SUPERIOR – Richard James Hollenback Sr., 80, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2010, at Village Health Care in Missoula of natural causes.
He was born in Deer Lodge on April 10, 1929, to Richard and Catherine Hollenback. As a young man, he was raised on a ranch at Gold Creek and attended schools in Gold Creek and Powell County High School.
Richard married his sweetheart, Shirley Mayo, on Aug. 30, 1951, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Missoula. To this marriage were born five children.
Richard was civic minded and involved in many community organizations in his life, including 4-H, FFA, Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Superior Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. He also served as a school board member, county commissioner, and president of Montana Innkeepers Association, as well as being active in many agricultural organizations. He had a deep faith in God and was active in the Catholic churches at both Gold Creek and Superior.
Richard and Shirley spent their life together as partners, building businesses and ranching at Tarkio. They were active in the motel business and pure bred Simmental cattle from the 1960s through the 1980s. In his later years, they enjoyed traveling with their family and friends, and their winter home in Yuma. One of his great joys was sharing life with his many friends and family.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Lou Blasko, and her husband George; and his in-laws, Fred and Edith Mayo.
Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley; five children, Jim (May) Hollenback of Superior, Mary Jo (Jim) Lommen of Superior, Cathy (Joe) Hartman of Billings, Dan Hollenback of Superior and David (Shawnee) Hollenback of Dillon; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Darin, Marc, Shane, Dustin, Nathan, Kayla, Cody, Jesslyn, Tanner, Alyssa, Cassandra, Hannah; stepgrandchildren Jason, Sara, Nathan Tony; and 10 great-grandchildren, and counting. Richard’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren always put a huge smile on his face and brightened his day. He is also survived by his sister Josephine (Dave Johnson); brothers Ed (Eleanor), John (Carole), Bob (Debbie); and 12 nieces and nephews.
There will be a Rosary at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Superior at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Superior cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Superior Ambulance Service or Mineral County 4-H Youth Program.