For the Record
June 2008 Obituaries
WACO, Tx. — James Albert Glover, age 87, died Tuesday, June 24 in
the Waco, Texas Providence Hospital with his wife Elizabeth at his
side, after suffering a severe stroke two evenings before. Jim and
Elizabeth were married for six pleasant years, and had been to church
and out to eat the day he suffered his stroke.
Although frail and limited by his health and age,
staying in touch with his community by reading the Char-Koosta News
Born in Polson on May 1, 1921, James served during
World War II with the Air Force in India, where he was a meteorologist
who helped determine by the weather, when our men could successfully
attack the enemy. After the war ended Jim continued his college
education, using his G.I. Bill money, and became an engineer. Working
for Conoco and Petro-Lewis, Jim helped decide where to drill for oil.
He and Pauline lived in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas while working
with the oil companies.
When they retired Jim and first wife Pauline moved
to Sun City
West near Phoenix. There they enjoyed the pleasant weather, joined the
Baptist Church there and Jim played golf, making use of his decorated
golf cart. Pauline was very dear to Jim, and she died in 1997 after 57
years of marriage.
Taking great pride in his Indian heritage,
Jim used his gift from the Council of a red, white and blue blanket
every day. On their honeymoon, in 2002, Jim took his second wife
Elizabeth to stay in the Lodge in Polson over-looking the beautiful
Flathead Lake. They attended the re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark
expedition. He also drove Elizabeth around the large lake, and took her
to see the wild animals in a 19 mile reserve, and also the beautiful
Glacier Park, the only national park in two countries: the United
States and Canada.
Jim and Elizabeth moved to Waco, Texas in 2004
joined the Baptist Church and made many new friends. Elizabeth
continues to live in a beautifully restored historic home.
Both wives were redheaded schoolteachers. He had
His parents and older brother are buried in the St. Ignatius cemetery.
His signed Navajo bolo tie is being donated the Heard Museum in
Phoenix. Jim was buried next to Pauline. Both had requested that their
ashes be scattered among the roses in the rose garden. Jim will be
greatly missed, but he is with his Lord and Savior and with Pauline.
POLSON — Richard (Dick) Larry Phillips was born November 19, 1930
in St. Ignatius to JG Phillips and Elva Pearl (Blodgett) Phillips. He
married his high school sweetheart, Edith Main, on June 10, 1930 at
He was preceded in death by his parents; nine
brothers and sisters; and son David Larry Phillips.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edith
Wirth, Arkansas; three sons, Richard (Diane) Phillips of Thayer,
Missouri; Daniel Paul Phillips of Las Vegas, Nevada; and James (Joanne)
Phillips of Polson; and daughter Deborah Phillips of Puyallup,
Washington. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 16
great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at New Life
Christian Center in
Polson on July 25, 2008 with viewing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and services
at 4 p.m. Graveside services will be at St Ignatius at Pleasant View
Cemetery. Gathering of family and friends at Polson Senior Citizen's
Center will follow services. Blessed are the pure in heart for they
shall see God (favorite verse from the sermon on the mount in Matthew's
MISSOULA — On June 28, 2008, Kimo Ray Jackson was taken home to be
with the Lord. Kimo left us while doing one of the many outdoor
activities he loved so much.
Kimo was the third child of four born to Jim and
on March 25, 1981 in Ronan. Kimo's family and friends were very
important to him. He could always be counted on to lend his support or
a helping hand.
Kimo met his first love and future wife when he
was 17. He
married Amanda Eggebrecht on February 22, 2002 in Idaho. He was blessed
with his "Bink Bink," Avah Tyler on November 8, 2003.
Kimo worked construction for much of his adult
life. A few
months ago, Kimo quit his job to devote more time to the church he
attended in Missoula and to other charitable organizations. Though we
will miss him, and all that he would have contributed to the world, we
are comforted in knowing that the Lord needed him for a special job.
Kimo is preceded in death by his grandparents
Steve Mocko and
Rose Bacon, his great grandparents Jim and Neva Jackson, his cousins
Chris Weivoda and Devin Mocko and his good friend Aaron Dodson.
He is survived by his daughter Avah and her mother
parents Jim and Leila Jackson; his sister Sheila (Shay) Johnsen; his
brothers Kono (Carla) Jackson and Niko (Brooke) Jackson; his niece
Shyla Johnsen; his nephews Sebastian Johnsen and Cooper Jackson; his
grandparents Lloyd and Sally Jackson; his mentor Lanny Bryant; and his
friend Terri Braun and other family and friends too numerous to
mention. Kimo was a very loving and special person that will be missed
A celebration of Kimo's life was held at the
Community Church on Tuesday July 8. A memorial fund has been set up in
Kimo's name in Missoula at the Missoula Federal Credit Union and the
Valley Bank in Ronan.
ST. IGNATIUS — James W. Dempsey, 74, passed away on June 28, 2008 at
his home in Spokane, WA.
A proud member of the Confederated Salish and
Jimmy was born in Missoula on January 10, 1934 to James and Emily
"Minnie" (Michel) Dempsey. He was raised and educated in Butte and at
Chemawah Indian School before setting out to make name for himself in
the mining and ironworker fields. He worked as a miner in Butte and in
the Libby area where he also helped build the dam. He also worked in
other various capacities, as he was a skilled carpenter and artisan
creating many works of art in several different styles.
He was preceded in death by his companion and wife
of 37 years
Susie who just passed away on June 24, 2008. He was also preceded in
death by his parents; sister Georgina and brothers Eddie Fox, Hubert
and Robert "Butch".
He is survived by his children Jim, Curtis and
grandchildren Willie, Samantha, Brea, Braylee, Arrow and Elizabeth;
close friends Les & Dorinda Buck and Jerry Nicolai; his
uncle Francis Stanger and numerous nieces and nephews including his
specials nephews who he helped raise, JimJoe Dempsey and Steve Lien.
A viewing was held on Tuesday at the Foster and
Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with a memorial Mass being celebrated at
noon on Thursday, July 3rd in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
Inurnment followed in the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. The urn bearer
was Jerry Nicolai.
RONAN — On June 20, 2008, Larry Michael Rodriguez, 50, passed away at
Community Medical Center due to complications from diabetes.
Larry was born to Louise Plouffe Rodriguez and
Steve Rodriguez on May 23, 1958 in St. Ignatius.
Larry was a proud member of the Confederated
Salish & Kootenai Tribes.
He attended schools in Avery, Idaho, Missoula, St.
Ignatius and San Antonio, Texas.
Larry worked in Arkansas and Texas as a
construction laborer and ironworker.
Upon returning to Montana he enjoyed doing yard
work for family
and friends. Larry never married or had children so family was very
important to him.
He enjoyed playing cards, watching TV, playing
model cars together, drawing and listening to the radio. Larry had a
love for animals as this was known by helping his uncle Roy and Aunt
Sandy feed their horses. When he moved to Pablo, he adopted Bear (his
nephew's dog), Mike would let him out the front door and Bear knew
Larry would be at the back door to let him back in.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents Louise
Rodriguez, brothers Arthur, Joe and Steve Jr., sister Ruby Rodriguez
Gillham, grandparents Miguel and Maria Rodriguez, and Annie and Charles
Plouffe, also, numerous aunts and uncles.
Larry is survived by his brothers Stanley of Elmo,
Little Rock, Ark., Charles of Lumberton, North Carolina, and Gilbert of
Orlando, Florida, sisters Roberta Morigeau of Hot Springs, Sandra
Aldana of Little Rock, Ark., Delores (Sammy) Valles of Atascosa, Texas,
nephews Anthony (Laurie) Rodriguez of Billings, Steve (Theora) and
Michael Rodriguez of Pablo, including many nieces, nephews, cousins and
extended family in Montana, Texas, Arkansas and Florida.
Larry had many friends and was very sociable no
matter where he
lived or went. He also had a kind heart and would help anyone he could.
Larry was "Larry" and we know he touched many peoples' hearts and
everyone will always have a "Larry story."
Larry has left us to join his family in a far
better place, so
as he leaves us we will remember him with his laugh, his smiling face,
a cigarette in one hand, a coffee cup in the other and a pocket full of
quarters for when he gets to the Pearly Gates.
services started Tuesday, June 24 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.
Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic cemetery. Foster and
Durgeloh are in charge of the arrangements.
RONAN — Martina "Tina" Andrew was born in Ronan on July 13, 1948
and she passed away at the family home on June 18, 2008 at the age of
Tina was the youngest of seven children born to
Sr. and Harriet Beaverhead, she was born as a twin along with her
Tina, her brothers and her sisters spent their
early years on
the family allotment along Spring Creek just east of Ronan. After the
death of their father, they moved up to the present day family home or
"The Hill" on Mollman Pass Trail.
Tina and her siblings attended and were confirmed
Urselines in St. Ignatius. Then they went to school in Ronan. Tina and
Martin then went to the boarding school in Flandreau, South Dakota.
After graduating and returning from Flandreau, she
Secretaries School in Los Angeles as part of the BIA Relocation Program
of the sixties; through this program she was able to work in Juneau,
Alaska for a time.
Tina loved to travel and she and Martin traveled
powwows with their yaya and selah, Pete and Josephine Beaverhead. She
also loved to camp out. She could out-hunt, out-fish, and out-shoot
"the boys". She spent many years planting trees and cutting firewood
with her brothers before becoming the family matriarch.
You could hear Tina laugh from a mile away. She
loved to laugh
and joke around, but she also had a big heart to match her big laugh.
She opened her home and heart to many "orphan kidz" as she put it.
She took care of her twin brother's son Max after
accident. Tina did her best to live life to the fullest. Enjoying every
moment that she could because she knew that life was short. She was
also very proud of her 18 years of sobriety - always attending the
Sobriety Campout at the Arlee Powwow Grounds and receiving her Trail
Blazers Jacket award.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents Harriet
and Andrew Andrew, Sr.; stepfather Martin Finley; grandparents
Josephine and Pete Beaverhead; brothers Max, Andy and Martin Andrew and
Jody Finley; sisters Diane and Geraldine; sister-in-law Enid Ann
Andrew; son Douglas; grandchildren Heather Rose, Jonathon Douglas and
Aarron Chadwick; grandaunt Mary Small Salmon and aunties Rosie Bird and
Angie Matt and nieces Michelle L. Courville Lois Small Salmon.
She is survived by her children Wayne and
Dan Andrew; sisters Carol Deanie Finley and Levi Lozeau Big Beaver;
grandchildren Andrew "A.J." James Couture, Jeffery Adam Wilson, Lawson
Sanders, Ronny Patten, Misty Dawn Barnaby, Tashina "Boo Bear" Barnaby,
Valdena "Dena Bell" Barnaby, Anton Atwin, "Couture Boyz", Randon
Lefthand and Marcus Beaverhead; greatgrandchildren Sky Anthony Raymond
Barnaby Harrison and Maria Michelle Couture; nieces Sandra (Tony)
Charette, Kim (Mike) Charette, Angelic (Shawn) Shlensker, Brandy
Gardipe, Billie Jo Healy, Eloise Currie and Katherine (Candy Bar)
Saloway; her nephews Gene Beaverhead (Bink), Chauncey Beaverhead
(Lisa), Joe Andrew ( Judy), Steve Arca, Michael Jon (Angie), Marion
George Saloway (Jackie), Garette Finley (Jamie) and Junior Gardipe;
numerous cousins and extended family, as well as many, many friends.
She has touched many hearts and loved many people.
Services began Thursday evening, June 19, 2008 at
with burial following at the Beaverhead-Andrew Cemetery on Mollman Pass
Trail on June 21, 2008.
ST. IGNATIUS — Salvadore Zepeda, 59, of Billings, formerly of St.
Ignatius, passed away Saturday, June 21 in St. Vincent's Hospital in
Born in Salinas, California to Jesus and Amelia
Zepeda, he was raised in California, Oregon and Washington before
joining the Army.
An accomplished commercial fisherman and
logger in Alaska, he also owned and operated a racecar outfit when he
lived in Texas. He would return to the Flathead Reservation many times
in his life but most recently had made his home in Billings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a
sister Alice Hayzlett Zepeda.
He is survived by his brother Frank of St.
Ignatius, twin brother Danny of Longview, WA and a sister Lupe of
Myrtle Creek, OR.
A wake began Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the
Community Center with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at
the Center. Wake closing will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center
with Mass being celebrated at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic
Mission. Interment will follow in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery
where military honors will be presented.
Marie Matt Brazill
ARLEE — Virginia Marie Matt Brazill was born in the Holy Family
Hospital in St. Ignatius on May 20, 1941, to Steven and Adelaide Parker
Matt. She died at her home near Arlee, Thursday, June 5, 2008.
On Jan. 25, 1964, Virginia married her husband
They were married for 44 years and had two children, Bryan and Bradley.
Virginia was an extraordinary woman. She was the
first in her
family to graduate from high school. Virginia graduated salutatorian of
the Arlee High School class of 1959. She received an associate's degree
in medical technology from Gradwall School of Technology in St. Louis.
She was also the first to graduate from college in her family. She
graduated from the University of Montana with high honors. She received
a bachelor's of arts degree in education and a teaching minor in Native
Virginia was an accomplished beader and made two
beaded dance outfits for herself. She beaded outfits for her sons Bryan
and Bradley, and son's grandsons, Ryan and Bruce. She also made many
dance outfits for her many nieces and great-nieces. She enjoyed sewing
and she sewed her own clothes and sewed items for other members of the
family; making many ribbon shirts and leggings.
Attending powwows was an event that she truly
loved to traditional dance and competed in dance competitions. Powwows
gave her the opportunity to visit family and friends and make new
friends. She appreciated the dance outfits of other dancers. She was a
talented artist and loved to design outfits.
Virginia was an avid reader and spent many hours
books. She was a lifelong learner and was knowledgeable and aware of
political issues facing the tribe and country. She kept a person
enlightened about politics and was proud to be an enrolled member of
the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Virginia was a very caring and giving person. She
to help her family and friends in any way that she could. Her
generosity and kindness is an attribute that depicts her character and
it was truly appreciated.
Virginia's employment included working as medical
Technician in Galen and Deer Lodge. She was employed by the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a community health
representative. She taught Native American Studies at the Arlee
Elementary School for 17 years. She retired from the teaching
profession due to health reasons.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and
Bradley Brazill. She is survived by her husband Jack; son Bryan (Kasie
); son's grandchildren Ryan (Denise), Bruce (Angie); grandchildren
Deneil (Browning), Sierra, Colleen, Bradley, Colt, Bryeanna, and seven
Virginia is also survived by her siblings,
(LeeAnn), Marvin (Rita), Steve (Helen), Steven A Matt-Buffalo
(Patricia), all from Arlee, and Robert Bigart (Missoula); sisters
Margaret Coffey of Camas Prairie, Mary Valeria Plant, Mary Lucy Parker
(Larry) of Arlee, Katherine Nick (Usk, Wash.), Charlene Petet, Genevive
(Jenny) Matt, Martha Langston, Wilhemina (Willie) Wright, all of Arlee.
She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.
The pallbearers are Ronald George Tropey III,
Francis Jackson, John Francis Matt, Alex Felix, Steven Matt, and Curtis
A traditional wake began June 9 at the Arlee
The rosary was Tuesday and the funeral services were on Wednesday.
Lewis (Louis) Plant, Jr.
ARLEE — Peter Lewis (Louis) Plant, Jr. took a new path in his life
on June 7, 2008 in Pablo. He was born in St. Ignatius on May 29, 1947.
Peter was a hard working and intelligent man who
anything, figure out anything and thrived on challenge. When Peter
started life, it wasn't very easy, but for him it was worth it. As a
young boy he would walk to the bus to make sure he was in school
because he knew that he had to be educated for his future. He never
used excuses to avoid hardship. He became a self-made man who worked
his way through night school at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane,
Wash. by bussing tables for one of the best restaurants in town. Later,
while working in the orchards in Washington, he knew he wanted to go on
to school. He applied through the Yakima Indian Reservation and with
the help of his tribe, he attended L.H. Bates in Tacoma, Wash. amd
graduated after two years from the Machinist Program. Unfortunately,
Boeing was laying off workers when he graduated, so he, with the help
of the BIA, acquired his apprenticeship in the Millwrights with his
first job in The Dalles, OR. He served four years of on-the-job and
classroom training before he became a journeyman and became a member of
the Millwrights and Machine Erectors Union, Local 711, out of Portland,
During his construction years, he wanted to make
family had stability and stayed in the same school system, so he kept
them settled in The Dalles while he traveled to many states for work
and gradually was in constant demand by contracting companies.
Sometimes he was lucky enough to work around home, so he was able to
attend all his kid's school functions during that time. He rose to
supervisor in the 80's and 90's but because of health problems he
retired in 2001. He and his wife moved back to Arlee in 1999. But for
the next several years, he was traveling back to The Dalles every week
and working there. After he retired, he started his own business,
Saddle Mtn. Fabrications and was successful.
Peter was very proud of his heritage as a
and Kootenai Tribes member and was proud that he had learned the
language and songs. He practiced every day on his own until he knew
them, singing with the most beautiful voice. His biggest accomplishment
though was being a husband, father, son, grandfather, uncle and nephew.
He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years,
Nancy; his three
children Tracy (Joe) Antiste, Duane (Jennifer) Plant and Pete (Sunday)
Plant III; his nine grandchildren, Casey Plant, Carissa Marcus, CJ
Caye, Kolten Antiste, Canyon Rose Plant, Nate Plant, Zach Plant, Sydney
Plant, Jarrod Plant; two great grandchildren Isabell Marcus and
Kaidence Joe Plant; his loving mother, Mary Val Plant; his brothers
Dennis Plant and Darryl Plant and his sister-in-law, Marylin Moran. He
also has many nieces, nephews and friends which he cared deeply for.
Preceding him in death were his father Peter
Plant, Sr.; his
sisters Sandy Lozeau and Luanne Wesley; and many aunties, uncles,
nieces and nephews. His most recent loss was his cousin Joseph Moran
and his auntie Virginia Brazill, which gives us great comfort that he
is not alone.
He will be deeply missed. Good Journey My Love.
A traditional wake began Monday, June 9 in the
Center. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery on
Tuesday, June 10.
ST. IGNATIUS — Mildred Ladderoute Morin was born in Fremont,
Nebraska on April 13, 1913. She lived in Colorado and California in her
youth, but Montana was home for more than 70 years. She was the oldest
child of Martin and Sadie Collins. She passed away on June 6, 2008 in
Kalispell after a brief illness.
She was fortunate to be loved so dearly by many,
and it was the love and kindness she radiated that drew friends and
family to her. Family was the most important thing in her world. Joyful
milestones in her life were celebrations with hundreds of friends and
family on her 80th and 90th birthdays. Her favorite past times were
fishing, outdoor activities and wintering in Yuma with family and
She met and married Joe Johnson, whom she met on
her Aunt and
Uncle Norman's ranch in eastern Montana. With their four children they
eventually moved to St. Ignatius and had a small ranch.
began working as a nurse's aide with the Sister's of Providence at the
old Catholic Hospital. When her husband died, she continued to work
there and manage the ranch. In the early 1950s, she married Joe
Ladderoute who gladly helped her raise her family. Their son, Michael,
died in infancy. Joe and Mildred nurtured and raised foster children
and grandchildren for many years. Joe passed in 1963 and Mildred again
managed a small ranch, mostly on her own but always with the help of
her sons Joe and David Johnson.
She married Henry Morin in the early 1970's.
Together they had
a trout fish farm near McDonald Lake north of St. Ignatius. Their
property was a popular hangout for the local grizzly bears, from which
she became known as Grizzly Gram or Millie's Woods. She was in two
documentaries sponsored by the University of Montana and featured her
passion for life and perspective, living amongst the wild life on her
Her family and friends meant everything to
Mildred was preceded in death by three siblings;
sister Marjorie Burtch of Dixon (twin) and brother Martin Collins
(twin); and by her son William Shubin.
She is survived by sons Joe and David from Evaro,
Cheryl and Gerry from Kalispell, and numerous grandchildren and nieces
and nephews across the Northwest.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 10 in
the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery with Fr. Andrew Maddock, S.J.