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 MALTA-Byron D. Ereaux, 65, former Mayor of Malta and convenience store manager, passed away Wednesday, August 16, at a local care center of natural causes.

    Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M., Monday, August 21 at the yard of Roy & Marian Ereaux, 234 S. 2nd Street East, Malta. There will be a gathering to share remembrances of Byron at Roy’s yard, 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Byron, namesake of Byron Hurley and Uncle Don Pope, was born on September 22, 1951, to Fred and Ilene (Burlingame) Ereaux in Glasgow, MT. He was the 9th of 11 children who spent his younger days in South Wagner, MT, attended St. Mary's School in Malta and graduated from Malta High School in 1969. He attended college for a time at Montana State University returning to Malta and driving gas truck for his brother Ezzie. He began a partnership with Robert Murphy in Roger's Saloon where he learned how to play cards with the best around. His love of all games and puzzles continued throughout his life. He showed no mercy to opponents and always played to win. He married Lynette Gullickson of Big Sandy, MT, on June 17, 1978. The light of his life was born on June 19, 1985, a daughter, Nellie Jo, followed by a son, Cohen Clifford, on July 7, 1989. He was generous with his time in community service as both a councilman and mayor of the city of Malta. He remained a loyal fan of Malta sports. His working career concluded at Westside Self-Service.

    He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ilene Ereaux; Aunt Sadie and Uncle Don Pope; brothers: Ezzie and Carrol; sisters: LaDonna and brother-in-law Jean Itcaina, June and brother-in-law James Fitzpatrick; sister-in-law Allie Ereaux; niece Monica Darrah; father-in-law Cliff Gullickson; nephew Nicholas Tyler.

    He is survived by his wife of 39 years, daughter, son, and grandson Kashus Michael all of Malta, MT; brothers Roger and Roy (Marian) of Malta, MT; sisters Claris Darrah of Malta, MT, Phyllis Harrington of Helena, MT, Stella (John) Murray of Great Falls, MT and Darla (Leo) Barthelmess of Malta, MT; sisters-in-law Jane Ereaux of Malta, MT and Jean Ereaux of Morgan Mill, TX; mother-in-law Doris Gullickson of Big Sandy, MT; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Guest Book

From: Doug Goodheart

Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Byron Don was a friend and will be missed.

From: Diane Smith

sincere sympathies go out to all of By's family and friends.

From: Chick

To every member of his family and friends I send my hugs and prayers. He was a real asset to our school, town and community. As a member of the Class of '69, I grieve the loss of another one of our classmates. I'm sorry I can not be there to share his memories.

From: Doris Row

Since I heard the news I've been praying for your family. Byron was a wonderful friend and i am filled with sadness for all of you. Praying God's peace for all of you.

From: Clarke Ellingson

Dear Lynette,
We are so sorry to hear Byron has passed away. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
So glad we got together and had dinner a couple of years ago.
Your friends always,
Clarke, Diane, Kayli and Mitchell Ellingson

From: Barb Peterson

So sorry for the loss of a great man. Prayers go out to all the family and friends.

From: Debbie Demarais

My thoughts are with you Lynette,Nellie,Cohen and all of Byrons family. Byron was very good to me. I know he and my Dad had a great working relationship but most of all they were friends. I have good memories of working for him and Murph. Every time I was trying to sneak a piece of his prime rib (which were masterpeices) I would turn around to "make haste' and I would always literally run into him. Busted with an end piece melting in my mouth. Byron was a kind and gentle man and I have a lot of respect for him. I appreciate all he did for the city of Malta both personally and professionally. Rest Peacefully Byron.

From: Wilma Mavencamp

Lynette & Family:
Peace to your all and prayers to all. Byron was very special person who will be greatly missed.

From: Glenna Branagan

Dear Friend Lynette,

I am so saddened to hear of Byron's passing. He was always so kind to me, and was very patient when you and I started laughing together at Homecoming. I hope and pray that your many years of good memories will help you through this most difficult time. Sincerely and with love, Glenna

From: Colleen Branagan

I am sorry to learn of Byron's death; I enjoyed visiting with him during the Big Sandy Homecoming visits; May our Lord hold your family in His loving arms and provide you consolation and healing in your sorrow.

From: Craig Erickson

I am deeply sadden by the news of B's death. He was a kind and generous man, a loving father, and a thoughtful friend. Lynette, Cohen, and Nellie I am very sorry for your loss.

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