For the Record
DIXON — Lewis Howard "Own Boss" Barnaby, 48, passed away Saturday,
January 29, 2011 in Missoula.
A member of the Salish & Kootenai Tribe,
he was born on Dec 12, 1962 in St. Ignatius to John and Hazel Stanislaw
Louie was a happy-go lucky person who enjoyed the
loved to go hunting and woodcutting. In school he was involved with
basketball, Indian Club activities and was always there to help anyone
who needed something fixed. He was truly a "thumbs up" kind of dude. In
his younger days he fought fires until his arthritis took over on him.
He was preceded in death by his Yaya Annie and
Stanislaw; his kene' Catherine LaRance; his sister Mary and her
children and sisters Valdena and Kathleen.
He leaves behind his parents John and Hazel
Philip (Jackie), Leo, Martin (Sharon), Tony (Sandra), Sonny Lozeau
(Drenda), Vic (Dee), Larry, Joe Butterfly, Sam (Aide) and Lloyd; and
numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A wake began Tuesday in the Longhouse in St.
Ignatius with the
Rosary being recited Wednesday. Mass will be held on Thursday at 11
a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church with burial following in Camas
Gene Louis “Big Tom” Thomas
ARLEE — Val Gene Louis “Big Tom” Thomas, 73, passed away Thursday, Jan.
13, 2011, in Arlee.
Big Tom was well-known in the Jocko Valley, his
remains will be scattered later this year.
He is survived by his children Mark, Deano, Monte,
Terry, Jolene, Dawn, Darren and Kevin.
Andrew “Jimmy” Hawk
ST. IGNATIUS — James Andrew “Jimmy” Hawk, 40, passed away at his home
on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.
Born in Ronan on Aug. 2, 1970, to James L Hawk and
Mary J. Paul
Quequesah, he was raised in the Ronan, St. Ignatius and Charlo area,
graduating from Two Eagle River School.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribes, he had
been employed at S&K Electronics for the last 13 years. He
hunting, fishing, cutting wood, being with his friends and playing with
his grandson Kaleb (his number one).
He was preceded in death by his father James; and
Agnes and John Peter Paul. He leaves behind his loving mother Josephine
Quequesah; daughter Alyza (Shaun Hammer) and grandson Kaleb of the
family home; his children Brandon and Brittany of Washington; his
special friend Lisa Lozeau; his sisters and brothers: Mary Jane
(Dwight) Billedeaux, Richard (Val) Inmee, Mary Ann (River) Jacob,
Janice Tiegen, Rose (Tino) Samuels, Billie Collier (David Allen), Eneas
(Linda) Inmee, Lola Hawk, Jami Hawk and Linda (Kenny) Ebner; aunt Janie
Waubaunsee; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins along with his
other half and best friend forever, Steve Clairmont.
A rosary was held Tuesday, with Mass celebrated on
Jan. 12, in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial followed in the
Paul Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steve Clairmont, Russ Burland,
Tim Atwin, Wendall “Woody” Red Cloud, Kevin Dupuis, and Philip “Phil”
Foster Funeral Home and Crematory were in charge
of the arrangements.
“Sis” Marie Dempsey
LAYTON, Utah —
Bertha (Sis) Marie Dempsey, age 82, of Spokane, Washington passed away
at her son’s home in Layton, Utah on January 21, 2011. She was born
March 25, 1928 in St. Ignatius, Montana to Samuel and Elizabeth Gebeau
She is a member of the Confederated
Salish-Kootenai Tribes. She
grew up in Ronan, Montana. She graduated top of her class from Ronan
High School in 1947. She married John R Dempsey on December 31, 1946 in
Ronan, Montana. They moved to Spokane, Washington where they raised 5
children: four sons, and one daughter.
She studied Senior and Elder Care, earning an
Associate’s Degree in Gerontology at the Spokane Community College.
Sis was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in
Spokane, Washington and had tended bar at the Spokane VFW for a time.
She loved music and to dance and sing. She had
many friends and
was known for her great sense of humor and sharp wit. She was loved for
being a teller of good stories. The most important thing in her life
was her family. She was a grandmother of 20 and great grandmother of
She is survived by her sons, Steven Dempsey of
James (Deniese) Dempsey of Layton, Utah; and daughter Janine (Larry)
Taggart of Snohomish, Washington. Her parents, four brothers, her
husband and two sons: J. Michael Dempsey, MD; and Daniel Shawn Dempsey
preceded her in death.
Services will be announced and held at a later
For condolences to the family, please refer to
“Cabe” Wayne Sessions
RONAN — Dennis “Cabe” Wayne Sessions, a member of the Salish and
Kootenai Tribes, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2011. Dennis was
born June 16, 1959 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dennis is survived by his mother Lois Carlson of
Bruce Sessions of Chico, CA; partner Mona Hayford of Post Creek; nephew
Jay McElderry of Missoula; niece M’Lissa McElderry of St. Ignatius;
great niece Rowan McElderry of St. Ignatius; niece Vanessa Ashwood of
Wisconsin and nephew Brian Schlemmer of Chico, CA; his band brothers
Calvin Tanner, Curstin Teigen and Charles Fyant.
Preceding him in death are all four grandparents;
Sessions; sister Patti Sessions; and many aunts, uncles and cousins
from the Henry Matt family of Arlee and Berna Hayford.
Dennis grew up as a military dependent while Mr.
serving in the Navy. At an early age Cabe, took an interest in the
guitar and landscaping. Cabe lived in Washington and worked for several
years grafting fruit trees, after which he moved back to Montana where
he was a landscaper and was employed by several local people including
Doug Allard, Toots McCollum, Gertie Joy, Bill and Pert Wunderlick and
Susie Hunt, all of St. Ignatius.
Cabe enjoyed doing beadwork, being outdoors and
fishing, football and boxing. Mostly he loved paying guitar, rehearsing
and hanging out with his band brothers from the current band “Bad
Dennis wished to leave the following message to
everyone: “Quit Smoking!”
Per Dennis’s request there will be graveside
services at a later
date. Dennis also request that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to
the American Cancer Society.
BOWIE, TX — Margaret Johnston passed away peacefully at daughter
Shirne Robinson’s home in Bowie, Texas at 7 p.m. on January 8, 2011.
She was 80 years old. She was born on July 5, 1930 in St. Ignatius to
Florence Matt Silva and Mike P. Silva.
The Lord saw how much pain our mother was in and
he took her
home to be with him. Our mother is now pain free and resides in the
house of Lord and with her husband Lion Johnston. She’s with her three
brothers Ray Silva and Robert and Frank and sister Mary, as well as her
mother. We all will miss her so very much.
She is survived by her brother Robert Silva of
sister Helen Rhine of Polson; sons Mike McClode of Polson, Butch Moore
of Arizona and George Moore of Charlo; daughters Helen Fleder of
Sherman, Texas, Shirne Robinson of Bowie, Texas and Juanita Johnson of
Pablo. Margaret was blessed with many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Our mother was a strong woman and she kept us in
mother enjoyed a variety of things. She liked to play cards with us
all; she liked to sew and make quilts. She also liked to keep her yard
looking nice. She liked to play poker with us. She liked to go to
Worley with her sister Helen to play bingo and poker. She enjoyed going
ice fishing with her son George with whom she was also a horseshoe
league with for a long time. She liked to can fruits and vegetables and
make tamales with her sister Helen. Mom liked to go in the mountains
and pick huckleberries so she could make jelly and cakes with them.
Our mother loved to have big family diners; she
family around her. Our mom liked to cook. She worked for the Tribal
head start as a cook in Ronan and she cooked in Elmo and in Pablo and
at Blue Bay for a while. She said she liked cooking for the little
kids. She also said she liked going to Blue Bay because it was so
Our mother was a tribal member of the Salish and
Tribes. She was very proud of our heritage. Our mother lived a very
proud and full life. She touched so many lives. We will all miss her
very much. But we know she is in a better place now with our Lord. We
will rejoice in Heaven when we are all together again one day.
Cards and remembrances can be sent to Juanita
Johnson at 35655 Clairmont Rd, Ronan, MT, 59864
HELENA — Iner J. Twoteeth, 49, of Helena passed away Jan. 11, 2011.
He was born Aug. 13, 1961, to Robert and Sharon Ann Twoteeth in Helena.
As a firefighter, Iner traveled throughout the
and was a firefighter with the Helena Hot Shots, Miff Crew, and he was
a crew boss.
Iner had many hobbies. He was a black belt in
judo, and he
loved to hike the mountains where he would make a fire camp and sit
around with family listening to Elvis and talk about the old times.
He enjoyed working out and lifting weights, joking
his family and friends. Iner also loved to go to the Arlee Powwow to
gather with family to camp out and play blackjack. Iner truly loved his
family and being around all of his nieces and nephews and loved each of
them very much.
He is preceded in death by his father Robert
Twoteeth; niece Tiffany Twoteeth; and numerous relatives.
Iner is survived by his wife Valarie Twoteeth;
Twoteeth; mother Sharon Ann Twoteeth; brothers Duffy (Jeannie)
Twoteeth, Calvin (KK) Twoteeth, Kevin (Tanya) Twoteeth, James (Heidi)
Twoteeth and Butch (Shaina) Nomee; sisters Bernadine Twoteeth, Roberta
(Bill) Twoteeth-Warren and Roberta (Larry) White; uncle Chuck (Sarah)
Twoteeth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service were under the direction of Foster Funeral
Home of St. Ignatius.
ARLEE — Kenneth Roy Gordon, 50, of Nevada, passed away Monday, January
10, 2011, of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Ken was born August 20, 1960, the son of Franklin
Zoe (Nelson) Gordon in Delta, Colorado. Ken graduated from Arlee High
School in 1978, and graduated from Montana State University in 1981. He
married Cindy Tiensvold on June 13, 1981, in Missoula. Ken worked for
3M as a Global Manufacturing Manager for 31 years. He was active with
the United Way and Octagon Center Fundraising.
Ken enjoyed biking,
golfing, home improvement
projects, traveling, fishing, hiking, hunting, woodworking and
Ken is survived by his wife, Cindy of Nevada; his
children, Daniel and his fiancé Melanie of St. Paul, MN, Steven of San
Francisco and Mark of Ames; his parents, Frank and Zoe of Arlee; and
brothers, Gary (Patti) of Columbia Falls and Casey of St. Paul, MN.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15 in
A visitation in Arlee will be from 10 a.m. to
Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Arlee Community Center followed by graveside
services at noon in Jocko Cemetery in Arlee. A Reception will follow in
the Brown Building in Arlee.
Memorials may be sent to State Bank and Trust in
Nevada, MO in Ken's name where a memorial fund has been established.
SANDY, OR — Sandy resident, James Bureau died at his home with his
loving family beside him on Monday, January 31, 2011 after a long
battle with cancer. He was 61.
A Celebration of his life will be held at Sandy
Funeral Home on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 1 p.m.
James Allen Bureau was born on November 23, 1949
Ignatius, Montana to Florence McDougall. Jim was adopted and raised by
Henry and Hazel Bureau in Polson and received his schooling there. On
January 27, 1969 Jim entered the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably
discharged on May 15, 1970. He then furthered his education and
attended electrical trade school in Salt Lake City, Utah. One year
later, he received his electrician's certificate.
In 1971, Jim married Barbara Donovan, whom he had
met in high
school. They had two children, Joseph and Angela. They were later
In August of 1977, Jim met his future wife, Brenda
were united in marriage on January 7, 1978. They had two children
together, Tyler and Danny and raised their four children in Sandy.
For the last 15 years, Jim owned and operated
Sandy Chainsaw. He was a well-loved and respected man of the Sandy
Jim enjoyed coaching his boys during baseball and
season and kart racing. He enjoyed spending time with his family and
friends and entertaining. He spent time golfing and riding his Harley.
Jim lived life to the fullest and had a zest for life. He took great
pride in running his business and his heritage as a Tribal Member of
the Flathead, Salish and Kootenai Tribe in Polson, Montana.
Surviving is his wife Brenda of 34 years; his
sons, Joe Bureau
and wife Tara of Boise, Idaho, Tyler Bureau and wife Meredith of Sandy
and Dan Bureau and wife Kelsey of Boise, Idaho and his daughter, Angela
Endicott and husband Jacob of Sandpoint, Idaho; sister Debra Earling of
Missoula; brothers Dennis Earling of Spokane, Washington and Robbie
Earling of Missoula; six grandchildren, Taylor, Ella, Aubrey, Jack,
Colton and Lucas; and many cherished friends.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made
to the Sandy V.F.W. Post #4273 - P.O. Box 404 Sandy, Oregon 97055.
The Veteran's War Society will have a memorial for
James at the 2011 Arlee Powwow.