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VIRGIL LEE “BUD” GLAZE JR., March 11, 1926 to December 9, 2016


Mr. Virgil Lee “Bud” Glaze Jr. passed away peacefully on Friday evening in a local hospital.  He was born March 11, 1926 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Virgil Lee and Esther (Hale) Glaze and attended school in Oklahoma.  He married Annie Joyce Hanes on June 13, 1944 in Oklahoma and began his long and successful career in the baking business.  He started as a delivery man and ultimately retired as President of Campbell Taggert Associated Bakeries in Phoenix, Arizona in 1992.  Virgil and Annie moved to Butte in 2004 to be near their daughters and Annie, the love of his life, passed away August 2, 2013 after 69 years of marriage.  Together they were devoted members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church where Bud was a Senior Deacon and an adult Sunday School teacher for 23 years and where he mentored some 250 men, leading many to salvation, including his friend and fellow golfer, Glen Campbell . 

Bud had a passion for jazz music and gold.  He was a member of the Arizona Country Club where he played gold with several PGA golfers and numerous celebrities including his dear friend Glen Campbell.  Bud was a generous man, helping so many people with not only his money but his compassion and time.

He is survived by his daughters, and son-in-law, Sandra Joy Richardson of Butte and Linda and Bill Yeagle of Meadow Gulch, granddaughters, Laura Walters, Carolyn (Chad)Howerton, Kristi Lee Steuck and Robin Trefz, and his great-grandchildren, Shannon Steuck, Tyler Steuck, Shawn Howerton,Taylor Todd and Victoria Todd.

Virgil was a loving father, grandfather and friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Private interment services will be conducted., Friends are invited to join his family for memorial services Monday morning at 11 o'clock in Floral Park Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Roueche officiating.  Memorials in memory of Virgil may be made to the I'll Be Me Alzheimer's Fund founded by Kim Campbell or to the Shriner's, of which Bud was a longtime member.  His family extends a special and sincere thank you to the ICU staff at St. James Healthcare and to Mr. Dave Fenchak.  Express condolences at

Eugene (Geno) Ardisson, June 20, 1929 - November 21, 2016

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Eugene A. (Geno) Ardisson 87 Geno beloved uncle, great uncle, great great uncle passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at St. James Health Care. Geno was born July 20, 1929, the youngest of three children born to John and Dora (Cima) Ardisson. He was raised in Walkerville with his sister Leah and brother Walter. He attended local schools, graduating from Butte High in 1948. After graduation Geno went to work as an accounted for the Texaco Company in Butte. In 1952 he joined the US Air Force, went to basic training and photography school in Texas and was stationed in Japan where he had the opportunity to visit his brother Walter who was also stationed there. Given the opportunity to change duty stations, Geno chose the furthest point north in Korea so he could be in his beloved snowy weather. He was very proud of his military service and often talked about old friends he had made and their missions and exploits. Upon returning to his home in Walkerville he rejoined the Texaco Company and remained with them until the offices were closed in 1960. He decided to take the severance that was offered rather than transfer to another office out of state and made the decision to go back to school at Western Montana College. He majored in Elementary Education and Biological Sciences and graduated in 1963 with honors and as a member of Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities. He went to work for the Butte School District until taking an early retirement incentive in 1984. Geno was a true sportsmen and he spent many hours fishing the Big Hole River, that he loved, and hunting throughout the state. He , however, spent most of his hunting hours on what he called his mountain, Fleecer. He knew every inch of that mountain and all the elk migrations and movements. He had even, over the years, named two of his springer spaniels Fleecer, and Fleecer II. He was proud of having harvested an elk every year for 53 years straight and taking every elk he got out whole. He once said the day he had to quarter his elk to get it out would be his last hunting trip. If any of his friends, and he had many, would stop by for a visit they would be thoroughly entertained with the many hunting stories he would tell, for he would explain everyone in detail. Geno was preceeded in death by his grandmother, Grunda Cima, mother and father, John and Dora, sister and brother-in-law, Leah and Bill Ries, brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Jean Ardisson, aunt, Minnie Cima, and nephew Stan McLeod. He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Irene Mcleod, Billie Jean Ries, John (Nancy) Ries, Walter (Lori) Ardisson, Linda Ardisson, and Louanne (Gene) Cutler. Great nephews and nieces, Geah (Eric) Zahler, Michelle McLeod (Glen), Marci McLeod (Norm), Geno Ardisson, Angie Serino, Abby Ardisson, and Tony (Mackenzie ) Ardisson. Great great nephews and nieces, Reece and Brooklyn Zahler, Hunter Castro, and Lyle and Becky Imberi. Geno's family would like the thank all of his friends for all of their care and visits with Uncle Geno throughout his life and their patients over the last three years. A special thank you to Kay Tutty and family for all their support and help, to Billie Calcaterra for her daily phone calls, cookies, and trips up the river, and Vanna Boccadori for checking on him and including him on many of her rides and adventures. To the doctors and staff at St. James Health Care for providing Geno with such excellent care, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Relatives and friends may call after 10AM Thursday Dec. 1, at St. Patrick's Church. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11AM. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence memorial fund, the Divide Grange, or a charity of the donor's choice.


Wallace R Masters, December 17, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Wallace R. Masters died on Saturday, November 26th, 2016, in Butte Montana. He was 92. Wally was born December 17th, 1923, in Munising, Michigan where he lived most of his life. The last year was spent with his daughter Joyce and son-in-law, Terry Hettick, who lovingly took both Wally and his wife Loyola into their Montana home. Wally married Loyola Saam on April 24, 1948, in Rochester, Minnesota. They were members of Sacred Heart Parish for 62 years. He worked at the Kimberly –Clark Paper Mill for 43 years assisting the engineering crew, oiling, operating the steam engines and unloading coal freighters with a crane. Wally enjoyed the Upper Peninsula. He loved Powell Lake which was named by his father. For decades the family spent summers at the log cabin his father had built on Powell Lake when Wally was two years old. He loved walking the woods and later snowmobiling on ungroomed trails. Wally proudly served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (Camp Cusino) as a teen and enjoyed talking about his experiences there with friends and family. Nerve deafness prevented him serving his country during WW II, something he really wanted to do. As a result of Wally’s deafness, he had the habit of asking what the priest had to say during the homily at Sunday Mass. He kept his daughters on their toes, but was always in good humor when they couldn’t come up with a good response. Wally is survived by Loyola, his wife of 68 years and three daughters. They include Mrs. Dianne (Patrick)Toohey of Clarkston, Michigan; Mrs. Yvonne (Rick)Nelson of Hastings, Minnesota; and Mrs. Joyce (Terry) Hettick, of Butte, Montana; twelve grandchildren, Tim Toohey, Michael (Angela) Toohey, Ryan (Lindsey)Toohey, Mary (Dan)AuBuchon, Annie Toohey, Monica Toohey, Kim (Gerald) Swanson, Nancy (Adam) Evans, Eric (Stephanie) Nelson, Sheena (Matt) Cichosz, Kathryn Hettick and Joshua (Miranda) Hettick and 9 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his father, Wallace Henry Masters and his mother, Agnes Isabel Masters. Relatives and friends may call from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday in the Duggan Dolan Chapel for visitations. Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:00PM. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, December 2nd, at 11 A.M at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Butte, Montana with Father Thomas Haffey officiating. Rite of Committal will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising, Michigan.

Georgia Evankovich, March 15, 1946 - November 28, 2016

Georgia Jean Evankovich, 70 Surrounded by her family, Georgia left us to join the Lord and her family in heaven on Monday, November 28, 2016. Georgia was a loving and devoted Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and friend. Always willing to give more than she received to those she loved, she lived her life as an example of strength, courage, and unconditional love. She had an amazing sense of humor, quick wit, and a knack for story telling that made being with her effortless and so much fun! Heaven has gained a beautiful angel, but our lives will never be as bright as before. Born on March 15, 1946, Georgia was the fourth daughter born to George and Odie Prescott. She attended local schools and graduated from Girl’s Central in 1965. On October 7, 1967 Georgia married the love of her life, Dave Evankovich. Though they later divorced, they remained close friends and she always said that no one could ever take his place in her heart. Georgia was grateful for the many friends she met during her career as a collections professional at the Butte Credit Bureau and later as a medical secretary at the Highland View Outpatient Surgery Center. After retiring, Georgia focused on her real passion in life…her family. She was an incredible homemaker and took enormous pride in creating a clean and “beautifully-decorated” home. She always said she loved her house, and even greet it with a “Hi house” every time she came home. She was a great cook and even earned a level of fame over the years for her pasties. Above all though, Georgia loved being “Nana”, a boy was she good at it!! Her legacy will definitely be in the love that she left us all with. Georgia was preceded in death by her parents George and Odie Prescott, her Mother and Father-In-Law Kay and John Evankovich, Aunt and Uncle Sylvia and Ed Carlson, sister Diane Vanderwind, brother-in-law Flurry McClafferty, niece Barbie Brown, nephew Dan McClafferty and son-in law Dave Serich. She is survived by her daughter Amy Serich, daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Chris Chebul, and son John Evankovich. Surviving grandchildren are Tucker Serich and his fiancée Tori Bernhardt, Gia Martz, and Jacob and Krista Chebul. Georgia in also survived by her ex-husband and dear friend Dave Evankovich, sisters Bev McClafferty and Vicky (Billy) Wagner, cousin and special friends Andrea and Pinky Lynch, and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends too numerous to mention. She loved you all so much! Funeral services will be conducted at the Duggan Dolan Chapel Friday December 2, 2016 at 1:00pm with the Rite of Committal of Ashes immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial are requested to The Lady of the Rockies Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Rest in peace and love Mom…until we are together again.

Geraldine O’Brien Rakich, August 31, 1942 – November 27, 2016

Geraldine ( Jeri ) O’Brien Rakich passed November 27th , after a courageous battle with cancer, with loved ones by her side. The second of five children of Murray Joseph and Edna Whalen O’Brien, Jeri was born August 31, 1942 in Butte, Montana. She attended St. Ann’s school, graduated from Butte High in 1960, and then attended the University of Montana. Jeri briefly worked at KXLF television and then spent the remainder of her career with the Montana Power Company, which she retired from.


 Jeri married her “Rock” Millan Rakich on March 28, 1969. Along with their son Scott, Rocky and Jeri enjoyed many trips to visit family and friends and even took in an occasional camping trip. Jeri always carried herself with a distinguished level of class and it showed through in everything she did from her decorating and entertaining skills, to her true care and love for people. Jeri was friends with everyone whose path she crossed and could “visit” with the best of them. She was known to many as “Sweet Geraldine” a name she easily lived up to. Jeri could often be found on any given weekend at the Met Tavern with her family and friends, dressed to the nines, and playing her favorite songs on the jukebox. She found great pleasure in watching gymnastics, figure skating, and especially tennis. She was naturally elated to spend valuable time with her two grandsons and watch them not only excel academically, but also in her favorite sport of tennis. She was particularly fond of her daughter in law Lisa and her niece Heather O’Brien and truly valued the time they were able to spend together. Jeri also had a very soft spot in her heart for their beloved pets, most recently her special adopted kitty “Pepsi”. Jeri always wanted to take care of less fortunate dogs and kitties.

 Jeri was preceded in death by her parents and mother in law, Julia Rakich. Survivors include her husband of 47 years Millan, son Scott (Lisa) Rakich of Dillon, grandsons Todd and Bradley Rakich, son Leo (Kathy) Smith of Pleasant Hill, California and granddaughter Katie, sisters Julie (Bob) Thullen of Shafter California and Patti (Monty) Sampson of Sequim Washington, brother Jay (Sue) O’Brien, their daughter Heather , and brother Jim O’Brien of Butte. She is also survived by her many special friends and sister-in-law’s Susan Caddy O’Brien and Mildred Rakich-McKay of Butte as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Sweet Geraldine will be missed by many. Friends are asked to join the family on Friday after 10:00 am in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to Albert’s Angel Fund at 669 Centennial Ave, Butte Montana 59701, Believe Sorini Strong Foundation PO Box 3417 Butte, Montana 59701, or contribution of donor’s choice

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