Clarence "Butch" Lockwood
Great Falls —Clarence "Butch" A. Lockwood, 72, of Great Falls, passed away Nov. 12, 2015 at his home. Per Butch's wishes cremation has taken place, memorial services with full military honors will be Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home, with Celebrant Christen Birkholz officiating.
Clarence Albert Lockwood was born in Great Falls on August 27, 1943 to Clarence "Red" and Violet (Holzheimer) Lockwood. He grew up and attended schools in Great Falls. At the age of 17, Butch joined the Navy, proudly serving our country as a mechanic on float planes and air craft carriers. Later in his military career he was an active recruiter. After he retired he worked for Cascade Hydraulics and General Dynamics; he also worked on base as a civilian for Corrosion Control.
While stationed in the Philippines, he met and married his first wife, Fairy. They had two children together, Cathie and Chris. Butch and Fairy later divorced. He met and married his second wife Audrey; they also divorced.
In his free time; Butch enjoyed the outdoors in his younger years, he could be found hunting and fishing. As he got older, he took interest with car, airplane and Navy aircraft models. His collection and supplies were so vast; he was told he could open his own hobby shop. Butch cared very much for his neighbors, and was always lending a helping hand.
Butch is survived by brother, Gordon (Toni) Lockwood; half-brother, Mike (Wendy) Lockwood; sister Violet "Terri" Van Berkom; children, Cathie and Chris; grandchildren, Monique, Karina and Erik; nephews Stanley and Gordy Lockwood, and Dan Pappas; niece Dana Swanson; great-niece Jacque Dabler; as well as many great-nieces and nephews; and his very special friend Diana Betts.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Violet Goff and Clarence "Red" Lockwood; and his grandparents Charles and Alice Holzheimer.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested in Butch's name to the veteran's organization of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Published by Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 17, 2015.