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DONALD JAMES "DON" O'NEILL DDS, May 10, 1939 to December 2016

Dr. Donald James "Don" O'Neill DDS passed away at his home.  His wish was granted; as he always wanted to die in his beloved home he designed and built.

Don was born in May 10, 1939 to Harry "Speedy" and Rose (Casick) O'Neill.  He was the center of his parents life and they loved their son, Don, dearly.

Don attended Butte Schools: Emerson Elementary and Butte High.  After graduation he attended Marquette University where he graduated with a doctorate in dentistry.  Don liked music and while at Marquette he joined the dental fraternity and sang in the glee club.

Throughout high school and college Don worked at various jobs in the summer and while attending college.  He had a strong work ethic, giving 100% to all he did.  He worked on the railroad, in the underground mines, in the pit and on construction sites in Butte.  While attending Marquette he worked at a die cast factory and the Marquette Library.

After graduation from dental school in 1964, Don joined the United States Air Force.  He was a Captain in the dental unit assigned to Travis Air Force Base, California.  After his honorable discharge in 1966 Don returned to Butte to open a dental practice in 1967 and had his dental office built on the corner of Cobban and Florence where he practiced dentistry for thirty years.  Don loved dentistry and he did much of his own lab work, making crowns and bridges.  He was meticulous in his dental craft.  Don took several classes at Pankey Institute in Florida and also took several classed in endodontics  from Clifford J. Ruddle in Santa Barbara, California.  Don enjoyed doing root canals and he had a gentle touch and caring way with his patients.

All of Don's life he loved the outdoors.  He fished, hunted and camped with his father and friends.  Don had mules and horses and he packed into back country to hunt and observe nature.  He cared deeply for his mules, horses, dogs and cats he had over the years.

Don also loved alpine skiing.  He skied many western ski resorts and was an instructor at Z-Bar-T and Deep Creek. 

In late1988 Don became reacquainted with high school friend Kay (Evans) Kountz.  While dating Don and Kay found they had much in common and a loving bond.  They married in 1990.  Don and Kay found a new love of skiing; it was cross-country and telemark skiing.  They belonged to the Mile High Nordic Ski Club.  Don and Kay fished, hiked, camped, floated the Big Hole and mountain biked.  Don built a three porthole pygmy sea kayak.  With their dog, Kit, they paddled the Missouri, Marias River, Gates of the Mountains, Cliff Lake, Red Rock Lakes and other mountain lakes.  They were bird watchers and had several wonderful birding adventures.  They were members of the Montana Audibon Society and took several classes at Yellowstone Park which they visited often.

They traveled to Alaska to telemark ski on the slopes of Alyeska, flew by ski plane around Mt. McKinley to land on Ruth Glacier to observe telemark skiers and walk the glacier.  In Steward they observed whales and dolphin and other sea life.  Other memorable trips include Bella Coola, British Columbia to deep see fish and camp. 

Don and Kay were best friend, work partners and had a strong commitment and love for each other.  Don developed vascular dementia and Alzheimer's and the last four years were a struggle for both of them. 

Above all Don was a good, compassionate man, He was passionate about his beliefs and had the strength and determination to overcome obstacles.  He worked hard and was ethical.  He was creative and inventive when problem solving.  Don had a quick wit and a fun sense of humor.  Don will be missed by his wife of 26 years, Kay Kountz O'Neill.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Rose O'Neill, several aunts and an uncle.  Besides Kay, he is survived by his brothers- in-law and wife, John and Roxcee Kountz of Whitehall, MT, Paul Evans of California, sisters-in-law and their husbands,  Pat Kountz and Gene Franks of Helena, Debbie Evans and Dave Lombardozzi of Fresno, CA, Linda Evans Brotherton of Burney, CA, several nieces and nephews, uncles Matt and Steve Casick of Butte and aunt-in-law, Shirley O'Neill.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services and burial of ashes will be announced in the Spring of 2017. 

A special thank you to his temporary guardian and friend, Dave Wing, neuropsychologist, Dr. Loretta Bolyard, Belmont Senior Center Memories Support Group, the Springs memory support group, Southwest Community Health and their caring doctors and staff  and a thank you to family , friends and professionals who gave love understanding and support.  Memorials in memory of Don may be made to the Butte Search and Rescue, Butte Food Bank or to a charity of the donor's choice.  Express condolences at


JAMES BERNARD "JIM" MURRAY, September 20, 1927 to December 19, 2016

James Bernard "Jim" Murray passed away Monday morning at the Bee Hive Homes in Butte.  He was born in Butte September 20, 1927 to Kieran James and Margaret (Connelly) Murray.  He was raised in Butte,  attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Boy's Central in 1945.  He served in the US Navy in 1945 and 1946 and was then inducted into the US Army where he served from 1950 to 1952.  He worked in Anaconda for the Anaconda Company as a 1st Class Stationary Engineer for twelve years then moved to Butte where he worked in the Berkley Pit as a maintenance supervisor for ARCO until his retirement in 1983.  
Always willing to assist anyone in need and ready with a candid and optional opinion, his spontaneous witticisms in song and verse brought many a smile to his family and friends.
Jim married Beverly Pilon on February 20, 1954 and they were happily married for 62 years.  They lived in Anaconda for twelve years before moving to Butte in 1966. 
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his great-aunt, Barbara Keane who raised him after the death of his parents and his son-in-law, Steve Reynolds.
Besides his wife, Beverly, Jim is survived by his daughter, Karen Reynolds and sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Kathy Murray and Paul and Debra Murray.  Jim's grandchildren include: Jason and Ashley Reynolds, Xochil and Joseph Herrera, Ursula Quijano, Sean Murray, Kacey Murray and Trent Murray.  Jim was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren, Eli, Noah, Ava, Elliana, Arianna, Cain, and Wilder Charlotte.
Cremation has taken place.  Friends are asked to join with his family Thursday morning at 10 o'clock in St. Ann's Catholic Church where Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 o'clock.  Rite of Committal will be in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum and a reception will follow in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Butte Food Bank or Our Lady of the Rockies.   
He touched many lived during his 89 years with a full life and will be greatly missed by all.   May he rest in peace and may his memory memorial be eternal.  Express condolences at

Timothy Eugene Bartle, February 19, 1956 - December 16, 2016

In the early hours of December 16, 2016 Tim Bartle rolled out on his final dispatch; bringing an end to a career that had spanned for almost 39 years. Timothy Eugene Bartle was born the first son of Harold James and Eva Mae (Blaz) Bartle at St. Ann's Hospital of Anaconda Montana on February 19th, 1956. He was Baptized, received his first Holy Communion, was Confirmed and his Life celebrated all within St. Ann's parish of Butte Montana. This was also where he entered his education. Tim completed his first through eight grades at St. Anns and graduated from Butte Central High School as part of the class of '74. His 100% attendance record for all his school years made it a challenge for his brothers that could not be met. Tim carried on with this throughout his work life; taking time off only after suffering a cardiac episode in the 90's. Tim studied accounting at Montana Tech from 74 to 78 leaving prior to his last semester to make a little money, to get set up with. The only time he looked back was to check the mirrors. He made many lifelong friends in the Oil fields outside of Glendive MT. Mike Fleming, Ken Mindt, Mark Sever and a young waitress, Tammy Lawton and her son BJ (Brian James). Tim, Tammy and Brian were soon a family and were joined by Brent Eugene, Brad Daniel, and Brandon Evan. Even with an extraordinary vocabulary and prized education he could not get past "B" in naming his sons. Probably attribute this to being raised as TIM of Tim, Terry and Todd. Tim and Tammy were later divorced but remained friends to the end. His career spanned many companies and just as many miles. A number of times he was recognized for his safety with "Million Mile" awards. In November 2012 he was The Montana Carriers Assoc. Trucker of the Month nominated by his employer, Jim Palmer of Missoula MT. This is also where Tim found many new friends and colleagues. Proudly "Trucking", for Jim Palmer, brought him through more then the last decade and he appreciated the many different people he associated with during this time. All those who encountered Tim in his life knew of a big guy with a bigger heart. He lived his life as a Knight of the Road, helping anyone he was able to. His friendship was loyal and true and like his many pets undaunted by others actions. Tim would certainly find life all for 'not if no one was to mention his only other love outside of family, cars and cars and cars. At one time he penned a notebook cataloging all his "deals" when the ink dried he had claimed nearly 150 vehicles. He accumulated Corvairs, Corvettes, Mustangs and his favorite, Mopars. His only lament, "Why did I sell any of them?" Tim will be deeply missed by his sons Brian, Brent (Karen), Brad and Brandon along with 10 grandchildren. His brothers Terry (Teri) and Todd. All his nieces, nephews, cousins. His two surviving Aunts Elva, and Clare. And the many friends and faces he touched in his journey. As he finally shuts 'er down at the last terminal he will be greeted by his Grandparents, Parents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins, nephew and friends and there will be smiles, for they have missed him, as much as I miss him now. Lord, please help me to be safe as I travel each mile. Let your presence guide me and bring me a smile Take care of my family while I'm away Let them know I miss them Each and every day. Steer me clear of Danger as I travel alone I put my hands in yours Lord. KEEP ME SAFE, GET ME HOME. Friends are asked to join the family on Tuesday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 6:30 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Express condolences at www.mtsta

SHIRLEE R. JOHNS, February 21, 1947 to December 14, 2016

Shirlee Johns, a 5th generation Montanan died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and friends.  She was born February 21, 1947 in Helena, Montana to David and Edith (Schuyler) Johns.

A 1965 graduate of Butte High School, Shirlee attended the University of Montana in Missoula before moving to San Francisco in 1968.  She spent 30 years working in corporate personnel, recruiting, marketing and temporary help staffing before returning to Montana to assist her parents in their senior years.

Her friend and family will remember and greatly miss her kindness, generosity, work ethic, strength and sense of humor.  Her mother, Edith and sister Constance preceded her in death.  Survivors include her sister, Sue Kavran of Dillon and her family, Ed Kavran, Eddie and Heather Kavran and their children, Morgan and Mielle of Billings and Kendra Kavran and Steve LaPierre and their children, Skylar and Brynn of Dillon.

At Shirlee's request, there will be no memorial service and cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be made to the Beaverhead County Animal Shelter, 80 Lagoon Lane, Dillon, MT 59725, online at  Express condolences at


MATTHEW “MATT” NICHOLLS, January 9, 1924 to December 12, 2016

Matt Nicholls passed away in Butte on December 12, 2016. Matt was born in Butte on January 9, 1924 to Arthur and Louise Nicholls, who had immigrated to Butte from England. He attended Butte Public Schools and then entered the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Europe during WWII. Matt was honorably discharged on December 29, 1945 and returned to Butte. There he met his future wife Margret (Peggy) Helen Cox and they were married January 8, 1947. Matt and Peggy raised two sons, Matt Jr. and Randy.

Matt worked as a blacksmith on the hill for over 35 years and retired when the operation was closed. He was a die-hard fisherman for a better part of his life and loved the Big Hole River. Matt and Peggy loved to entertain at their home, especially on the Fourth of July.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Peggy, son Matt Jr. and his nine siblings (Art, Doreen, Rose, Jack, Charlie, Louise, Donald, Kenneth and Mona). He is survived by his son Randy, daughter in-laws Sandy Nicholls and Becky Nicholls, six grandchildren (Monica, Steve, Chrissie, Jennifer, Nicole and Melissa) and nine great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor David Andersen officiating.  Entombment of ashes will follow in Mountain View Cemetery and a reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund or a charity of your choice. God bless you Matt. 

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