Fred Thomas Bonneau, 94, of Polson, died in his home on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
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Fred was born on June 30, 1914 in Butte to Thomas & Eva (Dussault) Bonneau.
At an early age, Fred worked for Hanson Packing Company and later worked as a mechanic at various Butte locations. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix.
Fred married Phyllis Henderson in 1936 in Butte, where they lived before moving to Brown's Gulch.
In 1950, Fred and his family moved to Dillon and built and operated the Creston Motel until 1969 when they retired and moved to Flathead Lake and later to Polson.
Fred was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying big game hunting and fishing until he was in his 80s. He had many stories to tell.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Leona Barnard and infant daughter Suzanne.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis of Polson, daughters and sons-in-law Carolee and Don Gregovich of Dillon and Robin and Arne Kallestad of Manhattan, grandchildren Connie Wohrle of Spokane, Wash., and Dan Gregovich and his wife Rita of Spokane, Cindy Gregovich of Seattle, Wash., Mike Gregovich of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, great grandchild Christopher Oliver of Spokane and great-great grandchildren Meygan and Melissa.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 21, 2008