For the Record
POLSON — Frederick L. Courville, 71, passed away on September 22,
2010 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1939 in St. Ignatius to
Alexander and Elsie (Bisson) Courville.
He served four years in the US Army and three
years in the Reserves.
On July 24, 1965 he married Sharon Shepard and
they later divorced in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents and
siblings Doris, Marlene, Claire, Connie, Leona, Kenny and Donna.
Fred is survived by his children Cherri (Doug),
Travis (Amy) and Fred, Jr.; his grandchildren Jordan, Brittany, Kayla,
Jamie, Braidy, TJ, Taylor, Tucker, Kyla, Rilea and Shailee; and his
great grand son Natayvien; his brother Henry (Tammy) and Alex (Judy)
and sister Laura (Mike); his special companion Flo Drowatsky and Sharon
and Mike Burns as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
and his best friend “Princess”.
Fred loved his family, hunting, fishing and
A visitation was held Sunday at the Foster Funeral
Home in St.
Ignatius with the Mass being celebrated at the St. Ignatius Catholic
Mission where military honors will be presented by the Mission Valley
Honor Guard and the Veterans Warrior Society.
RONAN — Clark H. Joy, 96, passed away Monday at his home in Ronan.
Clark was born on July 4, 1914 on a homestead near
Pillar, about 30 miles northeast of Billings. He was the son of Ruby
and Warren Joy. Clark grew up with his sister LaVange and his three
brothers Lloyd, Arles and Elwood "Shorty". Clark was the youngest of
the five children.
When Clark was about 11, his grandmother got sick
father went back to Nebraska to see her. When he never came back, times
became pretty tough for the family. As Clark got older, he began
working for local farmers but money was tight for everyone and no one
ever really had money to pay him.
When he was 15, Clark left for Wyoming and went to
work for the
Continental Oil Company. He lied about his age; they thought he was 18.
When that job ran out, he went to work for the railroad as a gandy
dancer, maintaining tracks and keeping things in working order.
After a year or so on the railroad he was back in
wasn't a lot of work in those days so he did a little bit of everything
and any little short jobs he could find. He even helped build Kerr Dam.
Clark married Bertha Zimmerman in 1934 in Polson
and they had
four children together. Clark began working in the lumber industry,
working for both the Dewey Lumber Company and the Polson Lumber
Company. He moved to Kalispell in 1952 to work for the Kalispell Lumber
Co. and worked for lumber companies for the rest of his career from
that point. He ended up in Columbia Falls at Plum Creek where he worked
as a saw filer until retiring when he was 67.
After retiring Clark traveled and enjoyed his time
wife Bertha until she passed away in 1995. Clark then moved to
Minnesota to stay with his son, but after a few years he made his way
back to Montana.
In 2000 Clark was headed to dance in Polson with a
friends when they stopped to pick up Elda Cordier-Umphrey. That was the
first of many dances for the two. A few short months later they were
married and they've spent the last ten years dancing, playing cards and
just enjoying each other's company whether they were traveling across
the country or just going out to lunch. Clark also joined the LDS
church on Dec. 7, 2002.
He was preceded in death by Bertha, his wife of 61
years, and his stepdaughter Laura Hauck.
Clark is survived by his wife Elda; his children
Robert Joy of
Kalispell, Donna (joy) Hedge of Columbia Falls, Clara (Joy) Sayles of
Kalispell and Ronald Joy of Crosby, MN; his step children Faye (Larry)
Garlock, Mike (Valerie) Umphrey, Kenneth Umphrey, John Umphrey and Jim
Umphrey; his ten grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces
and nephews as well as Elda's children and grandchildren.
A visitation was held last Friday at the Foster
in St. Ignatius. The graveside committal service was held in the
Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell.
POLSON — Robert L. Langdale, 83, passed away Tues, September 14, 2010
Born near Mabton, WA on July 30, 1927 to Hjalmer
and Effie Rose
Langdale, he was raised and educated in Mabton and Yakima, WA. He then
served in the Merchant Marines during WWII in both the Pacific and
Atlantic. He later served with the Army in Korea.
A member of the Union Gap Police before becoming a
deputy at the Yakima County Sheriffs Dept., he eventually organized the
1st Detective Division in Yakima Co and commanded it until his
appointment as Chief Criminal Deputy and served until he retired in
Robert was member of several Masonic Bodies in WA,
Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII, Life member of the Korean Veterans
Assn, VFW Post #379 of Yakima and AM. Legion Post #112 of Polson. He
was also a charter member of the American Motorcycle Association and
the WA State Retired Dep. Sheriff’s and Police Officer Association.
Married in 1963, he was preceded in death by his
first wife and
his parents. He later remarried his current wife of 27 years, Judith
Gordon and she survives.
He is also survived by daughters Deborah Langdale
Kimberly Langdale, both of WA and two stepchildren Jodi Heinbuch of
Seattle and Robert Pruett of Houston.
As per his request cremation has taken place and
no services are planned at this time.
CISCO, TX — David Wayne Thorp, 45, died Saturday, September 11, 2010 at
his home of a massive heart attack.
David was born in Butte to Don and Maxine Thorp
and grew up in
the Moiese Valley and the Ronan area. Early in life he decided to be a
long distance truck driver. He followed his dream until health forced
him off the road.
David was married to Kelly Stansfield of Boise, ID
later divorced. He later married Connie Sandel in Polson and she
Also surviving are his loving daughter Topanga
of Cisco, TX; father Don Thorp of Ronan; brothers Tim Thorp (Kay) of
Ronan and Dale Thorp of Polson and sister Catherine Duffy (Gene) of
Klamath Falls, OR.
David was preceded in death by his mother Maxine.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be
announced at a later date.
POLSON — Loving father and brother, Douglas David Marengo, 58, of
Whitefish and formerly of Polson quietly passed away on Wednesday,
September 1, 2010 at home in his sleep from complications of diabetes.
Douglas was born in Polson on April 15, 1952 to
“Speedy” and Irene Marengo. He graduated from Polson High School in
1971, where he, like his father, was a standout athlete in track and
basketball. He married the love of his life, Dondi Wester, and together
had two sons. Although they later divorced, they remained close friends
throughout the years.
He was a member of the Confederated Salish and
where he was employed for many years in various capacities. He was a
true entrepreneur who never knew a stranger and was known as the
original “pawn star”. He was most noted for his kindness, generosity,
humor, and free foot massages. He was proud of Polson and sought to
improve it beauty and appeal. For years it was common for Douglas to
take his sons along to help him improve the landscape along the highway
Besides his mother and father, son Jesse, and
nephew Joseph Ploymar preceded Douglas in death.
He is survived by sons Tanner Ross Marengo and
Marengo; siblings, Carole (Keith) Fredrickson, Lynda Frost, Sheila
Garrison, Greg (Ellen) Marengo, Monty Marengo, Brad (Debbie) Marengo,
Cyndie Marengo, Kevin (Peggy) Marengo, and Kim Marengo; as well as many
aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
At his request, no public services are planned and
family memorial service was held. Douglas’ remains will be scattered in
the Jocko where he spent much time camping and fishing. We will miss
our dear father and brother and look forward to seeing him in the
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 Mr. Marengo’s
“Sheba” Mary Garcia (Strange Owl)
POLSON — Sylvia “Sheba” Mary Garcia (Strange Owl), 72, of Polson,
passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010, at her home of natural causes.
Sylvia was born at home on July 6, 1938 in Kirby, as the fourth child
of eleven. Sylvia was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Lame
Deer; her Northern Cheyenne name was Nah’ Ka’a (She Bear). She received
her LPN license in Fort Collins, CO.
She began working at St.
Joseph’s Convalescent Center of Polson and St. Luke’s in Ronan and
worked as a nurse for 18 years until retiring in 2000. Sylvia was a
very hard worker and she also enjoyed and perfected her hobbies of
beading, sewing, baking, picking Huckleberries, gardening (the best
strawberries), watching her favorite Elvis movies, reading the latest
trend magazines, watching her two favorite shows E TV and CNN.
On July 2, 1988, she married Don Garcia at his
Minesinger Trail, Polson where they made it their home for the next 22
Sylvia was preceded in death by her paternal
Strange Owl and Gertrude Bullthigh; maternal grandparents Henry Redneck
and Mary Looksbehind; parents David and Grace Strange Owl; uncle Ralph
Youngman; siblings Elaine Strange Owl, Gordon Strange Owl, Alfred
Strange Owl, David R. Strange Owl and other relatives.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, Don; siblings
Raben of Colorado, Eva (Jim) Lee of Wyoming, Florence (Mike) Running
Wolf, Rachel (George) Magpie, Charlotte (Thomas) Rockroads, Ruthie
(Don) Shoulderblade and Barbara (Otto) Braidedhair, all of Northern
Cheyenne of Montana; daughters Selma Swank of Helena, Lisa Spotted Wolf
of Polson, and Jenny (Tom) Stark of Helena; step-children Donald
Garcia, David (Linda) Garcia, Tracy (Jenaya) Garcia, and Chris Garcia;
grandchildren Patrick, Chastity, Nicole, Brooke, Jenna, Tamberly, Tim,
Danielle, Zachary, and Tyson; step-grandchildren Josh, Mike, Sammi,
Mike, Dominic, Logan, T.C., Tristan, and Trevor; five
great-grandchildren, Jewel, Na’tyus, Ashtyn, Tyhren, Tyshea, and
Haivyn; and numerous close cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the local
Diabetes Program. The family thanks Dr. Smith, Nurse Debbie, and the
nurses that helped comfort Sylvia these past years with her health.
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. Garcia’s
SPOKANE, Wash. — We are saying farewell to Lucille (Lucy, Lulu, and
Lou), our old one and our heart, who passed away September 27, 2010.
She lived a long life and a good life. She loved and nurtured all of us
and literally was a yoyot sp?us (strong heart). We were blessed to have
this revered mother, grandmother, aunty, elder in our family and in our
lives. We are hurting and sad right now, but we are also happy. We are
celebrating our old one's incredible life.
Lucille, 89, was born on January 15, 1921 in St.
parents were John W. Finley and Mary (Sorrell) Finley. Lucille had many
brothers and sisters. She is survived by her brother, George Finley;
sons, Henry Charette and Bud Campbell; and daughters, Carol; Debra
Lynn; and Sandra Bransford. A cousin, Clarence Hunter; and many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive her. There are
numerous nieces and nephews as well. Her son, James Willis, preceded
Lucille in death.
A memorial will be held in the future and
details will be shared prior to the date. Smart Cremation of Spokane
was in charge of the arrangements.
“Cal” Brandon Joseph Andrew
CAMAS PRAIRIE — Calvin “Cal” Brandon Joseph Andrew, 17, passed away
from injuries received in an auto accident near Sloan’s Bridge on
Monday morning, September 27, 2010.
Cal was born on July 9, 1993 in Ronan to Dorothy
J. Andrew and Larry D. Old Horn and was raised in Grasshopper Flats. He
attended schools in Camas Prairie, Hot Springs, Ronan, DeSmet Middle
School and Big Sky before returning to Two Eagle where he was currently
Cal enjoyed basketball, video games, traveling to
powwows and meeting people. He also enjoyed spending time with his
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Larry
Old Horn and Elizabeth Parker Old Horn; cousin Christopher Matt; and
aunt Denise Old Horn.
Survivors include his grandparents Frank and Angie
Andrew of Grasshopper Flats; parents Larry Old Horn and Dorothy Andrew
of Grasshopper Flats; siblings Frank (Ashley) of Polson, Athena (Larry)
of Missoula, Rhonda Old Horn of Missoula, Daniel Old Horn of
Grasshopper Flats, Tania (Jess) of Missoula, Kristen (Nakota) of Pablo
and Kiefer (Brittany) of Missoula; nieces and nephews Jeremiah, Xavier,
Leilani, Denzel, Kayreen, Kenyan, Cherish, Tyler, Jordan, Aden, Raille
and Dion; and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins and friends including
Merida (Archie), auntie Viola and cousin David.
He was laid to rest in the Red Crow Curley
Cemetery at Camas Prairie.
ATASCOSA, TEXAS — Sammy Cruz Valles, 59, went to be with his ancestors
who left before him on September 8, 2010.
Sammy was born on July 30, 1951 to Elvira (Cruz)
Valles and Basilio P. Valles in Bonarmy, Texas.
On March 7, 2005 he married Dolores Rodriguez at
the Lily of the
Valley Church in Lytle, Texas. Sammy attended Southwest Elementary and
Southwest High School in Southwest, Texas and graduated in 1971. During
the summer months when he wasn't attending school Sammy worked at
Aldrich Nursery in 1969, Ace's Manufacturing in 1970 and Southwest
Research in 1971. At the time of his death he was working at Speedway
Erections as a sheet metal laborer erecting buildings.
In 1971, after graduating high school he enlisted
in the Army;
his tour of duty included Korea and Germany. In 1980 he was honorably
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvira
Valles; his grandparents, Melton and Taeodora Valles and Resugio Cruz;
two nephews, Abram Alvarado, Sr. and Basilio Valles; and a niece
Sammy is survived by his wife Dolores (Rodriguez)
Valles at the
family home; stepson Robert (Joyce) Castanada of San Antonio, Texas;
sisters Sara (Cruz) Alvarado of Atascosa, Texas, Refugia (Leon) Garcia,
Janie (Gilbert) Serna, Anastasia (Gilbert) Reyes, and Elizabeth
(Guadalupee) Castro; brothers David (Frances) Valles and Guadalupe
(Maria) Valles, all of Lytle, Texas.
Sammy was always a hard worker and a kind and
generous man. He
always had a kind word and smile for everyone and because of this we
know he is in heaven looking down and smiling upon us. We will miss him
but we will have him in our hearts forever.
Funeral arrangements were made by Del Angel
Funeral Home in San
Antonio, Texas with Mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bonarmy
and burial was in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.