Fred Malesich

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Fred Malesich

Fred Malesich left this world peacefully on Christmas Eve at the age of 78.

He was born May 12, 1943, to Joe and Emma Malesich in Butte, Montana. Fred was the youngest of four boys, one of whom shared the same birthday.

Fred was raised in McQueen and grew up with all the neighborhood families. He was a prankster, which got him laughs, but also into occasional trouble as he attended Franklin School. His artistic talent showed at a young age with an ability to draw anything from animals to cars to cartoons. Fred was also very mechanically inclined.

Summers were spent in Dillon on his uncles’ and cousins’ ranches. After graduating from Butte High, he joined the Navy where he served in Hawaii as a torpedo man. Fred returned to Butte working a variety of jobs including delivering bottled pop, selling insurance, bucking freight at Garrett Freight Line, working for BSB County, the Safeway Warehouse, for Suttey Auto and for lifelong friends at Pioneer Weed Control and Baker Auto.

His free time was spentpainting pictures, camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and taking his buggy to mountain lakes.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother Emma; father Joe; brothers Bill (Lavinia) and Joseph; sister-in-law Carol Malesich; along with endless pets that he dearly loved.

Fred is survived by his wife Michelle; their son Tony Mazzola; grandchildren Elizabeth and Jake Mazzola; his sons Jim (Janet) Malesich and Brent (Stuart) Malesich; brother Tom Malesich; grandchildren Trevor Shearer, Noelle Malesich, Josh (Alysha) Keltz; and great-grandchildren Ellie and Brody Shields, and Kaci Keltz.

Thank you to the health care staff at St. James Healthcare, Pioneer Rehabilitation and Barrett Hospital.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 at the McQueen Club in Butte.

Please visit to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Fred. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services is privileged to care for Fred and his family.