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Mary Frances Childs - January 18, 1943 - April 17, 2017

Mrs. Mary Frances (Hoopes) Childs passed away early Monday morning in St. James Healthcare. Mary was born in Butte, Montana on January 18, 1943, the first of six children born to Jed and Lucille Hoopes.

Mary attended local schools and graduated from Butte High School in 1961. After graduation, she went to work at Blue Cross / Blue Shield. After the birth of her son, Jon P. Loomis in 1965, Mary graduated from Beauty School and worked as a Beautician. She was also employed for many years as a Custodian for the Butte Public Schools. In 1998, Mary graduated from Butte Vo-Tech, having earned her certification as a transcriptionist. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at Mercury Street Medical, before becoming employed at State Farm Insurance, from where she retired.

She met her husband, Arthur “Art” K. Childs, on a blind date. They were married on September 27, 1974. They were blessed with three children, Amy Theresa, Ginger Ann, and Arthur K “KC” Childs III.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her Husband, Art, she is survived by her children, Jon P. (Marisa) Loomis, Amy T. (Mat) Metcalf, Ginger A. (Ryan) Lienemann, and Arthur K. “KC” Childs, III; her grandchildren, C. Mike and Andy Metcalf, Kyle and Tyler Lienemann, and Brandon Loomis; and brothers and sisters, Clifford J. (Patty) Hoopes, Jean Ann Johnson, Marie “Snooks” (Dennis) Fisher, James “Jed” (Lesley) Hoopes, and Kay (Dan) O’Connell. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Ted (Anita) Childs; sister-in-law, Regina (Eric) Kaupanger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are asked to join the family on Thursday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.

Dolores Kambic July 23, 1933 – April 17, 2017

On April 17, 2017 Dolores Kambic passed away at the Shelby House in East Helena. She is now free to be the care giver she so loved to be. Mom was suffering from dementia but you could not wipe the smile off her face. On Easter Sunday she enjoyed a wonderful day with her family. And her family enjoyed a wonderful day with her. Mom was born in Butte to Howard and Sylvia George on July 23, 1933. She grew up in Meaderville with her brother Bill and sister Virginia and attended the Franklin Grade School and Butte High school. You can take the girl out of Butte but you can never take Butte out of the girl. All mom ever wanted was to go back to Butte, so on Monday the 17th, we took her back to Butte. She married William Matthew Kambic on October 5, 1952. They had three children, Patty, Bobby, and Billy. Dad passed in 2011 after 59 years of marriage. Mom had many jobs but she was born to be a salesman (women). If she was selling fruits and vegetables or coffee, she was in her element. When Todd picked mom up on Monday he told us when she stopped selling coffee, he stopped drinking coffee. Mom and dad ran the Red & White Dairy Drive Inn for 15 years. Her gift of gab was always an asset. If you were in a hurry you didn’t stop there. However, the best chicken in Butte. Mom loved to gamble one nickel at a time. Dolores is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother and sister in law, Bill and Lois George, niece Maryanne DeWolf. She is survived by her three children Patty and Don Eva, Bob and Anita Kambic and Bill Kambic. Her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren: Missy and Bob Sampson(Holden and Raelee), Jennifer Shearer( Sophie), Joe and Mandy Kambic, Justin and Megan Kambic(Annabelle, Matt, Emma and baby Kambic), Kara and Cody Sutton( Kaylee, Hunter and Zoey). Kyle and Kim Kambic ( Konner, Kody, and Kaine), Ashley Kambic(Jordan, Payton and Gavin),Kendra Kambic (Annika and Jalynn),her sister and brother in law Virginia and Walt Hanson. And many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Mom had too many friends to mention but you know who you are. One of mom’s favorite things in Butte was the Lady of the Rockies, so as you think of her look at the lady and have a cup of coffee. Rest in Peace mom, we all love you and will miss you every day. I would like to thank Shelby Cleveland and all the people at the Shelby House. They loved mom unconditionally and took such good care of her. Friends are asked to join the family on Thursday after 5:00 PM in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Parish Vigil will be recited at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Rockies

JOSE ANTHONY "TONY" HUERTA – August 29, 1957 – April 8, 2017

Jose Anthony "Tony" Huerta passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 in the Veteran's Hospital in San Francisco, California.  He was born in Butte August 29, 1957 to Salvador and Maxine (Eula) Huerta.  Tony attended Butte Schools and graduated from Butte High School before joining the United States Marine Corp.  He served his country proudly for six years and following his honorable discharge, Tony attended college in North Carolina where received his refrigeration license.  He worked in California for several years before returning to Montana.  He settled in Billings for about ten years then returned to Butte where he started his own refrigeration company, A-1 Refrigeration.  He retired for health reasons a few years ago but stayed active in the Marine Corp League and assisted with the Toys-4-Tots Program.  He was a member of the Leather Neck Nation Motorcycle Club and enjoyed salsa dancing. 

Tony had a passion for motorcycles and traveled extensively throughout the western United States reconnecting with old friends and making countless new friends.   

He is preceded in death by both is parents, Salvador and Maxine Huerta.  Survivors include: his brothers and sisters-in-law, Moises Huerta, Roger Huerta and Betty Morrison and Dan Huerta and Barbara Kolman all of Butte, nieces and nephews: Travis Huerta, Tony Huerta, Misty Lane, Pancho Huerta, Eric Huerta, April Huerta, Daniel Huerta and Eric Keller.  He is also survived by his cousins Randy and Cathy Dunaway and Melvin Dunaway. 

Cremation has taken place in California.  Memorial services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Deacon Ron Fournier officiating.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the form of cash contributions to Toys-4-Tots.  Express condolences at    

KENNETH HOWARD SCHOPFER October 9, 1927 - April 14, 2017

Kenneth Howard Schopfer passed away Good Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Butte Copper Ridge.  He was born in Helena Sunday, October 9, 1927 to August R. and Hattie M. (Cram) Schopfer and attended Helena schools, He graduated from Helena High School and joined the United States Army where he served his country honorably.  Ken worked for Mountain Bell for 30 years, starting right after his return from the United States Army and was lucky enough to retire at the age of 56. 

Following his discharge, he returned to Montana where he met and fell in love with a switch board operator in Butte.  He married Ann Jean Monahan in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on April 11, 1959 and for fifty eight years and four days they were inseparable.  Ann Jean passed away on Good Friday, April 6, 2012.  He is also preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Ken had a passion for puzzles, love fishing and had a keen sense of humor. 

He is survived by four nephews, three nieces and their spouses, their children and grandchildren, all of who loved him dearly.   

Kenneth Schopfer's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock with Father Thomas Haffey officiating.  Entombment will follow in Resurrection Mausoleum in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.  Memorials in memory of Ken may be made to the Butte Emergency Food Bank.  Express condolences at


Patrick Hanly Burton - August 7, 1941 - April 2, 2017

After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and in the comfort of family, Patrick Hanly Burton passed on April 2, 2017. The youngest of three siblings, Pat was born on August 7, 1941, at Fort Lewis, Washington to parents Dr. Frank Hanly and Martha (Stocker) Burton. He attended elementary school in Ramsay and the McKinley grade school in Butte. Pat graduated from Butte High School with the class of 1959. Pat and his wife of 54 years, Rosalie Ann Shea, were married in Butte, Montana on November 24, 1962 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Three children were born from this union; Andy, Joe, and John. In his early twenties Pat began a fifty-year-long career in the optical business as a licensed, dispensing optician. He began his career working with his father Dr. Hanly Burton and Dr. Robert Thometz. In 1978 he opened Burton Opticians and retired in 2015. Among other business adventures, in 1984 Pat and Rosalie opened the Rocker Inn, which is currently known as America’s Best Value Inn and is managed by their son Andy. Pat is a past member of BPOE #240, Town Club, Gourmet Club and Fiddlers Club. During his early years he enjoyed hunting in the Lima Peaks with his father and fishing the “Bear Trap” on the Madison River with his brother Tom. Also, Pat never missed an opportunity to “prank” his mother and sister Susan. He enjoyed those special times with family and friends, particularly his grandchildren, at the family’s cabin on Moose Lake. Through his entire life he enjoyed cooking for family and friends; searching for the illusive piece of antique cookware or utensils; making and bottling homemade root beer; planting trees and “sprucing-up” the yard and making his famous (or infamous) sauerkraut! Most notable was Patrick’s talent playing the guitar and singing. He was always willing to entertain with a song or two during family gatherings particularly on Christmas Eve. In addition to his singing talent was his unmeasured ability to tell a joke (for those who knew him, who can forget the “piccolo player”!) Patrick is survived by his loving wife Rosalie; his children: Andy (Barbara) Burton; Joe Burton; John (Holly) Burton; and former daughter-in-law Shonna Walund. Also surviving are grandchildren: Blake Burton, Samantha, and Sophia Burton; Natalie and Abigail Burton; brother, Tom (Barbara) Burton and sister, Susan (Jerry) Ledbetter, brother/sister-in-law; Rollo (Kathy) Shea, cousin; Mary (Robert) Carroll, and numerous nieces and nephews. Special friends: Renne Earhart, Jerry Earhart, and the “Pine Box Guys”. Patrick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank Hanly and Martha (Stocker) Burton, and nephew Craig Burton. The family would like to express heart-felt gratitude to: James Hueftle, MD and Staff; Highland Hospice Staff: Christie, Barbara, Tracy, and Josh. Relatives and friends may call Friday from 10:00Am to 11:00Am in St. Patrick’s church for visitations. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00AM. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials to: Homer and Adele Earhart Endowment, c/o Butte Central Foundation or the Veterans organization of your choice. “The Gay Caballero and his Latraballee has left the building”. RIP “King of Kraut”

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