For the Record
James ("Bud") Webber, Jr.
PUYALLUP, WA — Lynn James ("Bud") Webber, Jr. passed away on Oct.
29, 2009 at age 71, after a three month battle with melanoma cancer. He
was born in St. Ignatius on February 28, 1938. He was tribal elder of
the Salish and Kootenai Tribe in Montana and a member of the VFW.
He attended Western Washington University, served
in the U.S.
Army, and worked for Alberto Culver, American Thread Co., and The City
of Tacoma. He was dedicated to his family and was extremely proud of
his grandchildren. He generously included extended family and friends
in many memorable activities over the years.
Bud enjoyed spending time in the woods and was a
steward of the land. He was a native plant enthusiast and had an
affinity for rhododendrons. Many memories of big meals, card games,
hiking, fishing, canoeing, playing pitch, and sharing stories on the
front porch will stay with us forever.
Lynn is survived by Eileen, his wife of 47 years;
(Linda) of Puyallup, Dan (Kris) of Redondo Beach, CA, Dale (Alison) of
Berkeley, CA, and Jason of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren Rachel, Hannah,
James, Sarah, Danny, Andrea, and Caden. He is also survived by his
sisters Doreen Mussman of Portland, OR., Joyce Coffel of Tacoma, WA.,
and brother Douglas of Ronan.
A memorial service to celebrate his life was held
at the First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup on Saturday, Nov. 7.
POLSON — Randy Joseph Trosper, 55, of Polson, died peacefully of
natural causes at home on Monday, October 26, 2009, after a short
battle with heart disease, cancer, and additional complications.
Although he lost the battle, he fought it with courage and his innate
Randy was born in the old Catholic hospital in St.
March 12, 1954, to Alice Stockton Trosper and George Lester Trosper. He
was the youngest of six children making him the guinea pig for many
childhood adventures and experiments while growing up at Kerr Dam.
Randy was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
He attended Polson public schools graduating from
School in 1972. During that time he worked at Safeway. He attended
Flathead Valley Community College after graduation fighting wildfires
for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes during the summer to
finance his education. He then completed a truck driving school. He
joined the U. S. Army in 1978. Randy began his military career as a
draftsman and was trained later as a nuclear weapons advisor specialist
serving three overseas tours in Germany and Greece. He attained the
rank of Sergeant First Class and was honorably discharged in June 1992.
Randy attended Salish Kootenai College, graduating
Associates Degree. In September 2001 he began work at the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Natural Resources Department as a fisheries
technician while pursuing a fisheries biology degree through the
University of Montana. Randy was employed with the Tribes Water Quality
Program beginning January 2003 until his much too early death.
was proud of his cultural heritage and was a very active member of the
Veteran Warrior Society, often traveling out-of-state and to Canada for
powwows and life celebration ceremonies.
enjoyed and loved his nine nieces and nephews and their children. He
was a history buff and an avid reader with varied interests.
Randy was married and divorced twice. He was
preceded in death by his father Lester, sister Lynda, and grandparents.
He is survived by his mother Alice and siblings,
(Richard), Eldeana Davis, Brad Trosper (Marilyn), and Leslee Dickson
(Buz), two aunts, one uncle, and numerous cousins.
services were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Thursday,
October 29 with Rev. Paul Rowold officiating. Military graveside
services followed at Lakeview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made
to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at
www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, is assisting
WENATCHEE, Wash. — Leonard Leroy Williams, 76, lost his courageous
battle with cancer on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at his home
surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 9, 1933, in St. Ignatius, to
Leland and Rosalie Carmelita (Ashley) Williams and was a member of the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Tribes of the Flathead
Reservation. He attended Catholic school at the Villa Ursulines in St.
Ignatius and other schools on the Flathead Reservation. In the fall of
1940, the family moved to Grand Coulee, Washington where his father
worked on the Grand Coulee Dam and his mother cooked in the local
restaurants. He graduated from Grand Coulee High School in 1952.
He was a veteran of the United States Army
(1953-1956), Army Reserves (1956-1958) and of the United States Navy
He met the love of his life, Virginia Overbey, in
after he was discharged from the Navy. They were married in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho on November 5, 1959.
Leonard worked construction at several of the dams
Columbia River before going to work at Alcoa in 1965. He was an
equipment operator at Alcoa and known as “Chief” until his retirement
Leonard enjoyed fishing at Lake Roosevelt with his
buddy Jake. He and Virginia also attended many Blue Grass Festivals in
His greatest joy was spending time with his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Len was an exceptional father
and grandfather. He will also be remembered as being kind to anyone and
everyone he met. We will all miss his smile and jokes and his endless
help and patience with Virginia’s honey-do-list over the past 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers
Fred and Dick Williams and sister Rose Ellen Hall.
His survivors include his wife, Virginia, at home;
(Maria) of Nice, California, Lenny (TerriLynn) of Woodinville, Ron
(Rozy) of Wenatchee, and Fred of Wenatchee; daughters Christy Such of
East Wenatchee, Marci Williams of Anchorage, Alaska, and Vickie
Williams of Dutch Harbor, Alaska; 19 grandchildren and 14 great
grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Services were held on Thursday, November 5 at
Chapel in Washington. Burial was on Friday, November 6 at Spring Canyon
Cemetery in Grand Coulee.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Notter,
his staff and
the “chemo” girls at Wenatchee Valley Clinic for all of their patience,
love and compassion over these past several months.
Lee Allen, Jr.
RONAN — Walter Lee Allen, Jr., 61 of Ronan, passed away on Monday, Oct.
19, 2009 at St. Luke Extended Care Facility.
Walter was born on May 14, 1948 in Bridgeport,
Conn. to Gloria and Walter Allen, Sr.
Walter attended schools in Seattle, WA area.
Walter married Georgi Mitchell on June 21, 1993 in Pablo.
He worked his whole career with Burlington
Northern Railroad where he started as a boxcar checker and worked his
way up the ranks to become a Dispatcher. He continued as a dispatcher
until he retired in 1993.
After his retirement he attended South Seattle
Community College where he earned degrees in supervision and management
and in business management. He graduated president of South Seattle
Community College student body, Phi Theta Kappa and was on the United
Student Association Board.
Walter loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting,
hiking, camping and boating. He used to run half marathons. He
especially loved his family and was proud of his Native American roots.
He was a member of the Little Shell Chippewa Cree Tribe.
He is preceded in death by his mother Gloria
Allen, brother Charles Allen and infant sister Margie.
Walter is survived by his wife Georgi Mitchell of
Ronan; his father Walter Allen, Sr. (Ola) of Bremerton, WA; daughter
Margie (Tony Clark) Allen of Helena; stepdaughters Tricia Finley of
Polson; Annie Mitchell of Polson; Jocelyn Finley of Pablo; and JoAnn
Mahler of Vancouver, WA; sons James Allen of Helena, Walter Allen III
(Thaydra) of Vancouver, WA and adopted son Ryan Allen of Bozeman;
brothers Robert Allen of Polson and Steve Allen of Polson; 13
grandchildren, one great grandchild and a special sister-in-law Ardith
Allen of Polson.
A memorial service was held on October 24, 2009 at
the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson with Pastor Kenny Prewitt
officiating. A reception followed at the funeral home.
ST. IGNATIUS — Daniel P. Seery, 86, a lifetime resident of St. Ignatius
passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in St. Ignatius. Dan was the sixth
of eight children born to Michael Joseph and Anna Keegan Seery in
Lombard on September 23, 1923, both of whom emigrated from Ireland to
Townsend. In 1938 the family moved to St. Ignatius where Dan attended
school. He enlisted in the Navy V-5 Flight Program in 1943 and served
as a navigator in the Pacific Theater until 1946.
In 1948 he opened the Malt Shop in St. Ignatius
and in 1949 married his high school sweetheart, Isabelle Pinsoneault.
They raised four children and a foster son, and provided mentoring to
countless people who came through the doors of the Malt Shop. Dan sold
the best cheeseburger in town, operated a laundromat, handled Western
Union transactions, arranged bus tickets, sold lottery tickets, and was
an avid supporter of the Mission Bulldogs, waiting for many late night
school busses returning from out-of-town events. Dan enjoyed fishing,
playing cards, and bowled on the team he sponsored for over 40 years.
His greatest pleasure was being surrounded by his family and friends.
He was a volunteer fireman, ambulance driver, and
town councilman. He was also an active member of the American Legion
Post 106, the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center, the St. Ignatius
Catholic parish, and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He
was on the Board of Directors for Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative from
1981 to 2001, serving as Board President for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers
Jack, Frank, Leo, and Tim Seery; sister, Mary Ellen Aune; and an infant
son, Daniel Patrick, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Isabelle,
of St. Ignatius; children Danielle (Tim) Smith of San Diego, CA; David
(Diane) Seery of Golden, CO; Debbie (John) Maher of Tempe, AZ and
Denise Seery of Denver, CO; foster son, Tony Miller-Seery of San Diego;
grandchildren Kyle and Shannon Seery, Danny and Katie Maher, and David
Smith; brother Joe Seery of Sparks, NV; sister Doty Everson of
Kalispell; sisters-in-law Patsy Seery of Missoula, Alice Seery of San
Clemente, CA; double-cousin Eileen Perry of Townsend; and numerous
nieces and nephews and extended relatives of the Seery and Pinsoneault
Rosary services were held October 26, and a
funeral mass followed on October 27, both in the St. Ignatius Catholic
Mission. Military honors were conducted by the Mission Valley Honor
Guard, American Legion Post 106. Cremation as under the direction of
Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. A family ceremony was held
Wednesday morning for the inurnment on his mother's grave at St. Mary
Cemetery in Missoula. Memorials may be made to the Tim Ryan Mission
Valley Scholarship Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice.
TUALATIN, OR — Kathy C. Rode, 51, passed away October 6, 2009
peacefully in her home with her family and friends at her side.
She was born and raised in the Mission Valley
where she attended school in the Ronan-Pablo School District. Her
younger years were spent with her family, which included five brothers
and one sister. At the age of 18, she moved to Portland, Oregon where
she lived the rest of her life. She married Ernie Rode in 1989 and had
a son, Jace Rode, that same year.
She enjoyed gardening, caring for her indoor
plants, collecting antique masks and rocks, reading mystery books,
watching cooking shows, cats and dogs, walking, hiking, spending time
with friends and family and life itself. She was a people person with
an infectious giggle; there wasn’t a person she wouldn’t smile at or
say hello to.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Victor
and Victoria Stinger; and brothers Cory and Mark Stinger. She is
survived by her son Jace Rode of Tualatin, Oregon; fiancé Donny Naugle
of Tualatin, Oregon; brothers David Stinger of Ronan, Guy (Lisa)
Stinger of Pablo, Bruce (Stacey) Stinger of Pablo; sister Misty Lohn of
Tualatin, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be
brought to her hometown of Ronan.
(Jean) Pichette Ducharme
RONAN — Jean Ducharme passed away peacefully on Monday, October 19,
2009 in Ronan. Jean was born in St. Ignatius on January 19, 1932. She
was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Jeanie's life was filled with a deep commitment to
faith. Jeanie spent the majority of her life working as a nurse at
Missoula's Community and St. Patrick Hospitals. Her proudest
accomplishment was obtaining her LPN license.
Jean attended the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius
Indian School in Oregon. The love of Jean's life was her husband of 53
years, Joe Ducharme. Jean and Joe had known each other their entire
lives. His passing in April 2006 was still so difficult for Jean. Jean
and Jody - everyone knew "they went together."
Together they raised their daughters, JoAnn "JoJo"
Anchorage, Alaska and Becky Messing of Spokane, Washington. Jean also
had a daughter Kelly Garcia of New Mexico. She is survived by brother
in-law Pete Ducharme of Missoula; and her nieces Delores Abel Plumage
and her family of Ft. Belknap, Montana; and Judy Abel Gray and her
family also of Ft. Belknap. Her three grandchildren were so precious to
her and she is survived by Benjamin Coffroth of Anchorage, Alaska and
Kylie Messing Spokane, Washington. Josie Messing also of Spokane,
Washington passed away in June 2009.
Jean was also preceded in death by her father
Pichette; her mother Mary Combs Felsman and a sister Bernice Pichette
The wake will begin today, Thursday at 1pm in the
St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited at 8 pm tonight (Thursday).
Wake closing will begin at 10am Friday in the Longhouse with the Mass
being celebrated at 11am in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with
burial following at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. The pallbearers
will be Christopher Plumage, Charles Plumage, Jason Gray, Benjamin
Coffroth, Steve Munford, and Joe Pablo; with Leonard Combs being an
Josephine Cote’ Smith
ST. IGNATIUS — The family of Mary Josephine Cote’ Smith sadly
announce that she passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at St.
Luke’s Community Hospital in Ronan. Attending her bedside were her
daughters Judy, Linda, Lora Lynne and Barbara and numerous family
members. Josephine was 94 years old.
Josephine was born on October 30, 1914 in St.
first of six children of Mary Kiernan Cote and Joseph M. Cote. On her
mother’s side of her family, Josephine was descended from the Couture,
Finley and Ashley families of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Indian Reservation, and she was a tribal member. On her father’s side
of the family, Josephine descended from Jean Cote. The Cote family is
widespread and can trace their ancestors back several hundred years to
the Perche region of France. Josephine received her education at the
Ursuline Boarding School in St. Ignatius.
Josephine married a fine young man named Stanley
December 23, 1930. The couple made their home on a small farm in the
shadows of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
They both worked hard at farming, helping her parents and raising a
large family, lacking many of the modern comforts such as electricity
and indoor plumbing. Eight of their children were born in the Mission.
Eventually they sold their farm and moved to Missoula, and they
subsequently had four more children.
Josephine and Stanley divorced. She went to work
Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. There, Josephine met another fine man
named Richard Smith, whom she later married. They happily lived in
their home at 2000 S. 5th Street West in Missoula for many years. They
were well known for their meticulous yard and beautiful flower gardens.
They enjoyed retirement there, and for a time they cared for a
handicapped son. Richard preceded her in death, but with the support of
her family and the kind neighbors Josephine stayed on at the
comfortable little house for many years until she was no longer able to
care for herself.
Sadly, Josephine was preceded in death by five of
Mickey, Richard, Kenney, Stanley and Tony. Also preceding her in death
were her sister Beulah and her brother Roger.
Josephine is survived by her sister Annie Edwards
of Marion and
two brothers Joe Cote of Portland, OR and John "Jack" Cote of
Auburndale, FL. Her seven children are Judy Oliver-Davenport of Lolo,
Linda West of Hot Springs, Barbara Oliver of St. Ignatius, Lora Lynne
Oliver of Pablo, Robert Oliver of Arlee, Douglas Oliver of Spokane and
Susan Jo "Jody" Faucett of Orofino, ID and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and
A wake began Wednesday in the Longhouse in St.
the Rosary being recited tonight at 8 p.m. at the Longhouse. Wake
closing will begin at 11 am Friday at the Longhouse with Mass being
celebrated at noon on Friday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.
Cremation will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family
would like donations made to the Humane Society.