For the Record...
December 2007 Obituaries
PABLO - Max Joseph Andrew, 25, has begun his journey home to be with
his parents, Martin Andrew and Jeanie Senecal.
Max grew up in the Ronan area with his sisters
Amber and Alida. He attended school in Ronan until the 8th grade. He
always had a smile on his face and liked to raise heck with his family
and friends. He enjoyed playing pool, being outdoors and hunting until
his hunting accident. His survival was proof that miracles do happen.
Max fought long and hard to learn how to walk and
again. His strength and determination was an inspiration to us all. But
even through that ruff and tuff time Max still had a smile for everyone
and a kind loving heart. When he was able to play pool again it was
with one arm, but he didn't let that stop him from kickin some butt on
I bet he could've given his dad a go!
He is preceded in death by his grandparents
Andrew Andrew, Sr. and Alfred and Bernice Senecal; his uncles Andy
Andrew, Jr., Gerry Sias and Maxine Andrew, for whom he was named after;
his aunts Diane Andrew, Gerri Andrew and Enid Andrew and his sister
He is survived by his uncles Joe Senecal, Ted
Sias, Herb Sias (Ann) and Danny Andrew; his aunts Tina Andrew and Lucy
Senecal; sisters April Garfield, Amber Garfield, Alida Garfield,
Angelic (Shawn) Schlensker and their children Damian, Martin and MJ
also many cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends to numerous to
"Rik" Alan Matt
BIG ARM - Richard "Rik" Alan Matt, 45, of Big Arm died on Dec. 20, 2007
in Polson, MT.
Rik was born on Sept. 7, 1962 in Butte to Sophie
Joseph Matt. He graduated from Flathead High School in 1980 and
attended Flathead Community College and Central Arizona College from
1980-1982, where he majored in Business Administration. He was the
first Flathead Indian to become a golf pro. He was a golf pro in
Oregon, Arizona, Florida and Montana. He was committed to teaching
young people how to play golf. He had a "hole in one" in August of 1983
at the Polson Country Club and was co-holder of many course records at
golf courses across the country. He also had a hole-in-one in Pablo at
the Silver Fox Golf Course.
He enjoyed golfing, tutoring golf and making
He is preceded in death by his father Joseph and
brothers Dean and Randall.
He is survived by his Mother Sophie of Big Arm and
sister Barbara Clark of Kalispell and a nephew Robert Joseph Clark of
Arrangements were by Grogan Funeral Home of
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
ST. IGNATIUS - Howard Francis Morigeau, 76, peacefully stepped onto the
Red Road connecting him with the ancestors who have gone before him in
the crisp early morning hours of December 20th.
He traveled to meet his parents Cora Louise
Joseph Antoine Alexander Morigeau; grandparents Mary Frances Blanket
Hawk and Moiese Grenier; uncle Forrest Morigeau; son William Morigeau;
best friend Ben Ascencio and all who have traveled the path before him.
The much-anticipated first grandchild of Moiese
Mary, Howard entered this world August 19, 1931 days after his
grandfather passed on.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Howard grew up on the reservation. He sampled life in the Northwest
working in hospitals and healthcare facilities. He met Cynthia Jane
Morigeau in Lynnwood, Washington where they married in 1971.
Howard and Janie continued to sample life in
north-west communities and Oklahoma, always being called back to the
Flathead Reservation or bordering communities.
Howard earned his Chemical Dependency
become a drug and alcohol counselor for the CS&K Tribe. He and
Janie opened their home to numerous foster children in Montana.
He leaves behind his wife Janie; his special
Dina Morigeau Sebring; daughters Shelley Mackey and Donna Mathwig; sons
Robert Morigeau, Beau Parker and Mitch (Nikkolette) Parker; his
sister-cousin Dorinne Bingham and numerous grandchildren and
We will miss Howard's wacky wisdom, warped and
wild humor and his well-hidden gentle love.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January
2008 at 1 p.m. in the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Chapel in St.
Calhoun "Big Jay" Julius
RONAN - Jason Calhoun "Big Jay" Julius, 33, passed into the loving arms
of Jesus in his sleep on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 in Polson at his
aunt's home of natural causes. He was surrounded by his loving aunt,
dear cousin and friend.
Jason was born on August 10, 1974 to Rod and Paula
Julius in St. Ignatius, Montana. The first grandchild born to Rose
Redhorn Tanner and the first baby nephew to a large extended family who
In his youth, and throughout his life he lived
Montana as well as in Bellingham, Washington where he enjoyed spending
time with his family and friends. He was a proud member of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Eagle Clan of the Lummi
Nation. He attended schools in Bellingham, Arlee, Ronan and Two Eagle
River School where he met his lifelong friends who gave him the
nickname "Big Jay". He was proud to be named after his uncle Cal.
He enjoyed movies, listening to music, playing
videogames, attending family dinners and cruising with his friends. Big
Jay was known to spin good tales and liked to tease his family and
friends and was always looking for laughter. He had a big, loving,
generous heart and would help out any of his friends or family if he
His biggest enjoyment, and what brought him joy,
spend time with the love of his life, his daughter Deja. Big Jay would
travel to Bellingham to visit with his father and family and loved to
spend time on the beach, watch the canoe races, and participate in his
Lummi Tribal culture. Big Jay lived for his family. Both families as
well as his friends are going to miss his company, laughter and big
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents,
Redhorn Tanner, Haynes and Vela Julius, numerous uncles, aunts and
cousins who he now joins in heaven.
Survivors include his loving daughter Deja and
Paula of the family home in Ronan; father Rod Julius of Bellingham,
Washington; brothers, Willie Azure; Marcus Azure of Ronan; Rod Jr.,
Reese, Gary and Jesse Julius of Bellingham, Washington; sisters, Kathy
Julius of Ronan and Kelly Julius of Bellingham, Washington; special
nephew; Issac and niece Victoria; godparents, Andrew and Rita Woodcock;
numerous aunties and uncles, cousins and several nieces and nephews
both in Montana and Washington.
ST. IGNATIUS - Clifford Armond Matt, age 75, lifetime resident of St.
Ignatius and member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes,
went to join his ancestors peacefully while surrounded by his loved
ones on December 18, 2007 due to complications from surgery.
Born on May 26, 1932, Clifford lived a life full
family and friends, and all who were blessed to share his life with
him, loved him deeply.
The oldest of twelve children, Clifford devoted
to the people around him. He attended boarding school in Pierre, SD and
Chemewa, OR and graduated from St. Ignatius High School where he met
his best friend and love of his life. He married Charlene Tellier at
age twenty-one and the couple made their home in St. Ignatius.
Following that, he entered the army in the 2nd Infantry Division and
was stationed at Fort Carson, Fort Lewis and in Alaska. Returning home
to Montana, Clifford started working in construction, and later with
the BIA Roads Program at the Dixon Agency. He continued to work for the
BIA for the next forty-four years, retiring at the age of 70 from the
Flathead Irrigation Project.
Clifford loved being in the mountains hunting and
cutting wood, working outside, tending to his garden, watching sports
and westerns, and spending time with his friends and family. He
especially loved the game of baseball and was a pitcher in a men's
semi-pro league when he was younger. A great storyteller, he was always
making the people around him laugh; and he loved to visit. Clifford is
the pillar of a strong family who are all very close. He will be
He was preceded in death by his parents Armenia
and Louis "Sonny" Matt; son Craig Matt; and grandson Anthony Howlett.
He is survived by his wife Charlene Tellier Matt,
whom he was happily married for fifty-three years; children Clayton
(Yolanda) Matt of Pablo, Ronda (Kevin) Howlett of Arlee and Cort Matt
of Missoula; grandchildren Caato and Crystal Matt, Daniel and Sierra
Howlett and Bradie Ann Matt; great-grandchildren Macao Jackson and
Trushaun Matt; siblings Helen (Gene) Leishman, Thelma (Wyman) McDonald,
Merle (Diane) Matt, Ronnie (Andrea) Matt, Joyce (Ernie) Wallen, Edith
(Sam) Morigeau, Zilia (Bob) Lewis, Bonita "Bunny" (H.B.) Wilder, Janice
(Tom) Shea, Marlene (Tom) Roberts and Penny (Willie) Kipp; and numerous
nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dean Young Running Crane
ARLEE - Joshua Dean Young Running Crane, 22, went to be with Creator on
Monday Dec. 17 in Arlee.
Born in Browning on January 3, 1985 to Rhonda
and Michael Young Running Crane, he was raised and educated on the
Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations.
A kind, well-liked and good friend with a very
heart, Josh was a hard worker and had worked as a carpenter and as a
beekeeper. A special person, he enjoyed being around his friends and
family, playing basketball and being outdoors whether it was camping,
fishing and hunting or just taking rides in the hills. His path to
being an avid fisherman and hunter expanded when he shot his first buck
nine years ago. It brought such an enthusiastic zeal for the outdoors
that one could not believe the smile it gave him. His smile and
presence will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Duane
Rutherford as well as many other older members of his parent's
Survivors include his parents Rhonda (Clayton)
Arlee; Michael Young Running Crane and family of Birch Creek, MT;
brother Robert Young Running Crane of Browning, Sisters Rochelle Young
Running Crane of Arlee and Michelle Young Running Crane of Birch Creek;
grandparents Eva Horn, Gene Grant and Bobby Rutherford as well as
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from the Young Running Crane,
Rutherford, Horn and Pierre families.
Day Marie Gray
KALISPELL - Asia Day Marie Gray met an untimely death in Kalispell,
Montana on December 12, 2007.
Asia was born September 25, 1979 in St. Ignatius,
Montana to Jack and Jane Whiting. Jack and Jane brought their second
daughter home to the family home in Big Arm where she resided until she
was married. Asia was raised along with her older sister Ann on a farm
with goats, chickens and ponies. She owned her first real horse when
she was 13 and from that time on was determined to be a horsewoman. She
spent her summers galloping bareback through the hills with her cousins
and around Flathead Lake to see her grandparents. She loved to be
outdoors in every season.
After much study and reflection, Asia decided to
dedicate her life to Jehovah God. She symbolized this by baptism on
July 7, 1990. She was a poet, a dreamer, and a thoughtful and loyal
friend to all who knew her.
Asia attended Polson Schools and graduated in June
A lifelong dream was realized for Asia when she
her best friend Loren James Gray of Bigfork in a festive and beautiful
wedding on May 29, 1998 in Creston, Montana. Loren is the second son of
David and Dee Gray and they welcomed her into their family as if she
was one of their daughters. Asia and Loren were partners in many
adventures including annual fishing trips to Alaska and Mexico, pack
trips in the mountains of Montana and vacations in Hawaii. Loren gave
Asia wings and her talents flourished in their time together. She had
the ability to create anything: carpentry, native beadwork, baskets,
painting, sushi, vintage Volkswagens, a beautiful barn and beautiful
She was self-employed as a horse trainer and
dad with his Polson Storage business. Loren and Asia were generous
hosts and made their friends welcome and comfortable. Asia was
tenacious and feisty and beautiful in the most natural, unaffected way.
She grew more beautiful every year. She deeply loved her horses and
worked hard to communicate with them. This love and her natural talent
combined to make her an effective horse trainer. She knew the freedom
and power of being a rider. She was capable of packing into the Bob
Marshall Wilderness, backpacking through Ecuador and working in New
York City with ease and style. Asia was a frequent participant in
barrel races, hunter-jumper shows and Indian relay races throughout
Asia dearly missed her mother Jane, who passed
March 2007. She looked forward to seeing Jane in the resurrection as
promised in John 5:28,29. We also eagerly anticipate our future reunion
with Asia and Jane on the Earth under much better conditions than we
experience now. Revelation 21:4 says, "And he will wipe out every tear
from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor
outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. "
Asia's captivating smile was as constant and genuine as the daily
She is survived by her husband Loren Gray, father
Whiting, sister Ann Whiting and numerous great-aunts and uncles, aunts,
uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and in-laws in the Flathead Valley and
Flathead Indian Reservation and Pacific Northwest.
She was preceded in death by paternal grandparents
and Elva (Crockett) Whiting and maternal grandparents Walter and Gladys
Jo (Lozar) Fouty and mother Jane Mildred (Fouty) Whiting.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday
2007 at 1p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Polson
Montana located on Highway 93 south of Polson. There will be a
gathering at the Elmo Community Hall immediately following the memorial
Funeral arrangements have been made by Johnson's
Mortuary in Kalispell. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonsmortuary.com
ST. IGNATIUS - On December 10, 2007, Mack C. Olson passed away due to
injuries received in an auto accident.
Mack was born to Lloyd and Jo Ann Olson in
Iowa on January 5, 1966. He graduated from BGM High School in Brooklyn,
Iowa in 1985. Mack's interest in the beef industry drove him to enroll
in the beef program at Rick's College in Rexburg, Idaho. During
college, Mack did internships at various ranches including Nelson Angus
Ranch in Salmon, Idaho and Sitz Angus Ranch in Harrison, Montana. After
graduating from college, he went to work for B & L Angus Ranch
In 1988, Mack went to work for Stewart Angus Ranch
he met his true love and companion forever, Wendy Stein. On November
24, 1990 Mack and Wendy were married in Lewistown, Montana. For the
next few years, Mack had his own Custom Feeding and Fitting Business,
traveling to various shows to fit show cattle. In 1991, Mack and Wendy
moved to Midway, Utah where Mack managed River Meadows Ranch and later
Duncan Angus Ranch in Aberdeen, Idaho. In September of 1992, they were
blessed with their first child, Kyla Shelby.
The Olson's moved to St. Ignatius, Montana in 1994
manage the Inniway Angus Ranch for their dear friends Bill and Pert
Wunderlich. It didn't take long for Mack and Wendy to fall in love with
the Mission Valley. They thought it would be the perfect place to raise
their family. Their son Kane Tanner was born in January of 2000.
After the Inniway Angus Ranch dispersed in 2002,
had the privilege of joining the Mytty Angus Ranch program. With cattle
spread from the Bitterroot Valley to the Mission Mountains, Mack and
Kevin Mytty established a herd of Registered Angus Cattle that are
Mack was a proud member of the American Angus
Association, the Montana Angus Association, the Western Montana Angus
Association and was a director for the Western Montana Stockgrowers
Association. He was also a beef superintendant for Lake County 4-H.
Mack was very involved in the local 4-H club and truly loved working
with all of the kids. Mack had a passion for cattle and an eye to fit
the champion of champions. He was always willing to share his knowledge
as well as his smile with all of his friends. In 1995, one of Mack's
greatest accomplishments was winning the Herdsman Award at the Western
National Angus Futurity in Reno, Nevada.
Mack lived for his family and touched the hearts
many. He will be missed by all who were blessed with the opportunity to
Survivors include his wife Wendy, daughter Kyla,
Kane; parents, Lloyd and Jo Ann Olson; brothers, Marc (Lori) Olson and
Matthew (Lori) Olson; sisters, Mindy (Dean) Huls and Molly (Tom) Judy;
all from Iowa. Father-in-law Tony (Lori) Stein, brother-in-law Wade
(Debbie) Stein of Lewistown, MT; and sister-in-law Rachel Stein of
Seattle, WA; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial in memory of Mack has been set up at
the Lake County Bank, PO Box 664, St. Ignatius, MT. 59865.
POLSON - Perry F. Roys, 85, of Polson passed away on December 8, 2007,
at Village Health Care Center in Missoula after a stoic battle with
Perry Franklin Hartmann Roys was born in East
September 22, 1922. He was the youngest son of Norwegian emigrants,
Inga and Henry Roys, who preceded him in death. A brother and two
sisters also preceded him in death.
He met his future wife, Helen Mae Butterfield, in
while in college at Montana State University of Bozeman. They were
married January 19, 1946, while he was home on leave from the Navy.
In his early years, Perry worked for the Northern
Pacific Railroad and managed the Bungalow Drug store soda fountain in
Bozeman, where he learned to make superb ice cream and malts. Perry and
Helen also managed the Penguin Shop in West Yellowstone, MT, where they
made thousands of doughnuts.
As a Naval officer, Perry served on a fleet
ship based outside of Okinawa when the Japanese surrendered. He was
tossed into a rice paddy by a typhoon during the occupation of Japan,
but returned to active duty after his jaw and teeth were repaired. He
was recalled during the Korean conflict and served in California for
two years. He also authored a report on the economics of tungsten for
the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C.
After the war, Perry earned an M.B.A. from the
University of Michigan. He also attended Carroll College and Harvard
Graduate School of Business Administration. His fields of study were
business, economics, and government, which led to a career focused on
regional planning, economic development, and business administration.
He first taught at the Montana School of Mines (now Montana Tech) in
Butte and eventually retired as a professor of business management from
the University of Montana. During the intervening years, he also taught
at the University of Omaha and the State University of New York at
Buffalo. He served as Director of the Montana Department of Planning
and Economic Development in Helena under several administrations. He
was the manager of the Area Development Department for the Northern
Natural Gas Company in Omaha, Nebraska. In Buffalo, New York, he was
executive vice president of the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation.
In 1980, Perry retired from the University of Montana to devote his
time, energy, and carpentry skills to the beloved family gathering
place at Flathead Lake.
Perry was one of the pioneers in Montana skiing;
school and college he skied competitively, won and placed in many
events, including downhill and ski jumping championships. He was also a
creative carpenter, boat builder, fly fisherman, and once received
national recognition for pitching a no-hit softball game. In later
years, he became a fine senior golfer and also played pool with his
Perry was a positive and energetic man, a
professor, an entertaining storyteller, and a genial, thoughtful,
intelligent, and generous man. He encouraged people to be open to new
experiences and challenges, and he followed his own advice. As a
result, Perry was even able to view his experiences and the new
friendships formed in the "chemo lounge" with a positive attitude.
His wife, Helen, survives him at their home in
He leaves behind their son, Hal Roys of Salt Lake City, Utah;
daughters, Krista Roys (William O'Connor) of Madison, Wisconsin, and
Adina Pagel (Ron) of Missoula; seven lucky grandchildren, including
five granddaughters and two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; four
nieces and two nephews. In addition, two cousins survive him: Odd
Stronnes of Norway and Everett Lay of Manhattan.
He was a member of the Sons of Norway, the Polson
Elks, SCORE, and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson.
The family wishes to thank the many people
Perry's care during this past year of illness: Dr. Shull Lemire; Dr.
Ries and Dr. Beatty of the Montana Cancer Center; radiologists, Dr.
Markette and Dr. Menendez; the fifth floor staff of St. Patrick's
Hospital; Polson Home Health, and the Village Health Care Center of
Missoula. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, the
Cheerful Hearts of Polson, or an organization of your choosing.
A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church in Polson (409 4th Avenue East) on December 27, 2007,
at 2 p.m. Grogan Funeral Home of Polson will handle the arrangements.
Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
POLSON — Donna Mae Dupuis, age 72 of Polson, passed away from
causes on Monday December 10, 2007 at Heritage Place in Kalispell, MT.
Donna was born September 3, 1935 in Big Timber, MT
to Carl and Angie Violett. They made their home in Dayton, MT.
She attended Dayton Elementary School and
Polson High School in 1954. On April 26, 1958, Donna married Floyd
Kenneth "Kenny" Dupuis. They had two sons, Kevin and Todd.
Donna worked at Queens Court, Sears, Service
Incorporated, worked as a nurses aide, Captains Wardrobe Drycleaners,
and bartended at the Eagles Lodge #3913 in Polson.
Her parents Carl and Angie Violett, sister Fern,
Bob, nephew Jack, and her husband Floyd Kenneth "Kenny" Dupuis preceded
her in death.
Her sons Kevin Dupuis and Tina Darnell, Todd and
Dupuis, and her grandchildren Michael Lochner, Jazmyn Mae Dupuis,
Christina and Matthew Darnell survive Donna. Several nieces and
nephews, and everyone who called her "mom" also survive her. Her love
and her best friend, Cliff Bucher of Polson, who shared 14 wonderful
years together, also survives her.
We love you. She will be missed greatly but her
will move on. Donna Mae loved to play piano and loved to be with people
she loved. A special thanks to the staffs of St. Luke's Hospital in
Ronan, MT, also to Kalispell Regional Hospital and the Heritage Place.
A remembrance of Donna's life will be celebrated
Saturday December 15, 2007 at 3 p.m. in the upstairs hall at the VFW in
Polson, MT. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
POLSON — Paul W. Speck, age 91 of Polson, passed away from
natural causes at his home on Tuesday December 4, 2007.
Paul was born on January 8, 1916 at Rockford, IL
and Cora Speck. In his youth, Paul enjoyed boxing. Paul left home at
the age of 15 and later told great stories of his "hobo-ing" years. For
several years, Paul earned a living as a bull rider on the rodeo
Paul joined the US Air Force and retired as Chief
Sergeant with 30 years of service. He served in WWII, Korea and Viet
Following his discharge from the Air Force, Paul
worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator.
His parents, twin sister Pauline, brother Vernon
and stepsister, Ada Gould preceded him in death.
His life partner Gladys Malmstrom, sisters
Kathleen Young and Bernice Freschet and her husband "Fuzz" survive
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials
be made in Paul's name to Lake County Hospice, PO Box 39, Polson, MT
A memorial service will be held at Grogan Funeral
Home on Sunday December 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. with Ron Ryan
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction
of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences may be sent to the family at groganfuneralhome.com