twirler in the Butte High band and a pianist in the Butte High Symphony, all under the direction of Henry and Jean Schiesser.

     Rather than going to college, she went to work at Metals Bank & Trust Company, as a secretary and switchboard operator, and then for Civil Service for the  War Manpower Commission (now Job Service).  This employment was all during World War Two.  She then married Thomas Kilgallan and was blessed with a baby daughter, Erin Diane.  The marriage ended in divorce several years later.

     During her childhood and teen years, she was an excellent pianist, ice and roller skater, and loved to dance.  These activities carried on through her adult years.

     She married the love of her life Robert Kenneth Lewis on May 24, 1950 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Butte, MT. by Pastor Nels Norbeck.  Bob adopted Erin and they were blessed with daughter Vicki Jean and sons David Robert and infant son William Thomas, deceased shortly after birth.

     She loved to sew, with her sewing machine, making hundreds of dance and ice show costumes, formals, square dance outfits, and even her daughters' wedding dresses, bridesmaid's dresses and her own dresses for her daughter and granddaughters' weddings.  Another hobby was collecting bells which totaled 300.

     During this period of her life, she was blessed to have two step-sisters join her life, Rosemary Dysinger and Helen Cleary, by the marriage of her mother Judith to James Keavney.  The 3 were loving sisters the rest of their lives though Helen died too soon.

     After returning to work out of their home, she returned to Metals Bank & Trust Co. and then Professional Adjusters, and then a legal secretary career with William Geagan, Roe, Kiely & Joyce, N.A. Rotering Holland, Holland & Haxby, and Alexander & Harrington, for a period of 35 years.   Retirement didn't last and she worked as a lobby hostess for Hardy's for a period of 4 years.

     Since Bob was retired then, too, they did a lot of traveling to square and round dances, even to Hawaii twice, and Colonial Williamsburg and Kotzebue, Alaska to visit Erin and son-in-law John Garlinghouse.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, step-father James Keavney, her infant son William Thomas, and her husband Robert/Bob Lewis, January 24, 2009; her son-in-law John Garlinghouse and son-in-law Peter Person.

     She is survived by her daughter, Erin Garlinghouse and her sons and their wives Brett and Melissa Lapham, Eric and Lyne Lapham; daughter, Vicki Person and her daughters and families Connie Jean and Richard Page and sons Kieren and Marcus, and David and Susan Lewis and daughter Liberty Ann and their son and daughter-in-law Jim and Michelle Lewis and their children, Breanna, Brooklynn, Maxwell, and Miles.  Also surviving is her step-sister Rosemary Dysinger.

     Beryl and Bob were active members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and WELCA and The Butte Chapter of Montana Cornish Cousins.  She was active, with her husband, as square, round, and ballroom dancers for 36 years and ice skated on Butte's Olympic oval until 2006.  She and Bob were roller-skating Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for square dance clubs and Ristene Hall's Exerdance classes.  Her second favorite outdoor activity was horseback riding, an activity taught to her by her father, who was known as "Pacer" Toy.

     They moved to Bountiful, UT in July of 2008.  Bob was a resident of Avalon Care Center for his remaining years as a result of serious surgery and recovery.  After Bob's death, she returned home to Butte and resided here until April 2012, when she moved to Thermopolis, WY to live with her daughter, Vicki.

     At her request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service & reception will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Butte, on December 21, 2013 at 1 PM  Memorials may be given to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; 2300 Florence Ave or the Mother Lode Theater; 315 W. Park, Both are in Butte, MT 59701.

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Daniel Jay Ball

Daniel Jay Ball passed away Sunday morning at his home in Butte. 

He was born in Butte September 10, 1970 to LeRoy and Joan (Preston) Ball and attended local schools including the Whittier, East Junior High and Butte High School.  He served his country during Desert Storm with the United States Marine Corp and, following his honorable discharge, returned to Butte where he worked at Montana State Prison and then with the United States Postal Service for ten years. 

Daniel was an avid outdoorsman, loved fishing and camping and was just an all-around fun guy to be with.

He is preceded in death by his father LeRoy Ball and two brothers, Ricky and Alvin Ball.  Survivors include his son, Keaton Ball, daughters, Kylah Ball and Kami Ball, mother, Joan Ball all of Butte, brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Marcy Ball of Ashburn, Washington and David and Kamada Ball of Deer Lodge, sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Harry Freebourn of Butte, Lori and Ray Campbell of Butte and Keri and Mark Brashears of Oroville, California.  Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Heaven gained another great angel.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Monday morning, December 2nd in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home at 11 o’clock with Pastor Randy Lindgren officiating. 

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.       

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