Betty Lou Fleming entered Heaven’s gates on Dec. 24, 2017, at her home in Lincoln surrounded by family. Betty Lou was born Jan. 6, 1932, to Samuel and Ella Bignell. She attended school in Helmville and Deer Lodge. In 1953 she married Gerald Fleming. They didn’t waste any time starting a family. Leo was born in 1954 and eleven months’ later twins Larry and Jerry arrived. After taking a break for a few years in 1962 their daughter Linda was born. Helping on the ranch, cooking and cleaning kept Betty Lou busy until her grandchildren arrived. She thoroughly enjoyed them and the time she spent with each of them. Family and friends were her passion and delight. Betty Lou is survived by her sister Pauline and husband Bruce Benson of Avon. Children Leo and Kris Fleming of Ronan, Larry and Kathy Fleming of Fort Shaw, Jerry Fleming of Helena, Linda and Larry Menard of Lincoln, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Fleming and her brothers Sammy and Gerald Bignell. Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Helmville at St. Thomas Parish. A vigil service was held Monday, Jan. 1, in Helmville.
Michael Wood Mike was born in Great Falls, to Herbert Everett Wood and Patricia Mary Baroch on Dec. 25, 1947. In the later 50’s he spent a lot of time at the Kenneth Lee home on Stemple Pass. His family moved to Sequim, Wash. in 1960 where he attended Junior and Senior High School and Peninsula Community College. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Feb. 29, 1968 and served a year with the 1st Marine Air Wing, Phu Bai, Vietnam as an equipment operator. After discharge, he returned to Sequim and subsequently moved to Bellingham, Wash. where he lived for more than 30 years and worked out of the Western Washington Laborers Union. But he regularly returned to the place he loved – Lincoln - to hunt and visit friends. When he retired from the Union in 2004, he moved permanently to Lincoln. The mountains, rivers, creeks and wildlife created his paradise. Mike had a long history with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation starting in Washington, was a member of Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited. Mike passed away Monday Nov. 13, 2017. His surviving next of kin include his daughter, Lindsay Wood of Largo, FL and his sister, Sherry Wood of Olympia, Wash. Mike’s greater ‘family’ includes so many people of the Lincoln community. Special thanks to Kristin Birkholz, Linda Menard and Rhonda McClure and their families, who were not only his friend but provided care for him and his dog, Stryker, during his extended illness. Thanks also to the staff of VA Fort Harrison and St. Peter’s Hospice who also knew Mike not just as a patient but as a friend. Mike’s ashes will be buried at the Old Lincoln Cemetery at a date to be determined.
Sylvia Grosfield Gilliam Sylvia Grosfield Gilliam passed away Friday Nov. 10 at the age of 84. Born October 30, 1933 in Billings MT, Sylvia was the oldest of 6 children. Sylvia had a wonderful childhood in Big Timber. When she was in high school the family moved to Lincoln, MT and Sylvia opted to remain in Big Timber to graduate with her class. She stayed in touch with her childhood friends and enjoyed attending many school reunions. Sylvia graduated from Eastern MT College and became an elementary teacher. She was loved by many students and enjoyed guiding them to a love of learning. In 1957 Sylvia married Keith Stebbins. The couple had three children. The family settled in Belgrade where Sylvia taught 3rd and 4th grade. She was a dedicated mother and worked hard to ensure her children all attended university. After the passing of her husband, Keith Stebbins, in 1989, Sylvia married John Gilliam, a childhood friend from Lincoln MT in 1990. John and Sylvia lived in Missoula and enjoyed spending summers at their cabin in Lincoln. Sylvia enjoyed traveling and visiting her family. She traveled often to Hawaii to visit her eldest son Mark. She also enjoyed traveling to Europe, exploring her ancestral home in Norway. Sylvia is survived by her husband John, her three children, Mark Stebbins (Karen) Hilo HI, Kari Jenkins (Ken) Boise ID, and Robert Stebbins (Debbie) Lolo MT. Sylvia is also survived by two granddaughters, Laura Jenkins and Sarah Stebbins. Sylvia took great pride in her eldest granddaughter Laura’s graduation from Montana Tech. Sylvia recently attend Laura and Rowan Sauer’s wedding. She was happy to see all her family together. She loved her younger granddaughter, Sarah. Sylvia enjoyed picking her up from school and having Sarah read her stories. The two spent many hours together cuddling in the recliner. Sylvia will be missed by many and fondly remembered by all. She was known as a kind woman who put her family first. A service is planned for Sat. Dec 2, 1:00 pm, Atonement Lutheran Church, Missoula MT.
Cheryl Ann Harvey On the morning of July 4, 2017, Cheryl passed away at her residence in Lincoln, after a nearly ten-year battle with breast cancer and heart failure. Cheryl was 60 years old. Cheryl was born Nov. 9, 1956 in Baltimore, Md., to Benjamin and Della Harvey. She grew up in Airvill, Penn. with her father, mother and younger sister Brenda. There they lived at a riding stable where Cheryl had discovered her deep passion to work with and be surrounded by horses. She graduated from Kennard Dale High School in 1974 and began what most would describe as a very adventurous life. After graduating she ran a bar in Baltimore at the Inner Harbor. She also ran several other businesses. She then decided to take her entrepreneurial skills on the road when she met her partner Rudy. They traveled all over the states moving and packing up homes for families. During their time of travel Cheryl learned to sky dive and always would talk about the many different drop zones she had been too. The feeling of freedom, as she had always been a free spirit, was what gave her love for the very extreme sport. Her trucking partner Rudy brought Cheryl to Montana in the early 80’s, where she rekindled her passion for horses and the lifestyle surrounding them. Cheryl and her partner decided to purchase a home and settle just outside of Lincoln in the late 90’s, but continued to travel all over the states. Cheryl eventually decided it was time to stay close to home with her horses and Mary Faith Hoeffner, a very close and dear friend, taught her about outfitting. She began to work in the backcountry with outfitters as a camp cook, and an amazing one at that. Through the horse life and back country cooking Cheryl met many people and began very close relationships with likeminded individuals, as well as training others as cooks to work for outfitters. In 2000, when the fires were threatening her home she decided to join a fire crew as an independent contractor where she met her husband and life partner Bill Wellenstein. After meeting Bill and becoming a loving step-mother to his youngest daughter Tayler and three older children Tara, Tyrel and Trey, they started several businesses. Cheryl continued to cook for outfitters as well as paint houses and do contracting work, she was also known to some as an avid collector of many things. In 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began her battle with health. Although she was in pain, she continued to work hard and never gave up. A year later she was in an accident and broke her back, which caused her to give up what she loved doing most, riding horses. She was a well-known and loved citizen of Lincoln for upwards of 30 years. There has never been a person to say Cheryl didn’t stay positive through all the trials and tribulations life sent her way. She always had a smile, a hug, and a goofy laugh to brighten anyone’s day. She was kind, caring and a selfless woman who always put others first. Cheryl is survived by her husband Bill Wellenstein; her four step-children and their spouses Tayler & Bryan Brown, Tara & Kerry Patton, Ty & Sonja Wellenstein and Trey & Mary Wellenstein, mother Della Harvey, sister Brenda Brooks, sister-in-law Jeri and Tom Domme, 11 grandchildren: Zoey and Sunny Patton, Blake, Marly, Jayce, Bria and Hunter Wellenstein, Layla and Finlay Wellenstein, Barrett Orth and Remington Brown, nieces and great nieces and nephews and spouses Victoria Kurczyn & Ian, Isaiah and Rohan Evans; Joni Kurczyn & Jose, Andrea and Camila Landivar, Emily Kurczyn & Chuck and Ella Bowen, Clarissa Kurczyn & Leah Eveland.
Hazel May Thomas Hazel May (Ray) Thomas passed on June 14, 2017, at her oldest son’s house in Ogden, Utah. Hazel had been in hospice care in Ogden since March. Hazel attended grade school in Gage, Mont., and graduated from the Roundup, Mont. high school in 1947. In 1969, she entered the University of Montana and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She taught at schools in Hall and Jackson, ending up in Lincoln where she taught for seven years, until her retirement. She married in 1947 and later divorced. She is survived by three children, David Thomas, Jr. of Ogden, Utah, Carol White of Newcastle, Wyo., and Danny Griffith Thomas of Sutton, Alaska. She has four grandchildren, Tess, Billy, Luke and Katie, and five great grandchildren, Will, Addison, Paisley, Cyrus and Alan. Hazel is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters, Cleo, Harry, Ethel, Daska, George, Buster and Tommy. Hazel loved fishing, hunting, dancing, playing cards and casino bingo but most of all she loved the freedom of the open road, of traveling around the west in her RV. A remembrance will be held for Hazel in September at the Roundup Cemetery.
Patricia Geary Were she here in person--and hearts from Helmville to Ireland wish with fervor she were---Patricia Eileen Bernadette Baker Geary , born March 17, 1920, would have this synopsis of her life read simply: “Thank You”. Expressing her thankfulness for the kindnesses done by many, many people drawn to her magnetic humor and unmatched hospitality became a driving motive for a woman who, at 97, drove 34 miles round trip to Lincoln to have her hair done. This just three weeks before she left this earthly plane on June 15, 2017. Cautioned once by her daughter that there might come a day the car keys would be relinquished, Pat quipped, “No. I’ll drive to the cemetery and you bring the car home.” To the young patrolman who pulled her over for speeding at 80 (yes, both age and speed) she admonished, “I hope your grandmother is proud of you!” Sometime after her 85th birthday, Pat would jokingly reference her time in Saint Thomas Church as “cramming for finals”. She didn’t say “death”, preferring "conclusion", a more fitting word for something "to be continued". Pat met her husband John T. “Jack” Geary on stage in Butte, Montana during rehearsals for a co-ed theatrical production featuring students from Girls’ Central high school and boys from Christian Brothers’ high. Years later, on a romantic lane in Butte, Jack knelt to propose. The demure, red-headed love of his life immediately proclaimed, “Hell, yes!” Henceforth they laughingly called that lane the “Hell Yes! Road”. Accomplished musician, Pat would, on any given Saturday night in the Blackfoot Valley, pull pep and pluck from even the most pathetic piano in dance gigs with the Helmville Orchestra. Come Sunday, she was at the church organ where pomp and circumstance prevailed. Should, however, this notice of her passing also serve as curriculum vitae for a position as Organist in Heaven, full disclosure by members of Saint Thomas Parish requires we admit in recent years not just a little infusion of boogie woogie began to flavor her rendering of the musical liturgy. If you haven’t heard “Ave Maria” with a backbeat, you really haven’t heard “Ave Maria”. Educator. Pat taught grade school. She taught piano. Catechism. She taught boys to remove their hats indoors and everyone to tie up their dangling prepositions. She taught the Hokey Pokey. She taught the schottish. In each of these, she put not only her left hand in, her right hand in, she put her whole heart in and shared it all around. She quite literally taught how to live, condensing her pedagogical philosophy to the oft-repeated declaration: “You can’t have too much fun.” She is predeceased by her husband, Jack; son-in-law Cliff Holt; grandson, Eric Holt. She is survived by daughter Michelle Holt and husband Ted Hannah, daughter Nora Myett and husband Greg, granddaughter (cribbage and cruise partner) Heather Holt, grand-daughter-in-law Tammy Holt, three great-grandchildren--Jeremiah, Sierra and Bridger Holt-- many Baker and McDonnell kin and her dear dog, Taffy. Hers was such a big, welcoming personality, fourteen nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren, the kind people of Helmville, Ovando, Lincoln, Deer Lodge and Butte also must be listed as saddened survivors. They say it takes a village to raise a child. But who raises the village? Patricia Eileen Bernadette Baker Geary raised us up to the dance floor. She raised us up at the mass recessional. She raised the standard for desserts. She raised more eyebrows than Groucho Marx. If you are among the kind, caring staff of Saint Patrick’s Hospital or Kalispell Regional Medical Center whom she invited to the Labor Day Rodeo, let it be known the offer still stands, though the one who extended it is probably busy trying to make Saint Peter laugh and remove his hat should he show her through the Pearly Gates (which a gentleman would do.) Tell the staff at the rodeo gate: “Pat invited me”. A vigil will be held at Saint Thomas Parish, Main Street Helmville on Friday June 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be said Saturday 24 at 11:00 with internment immediately after at the Helmville Cemetery. A luncheon will then be served at the community hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Helmville Chapter of the Daughters of Isabella beneficent fund or the Patricia Baker Geary scholarship fund for 8th grade graduates of the school she loved. She’s on the Hell Yes! Road to Heaven and in classic style she’ll raise some dust. Patrolmen, doff your hats and don’t dare ask “Where were you speeding to?” "I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks..." Shakespeare
Tessa Gehring Tessa Lynn Gehring, 24, joined her Lord and Savior in heaven Friday, May 12, 2017, following years of brave struggle with severe medical conditions. Tessa was born to Butch and Wendy Gehring on January 13, 1993, in Missoula, Mont. and grew up in Lincoln, Mont., where she attended Lincoln Schools for the first 12 years of her education, graduating in 2011. Always determined to tackle her goals, Tessa went on to graduate from the University of Montana in 2015 with a degree in psychology – one of her greatest passions – and was pursuing her career at Watsons Children’s Shelter in Missoula, a job she loved. Although she was dealt a very difficult hand in life, coping with debilitating medical problems and resultant disabilities from a young age, she played that hand with grace and beauty, setting such an unflinching example of courage, compassion, humor and lack of self-pity that she couldn’t help but touch the lives of everyone she encountered. Never one to complain or seek the spotlight, Tessa was known for her sense of humor and quick wit, was always ready for an adventure, and enjoyed a close relationship with family and an active social life with her many friends. A gentle and empathetic spirit, she had a lifelong love of animals and was an avid reader and a sci-fi and fantasy buff. Although Tessa’s life was far too short, she lived a very big, authentic life. She traveled to Europe, spent a summer on the coast of California, furthered her education, nurtured loving relationships and worked with children. She despised pity, refused special treatment, and did her best not to dwell on limitations or setbacks, endeavoring instead to always move forward, toward the future she desired. Though she is now reunited with her Dad, Butch, in heaven, Tessa’s passing is mourned by so many. She leaves behind a grieving mother, siblings, niece, nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. However, her warmth and genuine spirit were felt by so many that countless people will feel her loss. In particular, the town of Lincoln, who rallied around Tessa in her times of need, now shares in her family’s grief– something her mother would like to acknowledge. “Tessa was this town’s child, she wasn’t just mine,” her mother, Wendy, said. Services for Tessa will be held at 1 p.m. on June 4 in the Lincoln School gymnasium, with a pot-luck style reception to follow at the Lincoln Community Hall. We, her family, encourage all who knew her to join us in celebration of Tessa’s life. In remembrance of Tessa and with her family’s heartfelt gratitude, donations to help defray funeral and medical costs can be delivered into the care of Citizen’s Alliance Bank in Lincoln or made online at www.gofundme.com/gehring-family-funeral-medical.
Larry Friedenbach Larry Friedenbach, 70, passed away May 22, 2017 after an undefeatable bout with cancer. Rosary will be offered Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m., Funeral Mass will be held Saturday June 17 at 11 a.m., both at St Jude’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, Mont. All friends and family are invited to celebrate this kind man’s life at Jim and Loretta Souders’ home, 410 C St. after services on Saturday about 12:00 -1:00.
Daniel Arley Robinson Daniel Arley Robinson, passed away at his home in Lincoln on March 20 at the age of 88. Dan was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Perkins, Oklahoma to Pauline Grace and Daniel A. Johnson. He later legally changed his last name to Robinson after his stepfather Elmer Edward Robinson. Recognizing his intelligence at an early age, his 4th grade teacher decided to advance him early. One day she said “Tomorrow...you’ll be in 5th grade.” Much to the chagrin of his cousins and siblings. An engineer by nature, in his early teens Dan was the first in his neighborhood to have electricity, because he found a way to install it himself. All the neighbors would gather around once a week at the Robinson residence for an hour of Grand Ole Opry. This would mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for engineering, and define Dan’s self-made spirit. Growing up in Arkansas near the Oklahoma border, Dan decided he would rather attend high school in Oklahoma. He would get up early in the morning, milk the cows, check his fur traps and then ride his “one-handled, no seat” bicycle across the border into Oklahoma where he could catch the bus to Colcord High School, from which he would later graduate. Around the age of 14, during a yearly visit by his aunt and uncle who owned a jewelry and clock store in Chicago, he was offered an opportunity to learn the trade of clock repair. Immediately after their departure he ran to the local dump to scavenge for clock parts, spending hours dismantling and studying them in an effort to advance his own education on the subject. When they eventually called for him, he dressed in his finest (though meager) clothes and rode the bus all the way to Chicago alone. When he was 17, his uncle offered to send him to college but Dan declined, and instead opted to join the US Navy. While he was enlisted, he served in the Korean War on two different aircraft carriers as an Aerographer’s Mate. First on the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) and later on the USS Antietam (CV-36). Enlisting was a decision he would never regret. Medals and honors included; Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, China Service Medal, Good conduct Medal and a United Nations Ribbon. Dan never stopped, his indomitable spirit endured throughout his entire life. Some notable accomplishments include: a diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (1982), Certifications from both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1975) and the American Gem Society (1985), and a Certified Biographical Record with the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board (1989-1990). He was an accomplished Engineer, Goldsmith, Gemologist, Jeweler, Clocksmith, Hunter, Fisherman, Gardener, Poet, Builder, Horse Wrangler, Brewer, golfer, boating enthusiast, and more. If there was a challenge to be had, Dan was always ready to meet it. Dan was fortunate enough to have traveled all over the United States throughout his lifetime. From Silicon Valley to Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, across upper Montana, and Alaska just to name a few. But it was in Lincoln that Dan finally found his true home. A place where he could literally feed the deer in his yard out of his own two hands. A place of quiet solitude where he could enjoy his golden years with his wife Kathie and his cat Mason. He always said, “The only way I’m leaving this place is boots first”. Dan is survived by his wife of 20 years; Kathleen S. Robinson, his siblings; Mary Lou Henegar and Edward Eugene Robinson, his Sons and Daughters; Daniel, Paulette, Henry, Michael, Jeanette, Annette, and his stepchildren; Anna, Nicole, Christopher, and Matthew. We will always remember your love, kindness, attention to detail, can-do spirit, and your sense-of-humor. You were always a person who could be relied on for a helping hand. Dan’s remains have been cremated at his request and will be Interred at the Fort Harrison Cemetery in Helena, Mont. Services will be held in Lincoln at an indeterminate time. Inquiries can be forwarded to his wife Kathleen at (406) 362-4419.
Evelyn Mehmke (Hammer) Young Evelyn Marguerite Young, 95, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at her home in Great Falls, surrounded by her family. Evelyn was born to Walter and Marguerite Mehmke Aug. 12, 1921 in Belt, Montana. She was raised on the farm ten miles east of Great Falls. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1939. Evelyn married Donald Hammer Jan. 5, 1946 and they had two daughters, Karleen and Donna. In 1953 the family moved to Lincoln, Montana to start a log construction business. After Don’s death in 1965, Evelyn and her daughters moved back to Great Falls and she started working at Weissmans. On Aug. 10, 1968 she married Roy Young. They built a home along the Missouri River near Craig where she spent many happy days enjoying the rural life tending flowers and a bountiful garden, along with canning and preserving produce. Raspberry jam and chokecherry syrup were her specialties. Baking was a favorite pastime and her apple pie was the highlight of many gatherings. She loved to sew and made dolls for her granddaughters and others. She was also a faithful member at Emmanuel Bible Church for 45 years. She is survived by her husband, Roy; daughters, Karleen (Andy) Anderson and Donna (Paul) Koss; step-daughters, Bonnie (Hal) Jorgensen, Loretta Stemple, and Kathy (Glen) Martinson; granddaughters, Karla (Ross) Butcher, Lisa (Brooks) Hammel, Lana (Jasan) Moyer, Greta (Eric) Buehler and Kerry (Jim) Bystrom as well as many beloved great grandchildren, nieces Charlotte Mehmke, Mardel Scott, and nephew Walter Mehmke. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Mehmke, and first husband Donald Hammer. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at Emmanuel Bible Church, 3400 11th Ave S, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Burial of the ashes will be in the Lincoln Cemetery at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, memorials in Evelyn’s name may be made to the Emmanuel Bible Church in Great Falls.
Donnie Lee Dietz Donnie Lee Dietz, 79, passed away peacefully at Peace Hospice in Great Falls, Mont. on May 4, 2017, surrounded by loving family and friends. He will be missed by his family and is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Shirley Ann Dietz; sons Tim (Laza) of Billings, Mont., and Chuck (Wendy) of Lincoln, Mont.; daughters, Debbie (Dave) Fertterer of Belt, Mont., and Marilyn (Steve) Kersch of Sun River, Mont.; and sisters Elaine (Jim) Hitchcox of Fairview, Minn., and Ardith Preble of Helena, Mont. He was preceded in death by his daughter Peggy Clark of Lincoln, Mont.; parents Adelbert and Hazel Dietz of Oakes, N.D.; and brothers Ernie Dietz of California and Lynn Dietz of Chandler, Ariz.. Donnie Lee Dietz was born on February 11, 1938 in Britton, S.D. Donnie Lee Dietz and Shirley Ann Muretta were married June 7, 1958, at Central Christian Church in Great Falls. They made a wonderful life together and out of this union had five children, 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a wonderful extended family of nieces and nephews. Donnie leaves behind a legacy of this family, a family that will miss him. Donnie worked at Meadow Gold Dairy until 1959, Hamm’s Distributing until 1973 and Gusto Distributing until 1989, all prior to his retirement when he and Shirley moved to Lincoln. This was a move that brought Donnie and Shirley to an area they felt at home and at peace, farming in the Sun River Valley and loving the outdoors. We all know he was one who loved to dish out a few jokes and a hard time to any visitors, making sure they got a little piece of his mind! To honor his final request, there will be no service. Donnie has been cremated and his ashes will be spread in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a special place of his choosing. He’s now free from this life and our love goes with him to the next.
Marlene Maye Sandru Marlene Maye Sandru, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, of Lincoln, Montana, passed away April 7, 2017. She was born on May 9, 1939 in Helena, Montana, and graduated from Helena School in 1957. Marlene had happy memories of working as a carhop at the RB Drive In and as a movie usher at the Marlow Theater while in school. Marlene married her high school sweetheart Alex Sandru on Sept. 7, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. They resided on his family ranch in Canyon Creek, Montana, where Marlene was an important part of the ranch operations. She enjoyed raising chickens, gardening, and cooking for the family and the ranch crew. There was always room for unexpected guests at her table accompanied by gales of laughter. Marlene excelled at baking bread, rolls, pies, cakes, and cookies. Family was her world and she kept busy raising their three children, Rick, Steve, and Lori. She enjoyed spending time with them, and all of their friends who felt like the Sandru Ranch was a second home. Marlene was a 4-H leader for Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club for many years. In 1990, Alex and Marlene embarked on a new ranching adventure with Rick and his wife Jody and their family in Twin Bridges, Montana. Living in the same ranch yard allowed Marlene and Alex to be very involved in the lives of their grandchildren. Granny’s kitchen was always open and never empty. Marlene had a gift for making even the simple things special like drawing fences on buttered bread, sewing homemade Halloween costumes, and giving her grandkids a special bell to ring when they were home sick from school. Her grandchildren treasured helping her bake homemade breads and her prized butter cookies. She enjoyed watching songbirds and had many cherished family pets. Marlene loved all God’s creatures -- except snakes. Her grandsons learned, after only one prank, never to tease Granny with a snake! Alex and Marlene retired to the family cabin in Lincoln in 2000. There, she spent time helping Alex remodel the cabin, and enjoyed living close to her son Steve, daughter Lori, and their families. She loved gardening, and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. There were many fun family get-togethers at the cabin which included volleyball, horseshoes, croquet, skipping rocks, and fishing on the Blackfoot River. In the winters, Marlene would joke that she was going south, and for 10 years, she and Alex returned to the ranch in Twin Bridges for calving season. Her cooking was one of the main reasons the ranch was able to keep help. Through the years, Marlene and Alex logged many miles as they never missed their grandkids birthday parties, sporting events, music recitals, and graduations. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Margaret Bryson, and her brother, Mike Foley. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Alex of Lincoln; sons, Rick (Jody) of Twin Bridges and Steve (Tammy Pipinich) of Lincoln; daughter, Lori (Joel Oelfke) of Helena; eight grandchildren, Alexis Sandru (Luke Berger), Ty Sandru (Kayla), Joe Sandru, Kjersten Sandru, Shandell VanDonsel, Hunter VanDonsel, Cody Clark (Brenna), and Kori Keller (Jared); and three great-grandchildren, Ambrose and Alex Berger and McKenna Sandru. Marlene's strong spirit, laughter, zest for life, and unconditional love will be missed and long remembered. Thank you, Granny, for teaching us that family is everything and if you have the will you can accomplish anything. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, 3580 North Benton, Helena, Montana
Millie Hicks Millie passed away shortly after her 90th birthday, on March 8, 2017 as the result of a fall. She was born March 4, 1927 in Great Falls to George and Martha Foster; she was the fifth of seven children and the first one born in a hospital. Millie was raised and attended school in Augusta until the last two years of high school when she moved to Great Falls to live with her oldest sister where she worked to finish school. In school in Augusta, she was a member of the chorus, band and woman’s basketball team. At the time, their band made a trip to Havre to play for the then governor, Sam Ford; this made quite an impression on her. Immediately after high school, Millie and Calvin Hicks, a Wolf Creek area rancher, were married in Great Falls on June 9, 1945. They were married for 55 ½ years before Calvin’s passing in 2000. Millie lived on the ranch near Wolf Creek until October 2016, when she moved to assisted living. Millie was very involved in the ranch operation and enjoyed raising Hereford cattle and later, Angus cattle, horses, Border collie dogs, and chickens. She took great pride in the large garden she grew and enjoyed canning and freezing the garden products as well as making lots of jam and jelly. Hummingbirds were a passion and Millie waited in anticipation of their arrival in the spring. This past summer she would climb the ladder twice a day to keep the hummingbird feeders full and always had a batch of food ready for the next feeding. Millie was a member of the Dearborn Homemakers for more than 50 years, the Lewis and Clark County Cattle Women, a charter member Dearborn Garden Club, a member of the Lincoln Wood Carvers, a member of the Dearborn Chapel and a member of the Wolf Creek school P.T.A. when the kids attended school there. She also volunteered for events and happenings in the community. Millie did lots of knitting, sewing, and reading and the highlight of the last few years was going to Lincoln to wood carve on Wednesdays. Millie enjoyed country Western music and played the piano occasionally at dances in Augusta, Craig and Wolf Creek. She and Cal enjoyed dancing and both were accomplished dancers. They could be found dancing on weekends all around the area. In later years, they especially enjoyed going to the Elks in Helena on Friday nights to dance. Millie enjoyed going to bull sales and auctions with Cal. She was a very social person and liked to visit with anyone and everyone. Surviving Millie are a daughter, Susan and Ray Hemmer of Lincoln, and a son, Tony and Janice Hicks of Ovando, grandson, Les Hicks (Holly) and a granddaughter, Jody Hicks (Shane), great granddaughters, Megan, Brooke, and Ella Hicks and a sister, Helen (frank) Morgan of Augusta. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, her parents and siblings (who knew her as Bizzy) brother, Frank P. Foster, sisters, Emma Breidenbach, Martha Youderian, Minnie Lund, Opal Smith and an infant brother. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other family and friends. We would like to thank all the neighbors, family and friends who came to visit, called and brought food and friendship to Millie in her later years and for their generosity and support – especially Don and Cherie Johnson, her neighbors, for their caring and concern over the years. Also thank you to the staff at Country Life Assisted Living for the care and compassion during the short time she lived there and the doctors and nurses at St. Peter’s Hospital and Frontier Hospice. A memorial service celebrating Millie’s life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A pot-luck reception (side dishes and desserts suggested) will immediately follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Dearborn Cemetery in Wolf Creek. Memorials in Millie’s name are suggested to Gift of Life Housing, Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406, Dearborn Cemetery, 5405 Hwy 434, Wolf Creek, MT 59648, Frontier Hospice, 800 Front Street, Helena, MT 59601, or a charity of the donor’s choosing. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Millie.
Elwood Rodger Hiatt May 12, 1942 - March 6, 2017 After a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the good Lord took Woody home. Woody was born in Missoula, and attended school in Ovando and Twin Bridges. Woody served in the Army in the mid-60’s at Fort Irwin, Calif. and Fort Lewis Wash. After his service, he came back to Montana and worked in Ovando, Helmville and Twin Bridges in logging, mining, ranching and prospecting, and as a service station manager. He married Linda Woolen. They later divorced and he married Nina (Baril) Stolp Woody had a passion for prospecting and mining. He loved being outdoors and until a few years ago, he had a reputation for being able to out hike anyon, and he could often be seen taking long walks along Stemple Pass Road when he wasn’t out prospecting. He could also usually beat you at a game of cribbage. Woody was funny, hardworking, honest and steadfast in his faith. He was a genuinely good man. Woody is survived by his sisters Edna (Ken) Esterby of Charlo, Joan (Ron) Ruble of Spokane, his brother Terry Hiatt of Pennsylvania, and his children Machelle (Kevin) Costello of Missoula, Shannon Foti of Seattle, Chad Hiatt of Missoula, Steve Stolp of North Dakota, Samantha (Mike) Songer of Helena and Erin (Roger) Dey of Lincoln. Woody also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Agnes (Bayes) Hiatt, stepmom Aileen (Purdy) Hiatt, brother Dwayne and baby brother Jack. Cremation has taken place. Per his wishes there will be no services. Donations can be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or to the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 455, Lincoln, MT 59639.
Danny Brown Daniel J. Brown passed away bravely at home, with friends by his side Wednesday, Feb. 22, after a swift battle with cancer. Danny was born July 27, 1950 in Helena, Mont., the first of three sons born to Alma Totdahl Brown and Kenneth “Keggy” Brown. As an infant, Danny lived with his parents in Humbug cabin, an original homesteader’s cabin on what is now Baldy Mountain Ranch in Lincoln. Later, he moved with his mother and two younger brothers to Spokane, Wash., where he spent most of his school years. Throughout high school Danny enjoyed and participated in sports and was a fast runner, excelling in track. Later in life, he retained a love of sports and enjoyed watching them locally and on television. Danny graduated from Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., in 1970. After graduating from high school, he worked for two years on a ranch in Ritzville, Wash. Returning to Montana, he discovered a talent for cooking – something he had always enjoyed - and spent nearly twenty years in the kitchen, working primarily for Mariott Hotels and Carroll College in Helena. Danny spent most of his adult life in Montana, living in Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Billings and Lincoln, and said Lincoln always felt the most like home. In 1973 he met and married his first wife, Judy Sparrow Brown, with whom he had four sons. After leaving Helen, he spent the last several years of his life in Lincoln, working at Sunshine Sawmill – a job he called “fun.” A self-proclaimed loner, Danny is remembered by friends and family as hard-working, caring and gentlemanly. Danny is survived by brothers Arnold R. Brown (Ethel Peterson), Rodney L. “Gus” Brown and Brian Gilbert, sons Shane, Justin, Scott and Josh Brown, their spouses, thirteen grandchildren, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family would like to publicly thank Danny’s dear friend Pat Wilson for his invaluable assistance to Danny in the final months of his life. An informal pot-luck celebration of Danny’s life will be held at the Wilderness Bar in Lincoln on Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Danny’s memory to the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance.
Bettie Ann Russell, 85, of Hardin passed away Jan. 31, 2017. She was born Dec. 6, 1931 in Portsmouth, N.H., the only daughter of Joseph and Justine Cellucci. She later moved with her parents to San Diego, Calif., where her father served in the military. Bettie often returned to Portsmouth to visit family and it was during one of these trips that she met Jerry R. Russell, who was in the Coast Guard. It wasn’t long before they realized they were meant to be together. Dad and Mom were married in Yuma, Ariz., after Dad’s discharge from the military. They moved to Hardin to begin their life together. Mom worked at several jobs before the couple purchased and managed the Three Bears Motel in Lincoln. She loved Lincoln and got to know all of her return customers. Mom loved life, flowers, birds, Beanie Babies and, of course, all of us. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband Jerry R. Russell; son Robert J. (Rochelle) Russell; daughters Jeri Lynn (Jim) Edwards, Julie Ann Russell and Joni Lee Klimashesky; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Mom, we love you and will miss you so much, but we know you are in a better place and are now watching over all of us. Cremation and services have already taken place.
James Alfred Cranmer James Alfred Cranmer, 90, a former resident of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at a Great Falls care facility. James was born on August 9, 1926 in Eureka, Montana to Porter R. and Jeannetta (Nelson) Cranmer. His parents divorced when he was very young and he was primarily raised by his grandparents, Fred and Bertha Nelson. He attended rural schools in the Eureka-Whitefish area under the name of Jimmy Nelson. In his early years, James was a car mechanic and sawmill operator. He married the love of his life, Violet V. Wilson on May 18, 1950. They had three daughters. The family moved to Missoula in the early 60s, where James attended business college and became an accountant. In 1966, they moved to Great Falls where James worked for Gold Bond Enterprises, Charter's Hardware, and Dun & Bradstreet. In 1973, he moved his wife and youngest daughter to Lincoln, where he was self employed cutting posts and preparing tax returns. They left in 1985 and retired to the Flathead, where they lived until 2014, returning to Great Falls. James was a past member of several churches. He loved music; and played a number of different instruments. He wrote and recorded many songs onto cassettes, mostly gospel, ballads and cowboy songs. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sisters Rayola, Betty, Gladys, and Maxine; brother Iven (Butch) Cranmer, and granddaughter Amanda Baker. James is survived by his wife, Violet Cranmer of Great Falls, sister Sherry Caverly of Bigfork, daughters Grace Crowder of LaGrange, GA, Dora White of Great Falls, and Ruth Baker of Lincoln; 8 grandchildren including Heather Baker and Jessica Baker of Lincoln; 6 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life and burial of ashes will be held at a later date in the Flathead Valley. Service details to follow in the spring. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home.
Noel Anderson Noel Dwight Anderson, died of natural causes in his home in Lincoln, Montana, on November 30, 2016. Noel was born to George and Dorothy Anderson on Dec. 18, 1960. He attended grade school in Lincoln and High School in Augusta. After High School, Noel attended the Helena Vo-Tech for mechanics training. He married Tanya Leak and they had two children, Derek and Holly. Derek has preceded Noel in death. Noel and Tanya’s marriage ended in divorce. Noel later married Michele Gallo, which also ended in divorce. His life took him to Alaska for work, and also California. He was always a good worker and known to be one of the best machinery operators around. Both in the woods and on contracting jobs, Noel was an asset when it came to machinery! Noel excelled at sports in High School and fell in love with fast-pitch softball and continued to pitch well into his 40’s. A lifetime resident of Lincoln, Montana, he was known for walking miles on the Blackfoot River and being a friend to all. A memorial service followed by a potluck will be held on Dec. 18, at the Lincoln Community Hall at 1p.m. A family burial will follow at the Old Lincoln cemetery. Noel is preceded in death by his father George Anderson, brother Neal and son Derek. He is survived by his daughter Holly, mother Dorothy, brother Brent and two sisters-Nyleen Freeman of Oregon and Shona Anderson of Lincoln. He also has many nieces and nephews who will miss him.
Annette Doyle Annette Doyle, 90, of Helena and previously Lincoln, passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison, with friends and family present. Annette was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1926 to Frank Kalista and Anna Gruenberg. She was raised by Emma Gruenberg, who also raised Ray and Chuck Gruenberg. Annette found her birth sister later on and had a happy reunion with her shortly after she completed her nursing degree. Annette received her nursing degree in Indiana at Sisters of St. Francis and interned at Mary Mount Hospital six months, and worked very closely with the nuns from the order of St. Alexus. She was a cadet nurse from 1945–1948 and a Navy nurse from 1952–1957. Annette told stories of when she was stationed in Argentina and Newfoundland. She shared that, of her two assignments outside the US, the one in Newfoundland was the most challenging as they had a rope tied from the mess hall to the hospital and to their barracks due to the snow blizzard conditions there. She decided she just wanted to be in the states after that experience. She spent most of her nursing career time in San Diego, CA. at Balboa Naval Hospital. Annette met the love of her life and married John “Jack” M. Doyle December 22, 1973 at the Base chapel. Many friends of hers told her she was crazy for marrying a man with seven children and she told them “no, I have lots of love to give them all.” Annette told many friends that the only regret in her life was that she had never had any children, however the day she said “I do” she received the special blessing she always longed for. Annette was a member of the VFW and volunteered at the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison and was a member of our Lady of the Valley Parish. She retired from the Navy in 1975, as a Lieutenant Commander. Annette & Jack moved to Lincoln in 1993, as Jack always wanted to live there. They were there for approximately 13 years, but moved to Helena in 2006 for health reasons. They did quite bit of traveling. They went to Hawaii a couple of times; Carlow, Ireland; Czechoslovakia & Germany to see the Passion Play. They enjoyed being snowbirds and loved their RV. They were married for 39 years and enjoyed their life together. Annette is survived by Sherie Steele, Mike of Helena; Greg (Janice) Doyle of Lompoc, Calif.; Karen Johnson, Pamela Oleson and Debbie Wells, all of Great Falls; son-in-law Russ Shively, daughter-in-law Diane (Charles) Marlen, 12 grandchildren, Christy (Shawn) Holden, Shawn (Noel) Jacobs, Annika La Fournaise, Jane (Mike) Leinwand, Jennifer Doyle, Weston and Mitchell Shively, Chad Taylor, Laura (Ron) Myers, Ashley (Brandon) Keim and Jessie and Justine Johnson, step-grandson, Kelly (Jenna) Stevens and 14 great grandchildren. Annette was preceded in death by her husband Jack, son Kevin; mother and father, sister-in-laws Mary Virginia Roach and Patricia Reynolds, brother-in-law Edward Reynolds, granddaughter Stephanie Wells, daughter Jacque Shively, brothers Ray Gruenberg, Chuck Gruenberg, and sister Celia. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Rd. Helena, MT., 59602 or Lewis & Clark Veterans Council c/o Dennis Streeter 1272 Lucchese Rd. Helena, MT. 59602. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Carol Boyd Carol Justine Boyd gave unconditional love and caring to those she touched in this world. She gave without expectation of anything in return, leading an extraordinary life of courage. Her unrelenting generosity was so sincere and pure that her single acts of kindness changed lives forever. Carol came to us on Dec. 4, 1932 when she was born in Stevensville, Mont. to William and Justine Boyd. On Sunday, Sept. 19 she died peacefully with her family by her side. She left this world to join her friends and family who passed before her. She will forever watch over us with love until we too join her, to fulfill our journey together. We know she leaves us with a heavy heart but we know she is excited to see her parents, siblings, friends, son Tony and others who passed before her. What a wonderful visit they must all be having now. At the age of 83 Carol was still working the land her family had worked at the turn of the century. Each day she rose to tend to her livestock. She did this with the grit and toughness one would expect from her. It is no surprise to any who knew her that she worked the land up to her last day on this earth. She had a work ethic that was incomparable and a love for the land that was contagious. This love for so many things made her so dear to so many. Her grace was subtle and dignified. It was never deliberate or thought out. It was pure and a part of her. She was unimpressed by the accumulation of things. She judged only by merit and heart and your willingness to try. She loved those so dearly who were a part of her life, cherishing every moment. She wore this on her sleeve. All who knew her knew for certain they would be taken care of if they simply asked. Her love was unrelenting. You could count on many things from Carol. One of them is being aware of where she stands on an idea. She was raised to be strong, compassionate, confident and direct. This is a quality she passed down to her family. It is in many ways a part of her legacy. Carol loved to tell you about her horses, children, siblings and family. She did it in a way with a smile that made you want to stay and listen for more. If you were to strike up a conversation with her, you would be immediately at ease. Whether you had known her your entire life or for only a few minutes you felt like you were in the right place, a place of comfort and home. She always knew spreading kindness, helping others and helping those who were disadvantaged were her purposes in life. She carried this kindness across all aspects of life. Gratitude encompasses Carol. She had an inner peace few achieve in their lifetime. She did not desire things or items in her life. What she desired was to help others, preserve her family’s heritage and improve the lives of others while protecting the land she so cherished. Her wit was lightning sharp. A conversation with her left you wanting more. Carol was independent and inspired others to be better. Regardless of your background you were always welcome in her home. She was rich with conversation anytime you had a chance to visit with her. Her knowledge of the land, Montana and the world was vast. Family and friends were dear to her heart. We who new her and were loved by her count ourselves as the lucky ones. Carol loved to learn and started learning at a young age. Her life was full of learning opportunities as a young girl. True to her spirit of helping others she decided to study teaching when she ventured off to college. She finished an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the University of Montana and went on to earn a Masters in Special Education from the University of Montana. After finishing her education she started teaching in Marion, Mont. and went on to teach at other rural schools in the Missoula Valley while tending to her ranch. After concluding her classroom teaching she transitioned into managing the land and family ranch full time From the Boyd Ranch up the Blackfoot to the family ranch up Rock Creek and Philipsburg valley she spent the next several decades being an advocate for land. Each year she would move her horses between the Blackfoot and Philipsburg properties for summer range. True to her respect for the land and tradition this was done on horseback with no trailers. The herd was rounded up and moved by the family over the mountains and into the next valley, a tradition that would instill memories for generations. We were all so fortunate to be touched by her love and generosity. We were inspired by her devotion to learning and independence while being spell-bound by her creativity and storytelling. We will carry her in our heart forever and share her spirit with our children, friends and family. Her legacy will live through everyone she touched in her life. As each of us are better because of her presence in our life. Carol is survived by her sister Maridell Bandy, daughters and their spouses, Nina and Bud Benjamin, Betty and Brian Eisenzimer, Ruth and Glen Willig, Helen Dobbins and Carolyn Carter as well as by her sons, Donald Carter, Will Carter and Tim Carter, nieces and nephews Bonnie Sue, Suzy, Linda, Kenny and many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
On Feb. 3, 1943, Luella and Shelby Goodman added Sharon Lynne Goodman to their family, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Sharon’s life’s adventures started on that very day. As a baby her crib legs were set in cans containing gasoline to keep the scorpions out of her crib. The adventures grew her entire life. From dance classes and recitals to fishing, hunting or skipping school, Sharon kept them on their toes. In 1947 her adventures started to include Stonewall Mountain and the lakes and streams in the area of Lincoln, Montana. Sharon knew “The Mountain” better than anybody. Within a few years, she would take off in the early morning hours and go to the Stonewall Mining Camp to spend the day visiting with the miners. She continued to spend off school time at “the Ranch” in the Belt/Armington/Raynesford area “helping” Grandma and Grandpa Goodman. She managed to find some kind of mischief wherever she may be. In 1948 Sharon got her very own baby sister, she practiced her parenting skills in every way imaginable on Vicki. The best (and maybe even a little amazing) part is that Vic lived to tell the tales. In 1959, she met a ruggedly handsome logger. He told her he was rich, she found out later that was his name. Although, together they had a very rich life and money had nothing to do with it. Sharon married Richard Paul in November of 1961 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Over the course of the next fifteen years they welcomed their four daughters into their lives and continued the adventure. Rainbow Garden Club, Life Members, Campfire Girls, The Enlisted Association of the National Guard, Horseshoe pitching, Avon representative, Outstanding Young Women of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, hunting and fishing were all contributors to raising and teaching “The Paul Girls” to be strong, independent and outgoing women like their Mom. She was as proud of them as they are of her. However, in 1987 the best adventure started; the adventure of grandchildren, thirteen of them and one great grandchild. She was “Grandma Nature” and those kids soaked up every bit of knowledge she passed them. Sharon didn’t spoil those kids the way grandparents want to spoil kids, she spent countless hours, days and nights spoiling them with knowledge, love and appreciation of the things that were most important to her. In 1996 Sharon and Rich moved to Lincoln full-time. The “newcomers” to the area got to know her, and the old-timers like the Lambkins, Garlands, Grantiers, Wiederholds, Deans and Youderians already did! For those who were fortunate to have ever met Sharon, even once, she was someone they would never forget. Her “family” extended well beyond any blood-lines. She had a love for flying, she would get on a plane going anywhere. Sharon had an eye for artistic design, an ear for music, and a love for her surroundings. She was a marksman who always filled her tags. However, she could dress to the nines and make every head in the room turn when she walked in. She was the most elegant “Tomboy” you could ever meet. Sharon remained strong right up to her last breath in the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2016. Rich, Vicki (Dan), Dawn (Jim), Shelbi, Richann (Wade), Danita, Mike (Kendra), Kelc (Chelsey), Koti, Koltn (Jessica), Kree, Alekzander, Kylee, Zakery, Mady, Kache, Kuirt, Chance, Danika, Nevaeh and the rest of her “family” will all miss her terribly. However, we will all carry the legacy and the lessons that she gave us and we know she will continue to show us the “right” way to get it done! Sharon was part of far too many funeral services over the years and decided that a funeral just wasn’t something she wanted or needed for herself. We are honoring her wishes. She has been cremated and will spend eternity at the base of Stonewall Mountain at the “Cabin.”
Joe Zigan Joseph Raymond Zigan, 78, Lincoln, passed away August 20, 2016 after battling cancer for 18 months. Joe was born in Great Falls, Mont., June 14, 1938 to Mary Cislo Zigan and Raymond John Zigan. He grew up on the Lower Northside and attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Central Catholic High School. He graduated in 1957. Joe served as an altar boy for eight years at St. Ann’s Cathedral and was specially chosen to serve as altar boy for Bishop Schuster. As a boy Joe had a great love of sports. He participated in basketball and football at school and played baseball in the summer. He started working for wages when he was just 10 years old. He worked at The Heisey Memorial Center setting up the boxing ring for Golden Gloves and occasional professional bouts that came to Great Falls. He then worked in the bowling alley there. He would jokingly say that he was the “foul line.” He would sit to one side of the lanes and push a button if someone stepped over the line. He said that sometimes he would fall asleep and they’d have to wake him. He also rented out shoes and set pins by hand. When Joe was 12 or 13 he went to work at The Great Falls Tribune stuffing comics and sales circulars into the Sunday paper. At around 14 he started working summers in the pressroom while still performing his duties for the Sunday paper. He helped print the comics and The Great Falls Leader. He then worked at Buttrey Foods as a box out boy until he was 17. He began a printing apprenticeship with Blend’s Copy Shop during his senior year of high school. Joe joined the Navy Reserve in 1956 with his buddy John Ferda. They went to Boot Camp together in San Diego and returned for their senior year. After graduation, when Joe reported for duty, they told him he was 4F due to his eyesight without glasses. It took John many years to get over having to go active duty Navy without his enlistment buddy. But then Joe was drafted in 1958 and went active duty in 1959. This was quite a surprise since he had previously been declared 4F. He served at Treasure Island, Calif. and was then transferred to duty on the destroyer U.S.S. Duncan out of San Diego. As soon as he reported to the Duncan, he was shipped to the Far East for nine months’ duty. On his return from the Far East he served on another destroyer, the U.S.S. Hollister in Long Beach, Calif. He was honorably discharged in May 1962 and went to work at A&A Printers for John Soltesz. He was later a minor partner in the business until 1974. He then worked briefly at The Quickest Printer in Town and then went to Advanced Litho Printing for five years. In 1976 Joe began his second military career when he joined the Montana Air National Guard as a traditional Guardsman. In 1980 he began full-time employment at MANG in the Reproduction Department and later served as supervisor of the Audio-Visual Department until 1998 when he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant In 1958 he married Laureen Sand. They had three sons, Doug, Dave and Dan. They later divorced. On May 29, 1972 he married Jo Anne (Joey) Brown Dietrich in Medicine Hat, Alb., Canada. She had a son, Keith, 4 and a daughter, Heather, 2. Joe adopted her children within the first 6 weeks of their marriage. Joe and Joey worked together in the printing business. They also shared a common interest in bowling, pool, camping, boating, fishing, traveling and classic cars. They loved to dress in costume for Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day and any other festive occasion. Joe was active as a Little League coach, Scoutmaster, Meadow Gold Basketball coach and Y Indian Guide member. He loved all sports and was active in softball until age 50+. He also participated in basketball, football, bowling, volleyball, pool, horseshoes, golf, tennis, handball, fishing, and boating. His favorite hobby was collecting and restoring classic cars. And JUNK. Joe loved junk. He referred to his junk as his treasures and he loved garage sales, thrift stores and the dollar store. He did not like the word “hoarder” and much preferred “collector.” Everywhere he lived he had to erect a pole barn to house all his treasures. He was active in Altar Society at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Church for seven years. He was also involved in BPOE Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Moose Club. He was a member of Altered Classics Car Club until his move to Lincoln in 2001. Joe and Joey bought a cabin in Lincoln, Mont. in October 1996. Joe retired from MANG in 1998 and they spent a great deal of time at their cabin. When Joey retired in 2000 they took a trip to see if there was a place they’d like to move to. No place equaled Montana for them. They returned home, sold their house in Great Falls and moved to Lincoln where they have resided since. Joe was a fun-loving prankster. Many fell victim to his mischief over the years. We did find, however, that he could dish it out but not necessarily take it. But he loved to have fun with friends and family and was like a big kid, no matter what age the calendar claimed he was. He had boundless energy and amazed us all with his ability to do demanding physical labor well into his 70s before his cancer diagnosis. Joe is survived by his wife Joey, sons Doug (Becky) of Great Falls; Dave (Lana) of East Helena; Dan of Great Falls; Keith (Susan) of Lincoln and daughter Heather (Shane) Estep of Avondale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren: Josh, Amanda, Samantha, Adam, Brian, Britani and Hailey. Also surviving are a brother, Al and a sister, Rayleen (Jerry) Ouellett, both of Great Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Frank and a brother Tom. Retz Funeral Home in Helena handled the cremation. Burial will be at Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison, Helena, Mont., at a future date. Per Joe’s wishes, there will not be a funeral. Memorials are suggested to any organization that supports youth sports.
Jerry Webster On Aug. 9, 2016 Jerome Wendell Webster, surrounded by his loving family, went to be with the Lord. Jerry was 82. He was born in Litchfield Minnesota on Aug. 22, 1933 to Wendell and Hazel Webster. He grew up in a blue collar family of meager means. As a child and young boy, he was his younger brothers companion and protector and, as the oldest child, shouldered parental responsibilities common during the Great Depression. Jerry graduated Senior High School in Billings MT in 1951 and worked summers for his uncle Calvin’s trucking company, hauling loads up and down the Beartooth Highway. After moving with his family to Southern California, he worked for Douglas Aircraft as an assembler for $1.09/hr. During the next two years he honed skills in machine shops serving a bustling aviation industry, while mixing in summer work on fire crews for the US Forest Service/ He ultimately joined the Navy in 1954. He finished sixth in his class of 180 at Airman School, earning honors and choice of work station. His first assignment was in Fallon, Nev. as an air traffic controller, where he met his future first wife Cindy Hechinger. He earned his Senior Controller Certificate from the Civil Aeronautics Administration during this time and parlayed that into a career with the CAA and later with the Federal Aviation Administration. Jerry worked short stints in several towers over the next couple of years including those at Palmdale, Calif., Casper Wyo. and Billings. In 1956, he married Cindy and they had two children. Jerry eventually found a permanent location at the Rapcon on Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls in 1960. He also suffered the loss of his third child to SIDS. Through this brutally difficult time the family was split apart. He stayed in Great Falls and enjoyed a successful career at Malmstrom AFB, where he met many of his closest friends. An avid snow skier, he spent several winters as a ski instructor on Kings Hill east of Great falls. During this time, he met and eventually married his second wife, Terry Spall, in 1967. They had two children together and Jerry eventually adopted her two children from a previous marriage. Together they became the ‘Brady Bunch’ of Carol Drive in Great Falls. Summers were spent vacationing at Holland Lake with families of several friends at the Rapcon. Winters were spent skiing and hunting. During his career he earned promotions and grew his career, enjoying more than 15 years of success, retiring from the FAA in 1976. Before retirement he and Terry were divorced and once again he was on his own. He would never re-marry again. After leaving the FAA, he found work at KFBB Television, where he was a jack of all trades, building sets, running cameras, and even filling in occasionally on air for a vacationing weatherman. During those years he could be seen often at his mother’s place in Billings, or visiting friends and family and he developed an affection for Lincoln. He later found a perfect retirement location just off 4X4 Road outside of Lincoln, where he resided for the next 25 years. His property was the center piece of his family, both blood and extended, as folks gathered to enjoy food, fishing, camping, playing horseshoes and just shooting the bull around the fire pit until deep into the night. While in Lincoln he was avid Ham radio operator and organizer of local Ham events. He volunteered for radio work during fire seasons and at the annual Race to the Sky sled dog race’s. He worked as a camp cook for a local hunting guide, worked at Grizzly Hardware and wrote weather articles for the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. He learned how to carve figurines out of wood, pencil-sketch drawings and other artistic endeavors. He took on new hobbies with the same ferocity and determination that epitomized his work life. More than just a man of action, he was known by all as a gentle man and people person. He loved his family and treated all of them as if they were his one and only. He never forgot to send a letter or a card on birthdays and extended his limited funds to anyone needing a helping hand. He was blessed with the gift of giving both from his heart and his resources. He respected every man, woman and child who crossed his path, greeted all with a firm handshake and smile and received the respect of family and friends in return. He was a man’s man. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Hazel Webster. He is survived by his brothers Robert Webster of Pleasant Grove, Utah and Richard Webster of Portland, Ore., his son Steven Webster and daughter Jeri Lynn Smith both of Vancouver, Wash., his son Dalin Webster of Valencia, Calif., his daughter Sheri Webster of West Jordan, Utah, his son Brian Webster of Lincoln, Mont. and his daughter Denise Battista of Littleton Colo. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services will be held at the Lincoln Community Center on Aug. 22nd, at 1 p.m.. He will be laid to rest in the old Lincoln cemetery. There will be an informal reception at his home after the interment. While Heaven has gained another warrior, his family and friends have lost a true rock and he will be greatl
Violet Ardelle Smith Violet Ardelle Smith, 82, passed away July 24, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Violet was born at her family home, the third child of a family of five children, in Noyes Township, Lake of the Woods, near Baudette, Minnesota on Sept. 23, 1933 to Chet and Leora White. Violet married her high school sweetheart, Ray Smith, on Sept. 10, 1949. They made their home in East Helena, Montana and together they raised four children - Dustin, Wayne, Shari and Tim. Mom was a homemaker until her children were all in school and then worked at Hrella’s Grocery Store, Sheehan’s, and the Department of Agriculture until her retirement 20 years ago. Violet could be described as a “Coat of Many Colors”. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, homemaker, seamstress, baker, volunteer, and ultimate cheerleader of her children, grandchildren and the area youth. She was always making quilts and sweaters for her family, most notably knitted slippers at Christmas. Always thinking of others not so fortunate, she gathered clothes and made quilts for them too. She mended stuffed animals and delivered them to law enforcement agencies to give to children who were in accidents or just in need comfort. Using yarn and materials either donated or left over from other projects, she made lap quilts for the Veterans Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital. She spent countless hours in volunteer service wherever she saw a need. She was a comedian and loved to tell stories that made you laugh. She was an honest and loyal friend, and the same to her family. If you were to sum up Mom in one word - she was quite “wonderful”. Violet will be missed not only by her family, but also by those whose hearts she touched. Violet is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ray Smith; siblings Vivian Sanford and Everette White; children Dustin (Kathy), Wayne (Mary), Shari Briggeman (Ron) and Tim. Grandchildren: Shannon, Devin, Trevor (Gina), Dusty Ray, Austin (Erin), Tim, Brian (Julie), Jordyn, and step-grandchildren Bobby, Tamara and Shannon. Great Grandchildren: Brenden (Stephanie), Brad, Chet, Drew, Tyzer, Annie, Caleb, Peyton, Dean, Kendyl, and Avery with a Great-Great Grandchild due at Christmas. Violet was preceded in death by her brother Francis White and sister Wilma Anderson. We would like to especially thank Carol and Mike Korman, Heidi Agner and Donna Sargent for their kindness and loving care given to Mom during her illness. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m.. with a reception to follow at the Lincoln Community Center on Main Street in Lincoln, Mont. In lieu of flowers, because of her love of youth athletics, most recently the Lincoln Lynx, please send memorials in Violet’s memory to the Lincoln Public School.
George Lowell Kornec George Lowell Kornec, age 83, passed in his sleep on the evening of June 17, 2016. He was born in Wallace, Idaho on Aug. 30, 1932. He was one of seven children born to Sammy and Eula Kornec. George served his country in Korea in the Army and in the Air Force. He was a proud and private man who had a love of family, friends, his critters, mining, a good cup of coffee and conversation. His lifetime love of mining kept him working hard and his dream alive. He lived his life in the mountains the way he wanted, and nobody dare tell him any different. He was a great brother, father and friend and we will miss him greatly. A celebration of his life will be held, Thursday June 23, 2016 at the Lincoln Community Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Please share a story or two with us. In lieu of flowers, bird seed and peanuts for George’s critters would be appreciated
Henry Morgan Cook Henry Morgan Cook, 61, of Mitchell Valley, Neb., died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home. At his request, cremation has taken place. His memorial service was held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff, Neb., with Fr. Mark Selvey officiating. Graveside services pending at Midland, South Dakota. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the “Henry Cook Memorial Scholarship fund” in care of the family. Tributes may be left at www.geringchapel.com Henry was born Oct. 11, 1954 at Ontario, Calif. to James and Augusta (Swearingen) Cook. The family moved to Arkansas where he received his education. He worked as an outfitter guide in the Scapegoat Wilderness near Lincoln, Mont. for several years. He moved to Great Falls, Mont. and worked for Waddell and Reed for a few years before moving to Conrad, Mont. and working for Schwans. Most recently, he worked for Big Sky Airlines as an airline flight dispatcher. Henry was united in marriage to Pam Ehlers on June 29, 1990 at Midland, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Montana before moving to the Gering, Neb. area in 2003. Henry was an active Lay Visitor Minister at St. Francis Episcopal Church, previous board member, and Vestry member. He loved his dog “Lightning”, horses, gardening, hunting, fishing, playing basketball and watching college and professional basketball. He was an avid reader. Henry is survived by his wife Pam, daughter Nicolette, son Walker, brothers James Cook of Texas and Robert Swearingen of Tennessee, sisters Carolyn Avery of Illinois and Cora Reith of California; half-sister Connie Sue Crowely of Arkansas, father-in-law and mother-in-law Don and Sally Ehlers of South Dakota, and several extended family members. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter Cassidy.
Dorothy Irene Evans Dorothy Irene Evans (White) passed away near Montana City on June 17, 2016. She was 90 years old. Dorothy was born to Walter and Elizabeth White in Quincy, Illinois. She grew up in Elliston with her parents, brother, sisters and nieces and nephews. She graduated from Elliston High School in 1944. Dorothy married David Evans on July 17, 1945. They lived in Great Falls and in 1960 bought a farm on the Greenfield Bench near Fairfield. They farmed until 1985 and then retired to Lincoln, Montana. They began snow birding and traveling, and Dorothy continued to spend winters in Yuma Arizona until 2015. Dorothy was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fairfield, and the Family Motor Coach Association, serving as president for several years. Everywhere she went Dorothy easily made friends and enjoyed being with people and having fun. Dorothy is survived by her three daughters: Michael Evans, Jo Anne (Matt) Weingart, and Christine (Casey) Tuckerman; six grandchildren: Katy Deffe, Sean Sullivan, Joshua Johnson, Shane Knott, Mary Hollow and Lindsay Tuckerman; and nine great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; brother, Sam White; sisters, Edna Vorhis, Clara Heinen and Ethel Bellman; her granddaughter, Skeeter; her beloved dog Molly; and her companion in later life, Bill Jurenka. The family would like to thank the staff at Country Life Assisted Living and Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving care of Dorothy in her last year of life. A Celebration of Dorothy’s life is scheduled to be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan Street, Helena, with a reception to follow the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Dorothy.
Mary Faith Hoeffner Mary Faith Hoeffner – Montana rancher, wilderness outfitter, and beloved wife and mother – passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 12, at the age of 83 at her home in Lincoln, surrounded by her family. Mary Faith was born in Great Falls on April 24, 1932, to Kenneth L. and Faith Mills McLean. She grew up on a ranch near Fairfield where, as the first-born child, she was her father’s ``right-hand man,’’ assisting with the cattle, calving, haying, and performing the many chores a ranch girl of the mid-1900s was expected to do. The family moved to Augusta in 1948 where they purchased a ranch where they raised Polled Hereford cattle and sold registered bulls. Mary Faith graduated from Augusta High School in 1950, where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. She was also a member of the first Montana High School Rodeo Team and won the barrel-racing event at the state rodeo in Augusta. She was also an accomplished trick rider and performed at rodeos and cattle sales throughout the state. She attended Montana State University where she was a member of the rodeo team. In 1952, Mary Faith married the cowboy of her dreams, Kenneth R. Hoeffner, and together they raised five children: Jackie, Jerrie, Judy, Penny Jo, and Jeff. She always wanted to live close to the mountains and when the opportunity arose in 1959 they purchased a small ranch in Lincoln. Their love for fishing and hunting inspired her and Kenny to start the K Lazy Three Ranch, an outfitting and guide service. They guided hunters and fishermen in the Scapegoat Wilderness for more than 30 years. All five children were very involved in the success of this business as well as being ``on call’’ for their mom throughout her life. After Kenny passed away in January 1989, Mary Faith and her son, Jeff, operated the business together for 10 more seasons. She was a longtime member of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Lincoln Rodeo Club. If her many friends couldn’t find her on her tractor harrowing or working on her beautiful flower beds, Mary Faith could most likely be found riding one of her many good horses down a mountain trail with her beloved dog by her side. She was recently working on her book, ``Nothing Like Riding a Good Horse in New Country: This is My Story as I Remember,’’ where she shares her memories, adventures and challenges of being one of Montana’s few women outfitters. This quote from the book sums up the fulfilling life she led: ``They say every woman needs a good man, a good horse, and a good dog. Guess I’ve had them all!’’ Mary Faith was a devoted mother and grandmother, and thoroughly enjoyed sharing her love for horses with her grandchildren. She also took great interest in the accomplishments and activities. In addition to her husband, Mary Faith was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnne McLean in 2014. She is survived by her five children, Jackie Sparrow of Buena Vista, CO, (Gary); Jerrie (Downing) Dolan, of East Helena, (Don); Judy Wirth of Wolf Creek, (Phil); Penny Jo Quie, of Elk River, MN; and Jeff Hoeffner, of Winston, MT, (Marie); and grandchildren, Cody and KC Sparrow; Shawn Downing and Desiree McFadden; Luke and Kenny Downing; Jesse Morgan, Mandy Sunford and Cody and Mike Wirth; Brooke, Kari and Kelly Quie; Colin, Kenny and Caitlin Hoeffner; and 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; as well as, sister, Nancy Klick of Augusta; Kenneth McLean of Sumner, WA (Jean); and Stephen McLean of Anacortes, Wash. (Elizabeth); and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. A Funeral Liturgy will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Jude’s. Burial will follow at the Old Lincoln Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the Lincoln High School Gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Faith’s name to Lincoln Rodeo Club, Lincoln Ambulance or Parker Medical Clinic in Lincoln. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mary Faith.
Daniel Robert Rundell, a longtime resident of Lincoln, passed away Sept. 1, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. “Dan the Man” or “Dan the Mountain Man” died from a battle with Leukemia. Dan was born March 5, 1947, to Robert and Dorothy Rundell, in Elgin, Ill. Dan graduated high school in Mendota. Later Dan joined the U.S. Army and excelled with a career in Intelligence. After his time served, Dan earned his Bachelor of Business at University of Illinois. Not the suit wearing, traveling the world type, Dan eventually found his forever home in Lincoln. From then on, Dan claimed if he could not walk home, it was too far to travel! Dan’s favorite job was at the Stonewall Lookout for the U.S. Forest Service and Montana Department of Natural Resource and Conservation. For the last 13 years, Dan was instrumental in protecting the Lincoln Valley, as he was first to spot and report fires. There was nothing more important to Dan than the safety of the fire fighters. Dan could often be found downtown chatting it up with one of his many friends,at the local library, or a gun show. He loved the outdoors, hunting, and collecting all kinds of randomness. Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies were a must! Dan is survived by his wife of 29 years, Emily, his daughter Kareen, son in law Matthew, grandchildren Aubrie and Tristan, sisters Roberta and Dawn, brother Dennis, and an abundance of family and friends. Dan also leaves behind more stuff then his wife and daughter know what to do with and a request you do not vote for Hillary Clinton. A private graveside service will take place at Montana State Veteran Cemetery. Memorials in Dan’s name are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, c/o Montana Supporting Soldiers, P.O. Box 4964 Helena, Mont. 59604, the Leukemia Foundation at www.leukaemia.org, or Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance Service Corporation, P.O. Box 455, Lincoln, Mont. 59639.
Anita Shandy Anita Marie Shandy, age 83, passed away peacefully at her home in Lincoln on August 20, from cancer. Anita was born July 31, 1932 in Lyon, Mont., in Madison County, to John A. and Vivian (Crosier) Thompson. The family moved to Basin, Mont., where they resided for five years, later moving to Mike Horse Mine, near Lincoln, in 1941. Her father had the contract to haul the concentrates from the mine to the East Helena Smelter. She attended the one room school house at the Mike Horse Mine for her elementary school years. Anita boarded in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1951. Bookkeeping for her father’s contracting business was her occupation for more than 30 years. In 1954, the family moved to Lincoln to begin a new adventure in logging. Anita married Dewey “Dude” Shandy in 1954; they moved a house from the Mike Horse Mike to Lincoln, the same house she was living in at the time of her death. Her favorite hobby was ceramics; in September 1984 Anita became a certified Duncan ceramic teacher. She taught classes for several years at her studio, Double S Ceramics. The people of Lincoln and surrounding areas anxiously waited for her holiday creations to go on display and on sale. We will all miss her smile, sense of humor and her laughter. Anita is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Norman (DaDa) Thompson and her husband, Dewey. She is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Chuck) Simenson, of Lincoln; brother, John J. Thompson, of Lincoln; nephew, Jay (Vicki) Thompson, of Lincoln; niece, Maria (Jeff) Eshelman, of Lincoln; several great nieces and nephews and her four-legged “Little Boy”, Rowdy. Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Rocky Mountain Hospice for the loving care they provided. Thanks also go out to the Jay Thompson family for the many hours helping take care of Mom. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance Service Corporation, P.O. Box 455, Lincoln, Mont. 59639 and Rocky Mountain Hospice: 1075 N. Rodney St. #102 Helena, Mont. 59601. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Anita.
James (Jim) Reese Nichols, 67, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Harrison following complications of pneumonia.
Jim was born at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington on June 4, 1948 and lived most of his life in Iowa and California until moving to Lincoln in June 2010. He graduated from Livermore High School in 1966 and Chabot College in Hayward. Jim entered the U.S. Navy in 1967; he was trained as a Medical Corpsman and eventually a Respiratory Therapist working at Oakland Naval Hospital. Following the Navy, Jim worked at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and later at Red Bud Hospital in Clearlake, Calif.
Jim is survived by his sisters Susan (Nyle) Howsmon of Lincoln and Paula Quilici, of Vacaville, Calif.; brother Robin Michel, of Houston, four nieces - Robin (Jim) Pittman, Jennifer (James) Hansen, Kristin (Jim) Spillers, and Katie Scott; one nephew, Cody Scott; and eight grand nieces and nephews. Also surviving are Bill Pillsbury of Houston and Roy Michel of Riverbank, Calif., who are like brothers to Jim, and a host of friends in California and Montana. Jim was loved and will be missed by both family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Gwendolyn Nichols, a brother Clifford Michel, and brother-in-law Ron Quilici, who is looking over him.
Jim’s family would like to thank the medical staff at the ICU at Fort Harrison, Drs. Todd Gordon and Shari Marks, plus special thanks to hospice RN Dawn Porte who all had a large role in providing the comfort needed to Jim and his family over the past two weeks.
Jim is in the care of Big Sky Cremation in East Helena. No formal services are planned; his ashes will be scattered at a place in Montana where he found a special peace and solace more than 30 years ago.
John Ralph McQuillan M.D.
John Ralph McQuillan M.D., son of John and Wilma Hanson McQuillan, was born August 30, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minn. He died peacefully on June 2, surrounded by his family at the home he built.
At the age of 23, John had graduated from the University of Minnesota and attained his M.D. His family was very proud of this achievement at such a young age.
John served in the military from 1942-1953. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a captain after serving in World War II and the Korean conflict. In addition, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. In 1953, he joined the VA staff at Fort Harrison as an internist. He retired June 1986 as Chief of Staff. John joined the Montana Club in 1953 and celebrated his 90th birthday there with his family. He was also a member of the A.M.A and Gerontological Society. His medical license was current the day he died.
During high school, our father fenced and was a pole vault state champion. He biked and canoed throughout Minnesota. He was also an expert skier and went down the Zugspitz in Germany. John was an avid fisherman and world traveler, including being chased by a hippo while in a hot air balloon in Africa. In addition, he enjoyed reading and keeping up on the news watching all three major news broadcasts every night. His attention to detail and extraordinary memory kept us all on our toes!
As an attentive father, John’s example and participation in a variety of activities leave his family with many wonderful memories. Some of the interests shared with his children included woodworking, raising and breeding Appaloosa horses, fishing, playing the piano, remodeling houses, and conjugating Latin. He was known for getting and stacking 72 tons of hay a year and taking online calculus courses well into his 80’s to keep his brain sharp.
John is survived by his wife Joan of 31 years who was a loving grandma to his grand and great-grand-children; children, Thomas R. (Connie) McQuillan Corvallis; Carina (Darrell) Zook Helena; John R. (Helen) McQuillan III, Shreveport, La.; Ralph P. (Clarice) McQuillan (Seattle)step-children, Gary (Mary) Schatz, Lake Oswego, Ore.; Barb (Lyle) Maichal, Seattle; Therese (Kim) Roberson, Seattle; Grand-children, Thomas Sean McQuillan; Adrian (Beverly) Davis, New York; Mercedes (Lenny) McNeal , Warrenton, Va.; John McQuillan IV (Shreveport, La.; Francis McQuillan, Shreveport, La.; Tristan Roberson, Seattle; Kelsi Schatz, Lake Oswego; and Great Grand-children Remi Davis and Gracie McNeal.
John was preceded in death by his parents John and Wilma; his wife of 27 years, Hilde McQuillan (1981); sister, Patricia Joan Morgan; and daughter, Bianka Davis.
A Funeral Service was held Monday, June 8, at Retz Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at the Lincoln Cemetery in Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to wounded veterans or a non-profit organization of your choice.Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dr. McQuillan.
DeWitt (Woody) Francis
DeWitt (Woody) Francis passed away May 23, 2015 in South Carolina. He was 86 years old. He was born in Billings, Montana March 22, 1929 to Carl and Florence Francis. Woody married Lois Robbins on December 31, 1949 in Billings. In 1960 he and Lois moved to Great Falls where he raised his three children, Clint, Joan and Amy. He became a salesman for Stuart Pharmaceutical Company where he worked until he retired. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. Woody and Lois built a cabin in Lincoln, Mont. in 1976 where they spent every weekend and vacation. They loved the outdoor activities and the people of the Lincoln community. All family members have fond memories of the cabin and the time they spent there. It was a place of laughter, fun and harmony. Woody and Lois loved people and opened their doors to all. The coffee pot was always on. After retirement they made Lincoln their main residence but also had a home in Sun City, Ariz. where they spent their winters. Woody enjoyed adventure, wood working, history and traveling. He visited all 50 states and traveled to Thailand, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Egypt, Panama, Central America and Mexico. Woody moved to South Carolina with his youngest daughter, Amy, after Lois passed away April 18, 2011. He lived there until his death. He will be remembered as a loving and caring man. We will miss his mischievous smile, his quick wit and his jokes. Woody is survived by one brother, Carl Francis and sister-in-law Martha of Billings, his son Clint (Evelyn) of Spokane, Wash., two daughters Joan (Mike) Portland OR and Amy Brown, Spartanburg, SC, nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and any nieces and nephews. The family will have a celebration of their parents’ lives next summer. Donations can be made on his behalf to the Parkinson’s Research Center of Hospice.
Stewart Baker Jr. Stewart Baker Jr., 76, of Lincoln. passed away in a Helena hospital May 10, 2015, Mother’s Day. He was born July 30, 1938 in Big Timber. Stewart was active in the Livingston Jaycees, Deer Lodge Moose Lodge #533, Helmville Rodeo Club and was instrumental in helping organize the Race Track Junior Rodeo Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Stewart worked on various ranches around the state. When he retired, he worked as a flagger and pilot car driver on road construction. Stewart is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Edith (Ede) of Lincoln, also three daughters and a son, Cheryl Brenton (Jim) of East Helena, Tina Hoover (Todd) of Ronan, Carol Baker of Marceline, Missouri and William (Bill) Baker (Kristi) of Helmville, 11 grandchildren and their spouses and 19 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a half-brother Jack D’Ewart of Martinsdale, half-sister Pat Garner of Huntsville, TX and half-sister Sylvania Barnhart of Livingston. Also surviving are two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends. His parents, Stewart Baker and Mary D’Ewart, sister Mary Holst, his mothers and fathers-in-law, a sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law preceded him in death. Memorial services were Tuesday, May 12 at the Helmville Community Hall
Dennis Sitch Dennis Sitch passed away March 21, 2015, from natural causes in Polson, Montana. He was born in Minot, North Dakota, on July 22, 1944, to Peter and Rene Sitch.
Dennis spent his younger years in North Dakota, and in his teens he moved to Sand Point, Idaho. He graduated from Sand Point High school in 1962. After graduation he worked in local sawmills until he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War for two years.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Lincoln, Montana to work as a post cutter with his brother Pete Sitch. He helped out with odd jobs and created relationships with the townsfolk of Lincoln throughout his lifetime.
Dennis Sitch spent his life devoted to his nieces and nephews in their sports and milestones in their lives. He then moved to Polson, Montana in 2003 to live with his niece Tammy Sitch. Tammy proceeded to care for Dennis until his passing.
He is survived by his sisters Elvira (Miron) Lewis, Arline and (late) Rodger Gilbert, brother Greg Sitch, his nieces and nephews (the Sitch’s, the Gilbert’s, and the Lewis’s), and his many friends in Lincoln, Montana.
He is preceded in death by his parents Peter and Rene Sitch, brother and sister-in-law Pete and Jean Sitch, and Brother-in-law Rodger Gilbert. Dennis peacefully passed on the weekend of the Pete Sitch Basketball tournament, a time in which his family could come together and celebrate his life.
Dennis Sitches memorial will be April 11, 2015, at noon, in the Community Hall of Lincoln, Montana, with a celebration of life to follow.
Arthur Glaze Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Art “Buzz” Glaze passed away Saturday March 7, 2015. Art was born to Linda and Theodore Glaze, the third of three children, in Antelope, Mont., where he lived until they moved to Stevensville. Art married Ruth Beghtol in 1952 and moved to Missoula, where they had four children: David (Pacita), Gary (Loretta), Cheryl (Mike) and Laurie (Doug). In 1963 they moved to Lincoln and have lived here ever since. Art loved to stay busy with jobs including superintendent of the Lincoln Delany sawmill, operator of the county landfill, Lincoln School bus contractor (was recognized as School Bus Driver of the Year) and his favorite activity, running his small engine repair shop. Art loved working in the shop; not only for repairing but also for visiting the many friends he had in Lincoln and the surrounding area. During retirement, he and Ruth would live in Yuma through the winter months, where Art would play pool (a passion), swim and just enjoy being with all the new friends they made. Art is survived by his wife Ruth, sister Verlis, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Art served in the Army during the final stages of the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Although Art will be greatly missed, he will never be forgotten. He now can breathe with ease and is in Heaven with God. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13at the Blackfoot Valley Bible Church, 2001 Highway 200 E. in Lincoln. A reception will immediately follow the funeral service in the basement of the church. A private family burial will be held at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison at a later date. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Art.
Jackie “Jack” Dean Ward (Born December 17th 1940 – Passed March 4th 2015) Jack Dean Ward, age 74, a long-time resident of Lincoln, Montana, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday the 4th of March, 2015. Jack was born Dec. 17 1940 in Long Beach, California to “Whit” and Vina Ward. Jack attended Browns Military Academy before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1958 for a four-year term, stationed in San Diego, Calif. In 1975, Jack married his second wife, Phyllis A. Wells. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Robyn. In 1979 they moved to Lincoln, Montana where he took over Mom’s Drive Inn restaurant, as well as running Jack’s Transmission out of his garage before opening AA Transmission in Helena, Montana in 1987, which he later sold in 1996. Known as the “Rescuer of the Road”, Jack owned and operated AA Towing in Lincoln from 1996 until his death in 2015. For almost 20 years, he never turned down a call for help from anyone at any time. Plagued for years by illness that would keep most people down, Jack rarely missed a call and sacrificed his own health, rest, and time with his family to be at the service of road weary travelers. Jack worked hard as a provider, most importantly, for his beloved family. Jack was always there to help and make things right for each and every one of us. He acted as a caring father figure to many. He never slowed down, and always found time to give. Jack was one of a kind. His goal in life was to make his family happy, especially the love of his life, Phyllis. In his last days he always made sure to tell her that he loved her and would miss her so much, and made sure to tell his children to please take care of her. Jack was awarded for his charitable and giving efforts in 2002 when he was presented with the Good Samaritan of the Year Award by the American Red Cross of Montana. He was a “Jack” of all trades, a “fixer” of all things, and most of all one of the finest, most honest men that anyone has ever had the pleasure to know. Very much adored by friends and family, Jack’s gracious spirit will live on forever in our hearts. “Thank you Jack, for everything you did for all of us, for everything you taught us, and the wonderful memories we will always carry with us.” Jack was a beloved Husband, dedicated Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and dear Friend. He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his devoted wife, Phyllis, and children: Jackie, Carrie, David, and Robyn Ward. Jack is survived by his brothers; Jim, Dennis, and Bill. Sisters; Oleta and Barbara, all of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his mother Vina, father Whit Ward, sister Wenona, and oldest son Joseph D. Ward. Out of respect for Jack’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. However, a Memorial Service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Lincoln Community Hall. Memorial contributions are welcomed and should be mailed to The Ward Family, PO Box 131, Lincoln, MT 59639. Or online at: http://www.gofundme.com/o0it20 Please visit below to offer a condolence or to share a memory of Jack. - See more at: http://helenafuneralhome.com/obituaries/jackie-d-ward-age-74-of-lincoln/#sthash.fDdGRsJ1.R4l8U8Z4.dpuf
Carolyn Clarke Laws-Roos Carolyn Clarke Laws-Roos died February 10, 2015 in her home in Lincoln, Mont. after a two-year battle with glioblastoma multiform – twenty-four months after symptoms emerged and thirteen months after an accurate diagnosis. Carolyn was born to Charles Hamilton and Francis Clarke Laws in Los Angeles on July 11, 1938. After having visited the E-L Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley yearly since she was ten years old, Carolyn decided to sell her interest in an air conditioning and sheet metal business in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and against the advice of family and most friends moved to Missoula, Montana. She volunteered at the University of Montana and various environmental organizations including the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Soon she was elected to the board of that organization where she ultimately met and married Paul S. Roos. They married in California on February 19, 2005, her first and only marriage. Carolyn attended the University of Washington and received a baccalaureate degree from UCLA. Since moving to Montana, Carolyn has enjoyed fishing, wing shooting, gardening, and working side by side with Paul on the land and for community initiatives and conservation. She will be missed but never forgotten by those blessed to know her. This says a great deal about Carolyn: In late February of 2013, Carolyn was told bluntly by her surgeon (as only a surgeon can do) that if there is anything she wanted to do in life, she’d better get it done. On the way home from Missoula to Lincoln and after a very long and thoughtful discussion, Carolyn informed that she wanted to focus on family, friends, home, and the several conservation and community projects she was involved in. And that is what she did - to the end. She is survived by her husband Paul Roos of Lincoln; cousins Bob Harrison (Janice) of Portland, Ore. and Ruth McGinitie (Walter) of Friday Harbor, Wash.; step-daughters Kathie Roos (Neal Blossom) of Helena: Paula Roos, M.D. (Steve Zediker) of Billings; Shomai Meister (Marty) of Yakima, Wash.; Lee Crouse (Ken) of Lewistown; step-grandchildren; Callan and Tallis Blossom; Kayleen, Toria, and Garrett Woodin; Hannah Meister; and Avery and Elsie Crouse; friend Kay Roos of Helena; and close confidant Ella Smith of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her father and mother. A celebration of Carolyn's life will be held July 3. Memorials suggested to: Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited P. O. Box 1 Ovando, MT 59854
Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild P. O. Box 712 Lincoln, MT 59639
Camp Mak-A-Dream P. O. Box 1450 Missoula, MT 59806-1450
Victor Sandvig Victor R. Sandvig, passed away at St Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the age of 70. He was born August 26, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minn., and was married to Connie Sue Sandvig. Victor served in the Army and retired after 35 years. Survivors include his wife Connie Sue, three stepchildren and three four legged boys. Donations in Victor’s memory are suggested to the charity of choice of the individual.
Warren Anthony Petrosky Warren Anthony “Pete” / “Cappy” Petrosky, 74, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home in Florence, Alabama. He was born on September 1, 1940 in Paterson, New Jersey and lived in Stockton, California where he worked at Tillie Lewis Foods Can Plant and Tracy Defense Depot. He retired to Lincoln, Montana where he enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities. He was proud of his service in the US Navy. Warren is preceded in death by his father, Anthony Petrosky and mother, Marie (Strock) Welsh. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie Petrosky; his children, Audie (Joan) Petrosky, Todd ( Melissa) Morgan, Gregory (Kathy) Petrosky, Leah Petrosky Garrett, Jason Petrosky and stepson, Michael (Tonya) Holmberg; a sister, Sharon Mindt; 18 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. No service will be held at his request. A special thank you to the Hospice of the Shoals, the Cowboy Church of Colbert County and to the 6th floor staff of ECM Hospital.
Noel Leroy Fryberger, age 76, died on Jan. 3 from complications after a brief battle with esophageal cancer. He was born in December 1938 to Theldon and Leanore Fryberger in Holton, Kansas. He graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado in 1957. He met his future wife, Rita Rath, in Denver. The two were married in June 1961. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy as a quartermaster. He served on the U.S.S. Paricutin until 1961. After leaving the Navy he joined the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in Golden Co. where he worked for 16 years. During his time in law enforcement Noel attended night school and earned his associates degree in Criminal Justice. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as Deputy, then Sergeant before working in homicide as an Investigator, then Lieutenant and eventually served as Captain of the Homicide Division. Noel also sang in the group The Lawmen at Taylor’s Nightclub. In 1977, Noel and his family moved to Lincoln, Montana. In Lincoln, Noel and Rita managed the Lambkin’s Restaurant for four years. Noel went to work at the Hi Country Beef Jerky Plant in Lincoln and after a time became the superintendent of the red meat department there. Noel then purchased the Lincoln Villa where he operated the liquor store and T-shirt Shop while his wife, Rita, operated Lincoln Floral next door for many years. Noel could not remain idle and enjoyed fishing, hunting, completing Sudoku and crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. He also loved crafting with stained glass and woodworking. He also shared his love of cooking with everyone, preparing large meals for family gathered at his home. During the summers Noel would put up dozens of hummingbird feeders and his home eventually became a hotspot for multiple hummingbird species. So many in fact, scientists came to his home to catch and band hummingbirds for research. They caught hundreds of birds at his home, some of which were caught later during their migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to his hobbies, Noel was an active member in the local Masonic Lodge No. 157. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Orvin Fryberger, and his wife Rita. He is survived by siblings; Robert Fryberger, Denver, Linda Johnson and Leanna Jewell, both of Hamilton, Montana; children; Tamara (Richard) Lewis, Lincoln, Montana, Kelli (Randle) Wiggins, St. Charles, Iowa, Noel (Lynette) Fryberger II, Bonney Lake, Washington, and Tyler (Rita) Fryberger, Ritzville, Washington; 11 grand-children; Carrie Burdette, Donald Lewis, Bradley Thompson, Tyler Fryberger II, Marshall Fryberger, Taylor Wiggins, Matthew Fryberger, Rachael Wiggins, Emily Fryberger, Jessica Fryberger and Katie Fryberger; three great-grand-children; Beau and Emma Burdette and Alex Fryberger; and his beloved cat Misha.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no memorial services.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Noel’s name to the Cancer Treatment Center at St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, Montana 59601.
Ursula “Virginia” Christian Ursula “Virginia” Christian passed away on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at the age of 91, in Helena, Montana of natural causes. She was born to E.O. and Flora Catherine Simmons on February 27, 1923 in Great Falls, Montana. She grew up in Cascade, Montana, graduating from Cascade High School in 1941. She married Joseph Leo Pfeifer in 1945. Joseph and Virginia were blessed with two sons, Rick & Mark during their marriage. Joseph passed away in 1952. Virginia married James Christian on Aug. 11, 1955. James and Virginia were then blessed with their daughter, Cathy Christian. Virginia lived in Seattle, Wash., and worked for Boeing Aircraft during the war. She moved back to Montana, worked as a self-employed mail carrier and drove a school bus from 1955 to 1968. From 1968 to 1988 she worked for Carroll College as an IBM Operator. She started Carroll College on the first computer system and retired as a Human Resource Officer. Virginia enjoyed her grandchildren and hobbies such as gardening. She had a beautiful yard and her prize flower garden with Poppies, Irises and peonies. Sewing, snowmobiling, golfing, traveling was right in line with the many things that kept her busy and full of life and she enjoyed her Sunday visits to her church, Our Lady of the Valley Church. Virginia is survived by her Children, Rick Christian, Mark (Bonnie) Christian and Cathy (Bill) Ireland. She was blessed with twenty three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents and a brother Robert Simmons. There will be no services per Virginia’s wishes. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com , to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Virginia. Memorials may be sent to her church, Our Lady of the Valley Church in Helena or the Ponderosa Snow Warriors in Lincoln.
Jean B. Bickel
Jean B. Bickel of Lincoln passed away on Dec. 21, 2014 at the age of 86.
Jean owned and operated Mom’s Drive Inn from 1978 to 1999. “Ma” Bickel, as she was known to most around Lincoln, gave most of the local girls their first job and taught them how to cook and waitress.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lester Bickel.
Jean is survived by her children, Dolly Bickel, Pat Bickel and Harold Bickel, all of Lincoln and Arthur (Larry Bickel) of Coopersburg , PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Russell Snyder, Beth Rolfe, Jen Bickel, Brandon Bickel, Steven Bickel, Jessica Hottle; by great grandchildren Shelton Snyder and Nikki Snyder and step-great grandchildren Josh, AJ, Caleb and Wade Rolfe.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Donations can be made to Lincoln Ambulance.
James (Jim) Messer
It is with sorrow we announce the passing of James (Jim) L Messer on December 11, 2014.
Jim was a hard worker, loved the hobbies of working with wood, collecting guns, knives and other sporting equipment and loved hunting when he was physically able.
He was born in Memphis, Texas and grew up in the Panhandle of Texas. He married Doris in 1955.
In following jobs they moved to Roswell, N.M. for a short period, Page, Ariz., back to Texas, then to Seattle, Wash. area for five years, then on to Nome, Alaska for a period of 18 years.
They moved to Montana where they built a ranch log home and lived there 10 years, then moved to Avon, where they built a Garage, Gun shop and Gift shop business with their son Jim. As his health became worse, they sold the business and retired in Lincoln for 13 years prior to death.
Jim met many friends and was always thrilled to talk to anyone, especially about guns and their works. He spent numerous hours carving and whittling many beautiful gun stocks from wood blanks.
He will be missed by many friends, customers and of course his loving family.
He is survived by wife Doris, of 59 years; son, James G. Messer Sr. of Missoula; daughter, Donna McCormick of Kodiak, Alaska; three grandchildren in Nome, Alaska: Brenna, Ashton and James Jr.; seven great grandchildren in Nome: Oliver, Wilson, Wyatt, Sam, Dallas, Roselynn and Jadelynn. Five grandchildren in Kodiak, Alaska: Kathy, J.C., Melissa, Robert and Brandon; two great-grandchildren in Kodiak: Nevaeh and Hannah. Jim is also survived by his sister Olevia of Olympia, Washington; two cousins, Daniel and Alvin of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and a small family service will take place. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jim.
Tim wasn’t a man of many words, but despite what little he said, he would make an impact through all he did. He was true to himself and how he felt about any situation. He loved his family very much.
Tim was a simple man. He didn’t need many things in life to keep him happy or satisfied. Among those few things, he was passionate about his vehicles, keeping them very clean, back-road fun, his music and his amazing wife of 23 years, Tammie.
Every once in a while, on a weekend, Tim would enjoy cleaning their vehicle, make a playlist, then go on a day long drive with his wife and kids, enjoying the freedom and exploring this beautiful state, all the back roads in the mountains – the hidden treasures life offers. Tim was such a great man with incredible qualities. There was no better role model for his children growing up.
On Oct. 6, 1965, Tim was born to Judith and David Zarske. They moved to Helena, where eventually he followed in his father’s footsteps in a long, successful career in law enforcement. Tim was Tammie’s hero. He made her life the best it could be, saving her from some hard times and two years later, married her, and adopted her two children Amber and Aaron. He was the only dad they knew. Two years later, their son Ryan was born. Tim was a selfless, honest man. Everyone was so proud to be a part of his life.
In Tim’s life there was a need for speed. Whether it be RZR rides with his wife, long day trips in the hills on the four wheeler, his new Dodge Charger, or NASCAR races, he had fun and lived his life to the fullest.
Tim passed unexpectedly from a health related tragedy, however his memory will live on much longer.
He is preceded in death by his father David and mother, Judith. He is survived by his wife Tammie and their children Amber, Aaron, and Ryan;, also by his siblings Scott (Julie) Zarske, Dawn (Ross) Hannawalt, Brian (Izzy) Zarske; by his grandchildren Trevin, Adilynn, Liam and another on the way; also including numerous nieces and nephews and his wonderful dogs, Buster, Gizmo, Oliver and Boxcar.
The family of Tim Zarske would like to thank East Valley Fire Department, St. Peter’s Hospital, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and Anderson Stevenson & Wilke Funeral Home, along with countless others.
A funeral service was held Monday at the Lewis and Clark County Fair Grounds. Graveside services followed the funeral service at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Helena.
Donations can be made to The Zarske Family Benefit at any Valley Bank Location in Helena.
Darrell Woodahl Darrell Joseph Woodahl of Lincoln, Montana will be laid to rest with full military honors Friday, Aug. 1 at 11:30 a.m., in the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery at 1911 Lower Street in Missoula. The funeral services will include the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 209 Honor Guard, the American Legion Post 27 Color Guard, the Montana Army National Guard Color Guard and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard. A celebration memorial to his life will take place Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Bootlegger Casino and Restaurant in Lincoln at 2 p.m., where coffee and tacos will be dedicated to him. Friends and family and the general public are welcome to attend this memorial and enjoy great food, drink and conversation. Darrell died July 24 of respiratory failure and other natural causes. Darrell was born to John St. Germain and Pauline Langan Oster on December 6, 1944 and legally adopted by Arnold Woodahl while he was still a baby. Darrell served during the Vietnam War as Private First Class in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged on June 28, 1966. Darrell loved to hunt, to log, to cut firewood and to talk with friends at the Bootlegger Casino and Restaurant and at Mountain View gas station over many cups of coffee. He and the love of his life, Marilys Lennington of Lincoln, enjoyed all that Lincoln has to offer. He and Marilys met just after Darrell left the Marine Corps and were together for 48 years. From the moment he laid eyes on Marilys, he was in love. Darrell never met a person who was a stranger. A wide smile and a strong handshake quickly translated into friendship with all who knew him. Friends knew that Darrell always said that if he couldn’t do it with a rifle or chainsaw it wasn’t worth doing. Special thanks are extended by Marilys to friends who helped her with all aspects of the funeral and memorial services and the many tasks necessary after a sudden death, specifically Joe and Aimee Kapphan, Jack and Susan Campbell Reneau, Todd Staton and Remo Dantini. Darrell was preceded in death by Pauline Langan Oster and Arnold Woodahl.
Heather Terman Heather Ann Terman, 40 of Lincoln passed away June 29, 2014 from injuries sustained from ATV accident. She was born November, 26, 1973 in Doylestown, PA.
At the age of eight she moved to Lincoln. She graduated from Lincoln School in 1991, at which time she attended Boise State University. She returned home to Lincoln in 1994.
On July 15, 2000, she married Jay Terman in Lincoln, where the couple resided.
Heather was a lover of life. She was a small business owner of Coyote Coffee Shop and always had a warm smile.
She enjoyed the great outdoors and was very involved in the community. She was a caregiver to all.
She is survived by her husband Jay Terman, her mother Sharon Bickel, her father Donald Bickel, her brother Trevor (Misty) Bickel, her nephew Cort Bickel, her niece RyAnn Bickel, and Jay’s parents Larry and Billy Terman, as well as many other family and friends.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 2-4p.m. at the Lincoln School. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund account has been set up for Heather Terman at the First Bank of Lincoln.
Cecil Garland Jr. On Mother’s day, May 11, 2014, we lost a remarkable, enduring, and unforgettable pioneer.
Cecil Conrad Garland Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Cecil Conrad Garland Sr. and Bertha Dale on Sept 7, 1925.
After he was born, Cecil moved south and spent most of his youth in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. As a young man, he served in the Air Force during WWII.
After discharge, he headed west to Las Vegas, married Barbara Heavin and moved north to Lincoln, Mont. where they raised three daughters.
In 1973 he moved to Callao, Utah, to start his life as a rancher. There he married the local “schoolmarm”, Annette Hardy, where they embarked on a beautiful adventure together, including the birth of their daughter.
Over the years, Cecil was passionate about many worthy causes. In Lincoln, with other folks, he led the way for the first citizen-initiated wilderness area, the Scapegoat Wilderness. This legacy allows Montana’s quiet beauty and grandeur to pass from generation to generation.
In Utah and Nevada, he challenged the Air Force’s plan to deploy MX missiles in the Great Basin region. He went to work again when they proposed an electronic battlefield over Callao.
Finally, as if he hadn’t done enough, he teamed up with others in the Great Basin Water Network to protect Snake Valley water from Southern Nevada Water Authority.
In honor of all he has done, Cecil was recently inducted into the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. This project seeks to recognize those that capture, preserve, and teach their story of restoration and conservation.
He is survived by his wife, Annette; sisters Kathleen and Anne; brother, Jimmy; daughters and spouses: Cecilia and Jim, Teresa and Kevin, Becky and Richard, and Bertha Mae and David; grandchildren: Allisun, Marshall, Elizabeth, Hayes, Cole, Abigail, Connor, Madeline, Dalton, and Lorelei; great grandchildren Blaine, Jameson, Ty, Lane, Andrea, Meah, and Layla; his in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews; and his “mejor Amigo”, Edwin.
From the Smoky Mountains to the Rocky Mountains, we will miss Cecil, who always had heart-felt words, strong opinions and wisdom of the ages. Cecil painted and wrote poetry. He likely has more in him. They will be transmitted from heaven with “a little bit of the devil.”
A celebration of life will be held in Callao Utah on the weekend of Sept. 6, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Montana Wilderness Association, 80 S. Warren St., Helena, MT 59601, online at www.wildmontana.org/donate or the Great Basin Water Network, P.O. Box 75 Baker, NV 89311 online at http://www.greatbasinwaternetwork.org/involved.
Katharina “Katie” (Jenniches) Thompson, 85, passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 21, 2014 with her husband, son, and his family by her side.
Katie was born May 21, 1929 to Johann and Maria (Schmitz) Jenniches in Rommersheim, Germany, the third of five children. Following the death of her mother, Katie was raised by her paternal grandmother in Germany during World War II. On June 11, 1960, Katie came to the United States, sponsored by Louie and Louis Felton. While living in Lincoln with the Felton family, Katie met a handsome logger and the love of her life, John Thompson.
John and Katie were married on April 14, 1963. Together, John and Katie raised two children, Maria and Johnny (Jay). In 1969, John and Katie moved the family to Nye, Montana, where John worked with his dad for the Anaconda Company. After a few years, John and Katie moved back to Lincoln where they stayed.
Katie loved to garden and was an amazing cook- a skill she passed on to her granddaughters. She loved all of her and John’s four legged children and they loved her.
Katie is survived by her husband, John Thompson; her children, Johnny (Vicki) Thompson and Maria (Jeff) Eshelman; sister-in-law Anita Shandy; niece, Cindy (Chuck) Simenson; grandchildren, Jacob Eshelman (Dana), Sianna (Nathan) Rose, Jasper Eshelman, Jeffrey Eshelman, Ryan Thompson, Johnniann Thompson, and Rayna Thompson; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Eshelman, Seth Rose, and Levi Rose; as well as her furry four legged son Danny Boy and many other nieces and nephews.
Katie will always be remembered as a strong woman who survived World War II, who loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with everything she had. For soft boiled eggs with toast, homemade eggnog, for pickle ornament prizes where everyone was a winner, and a cold washrag that could fix any booboo.
You will be missed by all, My Little Fraulein…Katie…Mom…Grandma…Oma.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Katie’s name, to the Lewis & Clark County Humane Society.
HAMILTON - Joseph Daniel Ward, 42, of Hamilton passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born January 2, 1972 in Harbor City, California to Jack Ward and Carolyn Barnes.
Joe attended school in Muldrow, OK and graduated from Lincoln High School (Lincoln, MT) in 1990. He served in the US Marine Corp from 1990-1994 and graduated from Montana State University in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in biology.
Joe married his high school sweetheart, Connie Ogilvie, on May 16, 1998. They lived in Salt Lake City, UT and Woodland, CA before returning to Montana in 2006 where they settled in Hamilton. He worked for Ravalli County Health Department prior to his career as a Health Physicist with Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
An avid outdoorsman, Joe shared his passion for hunting, fishing and camping with his two young daughters. Many a time they could be found, clad in camouflage, scouting throughout western Montana. He was well known for his sense of humor, infectious laugh, love for motorized vehicles (most of which were in desperate need of repair) and as a great dad. Joe (or Joey as he was known by many) will be forever missed and always loved.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Barnes. Joe is survived by his wife, Connie (Ogilvie) Ward; their daughters, Bailey (14) and Madison (8); his father, Jack Ward; sisters, Jackie Ward, Carrie Chambers, Chyanna Morgan and Robyn Ward; brother, David Ward; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Daly-Leach Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Following the committal services there will be a reception held in the community room at Daly-Leach Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial be made in Joe’s name to Camp Mak-A-Dream, P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, Montana 59806 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
James E. McConnell
James E. McConnell died on March 20, 2014 at Village Health Care Center after a short bout of cancer. He was born on November 6, 1946 in Lord’s Valley, PA to Helen Hazen McConnell and Hugh McConnell. Jim graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in physics. In California, he was an electrical engineer and then started his own business in Hamilton, Montana, which he later moved to Lincoln, Montana. Jim worked on many classified contracts for the Navy. Jim married Judy Clark in Lincoln, Montana in 1985. He retired from MSE in Butte in 2011. Hunting, fishing, and camping were his passions. Jim volunteered for the Fire Department and as an EMT. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA. Jim is survived by his wife, Judy, stepchildren, Jason (Jenn) and Cori (Trent), grandchildren Courtney, Sam, Tim, Zurie and Todd, his aunts Lorraine Hazen, Dorothy Davis (JC), Patti Jones and numerous cousins. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at ST Judes Catholic Church in Lincoln and a potluck luncheon will follow at the Lincoln Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lincoln Ambulance and Fire Department. Burial will be at the Florence Carlton Cemetery.
Thank you to the nurses and CNA’s at the Village Health Care Center for their excellent care.
There will be a memorial type of service for Rose Olson at the Methodist Church in Lincoln on Sunday July 28th at 1pm. There will be a reception following the service at the church.
Jerry E. Horne The easy chair in the corner of the room in now empty. On Nov 13, 2013 Jerry E. Horne unexpectedly left us. The journey started 75 years ago when he was born to William and Smig Horne. Jerry was one of two bundles of joy brought home that day. Younger than his twin sister Peggy (whom he never let forget that fact). Waiting at home for him were two brothers Robert and William.
Jerry had a youth filled with love and adventure of growing up in the Helena Valley. After graduating from Helena High School came the Army. A tour of duty in Korea, according to dad the hardest thing about the Army was the trip home from San Diego, which was interrupted by Las Vegas where he had to call his parents for bus fair two weeks late.
After a few marriages that produced his loving hoard of children he married his soul mate Dorothy Horne in 1982. From then on the two were inseparable. Over the course of his life Dad had many jobs. The one that people most associate him with is Big Sky Ready Mix. He drove truck for them for 27 years. He was infamous in the Helena Valley for his abilities as a truck driver and for being the grumpiest driver ever! He retired from Hydrometrics some years ago.
Since retirement Dad spent time in his easy chair watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. The last six years he spent the majority of his time investing in the life of his great grandson Cayden – a void that will never be filled. Dad’s new favorite place on the planet was the porch at the family cabin in Lincoln. He loved to spend time watching Cayden and feeding the deer.
Dad is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Horne, son William Burke, daughter Debbie Woodland (Doug Lee), son Shawn Horne (Liz), son Scott Horne (Josie), daughter Chrissy Quigley(Robert), son Patrick Horne (Nora), daughter Vienna Horne. Just like dad his children have no problem procreating, he has a whole bunch of grandkids and great grandkids. Dad was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Smig Horne, brother Robert Horne and son Timothy.
A memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life was held 1:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue. Burial with military honors took place at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Harrison. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Jerry.
Pauline (Shaver) Orr Pauline (Shaver) Orr was born in Malta on Nov. 20, 1918, the only child of Elizabeth and Clinton Shaver. She grew up and went to school in Great Falls where she graduated from Great Falls High School in 1937. She was working in her mother’s boarding house when she met Leonard E. Orr. They were united in marriage on July 6, 1938. The lived in Great Falls, where their first child Robert was born. A few years later their second child, Betty Jean was born and they moved to Lincoln where their third child James was born.
They raised their family in Lincoln, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Pauline worked alongside her husband in logging and also worked in sawmills, at lunch counters and in bookkeeping for the telephone company.
Pauline was separated from her husband with his death in 1992, after 54 years of marriage.
She is survived by her son Robert (Myrna), his two sons Lenny and Robby and their children Jennifer and Robert and step grand children Steve, Diane and Daniel; her daughter Betty Jean (Chris) Waits; and her son James (Arlene), his two daughters, Paula and Jamie and their children Luke, Beau, Courtney, Lakin and Austin, and long-time friends Kathy Orr and Pat Orr.
Pauline was a very kind person, a gracious hostess and a friend to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her family and many special friends.
There will be no formal funeral service at Pauline’s request. The family will have a private memorial gathering at a later date.
Pauline will be laid to rest next to her loving husband Leonard in the old Lincoln Cemetery.
(ed. note: We chose to run Pauline Orrs obituary a second time due to several typographical errors last week)
Dennis Murphy Dennis Murphy passed away on October 22 after his battle with cancer. St. Jude Catholic community will celebrate Mass for Dennis and his family and friends on Sunday, November 3rd at 11 a.m.
There will be a service in Great Falls as well. Please call 362-4042 for details.
Evelyn L. Holm Evelyn L. Holm, 89 of Lincoln passed away on Monday morning Oct. 14 at the Renaissance Senior Care in Helena in the presence of her family.
Evelyn was born on March 27, 1924, in Great Falls, Montana to William and Evelina Johnke. After only a short time in Great Falls, the Johnke’s moved to Flat Willow, Montana where Evelyn spent her early childhood until the family homesteaded a small farm in Fairfield, Montana where she finished her last year of grade school along with high school.
At the age of 20, she married Eddie Welch of Augusta, Montana and they had two children together; Diana and Steven. They moved around the state of Montana including Lincoln in search of employment before an unfortunate logging accident in Plains, Montana took her husband’s life after only a few short years of marriage. Evelyn moved back to Lincoln with her two small children taking a job at Stoner’s general store and did everything from pumping gas to operating the telephone switch board while waiting on customers in the meantime. She eventually met Gary Holm who was working on the Grosfield Ranch at the time and at the age of 25 accepted his proposal for marriage. They bought some property in Lincoln where they built their home and added two more children to the family; Rick and Rodger. She eventually became a full time homemaker having her hands full with four children and a loving husband to take care of.
Evelyn enjoyed all of the pleasures of home, gardening, visiting with her friends and taking trips across the country with her family. She was a very kind and loving person. Family was the most important thing in her life and it was apparent every time she saw them. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will be missed by all who knew her.
Evelyn was preceded in death by Gary, her husband of 67 years; her parents William and Evelina Johnke; her three sisters Phyllis Bremer, Shirley Welch, and Rozella Talseth; her brother Farrell Johnke; and her son Rodney.
She is survived by her three sisters; Jeanine Bronson, Corrine Squires, and Gwen Carnes; her two brothers; Dale and Richey Johnke; her children Diana Colton, Steven Welch, Rick Holm, and Rodger Holm; her 10 grandchildren; her 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in the social hall at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Homel; 3750 N. Montana Ave.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Evelyn’s name are suggested to Lincoln Community Hall or the Lincoln Senior Citizen’s Center, 801 Mt Highway 200 E. Lincoln, Montana 59639. To offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Evelyn please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com.
William A. Jurenka, William A. Jurenka, 91, of Big Sandy, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at his residence of natural causes.
Bill was born on April 2, 1922, at the family homestead at Hopp Iliad, Montana to Joseph and Anna (Blazek) Jurenka. He was raised there, attending the Tuscania country school through 8th grade, before moving on to graduate from Big Sandy High School. He met Adelaide Moes in high school, and they married in 1944. The couple’s union was blessed with two children, who they raised at Hopp Iliad.
In 1972 Bill and his wife built a small log cabin east of Lincoln off the 4x4 Road and spent a lot of time hunting, snowmobiling and entertaining friends and family.
Bill and Adelaide moved to Big Sandy in 1973, and he continued farming until he leased out his farm around 2000. Bill and Adelaide then began traveling, both taking cruises to Alaska and Caribbean, and taking jaunts around the country, especially to Yuma, Arizona, where Bill enjoyed golfing and taking “Susie”, his Suzuki Samurai, out into the desert. The couple traveled until Adelaide passed away in 1998, when Bill began traveling alone.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, dancing, playing cards, and Word Finds. He loved golfing, having just played nine holes in Yuma last winter, at 90 years of age. He also loved horses.
Bill was a people person who had a great sense of humor. He was kind and courteous to all, and he will be greatly missed.
Bill was preceded in death by Adelaide, his loving wife of 54 years; his parents Joseph and Anna Jurenka; his two brothers, George and Joe Jurenka; and his three sisters, Mildred Miller, Lillian Fanning, and Ann Marie Hamm.
He is survived by his son Terry (Cuc) Jurenka of Anchorage, AK; his daughter Renee’ (Kim) Hansen of Harlem; his 8 grandchildren; his 12 great-grandchildren; his special friend Dorothy Evans; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 4 at the United Methodist Church in Big Sandy, and burial followed at the Big Sandy Cemetery. The family has requested that memorials be made in Bill’s name to the Big Sandy Medical Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Milt Lee Woods Milt was 91 years old. He was born to Daniel Lee & Mildred May Wood on May 17, 1922. He grew up on the family farm in Granite Township near Hillman, Minn.
As a young man he joined the Marine Corp and served in WWII on Okinawa. Milt worked in farming, the timber industry, outfitting and various other jobs until he retired. He moved to Lincoln in 1964 and ;lived the rest of his life there.
Milt was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merle, Richard, Charles and sister Florence Lease.
Surviving are sisters Hazel Kimmons & Dorothy Dye, brothers Robert, Harry, John and James. His extended family included numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
There won't be a formal service; the family has chosen to remember Milt privately.
Daniel Geary Daniel Geary, 82, of Helmville, last of the third generation from Helmville’s Geary Brothers Ranch, died of cancer Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at home.
Dan was born in Butte to Thomas Francis Geary and Margaret Fogarty on July 15, 1931. he had six brothers, Jack, Bill, Tommy, Hugh, P.D. and Joe; and one sister, Margie. He graduated High School in Deer Lodge, served in the Army, graduated from the University of Montana and traveled the world as a geologist.
He married Wynne Kerr in 1978, and returned to the family ranch.
Dan is survived by his wife; four stepchildren; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and many cousins, nieces and nephews; and was preceded in death by two stepsons and two grandsons.
Following a rosary and service at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Helmville, he was buried at the Catholic Cemetary. Memorials may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, 1-877-832-6997. Dan was a kind, thoughtful, responsible man.
Sammie Wayne Welker Sammie Wayne Welker, a legendary softball pitcher and avid Lincoln community supporter, passed away peacefully from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Aug. 26, with his family at his side. Sammie, a much-loved father, grandfather, son, brother and friend, was born on Aug. 16, 1937 in Bell City, Missouri.
In 1957 at the age of 18, Dad enlisted into the United States Air Force, beginning a military career of 22 years.
He was stationed at several bases, to include Japan, Michigan, California, Wyoming, Newfoundland, and Montana. He served honorably as an Airborne Radio Operator, Para Rescue and finished his career as a Command and Control Superintendent. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Sam moved his family to Helena to work for his Uncle Don at Didriksen Oil.
Although he refrained from talking about his service in Vietnam, as a family we feel it is necessary to highlight some of his accomplishments. To those he saved, he would be called a hero; to Sam it was his duty. He was handpicked for the Son Tay Raid, a POW rescue attempt. Among the stories known to his family, he rescued many while under fire. While serving overseas his son Tim encountered one individual he rescued out of the jungle. Another story of a downed fighter pilot prompted his niece (Stacy) to join the Air Force.
Sammie was renowned for his contagious smile, southern charm and a huge cultivation of many friends. He was also infamous for his love of southern fried food and drink of all sorts.
Sammie enjoyed the horses, always studying the racing form and hoping for that elusive Triple Crown winner. To his many family and friends, he appreciated the great company, laughter, and juicy gossip. If Sam survived a short time longer, he most likely would have had his “sugar plum”(Codie) set up a Facebook account, to keep current with such gossip.
Sam also loved antiquing, fishing, going to auctions and drives in the springtime looking for wildflowers.
He is survived by his sister Jean (Dan) Dunaway of Bonne Terre, MO; daughter Laurie (David) Purcell, of Billings; daughter Terry (Gene) Hughes, of Lincoln; daughter Shari (Pat) Brownback, of Helena; and only favorite son Tim Welker of Lincoln. He is also survived by his grandchildren Mary (Joe) Clark, Megan (Travis) Jones, Malaree Purcell, Casey (Maunie) Sitch, Cory Sitch, Codie Hughes, Caitlyn (Taylor) Beto, Kyle Scott, Drew Brownback, Timothy “Sam” Welker and Mercadie Popluhar. He is also survived by four great grandchildren, 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Preceding him in death were his father and mother, Samuel Sterling and Helen Lorene (Dunlap) Welker, his sisters, Winnie Jo Welker and Mary Ann Cook.
Sammie will be laid to rest in the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison MT, in the spring of 2014.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Sammie’s memory to Wounded Warriors www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Cremation has taken place. Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of services in Helena.
We know you are on the Blackfoot River with your fly rod in hand, a grin on your face, a Rainier beer in your creel and the biggest fish on your line. Just know in your heart that your kids will be ok.
May you rest in peace, we love you Dad.
Remembering Abe Grosfield
Abe Grosfield was an authentic Montana cowboy. In 1948, at the age of thirteen, he moved along with his parents Edwin and Signe Grosfield and five siblings to the Lincoln Valley. Abe graduated from Helena High School and attended Montana State College in Bozeman.
After serving in the US Army. which included a tour of duty in Germany, he returned to the Grosfield ranch north of Lincoln where he was involved in all aspects of ranching. He was an old-school rancher who spent many hours working cattle on horseback. Living some distance from a large town made him very self-sufficient and clever in repairing machinery. The computer age was not for him, but he was always willing to learn better ways to treat livestock.
Abe had no patience for gates left open and other missteps, but thoroughly enjoyed visiting with a wide array of visitors. Several of his nieces and nephews would stay for the summer and help with haying and other summer jobs on the ranch. He enjoyed these young people and encouraged them to do their best.
Along with raising cattle, he dabbled in other high country pursuits such as logging. And like many people living in the valley, he was convinced there was gold somewhere in those hills and he might as well be the one to find it. As a younger man, Abe enjoyed hunting in the Blackfoot Valley with his father and brothers. He appreciated the beauty and splendor of the Blackfoot Valley and felt fortunate to live his life in such a beautiful place.
He had high standards for honesty and paying his bills on time. He was generous with
a wild variety of charities especially those involved with health care and education. Individuals who needed help with projects often found their way to 1vhis home where he could locate just the right tool or part to fix whatever needed fixing. If the help they needed was financial, they would find that there as well.
Abe Grosfield died Aug. 4, at St Peters Hospital in Helena. According to his wishes there was no funeral. If anyone wishes to give a memorial, the family suggests the Lincoln Library, the Lincoln Community Hall or Melodee House in Helena which was named after his niece. Melodee House, % Westmont, 2708 Bozeman Avenue, Helena, MT 59601.
Abe is survived by two brothers, Paul of Lincoln and Norman and his wife Patty of Helena. Three sisters also survive along with their spouses; Sylvia and John Gilliam of Missoula, Andrea and Jerre Sumter of Arroyo Grande, California, and Mary and Rick Sampsen of Dagmar, Montana. He was proud of his four nieces and four nephews to whom he offered encouragement and advice.
Margaret Rose Rychkun Thornley
Margaret Thornley, 94, of Augusta, died Aug. 9 of natural causes.
A vigil service was held Tuesday, Aug.13, 2013 and a Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, Aug, 14 at 11:00 a.m. at St Matthias in Augusta.
Margaret Rose Rychkun Thornley was born on Aug. 3, 1919 in Sand Creek, Montana to Mytro and Sophia Kwasney Rychkun. She was the 10th of 11 children born to the Ukrainian/Austrian immigrants. Her birth name was Magdylyna Rose, but the teacher of the one room schoolhouse in the Ukrainian/Austrian community called her Maggie and as she got older it was thought that Maggie was short for Margaret and so it was that she became Margaret.
Margaret was raised in the small community north of Circle, MT where she met Wilbur Thornley. They married in 1935 and together they raised five children. They lived in various cities in Montana choosing Lincoln as their retirement home. While living in Lincoln up Stonewall Creek area Margaret and Wilbur did everything together including gardening, getting in the winter supply of wood, working on the cabin and playing pinochle every chance they got. Margaret loved to cook and bake and did very intricate embroidery until she lost most of her eyesight. Her Catholic faith was the foundation of her life, praying the rosary each night until she had a stroke in May of 2013. While in Lincoln, she was active with the Daughters of Isabella and VFW Auxillary.
She is survived by four of her five children, Hugh (Pat) Thornley and Jean (Danny) Williams both of Great Falls, Willie Thornley of Lincoln; and Mary Ann (Larry) Davis of Augusta; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend Sara O’Donnell of Choteau.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; a daughter, Florence (Tot) Lefebre; two grandsons, David Thornley and Craig Furlong; and 10 brothers and sisters.
To know that she is no longer in pain, alone, and no longer looking for her “people” gives us some consolation with our loss.
Condolences for the family may be posted at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.
Steven D. Wilson, 55, passed away at his home on Friday, May 17, 2013 from heart failure.
Steve was born in Great Falls, Montana, the fourth child to the late Robert and Frances Wilson. He was raised in Cascade and Lincoln, Montana and attended Augusta High School. Steve worked many jobs from logging to fire wood to falling trees. He was very artistic and could pick up any musical instrument and play it, could look at something once and draw it precisely as it was. Steve had a big heart, a big smile and a cheesy laugh; you knew he was up to something.
In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by his two sisters, Ann M. Smock and Cathy L. Wilson; one brother John D. Wilson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be missed by and is survived by his children, Nathan (Rachel) Wilson, Tammi (Eric) Green, Dusty Wilson and Hannah Wilson; his siblings, Walter (Edie) Wilson, Jesse Wilson and Nancy (Tom) Bickel Ramberg; and two grandchildren, Emily and Ben. Steve is also survived by the mothers of his children, Wanda Johnston and Marlena Thornley; ex-wives, Mandy Cox and Sandy Grogan; and special friend Jennifer Copley.
A Celebration of life will be held in Lincoln, Montana on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., up Beaver Creek at the Pine Grove Camp Ground. Please bring a lawn chair if you plan to attend.
HELMVILLE-William Michael “Bill” Geary, 92, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013, at his home in Helmville.
Born in 1921 to Thomas and Margaret Geary, Bill attended Helmville Elementary School before graduating from Powell County High School in 1939. After a year at the University of Montana, Bill volunteered to join the U.S. Marine Corps where he spent three distinguished years fighting in the South Pacific during World War II.
In 1946, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Lois Evans, with whom he had six children, Dick, Joyce, Bob, Elaine, Joan and Daniel.
In 1975, Bill married Maureen Rich Geary and had two sons and a daughter, Jake, Joe and Katie.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Jack, Tom, P.D., Joe and Hughie; and his sister, Margie. He is survived by his wife; his brother, Dan; his children; as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Bill spent many days hunting and fishing and was proud of the number of young men and women he took on their first hunt. His love of the outdoors and service to his country are reflected in one of Bill’s favorite Robert Louis Stevenson quotations: “Home is the sailor home from the sea and the hunter home from the hills.”
Bill’s funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Church in Helmville at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the woundedwarriorproject.org in Bill’s honor.
In memory ofMelvin S. Hagen, age 85, of LincolnMay 13, 1928 – May 29, 2013
On the afternoon of May 29, 2013, Melvin Selmer Hagen, 85, joined his wife Charlotte Anne Ohman Hagen in heaven.
Melvin was born May13 (Mother's Day), 1928, in Carpio, North Dakota to Ditlof Bernhoff Hagen and Anna Kristina Hauberg Hagen. He was the 11th child born to them, he eventually had 13 siblings. The family moved to Henning, Minnesota when he was 7 months old and eventually grew to 3 girls and 11 boys. He attended country school, Ottertail County #234 through the 8th grade. In May 1945 he joined 7 other brothers in the Armed Forces during World War II by joining the Army and serving in the 800th Military Police in Japan. He served until December 1947 when he returned to Henning. His younger twin brothers introduced him to Charlotte, their school teacher, who became the love of his life. They were married on September 3, 1948, and spent 64 years together as best friends and devoted husband and wife.
The happy couple moved to Wadena, Minnesota where Melvin worked for Stunebeck Ford Garage. Their first son Wayne Allen was born in Wadena. In August of 1949 they moved to East Helena, Montana, where Melvin started working at the American Smelting and Refining Company's smelter. In the next few years Steven Douglas and Craig Melvin were born. As the boys were growing, up the family enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and many other family activities. They moved into Helena in 1968 and lived there until their retirement.
Melvin and Charlotte built their log cabin in the woods of Lincoln in 1974. This was their dream and they lived it. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, playing holy board and potlucks with their many friends, most of all, they enjoyed snowmobiling. The sign on the back door said, "If we're not at home, check the trails." Melvin retired from the smelter in 1986 and remodeled the cabin for their permanent home when Charlotte retired in 1988. They have spent the last 25 years enjoying each other and their life in Lincoln. They were especially active in the Ponderosa Snow Warriors Snowmobile Club and were selected as the Montana Snowmobile Association Family of the year in 2006. They especially enjoyed visits from friends, relatives, children, and grandchildren. Outside the door to the cabin is a sign that says "You are a stranger here but once." To all who visited it seemed like the most welcoming place on Earth as well as the most beautiful.
After Charlotte passed in February Melvin was heartbroken. Missing his lifelong love and companion he looked forward to the time when he could be with her again. Their life and love will always be entwined in our hearts and memories. Besides Charlotte, Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers, 2 sisters, and grandchildren Ruben and John. Survivors include his older brother, Eldor (91) and sister, Judy (87); son, Wayne (Judy) and his children Jimmi, Joy, and Joe; son, Steven (Liz) and his children Lydia, Kevin, Rachael and Dinell; and son, Craig and his children Melissa, Sonja, and Chad. Melvin and Charlotte's grandchildren have given them the joy of 15 great-grandchildren.
Melvin never wanted a big fuss made of his passing preferring to be cremated and his ashes distributed on the mountains and trails he loved. But in the last week of his life he decided he wanted to be with Charlotte. He will be buried next to Charlotte in Sunset Memorial Gardens in a simple graveside ceremony on Tuesday, June 4 at 4:00 PM. A viewing will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. A memorial will be held the first part of July in celebration of a man who was the quintessential Montana outdoorsman, a rugged, honest man who lived his life fully and well - Melvin Hagen. For information about the memorial call Wayne at 530-400-8882 or Craig at 406-362-4335.
In lieu of flowers the family will be accepting memorials which they will distribute to Melvin's charities of choice. Memorials can be mailed to P.O. Box 425, Lincoln, MT 59639. To offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Melvin, please visit below to offer condolences to the family.
Carl Allen Coleman
Carl Allen Coleman, or Al to most people, passed away April 21, 2013. He was raised in Westport and Astoria, Ore., and picked beans on the family farm and the neighbors’ farms. He and the other kids liked to swim in the river when they were supposed to be working. He spent time in the National Guard and worked as a logger in Oregon before moving to Lincoln in 1961, where he met his wife, Beverly Didriksen. He worked as a core driller for Boyles Brothers Drilling, but he really loved driving log truck. Following a bad truck accident, he took care of his wife and Bob and Evelyn Didriksen. He enjoyed playing softball, fishing, water skiing and snow skiing. He is survived by his sons, Jeff and Carol Coleman of Whitehall and Doug Coleman of San Jose, Calif.; and cousins in Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; father, Ernest; his mother, Maxine; and in-laws, Bob and Evelyn Didriksen. His wish was to not have a memorial service as he didn’t want people to go out of their way for him. For those that wish to honor him, The family asks you make a donation to the St. Peter’s Cancer Treatment Center, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. To offer the family condolences or share a memory of Carl, please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com.