For the Record...
July 2007 Obituaries
ST. IGNATIUS — Johnny R. Harden passed away on July 15, 2007.
John was born in Columbus GA on April 18, 1920 and
joined the US Army in 1939 at Ft Benning, GA. In early 1940, John was
selected as one of the 48 “Original Airborne Test
the forerunners of the soon to be Army Airborne. John made 38 jumps in
1940, and later went on to Panama, Australia and finally returning to
Ft. Benning as a parachute rigger trainer. He later switched over to
the United States Air Force, where he became a parachute rigger. John
served in Japan, Texas, and S. Dakota, finally retiring from the USAF
at the rank of technical sergeant in 1960 and moved to Florida. John
went to work for the City of Cocoa Water Department in 1960. He retired
from there in 1975 as head of the meter Dept.
He moved to Montana in 2005 where he would say,
“If I can see snow, I’m too far north”.
John will be missed by all those who knew him and
his easygoing, never complain, can-I-help attitude.
John is survived by a daughter Jeanie L Storrer,
husband George of Port St John, Florida, “son in
(Chris) Christensen Jr. of St. Ignatius, MT; long time friend Mabel
Brashear of Merritt Island, FL; Grandsons Carl H Christensen III, his
fiancée Brenda Finkbeiner of Sparta, MI and Wesley R
Christensen, his wife Cristal of Norwich, CT; grandchildren; Gabrielle
of Orlando FL; Kim and Essence Christensen of St. Ignatius, MT, Montay
Christensen of Merritt Island Fl, Sylvana Finkbeiner of MI, and
great-grandson Connor Christensen of CT.
Many thanks to all of John’s friends for
kindness. Special thanks to Cheryl and staff at “Closer to
Home” in St, Ignatius, MT; Bobby Sallows and Merle English of
Merritt Island for their status as “great
will truly be missed. Airborne all the way....you shall be missed.
A tribute for John will be in the spring at FT
PABLO — Ralph Stanley Kroshus, age 86 of Pablo, passed away
from natural causes on Monday July 16, 2007 at the Evergreen Health and
Ralph was born on August 8, 1920 in Iowa. The
family moved to Crosby, North Dakota and Ralph went to school in
Crosby. He joined the US Air Force and was a mechanic during WWII.
Ralph was stationed in London, England during the bombings there. His
father taught him how to read blueprints and build houses. He also
worked as a hunting and fishing guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Ralph learned how to fly small airplanes, enjoyed
working in his workshop building picnic tables and many other crafts.
He was a member of the VFW and the Elks Club.
His parents, one brother and two sons, Leonard and
Danny Kroshus, preceded Ralph in death.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Ronan,
daughters Shirley Brown of Chelan, WA, Janet Hawkins of Kent, WA,
brothers Dale of ND, Don of CO, Glen of AK, a sister Helen Waters of
TX, 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his family and
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction
of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.
POLSON — Helen Gillespie Doty lived eighty-one beautiful
and passed on peacefully in her son’s home on July 17, 2007.
Born to Paul and Helen Gillespie on March 6, 1926
Paul, Minnesota, the family moved to Little Falls, Minnesota before
settling in Missoula, Montana in 1937. Helen cherished her growing-up
years with her only sibling, Dale, and often recounted many tender
stories of their childhood together.
An avid horse lover, she regularly shared long
bareback rides with her friends up Pattee Canyon on her favorite steed,
Helen frequently remarked how blessed she felt to
the same best friends from the sixth grade, and no one ever had a
better friend than Helen. She poured herself into every relationship,
having the amazing ability to convince each friend and family member
they were supremely important and genuinely loved. On par with her warm
personality was Helen’s eager pursuit of learning and loyal
devotion to her family.
After graduating from Hellgate High in 1944, she
her Bachelors of Science Degree in Microbiology in 1948 from the
University of Montana. Halfway through her graduate work at the
University of Minnesota, she married Jack Doty on September 3, 1949.
Faithfully and selflessly, Helen then devoted her time and skills to
helping him earn his Master’s Degree and PhD. Commendations
her proficient editing and typing of Jack’s innumerable
were words of praise she always deferred to her husband.
Supportive in every way, Helen was the epitome of
helpmate and a dedicated mother to her sons. The four men have nothing
but admiration for her continual nurturing, patience, and
encouragement, as she was often alone in raising them while Jack taught
Helen loved people. She treasured her membership
various groups, serving others with a warm and welcoming spirit, and
interacting gracefully with diverse cultures. Outgoing and organized,
Helen found herself involved in a myriad of societies and associations.
President of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, she was also the beloved
“Little Sister” of Sigma Chi. In addition to being
in her local P.E.O. chapter, Helen enjoyed the intellectual stimulation
of her ‘As You Like It’ group, the pleasure of her
club, and the fellowship of her Hippie Moms meetings. Helen was also a
longstanding member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.
Tutored by a professional French chef, Helen had
remarkable ability to transform even cheese and crackers into a gourmet
experience. Her gift of hospitality extended around the globe with
stays in Ethiopia, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, and Botswana. Helen
entertained and blessed countless new friends and acquaintances during
Jack’s employment with various overseas universities, causing
their time abroad to be not only educational, but also delightful.
Helen’s final years were spent in
where she lived with her son, John and his family who were profoundly
blessed to enjoy her beautiful smile and sweet spirit each day. She
quickly became an integral and important part of their daily lives.
Helen took on a deeper appreciation for prayer in
last days, confessed faith in Jesus Christ as her savior, and fell
peacefully to sleep with the assurance of where she would awaken.
Helen is preceded in death by: her husband Jack,
brother Dale, parents Paul and Helen, and a grandson Seth.
Helen is survived by four sons: Chip of Missoula;
(Tina) of Denver, Colorado; Mark (Laura) of Corvallis; John (Connie) of
Polson; eight grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill Doty of Palm Springs,
California; sister-in-law Joan Gillespie of Missoula; and many beloved
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July
2007 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 South 6th
East, Missoula, Montana.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Randolph Boyce Ingram
POLSON - Former Polson mayor Randy Ingram, 33, passed July 18, 2007, in
Randy was born in Missoula on June 3, 1974. He
elementary and high school in Polson. Randy attended the University of
Montana and graduated in 1996 with a degree in business administration.
Randy was very proud of being an alum and loved to attend Griz football
games and tailgate.
In August of 1996 he married the love of his life,
Brooke Dahl. They made their home in Polson where Randy wanted to live
his life and raise his family.
Randy was employed at First Citizens Bank as an
assistant vice president, commercial loan officer and was on the board
of directors. Randy ran for Polson mayor at the age of 27 and was
elected in 2002 and re-elected for a second term in 2005. He served as
mayor for five years accomplishing many great things for the city of
Randy was a true public servant at heart. He
than anything to serve his community and the people he loved. He was
always striving to make Polson a better place for everyone. Randy will
always be remembered as a positive, energetic, honest, fair and highly
intelligent man. His easygoing, compassionate personality drew people
of all ages.
Randy was very active in the community through,
involvement as a director of the Polson Chamber of Commerce, Lake
County Community Development, president of Mission Mountain
Enterprises, director Polson Loaves and Fishes, Rotary Club, BPOE,
Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Shrine Scooter Patrol, golf league, bowling
league and Thursday night golf with buddies. Some of Randy's proudest
accomplishments were being awarded Citizen of the Year by BPOE and the
first ever Outstanding Leadership Award by the Polson Chamber of
Randy loved the outdoors and was very active with
fishing, hunting, golf, boating, shooting, skiing and snowmobiling.
Randy loved to socialize with friends whether for a barbecue, a game of
pool, fantasy football or a poker night with the boys.
Randy leaves behind a family who adored him and
miss him greatly. His beloved wife Brooke, their beautiful son Evan
(Bug) and an unborn son.
Also surviving him are his parents, William and
Ingram of Polson; his in-laws George and Dianne Dahl of Elmo who loved
him like their own son; his brothers Dwane (JoAnn) Ingram of Polson,
Thomas (Marie) and Joseph Baker both of Missoula; his sisters Sherrie
(Fred) McFarland of Polson and Theresa (Bruce) Wicker of Oklahoma.
Randy is also survived by two aunts, many nieces, nephews, great nieces
and great nephews. He is also survived by his beloved four-legged Remi
and too many wonderful and dear friends to mention.
Everyone loved Randy and he will never be
will always be remembered for all of his accomplishments, his
friendliness and will live on in memory through the legacy of his
First Citizens Bank in Polson has started a trust
in memory of Randy to honor his two sons. Please contact (406) 883-4358
for further information.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Polson
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
July 27 at the Polson Country Club driving range. Golf attire
BOZEMAN — Heather Leigh-May Adams was born July 16th, 2007
went to be with the Ancestors on July 21st, 2007 in Bozeman Deaconess
Hospital. Even though Heather was with us for only a short time, she
will remain in our hearts and lives forever.
Survivors include her parents Brendan Adams and
Piapot; her brothers D'Shawn and Jamian all of Bozeman; grandparents
Clete and Vicki LaForge of Bozeman, Darrell and Lisa Piapot of Pablo
and Andrea Adams of Pablo; uncles Gabe, Vincent and Calvin Shepard, DJ
(Jule) Piapot, Jordan St. Clair, Kyle, Cody and Seth Stensgar, Angelo
Gonzalez, Dustin (Brandy) Guardipee and Gavin Guardipee; aunties
Isabelle Pablo, Donella Piapot, Deanna Azure, Lisona and Paige
Gonzalez, Pheonix and Carmalita Matt, Angela Guardipee and Colleen
Tenas; great grandparents Louis (Gert) Adams, Carol Wood, Joe and Patti
Piapot and Vic (Judy) Matt and numerous cousins.
Heather was preceded in death by her brother
Piapot, great-grandma Nadine Adams, auntie Heather Shepard Adams , her
yaya Kelly Matt-Gonzalez, uncle Travis Guardipee, grandpa Jamie
Guardipee and her tupye' Margaret Matt Finley.
Pallbearers are Andrew Castro, Nate Cutfinger,
Michael Assinaboine. Honorary pallbearers are Gabe, Vinny and Calvin
Shepard, Jordan St. Clair, Kyle, Seth and Cody Stensgar and all close
friends and family.
Heather was laid to rest next to Heather, Viola,
grandma Nade, Michael and Marie.
ST. IGNATIUS — Our beloved mother, E. Irene Anderson, 82,
away Friday, July 13th at the Millpond Assisted Living in St. Ignatius
with her family by her side.
Irene was born to Delma (Whitehead) and William
Boyce Lake on March 1, 1925 in Falloma, Oregon.
On January 19, 1944, Irene married her eternal
companion, Lawrence Ray Anderson, in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple
for time and eternity. Together they raised 10 children on a dairy farm
near St. Ignatius, which they owned and operated for many years and is
still being run by their youngest son, Roy.
Irene was an active member of the Church of Jesus
of Latter-Day Saints. She spent many of her years being involved with
the Boy Scout Program, which she really enjoyed and was made Stake
Scouting Director in Oct. 1967, where she served for nearly eight
years. Throughout the years, she served in many Ward and Stake
callings. Her whole heart was in serving the Lord, her family and
She also sewed many things for family and friends.
made hand quilted baby blankets for each of her grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild, never missing a single
one - including the ones due to arrive before this year is over.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her
Francis Moore, her husband Lawrence Anderson, her brother Orral Lake,
her grandson Michael Anderson and Scott McCall, a great grandson Mason
McCall, a daughter-in-law Glenda Anderson and a son-in-law Steven
She leaves behind 10 children Diana (George)
Drexel, MO., Merlin (Janet) Anderson of Dillon, MT., Sharon McCall of
Draper, UT., Dennis (Ginger) Anderson of Missoula, MT., Steven
(Kristen) Anderson of Casa Grande, AZ., Jeniel (Michael) Bennefield of
St. Ignatius, MT., Gloria (Tom) Haynes of Arlee, MT., Judith (Melvin)
Murphy of West Branch, IA., Roy (Charlene) Anderson of St. Ignatius,
MT. and LaRene (Rich) Kinkade of O'Fallon, IL.; her brothers Eldon and
Bill Lake and sister Lillian Kosteleky; 60 grandchildren, 93
great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
We would like to extend a special thanks to her
friends at the "Millpond", especially to her special friend Mary
Hernandez, to Lake County Hospice and Ralph Foster of Foster and
Durgeloh Funeral Home. Mom will be greatly missed by her family,
friends and all whose lives she touched.
The family would like to invite you to a time of
and visitation on Thursday evening, July 19th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in
the St. Ignatius Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints. Irene's services will be held on Friday, July 20th at 10 a.m.
in the St. Ignatius Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery
PABLO - Jeanie Burland, 61, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in
Polson, MT on July 3, 2007. She battled many health problems.
Jean was born April 30, 1946 in St. Ignatius, MT
William and Juanita (Pellew) Gardipe. She grew up in the Evaro and
Mission area. Later, she attended school at Villa Ursline in St.
Ignatius and Boulder, MT.
She then married the love of her life Hubert "Hub"
Burland in 1969 at Pablo, MT.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, watching her son
racing, doing jigsaw puzzles and her filling in puzzle books. She
especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and all family
She is preceded in death by her parents, William
Juanita Gardipe, her husband Hubert Burland, brothers Morris "Muggs"
and Lyle David "Dave" Gardipe; sisters Rosemary "Penny" Moulton,
Paulette "Pauly" Bisson and Jeanette (Paulette's infant twin) and
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her step-father Harold "Pa"
Charlo, MT; daughter Christine Burland (Paul Mahseelah, Jr); son
Russell Burland (Jackie AimsBack), all of Pablo; her grandchildren Levi
Burland, Aaron Burland, Tiffany Colman and Kiersten Mahseelah, all of
whom she loved very dearly; brothers and sisters Charles "Scotty"
Gardipe of Evaro, MT, Charlene (Jim) Sijohn of Wellpinit, WA, Bruce
"Butch" (Evie) Gardipe of Worley, ID, Linda Gardipe of Ronan, MT,
Marilyn Gardipe of Pablo, James (Rose) Gardipe of St. Ignatius, MT,
Marvin Gardipe (Sylvie Aimsback) of Charlo, MT and Bernie (Tim) Atwin
of Ronan, MT and nieces and nephews too numerous to name.
Gordon Zackuse, Jr.
ST. IGNATIUS - James Gordon Zackuse, Jr., 21, passed away at his home
in St. Ignatius on Thursday, July 5, 2007.
Jimmy was born on May 29, 1986 in St. Ignatius to
G. Zackuse, Sr. and Lorene (Bourdon) Zackuse. Jimmy was a graduate of
St. Ignatius High School and was attending Salish Kootenai College in
Pablo. He had worked for the Summer Youth, Fire Fighting, and Jailer at
the Tribe, placed systems in cars, worked at Boom City in Tulalip, WA
and was currently working at Grey Wolf Casino.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, powwows,
pool, disk jockeying, making music and visiting with family and
friends. Even though he lived in Montana he took many trips to visit
family and friends to Tulalip Washington. He was respectful and never
passed by without a hug, letting you know that he loved you. He had a
true heart of gold and will be greatly missed.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his grandparents
William Zackuse, Sr., Columbus F. and Francis M. Bourdon and his father
James G. Zackuse, Sr.
Jimmy was survived by his mother Lorene Zackuse of
Ignatius; sisters DeeDee Birthmark of St. Ignatius and Dorene Bourdon
of Pablo his god-parents Uncle Billy Zackuse of Tulalip, Wash and
Auntie Rachel Arlee of Pablo, MT; nieces Jennifer Birthmark, Tash
Birthmark, Malina Bourdon and Becky Ashley; nephews Gregory Weatherwax
and Gabriel Andrew and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and
ST. IGNATIUS - Susan Linda Sturman, a beloved daughter of Zion, was
born on October 27, 1960 in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Silver
Spring, Maryland. Susie moved to Heaven on Sunday July 8, 2007 at St.
Luke's Hospital in Ronan, MT following a serious illness. Susie was
surrounded by devoted friends and family. Susie called herself a
"Jewish Believer", a Jew who believes that Jesus is Lord and Messiah of
Israel. She actively supported ministries that helped bring Jews home
to their land in Israel.
She loved Israel and looked forward to her next
there. Susie shared her love for Jesus with others and was quick to
teach about her Jewish culture. She taught church groups and school
classes about Hanukkah and opened her home to others at special
Susie loved the outdoors and traveling. She
kayaked and enjoyed walks with her golden retriever. Susie played
basketball for the University of Connecticut and received her Master's
Degree from George Washington University in Exercise Physiology. For
many years she coached girls basketball at National Cathedral School in
Washington, D.C. before moving to Montana in 1994. She worked for eight
years at Two Eagle River School, where she taught staff and students
about experiential education. She organized activities and trips into
the outdoors to help others enjoy nature as she did.
Susie loved to eat good food. She was an excellent
and treated others to her latest Mediterranean dish. Susie was very
devoted to her family. She grew up in Maryland with many happy memories
of boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She especially loved her other
family, Peb and Kim, with whom she had lived for nearly seventeen
years. Her parents Gilbert and Lori Sturman of Silver Spring, MD,
brothers David (Tracy) of St. Ignatius, MT, Howard (Robin) of Columbia,
MD, five nephews and one niece survive Susie.
Donations can be made to Cornerstone Faith Center
Ignatius, MT for contributions to the Israeli ministries that were so
close to Susie's heart. Grogan Funeral Home is assisting the family
with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
POLSON - Rodney Little, age 71 of Polson, passed away from natural
causes on Wednesday July 4, 2007 at his home.
Rodney was born on November 27, 1935 to Floyd and
Little at Colville, Washington. Rodney married Kathleen Marie Milner in
1955 at Reno, Nevada. They later divorced and then remarried Kathleen
Marie in 2005 at Polson, MT.
Rodney served in the US Army. He was a logger, oil
worker, and worked in the plywood mills. He was a member of the VFW.
Rodney enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and his family.
His parents and grandparents precede Rodney in
His wife Kathleen Marie Little, son Daniel Raymond
Little, sister Randy Petzel, brother-in-law Roy Petzel, one grandchild,
and 2 great-grandchildren survive Rodney.
Rodney was greatly loved and will be greatly
Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory is
assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the
family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
SPOKANE - Howard Samuel Smiley was born on April 21, 1945 and passed
away on July 8, 2007.
He is survived by sons, Robert and Gunnar Smiley
Spokane, WA; daughter, Chantel Dasovich of Great Falls, MT; daughter,
Doreen Dasovich of Butte, MT; 15 grandchildren; brother, Ruben Smiley;
and a sister, Beverly.
Memorial contributions may be made in Howard's
name to P.O. Box 7381, Spokane, WA 99207.