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Daniel Piazzola, June 10, 1933 – February 24, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Daniel E. Piazzola passed away Friday, February 24th, surrounded by his family at the age of 83. Dan was born June 10th, 1933 to Daniel A. and Nell (Minor) Piazzola. Dan graduated from Butte High School in 1951. He earned a Business Administration degree from the University of Montana and later went on to receive his teaching degree and Master’s degree in Education from Western Montana College. Dan served his country in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958 as the assistant to the Chaplin in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In June of 1961, he married the love of his life, Marlene Plate. From this union came three sons and a daughter; John, Joey, Kriss and Jerry. As a young man, Dan worked for General Electric, and as butcher with his father at the Better Meat Market. During a long Anaconda Company strike, his father encouraged him to go back to school and pursue an education degree. He enjoyed a 28 year teaching career with the Butte School District. Dan taught at the Blaine, Sherman, Kennedy, Hillcrest and Whittier schools. He had great respect for the teaching profession and was always dressed in a suit and tie. Dan was known as a strict teacher, whose favorite form of discipline for misbehaving children was to write their spelling words several times. He enjoyed connecting with past students and had great pride in their success. Undoubtedly, most are excellent spellers! Dan’s main career was teaching, but his passion was being a rancher. Each day, after school, he traded in his suit and tie for Wrangler’s and a cowboy hat. He raised registered Black Angus cows at his ranch in Sheep Gulch. He and Marlene moved out to the ranch for a “summer” in 1962 and never left. He enjoyed spending time at the Butte stockyards as it was a time to visit with his friends. Dan was a devout member of the Immaculate Conception Church, he was also member of the Butte Elks Lodge, the Butte Country Club and the Southwestern Montana Angus Association. He served on the Board of Director’s for the Montana State Senior’s Golf Association and was the Treasurer at Star Lanes Bowling Alley. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, Bull riding and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. Dan was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Nell, his beloved son Joey, father and mother-in-law Knute & Helen Plate, brother and sister -in-law’s John Orizotti, John Plate and Harvey & Shirley Hannah. Dan was an honest, kind and hardworking man. He will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene. His sons, daughter and their spouses: John & Margaret Piazzola, Kriss & Bill Miller and Jerry & Maryann Piazzola. His grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Stefanie Boston, Megan & Matt Varcoe, Nicole & Zach Bond, Ryan Piazzola, Brody and Lexi Miller and Angela and Teresa Piazzola as well as 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Mary Carol Orizotti and Rosalie & Tim Driscoll. Brother and sister-in-law’s: Carol Johnson, Laura & Bob Pratt, Carl & Martha Plate, Bonnie & John Lundborg, Linda & Bill Winnick, David & Cathy Plate, and Harry & Karen Plate as well as many nieces and nephews who were very special to him. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Butte Sheltered Workshop (845 S. Wyoming), Advocacy Program of SW Montana (PO Box 726), Butte Central Education (9 S. Idaho St), or charity of the donor’s choice. Services will be Friday at Immaculate Conception church, with visitation beginning at 9:30 and Liturgy of the Resurrection at 11:00. Interment will take place at a later date.


DION BERN SUTHERLAND April 5, 1930 to January 22, 2017

On January 22nd, 2017, Dion Bern Sutherland passed away peacefully in Butte, Mt.  Dion was born on April 5th, 1930 to Silas and Jane Sutherland in Long Beach, California. His siblings are Juanita, Stanley, Garrel, Carol Ann and Kenneth. Dion moved to Deer Lodge, Montana where he graduated high school and joined the U.S. Army in 1947. He married Margy and to this union they had four children Diane, Jeanne, Scott and Tracy. They later divorced. Dion was a member of the Special Forces Unit and fought in the Korean War. He logged many parachute Jumps until retiring to the Army National Guard in 1973. He received his full retirement from the military in 1990 as a sergeant major. In 1972 Dion married Betty Lou Fitzwilliams and to this union she brought four children, John, Judy, Eleanore and Betty Lou. At this time, Dion served as a deputy sherriff in   Silver Bow County and later worked at the ACM mines in Butte as a proud union worker. He was laid off when the Berkley Pit closed. He went back to school and graduated in small engine repair. Dion was preceded in death by both his parents, his wife Betty Lou and siblings, Stanley, Garrel, Carol Ann and Kenneth. He is survived by his sister Juanita, Children, step-children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In accordance with his wishes, interment of Dions ashes will take place in Sunset Memorial Park in Silver Bow County on Saturday April 8th, at l:00 pm. He will be laid to rest alongside his wife Betty Lou. 
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ROBERT G. "BOB" FALCON, June 19, 1938 to February 21, 2017

Robert Gordon "Bob" Falcon passed away Tuesday evening surrounded by his dear friends and the kind and caring staff of the Copper Ridge.  He was born in Butte June 19, 1938, the only child to Lowery N. and Muriel (Brown) Falcon.  Bob attended local schools, graduated from Butte High School and attended the Butte Business College.  He was an avid reader his entire life and was an avid fan of Butte Copper King's Baseball, the Butte High Bulldogs, the San Francisco 49'ers and the Giants.  He was a member of Butte Lodge # 1, Knights of Pythias and served as Grand Chancellor for the Grand Lodge of Montana.  But more than anything else, Bob will be remembered for his 37 years of dedicated service as the crossing guard at the Hillcrest School.  Bob started in 1974 and was the only paid crossing guard in the school district. Bob shepherded the kids across Continental Drive in all kinds of weather and the only time he wasn't there watching out for the children was when he slipped on the ice and broke his ankle.  After his retirement, Bob enjoyed several trips with his friends including Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park.  Bob was a kind-hearted person with a great sense of humor and always had a joke.   He was described by the Hillcrest School Principal as, "one of the most reliable employees I've ever seen in my life.  He's steadfast, decent and honest."  The kids simply described him as, "really nice!"

He is preceded in death by both his parents and although Bob was born into a very small family he was blessed with a huge circle of wonderful friends and caregivers including Linda and Thomas Ringo and Diane Chuprinski and their families.

Bob's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Monday morning after 10 o'clock.  Funeral services will follow at 2 o'clock in the funeral home with Pastor Sandy VanZyl officiating and interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Bob may be made to any organization for the benefit of children. 

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Dennis Henderson, December 4, 1945 - February 6, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Hendo’s Obituary Dennis “Hendo” Henderson passed away knowing his family was by his side on February 6, 2017, at his home in Butte, Montana. He fought a long, hard battle with lung cancer and showed so much courage to protect his family. Hendo was born on December 4, 1945 in Redwood City, California and moved Butte, Montana as a young boy. Hendo attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School before making his way to Butte High School where he was a proud member of the football and wrestling teams. He was inducted as a “Golden B” in 2014. Subsequent to his formal education, Hendo joined the United States Army as a Military Police Officer, K-9 Unit, 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam, from 1964-1966 and continued his service at home by joining the Army National Guard from 1966-1968. Dennis worked just about every job you could imagine before he became the owner of his first business, the A-1 Ambulance from 1972-1982. Hendo always wanted to keep things fresh, so he purchased P.J. (Phil Judd’s) Sports in 1982 and after 10 years began a new adventure when he became the owner of the Winter Garden Bowling Center from 1993-2005. Following his career as a business owner, Hendo became a bus driver for Butte School District #1. One of his greatest accomplishments was being elected to Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners for District #5 in 2010. Hendo held this seat until his passing. He had a strong Union Affiliation through Teamsters, Operating Engineers, and Labors. Throughout his life, Hendo was very involved in his community. He was a past board member of the Directors of Montana Ambulance Association, Butte-Silver Bow Fire Commission, Butte-Silver Bow Emergency Medical Services, School District #1 for 4 years (one year Chairman, one year Vice Chairman), Silver Bow Wrestling Association, Butte Bowling Association, past member of the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion, past President of the Silver Bow Kiwanis Club, and was a past Assistant State Commissioner of Babe Ruth Baseball. Hendo enjoyed all sports and was particularly fond of his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Dennis really loved to coach and watch his children and grandchildren play sports. Hendo never missed a game. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Dennis spent quality time teaching his family everything he knew about the outdoors. He spent some of his happiest moments with his family camping, chasing elk and fishing at Clark Canyon and Canyon Ferry. Dennis married his best friend and love of his life Diane (Nerbonne) Henderson on May 19, 1967. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. The love they shared will live on in their hearts forever. Hendo was often heard telling his wife, “I love you to the moon and back, Baby!” This union produced two children, Marty and Dana. Hendo had so much pride for his kids and they were his life. He would do anything for them and raised them to work hard and to be kind to everyone they meet. He was always there for them to offer support, guidance, wisdom and most importantly his love. Dennis was so proud of the wonderful people his children had become. Dennis loved his daughter-in-law Kathy (Schmalz) Henderson very much and was so proud of his son for picking “a good one.” Then came the next round of joy that was brought into Hendo’s life, his “favorite” grandson, Kade, and “favorite” granddaughter, Haley. He loved to brag about their academic, athletic and employment accomplishments and spoiled them rotten because he felt they deserved it. Hendo became very fond of his granddaughter-in-law Alex (Shevalier) Henderson, with whom he shared a special bond. Hendo taught his grandkids so much and was their biggest fan. They are so thankful to have gotten to spend over 20 years having known such a wonderful guy. In 2016, Hendo was blessed with his great grandson, Clyde “Clyde Mikes” “Big Boy” Henderson. Hendo always said that his kids and grandkids were great, but, “there is something special about that boy.” His family will never forget their unending games of “peek-a-boo!” He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dana, brothers Tom and Larry Henderson, his “special” mother-in-law, Shirley Nerbonne, father-in-law, Clyde Nerbonne, brother-in-law and friend, George Nerbonne, and his mother and step-father, Marie and Jack Barsanti. Dennis is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Marty and daughter-in-law, Kathy Henderson; grandson Kade Henderson and granddaughter-in-law, Alex and great grandson Clyde Henderson; granddaughter, Haley Henderson; sister, Darlene O’Rourke and family; brother, Gino Barsanti; brother, Bill and Judy Henderson and family; sister-in-law, Nancy Henderson and family. Hendo will be greatly missed by his family and many friends within the Butte community. Please come celebrate his life at St. Anne’s Church. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday February 11, 2017 and mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception following the service at the McQueen Athletic Club. Memorials may be sent to Easter Seals Highlands Hospice for the special care given to Dennis. God truly broke the mold when he made you grandpa. You pushed us to exceed our limits through your words of wisdom, jokes and stories. It was a good ride. Rest in peace Hendo.


Margaret Anita Simmons, November 20, 1953 to February 4, 2017

Margaret Anita Simmons passed away Saturday morning, February 4, 2017 at her home in Butte.  She was born November 20, 1953 in Gainesville, Texas to Ernest and Juanita (Holly) Martin.  She was raised and educated in Gainesville and earned her teaching degree from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.  Anita and Gloyd Anderson Simmons were married in Gainesville on October 6, 1979.
Anita taught in Red Oak, Texas, for several years before they moved to Butte in 1980 to live, work, and raise their children.  Anita worked as a special education teacher at Powell County High School for several years before accepting a teaching position in the Butte Public School System and serving as a special education teacher at the Whittier, Emerson, and Margaret-Leary Schools until 2002 when she retired with 24 years of teaching experience.  She loved working with the children in her classroom and always had wonderful stories to tell about “her kids.”  Anita served as a reader for local spelling bees and worked with Special Olympics for many years.  She enjoyed playing bridge, working in her flower gardens, and making sure that all the wild birds that visited were well fed.
Anita lived her life to the fullest for 30 years with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  She never complained, was always happy, and felt that she was very lucky because she was doing just fine.  She was an inspiration to her family and friends because of her great attitude and determination to not let MS slow her down.
Anita is survived by her husband, Gloyd "Mike" Simmons, sons Matthew and Michael Simmons all of Butte, her mother and step-father, Juanita and Marshall Hampton of Gainesville, Texas, brother, Ernest Martin, also of Gainesville, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kay and Claude Richards of Beaumont, Texas.  Also surviving are her nieces and nephews: Brandon Martin, Dustin Martin, Jeff (Kim) Richards, Diane (Henry) Hoffmann, Gregg (Lorrie) Richards and Susan Richards.  She is preceded in death by her father, Ernest Martin and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gloyd A. and Caroline "Maude" Simmons. 
Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, February 11th at 11 AM in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with the Reverend Ed Pangburn officiating.  A reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.  Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America,, or the national Humane Society,, for Anita’s love of animals.  You may express condolences at
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