Zenón Ignacio “Nash” Chio Almeida, 81, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Thursday, February 20, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

He was a loving husband and father, born June 6, 1938 in Tampico Alto, Veracruz, Mexico.

After receiving a third grade education in Mexico, he eventually made his way to Libby in 1961 and married a local girl, Shirline Jones. In 1967, he became a naturalized citizen and achieved his G.E.D in 1983.

He worked as a machinist and millwright. He loved the community; he volunteered in Search and Rescue, ambulance, mentored local youth and was an advocate for the anti-bullying initiative.

In his spare time he enjoyed rock climbing, scuba diving and collecting rocks. He loved the United States of America, Montana and especially Libby and the surrounding mountains.

He is preceded in death by beloved son Eric.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirline, and their children, daughter-in-law Donna, her children Tanya and Erika, Sally (Rick) Cordier, their children, Tyler, Lindsay, Jace, Damon, Dustin and Devin, Greg (Amy), their children, Michael and Rose, foster son Curtis Cureau and many much loved nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and extended family.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be made to

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