|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 2000|
Obituary from The Montana Standard:
Earl Thomas `` Buck'' Goldsworthy of Gallatin Gateway died Tuesday morning while vacationing in Vermont.
He was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Spokane, the oldest of nine children of Thomas and Mary (Dowling) Goldsworthy. The family settled in Butte when Buck was a child and he attended local schools, including the Blaine School and Butte Business College. He worked in the mines at the age of 16 and in July 1943 he enlisted in the Navy. He served with the Seabees with the 4th Naval Battalion in Hawaii. He served on several islands in the Pacific during World War II and survived two invasions on Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged in January 1946. In June 1946, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve in Butte. He served with the Navy for 38 years. In 1976, Senior Chief Goldsworthy was named outstanding chief of RNMCB-18. He was advanced to senior of the command and retired in June 1980.
Buck married Patty Lou Mitchell on Sept. 19, 1948, in Mountain View Methodist Church in Butte and together they reared their four children. They were active and longtime members of the United Congregational Church. They moved to Gallatin Gateway in July 1974.
Buck worked for several contractors in Butte and Bozeman areas and owned Goldsworthy Construction for many years. He finished off his career in the position of maintenance engineer at the Life of Montana Building in Bozeman.
Having to work since the age of 16, Buck, at 68, took the general educational development test (GED) because he was unable to finish high school. He passed with exceptional marks.
Buck used his carpentry talents in many ways and served on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity for Gallatin Valley. He was a construction supervisor for Habitat for eight years. In 1993, he went on a mission to Jamaica to work on the Caribbean Christian Children's School for the Deaf, where he rewired the entire building.
Mr. Goldsworthy was always generous with his time and would never turn someone down. He coached baseball from Peewee through Babe Ruth, served as scoutmaster for Troop #12 and was an adviser for the Order of the Arrow for many years. He was an usher at the Mother Lode Theatre. He was active in the Naval Reserve, belonged to the Butte Elks Drum and Bugle Corps, was past worthy patron for both Lily of the Valley Chapter #4, Order of the Eastern Star, and Butte Chapter #39, OES. He belonged to Mount Moriah Lodge #24, AF&AM, Bagdad Temple of the Shrine and was an accomplished painter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and four-wheeling and was a model railroad enthusiast. He was also a longtime and active member of the Evangelical Free Church in Bozeman.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patty Lou Goldsworthy of Gallatin Gateway; daughters and sons-in-law, Evonne and Tom Holman of Butte, Lynnette and Steve Mathisen of Aloha, Ore.; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Doreen Goldsworthy of Ridgefield, Wash., Dave and Lisa Goldsworthy of Olympia, Wash; grandchildren, Darlene Holman, Steve Jacob Mathisen, Douglas and Denise Goldsworthy, Heather Goldsworthy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Frank Parrett of Butte, Sharon and Jim Brintle of Las Vegas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Florence Goldsworthy of Henderson, Nev., Jim and Dorothy Goldsworthy of Reno, Nev.; aunt, Nellie Clawson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents; sisters, Mary Lou Goldsworthy, Margie Goldsworthy; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Alfred Isaacson; and brother, Robert Goldsworthy, preceded Buck in death.
Mr. Goldsworthy's remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call at 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by Mount Moriah Lodge #24 AF&AM memorial services at 7 p.m. Services are 2 p.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Brett LaShelle officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the United Veterans Council.
Memorial services for Mr. Goldsworthy are 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Evangelical Free Church in Bozeman.
Memorials: Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund; Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children; Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley.
Patty Lou Mitchell Goldsworthy (1931 - 2008)*
Sunset Memorial Park
Silver Bow County
Maintained by: Pat Linton
Originally Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Jun 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37792561