For the Record
CHARLO — Bud Cheff, a Life time Mission Valley resident passed on
to meet the Lord and join his beloved wife Adelle; his daughter Viola;
his parents Marie and Ovila Cheff; brothers Leo, Rex, Chris, Louie,
Vila, Jim, Ray; sisters Bernida, Grace, and Josephine; and
grandchildren Corey, Billy, Amanda, and Cheri.
Bud "Vern Edmond
Cheff Sr.", 96 years old, died June 27, 2011, at his home with his
family. He was born April 2, 1915 southeast of Ronan on the Tehnum
Finley place. He went to school at Ronan, and in 1933 married his
childhood sweetheart, Adelle Rogers. They were sweethearts from the 5th
Bud took his first paying customers as an
outfitter into the
Bob Marshall Wilderness that year, starting a lifetime career as an
outfitter and guide. He was honored last year for being Montana's
oldest living outfitter, and having the longest on-going outfitting
business in the state, from 1933 to 2011. It is still a flourishing
He has been invited to speak at a number of
western states, including a convention of worldwide scientists held in
Glacier Park. Bud had a deep love for Montana and its wilderness areas,
and was devoted to preserving the wild life and land for future
Bud's family had early roots in Montana, starting
with a free
trapper for David Thompson and the Northwest Fur Co. in 1810, to the
settling of Frenchtown and Demersville in the Flathead. His parents
came from Ontario, Canada in the late 1890's to join other family
members already settled here.
Of French and Iroquois decent, Buds family had
close ties with
the Flathead Indians. Bud went with them every year until 1933, on
their hunting and gathering trips into the Mission Range and Bob
Marshall area, under the leadership of Eneas Conko. Eneas and the old
Indian hunters taught him well, as he had a vast knowledge of wildlife
and the mountains.
Bud wrote two books, "Indian Trails and Grizzly
"The Woodsman and his Hatchet." The Outdoor Life magazine did a series
of stories about Bud and his hunting experiences.
Starting as an Iron Worker on Kerr Dam, Bud also
Hungry Horse and Noxon Dams, the Frenchtown Pulp Mill, the Columbia
Falls Aluminum Plant, and numerous bridges over the years. He was a
top-notch cowboy and broncobuster, breaking hundreds of horses and
mules in his lifetime.
Bud and Adelle were instrumental in starting the
Church in Ronan. They were charter members and co-founders of the
Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana. He was loved by the school children
that toured the museum, and received many thank you letters from them.
Bud was loved, and admired by all that knew him.
He was a
storehouse of Montana history, had a wonderful memory, and loved to
share his knowledge with all that were interested. His hope was to
leave this world a little better than he found it, and he prayed that
he had not offended any of the wonderful people he had met and
cherished in his long life.
He will be sorely missed by all.
He is survived by brothers Floyd, Herman, and
children and their families Bud Jr. and wife Laurie, Kenny, Buck and
wife Cheryl, Mick and wife Karen, Happy, and daughter Roxy and husband
Don. He was also blessed with 33 grandchildren 82 great-grandchildren,
and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Ninepipes Museum of
ST. IGNATIUS — Ron Plouffe, 69, of Polson, passed away at his home on
June 12, 2011 of natural causes.
was born April 4, 1942 in St. Ignatius to Collette (Matt) and Napoleon
Plouffe and was raised on a farm southeast of Mission where he
graduated from high school in 1962. Shortly after that he married Carol
Schoonover. In his early years he worked for Northern Pacific Railway
in Helena. After the birth of their first two children, Ron and Carol
moved to California where Ron attended welding school. They returned to
Polson where Ron worked at Plum Creek Timber for 32 years. Their family
was complete after the births of their last two children. Their lives
were further enriched with the addition of ten grandchildren. In
retirement, Ron and Carol loved to visit family, friends and casinos,
in that order.
Ron was a member of the Confederated Salish and
Kootenai Tribes. He was also a proud member of the Fraternal Order of
Eagles in Polson.
Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Carol; his daughters, Collette Plouffe (Lance Whittaker) of Longmont,
Colorado, Audrey Plouffe (Mike Hanson) of Polson, Lissa Peel (Dennis)
of Polson, and Ron Plouffe, Jr (Candice) of Kiln, Mississippi; ten
grandchildren, Josh and Emma Reed, Sam, Derek, and Caitlin Peel, Amber
(Isaiah King), Channing, Natalie, Marissa, and Cameron Plouffe. Ron is
also survived by his brother Gary (Barb) of St. Ignatius; a
sister-in-law, Joann Sagmiller of Polson, and lifelong friend, Bert
McCollum of Spokane, Washington.
A memorial service was be held
on Thursday, June 16 at Grogan Funeral Home, 101 Sixth Ave. E., Polson.
Ron’s ashes were buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson; after the service
a reception followed at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Ron’s family suggests
donations be made to either the Humane Society or to the National
A special thank you is given to Dr. Adam Smith and
his staff for their excellent care for Ron.
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 Ron’s family.
ST. IGNATIUS — Lawrence “Larry” Arnold Schliep, 73, of St. Ignatius
passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Mountain View Care Center in
Larry lifetime resident of St Ignatius was first
children born of Arnold Leonard Schliep and Laura Bernice Soucie in St.
Ignatius Montana, 10 Mar 1938. He was raised in St. Ignatius and
attended Ursaline Catholic School and St. Ignatius High School.
He married Billie Carol Hurlburt on March 10,
1962, and divorced June 6, 1977.
He worked as maintenance engineer at the Holy
Family Hospital and then for CSKT until retirement. He loved to hunt
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by children John (Marti) Schliep of
and Ann Schliep of West Jordan UT; grandchildren Justin (Tina) Schliep,
Ryann (Jason) Gray, Kasie and Brandon; great-grandchild Braelynn
Schliep; brothers Denny of Nine Pipe and Joe of Turtle Lake; and
sisters Janice Cordier of Ronan and Carol Monte of Pablo.
No services will be held as requested by Larry.
Many thanks to the Mountain View Care Center Staff
for Larry’s care and Foster Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lincoln D. Billedeaux was born on October 9, 1955 in Browning to
Dwight A. and Ethelmae (Matzdorf) Billedeaux. He took his last breath
on this earth June 7, 2011 passing to the other side in his sleep.
As a child Linc lived in Sunburst, North Las
Helena, Billings and Reston, Virginia where he graduated from Herndon
High School. Yet, he always called the Blackfeet Reservation “home” and
moved to Browning as a young adult. He married his high school
sweetheart, Cheryl Reid, and became a dad in 1976 with the birth of
Lincoln D. Billedeaux III. He and Cheryl were later divorced.
He was a hard-working man with his first job in
the kitchen of
a Virginia multi-ethnic restaurant. He always enjoyed cooking. Menudo
was his favorite creation. He also worked in highway construction,
building a power plant in Colstrip and fish canneries in Alaska, and
for the City of Las Vegas. He was a union member much of his life.
loved to tell a good story! He was gifted with many friends and family
he entertained daily making the mundane sound hilarious and the
humorous seem hysterical. There was usually some truth in all he spoke,
but exaggeration was his forte. No one would ever refer to Linc as a
Loving Lincoln was easy to do. When he met Arlene
Ronan they started a family that he adored beyond words. Susette,
Marcia and Molly joined John Tom and Alicia. The Flathead Reservation
became his new home. Grandchildren solidified his permanent residence
among the Salish people. He and Arlene separated remaining parents
together. Nobody had more delightful grandchildren than Lincoln!
He was proud to be an enrolled member of the
and the namesake of his late uncle, Lincoln D. Billedeaux I. He was
quite boastful about the accomplishments and deeds of his large family.
Linc camouflaged his humble manner with unbelievable tales. He was
usually in the midst of creating a piece of artwork, an incredible
financial opportunity or a great meal and concocting the story to go
with it. He gave nicknames to those he loved. Like his Uncle Lynk
before him, he was idolized by his nieces and nephews. They thought of
him as their fun-loving, comedic, celebrity relative. He’d impress on
them the value of prayer and respect for the culture.
He was preceded in death by his father,
uncles and cousins. He leaves behind to mourn his loss his four
children, their spouses, eight grandchildren, two step-children, his
mother of Arizona, his siblings Dwight W. Billedeaux (Mary Jane), Anna
Marie Harney and Marcia Beaumont (Ronnie), numerous nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles, cousins and loyal friends across the west.
A wake started at the Longhouse on June 9 with
Rosary on Sunday
evening and with Mass followed on Monday in the St. Ignatius Mission.
Burial followed in St. Ignatius.
MISSOULA — Violet E. Dumontier, 73, passed away peacefully on Friday,
June 10, 2011 at Riverside Care Center in Missoula.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, she was
born August 28, 1937 to Mary Genevieve (Keenan) and Frank Dumontier in
St. Ignatius. Violet attended the Urselines in St. Ignatius and
finished her education locally while living in the Jocko Valley, Evaro
and the Reservation.
A dedicated mother she started her family and they
home in Evaro, Missoula, Libby and several towns in western Montana
where she worked as a cook for several nursing homes, hospitals and
schools including the sororities at the University.
She was a wonderful lady who loved to cook, doing
garden and tend flowers and travel. She also loved to dance and was
very good at it.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank
Dumontier and Mary Genevieve Riekena and siblings Lee and Bosco.
She is survived by her children Betty Albert of
Edie Love of Missoula and Grant Willison of Springville, AZ; brothers
and sisters Dolly Hirsch of AZ, Pete LaRance of Hot Springs, Nick
LaRance of Charlo, Bodge Whitworth of Dixon and Myrna Graham of St.
Ignatius; her true love; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren
as well as a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation was held Monday at the Foster Funeral
St. Ignatius and graveside services were held Tuesday in the St.
Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
ARLEE — Daryl HomeGun, 62, passed away at his home on Monday.
The son of Paul HomeGun and Audrey Whitegrass, he
was a member
of the Blackfeet Tribe and a dedicated Christian. He was also a skilled
carpenter and jack-of-all-trades from cooking to construction. He
served his country proudly in Vietnam receiving a Purple Heart for his
service in the Army.
Daryl married Debbie Old Person and they made
their home in Arlee.
He is survived by his wife Debbie; his children
Audra HomeGun and Carlin NoRunner; grandchild Kyle Felsman; siblings
Marceau KickingWoman, Wanda ScabbyRobe, Emily ScabbyRobe, Joe Sam
ScabbyRobe, Elliot ScabbyRobe and Lucky Whitgrass as well as numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family from the Blackfeet and
A service were held Wednesday at 7 pm in the
Church where military honors were presented. He then will be
transported to Starr School near Browning on Thursday where services
will held nightly and a funeral service will be held Saturday at 11.
Foster Funeral Home of St. Ignatius is assisting
the family with arrangements.
POLSON — Norma V. "Muggs" Martin, 77, passed away Friday, June 4, 2011
She was born to Yvonne V. (Hall) and James J.
January 23, 1934 in St. Ignatius. A member of the Confederated Salish
and Kootenai Tribes she was raised in the Mission area, occasionally
moving to surrounding communities such as Crystal Springs, St. Regis,
Trout Creek and Seeley Lake when she was older.
A strong and independent woman, Norma married
more than once,
eventually marrying Don Martin in Seattle in 1968. They made their home
in Pablo before she decided to move to Polson. She worked for the
Salish Kootenai College in the old Bookstore before going to work for
the Tribe as a Trust Manger for over 15 years.
She enjoyed shooting pool; playing her machines,
bingo; and was known to root for her Cowboys and Cubs in between her
lively and colorful conversations that all will remember her for. Why,
she even enjoyed a few good Democrats.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son
James Silverthorne; sister Jean Sitch; her uncles Archie and Sonny
Silverthorne; and her aunt Sis.
She is survived by her children Robert (Keila)
Eugene, OR, Angie (George) Ratayczak of Bellingham, WA, Bill (Chelsea)
Martin of Polson and Steve (Lisa) Martin of Frenchtown; and several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins.
A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Chapel in
on Wednesday continues through Thursday until 5 pm. Services will be
held Friday at 1 pm in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with inurnment
following in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.
The family would like to thank all those that
especially Kim and the nurses and doctors at Community Hospital and
LeRoy and the nurses and doctors at St. Luke's in Ronan.
ARM — Ronald Jacobson, 76, of Big Arm, went to be with our Lord on June
4, 2011. He died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson with his family
at his side after recently being diagnosed with lymphoma.
was born in Silverton, Oregon to Abel and Marie Jacobson. The family
moved to Kalispell in 1936 and to Hot springs in 1949. He attended
schools at the LaSalle country schoolhouse, Hot Springs and Polson.
After high school he served four years in the U. S. Navy. In 1959 he
married Jolene Jackson and to this union was born four children.
The majority of his life was spent as a rancher in
but when asked to describe himself, he called himself a farmer and a
musician. For many years he played the accordion for dances in the
area. He will be remembered for the joy his music brought.
One of his great accomplishments was the building
of an irrigation dam on his ranch, which created a 35-acre lake.
He traveled worldwide during his hitch in the Navy
and 12 years
ago he and several of his family members made a trip to Norway to visit
He and Jolene moved to Big Arm in 1992 where he
pleasure tending his garden and orchard. He loved nothing more than to
sit and enjoy the lake views overlooking Jolene's flowers.
He is preceded in death by his son, Edd; his mom
and dad; and two brothers, Jim and Abel, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Jolene; son Marvin and
Laurie; daughters Debra and Bevra and friends Ken and Kienan;
grandchildren Gibb, Hank, Katie and Kim; great-grandchildren Ryder and
Case; sister Evelyn Ansley (Frank) of Seattle; brothers and
sisters-in-law Dan and Cheryl Jackson, Doug Jackson, Jeanne and John
Bras, Nancy and Don Gaynor; many nieces and nephews and many, many
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 7 at
Lonepine Hall in Lonepine. Burial with military honors followed at the
Lonepine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Ron's family has requested that
donations be made to the Lonepine Hall.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
www.groganfuneralhome.com. The staff of Grogan Funeral Home, Polson,
considers it a privilege to care for Mr. Jacobson's family.