Obituary Details

Kenneth Eugene Hitshew

(08/27/1945 - 09/15/2002)
Courtesy of From the Tom Weigand Genealogy Collection, 10/19/2006

Kenneth Hitshew, 57

Kenneth E. Hitshew died Sunday morning of a heart attack at St. James Healthcare. He was born Aug. 27, 1945, in Douglas, Wyo., to Harold and Bernice (Bozanich) Hitshew. He attended schools in Douglas and Newcastle, Wyo. He was a champion steer wrestler and traveled the circuits before coming to Butte in 1988. He enrolled in Montana Tech and graduated in 1991. He worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for North American Indian Alliance for several years.

Ken was an avid ham radio operator and enjoyed all the nets. He was very active in the Butte Plane Nutz where he was enjoying his morning outing with his friends when he was stricken.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman, David, and Dwayne, sister Karmen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Dorthy Hitshew, Silver Bow; son Bret Hitshew, Missoula; daughter, Karmen Hitshew, Missoula; step-daughters and sons-in-laws Lynette and Jim LeProwse, Butte, Julie and David Cassidy, Dalles; grandchildren , Raynna and Sophie Hitshew, Josh, Jessica, and Logan LeProwse, Cade and Kacy Cassidy; brother, Dean Hitshew, Pringle, S.D.; sisters and brother-in-law, Karen and Dan Zierke, Ripid City, S.D., Diane Collins, Rapid City,Debbie Ellis, Butte, Donna Hitshew, Worland, Wyo.; Several nieces and nephews; sister-in law and brouther-in-law, Joan and Mike Tokish, Butte.

His remains have been creamated in Butte. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with the Rev. Rich Rice officiating. Memorials maybe made to the Shrine Hospital for children or to the Butte Emergency Food Bank.

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