For the Record
ST. IGNATIUS — Robert “Bob” Elwood Schmitz, 90, passed away at his home
near St. Ignatius on August 31, 2010 from cancer.
Born in Woodland, CA on March 3, 1920 to Robert
(Ball) Schmitz, he was raised and educated in Woodland and married Mary
Ann Feucht on July 14, 1943. An Army Air Corps WWII veteran, he flew 30
missions in the European Theatre as a top turret gunner on a B-24.
Following his military service, Bob owned his own business until he
retired in 1982.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann and a son
Graveside service was held Wednesday in the
Missoula City Cemetery where military honors were presented.
MISSOULA — On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, our beloved, Anna Lee
Cowan, 81, of Polson, passed away at St. Patrick's Hospital. Anna Lee
was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, to Rose Ashley and
Victor Dupuis. Anna Lee was the youngest member of the family of nine
children. Anna Lee was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Except for the period when she was away at
college, Anna Lee
was a lifelong resident of the Flathead Reservation. She graduated from
Polson High School and went on to obtain her Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. To help with her college
expenses, she stayed at the Haskell Institute and worked for Haskell
for her room and board while pursing her degree in Interior Design and
Fine Arts. Anna Lee worked at her profession for a year in Kansas City,
Anna Lee married Kenneth Bordeaux while she was in
after that marriage ended she returned home to be with her parents and
her son, Roger.
When she returned home, she worked in several
jobs. She was a
waitress, a telephone operator, a school secretary, and floor shop
sales clerk. She was a cook and co-manager of Polson's Mint Café. She
worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Light Office in Polson.
In 1967, she met and married Lee Cowan who she said was the exciting
person in her life. After 17 years of marriage, Lee passed away in
1984. Later, she worked for the Bureau if Indian Affairs in the Lands
Department with land ownership and the probate of trust estates for
individual Indian landowners. She said that the job with the BIA was
the most interesting job she ever had. She retired from the Bureau of
Indian Affairs, in 1987.
Anna Lee was preceded in death by her parents in
1955 and 1957;
brothers Albert, Floyd, Louis, Jim, and Mannie Dupuis; sisters Ivy
Peratrovich, Mabel Jones, and Rose Evans; as well as one niece and five
She leaves behind three very special people: her
Bordeaux of Polson, her stepdaughter, Karen Cowan of Spokane, WA, and
her close companion and sister-in-law, Lois Dupuis.
Anna Lee was always glad to visit with her nieces
whenever the stopped by. She believed that they were all special to
her. She is survived by 18 of her nieces and nephews who will always
remember her gracious and gentle disposition, her sense of humor, and
cheerful smile. Anna Lee was also thankful for her many friends.
The family is deeply appreciative for the loving
vigilance given to Anna Lee by nieces, Anita Dupuis and Dorene Vallee.
A deep thank you is extended for the kindness and care given to Anna
Lee over the past several months by her personal caregivers, Jamie and
Dacia. The family also wishes to extend appreciation for the care and
kindness given to Anna Lee and family members by the staff at St.
Patrick's Hospital as well as the Hospice team.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the
church with Rev.
James Connor officiating. Interment followed at the Ronan Cemetery
where she rests in peace beside her beloved husband, Lee Cowan.
Pallbearers were Donnie Cline, Joe Wheeler, Dick
Burland, Virgil Dupuis, Greg Dupuis, and Kenny Hunter.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
www.groganfuneralhome.com. The staff of Grogan Funeral Home and
Crematory, Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Mrs. Cowan's
Rae Mad Plume Matt
RONAN — Marion Rae Mad Plume Matt, 55, also known as “Miss America”
passed away August 23, 2010.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, she was
born in St. Ignatius on April 23, 1955 to the late Robert and Felicite
“Caye” Mad Plume.
A dedicated homemaker and family entertainer, she
travel to stickgame tournaments. She was one of a kind; she lived
everyday to the fullest. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Ernie “Bugs” Matt;
Renee Old Man Chief and Darwin Heavy Runner, Rachel Stanley, Aileen
Stanley and Joe Small; son Frank Lee Stanley; grandchildren Isaiah,
Gail, Taylor, MyKaela and baby Jaden; siblings Melvin and Jolene Sr.,
Robert and Ronald Mad Plume, Marcia and Dwayne Fisher and Mary Ann Mad
Plume and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she called her brothers
and sisters at heart and a lot of good friends.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, brothers
and Douglas Francis Mad Plume and her parents Robert and Felicite
(Caye) Mad Plume.
Funeral services were held in the Elmo Cultural
Hall and burial followed in the Dayton Cemetery.
Joseph Woodcock “Susep" Big Sam
ARLEE — Bruce Joseph Woodcock Big Sam “Susep”, 56, went to be with the
Creator on Sunday, August 15, 2010.
Born January 17, 1954 in St. Ignatius to Joseph
(Snakeperson - Whitegrass) Big Sam, he was raised and educated in
Arlee. A member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he was also proud of
his Blackfoot Confederacy ancestry spending time with family in Starr
School as well as at his home “Camelot”.
Susep was a woodsman who enjoyed working in the
was a traditional horse breaker when he was younger. Well known for his
generous heart, he was an avid fan of the Arlee Warriors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister
Peggy and aunt Virginia Whitegrass.
Survivors include his daughters Delray, Lanneil
siblings Nelson, Mary, Vivian, Ramona, Paul, LaVerne, Chad and their
families; aunt Hazel and sister Earlina and family; Luke, Stan and
Amanda and families and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins from near and
Burial was in the Jocko cemetery in Arlee.
"Beverly" McClure Pettit
RONAN — Georgina "Beverly" McClure Pettit, 72, went to be with the
Creator on August 18, 2010.
Bev was born August 1, 1938 in St. Ignatius to
McClure and Laura Madsen McClure. She was raised on the Flathead
Reservation and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes. She attended schools in Polson, Pablo and Ronan. She graduated
in 1956 from Ronan High School. On March 9, 1957 she married Allen
Tromp in Polson, and raised their children in the Ronan, Pablo area.
They were later divorced and she married Lyle Pettit, on August 10,
1991 in Couer d' Alene ID, and they resided in Ronan. He preceded her
in death in 2005.
In 1976 she began her employment at Mission Valley
was employed there for 27 and half years until her retirement in 2003.
Bev enjoyed her hobby of "dolls" of which she dressed, repaired and
crafted. She showed several members of the community how to make
porcelain dolls. She was an avid collector of dolls of many kinds from
the time she was a child until present.
Bev loved her family and family functions. Her
grandchildren, nieces and nephews were very much a part of her life.
She never forgot a birthday and enjoyed every minute she spent with her
entire family and her friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents "Walt"
McClure, in 1964 and Laura McClure in 1991, and nephew Scott McClure in
leaves behind her sons Walter Tromp (Gina) of Haysville, KS, and Daniel
Tromp (Jackie) of Polson; daughters Loralie Tromp-Miller (Scott) of
Ephrata, WA, and Bobbi Howell (Ron) of Pablo; sisters Charlene Schaub
(John) Pablo and Janice McClure, Ronan; "Lil" brother Scott McClure of
Arlee; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grand children; six nieces and
nephews; several great nieces and nephews; numerous cousins in the
Ashley, McClure, Decker, Madsen, Matt and Tellier families; step
children and their families Jim Pettit (Shirley) and Becky Clizbe
(Dan), her sister-in-law Vera Salsbury (Jim); and lastly by her dog
Services were held on Monday August 23, 2010 at
the Ronan Cemetery on Foothills Rd.
family wishes to extend an appreciation for the loving care given to
Bev by the staff at the St. Luke's Health Medical Center/Hospital and
Lake County Home Options and the kindness shown to the family during
Douglas (Johnson) Ziemin
MOSCOW, RUSSIA —
Beloved husband, father, and son, Damon Douglas (Johnson) Ziemin, age
38, died August 17 in a tragic accident outside the city of Moscow,
Russia. At the time of his death he was traveling with his wife and two
children and visiting his in-laws in Moscow.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday,
at the Immaculate Conception Church in Polson, Montana. Graveside
service will follow at the old Catholic cemetery in Polson. Multi-day
remembrance gatherings will also be taking place beginning September 2
with a informal gathering of friends and family around a campfire at
Flathead Lake and continuing after the Friday services with an
opportunity to share stories, pictures and songs. Contact Rene Dubay at
459-3484 for details and directions.
A first-line descendant of the Confederated Salish
Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, Damon was the youngest of three
sons born to proud parents Gene Johnson and Kay Dubay Johnson on July
2, 1972, at the old Native Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. He grew up in
Polson and Anchorage. He graduated from Bartlett High School
(Anchorage) in 1990 and graduated from the University of Alaska
Anchorage in 2000 with a double major in Russian and Pre-Med and a
minor in Spanish. Damon followed his paternal roots to Russia and spent
a year on a University of Anchorage exchange program in Magadan,
Siberia. While studying there, he met and fell in love with his future
wife, Lyuda (Terskikh) Ziemin, whom he married in the summer of 2004 at
Johnson Point (Dream Catcher) in Polson.
Damon later received his medical degrees in
licensures in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the National
College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Having finished all of
his formal training in December 2009, he was in the process of opening
medical and acupuncture practice at his home in northeast Portland.
Damon was a true renaissance man: scientist, lover
environmentalist, gardener, wild lands firefighter, chef, world
traveler, linguist, musician, avid Trekkie and Star Wars fan, comic
book lover and expert, trickster, yard sale enthusiast, and peacemaker;
lifelong friend, loyal son, brother, nephew, cousin and above all,
proud husband and father. He was very humble about his talents yet
confident in his opinions, grounded in his ethics and sense of
responsibility. Damon's enthusiasm for life and his gregarious nature
were legend. He was a friend to many. He often brought unlikely groups
of people together through music and laughter around a campfire. This
lead songster-guitarist and happy laughing comic is a special part of
Damon that will be forever be missed by all.
The Mission Mountains and Flathead Lake and River
playground where he spent great fun sharing with his cousins, extended
family and friends. Life for Damon was always exciting to him. Damon's
robust and hearty laugh and his sincere personal friendship shared with
each separate friend and family member in his expansive life, wherever
he lived, were notable. He had many interests and pursuits including
cross-country skiing, fishing, Amnesty International, reading, and Bell
Choir and Honor Society in high school. Above all, he loved and
treasured summers firefighting with his cousins and his friends while
growing up from Turtle Lake.
Damon leaves his wife, Lyuda, and children,
Maxeem, 6; and
Aneeka, 2; the lights of his life. He is survived by his mother, Kay
Dubay Johnson of
Polson, and his father and stepmother, Gene and Inger Johnson, also of
Polson. He leaves his older brothers, Marc Johnson and his three
children of Kenai, Alaska; and Tim Johnson of Polson; as well as
maternal aunts and cousins Carol Dubay and children Nikos, Melina,
Andrea, Nicolette and Zara; Rene' Dubay, and Elaine Dubay Forman
(deceased) and Kendal Forman and children Jenaya, Sheri, Sheryl,
Maurita and Michaela. On his paternal side he leaves uncle Chet Johnson
and aunts Lillian Stephansen and son Rick, Helen McClellan and son Ron,
and Gloria (Ed) and children Dan, Lynn, and Sue; as well as numerous
cousins and other extended family and friends, including special cousin
Craig Stevenson. The lost of Damon's ever-present kindness, compassion
and concern for his family and friends will leave a tremendous hole in
many lives. Damon was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Carl
Johnson and Marie Ziemin Johnson; maternal grandparents Abraham Joseph
Dubay and Marion Vessey Dubay Pariseau; father-in-law Anatoli Terskikh,
step-grandfather Patrick Antoine Pariseau; maternal aunt Elaine Dubay
Forman; and first cousins Kevin and Ferin Forman.
ST. IGNATIUS — Ernest “Rawhide” Sorrell, 71, went to be with the
Creator on Saturday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan.
Born April 29, 1939 in St. Ignatius to Ernest and
Sorrell, he was raised and educated in St. Ignatius before joining the
After serving in Korea, he returned to the
in 1958, where he worked for Flathead Irrigation, Kicking Horse Job
Corps and CSKT Forestry. Rawhide loved to hunt and be in the woods.
was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Annie Sorrell; brothers
Wesley and James Sorrell; sisters Karen Decker, Jenny and Judy Sorrell
and son Lynn Birthmark.
Married to MaryLou McClure on April 24, 1972 she
well as his daughters Sandy Sorrell, Wendy Sorrell, Tammy Fragud, Gigi
Yazzie, Judy Harlow, Mary Alice Koll and April Zimmerer; sons James
McClure, Willie Birthmark and Ernie Sorrell, Jr.; brothers Joe Sorrell,
Gene Sorrell and Dan Sorrell; sisters Alice Ryan, Ida Curley and Eva
Anderson; as well as large family of grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A wake began at the Longhouse in S. Ignatius on
the Rosary recited on Monday in the Longhouse. Wake closing was Tuesday
with Mass following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment was
in Snyelmn Sntmtnme where military honors will be presented by the
Veterans Warrior Society and the Mission Valley Honor Guard.
RONAN — Winogene Clairmont Cherry, 82, of Polson passed away on Friday,
August 13, 2010 at St. Luke Community Hospital.
Winogene was born on Nov. 11, 1927 in Ronan to
Maurice and Hattie (Sloan) Hastings.
She grew up and attended schools in Ronan and
graduated from Ronan High School.
She married Bernard Wayne Clairmont in 1945 in
Polson. They had three children together and Bernard passed away in
Winogene worked as a telephone operator at the
in Polson and she later worked as the Selective Service’s
Winogene was known for her gracious manner, gentle
disposition that she generously shared with those fortunate to know
Winogene loved to travel and she lived in several
places throughout the Western U.S.
She was an active member of the Immaculate
Church and was a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe.
Winogene always maintained a job while raising her
and her family was always first. She always corresponded with family
and friends and she never lost touch with anyone. She was always great
at keeping track of important dates and facts for her family and
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Bernard,
Rosie Vonada, Robert Berger and Stark David Cherry; and son Barney in
She is survived by sons Corwin “Corky” (Linda)
Ronan and Dave Clairmont (Glenda) of Polson; grandchildren Bernie
(Sabrina) Clairmont of Portland and Allen (Brooke) Clairmont of
Missoula; and her great grandchildren Kyia, Kirstyn, Brook, Kaitlyn,
Zenler and Zakary. She is also survived by nephew Alf Salway and her
extended family of Nancy Crosby, Gloria Garret, Delane Newgard, and
Mariane Vanada; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Sunday August 15 at the
Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Mass of Christian Burial was hed
on Monday, August 16 at the Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Connor
officiating. Interment was held at the Ronan Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or
to the Donor’s Choice.
Condolences may also be left to the family at
George “Happy” Running Crane
BROWNING — Dennis George “Happy” Running Crane, Indian name “Wades
In Water”, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at the Browning
hospital of cancer.
Happy was born the 13th child (sixth son) of
William “Goat” and
Helen (Sinclair) Running Crane. He enjoyed Indian dancing with his best
bud, Wishy, riding bikes, and riding his favorite horse, Hacksaw. Happy
enjoyed fishing, going to church and bible studies at the Baptist
Church, quoting from the Bible, camping, ninja movies, karaoke, and
getting presents. He was the best swimmer in Badger Creek and had the
best stories and most vivid imagination. Happy liked to go to garage
sales and going on adventures from Hobema, Canada to Great Falls. Happy
liked to visit his family and boss around his sisters and brothers with
detailed instructions. He liked to dress up for Halloween and at
Christmas would wear a Santa suit. Happy was very independent and could
be found having lunch at the Glacier casino. His most beloved
accomplishment was being inducted into the “Crazy Dog Society”.
Survivors include brothers and sisters, Charlotte
Weatherwax), Roger “Sassy” (Doris) Running Crane, Clayton (Elva)
Running Crane, Walter (Sara) Running Crane, Rayola Running Crane,
Marilyn Rhodes, Willene Running Crane, Nelson Running Crane, Bruce
(Janice) Running Crane, Tim (Tracy) Running Crane all of Browning,
Myrtle Garcia of Cut Bank, Sharon (Martin) Barnaby of Dixon, and Faron
(Nikki) Running Crane of Billings; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews,
nieces, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William
Running Crane; brothers, William “Mitchell” Running Crane and Lloyd
“Tupsy” Running Crane; sisters, Cecelia “Dodo” Devereaux and Evelyn
“Emily” Butterfly; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, August 10, at St.
Church in Heart Butte with the burial in the Running Crane Family
Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
KALISPELL — Fred Stanley Ellis, 75, of Polson passed away on Friday,
August 13, 2010 at Kalispell Regional Hospital.
Fred was born on February 1, 1935 in Phoenix,
Ariz. to Fred M. and Adele (Baker) Ellis.
Fred was proud of his service with the US Air
Force as a flight medic in Germany & Vietnam.
He was a Las Vegas and local entertainer-playing
guitar and singing, as well as presenting karaoke.
Montana provided Fred with multiple venues for the
hunting and fishing that he loved.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother
Roy Miles Ellis and a daughter Lisa Marie Ellis.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Cheryl of
Polson; his son
Darin Joseph Ellis of Austin, TX; sister Jimmie Carol Ellis of Crescent
City, Calif.; daughter Gwen of Buena park, Calif.; sons Tahoo and Mark;
numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; nephew David Paul Ellis
of Tacoma,WA.; niece Elizabeth of Missouri; and uncle Roy Ellis of
Calif. He shared a special connection with Melody Mergenthaler.
The family expresses their gratitude to the staff
of Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
and Dennis Beauchamp
ST. IGNATIUS —
Dennis, 9, and Harry, 15, Beauchamp, both of Oswego, passed away
Saturday near St. Ignatius after falling in the canal.
Born to Melissa “Missy” (McLeod) and Harry
Beauchamp, Jr., the
boys attended school in Frazier and were camping and visiting family on
the Flathead Reservation.
They are survived by their parents Missy and Harry
Oswego and sisters Cherish Rose and Morning Dove as well as a large
family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from both the Flathead and
Fort Peck Reservations.
A wake began at the Marvin and Sylvia Gardipe home
Hillside and Two Creek road (behind Ninepipes) on Sunday and will
continue on Monday. On Tuesday they will be brought to Oswego for a
wake and have services in Frazier on Wednesday.
Lily BraveRock Plant
ST. IGNATIUS — MacKenzie Lily BraveRock Plant, 20, went to be with the
Creator on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
Born on July 11, 1990 in Lethbridge, AB to Virgil
Dale StandingAlone, as a small girl she was raised on the Flathead
Reservation by her father and stepmother Brenda. She attended schools
in Pablo and Ronan before going to the University of Montana Western in
Dillon and later the University of Calgary.
In May of 2010, she married Louie Plant and they
made their home in St. Ignatius.
She was preceded in death by her sister LaKishia
Curley, who passed in July of 2009.
She leaves behind her husband Louie Plant of St.
son Pius Francis BraveRock DeRouche; her parents Dale StandingAlone of
the Blood reserve, AB and Virgil (Brenda) BraveRock of Ronan;
grandparents Mervyn and Louise BraveRock and Alfred and Lily
StandingAlone all of the Blood Reserve; siblings Chelsea (Stephen Hunt)
BraveRock of Post Creek, Jera Wagner of Browning, Cecilia Shorty of
Ronan, Elisha (Rayne) Shorty of Polson, Michael StandingAlone of the
Blood Reserve, Chase and Feather Curley of Ronan; aunties Tessie
Curley, Marcia White, Filma DeRouche, Melvin BraveRock, Kathy Brewer
and Betty Whitford; uncles Alfred StandingAlone, Jr. and Ronny
StandingAlone; as well as a large family of relatives including
Curleys, DeRouche, BraveRock, StandingAlone, Aulds and the Plants from
the Flathead and Blackfeet Reservations and the Blood Reserve.
She was laid to rest in the Elmo Cemetery.
PABLO — Ronald Matus, 49, died at his home on August 1, 2010.
Ron was born on May 22, 1961 in Twin Falls, ID, a
son of Walter
and Cecille Finley Matus. Ron grew up in the Yakima, WA area and
graduated from Pasco High School in Pasco, WA. He attended Yakima
Valley Community College graduating with a degree as a Master Mechanic.
After graduating he worked in the Yakima area with different companies.
Later, he was so proud to open a shop with his dad, as one of his
greatest passions was tinkering with and fixing cars with him.
He married Elisa Vijarro in Yakima, WA and they
They had two sons, Rob and Chris. He was very proud of his sons and was
always sharing the latest news of their accomplishments. He was
especially proud of the wonderful men they grew up to be and had great
hopes for what the future holds for both of them.
He was a member of the Confederated Salish and
He moved to the Pablo area in 2006 and worked as a mechanic and laborer
until he became too ill to continue working.
Ron always tried to see the best in people and
around his friends and family, especially his cousins, laughing,
joking, and sharing stories and good times. He loved being around his
nieces and nephews, teasing and laughing around with them. They all
loved him because he was funny and seemed to be a “kid at heart”. His
great-nephews and great-niece instantly loved him even though their
time with him was short.
He will be remembered for his witty humor and
Ronald is preceded in death by his mother Cecille;
brothers LeRoy Irvine and Bob Irvine, and sister Juanita Irvine.
He is survived by his father Walter Matus of
Pablo; sons Rob
Matus of Moxee, WA and Chris Matus, who is currently deployed in
Afghanistan; brothers Lloyd (Kathy) Irvine of Pablo, Harold “Bub”
Irvine of Elmo and Arnold (Jody) Irvine of Pablo; and sister Dora
(Frank) Alvarez of San Bernardino, Calif.
A special thanks to Dr. Maaliki and the staff of
Hospital and the staff of Lake County Home Options for their kind and
compassionate hospice care.
Wake services began on Monday at the Elmo Hall in
services were held on Tuesday, August 3. Mass of Christian Burial was
held on Wednesday at the Elmo Hall with Rev. Jim Connor officiating.
Interment followed at the Dayton Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
www.groganfuneralhome.com. The staff of Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, is
honored to assist Ronald’s family.