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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

Brett Owen Williams of Butte, Montana | 1962 - 2020 | Obituary



Brett Owen Williams

December 07, 1962 - March 05, 2020


Brett Owen Williams passed away March 5, 2020 in Butte.   He was born in Walkerville, Montana on December 7, 1962 the son of Arthur O. Williams and Donna M. Michaelson. He attended public schools and earned his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering at Butte Vo-Tech.


Brett was employed by the State of Montana Department of Transportation for 30 years, earning numerous Certificates of Training.


Brett loved outdoor recreations, mountain biking, fishing, camping, four-wheeling and most of all spending time with his family.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leslie and Lillian Williams, and his parents Donna and Artie Williams, and by his brother Richard Johnson.


Brett is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Geofry & Tonya Williams; daughter and son-in-law Chelsea & Scott Pirkle; grandchildren Wyatt & Cheyanne Williams and Adia Pirkle. He is also survived by his siblings: Gordon (Bets) Johnson, DeLona & Ed Mihelich, Kim & Mike McLaughlin, and by many, many, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.


On the beautiful sunny March afternoon, the Mountains & Streams of Montana will forever be more Beautiful, carrying Brett’s spirit forever….


His Motto: “A bad day of fishing was better than a good day at work…Loved fishing! Brett was the life of the party with his funny sense of humor and light-heartedness. Brett had a heart the size of Montana.   So generous to others, but rarely to himself!


In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are requested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Herbert Patrick Shannon of Butte, Montana | 1936 - 2020 | Obituary

Herbert Patrick Shannon


Funeral Service: Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020
Herbert Patrick Shannon

March 15, 1936 - March 05, 2020
Herbert Patrick Shannon, AKA “Kenny Clutch”, 83, passed away March, 5th, 2020, in the comfort of his home.


Herb was born March 15th, 1936 to Herbert and Madelone (Lynch) Shannon. He attended Boys Central high school, which he played center for the 1952 Central High School State A champions football team.


In 1957 he married the love of his life Elaine Claire Maenpa. Together they had 6 children and they were married 56 years until Elaine's passing on October 31, 2014.


Herb started his career in the appliance business and was employed with his uncle Tom Kirby appliance until 1971, when he opened his own business Herb Shannon appliance. He was part of the uptown business community for over 49 years. Herb provided for his family, and he loved the outdoors snowmobiling, camping, hunting, riding motorcycles.


He is survived by children and spouses: Lori and Brad Spindler, Herbie Pat Shannon, Tom and Bobbi Shannon, Robert Dean Shannon, Becky Shannon, and Jim Rhodes and Tim and Rachel Shannon. His beloved grandchildren: Bradley Spindler, Brian Spindler, Shannon Spindler, Ginny Spindler, Kevin Shannon, Valerie Krankowski, Trista Costello, Brady Shannon, Dean Shannon, Madelynn Rhodes, Hannah Rhodes, Brett Shannon, Sara Shannon, and AJ Shannon. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Braden Spindler, Kaleb Spindler, Gordan Sandoval, and Joey Sandoval.


He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Madelone (Lynch) Shannon, and his wife Elaine Maenpa Shannon.


Relatives and friends may call from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Wednesday in St. Ann’s Church for visitations. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum


Funeral Service
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

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