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Matt Kohl
August 6, 1976 ~
April 13, 2019
Date of Service: April 20, 2019

Charles D. Smith
May 23, 1945 ~
April 15, 2019
Date of Service: April 23, 2019

Harry C. Huntsinger
November 21, 1946 ~
April 17, 2019
Date of Service: April 24, 2019

Arnold Diede
March 4, 1930 ~
April 17, 2019
Date of Service: April 25, 2019

Beverly Wallace
March 21, 1931 ~
April 15, 2019
Date of Service: May 18, 2019

Stanley Durst
November 14, 1927 ~
April 13, 2019

Louie Gonzalez
June 11, 1943 ~
April 10, 2019

Gregory Parmer
July 8, 1939 ~
April 06, 2019

Daniel Ross
January 4, 1979 ~
April 04, 2019

Irene A. Kimm
August 21, 1922 ~
April 03, 2019

Anna Shannon
April 1, 1929 ~
April 01, 2019

Craig Reichstetter
June 12, 1948 ~
March 22, 2019


Louie Gonzalez

June 11, 1943 ~ April 10, 2019

Louie Gerald Gonzalez, 75, of Bozeman passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  He was born June 11, 1943 in Great Falls, Montana to Juan D. and Jenny (Brien) Belgrade and grew up there, attending Great Falls Grade School, Paris Gibson Jr. High, and Great Falls High.

Louie was a graduate with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy class of 1984.  He lived in Kansas City, Missouri, for a short time before moving back to Montana, living in Butte, Shelby, Helena, and Belgrade.

He worked with Western Union, as a miner in Butte, as a truck driver, and as law enforcement and security guard for most of his career.  He was always working, and many people have said he was the hardest working man they have ever known.  During his time in Butte, he met his future wife, Josephine Lopez, and they were married on May 18, 1964.  They had four children, Robin, Kristina, Dan, and John.

Louie enjoyed the outdoors, particularly fishing, camping, and boating.  He also liked playing tennis, pool, bowling, watching movies, and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine S. Gonzalez; daughters, Robin McHenry and Kristina (Ben) Twum; sons, Dan (Val) Gonzalez and John Gonzalez; and seven grandchildren, Sharlette, Jody, Tony, Shayla, Meliah, Ryan, and Zarah.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Herman Belgrade; and sisters, Shirley and Wanda Belgrade.

At his request, no public services will be held.

To us, his family, Louie Gonzalez was the father, the dad, Pops, and beloved husband.  Father is the biological male, Dad is the person that takes care of you all the days of your life, Pops is the dad that becomes one of your closest friends – even “Papa” to the grandkids!  But how many men can fit into all five roles and do it well?  How many men to you know who are all five things?  How many can you point to and say, “He is a great father, dad, Pops, Papa, and husband”?  You know you have done everything right in this life when one man is all five of those things!  That’s what he was to us.  One father, one dad, one Pops, one Papa, and one husband, and he performs each one of the duties so well with passion! 

On Tuesday, the 9th of April, all his friends, kids, and grandkids said their goodbyes.  We all knew he wanted to stay, but he felt like he couldn’t leave because there was still work to be done and people to take care of.  So, as I’m holding my father’s hand for the last time, that last night, I said, “Hey Pops, it’s John.  I just wanted to let you know that we all love you very much, and to tell you that it’s okay to go.  There I nothing more you need to teach me or any of us.  All the kids and grandkids are here together and will help Mom.  We will take care of anything she needs.  So you see, you don’t have to worry about anything.  We got this, you trained us well.  We’ll see you soon, Pops.  Godspeed.”

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