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EDWARD PAUL DRABANT JR. November 23, 2017 – May 24, 2017

Loving son, brother and uncle, Edward Paul Drabant Jr. passed away Wednesday morning in a local hospital.
  Paul was born in Butte Saturday, November 23, 1957 to Edward Paul and Marlene (Killian) Drabant.  He attended St. Mary’s Grade School, graduated from Butte High School and earned his teaching degree from Eastern Montana College. A Paul substitute taught for many years for the School District. 

Paul was a longtime parishioner at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, was very proud of his Irish heritage and loved the Irish festivals and its music.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles and bowling.  He loved all sports, especially hockey, football, NASCAR racing and was an avid fan of Copper King Baseball as well as the Denver Broncos. 

Paul is preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Drabant and his brothers, twins, James and Michael Drabant.  He is survived by his father, Edward Paul Drabant Sr., brother, Glen Drabant both of Butte, sister, Margaret Drabant of Snohomish, Washington, nephews, Darren and Bryan Drabant, great-nieces and nephews: Keira, Mattea Ayden, Neveah and Matthew Drabant as well as aunts, uncles, and several cousins.

Cremation has taken place.  No services are planned at this time.  Memorials in his memory may be made to the Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation. Express condolences at


Thomas E McGrath - February 19, 1942 - May 13, 2017

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On Saturday May 13, 2017 our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, Thomas Edward McGrath, passed away peacefully in his home after a prolonged illness. Tom was born in Butte on February 19, 1942 to Kathleen Burke McGrath and John Sweeney. Tom had two older sisters Joan and Mary and younger brother Dan. Tom attended St. Lawrence grade schools and was a graduate of Butte High School. Tom served in the U.S. Navy. When Tom arrived home he began his career as a painter with his father, where he later took over the business. He joined the Painter’s Union in 1965. He began working for Butte Silver Bow on Nov 1, 1970 and retired 29 years later. Tom was a proud member Centerville Fire Department, Knights of Columbus and the Hibernian Ancient Order Tom married Virginia Dallaserra in 1964, together had five children Tommy, Danny, Joe, Teresa and Lisa. They divorced in 1975. Tom then married Sue McGrath in 1989. Sue cared for Tom selflessly through his illness. Tom’s legacy is his children and ten grandchildren who he was very proud of and loved dearly. Tom was an accomplished wrestler in high school; he later shared his passion with his sons. He coached the Saint Ann’s football team in 1968, where he went undefeated for two years. Tom enjoyed the outdoors with his family, especially hunting in the Ruby Valley and camping at Elk Horn Hot Springs. He had a difficult time after losing his oldest son Tommy in a tragic vehicle accident at the age of 15. Tom is now at peace and reunited in heaven with his son Tommy. We are confident they are smiling down upon us and watching over each of us. Tom was preceded in death by his son Tommy McGrath, mother Kathleen and father John P. Sweeney, his sisters Mary Allen and Joan (Bill) Tomich, his nephew, Steven Allen. Tom is survived by his wife Sue, sons Danny McGrath (Wendy), Joe McGrath (Ang), daughters Teresa McGrath (Tom Darragh), Lisa Hanson (Chris). Grandchildren Tommy and Hannah McGrath, Jonathan Allen, Payton and Gracie McGrath, Levi, Lacie and Logann Lovshin, Beau and Bailee Hanson, brother Dan Sweeney (Kathy), cousin John Burke, and nieces and nephews. Tom had many special friends throughout his life including, Jerry Carlson, Don Baulk, Jim Smith, Ken Johnson, and many more. Services will be held at St. Patrick’s at 12:00PM Thursday, May 18th. Relatives and friends can join the family at 11:00AM prior to the services. Graveside services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, then Reception at K.C. Hall per Tom’s wishes. Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus or the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

TONY B. CLEVERLY – January 13, 1942 – April 28, 2017

Tony Bill Cleverly passed away Friday morning in a local hospital.  He was born in Butte on Tuesday, January 13, 1942 to Charles E. and Flossie (Jones) Cleverly.  He attended Butte schools as well as Texas A & I in Corpus Christi and Pullman College in Washington.  He and Francie Davis were married on August 10, 1968 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and together they had five children. 

Tony worked in the Relay Department of the Montana Power Company, retiring the first time in 2000.  He returned to that job, working through Trademark Electric, from 2005 until 2012. 

Tony was the epitome of a "family man".  He was completely devoted to and shared unconditional love with his wife, children and grandchildren.  Tony was there for every activity and you always knew his presence by his unmistakable whistle.  He was a wonderful and attentive brother, patient with everyone, and was best friends with his son Eric.  Tony served on the board of directors for BSW and was very involved in Special Olympics.  He chaperoned many Special Olympic events and shared his love for sports with his family.  He was a fan of many teams but was a big supporter of Butte High School and the University of Montana "Griz", holding season tickets for many years.  

Tony is survived by the love of his life, Francie Cleverly of Butte; sons and daughter-in-law, Sean and Shelly Cleverly and Eric Jason Cleverly all of Butte; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Steve Honer of Butte, Cari and Chuck Carmichael of Lakeside, MT, and Tawna and Pat Thomas of Butte.  Grandchildren include: Emily and Scott, Allyson, Anthony and Hailey, Joshua, Myranda, David, Jeriah, Jessica and Grant, and Conner and Amanda.  Great-grandchildren include: Reid, Kaylee, Memphis and Bryson.  Also surviving are his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Jessie and Myrle Cleverly, Martha Fraizer, Garland and Lolly Ash, Audrey and Richard Fraizer; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda Quakenbush, Vera and Steve Winn, Norma Harris, Harold Davis and Wilford Davis.  Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and countless dear friends. 

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the McQueen Club.   In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tony’s memory to the Montana Special Olympics.  Express condolences at


Brian "Fatty" Kenneth Atkins - November 24, 1972 - April 19, 2017

Brian K. "Fatty" Atkins

On April 19th 2017 Brian "Fatty" Atkins passed away peacefully in his sleep at home. He was born on November 24th 1972 to Virgil and Nita (Cronnelly) Atkins. He attended Blaine and Kennedy Elementary schools and graduated from Butte Central High School in 1992. He then went to the Wyoming Technical Institute where he received his certificate for Auto Body repair. He began his career at J & C Body Shop where he spent several years repairing and painting cars. He then obtained his engineering and boilers license while working for Butte School District No. 1. He worked at various schools before finally being transferred to Butte High School where he was employed at the time of his death. On May 12th 1998 he was blessed with his son and the light of his life, Cole Atkins. He was his constant companion and best friend often being referred to as "Fatty Jr." He had a real passion for life and a thrill for expressing himself and always made himself the life of the party. He loved camping with family and good friends with outdoor concerts being his favorite. He had many great friends that he considered his extended family that he met while being the worlds best bartender at the Scoop Thirst Parlor. Fatty would take the shirt off his back to help a friend in need and was always there to lend a helping hand. Fatty held a special place in his heart for his dear friend "Mama" Dee Kougioulis with a bond that could never be broken. She was his best friend and confidant and was always there for him when he needed a few "words of wisdom". Fatty was preceded in death by his Father, Virgil Atkins. His Grandparents, Emmett and Mary Cronnelly and Oliver and Maude Atkins. Uncle and Aunt, Jug and Mary Clare Cronnelly and Uncle, Bud Clemo. Great Uncles and Aunts, Ray and Catherine Rashleigh and John and Rosemary Oneill. Great Uncles, Tom and John Phillips. He is survived by his Parents Nita and Bob Wriston. His Sons, Cole Atkins and Cody Dvoroznak and Cody's fiancé Abriana Doyle. His Brother, Keith Atkins and children Andrew, Randy and Maygan. Sister, Lisa Atkins and children Michael, Stewart and Dustin. Sister, Cindy Dahlman and children McKenna and Sheratyn. Brother and Sister in Law Keith and Lisa Wriston and children Vincent and Connor. Sister and Brother in Law Julie and John Stapleton and children Jordan and Jada. Uncle and Aunt Jerry and Donna Carlson and Aunt Joyce Clemo. Cousins, Barb, Mike, Pat, Tim, Tom, Shelly, Laurie, Connie, Sally, Patty, Gaylord, Cassie, Dana, Steven, Virgie, Toni and Jimmy. Fatty had a special bond with cousins Jessica and Craig Ladouceur and Sheanna Cronnelly that led to many a good time. The visitation for Brian will be held on Tuesday from 4p.m. to 7p.m. at Duggan Dolan Mortuary with a prayer service to follow. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with internment and right of committal at Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception celebrating the life of Fatty will follow the services at the East Side Athletic Club 3200 Dexter. Memorials may be made to the Lady of the Rockies or the Butte Central Catholic Education Fund. " Fly high Fatty and soar with the eagles, we know you will always be watching over us"


Barbara Jean Price - August 3, 1948 - April 21, 2017

Barbara Jean Gary Price (68)

Barbara shared her love of stories throughout her life, both as a high school literature teacher and by telling stories about her life and her family, which she liked to exaggerate for dramatic effect. For nearly forty years, she brought laughter and passion to her classroom and to those who knew her.

 Barbara Gary Price passed on April, 21, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. Barbara dedicated herself to making people laugh and caring for her students and her son, Gary, and spending time with her husband, Darrell.

 Barbara was born to William and Suzanne Gary in Seattle, where she attended Bothell High School. She earned her bachelor’s and teaching certification from the University of Washington and taught in Seattle. After several years, she moved to Billings, Montana to teach at Senior High School. She completed a Master of Education at MSU Billings. Barbara taught English and Sociology at Montana Tech for several years.

Barbara enjoyed reading, spoiling her pet schnauzers, decorating her home, shopping, and going to the theatre with her son. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Bahamas, as well as many places in the US including Hawaii, Alaska, and yearly trips to the Washington coast to be near the ocean.

Barbara will always be remembered by her surviving relatives; Darrell Price, Gary Warchola, siblings: Patty (Rod) Ceis, Steve (Roxann) Gary, Karen Foreman, stepsons: Patrick (DeAnna) Price and Seth (Erin) Price, as well as her nieces, nephews, and her grandchildren: Kristian, Aiden, Liam and Avery Price. The family would like to thank Rae Ann Sanders for her dedication and the adventures that she shared with Barbara. The family would also like to thank Mariposa Memory Care and Big Sky Senior Living.

The family will hold a celebration of life ceremony for friends and family at Duggan Dolan Wednesday, April 26 at 11am with visitation starting at 10. In lieu of flowers, please honor Barbara’s memory by contributing to Friends of Hospice or the Bluefield Project to cure frontotemporal degeneration.

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