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Robert J Doyle - March 17, 1924 - May 18, 2020

U.S. Veteran - 
Robert J. Doyle, 96


March 17, 1924 – May 18, 2020

The angels have come to escort Robert J. Doyle to his final resting place after passing peacefully in his home after a long and glorious life. Robert was born on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17, 1924 in Butte, MT. to Christopher L. Doyle and Hazel (Satterwaite) Doyle. He attended IC school and later Lincoln Elementary and then on to Butte High School.


Robert was a hard worker right from the start doing any kind of job he could from paperboy, milk carrier, odd jobs for neighbors, or anyway to help out he family, especially caring for his younger sister, Lil. He started with the Civilian Conservation Corps where he worked at a young age doing all kinds of jobs. One of his fondest was as a purchasing agent for the camps working on projects all over the state, including Canyon Ferry Dam. Robert was honorably discharged from the CCCs to enlist in the US army at age 17.


Upon completion of boot camp, Robert was assigned to a Marine Corp Division as an anti-aircraft spotter/radio operator. Then he was off to the Pacific Theater where he earned four Beach Heads which included Iwo Jima and was on Iwo Jima when the American Flag was raised. Robert was wounded three times during his length of service and at the end of the conflict was honorably discharged and returned home to Butte.


Robert worked numerous jobs including one as a cook in a little café in Manhattan MT where he met the love of his life, Nona Lee Larson. They returned to Butte and were wed on August 16, 1947. Robert started working for the Anaconda Company and worked in various underground mines until he met his calling as a machinist at the Mt. Con Machine Shop, where he worked until his retirement. Robert and Nona were blessed with four children, Leaona, Daniel, Robert Jr. and Jeffery and 73 years of commitment.


Robert was an avid fly fisherman and could be said to catch a fish out of any mudhole. He loved his weekend trips to Manhattan to fish this favorite river, the West Gallatin. He was also and avid hunter and ice fisherman. He also loved his old western movies. But one of his fondest things was his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Robert was preceded in death by his father, Christopher Doyle, mother, Hazel Satterwaite, sister and brother in law, Lillis and Joseph Croff, son, Robert Doyle Jr., son in law John Anderwald as well as his beloved dogs, Sandy, Mandy, and Jellybean.


Robert is survived by his loving wife, Nona Doyle, daughter Leaona (Jim) Dorcheus of Butte. Sons, Daniel (Jackie) Doyle of Butte and Jeffery (Jerri) Doyle of Butte. Grandchildren Jonet Doyle of Indiana, Wendy (John) Tadday of Butte, Kristine (Alan) Faulkner of Butte, Tony (Michelle) Doyle of Butte, John (Cheryl) Doyle of Butte, Christopher (Maureen) Doyle of Butte, Sean Doyle of Utah, Ashlea (Dave) Neill of Butte, Blake (Chantal) Anderwald of Missoula, Trina (Damien) Gerry of Butte, Alisha (Joe) Bowman of Kansas, Trent Doyle and Jason Doyle of Butte and lots of great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Cremation has taken place and visitation will be held at Duggan Dolan’s Mortuary on Tuesday, May 26 from 11:00 – 12:00 with chapel service from 12:00 – 1:00. Interment of ashes immediately following at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will occur at a later and safer date.


Memorials can be made to the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Funeral Service
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Duggan Dolan Mortuary
1805 Meadowlark Lane
Butte, Montana 59701

Mia Elizabeth Miller - January 08, 1990 - May 04, 2020

Mia Elizabeth Miller - 
January 08, 1990 - May 04, 2020
Mia Elizabeth Miller, 30, passed away peacefully in Butte on May 4th, surrounded by her family.
Mia was born on January 8th, 1990 to Arthur Lillyblad and Amy Birkelo in Butte, MT.
Mia attended Montana State University before transferring to Montana Tech, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies in 2013.
She married the love of her life, William Beau Miller, on October 1st, 2016.
Mia worked at the Quarry Brewing Company where she began as a “beer-tender” and worked her way up to Tap Room Manager. The Quarry became a second home to Mia. She was so well loved that Mondays are referred to as “Mia Monday” and everyone knows if you want the fullest beer to ask for a “Mia Pour.”
Mia was happiest out driving on a sunny day, with the top down and music blaring, while riding alongside Beau and Milla (their dog). She loved “sweatshirt weather,” the smells of fall, and the leaves. Mia was obsessed with Harry Potter and prided herself on being a true Gryffindor, someone who exemplifies bravery. She loved girls’ nights with her niece Arianna, where they would watch movies, wore face masks, had makeovers, and did each other’s hair. Mia was lucky to have cousins who were also her best friends. Mia, Erin, and Julia grew up watching Austin Powers, eating so much junk food (specifically watermelon Sour Patch Kids and “frickin amazing chocolate”), and laughing until they cried. She loved finding the beauty in everything around her and enjoyed the simple things life had to offer. Mia was always thankful for what she had and was so grateful for the love she was shown. Though Mia was faced with countless medical setbacks, her smile and positivity never waivered.
The family would like to thank Dr. Pullman, Dr. Marwan Massouh, Dr. Hassan Massouh, and the countless nurses and staff at St. James Hospital for their endless care, love, and support.
Mia is survived by her husband (Beau Miller), her parents (Arthur Lillyblad and Amy Birkelo), her siblings (Jennifer and Emily Axtell, Rosalie and MaryJane Lillyblad, Matt and Joshua Lillyblad), her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents (Carl and Marilyn Birkelo, Jack and Lenora Lillyblad), her aunt (Amber Holden) and her cousins (Lenny Birkelo and Chris Dupuis).
A viewing and funeral service will be held for her family in the following weeks. Mia will be cremated and her ashes will be spread at her favorite spots - Cannon Beach, OR (the beach she loved visiting with her mom and family), Puget Sound, WA (where she shared many, many trips with Beau), and the Big Hole at Browns Bridge (where Mia’s ashes will join her grandparents and her cousins).
A “Larger Than Life” Celebration will be held this summer for all of her family and friends (date to be determined).
Memorials or donations may be made to the St. James Healthcare Foundation or the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Kelly James Bowen of Butte, Montana | 1994 - 2020 | Obituary

Family Gathering
Friday, Mar 20, 2020


Kelly James Bowen
November 03, 1994 - March 14, 2020


U.S. Veteran

Kelly James Ralph Bowen passed away Saturday March 14, 2020. He was born on November 3, 1994, to Gary Bowen and Virginia Lowney. Kelly was raised in Butte where he graduated from Butte High School. He then enlisted in the Army where he was shipped to Korea and Iraq. When Kelly's active duty tour was over he returned to Montana and moved to Missoula, where he attended the U of M and continued his career with the Army Reserve.


Kelly is survived by his parents, Gary and Virginia; step-mothers Lisa and Kim Bowen. Brother, Dale (Angel) and their son, Reid, Blake, Andrew, Aaron, Cordel, Gage (Hope); and their daughter, Katherine Grace Dienhart, and Shawn. Sisters, Alexandra (Koby), Aireanna, Kara and Lacy; and Granddad Walter Lowney. He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles, as well as many cousins. Especially his cousin, Alexis, and her kids Cali and Isabella Brown; and his cousin, Hannah, and her son Colton Fite; grandparents, Clarence and Shirley Van Elsberg; and great-grandpa, Ellwood Machen.


Kelly was preceded in death by his grandparents, Shirley Lowney, Jane Machen Muff, and Cleve Bowen; and his uncle, Bart Lowney; and his niece, Macy Anderson.


Kelly's greatest love in life was is family, friends, and especially his military family. Kelly is going to be missed by all who knew him.


Private family services will be held with complete Military Honors. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in Kelly's name. 


Family Gathering
Friday, March 20, 2020

Fred V Bull of Butte, Montana | 1935 - 2020 | Obituary

Family Gathering
Friday, Mar 20, 2020


Fred V Bull
August 09, 1935 - March 04, 2020


Fred will be missed.


His love of Butte started the day he arrived, August 29, 1935 and continued until he departed, March 4, 2020. Even when he left Butte for employment or education, his heart remained here at home in Butte.


Born the oldest of three sons to Fred V. Bull, Sr. and Helen (Smith) Bull, he grew up ‘Butte’. When his dad was called to WWII, he was the man of the house and helped raise brothers Ralph and Wayne.


He graduated from Longfellow Grade School and Butte High School. He later graduated Western Montana College (’62) with a B.A. in Education. Eventually, he graduated University of Montana (’81) with a Master of Art in School Administration-Education. This 1981 Sunday graduation was coincidently the same weekend in June as his son graduated MSU (Saturday) and one of his daughters graduated Butte High (Friday).


At an early age in Butte, he worked helping to deliver ice from his dad’s ice truck (City Ice Co.) and he enjoyed it so much that he didn’t want to start grade school, he wanted to stay working with his Dad. Who could blame him? At five years old, he was steering the ’39 International Ice truck into parking spaces while sitting on his dad’s lap. All the customers knew and loved him, which resulted in a glove box full of candy bars and other treasures.


In 1949 he graduated Longfellow Grade School but then didn’t want to proceed to high school. He wanted to be a printer like his Uncle Bum. Reluctantly, he did enter Butte High.


After a football injury in his Jr. year, he then coached the Longfellow Football Team to a City Championship after an undefeated season in Class AA. This team included his younger brother Wayne, who was in 6th grade.


Prior to graduating, he quit high school in 1952 to work as a laborer digging forms for the new Food Bank. When that was completed, he worked for Carroll Fabian at Mountain View Cemetery.


After finally graduating with the class of 1953, he started employment at the Leonard Mine in 1954 as a Timber Trucker. In addition, in 1954 he married Leah Huhtanen and they began their family of four children: Dave (Connie) Bull, Michelle (Roger) Jones, Char (Bob) Fenolia, and Janice (Mike) Shuey. Three decades later, Fred and Leah divorced.


Fred worked in several gas stations including ‘Fred Bull’s Carter Service’ at the S.E. corner of Granite and Wyoming. He owned and operated his service station for 2 years.


In 1959 he went to work as a ‘grease monkey’ for the A.C.M. at the Berkley Pit. When they went on strike in August, he moved his family to Dillon to attend Western Montana College. He completed a 4-year program in 3 years and graduated in 1962 (BS-Education). He began teaching and coaching in Reed Point, Montana.


The following year, he moved his family to Florence, Montana to teach and coach. He restarted their football program and coached basketball and track.


In 1965 he moved the family to Corvallis, Montana to become head football coach and assistant coach in basketball and track.


In 1968 he moved his family to Livingston, Montana to teach at the Jr. High and was assistant coach for high school football, wrestling and track teams.


Ultimately, in 1969 he returned to where his heart was-Butte. He became assistant coach of football, basketball and head coach of track for Butte Central. He was proud of all his teams. His 1969 Butte Central Football team under the leadership of Coach Petrino defeated Polson for the State Championship.


In 1972 he took a break from education and opened the ‘Bullpen’ bar and later built and owned ‘Mom’s Cellar’ bar and grill. Many of his former students became good patrons and even better friends than they previously were.


In 1977 he was appointed as the Superintendent of Schools for the County of Silver Bow and held that position through elections and re-elections for 15 years. In 1992, he became Superintendent of Schools for Shields Valley, Montana.


Later, he again moved home to Butte and opened ‘Collect-A-Bull’ Cars on S. Main Street. He was a member of Vintage D’Fenders, Georgetown Lakers, as well as other car clubs.


He officiated High School and Frontier football and basketball games for 23 years as a member of B.O.A. and M.O.A. These included state championship games. Additionally, he was a state track meet timer.


In 1988 he married Kathleen McGarvey. They celebrated their 32nd anniversary on February 14, 2020.


His passions were many-they included Kathleen; his kids and their spouses; grandkids and great grandkids.


He also loved sports, long rides in his antique cars and of course, his friends. He loved to meet them at the ‘Met’ Tavern on Friday nights, the ‘Treasure Chest’ or other fine establishments on Saturday nights. This expanded to car shows during the summer months.


Butte was always in his blood.


Fred is survived by his wife Kathleen; son Dave (Connie) Bull and families (Preston (Jackie) Ambria, Everlee and Kylynn Bull), (Sarah (Ryan) Hendrix Wooton), (Tanna (Adam) Grover, Raelee Hein), and (Colter Bull);


daughter Michelle (Roger) Jones and families (Jason (Erika) Ethan, Elise and Eliot Jones), (Megan Jones), (Brian Jones and (Jessica Hacker), and (Karin Jones and (Michael Warren);


daughter Charlene (Bob) Fenolia and families (Nichole (Christian) Orion, Leo Hawks), (Jacob (Amy) Johnathan James Fenolia), and (Levi (Christina) Lincoln Fenolia, plus another due in June);


daughter Janice (Mike) Shuey and families (Curtis (Kelly) Shuey), and (Alanna (Jarvis) Weibert);


brothers Ralph Bull and families; and Wayne Bull and families;


sister-in-law Joann (Jimmy) Harris and family; brother-in-law Bill Kelly and family; and brother-in-law Jim’s family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law (Mabel Bull), son-in-law (Bob Fenolia), sister-in-law (Mary Frances ‘Birdie’ Kelly), brother-in-law (James McGarvey) and nephew (Tim McGarvey).


A celebration of his full and happy life will be held at Duggan Dolan Mortuary on Friday at 2:00 PM with a visitation Thursday between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. A reception will be held at The Copper King on Friday following the service and interment.


Another option to flowers, are charitable contributions. Some of Fred’s favorites were: American Heart Association, Butte Central Foundation, Shriners Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior or choose one of your own.


Fred will no longer be taking his beer cooler for a cruise, but his Heart Will Forever Reside in Butte!


Family Gathering
Friday, March 20, 2020

Patricia Elizabeth Kane of Butte, Montana | 1934 - 2020 | Obituary

Funeral Service
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020


Patricia Elizabeth Kane
August 09, 1934 - March 12, 2020


Patricia Elizabeth Kane passed away at home with her loving family by her side on March 12, 2020. She was born August 9, 1934 in Butte, Montana to James and Judy Burns. She was a Whittier Wildcat and graduated from Butte High School in 1953. On November 26, 1955, she married Edward Kane in St. Ann’s Church and together they raised three children; Linda, Jim and Dan. Pat loved spending time with her family camping at Divide Creek, Miner’s Lake and later at her and Ed’s family cabin near Wise River. She prepared many a delicious family dinner for every birthday, holiday and special occasion. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and her Christmas trees were always a work of art. She was very proud of her family and enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was known as “GiGi” by her seven great grandchildren and she always carried a special treat in her purse for each of them.


Patricia worked at Metals Bank, Avis Rent a Car and Bernie’s Pharmacy. She was a member of St. Ann’s Parish and the Butte Historical Society. She was a Girl Scout leader and she participated in the planning of the Granite Mountain Memorial. She taught genealogical research methods to visitors at the Butte Silver Bow Archives and researched the archives for people in Ireland who requested information regarding family members who immigrated to Butte. After retiring, genealogy became her passion as she traced the roots of the Kane/Driscoll and Burns/Waight families. She became the family historian and proudly gathered large amounts of historical documents which she compiled in the Kane/Driscoll family history book and the Kane doctor book.


Patricia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward and infant son Edward Kane Jr.; her parents James and Judy Burns, her father in law and mother in law Dr. Patrick and Frances (Driscoll) Kane; sister and sister-in-law Shirley Ellis and Katherine Burns; brothers in law and sisters in law John (Madeline) Kane, Mary Lou (John) Fitzpatrick, Frances (Luke) Campeau, Dr. William (Mary Anne) Kane, Richard (Shirley) Kane, Sheila (Bob) Torpey and Mike Blinn Sr.


She is survived by her children Linda (Bob) Hodge, Jim (Debbie) Kane and Dan Kane and her grandchildren Cerissa (Ben) Sorensen, Dr. Patrick (Doris) Kane, Sam Hodge, Haley Hodge and great grandchildren Kane, Lilly, Maxwell and Hugo Sorensen and Samantha, Victoria and Kaden Kane. She is also survived by her brother Dan Burns and brother-in-law Don Ellis in Spokane, WA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the Burns, Ellis, Kane, Fitzpatrick, Campeau, Blinn and Driscoll families.


The family would like to thank Senior Solutions staff Deacon Dan McGrath, Heather Sholey, Shimia Foreman, Holly Holm, Stacy Hovland and Dr. Paul Siddoway for their care and support.


Due to restrictions on travel and large gatherings, private services will be held for immediate family members at this time. A special gathering will be held at a later date for family and friends to celebrate Patricia’s life and legacy.


In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Senior Solutions Circle of Care Foundation, Butte-Silver Bow Archives, Butte Food Bank or charity of donor’s choice.                               



Funeral Service
Thursday, March 19, 2020

St. Ann's Catholic Church
2100 Farragut Ave
Butte, Montana 59701

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