For the Record...
August 2007 Obituaries
BISMARK, South Dakota — Theophile L. Traversie was born on
3, 1934 in Dewey County, SD to Theophile and Lillie (Jewett) Traversie
who were both members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Theophile was
the third youngest of two boys and nine girls. Theophile is the
great-great-grandson of Chief War Eagle who is buried on top of a bluff
overlooking Sioux City, IA. His father was the son of Mary Bruguier
(married to Paul Traversie) who descended from Blazing Cloud (married
to Theophile Bruguier) who was the daughter of Chief War Eagle.
Theophile attended school in Timber Lake. His
the first Indian family to attend that school after attempts to force
parents to send their children to Cheyenne River Indian Boarding
School. As a teenager, he rode in country rodeos and took part in 4-H
activities in the Green Grass District.
Theophile served in the US Navy from July 1952 to
1956. He served three years and three months on a naval destroyer,
making one complete word cruise.
He attended Northern State University and
1963 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in
political science and economics. Following that he attended the
University of South Dakota Law School and received a Juris Doctor
After college, he was a legal aid attorney for the
Cheyenne River Reservation. In 1970, he became tribal chairman. During
his time as chairman, they achieved funding for construction and
operation of a 21 mile water pipeline from the Oahe reservoir to Eagle
Butte which eventually enabled communities and rural residents in Dewey
and Ziebach counties between Moreau and Cheyenne Rivers to receive
water for domestic and irrigation purposes.
From 1972 to 1975, he was a chairman for the
Sioux Tribes and its economic development arm and the United Sioux
Development Corporation, which included all nine South Dakota tribes.
In 1964, Theophile joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the US
Department of Interior as a Credit and Economic Development Officer. In
1978, he transferred back to SD as a Superintendent of the Cheyenne
In 1981, the BIA transferred him to the Aberdeen
office as a credit officer. Then in 1984, he was transferred again to
the Portland area office as a Tribal Government Services Officer. In
1990, he became the Tribal Government Specialist in the Portland
office. 1993, he married Ly Sloan after work at Silitz Agency. He was
superintendent until he retired in September of 1994.
After his wife was rifted by President Clinton to
Federal Work Force, they moved to his hoe ranch in 1995. He raised
cattle and horses on his ranch near Timber Lake because that was the
dream for his future. He made his home there until his passing on
August 28, 2007.
Theophile was a member of the Benevolent and
Order of Elks in Rapid City Lodge No. 1187. He also enjoyed golfing and
Theophile is survived by his wife, Ly Traversie of
Timber Lake; son, Denie L. Traversie of Jacksonville, Florida;
daughter, Leslie Traversie of Portland, Oregon; sisters, Ruby T.
Marshall; Ty Traversie LeCompte of Oregon; Celinda Traversie; and
Vivian Sampson; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters,
Rosales, Delma Traversie, Eugenia Iron Moccasin; Georglyn Sampson, and
Naomi Molintford; brothers, Orville "Buster" Traversie and Charles
ARLEE — Alexandria Marie Fyant, 15, passed away peacefully
Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 2007 in her mother’s loving arms,
home in Arlee while surrounded by her family. Alex had fought leukemia
for the last two years.
Born in Missoula July 1, 1992, to Betty Steele and
Benjamin Fyant, she was raised and educated in Dixon and later, Arlee
She had a generous and caring heart that she
her family and friends. She loved spending time with her family and
friends. She enjoyed shopping first and foremost, and crafts, skiing,
playing soccer, her animals KC and Shorty, Sylvester, Patches, Buttons,
Sparkles and Baby.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents,
and Josephine Steele and Louie and Adeline Fyant; uncles, Melvin and
Robert Steele, Everett Fyant and Eddie Vanderburg; aunts, Carole
Pierre, Cecilla “Peewee” Mason, Rose Vanderburg
and cousin, Tasheena Cote; and her special grandpas, Fred Decker and
She is survived by her parents, Betty Steele and
Benjamin Fyant; her special grandma, Eileen Decker; her brothers,
Francis (Kaetie) Brown and Roland (Gayle) Brown; nieces, Luliana,
Mal-Lee Nathaylia, Errin, Cynthia and Madison; nephews, Hunter and
Hiram; sister/cousins, Breanna Bertsch and Amber Steele; and
brother/cousins, Thomas, Michael, John Emery Steele; as well as
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
RONAN — Patricia Darline Anderson, 82, of Ronan, passed away
unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at St. Luke Community
Hospital. Patricia was born November 28, 1924 in Musselshell, Montana
to Patrick J. and Iva (Thompson) Mitchell. She was one of nine
children, all of whom preceded her in death.
She graduated from Ronan High school where she
many friendships that remained strong through out her life. In June of
1943, she married her husband of 64 years, Harold E. Anderson.
Fondly called Pat, she shared the joys, sorrows
happenings with many in her circle of life. The wonderful gift of
hospitality was a strong quality she shared with Harold as they opened
their home and hearts in the same manner as her beloved in-laws, Anton
and Jessie Anderson. Pat’s loving nature, serving as the
caregiver in their final years, will always be remembered and
Both she and Harold felt very honored one year
were asked to serve as Grand Marshals of the Ronan Pioneer Days'
parade. Pat was well known as a collector of personal treasures, which
lent it self to being active in many local community historical
preservation activities. She served as Secretary-Treasurer of the
Heritage Association up until the time of her death and, along with
Harold, enjoyed assisting with the development and maintenance of the
Garden of the Rockies Museum.
Survivors include husband Harold at the family
Ronan; daughters, Jackie Simmons (Jerry) of Lakeside; JoAnn Marmon
(Mike) of Ronan; and son, Alan A. Anderson of St. Ignatius. Six
grandchildren all reside in western Montana and include Toni Lee Sias;
David Marmon; Shane, Shad and Chancy Anderson; Victoria Murphy. A
grandson, Jeffrey Parker-Slater preceded Patricia in death in 1991. Her
grandchildren brought great joy to her life by the addition of 16 great
grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Regarded as more than a sister-in-law, Patricia
especially mourned by Harold’s siblings, Burton D. Anderson
(Becky); Elaine Fugatt; and June Stromme (Wayne); all from the
Portland, Oregon area and Duncan Bingham, the widower of Pauline from
Special extended family members who called her Mom
Grandma Pat, as well as nieces and nephews too numerous to mention will
also miss her special touch of making them feel as welcome and valued
as if they were her own.
The family requests that memorials be made to the
Garden of the Rockies Museum.
ARLEE — John Daniel Armstrong, 42, our loving husband, son,
brother and father, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 31,
2007 in Maui, Hawaii of cardiac arrest.
John was born August 18, 1965 to Mert and Sharon
Armstrong at Community Hospital in Missoula. He grew up in Arlee where
he attended school.
He was so proud to be part of the 1981 state
championship football team. He also participated in baseball and track.
After high school he joined the Navy. After returning from the Navy,
John started his construction career as a laborer, then John was a
pipefitter/welder, and then moved on to be a superintendent for Alstom
Power. From there he went to his current dream job as a project manager
for Good Fellows Construction in Maui.
John is survived by his parents, Mert and Sharon
Missoula; wife, Molly of Maui; his children, Mercedes of Stevensville,
and Makaio of Maui; brother, Jim (Anna); and sister, Jennifer (Mike);
nieces and nephews, Amanda, Clay, Shelby, Michael, and Ryann and
numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held with interment at the
Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home of St. Ignatius
are assisted the family with arrangements.
SANTA ROSA, Cali. — Roy A. Lafromboise passed away
Sunday, August 5, 2007 at the age of 56 from complications after
surgery in Santa Rosa, CA.
Roy was a proud member of the Blackfeet Nation and
considered it his life’s work to help develop housing and
administration for his Tribe as well as various other Tribes. He was
the Tribal Administrative Officer for the Dry Creek Rancheria in
He graduated with a BS in Business from Eastern
College in Billings, Montana and served in the Navy on an aircraft
carrier in Albany.
Roy had many hobbies such as photography, coin
collecting, reading, researching family ancestry and all Native
American history. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, barbequing and was
a real “people person”. He was always interested in
person’s story if they were willing to share it and was
ready to help someone out in their time of need. He was truly happy
when he was spending time with his family and some of his proudest
moments were when his grandchildren were born.
Roy is preceded in death by his mom and dad,
Rosalie LaFromboise, his sister, Mary Ellen Matt, brothers, TJ and
Steve LaFromboise and daughter Tracy LaFromboise.
He is lovingly survived by his wife Lorene
sons Royce and Joseph LaFromboise; goddaughter April Roll-Youpee;
grandchildren Kaiden and Ashlynn LaFromboise; brothers Conrad, Jeff and
Don LaFromboise and their families; sisters Lois Slater, Lorna Morgan,
Victoria LaFromboise, Lori Harris and their families; adopted brother
Ernest Olson, extended brothers and sisters of his wife Lorene and
numerous nieces and nephews.
PROCTOR — John Art Bower, 88, of Proctor, passed away on
causes on the family ranch Wednesday August 29, 2007. Art was born in
Eudora, Montana in November 1918, to Paul C. and Ilma Adams Bower.
He was a Sea-Bee in World War II. He was a dozer
operator building airstrips at Adak, Alaska. He helped build the
airstrips that carried the 1st atomic bomb to Hiroshima.
He was married to Barbara Lawrence on Sept 19,
They lived and ranched in the big draw in Elmo for several years. Later
they moved to Proctor where he resided.
He was a true cowboy at heart. Over the years he
sheep, cows, horses and a lot of hell. He could make any set of woods
look like a park with his bulldozer skills. Even in his 80’s
wanted to work an 8-hour day, but watching the Western channel was
still a highlite of his day.
Dear old grandpa Buddy, I will miss you and I will
take good care of your mule.
Art was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years,
brother Jim Bower, sister Erma Jaques and sister Betty Jaques who
passed away one day before Art.
He is survived by a daughter Frosty and husband
Johnson of Post Falls, Idaho, granddaughter Rhonda and husband Les
Walter, and very special great grandchildren Jessica and Justin
McCracken all of Columbia Falls. Art is also survived by brother Paul
Bower of Pablo, sisters Jane Weeks of Springfield, Oregon and Shirley
Puyear of Bismarck, North Dakota and very special friend Bob Stolz of
POLSON — Maureen Ann Sweeney, age 72, of Polson passed away
She was born in Deer Lodge, Montana to John and Esther Thomas. Her
mother was a schoolteacher and her father worked for the
Burlington-Northern Railroad. They moved often throughout Montana,
Washington and California. Maureen graduated from a Catholic high
school in California and went on to college in Seattle, WA. She moved
to Montana in the late 60’s. Maureen and James Sweeney had a
daughter in 1974 in Polson.
Maureen worked at the Lake County Courthouse for
years. She was budget director and airport secretary for a number of
years. Maureen enjoyed working in her gardens, going to yard sales and
spoiling her grandchildren and cats. She was a very strong and caring
person, and will be deeply missed.
Her parents and two brothers precede her in death.
is survived by her daughter Shannon (Kevin) Turner and their children
Allen and Ashley.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 7
p.m. in the St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Polson. A reception will
follow the services with inurnment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Cremation and arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
MISSOULA — James Wesley Brubaker, Sr., 77, passed away on
August 27th at Community Hospital from injuries he received in an auto
accident from earlier this year.
Born April 28, 1930 in St. Ignatius to Harry and
Marie (Day) Brubaker, he was raised and educated in St. Ignatius. He
married Beulah Irene Cote in 1960 and they made their home in Arlee
where they farmed and ranched while raising eight kids. In 1968, he
separated from Beulah and moved to Billings and the Custer area where
he owned a bar and had a band. He remarried to Millie Christiansen in
An accomplished musician and artist, he was known
his watercolors and for playing steel. He worked as a truck driver and
delivered furniture for many years. He also took great joy in being
with his grandkids and was very active with them, taking them swimming
and such. He was very good making sure that all were happy. He also
loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping.
He was preceded in death by his son Art Shepard
brothers and sisters Harry Brubaker, Wilda Hausauer, LaVaughn Fagan
France, Eldin Brubaker and Carol Larson.
He is survived by his children James W. (Debby)
Brubaker, Jr., Eldin Brubaker and Bryan Brubaker all of Missoula, Daren
Brubaker of Valdez, Alaska and Jackie (Dan) Tromp of Pablo, MT as well
as numerous nieces, nephews cousins and grandkids,
ST. IGNATIUS — Richard A. Bourdon was born on April 14, 1952
St. Ignatius to Susan and Art Bourdon. After battling many illnesses,
he went to be home with the Lord and join his loved ones who passed
before him on August 24, 2007 in Missoula, MT.
Richard was a member of the Confederated Salish
Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. Through the years he had
accomplished many great things. He was a minister, a professional
Golden Gloves Boxer and a caring and loving father and dad to his
children and many others who he opened his home to.
His life had many ups and downs. At a young age,
placed in foster homes along with his brothers Duane, Calvin and Art
and was faced with many challenges.
While in school in St. Ignatius, he tried out for
boxing. It did not take him long to find out that he excelled in the
sport. He said “Finally I have found the attention
been looking for.” He was a great athlete.
Boxing became the only important thing to him at
time in his life. He dedicated his life to his new career and won the
Golden Gloves Championship for 3 years - first in Montana, then New
Mexico and later on to Las Vegas where he boxed Sugar Ray Seal and
He loved the woods and was an avid hunter who, in
bagged a moose on the Reservation that scored second in the Boone and
As a minister, he said, “My Reservation
lies in a
valley that is surrounded by a chain of mountains. I started to climb
those and half way up, someone took my hand and was helping me climb, I
looked up and I knew it was the Lord. ‘What does this
mean?’ I asked. He said one day I would make it over that
mountain, I will go down into the valley and tell all my people what He
has done for me.” Soon after doors began to open for him and
Richard was back on his Reservation. It was not easy at first for
remembered the old Richard as the alcoholic, the murderer and fighter.
He is survived by his children Billie Jo (Don)
(sic), Samuel (Lawyn) Bourdon, Daniel “Jr.” (Bobby
Bourdon, Rhonda (Manuel) Bourdon, Susie (Bubba) Winchester, Valerie
(R.M) Bourdon and Angela (Anthony) Bossy; foster kids Delbert Patten
(Colleen), Fredrick Patten, Gwendolyn Johnson, Dr. Timothy (Freedom)
Johnson, Sylvia (Richard) Gomez and Theresa Patterson; brother Calvin
Bourdon; aunt Clara Bourdon; uncles Eneas Adams and Bill Bourdon; many
grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
His services were held on Wednesday in St.
ST. IGNATIUS — Casey Allen Zepeda, 35, of St. Ignatius, went
to join the ancestors at his home on Friday.
Born April 25, 1972 in Ronan, MT, to Clarice Matt
Frank Zepeda, he was raised and educated in St. Ignatius. After high
school Casey went to Seattle to study cosmetology and made his home in
the Longview/Seattle area. While in Tacoma he met his partner Bill
King. He and Bill returned to Casey’s hometown of St.
the late 1990’s to renew his heritage and to be with his
where he and Bill have made many new friends.
Casey enjoyed the outdoors; whether it was fishing
picking berries, he always had a good time. He also enjoyed visiting
and making people laugh. One could not ask for a more caring person and
He is preceded in death by his grandparents
Margaret Finley Matt, Amelia Zepeda and Mickey Dumont and his aunt
He is survived by his partner of 13 years Bill
parents Clarice and Frank Zepeda, brother Charles (Gabrielle) Zepeda
and sisters Alice Zepeda, all of St. Ignatius, and Cecille (Brent)
Barlow of Las Cruces, NM; four nieces and nephews as well
two daughters and three granddaughters; his goddaughter Jay; his
adopted moms Barb Oliver and Debi Cadeaux, both of St. Ignatius; Judy
Burgin of Shelton, WA and adopted sister Shawn of Shelton; close
friends David of Seattle; Jerry of Tacoma and Mark of Arlee and
numerous cousins, aunties, uncles and friends.
ST. IGNATIUS — Martina Ashley, 94, was welcomed into the
arms of our Lord, and greeted by her waiting family and friends who had
passed before on Friday evening, August 24. She was preceded in death
by her husband, “Mitch” Ashley, and her immediate
eight sisters and two brothers.
She was known as Momma, Granny, Tina, Auntie and
She was a woman of many names. Martina was born to Catherine and Jean
Louie Azure on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota June 25,
1913. She attended the boarding school at Fort Totten in North Dakota
and later the Chemawa Boarding School in Oregon. She concluded her
education in Alemeda, California. In 1933, she came to the Flathead
Reservation and fell in love with Mitch Ashley. They were married for
34 years until his death in 1972.
Martina was a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister,
and friend. She brought the meaning of love, acceptance, humor, empathy
and courage to the many lives she touched. She will be greatly missed,
but we are left with her spirit and memories of a life well lived.
Martina was known as a great cook. She ran the
café in St. Ignatius for 20 years. She also cooked for the
Salish Elders for 17 years. Martina had a fabulous reputation for
baking pies. She enjoyed playing bingo with her life-long friend Erica
Mitchell and loved working crossword puzzles.
Martina leaves behind one daughter, Lorraine
four grandchildren, Jamie (Vanessa) Courville, Leigh Ann (Jeremy
Crooks), Marvin (Amy) Courville and Stacy Courville; seven great
grandchildren Madison, Max, Ashley, Tyler, Abbey, Stephanie and Michael
Courville. Some of Martin’s nephews and nieces include Jo Ann
Roullier, Charles (Coco) Blood, Louie (Clione) Blood, Patty (Jim)
Bundy, Gloria (Keith Artis), the late George Blood, Thomas Plouffe,
Dennis Plouffe and Jerry Ashley. Several other nieces and nephews
reside in North Dakota, Washington, Illinois and Florida.
A Rosary was held at the St. Ignatius Catholic
Wednesday at 7 pm., August 29. The funeral and Mass will be conducted
on Thursday, August 30, at 10 am. Interment will be in the St. Ignatius
Her family invites all that knew and shared the
Martina Ashley to join them for a meal following the funeral at the
Parish Hall in St. Ignatius.
L. “Bella” Clairmont
POLSON — Vuelta L. “Bella” Clairmont, age
Polson, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, August 26, 2007,
with her family at her side.
Bella was born on February 25, 1921 in May, Idaho
Verne and Lydia Hammond. Bella graduated from St. Ignatius High School
and then went on and completed schooling at the Missoula Beauty School.
She owned and operated her own beauty salon in St.
Ignatius for two years.
On October 17, 1940, Bella married Alexander
“Sam” Clairmont in Wallace, Idaho. She sold her
salon to be with her husband and raise their family. Her family was her
whole life. The family went everywhere together. The Clairmont family
built their log home together on Sunset Bay on Flathead Lake.
Bella also loved to dance.
Her parents, her beloved husband Sam, brother Bill
Hammond, sister Eileen DesJarlais, granddaughter Christen Clairmont and
grandson Elias Clairmont preceded her in death.
Her children Jane Clairmont of Polson, Steve
Clairmont of Polson, Carol (Ron) Phillips of St. Ignatius, Jim (Judy)
Clairmont of Ronan, Wendy Clairmont of Polson, 13 grandchildren, 31
great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild survive Bella.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Rose Krause, Ed.D
MISSOULA — Dolores Rose (Morin) Krause was born on August 23,
1937, in Belcourt, ND, to Joseph and Agnes (Brunelle) Morin. After
battling numerous illnesses, including diabetes, Delores journeyed
peacefully, joining the Creator and those loved ones who passed before
her, on August 16, 2007 in Missoula.
Dolores was an enrolled member of the Turtle
Band of Chippewa Indians from Belcourt, North Dakota. She was very
proud of both her French and Indian ancestry. She spent her early years
in, and around Belcourt and Wolf Point, Montana, where she also had
family. One of her fondest memories of childhood was riding to the
movies in a horse-drawn sleigh, covered by buffalo robes to shield her
from the cold, snowy, North Dakota winters.
Dolores moved to the Williston, North Dakota, area
she was married to Merven Comstock, and where her four children were
born and raised. She and Merven were late divorced.
It was at Williston College where Dolores formally
her lifelong quest for learning, in the early seventies. This formal
education culminated in her attainment of her Doctorate of Higher
Education from the University of Washington in 1987.
Dolores lived in the Seattle area from 1975-1995,
she studied, worked, made and enjoyed many lasting friendships, met and
married her devoted and loving husband, Jim. As Jim’s work
them to many places, Dolores delighted in the opportunity to see much
of the world, including Saudi Arabia, France, England, Pakistan, Egypt,
Africa, Spain, Greece and Sweden.
Upon Jim’s retirement in 1995, the
couple moved to
the Flathead Reservation. This is where Dolores spent her remaining
Dolores’ passions included reading (she
behind a massive collection of books by, and about American Indians),
porcelain doll making and traveling. She cared deeply about her family.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents,
Stephen Morin, daughter Becky Comstock, and grandson Justin Comstock.
She leaves behind her husband, Jim, son Richard Comstock of Santa
Barbara, CA, son Carmen Comstock (Teri) of Lacey, WA, daughter Starla
(Kim) Klevenberg of Missoula, MT, and six grandchildren, Nathan
Comstock of San Francisco, Luke (Tara) Comstock and their children Eden
and Gage of Olympia, WA, Wesley (Jessica) Comstock and their daughter
Mikayla of Lacey, WA, Josh Comstock of Seattle, WA, Angela Klevenberg
of Boise, ID, and Kelsey Klevenberg of West Glacier, MT. In addition,
she has many remaining family members and friends on the Turtle
Mountain Reservation and elsewhere.
The family would like to thank the St.
Hospital Staff in Ronan, Community Medical Center in Missoula and
Village Health Care Center in Missoula for their excellent professional
care. Special thanks to Dr. Eyler and Dr. Lemire for their ongoing care
of Mom over the years and during this last difficult period. Thanks as
well to others who have been there for her and us. The family suggests
that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association.
POLSON — Rosalynn M. Salois, age 29 of Polson, passed away on
August 7, 2007. Rosalynn was born on December 13, 1977 to Debra A.
Mercurio and Kelly Salois at Polson, MT.
Rosalynn graduated from Great Falls High School.
spent 8 years with Andrew Vincent of Helena and was a loving mother of
3 children. Rosalynn loved music, flowers and especially children. She
was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Rosalynn’s father preceded her in death.
mother Debra Mercurio, sisters Jaime Harsell Chavez, Athena Gabrielle
Mercurio, grandparents Juanita Marquardt, Alice Matt and Steve Salois,
aunts Jennifer Evens of Troy, Durretta Billedeaux, Kim Marquardt of
Pablo, uncles Britt Salois, Gary “Bear” William
other nieces, nephews and friends, survive her.
Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart
Church in Ronan with Father Drew Maddock officiating. Internment
followed at the Ronan Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
ELMO — Tina Louise Wynne, Elmo, was called away on August 1,
2007 due to a car accident near Lame Deer, MT.
Tina was born in Polson, MT to Delinda Finley and
“Bob” Wynne on December 3, 1985, a mere twenty one
ago, bursting with an infinite zest for life. A typical native girl and
proud of it, she surpassed “boring” early on with
interests and hobbies, including reading, writing and art. She loved
her music and one of her favorite things to do was share it all,
burning cd’s for friends and family. Another favorite pastime
the computer, either e-mailing her close friend Ramone Branden on the
internet, specifically at MySpace.com and the hours she spent telling
I-net stories, findings or meetings almost seemed to equal the actual
time spent there. She always shared so much of herself.
She graduated from Two Eagle River School in 2004,
in 2005, young Tina moved to Lame Deer, MT, with her life partner Josh
Peppers. On October 25, 2005 their daughter Qwelu Peppers was born. Of
course, her added role of “Mother” only enhanced
beautiful ambitious young lady she had become. Calls home were then
always to include the “Qwelu says/does/did this
Not that motherhood in any way slowed this active
down. She enrolled in Dull Knife College and was an honor roll student
scheduled to graduate with an Associates in Arts in 2008. She received
many educational scholarships, one this fall was for $5,000 from the
American Indian College Fund. She was next reaching for her
bachelor’s degree, and eventually wanted to return home to
in the field of forensics.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Nancy
Lefthand Joseph; her grandfather George Wynne; a brother Frankie
Nicolai and friends Tyler and Justin Benoist.
She leaves behind her mother Delinda Finley (Frank
Nicolai) and father Bob Wynne (Cleo Kenmille); sisters and brothers
Ramona Wynne, Amak Kenmille, Douglas Wynne, Dominic Martinez, David
Martinez, Mary Nicolai, Matt Nicolai and Bodrea Nicolai.
Pallbearers were Matt Nicolai, James Quequesah,
Joseph, Dane Kenmille, Michael Steele and Thomas Steele. Honorary
Bearers were all her sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, Phillip and
Christopher Benoist and Romone Branden. The cross bearer was David
Martinez. Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home assisted the family with
POLSON — Emmertt Sharp passed away at his home in Polson on
August 2, 2007 at 3 a.m.
Emmertt was born on January 26, 1922 in Richland
Wisconsin. He was the thirteenth of the fourteen children of Barbara
and William Sharp. His older brothers and sisters gave him his name.
Each of them wrote down a name and threw their choice into a hat. His
sister Dorothy’s choice was drawn out, and Emmertt had a
Although his mother passed away when he was only
Emmertt never lacked for love and attention. His father and his
siblings doted on him. He was a happy and extremely active child with a
great sense of humor, like the rest of the family.
Because baseball was a passion of all the Sharp
Emmertt grew up playing all the time with his brother’s, and
showing an amazing talent for it. He was pitching for the
league team when he was only 13 years old. He was widely known as the
“kid pitcher”. He once pitched a no-hitter at the
age of 16
against a team that had several semi-pro ball players. When he was
older he was given a tryout for the St. Louis cardinals. That was about
the time the United States entered World War II, and the careers of all
aspiring baseball players were put on hold.
Emmertt was drafted and spent the next three years
soldier in the 30th Division, 119th Infantry, Anti-tank Battalion. He
was a hero who was credited with saving lives and was even thanked
during a television interview with some veterans on the fiftieth
anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. He had carried a badly wounded
soldier from a French farmhouse that was taking heavy mortar fire. The
man formally thanked Emmertt Sharp on a CNN program for saving his
life. Typically modest, he always insisted he was not a hero, but was
just doing what had to be done like everyone else.
After the war, Emmertt returned to the family farm
Wisconsin, and began farming on the land next to his father’s
place so he could be near his Dad and his two brothers, Will and Ross.
He moved to Montana in 1966 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service in
Plains until retiring in January 1983. After he and Lorraine both
retired in 1987, they moved back to Polson and spent their winters in
Arizona watching his beloved “Cubbies” play spring
Emmertt met the love of his life, Lorraine Mallo,
1948, and they were married within weeks. They remained married for 59
years and were truly soul mates. Lorraine stayed by his side every
moment, especially during the last years of his life when he was ill.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, at their
Rocky Point Road in Polson; by two of his siblings, George Sharp
(Roberta) of Helena, MT., and Dorothy Campbell of Marion, Iowa; his
four children, Linda Ried (Richard) of Unalakleet, Alaska, Bruce Sharp
(Gerry) of Powell, Wyo., Mindy Harwood (Tony) of Polson, MT. and Tracy
Sharp (Laura) of Stuttgart, Germany. He had 8 grandchildren, Damon,
Ryan, and Devin Sharp, Shannon Barraza (David), Jace, Kendall, and
Kasey Harwood, and Brandon Ried. Emmertt had 3 great grandchildren,
Isaiah Sharp, and Jevin and Donovan Barraza.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers
and 4 sisters.
Emmertt’s pallbearers were his six
Honorary Pallbearers were Fred Caville, Ken Pippio, Jay Erchul, Jerry
Benson, Ray Hughes, Ned Winebrenner and Ben Myrstol.
A final tribute to our father would be to simply
state that he was a man who was loved.