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August 2008 Obituaries

Thomas Eugene McDonald
ST. IGNATIUS — Thomas Eugene "Satch" McDonald was the twelfth child born to the late John A. McDonald and Lydia Luddington McDonald of St. Ignatius on November 28, 1934. He died at Missoula Community Hospital on August 28, 2008.

Satch was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was also a descendant of the Nez Perce, Eastern Shoshone, Chinook, and Iroquois Tribes, in addition to being of Scottish, French, and English descent. His grandparents were the late Joseph and Lucy Deschamps McDonald, and Richard and Elsie Tellier Luddington. His great grandparents were Angus and Catherine Baptiste "Eagle From the Light" McDonald. Angus was an early fur trader and settler in the Mission Valley, who came to the U. S. in 1838 from Craig and Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland. Catherine was closely related to the Nez Perce Chiefs, Eagle From the Light, Looking Glass, White Bird, and Joseph. Angus established Fort Connah, a Hudson Bay fur trading post in the Mission Valley in 1847.

Satch attended the Ursuline academy in St. Ignatius, and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1953. He was a good all-around athlete and particularly excelled in basketball. He was well known throughout the area for his ball handling, passing and shooting skills for many years. He had a very quick wit, and had a phenomenal manner of relating to children.

Although, he spent most of his life working in the woods as a logger for various logging contractors, and independently cutting posts, poles and Christmas trees, he was also a well-known political and environmental activist. In 1964, he ran for the United States Senate against Mike Mansfield in the democratic primary, and took second in that primary with nearly half the vote total of the Senator. He spent numerous years working for and directing the Reservation Community Action Programs, and the LIGHT (Low Income Group for Human Treatment) program in Missoula in the 1960’s and 70’s.

In his later years he could often be seen hitting golf balls from his yard across the street from the Mission Church to the adjacent park. He was always an athletic man and continued his athletic pursuits through his passion for golf. He transcended cultural and socioeconomic expectations by playing, teaching and inspiring young people to share in his love for the sport of golf and all of his endeavors through his life. He treated his knowledge of golf as he did most things in life as an opportunity to teach young people and adults alike.

Satch was a visionary of his time, a politician, an activist, a proud man, a warrior, a leader, a lover, a fighter, and a hero to many including his children and grandchildren. He was loved and honored by many, not due to obligation but due to his inescapable magnetic charm and charismatic personality. He was a handsome, strong man that honored us all with his presence. He was an icon that touched the lives of many youth on and off the reservation. He had a strength and wisdom that captured people and a personality that commanded respect. He was loved by his family, and many others. Satch is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his sisters, Lona, Mabel, Evelyn, Alma, Mary Lou, and Betty Jean, and his brothers Donald (Boots), Roy, Jack, and Daniel.

Satch is survived by his children, Valarie McDonald and her children Thomas Tanner, Jennifer Shelby, and Samantha Shelby of Arlee, his son Jeffrey (Huck) McDonald and his daughter Paula McDonald of Arlee, his other son Paul McDonald of St. Ignatius, Judy Gobert of St. Ignatius, Mockalee McDonald and her children Susep and Elisha of Santa Cruz, California, and Mary Jane Billideaux of Charlo. He is also survived by one sister Gladys Disney of Polson, and one brother, Wyman J. McDonald of Ronan, his former wife, Sylvia McDonald of Arlee and many grandchildren and great grand children who loved him dearly.

Cremation has taken place and a meal will be held in the Longhouse September 12, 2008 at noon with memorial services following at 2 p.m. in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

John Joseph Driscoll
ST. IGNATIUS — John Joseph Driscoll, 99, died August 7, 2008, in Overland Park, Kansas. John was born May 14, 1909, in Butte, to Jeremiah and Catherine (Sullivan) Driscoll.

John was married to Anne Simeone for 50 years. She preceded him in death in 1991. John was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Stanley, Lawrence and James Driscoll; and two sisters, Mary Walsh and Irene Driscoll.

John is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Bastasch (Paul), Overland Park, Kansas; son, Dr. Michael Driscoll (Lorilee) of Butte; sisters, Alice McNamara, Katherine Millnamow and Geraldine Murdock; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Hoffmann, Michael Bastasch, Stephen Bastasch, Michael Driscoll, Neal Driscoll (Alia) and Callan Driscoll; one great-grandson, Joshua Hoffmann, and 31 nieces and nephews.

John was a schoolteacher for many years, and was a caring person who tried to live a good life and had many friends. A Memorial Mass was held Saturday, August 16, 2008, at The Church of the Holy Cross in Overland Park, Kansas.

Services in St. Ignatius, Montana will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 13, 2008 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with inurnment following at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Hospice, 9720 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Atriums, The Forum and Catholic Charities Hospice for their love and concern for John.

Wendell Richard Silverthorne
COPPERAS COVE, TX — Wendell Richard "Rich" Silverthorne, age 67, of Kempner passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008 in a Temple Hospital with his family at his side.

Rich was born September 10, 1940 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer to Woodrow Silverthorne and Frances (Drier) Silverthorne. He grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota.

On September 27, 1957 he married the love of his life Mary Mallon in Webster, South Dakota.

He served in the United States Army and retired April 30, 1979 at the rank of Sergeant First Class. While serving he received the Good Conduct Medal Clasp, Bronze 3 Loops, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), was an expert (Rifle) and a marksman (Pistol).

Rich was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He enjoyed hard work, being outside, hunting, working on cars, his dog Sugar #2, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a son Richard Wendell Silverthorne in 1979.

He is survived by his wife of 50 plus years, Mary Silverthorne of Kempner; two daughters, Debbra Fausnaugh and her husband Steven of Copperas Cove; and Cheryl Perez and her husband David of Copperas Cove, Texas; his mother, Frances Olson of Breckenridge, Minnesota; two brothers: James David Olson of Breckenridge, Minnesota; and Lester Silverthorne of Missoula; three sisters: Wenda Livingston of Dixon; Joyce Silverthorne of Dixon; and Ruth Silverthorne of Washington State; four granddaughters and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 1, 2008 in the Chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove with Pastor Stephen Schmidt officiating. Interment services followed in the Copperas Cove City Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

For those that desire the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 101 West Avenue F, Copperas Cove, Texas 76522.

The Silverthorne family would like to express their appreciation for the outstanding care provided by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Temple to Rich.

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Services have been entrusted to the care of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.

Constance Jeanette Courville Carns
ST. IGNATIUS — Constance Jeanette Courville Carns of St. Ignatius passed away at age 62, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. She passed away after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

She was a loyal Wal-Mart employee for 13 years until she retired in 2007.

Born Nov. 11, 1945, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She gave everything for her family and we will be lost without her for a long time to come.

She is survived by her son, Edward Carns of Yuma, Ariz.; her daughter, Kimberly Carns of St. Ignatius; her future son-in-law, S.P.C. Keven Pangburn; and her granddaughter, Alexandria Carns Pangburn of St. Ignatius. She is also survived by her brothers, Fred Courville of Polson; Kenneth Courville of Pablo; Alex Courville and Henry Courville both of Ronan; her sisters, Leona May Courville of Polson; Donna Lee of New Mexico and Laura Villegas of Washington. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen Allen Carns; her mother, Elsie Bisson Courville; her father, Alexander Courville; her sisters, Clare Rogers, Marlene Adams and Dolores Durgeloh Ramsey; and her niece, Michelle Courville.

She loved her family with all of her heart. We know she hated to leave us, but she didn’t want to be in pain any longer or suffer as others do from the horrible illness called cancer. May we all find comfort in knowing that she is now cancer free and no longer in pain. She has rejoined the love of her life, whom she missed so much. They are finally together again, holding hands, and watching over us all.

We will miss you, Mom, and we will love you always. You will always remain in our hearts. Thank you for being our mom and Alex’s nana.

Anthony P. Snow
RONAN — Anthony P. Snow, 66, passed away Wednesday near his home at Valley View.

He was born Feb. 2, 1942 in Hinsdale, IL to Gilbert and Louise (Garrett) Snow. Serving in the Navy, he became a system engineer in the telecommunications industry before moving to Ronan three years ago.

He is survived by his wife Jan of Ronan; his daughter Debra Lynn ((Bill) Springsteen of Browns Mill, CA; grandchildren Michael and Amy Mills; a sister Nancy Allan; a brother Peter (Linda) Snow; niece Susan; step mother Rhoda Snow; father in law Ed Jones; brother in law Donald (Robin) Jones and niece Melanie.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at later date.

Foster Funeral Home and Crematory of St. Ignatius is assisting the family with arrangements.

Carmen Chad Hernandez III
POPLAR — Carmen Chad Hernandez, III, 33, of Poplar, left this world to be with the Lord and many relatives and friends who passed on before him, on August 8, at NEMHS in Poplar after a long illness.

Carmen was born on December 20, 1974 in Missoula to Mavis Scott Hernandez and the late Carmen Anthony Hernandez, Jr.

Chad, as he was known to his friends and family, attended schools in Missoula, West Riverside Mt. and Poplar. He graduated from Poplar High School in 1993 where he was active in football and band. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a wildland firefighter.

Chad was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing and camping. His favorite pastimes were: rodeoing, singing and dancing at powwows, playing his guitar and video games, and working on cars. Chad also loved visiting with friends and family, especially his children and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss him a lot, especially his cousin, Delvin Conrad-Chad Red Eagle.

Chad is survived by his wife, Sheila of Poplar; one daughter Dorene Hernandez of Poplar; two sons, James Scott and Allen Red Boy of Poplar; his mother, Mavis Hernandez; adopted mother, Anne Lester and adopted father Craig Cain of Poplar; an adopted grandmother, Ramona Kirn of Poplar; four sisters, Robyn (Don) Hernandez, Margaret (Ralph) Hernandez, Michelle Aims Back and Elayne Scott all of Poplar; one brother, Conrad (Vangie) Scott and one adopted brother, Orlando Hale both of Poplar; aunties, Verbena Savior (Royce) Jackson, Faryl (Carlos) Pedraza, Karen Smoker, Rhonda Kirn and Johnelle Menz all of Poplar, Neva Loudermilk of Billings, Carmella Scott of Nebraska, Julia and Evelyn Hernandez of St. Ignatius, Delores Martinez, Mary Heppler, Diane Stagger, Patty Wagner, Carol Wood and Agnes GunHammer all of the Flathead Reservation; uncles Royce Jackson and Jim Loudermilk of Billings, Alvin Savior, Mathew Scott Sr., Jesse Kirn, Jr., and Tom and Russell Kirn, all of Poplar, Ronald Hernandez of Dixon, John Hernandez of California and James and Robert Little of St. Michaels, ND; adopted parents, Orin and Dorothy Denny of Brockton; in-laws that thought highly of him, grandma Thelma Thompson, Benny Nice and Dale and Robin Manning all of Bainville; Monica Schroeder and Val Manning of Williston, ND and Tawnya Wetzel of SD.

Chad was preceded in death by his father Carmen Hernandez, Jr., maternal grandparents, Artie Crazy Bull, Raymond Scott and Melvin Toby Scott, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Margaret and Carmen Hernandez, Sr.; grandfather, Jesse Kirn, Sr. and adopted grandmother Raquel Menz; uncles Earlwin Sam Savior, Francis Macdonald Sr., Michael and Karl Hernandez; aunties Shirley Hernandez, Marveen Savior Larson and Elizabeth Youpee; adopted dad, Oliver Archdale; grandpa Malcolm Dale Manning; adopted brother Callen Cloke; niece Ashley Cantrell; and grandma Betty Nice.

Visitation with a Vigil Service was held at 8 p.m. Friday August 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday August 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Inurnment at Poplar City Cemetery will follow at a later date.

Tara Routzen
PABLO — Tara Lilian Mae Routzen, 34, was born November 11, 1973, and was a homemaker who enjoyed doing arts and crafts, sewing, embroidery and beading. Tara was a C.N.A. for the Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Services and a seamstress for Greywolf Embroidery. She loved being with her children and family. She was always able to see the better side to a bad situation. Tara passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 of natural causes in Missoula.

She is survived by her husband Vince Gladue; children: Joseph A Routzen, Shashena A. Gladue, Elijah T. Gladue, and Kayala A. Gladue, all of Missoula; mother Brenda Parmer of Missoula; mother-in-law Pam Daniels of Missoula; siblings, Brian Pierre, Tracy Parmer, Howdie Hiner, all of Missoula; Autumn Yamelst Charlo of Billings; Claton Yamelst Charlo of Canada; great aunt Mary Jane Charlo of Arlee; and great uncle Vic Charlo of Dixon; and many numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Tara was preceded in death by her mother Denita Charlo; father Lloyd Routzen; dad Howard Hiner; grandma Lillian Boggs; grandpa Albert Charlo; Aunt Beth Charlo; cousin Candy; great grandpa Chief Antoine Charlo; and great grandma Mary Mitchell Charlo.

Traditional wake services began Wednesday at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. A prayer service was held Thursday afternoon and funeral services were held Friday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest with her Mother at the St. Ignatius Catholic cemetery. A traditional meal followed the funeral services at the St. Ignatius Longhouse.

Her smile and laughter that would always light up a room will be truly missed.