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DEBRA J. LOCHRIE, August 3, 1960 to November 28, 2016

Debra J. Lochrie passed away Monday morning, November 28, 2016 in a Missoula hospital.  She was born August 3, 1960 in Great Falls, Montana to John and Gladys (Mysse) Brien.  She attended schools in Great Falls including the Paris Gibson and Great Falls High School. 

Debra lived in Butte for many years where she worked for BSW as an adult care provider and also worked in group homes caring for mentally challenged adults.  She love reading, playing BINGO and going on road trips, near or far.  She was thrilled to be able to spend Thanksgiving in Butte with her family and friends and was able to take lots of photograph of all the little ones. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Dorothy Alexander, Theodore Brien, Marlene Jackson, John Brien, Patricia Brien, Anna Lee Brien and an infant brother, Michael Brien.  Survivors include her sons Carl Brien and Sheldon Brien both of Missoula, her brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Rita Brien of Phoenix, AZ, sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Butler of Butte, Terry Brien of Great Falls, Lisa and Mark Mankins of Butte, Nichole Webster of Butte, Rosalie and Bryan Wolters of Fargo, North Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of her life will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Centerville Volunteer Fire Hall.      

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TOM D. URBINA, May 20, 1957 to November 24, 2016

Tom D. Urbina, 59, of Butte, Montana died at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, November 24th, 2016 after a five year battle with cancer.

Tom was born May 20th, 1957 in Fallon, Nevada.  Tom moved to Montana in 1995 after a short vacation here as he fell in love with Montana's natural beauty.  Tom worked as a press operator for many print companies in Montana and as a maintenance worker.  Tom was an avid outdoorsman and loved to camp, hunt and fish.  Tom spent countless days and hours floating and fishing the Big Blackfoot River and camping at River Junction but his favorite place to camp and fish was on the Little Prickly Pear Creek near Wolf Creek, Montana.

More than anything, Tom enjoyed spending time with his son Dominick.  They enjoyed many years of camping, fishing and hunting together.  Tom also loved watching his son play football and never missed a game.  Tom will sincerely be missed by many.

Tom is survived by his son Dominick Lee Dowell Urbina of Butte, two other children, his brother, Steven Urbina of Arizona, his sisters, Barbara Willman and Rose Urbina both of Arizona.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Emma Urbina of Fallon, Nevada.  In celebration of Tom's life there will be a reception at Crazy Carol's, Saturday, December 3rd from 2 to 5 PM. Express condolences at


RICHARD A. "RICK" HOLMAN, June 24, 1947 to November 28, 2016

Richard Arthur "Rick" Holman passed away Monday morning following complications of an aortic dissection. Rick was born in Butte June 24, 1947 to Richard C. and Wilma E. (Speraw) Holman.  He attended the Blaine Elementary School and graduated from Butte High School in 1965.  Rick also attended the Kinman Business University in Spokane. 

Rick lived in Spokane, Seattle, Palm Springs and Houston before returning  to Butte in 1992.  He owned and operated Pet Shop and Bird Clinic in Houston from 1974 to 1984 the P.S.B.C. Wholesale Inc and Wonderful World of Pets in Humble, Texas.  He also worked as a bookkeeper for Garcia and Brady Construction in Porter, Texas. Following his return to "the last best place on Earth" he owned and operated the S & L Ice Cream store until its closure in 1996.  He was a founding member of BASS (Butte Aids Support Services)  and served as executive director for many years.  He currently was the house manager for the Mother Lode Theatre.  He was active in many civic efforts and a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he served as a lay leader and served on the Board of Trustees for Mountain View / Trinity United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed antique collecting, traveling, and genealogy and dearly loved his pets. 

Rick was a member of the Cornish Cousins and the Silver Bow Kiwanis as well as the Texas Riders Motorcycle Club for 20 years where he served as president for 8 terms. He traveled to Europe several times and all over the United States.   

Rick is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Wilma Holman and his partner, Tony Montgomery.  He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Evonne Holman, niece, Darlene Holman and great-nephew whom he adored, Xander Strand all of Butte as well as numerous cousins that were very dear to him.

Rick's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call Friday evening after 4 o'clock.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Pastor David Andersen officiating.  Interment will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Rick may be made to BASS, P. O. Box 382, Butte, MT 59703.  Express condolences at

Helen "Nell" Elizabeth Thomas, August 29, 1921 - November 26, 2016

Mrs. Helen Elizabeth “Nell” Thomas passed away on Saturday evening in Genesis Health and Rehabilitation Center. On August 29, 1921, twins were born to William and Katherine Sweeney. After 4 days of life, the larger male twin, Willy, expired. With the assistance of her father, an oven door, and the cream off the top of the milk bottle, the smaller twin, Helen, survived and thrived. Thus began the life of spunky Helen Sweeney, known to many as Nell from her precarious beginnings; a bright life force emerged.

Nell became an energetic mother of four, a devoted wife, a loyal friend, and an unfailing volunteer. Nell was well known for her snazzie outfits, her love of high jinks, and her, stiletto heeled, red fashion boots. To quote Father Haffey, “If Heaven is boring; it won’t be when she gets there.”

Nell attended Immaculate Conception grade school and graduated from Girls Central High School in 1940. In 1943 she married Samuel John Thomas in San Francisco, California. Together, they raised four children; daughter, Nancy Jean; sons, Bill, Sam and Joe Pat. Nell took great pride in her children’s accomplishments.

Nell was a staunch member of St. Joseph’s Parish. She was also a member of the Women’s Parish Council, from which sprang the St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage feed and lampoon fund raiser. Nell participated in the life of her Catholic faith as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and was an active member in the Daughter’s of Isabella She was part of a Spiritual Renewal Group and attended many faith gatherings. She lived her faith with commitment and joy.

In addition to her parish service, she volunteered at the Butte Food Bank, the Lady of the Rockies, St. James Healthcare, and prepared and served lunch for the homeless at the Salvation Army.

Nell enjoyed good times with family and friends. She spent many happy days in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her daughter and grandchildren … great shopping there. The highlight of her life was a family trip to Hawaii with her son Bill and his “Thomas Family Gorgeous”. She spent her last days, quietly, at Canyon Ferry Lake, under the tender care of Bill and Debbie Thomas, and her granddaughter, Tara.

Nell spent great times with her son, Joe Pat, and his family at Whidbey Island, Washington, and later at Georgetown Lake. Some of the best times were spent watching her grandson, Zac entertain the masses at the Covelite Theater and reveling in the writings her grandson, Danilo. Again, in her later years she was blessed to have the loving care and good humor of Joe Pat and Margie Thomas.

Nell traveled to Ireland, and many other exciting places, with her jolly crew of friends. It was all a hoot.

Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Sam; son, Samuel John Thomas, Jr.; grandson, Cory Louis Korosi; her parents, Bill and Kate Sweeney; brothers, Kevin, Dan, Jim “Coach Sweeney”, and Bill, and her son-in-law, Rick Foote She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jean Foote; sons, Bill (Debbie) and Joe Pat (Margie); grandchildren, Lesley (Gary) McDowell, Tara (Jack) Walsh, Christina (Jonathan) Lane, Zac (Marcie) Thomas, and Danilo (Ashley) Thomas; and great-grandchildren, Hayley and Chelsea McDowall, Alexa and Mercinda Walsh, Brayden Hudson, Kennedy Lane, and baby Padgett Thomas. She is also survived by her sisters; Mary Watters and Jean Williams, sisters-in-law Jean Broady Sweeney and June Sweeney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express our appreciation for the care and kindness afforded our mother by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taras and all the staff, both past and present at the Finlen Hotel, where she lived for 20 years. To the caregivers at Genesis, our thanks for the compassion and understanding given to our mother, in the last months of her life. Last, but not least, to our mother’s friend and companion, Mickey Miller, without whom she wouldn’t have been able to stay at her home as long as she did … thank you.

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 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Butte Food Bank, or the Lady of

Ron Fisher, October 1, 1957 - November 18, 2016

Ron G. Fisher, 59, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 after a short battle with Cancer. Ron was surrounded by his loving family. Although his time on earth was rather short, he lived his life to the fullest. His unique personality will be deeply missed, and never forgotten.

Ron was born to Dave and Helen Fisher on October 1, 1957 in Butte Montana. He was born and raised in the Boulevard neighborhood in Butte, where he attended St Joseph Elementary and Madison Elementary School. He continued on to West Jr High School and graduated from Butte High School in 1976. After graduation, he began working for Western Dimension for a number a years, and he coached basketball, track and football for the Ramsay Elementary School. He was a valued member of the Boulevard Volunteer Fire Department from 1977-1987. Ron then began his bartending/management adventure with Sam's Place and The Butte Depot where he was currently employed at the time of his passing. Over the past few years, he enjoyed his wonderful journey traveling to many places around Montana. Ron was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, his trip with friends to a Bears game was a highlight of his adventures. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed making his rounds around town, socializing with good friends and collecting on his boards, pool tabs, and traveling to Jackson Montana to play cards with many friends. His "smiling face" will be greatly missed by all of his close friends in his favorite bars around Butte! He is preceded in death by his loving parents; Dave & Helen (Foote) Fisher, Brother; Dave Fisher. He is survived by his loving siblings; Judy Lewis, Bill & Dee Fisher, Jack & Judy Fisher, Ed & Teri Fisher, Dan & Terry Fisher, Jim & Beanie Fisher, Ellen & Paul Downey, Kathy & Uriel (JR) Gonzalez, Lori LeDeau, Sister-in-law; Connie Fisher. Ron is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, his Partner-in-Crime; Don (String) Crnkovich, Special friends; Andy (Rue), Nikki, Heather, Jolene and many other friends, cousins, and neighbors. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Butte Depot; 818 S Arizona Street. Visitations will begin at 12(noon) until 1:00pm. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00pm, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice. In honor of Ron, please feel free to support his team colors, Chicago Bears!! This is where the cowboy rides away, the last good-bye is the hardest thing to say. Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend, We love & Miss You; Forever Gone, but Never Forgotten

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