Alvin "Butch" Francis, 68, of Great Falls, a retired dispatcher for Montana Power and an Army veteran, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, Oct. 30, at a local hospital.
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A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Cremation has taken place. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Alvin "Butch" Francis was born April 3, 1944, in Portland, Ore., to Roy Meekin Francis and Emma (Van Diest) Francis. He graduated from Helena High School in 1963. In April of 1962, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. He became an IS radio operator at Fort Knox, Ky., in 1963. Butch was also a rifle MI expert and MG7.62mm sharp shooter and 35K20 avionics mechanic.
In 1967, Butch worked as a KBLL radio engineer in Helena and then at Alkn Electric. He moved to Great Falls in 1969, where he worked at the Montana Power Company until his retirement in 2000.
Butch enjoyed race cars, HAM radio, fishing, camping, hunting, working out in his garage shop and playing with his companion dog (Nightmare!). He especially enjoyed socializing with friends and loving on all of his grandchildren. Everyone who knew Butch loved him. Butch had a great sense of humor and would always say "you gotta have a sense of humor."
Alvin "Butch" is survived by his wife, Carlena Francis of Great Falls; children Jody Reynolds of Columbia Falls, Jason Francis of Clancy, Glenn Kincaid, Jr. of Butte, Les Kincaid of Anchorage, Alaska, and Scott Kincaid and Holly Kincaid both of Great Falls; sisters June Abbott, Barb Amndson of Boise and Lila Hallenberg of Helena; brothers Clarance Francis and Tom Francis both of Helena and Ralph Francis of Spokane; eight grandchildren; and one great-granchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Emma Francis; his infant brother, David and older brother, Roy Francis Jr.; and a grandson, Roy Francis.
Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 2, 2012