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Walter Hanratty

June 16, 1929 — September 16, 2022

Baker

Funeral Mass for Walter Hanratty, 93, of Baker will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 23, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church in Baker with Father Phillip Chinnappan celebrating. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.

Visitation for Walter will be from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker with a rosary and vigil being held at 6:00 p.m.

Walter passed away Friday, September 16, 2022 at Fallon Medical Complex in Baker.

On a sunny Sunday morning, June 16, 1929 Thomas and Mattie (Phillips) Hanratty welcomed their last born, Walter, to join his two brothers and sisters at the family ranch northeast of Baker. Walter started school in Baker and then rode horseback to the O’Donnell School. He finished his education at the “school of hard knocks”, as he rather remain on the ranch. 

Walter met his true love, Jean Stanhope, and they were married on September 25, 1950 in Miles City, MT. They were blessed with five daughters, only two survived. They endured almost 72 years of good and bad times. He welded and rough necked until an accident in 1987 that ended his oilfield work. Jean held down the fort during those times and Walt preferred working on the ranch with the cows, horses and chickens. 

Walt enjoyed life in many ways. The ranch and all animals gave him joy. In his younger years he and Jean enjoyed square dancing. If able to get away Walt would go fishing. He really enjoyed his fishing trip to Alaska. Traveling to visit family took him and Jean to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri. When he took time off he would go elk hunting and has quite the collection of elk teeth.

Walt’s faith was very important to him and was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Baker. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for years. Walt was also a proud life time member of O’Fallon Historical Society and at the time of his death, the oldest native Bakerite at St. John’s. 

Walter will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 72 years (and they said it would never last), Jean; daughters, Deanna (Rollie) Topp of Billings, MT, Roberta Hanratty of Baker, MT; granddaughters, Amy Eldridge of TX, Brandy Griffith of WA, Kimberly (Jim) Vollrath of Belt, MT; three great grands to include, Aiden Hanratty of TX, Hadley and Ila Vollrath of Belt, MT; brothers-in-law, Ashley (Elaine) Stanhope and Lane (Robin) Stanhope of Baker, Dale Stanhope, Roger (Judy) Stanhope of CA;  sister-in-law J.C. Stanhope Baker, MT;  many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mattie Hanratty; brothers, Percy and Phil (Ida) Hanratty; sisters, Alice (Wendell) Holmquist, Catherine (Gene) Wellenstein; three infant daughters, Beverly Jean, Denise Lorene and Theresa Anne; brothers-in-law, Lyle (Myrt) Stanhope, Neal (Mary) Stanhope; sisters-in-law, Nina Stanhope and JoAnn Stanhope.

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Visitation

Thursday, September 22, 2022

4:00 - 6:00pm (Mountain time)

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

6:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)

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Mass

Friday, September 23, 2022

10:00 - 11:00am (Mountain time)

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210 West Center Avenue, baker, MT 59313

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