John Breidenbach(1942 - 2013)

John Breidenbach

Missoula —John Joseph Breidenbach Feb. 17, 1924-Nov. 12, 2013.

John was the eighth child born to John Bernard and Barbara (Grossman) Breidenbach in Augusta, MT. He graduated high school in Helena, served in the Army from 1943-46, and married Joan Dufner Sep. 3, 1949. They had 11 children before divorcing in 1981. John married Inez Lanning March 15, 2003.

After completing x-ray technician training at Columbus Hospital in Great Falls, John worked at Missoula General Hospital becoming Chief X-ray Technician. John also worked part-time at St. Patrick's Hospital and as a self-employed house painter. He retired from Missoula General Hospital in 1986, after 30 years, and continued painting houses.

A devout Catholic, and active member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, John served as Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. His interests included dancing, travel, and photography.

Preceded in death by his parents and seven older brothers. John is survived by his wife, Inez; first wife, Joan; and their 11 children: Tom, Donna, Anne, Karen, Terri, Geri, Janice, Mike, Ken, Jim, and Patti. John has 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Vigil: Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013 Garden City Funeral Home 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass: Fri., Nov. 22, 2013 10:30 a.m. St. Francis Xavier Church, followed by reception in Reidy Hall at Church.

Burial: 1:30 p.m. St. Mary's Cemetery Annex.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 17, 2013