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August 2006 Obituaries

Fredrick Ernest Roullier
RONAN-Fred Roullier passed away August 28, 2006 from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident while riding his Harley-Davidson home from work. Fred was born December 30, 1951 to Helen (Sell) and Alfred Roullier. Fred is survived by his beloved daughter, Lindsey, sons Jeremy and James Fredrick Roullier, mother Helen, sisters Gail (Larry) Emery, Kathy Roullier, Rosemary (Dick) Abromeit, Roberta (TJ) Haynes, brothers Steve Roullier and Dan (Marlene) Roullier.

Fred was proud to be a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. In March of this year, he had completed 21 years of service with the Tribes. He began his employment at Flathead Post and Pole in May of 1975 and worked there until 1979. Fred then left the reservation to work primarily as a sawyer in Alaska and Oregon. Fred returned to the reservation and began employment as a Greenhouse Worker and Forestry Technician (Fire). In May of 1991, Fred was the only certified sawyer who could teach and certify other sawyers. He traveled to other tribes all over the northwest and even to Florida to teach other to become certified. Fred was proceeded in death by his father, Alfred and brother-friends Anthony Paul, Rick Lozeau and Kelly Salois. Fred was a diversely talented individual. In his youth, he boxed. Due to his quick fancy steps, his opponents rarely, if ever, made contact. Like his father, daughter and siblings, he was a very talented artist. When he was eighteen years old, he was hired by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of Interior to illustrate the book "Coyote Tales of the Montana Salish", published in 1974. Fred continued with his artwork throughout his life.

However, after the birth of his daughter, Lindsey, he dedicated his life to raising and providing for her. In fact, one of his friends, Butch Burland, also a single parent, fondly recounted discussing parenting issues with Fred while shopping for groceries. The two men even traded recipies during these visits.

Clearly, Lindsey was the light of his life. He spent his free time teaching and sharing his live of the outdoors with her. Fred and Lindsey made frequent trips into the Missions to fish, hike, camp and hunt.

Fred was also a devoted family member and friend. Countless stories abound about his warm kindness and willingness to always help without being asked. He would simply show up and in his quiet, humorous way, would pitch in and "Get 'er done," regardless of the task. In fact, all remember Fred never complained, or said a bad word about anyone, and that he had a wonderful sense of humor and regardless of how he felt, he always lifted others up with his warm smile. Friend, Vic Morigeau noted "Fred was a man of his word." Fred will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Traditional wake services began Wednesday, August 30. The rosary will be tonight (Thursday) August 31 at 7:00 pm. Closing services will be Friday, September 1, at 10:00 am. Pallbearers will be Vic Morigeau, T.J. Haynes, Joe Piedalue, Bob McCrea, Leonard Grenier, Jack Currie, Terry Tanner, and Basil Tanner.

Benjamin Asencio
Pablo - Benjamin Asencio, 63, passed away from cancer at his home in Pablo, August 23rd while surrounded by his loving family. A dedicated family man who lived for his children and grandchildren, he was born at Dirty Corner near Arlee on February 1, 1943. Raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation eventually receiving his AA degree from Kalispell Comm. College. Ben went to work for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe as a counselor in 1978. Retiring in January 2004 from the Narcotics Drug Team Specialist he had worked for as a manager for FRACAP, Outreach Counselor for Tribal Health; Drug & Alcohol Counselor; Director of Blue Bay Healing Center and IHS. While skilled at his work Ben had other loves he loved the outdoors whether it was hunting, cutting his own firewood or taking pride in have a beautiful yard he kept busy. With declining health he took up gambling while at home but nothing came before his family their accomplishments were the things that made him proud. He was preceded in death by his parents Cecelia Cullooyah & Pete Asencio and a son Geno. He leaves behind his wife JoAnne "Dode" (Antoine) Asencio; his chidren Bonnie Asencio, Ben (Brenda) Asencio, Gena Asencio, Berta Asencio (Lee Grant), Bobby (Becca) Asencio, Norita Mathias, Nikki Antoine, Carrie Antoine and Misty Whitworth (Dave McClure); his aunt Oshanee Kenmille; his sisters Virg Charlo, Josephine Gonzalez, Madeline Finley & Madeline Pierre and a brother Max Asencio; 24 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren as well as numerous foster children, cousins, nieces, nephews and all of his wife's Day Care kids to whom he was known as "Papa". Rosary was held Thursday, August 24th at the Longhouse with Wake Closing being held at 10 Friday, August 25th in the Longhouse. In accordance with Ben's wishes cremation will take place after the Closing Service.

Dorothy Frances Lester Arends Bell
RONAN- Dorothy Frances Lester was born on Sept. 22, 1918, in Watford City, N.D.; she attended school in Watford City.

In 1936, she married Luppo Arends, Living both in North Dakota and Missoula before moving to the Ronan area. In 1949, Luppo died leaving her with their four children. In 1950, she married Julian Bell, who also brought four children into the union. Dorothy and J.B. had three more children while living on their farm in the Round Butte area. They lived on the farm until they bought their house in Pablo. J.B. died that December of 1975.

Our sweet mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, died peacefully on Aug. 23, 2006, surrounded by her family. She had been residing in the St. Luke Hospital Extended Care since 2003.

She was preceded in death by her two spouses Luppo and J.B.; her parents Donald and Bessie Lester; siblings Leva, Alva, Opal, Claire, Velma and Loyal; grandchildren Doug Bell, Sherrie Tichenor, Eddie DuBois; and great grandchildren Roman Bell and Lester Couture.

Surviving siblings are Faye, Glen, Lester, Otis, Phyllis and Eunice.

Her children are Danny (Barb) Arends of the Dalles, Ore., Carol (Wayne) Tichenor of Whitehall, Dorothy Ann (Mark) McDonald of Charlo, Slim (Ingrid) Arends of Ronan, Bev (Ron) Roundy of Eagle River, Alaska, and twins Don (Val) Bell of Pablo and Donna (Brian) Corum of Ronan; and stepchildren Gene Bell of Ronan, Connie (Ed) Kinsey of Helena, Bob (Linda) Bell of Ronan, Betty Jo (Ed) DuBois of St. Ignatius. She has over 36 grandchildren and over 50 great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held at Saturday, Aug. 26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ronan with a viewing before the funeral. Burial followed at the Ronan Cemetery.

Shrider-Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting with arrangements.

Jadace Tomacio Duran
POLSON - Our baby boy, nephew, grandson, great-grandson and cousin, Jadace Tomacio Duran, born to Amanda Watt and Clayton Duran on March 16, 2006, at 11:41 a.m., was given to the lord on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.

As every day began Jadace was full of smiles and joy. As we looked at him the sparkle in those big blue eyes brought love and happiness to everyone's lives.

Jadace enjoyed stockcar racing, water, hiccupping, eating, playing, making others laugh and smile. As Jadace went to be with the lord, he became an angel to other young children and his family.Jadace was survived by grandparents Bud and Darla Watt, Susan Pierre and Tom and Wendy Duran; great grandparents Janice and Clifford Kelley, William F. Watt, Clifford Duran, Marian Andrew, Patricia Cousins and Rawhide; aunts and uncles J.C. and Jennifer Watt, Michelle Nault-Duran, Desi Nault-Duran, T.J. and Lacey Duran, Patrick and Carrie Sorrell, Michael Grant, C. Gail Grant, Jodessa Senecal and Josiah Senecal; cousins Gavin Watt, Winter Watt, Cyela Nault Duran, Sharyn-Marie Duran, Jo-Jo Sorrell, Harley Sorrell and Bo Jai Grant-Schmidt. Traditional wake services will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 21, with wake closing beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Ronan Cemetery.

Donald Sydney Pitts
HOT SPRINGS - Donald Sydney Pitts, 81, passed away August 2nd in Sacramento, California.

A member of the Salish & Kootenai Tribe, Don was the son of Virgil and Geneva (Houle) Pitts, he was born in St. Ignatius on December 12, 1923. He lived in Valley Creek, MT and later moved to Hot Springs where he attended school and graduated from High School in 1941. He then went to the U of M for a year and was affiliated with S.A.E. Fraternity. Don then moved to Portland and became an orderly in the main hospital there before returning to Hot Springs where he enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942. Don served two years in the South Pacific. In 1944, he was honorably discharged. Returning to Hot Springs, he was engaged in many occupations: a truck driver on the new Alaska Highway and when the weather became bad he returned to Hot Springs and started a dairy company. Upon selling the dairy he went to Lewistown, MT and worked on the railroad; returning to Hot Springs to start an Excavation Business. Selling that business, he went to Sacramento, CA and worked for a dairy for 23 years plus working with the City Ambulance when called. He then retired and went into the rare coin business until he permantly retired. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother Serena (Marquardt) Pitts and a sister Donna.

Survivors include one brother Eugene (Faye) Pitts of Dixon; sister Nena (Bud) Heitmiller of Hawaii; nieces Letti (John) Neuman of Polson, Kolynn (Paul) Sinclair of Yakima, WA and Teresa (Derk) Olea of Sacramento, CA; nephews Dr. Garry (Christine) Pitts of Polson, Terry (Crystal) Pitts of Dixon, Larry (Ginger) Pitts of Pablo, Robert Veitch of Helena and Stephen Heitmiller of CA and numerous grand nephews and grand nieces. At his request, cremation has taken place and private family services will held Labor Day Weekend at the Lone Pine Cemetery where he will be laid to rest by his father. Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home of St. Ignatius is assisting the family.

Yvonne Marie LaPrairie
FORT HALL, ID - Yvonne "Maria" LaPrairie, 35, passed away on August 6, 2006, surrounded by her family, after a lingering illness. She was born September 30, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, to Evelyn Felix (Alvarez) Evans of Fort Hall, Idaho and Lyman LaPrairie of Illinois. Her family moved several times between Idaho, Montana, Illinois and Oregon where she grew up. As the family grew she happily adjusted. She attended school in Illinois, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Kicking Horse Job Corps. Maria cherished her nieces and nephew, loved nurturing the plants as well as the pets she had, also loved powwowing, singing, cooking, writing letters, and doing hair and nails. Maria worked as a housekeeper and loved helping others. She always had something to give to every person who entered her life. She was a great friend to listen and talk to; perhaps her unconditional love was her greatest gift. Most of all she loved being with family and friends. She traveled to just be with them and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her father.Survivors include her mom, who is so inspiring and stood beside her daughter the whole time. Her brother whom she was so proud of, Winfield P. LaPrairie Sr. of Fort Hall, Idaho, her nephew and niece Winfield P. LaPrairie Jr. of Kamiah, Idaho and Haley Farmer of Fort Hall, Idaho; her sister Karen E. Johnson and fiancˇ Charles Apple and new nephew on the way, of Fort Hall, Idaho; her sister Irene F. Johnson and husband Myles Buchanan, nieces Mya, Chanelle, Alicyn and Alexis of Missoula; her brother Joel R. Evans and wife Christina of Missoula; her sister Lyma A. Evans and her niece LaVea of Missoula and her brother Daniel LaPrairie of Illinois. Burial services were held on August 8, 2006 in Fort Hall, Idaho. She was buried at Cedars Cemetery in Fort Hall, Idaho.