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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.   

Mary Lee Lingenfelter

MaryLee “Myu” Lingenfelter passed away Saturday afternoon in a local nursing home.  She was born in Butte September 3, 1941, one of five children to Eino and Helen (Hill) Hakala.  She attended local schools including Butte High School and married Charles Cleverly in 1957.  They later divorced in 1984 and on July 22, 1990 she and Al Lingenfelter were married in Shelby. 

Myu worked as a waitress and cook at several local establishments including Gheonn’s Pizza, The Hong Kong Restaurant, Martha’s Café, The Freeway, Terri’s and Jacquelin’s.  She also worked as a maid at the War Bonnet Inn and was co-owner, with her sister in their business, G&M Save-a-Penny.

She was very accomplished at and loved to crochet. She was an excellent cook and incredible host.  Christmas was her favorite time of year and she welcomed everyone.  She bowled on several leagues over the years, loved fishing and growing both vegetable and flower gardens.  She had an incredible sense of humor and above all else loved her family.

Myu is survived by her husband, Al Lingenfelter of Butte, sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Dorothy “Pat” Cleverly of Butte, Bill Cleverly of Butte, Robert and Kathy Cleverly of Shelby, daughters and son-in-law, Geri Gail “GG” Lewis of Butte and Tammie and Steve Farren of Great Falls, step-sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Patsy Lingenfelter of Butte, Terry and Kathy Lingenfelter of Great Falls, Allen “Speedy” and Tabatha Lingenfelter of Sheridan, step-daughters and sons-in-law, Regina “Jeanie” and Lynn Milton of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Rhonda and Dave Phillips of Las Vegas, Nevada, 30 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her sisters, Geri Murinko of Butte and Hazel Turner of Libby, MT, numerous niece and nephews and her beloved dog, Tassi.  Besides her parents, MaryLee is preceded in death by a son, Tony Cleverly, brother, Walter Dale Hakala and Sister, Gail Lester.


Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock in Gold Hill Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Christensen officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Highlands Hospice.     

Loyd Rowe-90

 Loyd Neil Rowe, 90, a life-long resident of Butte and Silver Bow County, died September 12, 2013 to await his awaking in the Lord.

Loyd was born in Butte, Montana December 18, 1922, the sixth child of seven, the son of Arthur C. Rowe and Rose Alma (Gilman) Rowe. 

The family soon moved to and worked the “Old Bates Place” in Victor, MT.  His family returned to Butte while he was still a child, finally settling in Rocker, MT.  Loyd started the second grade in Rocker in 1930 and attended grade school there.  In 1937 the family moved back to Butte where Loyd attended Butte High School until his graduation in 1942. 

Loyd served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945 in Europe during WW II and spent time in France, Belgium and Germany, serving for a time with Patton’s 3rd Army.  Upon discharge Loyd married his longtime sweetheart Bessie June Stearns on March 10, 1946, and they soon moved to the Kalispell, MT area. There he found work as a lumberjack but returned to Butte after the birth of his first child.  

The couple’s union of 65 years produced two children, a son Loyd A. and a daughter, Deborah.  Loyd found work at the Anaconda Company’s Rocker Mill.  When the second child arrived, Loyd decided he needed to better his opportunities so he studied for and passed the requirements to become a boiler engineer. He then went to work at numerous Butte mines.  In 1957 he qualified to operate the many different mine hoisting engines both above and below ground.  When the ACM began operating the Berkeley Pit in 1959, Loyd was hired as a shovel operator. He remained in that position until until his retirement in 1983. 

Loyd and Bessie lived on West Silver Street from 1952-2011 where they raised their two children.  Loyd loved to river fish and enjoyed many years of camping and fishing with family and friends.  In the early 1960’s, Loyd applied for a lot lease, and he built and maintained a cabin on the west shore of Canyon Ferry Lake. There, his family enjoyed boating, fishing, water skiing, and basking on the beach for forty years. 

Loyd was preceeded in death by his parents, all four brothers and two sisters, his wife of 65 years, a grandson and granddaughter.  He will be missed by his children, Loyd A. Rowe and wife Roxanne, Debbie R. Horne and husband Marvin, grandchildren, great grandchildren, multiple family members and friends. 

Because of his need for assisted care, Loyd was unable to spend the last two years of his life in his beloved Butte, but he was deeply proud of his community, and he would tell all that it was the best and only place to live, and he defended Butte against all who would try to defame it.  

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 12 noon in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor Lanny Rounds officiating.  Internent will be at Sunset Memorial Park. 

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