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Breidenbach, Richard Lee


Sept. 1, 1973 – Oct. 4, 2017

Richard Lee Breidenbach, 66, of East Helena passed away on October 4, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Richard was born on February 20, 1951 in Bakersfield, California to Modena Lucille Shuler and Alvin Jefferson Bates.

Richard married Patricia Buckingham on September 1,1973 in Townsend, Montana and from this union they had a son Cole, they later divorced. Richard met and married his soul mate in life, Sharon Duthie on July 5, 2002.

Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Richard worked a variety of jobs from building, painting and fabricating fire trucks, working in a tire shop, parts store to working 23 years at Montana Tunnels Mine in Jefferson City.

One of Richard’s highlights in life were spending time with his son Cole and granddaughter Lauren. He loved and adored her so very much. Another was his cherished time spent with his brother Ken working on Hot Rods. Richard enjoyed spending time with all his family and friends.

He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

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Richard is preceded in death by his mother Modena Lucille Shuler, sister Patricia Ann Link, and mother and father in law William and Kay Duthie.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Sharon; son Cole Breidenbach and his granddaughter Lauren Breidenbach; brother Ken (Sarah) Breidenbach; sister Alice Louise McCrae; brother in laws Gary Link, Clay (Billie Jo) Williams, Charles (Cindy) Duthie; sister in law Debbie Taylor and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service celebrating Richard’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 North Montana Avenue. A reception will follow the service in the social hall at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard's name are suggested to Volunteer Services at Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, PO Box 1500, Fort Harrison, MT 59636-1500 or to an organization of the donor's choice. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Richard.

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