Maynard (Bud) J. Bolin Jr. September 20, 1941 - March 4, 2023
Maynard (Bud) J. Bolin Jr., 81, passed away on March 4, 2023, in his home. He was a longtime resident of Deer Lodge. Bud was an avid hunter, fisherman and archer. He cherished his conversations and fellowship with his longtime friend Suzette Pentland and many others. He instilled in his daughters to be independent, teaching them about cars, hunting and fishing. Bud was born Sept. 20, 1941, to Maynard (Buss) J. Bolin Sr. and Florence I. (Wilson) Bolin, while raised in Great Falls, along with his sister, Bonnie Dahlen. After graduating from Central Catholic High School, he enlisted in the Navy. After the Navy he worked at the Smelter in Great Falls and married Sharon D. (O’Reilly) Collinsworth on Aug. 21, 1965. The family grew with welcoming twin daughters in 1968. In 1972, the family moved to Deer Lodge where Bud accepted a Corrections Officer position at the Old Montana State Prison, working in Tower 2 with his father. In 1974, Bud and Sharon welcomed another baby girl and in 1975 an additional baby girl, rounding out the family of six. When the New Montana State Prison opened, Bud continued his career as a Correctional Officer and retired from service after 30 plus years. Bud is preceded in death by his parents, sister and Sharon Collinsworth. He is survived by his daughters Debe Rito (Charles), Dena Barnes (Jim), D’ann Farr (Maher), Dawn Ohren (Brent); his brother-in-law Dick Dahlen; long time friend Suzette Pentland; distant Bolin family members; and several O’Reilly family members. He had nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and another great-grandchild on the way. A private graveside service was held at Hillcrest Cemetery on March 10. The family asks for privacy at this time. Please visit longfellowfinneganriddle.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Bud. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Bud and his family.
Eugene Ronald Comes November 10, 1937 - November 24, 2022
Eugene Ronald Comes, 85, passed away on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 2022, in Billings. Gene was born in Lewistown, graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic High School in Lewistown and lived his entire life in Montana. He attended Carroll College where he was an active member of the Carroll College debate team. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree from the University of Montana, Gene dedicated his career to education, first as a teacher and principal and then as Superintendent of Schools in Edgar, Brady, Deer Lodge and Belt. One of his greatest accomplishments in education was overseeing the funding and construction of the Central Park Center, a new gymnasium and swimming pool benefitting both students and the community of Deer Lodge. Gene kept his wife and four children busy with family activities including hunting with cousins, uncles, and Grandpa Comes and the International; camping seemingly every weekend in the summer; motorcycling on virtually every trail in the Little Belts, road biking with the Rainmakers; backpacking, including that epic trip in the Bob Marshall with rain and snow that we barely survived; running, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golf, all of which created many lasting memories for his children and family. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Sally Comes, and his sister, Janet Burnham. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Barrick; his children, Patty Cahill (Howard Hold), Keith Comes (Deb), Sandy Burt (Howard), and Kathy Harris; his grandkids, Chad (Sheeana), Cole and Claire Cahill, Tanner and Ben Comes, Michael (Taylor) and Jordan Burt (fiancé Trent Pearson), and Zach and Libby Harris; great-grandchildren, Emmie Burt and Quinn and Avery Cahill; and former wife and life-long friend, Lorraine Dooner. Gene’s family would like to thank the care providers at both Billings Clinic and the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana for the exceptional care Gene received throughout the past 20 years, and especially in his last days of life. Gene always said, “They are good people. They are taking really good care of me here.” The family would also like to thank Keri Henan, who provided in-home care for Gene, allowing him to achieve his goal of remaining independent for as long as he was physically able. Services will be held at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Parish in Lewistown at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in Gene’s name be sent to Carroll College in Helena, in honor of the deceased. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Gene’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.
Cecilia “Cece” Burgess August 30, 1945 - March 2, 2023
On the evening of March 2, 2023, Cecilia “Cece” Burgess passed away at the Community Hospital of Anaconda due to complications from cancer. Cece was 77 years old. She was born in Deer Lodge on Aug. 30, 1945, and was the fourth child of Velva and Ora Bain. Cece spent her childhood in Gold Creek before moving to Garrison as a teen. She married her husband, Bob Burgess, on June 5, 1964, and the next year, on April 15, 1965, welcomed their son Clifford to the world. Four years later they decided to make the trek with their son from Montana to Oregon where they would spend the next 40 years building their lives. There Cece saw the birth of her two granddaughters, Shauntee and Shelby, and was able to watch them grow from babies to adults. She devoted her life to being a good wife, mother, grandma and nana. If Cece wasn’t spending time with her family, she enjoyed doing crafts, especially sewing as well as gambling; she loved a good bingo hall. In 2009 Cece and Bob decided it was time to come home to Montana, and they did just that, buying property just outside of Garrison and building their dream home where they could live their retirement in the place they knew they were meant to be. Cece is survived by her husband Bob Burgess, son Cliff Burgess, granddaughters Shauntee and Shelby Burgess, sisters Mary Canary, Joy Tuttle, Lee Bain and her great grandson, Hunter Burgess. Please visit longfellowfinneganriddle.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Cece. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home has been privileged to care for Cece and her family.
Joseph “Joe” Rainville, 75, of Deer Lodge, died March 7, 2023. Services will be held summer 2023 and will be announced when set. The obituary will be published next week. Please visit longfellowfinneganriddle.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Joe.