Monty "Bud" Breeton, 72, of Bozeman, passed away Jan. 19, 2010. He was born Nov. 26, 1937, in Dentaybow Township, Minn., to Henery and Muriel (Wold) Breeton.
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At the age of 9, Bud and his family moved to Montana, first living at the Kings Hill Ski Area, then Niehart and later White Sulphur Springs. Bud and his seven siblings would spend the summers at his grandmother's farm in Minnesota.
Bud and his brother, Dan, enlisted into the United States Air Force, serving in Alaska and Arizona during the Cold War.
He married Charlene Mensay; to that union, they had three children, Tracy, Randy and Jeff. The couple later divorced.
He married Sharon Papke Stewart, and they had two children, Michelle and Brad. They later divorced.
During his life, Monty lived in Butte, Clallam Bay, Wash., Belgrade and Bozeman. He worked at Plum Creek Lumber in Belgrade for over 30 years as a millwright and carpenter before retiring.
Bud was a passionate fisherman. Fishing in Sekiu, Wash., for salmon was his favorite hobby. He loved to be outside and had a collection of late model cars, including a 1932 Dodge, a 1963 Cadillac, a 1973 Buick and several 1950s vintage Cadillacs.
Bud was a strong, quiet type. He was kind and very generous and his family will remember him every time they look at the additions, garages and decks he lovingly built for them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeff; and siblings, Dan, Darlene and Barbara.
Survivors include his children, Tracy of Bremerton, Wash., Randy of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Michelle and Brad. both of Missoula; three grandchildren, Kelly of Reno, Nev., Season and Amy, both of Cottonwood, Ariz.; sisters, Beverly Bryan of Belgrade, Lana Smith of Bozeman, Sandy Schmetz of Clallam, Wash.; brother, Larry Breeton of Butte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow at Sunset Hills with military rites.
Memorials may be made in his name to Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive, Bozeman, MT 59718-3931.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 24, 2010