For the Record...
March 2007 Obituaries
Mildred Fouty Whiting
BIG ARM — Jane Mildred Fouty Whiting went to rest
on March 29, 2007. We
will miss her kindness and her beautiful smile.
Jane was born in Missoula Montana on January 16,
1947 to Walter and Gladys Jo (Lozar) Fouty. Jane was a member of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe. She attended school in Polson
and graduated from Polson High School in 1966. She also attended Salish
Kootenai College and the University of Montana.
Jane yearned for truth and happiness her entire
life. In 1975, while living in the Mission Mountains near St. Ignatius,
she learned that the Bible promises a clean, peaceful earth filled with
righteous people. She appreciated God's promise of a future with no
death, depression or pain. Jane devoted her life to sharing that truth
with her family, friends and neighbors. She was especially motivated by
Revelation 11:18 that promises no physical or moral damage of the
beautiful planet which she loved.
Jane met Jack Whiting and was attracted by his
sense of humor and strong work ethic. They wed in a simple country
wedding on September 6, 1975 in Dayton Montana. Together they moved to
their farm in Big Arm where she resided until her death. Jack and Jane
ran a goat milk dairy, called Whiteline Dairy, and later they operated
Jack Whiting Siding and Polson Storage.
Jane adored her children. She and Jack raised
their daughters, Ann and Asia, with love and imagination. Jane taught
them to be proud of their heritage, to create beauty and to love every
part of life. She had a special connection with her grandmother, Mary
Morigeau Lozar, who even helped her sew her wedding dress. Mary, like
Jane, was an entrepreneur, nurturer, gardener and a kind-hearted woman.
Jane was an artist. She could make everything from
homemade butter to willow baskets. She enjoyed summer evenings on the
houseboat on Flathead Lake. She also loved her animals. From childhood
on she loved tall, pretty horses. She was an expert horsewoman and
spent many weeks in the backcountry of Montana including the Chinese
Wall last summer, on the back of her favorite horse, Chico Rio. She was
a brave and talented woman in so many respects and it was honor for
those who knew her. We have fond memories of Jane in her warm bright
kitchen surrounded by her laughing family. Her example has inspired us
to love Jehovah our God and to keep learning about what the Bible
Jane Whiting put her heart and soul into
everything she did. She will be missed and remembered.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents Walter
and Gladys Jo (Lozar) Fouty and her brother David Fouty. She is
survived by her husband Jack Whiting of Big Arm; daughters Ann Whiting
of New York City and Asia (Loren) Gray of Kalispell and siblings Robert
Fouty, Walter (Joan) Fouty, and Debbie Fouty all of Polson.
She is survived by nephews Mike Fouty, Steve
Fouty, Roth Fouty and Steven Statham Jr and nieces Strohm Fouty and
Kristen Statham, along with Uncle Stephen 'Bud' Lozar and his wife
Maggie of Polson as well as numerous cousins, great aunts and uncles.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Grogan's
Funeral Home of Polson Montana. Condolences to the family may be made
POLSON, MT — Clarice "Jake" Tootell is delighted to
join the choir
praising the Lord in heaven.
She died on March 29, 2007 at St. Patrick Hospital
in Missoula, MT.
Jake was born on Dec. 16, 1931 in Plaza, ND to
Harry and Ruby Jacobson. She moved to Bozeman, MT as a youth where she
met the love of her life, Donald Tootell, while in the eighth grade.
They married on August 31, 1948 in Spokane, WA. Their family was
expanded by the births of their children, Linda and Chris.
Jake supported Don while he attended and
subsequently graduated from Montana State University. She and Don lived
in various locations during his career, including Durango, Colo. She
entered Ft. Lewis College there as a non-traditional student, and was
joined by her son Chris for two of those years. She fulfilled her
dream, relished her education, received her teaching degree, and
graduated as valedictorian from Ft. Lewis College in 1971. She shared
her enthusiasm and gifts while teaching in Arvada, Colorado.
In 1987, Jake and Don retired to their Flathead
Lake vacation property, which they had owned since 1972. She frequently
expressed awe for God's creation as witnessed from this vantage point.
Jake was a member of the Presbyterian Church of
Polson, Mission Valley Chorale, Masumola Club and Polson Country Club.
She and Don also volunteered as crisis foster parents.
Jake took piano lessons later in life and played
beautifully. Her exuberance for life was evidenced by her appreciation
for music...she was known to frequently breakout singing, at times to
the dismay of her family.
Jake loved to golf, read, play bridge and gather
with others around the dining room table. She faithfully volunteered at
Evergreen Health and Rehab Center, led the residents in singing oldies
with gusto and received a volunteer of the year award for this
She was an extremely hospitable person and never
knew a stranger, only friends she had not yet met. She was a woman of
strong Christian faith and was grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ for
his provision of Grace. Jake always gave of herself completely and
loved her family and friends unconditionally. She provided her loved
ones with tireless support, even cheerleading.
Jake had an indomitable spirit as was illustrated
by her trip to Norway nine months after Don's death in 1994. She
followed through on the trip to Norway, which they had planned together
before his passing.
Jake and Chris Christensen developed a close
friendship in the years following Don's death. Chris had been their
respected mutual friend. They enjoyed a companionship that sustained
them both until his death in Nov. 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald,
her parents, her dear friend Chris, and numerous other family members.
Jake is survived by her two children Linda Tootell
Thomas and her husband Thad of Boise, Idaho and Chris Tootell and his
wife Jenny of Missoula. She is also survived by her grandchildren Erin
Adams-Griffin and her husband Morie; Jake Adams; Joe Adams; Ryan
Tootell; Kjelsi Tootell; Lindsay Tootell; Austin Tootell; great
granddaughter Micah Adams-Griffin; brother and sister-in-law George and
Lenora Jacobson and brother-in-law Bob Tootell as well as numerous
other friends and relatives. Jake was an animal lover and adored her
canine companion "Sunny" and feline friend Isabella "Izzie."
Later this summer she will be laid to rest next to
her husband Don at the family plot in Bozeman.
Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer's
Association or a charitable organization of your choice.
The family would like to give a special thanks to
those lovely friends and caregivers who were with mom at the lake
before her move to Missoula, including Chris and Viktra Bumgarner,
Steve and Christina Pittenger and Laurali Sego. We're also thankful to
the Missoula Springs Memory Care and Dr. David Gorman for the kind,
competent, and respectful care they provided.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
A bright mind
and a bright head.
Many works this man had read.
He wanted to teach, to play, and to heal.
His laughter was a cackle and it was REAL.
electric and smile sly,
Must have been exciting to watch these times go by.
He cared for many and he hated few.
And I'll place a bet he was pleased to know you.
In my lifetime
he counseled with what he never
As an elder and a poet he made me believe.
"Life is a process." "this too shall pass."
"Because after all, today is just a day."
And I always
could do it
'cause I knew that he did.
And if you don't, whatever,
"Pat, just listen to the stupid s*** I did!"
How'd he do it?
He found a way.
A church to a house?
Tools and rods.
The sweatlodge, the college,
A Montana Hot Rod.
I'll miss him
Forget him I won't.
Who could think that they don't?
Now I don't
know how he affected you,
And I really do care.
For a nephew, brother and niece,
We'd like to be made aware.
So let us know
if you want, we'd love to hear.
Uncle Allen was a rock star, a teacher, a peer.
But whatever you choose to do and however you remember him best,
Please, friends, keep sharing his spirit with the rest.
POLSON — Allen Hibbard was born to Blaine Z. and
Ruth T. Hibbard
October 4, 1947. After being raised and schooled in Kansas City he
finished high school at The Orme School - a ranch school in Arizona. It
was during this time and during summer camp at the House Triple 'H'
Ranch in New Mexico that Allen embraced western practices such as
horsemanship and outdoor life.
He went on to college at Trinity University in San
Antonio, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and went
on to complete a Master's Degree in the same discipline.
Following these undertakings he was hired onto the
resident professional company of the Dallas Theatre Center. He excelled
in designing lighting and special effects for numerous productions;
playing major roles in some of these in addition to his
behind-the-scenes duties. Allen actually wrote two plays for production
there: "Angels Crossing"(1979) and "Dutchman's Breeze"(1980). A
highlight of his theatre center experience was designing the lighting
for Princess Grace of Monaco. He made her look that good.
Allen was introduced to Montana through a fishing
pack-trip with his dad into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. With his
background in ranch life and affable personality, Allen fell right into
step and was offered a job with the Burns family as a wrangler and
fishing guide in their outfitting business. He spent his summers there
when not in Texas.
In time, he made the move, settling in Dixon and
renovating an old church into a home. The years rolled on and his path
led to the doors of SKC.
Allen was a staunch supporter of public television
and appeared on the annual fund drives for KSKC Public TV in Pablo as
"Monty Moose" for over a decade. His humorous banter with Bob Fouty,
"Gloria" and "Oscar" will be greatly missed.
Allen donated his lighting expertise for the
"Salish and Pend d' Oreille Meet Lewis and Clark Pageant" which was
staged at the Arlee Pow Wow grounds in 2002. He also donated many hours
to various functions at the KSKC television studios. He was a very
spiritual man who loved the Creator and enjoyed sharing fellowship with
others in his adopted culture. Allan loved his pets and enjoyed kids
Allen was an inventor and entrepreneur. His "fly
catcher" was a big hit with fly fishermen and attracted the interest of
several fishing gear manufacturers. He designed and built a custom jig
and lathe to assist in the production of his custom fly rods. Allen was
a perfectionist who loved a challenge and spent countless hours
contemplating his tools and designs. The electric boat he designed and
built was of a distinctive and exceptional design. He loved plying the
waters of Flathead Lake quietly and effortlessly, surprising other
boaters and people on the shore.
After 17 years, he decided to retire to
concentrate on his passions, among which were boating, hiking, skiing,
poker and, of course fly-fishing. The last years saw many laughs, many
trips, and ample time for healthy reflection. He went as we all would
like to go: at the top of his game, not fading a bit.
Pallbearers were Roy Big Crane, Virgil Brave Rock,
Frank Tyro, Thompson Smith, Patrick Chief Stick, Jr., Steve Wheat,
Keith Rennie and Don Dubey. Honorary Pallbearers were Joe McDonald, Bob
Mires, Dean Spotted Eagle, Corky Clairmont, Bill Bennington and John
Damon Brooks McCollum
ST. IGNATIUS — Wilma Damon, Brooks, McCollum, Our
beloved "Toots" died
Monday, March 19, 2007 at her home near St. Ignatius at the age of 98.
She was born Dec. 17, 1908 in Baker, MT to William
Harrison Damon and Margaret Maud Hasty Damon. She was the 5th of nine
children. In 1926, the family moved to Missoula where "Toots" graduated
from Hellgate High School in June of 1927. Her friend Helen Staves
called her about an opening at the bank in St. Ignatius. The day after
graduation she rode a bus to St. Ignatius and interviewed with bank
President A.P. Morse and started work the next day.
She met "Charlie" Brooks and married Dec. 1928.
They ranched in the St. Ignatius area raising large herds of sheep and
cattle side by side. They managed a large herd of painted horses and
showed them in parades and rodeos. They were active in the Mission
Valley Saddle Club. "Toots" always participated and served as an
officer in civic clubs. "Toots' worked at Beckwith Store in the daytime
and ranched off hours. Upon Charlie's death in 1969 "Toots' began
working at the Holy Family Hospital in the business office for
approximately 10 years.
"Toots" married Ralph McCollum in June of 1981 and
began a new life of travel, dancing and entertaining. Family reunions
and social events were often held at their home on St. Mary's Lake
Road. Their home was a revolving door to all who came to visit and
enjoy good hospitality and beautifully decorated gardens with fresh
flowers everywhere. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing her
canned jams and jellies with all who visited.
Ralph was a member of the Masons and Toots became
a member of Mystic Chapter #53 Order of the Eastern Star as well as a
member of Foothills Club, Women's Club and St. Ignatius Senior Center.
Card parties were always a part of "Toots" life. Ralph passed away
"Toots" had an amazing zest for living, being
energetic, adventurous and vibrant.
She continued to enjoy visits and travel with her
sisters, who were very precious to her, and other family members. She
enjoyed all holidays and she made them very special for all of us.
Just 2 months ago "Toots" and Linda, her loving
companion and caregiver of 17 years enjoyed a play at the Missoula
Children's Theatre. Although "Toots' had no children of her own, she
accumulated over 170 family members whom she dearly loved and was loved
by in return.
"Toots' being the last of her generation was
preceded in death by her parents and 8 siblings.
She was also preceded in death by her son Bruce
McCollum but is survived by his family; 2 grandchildren Will (Paula)
McCollum and Mary (Jon) Krause; the children of her sisters Janet (Jim)
Edwards of Stevensville, MT, Jim Pearce of Luxemburg, Europe, Sharon
(Norman) Parmelee of Kalispell, MT, Loretta Flesch of Seattle, WA, Lynn
(Don) Gnose of Louisville, KY, Paula Davis of Stanton, CA, Richard
"Dick" (Thelma) Jungers of Ronan, MT and Victor "Tony" Jungers of
Billings, MT; cousin Mike (Ester) Murphy of Baker, MT; nieces of her
Brooks family JoAnn Murray of Beaverton, OR, Connie (Ed) Lord of
Philipsburg, MT, Avice (Ivan) Hoff of Dagmar, MT and Phyllis Lewis of
Worland, WY; sister in law Joy Brooks of Spokane, WA; daughter through
her McCollum family Bonnie (Clint) Burnett of Arlee, MT; 7
grandchildren Monica Burnett, Renee (John) Howett, Scott (Colleen)
Burnett, Clay Burnett and Darren (Raelyn) Burnett. Toots is also
survived by numerous great nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to
St. Ignatius Senior Center or the Foothills Club.
Wilma (Campbell) Turnbull
POLSON — Florence Wilma (Campbell) Turnbull age 96
passed away at her
home on Flathead Lake on Thursday, March 22, 2 007. She was a 19-year
cancer survivor before succumbing to the recurrence of her cancer. She
was born November 8, 1910 in a homesteaders log cabin on the Powder
River of Eastern Montana and was the oldest child of James Bular and
Twyla Mae (Bickle) Campbell. She started her education in a one-room
schoolhouse on the river before moving to Miles City, and Stevensville,
and graduating from Missoula County High School in 1929. She received a
one-year teaching certificate from Montana State Normal College at
She married George Edward Turnbull December 12,
1933 in Missoula. They farmed in the Drummond Jens area before moving
to Charlo November 8, 1938. They farmed there for 23 years then moved
to Missoula where her husband worked for the Forest Service. He retired
in 1975 and they moved to Flathead Lake where she has resided since.
She and George spent the winters in Yuma, AZ until his and then she
spent winters with her daughter in California.
Florence loved crocheting, and flower gardening
especially her roses. She held various offices in the Charlo Women's
Club, PTA and Lake County Federation of Women's Club; she taught Sunday
School classes at the Methodist Church, was a leader of a camp fire
group and a member of the 21 Club, and also chaperoned many school
Florence was preceded in death by her husband Ed
Turnbull, sister Lynn (Hap) Willsey, brother Gordon Campbell and
son-in-law Don Walsh, her parents, 3 brother-in-laws, and 1
sister-in-law. She is survived by her daughters Nancy (Stuart)
Fryberger of Charlo, Betty (Fran) Mocabee of Missoula and Alice Walsh
of Torrance, CA., a sister Norma Duff of Kenmore, WA, 9 grandchildren,
14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, along with
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made in Florence names to the
American Cancer Society, Mission Valley Methodist Church, or the Charlo
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March
29, 2007 at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Polson, with Rev.
Jim Dickinson officiating. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are
under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences
may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
ST.IGNATIUS — Anna "Marie" Detert, age 79 of St.
Ignatius, passed away
at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula on Friday March 23, 2007 from
"Marie" was born on December 9, 1927 at St.
Ignatius to Ben and Anna (Saggau) Detert. After graduating from Mission
High School in 1946, Marie received her nurses training in California.
She gained her nursing experience at both St. Patrick's Hospital and
Northern Pacific Hospitals in Missoula. By 1956, she had relocated to
Denver, Colorado, where she was employed as a dental hygienist. After
the death of her mother in St. Ignatius in 1970, she returned home in
1974, where she successfully owned and operated a Trout Farm with her
brothers Herman and Alvin Detert. Marie became well known at the
Missoula Farmer's Market as the "Trout Lady", where she sold fish and
produce from the Detert Family Farm.
Marie was a devoted Sister and Aunt, and was
actively involved in the care of her family members. She loved people,
and loved to laugh. She enjoyed many hobbies including fishing,
mushroom hunting, wildlife photography and huckleberry picking. She
also loved to crochet and share the results of her talents with her
family and friends. Marie also liked to spend time with her friends
attending the bingo games in the valley.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents;
siblings Harvey, Alvin and Herman Detert, Verna Lensman, a nephew Jesse
Lensman, and niece Betsy Harris.
She is survived by a sister-in-law Hazel Detert,
and nephew Jim Detert, both of St. Ignatius; a niece Keela (David)
Forthun of Minot, North Dakota; a nephew John Detert of Yelm,
Washington; and among many great nieces and nephews are Kevin Lensman
of Kalispell, Montana and Jeff Lensman of Ogden, Utah.
Memorials may be made in memory of "Marie" to the
choice of the donor. Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory of Polson
is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at
POLSON — William F. Orchard age 78 of Polson passed
away on Thursday
March 22, 2007 at Missoula Community Medical Center in Missoula from
natural causes. He was born August 12, 1928 at Bronxville, New York.
After high school he attended college for 2 years in California.
William married Suzanne House in San Gabriel,
California in 1949. He worked selling supplies and premiums to
circulation departments of newspapers in California, Nevada, Oregon and
Washington. He liked to travel, play gold and enjoyed reading.
He his survived by his wife Suzanne of Polson,
daughter Kristine Orchard Parker, and sons Thomas F. Orchard and
Richard W. Orchard, and 6 grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and no services are
planned at this time. Arrangements and cremation under the direction of
Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.
SPOKANE, WA — Rose Ellen Hall died March 24, 2007 of
lung cancer, in
Rose was born November 19, 1939, in St.
Ignatius,Mt. raised in Grand
Survivors are sons, Tom Pillow of Lake Stevens,
Jack Pillow of
Puyallup, Washington. Daughter Tracy; and brother Leonard Williams of
Preceding her in death were one son, Mike Pillow;
mother Rosealie Ashley Williams; father, Jacque Williams; and brothers,
Dick Williams and Fred Williams.
At her request, there will be no services.
Polson — On Thursday, March 15, 2007 Aethan (Epah)
to meet the Creator to shed his bonds of Earth and become a special
little angel in God's heavenly home. Epah was born May 16, 2001 in
Baltimore, MD. Epah so young, yet he touched so many lives with his
pleasant smile, his tussled hair and contagious personality way beyond
his age. He would greet you with a handshake and strongly say "Hello
I'm Aethan, what's your name?" Aethan will be missed by all those he
touched and will remain etched in their hearts for eternity.
Survivors include his parents Amber Olson-McArdle
Darren McArdle; brother Dalton McArdle; sister Debra Olson-McArdle;
grandparents Debra and Nick Phillips-Innerbichler, Debra & John
Grinder and Ernie and Marilyn Olson; great grandparents Norman and
Betty Olson, Jim & Rose Westerman; grandma/Auntie Marge Blixt;
uncles Jim Westerman, Richard Olson, Harley Olson and James Olson;
cousins Andrew, Alan and Adam Westerman; great aunt Elizabeth
Phillips-Gravelle; great uncles Ernie Matt and Darrel Papin and best
friend Brandy and a large extended family.
Aethan was laid to rest in the Dayton Cemetery.
services were provided by Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home in St.
POLSON — On March 4, 2007, Janet "Nana" went to
Heaven to live in the
loving arms of Jesus. Janet ended her courageous battle with cancer
surrounded by her family. She was loved by many and will be missed more
than words can say. She has touched the hearts of more people than she
will ever know.
Janet "Nana" was born with twin sister Joan in
Seattle, WA to Nello and Margaret Michelotti. She grew up in a loving
family with 2 brothers: Fred Michelotti and Nello Michelotti, and
sisters Joan Maxwell, Rita Michelotti, Thelma Garcia, and Linda
Menashe. Janet followed high school by attending Central Washington
University for art school. Janet went on to marry Robert Earl Maddy on
September 2, 1961. Together, Robert and Janet had five children. They
raised their family in West Seattle and spent their summers on Flathead
Lake in Polson.
Janet "Nana" had a wonderful life and lived life
fullest. She was unbelievably gifted at cooking. There wasn't a meal
that she couldn't prepare. Janet was also a very talented artist. Janet
spent many years as a nurse and raising her family. She opened her home
and cabin to many kids. She loved to take vanloads of kids camping,
hiking, and to the ocean. Janet devoted her life to spreading God's
Word. For 29 consecutive years she taught Sunday school and Vacation
Bible School. She also spent 12 years as an Evangelist, going
house-to-house, spreading the gospel. Janet also had at special place
in her heart for the children in poverty down in Mexico. She spent time
working in the orphanages and helping with the poorest of poor.
For the past 15 years Janet has devoted her time
15 grandkids: Heather Howell (15), Nicholas Howell (12), Sarah Howell
(10), Ashlee Howell (5), Jordan Maddy (7), Kolbi Maddy (5), Taylor
Maddy (4), Julia Maddy (10), Rachel Maddy (9), Alexis Maddy (7), Lucca
Maddy (6), Ellie Maddy (5), Bryanna Maddy (5), Mia Maddy (3), and
Julianne Maddy (18 months). There was never a day that went by that she
didn't have at least one of her grandchildren with her - they were the
joy of her life. She had clay prints in their hands when they were
still in their high chairs.
Even though the last 3 years she struggled with
she always fought it with hope and never complained. She looked forward
to chemotherapy days to spend time with her special chemo friends. She
always talked to them about heaven and their mansions that waited them.
To Janet, well done my good and faithful servant.
Janet was preceded in death by her father, Nello
Michelotti, her mother Margaret Michelotti, brother, Frederick
Michelotti, and son Paul Maddy.
Janet is survived by her husband, Robert Maddy, sons Mario (Jennifer)
Maddy, Michael (Marlo) Maddy, Marcus (Tracey) Maddy and daughter Heidi
(Jeff) Howell, her sisters, a brother, cousins, numerous nieces and
nephews and her beloved grandchildren along with many friends.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
"Kenny" C. Couture
PHOENIX, AZ — Kenneth "Kenny" C. Couture, 61, passed
away March 12,
2007 in Phoenix, AZ. He was a long time resident of Spokane before
moving to Phoenix in 1997.
He is survived by his mother, Claribel Brown, 3
daughters, Tammy Hamblen, Michelle Aparicio, Crystal Couture, 1 son,
Jesse Couture, 3 granddaughters, Linaya, Vanessa, and Jasmine, 2
grandsons, Dylan and Scott, 3 sisters, Clarinda Barritt, Sandy Shocker,
Sherry Malatare, 5 brothers, Dave, Kim, and Jeff Brown, Ron and Carl
Couture, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on
March 23, at the Woodland Cemetery, 5410 W. Monroe RD, Deer Park, WA.
Funeral services provided by the Chapel of the
R. (Nelson) Munn
POLSON — Audrey R. (Nelson) Munn age 78 of Polson
passed away on
Monday, March 5, 2007 at her home from natural causes. She was born on
November 18, 1928 at Crow Agency, Montana, to Frank and Naomi Kephart
After graduating from high school she went on to
her degree nursing. She met and married Donald "Butch" Munn on June 9,
1947 at the Crow Agency. After their marriage they moved to Dixon in
1948, Ronan in 1949 and to Polson in 1960, after traveling with her
husband on his job with the BIA, they can back Polson in 1982 and
resided here since.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald.
is surivived by her children Don (Janet) Munn of Polson, Robert (Pat)
Munn of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, Richard (Judy) Munn of Aurora, Colorado,
5 grandchildren Sarah, Rachel, Jess, Della and Kasie Munn.
Arrangements and cremation under the direction of
Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.
PABLO — Duane was born in St. Ignatius to Phillip Pierre Sr.
and Ellen Conko-Hendrickx on November 30, 1959.
He passed away as a result of a semi-pedestrian
accident on Hwy 93 near Allentown on March 1, 2007.
Duane was a member of the Confederated Salish and
In his younger years, he worked at the forestry in
Seeley Lake as a sawyer until he severely injured his hip, which ended
In the years of 1985-86, he attended college at
Kootenai College where he took up art classes, beading and general
studies. He was a well-accomplished beader, he could whip up barrettes,
key chains, pens, buckles, you name it, and he would have them done in
a matter of hours. He also did a lot of work with horsehair. Making
barrettes, key chains, hatbands, bracelets, check book covers and
bridles. He put his heart into all of his work.
Duane was well known on the reservation for his
hitchhiking abilities. He would rather hitchhike to his destination
than ask for a ride. This is how a lot of people near and far met him.
He was one of a kind. All of his street buddies in Missoula and Spokane
knew him as “Potato Chip”. He really loved his
Duane enjoyed playing cards ad board games with
and friends, but each game he would claim that the victory belonged to
him, win or lose. He loved spending time with all his nieces and
nephews, teaching practically all of them to tie their shoes and make
paper airplanes that could actually fly far.
Duane enjoyed life to the fullest the best way
knew how. He was always smiling and laughing around with everyone. It
seems as though that’s why he was given to us this time on
to make us smile no matter what the situation was. He has that certain
ability to do that.
Duane was preceded in death by his father, Phillip
Pierre Sr; his Ya-ya Louise Adams Conko; uncles Anthony Paul, Henry
Camel, and Charles Mitchell; aunts Jeanette Conko, Margaret
Conko-Friedlander, Dee Pierre; sisters Theresa Pierre, Marylou
“Tomie” Finley, and Gail Patricia Hendrickx.
He is survived by his mother Ellen
step-children Duane Pierre Jr., Glenda Pierre, Laura Pierre, and Sheila
Carpentier; sister Dorthea Hendrickx (Chad); brothers, Phillips Pierre
Sr. (Kathey), Gale Hendrickx, John Hendrickx, and Joseph Parizeau
(Ann); aunts Mille Conko-Camel, Elizabeth Pierre and Anne Mitchell;
uncles John Conko, Eneas Conko, Harold Paul, Pat Pierre and a large
extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held on Monday, March 5th I St.
Montana. Pallbearers were: Tony Hammer, Buck Hammer, Chad Russell,
Lance Friedlander, Edwin Onesalt and Vincent Burrafato. Honorary
Pallbearers were: Jim Antoine, Jim Whitworth, Tony Cutfinger, Jack
Howlett, James Gardipe, Bert Carpentier, Kim Torosian and all of his
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Duane will be greatly missed by all of whom he
made laugh and smile and also by all that knew him.
POLSON — Kyle David McCullugh, age 16 of Kalispell, Montana
passed away from injuries suffered in a vehicle pedestration accident
near Plains on Saturday morning. He was born June 1, 1990 in Ronan,
Montana to Leo David and Lisa M. (Stewart) McCullugh.
He attended schools in Ronan, Pablo, Vaughn,
and Plains. He most recently worked with Preston Mitchell as a mechanic
and Sonny Miller as a carpet layer. Kyle had signed up for the U.S.
Army as was planning on going to active duty at the age of 17. He loved
sports, Video games, fishing and four wheeling, outdoors, dancing,
singing, and joking. He tried hard to be a comedian everyone that knew
him loved him. He had a big heart and after 5 minutes from meeting him
he left an imprint on your heart.
His great grandmothers Mildred Lubitz and Bernice
Shinnick preceded him in death. Kyle is survived by his parents Leo and
his wife Kimberly Calderaro of Kalispell and Lisa Bowden of Paradise
MT; sister Amanda McCullugh of Vaughn, step-brothers Steven Mace of
Kalispell and Kevin Mace of Texas; a niece Brooklyn Peterson of
Vaughan; grandparents Joanne Simmes of Polson; Felix McCullugh of Ronan
and Jeannette and Gayle King of Paradise; great grandfather Jerry
Shinnick of Paradise and numerous other relatives.
Memorial may be made to the Big Brothers and
Peer Court. Arrangements and cremation under the direction of Grogan
Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.
H. “Diggin” Wiggin
RONAN — Ralph H. “Diggin” Wiggin, age 87
passed away from natural causes on Tuesday March 6, 2007 at St. Luke
Extended Care Facility in Ronan, MT.
He was born in Harlem, MT on December 14, 1919 to
and Esther Wiggin, the oldest of six children. After Ralph was born,
his family moved to his parent’s homestead near Zurich, MT.
later moved to Charlo, MT and then moved to Pablo, MT, where his
father, Andy Wiggin, worked for the Reclamation Project running
dragline. There in Pablo is where his parents built a home and all his
siblings were born. They had a milk cow, chickens and a large garden.
Ralph attended school through the 8th grade in Pablo, and then he went
on to Ronan High School graduating with the Class of 1937.
Ralph later met the love of his life, Korrine
a county dance. Ralph and Korrine were married September 1, 1941. They
soon settled in Polson and Ralph was the auto body repairman for the
Dodge and Plymouth garage then later for Tower and Robinson GMC
Pontiac. He became known as the best in the business. Right before the
war, Ralph worked as a drag saw operator for Rauthers Tie Mill near the
In 1944, he joined the Army, and was sent to
an Infantryman. Ralph served in the 317th Infantry Regiment 80th
Division Company B under General George Patton. He saw action in the
Battle of the Bulge, Rhine River and Argon Forest across France,
Germany and Austria. During his service in the Army, Ralph was awarded
the Bronze Star. At wars end, he was stationed in Munich, with the RTO,
running the Rail System. Ralph was discharged in 1946 and returned to
home in Polson.
He went into business for himself, in 1956, and
known as DIGGIN WIGGIN. Later, he and Korrine built a new home in the
Mountain View area and they raised cattle, put up hay and all that goes
along with a small farm.
He served with the Red Cross during the Gulf War.
was American Legion Commander 3 times and District Commander for one
year. He was a member of Hardwick Post #112 for over 50 years. Ralph
also enjoyed his membership with the IOOF.
He loved to fish and hunt, watch his cows, his dog
“Blue”, and playing cards with his friends. He also
the family gatherings with the children and grandchildren all
His wife Korrine, his parents, his sisters
Blanche, June, Hazel, and Alice, and a brother John preceded Ralph in
Surviving Ralph include his sons Tom of Kalispell,
(Sherree) of Polson, daughter Janice (Dave) Tromp of Missoula, 8
grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The family is suggesting memorials in
to either the American Legion or to the Polson Veteran Honor Guard. The
Ralph Wiggin family would like to graciously thank the staff at St.
Luke Extended Care Facility for their loving care for Ralph.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan
Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
MISSOULA — Margit Smith, formerly of Polson, passed
Monday, March 5 at Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula with her
family at her side.
Margit Fehervari was born September 17, 1939 in
Halom, Hungary to Rudolf and Katharina Fehervari, the youngest of three
children. Her family included her brothers, Henrich and Wilhelm.
As a child she moved from Hungary to Bahnbrueken,
Germany and, from there, to Ubstadt, Germany where she lived until
traveling to Belgium to work as a nanny. She returned to Germany and
met and married Siegfried Endlichhofer. They immigrated to Chicago in
1961 and she gave birth to her daughter, Isabel that year. In Chicago
she worked for Siemens Corp. and as an executive secretary for Harris
Bank. Now a single parent, she purchased her first home.
In 1970, on a vacation to Montana, she met Robert
Smith of Polson whom she married, in Chicago, on September 18 of that
year. She and Isabel moved to Montana shortly thereafter. In February
1973 she gave birth to her son, Gregory, followed by the birth of her
son, Neal in November 1974.
While living in Montana, Margit assisted Robert in
operations of his business, Smith Electric. She was an excellent
gardener raising many flowers, vegetables and fruit trees and kept
bees. She had a life-long interest in nutrition. Margit was an avid
tennis player and played on the USTA circuit, winning more than one
title. She coached the Girl’s Tennis Team at Polson High
and youth soccer. She could often be seen walking for pleasure, with
friends or alone, in Polson and surrounding areas. She had a life-long
commitment to Christianity and devoted herself to study and worship
through several churches and Christian organizations in both the Polson
and Missoula areas.
In 2003 she was diagnosed with progressive
palsy and went to Missoula to be near Neal and his wife, Jill
During her life she was a mother, grandmother,
wife, sister and friend.
The family wishes to extend their profound
thanks to Partners Hospice of Missoula and the staff of Riverside
Health Care Center, as well as to her many friends.
Margit is survived by her daughter Isabel (Jason)
(nee Endlichhofer), of Chicago, and her sons, Gregory Smith of
Kalispell, and Neal (Jill) Smith of Missoula, her grandchildren Samuel
Liss and Averi Smith and her brother, Wilhelm (Sally) of Mansfield, MA.
The family requests that memorials be made to
Partners Hospice of Missoula.
(Betty) Arlene Silvas
RONAN — Beatrice (Betty) Arlene Silvas, 80, of Ronan, Montana
passed away March 10, 2007, of natural causes at St Luke’s
Extended Care Center with her family at her side.
Betty was born on May 5, 1926, in Apgar Village,
Park, Montana to William and Pauline Douglas Anderson. She was raised
in Browning, Montana and married Earl Silvas also of Browning in 1947.
They were married for 59 years and had five children. They lived in
Salinas, California for over thirty years and returned to Montana in
Betty was a retired teachers’ aid with a
passion for education. She continued her enthusiasm for education by
tutoring in adult literacy programs. Betty loved music and dancing. She
was an avid gardener.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl.
She is survived by her five children: Patricia
(Bradley) of Missoula, Montana; Jeanne Whiteing (David) of Boulder,
Colorado; Wayne Silvas (Lori) of Salinas, California; Sharon Silvas of
East Glacier, Montana and Barbara Grealish (Chris) of Boulder,
Colorado. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and nine
Rogers "Doogie" Swaney
MISSOULA — Emory Rogers "Doogie" Swaney died
peacefully in his sleep on
March 28, 2007. He was born March 12, 1921, in Pendleton, Oregon, to
Mary Catherine McDonald and James Daniel Swaney. He was an enrolled
member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Doogie graduated from Dixon High School in 1940.
He was 20-years old when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in November
1941; he served in B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Regiment, 2nd Marine
Division. In November 1942, he was part of one of the first wave
landings on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands chain. He was wounded
in this battle, and was initially sent to Suva in the Fiji Islands and
later to New Caledonia, New Zealand, for recuperation. In mid 1943 he
was given the choice to remain in New Zealand or to return to his
outfit which was preparing for a major offensive landing on Tarawa
Island in the Gilbert Islands. He chose to return to his outfit. When
making that landing in one of the first waves, he was badly wounded. He
very likely would not have survived had he not been rescued by Oliver
Strombo (a classmate from Dixon and the cousin of his future wife). For
his service at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, he received a Presidential Unit
Citation and two Purple Hearts. These experiences forever changed him
and he was a staunch and loyal friend of those with whom he served.
After the war, he returned to the Flathead
Reservation and worked for the Flathead Irrigation Project and the Hot
Springs Bathhouse, and was the Tribal Council Representative from Dixon
in the late 1950s. He attended business school and MSU- Northern, and
was trained as a bookkeeper. He worked as a firefighter and for the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
He married Elizabeth "Betty" Reinertson in 1946;
they later divorced. Together they had four children: Ellen Swaney of
Helena, Shawn Swaney of Hot Springs, Dr. Gyda Swaney of Missoula, and
Hjordis Bearchum of Mountlake Terrace, Washington. He is also survived
by his grandchildren: Kristin Guenther (and Dr. Michael Rowe) of
Austin, Texas; Jodi Guenther of Missoula; Brooke Pepion Swaney of
Brooklyn, New York; Jacob Bearchum of Los Angeles, California; and
Sydney Bearchum of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, and one
great-grandchild, Christopher Ryan Rowe. He was preceded in death by
his brothers Joseph "Jay" and William Swaney, and a sister Doris who
died in infancy. He is survived by his sisters Eileen Decker and Opal
Cajune and his brother Thomas Bearhead Swaney, all of St. Ignatius, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Doogie enjoyed his life-long friendships with his
brothers and cousins, his nieces and nephews (most of whom he nicknamed
with his brother Bill), his grandchildren, and a good crossword puzzle.
He was an avid fan of college ball (football or basketball), baseball,
golf, boxing and any high school Indian team.
A wake was held and funeral services were at the
St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Internment with military honors was at
the Decker Family Cemetery on Mission Dam Road. A feast followed at the
Pallbearers were Daniel F. Decker, Doug Swaney,
Bill Swaney, Thomas Branson, John McDonald, Armind Matt, Kevin Howlett,
and Jack Howlett. Honorary pallbearers were Franklin Kendall, Sidney
Whiting, Dr. Joseph McDonald, Wyman McDonald, Thomas "Satch" McDonald,
and Gary Burland.
PENDLETON, Ore — Former local carpenter Larry George
Bachman, 90, of
Pendleton, died March 2, 2007, at St. Anthony's Hospital.
Mr. Bachman was born October 24, 1916, in Charlo,
Montana to George and Gertude Stansberry Bachman.
He worked as a firefighter in Kellogg, Idaho,
before moving to Pendleton and becoming a carpenter.
Mr. Bachman married Gay Morgan on August 9, 1941;
they later divorced.
He married Margaret L. Plucar Dondino on January
Mr. Bachman enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming
and picking huckleberries.
He is survived by three children; brother Glen;
three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both
wives, brother Jack, and sister Delta.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Diabetes Association, in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Burns
Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.