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Wayne DeWitt Hendrixson

Wayne DeWitt Hendrixson passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was born June 22, 1939 in Miles City, Montana to Levi and Sena (Lokken) Hendrixson.  Having very mature parents when he was born, (Dad 63 and Mom 49) he found himself alone at the age of 13.  He had been taught to take care of himself and that’s what he did.

His long career as a Chevy parts man started in the 9th grade.  He studied business at the U of M after which on July 26, 1959 he married Jacqueline Brost, the love of his life since age 14, and headed to Great Falls, Montana to start his career at City Chevrolet as a parts manager.

On July 7, 1961 they were blessed with a baby girl, Tana.  Eighteen months later on January 24, 1963, another daughter, Kim was born.

In 1969 Wayne gathered up his family and moved to Billings, Montana to manage the parts department for Frontier Chevrolet.  Four years later they were moving once again to Butte where they found their home.  Wayne managed the parts department of Copper City Chevrolet and then Jim Kraut Chevrolet until 1975 when he decided to venture out on his own and start the prosperous business of Montana Muffler.

On September 23, 1975 a surprise package of another baby girl, Lisa, was born.  With their hands full with a growing business and another mouth to feed, they buckled down and developed their growing business into not only two retail shops for mufflers and brakes but also a wholesale location of independent muffler shop supplies for the eleven western states.  In 1984 Wayne added the manufacturing of glass pack mufflers to his list of accomplishments.  In 1999 his California competition offered him a price for his accomplishments that he couldn’t refuse.  At the age of 50 he was now afforded the opportunity to start traveling.  He always said he had Gypsy blood. 

Dad worked very hard all his life but also knew how to play.  Every weekend was loading either motorcycles, snowmobiles or boats.  Cramming in as much fun as they possibly could.  With a twinkle in his eye he would look at Mom as he was pulling into the driveway with something new in tow and say, “Look Mom, it followed me home!”

We love you very much and will miss you greatly.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; Levi and Sena, wife Jackie, son Kenneth, son-in-law, Tony Rich and granddaughter, Misty Alley (Rich).  Living family members are daughter and family, Tana, Bren and Sara Petersen of Missoula, daughter and husband, Kim and Matt Krsul of Butte, daughter, Lisa Hendrixson of Las Vegas, granddaughter and family, Sheena, Trevor, Keegan, Bailey and Madison Murphy of Helena and great-grandson, Tony Alley (dad, Kevin Alley) of Butte.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services were conducted Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home in Butte with Pastor Ron Martin-Dent officiating. Entombment of ashes followed at Mountain View Cemetery.     

Butte deaths as of April 15, 2014

DEATHS
 
Wednesday, April 2—Earl F. Dagen, 79
 
Thursday, April 10—Marion Frances (Miles) Farmer, 90
 
Friday, April 11—Jane Branstetter, 73
 
Saturday, April 12—Barbara Robertson, 70
 
Sunday, April 13—Joan Ellen (Callahan) Maunder, 81
 
Michael Butorovich, 82
 
Tuesday, April 15—Betty “Grammy” Mankins, 83

Deaths noted in the Butte Weekly April 2, 2014

DEATHS

Saturday, Mar. 15—Eileen Rau, 71

Wednesday, Mar. 19--Jerry Dlitz

Friday, Mar. 21—Kenneth “Ken” Miller, 71

Sharon Batten, 68

Saturday, Mar. 22—Anthony Patrick “Tony” Gordon, 45

Sunday, Mar. 23—Roland Monroe Wyatt, 79

Monday, Mar. 24—Fred A. Bronner, 84

Louis Robert “Louie” Fontana, 91

Marco Mickey “Mick” Bajovich, 71

Wednesday, Mar. 26—John Edwin Roberts, 81

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Arlene T. Meagor, 71

Thursday, Mar. 27—Grace Marie Taylor, 50

Janis Lynn Wigert

Janis Lynn Wigert passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in St. James Healthcare.  She was born in Anaconda on December 6, 1945 to Fred and Hanna (Anderson) Greenup and attended local schools.  She and Gary Wigert were married on July 7, 1963 in Whitehall and Janis worked as a 911 dispatcher for Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.    She belonged to the American Legion in Anaconda and is survived by her husband Gary Wigert of Anaconda, sons and daughters-in-law: Howard and Roxanne Wigert of Anaconda, Dan Wigert of Anaconda, Shawn and Michelle Wigert of Helena and Ben Wigert of Anaconda.  Grandchildren include, Brittney, Brock, Mike, Bryce and Shelby.  Also surviving are her great-grandson, Derrick, brothers and sister-in-law, Don and Linda Anderson of Colstrip, Ed Anderson of Deer Lodge, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Peg McQewen of Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews including Terry Murphy of Butte. 

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted April 12 at the American Legion Hall in Anaconda.  Memorials may be made to the American Legion or to the Crest Nursing Home where Janis received exceptional care. 
 

Philip George Redfern

Philip George Redfern passed away Thursday morning at his home at the 9 mile.  Phil was born in Butte at home on B Street, on April 25th, 1920, to George and Leoma Redfern.  The second of seven boys Phil wasn’t due to be born until that June.  His mom described her preemie baby as being so small she felt compelled to carry him using a pillow as she was afraid she would drop him.  It is for certain that the tenacity that helped this premature baby survive at a time when it was unlikely, would serve Phil well all throughout his life.  The theme of being “little but mighty” described him well.

 

When Phil was 9 years old, the family moved south of Butte to the 9 Mile ranch of his maternal grandparents, Arthur & Emidille Guay.  It was in this area that, except for his military service, Phil would spend the rest of his days.  His youth was filled with the hard work of ranch life and raucous fun of growing up with seven brothers and multiple cousins (Guay’s, Stetzner’s, Walkers and Michaud’s). Phil often fondly told stories of riding and chasing wild horses in Hell’s Canyon with a spirit that complemented and challenged the name of that canyon.  He earned the nickname “Dubber” from his older brother Jim, who couldn’t pronounce his new brothers name.   

 

Phil went to St. Ann’s school and completed the eighth grade.  At that time, his schooling was considered finished and he joined his dad George in running the ranch.  At age 20, while chasing a stray his horse, Red, tripped and fell landing on Phil's ankle.  The ankle was shattered and, although casted and healed, it left him with a permanent limp.  The injury and limp were not enough to keep him out of the military and during the height of World War II he was drafted into the United States Army Air Force.  He served four years as an airplane mechanic, logger, and cook on several islands in the Philippine’s and South Pacific (which he documented on a baseball he carried with him) until the end of the war.  On his way home he had to fly in a bomber plane, straddling the door of the bomb hatch which was jammed open.  When the plane landed he swore he would never get on another plane, and he never did. 

 

At age 29, he met Bernadine (Bunny) Marie Savidge at a rodeo in Butte.  They were married on October 17, 1950.  Phil set to building their home on the ranch at the 9 Mile. There, he and Bunny raised their five children: Margaret (Paul Koren) of Washington; Tim (Maria) of Florence; Mary Lou (Paul Henrikson) of Colorado; Sam (Linda) of Missoula and Evy (Richard Odan) of Missoula.  Phil and Bunny worked hard and sacrificed a great deal to ensure their children were able to attend St Ann's and Butte Central high schools. Something for which their kids will be forever grateful.

 

As well as running and growing the ranch, Phil and his Dad owned and operated the Lindale Dairy.  They delivered milk and other dairy products to the homes, schools and businesses throughout Butte and the surrounding area.  When the dairy sold Phil worked for the Railway Express Agency and for the phone company. He respected all his work opportunities and taught his kids that their jobs were like gold and to take care of them. But when it came to work, his true love was the ranch and the horses he raised. On his time off and vacations Phil could be found in the fields planting and bringing in the hay crop, training and fussing with his horses, tending the garden, bringing in firewood, and tinkering with old equipment or building something…like a house, barn or hay shed! His other love was hunting. Until well in to old age, Phil could be found heading for the woods with his friends, brothers, and sons to hunt. The Lacy Creek elk camp was one of his favorite places and it was rare he didn’t bring home a prize.  After Sunday dinners with family and friends, detailed hunting stories from present and years past were told over and over with an enthusiasm that matched the actual hunt.

 

Phil can be remembered as a man of strong principles with the simple values of integrity, honesty and hard work.  He truly was the kind of man that if you needed it he would give you the shirt off his back. His church and his God were an important part of his life.  He made sure that Grace was always recited by his family before every dinner.  Following that every day prayer, he would keep his head bowed and utter a simple, heart felt "Thank you Lord".  Even as he reached the age of 90 he could still be found on winter mornings next to the wood stove, riding his exercise bike and saying the rosary. 

 

When asked what he was most proud of from his long, well lived and contented life he emphatically replied "My kids!" He was so happy that he saw his children grow in to strong women and men with values that would guide them all to pursue higher education, find careers that mostly involved helping others, marrying the loves of their lives and raising their own children.  He loved animals from bird to broncs and they loved him too.

 

Phil is survived by his wife of 63+ years Bunny, his children and their spouses, his grandchildren Philip Henrikson, Cathy and Joe Redfern, Emily and Melanie Koren, Peter and Anna Redfern; his great grandchildren Tieg and Arlo Henrikson; and brothers James,  John(Clay) and Tom. He is also survived by his beloved friends and caregivers Loma, Brenda, and Jennie. They brought him home and we will be forever grateful. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brothers, Ralph, Ray and Fran.

 

Our Dad was a remarkable man, who left a great legacy.  We are proud of you Dad, and are so thankful and glad you are finally "home".  Happy Trails to You Dad - until we meet again. Thank You Lord!

Mr. Redfern’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call beginning Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in St. Ann’s Catholic Church and interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Mr. Redfern may be made to any charity for the benefit of horses.

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