For the Record
February 2004 Obituaries
DIXON -- Harvey Franklin Baty entered into this life on Feb. 14, 1909, in Coalgate, OK, and passed from it on Feb. 14, 2004, while a resident at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula. He was the fifth child of Franklin and Mary Baty. Harvey is the last of his eight siblings and is survived by his four children Roger (Redlands, CA), Carol (Bozeman), Janice (Newark, DE) and Douglas (Dixon); eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Harvey graduated from Montana State Univ. in 1931 with a major in sociology. He received his Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester School of Divinity in Rochester, NY, in 1934. He began his professional career as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Montana in Helena in 1934 and married Emmalou Neffner that same year. In 1938 the family moved to Missoula, where Harvey became director of the School of Religion. He also became involved with several community development projects in western Montana. After completing his doctorate in student personnel administration at Columbia University (NYC), Harvey, Emmalou and their children, ventured to Lebanon, where Harvey became Dean of Students at the American Univ. in Beirut. After seven years there, the family returned to Montana, where Harvey founded the International Cooperation Center at Montana State Univ. - Bozeman. During this time he coordinated a "Green Revolution" development project in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. One aspect of the ICC was the Fellows program, which involved training international development professionals with the support of the Carnegie Foundation. In 1963 he accepted an appointment as Coordinator of International Programs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. In 1968 he became director of Chapman College's World Campus Afloat, retiring three years later. Starting in 1971, Harvey and Emmalou spent their winters in Mexico continuing community development projects while hosting countless visitors. All his adult life, Harvey was clean-shaven, but when his wife fell and broke her hip in January, 2000, he vowed to never shave again. This vow he has kept faithfully. Emmalou, his wife for 66 years, died on Jan. 28, 2001. Since June of 2001, Harvey lived at the Village Health Care Center, and the family is profoundly grateful for the loving support he received there. A memorial celebration for the lives of Harvey and Emmalou will be held later this year.
RONAN -- Justin Benoist, 11, died near here on Feb. 27, 2004, of hypothermia. Local law enforcement said alcohol was a contributing factor. He was born to Phillip Benoist, Sr. and Norma Lefthand. He had attended school in Council Bluff (NE), Polson and Pablo. At the time of his death, he was a seventh-grader in Ronan. Justin enjoyed video games, music, basketball, movies, sledding, and adventuring. He is survived by his mother; brothers Christopher Lefthand, Phillip Benoist Jr. and James Quequesah; sisters Leah Benoist, Charlene "Carly" Lefthand and Melissa Benoist; two grandfathers, George Lefthand and Ben Benoist; and his grandmother Lillian Benoist (Mobridge, SD). He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Tyler Benoist; and grandmother Caroline Lefthand. Wake services were conducted in Elmo. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on March 4, also at the Elmo Hall. Burial took place at the Dayton Cemetery.
MARY LOUISE BLUE-SKY
Mary Louise Joscum Blue-Sky died on her wedding anniversary, Feb. 14, 2004. She was born on Aug. 15, 1942, in Arlee, to Antoine and Adeline Squeque Joscum. She was a full-blooded member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes. She attended the Ursulines Boarding School in St. Ignatius, Flandreau Indian School and Haskell Institute. She and her husband, Leonard Blue-Sky, made their home in California's San Francisco/Oakland Bay area before moving to the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico, where she worked for the Bernalillo School System. Mary Louise enjoyed being with her family and doing beadwork. She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Alice and Christine "Tina" Joscum, Mary Rose Cahoon and Mabel Joscum Lucero; a brother, George Joscum; and grandparents Louise Kaltomee and Adele Vanderburg. She is survived by her husband Leonard; four children and their spouses, three of whom live in Albuquerque: Dawn Ann BlueSky-Hill (Everette), Adele Blue-Sky and Holly Blue-Sky (Jeff Rey), and Kai'ti Blue-Sky and Alisha (Las Cruces, NM); four grandchildren: A.J. Blue-Sky, Trey Williams, Dai'ja Blue-Sky and Kaihua Hill; four sisters: Ursula Thomas (Missoula), Judy A. Joscum-Roy (Oklahoma City), Virginia Moreno (Ronan) and Melanie Taylor (St. Ignatius); three brothers: Alex LaFontaine (Missoula), Jim Cahoon (Pablo) and Joseph Joscum (Cutbank); an aunt, Harriet Whitworth (Arlee); her father-in-law, Cre Suina; her sister-in-law and friend, Margie Suina; a brother-in-law, Donald Suina; and a niece, Phoebe Suina. A celebration of her life was held on Feb. 16 at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Cochiti Pueblo Ceremony, which was followed by traditional ceremonies.
POLSON -- Evelyn Chester, 87, died of natural causes on Feb. 16, 2004, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. She was born on Sept. 21, 1916, in Colville, WA, to Lloyd E. and Hazel Alice Godfrey. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Melvin M. Chester. She is survived by her son, Frank Polson); brother Everil Godfrey (Willows, CA); and three grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.
ARLEE -- Lillian Mary Sanders Christopher, born Oct. 17, 1920, died at her home here on Feb. 23, 2004. Lillian graduated from Ronan High School at age 16 in 1936. She married Lauren Christopher on Dec. 15, 1939. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Frank and Etta Sanders; her brother, Les; and a granddaughter. She is survived by three siblings and their spouses: Virginia Morrison (Davenport, WA), Francis and George Reynolds (Missoula), and Allen and Ruth Sanders (Kennewick, WA); her children and their spouses, Faye and Chuck Gibson (Missoula), Alison (Browning), George (Arlee), Donna and Gary Chambers (Superior), Roy (Arlee), Roger and Elizabeth (Arlee) and Rick and LouAnn (Missoula); along with 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Lillian and Lauren farmed, worked in the shipyards of Portland, moved back to Arlee, and then bought the Jocko Mercantile in 1958. They semi-retired to their ranch in the early '80s where they raised cattle and hay. She will be remembered for her cooking skills and her love of sports, traveling, flowers and her pets. She was involved in 4-H, American Legion, and the Arlee Senior Center. A celebration of her life was held on Feb. 26 in Missoula.
SPOKANE, Wash. ‹ Margaret Mayann Cordova, 20, died here on Feb. 22, 2004. She was born on June 9, 1983, to Vicki LaMere and Henry Cordova in Yakima, WA. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jesus Lopez Sr. and David Cordova. Margaret is survived by her mother Vicki LaMere and Vincent (Bonners Ferry, ID); her dad, Jesus Lopez Jr. (Bonners Ferry); her father, Henry Cordova (Yakima, WA); a sister, Angelia Cordova and Duane (Bonners Ferry); two brothers, Isaac Cordova and Marcia (Ronan) and Jesus Lopez III (Bonners Ferry); her son, Avery John Cordova Doutre Jr. (Spokane); her companion, Avery Doutre (Spokane); her grandparents, Joseph and Margaret LaMere (Spokane), Juanita Vasquez (Bonners Ferry), Victoria Gonzales (Yakima); a niece and nephew and numerous aunties, uncles and cousins. Services will be at a later date.
DEER LODGE -- Pearl M. Dubay, 90, died at the Powell County Medical Center on Feb. 24, 2004. She was born in Gold Creek to James and Elsie Campbell on Jan. 29, 1914. Survivors include daughter Chris Dubay (Deer Lodge); son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Lesley (Polson); two daughters-in-law, Ann "Sally" Dubay (Texas) and Mary A. Dubay (Great Falls); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert, in 1983, and son, James, in 1991. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 28.
POLSON -- Robert D. Engle, 68, of Polson, died Feb. 5, 2004, in Lancaster, CA, of pneumonia and heart failure resulting from pulmonary fibrosis. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother Gary. Surviving are his wife Gaye (Polson); sons Dean and wife Maria and Daniel and wife Paquita (all of Castaic, CA); five grandchildren; and mother-in-law Blanche Harding (Kalispell). Military graveside services were conducted on March 6 at Lakeview Cemetery and were followed by a memorial service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Polson.
ANNE RAYE FINLEY
POLSON -- Anne Raye Finley, 27, died on Feb. 28, 2004, as a result of an automobile crash near here. She was born on Oct. 3, 1976, in Polson. She grew up and attended schools on the Flathead Reservation, including Dixon Elementary, Two Eagle River High School and St. Ignatius High School. She served an apprenticeship with the Local # 1 Ironworkers Union in Chicago and became a journeyman ironworker, continuing to work in Chicago. She moved back to the reservation and was working construction. She is survived by her father, Vernon, and his wife, Elaine Frank; her mom, Irene Lake; mother Vena Swan; sisters Deidre, Mari, Olivia Finley, Sherri Neiss and Renita Powell; brothers Jim Fink, Dean Nicola and Jerome Finley; and grandmother Leona Maughan. Anne had a huge family that consisted of several brothers and sisters. Some are biological and some from her heart, but she loved and looked out for them all. Several names had to be left from the obituary but you know who you are if Anne called you family. Wake services began March 2 in the Elmo Hall. Burial took place at the Dayton Cemetery.
RONAN -- Edward Joseph "Ed" Funk died at his home here from natural causes on Feb. 27, 2004. Born on Oct. 18, 1934, to Adam and Alma Funk in Bigfork, he joined the National Guard at the age of 17 and graduated from Flathead High School in 1953. He was married to Delores "Dee" Martin. He worked in auto body repair for 30 years, while also working upholstery and other family businesses before retiring in 1996. Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding and being in the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leroy. He is survived by his wife, Delores; four children and their spouses, Dixie West (Medical Lake, WA), Kathy and Larry Schiele and James and Kathy Funk (all of Ronan), and Cindi and Eric Hendricks (Polson); eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother Charles Funk (Arlington WA); three aunts; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws. A celebration of his life was held on March 8 in Ronan. Cremation was handled by Shrider's Mortuary of Ronan. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in behalf of the Ronan Ambulance Service and Lake County Hospice.
ST. IGNATIUS -- Marian Aileen Garcia, 85, of St. Ignatius, died on Feb. 27, 2004, at the Westside Care Center in Ronan of natural causes. Memorial services were held on March 1 at the First Baptist Church in Polson.
RONAN -- Isabelle True Gardner died on Feb. 22, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility here of natural causes. She was born Aug. 1, 1914, in Peru, Ind., to Walt and Ethel True. Preceding her in death was her husband, Paul; sisters Helen and Evelyn; brother Joke Stofer; and daughters Ann, Barb and Hope. She is survived by her sons, Bill, Dub and Roy; daughter Faith Eldridge; 18 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted on Feb. 28 at the Ronan Methodist Church. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery.
POLSON -- Alois Joseph Gohl died at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls on Feb. 11, 2004. Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Beata Gohl; wife Mary; son James; and brothers Art and Andrew. Surviving children and spouses are Frances Gohl (Havre), David and Elaine Gohl (Marcellus, MI), Susan and Frank Brown (Polson), John and Shirley Gohl (Ronan), Steven and Kathy Gohl (Advance, NC), Linda and Isaac Carraso (Las Vegas), Teresa Gohl, her friend John Laud and son Ben (all of Charlo), Marlene and Alan Shirley (Las Vegas) and Kristine and Kyle Hardy (Las Vegas). He is also survived by siblings Albine, Adeline, Azela, Avis and Adrain; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several step-grandchildren and "greats." Alois was born in McGrath, MN, on July 5, 1924, and was raised in Bagley, MN. He enlisted in the Army, then returned home to work with his father building doors and window sashes. On June 6, 1953, he married Mary Ott. built A&J Millworks. Alois then went to work at Plum Creek until retirement. Alois enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the VFW and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of the Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 17 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Cremation followed.
POLSON -- Mary Margaret "Peg" Gollehon, 54, of Polson, died on Feb. 1, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Mary was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Vancouver, WA, to Robert and Mary Westby. She is survived by her husband, James Gollehon; son, Matthew Gollehon; daughter, Sandra Grover; numerous grandchildren; and other relatives. A memorial service was held on Feb. 5 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Cremation has taken place.
RONAN -- Geraldine Velma Hankins, 89, died at her home here on Feb. 3, 2004. She was born Jan. 9, 1915, in Gordon, TX, to Marion and Carrie (Wilson) Roberts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, in 1994. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Hankins (Ronan) and three sisters. Funeral services were held on Feb. 16 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Ronan. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.
FRED HOULE JR.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fredrick Joseph Houle, Jr., 75, of Ronan, died of natural causes here on Feb. 12, 2004. He was born on July 31, 1928, in Ronan, to Fredrick and Hellen Houle. He graduated from Ronan High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps that same year. He served during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war, and retired with the rank of Major in 1967. In 1950 he married Glenna B. Reed and they had five children. After military retirement, he returned to the Flathead Reservation. He has served on the board of directors of Salish Kootenai College, S&K Electronics, Salish Kootenai Housing Authority, Mission Mountain Country Club, and Mission Valley Power, and he remained politically active. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Tribes for 15 years. He married Myrna Smith in 1994 and gained four stepchildren. Fred and Myrna enjoyed retirement living by spending time together in their home in Ronan, the shores of Blue Bay on Flathead Lake and being snowbirds in Yuma, Ariz. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Myrna; his sisters and their spouses, Lois Dupuis, Allene Cole (John), June Dullaghan, Lora Cole (Jim), Rose Kugler (Ward); his brother, Morris Robert Houle; his five children and their spouses, Theresa Ann Rider, Sally Lynn (Dan) Fend, Joseph Glen (Mary) Houle, Rhoda Lee Folkers, and Thomas Andrew (Donna) Houle; four stepchildren and their spouses, Caralee Lee (Mark), Kelly Crippen (Rob), Connie Starkel, Victor John Starkel II (Paytra); as well as 29 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Glacier View Christian School followed by military graveside honors at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.
SALLY ANN KOETTING
POLSON -- Sally Ann Koetting, 70, died on Feb. 25, 2004, of natural causes at St. Joseph Hospital here. She was born on June 3, 1933, to William and Margaret Clark in Manistee, MI. She married Erwin Koetting in Butte. Her daughter Janet preceded her in death. Some of Sally's passions in life were extending hospitality, her special "cowboy" quilting, and rooting for the Polson Pirates, Seattle Mariners. She is survived by her husband, Erwin; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and Bill Windham, and Tina Sheldon (all of Spokane); two sons, Bill (Auburn, WA) and Dan (Spokane); and three grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be held at a later date in Butte.
ST. IGNATIUS -- Kellan Juvian McDonald, the son of Arnie McDonald Jr. and Regina Mad Plume McDonald, was stillborn on Feb. 21, 2004, in Browning. Graveside services were held on Feb. 24 at the Jocko Cemetery near Arlee.
FORT BENTON -- Wayne Wright Maughan, 69, a farmer and rancher, died on Feb. 19, 2004, at his home here. Wayne was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Ronan. He graduated from Ronan High School in 1952. In 1955, he married Geraldine Swainston in Canada. He worked as a truck driver, at a sugar beet factory, for Western Farmers and Peavey Co., and as a part-time and full-time farmer. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America; PTA president and a member of the Ronan Cemetery Board, Round Butte Water Board, the Montana State Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council, and the Montana Potato Improvement Association. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved people, hunting, fishing, hiking, and working with his family on the family farm. He was preceded in death by a son, Dale; his parents Harry and Ardis Maughan; a brother, Rex; a sister, Rita Porter; and a granddaughter. Survivors include his wife Geraldine (Fort Benton); daughters Pamela Dark (Bountiful, UT), Ramona Smith (Federal Way, WA), Loraine Nygard and Alicia Kelso (both of Wenatchee, WA), Susan Shearer (Tooele, UT), Annette Wendt (Idaho Falls, ID), and Michele Haslam (Billings); sons Steven and Matthew Maughan (both of Fort Benton); sisters Verla Reynolds (Quincy, WA), Myrna Varga (Orem, UT) and Evelyn Cheney (Elko, NV); brothers Eldon and Lamont Maughan (both of Provo, UT), Gerald Maughan (Sandy, UT) and Mark Maughan (Jensen, UT); and 40 grandchildren. A memorial service was held in Fort Benton, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.
URSULA I. MORAN
POLSON -- Ursula I. Moran, 79, of Polson, died on Feb. 27, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Durst; her parents and a brother. She is survived by her husband, Felix (Polson); son Ken Durst (Tulsa, OK); daughter Joan Perkins (Columbia Falls); three grandchildren; three step-children; five step grandchildren; and six great-step-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted on March 1 in Polson. Inurnment took place at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.
FRANKIE NICOLAI III
RONAN -- Frankie Sonneah Nicolai III, 11, of Pablo, died near here on Feb. 27, 2004, of alcohol poisoning. He was born on June 3, 1992, in Missoula, to Frank Nicolai Jr. and Arlene Matt. Frankie attended schools in Hot Springs, Polson, and was attending the sixth grade in Ronan. He loved playing baseball, basketball, and wrestling. He also liked the outdoors, fishing, swimming, golfing, and Nintendo games. He is survived by his father; his mother, Arlene Matt Powell and step-father Frank Powell (Pablo); his brothers Anthony and Adrian Stasso (Ronan), Randall "R.J." Lumpry (Pablo), Mathew Nicolai (Elmo) and Bodrea Nicolai (Ronan); his grandmother Ester Gingras and step-grandfather Basil Lefthand Jr. (Niarada); several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Regina Couture Matt; and an infant brother. Wake services were conducted in Elmo. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on March 4, also in the Elmo Hall. Burial took place at the Camas Prairie Cemetery.
POLSON -- Clinton Ray Robison died as the result of an auto crash here on Feb. 28, 2004. He was born in Sheridan, MT, on July 22, 1981, to Vern Robison of Ennis and Yvonne Conko of St. Ignatius. He spent his first years at the family ranch in McAllister until 1987, when he moved to St. Ignatius with his mom and sisters. Some of his favorite things were fishing, hiking and swimming with friends and family. He loved spending time playing video games and watching movies. Clint was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jeanette Conko. He is survived by his mother, Yvonne Conko; his father, Vern Robison; sisters Shanna Robison (Missoula), Teri Robison (Polson), Christina and Monica Williams (St. Ignatius) and Marisa Torosian; brothers Austin McDonald and Carlos Williams (both of St. Ignatius); grandparents Max and Kate Robison (McAllister, MT); grandmother Jackie Castillo (Cusick); a niece and nephew; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Traditional wake services were held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on March 4 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission and was followed by burial in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
CHARLO -- Andrew Elwood "Pete" Rosenbaum died of natural causes on Feb. 25, 2004, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan. He was born July 8, 1915, in Madison, NE, to Andrew and Ollie Rosenbaum, the youngest of eight children. In 1926, at the age of 11, he and his family moved by horse and wagon from Spokane to Arlee. A short time after his father's death in 1944, Pete, his mother and sisters moved back to Spokane. There he worked in his brother's apple orchard and a factory. After retirement, Pete returned to Charlo, where he met Lydia Ochsner. whom he married on Oct. 29, 1982. Lydia died on Oct. 10, 2003. Also preceding him in death were his mother, three brothers and four sisters. Pete loved children and animals. Although he had no children of his own, he helped care for some of his nieces and nephews. He loved working on his equipment, whether it was a car, a tractor or his bikes. He was also a self-taught accordion player. Survivors include many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Services were held at the Leon Clubhouse in Charlo on March 1. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.
HELENA -- William O. "Bill" Roullier, 72, died at St. Peter's Hospital here on Feb. 20, 2004, of cardiopulmonary disease. He was born on May 29, 1931, in Frenchtown to William R. and Marie (Bouffard) Roullier. He worked 40 years for U.S. West until his retirement in 1990. In 1953, he married JoAnn Hope Trent. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24, 2004. Bill loved hunting trips with relatives, hiking, camping, golfing, water skiing and snowmobiling. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; two children and their spouses, Jill and Mike Lotter, and William T. "Rusty" and Penny Roullier; five grandchildren; sister Annette Lowman (Calif.); brothers Richard (Middy) Roullier and Robert (Tracy) Roullier and brother Gene Roullier (Elmo); and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Feb. 24 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
POLSON -- Sarah Richwine Sturm, 89, died on Feb. 28, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. She was born to Elmer and Susie Richwine at Medicine Lake on July 14, 1914. She received her elementary education in Sheridan County. She graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1931. She attended college in Dillon and received her teaching certificate. She taught five years in eastern Montana before moving with her family to Polson, where she taught at Valley View for 13 years. In 1940, she married LeRoy "Bud" Sturm. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband six brothers and one grandson. She is survived by three sons, Edward (Spokane), Wayne (Seeley Lake) and Roy (Polson); one daughter, Sylvia Vandeberg (Polson); four grandsons; five granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Enoch Richwine (Polson); and a sister, Jane Hall (DesMoines, WA). A memorial service was held on March 4 in Polson. Inurnment took place at Lakeview Cemetery.
POLSON -- Norman K. Sundland, 57, died on Feb. 8, 2004, at his home here. He was born May 22, 1946, in Chicago to Thomas and Jean Sundland. Norman was called to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War. He moved to Montana in 1990. Survivors include his brothers, Thomas (Ocala, FL) and the Rev. Mitred Archpriest Raymond (South Plainfield, NJ); and sisters Louann (Hudson, FL) and Doris Miskiv (Clinton). Services will be held at a later date at the Fort Harrison Veterans Cemetery in Helena.