John “Johnny” Charles McGee passed away Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 in Butte Montana surrounded by his family.
Johnny resided in Glen, Montana during the warm months, and Lake Martinez, Arizona in the winter.
Johnny was born in Butte, Montana May 6th, 1950 to Cleone McGee (Gormely) and John P. McGee.
John attended school in Butte and graduated high school in 1969. Johnny served our country as a United States army solider in the Vietnam War in June of 1970 with an honorable discharge in September of 1971, this is part of his life he spoke very little of. He then went on to attend school at Montana School of Mines (Montana Tech.)
He was known for his remarkable work ethic; he always took great pride in his work as a heavy equipment operator for 44 years. When he decided to retire he wasted no time doing the things he enjoyed most, which involved being in the outdoors. He was avid fisherman, teaching his granddaughter Keyenna and countless nieces and nephews how to fish. He loved gathering around the campfire with loved ones to play the guitar. He also enjoyed long adventures across the country on his Harley some being up to a yearlong.
Johnny was an American hero in every sense of the word, a cowboy, a solider, a blue collared man. He loved his family and friends too many to mention to name. But if Johnny McGee loved you, you knew it. Johnny had a great sense of humor, a warm smile with a contagious laugh that went right along with it. Johnny will be greatly missed by everyone.
Johnny is survived by his son/best friend Troy McGee, his granddaughter Keyenna McGee, the apple of his eye. He was also survived by sisters Lyla McKenzie, and Lura McGee. Along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, the mother of Troy, Teri McGee, and step-daughter Kelly Conway.
He is proceeded in death by his mother Cleone, his father John, his step-daughter Brandi Conway, and brother-in-law John McKenzie Sr.
Johnny will be greatly missed by everyone. We wanted to thank Compassus Hospice for everything they did, and a special thanks to his great niece Makyla for all she did in his final hours.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Johnny.
Axelson funeral and cremation services has been privileged to care for Johnny and his family.
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Joe Melvin says
Rest in peace cousin Johnny McGee. You were a true American hero. Give your dad and all the McGee girls my best when you see them.
Michele Rieber says
We met “Ponytail John” in Glen many years ago, and found him to be a very nice and gentle man. He was truly one of the nice guys, and he will be missed around his summertime home of Glen. It has been a pleasure to know him, and to meet his family members.
Carry on, John!!!
Mick and John
Fred Dalbec says
Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. My Condolences to Lyla and the rest of the family. Not having visited with him since we were teenagers I still remember that great smile.
IUOE Local 400 Board, Members and Staff says
Sending prayers for comfort and strength during this most difficult time in the passing of John.