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For the Record
April 2012

Johnny Lee Kelly
RONAN — Johnny Lee Kelly, 58, passed away April 29, 2012 at his home near Ronan.

A member of the Blackfeet tribe, he was born to Dorce Jack and Edith Charlene (Nequette) Kelly on Dec. 27, 1953 in Ronan. John was raised locally on the Flathead Reservation and in Drummond. He logged with his uncle in his younger years and was a carpenter.

John married Francene Burland. The love of John’s life was his family. His wife Francene meant the world to him and his grandson Brandis was his heart. John loved his mom, brothers and sisters, family was everything to him. Collections and animals were another passion. His animals, other peoples animals, stray animals, he took care of them all. We will miss him forever and always but we have our memories of his kind and gentle heart.

He was preceded in death by his father, but leaves behind his mother Charlene Caldwell of Polson; his wife Francene of Ronan; his sons Raymond Oschmann of Bakersfield, CA and Kenneth Oschmann of Billings; brothers Wes (Andrea) Thomas and Gyme Kelly; sisters Julie Zachariasen, Mercy Kelly and Darla (Mark) Pollock; grandchildren Brandis Black, Tyler, Thomas, Brittany and Taya Oschmann as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service is planned for Friday. Condolences may be left at

Evelyn Glover McBroom
POLSON — Evelyn Glover McBroom, 90 years young, passed away of natural causes on April 25, 2012 at the Rehabilitation Center in her beloved town of Polson. Evelyn was born October 29, 1921 in Ansley, Nebraska, the first of four children born to Roy and Glea Thompson.

Leaving the farm after the devastation of the Dust Bowl, their family arrived in Montana on Easter Sunday in 1936. They built a new home in Post Creek and Mom attended school in St. Ignatius. She played basketball and recalls one of her favorite pastimes was roller-skating down Post Creek Hill.

She married Henry Glover in 1940 and they moved to Polson where she has resided ever since. They had four girls - Diana, Jeanette, Duzzie and Pam - and later divorced. She married Cliff McBroom and Lyle and Rita were born to that union. He passed away in 1962 and she has lived independently in the same place ever since.

She is survived by her six children: Diana Burtch (Harold “Link”), Jeanette Davis (Norm), Duzzie Glover, Pam Schneiter (Jim), Lyle McBroom and Rita Vanorio (Tom). Her legacy continues with 11 grandchildren: Pammy, Peggy, Paula, Kevin, Heather, Ian, Lexy, Andrew, Kelsi, Karee and K.C.; and eight great grandchildren. She is also leaves behind her sister, Darlene Edwards of Austin, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Our Mom and Grammie left us with a lot of great memories and admiration for a life well lived. We are especially grateful that she was able to keep her sharp mind and quick wit that was the essence of her soul.

Our Mother and Grammie was the ultimate homemaker – famous for her canned fruit and vegetables, strawberry jam and Flathead cherry jelly. She loved to garden and tended to her vegetables and flowers until her health issues started last year. She was still baking cookies and muffins up until several weeks ago. She was a good seamstress and made alterations using her old Singer treadle sewing machine. She crocheted doilies and afghans for all of us and all our children. She was a meticulous housekeeper and after starting our own families, we realized this was no small feat. Mom was an avid reader since grade school and always kept up on current events, especially politics. She read two or three books a week, many times staying up late at night to finish just one more chapter.

A private family celebration is being planned to honor her life and her last wishes.

Adileah LeeRae Collier
PABLO – Adileah LeeRae Collier, newborn daughter of Dalton Collier and Japhanna Burns, was made an angel on April 24, 2012 in Polson.

She was greeted by her grandfather Richard “Skip” Burns and leaves behind her parents; her grandparents Alta Finley, Jody Butler and Leo Collier and great grandmother Carol Finley.

A wake began last Friday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held Saturday in the Longhouse.

Condolences may be left at

Francis Jeffrey Kickingwoman
MISSOULA — Francis Jeffrey Kickingwoman, 49 years old, was born May 24, 1962 in Cut Bank, Montana to Melvin and Maryann (Parker) Kickingwoman. He passed away April 19, 2012 in Missoula from a heart attack.

Francis always called Starr School home even though he lived in many places throughout Montana and Washington.

He spent summers as a member of the MIC Hot Shot Crew and later was employed by Sun Mountain Sports.

Francis had many hobbies including sculpting, carving, watching his favorite Steelers on TV, and designing and making dance outfits for his boys. He spent a lot of his young years traveling to pow-wows with his mom and dad and became a champion traditional dancer.

On one of these trips he met his honey, Luanne Brown. During their 30-plus years together they raised five sons, Daniel, Thomas, Francis Jr., Jacob, and Anthony. Their happiest times were when they were together as a family.

Francis became the proud grandparent of six grandchildren, Tailee, Kyreah, Francis III, Aliyah, Tyler, and Tayven. Francis worked his whole life but his favorite job was caring for his grandbabies.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin ‘Chickenboy’ and siblings Jimmy, Melvin, and Sandra Dee.

He is survived by his wife, Luanne; mother Maryann Junior and Vesta Cutfinger and their daughter Michelle; siblings Rose, Susie, and Nola; kids Daniel (Amanda), Thomas (Anton), Francis, Jr., Jacob, and Anthony; and his grandbabies. Francis is also survived by in-laws and a large extended family on the Blackfeet and Flathead Reservations; plus his four-legged pal, Odie, the basset hound.

A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius and will moved to Browning at the Glacier Homes Community Center. The funeral was Wednesday, April 25 in the Glacier Community Center. Interment followed at the Whitegrass Cemetery in Starr School.

Condolences may be left at

Richard D. Milliron
POLSON — Richard D. Milliron, 61, passed away April 14, 2012 at his home in Polson.

Richard was born September 17, 1950 in St. Ignatius to Clyde and Bertha (Sandau) Milliron.

He was raised locally and he joined the Marine Corps, and served in Vietnam. Upon his return, he worked at the Veterans Home in Columbia Falls, before returning to Polson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Blair.

Survivors include siblings Darlene Meyers of Tennessee, Cleo Cook of California, Janice Perry of Las Vegas, Linda Milliron of Medford, OR, and Cliff Milliron of Polson.

Services are planned for later in the year.

Venita J. Wall
RONAN — Venita J. Wall, 50, passed away peacefully Friday, April 6, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Pache.

Born August 3, 1961 in St. Ignatius to Joseph “Jody” Finley and Victoria J. Lozeau, she was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was raised and educated locally. A local character, she started her family and married Shannan Wall. Working various jobs, she always found a way to make her families’ lives interesting.

She enjoyed being with her grandkids, and family whether it was at a BBQ, Powwow or Fireworks.

Venita was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Alex and Ann Mary Cullooyah and Martin Finley and Annie Quequesah and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Survivors include her children Carl (Mandy) Lozeau of Utah, Shannon (Joe) Couture of Ronan, Tyler Wall of Pablo, and Shanita (Jenna) Wall of Pablo; nine grandchildren; her spouse Shannan Wall of Ronan; and her siblings Carl Finley, Jolynn Cole, Joe Stiner, Aggie Incashola, Matthew Finley, Bill Peterson, Jackie Peterson, Desiree YellowHair and Mary Koll; as well as a large extended family of aunties, uncles and cousins.

A traditional wake began Saturday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.. Wake closing services were held Monday in the Longhouse with her funeral following.

A complete obituary and condolences may be left at

Thelma Mildred Smith Cahoon
KELLOGG, Idaho — Thelma Mildred Smith Cahoon, 99 years old, passed away on April 5, 2012 in Kellogg, Idaho of natural causes. She was born on August 23, 1912 in Bannack County, Idaho to William and Martina Smith.

Thelma was raised in Bynum, Montana. There she married Reynolds Cahoon in 1928. While in Bynum, their daughters Ruth and Lois were born. Thelma and Reynolds then moved to a small farm northwest of Charlo, where they had sons, Eugene and Earl. They lost their home on the farm to fire and moved into the town of Charlo, where they raised their son Francis.

Thelma was employed for many years as a Homemaker, helping numerous CS&KT families. She took pride in her bounteous garden and flowerbeds, and she enjoyed her many grandchildren. She was widowed in 1989 and later married Elmer Daugherty. In recent years, she lived with her daughter, Lois Grubber in Libby, and then with her son, Earl in Pinehurst, Idaho. Thelma was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is preceded in death by her husband Reynolds and later Elmer; daughters, Ruth and Lois; sons, Eugene and Earl. She is survived by her son Francis (Carol) Cahoon of St. Ignatius; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, April 10 at the LDS Church in Ronan.