For the Record...
May 2007 Obituaries
H. Trosper 1917-2007
RONAN - Thurman grew up in Ronan, Montana. He earned his B.S. degree in
Forestry and Range Management from the University of Montana in 1941,
and then joined the Marine Corps. He served during World War II in the
Pacific, on Guadalcanal, with the 3rd Defense Battalion, First
Division. After the war he joined the US Forest Service, one of the
first Indians to serve in management positions in the Forest Service.
After working on the Kootenai and Clearwater National Forests, he was
supervisor on the Bitterroot National Forest from May, 1955 to
December, 1959. Later he was Assistant Regional Forester for Personnel
Management for the Eastern Region in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1968, he
joined the US Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and in 1970 the National
Park Service, where he was Assistant to the Director, in charge of
Environmental Affairs. In that position, he was active in successful
efforts to save the Everglades from the development of Dade County
Airport. After serving the Federal Government, he retired to his home
in Ronan, Montana.
Upon retirement from the Federal Government in
served for three years as President of the Wilderness Society. He
served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society from 1965 to
His advocacy for protection of wilderness included
working with others to establish the Mission Mountains Tribal
Wilderness during the 1970s. In 1982, the Tribal Council of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes established the tribal
wilderness with Ordinance 79A. Thurman's advocacy of wilderness led the
Montana Wilderness Society to give him an award.
He was active in other environmental activities,
particularly in Montana. In 1974, he was elected chairman of a
coalition to fight a proposed open-pit coalmine in British Columbia,
which would threaten the quality of Flathead Lake. The coalition
secured $5 million for a baseline study of the Flathead Basin, and
Thurman chaired the steering committee. The proposed open-pit coal mine
was denied at that time; recently the proposal has arisen again and the
United States remains opposed to the coal mine. He served as the first
Chairman of Montana's Flathead Basin Commission. He was active in
building bridges among all those interested in protecting the quality
of Flathead Lake, including the Flathead Lakers and the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes. In 2004, Flathead Lakers' President Rose
Schwennesen presented him an award in recognition of long and dedicated
service contributing to the quality of Flathead Lake. He served on the
board of the Pacific Rivers Council.
He also served on many boards for the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes, most particularly as first chairman of the
Personnel Board, where he guided the development of the Tribes'
personnel system. He also served on the Shoreline Protection Board and
the governing board of Mission Valley Power. In 2004, the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes gave him a Warriors Medal of Valor for his
He was active in other community activities on the
Flathead Indian Reservation, working for five years on the Lake County
Planning Board. He was also active with the Flathead Resources
Organization, Neighbors, and the Montana Human Rights Network on Indian
issues. He was on the Advisory Committee for the Dean of the Forestry
School at the University of Montana, and also served on a search
committee for the dean position.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons,
Ronald, William, David, and Douglas; and five grandchildren.
A Celebration of his life will be held at the
Longhouse in St. Ignatius, starting at 3 P.M. on Thursday, May 31,
ST. IGNATIUS - Helen Benally Espinoza, 65, went to be with the
Ancestors on May 27, 2007 after passing away at her home from an
Helen was born Sept. 6, 1941 to Susan QueQueSah
and Joseph RedHorn; she was later adopted and raised by Annie and Louis
Helen was both an elder and member of the
Salish & Kootenai tribes and was one of the few who still spoke
native tongue fluently, something she was quite proud of.
Helen's greatest pride and joy, though, were her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending
time with them and they enjoyed the stories she told about the many
different times of her life, both the good and bad. She was strong
willed. Helen usually got what she wanted. Helen was blessed with a
very large extended family, both biological and adopted, which she
loved very much.
She was preceded in death by both parents; her son
Michael Benally; daughter Marianne "Wally" Allard Gopher;
granddaughters Winter Hoops and Katherine (Cass) Gopher; sisters
Viviane RedHorn, Rose Felix, Josephine "Dee" Pierre and Rose Tanner
RedHorn and brothers Billy Antoine and Joseph Pierre.
Helen is survived by her remaining children David
Benally, Glen J. Gardipe and Rosalie Little Light and family all of St.
Ignatius; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sisters Marian
Andrew, Alice Goodman and Francine Antoine, all of Ronan and Rita Adams
of St. Ignatius; brother James "Jimmy" Antoine of Ronan and
sister-cousins Virginia Brockie, Dorothy Woodcock, Shirley Trahan and
Mary "Dolly" Linsebigler. Also her beloved Uncle Alec (Betty) QueQueSah
and Aunt Sophie (Gene) Mays both of Charlo.
William Bachman Sr.
SEATTLE, Wash - Glen William Bachman Sr., 88 of Seattle WA, died May 4,
2007, at his home in Seattle.
Glen was born in Ronan on Jan 13, 1919, raised and
grew up on the family farm near Polson.
His mother Gertrude Lee Stansberry Bachman died
Glen was only three, and while his father (George William Bachman, a
descendant of Rosalie Morigeau) had to work away from the family of his
two brothers and sister, they lived and were raised with their aunt
Dolly and uncle Fred Bachman.
Glen married Marguerite Taylor from Kellogg, Idaho
1942. He then served in the US Army during WWII where he achieved
He is preceded in death by his wife Marguerite, 2
brothers Larry, Jack and his sister Delta. The Bachman family has a
plot next to the Flathead Lake.
He is survived by his children Glen William
Bachman Jr, Melanie Bachman Jorgensen and Leslie Ella Bachman
His grandchildren Grant Bachman, Andrea Bachman
Danielle Brinsen, all from the Seattle area, his cousin Earl D Bachman
from Tacoma WA, and Earl's sister Alice Avery, recently from the
reservation and now CA.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST IGNATIUS — Ruby June Dalke, 77, passed away at
her home Monday, May 7, 2007.
Ruby was born in Melvern, Kansas on June 21, 1929
Elza and Golda Rider. The family moved to Chinook, MT where Ruby met
Raymond Dalke. They were later wed in Polson, Montana on September 3,
1946. Ruby and Ray bought their farm in St. Ignatius in 1951.
Ruby was an avid reader and according to her
could cook with "The Best of Them". Even in her later years, her cane
and willow switches were a sharp reminder of one's manners in Ruby's
presence. Ruby was loved and respected by all who knew her.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, one
daughter Maria Benfit and her parents.
Ruby is survived by her children Judy (Britt)
Pablo, MT, Tom (Kay) Dalke of Seeley Lake, MT, John (Lorie) Dalke of
Thompson Falls, MT, Ted (Karen) Dalke of Wilburn, OK, Ed (Bev) Dalke of
Pablo, MT, Lena Dalke of St. Ignatius, MT and Fred (Tracey) of Ronan,
MT; 3 sisters Ruth (Louie) Parish, Jean (Ralph) Turner & Marge
(Bill) Tiegan; brother Bob (Nancy) Rider; numerous grandchildren, great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews and several relatives and friends over
the mountains in the Chinook and Havre areas.
Cremation has taken place under the care of Foster
Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with Graveside Memorial Services
being held at the St. Ignatius Cemetery on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 1