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Joseph ”Bud” Milton Donahue

Joseph ”Bud” Milton Donahue was born March 20, 1921, in Claire’s nursing home in Spooner (now called East Baudette), Minnesota, youngest of four (Irene, Kathyrne, James and Joseph) born to Joseph and Hannah (Pearson) Donahue.  Joe graduated from Wayland Country School, where he finished the eighth grade.  His parents moved from Wayland Country to Rapid River, MN where he met his wife of 52 years, Hilda Schramm.  They were married in Roseau, MN in 1945. Joe and Hilda had five children, the three oldest, Gary, Bill and Mike, were born in Baudette, Minnesota where Joe farmed and cut pulp for the pulp mill before coming to Anaconda, MT in March of 1955, where both Pat and Kathie were born.  Joe worked for the Anaconda Company for the next 25 years, the first 8 years were spent on the smelter in Anaconda, and the remaining years were in Butte at the machine shop until his retirement in 1980. Joe loved the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing or golfing, and was usually accompanied by his longtime good friend Leo (Nick) Nichols.  He served on the Board of Directors at the Anaconda Country Club for many enjoyable years and made many good friends.  He also loved to snowmobile and, along with his oldest son Gary, was instrumental in building the groomer shed and operating the groomer for many years at Georgetown Lake.  Joe enjoyed helping others with all kinds of projects and was able to get a lot done with very few words.  He will always be remembered as a man with a great sense of humor, quick wit, and one who cherished his family and friends.  We will miss him dearly and feel blessed to have had him in our lives for so long.  Survivors include his five children: Gary (Cathy) Donahue, Bill (Connie) Donahue, Mike( Kittie) Donahue, Pat Donahue, Kathie (Mike Casey) Lincoln; Grandchildren: Dennis (Deb) Donahue, D’Ann (Tom) Finlinson; Lara (Scott) DeShazer, Tera (Steve) Redburn; Trever Donahue, Jeromy (Susanne) Donahue; Kaci (Nick) Lincoln, Kenzie Lincoln, Angela (Marc) Lee, Jennifer (Scott) Mansanti, Melissa (Jon) Cloonan. Great Grandchildren: Brandi (Nolan) Teel, Brittany (Chris) Merritt; Aaron (Tracy) Finlinson; Rick Regh, Koahl, Tanre and Gaige DeShazer, Breanna and Regan Redburn; Casey and Michael Donahue, Jordan (Jen) Gibby, Jake Gibby, Sydney Donahue; Austin, Aidan and Ashby Lee, Marly and Henly Mansanti, Kaydance Garrison, Adelyn Cloonan, Emberly Lincoln, Great Great Grandchildren: Addison Teel, Thomas and Dominick Merritt, Kaden Finlinson; Evelyn Gibby; Preceded in death by parents Joseph and Hannah Donahue, wife Hilda, siblings Irene, Kathyrne and James, grandchildren Joseph Donahue and Ashlee Finlinson.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Anaconda Pintler Hospice, 305 W. Pennsylvania, Ste #1, Anaconda, MT 59711.

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