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MAXVILLE — Randall Leroy ”Sho” Shomate passed away Friday at his home in Maxville.

He was born Feb. 18, 1951, in Wise, Va., to Nelson and Iris (Blankenbecler) Shomate, and they moved to Butte when he was an infant. He attended Butte schools, including the Longfellow East Junior High and graduated from Butte High School. He served his country in the United States Army and following his discharge, returned to Montana, where he worked as a union boilermaker. He married Luann Wonnocott on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1974.

Sho was a beloved member of the Boilermakers Union Local 11 and could frequently be found helping out the Flint Creek Valley community. He had many hobbies, though riding his four-wheeler was his favorite. He had a profound love for his family and friends and is survived by his three children, Heath Shomate and his wife Ketti, Levi Shomate, all of Billings, and Josh Shomate, of Sheridan, Wyo.; one grandchild, Kash; and his best friend, Geno Bell.

In keeping with his final wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home and following services, a reception will be held at the McQueen Club. His cremated remains will be scattered where Sho loved to be, in the mountains of western Montana.

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