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JOHN H. HORTON December 2, 1993 – March 4, 2017

Mr. John H. Horton passed away Sunday evening in a local hospital following a short illness. 

He was born December 2, 1933 in Streater, Illinois, one of twelve children to Joseph and Harriet (Hoit) Horton.  He was raised and educated in Illinois and served his country in The United States Navy.  It was while he was serving in the Navy that he met a nurse, Butte native, Mary Frances Bennett, at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital.  They were united in marriage on August 20, 1954 in Folkston, Georgia and following their respective discharges settled in Butte where John worked as an underground miner.  He worked in the Mountain Con, the Stewart, the Kelly and also was operator at the primary crusher at the Berkley Pit before his retirement. 

John was a trustee and member of the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Big Sky Rocketry Association and a member of the Butte Gem and Mineral Club.  

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Teeresa Horton of Helena, daughters, Mary Linn Horton, Norma Horton and Edna Horton all of Butte, his only grandson, John Michael Horton also of Butte, two sisters, Edna Mae Richard and Thelma Gouliard and sister-in-law, Vera Bennett.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. And who could forget his beloved cat "Missy"  who was supposed to be a rescue pet but actually picked him.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances who passed away October 19, 1991, his brothers Arthur, Walter, Robert, George, Donald, James and Ralph and his sisters, Ellen and Mary Ann. 

Mr. Horton's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Thursday morning after 10 o'clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the funeral home with Pastor Phil Masters officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of John may be made to the Humane Society.  Express condolences at


Jean Foley, September 29, 1924 - February 20, 2017

Jean Foley died Monday, Feb. 20, surrounded by her family at Genesis HealthCare, Butte Center. Jean was born in Butte Sept. 29, 1924 to Will and Lil (Noland) Leeming, and she called the Mining City home for her entire life. Jean was one seven children who grew up in the Leeming home on Buffalo Street. She attended St. Mary’s Grade School before graduating from Butte Central in 1943. Jean Married Bill Foley on April 15, 1948, and together they raised two children, their daughter Pat and son Bob. Bill and Jean remained side by side until Bill’s death on Feb. 12, 2015. Jean and Bill were adored by their four grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren. A proud housewife, Jean was known for her crocheting abilities. Her legendary stockpile of afghans will keep her family warm for decades to come. She enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling and playing very fast rounds of golf with her good friend Inez Barger. Jean also enjoyed a playing 31 in the clubhouse following a round of golf, spending an afternoon with friends at the Plaza Pub, having dinner at the Top Deck, and arguing with Republicans. Jean is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; father-in-law and mother-in-law George “Mick” and Julia (Powers) Foley; brothers Bill and Don Leeming; sister Betty Jacinich; and brother-in-law Emil Jacenich, Bill Sharkey, and Don and George Foley; sisters-in-law Mary Foley, Charlotte Leeming, Margaret Mary Leeming and Rusty Leeming. She is survived by brothers Tom Leeming and Pete Leeming, both of Yuba City, Calif., and Jack (Arlene) Leeming of Lynnwood, Wash.; sister-in-law Shirley Sharkey; son and daughter-in-law Bob and Jo Foley; daughter Pat; grandsons Don (Sheri), Bill (Kim), Bob (Alicia) and Zach (Shannon) Foley; and great-grandchildren Sean, Brenna, Delaney, Grady, Maizee, Annelise, Shae, Josie, Charlotte, Colter and Griff Foley; cousin Leora Brinig of Whitehall; special friends Bob and Inez Barger; and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks goes out to the hardworking and unbelievably caring men and women at Genesis HealthCare. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 at St. Patrick’s Church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment of the ashes will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials in Jean’s name may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, a Democratic candidate or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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

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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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