For the Record
Alexander Durgeloh, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS — David Alexander Durgeloh Sr. (aka TLC), 55, of
Charlo was born February 28, 1956 and passed July 24, 2011 at St.
Patrick's Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
In his early years he lived in St. Ignatius and
Ursulines Catholic School, Saint Ignatius High School, and was one of
the first to attend Two Eagle River School in Dixon. Dave met Kathy
Bryer while in High School. They had their daughter Jule on January 18,
1975. Dave later married Darlene Bourdon in December 1975, and their
son David Durgeloh, Jr. was born October 2, 1976. They were married 14
Dave attended Police Academy in Mirana, Az. in
1986. He was a
Tribal Game Warden, a Police Officer for the Town of St. Ignatius, a
Tribal Officer, a Port Susan camping club park ranger in Marysville,
Washington, and served a total of 23 years in law enforcement. He
worked for the Hungry Horse Archeological Project Investigation as a
Cultural Technician and Advisor. On February 14, 1997, Dave married his
wife and soul mate, Kelly Burrell. He then worked for the Tribal
Preservation Department from August 1999 to February 2002. He was a
Fire Look Out on most of the lookouts on the reservation.
He was an avid mechanic, inventor, and pirate
He loved his trips to bingo and Jackpot, NV with
his mom. He
also enjoyed karaoke, hunting, fishing, camping, picking berries and
roots and spending time with his family, especially riding his
motorcycles. He was a sled dog racer with 32 dogs. He ran the Seeley
Lake Race and the Hamilton Run. He attended pow-wows with his dad, and
was a member of the Sny?lemn and Pistol Creek drum groups. He was a
strong believer in Native Culture.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Adele
Conrad Durgeloh and Elsie and Alexander Courville; parents William
Durgeloh and Delores Ramsey; nephew Billy Joe Lumpry; cousin Kyle
Trahan and many aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years Kelly
Durgeloh of the
family home in Charlo; daughter Jule (Shane) Steele of Spokane; and his
son David Jr. of St. Ignatius. He is also survived by brothers Francis
(Joann) and Bull (Peggy) and sisters Rose, Jolene and Adele; and
numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation followed the services.
ST. IGNATIUS —
Wesley William Benn was born May 21, 1976 at Crow Agency, and was taken
from us July 25, 2011. He is survived by his Mother Jolene Durgeloh,
Pablo and father Ivan Benn, St. George, Utah; brother Justin Benn
(Victoria Malatare); GodDaughter Vallissa; niece Adela and nephews
Justin, Jr. and D'shaun, Polson; step-father Marvin Bourdon, Pablo;
step-sisters Sherry Daley, Hardin and Mitchie Bourdon, Pablo. He is
also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
is preceded in death by his great grandparents Conrad and Adele
Durgeloh, Elsie and Alexander Courville; grandparents William Durgeloh
and Delores Ramsey, and Franklin and Gene Benn of Cedar City, Utah;
step grandparents Columbus "Sibs" and Frances Bourdon; uncle Dave
Durgeloh, Sr.; cousins Billy Lumpry, Jimmy Zackuse, Kyle Durglo, and
He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in
1994. He attended SKC for one year, than went to May Tech in Billings.
worked at Angela's Pawn, and then moved on to the position of
Multimedia Manager for the Tribal Preservation Department. He was an
avid videographer and gamer. He loved spending time with his yaya going
His wake was last Thursday at the Community Center
Ignatius. Rosary was held Friday. Wake closing was held on Saturday
with internment at Snyelmn Cemetery in Saint Ignatius.
ST. IGNATIUS —
George Vulles, 75, of St. Ignatius, passed away of natural causes at
St. Patrick’s Hospital, Missoula, on Monday, July 18, 2011. He was born
Jan. 8, 1936 in Plains and was the youngest of ten children born to
Daisy (Meljie) and Mike Vulles.
Growing up he lived and attended school in Twin
and Mullan, Idaho. Shortly after his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the
Army, serving stateside. Throughout his lifetime he worked at many
jobs, but mostly on road construction and forest fire fighting.
moved to the St. Ignatius area about 1970. After settling there he
often did house sitting for many different people he knew. For a time
he was a volunteer for the St. Ignatius Ambulance Service. Over the
past several years, he could usually be found sitting at the counter at
the Old Timer Cafe or one of the many other restaurants in the valley,
drinking coffee, and reading or visiting with his many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and seven
Bobby, Mike, Don, Sam, Steve, Melvin, and Val. He is survived by his
sisters Darlene (Glen Rummel) of Plains and Dorothy Walbridge of
Mullan, Idaho; several nieces and nephews; and Wes and Sandy MacDonald
of Polson; and their daughter, Traci (Darrin) Reid of Missoula, who he
always said were his family.
George requested no formal
services. Military honors will be presented at the St. Ignatius Senior
Citizen Center, on Saturday, July 30, at noon, with a luncheon
A full obituary can be viewed and messages of
condolence may be sent at www.groganfuneralhome.com. The
staff of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson considers it a
privilege to care for Mr. Vulles’ family.
POLSON — Kary L. Comeslast, 41, of Polson, passed away on Friday, July
15, 2011 at his home.
Kary was born on February 24, 1970, in Wolf Point,
and was the
son of Percy Comeslast and Dayle Cline. He was a 1988 graduate of
Kalispell High School and later was a squad leader in the US Army until
his discharge. He was also an enrolled member of the Sioux and
Assiniboine Tribes of the Ft. Peck Reservation.
Kary worked many jobs including construction,
and general laborer. He enjoyed fishing, reading, and especially
helping his neighbors, friends, and relatives.
He is preceded in death by his father, Percy, and
an uncle, Douglas Cline.
Kary leaves behind his precious four year-old
Rose Jones; his mother, Dayle Cline of Riverside, CA; three uncles,
David Cline, Donald Cline, and Darryl Cline; an aunt, Diane Cline
Johnson, and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
Kary’s name to the Circle of Trust Suicide Prevention Program in Lake
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 23
at Grogan Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. The
staff of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, considers it a
privilege to care for Kary’s family.
ARLEE — Dorothy Eneas Felsman passed away July 15,
2011 at her home in Jocko. Born September 10, 1932 in St. Ignatius to
Joseph and Catherine Eneas and a member of the confederated Salish and
Kootenai Tribes, Dorothy lived on the Flathead Indian reservation her
whole life. On her 18th birthday, Dorothy married Harold Felsman.
Cattle ranchers, with milk cows and chickens laying eggs; large
gardeners, trading for what they needed; their home was open to all in
need, always a hot cup of coffee awaited you! Dorothy loved to fish,
pick huckleberries, dig roots, bead, being in the mountains, playing
stickgame at her Dad’s side, traveling, casino trips, visiting and
laughing with family and friends.
Dorothy was strong in her faith, very involved in
Kateri Tekawitha Ministry, and always willing to listen, and if needed
give advise to family and friends. She would see the best in everyone
who crossed her path. She worked for the Arlee School District for 27
years as a Home School Coordinator and Salish Language Teacher. She
received several awards in her life, most prideful of the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes Lifetime Achievement and Teacher of the
Year; as well she received an Honorary Degree from Salish Kootenai
Dorothy was loved and respected by the children
she worked for, and continued conversing with them in the Salish
language. She volunteered her time and energy to teach Salish hymns and
prayers, to one and all who wanted to learn. A silent leader with a
gentle quiet strength!
She is proceeded in death by her parents Joseph
and Catherine Eneas; her husband Harold Felsman; siblings Marvin,
Louie, Ben, Issac, Mike; son Charlie Felsman; and uncles Pete Eneas and
She is survived by son Joseph (Jeanie) Felsman and
daughter Kathryn Felsman of St. Ignatius; her second husband Clarence
Hunter of Jocko; grandson Jason Felsman; and two great grandchildren,
all of Wisconsin
A rosary was held Sunday evening, with the Mass
being celebrated on Monday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial
followed in the Jocko Cemetery.
ARLEE — Scott Randall Burnett, 53, passed away
near East Glacier on July 11, 2001.
Scott was born in Missoula on March 16, 1958, to
Clinton and Bonnie Burnett. He was raised in Arlee and graduated early
from high school in 1976 to begin his lifelong career in construction,
where he contributed to building many notable bridges and structures
throughout Montana and the Northwest. He attended Montana State
University and loved learning. He was an avid reader, always striving
to improve himself.
Scott served a two-year mission for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tempe, Ariz., Mission. He
married his sweetheart Colleen Free on March 19, 1984, in the Salt Lake
Temple. Scott loved to laugh and visit with friends and acquaintances
and was happiest when working to help others.
Scott constantly served both those he was closest
to and random strangers with compassion and charity. His life was
defined by his love and devotion to family, especially his wife and
children. He will be missed greatly.
Scott was preceded in death by his son Christopher
and is survived by his wife Colleen of Arlee; daughter Michelle
Peterson of Minneapolis; grandsons Gavin and Blake Peterson of
Minneapolis; son Adam Burnett of Barrow, Alaska; daughters April and
Melody Burnett of Arlee; parents Clint and Bonnie Burnett of Arlee;
sisters Monica Burnett and Renee Howlett (John) of Barrow; brother Clay
Burnett and brother Darren Burnett (RaeLyn) of Logan, Utah; and
hundreds of beloved extended family members.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Ignatius.
Condolences may be left at fosterfhandcrematory.com
ARLEE — Margaret Louise Sanchez, 49, of Arlee, passed away Friday, July
8, 2011, following a second battle with breast cancer.
Margaret was born Sept. 13, 1961, in Missoula and
was a lifelong resident of Arlee.
She was a member of the Confederated Salish and
and the San Felipe Pueblo of New Mexico. She proudly represented CSKT
at powwows across the nation, wining the titles of Miss NCAI and Miss
Flathead. Margaret passed on her proud heritage and traditions to her
children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. She was a member of many
drumming and singing groups throughout her powwow days and had a
beautiful voice that was easily recognized by many.
Margaret was a very caring person who leant a
helping hand to
anyone who needed it, often sacrificing her needs to help others. She
worked for CSKT Tribal Health for over 20 years. In this capacity, she
was able to be part of ensuring that the health needs of all tribal
members were being met.
Margaret is survived by her mother Clarice King;
Sanchez; brother David Sanchez; three children, Arnold, Felicite and
Bronson McDonald; and her beloved grandchildren Laurencia, Ardon,
Acacia, Vicente, Dustry, Avery and Garrian.
A rosary service was held Monday, July 11, at the
Community Center, where services took place Tuesday, July 12, with the
burial at the Jocko Cemetery. A luncheon followed at the community
ST. IGNATIUS — Stephanie Nicole Parker-Shepard, 21, passed away
from injuries sustained in an auto accident on July 2, 2011 on Highway
93 near Spring Creek.
A member of the Confederated Salish &
Stephanie was born in Ronan on September 17, 1989 to Chyrel Matt and
Frank Parker. She was raised and educated in California, Oregon and the
St. Ignatius area. After receiving her education, she met Vincent
Shepard and they started their family.
Stephanie worked for the Tribes in the Salish
Development at the Fatherhood program. She was a Mary K lady for a
while, but her family was her life. She loved her babies and was an
excellent mother. She beaded and had made an outfit and moccasins for
them already. She was probably the best potato salad maker and was an
excellent cook. Stephanie enjoyed shopping as well as being in the
woods. A basketball player in high school she loved basketball and her
"Basketball Jones" with all her heart. Stephanie loved being with her
She was preceded in death by her great
Matt Finley, Lucy Parker and Mitch Smallsalmon and a sister-in-law
She is survived by her spouse Vinnie; her children
and Leelyn; her parents Frank (Mary Jo) Parker and Chyrel Matt of St.
Ignatius; grandparents Barb (Henry) Christie, Harry (Myrna) Salois,
Carol Wood and Cleight Licht, and Victor (Judy) Matt; brothers and
sisters Mitchell Parker and his children Cruze and Baby Mitch, Frank
Parker Jr., Mike Garcia, Sammy Jo Garcia, Alea Tucker, Matthew
(Brittany) Parker and their children baby Matthew, Zaydence and Dalen,
Yolanda (Jay) Smith, Eugene Michael Parker, Derian and Faith Ann
Parker; many adopted brothers and sisters; mother-in-law Andrea
Adams-McDonald; brothers and sister-in-laws Brendan Adams and children
D'Shawn, Jamian, Keggan; Gabriel (Bethany) Shepard and child Tre,
Calvin (Karmen) Shepard and child Lola and Isabelle Pablo; as well as
large extended family from the Blackfeet and the Salish and Kootenai
A wake began last Friday at in the St. Ignatius
Center. Funeral services were held Monday in the Center with burial
following in the Adams Family Cemetery.
Condolences may be left at and a complete obituary
may be viewed at fosterfhandcrematory.com.
Faye Morigeau O’Neill
POLSON — Paulette Faye Morigeau O’Neill was born in Missoula on May
15, 1949 to John A and Phyllis (Wood) Morigeau. She left us to join our
Heavenly Father on July 2, 2011 after a courageous battle with lung
cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
from Polson High School in 1967. While in attendance she participated
in band and choir. She also attended the Las Angeles Baptist Bible
College and toured with their choral group.
Paulette and her best friend Linda Eldridge lived
in San Diego
for two years where they worked and enjoyed seeing beautiful
She started her family in 1969 with the birth of
Tammy, and with the birth of her son Brian she completed her family in
1977. Meanwhile, she continued her career as a partner of a small
business. After her children were raised, she fulfilled her dream of
moving back to Polson. At that time she completed her education with an
Associate’s Degree through SKC. Paulette then went on to work for the
Tribe as an IIM Accounting Technician. She worked for the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribe for more than 10 years. Paulette also
volunteered her time at the Lake County Boys and Girls Club where she
was a Secretary and Board Member.
She is preceded in death by her father John A.
Morigeau and her brother Ben F. Morigeau.
is survived by her mother Phyllis Morigeau Piper; daughter Tammy
Hayrynen; son Brian O’Neill (Jasmine); and grandchildren Ryan, Skyler,
Audryanna, Kailyn, Naithan and Braedyn. She is also survived by her
sisters Laura, June, Peggy and her Honorary sister/soulmate Linda
Eldridge; sister-in-law Diane Morigeau; and many friends and family.
the request of Paulette, please no flowers. Send memorials to American
Cancer Society, Home Options of Lake County (Hospice) and/or the Boys
and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County (PO Box 334,
Ronan, MT 59864) in her name.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July
9, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Polson Community Church in Polson.
Condolences may be left to the family on-line at