For the Record...
March 2008 Obituaries
Dodge 'Candy' Cantrel
KALISPELL - Frances Dodge 'Candy' Cantrel, 89, passed away on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Heritage Place here. She was born on
Nov. 8, 1918, at Plains, to Wilbur and Nell (Clark) Cameron.
Frances was raised on the family ranch in the
area near Hot Springs, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse until
moving to Plains for high school. After graduation, Frances went to
Kinnman Business College in Spokane. She decided that teaching was her
calling and went on to get her Bachelor of Arts degree in education
from the University of Montana.
Frances met George Dodge while teaching at Noxon.
in November 1943. After the death of her husband in 1958, she accepted
a teaching position at Dixon grade school where she met and later
married Gerald 'Ed' Cantrel.
Frances taught school at Noxon, Heron, Dixon,
Arlee, Charlo and
Ronan. She dedicated her life to her students up to her retirement in
1986 from the Ronan School District. At that time she moved to
Kalispell to be near her family.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband
George, with whom
she had four children: her second husband, Ed; her brothers, Phil
Cameron and Richard Cameron; and a sister, Virginia Erchul.
She is survived by her children, Deanna Mathison
Kalispell; Patricia Murphy (Ron) of Whitefish; Jon Dodge (Ann) of
Laramie, Wyo.; and George Dodge Jr., of Kalispell; and grandchildren,
Stephanie Bell (Charlie) of Pearl City, Hawaii; Rebecca Mathison of
Kalispell; Jessica Curry of Butte; Bryan Dodge and Dan Dodge (Karrah)
of Fresno, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Bell and Owen
A memorial service will be held in June at the
Johnson Mortuary and Crematory is caring for
Frances' family. You are invited to go to www.johnsonmortuary.com
to offer condolences and sign Frances' guest book.
LIVINGSTON - Alma I. Bailey, 90, died at her home Saturday morning,
March 22, 2008. Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory
and a graveside committal and burial will take place at a later date in
Alma was born December 12, 1917 to Clay and Julia
Williams in Dixon. Alma served in the Nurse Corps in the U.S. Army
during WW II. She was stationed in Palm Springs, California, at Torney
General Hospital and at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Alma was
honorably discharged in 1945. She married to Arthur L. Bailey in Palm
Alma was the unconditionally loving and devoted
mother of two
sons, Gary Bailey of Clinton, Utah, and Wayne Bailey of Deerlodge and
one daughter, Inez Hawk of Livingston. Also surviving are six
grandchildren, Clifford Hawk of Havre, Jeff Hawk and Anjanett
Hawk-Johnson both of Billings, and Chris Bailey and Donovan Bailey both
of Missoula; and several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,
two sons, Lee and Gene Bailey and one brother, Jack Williams.
God saw her getting weary; He did what he thought
best. He put
his arms around her, and whispered "come and rest". It broke our hearts
to loose her, but she did not go alone. For a little part of all of us
went with her, the day that God called her home.
"Because I live, you will live also" John 14:19
If desired, memorial donations may be directed to
Rock Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Drive Suites 5&6, Bozeman,
ST. IGNATIUS - Eugene was born August 18, 1945, in St. Ignatius. He
began his journey to join his mother and other loved ones who left
before him in March 2008.
Gene was born in St. Ignatius to Rose Andrew and
Lefthand. His maternal grandparents were Mary Cullooyah Andrew and Paul
Andrew; paternal grandparents were Coomsah Lefthand and Basil Lefthand.
Gene attended school at the Ursuline School, in
St. Ignatius, and graduated from Ronan High School.
He married Jeanne Hahn and his only child Michelle
born. The marriage dissolved and his ex-wife and daughter moved to
Gene was a very intellectual and private man, who
reading, word games, and TV game shows with Jeopardy being his
Gene worked as a hunting and fishing guide for
Cheff Ranch, for
several lumber mills and farms and ranches in the area. He did seasonal
work such as Christmas trees and potato harvesting. He also did farm
and ranch work in Oregon.
Gene loved his culture and was a fluent speaker in
Kootenai and Salish Languages. He often talked about how much he had
learned from his special great-great auntie, Oshanee Kenmille.
Gene loved the mountains, steams, and lakes and
hunting, and driving the back roads. He also enjoyed the keno and poker
Gene is survived by his daughter Michelle Singh
grandchildren Rowan and Joseph of Holtville, California; sisters, Ann
Marie Lefthand and family of California; Sharon (Mark) Tarczynski and
family of Oregon; Darlene Bird and family of Charlo; Maryanne Bird and
family; and brother, Charlie Bird and family of Charlo; his foster
family, Pat Cousins and daughters of Ronan; Kay Padilla and family of
Pablo; Jim Shepard and family of St. Ignatius; Joe Shepard and family
of Charlo; Abbey Combs and family of Missoula; and Joe Combs or
Preceding him in death are his sisters, Shirley
Bird and Diane
Muniz; his grandparents, Basil and Coomsah Lefthand; Mary and Paul
Andrew; his beloved mother, Rose Bird Chalwain; father Samuel Lefthand;
foster-parents, Ruby and Harley Shepard; and many other friends,
relatives and "old buddies".
Urn bearer was Vincent Burrafato. Honorary
Chuck Zieler, Pete Zieler, Jim Shepard, Joe Shepard, Rodney West,
Rawhide Sorrell, Laurence Kenmille and Buck Morigeau.
A. (Henry) Dumoulin
CALDWELL, Idaho - Judy Dumoulin, formerly of St.Ignatius, passed away
Monday March 17, 2008 at West Valley Medical Center in.
Judy was born May 16, 1958, in St.Ignatius to Gail
Orr Henry. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes. Judy attended school in St. Ignatius and moved to Idaho in the
In 1989, Judy married Joe Dumoulin and they made
their home in
Middleton, Idaho, along with their dogs Tiny and Prince. She was an
avid collector of miniature clocks, beanie babies, and dream catchers.
She is survived by her husband Joe Dumoulin and
(Bob); grandchildren Chase and Tyler of Middleton, Jay (Melissa) of
Boise, C.J (Rachell) of Vancouver, Washington; brother-in-law Gabe
Hupko; siblings Dave (Terry) Orr, Kathy Smith (Misael), Doris Gainan
(Jerry) of St. Ignatius, Ray (Jerry) of Hoonah, Alaska, Frank Henry
(Michelle) of Arlee, Dora Henry (Charlie) of Potomac, and Dorothy Henry
of Ronan; nieces and nephews Ryan and Charmel Smith, Brandon Gainan and
Tyrah, Jonathan and Amanda Salway, Sara and Shawn Orr, Bill Brown,
Dustin Walker, Arianna and Jon-Anthony Henry, Karoline, Gayle, and
Sophie Henry, Franny and Christine Williams; great-nephews, Leroy III
and Lucus Black; Jarred and Mason Smith; Justin and Jason Brown; and
great-neice, Tianna Brown.
She was proceded in death by her grandmother
Orr; parents Gail and Yvonne; brother Ralph; nephews Robbie and Steven;
and her beloved dogs.
Judy will be greatly missed at family gatherings
playing cards and a mean game of spoons.
At Judy's request, cremation has taken place and a
service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 5, in St.
Ignatius. Foster and Durgeloh are assisting with the memorial and
people can contact the family or the funeral home at 745-6789.
RONAN - Kenneth James "Dominick" Burland Sr., 60, of Ronan, lost
his battle with diabetes Friday, March 14, 2008, in Missoula. He was
born to Josephine Lamoose Finley on May 23, 1947. With his passing, our
tribe lost a fluent speaker of the Salish language.
A proud member of the Confederated Salish and
he was raised in the Camas Prairie-Hot Springs area by his mother. His
uncles, Baptiste and Tony Lamoose, played a significant role in his
upbringing. Dominick attended vocational training classes in Missoula
and Pierre, S.D., studying auto mechanics. He never really used his
training except to keep his own vehicles running and to help his family
and friends repair their cars. He worked for a short time in Wellpinit,
Wash., for Spokane Tribal Forestry, as well as other various odd jobs.
Dominick had a variety of interests. He enjoyed
fishing with his nephew Duane, dancing at powwows, attending other
cultural doings, driving on the back roads, visiting with friends and
family, telling stories and joking around with people.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine;
Peter Finley Sr.; sister, Mary Catherine; and uncles, Baptiste and Tony
He is survived by his children, Patricia, Kenneth,
and Raymond; sister, Harriet Finley Sherman; uncle, David Lamoose;
numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his longtime
friend, Jesse Gonzalas.
A rosary service was held Sunday night at the St.
Longhouse. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17,
at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Lamoose
ST. IGNATIUS - Gordon was born Nov. 4, 1951, to Eldena (Bellmore)
and Chuck Hunter in St. Ignatius. Gordon went to join his parents and
ancestors on Saturday, March 15, 2008.
A proud member of the Confederated Salish and
Gordon had many different jobs. But the one he took the greatest pride
in was being a Fish and Wildlife game warden for the tribes. He held
this position for 35 years.
Gordon was well known for being a "big" teddy
bear. He was very
respectful, respected and just a really good person who we truly love.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
He liked to take his "boys" camping, fishing,
hunting, and took
long drives - especially in the mountains. He really enjoyed taking the
kids swimming, letting them (Bun-Bun, Beans, Jori and Su-Su) jump off
his shoulders and swimming back and forth across the dam. The thing he
loved the most was driving around in "his true love of his life" - his
'55 Chevy wagon, which he restored.
Gordon is survived by "the wife," MaryAnn; his
Nona and Brad; grandsons, Kanyon, Jayden and Shade; son, Joseph, whom
he was raising; sisters, Char and LeAnne (Clark) Matt; brothers, Kenny
(Suzie), Denny (Suzie), Hobie and Ron; nephews, Charles, Mike, John,
Steve (Jackie), Jericho (Kim), Beau, Dillon, Franklin, Darius and
Dante; nieces, Michelle (Anna, Jon Anthony), Jori (Dan and kids),
Eldena (Rose), Brittany, Suzie (R.J.) and Pam; special buddies, "bros"
Charlie and Archie; his other family; the Tribal TRs; his nunus, Jody
(Frog) and Clarence (Dorothy); his other mom, Wyona; and many friends
and other relatives.
A rosary service was held Sunday at the St.
Ignatius Community Center. Burial was at the Catholic Cemetery.
Joseph "Joe" Moran
ARLEE - William Joseph "Joe" Moran, 65, passed away peacefully at his
home surrounded by his family on March 12, 2008.
Joe was born on September 22, 1942 in St. Ignatius
to Ernest and
Alice Moran. He graduated from Arlee High School in 1960. He joined the
Navy as a Hospital Corpsman at the age of 17; he served in Vietnam 1967
to 1968 on the rivers, was chosen in 1971 as one of the first 12
physician assistants, went on to become a Medical Service Corps Officer
in 1972, and retired in 1982 as Lt. Commander.
Joe had an extensive educational background. He
Pensacola Junior College in 1971; George Washington University in 1975
and graduated from the University of Montana's School of Law in 1986.
worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as the Chief
Judge of Tribal Court in 1994 to 1995 and held his own Flathead Law
Practice in Arlee until his retirement last year. He also served as the
Chief Judge in Browning, and was currently the Chief Justice of the
Appellate Court for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Joe
also served a term on the Tribal Council for the Arlee District.
married his wife of 44 years, Marylin Arthur in 1964 and they had two
boys and one daughter. One son, Scout, preceded him in death in 1998.
Joe was a wonderful family man and his family always came first.
Joe is survived by his wife Marylin Moran; his
Marianne (Mike) Pierre; and Daniel (Rolanda) Moran; brothers Bud (Audi)
and Mike (Evelyn) Moran; sisters, Sarah (Chuck) Twoteeth, Karen
Williams; a sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Peter Plant; his grand
daughters Kayla, Lindsay, Autumn and Lexi; grandsons Daniel, Devin and
Derek; and great grandson Wemilo "Baby Joe" and great granddaughter
Azalia; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family whom he loved
Joe is proceded in death by his parents; a son
"Scout" Moran; sister and brother-in-law Connie and Jim Coulson; a
brother Tom Moran; nieces Linda Dahl and Tiffany Twoteeth; and nephew
"Here lies a gentle, kind and honest man who
enriched our lives
beyond measure. A man's life should not be measured in years nor by the
value of his possessions on the day he died, but by the number of good
friends and memories he leaves behind and Joe left many. He will be
Interment followed in the Jocko cemetery near
military honors were presented. Pallbearers were Sam Williams, Pete
Plant, Duane Plant, Joe Antiste, Brian Tanner, Michael Garza Charlo,
Leonard and Troy TwoTeeth.
ALBERTON - Thomas Charles Wheeler, 67, of Alberton, passed away on
March 13, 2008, at his home in the loving arms of his family after a
long battle with cancer.
He was born November 11, 1940, in St. Ignatius to
Joseph and Margaret Wheeler. He graduated from High School in St.
On July 1, 1960, he married Willy Almendinger in
July of 1966, they moved to Tarkio where they raised their five
children and opened their home to many other children. Tom and Willy
relocated to Alberton in 1982 where Tom was active in many community
organizations such as the School Board, Volunteer Fire Department, Team
Ready, Mineral County Fair Board, St. Albert's Catholic Church, Special
Olympics, Poverello Center and the M.M.H.R. Board. He was known for his
sense of humor, positive outlook on life, generosity and his love of
Tom lived a full life and loved his family and
community dearly. The memory of his smile, and helping hands, as well
as loving heart will never be forgotten. His love of the outdoors and
working with his hands lives on in his children and grandchildren.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph
grandparents, Thomas and Emily Wheeler, Charles and Helen Ashley;
brothers, Joe, Jimmy and Mike; and sister, Betty.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years,
mother-in-law, Blanche Almendinger; sons, Thomas (Laurie), Bear
(Josie), Shawn (Inna); daughters, Deb (Wayne) Boyes, Joan Wheeler and
John Nichols; foster-children, Tony, David, and Tiger Notti;
grandchildren Nikki, Kelly, Ashley, Mandy and Charlie Wheeler, Justin
(Heather) Boyes, Shay (Tim) Brown, Brett, Kayla and Shelby Mills, Dani
(John T.) Condin, Cory and Michael Bledsoe; Sokol Celmeta;
great-grandchildren, Skyler, Madison, Cerenity and Raistlyn Merndorf;
and John Condin III; sisters, Binky (Mitch) Bowman, Petey (Larry)
Gariepy, Dorothy (Larry) Clinkenbeard, Carol Jarrell, Jackie (Bruce)
McRae, Zetra Wheeler; brother, Bob (Jean) Wheeler; aunts, Cassie
Phillips, Dorothy Wheeler, Blanche Wheeler; as well as numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved immensely.
Pallbearers were Tom M. Wheeler (Red Tom), Mark
Michael Wheeler, Joe Wheeler, Todd Ahern, Heather Edwards, Terrie
Petty, Chandler McRae, Jason Clinkenbeard, Tommy Fleming, Jackie
Fr. Drew Maddox was the celebrant and Fr. Kevin
Christopherson was the co-celebrant.
The family asks that memorials be made to Helping
Hands of Alberton, P.O. Box 506 Alberton, MT 59820.
Douglas Virgil Anthony Nevarez
MISSOULA - Floyd Douglas Virgil Anthony Nevarez, 53, passed away at his
home on March 3, 2008.
Floyd was born on April 6, 1954, in St. Ignatius
to Leopold and
Mary (Pablo) Nevarez. He attended grade schools in Charlo, Hot Springs
and St. Ignatius. He attended high school in Shalako, Oklahoma and
graduated from Ronan High School. While attending high school in Ronan,
Floyd was on Ronan's first state wrestling championship team in 1973.
Floyd won the state heavyweight wrestling title that same year.
attended Technical Institute in Bellingham, WA, for marine biology
underwater training for two years. He returned to St. Ignatius where he
continued his stained glass artwork and he also worked for the Post
Creek fish hatchery. Floyd moved to Missoula where he worked on antique
car restoration in Bonner and as a bouncer at the Top Hat.
Floyd had a new found faith in Jesus Christ since
1999. He was
a proud member of the Pablo Baptist Church and Jocko Valley Baptist
Church in Arlee.
He was known worldwide for his "Gary the Bear"
stained glass artwork. One of his works of art hangs in the Pablo
Floyd also enjoyed attending the Arlee 4th of July
Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, brother
Raymond Santos and Janice Nevarez.
He is survived by his one son, Darnell Hensrud of
six siblings, Julia Barton of San Diego, CA; Joseph Santos of Ronan;
Vincent "Spaghetti" Burrafato of Missoula; Diana Jones of St. Ignatius;
Louis Nevarez of Ronan; and Guadalupe Jones of Ellensburg, WA; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Wake service began on Wednesday at the St.
and services were held on Thursday at the Pablo Baptist Church with
Pastor Ken Prewett officiating. Burial followed at the St. Ignatius
Memorial may be made to the Pablo Baptist Church.
Condolences may also be left to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Grogan Funeral Home of Polson.