Richard Dow Butterfield

August 16, 1969 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 54) 54 Years Old


Richard Dow Butterfield, age 54, of West Glacier, MT passed away February 2, 2024. He was born August 16, 1969 in Flemington, NJ to the late Boydston Lewis Butterfield and Jane Marquerite Butterfield (Dow).
Rich was a well-educated gentleman that loved his family. He was always eager to lend a helping hand and was able to fix anything with his handyman skills. Professionally, Rich had worked in his early adulthood as an officer of the law in the town of Campton, NH. He was also a forest ranger, a TSA agent in Seattle and Kalispell and worked security jobs here and there. He was very proud to have worked on the security detail after 911 in New York City. Most people would recognize him as a dispatcher in Glacier National Park or the man behind the counter in Murdoch’s Gun sales. In his free-time he enjoyed, hiking, fishing, hunting, rafting, bicycling, target shooting, gun making and woodworking. The Chosen was his absolute favorite movie to watch and had been so looking forward to Season 4.

Rich was a very witty person, always getting that first hilarious response before anyone else. He made everyone laugh.
Rich is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathy Mary Butterfield; 4 four legged children: Bailey, Denali, Camas, and Aspen; siblings: Lorrie Butterfield, Beverly Bedell (Keith); and Lewis Butterfield (Paula); sister-in-law: Terri Butterfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Rich’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Columbia Mortuary, 1010 4th Avenue West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912. Viewing will be held 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to “Canvas Church of Columbia Falls,” 738 3rd Avenue West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912. To send online condolences, please visit

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