For the Record
January 2004 Obituaries
POLSON -- Lela Altig, 83, died at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here from natural causes on Jan. 5, 2004. Lela Bernice Huddleston Altig was born to Op and Anna Powell Huddleston in Sheridan, OR, on Jan. 14, 1921. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Hallie Walter and brother Chester Huddleston. Lela is survived by her husband, Caleb Altig (Polson); daughter and son-in-law Judy and Butch Shostak (Polson); sons Rick Altig and James Babe (both of Phoenix); stepsons and families Gary and Nettie Altig (Reno, NV), Don and Margaret Altig (Butte Meadows, CA), Russell Altig (Hayward, CA), and Randy and Laurie Altig (Astoria, OR); two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held on Jan. 10 in Polson.
POLSON -- Harriett H. Barnes, 92, died of natural causes on Jan. 4, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; four brothers; and one sister. Survivors include her daughter Charisle Ramsey (Globe, AZ); son Ralph Barnes and his wife Margaret (Polson); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven sisters. No services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place.
DOROTHY MAE BILLINGTON
ST. IGNATIUS -- Dorothy Mae Billington, 78, died at home here on Jan. 20, 2004, of acute leukemia. Dorothy worked for Cenex for 34 years of employment. She retired to the farm in St. Ignatius where grew roses. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Molly Sanders; her brother, Lester F. Sanders; and the love of her life, El Dee Billington. She's survived by her three children, Kathleen Billington, Christie Sisco and Lester Billington and his wife Alita; six grandchildren; her sister, Mary Walker; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services and inurnment were Jan. 23 in Missoula.
RONAN -- Marjorie Mae Burtch died on New Year's Day at St. Luke's Extended Care Facility here. She had been married to Robert Orlando Burtch for 49 years. He passed away in 1987. Marge was born in Poplar, lived in California in her early years and came to Montana in her late teens. She died at 83 years of age. She was a school cook at Dixon Public Schools, an active volunteer with PTA and 4-H, and worked as a nurse's aide at St. Ignatius Holy Family Hospital. She loved cooking, canning, gardening, crafting and quilting, nature and bird watching. She is survived by a sister, Mildred Morin (Missoula); a daughter, Donna Burtch Luecke (San Diego); a son, David Burtch (Dixon); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services were conducted on Jan. 6 in Ronan. Burial took place in St. Ignatius.
NICK DALLY JR.
MISSOULA -- Nick Tien Dally Jr., 58, died of natural causes here on Jan. 31, 2004. Nick was born Dec. 4, 1945, in Glendale, CA, to Nick and June Dally, the second of four children. Nick enjoyed riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, hunting and fishing. Nick was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Dan Dally. Survivors include three sons, Buckland Tien Dally and family (St. Ignatius), Nickie Todd and family (CA) and Gean Lee and family (Dixon); daughter Jennifer and family; sister Shelley Thomas and family (Missoula); brother Jim and his wife, Virginia (St. Ignatius); 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were conducted on Feb. 7 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.
POLSON -- Lloyd Jean "Frenchy" Deranleau, 76, died at home here on Jan. 3, 2004. The son of Lattie and Archie Deranleau, he was born on April 5, 1927, in Polson where he attended school. He quit school his junior year and enlisted in the Navy. He served in Hawaii, then returned to Polson to finish his education. Before, during and after school he held various jobs including pin-setter at the bowling alley, movie projectionist and golf caddy. He was an electrician for 47 years. One of his favorite pastimes was his daily get-together with all his poker buddies at the Lake City Bakery, which was something he did every morning for almost 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Leo; and a grandson. Survivors include his wife of 57 years; five children and their spouses: daughter Vicky (Don) Osbourne, and sons Dana, Rocky (Carrie), Royal (Becky) -- all of Polson, and Daryl (OH); his brother Barney Barnekoff (Idaho); and 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place.
MARY 'EMMA' DUPUIS
EVARO -- Mary "Emma" Dupuis, 89, died at her home here on Jan. 30, 2004. Mary's parents, Carl and Mary Davis of Polson, preceded her in death, as did her husband, Arnold Dupuis. Mary is survived by two sons and their wives, Ken W. and Antoinette Meeds Dupuis and Carl M. and Ennis Kunoto (Missoula); several grandchildren: Dennis Dupuis, Doug Dupuis, Marci Freshour, Lori Penrod, Marsha Roetcisoender, Wendy Gestern, Mark Dupuis, Hanna Dupuis and Eko Sudaryanto; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; and other extended family members and friends. Mary loved animals. She attended schools in Polson, the Ursuline Academy, and Haskell in Lawrence, Kan. Following secretarial training at Haskell, she returned to the Flathead Indian Reservation and began employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Flathead Indian Agency). She retired from the BIA in 1969. Mary touched the lives of hundreds of people during her years with the BIA. Her life was full, but simple, by her own choice. She traveled to foreign lands. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Feb. 5. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
MARY G. ENEAS
ELMO -- Mary G. Eneas, 91, Elmo, died on Jan. 13, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan from natural causes. Mary was born in Tobacco Plains, B.C., on May 14, 1912, to Louie and Sophie Philip. She was educated at St. Marie¹s Mission in Cranbrook, BC. In 1931, she married Modeste Youstah Eneas and spent the next few years traveling through Canada and the Northwest. They settled in Elmo. They had a total of nine children throughout their 68 years together. Mary spent her life raising children, grandchildren and caring for other family members and friends. She had great pride in her family. She enjoyed tanning hides, beading, playing Chinese checkers and bingo. She was a Polson Pirate fan. Her true love of life was playing stickgame. She traveled many states to play, and is known throughout the valley as "Six-pack." Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and six children: Bernice, Leo, Joe, Theresa, Toby and Michael. She is also preceded in death by Madeline and Agatha, and a nephew. She is survived by her children Christine Lacey (Salem, OR), Johnny (Elmo), and Bernard and his wife Grace (Spokane, WA); 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Wake services took place in the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Jan. 17 in Elmo. Burial followed at Dayton Cemetery.
DAVID L. ERCHUL
CAMAS PRAIRIE -- David Louis "Dave" Erchul, 58, died unexpectedly on Jan. 6, 2004, at his home at Camas Prairie. Dave, the son of Joe M. and Virginia Cameron Erchul, was born July 15, 1945, in Missoula. He attended schools at Camas Prairie and Hot Springs and graduated from high school in 1964. He joined the National Guard. He worked for Diehl Lumber Co. of Plains and on the Sanders County road crew. At the time of his death he was working as a custodian at the Camas Prairie School. In July 1974 he married Patricia Click in Plains. The couple made their home at Camas Prairie for the next 29 years. They enjoyed the cattle and growing crops. He is survived by his wife; one brother, Jay Erchul (Hot Springs); one sister, Mary Nell Klawitter (Missoula); four nieces; one nephew; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was laid to rest on Jan. 9 at Plains Cemetery.
POLSON -- Walter August Frey, 87, died of natural causes on Jan. 11, 2004, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Meranda; stepchildren Marlene Burnett (Roy, UT), and Douglas Payne (Tabernash, CO); sisters Grace Brooks (Missoula) and Hazel Zumwalt (Polson); eight grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and 27 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 16 in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.
POLSON -- Charles W. "Scotty" Lea, 80, died on Jan. 11, 2004, from natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born on March 11, 1923, in Stevensville, to Charles and Leona Lea. He grew up and attended schools there, graduating in 1941. He studied agriculture at MT State Univ. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He then attended the Univ. of MT, earning a bachelor and master's degree in music education. He taught at Havre High School, and in Bigfork and Corvallis. He was married for time to Corine Sdeum. On July 11, 1964, he married Jane Hevever. They eventually moved to Polson where Scotty taught music for two years before retiring in 1976. He also worked as a district manager for KAR Products in Montana and Idaho. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Polson and an avid reader. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother John and sister Frances. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Polson); three sons and their wives, Scott and Bonnie Lea (Louisville, KY), Daniel and Karen Lea (Federal Way, WA), and Michael and Shanda Lea (Tularosa, NM); three grandchildren; and a sister, Nonce McGiffin. A memorial service was held on Jan. 15 in Polson.
ST. IGNATIUS -- Claude McCoard Leishman, 88, died on Jan. 9, 2004. He was born on June 14, 1915, in Wellsville, UT, to William and Isabelle Leishman. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He married Julia Roay on Nov. 20, 1944, in Calif. During his youth he milked cows and grew hay and wheat. After military service, he went back to farming in St. Ignatius. In 1976, he went into raising beef cattle. He is survived by his wife; three sons and their wives: Paul and Shirley (Pioneer, CA), Aaron and Marci (St. Ignatius), and Max (Three Forks); 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and three sisters, Eva, Afton and Donna. Graveside services were held on Jan. 12 in St. Ignatius.
REGINA CYR McLEOD
ARLEE -- Regina (Cyr) McLeod died of natural causes in her home here on Jan. 21, 2004, at the age of 102. Regina was born on Jan. 13, 1902, in Frenchtown, to Esmeralda and Lawrence Cyr. Her family later moved to the Arlee area. While attending school there, she met her lifetime sweetheart, Bernard McLeod. They married on July 1, 1918. They raised their two children, June and Eugene, and helped raise Bernard's four younger brothers. They homesteaded on their allotment northeast of Arlee. Bernard died in 1980. In addition to Bernard, she was preceded in death by her children, and grandson Ronald "Buzzy" McLeod. Regina is survived by three grandchildren, Walter Mahler (VA), Sharlene LaRance (Helena); B. Kent Mahler (Missoula); eight great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. Mass was celebrated on Jan. 27 in Arlee. Interment followed in the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.
POLSON -- Frederick H. "Fred" Mielke, 85, of Polson, died on Jan. 8, 2004, of natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Survivors include his wife, Millie (Polson); three children, George Mielke (New York), John Mielke (Florida) and Maggie Darlington (Polson); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Jan. 12 in Polson. Inurnment was in Sidney, MT. Cremation has taken place.
POLSON -- Kenneth August Neumann, 76, died at his home here on Jan. 6, 2004, from cancer. Kenneth was born on Nov. 9, 1927, in Polson, to William August and Herta Marie (Butt) Neumann. He attended schools in Polson, graduating in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1945, and served in the Philippines. Kenneth married Rosemary Courville Dupuis in 1950 in Polson. The couple lived in Polson, Spokane (WA), Beaverton (OR) and Anchorage, AK. Ken remained there until Rosemary's death in 1993. He was a deputy clerk and recorder and a city clerk in Polson. He also worked at Beardmore Heavy Hauling, Spokane Terminal Consolidated Freightways, Portland CF, and Weaver Brothers Trucking. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, word-search puzzles and taking drives. Ken was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary and a son, Wesley Alan. He is survived by five children: Randall E., William K. and Elaine M. Harrison (all of Polson), Gary B. (St. Ignatius), and Dean A. (Anchorage and Polson); five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Jan. 10 in Polson. Inurnment of cremains will take place on Aug. 14, 2004, in Polson.
POLSON -- Lillian Anna Noble, 77, died at St. Joseph Assisted Living here on Jan. 4, 2004. She was born to Ludwig and Francis Marion (Harlan) Pollmann on Nov. 9, 1926, in Reed Point. She attended schools in Polson and earned an AA degree in Torrance, CA. Lillian married Neil Noble on May 29, 1947, in Missoula. They lived in Great Falls and southern Calif. They retired to Polson in 1982. Lillian's activities included tennis, golf, photography, gold panning, silversmithing and jewelry making, sewing, crocheting and Bible study. She was a rock hound and a fan of the Mission Valley Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She loved gardening and drying fruit, and playing cribbage, Scrabble, cards and games of chance. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Polson Ladies Golf League. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a daughter, Marion Dooley. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Michael and Quinci Noble (Helena), Ronn and Linda Noble (Polson), Beth and Leonard DeVore (Hot Springs), and Paul and Marie Noble (Polson); three sisters, Eve Funke (Polson), Carol Thomas (Lake Mary Ronan) and Karen Corcoran (Point Arena, CA); one brother, Harlan "Chub" Pollmann (Ronan); 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. A memorial service and inurnment took place on Jan. 7 in Polson.
POLSON -- William Olson, 91, died of natural causes on Jan. 8, 2004, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. He was born on Oct. 5, 1912, in Grand Forks, ND, to Edith and Walter C. Olson. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Virginia; three sons, Curtis G. Olson (Coeur d'Alene, ID), Walter C. Olson (Polson) and William A Olson (Neenah, WI); a daughter, Joy E. Bell (Pensacola, FL); a sister, Dorothy E. Wendt (Great Falls); eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services and interment took place on Jan. 14.
ST. IGNATIUS -- Vera Pauline "Patsy" Orr, died at her home here on Jan. 28, 2004. She was born in July of 1926 to William Bunn and Clara Batson Traylor in Sepulapa, OK. Her mother married Elzie Litteral in 1928. Of MuskogeeCreek tribal heritage, the family left Oklahoma in 1941 and settled in Yakima, WA, where she met the love of her life, Alvin Orr. They were married on Feb. 9, 1945. They left Washington in 1948 and settled in St. Ignatius. They later divorced. She was a homemaker for the elderly in the St. Ignatius area. After suffering a stroke in 1999, she divided her time between her home in St. Ignatius and her daughter's home in Warm Springs, OR. She was preceded in death by her two fathers, her mother and a son, Gary. Survivors include her children and their spouses: Sharon Orr (Warm Springs, OR), Jerry and Kathy Orr (Missoula), Jeannie and Dean Seyler (Pinetop, AZ), Anita and Shorty Matt (Moiese) and Tim and Peggy Orr (St. Ignatius); 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Billie Traylor; sisters Charlene Davis (WA) and Bobbi Tyler (LA); an uncle; two aunts; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Jan. 31 in St. Ignatius. Interment followed in the family cemetery near St. Ignatius.
ST. IGNATIUS -- Agnes PokerJim Paul, 93, died on Jan. 11, 2004, at her home north of here. She was born on March 13, 1910, in Arlee, one of five children born to Louie and Catherine PokerJim. A dedicated wife and mother, she was one of a dwindling number of fluent Salish speakers. In addition to her beadwork skills, her accomplishments include being named Elder of the Year in 2000 and the bestowal of an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College in 2002. She was also keeper of the bitterroot for the Salish-Pend d'Oreille people. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, John Peter Paul; parents; her siblings, Philip, Pete, Lucy and Mary Catherine; six children; and her husband. Survivors include six children and their spouses: John Paul, Josephine Quequesah, Phillip and Debbie Paul, Carol and Leslie Buck, Adele Michel, and Nancy and Leon Grant; 29 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 20 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Jan. 14 in St. Ignatius. Burial followed in the Paul family cemetery north of St. Ignatius.
HOT SPRINGS -- Charles Francis "Chuck" Prosser, 85, died on Jan. 16, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born on April 23, 1918, in Wheaton, IL, the youngest of 10 children of Tom and Ida Prosser. He grew up in the Chicago area. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his discharge in 1946, he moved to Hot Springs. On March 19, 1971, he married Carolee Keith. Chuck was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lone Prairie Springs VFW Post and the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center. He enjoyed fishing, the Chicago Cubs and spending time with his four grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Carolee (Hot Springs); his daughter and son-in-law, Ida and Ron Reighard (Butte); four grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
HERBERT RICKERT JR.
RONAN -- Herbert Ernst Rickert Jr. died on Jan. 11, 2004, at his home here. He was born on Feb. 7, 1934, at his parents' home in Bensenville, IL. His parents were Herbert Ernst Rickert Sr. and Elsie Bestmann Rickert. He graduated from St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights, IL, then joined the U.S. Navy. He married Kathryn Hafliger in 1969. They later divorced and he moved to Moiese in 1973. Herbert enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving him are two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Todd Ludeman (Moiese) and Laura and Chafy Mostofi (Wilmette, IL); three grandchildren; and five stepsons and their wives: William and Dixie Hafliger, Stephen Hafliger, Michael and Melissa Hafliger, Martin and Brenda Hafliger, Joseph and Kris Hafliger, and four step-grandchildren (all of Moiese). Memorial services were held on Jan. 20 in Ronan.
BALIKPAPAN, Indonesia -- Kasee Ilene Starkel died on Jan. 1, 2004, in a pool accident here. She was born in Anchorage, AK, on March 21, 1999. She is survived by her parents, Tamara (Rice) and Chet Starkel; her brother Austin; maternal grandparents Mike and Pattie Rice (Canyon Lake, CA); paternal grandparents Norm and Chris Starkel (Ronan); and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service was held on Jan. 8 in Ronan.
HERBERT RICKERT JR.
RONAN -- Herbert Ernst Rickert Jr. died on Jan. 11, 2004, at his home here. He was born on Feb. 7, 1934, in Bensenville, IL, to Herbert Ernst (Sr.) and Elsie Bestmann Rickert. After graduation, joined the U.S. Navy and served four years. He married Kathryn Hafliger in 1969. They later divorced and he moved to Moiese in 1973. Herbert enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving Herbert are two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Todd Ludeman (Moiese) and Laura and Chafy Mostofi (Wilmette, IL); three grandchildren; and five stepsons and their wives: William and Dixie Hafliger, Stephen Hafliger, Michael and Melissa Hafliger, Martin and Brenda Hafliger, Joseph and Kris Hafliger, and four step-grandchildren (all of Moiese); Memorial services were held on Jan. 20 in Ronan.
ISABELLO 'ROD' RODRIQUEZ
RONAN -- Graveside services for Isabello "Rod" Rodriquez were held at Calvary Cemetery here on Jan. 16. Rodriquez, 72, died of natural causes on Jan. 9, 2004, at the Westside Care Center.
RONAN -- Gerald Raymond "Jerry" Sias, 61, died at his home here on Jan. 21, 2004, of heart disease. Gerald was born Aug. 12, 1942, to Herbert Edgar Sias Sr. and Bernice Valentine McLeod in St. Ignatius. He attended schools in Ronan, graduation in 1961. His work history included: outfitters' right-hand man, woods worker, faller and thinner, fence builder, tree planter, horse breaker and shoer, firefighter and meat cutter. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, stepchild Michael Bisson and nephew Theodore J. Sias Jr. He is survived by his soulmate, Verna Drowatzky; brothers Herbert E. Jr., Fred L., Theodore J. Sr. and adopted brother Joseph Senecal; sister Jean Garfield Senecal; daughter Gerri Sias; stepchildren Danny Bisson, Randy Bisson, Diana Meeks, Henry Bisson, Freddy Bisson and Carey Kline; and numerous grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services and burial took place on Jan. 27 in Ronan.
POLSON -- John Lee Snapp, 85, died of natural causes at his home here on Jan. 12, 2004. A memorial service was held on Jan. 31 in Polson. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Penny Lippincott (Livingston, MS), Nancy Newberry (Corona, CA), Dorey Schug (Huntington Beach, CA), and John Snapp (Conyers, GA); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings Woody Snapp (LaCrosse, WI), Jane Rotondo (Bloomfield, NJ) and Amy Gannon (Peoria, IL). Cremation has taken place.
RAYMOND F. WAGNER
RAVALLI -- Raymond F. Wagner died in a car accident on Jan. 12, 2004. He was born on Aug. 28, 1921, in Forsyth, to Harley and Monta (Rhodes) Wagner. He came to the Dixon area as a young man. Ray served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. He married Rose Palin in 1947. In the early '50s they purchased the Four Star Bar in Ravalli and operated it for about 30 years. The marriage ended in divorce. Ray was an accomplished heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed manythings: the board game "Gimme Five," auctions, having yard sales, learning new things, cookouts and sitting around a campfire telling stories, gold-panning, dancing and attending accordion jamborees. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Doris Moe (Hamilton); brothers Harold (Stevensville) and Warren (Yakima, WA); two sons, Shannon Wagner (Dixon) and Ken Wagner (Seattle area); a grandson and a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Ray requested no formal services. Cremation has taken place.
RONAN -- Melvin C. Wangerin died on Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital here. He was born on July 2, 1925, to Henry and Bertha Wangerin in Outlook. He worked with his father on the family farm and played baseball for the local team. A veteran of World War II, he was interested in aviation. He received his pilot license in 1946, attended air shows, and made and flew miniature airplanes. He played the piano and the guitar by ear. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He married Agnes Lorraine Christensen in Westby in 1951. He and Agnes lived in Bozeman and then in the Mission Valley, where they bought a ranch in the Round Butte area. Melvin worked at Plum Creek for 25 years while ranching. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elsie. He is survived by his wife; four children and their spouses, Marcia Wangerin, Wayne Wangerin and Jayne, Rich Wangerin and Waneta, and Sandy Murray and Bob; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Esther Bakker, Lorna Schrull and Betty Klimper; and many nephews and nieces. A funeral service was held on Jan. 9 in Ronan.