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Felix David Fisher
SPOKANE, WA — Felix David Fisher, III (Dave) died unexpectedly but peacefully in the presence of his loving family on May 20, 2016 at age 53.

Dave was born on March 29, 1963 in Hamilton to Felix Fisher, Jr. and Samaria Killsacrosstheway. He graduated from Two Eagle High School in 1983. He met the mother of his Children; Lynn in 1985 and they welcomed the first of their five amazing children in 1989. Dave was mostly self-employed and was a jack-of-all-trades. He could do most any type of work and could fix just about anything that was broken. In recent years he was employed as a road construction worker/ heavy equipment operator in support of both municipalities and private enterprise. He could operate nearly all vehicles in the motor pool and had an avid desire to learn to operate new vehicles.

Dave was an enrolled Tribal Member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes of Montana. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved being in the woods, hunting, and fishing. Dave never met a stranger that he did not befriend and would help anyone in need. He had contagious laugh and a welcoming smile as broad as Montana. He lived for his family and friends.

Dave is survived by his Father, Felix Fisher Jr. of Hot Springs Montana; wife, Lynn; children; Carrie, Jordon, Felix Tylor, Sean and Elizabeth; Granddaughter, Nevaeha; sibling, Kelly A Gonzales of Spring Texas. He is preceded in death by His Mother Samaria Killsacrosstheway of Hot Springs Montana      

The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 25, 2016 at Lone Pine Hall in Lone Pine, MT with a reception to follow at Lone Pine Hall. Family friend Jim Stobie will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dave’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to or to my mom Lynette Nielsen or daughter Jordon Fisher at P.O. Box 832 Hot Springs, MT 59845. Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank Plains Hospital and staff, Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane WA. and staff, and all the caring messages/text/calls from everyone.

Mary Barbara Oliver
ST. IGNATIUS — Mary Barbara Oliver was born on April 14, 1937 in St. Ignatius, and passed away on April 27, 2016.

Mary worked many jobs, but her favorite was cooking at Kicking Horse Job Corp. For relaxation, she enjoyed fishing and working her yard.

She helped many people throughout her lifetime.

‘Thank you for touching her heart.’ – Her Family.

Mary is survived by four daughters: Vickie (Dan) Stinson, LeAnna Simpson, Marti Jo Simpson, and Shannon Simpson; ten grandkids; 12 great-kids; two great-great-grandkids; two brothers: Robert W. (Darlene) and Douglas (Leola); and four sisters: Judith Davenport, Linda Courville, Lora Oliver and Jodie Faucett.

Daryl W. Hendrickson
CHARLO — Daryl Hendrickson passed away May 7, 2016 at Kalispell Health Center Northwest in Kalispell after a short illness. He was born August 21, 1955 in St. Ignatius to Patricia Wall Hendrickson and Donald Collins. He was soon adopted by C.H. Hendrickson and grew up in Charlo, Spokane and Las Vegas. He was a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. He worked numerous jobs in his life including drywall, furniture moving and his favorite, bartending. Daryl came back to the Mission Valley in 1993 and completed his education by acquiring his GED and two Associates Degrees at SKC in Pablo.

Daryl is survived by his wife, Candi and her daughters Raymi (Kelley Hagel), Megan and Erin; daughter Tricia and family; his dad C.H. Hendrickson of Spokane; brother Daniel of Kent, WA and his children Trinity and Arena; sister Debra Becker (Chris), of Acworth, GA; sister Dayna Ayers (Rob) and sons Austin and Dillon of Reno, NV; sister Donna Collins (Jackie) of Deer Park, WA; brother Duaine Collins (Wendy) of Polson; and sister Sharon Collins of Bonney Lake, WA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Hendrickson and his father Donald Collins.

There was a celebration of Daryl’s life Saturday, May 14. Memorials may be made to the restoration of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

The family was assisted by Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services of Ronan.

Geraldine Mae Vallee
COVINGTON, WA — Our Beautiful Mother Geraldine Mae Vallee started her journey to join her Lord on April 21, 2016. What a great comfort it is to us to know that the Most Greatest Woman in our lives will be watching over us all, as we continue on with our journey in life.

Geraldine Mae Vallee was born on February 24 1931 to John Vallee and Marguarite Matt-Vallee. She is preceded in death by both her parents and a sister Vivian Hill of Yakima; and great-granddaughter Charlotte Clements of Mexico.

She is survived by Brother John Vallee (Doreen) of Ronan; and two sisters Carol Teachman of Ronan and Beverly Swenson of Medford Or.; her five children Debra Young of Everret Wa, Sherry Michel (Randy) of St. Ignatius; Kevin Davis (Kerri) of Noah Bend Wa.; Erika Aguiluz (Manuel) of N.D; and Lance Thompson of Wa. She is a Member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation.

Grandmother of 16 grandkids: Michael Young; Melaina Neschke (John) Wendy McConnel; Stanley McConnel; Levi Clements; James (Jimmy Jo) Clements; Collette Wilson; Kara, Ashley; Hailey Davis; Jonathan Sloan; Erik Aguiluz; and Savanna, Rianna, and Ben Thompson; 22 great-great grandkids and eight great-great-great grandkids; and her newly adopted grandson Susep Morigeau.

Our Beautiful mother lost her battle with cancer in Covington, Washington at the Home of her grandaughter Melaina where she chose to spend her final days being surrounded by all the love of her five children and grandchildren, where we cried, we laugh, and took care of her every need, the most beautiful moments happened during those days before she left us. She will be so dearly missed.

Rianna and Sienna will gratefully miss them Pow Wow moments without her looking on as they dance in the mocks she made them. On May 28, we will be bringing her home to the Mission mountains at her request. We will spend the day doing dry meat she so dearly loved and on Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. we will travel to the Mission Mountains she loved and let her “FLY”. All who care to join, please do; we would love the company. May 28, dry meat outside at The Mission Long House, and May 29 letting her fly...

Roger William Bordeaux
POLSON — Our cousin, Roger William Bordeaux, left us behind to reunite with his mother on May 7, 2016. Following a tragic accident, Roger was life-flighted to Kalispell, Montana where he passed away at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Roger was known for his kindness and generosity and his complete trust in people. He had many friends and acquaintances. His life was filled with ups and downs and for forty years, he admits he was lost to a life of drifting from place to place.

For the last five years Roger has been turning his life around.  He is well known in the community as the guy who attended the farmers markets and sat by the roadside with his sign “Roger’s Pies”. Roger was happiest baking pies and selling them along with homemade candy and cookies. 

Roger was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Lee Dupuis Cowan; and his father Kenneth A. Bordeaux.  All of his aunts and uncles also preceded him in death.

Roger is survived by his many cousins in Montana and Alaska as well as his half-sister, Charlotte Knoflicek of Lincoln, Nebraska and his half-brother Beaumont A. Bordeaux also of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Roger will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Lake Funeral Home, 101 6th Avenue East in Polson. Burial will follow services. A reception will follow at the Indian Senior Center in Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and

Pallbearers are Dick Burland, Joe Wheeler, Darryl Cline; Asias Eoff, Glen Jerome and Slade Cook.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Darrell Patrick “Pat” Gowen
POLSON — Darrell Patrick “Pat” Gowen, age 68, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Memorial services for Pat will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1 P.M. at The Barn on Finley Point State Park Road off of MT Hwy 35 on the Eastshore. 

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Louis Wilbur Adams
POST CREEK — Louis Wilbur Adams completed his journey through this world on April 25, 2016. “Wilbur,” his middle name holds significance as it was given to him as a result of generations of family relationships to Wilbur Vaughn of Placid Lake. As a Cultural Leader, historian, photographer, and avid writer, Louie recently wrote the following in his own handwriting, and left it where he knew it would be found after his passing.  It is presented here exactly as written.

‘My dad Lomie Romaine Adams (1907-1984) was born on the north end of Salmon Lake, and my mom Susan Irvine Adams (1918-1959) was born near Arlee.  I was the only child of this union and was born in 1933 in Sam Resurrection’s house in Schley.  During the depression years my folks struggled for many years, but they never gave up.  When they finally got a foothold my dad was a bronc rider, calf roper, relay race rider and numerous other things.  My mom was a race horse rider, and we had a lot of cows, work/saddle and race horses.

I had a good childhood, and I also rode race horses in my youth.  I joined the Navy in 1951 during the Korean conflict, and when I came out in 1954, my girlfriend Nadine and I got married and had many good years together with eight beautiful children.  My life story!’

There is, of course, much more to his story. In 1956 Louie began working at a saw mill in Superior, MT, and after suffering a devastating house fire and losing everything, he moved his family back home to the Valley Creek area in 1960.  It was then that he started a 42 year career in forestry with the BIA and Tribal Forestry Department, retiring in 2002. During his career, Louie also represented the Arlee district on the Tribal Council for over 20 years where he worked on a number of important issues on local, state, and national levels.

Upon retirement Louie remained very active with the Salish Elders Committee, the MSU Montana Elders Council, and many other groups and organizations. He shared his living history and knowledge throughout the northwest. This work was recognized when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Montana in 2015.

Louie loved family gatherings in the mountains, fishing, ranching, jogging, and riding horseback along many of the same trails his ancestors took in what is now the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents Lomie and Susan Adams, his yaya Caroline Vanderburg, his uncle Pascal Charlo, his son Ray Adams, and many other family members too numerous to mention.

Louie is survived by his wife Gertrude Adams, children Myrna (Greg) DuMontier, Jim Adams, Brenda (Randy) Morton, Maxine (Roger) Pablo, Arleen (Bill Tanner) Adams, Andrea Adams, and Jason (Autumn) Adams. He was also blessed with 34 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren.

A traditional wake started at his home and moved to the Arlee Community Center where Mass/Closing will be held at 10 am Friday, April 29th.  Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery where military honors will be presented.

Margaret M. Seymour
CHARLO – Margaret M. “Margie” Seymour, 88, passed away April 22, 2016 at St. Luke’s Extended Care in Ronan. 

Born in Butte, Mt on Feb. 23, 1928 to John and Jessie Carroll she was raised and educated in Butte.

A dedicated mother and wife, she enjoyed music, horses, her children and grandchildren and when time permitted sewing and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas J. Seymour (1982), and sister Rita Carroll (2000). Survivors include children Tom Seymour, Jessie Hardy, John Seymour, Ruth (Rocky) Santorno, and Glenn (Robin) Seymour; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Saturday, April 30, 2016 with Mass being celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Vern Lee Knapp
Vern Lee Knapp, Honored Navy Veteran, passed away at aged 78 on April 20, 2016. He was born on September 20, 1937.

He was a legendary man full of adventures and many good stories to bring a smile to your face. He was very loving, full of humor - quick cowboy wit, and he left his mark on all he met that were fortunate enough to cross his path.

Vern is survived by Frank Knapp (Brother) Vern Knapp Jr. (Son), James Knapp Sr (Son), Deborah Fryslie (Daughter); step-sister Anna; step-brother Charlie; his many other extended relatives; and beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be missed and loved by all.

He will be cremated and there will be no formal viewing and services; final resting place will be private with immediate family in a place he loves very much. 

Sherry Lynn Hartung
POLSON — Sherry Lynn Hartung, age 57, of Polson, passed away on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at Community Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on May 9, 1958 in St. Ignatius to Lillian Eliza (Bisson) Hartung and “Dutch” Reynold Hartung. Born fourth in line of five children, she had three older sisters and a younger brother. She was a cheerleader for the wrestling team in school, graduating from Ronan High School Class of 1976.

On June 19, 1977 she married Wade Curtis Chaney in St. Ignatius, MT. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, furthering her education at Salish and Kootenai College. She loved working at The Peoples’ Center, connecting with her heritage through beading and artwork. She had an eye for beauty. She loved flowers, rainbows, deer outside her window and her cat Tubbs. Sherry’s greatest passion in life was the love she had for her children and grandbabies.

Sherry was preceded in death by her son Jeremy Reynold Chaney and her sisters Joan Elaine Raymond and Leila Janet Hartung.

She is survived by her children Angela Rhea Chaney, Candace (Jeff) Rusnock, and Christopher (Ralenda) Chaney, brother Mark (Theresa) Hartung , sister Billy Jean Hartung, ten grandchildren: Jimmy, Maybe, Gabriella, Jeffrey, Kaylee, Alana, Ilanna, Ariel, Romeo and “her” baby Isabella, and many well-loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sherry had a passionate, fiery spirit that will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

Memorial Services was held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Lake Funeral Home in Polson. Reverend John Payne officiated. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhme

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Julie Ann “Twerp” Sherwood
ST. IGNATIUS — Julie Ann “Twerp” Sherwood, 55, passed away Saturday, March 26 in Ronan.

Born in St. Ignatius on April 1, 1960, she was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and was raised and educated locally.  Twerp worked in the spud fields and camp crew for fires when she wasn’t being a homemaker to her children.  She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to play ‘10 thousand.’  She was a family oriented person who enjoyed being around her family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Sherwood a sister Clara Rossbach and numerous other family members.

Survivors include her daughters April (John McDonald) Sherwood and their children Veronica and Daniel and Lyssia (Arnold Cardenas) McDonald and their daughter Arianna; son Jerome Ashley and her siblings Sue Sherwood, Jr. Sherwood, Agnes Sherwood, Francis Sherwood, and Nancy Sherwood as well as a large extended family.

A wake was held at the Longhouse. Burial was in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Jade Damian “JD” Gun Hammer
ST. IGNATIUS – Jade Damian “JD” Gun Hammer, 39, passed away at St. Patrick’s Hospital on March 25, 2016.

Born in Billings on Feb 25, 1977 to John Gun Hammer, Jr. and Agnes Hernandez Gun Hammer, he was raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation and Missoula. A drywaller by trade, he worked with his brother John. He married Donna MakesColdWeather, who preceded him death in 2009.

He loved to fish the many streams and lakes around the area and being in the Mission Mountains.

He was also preceded in death by his father John Gun hammer, Jr. in 2005

He is survived by his mother Agnes Hernandez Gunhammer; brothers John (Summer) Gun Hammer III of Great Falls and Cleve Gun Hammer of St. Ignatius; sister Rebecca Gun Hammer of Billings; baby sister Daisy Gun Hammer of St. Ignatius; god son Dakota Gun Hammer and sister/cousin Mary Sue Hewankorn; god mother Patty Widner of Billings and aunt /mom Dianna Hernandez Stieger; uncle Ron Hernandez; step children Candy and Lucinda MakesColdWeather and Hayes Googles; his Grandkids – Zane, Jose, and Lillian and many other aunts, uncles nieces and nephews; and special friend Sharon Cain.

A wake was held Monday at the Longhouse with prayer services nightly. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Longhouse.

Marshall Alan Pablo
Marshall Alan Pablo began his journey to the Ancestors Saturday, March 19, 2016. He was born April 13, 1988 in Ronan to Craig and Shirley Pablo. From the moment his mom laid eyes on him she knew her life was complete, all she ever wanted was to be a mommy. 

Marshall grew up and attended grade school in Ronan. He was active in sports and developed his lifelong love of the greatest game on earth early on, from the first T-ball game it was evident baseball was his favorite sport. He was a true scholar of the game and a natural middle infielder. He had a head for the game, an incredible baseball “sense” seen in few. He also had a keen eye at the plate and a great contact hitter who rarely struck out. He made many all-star rosters and had a great career.

As is usual in life, change brought the family to Missoula MT where Marshall attended Sentinel HS for his freshman year. He played football and touched many lives in his short time there. 

On August 7, 2003 shortly before his sophomore year, tragedy struck the family when his full-term brother Terje was delivered stillborn. This upheaval again brought change as the families path turned westward to the town of Hoquiam, WA where Marshall fit in immediately as a proud member of the Hoquiam Grizzlies football team. Despite his lack of a lineman’s size, he earned a starting spot on the b squad line and a spot on the varsity roster. He also earned playing time during varsity games, where he consistently gave up 40-50 lbs. to his opponents across the line.

The year in Hoquiam played a vital role in the families healing process, but as it is with so many Natives, the pull of home is very strong and the family found their way back to Ronan.

It was upon his return to Ronan that saw the next chapter in his life and his true calling begin. He found his soulmate, Nicole. From the first date he knew he’d found his forever. Marshall married his soulmate on July 15, 2006. On September 19, 2006 they welcomed Landon Alan into this world. Somehow, through marriage and fatherhood the incredible light that was Marshall’s life intensified and multiplied by three after they welcomed their second and third sons into their family, Talon Jonaven on June 14, 2008 and Braylon Jeter on August 12, 2011.

Upon the return to Ronan Marshall’s spiritual path lead him to the sweathouse and a fervent passion for his language, culture and people. He had a strong belief and deep respect for his culture. He loved going to powwows. He was a traditional dancer and loved playing stick game. Despite a late start, he began to learn his native language as an adult, he enjoyed hearing it spoke and working on his language skills at the sweat. He also made sure as much language as possible was spoken around the house to assure that regardless of how little, his children would hear their native tongue consistently from the day they were born.

Ever the kind hearted soul, it seemed natural when Marshall went to work for the CSKT Victim Assistance Program, strongly advocating against spousal and family member abuse. He completed his undergraduate work at SKC, earning his degree in Business Entrepreneurship while working full time. 

Upon his return to the reservation and subsequent work and education, Marshall found his career path; to earn a law degree and return to the Flathead Reservation to fight for his people, their land and resources.

Marshall earned admission into Law School at the University of Montana. Again change brought him back to Missoula, this time with his new family. As shy as he was, Marshall quickly made many lifelong friends in his fellow students. Through the struggles of being a full time law student, husband and father to three very active boys, he pushed through the first year of school. He was currently in the second year of law, by all accounts over the toughest part, and no doubt would have received his JD next year.

Marshall was passionate about many hobbies. He was an avid hunter. He enjoyed hunting ducks and geese with his buddy Boomer, chasing mule deer in the river breaks, but he especially enjoyed chasing bugling bull elk every fall. He got his first bull at age 12, and has since bugled up many bulls.
Marshall also loved flyfishing. He grew up fishing the Jocko River as his home stream and floating the rivers of Montana chasing trout. Following a growing passion of his father’s, Marshall looked west to chase steelhead, finding the purity and grace of swinging a fly on a dry line with a spey rod the ultimate method to connect with the wildness that a steelhead embodies. Through his short time chasing steelhead, he swung up his first Clearwater River steelhead in the same run moments before his dad swung one up, a moment to be remembered. He also enjoyed playing softball, as many old baseball players, as a way to extend his time on the diamond.

Marshall was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, and realized one dream when he traveled to Chicago and was able to see two games at Comiskey Park (he refused to call it by any other name). He enjoyed a unique opportunity to see an afternoon game at Wrigley field and then ride the “L” to Comiskey to see a night game.
He was also a proud member of Raider Nation, and attended numerous games in Seattle and Denver. Marshall’s passion brought his wife to find an equal passion for the sports and teams that he loved. She ended up being as big of a fan as he was, and proudly sported team colors with him at White Sox and Raiders games they traveled to. His most recent passion was hockey, and cheering on the Colorado Avalanche. Another of Marshall’s hobbies was poker. He felted many opponents who sat across form him, a fact that some of his law school buddies can personally attest to.

His passion for sports and athleticism was certainly passed down to his children. He loved few things more than cheering on his boys, Landon as he chased his passions, football, baseball and basketball, Talon as he played baseball and laced up skates to learn and play hockey with a determination rarely matched. Braylon, his youngest, also took to hockey and is set to start his first year in T-ball. With a cannon for an arm already, he will no doubt excel in baseball as well.

What truly completed Marshall was his family. His love for his wife and kids, as well as his entire family, was infinite. He was truly the light of their lives. He and his wife shared a love so strong and special that to an outsider would seem impossible. They often joked that they were already an old married couple, content to snuggle on the couch and watch movies after the kids were in bed, or to simply talk and tell stories until late at night. 

Marshall was such a kind, beautiful, loving spirit that he truly changed the world, one life at a time as he met them. He was his mom’s wish, his dad’s hero, his wife’s forever and his children’s rock. A more caring soul, loving son, devoted husband and proud father the world will never know.

Marshall was preceded in death by his great grandfather Evin Kimmel, great grandmother Clara Robison, grandfather Thomas Pablo, grandmother Vida Austin Pablo, baby brother Terje, uncle BJ Gardipe, uncle Mike Pablo, and uncle Evin Kimmel. 

He is survived by his loving wife Nicole and three beautiful children, Landon, Talon and Braylon. His grandpa and grandma Ron and Maxine Kimmel of Ronan, grandmother Alma Pablo (Leonard) of Ronan, grandfather Marvin Gardipe (Sylvia) of Kicking Horse, his dad and mom Craig and Shirley of Missoula, his brother Jace of St. Ignatius, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A wake started at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Services will be at the longhouse Wednesday, March 23 at 10 am. Graveside services to follow at Ronan. Pallbearers are Matt Kelso, George Isham, Josh Hotchkiss, Mike Trosper, Tom Quequesah, Dion Albert, Allen Pierre and Pete Plant. Honorary pallbearers are Ty Salois, Eric Clairmont, Zak Brandon, Kruz McDermott, The Oakland Raiders, The Chicago White Sox, Colorado Avalanche, as well as all of his sweat brothers. A feast will follow back at the Longhouse.

Michael Shawn Eneas
SPOKANE, WA — He took his time coming into this world but left us in a flash on February 19, 2016.

He was born September 10, 1968 in Polson, the youngest of three brothers and a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai tribes of Montana.

He grew up in Northern California and graduated from Armijo High in Fairfield, California. He attended Arizona Tech in Phoenix for a short time. Shawn worked various jobs including Napa Pipe. He was into renovating homes and landscaping (which he really enjoyed) before moving to Spokane. He then enrolled at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo for a year and received a diploma as a Heavy Equipment Operator. At the time of his passing he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum at Trentwood for close to 10 years. 

Shawn was very outgoing, made friends easily and had a love for animals. Shawn also had a lot of interests. He had a passion for air shows and loved airplanes and building models; also rock concerts, football - especially the Oakland Raiders, baseball - the Oakland A’s, autobiographies and real life crime stories.

He leaves behind his daughter Krystin Rose; parents Bernie and Grace Eneas; brothers Rob and Joe; his grandmother Elizabeth Gravelle; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and his big dog J.B.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Mary and Modeste Eneas; grandfather Nick Gravelle; several uncles; and an aunt.

A private viewing was planned for February 23, 2016 at the Spokane Cremation. A memorial will be held later in the year. Donations may be made in his name to The Humane Society, American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Fund.

Sandi (Matt) Stevens
Our beautiful mother was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Monday, January 25, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Seattle, WA on June 19, 1943, as the youngest of Eli and Rose Matt’s five children.  She grew up in the White Center area of Seattle and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1961.  Shortly after graduating, Mom was married to Chester Borsch, Jr. for five years and had two daughters, Kristin and Michelle.  In 1969 she met and married the love of her life, Bob Stevens, and joined her family with his three daughters, Betty, Jan and Jody.  Over the next five years they had two sons, Brad and Craig.

Mom was very passionate about her family and especially adored her numerous grand and great grand babies.  She loved spending time with family, whether it was going on picnics together, hikes, holiday celebrations or just Sunday dinners.  She enjoyed an active life which included gardening with our Dad, cooking, hiking, skiing, dancing, traveling and just socializing with her many friends.  Mom loved people and never met someone that did not somehow become a good friend of hers.  For the past several years she worked for the Housing Authority of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, which she loved and where she made many dear friends.

 Mom was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob Stevens; her parents, Eli and Rose Matt; two brothers, Andy and Don Matt; and her beautiful infant daughter.

She is survived by her loving children Kristin (Owen) Johnson, Michelle (Joe) Strickland, Brad (Kristen) Stevens, Craig (Kristin) Stevens, Betty (Bob) Jones, Jan Lindsey, and Jody (Mike) Bass;  grandchildren  Katie, Bobby, Kyle, Kylie, Jessa, Steven, Malia, Isabela, Benjamin, Rob, Callie, Rachel, Jessica, Chad, Taylor, Jeremy, Corina; and 15 great grandchildren; Her dear sisters, Bernice Tallant and Betty Marquart; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many very special friends.  We will all miss her beautiful smile and generous loving spirit.

Mom fought a courageous 15-year battle against cancer.  She was brave beyond words, never complained, and refused to let the cancer steal her joy for living.  She was an amazing example of strength and courage to all who knew her. We are forever grateful to have her as our loving example in life.  Mom taught us compassion for others, love of family, determination, selflessness, integrity and grace.  We love you Mom and will miss you every day until we see you in Heaven.

Please join our family as we honor and celebrate the life of our mom on Friday, March 11, 2016, 7 pm, at:
Craven Farm
13817 Shorts School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290

 Please feel free to come and share your stories of how our Mom touched your life.

Marilyn Jean Wall
HELENA — Marilyn Jean Wall, 54, passed away at her home in Helena on February 12, 2016 after suffering with health problems for several years.

Born in Ronan on July 30, 1961 to Diane (Peavler) and Thomas Wall, she was raised and educated in the Mission Valley and was a proud “Mud Duck”.  In her adult life she always returned to the area working various jobs and to make it home until she recently moved to Helena to be close to her children.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Elsie Wall and Leonard Evelyn Prawler; her dad Tom Wall and a nephew Terrance Groat.

Survivors include her mother Diane (Dan) Buckley); children Tory Wall of Kalispell, Jamey Arneson of Riverside, CA, Deanna Arneson of Helena and Nicole Keebe of Kalispell; siblings Thomas Timothy Wall, Martin Wall, Christine Winders, Kelly Wall and Cory Wall; six grandchildren and her extended family.

A wake was held at the funeral home and service were held on Feb 17, 2016 at the Longhouse.

Karen Sue (Moran) Thompson
After a courageous struggle with numerous illnesses, Karen Thompson, age 66, of St. Ignatius, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 24, 2016. 

She was born to Matt and Lucille (Miller) Moran on July1, 1949 in Missoula. She was the 4th of 5 children.

Karen grew up on the Northside and still laughs today about the shenanigans she and her friends participated in.  Due to her father’s employment, she attended several schools in several states while growing up. After high school Karen graduated as a licensed beautician. However, she chose the career of motherhood rather than hair stylist. She truly loved small children— any get together from weddings, funerals, or family reunions, Karen was the person who took care of the little ones. She and husband Marshall housed foster children, several foreign exchange students and she was a daycare provider to many children in the Mission Valley, including helping raise her grandson Andy. 

She loved her many dogs and cats, and will be especially missed by her pup Cena who got to spend the last few days with her at St. Pats hospital. She was blessed to have several relatives visit with her this past week, and her son Steve was able to give his mother her last cup of “Coffee-coffee” as she liked to say.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Auntie Maxine, sister Colleen, and son Eric Gray.

Survivors include husband of 36 years, Marshall Thompson of St. Ignatius, son Steve Gray (Nebraska), daughter Shawn Gray (Missoula), sisters Dennie (Spokane), Michelea (Oregon) brother Jim (Denver), grandchildren Andy (Havre), Matt (Boise), Marcus (Missoula), Meghan (Nebraska) and great grandchildren Lukas and Avery (Boise) and Trissity (Havre), and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by half brothers Doug (Missoula) and Monte (Oregon)

At Karen’s request, no formal service will be held. A private family, gathering will take place later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charities that benefit children or animals.

Marian Rita (Antoine) Andrew
POLSON — Marian Rita (Antoine) Andrew, 73, passed away February 24, 2016, at her home. Marian was born January 9, 1943, to Frank Antoine and Susan Quequesah Antoine at their home in Arlee. She was raised and educated by her grandmother, Agnes Antoine in Arlee until the age of nine when she went to the Ursulines. These times were her fondest memories.

She worked as a Candy Striper at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson before relocating to Ronan where she worked at the Detox Center at St. Luke Hospital. She then went to SKC when they became a Community College, breaking from FVCC; she was there to see SKC take their first baby steps She did much recruiting for SKC, after which she tried her own hand at being a student at MSU in Bozeman for a year. Upon her earlier return she began managing the SKHA’s transitional living center (TLC) which many can attest to their own successes, after this endeavor she did PT work with the Tribes IMM program from which she retired to spend her time doing as she found most enjoyable, concentrating on her family. She married Andy Andrew, Jr. on the day of his passing June 12, 2004.

Softball was her biggest joy, first as a player, and as a coach. Her position was pitcher and she had wicked arc which she delivered until her pregnancy with her youngest Toni, but after playing, she tried her hand at coaching and this also brought a whole new realm of friends and extended family but again she chose to leave this to focus on family.

She was preceded in death by her mother Suzy Antoine; sisters Rose Felix and Josephine Pierre, and Helen Hameline Benally; brothers Jimmy Antoine, Billy Antoine; niece Wally Benally; nephews Geno Ascencio, andMike Benally; great grandchildren Jaydace Duran and Serenity Clairmont. She is survived by sisters Alice Goodman, Cecille Antoine, Francine Antoine; brothers Chris Wind Chief of Fort Peck; her daughters and their families Susan Pierre (Joe Couture), children Gail and Michael Grant, Clayton Duran, Jodessa and Josiah Senecal; Renee Pierre, her children Lenee and Ike Mahkuk and Payton, Lauren, andAnton Lefthand; Jami Hamel (Brad Pluff), children Arisha Hales, Mariah, Malia, and Gerald Hamel; Angie Nicolai; Toni Michel (Robert ChiefStick) children Tyra and Bradyn Michel; numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren, not to mention her friends from all walks of life.

Mass was Monday, February 29 at 11 am, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Ignatius; a Celebration of Life followed at the Longhouse to enjoy a slide show and share stories and a meal.

Cecil Raymond Jackson
Cecil Raymond Jackson of Round Butte passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, February 26, 2016. He was born in St. Ignatius on November 7, 1936 to Jim and Neva (Clairmont) Jackson and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. As one of four boys, there was always something interesting going on growing up. He attended Ronan High School, graduating in 1955. He married Rosemary Houle and together they had 6 children and made the Round Butte area their home. They later moved to Pablo when they bought the Pablo Bar and Cafe. Cecil and Rose divorced in 1969.

On October 2, 1970 he married Leona Lynch and together they brought their son Jim into the world. Soon thereafter Leona joined him on their school bus driving adventures. Cecil became more of a friend and mentor than just the bus driver to the hundreds of kids over the years. Many miles, and even more memories were mad while he was at the wheel of the bus. Around 1975 they moved back to the Round Butte area where they began ranching and carried out their later years together. Since Leona’s passing in 2012, he has been living on his own and hosting the Round Butte coffee crew most mornings. Lovingly known as “White Cloud” by his family and friends, he was always the life of the party and enjoyed meeting his friends at the “office.” Cecil lived a life we could only dream of, he had so many adventures with friends and family. He is a legend in the Mission Valley and we will all miss him dearly.

He is preceaded in death by his mother, father, brothers Lynn and John, infant son Ronnie, grandson Christopher, ifant grandson Cody, wife Leona, and son-in-law Chuck Weivoda. He is survived by brother Lloyd (Sally) of Pablo, children; Ramona (Bud) Lunch of Ronan, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn Weivoda of Pablo, Curt Jackson of Ronan, Keith Jackson of Ronan, and Jim Jackson of Missoula, fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, one great great grand daughter, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family, and countless friends throughout the valley.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home located on 419 Round Butte Road in Ronan from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Ronan Cemetery located on 46727 North Foothills Drive. A potluck luncheon and sharing of stories will be held afterwards at the Round Butte Women’s Clubhouse located on 7254 Round Butte Road, so make sure to bring a comfy chair. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Round Butte Clubhouse building fund.

Judith Gay (Sally) Burgess Petitclerc
October 11, 1929 - February 17, 2016

Sally was born on October 11, 1929 on a working ranch in Perma, the second to the youngest in a family of eleven children born to Harry and Lorena Burgess. Sally was raised a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe whom her mother at one time was the first woman council member to ever serve. Sally grew up an accomplished horsewoman and had numerous blue ribbons as a competitive barrel racer. 

Sally graduated in 1947 from Plains High School, and then left Plains for Everett, Washington to attend The Sisters of Providence Nursing School. It was during this time Sally met and married Ralph (Abe) Petitclerc and settled in Mukilteo, Washington to raise their family. Sally enjoyed all of the bounties that living near the Bay offered; she loved to go clamming, fishing and oyster picking on the family camping trips to the peninsula, she just loved the outdoors and was always up for new adventures and the mountain loop highway felt like a second home. At the age of 2 after innumerable years of lecturing us kids on being safe while we were in the river, we managed to teach her to swim; she was a good sport and mastered dog paddling quite well.

Divorced later in life, Sally returned home to her beloved Montana and enjoyed her new life with her loving partner Johnny Vinson; together they ranched then retired happily together.

Sally had many hobbies besides the outdoors as well; she loved dancing, ceramics, knitting, and was avid reader. Having four challenging children was tough, Mom sat through too many trips to the hospital and ER for broken bones, stitches, illnesses and more surgeries than any mother could bear but she was there for each and every one of us while we grew up. For that our mother earned her wings and we are grateful for the hand holding and cool cloths she placed on our foreheads, all the kind words and hugs, assuring us everything will be okay.

With their arms wide open, Sally’s dad and mom have now called their last child home, rest in peace mom and know we love you.

Sally leaves behind her children; Lynn (Pam), Matt, Scott (Hiram) and Penny. 10 grandchildren and many, many, great grandchildren and adored nieces and nephews.

Sally was proceeded in death by: father, Harry Hiram Burgess, Mother Lorena Markle Burgess; siblings; Henrietta (Bummy), Bertha (Toots), Mary, Harriet (Chub), Lenora (Tiny), Andrew, Vera, Daniel, Lillian (Dee/Peggy) and baby brother Jasper and mate Johnny.

Our family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Lake View Care Center for the loving care provided to our Mother, we are sincerely grateful. Sunset Hills Funeral Homes in Plains are handling the arrangements. 

Lloyd Parron Ewing, Jr.
Lloyd Parron Ewing, Jr., also known as Bill Bailey, passed on February 10, 2016, surrounded by his six children.

He is survived by his children: Beverly, Dawn, Terry Lynne, Trisha, Bill and Michael; four grandchildren: Isaac, Grant, Jacob and Antonia; and extended family and beloved friends.

He will be truly missed as he soars on his final journey over the mountains.

Charles Ray “Chuck” Weivoda
PABLO — Charles Ray “Chuck” Weivoda, 58, passed unexpectedly on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was born July 15, 1957 to Wallace and Gerry (McLain) Weivoda in Ronan, Montana.

He grew up attending school in Polson, graduating with the class of 1976. After graduation, he worked on a shrimp boat in Galveston, TX. He returned to the Mission Valley in 1977 and worked as a skilled carpenter-craftsman for PATCOR and Timberline Construction. For the last 18 years, he worked for Mission Valley Power as a Meter Reader/Installer.

Chuck took pride in all he did, which was reflected in the care he took of his family, property, vehicles and all work he performed. Chuck’s greatest joy was being Papa Chuck to his grandchildren Haislea and Zephyr.

Chuck was a loyal and avid Grizzlies fan and hosted countless gatherings in his Griz Garage. His presence will still be felt by all at future games. He will be sorely missed on fishing trips with best buds Doc and Snatch. He had many brothers by other mothers and they all grew up enjoying his family’s home and hospitality. These lifelong friends shared good times on road trips; hunting, fishing, wood gathering, and even problem solving seminars, along with a beverage or two.

Chuck was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was an organ donor whose gifts of life will live on in many recipients.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother Gerry Weivoda, beloved son Christopher Craig Weivoda, cousins Rachelle McLain Thompson, Russell McLain, Geri Dipasquale Dallman and Dale Barber.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 28 years Carolyn (Jackson) Weivoda of Pablo, stepdaughter Charmel McClure-Sternick (Shawn) of Missoula, father Wallace Weivoda (Durien) of Pablo, foster brother Leonard Combs of CA, sisters Beverly Richards (Dewey) of Pablo, Deborah Weivoda and brother Michael Weivoda (Pamela) of Polson, his grandchildren Haislea and Zephyr Sternick and nieces and nephews Justin Borders (Jami) of Billings, Koral Haggard (Patrick), Brianna Rowe (Brad) and Anthony Weivoda of Polson; along with countless other special family members and friends.

Memorial services for Chuck were held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the New Life Christian Center, 1414 2nd Street West, Polson, MT 59860.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Chuck’s memory to:

Life Center Northwest (where his life giving donations were given)

Attn: Family Services, 3650 131st Ave. SE, Ste 200, Bellevue, WA 98006   or to

Mission Valley Power Student Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 97, Pablo, MT 59855.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen Rhine
POLSON — Helen Rhine, 68, of Polson, passed away, Sunday January 10 surrounded by family. Helen Marie Silva, was born to Helen Matt, on July 10, 1947 in St. Ignatius. She was the baby sister to six protective siblings earning her life long knick-name “Baby Doll”, even having a boat named after her.

She was a proud tribal member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Baby Doll married the love of her life, Chuck Rhine, at the Hitching P ost on her 24th birthday. According to Helen, her children Curt and Rhonda were her pride and joy.

However, becoming a grandmother provided years of bragging rights and ear piercing whistles during their sporting events. Baby Doll was the matriarch of the family. She was the glue that bound the family together by cooking wonderful meals and playing card games. She loved and enjoyed shopping, yard sales, and antiques.

Baby Dolls love for cooking inspired her to open her own restaurant BOJO’S CAFÉ in Bowie, TX. After moving several times with her family Baby Doll longed to settle down in her hometown of Polson. She worked at Tribal Health for several years before finding her niche working as a family advocate for Early Childhood Services, where she met many life long friends. Her cheerful and positive attitude brought joy to everyone she met.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Rhine, her mother, two sisters and three brothers.

Helen is survived by son Curt Rhine of Polson, daughter Rhonda (Wayne) Arndt of Sherman, TX, grandchildren Chase Rhine, Carston Rhine, Caden Rhine, Katrina Farley, and Hailey Arndt as well as her brother Dick Silva and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Helen will be at Pablo Christian Church in Pablo on Friday January 15 at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the church.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Serenity Step’ eysi (Rain) Clairmont
POLSON — Serenity Step’ eysi (Rain) Clairmont was made an angel on January 10, 2016. She was born at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan to Henry Lee Clairmont and Arisha Marian Hales on November 11, 2014. During her short stay she brought joy and happiness to the lives of her family and their friends, bringing them together. Her smile and eagerness were contagious and brightened everyone’s day.

Serenity was preceded in death by great grandpa James Lewis Hawk and great “papa” Andy; grandmother Nadine Clairmont and Uncle Shawn Whitworth; she is survived by great grandmother Marian Andrew; grandparents Dennis Clairmont, Lennie Hales and Jami Hamel; brothers Hayden Clairmont, Caden Hales and Mason Hales; uncle Gerald Hamel; aunts Adele Marchi (Jacob), Elizabeth Jones-Ferguson (Greg), Mariah Hamel, Malia Hamel; great aunt Janie Wanbaunsee and numerous other great uncles, great aunts and cousins.

Her early passing reminds us all to live better lives and appreciate our time here. It is with heavy hearts we let her go and with great joy that she is in heaven with those that passed before us.

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Lance Albert Rishel
ARLEE — Lance Albert Rishel, 30, passed away on January 3, 2016, at Dublin Gulch, Charlo. Lance was born in Missoula on January 4, 1985, to Terri Marry and Eugene Arthur Rishel, and has had a wonderful stepfather, Scott Fletcher, for many years. He was also a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Lance was raised in Washington and after graduating high school, he returned to Montana. He graduated from small engine mechanics in Missoula.

Lance was employed at the Sinclair Station/Allards Trading Post in St. Ignatius. His spare time took him fishing which was his favorite pastime, along with riding his Harley. Lance loved to be surrounded by his family and friends. His contagious laugh and outgoing personality always attracted people. He loved having a beer and floating the river and was always up for a road trip. He touched many people’s lives and definitely left his mark everywhere he went. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Rishel. He is survived by both of his parents; his daughters Shailynne Rishel and Jasmyne Rishel; his brother Joshua Rishel; sisters Tammy Rishel, Tanya Rishel Colby, Teresa Rishel Wallace, and Angela Rishel; many nephews, nieces and extended family.

A wake will begin at the Arlee Community Center Wednesday evening with Rosary being recited at 8:00 pm on Thursday. Mass will be celebrated at the Center on Friday at 11:00 am followed by burial at the Jocko Cemetery. A celebration of life for Lance and meal will follow at the Arlee Community Center and all are invited. Floral arrangements should be sent to Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius or in lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Jocko Cemetery.

James Michael Orr
James Michael Orr was born in Milwaukee on February 9, 1937, Wisconsin, and died peacefully on  January 5, 2016 at the Golden Living Center nursing home in Ft. Atkinson.

After the family moved to Seattle during WWII, Jim picked up the violin at five years old, became concertmaster his senior year at Edmonds High School in 1955 and earned a music scholarship. He played the violin for over 70 years, including in symphony orchestras in three states; his last performance was a 2012 Christmas special in Madison, Wisconsin, while still at GLC. He would play compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydin and Mozart, and then go home to play a simple tune for a grandson. When health issues affected his mobility at GLC, he would still play in the home’s Alzheimer’s wing, and then play for other residents’ birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions, and for holiday celebrations. He continued until Parkinson’s Disease took away his manual dexterity in early 2015.

 He served in the Army National Guard, and later worked at the Seattle Children’s Home and other, similar facilities. He worked at General Motors facilities in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Indiana. In August 1969, he married Sara who had four children. Besides his music, his pension for sports led him to help organize a semi-pro football team in Washington; and later he got involved with baseball and basketball teams while at GM.

Retiring from GM in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, he had a heart attack and a bout with cancer; they eventually moved back to Wisconsin to be near Sara’s family. A divorce after nearly 42 years stemmed from medical factors not understood until after the fact. In his more lucid moments, he said that was his life’s greatest regret. He was hospitalized after head injuries from falls in 2012, and his younger brother, Charles, came down from Alaska to obtain guardianship.

Jim is survived by his ex-wife Sara, her four children, Sharon Van Horn, PA; Diane Rosenberry,WI; Marilyn Reid, IN; and Merry Jo Marietta, FL; and many grandchildren. Charles is his only surviving immediate family member. He was pre-deceased by his father George in 1954 and mother Joanne in 2008, and by grandparents William Harrison Orr and Caroline Perpetua Felsman Orr of St. Ignatius, Montana, and Mike Mandy and Marie Haugen Mandy of Ladysmith, WIsconsin. Jim will be laid to rest with his parents in Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli cemetery.

Summing up Jim’s life in three words: Humble Violinist Man.

Robert Reginald DePoe III
POLSON — Robert Reginald DePoe III peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of December 21, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and loved ones in his home in Polson, MT. He was 40 years old. Robert was born May 24, 1975 in St Anthony, ID to Robert Reginald DePoe, Jr. and Becky Lynn Gwilliam.

He grew up in Vanderhoof, B.C. and Polson. He graduated from Ronan High School in 1993 and was a successful athlete on the basketball court. After graduation he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Utah. While serving there he became acquainted with Southern Utah University and returned to attend after his mission. At SUU he met and married the love of his life Jamie Leialoha Urie on March 27, 1998 in the St George Utah Temple. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Neah Cheyenne, Isaac Robert and Kalin Rose DePoe.

Robert graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He furthered his education by earning a Masters degree in Professional Communication in 2008. Education opened many doors for Robert. It gave him the experience, skills, and training necessary to not only provide for his family but also help others.

Robert started his professional career in 2002 with the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah as their Education Director. He continued to gain experience working for the Western Community Policing Institute as a trainer/program manager, and then for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Indian Self-Determination Specialist.

Robert was very proud to belong to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. He always had a strong desire to come home, to make a difference and to help his people. All of his experiences and education, his love for learning and his strong bond to his heritage made him the perfect person to become the third President of the Salish Kootenai College.

Robert accomplished many things in his few short years as President of the Salish Kootenai College. His vision for the college and its students came through SKC’s first formal capital campaign “Capturing the Vision”, the creation of the Center for Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences, a new Student Health Clinic, Construction Trades Building, Student Union and bookstore, establishment of Founders Week and the Founders Wall. Robert implemented the Achieving the Dream Initiative for Student Success and the Bison Ambassador Program. He facilitated the installation of two state of the art class rooms for distance education and commissioned an economic impact study for the college. Robert had a vision for academic programs as well.

Under his leadership the college developed new degree programs such as offering a B.A. in Tribal Governance and Administration, an A.S. in Medical Assisting and a Welding Program with United Steel Workers Association.

Robert was always thinking of ways to improve, preserve and share the amazing institution Salish Kootenai College is. He was committed to a higher quality of excellence and education he knew could be achieved because of the dedicated people who stood behind him and carried out his vision.

Robert was proud of his strong family heritage. Both sides possessed qualities of perseverance, hard work, integrity, strength, service and fierce loyalty to family and friends. Love for his family propelled his desire to strive for the best.

Robert was often found talking on the phone, catching up with friends, past co-workers (who became friends), family, and others he met through the many organizations and experiences with work, hobbies and church callings. He genuinely cared about others, always wanting the best for them and helping if he could. Robert always tried to represent himself and live his life in a way that would make his family, his Father in Heaven and his tribe proud.

Robert loved being outdoors. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing at Kids Pond, snow-shoeing, camping, “taking the long way”, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, playing on the lake, having Bar-B-Que’s, attending church and the temple, and working on vehicles were a few things he enjoyed. If he wasn’t outside he was in the garage. Robert’s sense of humor, love for life, and humility will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his father Robert Reginald DePoe Jr. and brother Curtis Roy DePoe, grandparents Robert Reginald DePoe, Rita Couture Cannon, and Glenn and Julia Gwilliam.

Robert is survived by his wife Jamie Urie DePoe, daughters Neah and Kalin, and son Isaac DePoe, mother Becky DePoe, brothers Dan (Mandie), Rodney (Tiffany) DePoe, and sister Shannon Salisbury-DePoe. Father and mother-in-law Doug and Hollie Urie, sisters-in-law Tiffany (Quinn) Risdon, Brandy Urie, Brooke (Chris) Jenson, brothers-in-law Mac (Rachel) Urie, Ben Urie and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Joe McDonald Event Center.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael Dennis Trahan
RONAN — Michael Dennis Trahan, 69, passed away at his home near Ronan on Dec. 8.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he was born to Lyman Luke Trahan and Curley Burland on October 10, 1946 in St. Ignatius. He was raised in St. Ignatius by Mary (Pichette) and Luke attending the Urselines, St. Ignatius Schools, Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and graduated from Busby Indian School. After his education he logged with his father’s LandM Logging; served in the US Army (1965 – 1972) during the Vietnam Era and became a heavy equipment operator upon his return. In his free time, he enjoyed rodeos, camping, loved to dance and hanging out with his friends at the local pubs and playing pool.

He was preceded in death by his parents Luke, Mary and Curley; a brother Art and Art’s wife, Gloria; sister Dixie; niece BJ and son Mike Morigeau.

Survivors include his wife Caro; daughters Ronda (Joe) and Jodie Trahan and her husband; son Marlin McDonald; step son Buck (Jill) McAllister; brothers Jim (Karen) Skelton, and Ron (Vi) Trahan; niece Merilee (Grant) numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren especially Bradlee (Turquoise) Hartwell, Koby and Micalyn Garcia.

Military services were held Ronan City Park on Friday, December 11 with a Celebration of Life following at the Pheasant Bar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Humane Society in Mike’s name.

Vida Jane Austin Pablo
PABLO — Our beloved Mother, Ya Ya, and probably most known around the reservation as “Grams” Vida Jane Austin Pablo began her next journey on Sunday, December 20, 2015. She was born at the family home in Pablo on May 7, 1932 to Robert John Austin and Jane Rita Ashley Austin. She was delivered by her grandmother Josephine.

She grew up and attended school in Pablo, making the two mile walk into town every day. She recalled a particularly eventful walk one day as she happened upon a big grizzly bear not far off the road, luckily, after a tense few moments, they decided to go their separate ways! She also remembers being spoiled as she got older when a bus, complete with a stove for warmth, began picking her up for school. She completed eighth grade, but as was quite common at the time, she chose to continue her education in life experience, starting her family after marrying the love of her life, Thomas Pablo on February 4, 1948. They had six children. After spending some time in Washington, they eventually moved back to Montana, and finally settled just outside Pablo. It was the home where “Grams” truly began her real career as a mother to many, and she did it on her own after her and Tom were divorced in 1980. It was a career that she continued, even as different jobs came and went, right up until the end. She raised her grandson Craig (whom she and Tom legally adopted) as well as her other grandchildren, Amber, Ty, Michelle and Nicole. She was also raising two of her great grandchildren Kaidyn and Austin. Grams wasn’t truly happy unless she had at least one of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or even great great grandchildren running around her house.

She did hold down regular jobs as well, she worked for Polson Schools, and the Lake County Welfare Office, but her favorite job, and one she was the most proud of was her career at Blue Bay Healing Center for the Alcohol Program.

Along with loving all of her “children” she truly enjoyed gardening, listening to (and watching) The King Elvis, and watching baseball. She spent many summers at the diamonds in Pablo, as well as travelling across the state and many times into Canada to watch her kids play ball. She was a diehard New York Yankees fan. She especially enjoyed watching the Captain Derek Jeter play. She got to enjoy one of her lifelong dreams in 2009, to watch a major league baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Being the selfless person she is, she had a small “bucket list”, and was able to check them all:

• A huge Elvis fan, she was thrilled to make the pilgrimage to Graceland.
• She was fortunate enough to visit Hawaii on two different occasions
• And finally, she got to visit Alaska on a cruise.

She was truly happiest though when she was taking care of her “kids” whether her own, or so many of her adopted kids throughout the reservation.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life Tom, brothers Charles and Richard, daughter Janice, son Mike and four grandchildren, Billy John, Lakota, Terje and Ezra.

She is survived by her brother Lloyd (Arleen) of Mud Creek, children Mildred (Tom) of Pablo, Alma (Leonard) of Ronan, Donna (Nancy) of Polson Butch (Nowetah) of Richmond, Virginia and Craig (Shirley) of Mud Creek. Grandchildren Wade of Pablo, Theresa (Rodney) of Missoula, Anita (Chris) of Pablo, Amber of Pablo, Michelle of Pablo, Nicole (Wambli) of Polson, Junior (Turtle) of Ronan, Tylor (Nora) of Billings, Tawni (Robert) of Indiana, Ryan of Missoula, Marshall (Nicole) of Missoula and Jace of St. Ignatius. Fifteen great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Two of her great grandchildren, KK and Austin, were currently living with her, ever the caretaker up until the very end.

Grams was a proud member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, she touched countless lives throughout her 83 years. One thing she was particularly known for was “telling it like it is” whether you liked it or not, she as didn’t have time for any bulls#!t!

To honor her requests, we brought her home to her daughter Mood’s house for one final night, we will have an informal gathering Tuesday around noon-ish, Indian time, all who knew her are invited. The address is 35495 Clairmont Road, it’s east of Pablo on Clairmont Rd. last house in the homesites on the right before the storage units. One of her “kids” she recently adopted, PK (Erika) will offer some words as well as spiritual leader Johnny Arlee. Frank and the Boys will offer a song or two and we will have a feast afterward to send her onto the next journey. We pray your path to join the Ancestors is easy.

Ignace Victor Couture
ELMO — Ignace Victor “T-Bone” Couture, age 77, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2015 at his residence in Elmo. He was born one of six children on March 9, 1938 in St. Ignatius to Alexander and Madeline Ruth (Phillips) Couture.

He was a proud member the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe. A man of many journey’s through life, he attended various schools and graduated from Polson High School and attended college at Northern Montana College in Havre and later at Flathead Community College in Kalispell.

He later moved to Oakland, CA for six years before landing (one of many) a job as the assistant director at Ronan’s Job Corps. Leaving there, he moved on with his long- time companion Karen Kapi, making, buying and selling their arts and crafts. He also raised four of his grandchildren along the way.

He served in the Water Rights Committee for years; with his knowledge he spoke many times about Kootenai Culture and teaching Kootenai language at Two Eagle River School. 

In his younger years, he enjoyed playing his guitar along with his buddy Pat Lefthand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex Couture and Madeline Couture, sisters, Agnes Caye and Mary Lefthand and an infant sister Madeline.

He is survived by his brothers Wayne (Barb) Couture of Rainbow Lake; Eddie (Earline) of Elmo; his aunt Helen Charlo of Elmo; his longtime companion Karen Kapi; his daughter Pamela Mandan – Blagg; four grandchildren, Margaret (Samuel) Sheridan and their children, Ashlyn Sheridan, Ignace “Iggy ” (his favorite) Pierre Sheridan, Anjaleah Sheridan and Samuel “Mickey” Sheridan; Thomas Maestas and his son Roman Maestas, Bruce Maestas and Allie Maestas (Dwayne Turner and their son Clay Turner ; his best friend August Lefthand and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Wake for Ignace will begin on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 12 P.M. at Elmo Hall with a Rosary at 8 P.M. with funeral services on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall followed by burial in Elmo Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert Reginald “Bob” DePoe, Jr.
POLSON — Robert Reginald “Bob” DePoe, Jr. was born April 4, 1956, and returned to his Heavenly home November 20, 2015.

Robert was born to Robert Reginald DePoe Sr. and Rita H. Couture in Wallace, Idaho. He was raised in the Polson and Hot Springs area. During some troubled times in his early childhood, Robert acquired the roles of protector and leadership to his siblings. He loved his family and was always concerned for each of their well beings.

Robert was a loving husband to his wife, Becky and a teacher and provider for their sons. His daughter also looked to him as an example. He was a devoted grandfather to his eight grandchildren.

Robert learned the value of work early in his life working on the family ranch in Hot Springs. That trait continued throughout his life. Some of his occupations included, laborer in sawmills, truck driver - anhydrous ammonia, crude oil, gasoline, and logs. On the weekends he hauled hundreds of cords of firewood! For the past 22 years he has worked as Head of Maintenance for KwaTaqNuk Resort. He also served as a Reserve Officer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert was proud of his heritage as a member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. He also was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).

Robert will be best remembered for his work ethic, his sense of humor and his commitment to his values.

Robert is preceded in death by his son, Curtis Roy DePoe and his parents.

Robert is survived by his wife of 40 years Becky (Gwilliam) DePoe, their three sons; Robert Reginald DePoe III (Jamie), Daniel Glenn DePoe (Mandie), Rodney Shawn DePoe (Tiffany) and his daughter Shannon Salisbury-DePoe; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Neah, Shawn, Ashlynn, Isaac, Nicholas, Kalin DePoe and Ryder Perot.

Robert’s siblings include: Debora DePoe, Fredrick DePoe, Carol DePoe (Tom Lankford), Corky Sias, Sharon Cannon (Tony Earthboy), Charlie Cannon (Jessica), Curtis Cannon (Shelly), Joe DePoe, Amy DePoe.

A viewing and dinner for Robert will be on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 5 PM until 8 P.M. with dinner at 6 pm in the SKC Camas room. Funeral services for Robert will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1202 4th Avenue East in Polson. Burial will follow services at the Elmo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Salish Kootenai College Infrastructure Fund. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Daniel Leo Tellier
ST. IGNATIUS — Daniel Leo Tellier completed his tour of duty on the journey of a patriotic sailor’s life as he wrapped up a full day of ceremonial presentations of colors with the Mission Valley Honor Guard on Veteran’s Day 2015. At the end of the day, the Great Commander called him home.

Born to Cleophaus and Cecille (DandyJim) Tellier on February 6, 1937, he was the only son born to Cleophaus and later joined by brothers Archie, James, Walter (Buckwheat) Carpentier. Raised with his brothers in the St. Ignatius area, he found his way into the United States Navy by boosting his age, just a little. At age 17, he entered the service of the USN and served as a boiler technician on the USS Walker DDE-517 during the Korean War. This was a very impressionable time in his life, resulting in very dear friends he would later seek out at USN reunions.

Leo was a loving husband to his wife Sophie who preceded him in death. While never having fathered children of his own, together they raised one daughter (Linda), and two granddaughters (Rose Marie and Marietta) adopted at infancy, and one great-grandson (Arlen) adopted at infancy. The word adoption should in no way shadow the fact that those were Leo and Sophie’s own children. They were always traveling and doing fun things with the kids, who were their pride and joy. Other grandchildren and great grandchildren found plenty of love and laughs when they visited the grand folks at the St. Ignatius home.

One of Leo’s many life achievements was organizing and managing the Mission Valley Honor Guard which was active at all of the special events in the valley honoring United States veterans and presenting the colors. The MVHG recently raised the flag of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for the first time at the Séliš Ksanka QÍispé Dam. Other notable presentations were placing the colors at the Benghazi Memorial in BigFork and placement of colors at the State Capitol. Leo was recently honored with the invitation to assist the Blackfeet Tribe in establishing a color guard. He had made a few visits and was glad to lend a hand in training the troupe.

After 30 years of employment with the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority as a housing maintenance inspector, Leo retired in 2011. He quickly filled his post-retirement schedule by acquiring a tribal lease in the St. Ignatius residential area where he developed a CSKT Veterans’ Center. This location has become a valuable gathering place for veterans to receive information assisting with essential needs such as health care information, support networking, and a gathering for Legion Post, and organizing representation at events.

Leo is preceded in death by his wife (Sophie) of fifty years, one grand daughter (Gayetta) and one great-grand daughter (Jade), his parents and brothers. He is survived by his children, Linda Hawk Ebner, Rose (Mike) Tellier McCrea, Marietta (Ryan Smith) Tellier, Arlen Tellier. Grandchildren include Monique (Phillip) McDonald, Charmel (Bud) Gillin, Spina Grant, Cecille (Bill) Brown, and Cilxusasqet Friedlander, as well as twenty-three great grand children, and five great-great grandchildren.

A traditional wake began at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. A rosary was recited on Sunday evening. Catholic Mass of Resurrection led by Fr. Andrew Maddux was held at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission on Monday with military rights presented at the Mission. Pallbearers were the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers are his comrades who preceded him in battle. Cremation will take place. At his request, a portion of his remains will rest at Pearl Harbor and a portion with his wife’s remains in St. Ignatius. Memorials in Leo’s name can be made to the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

Kenneth R. Friedlander, Sr.
DAYTON — A choir of angels swooped down to reclaim the most gifted wood-carvin’, string-strummin’, and bird-callin’ man this side of Yawunik. Kenneth R. Friedlander Sr. began his journey with the ancestors on November 14, 2015. Ken was born to William (Bill) Sr. and Velda Friedlander on February 18, 1927 in Nespelem, Washington. He was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

He joined the United States Navy at the tender age of 16 and served in World War II aboard the U.S.S. Comstock (LDS-19). He married Margaret Mary Mathias in 1950 and they raised their family in Hot Springs, MT. Ken began a storied career in dam construction to free us from the Dark Ages. He was part of a concrete and detonating crew on the Grand Coulee, John Day, The Dalles and Hungry Horse Dams. As a gifted musician, his band played live radio and weekend gigs. He was often called upon to play taps for his fallen comrades.

Ken was a natural born teacher and a champion of Indian education. In the the 1970s, he taught mathematics in St. Ignatius to help adults earn GEDs. In 1975, he moved his family to Bonners Ferry, Idaho to work for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. As the Site Manager he oversaw new homesite construction and road building. He retired as the KTI Manager of Facilities Maintenance and in 2006 returned to Dayton with his wife, Marge.

Ken was raised in the Columbia Basin where he learned strong work ethics on the family ranch and in their orchards. He was a master gardener growing everything from gigantic vegetables to perfectly manicured bonsai. Family gatherings usually consisted of gourmet food, live music and a crescendo of conversation and laughter. Chef Dad shared his preserves of fruits and vegetables, moose and salmon, jellies, jam and homemade desserts with everyone. At least four generations enjoyed his farm to table concoctions of love.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William Jr. and Frank; a sister, Evelyn Nissen; stepson Duane Albert and grandson, Jeremy Stiffarm. He is survived by his wife Margaret of Dayton and sister, Wilma (Fred) Blessing of Spokane. His surviving children are: Ken (Charlene) Friedlander Jr., of Pablo, Karen Friedlander (Mike McCuistion), of Spokane, Rhonda Friedlander (Ted Bessette) of Omak, Velda (Bruce) Shelby of Arlee, Lois Friedlander (Ralph Johnson) of Dayton, Wendell (Joe) Friedlander (Mary) and Gena Jerrow of Pablo. He was a proud Grandfather of 22 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.

 True to his roots, he was an avid fisherman, sports fan and cruciverbalist. Somewhere in the celestials, our beloved sailor now strums along with a choir of angels. We’ll be listening for the melody in a bird call.

A Wake Service and Rosary Recital were held at the Elmo Hall. Funeral Mass was November 17, 2015 with a Military Burial in the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of the Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jessica Michel Conko
ST. IGNATIUS — Jessica Michel Conko, 30, A.K.A:“Jessa-Leigh” and/or “Baby Angel Sunshine”, joined her father John P. Michel Conko, son Moses Little John Thunder Whitegrass, and two other sweet unborn angels, grandparents William and Louise Adam Conko, uncle Ennis Conko, aunties Margret Conko Friedlander and Helen Conko, along with other beloved family members. Jessica was called home and set free by Jesus on November 11, 2015.

Jessica was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on May 15, 1985, to the proud parents of John Conko and Linda Merchant. Jessica attended School in St. Ignatius and completed High School as a proud Mission Bulldog. She was involved in basketball, track and continued to play basketball in college at SKC. Jessica accomplished and received a Business Bachelor’s Degree at SKC. Her talents were endless such as beading, writing, drawing, poetry, forestry and quilting. She had a heart to take care of at risk youth, and gave them a place to live. She loved, fostered, befriended and nurtured Deon Whitegrass and Ontequa Matt, along with her own children.

Jessica had an amazingly big open caring heart. Jessica offered her home to those who sought refuge and strength. Her beautiful big smile lit up a room. Her laugh was contagious and still echoes. She was always the optimist never wanting to dwell on the negative. Jessica brought the funny to our family - The Mischievous One. Jess loved her babies, there was never a day she didn’t think about her beautiful Mosey, Camas and family. Jessica loved anything bright and cheerful such as: Sunflowers, yellow roses, foo-foo coffee, chocolate and sour patch kids. Oh did I mention Pepsi? Which was her breakfast of choice. Her favorite pastimes were collecting dolphins, elephants and fond memories of the ocean.

Survivors include her mom, Linda Merchant of St. Ignatius, brothers, Nevada and Waco (Rikki) Merchant, T.J. and Chad Conko, sisters Jennifer (Levi) Read and Melissa Merchant, son, Camas Anthony Assiniboine, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing took place November 14, 2015 at Foster Funeral Home. The Memorial Services was held on Sunday November 15, 2015 at the Cornerstone Faith Center.

Valerie Diane Brings Yellow
Valerie Diane Brings Yellow was born on March 1, 1965 and passed on October 15, 2015.

Surviving Family:?sons: Martin Vanderburg and Rayvis Vanderburg, both of Arlee;?daughter: Jubilee Vanderburg of Arlee;?brothers: Reginald Roan Eagle of Spirit Lake, ND, Alonzo Brings Yellow of Ronan, and John Brings Yellow III of Taholah, WA.

Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Verna (Roan Eagle) Brings Yellow; daughter, Monica Vanderburg; and brother Theodore Brings Yellow

Wake Services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD. Burial services will be held at a later date. Traditional Lakota Services will be conducted by Mr. Richard Broken Nose.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.

Leonard Gilbert Cordier
RONAN —Leonard Gilbert Cordier passed away October 22, 2015 surrounded by family members.

Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronz medal for heroism in ground combat in 1952. Upon returning home, he went to work in numerous lumber and wood industries. He is known by many for his great works with wood, which were received by many relatives and friends. A beautiful alter that he made can currently be seen in St. Ignatius at the historic Catholic Church.

His favorite pastimes among many were camping with his large extended family and friends, hunting and fishing, baseball and his love of cards and dice games. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marcella Cordier, sons Charles V. Cordier IV and wife Annette of Green River, Wy; Rick and wife Sally of Arlee, Mt; Gilbert and wife Cheryl of Cheyenne, Wy and Greg and wife Sharon of Ramona, Ca., 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers Victor, Charles R., Fred and Raymond; sisters Francie Clark and Jerry Powell.

Proceeding him in death were his parents, Charles V. Cordier III and wife Pearl, and siblings, Joseph, Leona, EmmaJean, infant brother John and Geneva.

Following his wishes, no services are being held.

June Marie Morigeau 
SPOKANE, WA — June Marie Morigeau was born on February 19, 1923 to John and Amy Morigeau. June passed away on June 30, 2015 in Spokane, Washington with her loving family at her side. June was born in St. Ignatius, Montana.

June had a sister Peggy Hill and a brother Benny Morigeau who both preceded her in passing. June has many nieces and nephews from them.

June eventually married Les Morin and Marcy Mong who both preceded her in death. Laury Morin and Saundra Roberts are still living and kept in very close contact with her daily. June has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Too many to mention their names. She loved her family very much.

June and her family move to Yakima where she worked as a seamstress. After a few years June and her children moved to Seattle, Washington and worked at Boeing in World War II and was a riveter Boeing as an airplane manufacturer. She and her children lived there for several years. They moved back to Yakima where she became a seamstress, she made draperies clothes and also upholstered furniture. June was very talented a creating cloth into beautiful creations.

June has a very large family and loved them all.

The family and friends of June will celebrate her life next summer on the reservation at Wolf Mountain by sprinkling her ashes, prayers and a special remembrance of her. We will always embrace her with ours. Everyone is welcome.

Mabyle Joan Avery
Mabyle Joan “Bitsy” Avery began her journey to the Spirit World Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, where she will once again be with all her ancestors and family who have already made the journey.

We, her loved ones, are now left to tearfully walk to the future without her omnipresent outstretched hand to catch us before we fall or to pick us up when we do.

Thankfully our tears are not just sorrowful but also joyful as we recall how this tough little Assiniboine Indian woman from the Fort Belknap Reservation overcame many health problems to live a long, fulfilling, caring and loving effervescent life.

Her omnipresent outstretched hands now cup our heavy hearts from above salving them with the love and strength she exhibited during her life’s journey. 

Bitsy was born Jan. 4, 1933. She was the second of four daughters born to of Benjamin Medicine Bear and Josephine (Pephyrs) Medicine Bear of Fort Belknap. Bitsy and older sister Winona were soon joined by Edna and Florence. Her other siblings are Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear and Margie Plumage, her father’s other children.

She was nicknamed “Bitsy” shortly after her birth — and death.

She was born premature. Small and severely sick she was pronounced dead shortly after birth. Lying in the Fort Belknap Indian Health hospital bed sobbing, her mother Josephine heard a noise coming from the basinet her tiny “dead” baby girl had been placed in on the other side of the birthing room. Josephine rushed to basinet, pulled back the baby blanket that was covering her little girl head-to-toe and saw her “reborn” baby sucking on her thumb. “When I looked down, there was my itsy bitsy baby girl, that pretty little thing sucking on her thumb,” her mother said about that moment of unbelievable joy. And Mayble Joan Medicine Bear has been known as “Bitsy” ever since.

Bitsy was a strong Christian — I guess that happens to some of those that have been resurrected.

Because of the Great Depression Bitsy was raised by her grandmother, “Grandma Susie” Long Knife on Fort Belknap until she was 9 years old. She then moved back with her parents in Harlem to be closer to the school. She attended school at Harlem and Flandreau, SD through the 10th grade. 

In 1948, she welcomed her first-born, Bernard Azure into the world. Her first marriage didn’t last and two other marriages brought Carmen Viola and Jonathon Dwight Adams; and Richard Neil and Allan Scott Bear into the world.

In 1960 Bitsy married William “Bruce” Avery in Wolf Point. Bruce took her five young children under his wing and soon joining the family were daughters Tammy and Shannon.

Also joining the family at various times were great-grandmother Agnes Red Feather Cochran, Linda Kampf, Louie Clayborn and nephew Galen Hall.

Through the years, following Bruce’s career working for the Great Northern, BN and BNSF railroads, the family lived in the Hi-Line towns of Harlem, Wolf Point, Havre, Bainville, Culbertson, West Glacier and Libby.

Bitsy worked as a cook in various restaurants in those communities. With her outgoing and engaging nature she made many lifelong friends and acquaintances everywhere she lived and worked.

Bitsy was a hardworking and very talented woman who was gifted in many areas. She took classes in upholstery and reupholstered some of her own furniture, she was a gifted seamstress and made many clothes for her children. She was an accomplished self-taught knitter and everyone in the family sported her handmade sweaters. She taught herself how to can fruit and vegetables as well and there wasn’t a vegetable out there that she didn’t try to pickle, at least once.

She learned oil painting later in life and painted many beautiful pictures and around the same time became interested in and mastered the art of quilting, and in fact was nominated Featured Quilter of the Year by her local quilt guild in Libby.

Since the early-1970s the family has resided in Libby where Bitsy worked at restaurants until retiring. Her cinnamon rolls are still remembered by many in the Libby community. She was well known around Libby and dubbed queen of quilt raffle ticket sales, and sported a pink tint on her silver hair as a fashion statement and conversation starter. She never met a stranger, she loved people and they loved her back.

Bitsy was preceeded in death by Grandma Susie; her parents; beloved stepfather Joe Wakeman; sister Winona Quirk; sons Allan “Scott” Bear and Richard Neil Bear; daughter Carmen and son-in-law Mark Knapton; grandson David Knapton; and infant daughters, Mary Jo and Micki Joy.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years William “Bruce” Avery, Libby; children Bernard (Kim) Azure and family, Ravalli; Jon Adams, Ravalli; Tammy (Cole) Anderson and family, Troy; and, Shannon (David) Cimino and family, San Juan, Puerto Rico; sisters: Edna “Blue” Miller, Harlem; Florence “Tiny” Medicine Bear, Missoula; Margie (Frank) Plumage, Moses Lake, WA; and brothers Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear, Fort Belknap; Grandchildren, Lanada, Jacob, Casey, Brian, Mitchell, Steven, Adam, Reanna, Jared, Josie, Gus, Stormy, Celina, Lucas, nineteen great grandchildren, and dearest friend and companion Sara Clark.

A memorial service were held at the Libby United Methodist Church, 713 Main Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 10, followed by internment at the Libby City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Delores Jean Lozeau
SEATTLE, WA. — Delores Jean Lozeau, 63, passed away at her home in Seattle, Washington on Friday, October 30, 2015. She was born on November 18, 1951 in Seattle and is the beloved daughter of Alvina Burns of Pablo, Montana and Cornell Benson of Seattle, Washington.

Delores has two children, Matthew and Traci Lozeau. She has five grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Delores loved music and her Native American heritage. She helped everyone that she could, whether it being feeding them or taking them into her home. She raised one of her grandchildren. Christa Banguis, a cousin was one of her best friends. She loved and supported Delores just as she had done.

Delores is preceded in death by her son Matthew, brother Tony Benson and sister Tina Burns.

She is survived by her mother Alvina Burns, father Cornell Benson, sister Annette Corey Lozeau of Saratooga Springs, brother Robert Benson of Seattle, brother Bill Benson of Seattle and David Burns of Pablo.

A viewing was held at Foster Laws Funeral Home on November 9; service was held on November 10. The burial followed at Riverton Cemetery in Tukwila, Washington.

Alfred Michael McLeod
Our beloved father, brother and friend Alfred Michael McLeod left to meet his maker. He was born December 31, 1947 just five minutes before New Year’s to Alfred and Margaret McLeod. He passed peacefully in his sleep.

Mike attended Kellogg High School. He worked for a logging company and joined the Army where he served three terms as a paratrooper in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart. Now he has begun a new journey. He will be remembered by family and friends forever. Go with God!

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Helen. He leaves this earth five children: Rick, Kelly, Leah, Crystal and Amanda. He has 11 grandchildren and eight siblings: Willand, George, Shrine, Juanita, George, Deanus, Ricky and Billy Joe.

Dennis L. Nault
Dennis “Denny” Nault 76, of Arlee, died peacefully at home on October 14, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born into a Metis family on July 3, 1939 in Havre to the late Andrew and Jean (Kinholt) Nault. After serving in the Marine Corps he returned to Montana making Arlee his home with Celina (Lumpry). Both were devoted to their children and all children of the Jocko Valley. Many fondly recall spending time at the family home feeling like part of the family.

From his earliest years and throughout his life Denny loved athletics and the arts. As a teenager, Denny earned a Golden Gloves award and eventually coached boxing. Karate captivated his interest long enough to earn his brown belt. Denny then devoted his time and energy to coaching women’s softball for many years sharing his love of softball with his daughters Shelly and Cassandra. A self-taught teenage artist he earned many ribbons and awards for his carvings. His friends’ Levi jackets became canvases for his drawings.

He shared a love of Harleys with his son Robin. His membership in the Hermanos motorcycle club and the times he shared with his brothers was a deep pleasure and source of fellowship in his retirement from Stone Container where he worked for 32 years and developed life long friendships. His love for his sister Sandra and her children was never far from his mind. His long and loving relationship with his Uncle Russ brought him deep joy and a sense of belonging.

Committed to the Jocko Valley community, Denny purchased the Log Cabin Bar in 1991 four years after it was gutted by fire. He worked on restoring the building from 1991 until it opened as Hangin Art Gallery and Cafe in July of 2003. He created the building as a community development offering and over the next twelve years turned it into a vibrant community arts venue and gathering place with his partner and then wife Donna. The arts center gave Denny a time in his retirement to revisit his deep love of the arts. After a hiatus of forty-five years he began to draw again and took lessons in painting and watercolor. He joined the community-school poetry group and spent six years creating wonderful poetry and developing the confidence to participate in public readings of his work. He took great pleasure in the many evenings of music by local area musicians and readings of plays by Native playwrights.

His deepest reward was the role the center has played in providing arts and creative opportunities for the children of the Jocko Valley. His sister Sandra visited the Gallery when she was here and said “Denny and I would have loved to have a place like this in Havre when we were children.”

Denny is survived by his wife Donna, sister Sandra (Wayne) Munch, uncle Russell (Elizabeth) Nault, son Robin Nault, daughters Shelly (Von) Richter and Cassandra (Tim) Wolff. Grandchildren Desirae, Michelle, Bobbie, Sierra, Brittany, Jordan, Britton, Dayne, Jaci and Justin. Preceded in death by wife Celina, brothers David and Dale Nault.

Denny was a founding member of the Arlee Community Development Corporation and worked tirelessly on its behalf over the years. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in his memory to the Arlee CDC at PO Box 452, Arlee, MT 59821 or on its website at Denny will be sorely missed by his loved ones and all those whose lives he touched by his lifelong friendship and generosity.

A Memorial will be held for Denny at the Hangin Art Gallery on Highway 93 in downtown Arlee on Sunday, November 8 at 1 PM.

Dennis James Pichette
ST. IGNATIUS – Dennis James Pichette, “DenDen”, 53, passed away at his home on October 16, 2015.

Born in St. Ignatius at Holy Family Hospital to Baptiste and Marian Pichette, he went to school at the Urselines and at the Public School in St. Ignatius.

He loved working in the woods, being around his friends, and he loved to play Keno and gambling.

He was preceded in death by his father Baptisite Pichette and his brother Baptisite Jr. and sister Caroline.

Survivors include his mother Marian Pichette; his sisters Sherry Pichette, Debbie Pichette, and Carolynn Pichette; niece Karen Pichette and nephew Jayson Pichette; daughter Victoria Decker and three grandchildren  Alie, Robb, and Ezzy; an uncle Noel Pichette; aunties Mary Wheeler and Zella Fisher as well as several great grand nieces and nephews and cousins. 

A wake began Sunday at the Longhouse with Rosary being held at 8 pm Tuesday evening. Closing was Wednesday in the Longhouse with Mass followed in the St. Ignatius Mission.  He is laid to rest by his father in St. Ignatius.

Barbara Jean Noel Ross
Barbara Jean Noel Ross passed in her sleep with peace and grace on October 16, 2015 at her daughter Kim‘s home.

Barbara was born to William Herbert Noel and Laura Cecelia Glover Noel at the Saint Ignatius hospital in 1935 joining a large family of fourteen children. Barbara became a Polson High School graduate of class of fifty-four. During her high school years she met the love of her life Kenneth W. Ross and was married for eighteen years living and raising her family on a ranch in Hot Springs. Barbara threw all of her energies into raising her three daughters with part-time work at the Hot Springs Post Office, Polson Bee Box Factory and Polson Super One Foods.

Barbara was an avid collector of precious glassware in multiple shapes and colors. Many of her travels revolved around countless garage sale searches for pink depression glass, blue glass, crystal glass, milk glass, carnival glass, red glass, and tea pots. Days of her retirement were spent volunteering at the Polson Country Store sorting and pricing treasures.

She is predeceased by her youngest daughter Kelly Sue Johnson and seven brothers and sisters: Bud Noel, Dotty Joy, Dorothy Watson, Jerry Noel, Margie Jones, Patsy Anderson, and James Noel. Barbara is survived by her two daughters Cindy G. Rossmith of St. Ignatius, MT and Kimberlee J. Ross of Kalispell. Grandchildren include: Ryan Cislo, Ashlee Cislo, Jackson Rossmith, Christopher Rossmith, Kristen Johnson-Doble, Ross Johnson. Great-grand babies include: Jade, Alexus, Brylee, Avaree, Theodore, Tucker, Weston, and two in waiting.

Services will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson at 2 p.m. on Thursday October 22, 2015. High Tea and cake at the Polson Tribal Senior Center will follow. If you wish, donations in household treasures can be made to the Polson Country Store.

Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant
BILLINGS — Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant, 4 months, the son of Tony and Delea Hogan Plant, passed away on October 5, 2015. Ikhe’Hawate, “One Star” a Crow name given to him by Mary Wallace, was born on June 24, 2015, in Billings.

He was preceded in death by Ernest and Tessie Holds the Enemy, Sr., Tessie Stewart, Jeromy Holds, Lela Perez, Theresa Loreau, Anthony J. Plant, Sr., Daniel (Mary) Sherwood, and Clara Rossbach.

Survivors include his parents; his sisters, Lillian and Talea; his brothers, Trestin and Tony; grandparents, Anthony (Ingun) Plant, Nancy Bear Sherwood, Barry Hogan, Sr., Vicki Holds the Enemy, Merdith Wallace, Adam Singer, Susan, Julie, Agnes, Francis and Junior Sherwood, Paul Mahseelah, Joann Big Medicine, Sam and Joe Plant; great-grandparents, Mary Wallace, Nellie Sings in the Mountain, Mardell (Leo) Plain Feather, Lorena Walks Over Ice, Myron (Sandra) Shield and Farrow Mae (Bill) Pease; aunts, Shirley (Barry) Real Bird, Michael Ann Maheelah, Miriah (Marty) Holds, Glenda (John) Stevens, Krista (Ed) Nessm, Camee (David) Old Chief, Janell and Rhonda Jefferson, Jorey Plenty Hawk, Gina Dynneson, Amanda and Alica Perez; uncles, Barry Hogan, Jr., Ricky and Milton (Stephanie) Bianas, Nathan Riekena, Arnold Sherwood, Donald (Jachelle) Zier and Acorn (Anastasia) Holds the Enemy; as well as his extended family, including the Holds, Reeds, Little Lights, Hogans, Coutures, Matts, McDonalds, Mahseelahs, Sherwoods, Plain Feathers, Singers, Pettys, Stevens, Plants, Jeffersons, Shields, Shanes, Plentys, Walks Over Ice, Rossbachs, Birds, Upshaws, Dynnesons and Bull Shows families.

Graveside services were held on Friday October 9, in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.

Tracey Mae (Johnson) Normandeau
Tracey was born August 23, 1965 to Arthur Raymond Johnson and Myrna (DuCharme) Johnson in Polson. On October 6, 2015 she was re-united with her daughter, Rochelle Normandeau - brother, Lance Johnson –1st cousins Cody Conrad, Danielle DuCharme, Kelly DuCharme, Scott Johnson, numerous other cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. What a celebration in heaven above!

Tracey attended schools across Montana and Washington as the family worked construction. She was an athlete involved in track (always competitive in nature especially with her brothers growing up), loved the world of horses, and was a very gifted artist.

Tracey met and married Kevin Normandeau out of Ronan, became an amazing mother of three children (many of the neighborhood kids looked to her as their mother figure also and called her “Tracey tough as nails”!).

She worked various places doing jobs from nursing to cleaning to restaurant management then taking an extended break from the working world to take care of her daughter in her battle against cancer, showing her mother’s strength and courage. Tracey had a large part in helping raise her grandchildren and spending as much time with them as possible.

Her story is hard to tell in such a short blip because she had so many attributes, being such a strong amazing loving woman, and did so much in her short 50 years here. Above all else the light inside her stood out during her battle with cancer, a strong warrior, full of energy, and smiles for all. She will be missed by many and loved by all who knew her as she embarks on her new journey with our Heavenly Father, and the rest of the angels who have gone too soon.

She is survived by her parents, children: Chris Normandeau and Cassie Normandeau and three grandsons, Daniel, Brent and Troy who adored spending time with her, along with her siblings Deborah, Keith, and Jerrod.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Ann Kintz
PABLO – Barbara Ann “Barb” Kintz, age 55, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2105 at her residence in Pablo. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Polson the daughter of William and Melva (Joy) Combs.

She attended schools and graduated from Polson High School. She worked for many years at the KwaTaqNuk Motel in Polson as a waitress and later as a secretary.

In 2010, she was diagnosed with multiple systems atrophy; shortly after that she retired. She was a member of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Bob, two daughters, Sarena and Trista and her son Chase, four grandchildren, her brother Eddie Combs and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services for Barb were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at The Lake Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Flathead Lake Senior Citizens Center, 701 1st Street East, Polson, MT 59860.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Eugene Charles HeavyRunner, Jr.
MISSOULA — Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner, Jr. passed away from a car-related accident on Friday October 2, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Montana. He was 66 years old.

Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner Jr. was born to Eugene HeavyRunner, Sr. and Gertrude Ground HeavyRunner on June 20, 1949 in Browning. He was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and his Indian name was “Issoko Maakaan” (HeavyRunner) which was the name of his great paternal grandfather. 

He attended and graduated high school Browning. During this time he extended his education at the University of Montana and the Ecumenical Institute in Chicago Illinois where he spent time with social justice groups, this is where activism roots began to grow. He was a firm believer in the Blackfeet and traditional way of life and honored the Blacktail Bundle. He spent many years of his life with the American Indian Movement to address tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, spiritual and tribal leadership. He was very proud of his involvement at Wounded Knee, the historic D.C. Occupation and his contribution with The Longest Walk. He was versed in treaties and tribal histories, musician, loved to cook and spent many years as a cook at Glacier National Park and Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Proceeded in death by his father Eugene HeavyRunner Sr., Brothers Carl, Duane, Glenn, David, Ike and Kermit and his sister Bonnie HeavyRunner and the mother of his children Maria Beth Charlo and Barbara Bugbee.

Survivors include his mother Gertrude HeavyRunner; sisters Linda Warden, Dr. Iris PrettyPaint, GayAnn Spotted Bear and brothers George, Lyle and Keith HeavyRunner; companion Karen Coffee and family; sons Jason HeavyRunner, Casey HeavyRunner, Sundance HeavyRunner, Dayna Bullshields-Pepion (Melinda Bullshields) and Eugene Henry HeavyRunner III; his grandchildren Maria, Soul, Kesley, Autum, Liyah, Aiyanna, Nizhoni, Issac, Nidua; he a hand in guiding his granddaughter Maria; and nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and many cousins from his very large family.

Because Buzzy had travelled extensively throughout his life he had a very large and extended circle of relations, lifelong friends and relationships with the Blackfeet and Flathead Nations, the family recognizes you and thanks you all and apologizes for not being able to list everyone.

Rosary Services were held at the Stickgame Arbor in Browning on Wednesday October 7, 2015. Funeral Services were held at the Little Flower Parish on Thursday October 8, 2015. Eugene was laid to rest at the Ground Cemetery in Starr School.

Jean Allen Turnage
POLSON — Family man and devoted public servant Jean Allen Turnage, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Jean, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born in St. Ignatius, on March 10, 1926, and graduated high school there in 1944. During the school year Jean worked as a service station attendant and drove a milk delivery truck from the various dairy farms throughout the Mission Valley to the creamery in Polson. In the summers he worked as a carpenter’s apprentice at the Naval Training Station in Bayview, Idaho, and as a boilermaker in the Kaiser Shipyards at Swan Island, Oregon.

After high school Jean enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a top turret gunner on a B-29 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Next, Jean enrolled at the University of Montana, where he served on the law review and received his law degree in 1951. While attending law school he worked for the Montana Highway Department.

Jean’s distinguished life long law career began with his private practice in Polson in 1951, where his law firm still carries his name some 64 years later. Just after he opened his practice, he met and married the love of his life, Eula Mae Johnson, in 1952. That same year he was elected Lake County Attorney and served for five terms, and in 1959 he served as President of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association. In 1962, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, and then to the Montana State Senate in 1964, where he served for twenty years. While in the State Senate he chaired the Taxation and Judiciary Committees, served as Minority Leader in 1967, Majority Leader in 1977, and as President of the Senate for the 1983 Session.

In 1976, he was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General, and argued a case on behalf of the State of Montana before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In 1984, Jean was elected Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and again in 1992, serving sixteen years as Montana’s top judicial official. While on the Supreme Court, in 1993 he was elected President of the National Conference of Chief Justices, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Legal Letters from the University of Montana.

After retiring from the Montana Supreme Court in 2000, Jean returned to his private practice and continued serving clients until he went on Senior Status in 2014.

Mr. Turnage was in the Masonic Order, including the Shrine and Jesters, the American Legion, VFW, Elks and Rotary International, was a life member of the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, and the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.

Jean was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Julia Turnage; his sister, Antoinette Flynn; and brother, Russell Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae; daughter, Patricia; son, Lloyd (Geri); grandchildren, Erin Leonard (fiancé Doug Trigg), James Turnage, and Joseph Turnage; and great-grandchildren, Tristian Leonard, Austin Leonard and Natalie Leonard.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, at 1 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson, followed by interment with full military honors by the Mission Valley Honor Guard at Lake View Cemetery.

Memorials maybe made to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Shriners Children’s Hospital, Mission Valley Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael Louis Durglo, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS — On September 12, 2015, Michael Louis Durglo, Sr., began his journey back to the loving arms of his wife, Barb, and those family members that have passed before him. He was a proud member of the Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes.

Mike, also known as “Pa,” Xepe,” or” Louie” to his family and friends, was born September 9, 1935, to Conrad and Adele Chalwain Durgeloh “across the river” on the family ranch northwest of Dixon. Mike’s family later moved to the Mollman and Eagle Pass areas where he spent countless hours in the mountains with his brothers and local families.

Mike was educated in the Ronan schools and was proud of his orange and black. So much, that he teased his children and grandchildren anytime they competed against the Chiefs or any other team in orange and black. Underneath, Mike was a proud supporter of his family and all of their athletic and academic successes. Before completion of high school, Mike felt it was his patriotic duty to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. Shortly after enlisting, Mike was called into active duty during the Korean campaign. He was later honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He continued this service to the Tribe, State and Country as a proud member of the Mission Valley Honor Guard and American Legion Post 106. Semper Fi

Shortly after discharge, Mike met and married Lillian Alexie. Of this union, his daughter Mary was born. His granddaughter, Brea Franco, of Spokane, remained close to her grandfather throughout his life.

In 1959, Mike met and married Barbara J. Courville. They made their first home in the Mollman Pass area and later moved near Mike’s parents on Eagle Pass Trail. Barb and Mike eventually moved to St. Ignatius to raise their six children.

As a dedicated and tireless employee, Mike put in many years of service for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Ronan as a skilled surveyor. Upon his retirement from the Bureau, Mike went to work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes working closely with the Salish – Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee while completing work to preserve the Salish culture and tradition. At the time of his most recent setback, Mike was still working ten hour days for the Cultural Preservation Department. He cherished his time working in preservation and the dear friends that he made throughout his work.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; parents, Conrad and Adele; daughter, Mary McCoy; daughter, Linda Christine; grandson, Kyle Joseph Trahan; and brothers, William “Bill” and Francis Durgeloh.

Mike is survived by his children, Mike, Jr. (Terri), Joe (Alana), Jim (Angie), Donna, Dan (Natasha), and Caroline. He is also survived my many grandchildren great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, cherished nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Services for Mike began at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, in Polson, on Monday, September 14, 2015 with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. His services continued at the St. Ignatius Long House, with Rosary recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Closing ceremonies began at 10 a.m. at the long house, followed by Mass at the St. Ignatius Mission on Wednesday, September 16. Burial took place at the Ronan Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

George A. Christopher
ARLEE — Our precious Dad and Grandpa, George A. Christopher, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015 in his home surrounded by his family. George was born February 22, 1944 in Missoula. He was one of seven children born to Lauren and Lillian Christopher.

George was raised in Arlee and graduated from Arlee High School in 1962. He participated in several high school activities including track and football. He worked in logging, was a skilled carpenter who built houses and bridges across Montana including the Scott Street Overpass in Missoula, and was a talented farmer. He was also an agent for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance for many years until his death.

In 1969, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Wall. Shortly after their wedding, George built their home in Arlee where they raised their family. Despite separation, George and Jeanne maintained a close friendship as they loved and supported their son James and as their family grew to include nine beautiful grandchildren. Family holidays, frequent phone calls, and taking trips together to visit family were priorities to them. As George approached his final days, he asked for Jeanne to be by his side.

George loved his family and his community. He was hard working, generous, and we all enjoyed his witty sense of humor and caring presence. He greatly appreciated the outdoors and was happiest when he was taking care of animals and cutting firewood. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. His son Joseph referred to him as a great hunter, possibly even an “expert” hunter. He worked long hours in his garden, recently referring to it as his “pride and joy”. He lovingly shared his vegetables with neighbors and friends. As an avid sports fan, George was a regular at Arlee sporting events and loved watching his grandsons play basketball and football. His son James remembered that he was always the first one up in the morning, excited to read the newspaper. He would amaze his grandsons by reciting endless amounts of useful world news, history facts, and sports trivia. He was fiercely proud of his family and loved celebrating their accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lauren and Lillian. He is survived by his daughter Melissa and grandsons Alex and Avery, his son Joseph and daughter-in-law Korrie and grandchildren Lauren, Ethan, Joseph “Bruin”, Mason, Maia, Emma, and Jagermeister Daniel, and his youngest son James. He is also survived by his sisters Faye (Chuck), Alison, and Donna (Gary), and his brothers Roy, Roger (Elizabeth), Rick (LouAnne), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, special friends Bill Dellinger and Bob Fyant, and girlfriend Rebecca Wiley.

A memorial to celebrate George’s life will be held at the Arlee Community Center on Powwow Road on Monday, September 14th at 11 AM. George will be laid to rest in a private burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson, MT. In lieu of flowers, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a potluck dish and a memory to share with the community.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard Howell Wall
STOCKTON, CA — Our much-loved son, husband, father and brother, Richard Howell Wall, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Stockton on September 7, 2015. He had just recently celebrated his 48th birthday. Richard was the owner of the restaurant/bar “Al the Wops”, located at Main Street Locke, California.

Richard was born on September 2, 1967 to Leslie Harrison and Richard Charles Wall. He was raised in Walnut Grove and completed high school there. During his formative years he was known for being a bit crazy. He would joke about his antics while a young man recalling his many misadventures. He would also point out that he was “much wiser” now. As he grew up; he became a business owner, a local sponsor of youth events and supporter of civic and community efforts. One of his favorite community events was a free liver and onion and bison feed at Al’s. He was committed to the local community where he had his business and where he raised his precious family.

Around 2005, he met the love of his life, Judi Manzo, and in 2010 they married. His love for her grew with the birth of their two children, Lulu and Max. Lulu and Max joined an older brother, Bryan, at the family home. Richard was a devoted family man and this devotion only grew with time. Having a family was one of many life events that surprised and delighted him.

Richard was typically an early riser; frequently visiting the local college flea market with a cup of coffee in his hand. He also took early morning walks on the Cross Channel road. He was often in motion and he said “it helps me think better.” Most of Walnut Grove knew Richard as he was a frequent sight down town, especially in the mornings.

In addition to being an early riser and a man on the move, Richard was an avid accomplished outdoorsman. He hunted bison, sheep, deer and elk, birds of prey and he enjoyed fishing.

In the Summer/Fall of 2013, Richard discovered his Montana family, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He and Judi traveled to Montana and met two sisters, Teresa Wall McDonald and Jeanne Christopher. To his surprise there were uncles, aunts, cousins and a large extended Montana family.

In the fall of 2014, he drew a tag for hunting in Montana, and he dearly loved that opportunity. Richard would travel back and forth from California to Montana. In the summer of 2015, he camped at the Arlee Pow Wow Celebration with Joe and Sherri McDonald. He helped to erect the camp tee pees and was so thankful for the opportunity to be there. While at the pow wow his picture was taken with the Governor of Montana. He could not wait to show the picture to his California friends and family. This same year, he gifted his uncle Dave “Tall” Wall with a tanned bison hide (which he shot).

Richard was a shrewd businessman with a thirst for learning, as he took courses at the local community college. He joked with his sisters that “he had to catch up with his post secondary education.” In August 2015, he studied for and took his first real estate exam, and passed on his first try. With this achievement he was hoping to expand his horizons.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard Charles Wall; his grandparents, Juanita Dupuis Wall and Samuel Wall; and several aunts and uncles. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents in California, Clarence and Dessie Harrison, whom he loved dearly.    Richard leaves behind a large extended “Al’s” family in California; wife, Judi; children, Bryan, Lulu and Max; and his mother, Leslie Harrison. All friends and family were devastated with his untimely early passing. As one Montana family member said “we were just getting to know him.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Shriners Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Richard’s future final resting place will be in Montana, where his heart was.

Robert Meyer Peregoy
PABLO — Robert Meyer Peregoy also known as Bob Peregoy, passed away from natural causes that took all of us by surprise. Bob was born on April 14, 1947 to Francis Nathan and Donna Mae (Meyer) Peregoy in San Francisco CA.

Bob graduated from High School in Madera, CA. He went on and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969. He further matriculated to complete his MPA in Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. In 1979 he graduated with his Ed. D. from Montana State University in which he created the Native American Studies program. He then attended law school full time and received his Jurist Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

From 1991 to 1996 he was Chief Appellate Court Judge for Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana.

From 1984 to 1999 he was Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, Colorado. His duties and responsibilities included managing attorney of NARF’s Washington, D.C. office; director of Legislative Affairs; and member of Litigation Management Committee. Practice involved litigation and advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal, state, and tribal governments.

From 1999 to 2001 he started Robert M. Peregoy Law Office and Consulting Services, Solo Practitioner.

Bob started his long-term career at Salish Kootenai College in 2001 to the time of his unexpected death. He served the college as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (2002-04).

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Director, Office of Career and Technical Education from 2001 to present.

Bob was recipient of the 2014 SKC Bitterroot Award for fundraising efforts that have created the strong roots that enable Salish Kootenai College to flourish.

“The Bitterroot has been an important staple to the people of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe since the beginning of time. It represents strength, nourishment, and sustainability and recognizes attributes to Bob’s fundraising and value the contributions he has made to SKC’s institution.”

He is survived by his beloved dog Bandit; brother, Dr. John Peregoy and Fraggles the dog of Polson, Montana; his sister Susan Peregoy-Boyle of Mill Valley, CA; his close friends and his Salish Kootenai College family he loved.

A Celebration of Life for Bob was held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11 A.M. on the Salish Kootenai Campus in the Arlee/Victor Theatre in Pablo, Montana. Urn burial will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, PO Box 70, Pablo, Montana for the Student Scholarship Fund.

Memories and condolences for Bob may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Louis “Alvin” McClure
RONAN — Louis “Alvin” McClure age 67, long time St. Ignatius resident was called home to the Creator on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at St. Lukes Extended Care.

Alvin was the son of Janie Bourdon-McClure, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme. Throughout his younger years he attended school in St. Ignatius before making the decision to trek across many miles to Chilocco Indian Boarding school in Newkirk Oklahoma. During his time in Chilocco, Alvin was instilled with a pristine sense of upkeep and time schedule, he made many lifelong friends, and engaged in many extra-curricular activities. His eyes lit up when he talked about his accomplishments in sports during the years he attended, especially in Football and Basketball. Alvin graduated from Chilocco in 1964 before returning home to St. Ignatius MT to also walk at graduation with his buddies from St. Ignatius High School.

Alvin was a great athlete and still holds records at MHS. His passion was to be on the field playing, coaching, or umpiring softball. He was on many teams throughout his lifetime and there was not a weekend that went by that tournaments were not played. It was safe to say that his glove and bat would never collect dust. Softball was always his passion but in later years his attention turned to his kids and grandkids and watching them play and coaching them. He coached many teams, touched many lives and always pushed everyone to do their best. He was an avid coin collector and also a keeper of “shiny things”. Not only was Alvin physically engaged in many activities his mind was sharp and he often loved to play strategic games such as chess and checkers. He loved being outdoors and the majority of his career was spent working for the CS&KT Forestry Department as a Forester Technician.

In 1968, he married Lois Lafromboise (Slater) and together they had four children. They later divorced and while umpiring on the softball field he met the love of his life Kathy Ann Krantz. It was not love at first sight but it was a love story for the books. Kathy brought out the life hidden in Alvin and together they built their lives around their greatest passion, family. On August 1st 1987 Kathy and Alvin tied the knot in Coeur d’alene ID with two of their best friends David and Sherry Scheeler. They made their home in St. Ignatius MT where they welcomed their first and only child together in May of 1988.

Throughout the years Alvin and Kathy worked very hard to provide them the life they wanted. Both putting in long hours so that they could enjoy their time off doing the things they loved. Many memories were created on the road traveling to softball tournaments, off the map destinations and out of state. Alvin and Kathy always were sure to include their children in these memory-making ventures whether it be at their home or on the roads. In 2006 when Kathy passed the light in Alvin’s eyes seemed to dim. In 2012 when Alvin suffered a stroke many could see a change in him, but his mind was still sharp and his passion for life seemed to re-spark. He didn’t take one minute for granted after that and enjoyed passing much of the time watching his black and white westerns, spending time with his grandchildren and passing on the memories he had through stories. Alvin has touched the lives of many teaching through stories, actions and even in silence. He suffered through many great loses over the years but always kept his composure as he was a real honest to God definition of a Man. He was a man who had been through so much in his life and always seemed to find a way to keep on pushing through the obstacles that were set before him.

 He is preceded in death by his grandmother Wasi, his mother, Janie, his fathers, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme; his wife Kathy, and grandson Lindy Louis Junior Quequesah and his very best friends Jerry Asay and David Scheeler.

He is survived by his daughters Kimberly, Nichole (David), Cori (Carlos), Jamie (Charlie) and his son David. His grandchildren Mariah, Madison, Jeffrey, Justin, Carli, Christopher, Austin, Jerimiah, Jett, Joanie, Keithetta, and Michael. Great grandchildren Cayliana, Brooklyn, Eastyn, Cayani, Sophie and Christopher and his many sisters, brothers, and cousins.

Wake services will start Friday at noon. Rosary will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. all to be held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

Darcy Mary Malatare
ARLEE — Darcy Mary Malatare went home to the Creator on August 19, 2015, where she was greeted with open arms by her loving sister, Lynnette.

Darcy was born in St. Ignatius on November 5, 1966, to John (Bear) and Flora (Irma) Malatare. She attended school in Arlee and graduated in 1985. After high school, Darcy attended the Big Sky College of Barber Styling, Inc., in Missoula, and earned her barbers license on July 20, 1986. Darcy opened her own barber shop in Arlee shortly after and also worked various jobs in the community. For the last 12 years, Darcy worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Lands Department.

Darcy married Bradley Wieder on April 13, 1987, and they were married for 21 years. Together they welcomed to the world their daughter, Jonnell, on December 9, 1987, and their son, Leon, on May 16, 1991. Darcy met Joe Vanderburg in 2009, and they were together until her death. She was a very devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Her last best memories were as a Yaya taking her grannies to the fair.

All throughout her life, Darcy enjoyed being involved in many family activities including huckleberry picking, holiday parties, playing cards, camping, and any activity that involved being in the woods. She was well known for her excellent landscaping talents, always having a camera in her hands trying to catch the next America’s Funniest Home Video, her outstanding skills as a barber, and having a very contagious laugh. But most of all, Darcy was known for her big heart that cared for everyone around her.

Darcy frequently went out of her way for others; she made sure everyone was well fed and happy by preparing multiple dishes for family gatherings. She made sure those around her had more than they needed and she was always there when times got tough. When her sister, Lynn, was diagnosed with cancer and had to move to Seattle for treatment, Darcy packed up her things and moved there, as well, and she did the cooking and cleaning and took care of the family for the four months they lived there. She truly put the needs of her family, as well as those of others, before her own.

Darcy is preceded in death by her sister, Lynnette; her grandparents, Phillip Malatare, Katherine Barnaby, Alec Lumpry, and William Linsebigler; her aunt, Sophie Tellier; and her uncle, Bud Barnaby.

She is survived in death by her daughter, Jonnell (Nakota, and their children - her Yayas - Macklen and Raileigh); her son, Leon; her parents, Bear and Irma; her friend, Joe Vanderburg; her brother, John (Becky); her sisters, Cheryl (Darrin) and Jen (Ron); her brother-in-law, Ernie; various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and loved ones.

Marsha McDonald Rubino
BIG ARM — Marsha McDonald Rubino, age 70, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a long battle with Type I Diabetes and cancer with her loving family and friends at her side. She was born on July 9, 1945 in Spokane, WA the daughter of Thomas R. McDonald and Lois Geraldine (Dahl) Cochran.

She attended and graduated from Polson High School with the class of 1963. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Following high school, she attended the University of Montana where she met Vince Rubino. They were married in Polson in 1966.

In 1967, Vince was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, then they began serving on active duty, taking them to Heidelberg, Germany; Seoul, S. Korea as well as several posts across the U.S. including 5+ years at the Presidio in San Francisco, which was Marsha’s favorite post. She enjoyed entertaining and numerous parties and social events that she planned. She and Vince retired from active duty in 1987 from Ft. Monroe, VA. They eventually came back to Montana where they purchased their home on Flathead Lake and continue to reside there to this day.

She began a manicurist business that developed into a wonderful social business that gave her national contacts and recognition. She was also very active in 4-H, horsemanship and shooting sports.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and cherished those times spent together. She also cherished her two children and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas McDonald, her mother Geri Cochran, infant brother Angus Patrick McDonald and brother Ranald McDonald.

She is survived by her husband Vince of Big Arm; her son Vince Jr. and wife Young Joo Kim of Inchon, Korea; her daughter Gillian (Rubino) Moss and husband Shane of Whitefish; five grandchildren, Devan, Colt, Coy, Eugene and Rowan; her siblings, Gail Graves, Lorrie Meeks, Jackie Rader, Jan Cochran and Malcolm McDonald as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Marsha was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Polson. Urn burial will be at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

David Joseph Martinez
ELMO — David Joseph Martinez, 22, passed away in Pablo on August 12, 2015.

He was born to Delinda Finley and Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez on June 5, 1993 in Polson, MT.  Raised and educated on the Reservation, he was a master of “Chillin” with his brother, Dom, family and friends. Like his father and uncles, he enjoyed all sports, he played all positions in baseball; enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family. He enjoyed all music and enjoyed attending concerts. David was known for having a big heart, was very caring and would give you the shirt off of his back. In 2012, David and his partner, Ciera, were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Annalia, and from then on he focused on being a good father and he enjoyed playing with her and watching her grow. She is their pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leonard and grandma, Nancy Joseph; sister, Tina Wynne and brother, Frankie Nicolai III.

He is survived by his parents Delinda Finley of Elmo; father Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez of Pablo; grandma Janice Michel of Pablo and grandpas Joseph Finley of Wellpinit and Wilcoxson Martinez of New Mexico; his partner Ciera Lozeau Steele and daughter Annalia Martinez of Pablo; siblings Shantel Martinez of Omak, WA, Ramona Wynne of Elmo, Crimson Cox of Pablo, Athena Martinez of Pablo, Dominic Martinez of Elmo, Chimeco Martinez and Matthew Nicolai of Ronan, Bowdrea Nicolai of Pablo, Shawn Bigby, of Elmo, Wilcoxson Martinez Jr of Pablo and John Cox of Pablo; as well as large family of aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Hall in Elmo.  Condolences may be left at

Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler
Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler died unexpectedly in her sleep on August 14, 2015 at the age of 77. She was born the youngest of 7 in St. Ignatius on December 4, 1937 to Fredrick J. Houle and Hellen E. (Winslow) Houle.

She was raised as a young girl in the Pablo area and later attended high school in Ronan where she was a huge part of the class of 1956. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She married Cecil Jackson and together they had 6 children in the Round Butte area. They later divorced and she married Ward Kugler and became stepmother to two more. Over her lifetime she proudly wore many professional and personal hats. Some of which included mother, grandmother, and successful business owner and entrepreneur. After “retirement” she began her new winter life in Yuma, Arizona. Rose was a woman that was looked up to and admired by many. She led a life full of adventure and was always looking for her next road trip.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband Ward Kugler, brothers Fred Houle, Jr. and Bob Houle, her sisters June Dullaghan and Lois Dupuis, infant son Ronnie, and grandson Chistopher Weivoda.

She is survived by her sisters Allene Cole of Dixon and Lora (Jim) Cole of Finley Point; children Ramona (Bud) Lynch of Round Butte, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn (Chuck) Weivoda of Pablo, Curtis Jackson of Pablo, and Keith Jackson of Ronan; step children Brian (Patti) Kugler of Polson, and Suzette Kugler of Alaska. She also had 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, not to mention numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Services will be held at the Ronan Community Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A private family burial will follow at the family ranch.

Ranald Luke McDonald
POLSON — Ranald Luke McDonald, 48, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was born Aug. 21, 1966, in Ronan, the son of Thomas Ranald and Ann May (Christman) McDonald.

He was raised on the family ranch in Niarada, attended schools in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1984. He attended and graduated from Montana State University and continued at the University of Montana Law School, where he received his juris doctorate in law.

Following law school, he worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was their managing attorney for many years. He was married and to this union his daughter, Ave’, was born.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was also a competitive shooter. He was also able to enjoy a hunting trip to Africa. He was very close to his fraternity brothers from MSU's Delta Sigma Phi. He was a longtime member of the Montana Bar Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Ranald enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and was very proud of his daughter Ave’s competitive freestyle skiing. He enjoyed fine foods and sharing with friends. He was a master fencer and had a very easygoing personality.

He was also a great-grandson of the Hudson Bay fur trader Angus McDonald, and his great-grandmother was a first cousin of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe.

“May the work I have done speak for me."

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an infant brother, Angus Patrick McDonald.

He is survived by his daughter, Ave' of Columbia Falls; his sister, Lorrie Meeks (Tom) of Dixon; his brother, Malcolm McDonald (Patty) of Niarada; sisters, Gail Graves of Ronan and Marsha Rubino (Vince) of Elmo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

As per Ranald’s wishes, services will be private.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier
ARLEE — Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier, passed away at his home on his ranch in Arlee at the age of 76. While his body was failing, his mind, spirit, loving nature, and dignity remained through the time of his passing on Wednesday July 8, 2015.

Cub was born to Albert and Clara (Keenan) Dumontier at the old St. Ignatius hospital, the youngest of four siblings on June 23, 1939. He was raised in Arlee and attended the Arlee schools.

Cub fulfilled his call to duty and served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. He earned recognition as an accomplished marksman (carbine) and sharpshooter (rifle).

He married Glenda Rae Park on February 8, 1962 in Wallace, Idaho. They had two children, Debra Lee and Timothy Albert. They settled in the Jocko Valley, where they established a ranch on DuMontier Road. They purchased DuMontier Oil in Ravalli and ran a successful business for many years until they retired back to the ranch full time.

He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He worked with the Tribes in different aspects over the years and remained committed to tribal interests throughout his life.

Cub was a hard worker and did not believe in putting any job off for later. He always said that “anything worth doing was worth doing right.” His work ethic was well known and respected. He also had a unique humor and quick wit that left a lasting impression on those who knew him.

He had a great love of the outdoors and when there was a break in the work, it was time to head for the hills. He enjoyed packing, camping, and especially hunting. He rode untold miles on backcountry trails and traveled the country chasing the racehorses. He was an accomplished and expert horseman. He enjoyed all aspects of the horse life.

He was a loving father and was very involved in the lives of his children and later with his grandchildren. He loved to support them in their educations and at sporting events.

Cub is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Glenda and his children, Debbie (Tom McClure) and Tim (Becca), grandchildren Desiree (Ryan) Fox, Cubby Pierre, Isabelle, Analise and Albert Charles DuMontier, and great-grandson Ryland Cub Fox; siblings Leona Dunham, Dorothy (Jerry) Ford, Leroy “Sonny” (Virginia) Dumontier. Cub was very personable, very well liked and had innumerable friends, acquaintances, and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private celebration of his life and graveside service was held on the DuMontier Ranch on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

A heartfelt thanks to all who have provided food, flowers, prayers, and solace.

Elizabeth Marie MadPlume
Pablo — Elizabeth Marie MadPlume, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on November 4, 1943, in Browning, the daughter of Francis X. Bull Calf and Mary Yellow Wolf.

She graduated from high school and finished cosmetology school, and also received a degree from Salish Kootenai College. She was happily married to Robert John MadPlume since February 17, 1975.

Her most treasured thing to do was to study the bible. She loved to be with her family and spend time with her grandbabies. She also loved to go fishing. Enjoying her most valued talent as a homemaker and artist, she did a lot of crafts and bead work. Her curtain making was the best beyond all belief. She had an eye for beautiful things.

She was a beautiful, loving mother, grandmother and wife and she had a great love for the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Francis X. Bull Calf, and mom, Mary Yellow Wolf.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. MadPlume; her children, Sonya New Breast, Greg “Moe” MadPLume, Paul Hendren, Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway and Francine Norton.

Visitation for Elizabeth was held July 6 through July 8 at the family home in Pablo. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan, with Debbie Williams officiating. There was a dinner at the family home that followed the graveside service.

Pall bearers were Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway, Kay Old Chief, Cherlene Old Chief, Cheryl Old Chief and Velma Old Wolf.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle
ARLEE — Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle, 86, was born May 18, 1929, in Paradise, and left this world to return to paradise on June 28, 2015. The fourth child of Robert Stewart Lafley and Nina Gariepy Lafley, she grew up in Spokane and Missoula.

Vernabelle later moved to Arlee, where she met and married Maurice “Mort” Lytle. That was the beginning of a lifelong career as a mother, ranch hand, partner, you name it. What a hard working lady she was! The only things she didn’t learn (on purpose), were to ride a horse and milk a cow. She lived on the ranch for 62 years, and it is the end of an era, as she was the last surviving member of that generation of Lytles.

Five children were born to this union: Punky Ruhkala (Mike), of St. Ignatius, Tim, of Arlee, Zim (Zana), of Ronan, Melissa Oswald (Brandon), of Rigby, Idaho, and Thomas, who passed as an infant. Grandma B-Belle, as her 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren knew her, was always a soft touch when it came to ice cream or treats and they knew she would come through with something!

In recent years, she preferred to stay close to home, but looked so forward to her Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arlee Indian Senior dinners and “running around” with her special senior girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Mort; and siblings, Jack, Roberta “Sis” Greenlief, Fred, Janet Yant, Robert “Junebug”, Beatrice Taylor, and infant sister, Jeri. 

She is survived by: two of ten siblings, Pat Haugen (Ken), of Missoula, and Charles “Buzzy” Lafley, of Helena; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who have special memories of spending summers on the ranch and vacations helping Mort and Vernabelle.

A celebration of Vernabelle’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Arlee Community Center on Pow Wow road, with dinner following a short memorial service.

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Judith M. Burland Lehto
KALISPELL — Judith M. “Judy” Burland Lehto 73, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Hubert and Wanda Burland; joining her brother, Hubert “Herb” Burland. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic school in Butte, and high school at all-girl Central and Butte High School.

She married Leonard “LeRoy” Long and moved to Idaho. Together they had three children, Cyndy, Steven and Lisa. In the late 1960’s, Judy attended cosmetology school in Idaho. LeRoy and her later divorced, she said she was never really happy, moving back to the Mission Valley, to her mountains as she would call them, that’s what made her truly happy. Judy met her life companion Jake. Judy and Jake did so much together. Their biggest joy was going to bingo and the casino. Jake died in 1998 of cancer and Judy took care of him to the end.

Working for S&K Electronics, Inc. was the best time of her working carrier, working 25 years there before retiring.

She was a proud member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, camping, fishing, taking the bus to Coeur’ d’ Alene Casino to play bingo and gamble. Judy really enjoyed her retirement. She loved her animals Lily (dog), Suzie (cat) and her fish.

Judy’s biggest joy was having a good BBQ with her family. Judy is survived by her best friend Lily (dog), daughters Cyndy Long of Pablo, Lisa (Guy) Stinger of Pablo, son Steven Long of Seattle, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Judy is preceded in death by her father Hubert, her brother Herb, step-father Ralph Strong, Jake Packard, mother Wanda and sadly her cat just days before she died.

Services will be held in Ronan at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with grave side services to follow.
A family potluck BBQ to follow and will be announced at the services.

Zaneta Rae Kenmille Keplin
ELMO — On June 1, 2015, Zaneta Rae "Sissy" Kenmille Keplin joined her ancestors after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1968 in Hawthorn, California, to Laurence and Marie Kenmille. She was baptized in the Catholic Church. Her godparents are Norman and Alberta Peratrovich. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later in Belcourt, North Dakota.

In 1988 she met Richard Keplin and they had a daughter, Kayla LaRae Keplin Ridgley. Richard and Zaneta were married December 31, 1999. Together they were foster parents to many children. They adopted their niece, Gabrielle Houle, as their daughter. Family was of utmost importance to Sissy.

Everything she planned always revolved around the children in her family. She spent countless hours with her daughters, nieces and nephews. Zaneta loved to sing and dance. She especially enjoyed telling stories of her adventures with Lenny and Tommy and her Papa John. Her house was always filled with laughter and joy.

Zaneta moved to Montana in 2003 to spend time with her grandmother and family. She planned numerous family get-togethers, surrounded by music, food, games, and laughter. Sissy tanned hides in the traditional way she learned from her grandmother. She also enjoyed playing stick-game and card games with her family and friends.

She received her bachelor's in Social Work from Salish Kootenai College in 2007. In 2008, she and Richard graduated with their masters in Social Work from Walla Walla through an accelerated program.

On August 23, 2008, her greatest birthday gift was received in the form of her granddaughter, JessaRae Ridgley. JessaRae kept her going for so many years. They had a special bond that JessaRae will carry in her heart for many years.

Zaneta was preceded in death by her grandmother, Agnes Oshanee Kenmille; her maternal grandparents, Barney and Anna Houle; her nephew, Laurence B. "LaLa" Kenmille; uncle, Donald Kenmille; son-in-law, Josh Ridgley; and her best friend, Lenny Joseph.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Keplin; her daughters, Kayla and Gabrielle; brothers, Allan and Amak; step- daughter, Richelle Keplin Poitra; stepson, K.K. Keplin; granddaughter, JessaRae; mother, Marie Houle Kenmille; sisters, Selina Kenmille and Mary Hewankorn; and father, Laurence Kenmille. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and grand-children.

Sissy's pallbearers are Stan Kenmille, Ray Nichols, Mayuk Caye, Daniel Stiffarm, Kelvon Kallowat, and Freeman Nelson. Honorary pallbearers are her husband, Richard Keplin, step- daughter, Richelle Keplin; her partners in crime, Danielle Tenas, Cissy Johnson, and Tom Johnson; her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and especially her Titi, JessaRae.

The wake for Sissy started Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the Elmo Hall. Rosary took place Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall, followed by a funeral mass on Friday at 10 a.m., June 5. Burial took place after the service at Dayton Cemetery.

Alois N. Burland Faulkner
RONAN — Alois N. "Curley" Burland Falkner, 91, passed away on June 12, 2015, at St. Luke Community Nursing Home in Ronan from lung cancer. She was born on December 2, 1923, to Gilbert Burland and Mary Antoinette Clairmont Peone. "Curley" was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She worked as a bartender in many of the local establishments. She enjoyed visiting with her good friends, Lloyd and Sally Jackson. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Faulkner; son, Arthur R. Trahan (Gloria); and brother, Lloyd "Sonny" Burland.

Curley is survived by her children, Jim Skelton (Karen), of Cut Bank, Kaye Canvari, of Vancouver, Washington, Michael Dennis Trahan (Caro), of Ronan, and Ron Trahan (Vi), of St. Ignatius; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Babe Burland; nephew, Gary Burland, of St. Ignatius; and step daughter, Judy.

Cremation is under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services. Services were held Monday, July 29, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Homer, as per her request.

Agnes Mae Caye
POLSON — Our beloved Agnes Mae Caye has begun her journey back to the Creator on Sunday June 14, 2015. Agnes was the first born to Madeline Phillips Couture and Alexander Couture in a tee-pee just after midnight in Big Arm, Montana.

Agnes was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where Agnes worked for over 30 years. Her last position was as THHS-CHS Program Manager. Agnes received her elementary education in Polson, Big Arm, Dixon and the Ursuline in St. Ignatius, Mt., and attended high school at Pierre South Dakota, Thompson Falls Montana and Chemawa in Oregon. Agnes’ Higher Education included many extended classes in the field of Human Services at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Agnes was married to Abraham Caye from 1945 to 1962. They moved to Washington and Idaho for a number of years. Returning to the Flathead Reservation around 1954, they made their home in Elmo where Agnes enjoyed raising their children.

Agnes loved visiting the elders in the community and communicating in her native tongue. She loved participating in cultural activities and religious ceremonies. She enjoyed interpreting for the elders, as well as taking them to Kalispell and Polson for shopping. Agnes loved the outdoors and outdoor activities. She absolutely loved to travel and it wasn’t shocking for Agnes to jump up and head to Worley to play bingo at the drop of a dobber. Agnes loved to gather berries and dig bitterroot during their seasons with her best friend and loving companion of many years, August Lefthand.

Agnes is survived by her companion and best friend August Lefthand; siblings Wayne (Barbara) Couture, Dog Lake, Eddie (Erlene) Couture, and Elmo Ignace Couture, Elmo; children Barbara Caye, Pablo, Delores (Grayson) Sam, Omak WA., Iris (Wayne) Creston B.C. and Abraham Caye Jr. Seattle, WA.

Agnes is preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Madeline Couture, her sons, Arnold Caye and Alvin Caye and daughter June Caye, sister Mary Lefthand and an infant sister.

Agnes Caye was a wonderful person, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Agnes was always ready to help friends and family in need. John 3:16; For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Funeral Mass for Agnes was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall. The Wake began at noon on Tuesday and the Rosary was held at Elmo Hall. Burial followed services at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Patricia Hewankorn
DAYTON — Patricia Hewankorn, 75, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at her home in Dayton Creek. She was born on October 1, 1939, in Lonepine, Montana, to Alexander and Josephine (Caye) Lefthand. Like other traditional Kootenai homes, a large extended family lived together. This often included parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered as a lady who dedicated her life to working hard for her people from behind the scenes. Many benefited, and continue to benefit, from her influences to keep culture and traditions alive.

She started working at Headstart, then moved to Kootenai Culture Committee, later becoming the director. She received an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College.

She enjoyed Sunday family dinners, and also having all family birthdays at the home. Her free time was spent with crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right with Roman. She also enjoyed bowling for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; three children, Maxine, Rachel and Tuggy; brothers, Richard and Pat; and sisters, Marie and Edna.

She is survived by her children, Al, Jr., Ceara and Roman, of the family home on Dayton Creek; daughters, Geraldine, of Big Arm, Josephine, of Big Arm; and Dolly (Sylvesta), of Elmo; son, Michael, of Pablo; 17 grandchildren; numerous “greats” that she loved dearly; sister, Susie (Tom) Antiste, of Big Arm; brothers, Joey Squeque, of Big Arm, Kenny Lefthand, of Elmo, and Wain (Cheryl) Lefthand, of Elmo.

Traditional wake services began on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Elmo Hall. A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with burial at Dayton Indian Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Antiste, Adrian Hewankorn, Oskie Lefthand, Wes Lefthand, Dana Tenas and Frank Old Horn.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.


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