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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


DANIEL THOMAS CORNELL February 11, 1947 to April 7, 2017

A good man who lived his life the way he wanted, bound not by society's rules, constraints and norms would aptly describe Daniel Thomas Cornell. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 11th, 1947 to a Brooklyn native, John Cornell and a farm girl from the country, Edna May Lewis. The vast difference in his parents' background helped create a unique boy from the very beginning.  At an early age, Dan and his parents moved to rural Newton, New Jersey to be close to Edna's family. There he was educated at local schools and his brother Jack and sister Kathy were born.

His mother died when Dan was a young boy and that forever impacted his life. Edna was an avid reader and she certainly passed that on to her son. Dan's house today is filled with books and it is our guess that every one of them was read. He had a passion for history, with World War II being the subject that he extensively perused.

Dan enlisted in the US Army and served as a Crew Chief on a Chinook helicopter during the Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1971 and at that time he moved to San Francisco where he lived in a commune in the Haight Ashbury District.  In 1975, he took advantage of the GI Bill and moved to Bozeman, MT where he pursued his love of Architecture at Montana State University. He never completed that degree but instead went on to learn the trade of carpentry and house painting.  His love for color and the Painted Ladies of San Francisco are reflected in the painting patterns of the historic homes of Butte. He boldly envisioned and began painting these historic homes to show off their beautiful architecture and design. His home today, which he designed and built, showcases his beliefs regarding the beauty of the palette.

ln 1992, Dan once again enrolled at MSU and completed degrees in Art and Science. He was employed by the Butte School District after his graduation in 1994. Many of his students will give testimony to Dan's passion for the Arts, as well as his unyielding devotion to those he taught.  He retired in 2014 and spent the next years doing all the things he loved best: creating art through a variety of mediums, adventure motorcycling on his BMW with friends and his sons, exploring the world and its wonders, building a greenhouse and learning the art of gardening, planting a yard full of sunflowers, and spending more time with his children and grandchildren and teaching them about all of the above.  His latest love was Layla, a little red mutt whom he adored and a companion that traveled wherever he went. Layla was by his side as he passed on from this earth, peacefully in his sleep.

As his mother greatly influenced him, so did he influence his children who survive him and will forever miss him: Dang Cam Tu, Robbie Cornell, Addie May Cornell Karch (Paul), Seth Lewis Cornell (Kelly), Alexii Caroline Cornell (Shane Rummel) and Andrew Daniel Cornell.

His grandchildren adored Gramps. We know that their wonderful memories of him will always go with them: Tina (Brandon), Catherine and Caroline Ngo, Steven Le, Sloan and Lex Blaze Wilson, Brooklyn and Harlyn Rummel, and Elijah Karch.

Dan loved being an integral part of the Butte Art Community and Movement. To celebrate this love and his life, a celebration and reception will be held at the Phoenix Building, 66 West Park on Friday evening, April 14th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request memorials in remembrance of Dan be made to the Imagine Butte Resource Center, 66 West Park, Butte, MT 59701.  Express condolences at

PETER ANTHONY PATTERSON February 10, 1985 – April 1, 2017

Peter Anthony Patterson passed away on April 1, 2017 in Bozeman, Montana. Peter was born in Butte, Montana on February 10, 1985 to Sandra and Cory Patterson. He was the middle child sandwiched between two bossy and loving sisters, Michelle and Elizabeth. Peter was one of the smartest, kindest, and wittiest people you could ever meet. He was loved by all who knew him. 
He attended Kennedy Elementary and East Middle School, and graduated with honors from Butte High School in 2003. He was a member of the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society. He then attended Montana Tech. During his youth, Peter was active in little league, Catholic youth group, and boy scouts, where he earned his Eagle Scout in April 2003.
Peter spent most of his career working in food service. He worked at Taco John’s in Butte and Bozeman, and was a store manager at Burger King in Bozeman, before becoming the kitchen manager at Applebee’s in Bozeman. He was a beloved boss and built treasured friendships with his co-workers. His family would like to thank Scott Aplin, the store manager of Applebee’s, and all of his co-workers for their support during this difficult time.
Peter was a caring son, cherished brother, true friend, respected boss, and the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet. He had a very dry sense of humor, and if you were with Pete you were laughing. He was a lover of history and geography, an avid reader, a gourmet cook, a master chess player, and an ultimate strategist of any game that he played. He was a sports trivia fanatic and loved to share his passion with others. He was a super fan of the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Liverpool FC. He also was an outdoorsmen, enjoying activities like camping, hiking and fishing. Our happiest memories are of family camping trips and vacations, late nights playing cards, and laughs around the dinner table.   
He is survived by his parents, Cory and Sandy Patterson, his sisters, Michelle and Elizabeth and their husbands, Robert Toombs and Seth Moslander, along with his nephew Patrick Toombs. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles; Roger Wolles, Josephine Redlin, Larry and Harriet Pressler, Marsha Pressler, Harvey Dalton, Gary Patterson, Stan and Jeannette Patterson, Dell Patterson, Randy Wolfe, Kevin and Teri Patterson, and numerous cousins. 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Loretta and Antone Pressler and Goldie and Walter Patterson, his great-uncle, John Patterson, aunts and uncles, Beverly Wolles, Fritz Redlin, Dan Pressler, Anita Dalton, Jenean Patterson, Sharon Wolfe, and his cousin, Tess Patterson.
Peter, you left us way too soon. We pray for the wisdom and strength to accept your untimely passing. Life will not be the same without you and to say you will be missed is an understatement. You will always be loved and we will carry you in our hearts. May you be at peace.
Funeral Mass for Peter will be celebrated Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Friends may call at church beginning at 12 noon.  A reception will immediately follow mass in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.  Express condolences at

ELEANOR E. DAWSON November 13, 1924 – March 31, 2017

Mrs. Eleanor E. Dawson passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 in Butte, Montana.  She was born in Butte on Thursday, November 13, 1924 to John and Estelle (Seymour) Carson and graduated from Butte High School in 1942. 

Eleanor married Edwin Dawson in Butte on August 29, 1945 and together they raise one daughter and three sons.  Eleanor was a stay at home mother, piano teacher, seamstress and caregiver.  She enjoyed camping with family and friends, was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and loved attending church and visiting the Mormon temples. 

Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband Edwin Dawson who passed away in 2002, her parents, John and Estelle Carson, son John Dawson, son-in-law, Robert Sessions and a granddaughter, Jennifer Smith.  She is survived by her daughter, Carol Sessions of Barstow, California, sons, Edward and Mark Dawson both of Butte, grandson, Jon (Kimberly) Sessions of Spanish Fork, Utah, granddaughter, Ashton Dawson-Parks of Missoula, Montana and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Eleanor will be conducted Friday, April 14th at 11 o'clock in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Friends may call that morning at church beginning at 9 o'clock.  Entombment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the LDS Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.  Express condolences at

AIMEE HARDESTY April 23, 1983 – March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 a beautiful angel left this world.  Aimee Hardesty was born in Butte, Montana on April 23, 1983.  She was wonderful, intelligent and hilarious, with a smile that made her the brightest person in the room.  She was raised by Nancy Linton and Lane Miller alongside her sisters Jessica, Cammie and Casadie, as well as her brother Dalton Miller.

Aimee was a one-of-a-kind Butte girl.  Despite difficulties and setbacks, Aimee lived an amazing life.  She had countless friends who remember her for her kindness.  No matter the battle she faced, she never complained.  Her friends found her to be fierce, loyal and loving.  Many looked up to her, for she was an indestructible force, a warrior who cared constantly for others.  She was courageous, taking down people who would prey upon those weaker than them.  She was diligent with friendships and loved ones.  She guided people through their worst days and celebrated with them in their triumphs.

Aimee had a heart no other human could hold a flame to.  She could lift a friend up with just a few words and the strength of her beautiful soul gave many hope.  She was able to connect with anyone, instinctually know what others needed and reassured them.  She never judged, but encouraged.  She was happiest when she was helping others, using her gifts of compassion and encouragement. 

Gandhi once said that strength does not come from physical capacity but from an indomitable will.  Aimee made strong look invincible.  She made the trials of life look like a pair of wings.  While we mourn her passing, we find comfort that she has shaken off the dust of this world to finally fly free.  Aimee's light and faith were much brighter than any darkness around her.  We are so proud of the person Aimee became.  She will live forever in the hearts and memories of all who knew her.  We look forward to her watching over all of us in Heaven, as she did in life.  To say she will be missed is an understatement.

Aimee loved her family and her dog Mallorey. She is survived by the love of her life, Marvin Rubusch; her mother, Nancy Linton; Lane Miller; her siblings, Jessica Hardesty (Nerissa and Gabbie), Cammie Hardesty and Barry Mitchell (Aliya and Tyson), Casadie and Dalton Miller; her grandmother, Mildred Linton; her aunts and uncles, Cindy and Bill Hanley, Tom Linton, Marilyn Linton; her cousins and their children, Brianna and David Lindberg (Graysen, Ava-Monroe and Atticus), Trista Kremer and Stephanie Cunningham (Lincoln), Kaylee and Jed Johnson (Jaycee, Kolton, Kingston), Crystal Linton and Echo Linton (Kaelyssa Rae).  She was welcomed into Heaven by her uncle, Allan Wayne Linton, her great-aunt, Marg Ryan and her super hero, her grandfather, Allan Linton with open arms as papa would say, "Let's hear it"

Memorial services for Aimee will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home and a reception will immediately follow at the McQueen Club.  Express condolences at

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