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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

WILLIAM A. "BILL" MARTIN, August 27, 1940 to January 28, 2017

William A “Bill” Martin passed away on Saturday, January 28th.  He was 76 years old.  Bill was born on August 27, 1940, to James and Lora Martin in Livingston, Montana.  It was there that he attended elementary school, junior high, and high school.  He graduated from Park County High School in 1958.  In 1974, Bill graduated from Eastern Montana College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation and Related Services. 

In 1961, Bill married Donna Smith, with whom they had 3 children: Corinna Ann, Norman Wayne, and William Todd. This marriage ended in 1989.

On July 11, 1994, Bill married Laura.  This union came with a built-in family of John, Brian and Doyle. On December 6, 1995, Bill adopted all three boys.

Bill stopped using alcohol on February 2, 1982, and became an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor two years later.  He would follow this passion of fighting addiction for the next 30 years.  He worked in various agencies helping others to live a clean and sober life. 

Bill is preceded in death by his son Norman, ex-wife Donna, granddaughter Ashley, brothers Harold and James, mother Lora, Father James, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home, 1800 Florence Avenue, Butte, at 11am on Friday, February 1, 2017.   Express condolences at


Irene Strubeck, February 4, 1950 – January 25, 2017

Irene Strubeck joined her mother and father, Rena and Louie, and other loved ones, in Heaven on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 after a short and courageous battle with brain cancer. Irene was born Irene Louise Govednik, in Butte, on February 04, 1950; the daughter of Alouis “Louie” and Irene Theresa “Rena” (Spear) Govednik. She was raised in the McQueen addition and attended Holy Savior Parochial School. She graduated from Butte Central, the class of 1968, and then went on to earn her degree in Nursing from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula, Montana.

Irene began her Nursing career at Silver Bow General Hospital, where she was employed as an L.P.N. (Licensed Practical Nurse). She attended St. Patrick’s School of Nursing, from where she graduated in 1973. She returned to Silver Bow General Hospital, where she worked as a Registered Nurse from 1973 to 1974. Irene relocated to Havre, Montana, where she worked at Northern Montana Hospital. Returning to Missoula, she worked at St. Patrick’s Hospital. She also worked for Park Clinic in Livingston for 10 years. She eventually settled down in Missoula, where she was employed as an Oncology Nurse at Missoula Medical Oncology before retiring and returning to Butte in 2012.

On June 22, 1974, Irene married Earl Charles Strubeck, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, in Butte, Montana. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Michelle and Eric.

Irene enjoyed traveling with her family. They traveled to Europe on several occasions, as well as, many parts of the United States. She also enjoyed attending Grizzly football games, reading, and occasionally trying her luck at the slot machines; however, Irene’s favorite past time was spending time with family and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Alouis and Irene Govednik; William J and Katherine Spear, Ronald and Francis Williams, Joseph Starcevich, and George and Stella Spear. She is survived by her husband, Earl Strubeck; daughter, Michelle Strubeck; son, Eric Strubeck; and sister and brother-in-law, Ann Marie and Kenneth Hudson. She is also survived by her very special aunt, Dorothy Starcevich; nieces, Lauren and Leigh Anna Hudson; and numerous cousins.

Friends are asked to join the family on Thursday at 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Cremation will follow Mass and Rite of Committal will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Lady of the Rockies, the American Brain Tumor Association (, the Cancer Support Community in Bozeman, Montana (, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Frank Moran, February 16, 1930 – January 22, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Anyone who knew Frank Moran could attest to the fact that he did things in his own way and in his own time. He always said that he wanted to live to be 100. Well, this time someone else was in charge of time and on Sunday morning Francis John Moran was called home. Frank was born February 16, 1930 to Peter and Helen Moran at #10 Baker Street in Worcester Massachusetts." Franni" the youngest of four sons enjoyed all of the perks of being the baby. As a child Frank had a close connection to animals of all kinds (especially birds.) This love of animals continued throughout his life. He graduated in 1948 and joined the Air Force. He was in the Air Force for 12 years where he served in Korea for one year of that time. It was in the Air Force that Frank "Chick" met the love his life Bettie Sue Davis. They were married on April 12th 1953 and began their family. The family moved where the military took them, throughout many states as well as a term in Morocco, Africa. Upon his return to the states in 1961, Frank came to settle in Butte to help his parents run their business. The family business was Moran's Grocery, Trailer Court and the NiteyNite Motel located near where the Butte Plaza Mall is today. During this time he decided to join the Army where he became a recruiter here in Butte and served time in the Army Reserve to complete his 26 year military career. Frank grew to love Butte and Butte loved Frank. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Elks Lodge, and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, swimming and ice skating. He became a well known character " Where Everybody knows his name!" Always eager to learn and change, Frank then decided to follow another passion and become a baker. He became educated and worked in bakeries in Missoula, Cut Bank and Anaconda. He retired from Buttreys in Anaconda to dedicate his time to the care of his wife. He was steadfast, never leaving her side until her passing. The last few years of his life have been spent at the Springs of Butte, formerly The Marquis Vintage Suites, where he has shared much laughter with the staff and other residents. Always true to his roots, Frank was a loyal fan to the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, and the New England Patriots. Frank will be greatly missed here by his brother Arthur Moran of Worcester, his children Frank and Connie Moran of Butte, Vicki Messick of Anaconda, Mike and Patty Moran of Cutbank, Keith Moran of Butte, Bill and Darla Moran of Butte and Jim Moran of Lewistown,his 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren as well as his nieces and nephews back East. He will be welcomed there by his wife Bettie, his parents, his brothers (Pete and Austin) and angels that have passed before him. Relatives and friends of Mr. Frank Moran may call after 5:00PM Friday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Vigil will be conducted at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10:00AM in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rite of Committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Frank had many charities that he supported so donations can be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

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