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Obituary:Michael McCormick

 

December 4, 2019

Michael Christy McCormick passed away Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019 from an extended illness.

Mike was born August 11, 1937 to William and Helen (Christy) McCormick at St. Joseph Hospital in Deer Lodge. He and his three sibling were raised on the Brown Ranch, later known as the McCormick Sunset Guest Ranch in the Helmville area.

Mike went to school at Helmville Elementary and attended high school at Butte Central as well as Gonzaga. Mike married Frankie Lawlor in 1967 and they had two children, Millie Rae McCormick and Lori (McCormick) Beckman. Due to different things in life, they were not able to stay married and were divorced in 1974, but remained friends for all of their lives. Mike married Janice Maier on Jan. 24, 1981 and they had three kids, Maria (McCormick) Schoen, William Adge McCormick, and Kenneth Michael McCormick.

Mike grew up in the Helmville Valley where he ran the McCormick Ranch. Mike was an avid hunter and a die-hard baseball and fast pitch player. He played on the Helmvillians team all the way into his 60s. Baseball and Softball were one of his three biggest passions. Hunting and the ranch were his other two, and he was always happy doing both.

Mike was the best story teller; he always had a way to spin a tale that left everyone on the edge of their seat. Oftentimes people would see him laughing or at least having a smile on his face. Family was really important to Mike and he would always take time to be with his family when they needed him.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol McCormick, and his brother Bill McCormick. Mike is survived by his sister Kay Christ, his wife Janice and his five children.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Helmville Athletic Club.

Viewing and rosary will be held Dec. 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. Service will be held at 11 a.m. in Helmville at St. Thomas Church on Dec. 7, 2019 followed by an internment at St Thomas Cemetery.

 

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