Monday, February 27, 2012

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James "JD" Dalbec

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James L. "JD" Dalbec, 72, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Benefis Health System.

Cremation has taken place and graveside services will take place at a later date. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JD was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Butte, to Vernon and Elaine (Collins) Dalbec. He attended school in Lewistown, Great Falls and Shelby. JD was a pitcher with the American Legion Baseball All-Stars and attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 - 1962.

He worked in radio in Libby, Anaconda, Shelby and Great Falls, and in TV in Great Falls. He was a sports fan and active in organizing the Steinhaus softball tournaments for Special Olym-pics.

JD is survived by his brothers, Joe (Geraldine Gunlickson) Dalbec of Miles City, and Keith (Patricia Nichols) Dalbec of Hendersonville, N.C.; sister Maryann (Greg) Axtman of Can-yon Ferry Lake; special uncle and aunt Floyd and Floy Collins of Butte; nieces Shannon of Miles City, and Kim Claasson of Boze-man; nephews Richard Pacot of Billings, Tim Dalbec of Parker, Colo., Dustin Axtman of New York City, Darak Axtman and Marchelle Springer of Bozeman, and Ashley Axtman of Missoula; eight grandnieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Memorials are suggested to Montana Highway Patrol Hope Project, PO Box 5927, Helena, MT 59604.

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