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Robert Malatare
POLSON — Robert Malatare, 79, passed away March 16, 2014, in Polson.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born in St. Ignatius to Philip Malatare and Christine Matt on April 9, 1934.

Because of health issues with cerebral palsy, Robert as a small child went to live in Boulder, Colorado, before going to live in Kalispell, then Ronan, and finally in Polson.

He enjoyed Westerns and was very artistic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Red Malatare; and sisters, Geraldine “Beans” and Phyllis.

Survivors include his brother, BearBear (Irma) Malatare, of Arlee; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and extended family.

A visitation started Thursday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in the Polson Indian Sr. Citizens Center (the old Catholic Church) with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening.

A closing service was at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Polson Indian Sr. Center, followed by a meal. Condolences may be left at

Robert H. Schall, Jr.
ARLEE — Robert H. Schall, Jr., 63, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, after a two year battle with cancer. He was born June 25, 1950.

Robert spent his entire life in Arlee, most of it on the Schall Ranch. His rodeo career is legendary. He was an accomplished bareback rider, team roper, and steer wrestler, winning countless championships in the PRCA, NRA, and other regional associations.

He traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and on occasion to Australia. He was an Montana State University alumni, being most proud of his membership on the 1972 NIRA National Championship Men’s Rodeo Team and for being a member of the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He won the coveted PRCA Linderman Award in 1986. He was a past president of the Northern Rodeo Association. He was recently inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and is listed on the Montana Rodeo Wall of Fame, at Metra Park in Billings.

He was a dear friend and mentor to many. Bob was incredibly proud of being a father to Emily, she was the light of his life. He never missed an opportunity to be with her or support her throughout her youth. He drove many tireless miles to be wherever she may need him.

Robert was an avid outdoorsman, loving to fish, hunt and pack. His favorite dessert was pie and ice cream. His ability to complete math calculations in his head was astounding.

He married Shari Delp in 1976. He married Pam Gann in 1991. To this union Emily Jean Schall was born on August 1, 1993.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Marjorie Schall, Sr.; brothers-in-law, Norman Crawford, Rip Johnson and Tom O’ Connor.

He is survived by his daughter, Emily; longtime partner, Jill Ursua; sisters, Marjorie Schall, Betsy Johnson, Judy Myllymaki, Johanna Crawford, and Mary Jane Heindel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Arlee at the high school gym. Burial will follow at the City Cemetery in Missoula. A potluck reception will follow the interment, side dishes and desserts are appreciated. Foster Funeral Home, of St. Ignatius, is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, University of Great Falls Rodeo Team, MSU Rodeo Scholarship fund, or the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and condolences may be shared at

Faye Lillian Oehrling Keith Pitts
DIXON — Faye Lillian Oehrling Keith Pitts, 88, was taken into the arms of Jesus on March 6, 2014 surrounded by the love of her family after a gallant battle with breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Faye was born, September 15, 1925, in Rose Lake, Idaho, to a first generation German immigrant family. She graduated from Kellogg High School where she was a majorette, thrilling the crowd by twirling batons on fire. The school troupe went on to become the Northwest Regional Champions.

After graduation Faye was married briefly to Kenneth Keith, who was killed in World War II. To assist in the war effort she moved with her sister-law, Geri Earling, to work in Portland. In 1945, she joined her mother and stepfather in Hot Springs, Montana. While working at the LaRue Mercantile she met the love of her life, Gene Pitts. Faye would not marry until she completed her training at the Beauty School in Missoula, and maintained an active license until her mid-seventies, just in case she had to return to work. They married July 5, 1947, and settled into their sweet log cabin on Camas Prairie to run a saw mill. Their first two babies, Lettie and Garry, were born on the Prairie. In 1951 they purchased the old sawmill in Ravalli and moved the family to Dixon. Three more babies were added: Terry, KoLynn and Larry.

Given her children’s many health challenges - Diabetes, Polio, and multiple head and body injuries, Faye was nickname “Dr. Faye.” She spent tireless hours as a dedicated mother working side-by-side her children to complete school work, 4-H projects, or driving them and friends to their multiple events and activities.

Dancing was Faye’s passion, prompting her to teach her kids to dance in the house kitchen. In her mid- life she became a parapro at the Dixon Grade School and later an Assistant Postmaster. In her later years she was the noted caregiver for her beloved, Gene. She prided herself with being his "pit bull" guiding and directing his care to his last breath.

Faye loved people and was the biggest Dixon fan. She was a tiny person, known for her ready smile, hand wave, visiting with people up and down the valley. You could often see her peeking over the steering wheel of her maroon car. She loved to drink a Coca-Cola while writing notes and sending out cards to people she loved. She was determined to live out her life in her Dixon home, but an unfortunate fall, and broken hip lead to her recent residence at St. Joseph's Assisted Living Community, in Polson. At St. Joseph's she was quickly embraced by old and new friends who offered her love and friendship in return. We thank the residents and staff for making her final hours so precious.

Faye was preceded in death by husband, Eugene Pitts; daughter, Lettie Pitts Neuman; son, Larry Pitts; brother, Ed Earling; and parents, Lillian and Leo Keith, and Edgar and Florence Oehrling.

Surviving family are Garry and Christine Pitts, of Polson, Terry and Crystal Pitts, of Dixon, and KoLynn (Pitts) and Paul Sinclair, of Yakima, Washington, Ginger Pitts, of Polson, John Neuman, of Missoula; grandchildren, Greg Neuman, Stephen and (Tiffany) Pitts, Zachary (Valissa) Pitts, Samantha (Andrew) Pitts-Norlan, Zanen (Kendra) Pitts, Don Powell, Whitney (Nathan) Pitts-Danz, and Taylor Pitts; great-grandchildren, Jett, Tallis, and Zanen, Jr.; sister-in-law, Geri Earling; Bud and Nina Heitmiller; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Dixon Gym. A lunch will be served at the Dixon Senior Center. Interment will be 2:30 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Missoula, and reception at Staybridge Hotel. Messages of condolences may be shared online with the family at

Lance Arthur Johnson
CEDAR CITY, UTAH — Lance Arthur Johnson was born in Polson on January 9, 1967 and traveled on to be with his Lord and Savior on March 1, 2014. He was 47 years old.

Lance attended schools in Toledo, Washington, Centralia, Washington, Fair-Mont-Egan, Creston, Polson and Ronan schools. He chose to follow in his dad's footsteps in the heavy equipment in the gold mines, oil fields, and road construction. While employed with Brown and Root he met the love of his life, Deb Fox, daughter of Delroy and Evelyn Fox, of Mesquite, Nevada. They were married in November of 1990, and begat the other love of his life, daughter Shae Lynn, age 17, 1997. They resided in Cedar City, Utah. Lance was an avid sports fan and in high school, he played football, track and field, wrestling and rodeo. As a young man he added cross-bow archery, skeet, pool, darts, skiing, and both ice and roller skating. He was an avid sportsman who fished, hunted, hiked and camped. He was a gifted craftsman in Native Arts and was a wonderful story teller. Lance passed his love of life on to his daughter, Shae, who is involved in Martial Arts, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Lance enjoyed his Native American and Norwegian roots; we joked that Mom made both frybread and lefsa. His laughter, loyalty, and service to others will forever live in the hearts of friends and family.

Lance was preceded in death by his grandparents, Basil and Vi Ducharme; aunt, Nadine Couture; close cousins, Scott Johnson and Cody Conrad; and his sister-in-law, Josie Fox.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Shae; parents, Art and Donna Johnson, of Hawthorne, Nevada, and Myrna Ducharme-Johnson, of Polson; in-laws, Evelyn and Delroy Fox; brothers-in-law, Doug (Sandi) and Rod; siblings, Deborah Johnson, of Hawthorne, Nevada, Tracey Normandeau, and Keith and Jerrod Johnson, of Polson; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews, whom he adored.

Services will be held on March 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Journey Be Church, 101 Seventh Avenue West, in Polson, and on March 8 at the Cedar City Lutheran Church, in Utah.

Cheryl Birdena Parker
ARLEE — Cheryl Birdena Parker, 'SherBear', 'Sherry', 52, of Arlee, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at St. Patrick Hospital.

She was born on January 10, 1962 in Hot Springs, to Louie and Mary Lucy Parker. She was a descendent of Rosalie Telpah Matt and Steven A. Matt.

She graduated from high school in Arlee. Afterwards, Cheryl attended Salish Kootenai College, Haskell, and the University of Montana, where she made many friends and had many fun adventures. She worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Mission Valley Power for many years. At MVP, she was a Customer Service Representative before moving to the Accounting Department. In the early 2000’s, she moved to OAB and worked in Contracts and Grants.

Cheryl had many hobbies including playing with her granddaughter, cooking, beading, spending time with family, and playing Guitar Hero. She cheered on the Griz football team. She enjoyed huckleberry picking with Mona and Darwin. And she was always at the local powwows.

A loving mother, daughter, and grandmother, she took great care of her family. She was a pet lover and had a few special cats, including: Rango Tango, Chiparoo Mister Cat, Lil’ Lady, Baby Lucky, Hugsy, Patches, and Buddy. She also had two dogs, Bowser and Koda.

Survivors include her daughters, Dawnelda Parker, Rosalie (Keith O’Neill) Parker, Shanelle Parker, and Shania Parker; granddaughter, Aurora Royalle Mali Parker; her mother, Mary Lucy Parker Matt; stepfather, Larry Villegas; her brothers, Darwin (Mona) Parker, Timothy Parker, and Randal Parker; godmother and aunt, Jenny Matt; her special auntie, Charlene Petet; aunts, Wilhelmina Wright, Mary Val Plant, Katie Nick and Martha Langston; uncles, Clark (Leeann) Matt, Steve (Helen) Matt, and Marvin Matt; her nieces, Carmen Barnes, Olivia Hennell, Cristy Brooks, Kelly Parker, and Joselyn Felsman; her nephews, Timothy Brooks, Mark Felsman, Larz Felsman, and Ozzy Felsman; and handful of great nieces and nephews, whom she loved and enjoyed.

In accordance with her wishes there will be no service at this time. Instead there will be a dinner in June to celebrate her life. Information of the dinner will be announced at a later date.

Cremation was under the care of Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at

Cindy Mikesell
ST. IGNATIUS — Cindy Mikesell stepped from our door to begin new adventures on February 17, 2014. We wish she had more time with us but her bags were packed with old memories and dreams. Missed will be her soft caresses, the brush of hand, the look that was given with a smile or frown. There is a light as long as those of us who knew and loved her draw strength from her memory. Our paths will meet again for this a journey we all must take.

Those who knew Cindy go with her in spirit. Now the bed is empty of snuggles and the usual morning chatter is void of sounds of breakfast cooking, telephone ringing and day plans. Missed and loved, the darkness of this passing is profound. Cindy, we love you.

Cindy is the daughter of Shirley and Eldin Alexander. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 11, 1957. She raised three boys to be proud of. She owned and operated two thriving businesses: MMSR Trucking and Mission Mountain Rain Gutters. She leaves her friends and family with love and wonderful memories.

We can share the joyous stories - mischievous and misfortunate - crafted to celebrate and inspire family and friends. All are invited to celebrate a life that touched so many. Bring your memories, love and laughter and join us at the Second Chance Saloon on March 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Morris Robert Houle
NIRADA — Morris Robert 'Bob' Houle, 81, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, while surrounded by all his loving children. Bob was born September 5, 1932, in Ronan, to Fredrick J. and Hellen E. Houle (Winslow).

In 1951, Bob married Phyllis (Tougas) Houle. Also in 1951, he joined the US Air Force. He served from 1951 to 1954. He was stationed as an air policeman at Fairchild, in Spokane, Washington. During Phyllis and Bob’s 19 years of marriage they had five children. In 1955, Bob served as a Tribal Council Member for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes at the young age of 22. In 1970, Bob married Cherilee (Dresen) Houle and had three more children during their 26 years of marriage.

Bob lived most of his life on a ranch southeast of Polson. Construction was his trade, but what he really loved was farming and ranching. His entrepreneur spirit lead him to establish a construction business called Mud Creek Construction. When he wasn’t working for himself, he worked as a Carpentry Instructor at Kicking Horse Job Corp. Ultimately, he retired as a Building Inspector for S&K Housing Authority in 1995.

After retiring, Bob moved to Niarada to spend the rest of his days ranching and being a cowboy on what he called the “Wolf Bait Ranch”. As everyone who knew Bob during this time, he really pushed the limit riding and trading some rough horses and some great horses. He entered steer wrestling in local rodeos when most cowboys his age had hung up their hats. He lived hard. He always used to say “I would have taken better care of myself if I would have known I’d live this long”.

Dad was famous for one liners. Many of them not appropriate for print. This trait must be hereditary if you ever listen to his sons.

Our brother, husband, dad, Papa Bob, will be remembered as a hard-working man, an absolute true cowboy with the biggest hands you’ve ever seen. He had a great voice, loved to sing old country music and yes, Bob, “it is hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way”. We love you and you will be greatly missed.

He is proceeded in death by his father, Fredrick J. Houle; his mother, Hellen E. Houle; sisters, Lois Dupuis and June Dulleghan; brother, Fredrick J. Houle; and daughter, Linda M. Houle.

Bob is survived by three siblings, Allene Cole, of Dixon, Lora Cole, of Polson, and Rose Kugler, of Ronan. He is also survived by seven children, Cathy (Houle) and Keith Barrows, of Arlee, Mike and Pamala Houle, of Polson, Sandy (Houle) and Brian Hall, of Hot Springs, Fred J. Houle, of Arlee, Kelly and Christy Houle, of Columbia Falls, Hugh and Lisa Houle, of Ronan, and Jolene (Houle) and Eric Henricksen, of Ronan. Bob was blessed with 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

William Richard Gingras
ST. IGNATIUS – William Richard 'Wild Bill' Gingras, 77, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014, at St. Lukes Community Hospital.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born to Eli Richard and Agnes (Nomee) Gingras on June 27, 1936, in St. Ignatius. Raised and educated in Hot Springs, he graduated from Flandreau Boarding School in South Dakota. He then joined the Army proudly serving his country. After receiving his honorable discharge he went on to log, as a carpenter, at the Highway Department and for Mission Valley Power.

'Wild Bill' enjoyed pool, hunting and fishing, stickgame, mechanics and carpentry. He was a true 'Jack of all Trades' and was highly skilled at them all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli Richard and Agnes (Nomee) Gingras; sisters, Teddi Charette, Martha, Annie and Christine; and brothers Joseph, Lewis and Francis Gingras.

He leaves behind his sons, Emery Wilson, Brian and John Gingras; sisters, Matlida Marie “Chicky” (Stan) Graham, and JoAnne (Rod) Schall; brothers, David (Lorelda) Gingras, George (Lori) Mitchell and Peter (Cynthia) Mitchell; five grandgchildren, 4 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

A wake began Monday at the Longhouse with Rosary being recited at 8 pm Tuesday (tonight). Closing services will be Wednesday at 11 am in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius where military honors will also be presented. Condolences may be left at

Walter Calvin Gainan
RONAN — Walter Calvin Gainan, 70, a lifelong Ronan area resident, passed away at his home on January 29, 2014. Walt was born on November 7, 1943, in Laurin, to the late Melvin and Myrtle (Coad) Gainan.

The Gainan family relocated to Ronan in 1945, where Walt was raised and educated. He graduated from Ronan High School in 1962, and later on in his life he completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Montana Tech in Butte.

At age 18, Walt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving honorably and proudly in Vietnam and in the United States Marine Corps, he came back to Montana and went to work in the oil fields of Eastern Montana. It was there that he met Judy LaBelle.

Walt and Judy were married in 1969 and had three children. While their marriage wasn’t meant to be, Walt kept a quiet presence in his children’s lives. He was very proud of everything that they had done and often kept pictures and newspaper clippings of their accomplishments.

Walt had an extensive professional life outside of the Marine Corps, that included being an NCO TAC Officer for the Montana Military Academy and a Draftsman for the Civil Service. He also worked for the BIA, the Lake County Weed Control, and the Pablo Sewer and Water District. At the time of his death, he was retired.

All those who knew Walt would say that he would do anything for anyone and was very good-hearted. He may have not expressed it enough, but he loved his family more than anything. His final statement of wishes stated “My love, prayers, best wishes and my spirit will be with each and all of you for the rest of time.”

Walt was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Philip Wayne Gainan, Melvin (Woody) Gainan, and Louis Gainan; and his sister, Georgia (Monte) Wickenhagen.

He leaves behind his children, Jodi Gainan George, of Billings; Shawn Gainan, of Wibaux, and Shane (Tina Michelle) Gainan, of Sanford, North Carolina; two sisters, Wilma (Herb) Bick, of Ronan, and Virginia (Tom) Williams, of Butte; brother, Joe (Jan) Gainan, of Charlo; sister-in-laws, Norma (Carl) Sirucek, of Saint Ignatius, and Vita Gainan, of Pablo; grandsons, Alex Gainan, Ian Gainan, and Sean Gainan, of Sanford, North Carolina, and Jacob George, of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at the Western Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery, 1911 Tower Road, Missoula, on Wednesday February 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. A reception followed at the VFW Club, 521 Round Butte Rd, Ronan, at 2 p.m. that afternoon.

Mike N. Pablo
ST. IGNATIUS —Michael N. Pablo joined the ancestors on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Mike was born January 8,1962, in Polson, to Thomas M. and Vida Pablo. Mike grew up in Ronan playing baseball, a game he carried a passion for throughout his life. He also played football at Ronan where he excelled as a center and a feared linebacker.

After graduation he spent a short time in Southern California but returned "home" shortly thereafter. Mike worked construction for many years in various capacities, many in the PatCor program with the Tribes.

Mike continued his education to answer his calling to help others, and graduated from Salish Kootenai College. After working in various programs with the Tribes and Kicking Horse Job Corps, he eventually went to work for the Tribal Health Department as a mental health/addiction treatment counselor, where he worked until his passing.

Mike had many passions; he played softball as a way to continue his passion and love of baseball. He played many seasons with the "Gators" and later with the Mission Valley Bats. A pure hitter, he was known to drive the ball up the middle, some claim his lifetime batting average was .625.

Mike was a diehard Cincinnati Reds fan and a proud member of Raider Nation.

Another passion was his Harley. Few things made Mike happier than the open road, where he found peace in the hum of the rubber on the road. Constant customization led many to recognize Mike on his Harley by seeing him behind some of the highest ape hangers in the valley.

A proud Native, Mike was a very spiritual and cultural man. He had many sweat brothers he held as close as blood. He lived the cultural way, enjoying numerous ventures out in nature, digging bitterroot, picking berries, hunting, digging xasxqs and cutting sweat wood among many other traditions.

Mike was a "slave to the steel" and enjoyed pumping iron in his private, custom weight room. Lifting sessions routinely turned into max-out sessions, throwing on plate after plate until personal bests were broken. All it took was a call or text and Mike was ready to work out.

Mike's greatest joy came on August 8, 1995, when his son and best friend, Ryan, was born. Mike was as dedicated of a father as anyone. He was especially proud of Ryan and the rest of the Mission Valley Mariners for capturing the Northwest Regional Legion baseball title in 2012. He was recently elected vice-president of the Mariners club, something he was very proud of and excited to begin working to help the club continue on it's tradition of excellence.

Mike touched countless lives and his untimely passing will prove difficult for many.

Mike was preceeded in death by his dad, Thomas M. Pablo; sister, Janice; nephew, BJ Gardipe; and infant nephew, Terje Pablo.

Mike is survived by his mother, Vida Pablo, of Pablo; his son, Ryan; Ryan's mom, Lorma Sloan, of Ronan; sister, Mildred (Tom) Pierce, of Pablo; sister, Alma Pablo (Leonard “Booger” Grenier), of Ronan; sister, Donna Pablo (Nancy Glass), of St. Ignatius; brother, Butch Pablo, of Moseley, Virginia; brother, Craig Pablo (Shirley), of Ronan; uncle, Lloyd (Arlene) Austin, of Polson; numerous nephews, neices, cousins; special lady friend, Kim; and a spoiled bassett hound, Rex.

Services were Wednesday January 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Condolences may be left at

Marjorie Jean Redhorn Stasso
CHENEY — Marjorie Jean Redhorn Stasso died January 17, 2014, at the Cheney Care Center in Cheney, Washinton. She was born on March 4, 1927, the only child of Eneas Stasso and Antonette "Nettie" Moss, in Polson.

After the death of her parents, she was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Kramer and attended schools in Polson and Seattle, Washington. She furthered her education in Berkley and Los Angeles, California. During her stay in California, she met and married Vestor Adams, while she worked as a pet groomer and counselor at Berkley. After their divorce, Marjorie moved back home to Montana, where she was employed at the Salish Kootenai College. She eventually made her way to Spokane, and Cheney, Washington, where she was actively involved in the Indian Community. She was essential in getting an Indian Cemetery in Spokane in 2005.

Marjorie had a colorful sense of style and loved to dye her hair. She could be seen with many different hair colors, hair styles and jewelry that tinkled as she walked. This tinkling of jewelry and her bun led the children she worked with in Elmo to affectionately call her 'Tinker Bell'. Her hobbies included gambling and traveling. She loved sharing Huckleberry Cheesecake with Dean Matt before he passed, and playing Mah Jhong with Howard Kallowatt before his passing.

Preceding her in death are her mother and father; Mr. and Mrs. Kramer; and numerous other relatives.

She is survived by her aunts, Lousie Stasso and Mary Stasso, of Arlee; along with the Stassos, Michel-Buckskins, Weatherwaxes and Antiste; Tony and Randy Grant, and family; Kallowatts, Haynes, Fairbanks, Pierres, and Lozeaus; along with relatives from the Moss and Kramer side of her family. Sorry if have missed anyone as our families are very large. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Kenneth Owen Richards
PABLO — Kenneth Owen Richards, 103, of Pablo, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from natural causes at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility.

Burial has taken place at Ronan Cemetery. A celebration of Grandpa Ken's life will take place in Ronan at the City Park in mid-June, near what would have been his 104th birthday. Please watch for a celebration announcement and complete obituary to be published in late May.

Gary Ebbing
HOT SPRINGS — Gary 'Skeeter' Ebbing was born on December 11, 1955, in Peoria, Illinois, to Wayne and Mary Ebbing. He died at his home in Hot Springs on January 10, 2014.

At age 13 he left home on an adventure to California. At 15, he joined the Marines with an honorable discarge. He re-enlisted at 17 and served in the Vietnam War.

He hitchhiked all over the country, working odd jobs along the way to survive. Sheeter spent a lot of time working at carnivals. He had a lot of funny stories to tell. He saw a lot of things along the course of his adventures. Eventually he made his way to Montana, where he found the O'Bennick family. Skeeter would stay with them during the summer, then disappear in the fall to where ever the next adventure would take him. He finally did settle down and call Hot Springs home. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping in his teepee, kayaking, shooting guns, drinking beer and hanging out with his friends were his favorite past times.

Skeeter is survived by his brother, Michael Ebbing, of Bowden, Georgia; and aunt Hazel Shelly, of Bowden, Georgia. And his Montana family, the O'Bennick family, Sandra Rossler, and all of his good friends.

Thanks for the memories Skeeter. Rest in peace for now, till we meet again. Now you can hitchhike all over Heaven.

Marilynn D. Covington
WASHINGTON — 'Denise' Marilynn D. Covington passed away January 12, 2014, at her home in Nespelem, Washington, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born September 14, 1947, in St. Ignatius.

Rosary and wake were held Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Nespelem Community Center. Funeral services were held Friday, followed with burial at the Nespelem Catholic Cemetary.

Tracy A. Gardner
ARLEE — Tracy A. Gardner, 52, passed away January 12, 2014, in Arlee.

Born to Charles and Thelma Louise (Andruaga) Eberlin on April 14, 1962, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She was raised in York, Pennsylvania, and moved to Pheonix where she graduated from High School before becoming a cab company cage clerk.

Moving to Montana in 2001, she leaves behind her husband, Mike Adams; a daughter, Amanda Eberlin; siblings, Charlayne Glatfelter, Barbara Dierdorf and Gregg Reichard; and three grandchildren.

Services are planned for later this year. Condolences may be left at

Richard Emanuel 'Dick' Barber
Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Richard Emanuel 'Dick' Barber, 77, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Kat's Elder Care in Kasilof.

Dick was born April 15, 1936, in St. Ignatius. He grew up in Ronan and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He received his Bachelor's in Education from Western Montana College in 1959. He moved to Alaska in 1977 and lived in Venetie, Nome, Anchorage and Kasilof. He was both a teacher and principal, but coaching football, track and basketball were his passions.

Dick enjoyed camping with family and friends, fishing, an occasional game of golf, and watching college and pro football.

Dick's smile will be remembered by many. He was a good natured jokester who loved to make people laugh. Children loved 'Papa Dick' because of his fun and playful personality. Family was very important to him and often said that his father told him, if you could count on one hand friends who have always been there for you, you have led a good life. 'We will treasure memories of camping trips, water fights he started and stories he shared,' his family wrote.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Ruby Barber; sisters, Patricia Barber and Sherry Sadler; brother, James Barber; and son, Dick Barber.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Barber, of Kasilof; son, Jimmy Barber, of Portland, Oregon; step-daughter, Deb West, of Port Angeles, Washington; step-son, Mike McConnell of Anchorage; step-daughter, Barbara Caballero, of Kalama, Washington; step-son, Mitch McConnell, of Montesano, Washington; daughters, Brandi Barber and Megan Palagyi, both of Anchorage, Terry Erickson of Missoula, Jeri Norris, of Bozeman, Jodi Walsh, of Missoula, and Staci Flynn, of Missoula; 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Bea Noble; and brothers, Sam, Scott and Tom Barber. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory.

Leland James Hewankorn
RONAN — Leland James “Jimi” Hewankorn, 61, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013, at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was born on January 14, 1952, in St. Ignatius to Charles and Alice Hewankorn. In his younger years he graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1970, where he was an all-around MVP athlete. He was also a Golden Glove Boxing Champion of North Western Montana. A little later in life, he was a Director for the Indian Alliance Program in Missoula. A man who had a flair for cooking, his culinary talent took him to Las Vegas to work as a chef. He also held various jobs for the tribe for many years, and was currently employed with the Tribal Maintenance Dept.

He was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and a strong believer in his traditional ways. His passion and love in life was his music. With his music skills, he donated his time to various agencies and groups to raise money for those in need. He was a very generous man. He played with numerous recording artists such as: Faron Young, Johnny Rodriguez, and Boxcar Willie, to name a few. Jimi was well-known all over Indian country for his stickgame skills and notorious boyish humor. He was a true sportsman and enjoyed his time spent in the outdoors. Jimi was a very special man who held many hearts close to his, with a respectful yet, quiet dignity. So, as he leaves us, remember his own last words “Don’t worry about me.”

Leland is preceded in death by his father, Charles Hewankorn; brother, Laverne Hewankorn, Sr.; sister, Linda Rae Hewankorn; nephew, Donald Collins, III; and infant daughter, Karen Sue Hewankorn.

Survivors include Janice Couture, whom he cherished dearly, of Ronan; his mother, Alice Hewankorn, of Niarada; brother, Levi (Bonnie) Hewankorn, of Pablo; sisters, Charlotte Hewankorn, of Polson, and Rosalee Roberson, of Florida; uncle, Walter Matus, of Pablo; four daughters: Candi Rafal, of Oregon, Jami Hewankorn, of Texas, Kim Hewankorn, of Pablo, and Christina Hewankorn; his grandchildren: Rose and Felix Rafal, Elizabeth Majefski, Michael Torres, Adella Ort, Karen Sue Hewankorn, and Kwe’lulexw’ Hewankorn; aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Traditional wake services Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the Hall in Elmo, with Rosary on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Burial was held on Thursday January 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be sent to

Ann V. Helgeson
MISSOULA — Ann V. Helgeson, died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at St. Patrick's Hospital, with her son, Darrin Finley, and his family by her side.

Anne was born January 23, 1934, to Clarence and Mary Fox Brockie. Ann grew up on her family's ranch near Curly Head and Owl Head Canyon, at the base of the Little Rocky Mountains.

Her mother died when she was just a young girl, and by the age of 14, her father died, as well. By then her grandparents, Belknap and Rebecca Fox, and Old Man Brockie and Plume Brockie, were also deceased. She stayed with her good friend, Theresa Longfox Tincher and family.

Her high school years were spent at Flandreau Indian High School. This was where she met her first husband, Evan Finley, who was from Fort Berthold North Dakota. She worked in various jobs, but spent many years in the 1960's working at Flandreau Indian School where she was the Head Cook. Many students from Fort Belknap remember her while attending school there. She moved to California where her son, Darrin, was born and spent several years there. Some of her family members lived there and she made many friends while in California.

Anne moved back to Ft. Belknap, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She had an adopted daughter, Gerarda “ Cricket” Finley, who lived with her for a couple years. Anne married Leon "Chick" Helgeson and they lived on a ranch at People's Creek. She later got a divorce but continued to live and ranch at her place. Her neighbors, Joe and Gaylynn McConnell, became her life-long friends and were always looking-out for her.

Anne worked at the Fort Belknap Commodity Program, where she was the Director until her death. She was the oldest employee and worked at the Commodity Program for 45 Years.

In addition to many friends, Anne had several loves, one of them was gambling and the other was her son, Darrin, who she was absolutely proud of. She let everyone know of all his successes, especially when he got his bachelor's degree. Her other loves include her grandsons, Bryce (Dez) and Joel (Ashley); and their children, her great -grandchildren. Anne said she never worried about Darrin as his wife, Cheryl (who she also loved), took good care of him and her family always treated him like a son.

Ann is proceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Fox Brockie; brothers: Joseph, Georgie, Maurice (Brickie), James (Skunk) and Teddy; and sisters: Teresa Nillie, Ella Aragon, Catherine, Agnes Adams, Frances (Frosty) Brown, Cecelia Marie, and Helena Ruth. In addition, she had two adopted sisters, Rose Main Connor and Henrietta Main Cochran. She is survived by her brother, Henry "Prince" Brockie; sister, Mary Hayes; and son, Darrin (Cheryl) Finley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The wake began Saturday, January 4, 2013, with the Rosary on Sunday, January 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Pauls Mission. The funeral will be Monday, January 6, at 11 a.m.

Merrie Gale Lewis
POLSON — Merrie Gale Lewis, 58, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 4, 2014, at her home.

Merrie was born July 10, 1955, in Billings to Virgil Escoe Lewis and Billie LaFern Brown. She grew up in Billings, and when she was 16 years old her family moved to Kalispell, where she graduated from Evergreen High School in 1975.

In June 1994, she met her beloved companion and friend, Craig Padilla. In 1998, they built their home on Mud Lake Trail, Polson.

Merrie had a kindred spirit and a love for life. She always had encouraging words with a sincere concern for family, friends and co-workers; whether friends or family or someone she just met, she had kind words. Merrie had such a giving heart with sincere intentions. She had the gift of listening to those in need of words to be heard. Those who knew her loved her very much. Her smile, her laugh and her compassion for others will be greatly missed.

Merrie was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Escoe Lewis; sister, Sherl “Shari” Lynn Adams (Steve); and uncles, Robert William and Kenneth Elmer. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Craig Padilla; mother, Billie LaFern Brown (Adolph) Kohl; stepmother, Viola Pinkerman, of Polson; aunts, Ruth Pinkerman, of Polson, and Rosemary Jensen, of Pasco, Washington; adopted son, Shade Tanner; and grandson, Shade, Jr.; brothers, Mark Anthony, of Portland, Oregon, and Steven Escoe (Terri), of Belgrade; nieces and nephews, Jason, Emily and Alicia; great-niece, Lucy Ella; and cousins, Debbie, Karen, Mary, Kari, Lisa and Kenneth Paul (Kip) Giles.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Salish Kootenai College Angel Fund. A viewing will be held at Grogan Funeral Home on Thursday, January 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those wishing to pay their respects. Arrangements and cremation are under the care of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Jacob Buckskin Michel
NOXON — Jacob Buckskin Michel, 21, passed away December 29, 2013, in Noxon, Montana.

Jacob was born July 17, 1992, to Keith Michel, Sr., and Maxine Spotted Blanket-Michel. He graduated from Two Eagle River High School in 2011.

Survivors include his mother, Maxine Esther Spotted Blanket Michel; siblings, Wayne Spotted Blanket, Sonia Spotted Blanket-Duran, Nakita Martin, Ronee Martin, Keith Michel, Jr., Llewellyn Michel, Whisper Michel, Janelle Askin, Lacy Antiste, and Tanya Brueggeman; god parents, Gilly Michel and Vi Shilo; grandmothers, Louise Andrews and Sonia Chippewa; aunts and uncles, Diane Michel, Geneva Glenmore, Jennifer Sansavere, Cindy Martin, Adele Martin, Wilbert Michel, Gilly Michel, Victor Michel, Leonard Michel, Lee Michel, and Mike Spotted Blanket.

Preceded in death by his father, Keith Michel, Sr.; sister, Echo Michel; grandparents, Mathias and Lucy Michel, and Larry Spotted Blanket and Lloyd Chippewa; uncles, Jr. Michel and Larry Lane Spotted Blanket; aunts, Linda Michel and Connie Jean Finley; and cousin, Leo Hammer.

William Robert “Billy Bob” Lafley
ARLEE — William Robert “Billy Bob” Lafley, 52, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, December 27, 2013, in Missoula.

Proud of his Salish ancestry, he was born January 31, 1961, in Polson to Darlene McClure and Robert “June Bug” Lafley. A long time resident of the Arlee area, he worked everywhere from Alaska to California as a firefighter and commercial fisherman.

Billy Bob was a man with a good heart and loved his family and friends, helping them out whenever possible.

He is preceded in death by his father; June Bug; sister, Rene “Baby Girl”; and grandparents, William “Pinto” and Margarete (Charlo) McClure, and Robert Francis and Nina (Gariepy) Lafley.

Survivors who live locally include: his mother, Darlene McClure Lafley, of Arlee; children, Mackie Fisher, Dakota Lafley, Ridge Lafley, Margaret Lafley and James Friberg; two grandchildren; siblings, Roberta “Inj” (Les) Fisher, Leslie Leann (JayBlue) Lafley-Arlee, and Clem Lafley; BillyBob’s ex, Stacey Two Teeth; uncle, Snoose McClure; several aunts; numerous cousins, from Charlo, and McClure families; and countless friends. With special thanks to his hospice nurse, Pam.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Arlee Community Center. A simple closing service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Community Center.Condolences may be left at

Isiah Peter Matt
PABLO — Isiah Peter Matt, 19, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2013, in Butte, Montana. He was born November 11, 1994, in Missoula, to Tashina DuBray and Richard Matt.

Isiah was the most caring and loving person you could be around. He always wanted to make people happy and would do anything to do so. He always had a smile on his face and was silly, outgoing, funny, yet, so serious, and had so many other great qualities anybody could ask for. Isiah enjoyed many things in life, but it was basketball which captured his heart. He loved to play in basketball tournaments during the summer, hunt, cruise with his friends, listen to music, and most of all, be around family.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Matt; great grandparents, Regina and Peter Matt; great grandparent, Wayne Hamel; and uncle, Joe Hamel.

Survivors include his mother, Tashina (Butch) Cleland; three sisters, Alexis Matt, Larissa Matt, and Aspen Cleland; brother, Ronnie Cleland; grandparents, Tammy Hamel, Tony DuBray, Gigi (Junior) Caye, Marcia Cleland, and Jody (Arnold) Irvine; great grandparent, Cathy Hamel; uncles, Jimmy Hamel, Robert Matt, Joseph (Breanne) Caye, Ambrose (Danny) Caye, Gabe Caye, and Mayuk Caye; aunt, Anitra Irvine; cousins, Jordan, Mariah, Malia, Gerald, and Brandlty; girlfriend, Kendall J. Henderson; and numerous other family and friends whom he dearly loved.

A funeral service was held Friday, December 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Elmo Hall. Burial took place at Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Amber Rose Garfield
SEATTLE — Amber Rose Garfield, 34, passed away in Seattle on December 4, 2013. Born to Jean Senecal and Richard Garfield on February 1, 1979, she was raised by Martin Andrew and her mom, Jeanie, in Ronan, where she went to school.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she loved the outdoors, traveling to new places, and the excitement of new places and things. An artist and free spirit she many things to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her family that helped raise her, Jean Senecal and Martin Andrew, Bernice Senecal, Alfred Senecal, and Max Andrew; brother, Herb Sias; and nephew, TJ Sias.

Survivors include her four children, and April Garfield, Alida Garfield and Joshua Garfield; her birth father, Richard Garfield; and Uncle Ronnie and aunt Lucy.

A wake began Sunday at the Longhouse with prayer services being held at 8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m., in the Longhouse with Armand Matt officiating. Interment will follow in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

The many fond memories of all the things she did with us and for us and the little details that made her so important will stay forever in our hearts.

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Rita Joyce Knerr
HOT SPRINGS — On December 10, 2013, Joyce went to a better place to spend eternity with The Lord, and to be reunited with her best friend and life-long companion, her mother, Rita.

Joyce was born September 24, 1950, in St. Ignatius.

Joyce spent many years believing she was loved only by her mother and her cat, but it brings us great comfort to know that in later years, she found that not to be true. Along with finding the Love of Christ, she also found a family of true, caring friends at Hot Springs Bible Church, and through the love of her dearest and loyal friend, Mona, who had been here to help her with her mother's last years and was here for Joyce in so many ways.

We hope you all know how much it meant to Joyce to know how many people cared and how it would brighten her day and help her stay strong in her faith when someone would call or come to see her and pray with her.

We would like to give special thanks to Laura, from Hospice, for bringing Joyce comfort and peace in her final days.

And a special thanks to my wife, Christie, who spent countless hours filling out paperwork and making phone calls trying to get Joyce all the help that was available; and for her unselfish sacrifices, forgoing her own disabilities to help care for Joyce, so I could have time to deal with the rest of life that couldn't be put on hold.

Joyce carried many burdens in her life, both physical and emotional wounds that made it very hard for her to see the happy side of life. We pray that those who so deeply hurt Joyce see the error of their ways and seek forgiveness and realize what they have lost with Joyce's passing.

May God Bless all those in the world who truly care.

Graveside service were held Saturday, December 14, at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson, where she was laid to rest beside here mother and father.

Melvin Running Rabbit
Melvin “Bunny” Running Rabbit, a respected Blackfeet Elder, quietly slipped away on December 14, 2013.

Melvin was born June 26, 1926 to Thomas and Josephine Flattail Running Rabbit on the Blackfeet Reservation. Melvin was raised by Philip and Annie Flattail in Two Medicine, just east of Browning on a ranch.

He worked many years for the Blackfeet Tribe as a sergeant-at-arms and for the Blackfeet Tribal Police as a police officer. Melvin also worked on various construction sites such as the Lower Two Medicine Bridge and the dam northwest of East Glacier. He also attended Flandreau Indian School. Melvin was a well-known stickgame player and participated in many tournaments throughout the last 60 years. He was a member of the Greenwood Burners and Crazy Dogs Societies.

Melvin’s beloved wife of 67 years recently passed away in July 23, 2013. They had three sets of twins, for a total of 14 children.

Proceeding Melvin in death are his sons, Robert, Clyde, Alvin, Kenneth, Vernon and Marvin Running Rabbit. Also preceeding his death are his siblings, Calvin, Alfreda, Thomas Jr., Margaret, Violet, Merlin and Rosemary.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Benny) Sloss; and by daughters, Melveena Malatare, Roberta (James) Arnoux, Irene Running Rabbit, Robin (Ronald) Redhead, Carol (Gordon) Ahenakew, Cheryle (Leonard) Villa; and sons, Calvin Running Rabbit and Darrell (Lolita) Running Rabbit.

Roseries were Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. with funeral services held on Wednesday, December 18, at 2 p.m. at the Little Flower Parish, with Fr. Ed Kohler officiating and burial at the Mission in Two Medicine. The wake was at the College Community Center on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Ezmaye Tempest Sherwood
ST. IGNATIUS — Ezmaye Tempest Sherwood, 5 months, was made a sweet and precious angel on November 30, 2013, and was met with open arms and loving heart by her great-grandmothers, Mary Jane Woodcock and Mary Andrews Sherwood, and great great-grandparents Theo and Percy DeWolfd.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was born to Daniel R. Sherwood and Tiffany T. Old Person on July 3, in Ronan.

She leaves behind her parents, Little Dan and Tiffany; her brother, Benjamin; sisters, Aleah Mali Rose and Aizjah; grandparents, Jr. Sherwood, Millie and Jim Schmidt, Toni Matt and Kenneth Old Person Jr.; and great grandparents, Alice Finley Old Person, Kenneth Old Person Sr., Geri Monroe, and Michael Matt; and a large loving family of aunties, nunu’s, selahs, yayas, and many cousins who will miss her with all their hearts.

A wake began Tuesday in the Longhouse with a rosary being held Wednesday. Funeral services are planned for Thursday at 11a.m. in the Longhouse with burial following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Duane Fettig
ST. IGNATIUS — Duane Fettig, 67, passed away November 24, 2013, at his home in St. Ignatius. Born August 26, 1946, to Sebastian and Ann Fettig, in Dickinson, North Dakota, and was raised in Richardton, North Dakota. After graduating high school in 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Upon discharge in 1970, Duane attended college and received a BA in Business Management. Following his college graduation, he started a business of his own as a drywall finisher and painter. Duane was extremely skillful with his work and traveled all over to complete jobs. He continued in this career until 2010, at which time he retired.

In 1994, Duane moved to Seattle, Washington, where he met the love of his life, and business partner, Mari Ulmer. Following this they relocated to Montana, and in 1997 settled into St. Ignatius to raise their daughter, Nicole.

During his years in Montana, Duane made many great friends. He loved to cook his famous ribs for them.

Duane and Mari spent many days driving in the mountains and enjoying the great outdoors. His family was very important to him, at home he loved to relax to music, or quietly enjoy a good book.

His father, Sebastian, and his mother, Ann, preceded Duane in death. He is survived by his loving partner of 20 years, Mari Ulmer; and her daughter, Nicole Callahan; his eldest sons, Sean (Carol) and Paul (Louise); all of Aberdeen, Scotland; his sons, Dolph and David, of South Dakota; his siblings, Ray (Virginia), of Richardton, North Dakota, Patricia (George), of St. Paul, Minnesota, Darlene (Don) Portschellar,

of Jonesboro, Georgia, Marianne (Tom) Voegele, of Richardton, North Dakota, Melinda (Dave) Andrews, of Seattle, Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013, 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius, where the Mission Valley Honor Guard, friends, and family will celebrate Duane’s life. In lieu of flowers, condolences and contributions to the Duane Fettig Memorial Fund can be mailed to: P.O. Box 661, St. Ignatius, MT, 59855, or brought to Silver Dollar Bar in St. Ignatius.

Rachel Caroline LaFrinire
ARLEE — Rachel Caroline LaFrinire went home to be with her family on November 16, 2013. "Caroline", as everyone knew her, was born on November 16, 1928, here in Arlee, to James Matt and Ellen LaMoose. Caroline attended school at the Ursilines when she was at a young age. Caroline then married Raymond "Freddie" Fiddler, and they made their home in Anaconda, and after a divorce, she married Leroy LaFrinire.

Caroline and Leroy lived in Arlee and then moved to San Francisco, California, where they resided for a number of years. During their stay in San Francisco, they helped raise two of her nieces, Melissa and the late Anna Beth Felsman. She loved small children and would never forget them on their birthdays or at Christmas. They later returned back home to Arlee where they resided until LeRoy's passing and until Caroline became ill.

She is preceeded in death by siblings, Issac Matt, Lloyd Matt, Clarence Matt, Victor James Matt, Roberta Grace Matt Antelope and Gladys Matt Felsman.

She is survived by her sister, Winona Matt Arlee, of Ronan, and a sister-in-law, Delma Bodine Matt, of Arlee. Caroline is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Caroline always had a smile and was always a happy lady. She worked as a waitress in many cafes and also worked in many other establishments as well. Caroline will be missed by the many who knew her. She has gone home now to be with our creator, all of her family and the many friends that she had. Good Bye Auntie.

A wake began last Wednesday at the Arlee Community Center, with Mass being recited Thursday, November 21, in the Arlee Community Center. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Theodore “Ted” Robert Ising
PABLO — Theodore “Ted” Robert Ising, 61, passed away at his home on November 9, 2013.

Born September 16, 1952, in Louisville, Kentucky, to John W. and Beverly (Knoop) Ising, he was raised in Kentucky and lived in the Louisville area until he moved to Polson, then to Pablo over ten years ago.

A kind and caring man, he worked at Wilderness Pine Cone, in Pablo, helping his close friend, Don Drowatzky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and dear friend, Faye Drowatzky. Survivors include; his brother, John W. Ising, Jr., and sister, Susan Ising DeWitt, both of Kentucky.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Kentucky’s Bluegrass Knob Cemetery, in Pablo. Foster Funeral Home and Crematory, of St. Ignatius, is assisting with arrangements.

Ernest W. "Buz" Dickson
MISSOULA — Ernest W. "Buz" Dickson, 62, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Community Health Center following complications of a stroke. Buz was born June 28, 1951, to Willard and Shirley (Pierce) Dickson in Missoula. He had two older sisters who called him “Buzzer,” which became "Buz," and stuck throughout his life.

The family moved from Missoula to Ronan when Buz was two. They moved to Superior for six years and came to settle in Polson when Buz was in 6th grade. Buz graduated from Polson High in 1969 and attended Montana State University for one year before coming back to work at Skyline Supply, the family business, with his dad, Willie, and brother-in-law, Allen Rogers.

On May 20, 1972, he married Leslee Trosper. He built their home at the age of 23 and had it done in a year and the family has called it home ever since. They had three children. He worked at Skyline Supply until 1985. He went to work at Woody’s until 2000 when it became WBC Lumber and stayed there until his retirement in August 2013.

He enjoyed all sports. He played baseball when he was younger and participated in track and basketball in high school. He played men’s league softball and enjoyed bowling. His bowling team won the State Bowling Title in 1981. Buz was an avid hunter and could tell a great “hunting camp” story. He was also a rock hound with an extensive collection of rocks from around the world.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Shirley Dickson; sister, Susan Dickson; father-in-law, Lester Trosper; and brother- in-law, Randy Trosper.

Buz is survived by his wife, Leslee; daughters, Lynda (Zane) Montgomery, of Rosebud; Lori Dickson, of Polson; son, Erik (Jessica) Dickson, of Missoula; sisters, Joyce Rogers, of Columbia Falls, and Milanna (Alan) Shear, of Bethel, Alaska; sister-in-laws, Danna (Rich) Hurtt, of Billings, and Eldeana Davis, of Billings; brothers-in-law, Brad (Marilyn) Trosper and Bart Davis; grandkids, Layne, Ailee, Colton, Jade, Madeline, and Keaghan; 11 nephews; 3 nieces; and 16 great-nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law, Alice Trosper.

Buz lived his life on his own terms and he passed on his own terms. At his request, there will be no services or funeral planned. Cremation has taken place. The family will have a celebration of his life to scatter his ashes on June 28, 2014, at The Cabin. All his friends and family are welcome to attend. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Carmela LaMere
HELENA — Carmela (Carmie) LaMere passed away on October 12, 2013. She was born on September 14, 1964, in Helena, to James LaMere and Nancy TwoTeeth LaMere. She was then adopted by Chuck and Sarah TwoTeeth, of Arlee.

She graduated from Arlee High School and then from Salish Kootenai College. She returned to Helena to raise her daughter and worked to make a life there.

She worked for the Helena Indian Alliance for many years until her battle with breast cancer. She shared her life with her significant other, Robert Williams, for many years until he fell ill. She took care of him until he moved to be with family. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by her grandchildren, who were the absolute lights of her life, Iziak, Zara, and James. She is also survived by: her father, James LaMere; parents, Chuck and Sarah TwoTeeth; sisters, Violet (Mike) Norris, Sara (Charles) LaFountaine, Gloria Tanner, Kathy McClure, Stacey TwoTeeth, and Terry TwoTeeth; brothers, William Weasleboy and Troy TwoTeeth; many well-loved nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved puppy, Chico.

She is preceded in death by: her daughter, Shyla Rae LaMere; her mother, Nancy LaMere TwoTeeth; sister, Alvina Ameline; and brothers, Curtis Alexander and Bam TwoTeeth.

A traditional wake was held at the Helena Indian Alliance gymnasium on Monday, October 14, 2013, and she was buried on Wednesday, October 16, at Resurrection Cemetery in Helena. Pallbearers were Iziak LaMere, Phillip LaMere, Darrin Ameline, Charles LaFountaine, Troy TwoTeeth and Calvin TwoTeeth. Honorary pallbearers were William Weasleboy, Kenny Norris, Brian Tanner, Duffy TwoTeeth and Mike Norris.

Rita Conway
BROWNING — Rita “M. Dolly” Conway, 72, passed quietly away at the Blackfeet Community Hospital of natural causes on October 18, 2013.

Rita, the eldest child of Andrew “Sonny Man” and Myrtle Crawford Sinclair, was born in Browning. She lived in various locations on the Blackfeet Reservation and began her education at Chief All Over School, on Blacktail Creek. She later attended the Busby Boarding School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota. Rita continued her higher education at the University of Montana and the University of Great Falls. She was studying for her teacher’s certificate.

In 1958, Rita married Frederick “Butch” Conway at St. Anne’s Parish, in Heart Butte. During their years of marriage she gave birth to three daughters and a son. In 1960, Dolly and Butch relocated to Denver, Colorado, where Butch became a certified barber.Upon returning to Browning, Rita’s main employment was that of mother and homemaker. She later was employed as a clerk at Buttreys, a teacher’s aide in the Browning School system, a secretary for the H.I.P. program, and lastly, with KIPCO Hardware as a bookkeeper.

After the death of her husband in 1991, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.She found great joy being surrounded by her 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Rita was proceeded in death by: her parents; her younger sister, Myrna Weatherwax; brother, William Sinclair; and sister, Baby Girl Sinclair.

She is survived by: her children; Carla Conway Fleury, of Hawaii, Cheryl (Robert) Wild Gun, Carol Conway and Butch Conway, all of Browning; her siblings, brother, Roger (Patti) Sinclair, of Great Falls, and sisters, Jolene (Alvin) Wippert and Diane (Joe) Bird Rattler.

Rita was devout member of the Little Flower Parish. Her wake began Sunday, October 20, at Glacier Homes Community Center with a Rosary recited on Tuesday, at the Little Flower Parish in Browning. Mass was celebrated Wednesday, followed by the Interment in the Conway Meadow Family Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

John P. Conko
ST. IGNATIUS –— “One extraordinary man.” If you asked ten different people about who John Conko was, you will get a variation of answers. He was a caring, loving, trustworthy and loyal man. He was a jack-of-all-trades, productive, conscientious, respectable and thorough. He had integrity and pride – all men looked up to him – and he would make a special effort to excel. He was never above giving someone a hard time, which was his job. He was very admirable, a great mentor and hungry for knowledge. John could be stubborn and stern, but passionate and giving. He was unique and charismatic. If you dared to bump heads with “Bad John,” you would regret the day you were born. Rain, snow, shine, sick, broken, busted up, or worn out as all hell, you couldn’t keep him down. He was always on time, so you’d better be on time or scorned! John was ornery as a young man, a renegade in his prime, but as time passed he sobered and he aged like fine wine, becoming a better man who was tolerant, understanding, compassionate and kind.

John was the “peacemaker” of the family and the glue. He was always looking out for the needs of his loved ones and putting them first. He had a sense of humor and sarcastic nature. John was at the café every morning like clockwork with the “good ol’ boys” to give and get the daily dose.

John Conko was the first born son to Bill and Louise Conko, in Ronan. Times were tough, but he was tougher. John attended the Ursuline Catholic Schools as a juvenile and graduated from Flandreau, where he received carpenter training from 1961 to 1980. John then enlisted in the U.S. Army in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 1962. John served his country in Vietnam (Airborne Division) achieving the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and receiving two badges, PRCHT and Combat Infantryman Badge. He was honorably discharged in 1968. After he was discharged, he went to Dallas to welding trade school from 1965 to 1968. After trade school, he came home to Montana to be a rancher, along with being employed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes working as a wildland recreation specialist. John also started the Iron Horse Fencing Company in 1980, with late brother, Eneas Conko.

When John was a crew boss firefighter, he met “Cowgirl” Linda Merchant, in 1983. John eventually left his job at CSKT to dedicate his time to his fencing business, farming, and ranch.

John had many loves and favorites, such as peanut butter and pancakes, strawberry rhubarb pie, fried potatoes, 1950's Rock ’n’ Roll, old westerns, the Bob Marshall Wilderness with close friends, camping with his family, hunting to provide, and working his sweat on the fence line.

John was preceded by: his mother, Louise V. Adams Conko; his father, William Conko; his sisters, Mary Christine Conko and Maggie Friedlander Conko; his brothers, Eneas Conko and Anthony Paul; his grandson, Mosey; his granddaughter, Athena; his loving friend, Gilma Bolman; along with many other loved ones.

He is survived by: best friend and sweetheart, “Cowgirl” Linda Merchant; daughters, Jessica Conko and Jennifer Merchant Read; sons, Chad Conko, T.J. Conko, Tim “Nevada” Merchant and Waco Merchant; grandchildren, Dakota, Teeka, Deon, Isaiah “Coyote,” Jonas “Deuce,” Logan “Ace,” Kendra, Kara, “Koty Bear,” Taylen, Uriah “Wolf,” Hadassah “Willow,” and Camas “Anthony”; sisters, Millie and Helen; brother, Harold; along with many nieces and nephews.

Services and military honors were held Saturday, October 12, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

Helen Edith Oak
ST. IGNATIUS — Helen Edith Oak, 94, passed October 13, 2013, in St, Ignatius.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on September 22, 1919, to William and Mary (Funkley) McBeth, she was raised in Alberta, receiving her education from Edmonton Normal School. Helen taught in many one room schools in Canada that included Barrhead, Northern Pride, Summerdale, Camp Creek and Butler, to name a few. In October of 1946, she married Helmer A. Oak and began her family in Edmonton with daughters, Alex and Bev, being born there. The family moved to Tacoma where she continued her family with her son, Don, being born in 1961, and graduated from Puget Sound University in 1967. She continued to teach and was involved with the Puyallup and Head Start Programs until she retired in 1982.

Moving to Des Moines, Washington, in the 1980’s, her husband passed in 1994. Helen moved to Montana four years ago to be closer to her children.

Survivors included her brother, William McBeth, of Ft. Saskatchewan, Canada; her children, Alex (Jack) Wright, of St. Ignatius, Beverly Bishop, of Ennis, and Don (Shirley) Oak, of Sandpoint, Idaho; and a son-in-law, Storrs Bishop, of Ennis.

No local services are planned and condolences may be left at

David Francis Old Person
ARLEE — David Francis Old Person (Tapit Plasi), 54, was born on September 16, 1959, in St. Ignatius, to Jack Bird and Eleanor Old Person, and passed away on October 9, in Arlee, due to natural causes.

David graduated from Browning High School in 1977. He was raised in the Starr School area by grandparents, George and Angeline Old Person. David worked for the public school system, both in Browning and the Arlee, as a custodian for many years.

David loved to bead clocks and other items for family and friends, and loved to share his skill with others. David also loved to be around horses. He was raised working and caring for them.

David enjoyed and loved both his Blackfeet and Salish family. He took time to visit and make every one laugh. People enjoyed having David around because he was so easy going and just loved to smile. Yes, he may have come-off as a shy cowboy, but once you got to know him, you were almost, if not guaranteed, a best friend forever. David will be, without a doubt, greatly missed. The friendship he provided was rare and precious.

David is preceded in death by: mother, Eleanor Old Person; and sisters, Laura and Annett Old Person.

David is survived by: brothers, Alfred, Carl, Wayne Bird, and Daylin Tomly; sisters, Melinda Old Person, Murlel Dusty Bull, Deanna Rutherford, Betty Ann Matt, Georgie DeRoche, and Debbie Home Gun; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lorena Nancy Sanders Lawson
ST. IGNATIUS — Lorena Nancy Sanders Lawson died Sunday, October 6, 2013. Born March 15, 1944, to Clyde and Adeline Sanders, Lorena graduated from Arlee High School and later attended the Modern Business School, as well as the University of Montana for a brief time.

In July, 1963, she married Michael Lawson and they were blessed with four daughters. Michael and Lorena divorced in 1979.

Lorena began working in February, 1975, for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a receptionist, and later advanced to the Short-term Loan Manager, Personnel Director, Internal Auditor and Contract and Grants Manager. Lorena also worked for Salish Kootenai College. In September 2012, she began retirement due to her failing health.

Lorena stated to many that her life was inspired by her daughters and grandchildren. The most important thing in her life was her family’s health, happiness and financial security. Her daughters jokingly referred to her as “Super Mom.”

Survivors include: her daughters, Monica Sue (Donald) Pierce, Pamela (Steve) McDonald, Renee (Jason) Joachim and Kimberly (Amos Colman) Lawson; sister, Virginia Hunter; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a very special companion, Ed Ivanoff.

At her request, cremation has taken place, and a private family gathering will be held.

Joseph F. Butler
DIXON — Joseph F. Butler, 76, was called home Wednesday, October 2, 2013, after a courageous fight for life, he was surrounded by his precious family. Joseph “Joe,” a proud enrolled Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal member, was born July 17, 1937, in Polson, to Joseph Butler and Mona Ashley. He was separated from his parents at a very young age and was taken in by his paternal grandparents, Francis “Frank” and Nancy Butler. His years were spent growing up around the Polson area, where he attended school until the third grade. After his grandparent’s home, he went to live with his uncle, Nick, until the age of 16. It was then he left his boyhood home to start a life of his own. He traveled to Kalispell where he gained employment with the forest service and worked as a Forest Ranger for several years.

Joe came from a large family. He was born into a family of eight children. He has three full siblings, and four half siblings, a few of which he knew very well and a few he only met a time or two. He was very close to his brother, John, and spent his life as close as he could be, always doing the best he could to watch after his little brother. His favorite pastime was teasing and joking with John, right up until his last breath. His sister, Christine “Tina,” was very close to Joe and they grew up never far from each other, and who Joe also took it upon himself to try and take care of, until she married and made a family of her own. Joe and Tina remained very close right up into her death in 2005. Tina meant the world to Joe and he missed her everyday after she passed, and would speak of her often.

Joe met Betty Lake and had a brief relationship that resulted in the birth of a daughter, Sheri. After that separation, he met and married Sybil (Hawkins) Butler and they together had five children, and where he gained his step-daughter, and who he also claimed as his own.

Joe started his life career as a certified welder where he and his family moved to San Jose, California, where he attended welding school, earning his degree in welding.

The family returned back to Dixon, where they chose as their home. This is where Joe built a shop and was self-employed in his own business as a welder/mechanic, a job that he loved and was proud of. This is where he built many friendships working on cars, and then got into helping everyone that asked him for help with “demo derby” cars. A passion he had up until the time of his death. This is also when he began his 30 year employment as a “woods worker,” cutting post and poles, cord wood, and Christmas trees. He purchased a Caterpillar (CAT) and post peeler for equipment used to support his family. He loved the mountains and spent most of his time there working, or doing what he loved: hunting, fishing, and camping. As Joe grew older, and time spent in the mountains grew few, he talked fondly reminiscing of his life he spent in the mountains doing what he loved. After the harvesting of post and poles was stopped he applied at Salish Kootenai Housing Authority as a ground keeper, and then shortly after, he was promoted to “Foreman” and was the supervisor of his own small crew. He was very proud of this achievement, and this is also where he built his “work family” and spent 13 years building many friendships. Working in the outdoors doing the things he loved. Joe always had a smile on his face for everyone. He was a very hard worker with this job and with every job he has ever had. He put his heart into everything he did and this made him proud.

At 65, Joe was forced into retirement for health reasons. He never stopped talking about wishing he could still work, he missed working more then anything and it gave him peace in his heart. Joe was a family man from the beginning and was the proudest father after the birth of his first daughter, Pamela, with his then wife, Sybil. He would hold her for hours from the time she was born and would marvel in her beauty. Shortly thereafter, he and Sybil gave birth to the remainder of the children, who he loved more then life: four children: Jody, Juanita, Leslie, and Crystal. He loved being “Dad” more then anything, and grew close relationships with each of his children; he was always present in their lives and built a lifetime of precious memories.

In 1982 came the birth of three of his 46 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From the first moment he became “Papa” he devoted his heart to each and every one of his grandkids. They all became the loves of his life. His own children and his grandchildren are the legacy of his unconditional love, and he made sure they knew he loved them with all his heart. From the very first child, to his very last, many of whom he helped to raise, right up to the day he went into the hospital, with his “special” boy, Dailon. He had patience, loved joking, humor, laughter, and his ever ending smile for all of them. He married into a very large family and as a result he became “Uncle Joe” to many nieces and nephews, and also a brother-in-law. He spent a lot of time with all of these people as well and developed a close relationship and friendship with all of them.

Joe loved camping, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries, BBQ’s, and family get-togethers. He always loved to eat. He very much enjoyed being together with family and friends, just sitting back, relaxing and visiting.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Christine; his first granddaughter, Camron; and infant great-granddaughter, Adileah.

He is survived by a large family, some of which he knew well, few of which only knew he was their brother. John (Karen) Butler, of Arlee; Tom (Susan) Antiste, of Elmo; Geraldine “Jeri” Butler, of Washington, and Sheila Maloy, Judith Maloy, Patrick Maloy, Jr. (of which he knew of, but never really knew).

He also leaves behind daughters: Pamela Butler, of Dixon, Jody Butler, of Polson, Juanita Butler, of Missoula, Crystal (Alex) Butler-Metcalf, of Dixon, and his son; Leslie “Les” (Tory) Butler, also of Dixon. Shelly (Shane) Hendrickson, of Arlee; 46 grand- and great-grandchildren (too numerous to mention by name); and he was also “Papa” to many other friends and spouses of his grandkids.

Joe spent the last month of his life confined to the hospital. Not one moment passed by that his beloved family was not by his side. He fought courageously for life, but in the end he told all of us, “I’m tired and I’m ready to go home.” Every single day he would tell each of us how much he loved us and that his life with us had been filled with love and happiness. With his last breath he whispered, "I love all of you (my children and my grandkids) with all my heart, never forget that. Don’t cry for me, I am not afraid to die.”

Dad was baptized Catholic at birth, but later in life he chose Christianity and asked the Lord Jesus into his life. He knew Jesus as his savior, and as he left this world to the Kingdom of Heaven, his soul was at peace.

A traditional wake services began Friday in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, prayer service for the family and friends, as well as story sharing, continued through Saturday. On Sunday, funeral services will be held at the Longhouse where he wasbe given his final prayers by Pastor Lee Wraith. He was cremated and his ashes will be spread at the location he has chosen at a later date.

Yvonne Josephine “Lorraine” Bucher
BOZEMAN — Yvonne Josephine “Lorraine” Bucher was born on March 24, 1930, to Sidney and Edna Clairmont Shourds. She was a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Lorraine graduated from Ronan High School in 1948, and later attended nursing training at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Lewistown, where she met Paul Bucher and was married on Halloween in 1949. She never knew if she tricked him or treated him. They started their lives together in the Lewistown area and later moved to Geraldine, where Paul bought a butcher and locker plant. They lived there for 16 years before they left to the Seattle area for better opportunities for their three boys. She started working in a convalescent home and realized she should get her Registered Nurse License, so she when back to school. When she retired they moved back to Montana they picked Bozeman to live, as two of her sons were already there, as well as Paul’s brother and sister-in-law. She and Paul went on many trips with the Senior Center, she volunteered along with her sister-in-law at Bozeman Deaconess for many years before her COPD caught up will her. In 2012 they moved into Highgate Senior Living, as homeownership was becoming too hard to deal with. She played card games, which she had enjoyed all of her life, even until the last night she was asked if she wanted to play, and she responded "Yes." In her last year, there was talk of who was going to go first, Lorraine or Paul. As in cards, she got the last trick. Paul and Lorraine would have been married 63 years on Halloween. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her siblings: Theresa Morigeau, Cheryl (Buck) Cheff, Nathan (Wanda) Shourds, Karen (Mick) Cheff, Rhonda Jean, Lori (Alan) Grenier, Phil (Kendra) Shourds and Alvina (Cliff) Teigen; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sons, Michael (Jeanne), Patrick and Fred (Marge); as well as eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss the quiet, caring, fun woman she was with all of us.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; step-mom, Rose Shourds; and brothers, Chester Shourds and Sid Shourds, Jr.

Thomas Joseph Parizeau
ANACONDA — Thomas Joseph Parizeau was born in St. Ignatius on June 10, 1954 to Fredrick Parizeau and Delma Bourdon Parizeau. He joined his Lord and family on Sept. 12, 2013.

Tom resided most of his life in Anaconda with his family and later with his step father, Charles Britten. He worked on the smelter for a short time, but the joy of his days was being a swamper and worker at Thompson’s Bar. He spent many hours with his close friends having pop or coffee for 27 years. He really enjoyed working very close friends Duane and MaryAnn Brugman, and all his workers. He really enjoyed his walks around town stopping and visiting with people. He loved being out in the air.

Thomas was survived by sisters, Virginia Rogers and Angela (May) Anderson; nephew. Steven Sandstrom;and great-nephew, Iolaus Sandstrom; niece, Ursula Parizeau Otonicar (Ken), 1 great nephew and 3 great nieces, Sadie Sandstrom, with four great nephews, and Rose Sandstrom.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-dad, sister, Rose Roman, brother, Fred Parizeau and numerous family he spent time with from where was born. Everywhere he went he brought smiles to his friends.

A visitation was at the Foster Funeral Chapel in St. Ignatius, and continued on Thursday at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Anaconda, with a vigil service held Thursday evening. A family service was held Saturday, September 21 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where he will be laid to rest by his mother. Condolences may be left at

Thomas Joseph Parizeau
MISSOULA -— Myrna began her own obituary, and I, Irene Lake, am compelled to publish her words and add the facts as I know them.

Myrna passed away on July 9, 2013 in Missoula. She was born in Hot Springs on January 14, 1961. Her father was James Powell, and her mother was Susan Hewankorn.

In her childhood, Myrna lived in many foster homes throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. At the age of 7, she was truly blessed to be placed with a family in St. Regis, where she spent her life until age 16. Mr. and Mrs. Simpkins loved her as their own and taught her many lessons. They became forever her “Mom and Dad.” She was very happy to find a place where she belonged.

As a little girl she always knew she was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and felt like she belonged on the Flathead Reservation. At age 16, she decided it was time to find her place among her tribal people. She occasionally visited other places for short periods of time, but always returned to her “home on the rez.” She said, “If you ever tried to get to know me, you would know I am not the hard-hearted individual I am made out to be.”

Myrna had two sons, Raymond and Antony, who were the joys of her life. When she moved to Great Falls, she added Kyle Donne as her adopted son. Myrna was a kind person who befriended many people. Although her life was hard, she always had a smile and a kind word for her friends. She loved camping, fishing and was happiest when up in the woods where she felt free. She was thankful for all the people who loved her and treated her well.

Myrna was a hard worker and had many jobs thoughout her years. She loved to work, but health issues made it impossible for her in her last years. She was a collecter of many things, but she loved her clown collection the most of all. She especially loved her nieces and nephews, especially Harlan, Frieda, Trisha, Jocelyn, Deidre and Mari.

Myrna was preceded in death by her father and mother; her sons, Anthony and Kyle; and her niece, Anne Raye, who she loved like a daughter. Sadly, she was preceded in death by so many people she loved; she always grieved for her relatives and friends who went before her. She often remembered her good times with them and laughed about their crazy adventures.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Eugene Powell, of Oregon; and a granddaughter in Washington.

Service was held on July 13, 2013 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with her dearest friends present. Myrna was cremated as she requested, and a memorial and giveaway will be held in her honor next summer.

James Lee Last Star
BROWNING — James Lee Last Star, 57, “Jim Guy,” went to be with the Creator on September 10, 2013 in Missoula.

A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, he was born in Browning on March 6, 1956 to Calvin and Mary (Many Hides – Blood) LastStar. Following his graduation from high school in Conrad, he attended the College of Great Falls and worked in the construction industry. But Jim Guy was a traveler at heart and made his home throughout the state and had many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Mary; grandparents, Theodore and Emma Last Star, and Francis Many Hides and Emma Blood, and sister, Melinda.

Survivors include brothers and sisters, Lolita, Marshalene, Calvin, Jr., Gerald, Brian and Virgil; and a large extended family.

A wake began on Thursday, September 12 at the Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning, with the rosary being recited on Friday evening at 7 pm. Funeral services were at Little Flower Catholic Church on Saturday, with burial following in the Last Star – Old Methodist Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Wilma Jean “Beana” Burke
PABLO — On September 2, 2013 Wilma Jean “Beana” Burke passed away at her home in Pablo. Beana died on the day of her older sister Glenda’s funeral. Some say she died from a broken heart, as her big sister was everything to her…hero, mentor and protector. It was usual for Beana to follow Glenda’s lead. We affectionately called them the "Baldwin Sisters." Even though we are so sad to see Beana go, we are comforted to know that our two sisters are together again.

Beana was born on June 6, 1962 in Hot Springs to Dennis Burke and Louise Caye. She was the youngest sister born into a large family. Maybe that is why taking care of people was Beana’s calling. She was most happy when she was helping family or friends in need. These were the times she felt pride in herself and when she seemed the most confident in herself.

At one time, Beana was employed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a caregiver, then as a cook for the Elmo Senior Citizens. Like her sister Glenda, she moved to Akutan, Alaska, where she found work as a cook at a local café. She loved her time on the Aleutian Islands where she made life-time friends. She returned home to the Flathead Reservation, but Alaska called her again and she was happy to explore Juneau where she was employed as a processor at a fish cannery.

On June 7, 1981 Beana gave birth to a daughter who she gave to the child’s paternal aunt and husband to adopt. Beana simply wanted the best for her baby and she was confident that Leslie Kallowat and Orsino Walker would provide for the baby’s every need. She was able to enjoy a lasting relationship with her daughter and then with her two grandchildren. She was so proud of them all.

Beana was preceded in death by her parents, her brother William, and her sister Glenda. She is survived by her daughter, Shavonne Walker; grandchildren, Ana Michel and Uriah Michel, Jr., of Elmo; brothers, Clifford (Shannon), of Ronan, Francis (Bonnie), of Pablo, Mike (Geraldine), of Polson, Marlin (Tracy), of Big Arm, Tyrone (Gail), of Ronan, Reuben (Nyia), of Dayton, and Leonard “Whiskey Joe,” of Omak, Washington; sisters, Clarissa, of Elmo, Clarinda, of Big Arm, and Marcella, of Polson; uncle, William “Butch” Burke, of Nespelem, Washington; aunties, Carol and Cookie, of Omak, Washington, Lucy Caye, of Elmo, and Aggie Caye, of Polson; as well as several cousins from Montana and Washington.

Rosary was recited Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Community Center. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Elmo. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Alvin James Caye
POLSON — Alvin James Caye, 56, passed away August 19, 2013 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Alvin was born on January 8, 1957 to Abraham and Agnes Couture Caye.

Alvin accomplished many things during his life while working and attending college. He attended both Salish Kootenai College and the College of Great Falls, where he learned the carpentry skills he continued to use as a building maintenance technician at the smoke jumper center in Missoula. Alvin also worked at the Great Falls chemical dependency center.

Alvin loved landscaping in his spare time and spending time with his children and friends.

Alvin is preceded in death by his father, Abraham Caye; brother, Arnold Caye; a sister, June Caye; and a son, Kenneth Caye.

Alvin is survived by his sisters, Barbara Caye (Pablo), Delores Caye (Omak, Washington), and Iris Caye (Polson); brother, Abraham Caye, Jr. (Seattle Washington); and children, Alvin Caye, Jr., Anthony Caye, Jennifer Bruggerman, Chanel Two Teeth, Angelina Caye, Robert Stokes, and Adrian Netterburg. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at

Evelyn 'Gail' Emery
POLSON — Evelyn 'Gail' Emery, a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, went to be with her Lord on Friday, August 16, 2013. She will be deeply missed as she was our rock and foundation of the Emery and Roullier families.

Gail was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, an avid hunter, and an accomplished artist.

She leaves behind her husband of 44 years, Larry Emery; her daughters, Libi (Joel) Johnson, and Shawna (Jesse) Croft; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Katie. She is also survived by her mother, Helen Roullier; brothers, Steve, and Dan (Marlene) Roullier; her sisters, Kathleen Roullier, Rosemary (Dick) Abromeit and Roberta Roullier (T.J.) Haynes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her father, Alfred Roullier; and her brother, Fred Roullier.

As per Gail’s request, a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Messages of condolences may be shared with the family at Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements for the family.

Glenda Marie Burke
HOT SPRINGS — Glenda Marie Burke passed away on August 29, 2013 in Hot Springs. Our “GaGa” was born on November 23, 1955 to Dennis Burke and Louise Caye in Republic, Washington. GaGa was born into a large family and, early on, she became her mom’s good helper. GaGa was raised in the Elmo area, surrounded by her extended maternal family, the Cayes and the Aulds. She was also raised in Nespelem, Washington, where she bonded with her paternal family, the Burkes, Swans and Falcons.

Even though GaGa never had any children of her own, she was ever present in the lives of every one of her many nieces and nephews. Additionally, she cared for many other children in every community she ever lived in. She leaves behind many people who were graced by her presence on this earth. We will be eternally grateful for all she did for us and our children.

In1982, GaGa went on the adventure of her life when she moved to Akutan, Alaska, to work for the Trident Seafood Company. She remained in Akutan for several years before moving back to Montana.

GaGa loved to cook and she loved to feed people. We’re worried for the folks in Hot Springs now that she has passed on, wondering who will be feeding the many she cooked for there. GaGa had a big heart for a lot of people, young and old. She loved to smile and laugh and people around her responded to her love of life.

GaGa was an accomplished pool player, the top in her league many a time. And she loved to play softball.

GaGa was preceded in death by her parents and a baby brother, William. She is survived by her brothers: Clifford (Shannon), of Ronan, Francis (Bonnie), of Pablo, Mike (Geraldine), of Polson, Marlin (Tracy), of Big Arm, Tyrone (Gail), of Ronan, Reuben (Nyia), of Dayton, and Leonard “Whiskey Joe”, of Omak, Washington; and sisters: Clarissa, Clarinda, Marcella and Wilma “Beana.” She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews; her goddaughter, Kiowa Incashola, of Elmo; her uncle, William “Butch” Burke (Dorothy), of Nespelem; aunties: Carol and Cookie, of Omak,Washington, Lucy Caye, of Elmo, Aggie Caye, of Polson, and her many cousins and friends from far and wide.

Rosary was recited Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Community Center. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 2, in Elmo. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery. Grogan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Evelyn “Gail” Emery
POLSON — Gail, a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother went to be with her Lord on August 16, 2013. She will be deeply missed as she was our rock and foundation of the Emery and Roullier families.

Gail was born March 6, 1947 and was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, an avid hunter, and an accomplished artist.

She leaves behind her husband of 44 years, Larry; her daughters, Libi (Joel) Johnson, and Shawna (Jesse) Croft; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Katie.

She is also survived by her mother, Helen Roullier; brothers, Steve, and Dan (Marlene) Roullier; her sisters, Kathleen Roullier, Rosemary (Dick) Abromeit and Roberta Roullier (T.J.) Haynes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Evelyn is preceded in death by her father, Alfred Roullier; and her brother, Fred Roullier.

As per Gail’s request, a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Messages of condolences can be shared at: Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements for the family.

Vernon James Fisher, Jr.
RONAN — Vernon “Toby” James Fisher, Jr., 25, went to be with the ancestors on August 18, 2013.

Toby was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was born to Sherri LaRance and Vern Fisher on September 17, 1987 in Missoula.

Raised in Ronan and Arlee, he was the youngest of three children and will always be the family’s teddy bear no matter how grown up he became.

Toby enjoyed playing pool and poker and the outdoors. He also enjoyed bbq’s and hanging with his Bro’s and family.

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Nathan Fisher; and his grandparents, Clara V. Fisher and Ray Fisher Sr.

He leaves behind his parents, Sherri (Tim Schnell) LaRance and Vern (Karen) Fisher; his grandparents, Charles and Karen LaRance; his siblings, Alicia, Richard, Jasmine, Josh, David, Michael, and Matthew; and numerous aunties, uncles, and cousins, including Tiffany and Brittany Fisher, who were very close to him.

A wake began Monday, August 19 at the Longhouse with the Rosary recited on Tuesday. Wake closing was Wednesday in the Longhouse, with Mass celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Shaylene Deon Haynes
ARLEE — Shaylene Deon Haynes, 22, began her journey home Thursday evening.

Shaylene was born March 18, 1991 in Missoula and was a lifelong Arlee resident, graduating from Arlee High School in 2009. With her beautiful smile and bubbling personality, she worked at KwaTaqNuk and was in their recent commercial.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, David “Tapit” Haynes. Shaylene is survived locally by her Yaya, Sophie Haynes; her parents, Sharon Haynes (Woody Arthur), and Jimmy Wilson; her siblings, Chasity, Cody (Hope), P.J., Sam, Deon, Jason, and Janae; sisters, Sheldon Haynes and Shelby Arca; brother, Cloudy Haynes; family friend and uncle, Tristan Warrior, of North Dakota; family friend and auntie, Ashley Brennan, of Idaho; aunts and uncles, Betty Pratt, Tom (Gloria) Haynes, Fred Haynes, Erma Haynes, Phyllis (Ralph Foster) Haynes, Mona Haynes and Steve Arca; her best friends, Kyani Murphy, Richard Pierre, Crystal LittleCrow and Courtney Morales; and from Arizona, her grandparents, Paul and Rose M. Wilson; aunties, Roseline John, Lena Adson, and Marie Howard; cousins Amanda John, Michelle Adson and Emily Wilson; great-aunt Norma Bates McCrea; and great-uncle Francis Cullooyah, both of Washington; as well as numerous cousins from all over.

A traditional wake began Sunday at the Arlee Community Center, where the Rosary was recited Monday evening. Mass was celebrated Tuesday at the Arlee Community Center, burial followed in the family cemetery.

Jane L. Vannoy Fry
RONAN – Jane L. Vannoy Fry, 89, passed away at St. Lukes Extended Care on July 27, 2013 with family by her side.

She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on August 17, 1923 to Alice and Ben Vannoy. She was raised on the family farm and received her grade school education in a one-room country school until the 7th grade. She then graduated from 8th grade and high school in Clearmont, Wyoming, in 1940.

Jane married Merle Tackitt in Kellogg, Idaho, in 1942, and to this union five children were born. In 1950, the family moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, then in 1960 they moved to Charlo. Eventually she and Merle divorced and she moved to Missoula, re-marrying to Norman Fry in 1964. He passed away in 1993, and since that time she has lived in Evaro and Ronan.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jay Dee Tackitt; her first husband, Merle Tackitt; seven sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by three sons, Merle (Amy) Tackitt, of Wheatland, Wyoming, Jerry (Joyce) Tackitt, of Stevensville, and Mahlon (Jerill) Tackitt, of Polson; her daughter, Mavis (Ken) Caffrey, of Polson; sister, Mae Louckett, of California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned. Condolences may be left at

Lois Amelia Adams Smith
ST. IGNATIUS — Lois Amelia Adams Smith was born November1,1959 in Mission to Lawrence and Adele Adams. She went home on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. She was the youngest of five children, but had an older half-brother.

Lois attended Camas Prairie Elementary School, Hot Springs Elementary, Hot Springs High School and Worley High School. It was at Worley High School where she met and married her husband of 36 years, Stephen Smith. They had one child, Adam Smith, and she became a step-mother to Stephen Smith Jr., Raymond Smith and Angela Smith.

Before she passed, she had gone to Worley, Idaho, to be close to her mother, due to her older brother having passed.

Lois had always been a hard worker and has worked at Tribal Forestry. She loved to hunt, fish, and ride horses. Her passion for her little dogs is unmatched. She loved them very much. She was always rescuing dogs and caring for them.

Preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Adams, Sr.; her older brother, Lawrence Adams; her step-father, Bill Meshell; half-brother, Isaak Adams; nephew, Michael White; aunties and uncles from his dad’s side, Dorothy, Christine, Sugar, Jack, Alex, and Bob; grandparents, John and Mary Ellen Adams; aunties and uncles from his mom’s side, John Paul, Jr., Carol, Cady, Josephine, and Mose Paul; grandparents, John Peter and Agnes Paul; and great-grandparent, Clarice Paul.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Smith; mother, Adele; her son, Adam (Linda) Smith; step-children, Stephen (Marian) Smith, Jr., Raymond and Angela; grandchildren, Alexander and Amanda Pearson, Travern, Madison, Telese, Haven, Moses, AJ, Cenoah, Tiffany and Jessica Smith; great-grandchildren, Kalynn and Wyatt Miljies, and Belladonna Sluder; sisters and brothers, Mary (Nelson), Bob, and Tony (Debby); uncle, Phillip (Debbie); aunt, Nancy (Leon); aunt, Cecile; niece, Carletta (kids); her many nieces and nephews; and all her friends at Tribal Forestry.

Michael Woods
HOT SPRINGS — Michael “Woody" Woods, 54, died July 11, 2013 at home. He was battling cancer for the last year, and now, he doesn't have to fight any more.

He was born in Renton, Washington, on August 15, 1958. Mike and his parents moved to Hot Springs in 1971. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and attended Northern College in Havre. He received a degree in Auto Repair and Auto Mechanics. In 1987, he started his own private business, Woody's Mechanic Shop, right out of his own garage after working for many years with his father, Bob, and the Exxon. He spent every waking moment in that shop, if not fixing cars, he was adding on to the building. He put a lot of heart and soul into his business, only to have to let it go.

Dad wasn't always about work, though. He loved to go to eastern Montana to hunt, fish and camp. He especially loved his trips to Alaska and to Vegas. His BIGGEST love was NASCAR racing. He never missed a race that was televised. He went to the races in Vegas every year, to Daytona and many more all over.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Ernest and Eleanor Wood, and Zelmar and Alta Martin.

He is survived by his son Bobby Woods (Shade); two daughters, Crystal and Michelle Woods; parents, Bob and Jeannine Woods; sister, Janet Bras; brother, Randy Woods; numerous grandchildren (whom love him very much); and all the aunts, uncles and great friends he had.

He is in a better place now and he no longer hurting or suffering. God had different plans for our dad, so if you all would like to join use to celebrate his life and say your good-byes, the services will held at Hot Springs Presbyterian Church Saturday, July 27, at 2:00p.m. Burial will follow at the Lonepine Cemetery, with a dinner to following at the Lonepine Hall.

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Michael Daniel Alire
ST. IGNATIUS — On July 10, 2013, our beloved Michael Daniel “Hunter” Alire went to be with our loving lord, Jesus Christ.

Daniel was born in Monte Vista, Colorado, to Caroline and Roy Alire on January 9, 1948.

Daniel moved to Oregon where he worked in the mills. It was in Oregon where he met his soul mate and married, Jori Hunter. They married in 2007. In 2010, they moved to St. Ignatius.

He loved the outdoors and was always taking his kids fishing, camping, hunting… anything that would let him be outside. He also enjoyed taking road trips. One of his favorite spots was by the Bison Range, where he would sit and watch the elk and buffalo. Dan was blessed with a green thumb and loved to cook for others. He was a believer in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Daniel was preceded in death by his mom, Caroline; dad, Ray; brother, Claude; and grandson, Josiah.

He is survived by his wife, Jori Hunter Alire; his sisters, Norma Ball and Vita Vijil; his brothers, Tito, Markie, and Robert Joseph (Alire); his children, Caleb, Mike, Travis (Allie), Danny (Cindy), Rodney (Mervella), Josh (Crystal), Carlos, “Buddy”, Lisa, Becka, Kayla, Renee, Angelique, Tana, Cecily, Andrea and Chloe; dad, Kenny (Susie) Hunter; and mom; Anita (Shorty) Matt, brother-in-laws, Lakota and Michael; sister-in-law, Brittney (Elli); and many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He also has 23 grandkids and three great-grandkids.

Services were held Tuesday, July 16 at the Missionary Alliance Church in St. Ignatius. Interment was in Snyelmn Sntmtmne. Condolences may be left at

Lawrence Pierre Adams
Lawrence Pierre Adams was born March 1, 1955, in Mission to Lawrence and Adele Adams. He went home on Saturday June 22, 2013. He was the oldest of five children, but had an older half brother. He lived a traditional life and was a fluent Salish Speaker.

Lawrence attended Camas Prairie Elementary School, Hot Springs Elementary and Hot Springs High School.

He was proud of his nieces and nephews and loved his family.

In his early years, he worked at Lake Potato Farm, BIA Foretsry, Couer D’ Alene Tribe and Couer D’Alene Casino. In his last years, he was unable to work due to his health problems. But it did not stop him from being an avid auto mechanic. He was a member of the Adams Demolition Derby Team, which included his brother, Tony, Sr.; and nephews, John, Tony, Jr., and Jerry Johnson; and Pitman, Randy Blixt.

Lawrence enjoyed conversations with his nephew, John; they would talk for hours and hours about cars and life.

Preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Adams, Sr.; his stepfather, Bill Meshell; half-brother, Isaak Adams; nephew, Michael White; aunties and uncles from his dad’s side, Dorothy, Christine, Sugar, Jack, Alex, and Bob; and grandparents, John and Mary Ellen Adams. Aunties and uncles from his mom’s side, John Paul, Jr., Carol, Cady, Josephine, and Mose Paul; grandparents, John Peter and Agnes Paul; and great-grandparent, Clarice Paul.

Surviviors include his mother, Adele; sisters and brothers, Mary (Nelson), Lois (Steve), Bob, Tony (Debby), Uncle Phillip (Debbie), Aunt Nancy (Leon), and Aunt Cecile; niece, Carletta (kids); his many nieces and nephews; and the Demolition Derby Team Members.

A wake will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, with Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. that evening. Wake closing will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, with Mass following at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Mission. Interment will follow in Snylemn Sntmtmne. Condolences may be left at

James W. Fisher
ARLEE — James W. Fisher, our beloved father, brother, uncle, and grandfather began his journey home on Saturday June 29, 2013, on his 75th birthday.

He was born June 29, 1938 in Valley Creek to Beatrice and Felix Fisher. James was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe. Before moving to Arlee, he lived and worked in Hamilton, where he had the first racing stripe on a car.

Hamilton was also where he met the love of his life, Violet Joyce Redhorn. Together they had five children. After serving in the Army where he was a MP, he came home and went to work at the sawmill in Darby, then worked at Alpine Log Homes in Victor, where his personal best was peeling 1000 feet in a day!

Upon selling their house in Hamilton, James and Joyce bought a school bus, which was converted into a home, and they did some traveling around Montana and Canada, seeing many awesome sites before settling in Arlee for the past 34 years.

He was a good hunter and for many years, he was up early heading into the woods and bringing back a deer to make dry meat. He always provided for the family. He was a self-taught mechanic, always keeping the family vehicles running good. He was self-employed in post and poles, Christmas trees and wood cutting.

He enjoyed traveling with his family and dancing at powwows. He was an avid stickgame player and enjoyed seeing and visiting with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Joyce Redhorn; daughter, Jamie Lynn “Buzzy” Fisher; brothers, Raymond Fisher and LeRoy Fisher; and brother-in-law, Dean Spletztoser.

Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Spletztoser; brother, Felix Fisher, Jr.; daughters, Victoria B. Fisher, of Pablo, and Karol J. Fisher, of Polson; sons, Steven M. Fisher, of Arlee, and James W. (Wanda) Fisher, Jr., of Ronan; grandchildren Josh, Rita, Jeneca, Jolynn, Karissa, Savannah, Chino, Taz, Alan and Donny Prindel, Bambi Mitchell, Melvin “Champ” Fisher, and Jisah Plante; his great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well numerous others whom he called family.

A wake began Monday in the Arlee Community Center, with the Rosary being recited on Tuesday at the Center. Mass was recited Wednesday in the Center, followed with Military honors being presented at the Jocko Cemetery.

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Mary Jean "Bugs" Decker
ST. IGNATIUS — Mary Jean "Bugs" Decker was the youngest daughter born to Fred H. and Eileen S. Decker on September 1, 1960 in Ronan. She passed away on June 17, 2013, in St. Ignatius. She leaves behind her daily struggle to keep a free and clear mind affected by an illness controlled only by medications.

She attended the Ursaline Elementary School in St. Ignatius, the Ronan Public Schools and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska in 1978. She participated in the foreign exchange student program at Juneau Douglas High School and traveled from Alaska to England, coming back with many interesting stories. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art, studying Photography after her graduation. Subsequently, she attended Salish Kootenai College and the University of Montana.

Mary was an avid photographer and enjoyed taking pictures of family, friends and scenery.Especially enjoying the scenery of the Mission Mountains from the time she was very young. The Mission Mountains and her grandchildren were some of her favorite subjects to photograph. She shared her love of the mountains with her grandchildren, taking them on numerous picnics to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. She was very kind to all animals and took in many stray cats and dogs. She loved all of her family very much and showed it every day.

Mary had a variety of work experiences. She worked as a Claims Clerk for Tribal Health, Pizza Cook at Allards’ General Store, Personal Care Attendant for Closer to Home, and had her own internet business, Rainbow Gifts Galore.

Mary Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Fred H. Decker and Eileen Swaney Decker.

Mary Jean is survived by her daughters, Victoria Decker-Butler (Les), of Dixon, and Pauline Never Miss a Shot, St. Ignatius; her grandchildren, Alejandra, Ezeckial, Robert and Caramia; brother, Daniel Decker; sister, Denise Morigeau (Gary), of St. Ignatius; and her nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Doug Swaney, Lawrence Swaney, Josh Decker, Shawn Decker, Dan Decker, Wyatt Decker, Rick Steele, Bill Steele, Francis Lozeau Steele and Francis McDonald, Jr.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Steven’s residence. Burial followed at the Decker Family Cemetery. A dinner was held in Mary Jean’s honor at the Steven’s residence after the interment. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Agnes “Babe” Schneider King
Agnes “Babe” Schneider King, 99, left her family June 30, 2013 after a long and eventful life.

She was the baby sister born to George and Anna Ida Schneider on April 24, 1914 in Helena Montana. Her family owned and operated Haps Bar and Capital City Bowling Alley in Helena for many years. On December 24, 1934 she married Earl Willis King. They moved to Portland, Oregon, to help with the war effort for two years, and then moved to their final home in St. Ignatius to raise their three children. She lost her husband, Earl, on April 1, 1963. She is best known for her work at the old and new St. Ignatius Hospital. She worked the floor and emergency room for 28 years as a Nurses’ Assistant. She delivered two of her grandchildren there. She worked with the Election Board and Catholic Ladies Guild for many years, and her Ladies Bridge Club got together for too many years to remember. Her favorite place to “get away” was her cabin on the Little Thompson River that her son Russell built in 1972. She and the “old crow” crew spent many days visiting, playing cribbage or playing any number of card games. Her daughter Meralise and family lived just down the road from her until she had to sell it in 1986, after too many years on her feet. Her back and hip were giving her too many problems to continue the trip to Plains. Her family will remember their grandma "Babe" as the brassiest card playing grandma around.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond Schneider, and his wife Susie, and George Schneider, and his wife Doris; her grandson, John Michael King; and her son-in-law, George Nass.

She is survived by her two daughters, Meralise Nass, of Plains, Clione (Louie) Blood, of St. Ignatius; son, Russell (Trina) King, of Ronan; six grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and six great great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Hillside Manor for her excellent care.

Rosary service will be Friday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home. Her funeral mass will take place Saturday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Ignatius Mission. Inurnment will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery. A lunch reception will follow in the basement of the St. Ignatius Mission. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the St. Ignatius Mission Restoration.

Lawrence Pierre Adams
Lawrence Pierre Adams was born March 1, 1955, in Mission to Lawrence and Adele Adams. He went home on Saturday June 22, 2013. He was the oldest of five children, but had an older half brother. He lived a traditional life and was a fluent Salish Speaker.

Lawrence attended Camas Prairie Elementary School, Hot Springs Elementary and Hot Springs High School.

He was proud of his nieces and nephews and loved his family.

In his early years, he worked at Lake Potato Farm, BIA Foretsry, Couer D’ Alene Tribe and Couer D’Alene Casino. In his last years, he was unable to work due to his health problems. But it did not stop him from being an avid auto mechanic. He was a member of the Adams Demolition Derby Team, which included his brother, Tony, Sr.; and nephews, John, Tony, Jr., and Jerry Johnson; and Pitman, Randy Blixt.

Lawrence enjoyed conversations with his nephew, John; they would talk for hours and hours about cars and life.

Preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Adams, Sr.; his stepfather, Bill Meshell; half-brother, Isaak Adams; nephew, Michael White; aunties and uncles from his dad’s side, Dorothy, Christine, Sugar, Jack, Alex, and Bob; and grandparents, John and Mary Ellen Adams. Aunties and uncles from his mom’s side, John Paul, Jr., Carol, Cady, Josephine, and Mose Paul; grandparents, John Peter and Agnes Paul; and great-grandparent, Clarice Paul.

Surviviors include his mother, Adele; sisters and brothers, Mary (Nelson), Lois (Steve), Bob, Tony (Debby), Uncle Phillip (Debbie), Aunt Nancy (Leon), and Aunt Cecile; niece, Carletta (kids); his many nieces and nephews; and the Demolition Derby Team Members.

A wake will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, with Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. that evening. Wake closing will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, with Mass following at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Mission. Interment will follow in Snylemn Sntmtmne. Condolences may be left at

Sherry (Barber) Saddler
Sherry (Barber) Saddler passed away on June 21, 2013. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from the Flathead Reservation in Montana. She was born in 1937 in St. Ignatius, Montana, to the late Ruby McLeod and Emmanuel Barber. The second of eight siblings (Dick, Jim, Bea, Pat, Scott, Sam and Tom), she grew up in Ronan Montana.

She worked for several years as a Mental Health Specialist for the Lummi, Swinomish and Upper Skagit Tribes of Washington State, and has been employed in Native Human Services Programs for nearly thirty years. Her Native healing path has taken her on many journeys throughout Indian Country in Missoula, Montana, and the Flathead Reservation as a Head Start Parent Involvement Specialist, Community Development Project Director, Native Narcotic Treatment Program Director, Missoula Indian Center Director, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and Mental Health provider, consultant and trainer. Sherry’s focus has always been working toward identifying strengths and resiliency factors in Native families and individuals. Her work with survivors of sexual abuse, families in pain and family violence is characterized by a deep psychological meaning based on the belief in wholeness and interconnectedness of life. Through her work, Sherry provided many healing words to the communities.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Saddler, of Pablo, and eight children; Kathy (Lynn) Olsen, of Charlo, Roxy (Dan) Guenzler, of Arlington, Washington, Patti Hibbeler, of Phoenix, Arizona, Traci (Jim) Dalton, of Missoula, Shawn Saddler, of Rocky Boy, Shane (Luanda) Saddler, of Rocky Boy, Jeremy Saddler, of Rocky Boy, and Tosawi (Alecia) Saddler, of Mcloud, Oklahoma. She is loved dearly by 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Arlee Senior Citizens Center in Arlee. Interment was in the Jocko Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Eagle Bank Polson, Montana, on behalf of Sherry Saddler. All donations will be given to local charities in Sherry’s name. Condolences may be left at

Paul Morigeau, Jr.
SPOKANE — Paul was born April 20, 1934 in St. Ignatius to Paul, Sr., and Merle (Wilcox) Morigeau. He passed peacefully at home May 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in January 1953, and spent his time as a special hand-picked marine, stationed aboard the USS Curtiss AV-4, providing security for H-Bomb testing in Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in 1954. He was in Operation Castle, which included three of the largest H-Bombs detonated. When he was released from active duty he enrolled at Eastern Washington University, where he graduated as one of the top ten seniors and was elected class president in 1959. After graduating college, his love of the corps, called him back. He was sent to Quantico, Virgina, for officer training. Paul finished second in his class and was picked by his unit as the one they would be proud to follow into combat. He served his country with honor and pride in Vietnam, the Panama Canal, Cuban Crisis, and Operation Desert Shield/Storm with the Nevada Air National Guard 152nd. His military career was 18 years with the USMC and 11 years with the Nevada Air National Guard. He retired from the military as a Major USMC. He also worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as Administrative Manager, and retired at age 60.

He was an avid golfer and marshaled at Empire Ranch Golf Course for 10 years. He was one of the founding fathers of the Senior Mens Club at Empire Ranch. He loved to travel and golf with his wife of 32 years, Sandra, and enjoyed the many activities and sporting events of his grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his wife, Sandra; three daughters, Kimberly and Lisa Morigeau, Cynthia (Ray) Peternell; son, Paul Scott; sisters, Lisa (Jim) Siedenburg, of Spokane, Washington, Joan (Ken) Veal, of Douglas, Georgia, Maxine (Les) Julian, of Entiat, Washington; brother, Mike (Janice), of Spokane, Washington; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Walton's Chapel of the Valley, 1281 N. Roop St., Carson City, Nevada, on May 24, 2013. Graveside services followed at Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nevada. A reception honoring Paul was held at Gold Dust West after the service. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to any veterans association.

Semper Fi Major, you will be sadly and deeply missed.

Thomas Jay Peterson
Quote by Vince Lombardi:
“After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which we live”

RONAN — Thomas Jay Peterson, 45, “Coach P”, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on June 13, 2013, after a long courageous struggle with colon cancer.

Tom was born October 22, 1967 in Great Falls, to Gene and Dianne Peterson. He grew up in Lolo, graduating from Big Sky High School in 1986. He attended The University of Montana with a degree in Psychology, and most recently was working toward a Masters in Educational Administration.

Bobbi Mitchell-Jore and Tom were married in 1996, having two beautiful children Ashley, 15, and Nic, 12. They later divorced.

Tom worked at St. Patrick Hospital, was a business owner of Chem-Dry, and worked at Peterson Advertising Specialties, until he began at the Ronan Schools. While there, he initiated and implemented the "Safe School, Healthy Student" campaign, as the behavioral specialist. He did his student teaching in geography, American government and economics.

His greatest passions were his children and coaching. If Tom wasn’t on a sports field, he was with his kids and most often they were all found together on the field. Whether teaching Ashley to cook, coaching her basketball team, or playing catch with Nic, his wisdom, humor, and playfulness were always a part of his love for them.

At a young age his love of coaching began in Lolo with his sister’s softball team. "Coach P" found his calling, leading him from Missoula, to coaching both fast pitch softball and football. He was the head football coach for the Arlee Warriors, and St. Ignatius Bulldogs. He was also the softball coach and special teams and defensive line coach for the Ronan Maidens and Chiefs. He loved and found inspiration from the kids he coached.

Tom still had his home in St. Ignatius, but lived with Bobbi and her husband, Matt. They generously opened their home so he could be close to his children while receiving treatment. Tom’s mom, sisters and brother in-law, (his doctor), were his caregivers and were there every step of the way.

His family is grateful to the many friends who called, emailed, stopped by to visit, encouragde him, or even to sneak him treats. He was a very lucky man. Your kindness’ truly lifted his spirits.

Tom was a son to be proud of, a brother to look up to, a devoted father, a favorite uncle, a treasured friend, a prized nephew, and an adored cousin.

He is survived by his children, Ashley and Nic; and dog, Packer, of Ronan. His parents, Gene and Dianne Peterson, of Stevensville; sisters, Jodee, her husband, Adam Fleck, and their children Osher, Elan, and Afton, Carlsbad, California; Stephanie and her husband, Sam Wallace, and their children Sophia and Baret, of Missoula; and Jenny Peterson and her son, Collin, of Missoula.

The celebration of Tom’s life will be July 2, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ronan Community Center. There will be a reception/pot luck following at the Community Center where we would love to hear your stories of Tom. Condolences may be left at

Sophie Elizabeth Barnaby Tellier
ST. IGNATIUS — Sophie Elizabeth Barnaby Tellier has gone on to join her brother, John Pierre "Bud" Barnaby, at the gates of heaven on June 6, 2013.

Sophie began her journey in life being born in St. Ignatius. She always told us that she was born at a dance, her mom gave birth to her and rejoined the "shindig" at the old Ashley home at the base of the Mission Mountains. She was brought to the Ursline's at an early age and called this her home for many years. She always talked about how she had to save her little brother and would tangle with anyone who messed with him as she was very protective of him. And later brought that protection on to his children, when they were in her care. She was very playful with her brothers, and always caught her brother "Bear" while entertaining at her home. She was always happy when her brothers were around, as family was very important to her.

After leaving the Urselines, she went to work in the shipyards in World War II, known to her friends as "Sophie, the Riveter." She and her brother, Bud, both worked in the shipyards until he joined the service.

After the shipyards, she went on to start her family and brought her girls along with her. Her girls were the apples of her eye, and she did the very best she could when it came to their upbringing. While she was "fruit-knocking," her daughter, Linda, playfully sang songs under the tree waiting for her mother.

Sophie was a very caring and loving woman, taking care of all the neighborhood children. She cared for the Morton kids, and Stuart, being a baby at the time, she thought of him as her own. She then cared for Margaret Matt's children for a spell, and talked about Margaret's children fondly. She took care of Clifford and Lucille Matt's children, whom she enjoyed seeing grow up into fine young adults.

She worked as a cook at the Holy Family Hospital until it closed, making close several friends along the way. Several people remarked how Sophie loved to take care of them and give them exactly what they wanted to make their hospital stay more enjoyable. Everyone commented that Sophie was the best cook around and they loved everything she cooked for them. "She spoiled us" several people said, and she was proud of how she made people feel better with her cooking. "That's the best medicine a person could have," she would say.

Among many things, this cute little woman had her mean side, too. If she liked you, you were a life long friend. But if you crossed her, "Watch out!" Her evil eye came out and you knew you were the enemy.

Later in her life, she became very active in the Cursillo movement and Loved the Lord with all her heart. She also was very active in the Tekakwitha circle, and traveled to several states from Washington to New York, trying to help make Tekakwitha a saint.

She never turned any children away from her home, raising numerous kids such as Bev and Les Peone, Linda Kuntz, Art Trahan, and numerous others, whom lovingly called her "Mom." She raised her grandchildren, Monique and Charmel, when their mother passed away. She was very glad to step in whenever they needed her, and although it wasn't a permanent situation, she was glad to do it. She adopted her granddaughters, Rose and Morey, when they were babies and was very proud of their accomplishments. And finally, raising her grandson, Arlen, and she proudly thought of him as her own.

She was a woman who wasn't afraid to meet and see new adventures. If you were a relative of hers, no matter what, she would come up and introduce herself and make herself at home. This is exactly how she became close to Suzi Friedlander, and her sister, Marcella Adolph, as well as being known as "grandma" to their children, Samuel Friedlander, Anthony, Dustin, Nanutquet Finley, Joe Madera, Nolan and Becca Adolph.

Sophie is proceeded in death by her parents, Leo and Catherine Nomee Barnaby; her step-father, Charles LaRance; her brother, Bud Barnaby; her daughter, Rose Marie Tellier; her god son whom she thought of as her own, James "Bo" Sorrell; her grandchildren, Jade Lenae McCrea, Steven Michael Tellier Smith, James "Jimbo" Sorrell; her niece, Lynnette Moran; her special kitty, Tisha; and her special puppy, Scoshy.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Tellier; her daughters, Rose M. Tellier (Michael McCrea), Morey Tellier (Ryan Smith), Monique (Phillip) McDonald, Charmel (Bud) Gillan, and Linda Ebner (Kenny); her brother, John W. "Bear Bear" (Irma) Malatare; nieces, Cheryl (Darrin) Finley, Darcy (Joe Vanderburg) Malatare, and Jennifer (Ron) Swaney; nephew, John (Becky) Malatare; grandchildren, Arlen Tellier, Emily McCrea, Bryar McCrea, Jalyn Tellier, Mason Smith, River Smith, Phylicia, Lucas, Kathryn and Janeal McDonald, and Jimmy Lee Michel; and Jimmy Lee's son, her great-great grandson, Kyson Michel; and her adopted grandson, Michael McCrea, III.

Sophie will be deeply missed by her family and all those she cared for with love and compassion though out her life. We are happy we got to enjoy our little mom for so many years, as she was a very important part of our lives and made a huge impact.

Sophie was moved to the Longhouse on Monday, June 10, 2013, with the Rosary held that evening. Church services were Tuesday, June 11. She will be cremated and her ashes laid to rest with her daughter's, Rose Marie Tellier. Condolences may be left at

Daniel Patrick “Mooch’ McDougall
HOT SPRINGS — Daniel Patrick “Mooch’ McDougall, 49, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Clark Fork Valley Hospital, in Plains.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), he was born to Daniel “Magic” and Harriet (Stanislaw) McDougall on June 10, 1963 in Denver.

A practical joker all his life, Daniel had worked in several jobs from logging and landscaping to bartending and surveying. Always telling them to “pull his finger”, he thoroughly enjoyed “raising cain” with his nieces and nephews, but was as humorous and kind as could be. He also loved racing cars, demo derbies and playing cribbage. Scared of heights, going bungee jumping in Las Vegas was his bravest act, or at least he thought so.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose; brother, Sam; grandparents and many aunts and uncles that are just too numerous too mention.

He is survived by his parents, Harriet McDougall, of Camas Prairie, and Magic McDougal, of Hot Springs; brothers, Bill and Daryl Henry McDougall, also of Hot Springs; adopted son, Sakali McDougall; aunties, Rose O' Bennick, of Hot Springs, Hazel Barnaby, of Dixon, Angie Andrew, of Camas Prairie, Violet Feather, of Pablo; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake was held Friday, June 7, 2013 at the CS&KT Senior Center in Hot Springs, with the Rosary recited on Sunday. Services were held Monday June 10, 2013, followed by the burial in the Curley Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

“Go Broncos, Go!”

John Pierre “Bud” Barnaby
DIXON — John Pierre “Bud” Barnaby, 87, went to join his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, June 2, 2013 while surrounded by his loved ones.

A devout Catholic and respected Elder of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born to Leo and Catherine (Nomee) Barnaby, on January 21, 1926, in Hamilton. Known thoughout the Northwest, he was a traditional man who did many things in his life. He served in World War II in the 101st Airborne, and when he returned to the Reservation he started his greatest work, his family. During this time he logged, worked at the Tribal Bird Farm, and he was a director that was instrumental in building the St. Ignatius Community Center. But most recently, he was the Gate Keeper on South Fork until his retirement, when he pursued his ministry even more so.

Bud is survived by a large family that includes his wife, Hazel (Stanislaw), of the family home; numerous children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; his sister, Sophie (Leo) Tellier; and brother, BearBear (Irma) Malatare; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends that loved him dearly.

A traditional wake begin on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in St. Ignatius, with the Rosary being recited Friday, and his Mass recited Saturday, June 8, in the St. Ignatius Mission. Military Honors were presented. The burial is in the Curley Cemetery, in Camas Prairie. Condolences may be left at

Francesca Charmaine Peralta
ST. IGNATIUS –—Beloved daughter and sister, Francesca Charmaine Peralta, passed away in May 31, 2013, near St. Ignatius.

She was born February 27, 1985, in Phoenix, Arizona, the oldest daughter of Robert Peralta and Robin Paynter.

She attended elementary and middle school in Milwaukie, Oregon, graduating from Rex Putnam High School.

She easily and freely gave herself to this life through her smiles, her generousity and the laughter she shared with others. She was a force of nature that you felt her energy in your heart the minute you saw her.

Her favorite song was Louis Armstrong “What A Wonderful World” and everyday she found the simple things in nature, in people, that were truly beautiful. She is fiercely loved and devastatingly missed.

She is preceded in death by her father, Robert, grandparents Marilyn and Richard Thomas Paynter.

She is survived by mother; sisters, Holly Peralta, of Polson, and Savannah (Peralta) Vomacka; stepfather, Robert Clinkenbeard; and brother-in-law, Tim Vomacka; and grandparents, Robert and Guadalupe Baker, of Yuma, Arizona.

There is no planned service. Just a quiet personal remembrance of how Francesca touched each of our lives with her love and friendship.

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Carol Sue Mapston
ARLEE — Taken too soon from her loving family, Carol Sue Mapston passed away May 24, 2013, in a tragic auto accident near her home.

Born July 22, 1940, in Missoula, to Ralph and Ila Morin, Carol Sue spent most of her life in and around Arlee, overcoming polio and rheumatic fever as a child. Raised on a ranch in Valley Creek, she attended school in Arlee and later graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula, in 1958, and attended Santa Monica City College, in California, for a brief time. Carol Sue dated Wes Mapston while in high school before he was drafted into the Army. Upon returning from the Army, Wes and Carol Sue were married on March 23, 1959.

Carol Sue and Wes settled on a ranch south of Arlee in 1962, raising registered Angus cattle and a growing family. In 1970, Carol Sue went to work as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office, where she remained for 30 years, until she retired in 2000. With a limited amount of rodeo competition to her credit, she was a tireless supporter of Wes’s rodeo career, and eventually those of her children. The entire family achieved great success, in and out, of the rodeo arena. Sons, Gray and Ryan, followed in their father’s footsteps as successful saddle bronc riders, with Ryan qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo, and Gray winning the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Saddle Bronc Riding Championship. Daughter, Amber, was a successful Intercollegiate Barrel Racer, and became Miss Rodeo Montana and runner-up to Miss Rodeo America. Carol Sue was an avid seamstress, and the owner of Double Horseshoe Ranchwear, and she passed that talent onto her daughter.

Her friends and family want her to be remembered as a servant to her Lord, and to those around her. Always ready with a hot meal, Carol Sue was a caregiver and delighted in spreading the Word of God through Bible studies with young and old alike. She touched the lives of many, and took a special delight in spreading the Word of God in the Native American community, where she was so loved.

Carol Sue was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jerry, Bob and Richard Morin; sister, Leslie Morin; and daughter, Raegan (1983).

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Wes; her children, Gray Mapston, Amber Mapston Schmutz (Randy) and Ryan Mapston (Darcy); seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Barbara Wilburn; and several cousins.

Services were held Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in the Arlee High School gymnasium, a potluck reception followed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol Sue’s name to Aglow Ministries at, or Aglow International, C/O Linda Schuff at P.O. Box 1054 Condon, Montana 59826.

Elaine Ailport
MISSOULA — Elaine Ailport, 66, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Hospital.

A lifelong Missoula resident, she was born to William F. and Helen Ailport on April 23, 1947.

She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brother, William D. Ailport, of Missoula.

Private family services are planned. Condolences may be left at

Calvin Frank Matt
POLSON — Calvin Frank Matt, "Uncle Bidda," was born May 14, 1948, in St. Ignatius, to Dewey and Ferol Matt. He has seven siblings: brothers, Duane, Francis, Anthony and Quincy; and sisters, Theresa, Celine, Mary Anne and Genieveve.

He was better known as "Bidda," rather than his given name, Calvin. I asked him how he got his nickname and he said that as a baby he was called "Little Bidda Baby," and it stuck with him his entire life.

Bidda attended school early on at Shalako Indian School in Oklahoma, and at the Ursulines in St. Ignatius.

Bidda never married but he and Marianne Stevens were blessed to have a daughter, Felicia. He would always take very proudly and lovingly about his daughter, and was so happy to have her in his life.

He was drafted into the Army and sent to the war in Vietnam. After six months overseas, he was granted a hardship discharge, due to his father passing away. He was so surprised to get on the bus home and see his brother, Quincy, who was also discharged. On the way back to the United States, the two were able to travel home together, which meant a lot to him.

Bidda was a very accomplished musician. He and his nephews formed a band together called "The Louie Louie Band." Bidda played lead guitar and vocals, with Randy McNair on bass, Art McNair on guitar, and Sonny McNair on drums. They played at many bars and halls around the rez and the band had a big fan following. They would pack every place they played. Bidda could play any song on guitar and he had a great ear for music. I always loved it when Bidda would "Pull out the ole axe," as he liked to say. He amazed me with how much music he knew. I could ask him what group played this song, or that song, and he would always know.

His whole family is very musically talented and on occasion when they would get together, out would come the guitars and it would turn out to be a fun evening filled with singing and laughter.

Bidda struggled with alcohol, but he was very proud to have found sobriety for the last few years. He also suffered with complications from diabetes, which really slowed him down. Everyone who knows Bidda, knows that he was extremely generous and kind to all. He would give the shirt off his back, mainly because he never liked to wear shirts. As soon as he would get home, off came his shirt.

Bidda liked to cook and eat. He made a mean meatloaf, and chicken was his favorite. He could eat chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can remember his friend and roommate, Rusty Fiddler, used to tease him that one day, he was going to start "clucking" due to all the chicken he ate!

Bidda made many friends throughout his life and is going to be missed by many.

- Felicia Matt

Celina C. Lumpry Nault
ARLEE — Celina C. Lumpry Nault, 74, hung up her cleats Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the assisted living facility Closer to Home, in St. Ignatius.

She was born in Missoula, August 14, 1938, to Vic and Josephine Lumpry.

Celina loved working in the Arlee school district. She served not only as secretary, but confidant to many students whom she always had a seat for in her office, whether it be to just say "hello" or a student seeking words of wisdom. She treasured her relationships with students from elementary, junior high and high school.

Celina attended Northern Montana College, she received her LPN degree but decided her heart belonged to the school, and remained there for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Nault; her children, Robin Nault, Shelly Nault-Richter (Von), and Sandra Wolff (Tim); her grandchildren, DesiRae, Michelle, Brittany, Sierra, Jordan, Britton, Dayne, Jaci and Riley; her brothers, Vic Lumpry, Jr., and Dewey Lumpry (Dee); and her sisters, Laura Lumpry and Jeanie Peak (Fudd).

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Yvonne Lumpry and Vicki Brown.

Celina was very gifted and talented, crafting beautiful gifts and was known for her elaborate holiday decorations. Affectionately known as “Slim” by her softball teammates and friends, Celina was an active player for over forty years and played alongside her sisters and daughters, Shelly and Sandra for many years. She was ecstatic the summer she played with her daughter and granddaughter, Jordan. A strong and accomplished athlete she also excelled at bowling and karate. Her love of sports did not go unnoticed. Celina was a constant presence at many sporting events watching her brothers, children, nephews and niece. You could always find Celina behind the scorer’s bench keeping a flawless book. Grab your glove #24, you’re going in!

Arrangements are with Foster Funeral Home, of St. Ignatius. The family will hold a memorial for Celina this summer, details to be announced. Condolences may be left at

Cecil Nathaniel Trickey
ARLEE — Cecil Nathaniel Trickey, 85, one of the oldest direct descendants of the original Bitterroot Salish Chiefs and a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, passed away May 22, 2013, at Community Hospital, in Missoula.

He was born March 21, 1928 (the first day of Spring), in Arlee, to Dorothy Pellew Trickey and Nathaniel Trickey. The eldest of five children, he grew up in Arlee and Evaro with family and best friend, Maurice Mackie. They started school together in the Evaro School and enjoyed many adventures growing up.

On June 21, 1945, he married the love of his life, Norma Jean Thornburg. They stayed married for over 67 years. After making a home in the Evaro area they had their first three children; a son and two daughters.

It was during this time that Cecil started racing stock cars and was known as “The Trickey Kid” in his car the “Flying O.” Racing was just starting in Missoula in 1951, and he raced steady until 1957. No stranger to the track though he was known to jump in a car even in the 1970’s.

He took his family to Seeley Lake, in the late 1950’s, where he and Norma had two more daughters and he followed his work in the logging industry. He ran equipment for Jack Long and Van Evans for many years before starting his own logging business.

In the mid 1970’s he moved his family back to Arlee. Except for a brief trip to operate equipment on the Mount Saints Helen’s clean up project, he stayed and worked in the Jocko Valley. He could run or fix any piece of equipment he got on and continued participating in the logging business with his family for as long as possible.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert; granddaughter, Leila; sister, Martha (Tina); and two brothers, Floyd (Bud) and Frank (Toby).

He is survived by four daughters, Patricia Farrar (Dale), of Potomac, Susan Carpenter (Bruce), of Libby, Sharon Trickey, of East Missoula, and Judi Best (Jesse), of Arlee; granddaughter, who he raised as a daughter, Sam Leonard; brother, Ken Trickey (Linda), of Ronan; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at

William V. “Willie” Linsebigler
ST. IGNATIUS — William V. “Willie” Linsebigler, 82, joined the Creator, Saturday, June 1, 2013, while surrounded by his family.

Born in Musselshell, Montana, on November 2, 1930, to Jerry and Mary (Bushaw) Linsebigler, he was raised in Musselshell until he joined the Army serving in Korea.

After returning to Montana, Willie married Mary “Dolly” McDonald in 1956, and they moved frequently while he worked construction and as a fire crew boss before they settled in St. Ignatius. He took care of the Catholic Cemetery and worked for the Catholic Mission until his retirement (27 years).

Willie, or better known as “Wahoo Willie” to all Bulldog sports fans, was a fixture at all the local sporting events; he enjoyed stickgame, keno, and played a mean game of cards; whether it was cribbage, or any other game, where he could take your money. An avid fisherman and hunter, many stories could be told of the fish he caught and brought home. He enjoyed camping with his family, visiting with people, BuckHorn, Morrel Falls, Mission Falls, and picking huckleberries whenever given the chance.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Levi and Rebecca; parents, Jerry and Mary; numerous siblings; aunts and uncles; his son, Jerry; daughter, Lois; and grandchildren, Lynette Moran and Billy Joe Lumpry.

Willie is survived by his wife, Dolly; children, Irma (BearBear) Malatare, Ron Lumpry, Joann (Francis) Durgeloh, Bev (Cole ) Hill, Geraldine “Beans” Linsebigler (Mike Burke), William Dennis Linsebigler, Jr., Mona (Brian) Ebensteiner and Matt (Carla) Linsebigler; his brothers, Wesley and Everette Linsebigler; sister, Evelynn Worlie; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A wake at the family home began on Sunday, and moved to the Longhouse on Monday, where the Rosary was recited. Wake closing was in the Longhouse on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, followed with Mass at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne, where Military Honors were presented. Condolences may be left at

Terrence “Terry” Michael Wall
MISSOULA — My dad, Terrence “Terry” Michael Wall, became one with Mother Earth on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013.

He was born on April 10, 1944, in Tacoma, Washington, to Samuel Wall and Juanita Dupuis Wall. He was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kooteani Tribes. He was also proud of his Irish heritage. He was a poet who touched many people’s lives, always ready to give his poems away. He was hilarious, always joking with everyone. The dirtier… the better.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Lisa Marie Wall-Wilbert, and her husband, Alex. He loved us and his four grandkids with all his heart, and he let us know everyday. Jacob, Stephen, Alex, and his princess, Emmy, are his pride and joy, and I know how proud of me he is. I was his hunting partner from the time I was a baby, and later a team to fight his cancer and health problems.

Our daily visits or conversations were filled with what grandkid had what sporting or school event, or what fun happenings were going on at daycare. Dad always stayed true to who he was, and how he would live. He taught me to be strong, stubborn, and to stand up for myself and others.

I am proud to be his daughter. He is also survived by former wife, Susan Wall, and father-in-law, James Hearn, whom he referred to as “Big Daddy,” both of Lake Isabella, California; brother, David Wall, of Polson; sister, Barbara Hulsey (Virgil), of Puyallup, Washington; nephews, Richard, Joe, Craig, Patrick, Tim, Doug and Sam; and nieces, Jeanne, Teresa, Kelly, Kathleen, Mary K., Colleen, Tracy, Libby, and Jerrica. He also had numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by numerous friends, but a special one I need to thank is Joe Wheeler. I appreciate what a true friend he was, through to the very end. He helped my family immensely.

My dad was predeceased by his parents; mother-in-law, Lucille Hearn; brothers, Richard, Dean and Sam; and sister, Juanita. A memorial will be held at KwaTaqNuk at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013. I would love for others to share stories and memories. Funeral arrangements are through Grogan’s.

Eugene M. “Little Gene” “Gene Gene Dancing Machine” Matt
ST. IGNATIUS — Eugene M. “Little Gene” “Gene Gene Dancing Machine” Matt, 60, passed away May 16, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Hospital.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born in St. Ignatius to George Matt and Margaret Barnaby Matt Finley on July 2, 1952. As a child his family moved several times while they worked in the orchards and fields but they always returned home and home is where Gene chose to live after a short time stint in the Army. He worked for the Post and Pole Yard and Housing before becoming a man of leisure.

Coming from a large family, Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, and parents, George and Margaret; as well as numerous other family members.

He is survived by his children, Michael and Angela Matt, Mary Jo and Frank Parker, and Carol Ann Matt, all of St. Ignatius, Abby Matt, of Dixon, Elizabeth Matt, and Mary Matt; brothers and sisters, Victor and Judi Matt, of Dixon, James “Jumbo” Matt and Judy Matt, both of Wellpinit, Washington, Georgeann and Henry Matt, of St. Ignatius, Larry “Lurch” and Verna Matt, of Ninepipe, Duane Matt, of Lewiston, and Doug Matt, of St. Ignatius; 21 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and numerous cousins and friends.

Gene was a man with a good sense of humor, who loved his family and tried his best to help out his friends. He will be truly missed.

Rosary was on Monday, May 20, 2013, in the Longhouse. Services were on Tuesday, followed with the burial the in Snyelmn Sntmtne. Condolences may be left at

Beverly Jean Hamel
DIXON — On Wednesday May 15, 2013, Beverly Jean Hamel peacefully passed to the arms of her Heavenly Father after several years of deteriorating health; she was 80.

Beverly was born in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 4, 1933, the same day the famed white buffalo bull calf, Big Medicine, was born on the National Bison Range – something she was always took special pride in.

Beverly grew up during the Great Depression, her parents, Willard and Edna Sainsbury, moved the family from Idaho to Oregon and then to Washington in search of work. Her 5th birthday was spent on a ship, her family moving again; they spent a short time in Juneau, Alaska, then went onto Anchorage, where the family settled and prospered, deciding only to leave Alaska to avoid the growing military tensions during World War II.

They then moved the Mission Valley where they purchased a small farm near McDonald Lake, and her life as a Montanan began. Her childhood days were spent working on the farm, going to school and traipsing back and forth to McDonald Lake, her favorite place. She was a tom-boy, and the Mission Valley was her playground.

She graduated from Mission High School in 1948, and then attended nursing school at Montana State University, where she became a Registered Nurse, and later a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. Though she loved doing anesthesiology, most of her distinguished 45 year medical career was spent as an Operating Room nurse. Bev was considered an outstanding health care provider and worked at half dozen hospitals during her career, eventually retiring from Community Hospital, in Missoula, in the early 1990’s.

She married Jim Grosscurth on October 26, 1952, at the Methodist Church in St. Ignatius, and gave birth to her first son, John, a year later. He, his wife Terri, her mother Anna, and step daughter Elizabeth, live in Denver, Colorado. Her second son, James, was born in February of 1956; he and his wife, Ronna, and stepson, C.J, live in Boise, Idaho. She has one grandson, Blaine, who was born in 1976, in Polson, and now lives with his wife, Katrina, in Whitefish.

Over the years the family lived in Henderson, Nevada, Little Rock, Arkansas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Las Vegas, Nevada, before a divorce in 1985. Four years later she married Jerry Hamel, from Dixon, and returned to Montana, where she happily spent the rest of her life.

Beverly loved Montana, the Flathead Reservation and the people of western Montana. She was an active member of the St. Ignatius Ward of the Latter Day Saints church, an accomplished genealogist and researcher. She wrote two historical research books documenting the genealogical records of the people and service men and women of Lake and lower Sanders County.

She served on the Flathead Joint Board of Control for many years, and after retiring spent most of her days enjoying her life with Jerry on their ranch in Dixon. Their lives together flourished and she became close friends with Jerry’s daughter, Traci Vaile, who lives in Babb, Montana, with her husband, Gus, and son, Ty. She also has a step daughter, K.J., who has one son, Suede; they live in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

She is survived by two sisters, Donna Webb, from Vacaville, California, and Pat Swartzlander, from Henderson, Nevada; and by one brother, Sam Sainsbury, of North Las Vegas, Nevada. She will also be missed by her nieces and nephews, Jeffery, Darren and Katie; Cindy, Sandy and Bill.

Beverly loved living in Dixon and using her medical skills caring for livestock and her many cats. She loved the Indian people and never lost her fascination of the Indian culture, she was openly accepted by the Indian people and was very proud of that.

Hers was a curious mind, always interested in learning and writing about life in the Mission Valley, she grew to become recognized among the most knowledgeable of local historians.

Beverly was a loving, caring, generous wife, mother, sister and friend; she was a good, productive and honest woman whose high standards always reflected the best of Montana and the Latter Day Saints church she loved so much.

Private viewings were held at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Her funeral was at the Latter Day Saints church in St. Ignatius on May 18, 2013. She was buried at the St. Ignatius Cemetery.

Beverly Hamel was a fine Montanan and she will be missed by many.

Brenda L. Curley
RONAN — On May 10, 2013, the Creator took Brenda L. Curley by the hand and walked her home.

Born April 23, 1958, in Polson to Frank Pierre and Alice Lozeau Matt Curley, Brenda's early years found her home living at Elmo, with her Papa Vincent Curley and TiTi Agnes Julian Curley.

Their memories and teachings stayed with her throughout life, as evident in her commitment to education and culture. Brenda recieved her Bachelors Degree from Salish & Kootenai College and went on to receive a dual Masters in Social Work/Business from Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Brenda was employed in various positions by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes throughout her life. Prior to her early retirement due to failling health, she was a Tribal Prosecutor. However, her greatest achievements and love was her children and grandchildren.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Alice; a brother, Ed Curley; a daughter, Lakisha; her Papa Vincent Curley, and Titi Agnes Curley.

She is survived by her children, Alycia and Ceclia Shorty; and grandchildren she raised as her own, Emonie Couture and Eyanah Burshia; sisters, Marcella "Marci" Curley White and Tessie Curley; grandchildren, Darian Shorty, Nizhoni Schaaf, Phoenix and Phawx Charrette; Aunties, Ann Marie Curley and Louise Stasso; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A traditional wake started on Monday at the Cultural Hall in Elmo with services being held Tuesday, May 14, in the Elmo Cultural Hall. Burial followed in the Elmo Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

David Herbert Morrow
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — David Herbert Morrow, 78, passed away peacefully in his home, April 8, 2013. His family was at his bedside.

David was born in Whitefish, July 2, 1934. He attended Whitefish Central School and graduated with the class of 1952. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy and served his country for over 22 years. One of his most important tours of duty was his assignment on the nuclear submarine, the USS Halibut. Until the time of his death, he was closely associated with crew and friends from that submarine mission.

David was extremely proud of his Salish Kootenai heritage. He came to Pablo and St. Ignatius, visiting with friends during his many trips home. He traveled the world and especially loved Alaska, where he and his wife had a bed and breakfast. They were also a resource for travelers who wanted to connect with hunting and fishing guides.

David was preceded in death by his parents, David and Eldora Morrow, of Whitefish; his first wife, Lois Watson Morrow; and his son, Michael David Morrow. He is survived by and is deeply missed by his wife, Margo, in Sacramento, California; daughter, Deolinda (Kenn) Willson; and son, Jerry Morrow, all of Portland, Oregon; his sisters, Marla Natoli, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Glenda (Thomas) Vollertsen, Anthem, Arizona; his five grandchildren, Brandon (Kayla) Willson, Christopher (Carissa) Morrow, Lauryn, Lyndsey, and Kyle Morrow; and many nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held April 10, 2013, in Sacramento, California. He is sadly missed.

Thelma Leona Martin Jungers
ST. IGNATIUS — Thelma Leona Martin Jungers passed away on April 30, 2013. She was born to Caroline & Edward Martin on January 26, 1938, at Vanada, Montana.

Her family moved to Florence when she was two years old. Thelma attended Florence-Carlton School, where she met and later married Dick Jungers. They were married for 55 years.

They moved to Missoula, where they had five children before moving to Ronan, which became their true home. They loved the area and the people. They bought the Pheasant Lounge and after 15 years they added a steak and burger menu, where Thelma did all the catering. After 29 years, they retired.

Thelma was a Boy Scout Leader, Brownie leader and ran Sunday School at the Ronan Catholic Church. She worked at the Ronan School Lunch Program for approximately 6 years. She was thrilled whenever a child would recognize and hug her because they knew her from school.

Dick and Thelma spent their time attending Griz games and wrestling matches. Thelma was very family oriented. Her favorite times were when all her children were home. She loved the holidays. She had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. You would never come to her home that there wasn’t a jar full of homemade cookies. She was easy to please, the littlest things made her happy. She was a genuine good person with a gentle soul. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was quite classy.

Thelma loved her home and flowers. She loved tinkering. She talked a lot about her grandchildren and was tickled when someone commented “I know your grandchildren are perfect!”

She was preceded in death by her parents Caroline and Edward Martin; her sister, Alice Thoft; her son, Richard Jungers; and her husband, Dick Jungers.

She is survived by her daughters, Terry (Jungers) and Mike Wagner, of Rapid City, South Dakota, Sandy Jungers, of Crabtree, Oregon, and Laurie (Jungers) and Ron Morgan, of Missoula; son, Mike and Aow Jungers, of Lacy, Washington; and a grandson that they raised, Shawn and Raylene Jungers, of Pablo; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren, who will truly miss her.

A visitation was held Sunday evening at the Foster Funeral Home Chapel, in St. Ignatius, with Mass being celebrated Monday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission, in St. Ignatius. Burial was Monday in the Ronan Cemeteries, where she will be laid to rest her husband, Dick. Condolences may be left at

Lorraine Clare Buchanan Sullivan
On February 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Lorraine Clare Buchanan Sullivan walked on to the land of the ancestors to join her beloved husband, Leroy, and son, Chuck.

An enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, she was born on April 6, 1933, in St. Ignatius, to Louise Michel and Worley Buchanan. She was raised in the Ursilines and in the Indian boarding schools of Pierre, South Dakota, and Chema, Washington. The U.S. Government relocated her in her teenage years to Long Beach, California, to be a maid for a family there. She graduated from Long Beach High School. Mother was fiercely proud of her heritage and although not raised on the Flathead Reservation, maintained lifelong ties to it and her families there. She always taught her children as much as she could about their culture and heritage, and was a living example of an era that was displaced and robbed of their family ties through removal and relocation.

Lorraine then moved to San Francisco, where she and her young son, Chuck, met her future husband, Leroy Allen Sullivan. In 1959, the family moved to Willits, California, where Roy became and officer for the Willits Police force. Roy and Lorraine raised a close-knit family of eight children and will be well remembered by the community and all that knew them.

Mother was a remarkable and persevering woman, who overcame many obstacles in life, including being widowed at the age 45 and losing her oldest son, Chuck, at the age of 21 in an auto accident while in his third year at Chico State University. She earned her AA at the age of 40 from DQ University, in Winters, California, the only Chicano and Indian university in the state. Mother always missed her homelands and at the age of 62, obtained her first driver’s license and drove by herself to her beloved Flathead.

She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, who had enormous gardens, sewed all our clothes, and could fix hamburger at least 20 different ways. She was also skilled in canning, baking, weaving, painting, woodcarving, and anything artistic. She was also a published poet. We always marveled at the fact that someone who had been denied family as a child was herself such a nurturing person.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise Michel and Worley Buchanan; husband, Leroy Sullivan; and son, Charles (Chuck) Anthony Sullivan; brothers, Worley Buchanan and Donavon Irwin; sisters, Dorothy Anderson, Betty Anderson, Evon and Charlotte. She is survived by brother, Clayton Anderson (Helene); and sisters, Donna and Vonna Stofleth; her very special cousin, Francis Stanger, who she loved very much; and her children, Jill Aldridge (Gary), Michelle Merritt (Gene), Twyla Sullivan (Michael Hensley), Buddy Sullivan, Vianney Cravens (Bill), Suzanne Sutton (Nathan), Maureen Molina (Andre), and Christopher Sullivan (Chrissie); 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and numerous nieces and nephews. Thank you, mother, for being a shining example of a life well lived.

Glenn Murphy
ST. IGNATIUS — Glenn Murphy, 87, passed away March 27, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital with his granddaughter by his side.

Glenn was born July 12, 1925, in Hardisty Alberta, to William and Theresa Murphy. He was the youngest of seven children. He married his wife, Patricia Walker, on November 23, 1959, at Fort Macleod in Alberta, Canada.

Glenn was a long time resident of the Mission Valley. He and his wife started ranching on East Post Creek in 1961, after he had worked for the railroad, DOT, and the experimental station. He also served in World War II, stationed in Okinawa.

Glenn had a passion for the outdoors. He spent his younger years with a pioneer family, fishing, hunting, and trapping. He also spent a lot of time playing music, mostly with a guitar. His favorite time of year was the spring, when all the new baby calves were born. You could always find him either cooking his famous sour dough pancakes for family and friends, or out in the fields doing what he loved.

He was active with 4H, creating the livestock auction with his wife. He also was on the joint county board of control for irrigation and part of the crime stoppers organization. To all he will be remembered as a light hearted practical joker, a family man, a respected member of the community, and a trustworthy friend.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker; his three children, Terrance, Wanda, and Ron; nine grandchildren, Tiffani, Jeremy, Walker, Hunter, Christian, Debby, Michael, Alison, and Christina; four great-grandchildren, Addessa, Jordan, Logan, and Cameron; and several cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 11, 2013, at the Catholic Cemetery in Mission. The potluck memorial will be held later this summer on July 2, 2013, at Leon Hall in Charlo, due to the family being in town for a reunion. Condolences may be left at

Diana Mae Glover Burtch
POLSON — Diana Mae Glover Burtch, 72, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Diana was born August 25, 1940, in Polson, the daughter of Henry A. Glover and Evelyn J. (Thompson) Glover. Diana was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She graduated from Polson High School in 1958, and attended Northern Montana College (now U of M-Northern) at Havre. Diana worked for the Tribes in Dixon. In Polson, she was employed as a legal secretary for several attorneys, and also for the Flathead Courier and A-C Printers. Diana moved to Bozeman in 1961, and was employed as Executive Secretary for the General Manager of Yellowstone Park Company’s winter office. (At that time, she was the only employee who had not been to Yellowstone Park). Diana also worked for Dupuis Mill, Tribal Credit, a law firm in Billings, and office manager for the CharKoosta newspaper.

Diana married Ray Burtch in 1961, had three girls: Pam, Peggy, Paula. Diana’s greatest joy was the gardening of flowers, and she could identify each species in her extensive flower gardens. Diana also knitted and crocheted doilies and afghans, which were made for every member of the family. Diana became our "Scrabble Queen" at weekly game shows hosted by our Mother. Diana was grateful that she was able to enjoy these interests with her late mother, four sisters and one brother who all live near Polson—at times even the nieces and nephews participated. Diana also had an amazing ability for recalling names and family connections. She loved watching college basketball and was an avid Zags fan.

Polson teachers, Nina Ford and Neil Devlin, made the most lasting positive impression on her, she mentioned in her class bio for her 50-year reunion.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Henry Glover; and several aunts and uncles. Surviving are her daughters, Pam Watanuki (Mark), Peggy Rouillier (Tim) and Paula Burtch; siblings, Jeanette Davis (Norm), Sheryl “Duzzie” Glover, Pam Schneiter (Jim), Lyle McBroom and Rita Vanorio (Tom); two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. No formal services were held.

Dalon Wendell Jones
ST. IGNATIUS — On April 15, 2013, the Great Spirit called upon Dalon Wendell Jones, 62, to put his moccasins on, grab his guitar and journey into the heavens to sing and play music.

Dalon was born in St. Ignatius, July 6, 1950, to Amelia and John Jones. He was the seventh son of a family of 11 siblings. Dalon attended St. Ignatius Schools for 11 years then moved to Madras, Oregon, where he graduated from Madras High School in 1969. After graduation, Dalon worked for the United States Forest Service in Mt. Hood National Forest for one year before moving to Tacoma, Washington. There, he attended Bates Vo-Tech and graduated in 1973, with an Associate’s degree in Industrial Electronics. On February 10, 1973, he married his wife, Anita Hill, and went to work for Xerox in Portland, Oreon. In 1977, Dalon became a proud father to his son, Ryan, and in 1979, his family was complete when his daughter, Rene’ was born. Dalon lived his life to be around his family.

After five years with Xerox, Dalon decided to continue his educational quest to be a teacher for elementary/middle school children. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction, in August of 2003. He enjoyed teaching and learning from the students in Bonner, Frenchtown, Ronan, Two Eagle, Pablo, Hays, and at Job Corps, in Ronan, for numerous years, as well as, a year in Fontana, California. Dalon’s favorite lessons, however, were not the history or math books – it was music. He loved to play the guitar, drums, piano/keyboard, flute, and basically any instrument he could get his hands on. Dalon made music, his songs will forever be in our hearts.

Dalon wasn’t perfect by many standards, but he did spend the last five years of his life striving for it. He fought through six strokes and a heart attack, and was attempting to get back into running shape. He was able to play his guitar with a broken wrist and daily worked on regaining his balance, strength, and speech from the strokes. We will always admire the fortitude to push through the adversity with the challenges that life threw him. He could not conquer them all but he definitely defied the odds and anyone who told him he couldn’t, wouldn’t or never will, …well he did it… his own way. Dalon was always there for us in both body and spirit, showing us by his living example what it was like to be a father and a husband, that it was possible for a man to show tenderness, to be unafraid of open affection with us and to be a loving husband. He was selfless with us all. We will always love you and miss you, Dad.

Dalon was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Alfred and Dennis; and his sister, Adeline Upton.

Dalon will be deeply missed by his wife of 40 years, Anita; his son, Ryan, of St. Ignatius; his daughter, Rene’, and son-in-law, Jimmy Graham, of Albany, Oregon. Dalon is also survived by his brothers, Ken and Leo, of Kamiah, Idaho, Lubert (Norma), of Ronan, Ira (Alice), of Arlee; and his sisters, Marie Ashley, of St. Ignatius, Pauline (Del) Nickelson, and Vicki (Davy) Belgard, of Hays. Dalon also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 20, 2013. Condolences may be left at

Jerald Matthew Castillo
USK, WASHINGTON — Jerald Matthew Castillo took the Stairway to Heaven on April 13, 2013. Jay was born in Seattle, Washington on November 09, 1963, to Ernesto Castillo and Harriett Castillo. Jay is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Jay was raised in Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, in the Seattle area. He went to school at Mount Lake Terrace Junior High, got his GED at Seattle Indian Center. He loved listening to music, building models, drawing, being outdoors, reading books, watching sports, visiting with family and friends. He worked for over ten years for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians in Usk, Washington, in the Community Development Department. He was a devoted Dallas Cowboy fan. Jay was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. Jay was a great friend to all who knew him, and he will be missed by all.

Survivors include his mother, Harriett Conko-Castillo; sisters, Carmelita “Carmen” Castillo, Linda Castillo, D. Castillo, Gloria Bird-Castillo, and Evonne Conko; brothers, Charles “Arlie” Castillo and Ernie “Butch” Castillo; nieces, Glenda Williams, Aiyana Freelander, and Jalyna Castillo; nephews, Christopher “William” Goodstriker (Melissa), Emery “Ems” Williams, Theo Goodstriker, and Raymond “Lil Ray” Castillo; and many more nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Castillo; sister, Annette Castillo; and brother, Anthony L. Castillo.

A Rosary was held on April 18, 2013, at Kalispel Community Building in Usk, Washington, followed by funeral on April 19, 2013, at the Kalispel Cemetery, in Usk, Washington. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Faye “Kentucky Babe” Drowatzky
PABLO — Faye “Kentucky Babe” Drowatzky, 68, passed away at her home on Friday morning, April 19, 2013.

Born on March 10, 1945, to Edwin and Maddie Lou (Taylor) Mills, in Hustonville, Kentucky. She was raised there, and eventually made Louisville her home. She and her family moved many places, and eventually ended up in the Coeur d’Alene area during the 1970’s. It was there that she met and married, Don Drowatzky, in 1978. As a young girl, she had always dreamed of marrying an Indian from Montana and now she had. Don was a telephone contractor and they lived in the Spokane area before moving to Kentucky. But, lack of work eventually got the best of them and they returned to the Northwest, settling in Pablo.

Faye lived and loved life to the fullest. She was a fan of Elvis and was an avid collector of his memorabilia. She loved going to the mountains and camping with her family. Always a practical joker, she loved pulling tricks on the kids.

She leaves behind her husband, Don, of Pablo; her children, Johnny Lee Bryant, Scott Bryant, Jamie Sue Bryant, Don Drowatzky, and David Wade Drowatzky; and a daughter, Dawn, who she adopted out when she was young. Also surviving are her siblings, Carol and Merle, of Kentucky; and her in-laws that she always considered as her “Montana” siblings, Jack, Verna and Glenna Drowatzky; and her pet rooster, Clovis.

A visitation will be held Sunday at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held at 2 pm Monday in the Foster Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Kentucky Bluegrass Knob Cemetery in Pablo. Condolences may be left at

Thomas Paul Freeman
RONAN — Thomas Paul Freeman, 58, passed away peacefully March 19, 2013, at his home near Ronan, after several years fighting HIV+ related illnesses.

Born in Springvfield , Illinois, on April 11, 1954, he moved to Montana as a young adult and worked on farms and ranches most of his life. Somewhat of a local celebrity, he was a speaker and advocate for HIV Awareness and Gay Rights, speaking at many of the colleges in the area.

Preceded in death by his partners; he leaves behind a step daughter, Margo Tryon; and distant family from out of state.

No formal services are planned; he will be laid to rest under his tree this summer.

Joseph Larry "Mexican Joe" Villalobos
PABLO — Joseph Larry "Mexican Joe" Villalobos, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Ronan.

Born in Old Mexico on March 19, 1944, he eventually moved to Pryor, Montana, where he met his wife, Sister Bozo. They made their home in Billings, Butte and eventually returned to the Pablo area in the mid 1990's.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, and son, Joseph Larry Villalobos.

Survivors include two daughters that live in Oklahoma and Texas; and many friends.

A graveside service is planned on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Kentucky's Bluegrass Knob Cemetery, in Pablo, where he will be laid to rest beside his friends.

Sylvia Fern Deranleau
POLSON — Sylvia Fern Deranleau, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2013, with all of her family by her side.

Fern was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was born on January 23, 1928, to Bert and Viola Miles in Puyallup, Washington. She was the last child born from that union. At the ripe age of six, Bert moved the whole family to Montana, where Fern learned very quickly about farm life and became her dad's right hand after her mother's death in 1943. Fern also played many roles while working up until her marriage to Jean "Frenchy" Deranleau.

Fern and Frenchy were married August 8, 1947. From that union came 2 sets of twin boys and 1 girl, all in the span of three years with years of work ahead of them. Fern admitted later on, "She cried about that one." As Frenchy and Fern settled into their new roles as parents, she knew the value of hard work and sacrifice, so went her commitment to the task at hand.

Her work career began as a cocktail server at "The Ranch", but only in the late evenings, as her days were pretty much filled by her children growing. Later, she was hired by the "Flathead Courier" as front desk receptionist, which turned out to be more the longer her employment went on. She always enjoyed her time spent there. Her next adventure was the "Lake County Abstract Company." New job came new mountains to climb. She fit right into the requirements of the job, but at the same time, learning new skills to acquire her last career jump. After about 10 years at the Abstract Company, she made the move over to "Mission Valley Power." Fern's earlier "Trial by Fire" with the public came full circle in her favor when working in the public eye and all the fantastic people who surrounded her work life. She retired from her work career with no regrets of the path she took and the people she met along the way.

Fern was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Ryan; parents, Viola and Bert Miles; mother and father-in-law, Lottie and Lester Barney Koff; brother and sisters, Ralph Miles, Clara Olson, Stella Luke, and Lily; and spouses of her brother and sisters, Dottie, Art, and Berlin. Last but not least, her lifeline, Frenchy Deranleau, whom she spent 57 years of marriage with.

Fern is survived by her 5 children, Vicky (Don) Osbourne, of Polson, Dana (Diane), of Polson, Daryl, of Brunswick, Ohio, Rocky (Carrie), of Polson, and Royal (Becky), of Polson; grandchildren, Jean, Krayger, Kelly, Jesse, Sean and Lacey, Kacie, Brandon and Brittany; five great-grandchildren; and 1 great great-grandchild.

Fern has been cremated and set beside her husband, where she can finally rest in peace. No date has been set for the inurnment. The Deranleau family would like to express their heartfelt "thanks" to everyone who has helped and cared for Fern in her time of need. Special thanks to the St. Joseph Hospital and staff, as well as Hospice Care.

Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Jerry LaClair Arca
SKOKOMISH, WASHINGTON — Jerry LaClair Arca passed away on March 8, 2013.

Jerry was born on April 10, 1937.

He is survived by his son, Steven Arca; grandchildren, Steven Arca, Jr., Rikki Arca, Ronni Arca, from Rocky Boy, Paul Arca (Nick), from St. Ignatius, and Shelby Arca, from Arlee.

Services were held on March 15, 2013.

The family would like to thank the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for funds, and also the Cornerstone Church, in St. Ignatius. They would also like to thank all friends and relatives of family concerned.

Mathias “Matt” Michel Buckskin
ELMO — The Happy Hunting grounds has graciously received an accomplished hunter today, amazing War Dancer, and the sweetest spirit... bounding through Mill Creek and Lozeau while leading our ancestors in grand entry. Mathias “Matt” Michel Buckskin passed away on March 20, 2013, at the home of his nephew, Michel Kenmille.

Matt was born on September 30, 1924, in Niarada, to Isadore and Sustine Lefthand Buckskin. In 1945, he married Lucy Moody. They lived in and traveled to many different places, finally making their home in Dayton. He was a loving husband, dad, grandfather, and great grandpa.

In his younger years, he could be found riding horses, whether they were broke or not. He enjoyed his time as a bronco rider. Matt was avid outdoors man who enjoyed spending time in the woods. He loved to hunt, fish, cut Christmas trees, picking huckleberries and passed on this love to his family. When he got his first cell phone, he’d call his boys and say “Guess where I am calling you from?” and it was usually from in the woods.

He was proud to represent the Kootenai people as the War Dance Chief for Standing Arrow Powwow. Leading in opening and closing ceremonies for over 30 years in Elmo and throughout the region. In 2010, he was presented with an arrow, shot by Laurence Kenmille at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Eagle Circle Dedication in honor of his years of service in World War II.

For many years, he was the caretaker of the cemeteries in Elmo, Dayton and Lonepine. He always said he liked working in the cemeteries because the people there never talked back. He also said “You shouldn’t be scared of the ones in the cemetery because they are all gone; the living is who you need to be scared of”.

A fluent speaker and teacher of the Kootenai Language, he worked up until recently as a treasured cultural resource, assisting with identifying and cataloging Kootenai cultural sites.

He even did a modeling job, at one time, for Karen Noles for a private painting commissioned out of Canada. He really enjoyed himself that day, posing for the camera. He was worried about his watch showing, but was reassured in the final project the watch would be gone. When the finished project came back he was in awe of the print.

Matt loved to travel to Idaho and Canada to visit the old timers. He enjoyed the conversations and company. In his final days, his buddy Matt David traveled over from Idaho to visit one last time.

His biggest love was his family; Lucy and Matt had 10 children, 34 grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren.

Matt is preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Moody Michel; his parents; Isadore and Sustine Lefthand Buckskin; his siblings, Seymore Michel, Mary Josette, Louise, Pierre, Mary and Isabella “Elizabeth” Kenmille; his sons, Mathias “baby Junior” Michel and Keith Michel; a daughter, Linda “Ducky” Michel; and grandchildren, Rene Strahan, Mathias “Robbie” Michel, Leo Hammer and Echo Michel, his nephew, Danny Tenas; and nieces, Levi Lozeau Big Beaver, Dorothy Couture and Caroline Buckskin.

He is survived by his spouse, Louise Andrew, of Niarada; his special grandson, Lucas (Stephanie) Michel, of Pablo; his children, Wilbert (Bev) Michel, of Polson, Gilbert (Dora) Buckskin, of Elmo, Diane Michel, of Dayton, Geneva (Ronnie) Glenmore of Busby, Victor (Linnea) Michel, of Lindenhurst, Illinios, Leonard ( Melissa) Michel, of Ronan, and Lee Michel, of Polson; his special fondness for his niece, Sandra Andrew; and nephews, Michel “Mike” Kenmille, and Lyle Andrew. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great- grandchildren that he would always have to say, "Now, who are you?" to, and a lifetime of friends. His dog, Curly, will truly mourn the loss of his best friend.

A wake will began on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Elmo Hall. Rosary was Friday, March 22. The service was Saturday, March 23. Burial took place at Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Dixie Trahan Brabender
RONAN — Dixie Trahan Brabender, 58, passed away on March 12, 2013, at Community Hospital, in Missoula, due to complication from pneumonia. Dixie was a strong willed, but was also a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, “Auntie” and friend.

Dixie was born December 10, 1954, in St. Ignatius, to Lyman “Luke” Trahan and Mary Agnes Pichette Trahan. She attended school in Mission, where she met and married Archie Carpenter, who just recently passed away one month ago. In 1981, she met and married her husband of 31 years, Bill Brabender. Dixie was a resident of the Flathead Reservation until her death. She had a great passion for playing pool and was in many, MANY pool leagues, during which time she made many new (and old) friends. She was always looking out for everyone and took great pride in helping anyone, whenever she could! Those who knew her will remember her for her generosity, kindness, and humor, as well as, for her stubbornness, strength, and her ability to say exactly what she felt at any given time!

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Mary Trahan; her youngest daughter, Billie Jo; and her brother, Arthur Trahan.

She leaves behind her husband, Bill Brabender, of Ronan; brothers, Mike Trahan (Caro), of Ronan, and Ronald (Violet) Trahan, of St. Ignatius; her children, Marilee Trahan Peterson (Grant), of Missoula, Joseph Emil Olson, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Jacqueline Alice Brabender, of Ronan; her grandchildren, Lacey Ann Mackie, of Tacoma, Washington, Jaron Mackie, of Tacoma, Washington, Donald Scott Peterson and Nico Lyman Peterson, of Missoula.

Dixie will be remembered and missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A wake began March 14, 2013, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, with the Rosary being recited Friday at the Longhouse. Mass was celebrated Saturday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Condolences may be left at

John James Pierre Jr.
POLSON — John James Pierre Jr., 26, joined the Ancestors on Saturday.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born January 8, 1987, to Sheila (Jones) and John Pierre, Sr. Raised and educated in Polson, he worked in the woods whenever possible. John was a very cultural young man who enjoyed being with his boys, mud bogging, hunting. fishing, drying meat, hanging with his bros, and sitting by the fire.

He was preceded in death by his birth father, John Pierre, Sr.; grandmother, Elizabeth Hewankorn Pierre; and cousin Marcus OneSalt.

He is survived by his grandparents, Pat Pierre, Edith Enick and Donald Jones; his parents, Sheila and Jazz Pierre; his children, Brayden Darius Pierre, Cailin Lee Burke and Eliah Hale; his siblings and their families, Michael James (Sarah) Pierre and children Jaliyah, David, Trinity and Michael; Hawk (Bev) Pierre and children, Kemen and Gleison; Isaac (Randi) Pierre and child, Orianna; Mary Pierre-Paul (Louie) and baby, Louie; Jerome Pierre and baby girl, Kioni; and Francine (Jeremiah) James; as well a large close knit family of aunties, uncles, cousins and close friends.

A traditional wake began Monday, March 18, with the Rosary recited at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Longhouse. Wake closing was Thursday, and was followed by Traditional services before he was laid to rest beside family in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

John Baptiste Mahseelah
BRITISH COLUMBIA — John Baptiste Mahseelah passed away peacefully at the Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie, British Columbia, on February 18, 2013.

John worked for McDonalds Ranch and Lumber for many years until his retirement. In his retirement he enjoyed travelling to pow wows and celebrations. John was an avid stick game competitor. He cherished his family and friends and willingly shared his knowledge and experiences about traditions, culture and life.

John was predeceased by his father, David Mahseelah; mother, Mary Lucy Maseelah (Baptiste); son, Dennis Brian; sisters, Mary (Andrew), Margaret, and Julia (Pierre); and brother, Joe Pierre.

John leaves to mourn his loving wife of 53 years, Mary; his aunt, Lucy Caye; brother, Edward McClure, son, John Maseelah, Jr.; and grandchildren, Patrick, Warden, Dawn (Adam), Denny (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Tayden, Uriah, Evelyn, Abagail, Rebecc, Maddie and Kyden; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends and acquaintances.

Wake and rosaries were held February 21, 2013, at Tobacco Plains Band Hall. Services were February 22, 2013, at Pioneer Hall, Grasmere, British Columbia. Interment was at the Rooseville Cemetery.

Henri Michele Christie
RONAN — Henri Michele Christie, 37, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2013, after a long battle with cerebral palsy. She was born in Plains, on February 11, 1976, to Henry and Barbara Christie. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes she was also proud of her Cherokee ancestry, being half of each.

Henri was raised in the Mission Valley. She liked listening to Elvis Presley and loved watching Disney movies.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Mitch Smallsalmon and Lucy Parker; and paternal grandparents, Henry and Marie Christie.

Survivors include her parents, Henry and Barb Christie; sisters, Rose Pierre, Mary “Teeny” Pierre, Sheri Old Horn, Lucille “Muffy” Ross, Lucy Christie, Samantha Old Horn, Susan McCrea and Chanda Christie; brothers, Frank Parker, James Parker, Lester Old Horn, Glen Parker Sr., and Joshua Christie; aunties, Theresa Risland, Maryann KickingWoman, Lela McKee, and Alice Smallsalmon; uncles, Jimmy Dale Whitekiller, Mitch (Ducie) Christie, Stanley (Donetta) Healy, Stephen (Juanita) Smallsalmon and Phillip (Debbie) Paul; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A traditional wake began on March11, 2013, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, with the Rosary being recited Tuesday evening. Wake closing began Wednesday, March 13, with Mass following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Condolences may be left at

Paul Gary Mathias, Jr.
POLSON — Paul Gary Mathias, Jr., 61, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013, at his home. Gary was born July 7, 1951, in St. Ignatius and lived in Washington State for several years.

Gary was considered a Jack-of-all-trades and held several different jobs to prove this. He was the general manager of Sears and Roebuck Co. and Pay and Pack in Yakima, Washington. He also worked for Blue Diamond, in Mount Vernon, Washington, and S&K Electronics, in Pablo. Gary was also a commercial fisherman for many years and worked for the local Mack Days, in Polson.

His hobbies included playing stickgames, hunting, fishing, bingo, keno, and roulette. Gary loved to watch “The Price is Right,” football (Seattle Seahawks being his favorite team), boating, huckleberry picking and attending pow wows. Rodeos, horseracing and boxing were also some of his favorites.

Gary held strong beliefs in his traditional culture and was a proud member of the Kootenai Tribe.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Paul Mathias, Sr.; his mother, Bessie H. Williams; his son, Paul Mathias, III; step-father, Floyd Williams; sisters, Georgette, Marilyn, and Veda Mae Mathias; a brother-in-law, Pat Lefthand, Sr.; his grandfather, Chief Baptiste Mathias; and great-grandfather, Chief Koostahtah.

Gary is survived by his daughter, Mariya Mathias; step-children, Sara Sam, Maggie Sam, and Mikey Edwards; Patrick and James Murphy, from a previous marriage; and a step-son, Terry Howell. His brothers, Reuben (Phyllis Gray) Virgil, Edmund”Bud”, and Tom Williams (Dixie); and sisters, Naida Lefthand, and Cheryl Mathias (Wain). Gary is also survived by his aunts, Patricia Hewankorn, Alice Hewankorn and Mae Noyes; his great-grandmother, Helen Charlo; great-uncle, Tony Anderson, of Cle Elum, Washington; nieces and nephews, Oskie, Josh, Lionel, Issaiah, Zachary, Jacki and Moses, Lisa and James, Phyllissa and Chaskae, Veda, Clarice, Eunice, Marty, Kenny Paul, Louie, Budz, Eric, Cecilia, and Seneca and Kiowa; numerous other nieces and nephews; and grand-nieces and great-nephews.

Wake Services were Sunday, February 10, 2013. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 11, at the Elmo Hall with burial immediately following at Dayton Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care of Grogan Funeral Home.

Gloria Fern Moss Whitworth
POLSON — Gloria Fern Moss Whitworth, 75, formerly of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.

Gloria was born October 11, 1937, in St. Ignatius, to Henry Moss and Elsie Truchot. She attended school in St. Ignatius and Fort Hall, Idaho. She lived different places in Montana and Idaho, spending the last three years in Polson.

In 1953, Gloria married Gene Whitworth. They were later divorced.

She worked as a cook at the State Hospital, in Blackfoot, Idaho. In her free time she enjoyed fishing, sewing, painting and gardening. She was a very accomplished artist. She loved spending time with her family and taking her grandchildren fishing.

Gloria is survived by her children, Roxanne Whitworth, of Arlee, J.R. (Ginger) Whitworth, of Thomas, Idaho, Danny (Robin) Whitworth, of Rexburg, Idaho, Wanda (Bryon) Whitworth, of Polson, and Tina Whitworth, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; sister, Marilyn (John) Woods, of Blackfoot, Idaho; 23 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Kelly Whitworth; brothers, John Moss, Jim Moss, Thomas Moss, George Moss and Frank Moss; sister, Mickey Wadsworth; and granddaughter, Deanna Whitworth.

A funeral service was held February 18, 2013, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue, in Blackfoot. Family met with friends and family on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Hawker Funeral Home prior to services. Interment followed at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Robert Omar Fundingsland
ARLEE — Robert Omar Fundingsland, 69, passed away, February 13, 2013, at his home in surrounded by his family, after a long and courageous battle with kidney failure. Bob was blessed by the loving care of his wife, children and many friends.

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, January 17, 1944, Bob was the thirteenth child of Omar and Mabel Holwell Fundingsland. Bob spent his early years in Crookston, Minnesota, and Parshall, North Dakota, and graduated high school in Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1962. Bob’s dream was to live in Montana. He spent the summers of 1962 and 1963 as a wrangler at the Lazy-K-Bar Ranch, which was founded by the Van Cleve family in the Big Timber Canyon north of Big Timber, Montana. “As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a cowboy. I was fascinated by good guys with white hats and a six gun that never ran out of bullets. But, I was mostly intrigued by cowboys that could rope.” Bob would rope anything that moved, including his mother and later his dogs and children.

Bob married Judy McCrea on October 18, 1969, in Georgetown, Ontario. Judy runs The Russian Olive Bed and Breakfast, in Arlee, and is a board member of the Community Development Corporation (CDC) and founding member of Kill Deer Artisans Guild. Bob had a long and successful career as a financial advisor starting with IDS, concluding with Rocky Mountain Financial in Missoula. Many clients have remained longtime friends through his professional career spanning 42 years.

Bob enjoyed leatherwork, building saddles, and had a passion for cars. He enjoyed photography, playing guitar, and in his later years, golf. But, above all, he loved his family.

Bob is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judith Fundingsland, his son, David Fundingsland, of Beijing, China; his daughter, Carrie Fundingsland; and son-in-law, Francis Okwu, of Los Angeles, California; and three grandchildren, Anika, Afton and Mica Okwu; and siblings, Dianne Hilde, Rita Enge, and Marlene “Sugar” Hanson. Preceded in death by siblings, Joyce Bougie, Dale Fundingsland, Veryl Fundingsland , Phyllis Olson, Esther Steiner, Estelle Fundingsland, Richard Fundingsland ,Carol “Muffy” Fundingsland, and Alaine.

Two memorial services will be held, the first was held on Monday, February 18, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Charlo. The second service will be held in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the late spring. A memorial fund has been set up for his wife, Judith Fundingsland, to aid with expenses. Contributions can be made payable to: Judith Fundingsland, c/o Arlee CDC, P.O. Box 452, Arlee, Montana, 59821.

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Archie Thomas “Big Arch” Carpenter
ST. IGNATIUS — Archie Thomas “Big Arch” Carpenter, 60, joined his precious pugs Toby, Puggs, Jake and Blackie, passing away Sunday evening at his home from a heart attack.

The only boy in triplets that were born in St. Ignatius on February 9, 1953, to James and Irene “Nonie” (Quequesah) Carpenter, he lived in St. Ignatius most of his life. Archie went to school in Ronan and Miles City. He worked at post and pole a majority of his life and sold his beadwork.

Beadwork was his passion. A lot of it is hanging up in most businesses in the Mission Valley. He enjoyed mowing everybody’s yards, and had a love for softball and playing pool.

Also waiting for him on the other side are his parents, Irene “Nonie” (Quequesah) and James Carpenter; grandparents, Columbus and Ursula Bourdon; brother, Jake Carpenter; and sisters, Marlene “Muck” LaFrombois and Charlene Kee.

Survivors include his children, Ike Carpenter, Dillon Carpenter, Joe Olsen, Louie Morigeau, J.J. Morigeau and Dari Ann Garcia; his brothers, Wes Carpenter, Donald Carpenter, and Bert Carpenter; sisters, Marie Carpenter, Tracy Carpenter and Joann Ascencio; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and many friends including his close friend, Annie Hammer.

A wake began Tuesday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being held Wednesday. Wake closing will begin Thursday with Mass following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Snyelmn Sntmtmne. Condolences may be left at

Norma Jean Trickey
ARLEE — Norma Jean Trickey, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 2, 2013. Norma was born on May 20, 1926, in Beatrice, Nebraska, to Dale and Faye Thornburg. In 1942 the Thornburg family moved to Montana and in 1945 settled on their ranch in Evaro.

On June 21, 1945, in Hamilton, Norma was married to Cecil Trickey and together they raised five children. During this time they lived in many places including Evaro, Seeley Lake and Arlee until the time of her death.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Faye Thornburg; brother, Robert 'Bob'; son, Robert Leroy; and granddaughter, Leila.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 and a half years, Cecil, and their four daughers, Pat (Dale) Farrar, Judi (Jesse) Best, Susan (Bruce) Carpenter and Sharon Trickey. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Robert (BT), Annette and Tony, Jimmy, Lora, BC, Wanda, Rick, Gail, Jesse (JJ), Jim, John, Brandt, Blaine, Kim, Brandi, Tina, Shantell, Cecil, Sam, Wenzday; and numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Family services were held on Friday January 4, 2013. Graveside services were in Ronan.

Clara May Bourdon Howlett
POLSON — Clara May Bourdon Howlett passed away February 1, 2013, in Polson. She was born on April 9, 1924, in St. Ignatius, to Joseph and Rosie (Vincent) Bourdon.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was raised and educated at the Urselines before moving to Pierre, South Dakota, where she spent some of the happiest times of her young life. While at Pierre Indian School, she was president of her class; class monitor and was also in the Glee Club that performed “Over the Rainbow” for the Governor of South Dakota. She graduated in 1942.

Upon finishing her schooling she married Eugene Howlett, and to this union they had four children, Ken, Gloria (Jack), Glenn (Sue) and Diana. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Clara moved to Polson in 1998, but lived in Hot Springs for 70 years. She was a wonderful homemaker always baking and making sure everyone’s needs were met. She worked at the Hot Springs rest home for ten years, was a homemaker for the Tribe and cooked at the Senior Center.

She also loved to eat out, go to Bingo and visit her best friend of 50 years, Jean Mitchell. Every year she brought her camp trailer to the Plains Fair where she would meet up with friends and play Bingo.

In accordance with Clara’s wishes, graveside services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Snyelmn Sntmtmne, in St. Ignatius. Messages of condolences may be sent to: P.O. Box 851 Polson, Montana, 59860, or

Karola "BabyGirl" J. ArrowTopKnot WhiteGrass
BROWNING — Karola "BabyGirl" J. ArrowTopKnot WhiteGrass, 81, of Starr School, passed from this life on January 28, 2013, in Browning of natural causes.

Karola was born January 19,1932, to Joseph and Cecile ArrowTopKnot, in Browning. She was the oldest child of 13, her brother and sisters included; Katrina Running Rabbit, Celeste "Buckwheat" ArrowTopKnot, Sylvester "Suckatoe" ArrowTopKnot, Johny WeaselTail, Gary "Stuss" Grant, Shirley "Curly" Running Crane, Gabriel "Sam" Grant, William "Poly" Grant, Bernadette "Marie" Everyone Talks About", Linda Grant, Ernest "Snake" BearPaw, and Elden DogTakingGun.

Karola grew up in Starr School and Cut Bank Creek. She attended elementary in Starr School and high school in Busby.

On a visit home, Karola met Clarence George WhiteGrass while on a horseback ride. They married on April 4, 1947. After Clarence finished his Army Service, they briefly relocated to California and then Washington. They eventually made their home in Starr School and raised their family. Their children include Evette Reed, Tyrone WhiteGrass, Cheryl Bear Medicine, Karen Belcourt, Clarence "Smokey" WhiteGrass Jr., Debbie WhiteGrass BullShoe, Annette WhiteGrass BullShoe, Faron WhiteGrass, and Memory Kittson.

Karola was a noted singer, dancer and guitarist. She performed at various events and was often accompanied by her husband, who played the fiddle while she sang. She also did volunteer work in her community. She took great joy in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends. She was a constant presence at family cookouts, holidays, celebrations, outings and activities. She liked to cook, often being called on for advice and family recipes.

Karola was proceeded in death by her husband, Clarence G. WhiteGrass; her daughter, Karen Belcourt; and her son, Clarence "Smokey" WhiteGrass. She is survived by her sons, daughters, numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren, brothers and sisters and many extended relations whom she all loved dearly.

A wake was held at the Starr School Gym January 30. Rosaries were held on Friday, February 1, funeral and Mass services were held Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Starr School Gym. Burial followed at the White Grass Cemetery.

Michael Richard Kuntz
CHARLO — Michael Richard Kuntz, 67, passed away Tuesday, January 22, in Missoula. Born August 21, 1945, in Ronan to Henry and Myrle (Madison) Kuntz, he was raised in Twin Bridges at the Montana Children's Center. A very private person most of his life, he loved to travel. He had been a trucker, worked for carnivals, a mechanic, and a tinkerer when ever possible. He also enjoyed fishing, writing science fiction stories, singing, and playing guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael; great-grandson, Cylus Dentler; and nephew, PJ Incashola.

Survivors include his companion of 24 years, Barbara Incashola, of Missoula; children, Michael, of Las Vegas, Lillian, of Auburn, Washington, and Sally Cook, of Polson; stepchildren, Joseph Perez and Damon Incashola; sister, Dorothy Kuntz, of Moiese; and brother, Ed Kuntz, of Germany; half-brothers and sisters, Pete Kuntz, of Moiese, Carl Kuntz, of Moiese, Janet Kuntz, of Shelby and Nettie Ott, of Polson; his stepmother, Jeanette Kuntz, of Moiese; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Kenyan Francis Mad Plume
CUT BANK — Kenyan Francis Mad Plume, 7-month-old infant, died from complications of meningitis Saturday, Jan. 26, in Spokane.

He and his twin brother, Mayson, were born May 26, 2012, in Browning, to Mary Old Chief and Peter Mad Plume.

As an angel, he will be greeted in heaven by his uncle, David Redhead; and grandmother Faye Old Chief.

He leaves behind his parents, Mary Old Chief and Peter Mad Plume; his siblings, Alaina Mad Plume, Skylar Old Chief, Krissy Mad Plume, Jeremy H. Mad Plume, Cameron Mad Plume, Colby Mad Plume and twin brother, Mayson; his grandparents, Howard Old Chief, Shirley M. Racine and Peter F. Mad Plume Jr; a special uncle, Wylie Wells; and a large extended family on the Blackfeet Reservation.

A wake was held at Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning. Burial followed in the Willow Creek Cemetery.

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Larry John Gariepy
ST. IGNATIUS – Larry John Gariepy, 77, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013, at St. Luke Hospital. Larry was born October 17, 1935, to Fred and Gertrude Gariepy in Richey. Larry moved to Havre at the age of 9. He moved to Ronan at the age of 10, and finally settled down in St. Ignatius

Larry graduated from school in 1954, and was drafted into the Army. He was a combat engineer for 2 years and served in the Korean War. After the service, he worked for the Callahan’s on their potato farm for a couple years. He went to work at the Elkhorn Lumber Mill, in Missoula, for many years until they sold the company. He worked for Joe Fearon at the mortuary and ambulance service. He was an ambulance driver for 35 years and a volunteer for the fire department for 20 years. He also was a volunteer for Lake County Search and Rescue. He worked for Joe’s Smoke Ring and Joe’s Jiffy Stop for many years. He also delivered the Missoulian.

In June of 1967, he married his little bride Letty, aka (Petie). From this marriage he had three daughters who he spoiled very much and who loved him to the moon and back.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Pete and Steven; sisters, Sharon and Mary; niece, Cheryl (Sparrow); and also a great niece, Dawn.

He is survived by his loving wife, Petie; daughters, Shaunda (Pete) and her family, Billie (Tyler) and her family, and his lil bug Heather (Matt) and her family; and 20 grandchildren. He is also survived by his partners-in-crime and best friends, Ed and Sylvia Miller.

A visitation was held Sunday, January 20, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. A rosary took place that night at the Catholic Mission. Mass was held Monday, January 21, at the Catholic Mission with Father Drew Maddock presiding. Burial took place following the service at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Ignatius Fire Department. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Opal Swaney Cajune
RONAN — A brilliant light has left the world. On January 13, 2013, Opal Swaney Cajune, 86, of Ronan, passed away at her home surrounded by loved ones, songs, and prayers.

Opal was the fifth of seven children born to James Swaney and Mary Catherine McDonald on October 6, 1926. She attended school in Dixon and the Ursuline Boarding School at St. Ignatius, graduating from Dixon High School.

She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CS&KT). She started a career in Indian affairs working for the Tribal Council by taking Tribal Council meeting minutes in the late 1930s. She provided secretarial services to the tribal government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Opal was working for the BIA when she had the opportunity to attend college. She was planning to work with children and began an elementary education program at the University of Montana. During her academic program, she was persuaded to pursue a social work degree. This change marked the beginning of decades of advocacy for children, their families, and for social justice.

Opal directed and conducted the research of social services as provided by the BIA, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. This research included evaluating the status and well being of Indian children in the foster care and adoption system. Her report was utilized to present testimony to the CS&KT Council of the need to establish a tribal social services system. Opal remarked at a public gathering that convincing the council was “not a slam dunk” and that she impressed upon the council representatives that it was also a sovereignty issue. Opal told the council “you know how many fish and deer and elk you have, but you don’t know where your tribal children are who have been lost in the BIA social services system.” Ultimately, the tribes contracted the social services program from the BIA, becoming the first tribal social service program in the region. Opal was the director of this program for eight years, during which she continued to face battles to run the program in the best interest of children.

After Opal’s retirement, people continued to look to her for advocacy, information, and support. She was known to be an expert on the Indian Child Welfare Act and was often called upon as an expert witness. Her concern for the welfare of children did not cease with her employment and she persisted in caring for children within her own family and the community.

Opal was a woman of great vision, compassion, generosity, and spirituality. In her later years, her deep and abiding faith sustained her through difficult times of loss and challenge. Her particular worry and concern was the spiritual poverty she perceived in the community and among young people. She often reminded young people that they were spiritual beings. It was her hope for the younger generations to discover this and find the spiritual strength to become good human beings. Opal seemed to have an endless capacity for love and that was perhaps her greatest gift to those fortunate enough to have known her.

The other great love of Opal’s life was the Flathead River. She grew up on the river by Dixon and learned to swim there. If she could choose a place to be it would be the river, or her other favorite swimming spot at Blue Bay.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary McDonald Swaney; her brothers, Jay, Emory (Doogie), Bill, and Thomas (Bearhead); and her sisters, Doris (who died as a young child) and Eileen Swaney Decker.

She is survived by her six daughters, Mary Sue Ross, Luana Ross (Daniel Hart), Kathy Ross, Duretta Billedeaux, Ramona Cajune, and Julie Cajune; her grandchildren, Paul Ross, Lucy Cruz, Shane Ross, Damon Hart, Ann-Marie Matt, Rose Matt, Naomi Billedeaux, Adrianna Fehrs, AJ Matt, Jeremy Cajune, Bethany Cajune, Jacob Buck, Derek Holt, and Sarah Holt Bennett. She is also survived by thirty-two great-grandchildren and seven great great-grandchildren.

A wake was held for Opal on January 15 and 16, at the home of Opal’s niece and nephew, Patty and Willie Stevens, in St. Ignatius. The first day of the wake was reserved for family members only. Funeral services will be at the Post Creek Methodist Church on January 17, beginning at 11 a.m. Burial services will be held at the family cemetery at the Decker Ranch in St. Ignatius immediately following the funeral service. A meal will then be served at the Methodist Church.

Francis (Frank Sheepe) Weaselhead
SUMPTER , OR —Francis (Frank Sheepe) Weaselhead, 66, joined his wife, Night Wind, into the spiritual world on January 6.

Sheepe was born to Joseph and Madeline Weaselhead on May 4, 1946, in St. Ignatius. Sheepe attended school in St. Ignatius and graduated from Flandreau Indian High School and was drafted into the Army serving two years in the Vietnam War. After serving his country, Sheepe returned home before moving to Reno, Nevada, where he met the love of his life, Beverly; he renamed her Night Wind. They were together over 43 years. Night Wind passed away a year and a half ago.

Frank and Night Wind made their home first in Granite, Oregon, and then in Sumpter, Oregon, where they leave behind many good friends, especially Jody Thompson.

Preceding Frank and Night Wind are his parents, Joe and Madeline; sisters, Stella and Jo Ann Hammer; and brothers, Marvin, Leslie, and Allan Weaselhead.

Survivors include his sisters, Betty, Madeline, and Violet; brothers, Joe, John, Ronnie, Arnold, Dalon, Gerald, and Tony; and Cocoa, his faithful cat.

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held in St. Ignatius at the Longhouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. Condolences may be left at

Leona Mae (Plouffe) Harries
PABLO — Leona Mae (Plouffe) Harries, 75, passed away at her home in Pablo Friday morning.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, she was born in St. Ignatius on March 27, 1937, to Charles and Annie (Sorrell) Plouffe. Raised in St. Ignatius, she was educated at the Urselines before moving to Puyallup, Washington, at 16. At age 18, she married David Renz and they had two daughters. Leona studied nursing at the University of Washington, and later she remarried to Ray Harries and they had a son.

Leona also worked at Boeing as a riveter. An incredible athlete, she started playing softball in her thirties and was an all-star shortstop for the next twenty years. She also was an avid bowler; water skied, was active in the dirt bike poker runs and enjoyed boating.

Leona eventually went to work with family and became a co-proprietor of the Showboat Tavern in Ruston, Washington. Living most of her life in Washington, she moved back to Montana 5 years ago, living with her daughter in Pablo.

She was preceded in death by husband, David Renz; her parents; nieces, Linda Plouffe, Monica and Carol Shepard; nephews, David Plouffe and Orton “Marvin” Sandberg; and siblings, Judy and LeRoy Manning, Louise, Betty Lou, Bernard, Edward, and Ernie Plouffe.

Survivors include her children, Karen Jo (James Bigby) Renz, Raymond Wolf (Erin) Harries, and Georgianna “Pepper” Harries; grandchildren, Brandon Renz, Mackenzie Fortin, Tallon Fortin, Tyler Harries, Megan Harries and Cheyenne Roths; siblings, Lillian Thomas and Cecil Pluff; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation begin Monday at 6 p.m. in the Foster Funeral Chapel in St. Ignatius with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. A Celebration of her life was Tuesday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with Fr. Andrew Maddock, SJ, celebrant. Condolences may be left at

Emma Amelia "Millie" Pierre Beason
ARLEE — On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, Emma Amelia “Millie” Pierre Beason was welcomed home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her loving family who preceded her.

Millie was born to Mary Moss Pierre and Pierre Pete Pierre on Feb. 2, 1927, at home on the family ranch in Arlee. Millie attended Arlee schools.

Millie was an accomplished guitarist and singer who performed with her sister Regina Pierre Cooper at major rodeos throughout the U.S. and Canada. Millie and Regina were also journalists for rodeo sports news and the rodeo magazine Hoofs and Horns. During their accomplishments as performers, they were also recording artists.

In 1959, Millie met the love of her life, John Beason, and they spent the next 46 years together. Millie was an accomplished cook and anyone who came to her home would never leave her home hungry and everyone was always welcome.

Although Millie never had any children of her own she had a profound love for all of her nieces and nephews and took great pride in every one of them. Millie and John spent a number of years as foster parents for her nephews Kean and Michael MCrea. Millie was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was very knowledgeable in her culture and traditions and always tried to pass this on to her nieces and nephews.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, John Beason; mother, Mary; father, Pete; sisters, Felicite Pierre and Angeline (Pierre) Matt; brothers, Izaak Pierre, Peter Pierre and David Pierre.

Millie is survived by her sisters, Regina Pierre Cooper, of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Frances Pierre Hill (Butch), of Arlee; brother, Leonard Pierre, of Arlee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake began Tuesday at the Arlee Community Center. The rosary was at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, closing Thursday with funeral services at the Jocko Catholic Church in Arlee.

Thomas Lee Fry
ST. IGNATIUS — Thomas Lee Fry went to live with his Savior on December 23, 2012, after a long battle with depression.

He was born to Thomas Jacob Fry and Wilda Lee (LaPorte) Fry on March 14, 1966. He lived his entire life in St. Ignatius – a place he both loved and despised. He was an avid outdoorsman and, although he didn’t care for hunting, spent long hours hiking and fishing in the mountains around his home. “Tommy” loved to spend a snowy day gathering firewood or playing with one of his many dogs.

He was married to Melanie Ann Veal on September 1989, together they had 3 children ,Thomas Alan, Brice John and Breanna Nicole Fry, who he was so very proud of and adored! After he and Melody parted ways, he married Robin Marie (Charlton) Fry and shared his life with her until he departed.

For many years (20+), Tommy was a permanent fixture at Hunts Timbers in St. Ignatius. Most days he could be found in “Ernie’s log yard” operating the loaders, running the peeler and grading and scaling the logs brought in by the community. His big blue eyes and easy, gentle smile welcomed all he came in contact with. He attributed Ernie Hunt for saving his life and creating a safe place for him. In February 2009, Tom suffered an injury which prevented him from continuing his employment there. After that, Tom struggled to fill his days with activities that he felt were uplifting. He often said had it not been for his best friend, Stan J. Geis Jr., Tom McCulley and his son Brice’s visits, he would have had no interaction with others outside of his home and Robin.

He was welcomed to Heaven by his adored grandparents, John and Elsie Auwin; his mother, Wilda; and sisters, Teri Lea and Dixie; and his maternal grandparents, Albert and Pearl LaPorte.

He is survived by his wife, Robin; his children, Thomas Alan Fry, Brice John Fry and Breanna Nicole Fry; his step son, Dominique Charlton; father, Thomas Jacob (Jenny) Fry; brother, Reece (Artita) Fry; his friends, Stan Geis, Jr. and Melodie (Mike) Brock; and numerous friends and acquaintances from the community and the Latter Day Saints Church.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in St. Ignatius with burial in the Pleasantview Cemetery. Robin asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Valley Bank to establish a scholarship fund for Breanna, who will be graduating next spring from Sandy High School in Oregon. The community is invited to attend a luncheon following the services at the LDS Church in St. Ignatius.

Michael Little YoungMan
BROWNING — Michael Little YoungMan, 53, “Akoch-Ksik-Otasiks” went to be with the Creator on Saturday morning, December 22.

A member of the Blackfeet Confederacy, he was born in Browning on March 17, 1959, and raised by his grandparents Molly Many White Horses Wolf Chief and Phillip Arrow Top Knot. Following his graduation from high school he attended Browning Community College then the University of Montana for two years before becoming a wildland firefighter. He was a traditional Indian man who tried to live that way in his surroundings and lifestyle. He had an awesome way with elders and children where he always made them smile and happy go lucky and would get along with them right away.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a brother, James Many White Horse; and sister Gwen Small.

Survivors include his children, Michelle Little YoungMan and Margie Kickingwoman; 3 grandchildren and brothers and sister, Lawrence Small, Sam Small, Clayton Arrow Top Knot, Steven Franks, Neil Small, Ernestine Small, Claudette Franks, Collete Franks, Sheldon Franks and Tom Vaile; and a large extended family of Kennedys and Little Youngmans; cousins, nieces, nephews, aunties and uncles.

A wake began on Wednesday at the Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning with the rosary being recited on Friday evening. Funeral services were at Little Flower Catholic Church on Saturday, with burial following in the Willow Creek Cemetery.

Joseph H. Pablo
ARLEE — Joseph H. Pablo, 62, passed away at his home after losing his battle with cancer.

Featured in the Missoulian a few weeks ago, Joe was proud of his Salish Heritage and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Joe was born January 21, 1950, in St. Ignatius to Margaret (Combs) and Joseph Clarence Pablo. He was raised traditionally and educated in Arlee graduating from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. He then joined the Navy, serving during Vietnam Era as a communications tech. Upon his return home he worked in the woods before starting his formal education to become a Mental Health Therapist for Kicking Horse Job Corps and the Tribes. His AA degree was from Salish Kootenai College, his BA from the University of Montana and his MA was from Eastern Washington.

An avid weightlifter he loved being in the woods and running. He also was proud of his sobriety as well as being a fluent Salish speaker and following the traditional ways of his people.

Preceding him in death are his parents, and a brother, Neal Charlo.

He leaves behind his wife, Melinda; children, Vincent Pablo, Mike (Miriam) Couture, Joseph G. Pablo, Robinson Pablo, Matthew Pablo, Michelle (Jesse) Pablo, Gail (Tyrone) Pablo and Margaret Pablo; sisters, Clarice (Rudy) King and Rose (Gil) Parizeau; sister-in-law, Clara Charlo; 22 grandchildren, Vincent, Miranda, Maria, Isabelle, Brianna, Merissa, Jenna, Booda (Violet), Michael, William, Wesley, Francois, Ivan, Lucas, Jarred, Alyssa, Cheyenne, Joseph, Christopher, Morgan, Autumn, and Shelbie; 5 great-grandchildren, Aaron “Peanut” Hazel, Ian, Connor and Marina; and numerous extended family members and friends.

A wake started at the family home and moved to the Arlee Community Center, where the Rosary was recited on Christmas Day. Mass was celebrated Wednesday at the Arlee Community Center, followed with the burial in the Jocko Cemetery where military honors will be presented by the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Condolences may be left at

Douglas E. Morigeau
DIXON — Douglas E. Morigeau, 61, began his journey to the ancestors on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

A longtime employee of the Tribe and Two Eagle River School, Doug is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was born in St. Ignatius on May 11, 1951, to Elmer “Sonny” and Beverly (Smith) Morigeau. He graduated from Dixon High School in 1970 and married his childhood sweetheart, Cheryl Ovitt, on October 30, 1971, in St. Ignatius. They made their home in the Dixon area where he had lived all of his life.

Doug was a man of many interests; depending on how you knew him he may have been one of the best horsemen around never having to break a horse’s spirit. He was a Golden Glove Boxer as a young man, the consummate Griz fan, a sucker for a good western, an outdoorsman enjoyed hunting and for couple weeks every year he who would ride into the South Fork of Jocko and Lee Bell’s Camp with his dad and family. He was a man who taught and took many a grandchild, niece and nephew to fish. He taught and coached others, whether it was Little League or football or just getting them to try to enjoy Melon Days and the rodeo which he very proudly helped found and back. However it was his family that he enjoyed being with most. He enjoyed going to their sporting events and games even learning to watch wrestling. He would have family throw horseshoes with him and made his family larger by including all his friends as family.

Preceded in death by his mother, Bev.

Doug is survived by a very large family and will be missed by each and every one of them.

A wake began Thursday in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with funeral services held last Friday in the Longhouse. Burial followed in the family cemetery near his home. Condolences may be left at

Robert Eugene “Bob” Van Gunten
RONAN – Robert Eugene “Bob” Van Gunten, 63, went to be with the Creator on Tuesday evening in Ronan.

The former chairman of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, he was born in Sunburst on May 24, 1949, to Lyle and Emma (Gardipee) Van Gunten. He was raised and educated in the Shelby area before joining the United States Marine Corps. His tour of duty in Vietnam was from 1967-1969. He was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds. Upon his return he went to Flathead Valley Community College, where he met and married Beverly Hey, to this union was born his first son. He then attended the University of Montana. His family moved to Bozeman where he finished his education and worked at Montana State University, there he helped develop the Native American Careers and Health Program. Bob and Beverly divorced, and he returned to Missoula where he was the Center Director of the Qua Qui Indian Center. He then married Renee Camel. They moved back to the valley and together they had three children. He has been an instrumental part of the Salish Kootenai College, retiring in 2006.

He stayed active after his retirement reclaiming old wood from barns and buildings, cutting firewood, hunting and drying meat, as well as enjoying his grand kids and family. He was also the Tribal Historian for the Little Shell, worked relentlessly for their Federal recognition and designed the original flag for the Tribe. He proudly served on the Mission Valley Honor Guard and was an important part of their unit.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beverly Miller; and brothers, Billy and Jimmy.

He is survived by his children; Kevin (Amber), of Grangeville, Idaho, William “Bill”, Charles “Charlie" and Alice, all of Ronan; sisters, Wanda Shourds, of Polson, and Donna Pace, of Pablo; and a brother, Stan Strom, of Helena; 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A wake began on Sunday in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, with the Rosary recited that evening. The funeral was held Monday in the Longhouse, the burial followed at the Ronan Cemetery, where military honors were presented. Condolences may be left at

Patricia “Patsy” (O’Neill) Corcoran
ARLEE — Patricia “Patsy” (O’Neill) Corcoran, 51, passed away on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula.

A visitation was on Wednesday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission, with the Rosary recited Wednesday evening. Mass was Thursday in St. Ignatius Mission, followed with the burial in the Jocko Cemetery. A complete obituary will follow in next week’s paper.

Octave A. Finley
PABLO — Octave A. Finley, 84, began his journey to the ancestors on November 15, 2012, while surrounded by his loved ones.

A respected elder and cultural leader of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born in St. Ignatius on November 1, 1928, to Camille and Mary Finley. Raised traditionally, he joined the Army serving for two years before switching to the Air Force where he was a jet mechanic for 18 years. During his time in the service he married Edna Murphy, of Alabama, and they were blessed with four children. On Octave’s return from military service he worked for the Irrigation Project and then for Mission Valley Power.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Camille, Mary and Pete Beaverhead; daughter, Mary Lou “Tomie”; sister, Angelic Finley Matt; uncles, Joe and Pete Eneas; cousin Dorothy Felsman; and a nephew, Camille.

Survivors include his wife Edna, children Richard, Frank, Oather “Dusty”, Angie and Samantha; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; his nieces & nephews Tweety, Russell, Joe and Kathy as well as the many people whom he adopted and called his friends.

A wake began Friday at the Longhouse with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Wake begin at noon on Monday and was followed by Mass in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Snyelmn Sntmtmne with military honors. Condolences may be left at

Lois M. Dupuis
POLSON — Lois M. Dupuis passed away on November 27, 2012, at the age of 94. An enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), Lois ventured far from home, for a lady of her generation, seeking employment. After serving as the recording secretary of the first federally recognized tribal council of the CSKT, she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Billings and for the Crow Tribe of Montana. She then transferred to work in Washington D.C. for the Pentagon and met and married fellow tribal member James Phillip Dupuis. She met Jim through the ‘moccasin telegraph’ as she was rooming with two of his sisters at the time.

Upon retirement from the Forest Service, Lois and Jim became cherry orchardists on Finley Point. At 72, Lois lost her sight and became a Montana leader in bringing awareness to the training and services needed by people of low vision. Lois was selected, from a field of 6500 nominees, for a 1999 “Ageless Hero” award, winning in the “Beating the Odds” category for overcoming the challenges of a disability by Blue Cross-Blue Shield Insurance. Lois started the Mission Valley Chapter of the Montana Association of the Blind, and at 84, served as host and organizer of the 2002 Annual State Conference. Lois served as the Prayer Chain Chair for the First Baptist Church for 10 years.

She was the eldest daughter of Fred and Hellen Houle, and was preceded in death by her husband, James; daughter, Janet; son, Victor; sister, June Dullaghan; and brother, Fred, Jr.

She is survived by her sisters, Lora, Allene, and Rosemary; brother, Bob; daughter, Anita; son, Virgil; grandchildren, Lucas and Ana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing was November 28 and 29 at Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. A memorial service followed by a luncheon was held at the First Baptist Church on Highway 35, on November 30, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lois’ name to the Montana Association for the Blind or the First Baptist Church. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Mike Reynolds
CUT BANK — Mike Reynolds, 71, whose humor, wisdom, work ethic and dedication earned the respect and made a difference in the lives of more young people than most of us will ever know in a lifetime passed away at home Wednesday November 28, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

John M. (Mike) Reynolds was born October 6, 1941, in San Francisco, California, to Montana natives John R. and Marie Grenier Reynolds. Moving to Polson during his young teen years, Reynolds, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, was a graduate of Polson High School, Class of 1959, a class (with friendships, give or take a year either way) whose bonds still remain strong. He continued his schooling at Northern Montana College and earned his degree in elementary education from the University of Montana in 1963. In 1964, Reynolds enlisted as a member of the 650th Personnel Service Company of the United States Army Reserve, Great Falls, and served for six years. His name is among those honored at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Warrior/Veterans Wall of Remembrance at the Eagle Circle, in Pablo.

Teaching one year in Power, Montana, in 1962, and then moving to Cut Bank, Reynolds began a career as an educator and coach that would span the next 50 years, finishing with the 2012 cross-country season. Many middle school English students came under his tutelage; his passion was track and field and cross-country, and for Reynolds there was no finish line. He would always be preparing for the next meet, the next season. Inducted into the Montana High School Association Coaches Hall of Fame and the National High School Association Coaches Hall of Fame, Reynolds was tireless in helping young athletes attain their potential. His life-long friendships with like-minded coaches reached across the state and country.

Reynolds married Linda Cook at a family ranch near Geraldine, December 23, 1973. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Jill Reynolds and Erin Reynolds, of Portland, Oregon; son, John Reynolds, currently living in Cut Bank; siblings, Richard Reynolds, Sharon Reynolds and Joseph Browning, all of Polson; and aunt, Dorothy Grenier, of Portland, Oregon.

The family’s deepest appreciation goes out to the doctors and staff at Benefis East, Great Falls, and Northern Rockies Medical Center, Cut Bank, for their excellent care. And also to nurse/neighbor, Janice Fauque, whose willingness to step in allowed Mike to be at home during his final weeks. Memorials may be made to: Rockies Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 10, Cut Bank, Montana, 59427; or, Polson High School Class of ’59 Scholarship, 32564 Skidoo Lane, Polson, Montana, 59860.

Cremation has taken place; a celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at Cut Bank High School. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Olive Ella Frey "Tootie"
RONAN — Olive Ella Frey “Tootie”, passed away at the age of 89 at St. Luke’s Hospital in hospice care on November 10, 2012.

She was born June 2, 1923, in Bridger to Clarence and Sadie Spencer. Raised and educated in Bridger and Moiese, she married Harry Frey in January of 1942.

Tootie worked at F&F Fabrics in St. Ignatius, at the hospital in St. Ignatius as a Nurse’s Aide, at the St. Ignatius school kitchen, Mission Drug, Country Side Café and Old Timers Café.

Tootie was an active member in the Order of the Easter Star for over fifty years. She spent much of her time sewing blankets and clothing for the Shiners’ Children’s Hospital, and donated her work to Organization “Daughters of the Nile”.

Tootie spent her time and life dedicating her time to others. Whether it was time in an organization such as, Eastern Star, or her sewing room, she was always concerned with people other than herself. It is an understatement to say she was selfless, and it showed in her works. We will all miss her warm embrace and comforting laughter. She taught many to live life “as it is”, hard yet rewarding, but no matter the hardships, joy will shine through in family and friends. Let’s let us all remember what life is truly about when thinking of the times we spent with those such as Grandma Tootie.

Proceeded in death by: her husband, Harry Frey; and her brothers, Arthur Spencer and Lee Spencer.

Survived by: her three sons, Larry (Helen) Frey, of Polson, Raymond (Dolly)Frey, of St. Ignatius, and Dennis Frey, of Kalispell; her siblings, Walt Spencer, Faye Sweeney, Myrtle (Leo) Schroeder and Dixie Parker; grandchildren, Richard Frey, Judy Hudek, Heather Stiles, Colleen Frey-Cordier, Ben Frey, Sadie Frey-Harris, Troy Frey, Nikki Karish, Lacy Frey, Josh Felton, and Stacy McElderry; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Mission Valley United Methodist Church, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Friends and family please join us for services with a lunch to follow.

Memorials to Mission Valley United Methodist Church, donations to “The Order of the Eastern Star” in care of: Joanne Brock, 38191 St. Mary’s Lake Road, St. Ignatius, Montana, 59865.

Randy Joe Santos
ARLEE — Randy Joe Santos, 36, passed away in Arlee on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Randy was born September 3, 1975, in St. Ignatius, to Rosemary and Raymond Santos. Randy is a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe. He was raised and graduated high school in Arlee.

Randy met Shawna Ringle in 1989, and together they had a baby girl Tiara Rose Santos, the love of his life.

Randy spent some time in Spokane, Washington, and moved back in 2008 to help take care of our mother and devoted his time to her until she passed.

Most recently Randy met Tiffany Griffin, whom he fell in love with and she brought him a lot of happiness in their short time together.

Our brother was a good man with a big heart and he truly cared and loved his family as we did him. We will truly miss him and his contagious smile.

Randy is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Santos, Sr., and his mother, Rosemary Santos. Survivors include a daughter, Tiara Rose Santos; brothers, Raymond, Jr. (Liz), Roman, Robbie, Ricky (Collette), Jess (Lisa), Michael (Sandy) and Ronald (Tosh); sisters, Gloria (Steve) and Trudy (Joe); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake began Friday at the Arlee Indian Senior Center with the rosary being recited on Sunday at 8 p.m. The wake service was November 26, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center, followed by Mass at the Jocko Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at

Charles Grantham
THOMPSON FALLS — Charles Grantham, 89, a longtime resident and husband, of Mabel Lambert, passed away Saturday in Missoula.

One of 9 children, he was born in Haynes, North Dakota, on March 28, 1923, to Otto and Sophie Grantham. He served in the Navy before he started his long career of working in the woods, whether it was in the woods, at the mill, or at LHC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and two children, Charlene Larsen and Leonard Grantham.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel; children, Faye (Ray) Franck and Boyd Grantham; a daughter-in-law, Alvira Grantham; and son-in-law, Stephen Larsen; sisters-in-laws, Edna and Judy; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be left at

Douglas W. Lane
CHARLO — Douglas W. Lane, 56, passed away December 2, 2012, in Missoula.

Born in Lafayette, Indiana, on February 22, 1956, to Hershel and Pauline Lane. In 1979 he left Indiana to chase after his girlfriend who moved to California. They eventually married and he made Huntington Beach his home. While in California he was an electrician and mechanic. Because health issues he moved to be closer to his son, 4 years ago. He is survived by his son, Jeremy Lane, his son’s children, Koda & Shy Lane; daughter, Christy Lane, her 2 children; and siblings, Doug Lane, Mary Holmes, Vicky Lane Arnold, Connie Kezer, Ed Lane and Mark Lane.

Services are planned in California at a later date. Condolences may be left at

Monica Vanderberg
ARLEE — Monica Vanderburg, 27, passed away November 19, 2012, in Missoula from respiratory failure due to inhalant use.

Born in St. Ignatius on January 1, 1985, she was the New Years baby for 1985. Proud of her Salish and Oglala Lakota heritage, she made the Reservation her home living her life and enjoying the freedom it gave her.

She is survived by her parents, Wayne (Sandy) Vanderburg, of Pablo, and Val Brings Yellow, of Oglala, South Dakota; her children, Tristan Isiah, Ethane Zachary and Trevor Austin; her Kahneh, Frances Vanderburg; grandpa, John C. BringsYellow Sr., siblings, Alonzo, Martin (Chelsi) Vanderburg, Jubilee (Aaron) Santos, Rayvis Vanderburg and step sister, Coralea “Maya” Barnaby; nieces and nephews, Alyssia, Amare, Keyshia, Juaquin, Eshan, Alonny and Madison; aunts and uncles, (Winona) BringsYellow, John (Virginia) BringsYellow, Reggie (Vina) Roan Eagle, Malissa (Dane) Morigeau, Arleen Adams; and many, many more aunties, nunus and cousins.

A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Arlee Community Center, with wake closing at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Mass will follow at the Jocko Church at 3 p.m. Family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial be made in her name to Safe Harbor. Condolences may be left at

Desmond Paul "Dez" Pablo
ST. IGNATIUS — Desmond Paul “Dez” Pablo, 29, went to be with the Creator on Saturday, November 24, 2012. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born September 10, 1983, in St. Ignatius, to Roger and Maxine (Adams) Pablo. He was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation by his parents, and on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington by his Qene’, Leota Pablo.

A woodsman by trade, he post and poled until a logging accident left him in a wheelchair. Even this didn’t slow Dez down! As a lifelong “hoopster,” he was undefeated in all games for the last couple of years he played. He played all over Washington, Idaho and Montana with the “Descendants,” “Desert Horse” and “Hillside Ballers.” He always loved his basketball and was still the “Biggest Baddest Indian Around,” in his words!

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Price; grandparents, Louis “Pug” Pablo, Sr., and Nadine Papin Adams; aunt, June Iona Pablo; cousins, Louie Roy Pablo III, Viola Brown, Heather Adams and Geralynn Grayboy; nieces, Omniara Pablo, Marie Burke and Baby Heather Adams; and nephews, Michael OneHorn and Louis Snowy Mountain Shepard.

He leaves behind his parents, Roger and Maxine Pablo; significant other, Mary Jo Hawk; daughter, Ayden, and Roll Dogg Tuggers; brothers, Roger Jr. and William Pablo (Kristina); sisters, Deah Adams (Kevin); and twin sister, Rosi Pablo (Matt); Qene’, Leota Pablo; grandfather, LouisAdams (Gert); uncles, Danny Pablo Sr. (Stephanie), Eddie Pablo Sr. (Lori), Louie Pablo Jr., Eugene “Bones” Pablo, Jim Adams, Ray Adams and Jason Adams (Autumn); aunts, Myrna Dumontier (Greg), Brenda Morton (Randy), Arleen Adams (Bill) and Andrea Adams; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members from Montana and Washington.

A wake began Monday at the Arlee Community Center, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Wake closing began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, with Mass following at the Community Center. Interment was be at Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at or

Linda Plouffe
RONAN — Linda Plouffe, 45, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Missoula.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was born Nov. 2, 1967, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Bernard Louis Plouffe and Lillie Sanchez. A dedicated mother, she made her home in Tacoma until 1999, when she moved to Ronan. Linda loved to gamble, listen to KORN, watch detective movies and go to secondhand stores and yard sales. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Plouffe; and cousin, Monica Shepard.

She is survived by her children, Matthew (Chasity Maestas) Vanham, Jason (Natessa Shigley) Vanham, and Garrett Plouffe; brothers, Joe Plouffe and Louis Plouffe (his children, Teresa and Robert Plouffe); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake was started at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being at 7 p.m. Sunday, with a Mass being held Monday at 11 a.m., in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Condolences may be left at

Robert R. Colman
ST. IGNATIUS — Robert R. Colman, 36, passed away Nov 21, 2012, in Missoula. A member of the CS&KT, he was born to Randy Wheeler and Linda Colman on April 16, 1976, in St. Ignatius.

A woodsman by trade, he was also an Indian Firefighter, working often with the Montana Indian Fire Fighters. A practical joker by nature, he was also an avid Griz fan who enjoyed his video games and weight lifting.

Survivors include his son, Ethan; parents, Randy (Laneta) Wheeler and Linda (Chuck Zeiler) Colman; sisters, Melinda Simpson, Melissa Taylor and Bobbi Jo Wheeler; brother, Will Wheeler; as well as numerous aunties, uncles, cousins and friends.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in the Longhouse with wake closing beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will be in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

John Edward Fisher
ARLEE — On Monday November 12, 2012, John Edward Fisher began his journey to the ancestors. He was born February 7, 1961, to William Sr. and Violet Fisher.

John is survived by his fiancée, Dacia Marie Vollin; daughters, Tia (Ted) and Naomi; sons, Robert (Megan) and Kevin; granddaughter, Ahriah; mother, Violet Fisher; sisters, Virginia (Jim) and Christine (Mike); and brothers, Mickey (Dacia) and Les (Inj). He is preceded in death father, William Sr.; sister, Mona; and brother, Ronald.

A wake started Wednesday, November 14, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. The rosary was on Thursday, November 15. Wake closed on Friday, Nov 16, and the mass followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Jocko Cemetery.

Condolences may be left at

Mary Josephine Paul Inmee Hawk Quequesah
ST. IGNATIUS —Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Elder, Mary Josephine Paul Inmee Hawk Quequesah, passed away on October 24, 2012. Josephine enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great grandkids Jayden, Jasmine and Geniva. She liked visits from family and friends and will be truly missed by all those who loved her.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, John Peter Paul and Agnes Pokerjim Paul; her husbands, Eneas Inmee, James L. Hawk and Pierre “Pete” Quequesah; brother, Jr.; daughters, Elizabeth Jo, Sara C, Susan, Linda, and Billie Mae Inmee; and son, James A. Hawk.

Surviving her are daughters, Mary Jane (Dwight), Mary Ann (River), Janice, Rose Ann (Tino), and Lola Hawk; stepdaughter, Linda (Ken); sons, Richard (Val), and Eneas P. (Linda); siblings, Adele Meshell, Nancy (Lee) Grant, and Phillip (Debbie) Paul; grandchildren, Curstin, Justin, Lynsey, Amber (Lyle) Raymond, Katrina, Mary, Galen and Byron; great-grandchildren, Ayden and Lanato; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A wake began last Thursday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, while the Rosary was held on Friday at 8 p.m. Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Ronan Cemeteries. Condolences may be left at

Charlene Rose Hansen
ISSAQUAH, WA. — Charlene Rose Hansen, 89, passed away on October 19, 2012 at Providence Marianwood. Charlene was born on January 19, 1923, in St. Ignatius, the daughter of Charles and Agnes Madsen. Charlene was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe. Charlene married Glen Hansen on July 15, 1945, in Renton.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen, and her oldest son, Jerry Hansen. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Cecille Tellier McClure, Margaret Tilden, Laura McClure, Geneva Stevens, June Cordas, and Bernadette Barrett; and her brothers, Ed Madsen and Charles Madsen.

Survivors include four sons, Clifford (Lynn), of North Bend, Steven (Abbie), of Kennewick, Thomas, of Issaquah, and Edward (Rhonna), of Issaquah; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren, Elaine Hansen-Dahl (David), Gage Hansen; Brian Hansen (Elisha), Blake, Bailey, Kaleb and Emma; Shawn Hansen and Shawn Jr.; Jamie Hansen (Heather), Mackenzie, Sawyer and Easton; Scottie Hansen (Tonya), Avery, Preston and Evan; Stephanie Hansen-Roberts (Andy) Steven, Audrey and Sylvia; Chris Hansen; Jeff Hansen, Layne, Logan and Rainna; Danny Hansen (Brandi) Tatum and Madison; Calem and Colton Hansen. She is also survived by: several nieces and nephews in Montana, Idaho, Washington, South Dakota, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

A funeral service for Charlene Rose Hansen was held Friday, October 26, 2012, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, Wash. A celebration of life and potluck lunch followed at Brian and Elisha Hansen’s home in Issaquah.

Friends are invited to view her personalized obituary and sign the family’s online guest book at

Louis Baptiste “Sonny” Charlo, Jr.
BIG ARM — Louis Baptiste “Sonny” Charlo, Jr., 55, passed away from cancer on October 17 in Kalispell Regional Hospital. A member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai tribe, he was born in St. Ignatius on December 13, 1956, to Virginia Ascencio and Louis B. Charlo, Sr. Raised and educated locally, Sonny went on to become the Science Teacher at Two Eagle River. He was preceded in death by: his father, Louis; and a sister, Charlo Dick.

He is survived by: his wife, Cynthia E. Antiste Charlo; his children, Loushie (Marty) Charlo, Zale Nahquuaddy, and Marlene Antiste; his mother, Virgie Charlo; brothers & sisters, Wahneta (Ken) Logue, Francine (Joe) Dupuis, Sissy (Boge) Plante, Tiny Charlo, Mike (Janet) Charlo and Charlie (Zelda) Charlo, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center, with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. on Friday. Wake closing was on Saturday, October 20, 2012, with the Mass following at 10 a.m. Interment followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Marcia Jo Leishman
ST. IGNATIUS — Marcia Jo Leishman, known affectionately as Marci, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at the age of 61.

Marci was born in Missoula on February 6, 1951. Her family then moved to California when she was 2 years old. As a young girl in California, she loved going to Disneyland with her family, learned to play the accordion and enjoyed tap dancing.

When she was a teenager, her family moved to Stevensville to help take care of the family farm. Marci finished her schooling at Stevensville High School and earned her Associate degree in Interior Design at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho.

Shortly after graduating from Ricks College, she met Aaron Leishman and they were married March 3, 1973, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Manti, Utah. They moved to St. Ignatius, where together they raised nine children, maintained a family farm, worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan, and she was also part of her local community and church.

Marci found great joy in serving others and spending time with her family. She loved being a grandmother and spoiling her many grandkids. She had 20 grandchildren and could easily remember each one’s birthday and special moments in their lives.

Marci is survived by: her husband, Aaron; parents, Garrick Wayne and Fern Fillmore; siblings, Paula, Toni, David and Natasha; nine children, Shaun, Craig, Ginger, Kevin, Chad, Damon, Timothy, Adam and Tiffany; their spouses; and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 27, at the St. Ignatius Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment followed in the Pleasantview Cemetery.

Albert Luke Caye
POLSON — Kootenai Elder, Albert Luke Caye, 77, passed away early Monday, October 29, at St. Josephs Hospital. He was born in Lonepine, Montana, on June 6, 1935.

His services are as follows: Wake: 3 p.m. October 30, Elmo Community Center.

Rosary: Wednesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. in the Elmo Community Center. Funeral Mass: Thursday, November 1, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow Mass at Dayton Cemetery.

Grogan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Clark Martin Marquart
RONAN — Clark made his journey home to heaven Friday, October 19, 2012, at St. Luke Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born July 8, 1927, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Samuel and Elsie Marquart; Clark was one of five boys.

Clark enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and proudly served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. While serving in the South Pacific, Clark befriended a fellow shipmate, Andrew (Andy) Matt. It was through Andy that Clark met his present love, Betty (Matt) Marquart, in 1945, while on shore leave. However their story did not fully begin until 1978 and later married October 13, 1979.

Clark married his first wife Darlene (Osgood) November 30, 1948, in Littleton, Colorado. From this marriage Clark was blessed with two sons, Keith (Pam) Marquart and Rick (Paulette) Marquart. Though Clark and Darlene later divorced, he remained devoted to his boys and found great joy in their accomplishments.

In 1961 Clark married Joy (Parsons); from this marriage his daughter Christina (Wayne) Stalzer was born. Christina was the apple of her daddy’s eye and the two remained close despite the geographical miles between them.

During the summer of 1978, Clark made a trip to the Seattle area to visit his old Navy shipmate, Andy Matt. It was during this visit that Clark ran into the sweetheart from his youth, Andy’s younger sister, Betty. Over time, Clark and Betty rekindled their friendship and from this friendship sprung forth a loving partnership lasting 33 years. From this marriage Clark acquired more children; a blended family filled with love, laughter and shenanigans.

Of all of the joys in Clark’s life, there was no greater joy than that of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was grandpa,“guerpa,” and poppa to many, including all those he adopted throughout the years. Along with the joy of being a grandpa, Clark also had a love of socializing. He was well known throughout the Charlo and Ronan area as the “lunch delivery man.” He treasured the relationships he built through his delivery service and enjoyed swapping stories to any and all whom would listen.

Clark is preceded in death by both of his parents, his four brothers, and his shipmate and best friend, Andy Matt.

Clark is survived by his wife Betty, residing at the family home in Charlo; Keith (Pam) Marquart and family of Oklahoma; Rick (Paulette) Marquart, of St. Ignatius; Christina (Wayne) Stalzer, of Iowa; Denice (George) Goodale and family, of St. Ignatius; Cheryl Colacurcio, of St. Ignatius; John “Duffy” (Cora) McQuade and family, of Federal Way, Washington; Stacey Kiehn and family, of Ronan; Kim Colacurcio-Snyder and family, of Ronan; Carol Gerisch, of St. Ignatius; Paula Daquila, of St. Ignatius; Mae Daquila, of Ronan; Bernice (Matt) Tallant, of Seattle, Washington; Sandi (Matt) Stevens, of Monroe, Washington; and all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Clark’s life was held at the Mission Mountain Worship Center on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. All who knew Clark were invited to go and share their “Clark Experience.” Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Victoria J. “Vicki” (Lumpry) Brown
ST. IGNATIUS — Victoria J. “Vicki” (Lumpry) Brown, 70, of Helena, passed away September 4, 2012, in Billings.

Born to Victor and Josephine (Moses) Lumpry on January 12, 1942, in Arlee, she was raised in Evaro by her parents Pete and Mary (Poker Jim) Lumpry. Educated locally, she married Gerald G. Brown on March 27, 1964, and they made their home in various towns on the reservation until 1976 when they moved to Helena.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she enjoyed beading when she wasn’t taking care of her home and family.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; daughter Robin Brown; and sister Yvonne Fyant.

Survivors include: her husband, Gerald, of Helena; children, Suesan Lumpry, of Helena, Gerald Brown Jr., of Helena, and Jacki (David) Brown, of Coram; sisters, Celina Nault, Laura Lumpry, and Jeanie (Fudd) Peak, all of Arlee; brothers, Vic Lumpry Jr., of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, and Dewey Lumpry, of Missoula; grandchildren, Brian (Jeni) Brown and Camas Fortin. As well as a large extended family and numerous friends, and ‘sisters’ Dolly Linsbigler and Sophie Haynes.

Randall James Kipp
BROWNING — Randall James Kipp, 23, died of injuries sustained after being struck by a motor vehicle Thursday, October 4, 2012, south of Browning. He was a ranch hand for numerous families on the Blackfeet Reservation, as well as a security officer.

Randall is preceded in death by grandparents: Antoine and Mary Charlo; Jack and Genevieve Morigeau; James “Kippy” Kipp; and James and Nellie Kipp.

Survivors include: mother Judith Bull Calf, of Browning; father Brian C. Kipp (Bunnie), of Pablo; and sisters Madison, Charmeon, and Johnna Bull Calf, of Browning. He leaves behind many relations in the Morigeau, Charlo, Sorrell, Plant, Moran and McClure families.

His wake was at Glacier Homes Community Center, with services held each evening. Funeral services were Wednesday at the Browning Full Gospel Church, and the burial followed in Willow Creek Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Henry H. Normandeau
RONAN — Henry H. Normandeau passed away on September 29, 2012, at home with his family by his side. He was born March 6, 1929, to Patrick Francis and Mary Irene Dubay Normandeau. He grew up on the family farm in Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School in 1947. He attended MSU in Bozeman before returning to Ronan to help with the family farm.

He married Susanna Klossner, of Switzerland, on May 14, 1960, and they and their four children farmed the Spring Creek Ranch until 1980. He fulfilled his desire for continuing his education by taking classes at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. In April 1991, Henry was hired by the Natural Resource Department for a Wildlife Project. In May, Henry was granted a leave of absence to complete work with the University of Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. He returned to the Wildlife Department as a Wildlife Technician seasonal employee until he retired in 2006. He truly enjoyed the relationships he had with his coworkers; they have remained good and loyal friends with his family.

Henry was also a respected member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. He was an invaluable part of the reintroduction of swans to the Mission Valley. Henry was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and had a love of reading and learning. He was a private licensed pilot and loved to fly. Another of his joys was music, playing the violin and accompanying Susanna at piano.

He is survived by: his wife Susanna of 52 years; sons, Paul and Tom; daughters, Mary (Jim) and Nancy (Ben); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Rupert, James, Louie and Harold; and sisters Berta, Ione and Rose.

He will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan, with Reverend Rand Drollman officiating.

Dean G. Spletstoser
HOT SPRINGS — Dean G. Spletstoser, 74, passed away September 24, 2012, at his home in Hot Springs.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Fisher) Spletstoser and step son Richard Fisher and family.

In accordance with his wishes no service is planned at this time.

Mark Francis Felsman
ARLEE — Mark Francis Felsman “Moose”, 41, passed away September 26, 2012, in an auto accident in Arlee.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Mark was born October 21, 1970, in Missoula, to Mary Ducy Matt-Parker and Mark M. Felsman. Mark grew up in Arlee and went to Arlee High School. Mark got his GED and went to 2 years of college. Mark worked for CSKT Forestry, he enjoyed fishing, playing pool, hunting, and was the loving father to all of his children.

Mark is preceded in death by; father Mark Marion Felsman, twin sister Twila Marie Felsman, sisters Carolyn Rose Brooks, Rhonda Parker, Anna Beth Felsman, brother Alan Parker, daughter Jordan Raleigh Felsman, and Tony Cutfinger.

Mark is survived by; his wife Chauntel Sorrell, children, Mark Felsman, Sayyddah Hannah Dupuis, Jocelyn Twila Dawn, Ozzy Joseph, mother Mary Lucy Parker Matt, Charlo Rahn Antoinete, brothers Darwin (Mona) Parker, Randal Parker, Timothy Parker, Gene Felsman, Terry Felsman, Dennis Felsman, Doug Felsman, sisters, Cheryl Parker and Melissa Felsman.

A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center last Thursday, with the Rosary on Friday, Mass on Saturday and burial followed Jocko Cemetery.

Ronald G. MacDonald
ST. IGNATIUS — Ronald G. MacDonald passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Community Hospital of Anaconda. He and some of his friends were four-wheeling near Georgetown Lake and early that morning his Lord and Maker called him home.

Ron was born December 15, 1949, in Kalispell to Ronald and Mary MacDonald. He was raised in Kalispell. He served in the U.S. Army Reservefor 22 years, including service in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ron worked for Mission Valley Power for 33 years, retiring in 2007.

Ron truly lived life to the fullest. Spending his free time four-wheeling, Jeeping, camping, boating and helping friends in need whenever he got the chance. He spent the winters of his retired life in Yuma, Ariz., and his summers going from one outdoor activity to the next. If you ever had the chance to meet Ron, you know he was the most caring, loving, considerate and ornery person alive. Anywhere he went, he met new friends, and every town he visited, he made sure to stop in and see them.

Survivors include his children, Angie Ripple (Brian), Michael MacDonald (Erin) and Rona MacDonald, and Alexis Fritz (Ryan); his mother, Mary MacDonald; his siblings, Marilyn Smith (Art) and Jeanette Wetzel; his grandchildren, Casen, Deakon and Josie Ripple; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Linda MacDonald; and father, Ronald MacDonald.

A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Thursday, Sept 27. A memorial service was held on Friday, September 28, at the St. Ignatius Christian Church.and was followed by a reception. Burial services took place at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius after the service.

Jessica L. Matt
ST. IGNATIUS — Jessica L. Matt, 30, passed away September 23, 2012, in Minneapolis, MN.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe she was born July 8, 1982 in Ronan to Patricia Matt and Robin Walking Eagle. As a child she moved to Minneapolis where she started her family.

Jessica liked to sing and make music videos as well as dressing up and going out on the town.

She is preceded in death by her father and grandmother Lucille OldHorn.

Survivors include her children Arianna Hernandez, Kristopher Hernandez, Moses Hernandez and Adrianna Matt; her grandfather Pat Matt Sr.; her siblings Natasha WalkingEagle, Regina Matt, Anton Miller, Jonah Matt, Joseph Matt and Jesse WalkingEagle and numerous aunties and uncles including Phillip Matt Sr., Earl “Pat” Matt Jr., Lori OldHorn, William John Matt, Marie “Smurf” Matt, Angel Howard and Fred Matt.

A wake was Wednesday at noon in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Wednesday evening. Closing will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Longhouse with Mass being celebrated at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will follow in the Camas Prairie. Condolences may be left at

Yvonne Marie “Von” Barnaby
ST. IGNATIUS — Yvonne Marie “Von” Barnaby, 39, passed away from an auto accident on Thursday.

Yvonne was born to Wesley Carpentier and Bernita Barnaby on Dec 28, 1972 and was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. She was raised in St. Ignatius by her grandparents Thomas and Sophie (Pokerjim) Barnaby, and graduated from Two Eagle High River School in 1993.

A lifelong cook, she worked at Subway and Head Start, and most recently worked at the Arlee Center.

Besides Facebook (all day – every day), Von also love the rain, playing pool, and spending time with friends and family. But most of all, she cherished every moment with her kids. She was always laughing and smiling. Von loved make others around her laugh and smile, too.

She was preceded in death by her mother Bernita; grandparents Thomas and Sophie Barnaby and James and Irene (Quequesah) Carpentier; aunts Charlene and Marlene; and uncle Jake Carpentier.

She leaves behind her children Coraleah, Sophie, Treylon and Aggie; her father Wes Carpentier; her companion Jim; her siblings Sunny Mahseelah-Pierce, Tyson Whitworth, Raylene Jungers, David, Ronald, and Raymond Parnell, and Logan and Selah Carpentier; aunts and uncles Janine Barnaby, Katsy (John) Barnaby, Barb Barnaby, Lydia (Ray) Fisher, Deborah Barnaby, Joe (Rena) Barnaby, Archie, Marie, Donald, and Bert and Tracey Carpentier.

A wake began Saturday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Monday evening at the Longhouse. Wake closing was Tuesday and Mass in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment was at Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

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Lenore Marie Padilla
RONAN — Lenore M. Padilla died on Thursday, September 13, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 5, 1932 in St. Ignatius to Agnes and Harry Brown of Polson.

Lenore grew up on Glover Road in Polson. She spoke of many fond memories of time spent with her grandmother, Eliza Minesinger on Minesinger Trail in Polson. She attended Pablo Grade School and Ronan High School, during her junior year she transferred to Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, SD.

Lenore married Henry C. Padilla on July 30, 1949. They made their home on a dairy farm in Ronan where they lived for the next 24 years to raise four sons and two daughters. Together they were a wonderful example of true love. They joyfully celebrated 60 years of marriage surrounded by friends and family in 2009.

Lenore was an amazing homemaker and talented seamstress. She loved to sew clothes for her children and later her grandchildren. She also loved to knit and crochet. Each Christmas her children and grandchildren got to pick from a stack of beautiful, handmade blankets in an array of colors.

Lenore was a warm and loving person, who upon first impression may have seemed shy or reserved. For those close to her she was known as sweet and feisty. She had a gift with children and loved to surround herself with kids both at home and at work. She worked in the Ronan Middle School for quite a few years as a teacher’s aide. Then she worked for the Headstart program for many years as a teacher’s aid.

Lenore is preceeded in death by her husband Henry; parents Harry and Agnes Brown; brothers Harry, Melvin and Ronnie Brown; and sisters June Conner and Irma Olguin.

She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Webster, Laura Decker and Phyllis Lester; her six children Stan Padilla (Carol), Lee Padilla, Terri Johnson (Dennis), Mark Padilla (Margaret), Craig Padilla (Merrie), and Jeanine Padilla; 23 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Monday, September 24 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the parish hall. Shrider-Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services assisted with arrangements.

LaRona Jewel McLeod
POLSON — Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, LaRona Jewel McLeod, age 77, passed away quietly August 15, 2012 at her family home, to be with the Lord. Cremation has already taken place by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson. A memorial will be held at her Finley Point home at a later date.

LaRona was born in Polson on January 30, 1936 to James Franklin and LaRona Powell. She worked her entire life at many jobs to raise her children. In all of her endeavors, she was loved and will be dearly missed.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed her time in her garden, her chickens, animals, pets, and the rest of the friends that ran through her yard.

LaRona was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald Powell, Jim Powell, Jackson Powell, Ramona Powell, Violet (Tina) Powell and son Robin Ray Cookingham.

She is survived by her daughters Rhonda Lea Lewis and Tamie Austin; sons, Mitchel James, Thurston James, Justin J. Pulse, and Jason Conn; sisters Nora Abrahamson and Zelma Ruby Johnson; brother Keith Willard Powell. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

We love you mother and you will be missed by all. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Leonard Ray Delaware
HOT SPRINGS — Leonard Ray Delaware, 79, of Hot Springs, born November 29, 1932, passed away July 14, 2012 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Polson, after fighting illnesses all his life and years of living in pain.

He went to Heaven with a smile on his face knowing he would be pain free to join his parents Mary Theresa Olive (Matt) and Julian Anthony (Tony) Delaware, his two brothers Dwayne and Glen, his grandson Chad Bykonen and step-son Richard Thompson.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 35 yearr, Bette; his four stepchildren Jenny Anderson, Debbie Gounder, Bill Thompson and George Thompson; and four children from a previous marriage, Larry Schwartz, Connie Bykonen, Tony Schwartz and Brenda Schwartz. Leonard has 13 grandchildren and 15(+) great grandchildren. Leonard is also survived by his only living sibling Barbara Gaines of Spokane, Wa. He has several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Leonard worked several places through-out his life: The mines in Philipsburg, the saw mills in Garrison and Hall, He worked at the hospital in Deer Lodge and was active in Search & Rescue. He also served at tribal elections.

Leonard enjoyed life: Camping, fishing, hunting, snow mobiling and boating. He liked the quiet times of picking huckleberries and mushrooms. Leonard’s hobbies included flytying, playing cards on his “confuser” (computer), and cooking—cookies and pumpkin and apple pies were his favorites. His passion was woodworking - making bird feeders.

Funeral services were held July 20, 2012 at Shrider-Thompson Funeral Chapel in Ronan. Leonard was cremated and his ashes will be laid to rest with his dad at the Jocko cemetery in Arlee, at a later date, where he will be given an Indian ceremony as per his request.

Many thanks to all for the prayers, flowers and words of comfort. They are so greatly appreciated, in our time of sorrow. Knowing he is no longer in pain and suffering is our comfort. Leonard will be greatly missed by many, now we must live with the memories of a man who has touched our lives with his kindness and loving heart.

You never said “I’m leaving”
You never said “goodbye”
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knew why.
There are no words to tell you
Just what I feel inside
The shock, the hurt, the anger
Might gradually subside.
A million times I’ll need you
A million times I’ll cry
If love alone could have saved you
You never would have died.

Archie Wayne Olsen
ST. IGNATIUS — Archie Wayne Olsen, age 89, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in St. Ignatius.

Archie was born May 24, 1923, in Burley, ID. as was the eleventh of twelve children to Adolph Lars and Pearl Robbins Olsen. Archie grew up north of St. Ignatius in the Post Creek area, Little Bitterroot country. He later lived in Missoula, where he graduated from Missoula County High School in 1942. After graduation, Archie worked as an electrician in the Seattle shipyards.

On January 12, 1943, he married Katheryn Wood, in Missoula. This marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple. He and Katheryn raised four children, Susan, Jerry, Linda, and Shirley Anne. They were later divorced.

Archie enlisted in the US Army on March 1, 1943. He was assigned to Company H, 303rd Infantry Regiment Division, 97th Battalion. He first served in the European Theatre under General George Patton, then in Japan in the Pacific Theatre. He received his Honorable Discharged on February 10, 1946. After returning from the service, Archie drove a taxi cab in Missoula. In 1950 he moved his family to St. Ignatius. Archie worked with his brother in the Gambles Store, and later became the sole owner of Gambles Hardware and Clothing Store.

Archie met and married Thelma Cox Griffiths on January 31, 1978. Archie actively worked until retiring at the age of 73.

Archie was a highly regarded business owner and very active in the community. He was a member of the American Legion Post 106, St. Ignatius Lions Club, St. Ignatius City Council, and Old Town Development Corporation. He served on the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department (1951-1980), Lake County Council on Aging, Salish & Kootenai Housing Board (1963-1992), and Whitefish Credit Union. Archie was instrumental in the development of the Taleman Park, working endless hours installing the sprinkler system after spending a long day in the store. Archie was a ROCK to many people in the community.

Archie was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in the bishopric and various other positions. Dad loved to sing, tell corny jokes, and knew his way around a dance floor. He loved gardening, traveling, woodworking, fishing, and bowling. He was always remodeling or improving something in his home. He loved to play the No Name Board Game with his family and friends. He also enjoyed horse packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with his buddies.

Archie is survived by his wife, Thelma; his children and their spouses, Susan Olsen, Jerry (Dawn) Olsen, Linda (Lynn) Hansen, and Shirley Anne (Roger) Falck; step-children and spouses, Gloria (Don) Wood, Misha (Mark) Tracy, Sheila (Don) Crego, Claudia (Jack) McCready, and Alan (Terry) Griffiths; brother, Rex Olsen; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, 10 brothers and sisters, and many close friends.

A funeral service to celebrate Archie’s life will be held Saturday, August 25 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Ignatius. Burial will take place at Pleasantview Cemetery in St. Ignatius with military honors. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan.

Rosemary Santos
ARLEE — Rosemary Santos, 80, passed away in Missoula on August 10, 2012.

She was born December 4, 1931 in St. Ignatius to Jess Rojas and Rose Michelle Zarate. Raised and educated in St. Ignatius and the Urselines Catholic School, she married Raymond Santos in 1967.

Rosemary accomplished several skills in her life including bartender, Forestry, LPN, Paralegal, florist, health care provider, motel manager then retiring to housewife in 1984.

Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, hunting, gardening, playing card games, babysitting, watching movies, reading books her favorite the Bible, praying and Bingo.

She was preceded in death by her father; her baby girl; mother; husband; and brother Eneas I. Woodcock.

Survivors include a sister Mary Amelia Gallegas (Gene); sons Jess Gonzalez, Michael Ramos (Sandy), Ronald Romas, Raymond Santos Jr. (Liz), Ramon Santos, Robbie Santos, Ricky Santos, and Randy Santos; daughters Gloria Miller (Steven) and Trudy Bishop; 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited Sunday in the Arlee Community Center; closing service was Monday in the Center. Mass followed in the Jocko Catholic Church.

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Richard Patrick “Bud” Castor
ST. IGNATIUS — Richard Patrick “Bud” Castor, 51, passed away at his home on the Glory B Ranch in St. Ignatius August 9, 2012.

Bud was born October 31, 1960 to Richard Castor and Phyllis K. Kohnle Castor in Dayton Ohio. He moved to Montana when he was 12 and graduated from Two Eagle High School in Pablo.

When he was 18 he met and married Sandra K. Sloan and they made the Glory B their home. Bud worked the Glory B his whole life and enjoyed being able to work alongside his brothers, wife, mother and sister in-laws.

Bud enjoyed so many things; mostly fossil hunting, traveling, fishing, watching NASCAR races, playing poker with all his friends, spending time with his grand kids and loving his beloved dogs. He was everyone’s friend and loved by all who met him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Castor; mother Phyllis K. Kohnle Castor; brother Matthew Castor; and ex-wife Sandra K. Castor.

He is survived by daughter Bridget (Louis) Fiddler; sons Joshua (Sabrina) Castor and Timothy (Kristen) Castor; grandchildren Skyla, Shaylee, Sydney, Warren, Emily, Ethan and Eliot; brothers David (Holly) Castor and Mark (Carol) Castor; numerous nieces, nephews and so many much loved family and friends.

A memorial service will be at a later date, which will be announced.

Kenneth George Ahlborn
RAVALLI – Kenneth George Ahlborn, 46, passed away August 6, 2012 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

There’s not enough time or space to tell you all the wonderful things that were Kenneth George Ahlborn, born July 13, 1966 in Missoula on a bright sunny day. He attended school throughout the Mission Valley and Hot Springs graduating in 1985. Kenny was a firefighter, woodcutter, rock layer (Mason) and log homebuilder.

He married Mamie Fisher in 1986 and they made their home in Ravalli and they started their family. A proud father, he constantly would brag up his son Spencer and daughter Briar. For his kids, he went to many a tennis match and basketball games to watch them.

A quintessential hunter and fisherman, he would hike the Missions, be up and down the Jocko River everyday and fished the Flathead river on weekends for bullheads and pike. A generous person he would almost always give away his daily catch to the people he would meet and friends. He stared down a bear and chased it up a tree, snuck up on a deer and slapped it on the nose and, according to his grandmother, he and his brother Rocky could catch fish out of a mud puddle. He truly enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest.

He is preceded in death by his father Kenneth James “Chubuck” Ahlborn.

He is survived by his parent Judith (Vic) Matt of Dixon; wife Mamie; children Spencer and Briar; sister Joelene Matt; brother Rocky Ahlborn; a large extended family and numerous friends.

A memorial gathering was held last Friday in the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius.

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Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Noel
POLSON — Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Noel peacefully passed away July 12, 2012 with all of his family by his side. Jerry, a CSKT tribal member, was born in St. Ignatius on January 2,1939 and grew up in Polson until his graduation from Polson High School in 1958. In the same year, Jerry joined the California Army National Guard and served six years. He also completed training in Diesel Mechanics in Berkeley, CA. It was during these years that Jerry met and married his wife and partner of 51 years. Mae and Jerry had three children: Bill, Sharon, and Fred.

In 1970, Jerry and his family moved back to Polson where he worked for over 30 years with the Kicking Horse Job Corp Center as an Auto and then Diesel Mechanic instructor. He was very proud of these years of service and had a major positive impact on hundreds upon hundreds of primarily young Native American men who completed his course.

Upon retirement from Job Corp in the year 2000, Jerry would spend much of his free time working on his many rental properties. He eventually found work as the ‘Princess’ tour boat captain and then, later, worked for the Tribal DHRD Transportation Department as a driver.

Jerry’s many interests over the years included Christmas tree and firewood cutting, inventing, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, visiting friends and relatives, reading, carpentry, mechanics, politics and supporting the Democratic Party, spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren, and, enjoying mom’s always delicious home cooking.

Funeral services, which celebrated Jerry’s life, were held Thursday, July 19 at Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.

Randy Hanson
MISSOULA — Randy Hanson died of a stroke on August 1, 2012. He was born on January 25, 1936 in Froid.

Randy spent most of his 76 years in the Jocko Valley. He moved here as a young man and fell in love at first sight with Anita Espinoza. They married two days after he turned 19 and spent the next 45 years together. They raised three children: Charles, Carla, and Charleena. One of Randy’s favorite roles in life was Papa to Rusty Hanson, Anita Jean and Seth Hershman, his beloved grandchildren.

Randy’s work ethic is legendary, and he spent much of his life doing physical labor and ranch work—always with the intention of providing for his family. For many years, he was a millwright for Stone Container. Randy was often praised for his ingenuity and the pride he took in his work. In 1985, he engineered something called the “Hanson Chip Sampler” which saved the mill and other mills around the country a great deal of money. Machining and jerry rigging were Randy’s specialties. Give that man a tool belt and some duct tape and he could fix just about anything.

Randy loved to be in a boat on a river or lake, fishing pole in hand. He treasured his fishing trips to Alaska. In his later years, he valued nothing more than to be with family, watching the young ones grow.

Randy’s heart was as big as the Montana sky, and many people benefitted from his generosity. He expressed love through service; giving and helping others gave his life purpose.

He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Anita; his grandson Rusty Hanson; and siblings Kenny Madsen, Ray Hanson, Mervin Hanson, Darlene Berg, and Kay Spotted Bull.

Randy is survived by his children; two grandchildren; two sisters Irene Davidson and Joyce Boos; and a vast network of in-laws (Lolita Hendrickson is more sister than sister-in-law), nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.

Deep thanks to the Staff of 4 South at Saint Patrick’s Hospital who helped Randy and his family as Randy left this life.

A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, August 5 in Arlee.

Darlene Ruth Lozeau Heaton
POLSON — Darlene Ruth Lozeau Heaton, 78 of Ronan passed away in Polson, August 4, 2012.

She was born on September 23, 1933 to Catherine “Katie” Coffey and Alexander Lozeau in St. Ignatius. Darlene was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was educated at Flandreau and Chemawa Indian Schools before finishing her education in Arlee.

Herb Marango introduced her to Aubrey “Jake” Heaton and she married him on June 30, 1951 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The family made their home from what seemed like everywhere from Florida to Alaska, living numerous places.

She was a manager of the Dupuis Smoke Signal until her illness forced her retirement.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents; sons Hank and Randy; grandsons Jacob and Christopher; and sister Levi BigBeaver.

Survivors include husband Jake of Ronan; daughters Abby (Greg) Dupuis of Polson, Penny (Steve) Anderson of Polson, Susan (Rich) Johnson of Missoula, and Cathy (Jon) Patton of Polson; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters Alvina Burns, and Tina Lozeau; and brothers Terry Lozeau, Gene Lozeau, Ken Gingras, and Harry Lozeau.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation in Darlene’s name to the American Cancer Society.

A Rosary was held Tuesday evening in the longhouse in St. Ignatius and mass was celebrated Wednesday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Linda Lou (SpottedBear) KickingWoman
GREAT FALLS — Linda Lou (SpottedBear) KickingWoman was born January 14, 1953 to George SpottedBear and Cecile Doore, she was later adopted by Merlin Doore, Sr. Linda was called home August 3, 2012.

Linda Graduated from high school in Helena in 1971. After graduating, Linda moved back to Browning and married Maynard KickingWoman December 18, 1971. Linda and Maynard traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with their children to pow-wows. She was very proud of her children who eventually took over their father’s singing group, The KickingWoman Singers. Through their travels, Linda and Maynard adopted many individuals as their children such as, Iris HeavyRunner, Carlos Calica, Jordene Bear, Diana Strawster, Stan Pretty Pain, The late Anthony Howlett, Alfred Woodcock, and many others.

Linda enjoyed beading, puzzles, talking to everyone on the telephone and going to bingo with all her pals. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, cousin, and friend to everyone in her life.

Linda is survived by her husband of 40 years; her daughters Sue Agnes (Charlie) Morgan of Browning and Rae Lynn (Errol) Jansen of Auburn, WA; sons Ronald (Vannah) KickingWoman, Sr. of Browning and Merlin (Tanisha) KickingWoman Sr. of Tulalip, WA; 9 grand-children Ryan, Ryley, Mariah, Ronald Jr., Hannah, Harley, Merlin Jr., Ladainian, and Maleia; sisters Marlene Doney, Diane (George) Calftail, Waverly (Tom) Shawl, Marcedes (Carl) OldPerson; brothers Merlin Doore, Jr., Gayle Rides At The Door and sons, Cecile (Janelle) Doore and Samual Doore, all of Browning; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Linda was also raised with Lavern Prairie Chicken, Ethel (Cookie) Castillo, Carol Garrow, Mary Ellen Roundine, and Laurie Roundine all of Browning; and uncles Marvin Spotted Bear and Fred Spotted Bear.

Linda is preceded in death by mother Cecile Doore; her father Merlin Doore; maternal grandparents, Sam and Agnes Newbreast; paternal grandparents Frank and Annie Doore; brothers Martin David Doore and Kenneth Doore; uncles Pete, Sammy, and Charlie Newbreast; and aunts Loretta Roundine and Melinda Henault.

Prayer Services began Wednesday at the Glacier Homes, With Funeral Services at 11am on Thursday at the Starr School, with interment following at the White Grass Cemetery.

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Benjamin “ Ben” Fyant
VALLEY CREEK — Benjamin “ Ben” Fyant was born on March 15, 1945 at Valley Creek to Louie and Adeline (Stevens) Fyant. He passed away in Missoula on July 30, 2012.

Ben grew up in the Valley Creek area and as a child one of his favorite things was to spend the summers with his older brother Eddie Vanderburg at the lookout near Hot Springs. Ben graduated from Arlee High School in 1964 and in September of 1965 he joined the Army and served his basic training at Fort Ord, CA. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle M14), Sharpshooter (Rifle M16), and Vietnam Service Medal. Ben was honorably discharged in August of 1967.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, following his military service he returned to home to work for BIA until 1990, and then Tribal Lands where he worked as a soil conservation Tech from 1977-2004 until his health forced him to retire.

Ben was a good man, a good brother, and a good friend. He had a gentle spirit (mostly) and spoke well of others. He loved all his family. The light of his life was his daughter Alexandria. He married his longtime companion Betty Steele in July 2008. They later separated but remained best friends. He was proud to be father and helped Betty raise Francis and Roland Brown.

He was preceded in death by his daughter; his parents; sisters Pee Wee Mason and Rose Sheridan; brothers Eddie Vanderburg, Everett, Frank and Jimmy Fyant; Yaya Adele Vanderburg and numerous others.

Survivors include Betty Steele Fyant and her boys Francis and Roland; sisters Frances Vanderburg, Virginia Butler and Marie Fyant; brothers Art (Gordon (Gale) and Bobby Fyant; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A wake began Tuesday at the Arlee Community Center and the Closing Ceremony started Wednesday morning in the Center. Following the closing, he was laid to rest by his daughter in the Jocko Cemetery. Father Andrew Maddock presided over graveside services and military honors were presented by the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

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Glenrose Amelia (Plant) Bird
Born October 29, 1927; passed July 24, 2012

Glenrose Amelia (Plant) Bird is now in the arms of Our Beloved Lord God and her husband, Frank Lester Bird. Glenrose is the daughter of Anthony August Plant and Clara (Mitchell) Plant. Paternal Grandparents were Isaac Plant and Sophia (Finley); Maternal Grandparents were Pierre Mitchell and Amelia (Bruno) Mitchell.

Glenrose was the #1 pool cheerleader for Frank, a.k.a. “Old Man” at the local tavern’s pool tournaments. Mom-ma never missed a game that Daddy was in. Glenrose had a voice that carried above conversations and clinking glasses; much to the amusement of teams, challengers, and “Old Man’s” teammates.

Gaming was another passion that she really enjoyed; we all wished she would hit the big one. G-Bird also enjoyed fishing, but never ate fish. Daddy would cook the best fish ever. She enjoyed cooking holiday feasts for the entire family.

Of the schools she attended she hopes her friends remember her with a smile. G-Bird enjoyed meeting many of her friends while doing her personal tasks in town. On the serious side her most memorable and enjoyable job was for CSKT Tribal Police. Many of the tribal members used to have their Tribal I.D. picture taken by G-Bird, with her signature on it. Glenrose worked for Law and Order “17 years, three months and one day.”

Family members that have preceded Glenrose are: Frank L. Bird; parents and grandparents named above; daughter Rose Bird; son, James bird; brothers Darrill Plant, Peter L. Plant (Val), Peter Plant II (Nancy) Anthony J. Plant, Clarence “Chuck” Plant (Norma), Joseph Plant, and James R. Plant; sisters Clara “Vickie” Plant Fisher (Ray), Regina Plant, and Mary Antoinette Plant.

Survivors are Debra Bird McLeod (George); grandson Shane Bird Dominguez (Marissa); daughter Ashley McLeod (Paris); grandsons, Jojo and Jason Flores, and Antoine Yanez (Rose); sister survivor Darlene Plant Flores (Johnny); brothers survivors Carl “Joe” Plant (Elaine), and Albert Plant (Delphine).

Many thanks to all the nieces and Hospice volunteers who kept Glenrose comfortable in her final hours. I know that for the 59 years of my life, Mom-ma sat on the same bench and pew at the historic St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Every Thursday she cooked a pie or cake and met with Father Drew, our current Nuns, along with Nancy Plant and friends to enjoy lunch. Glenrose, we will miss you dearly.

Leonard Ray Delaware
POLSON — Another one of our tribal elders has left our valley for greater rewards with the creator.

Leonard Ray Delaware passed on July 14, 2012, at the St Joseph Hospital in Polson at the age of 79. He was born on November 29, 1932, to Mary Theresa (Matt) and Julian Anthony “Tony” Delaware.

He had been in failing health for a few months, but his spirit was high.

Services were held on July 20, 2012. His remains have been cremated; we will perform a Warriors send off in the future. This happened on a short notice and not all were notified, we apologize for this.

We wish to thank all who attended his services, sent prayers and flowers.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Duayne and Glen; his mother Mary; and his father Tony.

He is survived by his sister Barbara Gains, from Spokane, Washington; his four children, Larry, Connie, Tony, and Brenda; and their children and grandchildren. He also left a significant other Betty Thomson and her children by a different marriage.

Larry D. Old-Horn
ST. IGNATIUS — Larry D. “Cowboy” Old-Horn, 47, passed away unexpectedly Sunday in Ronan.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he married Dorothy Andrew. They lived locally and started their family. As with many things in life not everything works out and they separated but remained friends.

He was preceded in death by his son Calvin Andrew and parents Larry Dean and Elizabeth Ann Parker Old-Horn.

He is survived by his children Frank, Athena, Rhonda, Daniel and Tanya Old-Horn and Kristen and Keefer Andrew; brother and sisters Lester Old-Horn, Christine Pierre, Sheri Old-Horn, Lucille Ross, Samantha Old-Horn and Susie McCrea as well as his special friend Traci McCrea.

He will be moved to the Longhouse at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the Rosary being held at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Wake closing services will be at noon on Thursday at the Longhouse with burial following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Adele Louise Durgeloh
ST. IGNATIUS — Adele Louise Durgeloh, 35, (named after his qene and her yaya) went to join her people who have on, on July 22, 2012 in her sleep at her home that she shared with her loving mom. Adele had been ill for several months due to complications from Spina Bifida.

Adele was born May 18, 1977 in St. Ignatius to Bill Durgeloh, Sr. and Shirley Trahan. She attended elementary school and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1996. Adele attended Salish Kootenai College and graduated in 2009 with an AA in Native American Studies.

Adele worked at Tribal Health in the summer youth program and as a Salish Language teacher for HeadStart. Adele liked to first and foremost go to celebration (pow wow), she likes to tease her brothers, listen to music, watch TV, email friends, and Facebook people. Adele could do beadwork, but the last two years her health wouldn’t allow it. Visit an exchange gossip and news with her mom. Adele was a tough Indian woman, loved her Salish cultures and learned some language from her Yaya Louise. Adele loved her family and all of her extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father Bill Durgeloh, Sr.; her Yaya and Sile Louise and Thomas McDonald; her Qene and Sxepe Adele and Conrad Durgeloh; nephews Kyle Joseph Trahan, Billy Joe Lumpry, and Wes Benn; and brother David Durgeloh, Sr.

Surviving is her best friend and loving mom, Shirley Trahan; sisters Nickie (Mark Peasley) Trahan, Rose Lozeau and Jolene Durgeloh; brothers Les (Jennifer) Trahan, Art Trahan, Jr., Dan Trahan, Vic Stevens, Doug (Jennifer) Charlo, Francis (JoAnn) Durgeloh and Bull (Peggy) Durgeloh; nieces Karissa, Laniece, Liz, Louetta, Ann Marie, Mary, Jule Ann, Lanae, Peyton, Jaidyn, Aaliyah, Courtney, Emilie, and RanDee; nephews Daniel, Devin, Thomas, Riley, Jerome, Dave, Jr., Justin, JC and Jon; aunts Theresa Fristo and Dolly Linesbigler (Willy) Nunus Bud, Smama Mike (Barb), many cousins and other relatives.

Traditional wake started at her home, on Monday, July 23 and 24. The wake moved to the Longhouse on 25 with Rosary being recited at 8 pm that evening. Wake closing will be at 10 am Thursday the 26 with funeral home at noon in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

George Jefferson
ARLEE — George Jefferson, 93, a long time Jocko Valley resident died at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula on July 18, 2012. George was born April 16, 1919 to Eugene and Vera Jefferson in Monroe Center, Wisconsin. After graduating from A.F. High School he went to welding school; and went to work in the shipyards in Bremerton, WA during WWII. After the death of his father in 1949 George ran the Jefferson Ranch north of Arlee. His last job was field supervisor for Green Thumb covering nine counties and 85 employees.

George was a good mechanic and he enjoyed old cars. He once purchased from a museum the parts for a 1929 Model A Ford and put it together. He was well known for his “Jocko Valley Taxi” and won many ribbons in parades for it. George also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Like Will Rogers, George never met a man he didn’t like.

He is survived by his brother Jack Jefferson of Arlee, sister Jean Callahan of St. Ignatius and sister June Coultas of Rib Lake, Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents Eugene and Vera Jefferson, brothers Forrest and Joe Jefferson and sisters Crystal Freeck and Wilma Jones.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 24 in the Arlee Alliance Church and the burial followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Kathleen “Kathy” (Airhart) Nelson
ST. IGNATIUS — On July 13, 2012, Mom passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side, ultimately succumbing to the cancer that she fought with courage and grace for the last 13 months of her life.

Kathy was born on May 23, 1949 and grew up in Plains, and graduated from Plains High School in 1968. She raised her daughters Lisa, 42, and Rosie, 40, in Missoula and later moved to St. Ignatius where she lived for the past 23 years.

Kathy considered Allentown/Ninepipes Lodge, where she worked for over 20 years, her second home and forged many close friendships there. She created fun memories for everyone who visited - from near and far - and to this day, people who return to the Lodge still ask about her.

The loves of her life are her daughters and grandkids, as anyone who talked to Kathy could tell you. She lived every day immersed in the lives of her family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

Mom is preceded in death by her parents Patrick and Rosalie Airhart; and brothers Patrick “Buck” Airhart and Patrick Collins.

She is survived by her brother Charles (Gail) Airhart; sister-in-law Linda Airhart; daughters Lisa (Jeff) Evans and Rosalie (Devin) Roy; grandchildren Justin Evans, Dylan Evans, Kaleb Roy, Savano Roy, Izabel Evans, and Owen Roy; great grandson Mason Paul-Evans; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kathy’s funeral service will be at the St. James Catholic Church in Plains at 11:00 am Friday. Lunch to follow at the VFW.

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Gilbert J. Michell
ST. IGNATIUS — Gilbert J. Michell, born July 7, 1934, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side, July 14, 2012. After battling cancer, he answered his last roll call with a big A-OK.

Gilbert was born and raised in the Mission Valley to Mary R. Beauchemin and John A Michel.

He attended school in St. Ignatius, and shortly thereafter started his career in the United States Navy, and also married Marjorie Felsman to begin their family. He served in Korea and Vietnam (three tours), and retired on April 15, 1972 to return to the Mission Valley to continue his government service with the Dept of Interior (BIA Reclamation), as Mechanic Shop Foreman.

Gilbert was a proud member of the Mission Valley Honor Guard and American Legion Post #106.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John Michel; Walt Cample; siblings Margaret (Bosworth), Lois (Adams) and John “Zazz” Michel.

Survivors include his siblings George, Keith (Ruth), Agnes, and Rachel (Charles); his children Gilbert R. (Georgia), Ronda (JC Courville), Randall J. (Marcy), Rita R. (Tim Evans), Rachel Ann (Randy Gainan), and Teddi; also numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Wednesday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery; Fr. Andrew Maddock, S.J. officiated and Military Honors were presented by the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

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Judith Anne Deschamps Bean
RONAN — Judy A. Bean passed away peacefully on January 15, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Hospital with her husband Harry and childhood friend Kathy at her side. Her passing ended her six-year battle with breast cancer.

Judy was born in Missoula on December 1, 1946 to Robert L. and Dorothy G. Deschamps, Jr. She attended Bonner grade school, the last class of Missoula County High School (1965) and was an Alpha Phi at the University of Montana. She married her husband in 1968 and they lived in Missoula, Fort Benton and Ronan.

Judy was a leader for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, President of Lake County Cattle Women (Cowbells) and was voted in as “Secretary-For-Life” of the North Crow Women’s Club, and was a mentor and inspiration to all (young and old) who knew her. She always said her “greatest accomplishment” was getting son Josh confirmed, graduated and becoming an Eagle Scout before he turned 18 – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. She was a passionate gardener, homemaker and fanatic Griz fan in the North End Zone; and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her compassion, kindness and above all her upbeat attitude.

Judy is preceded in death by her brother Randy; mother Dorothy; grandparents Robert L. Deschamps, Sr. (Della); Marcy Kincade; and great-grandmother Anna Gookin.

She leaves behind her husband Harry; son Joshua (Tina) of Ronan; father Robert L. Jr. of Ronan and Sun City West, AZ; siblings Robert L. III (Rebecca) of Missoula, Anita Lacher (Nebraska), Ameede Tieman (Ken) of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Judy’s name may be sent to Cheerful Hearts, POB 688, Polson, MT, 59860; North Crow Women’s Club 43659, Canal Rd., Ronan, MT, or a charity of your choice.

Her favorite song: “I Did It My Way.”

A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at the family residence on July 21.

Victoria Lynn One Bear
LAPWAI, ID — Victoria Lynn One Bear, 41 of Lapwai, Idaho, formerly of Lodge Grass, who was a child of God, passed on to the other side camp Saturday, June 23, 2012.

She was born Jan. 25, 1971 to Muriel Rose One Bear and Maynard Limberhand in Helen. She was blessed having her grandmother Suzanne Old Crow One Bear nurture her and help Muriel the first year of her life. In the spring of 1972, Muriel met Ron Holt, who became Vicky’s Papa, Dad, and father. Ron loved and raised her as his own.

Vicky graduated from Colstrip High School in 1989 where she met her future husband, Terry Spang, Jr. They were married and later divorced, and had one son, Aaron Jesse Spang. Vicky worked as a pharmacy technician in Lame Deer. from 1996 to 2003. She began pursuing her college degree and received her Bachelor of Arts on June 6, 2011 from Salish Kootenai College.

Vicky was known and loved for her sense of humor, her entertaining stories of her experiences and adventures, and her tendency to give you her opinion. You never had to question where you stood with Vicky. She was proud of the fact that she lived her life mostly as she wanted to, and not as others thought she should. Vicky loved sports, especially watching her son Jessie play football, basketball and fishing. Vicky was most happy during Crow Fair, dancing in her elk tooth dress with sisters, mother, aunties and friends. Vicky followed family tradition and Sundanced. Vicky came to know God’s mercy: going to mass, Eucharistic adoration, and sharing God’s love with friends and family.

Vicky, was adopted by Gale and Mary Three Irons, was the loving sister of Dorci Eastman. Vicky’s Indian name was “Ishtaleeshciia-Ittachi” (Pretty Squirrel), was a descendent of Crow Chief Old Crow, Sore Belly, Long Hair and Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Muriel Rose One Bear Holt; grandmother, Susanna Old Crow; brothers Ross and Milan One Bear, and Jude and Nathan Old Crow; her beloved uncles Owen, Wallace, Edmund and Simon Old Crow, Jr.; aunts Lucy Real Bird, Laura Singer, Dorothy, Theresa, Amanda and Mildred Old Crow, Starla Old Crow; aunt Aline Pretty On Top; her paternal great-grandparents Maggie Seminole and James One Bear; and maternal great grandparents Anna Plenty Good and Simon Old Crow.

Survivors include her son, Aaron Jesse Spang; her father Ron Holt, Sr.; brothers Jessie Craig Holt and Ron Holt, Jr.; sisters, Tana, Elizabeth, and Mignon Holt, Maria Matt (Kendall Old Horn) and Dorci (Ed) Eastman; brothers Knute (Darreldlene), Bill and Newton (Georgette) Old Crow, Jr.; nieces, Bluestar and Rainbow McNeal, Pryia Bybee, Tiffany and Robyn Old Bear; aunts Anita Personius, Trudy One Bear, Fatima and Ursula Bad Horse; uncles, Curtis One Bear, Martin (Cindy), Newton (Amelia) Old Crow Sr., and Paul (Georgiane), Vance (June) Matt; her loving grandparents, Joy and Paul Matt, Sr; and Robert One Bear Sr. She also leaves behind extended family from the maternal side Otter Stays In The Water, Star, Yellowmule, Brass, White Clay and Spotted Horse families. Paternal side: One Bear, Seminole, Glenmore, Wolfname, Littlewolf and Eagle Feathers.

Vicky also had numerous relatives who knew and loved her who may have been missed; please forgive us.

The Funeral Mass was held Friday, June 29, 2012 in the Lodge Grass Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Lodge Grass Cemetery.

Timothy Lear Johnson
MISSOULA — Beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend, Timothy Lear Johnson, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Wednesday June 13, 2012 in Missoula. A resident of Missoula, he was 45.

His family and friends knew Tim as a claymation animator, master of the creative thinking word “Po,” extremely generous (presents from Uncle Tim were always the first to be opened under the Xmas tree), comic book creator, philosopher, artist, Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse fan, and music lover. Anyone who met Tim could not help but be touched by his kind, gentle spirit. Tim was one of the rare people you meet who was truly nice – always, without exception. Tim and his brothers Marc and Damon spent many happy hours together laughing from childhood through adulthood sharing an unusual sense of humor and joy in being together.

A first descendant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, Tim was born at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 22, 1967. He grew up in Polson, Montana and Anchorage, where he graduated from Bartlett High School with honors. Tim studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Tim moved back to Montana in 1990 and made Missoula his home.

Tim is survived by his mother, Kay Dubay Johnson, of Polson; his father and stepmother, Gene and Inger Johnson, of Polson. He leaves his older brother Marc Johnson, of Kenai, Alaska; stepsisters Julie Daniel, of Polson, and Karen Borring, of Denmark; his mother’s twin sister, Carol Dubay, of Anchorage; and her children, Nikos Pastos, Melina Pastos, Chris and Andrea Okland, Nicolette Pastos and Zara Pastos, all of Anchorage; aunt Rene Dubay; cousins Jenaya, Maurita, Michaela, Sheri and Sheryl; uncle Chester Johnson, of Missoula, and Lillian Stephenson, Helen McClellan and Ron McClellan, Larry Myers, Janice Myers, all of Polson, and Gloria and Ed Violette, of Boulder, Colo.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Damon (Johnson) Ziemin; his paternal grandparents, Marie Johnson and Carl Johnson, of Polson; maternal grandparents Abraham Dubay and Marion Dubay Pariseau; step-grandfather Patrick Pariseau; aunt and uncle Elaine and Kendal Forman; and first cousins Kevin and Ferin Forman all of Polson.

Funeral services are to include a viewing at the Grogan Funeral Home, Friday, June 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the funeral on Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. at the Salish-Kootenai Senior Citizens Center in Polson, followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Polson Senior Center and a multi-day remembrance on family lands on Flathead Lake.

Elvin “Lee” Miller
PABLO — Elvin “Lee” Miller died June 22, 2012, at his home in Pablo, MT. Lee was born on December 4, 1949, to Lee Miller and Rosemary “Bun” Matt.

Lee’s favorite times were those spent with his beloved Grandmother Catherine “Katie” (Dubay) Matt and his uncle Carl Matt on the family farm in Pablo. Lee lived his life in Pablo except when he attended the Ursalines as a child and a vocational school in Helena, MT. Lee had an aptitude for fixing electrical appliances, which he enjoyed spending time doing so. Lee was a gentle and kind man whose company was enjoyed by all of his family.

Lee was preceded in death by his sister Catherine (Leaverton) Lobdell, his mother and father Rosemary and Lee, his Grandparents, and all of his aunts and uncles, John, Carl, Elvin, Eva, Violet and Hazel Matt. Lee is survived by his nieces Melissa and Victoria, and his nephew Josh, and numerous cousins.

Lee Miller was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. He was grateful for the Tribal and State help he received during his long disability.

Visitation was Tuesday and his funeral service was Wednesday, June 27, at Grogan Funeral Home. Interment followed at Lake View Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Ormand E. Ducharme Thomas
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Ormand E. Ducharme Thomas passed away on May 21, 2012. He was born in St. Ignatius on September 6, 1934 to Doris (Couture) and Oswald “Bozo” Ducharme Thomas.

Ormand attended grade school in St. Ignatius and other schools on the reservation. He went to high school in Thompson Falls. Ormand joined the service and was an ironworker and mill-right. Ormand liked sports and he never married.

His parents and brothers, Harvey and Joe, precede him in death.

His brother Gary Ducharme Thomas of Tucson, Arizona is the only one surviving in the Thomas family.

Delores (DeeDee) Begay
ARLEE — Delores (DeeDee) Begay, 66, longtime resident of the Mission Valley, passed away June 16, 2012, surrounded by the love of her daughters and family. She was born March 27, 1946 the fourth child of six children to Melvin and Elizabeth Reum. She grew up on the family farm west of Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School.

She married Joe Begay in August 1968 of this union two children were born Tina and Chantelle. They were the love of her life.

She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan for many years to raise them and make sure they had everything life had to offer. She also drove bus for the Johnson O’Malley Program in Ronan, where she enjoyed driving students to various powwows. She attended Salish Kootenai College and earned a certificate in Early Childhood. She also worked at the SKC Child Care Center and enjoyed teasing the little ones.

She was well known for her delicious “Navajo style” frybread. She was a loving and caring mother and doted on her seven grandchildren. She loved to laugh and tease her kind heart will be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her father Melvin Reum, mother Elizabeth Reum, sister Dora Reum, sister Rosalie Wheeler, and brother Kenneth Reum.

Survivors include her daughters Tina Begay (Rick) of Arlee, Chantelle Begay (Pascal “PJ” Jr.) of Pablo, brother Dennis Reum of Ronan, and sister Donna Reum of St. Ignatius. Her grandchildren, Tayla, Isaac, Nellie, Sage, Horizon, Nejea, and Myles. Lastly, her cat Betsy.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arlee, Friday, June 22, at 11:00 am, the family invites all to share a meal after the service. Condolences may be left at

Wilfred Lee Colon
CHARLO — Wilfred Lee Colon, 43, passed away June 14, 2012 from a heart attack while out thinning trees. A member of the CSKT, he was born in the Bronx. NY on March 18, 1969. Upon returning to the Flathead Indian Reservation in the early 80’s he grew up in the Ronan/Pablo area.

Willie has worked in the woods all of his life, he cut post and poles, firewood, and most notably he was a thinner/slasher for CSKT Forest Development Program at the time of his death. Willie also worked as a Montana Indian Fire Fighter and worked for Big Sky Catering.

Willie is preceded in death by his parents Sharon Bird Felsman-Turczynski and Dennis Felsman.

He is survived by his wife of five years Julie McDonald Colon. He loved his wife “infinities.” Children and stepchildren include Byron Colon, Sonia Flammond, Letitia Colon, Galen Hawk, Mary Hawk and Katrina Michael; also Jamie, Jr. and Mikaela Flammond; grandchildren who loved “Papa Willie”: Ayden Trahan, Tynneal Flammond, Daylin and Tredan Jude Johnson, MJ, Sean and Jason Trahan; sisters Rhonda (Matt Mahkuk), Shirley Felsman, Sheri (Duane Morrell Jr.) Felsman, Shelly Felsman and Sheila (Nathan Ross) Felsman; aunts Darlene Bird and Mary Ann Bird; uncle Charlie Bird; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake began Monday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Tuesday. Services were held on Wednesday in the Longhouse. Condolences may be left at

John Richard Steele
POLSON — John Richard Steele, 59 passed away in Polson on June 13, 2012. John was born in St, Ignatius on December 1, 1952 to Mathew “Swede” Steele and Josephine A Morigeau- Steele. John was raised in Arlee, and graduated from Arlee High School.

John was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, he was an exceptional pool player, and if you have played pool here you’ve probably been hustled out of a few dollars from him. John was a Journeyman Carpenter who was very proud to have designed the blue prints for CSKT Adult Probation program and also helped build the John Peter Paul Addition and the KwaTaqNuk Resort.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Josephine A. Morigeau- Steele and Matthew “Swede” Steele, brothers Melvin, Harold, and Robert “Robbie” Steele and sister Carole Steele Pierre.

John is survived by his children Thomas Steele, John Emery Steele of Pablo, Michael Steele of St. Ignatius, and Malena Toby of Ronan; god-daughter Darlene Finley of Polson; and his grandchildren DaShaunDre Steele, TreShawnJay Steele, Shepard Alexander, Jayden Steele, DaShaud Steele; sisters Beverly Steele of Dixon, Betty Steele of Arlee, Barbara Tucker (Ron) of Oklahoma; brothers Jim Steele, Sr. of Polson and Joseph “Jody” Steele of Arlee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will always be “Uncle John”

Rosary was held Friday at 8pm at the Arlee Community Center; Mass was on June 16 at the Center.

Donations can be made to the Cirrhosis Foundation. Condolences may be left at

Delano B. Mathis
ST. IGNATIUS — Delano B. Mathis, 78, a two-year resident of St. Ignatius, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2012. Del spent the majority of his life residing in the Port Angeles, Washington area.

He was born in Spiro, Oklahoma on October 24, 1933. He was number seven of ten children born to James Mathis and Clara Engel.

Del attended High School in Port Angeles, Wa. He went on to become a professional masonry worker/contractor who owned and operated his own business. His Father-in-law, O.B. Turner whom he admired, taught his trade to him. He designed, constructed and built hundreds of custom masonry projects and buildings. He went on to design and build masonry projects for his family and friends even after retirement. When he could no longer build projects on his own, he was passing his wealth of knowledge and skill onto those who were helping him. He spent hours drafting special projects of homes and businesses on paper. Del has left a legacy of masonry projects for people to love and enjoy for years to come.

On September 5, 1953 Del and Greta Cochran were united in marriage. They had two children, Richard Charles and Tammy Marie. The family resided in Seattle, Wa. After they divorced, he moved back to Port Angeles. Later he married Judith Maulin. He adopted and raised her son Richard J. When Judy’s sister passed on, Del and Judy spent a great deal of time with her sister’s children, Stephanie, Scott, Steven and Sandy Edwards. Each of them became a very important part of Del and Judy’s life. In 2010 Del’s wife Judy passed on. Del then moved to St. Ignatius and was reunited with his first wife Greta, his daughter Tammy, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Del was preceded in death by his wife Judy; his son Richard C Mathis; his parents; and two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his reunited first wife Greta Dunsmore; his daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Fred Matt of St. Ignatius; his son Richard J. Mathis of Port Angeles; grandchildren, Delano B. and Tammy Mathis of Lynnwood, Wa., April D. and Darred Sybrant of Corvallis, and Faith L. Matt of St. Ignatius; great-grandchildren, Phoenix and Micha Mathis of Lynnwood, Wa., Patience and Freddy Matt of St. Ignatius, Dominick J. Matt of Corvallis; his sisters Mardeen Alesso of Lancaster, Ca., Joanne and Lee Evans, and Barbara and Ken Boston both of Port Angeles, Wa.; brothers Donald and Gloria Mathis of Shelton, Wa. and Robert and Ruth Mathis of Seattle, Wa.; along with many, many loved nieces and nephews.

Lilletta “Lettie” Lee Neuman
MISSOULA – Lilletta “Lettie” Lee Neuman, age 63, of Missoula and former Polson resident, died at St. Patrick Hospital, Wednesday, May 30, 2012, surrounded by the love of her husband John, son Greg and her extended family. Lettie was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, born July 17, 1948, the first-born child of Eugene and Faye Pitts. She was the eldest of five children.

A log home on Camas Prairie was Lettie’s family home until age three when the Pitts moved the sawmill to Ravalli and took up residence and cattle ranching in Dixon. In Lettie’s fourth year of life she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and began taking the relatively new treatment of the day -an insulin shot delivered in glass syringes and needles sharpened on a wet stone. Despite having a childhood illness, Lettie was a positive, happy curly red-headed child with quick wit and a zest for life. She busied her life with school academics, honor society, cheerleading, school drama, and played the trumpet in the Dixon School Band. She became the salutatorian of her 1966 Dixon High School graduation class.

Shortly after graduation from the University of Montana with a degree in business administration, Lettie married her childhood sweetheart Johnny Neuman, July 23, 1970, whom she had met and developed a “crush on” in grade school when he moved to Dixon from Frenchtown. They resided in Dixon and Ravalli as John worked for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Dixon Agency and she began a 37-year career with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Kicking Horse Job Corp Center, outside of Ronan. After the Agency was moved to Pablo, the Neumans relocated to Polson and began their family. Though pregnancy was very challenging for Lettie’s health, her determination produced the child of her dreams, Gregory John Neuman. Lettie loved being a mother and savored his every growing moment. Lettie’s eyes twinkled as she told stories of her son’s work career with the W Hotel out of Chicago and Europe. She was and remains his best cheerleader. As a family they enjoyed remodeling several homes and oversaw the building of three. Lettie, a self-taught interior designer, had a natural ability for choosing and blending lively color to make a home and office spaces warm and cozy. She loved fashion and just before her health took a serious turn she met her long friend Glenda Ingrahm in Paris, France to feast her eyes on the beauty of French design and fashion.

Lettie’s celebrated working career for the Kicking Horse Job Corp began as the center director’s secretary and eventually his administrative assistant. Given her warm personality outgoing and friendly nature Lettie was selected for the position of placement officer. This was a key position for to the success of the Kicking Horse Center that received national recognition numerous times for excellence. In this position Lettie traveled to many of the reservations in the nation, bringing information about the center, recruiting and matching Native American students with a career path, assisting families to adjust to sending their young adults so far from home, counseling students through stages of homesickness and as well as holding their hands during rough times when they might learn of a family member’s illness or death. Yes, Lettie, was a mother to each and every student she came to know. Eventually, Lettie, retired from Kicking Horse, easing into retirement in 2006.

Over the course of Lettie’s life, if you asked her about the Lord, her response was “I talk to him every day.” Given her and her family’s health challenges she relied on her knowledge of heaven to live through each day.

Lettie was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Pitts (February 2011); brother Larry Pitts (November 2009), whom also died from complications of diabetes; mother-in-law Josephine “Joey” Neuman; father-in- law Orin Neuman; and beloved poodle “Fancy Pants.”

Survivors include her husband, John Neuman of Missoula; son Greg Neuman of Chicago; mother Faye Pitts of Dixon; brother Garry (Christine) Pitts of Polson; brother Terry (Crystal) Pitts of Dixon; KoLynn (Paul) Sinclair of Yakima, Wash. /Polson; sister-in-law Ginger Pitts of Polson; brother-in-law Danny (Rita) Neuman of Billings; sister-in-law Gail (Gordon) Fyant of Polson; Darlene (Hawk) of Evaro; Marlene of Oakland; Monica of Pablo; Tina (Moose) of Richland; and many nieces and nephews whom Lettie was a staunch supporter of their many activities in life and her great-nieces and nephews.

A viewing occurred on Friday, June 1 at First United Methodist Church in Polson. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2 at First United Methodist Church, in Polson. Burial took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens, in Missoula after the funeral services.

The Neuman’s would like to thank the staff of St. Patrick Hospital, and friends of the valley for the many calls of support and emails.

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family.

PJ Incashola
MOIESE - PJ Incashola passed away May 21, 2012 from a rare form of cancer. Although a short battle, a battle fought with great strength, spirit, determination, and bravery.

PJ graduated from Two Eagle River School in 1991. Soon after he met his soul mate Naett Incashola, and later married June 9, 1995. Together they had two children that he loves to the end of the Earth: Christopher and Josee.

PJ worked for Big Sky Heating & Air Conditioning starting in 1993 for Jiggs Snell. Jiggs was not only a boss, but one of his closest friends. In 1998 he moved his family to the Tri-Cities to work with his buddy Josh, they had great times. He then returned in 2002 to his favorite place the family home in Moiese, and returned to work for Big Sky before retiring early in 2011 due to his health. During his retirement, he and childhood friend Dan Adler palled around and reminisced about old times with lots of laughter. Dan was with PJ during his final hours.

Preceding him is his Father Pete Sr.; stepfather Tony LaMoose; and faithful companion for 17 years his dog “Buddy.”

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Naett; son Christopher (Jen); daughter Josee; mother Dorothy; sister “Sissy” of Moiese; sister Aggie of Pablo; special nieces?Jan-Erika, Anastasia, and Stephanie; great niece and nephew Daspiana and Alyias, Kordell, Kyree, and Alexa; and along with numerous other relatives. We love you daddy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be given to North West Sarcoma Foundation to help with research. In PJ's last months, he traveled to Seattle for Clinical trials of research medicines for Sarcoma. PJ would say: “If it doesn’t help me, maybe it will help someone else.”

Emannuel Ariah Arlee Wright
Emannuel’s Journey
At 6:12 am, May 21, 2012, the angel reached out his hand and said “It’s time to go, Emannuel”. ” I want to stay,” says a small child’s voice, “She wants me to stay, they love me here.” “Yes, they love you, and, they will love you forever, Emannuel, you will be with them again. It is God’s will that you be with them again.”

Emannuel puts his tiny hand out to the angel. He is lifted up into the angel‘s arms. Together, they move through time, through eons, past the stars, the sun and moon.

Emannuel comes into the Great Shining Light; there is no darkness, no shadow. It is beautiful. The angel says, “Emannuel is here.” A wondrous voice says, “Come Emannuel.” “Who is it?” asks Emannuel. “Love Everlasting”, says the angel. Emannuel runs to Creator. Creator lifts him up high and tells him, “Look”, as he turns toward a great meadow.

The meadow is large, circular, and surrounded by great ponderosa pines. The blooming flowers give off heavenly scents, the pines are filled with singing birds, sunlight filters through the branches, and from the shade of the trees a large group emerges.

They are young and old, but each is youthful. They wear buckskins, wing dresses and ribbon shirts. They are happy and laughing. There is a sound of horses’ hooves and a tinkle of tiny bells. Warriors and horses move around the group, giving war whoops as they fire their rifles. The women sing joyful tremolo.

A small figure steps forward, a small hand reaches out. “My brother, come.” They join hands. The beautiful spirits sing, “Emannuel is Home! Emannuel is Home! He looks back at the angel and smiles, he is home.

He spent twenty-eight loving minutes with his family being held and loved before the angel beckoned. While we remain here, in our earthly bodies, where we weep for ourselves, we know we will be with him again.

Lemlemch to Patrick Pierre for the beautiful services and words of comfort and wisdom; “Thank You” to the cooks, to Andrea Adams and her helpers, to Kim Swaney. “Thank You” to those who offered prayers for the family, Clark Matt, Joe Sorrell, Sr. and Stanley Small Salmon. Lemlemch to Weezie and her Family for the good words and the songs. Thank You, to the Nkwusm children for the beautiful song. Lem Lemch to Carole Langford for her assistance. Lemlemch to everyone who has offered comfort and love to our family in our time of sadness.

The Family of Emannuel Ariah Arlee Wright, expressed by Yaya, Es tuxti mlqnu sm em, Mary Jane Charlo

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June Rae Caye
DAYTON — Our beloved daughter, sister, auntie and friend, June Rae Caye began her journey with the Creator on June 2, 2012.

June was born on June 1, 1955 in St. Ignatius to Abraham Caye and Agnes Couture Caye.

June was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. June was blessed by the Creator with a huge family and a huge circle of friends. Our beloved June had many, many talents and interests. She was always ready to help no matter what. June will always be remembered as a master gardener whose perennial flowers at the family home will give her family and friends precious memories to come. Our beloved June was also an accomplished beader who not only took great pride in her beading projects but always donated her extraordinary work to friends and family for Christmas and Birthday gifts. She was also a great pool player where she had numerous accomplishments with a cue. She was also interested in taking many pictures of family and friends and was also an avid yard/garage sale follower who was always looking forward to the yard sale season. However even with all these interests and accomplishments our beloved Junes favorite past time was picking huckleberries with Papa August and family in Buck Horn. Our June wasn’t just an accomplished huckleberry picker, she made the best huckleberry pie on the planet.

June was married to Don Cline in Polson. They made their home in Turtle Lake. However as life seems to change every day, June and Don thought it better to be just friends.

June was a Jane of all trades. Her free roaming spirit took her to the edge of the world where she worked for Trident Sea Foods Company as a seafood processor. June also loved to clean and was a highly recruited residential cleaner throughout the Mission Valley. This trade also landed her at Two Eagle River High School in Pablo where she was a Building Maintenance Technician for several years and was also a great role model whom the students at TERS looked up to. June also worked at other Mission Valley Companies, Jore Corporation and Gray Wolf Embroidery just to name a few. June was preceded in death by her grandfather Alexander Couture, grandma Madeline Couture, father Abraham Caye, brother Arnold Caye, great nephew Kenneth Caye, great nieces Rashaunda Denton and Tia Denton.

June is survived by her mother, Agnes Caye, stepfather; August Lefthand, special great niece; Kelly Kenmille; sisters Barbara Caye, Delores Sam (Grayson), Iris Caye; brothers, Abraham Caye and Alvin Caye; nieces, Cindy Friedlander, Rene Kenmille, Niche Daniel (Jake), Madeline Caye (Jason); Nephews, Jon Denton (Angela), Alvin Caye-LaMere (Beth), Anthony Caye, Dustin Gatch (Gen) and Steve Christianson; two special girls she helped raise, Erica and Andrea Mathias, and numerous great nieces and nephews that she loved and treasured dearly.

There was a Rosary on Monday, June 4 in Elmo at the Hall; funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 5 and followed by burial at Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at

Merle Matt
THORNTON, CO — Merle Matt, age 72, passed away June 1, 2012, with family members by his side.

Merle was born July 4, 1939, in St. Ignatius to Armenia and Louis (Sonny) Matt. He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.?He loved the outdoors, fishing, and crafting unique works of art for his family and spending time in his wood shop. Merle attended Northern Montana College in Havre, leading to a long career as owner of Matt Design Company, specializing in patent illustrations.

Merle is survived by Diane Matt, his wife of 27 years, and four daughters: Gay Rowe and spouse Dan Rowe, Robin Richardson and spouse Terry Richardson, Kristi Dittmann and spouse Jim Dittmann, Jami Medina and spouse Alvaro Medina, and one son: Sean Barlow and spouse Kathy Barlow.

He had ten grandchildren: Danielle Maestas and spouse Richard Maestas, Jenny Ellsworth, Lhexann Richardson, Michael Ellsworth, Christopher Barlow, Zachary Ruiz, Taylor Rowe, Rhawni Ruiz, Kyle Rowe, Ashley Barlow, and six great grandchildren: Maya, Dominic, Destiny, Lilliana, Aaden, and Silas.

Merle’s siblings include: Helen Leishman, Thelma McDonald, Ronald Matt, Joyce Wallen, Edith Morigeau, Zilia Lewis, Bunny Wilder, Janice Shea, Marlene Roberts, and Penny Kipp. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Clifford Matt.

His numerous nieces and nephews also loved and adored him.

A “Remembrance Celebration” was held Tuesday June 5 at 2 PM at DeWitt and Tabler in Thornton, Colorado.

John Plouffe
RONAN — John Plouffe passed away on May 31, 2012. John was born on January 20, 1950 in Alexandria , KY to Joe and Becky Plouffe, the second of three children. He was blessed with a happy childhood, surrounded by loving family and friends his entire life. He fondly recalled his mother’s Sunday morning breakfasts, checking the trot line on the Licking River with his dad, grandpa John teaching him how to use a knife (when Grandma Lucy wasn’t around) and all the family weekends spent on the river, at a family reunion, playing basketball and baseball with his childhood buddies, and hanging out with his cousins, Bobby, Foy, Kip and all the “older” boys.

John attended Alexandria Elementary School and later, Campbell County High School, graduating in 1968. He worked several jobs during high school, at the local drive in, at the local hamburger stands, and on local farms, bucking bales, fixing fence, plowing and harrowing. While still a high school senior, he enlisted in the Marine Corps for 4 years. He served from Sept 1968 until July 1971, when he received an honorable discharge for medical reasons. He then attended Florida Jr. College, Eastern Kentucky University, and FVCC, in an apparently unsuccessful effort to get smarter.

He worked construction, but his main claim to frame was playing in the rock and roll band, Lazer, and getting to play the play drum set of Rube Beard, the drummer for ZZ top, in Frankfort, KY, in ’72 or so. In 1975, he moved to Montana, to join his recently retired parents, and went to work in law enforcement, reaching the rank of Assistant Chief of Police during his 6 years, when he left the cop shop to be able to spend more time with his family. It should be noted here that not one donut shop was ever robbed while John was on duty.

While twice married, John decided married life was not for him, and devoted his life to being a single parent, raising his two children, Tyler and Casey, all on his own. On January 23, 2005, he was blessed with his first grandchild, Jackson Dean, who was the light of his life, and the object of much “spoiling”. On June 13, 2008, along came a grand daughter Abbigail Rose Marie, and Jackson had a little sister.

John worked 30 years for the US Gov’t, retiring in 2010 from the Flathead Irrigation Project, after having served as Watermaster at the Pablo, Jocko, Round Butte and North Division camps. He enjoyed time with his family, hunting, camping, fishing, river floats, pool, the blues, his pets (all dogs), puttering around with his old 75 Ford 4X4, the “Live 75”, and long motorcycle rides, traveling to Kentucky, Daytona Beach, the Grand Canyon and many other scenic places.

John will be remembered as a loving father, grandpa, good friend, brother, uncle, and public servant. He was proud of his Native American heritage, having Salish, Coeur D’Alene and Pend O’Reille blood in his veins.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, Joe and Becky, and is survived by his sisters, Jeannie Morigeau (Jacque, deceased), of Ronan, and Linda Rahe (Tony), of Cincinnati; his children, Tyler and Casey; his grandchildren (Jackson and Abbi Rose); his many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the Ronan Alliance Church where military honors were presented. Honorary pallbearers are his lifelong best friends, Darrell Dunaway, Marvin Zacharias, Willie Birthmark, Tony Rahe, Willard Moore, Harlen Gerdes, Joe Johns, Jim Allen, Thomas Colvin, Dave Boldt, Clayton Matt, and Rex Winebrenner.

Jon sincerely hopes that there will not be one bouquet of flowers at his services, but that friends and family instead make a donation to a charity of their choice, or to any charity benefiting children or preventing animal abuse. We are sure he is right now rooting for the Reds to win a few games, and hoping his beloved Kentucky Wildcats have a good recruiting year.

Clinton Rhyll Burnett
ARLEE — Clinton Rhyll Burnett passed away Thursday May 17, 2012 at his home in Arlee with his family.

Clint was born September 8, 1932 of goodly parents in a remote homestead cabin built by his father near Bannack, Montana. His childhood and youth were spent there and in Sheridan with his beloved brothers and sisters, a hardworking father and a devoted mother. The bonds of their love and loyalty to each other continued throughout all their lives, culminating every year since in the Burnett-Oler Family Reunion with the descendants of his parents. The lessons of true friendship, devotion and hard-work Clint learned from his family carried with him throughout the years.

He met the love of his life, Bonnie McCollum, on a blind date. He often recounted that story; the taffeta dress she wore, the Blue Anchor diner where they ate and that she was the prettiest girl he ever saw; they were married almost 60 years and raised five children.

Clint developed deep and lasting friendships with people throughout his life and had the unique gift of making people feel welcomed, loved and like family. He cherished his friends and family, and loved to be surrounded by them, doing all he could to make sure they were having a great time. He was deeply patriotic and lived a life full of integrity and honor. He loved his friends and family as much as they loved him. It was once said of him that he was a grand man. “Not a good man - a grand man.”

He was preceded in death by parents George and Margaret Burnett, brothers Leroy Oler and Dayle Burnett, and sister Phyllis Yocum, son Scott Burnett and grandson Christopher Burnett. Survivors include his wife Bonnie, brothers Darwin Burnett and Keith Burnett, sister Dorothy Walund, daughters Monica Burnett and Renee Howlett, sons Clay Burnett and Darren Burnett, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the St. Ignatius LDS Church Saturday, May 26 at 11 am followed by burial at the Pleasant View Cemetery. Viewing will be at the Foster Mortuary on Friday 10 am - 10 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dale Tash Memorial Fund Bannack State Park, 4200 Bannack Road, Dillon, MT 59725. Donations are matched dollar for dollar by the State of Montana. Full obituary may be read at

William R. “Ron” Powell
ST. IGNATIUS — William R. “Ron” Powell, 79, passed away on May 11 in Missoula.

William was born Dec. 16, 1932 in Georgia to Roland Quinton and Naomi Alice (Burkett) Powell and was one of nine children. He was raised on a farm and attended school in Telfair Co., Georgia. Ron joined the Army for three years were he trained in heavy artillery after he received his honorable discharge, he returned to Georgia where he became employed for his brother, Gene Powell, in the house painting business.

Following this Ron was a mechanic for many years in Jacksonville, FL. It was here that he met and later married Jerry Cordier in July of 1967. Together they have a daughter Tracy who was born in 1969. They then moved to Montana in 1972 were he has been a resident of the Mission Valley for the past 40 years.

Ron loved to hunt and fish in both Georgia and Montana but always felt Montana was more like Heaven with its elk and deer. He was a great dad to Tracy and worked at Brown’s Texaco in Ravalli, Cenex and Doug Allards General Store in St. Ignatius.

His hunting buddies were his nephew Jim Cordier and Ann Fyant. As a good Christian, he had a love of people and just three years ago moved to Polson to be closer to Tracy and her family. He later divorced Jerry but they remained friends.

Ron was preceded in death by many of his family including his parents, brother Gene and sister Louise as well as a granddaughter Chloe Cutfinger.

He leaves behind two daughters Rhonda Albert his grandsons David and Zachary of Jacksonville, Florida and Tracy Powell of Polson and her family husband Rudy Cutfinger, Paige, Brittany and Carter also of Polson, Jessica Amoritte of St. Ignatius and Ruben (Angela) and Ruben’s daughter Evah of Missoula; brother Roy in Georgia; as well as many good friends including Jerry Powell and Ann Fyant and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held Sunday at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were held Monday in the Cornerstone Church in St. Ignatius with Pastor Lynn Lapka officiating. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic cemetery where military honors were presented by the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

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A special thanks to the Partners of Home Health, Missoula, Lisa, Deb, Pam and Tammy; also Ruben and Angela for being there to help in Dad’s final weeks.

Paul F. Derflinger
ARLEE — Paul F. Derflinger, 83, of Arlee passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 of natural causes while residing at The Springs Senior Community in Missoula. Paul lived his final years sharing his joy and happiness with everyone with whom he came in contact. He so appreciated the loving care he received from everyone at The Springs.

Paul was born Jan 2, 1929, in Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma, to George Albert and Blanche Mae Derflinger. He married Violet Anita Derflinger in Eureka, CA and together they raised their family, Mark and Ernest Derflinger, and with Violet he helped raise his stepson, John Bone (Derflinger.) They were married for 54 beautiful years.

Paul was a master sergeant in the US Air Force. In 1967, he received the USAF commendation Medal for notorious meritorious achievement. His final assignment was at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. He proudly served his entire career in the USAF. He was also a member of the Elks Club.

In 1987, Paul and Violet moved to Arlee, where they retired. Paul was a happy man with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed his family, and spending time with them. He loved his children, grandchild, and great-grandchildren very dearly.

Paul loved to travel all over, him and violet would vacation to all the places that they had made their homes throughout their lives, travel to see old friends. Paul loved camping, and fishing with his sons; John, Mark, and Ernest.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, wife Violet, and son John.

Survivors include his sons, Mark Derflinger of St. Ignatius, Ernest and Cath Derflinger of Ronan; grandchild Amber Derflinger of Arlee; and great-grandchildren Siraayah and Taliah.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5 at the Arlee Indian Senior Citizens Center with Military Honors being presented.

Johnny Lee Kelly
RONAN — Johnny Lee Kelly, 58, passed away April 29, 2012 at his home near Ronan.

A member of the Blackfeet tribe, he was born to Dorce Jack and Edith Charlene (Nequette) Kelly on Dec. 27, 1953 in Ronan. John was raised locally on the Flathead Reservation and in Drummond. He logged with his uncle in his younger years and was a carpenter.

John married Francene Burland. The love of John’s life was his family. His wife Francene meant the world to him and his grandson Brandis was his heart. John loved his mom, brothers and sisters, family was everything to him. Collections and animals were another passion. His animals, other peoples animals, stray animals, he took care of them all. We will miss him forever and always but we have our memories of his kind and gentle heart.

He was preceded in death by his father, but leaves behind his mother Charlene Caldwell of Polson; his wife Francene of Ronan; his sons Raymond Oschmann of Bakersfield, CA and Kenneth Oschmann of Billings; brothers Wes (Andrea) Thomas and Gyme Kelly; sisters Julie Zachariasen, Mercy Kelly and Darla (Mark) Pollock; grandchildren Brandis Black, Tyler, Thomas, Brittany and Taya Oschmann as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service is planned for Friday. Condolences may be left at

Thomas F. Smith
POLSON – Thomas F. Smith, born March 20, 1929, passed away at his home in Polson on May 3, 2012.

Tom was born in St. Ignatius, and graduated from Hot Springs High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Frankie Beebe, on July 31, 1949. She preceded him in death on June 24, 2004.

Tom was member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and an active member of the Descendant Enrollment Movement of the 1990’s.

He was a heavy equipment operator all of his life, working on highway projects, in the logging industry and later in life being self-employed.

Tom always took great pride in his yard and flowers, and a good cribbage game.

He is survived by his son Tom B. Smith and wife Vickie; daughter Joelene Frey of Polson, who was at his side at the time of death; four grandsons; five great grandchildren; brothers Lloyd Smith wife Jean, and brother Monroe Smith wife Pat; and several nieces and nephews and close friends Don and Ron.

At his request there will be no services. Condolences may be left at

Evelyn Glover McBroom
POLSON — Evelyn Glover McBroom, 90 years young, passed away of natural causes on April 25, 2012 at the Rehabilitation Center in her beloved town of Polson. Evelyn was born October 29, 1921 in Ansley, Nebraska, the first of four children born to Roy and Glea Thompson.

Leaving the farm after the devastation of the Dust Bowl, their family arrived in Montana on Easter Sunday in 1936. They built a new home in Post Creek and Mom attended school in St. Ignatius. She played basketball and recalls one of her favorite pastimes was roller-skating down Post Creek Hill.

She married Henry Glover in 1940 and they moved to Polson where she has resided ever since. They had four girls - Diana, Jeanette, Duzzie and Pam - and later divorced. She married Cliff McBroom and Lyle and Rita were born to that union. He passed away in 1962 and she has lived independently in the same place ever since.

She is survived by her six children: Diana Burtch (Harold “Link”), Jeanette Davis (Norm), Duzzie Glover, Pam Schneiter (Jim), Lyle McBroom and Rita Vanorio (Tom). Her legacy continues with 11 grandchildren: Pammy, Peggy, Paula, Kevin, Heather, Ian, Lexy, Andrew, Kelsi, Karee and K.C.; and eight great grandchildren. She is also leaves behind her sister, Darlene Edwards of Austin, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Our Mom and Grammie left us with a lot of great memories and admiration for a life well lived. We are especially grateful that she was able to keep her sharp mind and quick wit that was the essence of her soul.

Our Mother and Grammie was the ultimate homemaker – famous for her canned fruit and vegetables, strawberry jam and Flathead cherry jelly. She loved to garden and tended to her vegetables and flowers until her health issues started last year. She was still baking cookies and muffins up until several weeks ago. She was a good seamstress and made alterations using her old Singer treadle sewing machine. She crocheted doilies and afghans for all of us and all our children. She was a meticulous housekeeper and after starting our own families, we realized this was no small feat. Mom was an avid reader since grade school and always kept up on current events, especially politics. She read two or three books a week, many times staying up late at night to finish just one more chapter.

A private family celebration is being planned to honor her life and her last wishes.

Adileah LeeRae Collier
PABLO – Adileah LeeRae Collier, newborn daughter of Dalton Collier and Japhanna Burns, was made an angel on April 24, 2012 in Polson.

She was greeted by her grandfather Richard “Skip” Burns and leaves behind her parents; her grandparents Alta Finley, Jody Butler and Leo Collier and great grandmother Carol Finley.

A wake began last Friday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held Saturday in the Longhouse.

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Francis Jeffrey Kickingwoman
MISSOULA — Francis Jeffrey Kickingwoman, 49 years old, was born May 24, 1962 in Cut Bank, Montana to Melvin and Maryann (Parker) Kickingwoman. He passed away April 19, 2012 in Missoula from a heart attack.

Francis always called Starr School home even though he lived in many places throughout Montana and Washington.

He spent summers as a member of the MIC Hot Shot Crew and later was employed by Sun Mountain Sports.

Francis had many hobbies including sculpting, carving, watching his favorite Steelers on TV, and designing and making dance outfits for his boys. He spent a lot of his young years traveling to pow-wows with his mom and dad and became a champion traditional dancer.

On one of these trips he met his honey, Luanne Brown. During their 30-plus years together they raised five sons, Daniel, Thomas, Francis Jr., Jacob, and Anthony. Their happiest times were when they were together as a family.

Francis became the proud grandparent of six grandchildren, Tailee, Kyreah, Francis III, Aliyah, Tyler, and Tayven. Francis worked his whole life but his favorite job was caring for his grandbabies.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin ‘Chickenboy’ and siblings Jimmy, Melvin, and Sandra Dee.

He is survived by his wife, Luanne; mother Maryann Junior and Vesta Cutfinger and their daughter Michelle; siblings Rose, Susie, and Nola; kids Daniel (Amanda), Thomas (Anton), Francis, Jr., Jacob, and Anthony; and his grandbabies. Francis is also survived by in-laws and a large extended family on the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations; plus his four-legged pal, Odie, the basset hound.

A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius and will moved to Browning at the Glacier Homes Community Center. The funeral was Wednesday, April 25 in the Glacier Community Center. Interment followed at the Whitegrass Cemetery in Starr School.

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Richard D. Milliron
POLSON — Richard D. Milliron, 61, passed away April 14, 2012 at his home in Polson.

Richard was born September 17, 1950 in St. Ignatius to Clyde and Bertha (Sandau) Milliron.

He was raised locally and he joined the Marine Corps, and served in Vietnam. Upon his return, he worked at the Veterans Home in Columbia Falls, before returning to Polson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Blair.

Survivors include siblings Darlene Meyers of Tennessee, Cleo Cook of California, Janice Perry of Las Vegas, Linda Milliron of Medford, OR, and Cliff Milliron of Polson.

Services are planned for later in the year.

Venita J. Wall
RONAN — Venita J. Wall, 50, passed away peacefully Friday, Aril 6, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Pache.

Born August 3, 1961 in St. Ignatius to Joseph “Jody” Finley and Victoria J. Lozeau, she was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was raised and educated locally. A local character, she started her family and married Shannan Wall. Working various jobs, she always found a way to make her families’ lives interesting.

She enjoyed being with her grandkids, and family whether it was at a BBQ, Powwow or Fireworks.

Venita was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Alex and Ann Mary Cullooyah and Martin Finley and Annie Quequesah and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Survivors include her children Carl (Mandy) Lozeau of Utah, Shannon (Joe) Couture of Ronan, Tyler Wall of Pablo, and Shanita (Jenna) Wall of Pablo; nine grandchildren; her spouse Shannan Wall of Ronan; and her siblings Carl Finley, Jolynn Cole, Joe Stiner, Aggie Incashola, Matthew Finley, Bill Peterson, Jackie Peterson, Desiree YellowHair and Mary Koll; as well as a large extended family of aunties, uncles and cousins.

A traditional wake began Saturday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.. Wake closing services were held Monday in the Longhouse with her funeral following.

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Thelma Mildred Smith Cahoon
KELLOGG, Idaho — Thelma Mildred Smith Cahoon, 99 years old, passed away on April 5, 2012 in Kellogg, Idaho of natural causes. She was born on August 23, 1912 in Bannack County, Idaho to William and Martina Smith.

Thelma was raised in Bynum, Montana. There she married Reynolds Cahoon in 1928. While in Bynum, their daughters Ruth and Lois were born. Thelma and Reynolds then moved to a small farm northwest of Charlo, where they had sons, Eugene and Earl. They lost their home on the farm to fire and moved into the town of Charlo, where they raised their son Francis.

Thelma was employed for many years as a Homemaker, helping numerous CS&KT families. She took pride in her bounteous garden and flowerbeds, and she enjoyed her many grandchildren. She was widowed in 1989 and later married Elmer Daugherty. In recent years, she lived with her daughter, Lois Grubber in Libby, and then with her son, Earl in Pinehurst, Idaho. Thelma was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is preceded in death by her husband Reynolds and later Elmer; daughters, Ruth and Lois; sons, Eugene and Earl. She is survived by her son Francis (Carol) Cahoon of St. Ignatius; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, April 10 at the LDS Church in Ronan.

Robert Edgel Sigler
ST. IGNATIUS — Robert Edgel Sigler, 83, passed away at his home on March 26, 2012. Born in Anaconda to John and Cecilia (Schmidt) Sigler on November 16, 1928, as a child he moved to California where he became a truck driver working for CalCan, Cheslea, and was an owner operator for BBJ. He was also an entrepreneur and started the Workman Store.

Bob served proudly in the Army in WWII, and as an army veteran, he was proud of his service and had a real passion for being a veteran. He was a member of the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

Robert was also an outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt; and he enjoyed going to rodeos and loved to be around his family and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by his son Robert George Hodgson, and brother John (Jack) Sigler.

Survivors include his children John Bradford Sigler, of Orange, CA, Nacee Watson of Baltimore, MD, Lillian Jean Fowlston of Reno, NV, and Cynthia Montgomery of South Lake Tahoe, CA; sister Maryanne Dongara of LaHambra, CA; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday, April 7 at Foster funeral home in St. Ignatius. Military honors were presented Sunday at the St. Ignatius Veterans Memorial located on First and Arrow in St. Ignatius.

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Lucy Rita Pluffe–McDanal
POLSON — Lucy Rita Pluffe–McDanal, 81, passed away Sunday morning.

A member of the CS&KT, she was born up Valley Creek on February 10, 1931. She was raised by Mary Louise Pluffe Adams in Camas Prairie. She learned English and was educated in the Catholic Schools in Helena before eventually marrying Jesse McDanal in Ronan.

A carpenter by trade, she helped her husband remodel properties as well as serving as a private nurse for many people. As a young child Lucy would ride a one-horse buggy to attend school in Camas Prairie. Lucy was very traditional woman speaking her Salish Language, enjoying picking huckleberries, gathering bitterroot and making moccasins. She enjoyed being with her family and was well known for her fry bread, pancakes and fried potatoes with bacon bits. Lucy also loved her bingo and Keno. She was and is the Bingo Queen of the Flathead Reservation.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse; children Mike, Anna and Sarah; Mary Adams; and cousin Alex Adams of Camas Prairie and aunt Louise Mary.

She is survived by her children Marlene McDanal, Marilyn Duback, Maxine Tenas, Marie McDanal, Mike McDanal, Charlie James, Jr. Joseph Pluffe and Zella Fisher; a brother in New York; 32 grandchildren; 44 greatgrandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren

A traditional wake was held in the Salish & Kootenai Senior Citizens Center in Polson. Wake closing will be held at 10 am Thursday at the Senior Center in Polson followed by a graveside service at 11 am in the Ronan Cemetery. A dinner will follow the services at the Polson Senior Citizens Center.

Rodney Lawrence McCollum, Sr.
DIXON – Rodney “Big Rod” Lawrence McCollum, Sr., 77, of Dixon passed away March 21, 2012 at his home.

Rodney was born March 15, 1935 in Missoula to Eurcle and Mary (Majewski) McCollum. Rodney was raised in St. Ignatius. To help support his siblings, he began working at a young age driving a team of horses for the Jesuits. He married Doris DeMerle Evans in 1954 and started a family. Rodney worked in the mining and construction industries, operating machinery. After helping build Tiber Dam, he began hauling logs. Logging jobs led him to live and work in Libby, Potomac, Superior, Arcada, CA, and Polson. Continuing to log, he moved his family to Arlee and started to ranch. Rodney established his own Angel Trucking and finally settled in Dixon at the Selow Creek Ranch with Doris and their 5 children. After raising a family, he transitioned from logging to over-the-road trucking until he retired. Often accompanied by Doris and his grandchildren, he enjoyed sightseeing and traveling the country.

Big Rod thoroughly enjoyed outings with his family. He liked hunting, fishing, swimming, and going boating as well as riding his horses, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. He also liked to go bowling and take Doris out on the town dancing. Rod had a passion for vehicles and traveling, acquiring several cars, jeeps, tractors, trucks, and motorhomes. In his later years, he continued to enjoy sightseeing and family outings, taking his grandkids to Fairmont, Pend Oreille, and State Parks. His hobbies included reading, finding a good deal, traveling to auctions or just going out to dinner. One could definitely say that he had a passion for the road, always wanting to travel somewhere.

Rodney was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his brother Richard and niece Stacy.

Rodney is survived by his children: Mildred (Rio) Liberty of Dixon, Rodney (Melanie) McCollum of Dixon, Donna Arnonne of Las Vegas, NV; Yvonne Dennis of Dixon, Brian McCollum of Dickinson, ND; siblings Patricia Gergen of Bellevue, WA; Ernest McCollum of Huson, Carol Rektor, Robert McCollum, and Joseph McCollum all of Spokane, WA.

Services were held Monday, March 26 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in St. Ignatius. Condolences can be left at

Helen Joyce Teigen
RONAN — Our dearest, mom, sister, auntie and friend, Helen Joyce Teigen age 62 passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012 after a long courageous battle with cancer at her home in Ronan with her two “little brats” (Charmaine and Shanell), great niece (Shaylene), and close friend (Francine) by her side. A long courageous battle proved her strong independent will and tough character, which carried her through to the end.

She was born on August 1, 1949 near Eureka to Oswald Sophus and Dorothy Pearl (Wilson) Teigen. Helen was raised in the North Crow area from 1955 to 1965; the family then moved into the town of Ronan in 1965. Helen graduated from Ronan High School in 1967.

Helen was a “Jill of all trades”. In her early years, she worked at Hoppy’s gas station and drove 18-wheeler trucks and cattle trucks for Roy Fisher. She bartended and helped her brother-in-law Roger Dodger with remodeling, building, and other construction. She worked for Mickey McCall at his shop in Ronan, and the San Francisco Feed and Grain elevators, and she sprayed weeds for the county extension office. Around 1993 she moved to Jefferson City doing road construction. She bartended and waited tables at the Cribbage Board and Stage Stop in Jefferson City. She worked at Walmart in Helena, and at Hillbrook Nursing Home as a dietary assistant, and loved visiting with the residents there. Helen spent many summers at her sister Rita’s helping with the kids and helping with whatever labor she could to help pay for her class ring and first set of store bought clothes. She loved BSing and telling jokes, cooking, watching her old western movies and television shows, collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia, and listening to her gospel music on Sundays.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Gene “Swede.”

She is survived by her daughter Charmaine; grand dog “Munchkin;” sisters Pat (Fred) of Stevensville, Rita of Ronan, Shirley of Ronan, Alice “Blackie” (Paul) of Havre, and Dorothy of Ronan; brothers Bill (Marge) of Libby, Cliff (Alvina) of Ronan, and Dale of Ronan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 3 at the Ronan Cemetery.

Thomas Lee Moss
RONAN — Thomas “Tom” Lee Moss, 67, of Ronan passed away peacefully March 25, 2012 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Tom, a member of the CS&KT, was born on November 4, 1944 in St. Ignatius, to Henry and Elsie (Truchot) Moss. He spent most of his early life in Blackfoot, Idaho and loved playing baseball. Tom was also selected to try out for one of the major league baseball affiliations. Tom was a member of the Union Iron Workers, well known for his welding skills and deeply loved to work with his hands. Eventually, he went into the plumbing, pipefitting and carpentry trades.

He loved fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, and golfing. He enjoyed spending time with family and many friends.

Tom will be greatly missed by all his family, including many nieces and nephews, and by friends who he had met throughout his life’s journey.

He is survived by his loving wife, Constance B. Moss, stepdaughter Jennifer Gardner; three daughters from his previous marriage to Julie A. (Hernandez) Moss - Susie Lee Moss of Gibson, Idaho, Stephanie Ann Moss of Gibson Idaho and Debbie Renee Langston (Dave) of Pocatello, Idaho; and step-son Larry Wadsworth (Sonya) of Fort Hall, Idaho; sisters Gloria Whitworth of Polson and Marilyn Woods (John) of Blackfoot, Idaho; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by sister Maxine (Mickie) Moss; brothers John Moss (Phyllis), Frank Moss, George Moss, and Jim Moss (Jeanie).

The funeral service took place on Thursday, March 29 at the Spirit of God Assembly Church in Ronan.

Misty Dawn Boushie
PABLO — Misty Dawn Boushie, 26, passed away Wednesday at her home in Pablo.

Born in Browning on March 19, 1986 to Cecile Wagner and Bill Boushie, she was raised on the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations.

A dedicated mother and wife, she married Travis Couture and they had four children, Billy, Dallan, Joseph and Tayler Daisy Couture.

She was preceded in death by her child Tayler Daisy Couture; brother Tyler Chance Boushie; and grandparents Eileen Schlidt Gilham, Donald Wagner, Ed and Louise Boushie.

She leaves behind her parents Bill Boushie and Cecile Boushie; husband Travis Couture; children Billy, Dallan and Joseph; her siblings Susie Boushie, Billie Louise Boushie, Debbie Boushie, Bill Marceau, Katherine Madman, Laura Boy, and Jack Marceau; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A wake was held at Glacier Homes in Browning and Mass was celebrated in the East Glacier Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at

John Stanislaw
CAMAS PRAIRIE — John Stanislaw, 79, passed away last week at his home in Camas Prairie on March 14, 2012. A member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was a true mountain man. John was born in a huckleberry patch in the mountains near Clarks Fork, Idaho to Joseph Stanislaw and Annie Paul Curley on August 30, 1932.

A jack of all trades and fluent speaker of his language, John was an elder who was a cultural resource. He worked many places and had met many people in his travels. On one of his trips to Washington DC, while he and others in his delegation were lobbying for their aboriginal rights he was present as the civil rights movement was at the Mall and he met Abernathy, who was Dr. King’s successor.

John’s sisters Angie Andrew and Harriett McDougall both of Camas Prairie, Rose O’Bennick of Hot Springs and Hazel Barnaby of Dixon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all survive him.

A wake began at the family home last Thursday and moved to the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in St. Ignatius with his burial at Camas Prairie.

Peggy Sue Antoine
RAVALLI — Peggy Sue Antoine left this temporary life to enter into eternity with her loving Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday March 18th at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. Peggy was born to Alice (Antoine) and Edward “Slim” Deardorff on September 30, 1959. After being in and out of a number of foster homes, she went to live with her adoptive parents Larry and Mary Keele at the age of 10.

Peggy is survived by seven children, Nicole Hammond, Nathan Evans, Michael King, Adri Antoine, Frank Antoine, James Roylance and Virgil Phillips. She has three grandchildren and another one due any day. Siblings include Owen Deardorff of Hot Springs; L.D. Keele of Ravalli; Janita VonHeeder of Dixon; Jobi Ash of Angola, IN; Dallas Deardorff of Plains; Erma McNulty of Medicine Hat, AB; Travis Deardorff of Ronan; Shelly Christensen of Kalispell; Jay Goodman of Spokane; David Goodman of Ronan; and three adoptive siblings, Pam Keele of East Missoula; Becky (Keele) Snyder of Nebraska; and Kathy (Keele) Petersen of Dillon. She also has numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding her in death are two siblings, Rick Lozeau and Jay Deardorff; her dad, Slim Deardorff and one niece Cara McNulty.

Peggy enjoyed the outdoors and took great pride in her hide tanning skills. She was very talented with a number of skills including baking breads, beading, arts and crafts. She also came to love and thoroughly enjoy her grandchildren. She always left a lasting impression on the many people she encountered.

Services for Peggy were held Wednesday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

Harriett Jane Sherman
ST. IGNATIUS — Harriett Jane Sherman, 50, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Missoula. She was born to Paul Finley and Josephine LaMoose on May 23, 1952 in Hamilton. Her grandparents Louie and Felicity Cullooyah raised her. After their passing, she was raised by Kenneth and Alice Old Person and David and Sophie Haynes families.

Harriett had many interests. She enjoyed traveling, powwows, beading and camp meetings. Harriett had a sweet spot in her life for her “boys” - Starr School and the Black Lodge Singers, which she enjoyed listening to. She will be remembered each time they hear, “Huh,” her common phrase.

She was preceded in death by her son Kenny SureChief, siblings Merle, Annette and Laura Old Person, Harmon Good Gun, Pete Finley and Kenny Burland; and her parents and grandparents.

She leaves behind her children: Robert (Serena Crofoot) Sherman of St. Ignatius, Malcolm (Galen) SureChief of Great Falls, Sharon Buckskin Michel of Elmo, and Shawna Armstrong of Polson; five grandchildren: Coral, Indigo, Nakai and Talon Sherman and Savannah Sunshine Michel; her siblings: Debbie Homegun, Georgie DeRouche, Roger Old Person, Ken Old Person Jr., Susan Lefthand Dowdall and Pooyah Lefthand; as well as a large extended family from those who raised her.

A wake and Rosary was held Friday at the Arlee Community Center. Funeral services were held Saturday.

Monte F. (Dempsey) Azure
ST. IGNATIUS – Monte F. (Dempsey) Azure of St. Ignatius passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. He was 69.

He was born in Fort Belknap, November 18, 1942 to Joe and Emma (Ducharme) Azure. He was raised and went to school in the Chinook area. As a boy, he worked with his family on farms and ranches and became an expert sheep shearer. Monte enlisted in the army in 1960 and was honorably discharged two years later. He acquired his nickname ‘Dempsey’ as young man on the boxing circuit.

He worked a variety of trades including: mechanic, garbage truck driver, barber, farmer, carpenter and contractor, and was best known as a handy man in the Mission Valley.

Monte married June (Crawford) Bracey on January 7, 1972 in Chinook. They lived in Fort Belknap until the family moved to St. Ignatius in the summer of 1973.

Monte loved the beauty of the Mission Valley and loved to spend time on the lakes and rivers. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed outings into the mountains. He loved sports and was always in the stands cheering for his beloved Bulldogs. He was an active member of the Little Shell tribe.

Monte was preceded in death by his father and mother; his brother Jim; and sister Shirley.

He is survived by his loving family: June, daughters: Janelle (Peter) Matt, Dorothy ‘Dee’(Lee) Meyers, Scott (Judy) Bracey and Lester (Ted) Bracey; sisters Irene Houle and Dorothy (John) Croft; grandchildren Shane, Shyane, Destany, Briittany, Dakota, Raymond, Peter Ryan, Troy and Cora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. Dad we miss you and know you are dancing a jig in heaven

A rosary was held February 24 at 8pm at the St. Ignatius Catholic church. Funeral services were held Saturday February 25 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Victor James Matt, Sr.
ARLEE — Victor James Matt, Sr. a life long resident of the Jocko Valley passed away at his residence here at Arlee, on February 26, 2012. Victor was born on May 9, 1924 at Arlee and was the 4th child of eight born to James Matt and Ellen LaMoose. Victor began grade school education at Arlee and later at the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius. Victor told his story about his short stay at the Ursulines, saying that he and Lawrence Finley took their younger brothers and ran away - taking them two days to get home. He stated that they slept in an old trolley car at the old Ed Schall residence and finally made it home the next day. Victor was then raised in the Jocko Valley by John S. Woods. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th divisions, during World War II in the South Pacific, including Iwo Jima.

He returned home and married the love of his life, Delma Victoria “ Bodine” Gebeau (Matt) in Hamilton, MT on October 19, 1946.

Victor worked very hard most of his life, he worked on a rock crusher as an oiler, a mining operation for a short time, and as a woodsman up until he retired. He sawed timber around Western Montana and Idaho, which he loved to do. He also served on the Tribal Council from 1954 to 1957 as a representative from Arlee.

Victor was preceded in death by three brothers; Lloyd, Victor Issac, and Clarence; two sisters, Roberta (Bobby) Antelope and Gladys Felsman.

He is survived by two siblings, Caroline LaFrinire of Arlee, and Winona Arlee of Ronan. He is also survived by his five children: Bing and Ron of Arlee, Roberta Kay Matt Decker of St. Ignatius, Arlene Dusty Bull and Patty Young Running Crane of Browning. Victor has 16 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren for a total of 70. Once he made the statement “No wonder I can’t remember all of their names!”

Victor was instrumental in help getting the Jocko Church moved from St. Ignatius to its present location. He also constructed the pavilion and stickgame arbors at the Arlee Powwow Grounds and was later named after him in his honor by the late Thomas “Bearhead” Swaney. His hobbies included mowing his lawn and driving his daughter “Kay” berserk when he would sneak out and drive his old John Deere Tractor around the field. He also loved to watch CNN News on his TV and give the Republican party a cussing everyday, stating that old “Bush” sure got us into a lot of trouble and President Obama is catching all the hell over it.

Victor was a man who loved his family very much. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He loved his traditional and cultural ways that he knew when growing up. Before his passing he told our mother “to be good to everyone and feed them when they come,” this was done as he asked by his children and relatives.

We thank those who stayed with him, cared for him, and prayed with him. Lena, Amber, Amanda, Carlin, Ron, and Clark. Thank you so very much for showing your love for our Dad. We also want to thank Tammie Matt and Clarice Anderson, Dr. Bekemeyer, the staff from Hospice, who came when they were called; Kathy Felsman and who ever else volunteered to give care to our Dad.

A wake was held Monday February 27 at the Arlee Community Center. Rosary was recited Tuesday with Mass held Wednesday in Arlee.

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Robert Azure
FORT BELKNAP — Robert L. Azure Jr. left this world on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, to join his mother in heaven, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to Robert and Ramona (Bell) Azure on Feb. 27, 1951, in Fort Belknap.

Robert received his education in Harlem and Butte. After high school he attended Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell where he met his first wife, Marie Buffington. They had one daughter named Jennifer, and then later divorced.

Robert then met and married Daphne Wetzel in Missoula and they had a son named Robert III "Bobby."

He loved to work on cars and spent his career working on them almost daily. He did that until he was no longer able to do so. Robert took great pride in his work and being co-owner of Azure Body in Harlem.

Robert loved family and thought of many first cousins as brothers and sisters. He fulfilled his later years by spending time with his close family and friends. He loved it when his sisters and nieces pampered him. He spent many hours watching his numerous nieces and nephews grow and especially liked it when his nieces came to visit or take him for a ride.

He also loved nature and spending time at Flying Squirrel with family and watching the kids and dogs grow and play. He cherished "Chili Sunday's" at his dad's but what he loved most was talking about his children and grandchildren who lived so far away.

Robert loved collecting dragons, music and movies.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Ramona, and his sister, Barbara Ann.

Robert is survived by his father, Robert Azure Sr.; daughter, Jennifer and her two children, August and Christina of Austin, Texas; and son, Bobby of Wailuku, Hawaii.

His siblings and their spouses are Pete (Terry) of Butte, Steve (Patti) of Fort Belknap, Bernard (Kim) of Arlee, Debbie (Terry) of Anaconda, Anne of Butte, Jack (Donna) of Butte, Ted of Butte, and Mary (Ed) of Butte. Robert is also survived by his numerous nieces and nephews, Ramona, Pepita, Pete, Justin and Owen (Pete); Amber and Jeremy (Steve); Tashina and Ezra (Deb); Dyani and Katyra (Anne); Mary Rose, Steve and Jake (Jack); Tara and Samantha (Ted); Danelle, Nikol, Robbie, Shayna, Alex and Max (Mary); and LaNada, Casey, Mitchell and Gus (Bernard). He is survived by many great-nieces and -nephews whom he cherished deeply.

Robert will most be remembered by his big smile and infectious laugh. Although his family is left with many beautiful memories, he will be sadly missed.

Gentry Liberty
DIXON — Sheridan Gentry Liberty, known to his friends and family as “G” and Gent, left his house the afternoon of Sunday, January 29, 2012. For all who knew him he leaves behind a tsunami of tears but hope also that we understand he did what he felt he had to do. As we all know for some of us there are far worse things in this life than death.

Gentry was born June 26, 1981 to Delorah Liberty and Gary Dean Shelby.

Those he leaves behind for now are his children, daughter Alejandra Riviera; sons Ezekiel Zeuss, D’Angelo Dean and Elijah; his mother Delorah Liberty; his brother Noah Price; his sisters, Selena Campos, Savannah Shoshana and Monterey Riviera all from Dixon; Samantha Shelby of Arlee and Jennifer Shelby.

Those he knew, who left before his death, include his father, Gary Dean Shelby; his grandfather, Anthony Liberty; his aunts Reva Elisa Liberty and Lynn Shelby; uncle Dennis Shelby and baby cousin Shasta Bianca Lynn Shelby.

Gentry was very close to all his cousins, especially the Ross boys. Honor him by never losing your hustle and knowing laughter is strength. Cavey Rossbach a friend for life – remember him and know that he is with you now more than ever. Shenandoah Revais Valentine Shelby, unique cousin, like he said: “She can call 15 or 20 times a day, I’ll always pick up the phone.” Tina Morigeau, know that he is the sunlight behind D’Angelos’ eyes. Bo and Jake Herak, you both make him proud. Friends and family who loved him, he loved you back with everything, you all know who you are – you are too numerous to mention.

Show love to someone in need, be generous with your heart and gentle with others. Gentry, was and is all heart.

Editor’s note: There were family that were accidently omitted, the family apologizes for the mistake and has requested it be published with the all the family listed.

Theodora Elizabeth Gingras Charette
Theodora Elizabeth Gingras Charette, 64, passed away at her home on Monday, February 6, 2012.

She was born on August 17, 1947 in St. Ignatius. She married Norman Francis Charette on August 10, 1971.

She attended grade school at the Urslines Catholic School to the 5th gradem then 6th and 7th grade in Pierre SD. She also attended school in St. Ignatius and Arlee and graduated from Flandreau HS. She attended Business College in San Francisco, Community Business College in Denver, CO.

From 1979 to 2003 Teddi and Norm owned and operated their own business NorTed Metal Company where she was their business manager.

She loved camping, fishing, hunting and picking huckleberries, but mostly having family gatherings.

She is preceded in death by her father Eli Gingras; mother Agnes Nomee Gingras Mitchell; brothers Joseph Louis Gingras and Francis Eli Gingras; sister Martha Gingras; niece Janet Pierce; and nephew Duane Michael Plouffe.

She is survived by son Charles D. McClure Charette and stepson John Charette; brothers William R. Gingras, David M. Gingras, Peter D. Mitchell and George A. Mitchell; sisters Maria (Chickee) Gingras Pierce and Joanne S. Gingras Schall; grandson Christian Andrew Charette Haynes (Roberta Haynes) and granddaughter Twilynn Rochelle (Sandra Jackson) and was also known as grandma to Gia Williams and Lisha Ortlandt; and several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins, aunties, uncles not forgotten from Idaho and WA.

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Sandra “Sandy” Kay Castor
RONAN — Sandra “Sandy” Kay Castor, 56, of Ronan, MT, passed away at her home in The Mission Valley on February 7, 2012. Sandy was born August 24, 1954 to Alvin Ernest Sloan and Marie Anne Gress. Sandy was raised and lived in the Mission Valley, she went to high school at Mission High School in St. Ignatius, and continued onto the Modern Beauty School in Missoula.

Sandy was blessed to have two great loves and three beautiful children. She spent the majority of her years working on the Glory B Ranch where she helped build her dream home, while gardening and sewing. She loved to sew and created unique Pendleton coats. She loved fishing, going to St. Mary’s Lake, traveling to exotic locations, spending time cutting and coloring her friends and family's hair.

Her Father, Alvin Sloan; Mother, Marie Gress; Sister, Patricia Sloan; Mother–in–laws Phyllis Castor and Flora Morin; and also her first husband James Mason Cates preceded Sandy in death.

Sandy is survived by Richard “Bud” Castor, daughter Bridget (Louis) Fiddler; sons Josh (Sabrina) Castor, and Timothy Castor; grandchildren Skyla, Shaylee, Sydney, Warren, Emily, Ethan and Eliot; and numerous brothers, sisters, and cousins.

Viewing was held at Foster Funeral Home with a memorial service to be held in the springtime. A complete obituary and condolences may be left at

Ronald P. Hansen, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS — Ronald P. Hansen Sr., 54, a longtime resident of St. Ignatius in the Mission Valley for 23 years, passed away on February 9, 2012 at a family home in Seeley Lake.

Ron was the youngest of six children, born to Roy Sr. and Pauline Hansen in Olympia, WA, on March 31, 1957. When Ron was 4 years old, the family moved to North Bend B.C. After the death of his father in 1971 the family moved back to Yelm, WA in 1974. Ron continued his education, and graduated from Yelm High School in 1976. After graduating, Ron came to Montana where he worked in logging, farm work, and heavy equipment.

On April 25, 1987, Ron married Mona Gibson in Kalispell. Ron and Mona made their home in the Mission Valley. Their only son, Ronald P. Hansen, Jr., was born in Polson on June 4, 1991.

Ron’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, gold panning, and exploring the genealogy on his and Mona’s families.

Ron was a member of the LDS church. Ron ejoyed helping other families, and especially children. He was a Big Brother to all the kids. Ron had several nicknames that his good friends called him: “Moose”, “ Bubba”, and “ BigRon”.

Ron is preceded in death by his grandparents, mother and father, one brother, and one nephew.

Ron is survived by his wife Mona; son Ron, Jr. of St. Ignatius; a step-son Paul Tucker of Bozeman; step-son Tommy Price of Washington, DC; sister Loralee (Tom) Daley; brothers Richard (Toni) Hansen of Olympia, WA. and Glenn (Becky) Hansen of Nielton, WA; and numerous nieces and Nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1 p.m. in St. Ignatius at the community hall, with Everett Foust officiating. A potluck will follow.

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Jonah Mink
FORT HALL, Idaho — Jonah Mink, 79, of Fort Hall, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at his home.

He was born November 8, 1932 in Salmon, Idaho to Joseph Mink and Cora Pegoga.

Jonah attended school in the Blackfoot School District. He was a truck driver at the Gay Mine and a rancher.

He has been with his companion, Ardith Peyope for 33 years.

He enjoyed breaking horses, traveling to and singing at powwows and Sun Dances. He also enjoyed making Indian saddles.

Jonah is survived by his companion, Ardith, of Fort Hall; step-son Timothy (Monica) Peyope and Richard V. “Tazzy” Peyope both of Fort Hall, ID; step-daughter, Diana Peyope of Fort Hall, ID; sisters, Eloise Lopez (Alfonzo) of Gibson, ID; Alecodine Pahvitse of Fort Hall, ID; step-grandchildren, Katherine Jessica Peyope and Amber Lilly Peyope both of Fort Hall, ID; niece, Stephanita Evening of Fort Hall, ID; nephews, Ricky and Delmar Evening.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-daughter, Josette J. Wieser, brother, Oscar Mink, sisters, Inez Evening and Gladys George.

A traditional burial service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, at Gibson Cemetery.

He was taken to the family home at 1331 N. C Street in Fort Hall, Wednesday, February 8.

A service will be held at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, February 9, at his home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.

Irene L. (Dumont) Morigeau
ARLEE — Irene Dumont Morigeau passed away January 29, 2012 at home surrounded by her children. Irene lived a full life with most of it spent on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Irene was raised in the Bitterroot Valley and had many fond memories of school and work during her younger years there. She talked of the sawmills that her stepfather worked at and where her brother learned his work ethic. She loved going back to the Bitterroot in the Fall to pick apples for canning and pies, and to attend church occasionally at the St. Mary’s Mission.

Irene, or Todo, (as she was called by family and close friends), married Carl Lloyd Morigeau when she was 18. They eloped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and made their early home on the Flathead Reservation, and often for work in Kellogg, Idaho. At 20 years of age she started her family and became a devoted mother of five children. She was described as a “Momma Grizzly” when it came to protecting her children, nieces and nephews, and children she cared for. Irene was preceded in death by her son Kenny, and former husband Carl.

Irene was a proud Native woman; who loved her Tribal heritage. As a young mother she would take her Mother, sister, nieces, nephews, and children to harvest berries. She would spend days afterward canning and making jams, jellies, syrups and wines. Irene had five children of her own, but her home was often filled with nieces, nephews, and children’s friends who adored her for the love and care she showered upon them. Her children found her to be strict, but other children adored this quality because sometimes these children didn’t have rules and loved the fact that she cared enough to know where they were and what they were up to. Irene’s home always smelled of cooking; after school, kids were treated to homemade meals, cinnamon rolls, hot biscuits and other homemade treats.

She didn’t believe in hungry children. As these children became adults, they would often stop by and thank Mom for the guidance and rules she shared with them. They looked at every admonishment that came their way as an act of love from someone who truly cared for their present and future wellbeing.

Irene had quit school to get married but went back and earned her High School diploma while her children were still in school. She made this accomplishment at Arlee High School; the school she quit her senior year to get married. Other training Irene sought was cashier training on cash registers before the time of barcode scanning. She was particularly proud of her cosmetology training at Mr. Ray’s Beauty College.

She was an exemplary cook, paying close attention while under her own mother’s care and by observing other cooks she worked with. She got her start in commercial cooking while working at Head Start. Irene developed quite a following of friends and devoted customers while cooking at the Four Star and Buffalo establishments in Ravalli. Later in life she started her own restaurants featuring her own recipes. Loyal customers followed her to her business establishments to enjoy her company and cooking skills.

Every dish she put out had a healthy helping of love, the spice she used most in life. The loss of Gaming on the Reservation affected two of her businesses severely; she would not talk Tribal politics due to the harm done to her business, and other businesses in the valley, by this policy.

Irene was a woman that didn’t mince words. You always knew where you stood with her. As a bar owner, she put customer’s safety and wellbeing above profits. She would often give a customer a “piece of her mind” regarding their need to go home and take care of their family and other responsibilities.

Irene is survived by her children, C. Douglas, Calvin, Curtis and MaryRose Morigeau Bacon; whom all lived within a 15-minute drive to her home, as they had done most of their lives. Irene was especially close to her sister, Viola Dumont Keenan, and treated Vi’s children as her own; Jim, Willie, and John-John Keenan.

Irene will be remembered for her big heart, ferocity in standing up for what she believed in, which was family, honesty, and hard work. Many people would stop in to talk family history, a topic she could spend hours on, relating tidbits of information that only someone who had been there could share.

This information will live on in those that sat and listened, intently, to her history lessons.

A wake began on January 30, in the Arlee Community Center with the Rosary recited January 31, and Funeral proceedings held on February 1, in St Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial was held after services, next to her father, Charles Dumont, in the St Ignatius Catholic cemetery. A dinner celebration of Irene’s life was held after burial at the Arlee Community Center.

Pallbearers were: John Keenan, Jim Keenan, Bruce Shelby, Harley Tanner, Davie Burland, Carmen McClure, Monty Dumont, and Brent Griffin.

Honorary Pallbearers were: Jenny Kjos, Lois Dumont, Freda Loper, Shirley Tanner, Dave Love, Don Loper, Bob Dumont, Clay Dumont, Mike Morigeau, Tyon Miller, Tim Atwin, Fred Tapia, Bud Schmauch, her grandchildren, many nephews, godsons, sister/cousins and friends.

Louis John “Baba Lu” Nevarez
RONAN — Louis John “Baba Lu” Nevarez, 63, passed away at Community Hospital in Missoula on January 31, 2012. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born on June 5, 1948 in St. Ignatius to Mary Pablo and Leopold Nevarez.

Louie attended schools in Hot Springs and St. Ignatius before going to Haskell Indian Nations University. Louie was employed at Kicking Horse Job Corps where he was an excellent CDL teacher. He also enjoyed umpiring baseball games; watching sports, golf, and always telling his jokes.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Leopold; brothers Raymond Santos and Floyd Nevarez; and sisters Janice Nevarez and Diana Jones. Louie is survived by his brothers Joseph Santos and Vincent Burrafato; sisters Julian Barton and Lupe Jones; sons Curtis Nevarez, Montana Nevarez, KC Nevarez, and Chase Nevarez; and daughter Kayla Nevarez; four grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A visitation was held on Wednesday at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. A funeral will be held today, Thursday at 10:30 am in the Ronan Community Center.

Kyle J. Dionne (Gingras)
GREAT FALLS — Kyle “D”, 25, beloved son of Donald Gingras and Eileen Dionne (Gingras) went to be with the Creator on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Kyle was born in Belcourt, N.D. on April 16, 1986. He grew up in Bismarck, N.D., where he was raised by his grandparents, Adolf and Elsie Dionne; both of whom Kyle loved dearly.

He made his home in Great Falls and worked hard to provide for the love of his life, Carissa Blackbird and their beautiful daughters Keyahna and Isabella. He loved his family more than life itself and showed it in all he did.

Kyle was an outgoing individual and was liked and loved by everyone who he came in contact with.

Kyle is preceded in death by an uncle, J.R. Dionne and an older brother, Rydell Longie.

He leaves behind a large extended family all of who will miss him greatly and include: his parents, his partner Carissa Blackbird of Great Falls; daughters, Keyahna and Isabella Dionne of Great Falls and Baylee Tangen of Florida; brothers Louie Gringras, Ken Gringras and Raymond Powell; sisters, Crystal Gingras, Lancia Charles, Donielle Gingras, and Casey Jo Gingras; grandparents, Dollie Olson of Columbia Falls; Kenneth and Patricia Gingras of Polson; and Adolf and Elsie Dionne of North Dakota. Survivors also include aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

Rest peacefully son.

Funeral arrangements were provided by Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory, Great Falls. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Marcia “Marsha” Marie Day Harris
RAVALLI — Marcia “Marsha” Marie Day Harris of Ravalli passed away peacefully, surrounded by her two sons on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the age of 61.

She was born to Donald Clifford and Geneva May Day on October 24, 1950 in Missoula and was raised in Ravalli. She attended St. Ignatius School for most of her schooling, but graduated high school in Arlee after the birth of her first son, Steven Day. She went on to study Accounting at the Vo-Tech in Missoula.

While attending college she met and married Richard Harris of Missoula and together they had her second son Stacy Harris. Although divorced, they have remained friends over the years. She later met Morrie Wilson of Missoula who she shared over 20 years of her life with.

Over the years Marsha has worked at several bars, managed Car Town car lot and the family rentals in Ravalli.

Marsha was talented with her hands and excelled at quilting, beading, cross-stitching, crocheting and knitting. She recently started knitting from her own hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn. She has given many hand-made gifts that will long be treasured by her family. She enjoyed her pets over the years, from the horses of her youth to her chickens and flying squirrel in Missoula to her birds and cats in Ravalli. She enjoyed having coffee at her local hangouts in Missoula and Ravalli and socializing with the regulars.

Throughout her life she taught us, by example, the importance of: Unconditional Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Respect and Perseverance. She has made those around her better people and we will all miss her greatly.

She is survived by her sons, Steven Day of Ravalli and Stacy (Rhonda) Harris of Florence; two grand-kids, Ashley Shafer and Seth Harris; one great-granddaughter, Madison Shafer, sister, Jeanette Heberle of Great Falls; three nephews, Randy (Anita) Heberle, Chris (Michelle) Heberle and Luke (Tyla) Heberle along with numerous extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Geneva Day and life-partner Morrie Wilson.

Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church followed by a memorial lunch at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Internment in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula will occur later this year.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the many people from Lake County Home Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Evergreen Rehabilitation and St. Luke’s Hospital who helped care for Marsha during the last years of her life.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family online at

Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for the Harris family.

Harold Francis Reed, Sr. (Big Beaver)
BROWNING – Harold Francis Reed, Sr. (Big Beaver), 66, passed away Thursday in Browning.

Born Dec 18, 1945 in Browning to George Big Beaver Sr. and Ruth Walter and later adopted by William Paul Reed Sr., he was raised in Browning, served in the Army during the Vietnam War and returned to the Blackfeet Reservation where he worked as a Park Ranger, Police Officer, Ranch-hand, Firefighter and as a mechanic in numerous service stations eventually owning Big Sky Standard.

He liked hunting and fishing, stock car races and restoring cars.

His birth father; his parents; three brothers, William P., Aaron T. Reed and George Big Beaver Jr.; and a niece Mandy preceded him in death. He married twice, first to Linda Johnson and then Bonnie Bongey. He had three children - Harold F. (Sherri) Reed, Jr.; Lynn L. (Jason) Stott; and Kaitlin R. Reed. He is also survived by siblings Minnie (William) Elmore of GA, Volley (Opal Boggs) Reed of Babb, Lawrence (Yvette) Reed, Lillian Reed, Nellie Whitford, and Llona (Verlin) Wippert all of Browning, Willow (Richard) Ell of Conrad; five grandchildren – Taylor, Marc, Taryn, Thomas and Madeline as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake began Saturday in Browning at the Old Eagle Shield Center and moved to the Starr School on Monday where the Rosary was recited on Tuesday. Funeral Services were held Wednesday in the Starr School with burial in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Memorials maybe made to the Vietnam Vet Treatment facilities in Walla Walla, WA; or the Wounded Warriors Fund. Condolences can be left and an obituary can be viewed at


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