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For the Record
August 2012

Yvonne Marie “Von” Barnaby
ST. IGNATIUS — Yvonne Marie “Von” Barnaby, 39, passed away from an auto accident on Thursday.

Yvonne was born to Wesley Carpentier and Bernita Barnaby on Dec 28, 1972 and was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. She was raised in St. Ignatius by her grandparents Thomas and Sophie (Pokerjim) Barnaby, and graduated from Two Eagle High River School in 1993.

A lifelong cook, she worked at Subway and Head Start, and most recently worked at the Arlee Center.

Besides Facebook (all day – every day), Von also love the rain, playing pool, and spending time with friends and family. But most of all, she cherished every moment with her kids. She was always laughing and smiling. Von loved make others around her laugh and smile, too.

She was preceded in death by her mother Bernita; grandparents Thomas and Sophie Barnaby and James and Irene (Quequesah) Carpentier; aunts Charlene and Marlene; and uncle Jake Carpentier.

She leaves behind her children Coraleah, Sophie, Treylon and Aggie; her father Wes Carpentier; her companion Jim; her siblings Sunny Mahseelah-Pierce, Tyson Whitworth, Raylene Jungers, David, Ronald, and Raymond Parnell, and Logan and Selah Carpentier; aunts and uncles Janine Barnaby, Katsy (John) Barnaby, Barb Barnaby, Lydia (Ray) Fisher, Deborah Barnaby, Joe (Rena) Barnaby, Archie, Marie, Donald, and Bert and Tracey Carpentier.

A wake began Saturday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being recited Monday evening at the Longhouse. Wake closing was Tuesday and Mass in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment was at Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

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LaRona Jewel McLeod
POLSON — Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, LaRona Jewel McLeod, age 77, passed away quietly August 15, 2012 at her family home, to be with the Lord. Cremation has already taken place by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson. A memorial will be held at her Finley Point home at a later date.

LaRona was born in Polson on January 30, 1936 to James Franklin and LaRona Powell. She worked her entire life at many jobs to raise her children. In all of her endeavors, she was loved and will be dearly missed.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed her time in her garden, her chickens, animals, pets, and the rest of the friends that ran through her yard.

LaRona was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald Powell, Jim Powell, Jackson Powell, Ramona Powell, Violet (Tina) Powell and son Robin Ray Cookingham.

She is survived by her daughters Rhonda Lea Lewis and Tamie Austin; sons, Mitchel James, Thurston James, Justin J. Pulse, and Jason Conn; sisters Nora Abrahamson and Zelma Ruby Johnson; brother Keith Willard Powell. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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Archie Wayne Olsen
ST. IGNATIUS — Archie Wayne Olsen, age 89, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in St. Ignatius.

Archie was born May 24, 1923, in Burley, ID. as was the eleventh of twelve children to Adolph Lars and Pearl Robbins Olsen. Archie grew up north of St. Ignatius in the Post Creek area, Little Bitterroot country. He later lived in Missoula, where he graduated from Missoula County High School in 1942. After graduation, Archie worked as an electrician in the Seattle shipyards.

On January 12, 1943, he married Katheryn Wood, in Missoula. This marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple. He and Katheryn raised four children, Susan, Jerry, Linda, and Shirley Anne. They were later divorced.

Archie enlisted in the US Army on March 1, 1943. He was assigned to Company H, 303rd Infantry Regiment Division, 97th Battalion. He first served in the European Theatre under General George Patton, then in Japan in the Pacific Theatre. He received his Honorable Discharged on February 10, 1946. After returning from the service, Archie drove a taxi cab in Missoula. In 1950 he moved his family to St. Ignatius. Archie worked with his brother in the Gambles Store, and later became the sole owner of Gambles Hardware and Clothing Store.

Archie met and married Thelma Cox Griffiths on January 31, 1978. Archie actively worked until retiring at the age of 73.

Archie was a highly regarded business owner and very active in the community. He was a member of the American Legion Post 106, St. Ignatius Lions Club, St. Ignatius City Council, and Old Town Development Corporation. He served on the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department (1951-1980), Lake County Council on Aging, Salish & Kootenai Housing Board (1963-1992), and Whitefish Credit Union. Archie was instrumental in the development of the Taleman Park, working endless hours installing the sprinkler system after spending a long day in the store. Archie was a ROCK to many people in the community.

Archie was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in the bishopric and various other positions. Dad loved to sing, tell corny jokes, and knew his way around a dance floor. He loved gardening, traveling, woodworking, fishing, and bowling. He was always remodeling or improving something in his home. He loved to play the No Name Board Game with his family and friends. He also enjoyed horse packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with his buddies.

Archie is survived by his wife, Thelma; his children and their spouses, Susan Olsen, Jerry (Dawn) Olsen, Linda (Lynn) Hansen, and Shirley Anne (Roger) Falck; step-children and spouses, Gloria (Don) Wood, Misha (Mark) Tracy, Sheila (Don) Crego, Claudia (Jack) McCready, and Alan (Terry) Griffiths; brother, Rex Olsen; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, 10 brothers and sisters, and many close friends.

A funeral service to celebrate Archie’s life will be held Saturday, August 25 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Ignatius. Burial will take place at Pleasantview Cemetery in St. Ignatius with military honors. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan.

Rosemary Santos
ARLEE — Rosemary Santos, 80, passed away in Missoula on August 10, 2012.

She was born December 4, 1931 in St. Ignatius to Jess Rojas and Rose Michelle Zarate. Raised and educated in St. Ignatius and the Urselines Catholic School, she married Raymond Santos in 1967.

Rosemary accomplished several skills in her life including bartender, Forestry, LPN, Paralegal, florist, health care provider, motel manager then retiring to housewife in 1984.

Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, hunting, gardening, playing card games, babysitting, watching movies, reading books her favorite the Bible, praying and Bingo.

She was preceded in death by her father; her baby girl; mother; husband; and brother Eneas I. Woodcock.

Survivors include a sister Mary Amelia Gallegas (Gene); sons Jess Gonzalez, Michael Ramos (Sandy), Ronald Romas, Raymond Santos Jr. (Liz), Ramon Santos, Robbie Santos, Ricky Santos, and Randy Santos; daughters Gloria Miller (Steven) and Trudy Bishop; 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited Sunday in the Arlee Community Center; closing service was Monday in the Center. Mass followed in the Jocko Catholic Church.

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Richard Patrick “Bud” Castor
ST. IGNATIUS — Richard Patrick “Bud” Castor, 51, passed away at his home on the Glory B Ranch in St. Ignatius August 9, 2012.

Bud was born October 31, 1960 to Richard Castor and Phyllis K. Kohnle Castor in Dayton Ohio. He moved to Montana when he was 12 and graduated from Two Eagle High School in Pablo.

When he was 18 he met and married Sandra K. Sloan and they made the Glory B their home. Bud worked the Glory B his whole life and enjoyed being able to work alongside his brothers, wife, mother and sister in-laws.

Bud enjoyed so many things; mostly fossil hunting, traveling, fishing, watching NASCAR races, playing poker with all his friends, spending time with his grand kids and loving his beloved dogs. He was everyone’s friend and loved by all who met him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Castor; mother Phyllis K. Kohnle Castor; brother Matthew Castor; and ex-wife Sandra K. Castor.

He is survived by daughter Bridget (Louis) Fiddler; sons Joshua (Sabrina) Castor and Timothy (Kristen) Castor; grandchildren Skyla, Shaylee, Sydney, Warren, Emily, Ethan and Eliot; brothers David (Holly) Castor and Mark (Carol) Castor; numerous nieces, nephews and so many much loved family and friends.

A memorial service will be at a later date, which will be announced.

Kenneth George Ahlborn
RAVALLI – Kenneth George Ahlborn, 46, passed away August 6, 2012 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

There’s not enough time or space to tell you all the wonderful things that were Kenneth George Ahlborn, born July 13, 1966 in Missoula on a bright sunny day. He attended school throughout the Mission Valley and Hot Springs graduating in 1985. Kenny was a firefighter, woodcutter, rock layer (Mason) and log homebuilder.

He married Mamie Fisher in 1986 and they made their home in Ravalli and they started their family. A proud father, he constantly would brag up his son Spencer and daughter Briar. For his kids, he went to many a tennis match and basketball games to watch them.

A quintessential hunter and fisherman, he would hike the Missions, be up and down the Jocko River everyday and fished the Flathead river on weekends for bullheads and pike. A generous person he would almost always give away his daily catch to the people he would meet and friends. He stared down a bear and chased it up a tree, snuck up on a deer and slapped it on the nose and, according to his grandmother, he and his brother Rocky could catch fish out of a mud puddle. He truly enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest.

He is preceded in death by his father Kenneth James “Chubuck” Ahlborn.

He is survived by his parent Judith (Vic) Matt of Dixon; wife Mamie; children Spencer and Briar; sister Joelene Matt; brother Rocky Ahlborn; a large extended family and numerous friends.

A memorial gathering was held last Friday in the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius.

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Randy Hanson
MISSOULA — Randy Hanson died of a stroke on August 1, 2012. He was born on January 25, 1936 in Froid.

Randy spent most of his 76 years in the Jocko Valley. He moved here as a young man and fell in love at first sight with Anita Espinoza. They married two days after he turned 19 and spent the next 45 years together. They raised three children: Charles, Carla, and Charleena. One of Randy’s favorite roles in life was Papa to Rusty Hanson, Anita Jean and Seth Hershman, his beloved grandchildren.

Randy’s work ethic is legendary, and he spent much of his life doing physical labor and ranch work—always with the intention of providing for his family. For many years, he was a millwright for Stone Container. Randy was often praised for his ingenuity and the pride he took in his work. In 1985, he engineered something called the “Hanson Chip Sampler” which saved the mill and other mills around the country a great deal of money. Machining and jerry rigging were Randy’s specialties. Give that man a tool belt and some duct tape and he could fix just about anything.

Randy loved to be in a boat on a river or lake, fishing pole in hand. He treasured his fishing trips to Alaska. In his later years, he valued nothing more than to be with family, watching the young ones grow.

Randy’s heart was as big as the Montana sky, and many people benefitted from his generosity. He expressed love through service; giving and helping others gave his life purpose.

He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Anita; his grandson Rusty Hanson; and siblings Kenny Madsen, Ray Hanson, Mervin Hanson, Darlene Berg, and Kay Spotted Bull.

Randy is survived by his children; two grandchildren; two sisters Irene Davidson and Joyce Boos; and a vast network of in-laws (Lolita Hendrickson is more sister than sister-in-law), nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.

Deep thanks to the Staff of 4 South at Saint Patrick’s Hospital who helped Randy and his family as Randy left this life.

A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, August 5 in Arlee.

Darlene Ruth Lozeau Heaton
POLSON — Darlene Ruth Lozeau Heaton, 78 of Ronan passed away in Polson, August 4, 2012.

She was born on September 23, 1933 to Catherine “Katie” Coffey and Alexander Lozeau in St. Ignatius. Darlene was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was educated at Flandreau and Chemawa Indian Schools before finishing her education in Arlee.

Herb Marango introduced her to Aubrey “Jake” Heaton and she married him on June 30, 1951 in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The family made their home from what seemed like everywhere from Florida to Alaska, living numerous places.

She was a manager of the Dupuis Smoke Signal until her illness forced her retirement.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents; sons Hank and Randy; grandsons Jacob and Christopher; and sister Levi BigBeaver.

Survivors include husband Jake of Ronan; daughters Abby (Greg) Dupuis of Polson, Penny (Steve) Anderson of Polson, Susan (Rich) Johnson of Missoula, and Cathy (Jon) Patton of Polson; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters Alvina Burns, and Tina Lozeau; and brothers Terry Lozeau, Gene Lozeau, Ken Gingras, and Harry Lozeau.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation in Darlene’s name to the American Cancer Society.

A Rosary was held Tuesday evening in the longhouse in St. Ignatius and mass was celebrated Wednesday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Linda Lou (SpottedBear) KickingWoman
GREAT FALLS — Linda Lou (SpottedBear) KickingWoman was born January 14, 1953 to George SpottedBear and Cecile Doore, she was later adopted by Merlin Doore, Sr. Linda was called home August 3, 2012.

Linda Graduated from high school in Helena in 1971. After graduating, Linda moved back to Browning and married Maynard KickingWoman December 18, 1971. Linda and Maynard traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with their children to pow-wows. She was very proud of her children who eventually took over their father’s singing group, The KickingWoman Singers. Through their travels, Linda and Maynard adopted many individuals as their children such as, Iris HeavyRunner, Carlos Calica, Jordene Bear, Diana Strawster, Stan Pretty Pain, The late Anthony Howlett, Alfred Woodcock, and many others.

Linda enjoyed beading, puzzles, talking to everyone on the telephone and going to bingo with all her pals. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, cousin, and friend to everyone in her life.

Linda is survived by her husband of 40 years; her daughters Sue Agnes (Charlie) Morgan of Browning and Rae Lynn (Errol) Jansen of Auburn, WA; sons Ronald (Vannah) KickingWoman, Sr. of Browning and Merlin (Tanisha) KickingWoman Sr. of Tulalip, WA; 9 grand-children Ryan, Ryley, Mariah, Ronald Jr., Hannah, Harley, Merlin Jr., Ladainian, and Maleia; sisters Marlene Doney, Diane (George) Calftail, Waverly (Tom) Shawl, Marcedes (Carl) OldPerson; brothers Merlin Doore, Jr., Gayle Rides At The Door and sons, Cecile (Janelle) Doore and Samual Doore, all of Browning; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Linda was also raised with Lavern Prairie Chicken, Ethel (Cookie) Castillo, Carol Garrow, Mary Ellen Roundine, and Laurie Roundine all of Browning; and uncles Marvin Spotted Bear and Fred Spotted Bear.

Linda is preceded in death by mother Cecile Doore; her father Merlin Doore; maternal grandparents, Sam and Agnes Newbreast; paternal grandparents Frank and Annie Doore; brothers Martin David Doore and Kenneth Doore; uncles Pete, Sammy, and Charlie Newbreast; and aunts Loretta Roundine and Melinda Henault.

Prayer Services began Wednesday at the Glacier Homes, With Funeral Services at 11am on Thursday at the Starr School, with interment following at the White Grass Cemetery.

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