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October 2007 Obituaries

Keith Douglas Mohr
POLSON — Keith Douglas Mohr, 54, of Polson, MT died on Nov. 22, 2007 at his home at the base of the mountain in Polson.

Keith was born on October 16, 1953 to Doug and Carol Mohr.

Keith was a hard working man and a loving father, friend, brother, companion and uncle. He lived and worked throughout Canada, the United States and Costa Rica. Keith enjoyed the simple luxuries of life, which included his family and friends. Keith built houses and worked as a building contractor. He enjoyed working on his own house and he loved riding his Harley.

Keith liked old school Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Keith was a native at heart. He loved to cut wood, hunt, ride in the mountains, cruising around the lake and play cards at the powwows. He especially enjoyed watching and coaching all of his children's sporting activities. He also enjoyed watching his daughter Caroline dance and sing.

Keith is preceded in death by his Parents, a brother-Gary and his dogs, Sipp and Hector.

He is survived by his children, Alonzo (Monica) of Missoula; Caroline and Louis of Polson; his companion- Melissa Horseman; step-children, Marrisa; Meriah; Nathan and Darren all of Polson; and cousins, Douglas and Pamela Clark of North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and friends scattered throughout the northern hemisphere.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home, Polson,

Glenn Lewis Campbell
HOT SPRINGS - Glenn Lewis Campbell age 84 of Hot Springs passed away on Friday October 19, 2007 at Lakeview Care Center in Big Fork from natural causes. He was born February 6, 1923 at West Linn, Oregon to Frank J. and Louise Knowles Campbell.

He attended elementary and high school in West Linn, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University. Glenn served his country during WW II serving at Fort Lewis, WA. and also in Alaska. After his discharge from the service, he worked 38 years for Consolidated Freightways and held various jobs with them.

He was involved with the Boy Scouts for 32 years, enjoyed camping and was always doing something with his family and loved his family very much. He spent 42 years with his wife Emily enjoying square dancing, but after she became ill, Glenn volunteered with hospice.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Emily and a grandson Michael Campbell, Jr.

Glenn is survived by his sons David (Yvonne) Campbell of Hot Springs, Steve (Charilyn) Campbell of Spanaway, WA., Michael (Jesse) Campbell of Anchorage, AK, and Alan Campbell of Madras, Oregon., 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2007 in the Grogan Funeral Home from noon until 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 29, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with Father Drew Maddock officiating. Military honors will be held following the services at the church. Cremation will follow services. A reception will be held following the services at the Indian Center in Hot Springs. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfhuneralhome.com.

Donald Claffey
POLSON - Donald Claffey, age 74, passed away on Monday October 22, 2007 at his home in Polson.

Don was born on April 10, 1933 at Polson, MT to Ernest and Ruby Claffey. He attended school in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1952. Don took his freshman year of high school off to "work in the woods." Don served his country with the US Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1954. Don was active with the Ironworker Union and worked the Alaskan Pipeline. He was a "snowbird" ironworker working in California and Arizona during the winter.

Don and Karen spent the last eight winters at their home in Mohave Valley, Arizona. Don was a Lifetime member of the VFW and a Cootie member. He also belonged to the National Horseshoe Pitching Association, and loved to pitch horseshoes and compete in tournaments. Don also helped with the Polson Boxing Club and was quite accomplished (commented before commentators did).

Rodeo kept Don from playing college basketball and a promising acting career. Don had quite a "hook shot" and loved basketball. He had several parts in 26 Men. If anyone has access to this movie, Karen would love to have a copy. Don enjoyed watching sports on TV. He loved working with horses and was very willing and anxious to tackle all. Their herd would follow the pied piper with his pocket full of pellets.

Don loved to create anything out of nothing. He created metal tree picture frames that could not be recreated.

His parents Ernest and Ruby Claffey, and his only son "K.O." Kenneth Orion Claffey preceded Don in death.

He is survived by his wife Karen of Polson, his stepsons Erik (Anisa) and Edward Lanphier of Plainfield, IL, his granddaughters Breena, Whitney, and Leah and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday October 26, 2007 at 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall with Deacon Wes Vert officiating. A reception will follow the services at the VFW Hall. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory.

Karen, Don's wife, asked that memorials be made in Don's name to the Humane Society, Lake County Search & Rescue, or to the donors choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Carol Jane Gillette
Dixon — Carol Jane Gillette, 85, passed away on October 5, 2007.

Born to William Leroy and Stella Hogan, she grew up in Silverdale, WA and attended the Clear Creek School and had many fond memories of that place and time. She married the love of her youth, Douglas H. Gillette and they moved to the Burien, WA area in 1947 where they raised their three children and was a longtime resident of the same house until 2004.

Her last years were spent with her daughter Alison Rose in Dixon, MT.

She was preceded in death by Douglas in 1968 and son Jon in 2004. Surviving children are a daughter Alison and son Bill, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held this spring in Washington.