In Memory

Bill Nagy (Paper Mill Superintendent) - Class of 2001

Bill Nagy (Paper Mill Superintendent)



William "Butch" Nagy   


PLAINS – William "Bill" "Butch" Nagy Jr., 73, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains.

Born to William “Bill” Nagy Sr. and Bernice “Bunny” (King-Carter) Nagy in Missoula on March 19, 1943, Butch was the third child of the Magnificent Seven who grew up running the wild-lands on the western outskirts of town from where the Super Walmart sits today to the Hellgate Trading Post on Mullan Road. In 1957 the family moved to the lower Ninemile area and attended Frenchtown schools, where Butch graduated in 1961.

In high school, Butch fell for an Alberton girl, Constance "Connie" Jean Gibbons.  Butch and Connie married January 6, 1962. Over the next 53 years, they made their home there, moving to Petty Creek in 1967 where they remained until Connie's passing.

To say Butch was industrious is like saying water is wet. He couldn't sit down because he'd fall asleep just long enough to bolt upright and head out the door, always work to be done. Growing up on venison, fish, and eggs, he started working early to make money for wheels and gas. Butch was always going somewhere. He got a job with Waldorf Corp. in 1962 and watched them become Hoerner, Champion, Stone, and Smurfit-Stone before he retired as paper mill superintendent in 2002.

After retiring from the mill he went to work as a custodian for Alberton schools, and over the last decade became Connie's full-time caregiver as her Parkinson's disease progressed. An avid hunter and fisherman all his life, Butch's goal was to spend his golden years fishing on Noxon Reservoir where he'd built a house and shop. He moved up to Trout Creek this spring after Connie's death in the late fall, but his health and his heart were in desperate shape. He was worn out. Butch died of pneumonia at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains less than 24 hours from the time he checked in after driving himself therefrom Trout Creek. That tells a lot about who he was.

In the past few years family members, including Connie, concerned about Butch's health, joked about which of them was going to go first. Obviously, it wasn't a joke. He held on until she could go.

Preceded in death by his wife and parents, Butch is survived by his children, Rick (Bonnie) Nagy , Coleen (Dan) Hanley, Pat (Lillian) Nagy and Tonya (Doniel) Olds; his siblings; Barbara (Keith) Chadwell, Don Nagy [Paper], Pat (Dick) Shwartz, Carol (Dan) Greer [Maintenance Supervisor], Sharon (Pat) McGowan and Roger (Pam) Nagy; and nine grandchildren, Jessie, Cody, Colt, Dani, Delani, Wyatt, Shayna, Cheyenne and Coyle. His great-granddaughter, Dilynn, arrived a month early so she could meet her Grandpa Nagy.  

Rest in Peace dear Friend.