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For the Record
January 2015

Jody Lanaeh Senecal
RONAN — Jody Lanaeh Senecal was wrapped in the arms of the Creator on January 16, 2015 in Polson, Montana. Jody was born on December 11, 1987 in Ronan, Montana to Marilyn Adams and Joseph Senecal. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, descended from the Redhorn, Chief Eagle and Woodcock families.

As a child she attended school in St. Ignatius and later attended high school at Two Eagle River School, where she made many lifelong friends. She continued her education at Salish Kootenai College studying office education.

Jody was a mother to four beautiful children: Benjamin, Eternity, Shauna and Rowdy. She loved her children with all of her heart as they were her world. She enjoyed making crafts, scrapbooking, playing machines with her Wildhorse Players card, shopping at thrift stores, watching movies, listening to music and spending time with her extended family, especially her nieces and nephews who loved her cooking, being silly and hanging out with auntie Jody. She was dearly loved by her family and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include her loving mother, Marilyn Adams, of Polson; brothers, Eli Adams, Anthony Alexander, and Josiah Senecal; sisters, Wilhelmina Adams, Hope Long and Jodessa Senecal; her children, Benjamin, Eternity, Shauna and Rowdy; and nieces and nephews, Elias, Ilysia, William, Patience, Viviana, Jamison, Andrew, Anthony, Jr and Amira. Jody has numerous extended relatives from her mother and father’s families that loved her very much.

Preceding her in death were her father, Joe; aunt, Jeannie Senecal; her Yiyas, Rose Redhorn Tanner and Vivian Redhorn; grandparents, Lucy Woodcock and Alfred and Bernice Senecal; her aunt and uncle, Theresa and Kenny Ness; cousins, Amber Garfield, Max Andrew, T.J. Sias, and Big Jay Julius; and her best friend, Heather Adams Shepard.

A wake began at the Longhouse on Monday, January 19. Rosary was Tuesday, January 20 at 8 p.m. Closing ceremonies began at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21 at the Longhouse. Internment took place at the Ronan Cemetery followed with a dinner at the Salish Longhouse. Condolences may be left at

David Randall McConnell
ST. IGNATIUS — David Randall McConnell, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed peacefully in his sleep on January 15, 2015, just days short of his 63rd birthday. He has finally begun his “Magical Mystery Tour”.

David was a proud enrolled member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Born in Polson on January 26, 1952, he was the son of the late Mary Ann McConnell; grandson of Joseph Edward Bernard McConnell and Amanda Louella Wagner; great grandson of George Edward McConnell and Cecilia Ninepipe; and the great great grandson of Elaine Ninepipe.

After a distinguished, highly decorated, 22 year career in the United States Navy serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Dave retired and returned to the family’s allotted ranch land south of St. Ignatius. David worked for CSKT Tribal Health as a health educator, then as a Customer Service Manager at Mission Valley Power. He was well known in the community as “Crazy Dave” due to his wicked, dry sense of humor. The ranch was where he was the happiest in life, and his home looked out to the Mission Mountains and over the original log structures built by his great grandfather. The ranch was a sacred place to him.

Dave is survived by his wife, Catherine L. McConnell, of the family home; son, William Alexander Bell, of Beaufort, North Carolina; grandchildren, Tyler and Olivia Bell, of Beaufort, North Carolina; and numerous foster children and foster grandchildren. He is also survived by his best friend, Sandy Sorrell, and his eight dogs.

Dave’s wish was to be cremated and have his ashes mixed-in with his mother’s ashes and spread at his special place on the ranch. Condolences may be left at

Shannie Byron AnnLee Sanchez
RONAN — Shannie Byron AnnLee Sanchez, infant daughter of Stacey Lynn Walter and Joseph (Boo Boo) Sanchez, was stillborn on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Community Medical Center in Missoula. Though Shannie never spent time with us, she touched many of our lives.

Survivors include parents, Stacey Lynn Walter and Joseph Byron Sanchez; grandparents, Lori Walter (Jeremy), Steve Lakey (Holly), Shannon Calico, and Raymond Sanchez (Lynda); and many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of Stacey and Joseph.

Shannie was buried at the Sunset Memorial Cemetary in Missoula, on January 15 at 3 p.m.

Daniel McDougall
HOT SPRINGS — Daniel “Magic Dan” McDougall, 77, passed away at his home in Hot Springs on January 21.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born in Mission on Aug 30, 1937 to Loretta BadRoad and Sam McDougall. He grew up in Camas Prairie and in 1958 he enlisted in with the United States Army – H Company – being stationed in the Yakima area before seeing service in Southeast Asia. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he lived and worked several places. First, he owned his own welding shop and later was a heavy equipment operator and engineer working in the Yakima area, on the Alaskan Pipeline, and for Safeway, in the Denver area.

He married Harriet Stanislaw in Couer D’ Alane in 1958 in a drive through wedding and they remained friends after a 30 year marriage.

He was a member of the Local 302 Operating Engineers in Yakima Washington. When given the chance he loved to travel, play stickgame and pool. He was a magician, an avid Seahawks fan and gambler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Sam, Rose, and Mooch; as well as several siblings

Survivors include his children, Billy McDougall, and Henry (Crystal Woods) McDougall, both of Hot Springs, and Mike MorningGun, of Topenish, Washington; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and sister, Violet Feather.

A wake began at the Hot Springs CSKT Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, January 22, with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Center. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Hot Springs CSKT Senior Citizens Center, where military honors will be presented. As per his wishes, cremation will follow the services.

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Edmond Lester Dupuis
APACHE JUNCTION, ARIZONA — Edmond Lester Dupuis passed away peacefully at his home in Apache Junction, Arizona, on Saturday, January 17, 2015, while surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born July 19, 1918, on the south shore of Flathead Lake to Edmond and Clara McKinney Dupuis. His brother, Lyle, preceded him in death, while his sister, Liberty Bauer, lives in Missoula.

In his early years, Lester worked in the timber industry with his father. Later, he operated a ranch in Pablo with Faye, his wife of 60 years, who preceded him in death in 2000. They had four children together and raised them on the ranch: Carolyn Peterson (deceased) (Jim), Joe Dupuis (Francine), of Pablo, John Dupuis (deceased) (Sandy), and Cathi Dupuis, of Pablo.

Born into a heritage of community activism and service, Lester followed in his father’s footsteps and served on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council. He also served on the Tribal Credit Committee. Lester was an active member of the New Life Christian Center community in Polson.

In 2001, Lester married Joan Earnhart, of Yakima, Washington. They spent their summers on the east shore of Flathead Lake – after clearing the land themselves – and spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Lester’s traditions are carried on by a large and growing family, including grandchildren, Leslie Becker of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Sheri Olson, of Mesa, Arizona, David Peterson, of Kensington, California, Jacques Dupuis, of Portland, Oregon, Jean Dupuis, of Portland, Oregon, Jennifer Dir, of Lewiston, Idaho, Jonelle Dupuis, of Fort Hood, Texas, Josh Dupuis of Portland, Oregon, Sky Dupuis Shortman, of Pablo, Edmond Dupuis, of Pablo, and Jarred Dupuis of Pablo; step-grandchildren, Leroy Black, Paul Black, Lila Black, Josiah Black, Vivian Black, Ray Ogden and Tom Ogden; great-grandchildren; Sheri’s family, Donald "Bucky," Nicki and Casey; Jean’s family, Nathan, Natalie and Claire; Jonelle’s family, Gabrielle, Jessa and Jean-Henry; Jennifer’s family, Shandyn Fyant and Edwin; Josh’s family, Loren; Sky’s family, Issabella, Kulilu and Vaughnan; Leroy’s family, Leroy III, Lucus, K.J. Ashley, Nikki, Terrence, LaRose and Tony; Lila’s family, Kayden, Dillon, Jeremiah, Benjamin and Russel; Josiah’s family, DeAndré and Amaiya; Vivian’s family, Brian and Caleb; and Ray’s Family, Jennifer, Gary and Sarah.

Lester leaves a legacy of faith, peace, constancy, self-discipline, hard work, generosity and humor.

His family is grateful beyond words for the gift of his life that we are honored to share and uphold. He told us to take care of everything from animals to machinery to our family. He'd say, “If you treat them right, they'll treat you right.” When faced with problems or giving advice, he'd say, “Just hold steady, it will come around.” And he had a Bible verse for every situation.

Viewing was at The Lake Funeral Home (formerly Grogan Funeral Home) in Polson on Friday, January 23, from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral services were celebrated at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the New Life Christian Center in Polson, followed by burial at the Ronan Cemetery. A reception of fellowship and storytelling will be held back at the church after the burial service has completed.

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home of Polson.

David Skjothaug
ELMO — David “Dave” Earland Skjothaug, 52, died on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

He was born July 2, 1962, to Francis and Harold Skjothaug. Originally from the Spokane area, he grew up on a farm and ranch raising chickens, pigs, cattle, and racehorses. Learning hard work at a young age, he had saved more than $40,000 by his teens and relocated to Florida. He also operated a landscaping business in his younger years. His work in construction took him to the states of Alaska, Nevada, California, Florida, North Dakota, and various parts of Montana.

Dave lived in Elmo the past five years. He enjoyed fishing, had a passion for vegetable gardening, and was a prolific picker of huckleberries. He was always willing to help out friends and neighbors. He loved children and was enjoyed being a papa. In recent years he was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and he struggled with this until his passing.

A wake was held on Sunday, January 18, at the Polson Indian Senior Center. Cremation has taken place. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son. He is survived by his son, Michael Skjothaug (Desiree), and grandson, Gharrett; his stepson, Zach, and Zach and Michael's mother, Kim Jones; his sisters, Idunna (Mike) Westerfield, of Spokane, and Aine Carpenter, of Metaline, Washington; and his brother, Steven; Kim Swaney and her children and grandchildren, of Elmo; and his friends Phillip Kallowat, Brad Eneas, Vern Tenas, Kenny Lozeau, and the “morning coffee club” at Elmo Hall.

On behalf of Dave’s family, we extend the following heartfelt thanks to the following for their beautiful expressions of prayer, kindness, support, and donations: Phillip Kallowat, Catherine Eneas and Eldon Big Beaver, Phyllis and Reuben Mathias, Gen Caye and Brad Eneas, Gale Eneas, Russell Smith, Shelley Dally, Arleen Adams, Shelly Fyant, Louie Adams, SK Housing – Louis Fyant and Todd Dupuis, Peggy VanNess, Rachael and Bradee BigSam, Pam Dupuis, Jolene Bryant, Sherry Dupuis, Mike Dupuis, Anita Dupuis, Teresa and Tom McDonald, Anna and Gene Sorrell, Luana Ross, Ralph Foster, Sharon and Joe McDonald, S&K Gaming/Kwataqnuk Resort, Safe Harbour, Helping Hands, Foster Funeral Home, Tribal Social Services – Circle of Trust and Suicide Prevention, Roxana Colman-Herak and Jenny Fowler, Jennifer and Les Trahan, Tammy and David Rosenbrock, Debbie Bell, Naomi Robinson, Angie Young, Melanie Smith, JeNaia McGreevey, Louise and Roger Shourds, Nicole and Merle BigBow, Susie and Dennis Villegas, Denise Fyant, LuCinda Michel, Catherine Buckskin, Elaina Buckskin, Jason Heavyrunner, Jeanne Christopher, Donata and Stan Healy, Caroline Mohr, Mary Charlo, Ronni MacDonald, Pearl Yellowman, and Julia Williams.

In memory of Dave, we suggest a donation to Safe Harbour, the Lake County Humane Society, or the Standing Arrow Powwow.

Wesley James Fisher
SALEM – Wesley James Fisher, a resident of Salem, Oregon, died on January 17, 2015 in Salem. He was 82 years of age.

Wesley was born on January 3, 1933 in St. Ignatius, and was the son of Jospeh and Florence (Pelitier) Fisher. He attended school in Arlee, and later enlisted in the United States Army. He served during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant.

On January 21, 1957, he married Sally Ortega in Homedale, Idaho. They resided in Caldwell and Nampa, Idaho. Wesley worked as a Supervisor for the City of Salem Parks and Recreation. He also served as Marion County Sheriff Reserve Deputy and supervised the Inmate Work crew. He retired in 1997 after 32 years of service.

Wesley was a family man who was very proud of his Native American heritage. He enjoyed pow wows and tribal arts and crafts. He also enjoyed watching the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners, going to the casino, playing bingo, traveling home to Montana to visit family and his Wednesday coffee trips to Lancaster Mall, where he met his retired buddies.

Wesley is survived by his wife, Sally, of Salem; children, Fred (wife, Kathy) Fisher, of Salem, Shyla Fisher and Lisa Fisher, of Salem; along with nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, George, Bill, Al, Pat, Canny, Lucille and Virginia; and granddaughter, Celena.

A vigil was held Tuesday, January 20, at the Long House located in Grande Ronde, Oregon. A funeral service was on Thursday, January 22, at Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home, followed by a committal service at Belcrest Memorial Park. Contributions in memory of Wesley may be made to the Union Gospel Mission. Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home handled arrangements.