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Floyd Fredrickson, September 14, 1934 - January 13, 2017

Floyd Fredrickson (82) passed away January 13, 2017 just before breakfast in Butte, Montana. Floyd was born September 14, 1934 in Michigan, North Dakota. He was the youngest child of Joe and Clara (Helgeson) Fredrickson and raised on the family farm in Dahlen, North Dakota in the “good old days” with older sisters Orpha and Betty Jean. Floyd’s love of cattle started at a young age. He got his first cream check from a Hereford cow that his grandfather gave him. He then bought a Shorthorn cow because it produced more cream than the Hereford. Floyd was raised with Norwegian traditions, the entrepreneurial spirit of the Norwegian immigrants, and depression era of his youth. Floyd saw the end of the “horse and buggy days” cleaning the barn with the team into the late 1960’s. After high school Floyd took an Agriculture short course at NDSU in Fargo and then leased a farm until he felt the “call of duty” and joined the Army in 1956. He shot expert on the rifle range and was the catcher for the All Army Baseball Team while stationed at Scofield Barracks in Hawaii. Floyd returned home and took over the family farm at a young age due to the death of his father, Joe. Floyd married Marlys Halvorson in January, 1960 at the Dahlen Lutheran Church. By 1965 they had four children: Cheryl, Scott, Jay, and Kristi. In 1977 the family followed Floyd’s dream of having a cattle ranch and moved to Big Timber, Montana where they started to raise Salers cattle and every year’s calf crop was “the best I ever raised”. Floyd was a Bull Salesman extraordinaire. His best line was “Do you need any bulls this year?” Floyd was well known for his cattle and had many National Champions including Champion Shorthorn Pair of Heifers at the last Chicago International. He also won the Grand Champion Pen of Bulls at Midland Bull Test with his Salers bulls. Floyd also served on the National Salers Board for 6 years. Floyd was passionate about sports and instilled the love of the game in his children. He was never too tired to play ball with his sons. He will forever hold the record of 33 points for the high scoring basketball game for the Dahlen Dragons (Class of 1953). After Floyd and Marlys divorced he managed the Ruby Ranch in Alder, Montana where he ran his cows. In 1992 Floyd married Dorothy (Merriam) Dugdale and made quite a cowgirl out of the business woman from Butte. Dotty’s children, Stan, Deanna, Dannette and families became part of the Fredrickson family. Over the years, we have shared in many gatherings and have always been supportive of each other. Floyd and Dotty ranched at Waterloo and Whitehall, Montana, where they made many wonderful friends that they have cherished deeply. Dotty and Floyd were on the road a lot following grandchildren’s activities and delivering bulls. They took a trip to Norway in 2011 where Floyd gave his cowboy hat to a favorite Norwegian cousin. Floyd loved fairs, ball games, looking at cows, and talking over a cup of coffee (or something stronger). In 2014 Floyd and Dotty sold their ranch and moved to Butte. Floyd remained focused on cows, sports, and family. Like his father Joe, Floyd was a true Christian, it was his nature to “Hold the door for a Hobo”, and help anyone who asked. He wore his cowboy hat proudly, frontwards or backwards. Floyd is survived by his wife Dotty of Butte, sisters: Orpha (Ken) Ellingson of Surprise, Arizona; Betty Jean Ellingson of Dahlen North Dakota; children: Cheryl (Tim) Graham of Baineville, Montana; Scott (Janet) Fredrickson of Terry, Montana; Jay (Dannette) Fredrickson of Sun River, Montana; Kristi (Jim T.) Martin of Las Cruces, New Mexico; 16 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. All are welcome to join the family for a viewing on Friday, January 20 from 4:00 – 6:00 at Duggan Dolan Mortuary at 1805 Meadowlark in Butte. The celebration of Floyd’s life will be at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2300 Florence Ave, at 1:00 PM on Saturday. Floyd will be put to rest in the spring at Zion Cemetery in Dahlen, North Dakota where there will be a service to honor him. Memorials can be made to: ASA Foundation c/o American Salers Association 19590 E. Main Street, Ste 104 Parker, CO 80138

Dahlen Lutheran Church 206 Main Street Dahlen, ND 58224

John Phyfield, March 10, 1966 - January 11, 2017

On January 11*, our most loved and needed son, brother and uncle, john F. Phyfield went home to heaven.

John was lovingly known as "Bubba" ever since he was a baby. John was born on March 10*, 1966 to Reggie and Rosie Phyfield. He was always teased that he was the last and largest addition to our family.

Bubba was 13 years old when our dad went to heaven. But somehow, through the years, Bubba stepped into dad's shoes. His level head always made us feel stronger.

John attended Butte Central, Carroll College and then adventured to Phoenix, AZ. Ultimately; John returned to Butte and worked for Northwestern Energy and Town Pump Corporate where he put to practice his strong work ethic and his heart in the many friendships he enjoyed.

Many people that knew John appreciated his candor. Bubba had a heart of gold, always giving and sharing. Bubba had a knack of making sure that everyone around him shared his smiles and his love. His laugh was infectious, and will live in our hearts forever.

John enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Not only did he share his talent of cooking a feast and delicious desserts with family and friends, he shared his laughter and art of telling humorous stories animated by his constant hand gestures.

John enjoyed working in his yard during summer months and decorating his home for the holidays. Bubba lived for Halloween and the 4* of July where he was always somewhat cautious not to burn down the neighbors’ bushes. His firework extravaganza will never be forgotten, and the big finale will continue to be lit by a cigarette in honor of Bubba.

John is preceded in death by his father, Reg, grandparents Steve "Nig" and Ann Matule and Frank and Marie Phyfield. John is survived by his mom, Rose, whose well-being was his number one priority. From Wednesday night dinners, to Super Bowl pools, to gambling trips, to Christmas decorating - he spent many memorable hours with Rose. A large void has been left.

He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Terry and Steve McGree, brother Michael and sister Bonny, niece Lucy (Troy) Hansen and their children Keely, Brady and Ryley, niece Sarah McGree (Kruiz Siewing), and niece Samantha McGree (Jarret Rowling). John is survived by his cousins and very special uncle and aunt, Ray and Dodo Andrews. John is also survived by many very close friends, including Justin Thatcher and his family.

A vigil will be held Monday, January 16*, from 4-6 p.m. at Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, January 17*, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena, MT in John's name or please donate to a charity of your choice.

Go home safely, Bubba. It is okay now. We’ll see you when we see you.

JASON J. SILVER, April 29, 1978 to January 9, 2017

Beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Jason James Silver, passed away early Monday morning at his home in Butte. Jason made the whole world brighter just by entering a room. His wit, random comments, and creative antics would leave everyone laughing; anyone who knew Jason had a “Jason story.” Above all else he was a loving father, devoted husband, and loyal son who adored spending time with his family. 
He was born in Butte, April 29, 1978 to James and Debbie (Campbell) Silver. 
He attended Butte schools and graduated from Butte High School (1996). Jason earned his electrician’s license in 2014, finishing at the top of his class. He most recently worked for Arc Electric.
Jason married Lindsay (Wickman) in Missoula on September 30, 2006. Along with his beloved wife Lindsay, Jason is survived by his sons, Calian and Kade; his mother, Debbie (Harvey) Howe of Butte; father, James (Jim) Silver of
Butte; brothers, Jeff Silver of Washington, and Kyle Silver of New York; mother-in-law, Linda Greiner of Missoula; father-in-law, Daniel (Sheila) Wickman of Florida; sisters-in-law, Amy Wickman of Missoula, Meghan (Tom) McMackin of Oregon, and Danielle (Colby) Prosper of Missoula. Also surviving are his many nieces and nephews.
He was a passionate outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, four-wheeling, and any outdoor activity; Autumn was his favorite season. He participated in competitive arm wrestling in his youth. Jason was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and belonged to the Public Lands and Water Association. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 2100 Farragut Ave., January 14, at 11a.m. with Father Tom Haffey officiating. Reception immediately following the service at Quarry Brewing. Memorials in memory of Jason may be made to the Silver family education fund at    Express condolences at

Rita Melvin May 10, 1921 - January 7, 2017

Rita Agnes McGee Melvin passed away in the late evening of January 7, 2017 at Big Sky Senior Living. Rita was born on May 10, 1921 in Butte, Montana the fourth of six children to Margaret (Maggie) McCloskey of Creeslough, Donegal Ireland and Charles McGee of Falcarragh, Donegal Ireland.
Rita attended Saint Patrick’s Grade School and was the first in her family to graduate from high school doing so with 90 girls from Girls Central in 1939. Shortly after graduation Rita worked at Hennessy’s Department store from 1939 to 1948 as an office cashier, leaving Hennesy’s to work in the credit department of Butte Motor from 1948 -1958. In 1963 she returned to work to support her family in the account department at Safeway, leaving that position February of 1965 to begin a 20 year career in the payroll department at the Butte School District No. 1. She retired March 31, 1986.
Rita married John William (Jack) Melvin August 10th 1957 in St. Mary’s Church; this union was blessed with three children in rapid succession. Rita raised her children in the house in which she was born on Virginia Street and resided at this address “her own little nest” until the last eleven months of her 95 years. Rita was, kind, loving and accepting of all and welcomed people to her little home - always happy to have a full house when her kids were young and eager to offer a cup of tea and a treat. She was happy to later share her Bingo winnings with anyone who happened to stop in for a visit at Room 232.
After her kids “flew the nest”, Rita enjoyed going on Notre Dame trips, gambling junkets, and traveling near and far, a highlight being a trip to Ireland. Rita was active in the Saint James Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Hibernians, the Daughters of Isabella, and the Hennessy lunch club. The focus of her life was her devotion to God; praying and attending mass were the highlights of her day. Rita valued relationships wether it was in her role as sister, aunt, mother, grandmother or friend - one felt loved and appreciated. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses; John (Cleone) McGee, Katherine Erickson, Margaret (Jim) Lynch, Mary (John) Cummings, Charlotte (Frank) Shields and also by niece Peggy (Joe) Leary and great nephews Danny Shields and Scott Piazzola.
She is survived by her children and their spouses; Margaret & John Mansanti, Bill & Danette Melvin and Joe & Sally Melvin, her grandchildren; Stephanie (Ryan) Donahue, Meghan (Sal) Giovenco, Johnny Mansanti, Kerra Melvin (Luke Rona), Hallie Rita Melvin (Rob Trewett) and Ross Melvin, her great grandchildren; Giovanni and Nina Giovenco, Norah, Coryn and Asher Donahue, her nieces and nephews; Cathy Duffy, Ed (Dorothy) Cummings, John (Helen) Cummings, Mike (Tami) Cummings, Patsy (Pat) Callahan, Frank (Wanda) Shields, Dan (Christelle) Shields, Tim Shields, Lyla Mckenzie, Lura McGee, Johnny McGee, Darlene (Harry) Keltz, Eileen Ross, Jimmy Lynch, Charles Periman and Joy Williams. Rita is also survived by several great and great-great nieces and nephews all of whom she loved. She also leaves her dear friends Bridget O’Neill (the last of the Virginia Street ladies) and her traveling companion Marie Cassidy.
Our sincere gratitude to those who made her last year an easier transition; Team Rita of Easter Seals Hospice, Jim and Ev Graham, Michelle and Madison Quilici, Raylene Kirk, Peggy (Pearl) McGowan, Kathy Pavlovich, and Sean Shields. Our thanks to all of her health care providers and to her spiritual support providers Fr.Patrick Beretta, Fr. Tom Haffey and Sister Mary Katherine Maloney. Also, thank you to all who called, came by to see her, sent cards or took time for a quick visit when she was “out and about picking up a few things.” Outside of praying, having a good visit truly made her day.
Friends and Family are welcome to gather on Friday January 13 for visitation at 4 p.m. followed by a rosary. Rita’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14th. in St.Patrick’s the Rite of Committal to follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. A reception will be held following the internment at Front Street Station. There will be an opportunity for you to leave your favorite Rita memory on cards at the reception.
Memorials are suggested to Butte Community North 102 South Washington Street Butte, MT 59701, Butte Food Bank 10109 E 2nd Street Butte, MT 59701, or The Believe Sorini Strong Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 3417 Butte Montana 59702

Richard "Dick" Pickett January 5, 1943 - January 7, 2017

Look out heaven, there’s a new man strutin around and he means business! Richard Garrett “Dick” Pickett was born January 5th, 1943 and passed away on Serbian Christmas, January 7, 2017. He was born to Paul Pickett and Rose (Mumalo). When Dick was eighteen months old his Mom married Paul Duffy. Dick and his two older brothers were raised by Paul Duffy. Dick went to Greeley School It was a close neighborhood and the McClafferty, Lovshin and Finnegan’s were all considered brothers and sisters. He graduated from Butte High School in 1961. When it comes to boxing, there probably isn't anyone alive in Butte who knew the sweet science better than Dick. He was an avid boxer and won three championships in three different weight classes. Dick’s most effective method of passing on his love for the ring to others was being a coach. That was proven without a doubt in 1973 when the Butte native coached the Rocky Mountain Regional team to a national Golden Gloves title in Lowell, Mass. Pickett coached his team to the Montana Golden Gloves crown in Great Falls that year before taking his local fighters to Salt Lake City to win the title there too, sharing the trophy with Colorado. Out of 10 weight class championships, each state won five at the regionals that year in Utah, earning Pickett the honor to co-lead the Rocky Mountain squad to nationals Dick married Toni Carney and they later divorced. He later married Judy Chance and they later divorced He is preceded in death by his parents and brother; Ed Duffy. He is survived by his son; Jordan Pickett of Seattle, sister; Paulette (Pat) Maloney, brother; Don (Kathy) Duffy Colorado Springs, CO, step-children; Shawna Gilbert, Scott Gilbert and Curtis Gilbert, sister-in-law; Mary Duffy. He is also survived by his special friends; Judy Schieve, Jerry Miller and Gene Thatcher. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday after 11:00am in the Chapel of Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00pm in the Chapel. Placement of ashes will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
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