William Michael “Mike” Faulkner, age 77, of Butte, Montana, passed away on December 22, 2020. Mike was born to Marjorie Faulkner on August 3, 1943, in Butte.
Mike spent his childhood and adolescent years in Butte. He worked for the Anaconda Company. He also drove a school bus for Butte School District #1 and Butte Head Start. His family fondly remembers that the kids often thought of Mike as Santa Claus because of his crisp blue eyes and other such features. Mike also served in the Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged when needing to return home to help his mom care for his siblings.
Mike married Sandra Milan and they had one child, Terry. He enjoyed his time with his wife and son. He also cherished hiking, hunting, and fishing – he was an avid outdoorsman.
Mike is survived by his son Terry and Cynthia Faulkner, granddaughters, McKenzie and Madison, his brothers, Al, Steve and David, and his sisters, Naomi, Sherie and JoAnne.
Mike is preceded in death by his wife, Sandy, mother, Marjorie, sisters, Margie, Shirley, Patty and Dorothy, and his brother, Charlie.
No services will be held at Mike’s request. He has been cremated and laid to rest at Mount Moriah Cemetery with his wife. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Mike. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Mike and his family.
Mike and Sandy are in their jeep chasing the sun.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Heather Johnson says
Cindy & Terry we are so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I loved visiting with him at Walmart. It has been awhile since I saw him. Your girls were the light of his life. Prayers sent your way. Ray and Heather Johnson
So sorry for your loss
Mindy Pennell says
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I will miss you Mike. Enjoyed working with you
Pat and Donna says
Such a great man. So much fun and always willing to help. We loved all the back yard times with all of you. We will miss him dearly. Love to you all.
Gary Campbell says
Mike…My childhood neighbor, and my friend.
I’m Gary [Wargelin] Campbell. Fortunately I was able to see you again at the Community Health Center. God bless you Al, Steve, and family.
Dorothy Cummings says
Terry I’m so sorry about your dad,he would always stop and chat with me when I was outside.I’m gonna miss that but he with Sandy now❤️ Hugs to you and your family. Dorothy Cummings
Terry and family, I was so sorry to read about your dad’s passing. He will be missed. Joan Carelli
Tammy & Larry says
Terry, Cindy and family,
I am heartbroken at the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man who always was wiling to help, ready for a joke and just a great person. We will miss him dearly,
Penny Brunell says
I remembered Mike when he drove bus for Head Start. He was funny, kind and gentle. He will be missed. My condolences to family. Sending prayers 🙏.
Jackie Burke says
So sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers . He will be missed.
Rosemary Hayes says
I really enjoyed visiting with Mike. Always very positive. Our sympathy to Terry, Cindy and family.
Sandy and Pat Maloney says
Terry, Cindy, Kenzi and Madison, We are so sorry to hear about your dad and grandpa’s passing. We would see him buzz down the alley in his little jeep and he would always wave and yell HI! He was a great guy and we know that he will be missed. Our sympathy to all of you. Sandy and Pat
Rob Wenger says
Terry, Cindy and family.
My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Terry and family. May your love and memories of your dad bring you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Naomi Krum says
My brother was the fifth oldest of the 12 kids. I have several memories. My favorite is when him, charlie and several friends would hit McCrackens junk yard. They would “barrow” the hoods from the cars and turn them into sleds. Us, younger kids, would be in the hoods being towed behind their vehicles in the snow. We would be towed all over up by thunder road.
In the summers I remember him and Sandy taking us up to Elk Horn Pass to play in the creeks and have a picnics.
When he worked at Safeway, I remember him teaching us how wording changes how people shop. (25 cents each versus 4/$1.00)
As my kids got older they remember him taking trollies full of tourists up to Lady of the Rockies.
He is not here, but we see him everyday the sun comes up. Gone but never forgotten.
The Snyders says
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved dad-gramma.