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Obituary: Robert Michael Moodry

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Bob M Moodry “Chief” passed away on November 6, 2016. Bob was born in Mohawk, Michigan, February 17, 1929, to Anna (Rosenberger) and Michael Moodry.

He moved to Butte as a young child so his father could go to work in the mines. He attended Butte High school and Bob was outstanding on the gridiron for the Bulldogs. When Bob graduated, he joined the Army. When he came back home, he married Barbara Ann Leybold July 17, 1948. They were best friends and a loving couple for 58 years before her death in 2007.

Bob then worked for the Anaconda Mining Co. working underground at the Emma, Leonard, and Steward Mines as a miner and supervisor and later, worked as a Diamond Driller.   Throughout his mining career, with his creativity and ingenuity, he received many awards from the ACM for designing projects to make the mines structurally safe and cost effective for ACM. Throughout the years, after every holiday, birthday celebration or family gathering, he ended with stories and discussions of the mines so his family and friends knew the operation of the mines. Bob knew the operation of the ACM inside and out from underground mines to the open pit mines and even diamond drill supervisor. He truly was “One hell of a miner!”

His pride and joy were his children Bob (Gus), Steve, John, and Mark. While he worked hard daily in the mines, he always came home to be a back yard mechanic to repair all bikes and cars for his kids and the entire neighborhood. Then there was coaching baseball for Mile High for years. Using his carpentry skills, Bob built three homes for the family so they could live nearby. They were all Hell for stout as he was still working underground and built to underground standards. Encouraging and coaching the boys in all the sports they played, whether in the back yard or on the ball field, before games and after games.

 Bob retired from the company in 1984. He and Barb traveled around the country jumping into the motorhome and heaven only knew where they would end up. They enjoyed camping, going to the ocean, traveling to Jackpot, and visiting family and friends for weddings, birthdays, and other special events. He loved fishing. The most memorable fishing trip was catching a 160 lb. halibut in Alaska with his friends Bennie Hartz and Mike Paffhausen . His hunting trips with the boys were always the most fun. He never let the truth get in the way of a good fishing or hunting story.

 He then built another home at Georgetown Lake, making the outdoors a priority in his family’s life while making lots of fun memories at “The Lake”!  Annual Memorial Day Downhill ski races, water skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, boating, fishing and catching fresh fish for breakfast were just some of the things he loved to do. He was great at entertaining family during the winter break at the lake. He would prepare great meals. While the family was eating, he would repair the snowmobiles for the rest of the evening.  

Chief loved to play cards; pinnacle, cribbage, and hearts.  He played cards for countless hours with anyone that would play but everyone knew when playing cards you played by “Chief’s rules”. 

Bob’s  very favorite past time was being a Butte #1 Fan while supporting Little Guy Football , Little League, American Legion Baseball, Butte Central, Butte High, Mt Tech, and even Carroll College when his children and grandchildren played and were the #1 stars.  He loved booing the referees because they “did not know the game.”  He told stories of playing football with leather helmets, on the hard dirt at Naranche Stadium and explained how tough those kids were back then. Bob was an active member of the Montana Amateur Speed Skating Association attending meets in Canada, St. Paul, Minnesota, and local meets in Butte.  Bob was also a member of Butte High’s Golden B’s.

His “work hard play hard” attitude, wisdom, love of life, love of god and his religion, and his knowledge of the history of Butte will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Anna and Michael Moodry, wife Barbara, son Steve brother, Fred Moodry, nephews Chis Griffiths, and Jim Cooney, sister in law Jeanne Griffith and brother in law Don Griffith, brother in laws Bill Leybold, Jerry Martin, Lyle Griffiths, and mother and father in law Corrine and Al Leybold.

 Surviving are children Bob” Gus” (Linda), John (Cathy), Mark (Shannon) Moodry. Grandchildren are Sean (Shannon) Moodry, Stacey Moodry, Mike (Stephanie) Moodry, Robin Moodry, Ella and Zane Moodry, and Molly (Daren) Brondstletter. Great grandchildren are Christopher, Kelly, Ryan and Mathew Thomas Moodry. Sister Barbara Martin and sisters in law Joanie Moodry and Judy Griffiths and numerous nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Friday after 5:00pm at the Chapel of Duggan Dolan Mortuary. Vigil services will be at 7:00pm in the chapel. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00am at St. Ann’s Church.  Rite of committal will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Bob “Chief” can be made to Butte Central, Butte Food Bank, American Legion Baseball, Fred Moodry Memorial, Our Lady of the Rockies or the charity of donor’s choice.

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