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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”

Sally Patricia Downey - March 14, 1942 - April 11, 2017

Sally Downey Sally Patricia Downey passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Sally was born, March 14, 1942 in Butte, Montana to Michael and Leona (White) McFadden. Sally was the oldest child of four children. Sally attended Greeley Elementary School. She married the love of her life, Jim Downey on January 31, 1958 in Santa Barbara, California. Together they had six children, Jim, Mike, Dan, Debbie, Patty, and Sam. While raising six children she also raised her two sisters, Sheri and Kim. Even with a full house, her door was always open to everyone. She loved spending time with all of her children and attending all of their rodeo events. Sally was an excellent mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, some would say the best! Sally is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son-in-law Donnie and her great-grand daughter, Leigha. She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Jim Downey (Nikki), Mike and Brittany (Danielle, Jacelyn, Holt) Downey, Dan and Edie(Tysen) Downey, Debbie and Ed (Christy, Eddie) Zimpel, Patty (Amanda, Cassie, Amber, DJ, Seth) Hancock and Sam and Misty (Shyann, Riley) Downey; 14 great-grandchildren, her brother Dan McFadden, sisters Sheri (Mark) Jennings and Kim Navarro and numerous other family, to many to mention, that loved her dearly. A memorial service will be held on April 14, 2017 at 11:00 at Duggan Dolan. A reception will be immediately following at the East Side Athletic Club. A private commital of ashes will be held at a later date.

William "Bill" Leary - May 13, 1939 - April 8, 2017

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William (Bill) J. Leary entered Heaven’s gates on Saturday April 8, 2017 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with COPD. He was born May 13, 1939 in Billings, and then moved to Butte. He attended Carroll College, was drafted into the Army. He and his wife Patricia were married on October 8, 1982. He retired from the Montana Dept. of Transportation, was a long time member of the Butte Country Club where he was an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by his father William Keefe Leary, mother Stella (Egan) Leary, aunt Marie Egan and cousin Tom Durkin Senior. He is survived by his wife Pat Leary, daughter Kathleen (John) Kershaw of East Helena. Sister-in-law Carol (Newt) Koelzer of Spring Creek, NV and their children Steve Koelzer; David (Jana) Koelzer and their children Korey (Dani) Koelzer, Kolten Koelzer; Cheryl (Abbas) Riazati and their children Sarah, Jasmine and David; Jason (Holly) Koelzer; Toni (Terry) LeBlanc and their children Christen (Jake) Birkholz, Courtney LeBlanc and Nick Kircos, Caitlynn (Alex) Truzzolino and Carliegh LeBlanc. Sister-in-law Linda (Ed) Davies of Port Orchard, WA and their children Debbie Davies, June Davies, and Brian (Kellie) Davies. Cousin Marjorie Durkin of Butte, Dan (Kate) Durkin of Seattle and their children Evan and Linsey; Margie Durkin of Seattle; Tom Durkin of Butte and his children Rachael and Chelsey; Michael (Valorie) Durkin of Marietta, GA and their children Patrick and Olivia, and our very dear friends Vicky Strain and Suzanne Masters of Butte. Visitation will be held Wed., April 19, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Holy Spirit. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, there will be Internment with Honor Guard at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, Care of: Voluntary Services, PO Box 1500, Fort Harrison MT 59636-15


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