GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                           Monday, May 3, 1999

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William "Buster" Felton Jr.

  CHINOOK - William Pruden "Buster"Felton Jr., 89, a retired county road supervisor, died of natural causes Wednesday at a Helena care center.

 His funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chinook United Methodist Church, with burial in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church or the Alzheimer's Association. Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  He was born July 7, 1909,in Havre. His family moved to the Bear Paw Mountains in 1916, where he attended school until going to work fo the Blaine County road department. In 1931 his family moved to a farm west of Chinook, where he met Mabel Katherine Bedell. They married June 29, 1935, in Fort Benton.

  He worked as a heavy equipment operator in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, and in 1942 went to work for DuPont on the atomic bomb site development in Hanford, Wash. He returned to Chinook in 1946 and became supervisor of the Blaine County road department, until retiring in 1974.

  The moved to Helena in 1993 to be closer to their daughter. His wife died in 1997.

  He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

  Survivors include his daughter, Yvonne Culter of Helena; brothers, Tom Felton of Port Angeles, Wash., Raymond Felton of Miles City, Donald Felton of Hamilton, Jack Felton of Chinook, and Edward Felton of Boise; a sister, Caroline Morton of Big Fork; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                             Monday, May 3, 1999

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William Felton Jr.

  CHINOOK - William Pruden Felton Jr., 89, died Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at a Helena care center of natural causes.

 Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the United Methodist Church with burial following in Kuper Memorial Cemetery of Chinook.

  Felton was born July 7, 1909, to William Pruden, Sr. and Sallie (Borchardt) Felton. In 1916, the family moved to the Bear Paw Mountains, where he attended school until going to work fo the Blaine County road department. In 1931 his family moved to a farm west of Chinook.

  On June 29, 1935, he married Mabel Katherine Bedell in Fort Benton.  He continued to work as a heavy equipment operator in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

  In 1942, he went to work for DuPont Company on the atomic bomb site developed at Hanford, Wash. In Jan. of 1946, he returned to Chinook and was employed as the Blaine County road department, until retirement in 1974.

  The couple moved to Helena in 1993.

  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chinook.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1997, his parents, a sister, Annie, and a brother, Robert.

  Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne Culter of Helena; brothers, Tom Felton of Port Angeles, Wash., Raymond Felton of Miles City, Donald Felton of Hamilton, Jack Felton of Chinook, and Edward Felton of Boise; a sister, Caroline Morton of Big Fork; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Memorials may be made to the Chinook United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                                      Wednesday, May 5, 1999

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BUSTER FELTON

   William Pruden "Buster" Felton Jr., 89, passed away at the Rocky Mountain Care Center in Helena on Wednesday, April 28, 1999.  Funeral Services will be held in the Chinook Methodist Church today (Wednesday) May 5, at 2:00 p.m. with interment in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the  Alzheimer's Association, the Chinook Methodist Church, or to charities of the donor's choice.

  Buster, as he was affectionately known to everybody, was in Havre on born July 7, 1909, the eldest child of  Sallie (Borchardt) Felton and William Pruden Felton, Sr. While Buster was at a early age, the family moved to Portland, OR and returned to Havre in 1914.  In 1916 they moved  to the Bear Paw Mountains where Buster  attended school until going to work with his father for the Blaine County Road Department.

  In 1931 his family moved to a farm west of Chinook. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Mabel Katherine Bedell, and on June 29, 1935, they were united in marriage in Fort Benton.  To this union was born a daughter, Yvonne. Buster continued to work as a heavy equipment operator on various construction projects throughout Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. In 1942, the family moved to Hanford, WA where he worked  for DuPont Company developement of the site of the atomic bomb.

  In January of 1946 he and his family returned to Chinook and was accepted for a position of  Blaine County Road Supervisor. He held that position until his retirement in 1974. Buster was a lover of nature and the outdoors and had the ability to make anything grow into something beautiful or edible. From morning until dark you would find him tending the many beautiful flowers that filed their yard and the sharing of his productive garden with family and friends.

  If you didn't find him working in his yard you would rest assured he and Mabel, along with brother ans sister-in-law (Jack and Jackie Felton) could be found camping on Clear Creek or Beaver Creek where he so loved the sport of fishing. It was often said, "Show him a puddle of water and he'll catch you a fish".

  Always with a smile, and stopping to socialize with everyone he met, you would see him on his daily walk to the post office. He was active in the  Chinook Methodist Church until failing health required he and Mabel leave their home of over 50 years and move to Helena in 1993 to be near their daughter. As his health declined he rsided in the Rocky Mountain Care Center where once again he made many friends, brought forth many a smile and was loved by everyone that knew him.

  He is now in peace ance again with Mabel, who died in 1997 He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Annie; and a brother, Robert.

  He is Survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Marvin Culter; two granddaughters, Mrs. Doug (Debbie) Kralicek and Monica Stewart;  great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Kimberly Kralicek and Kevin and Meagan Stewart, all of Helena;  brothers and sister-in-law, , Tom and Lynn Felton of Port Angeles, WA, Raymond and Margaret Felton of Miles City, Donald and Clara Felton of Hamilton, Jack and Jackie Felton of Chinook, and Edward  and Mabel Felton of Boise, ID;  sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Don Morton of BigFork; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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