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July 2003 Obituaries

RONAN -- Deanna Rose Akers died at her home here on July 7, 2003, of pyoderma gangrenosum. She was born Nov. 7, 1937, to Russell and Wilma Burns in Pocatello, ID. She attended school in the Moiese Valley in MT and in the Charlo community. After high school she attended business college. She married Kay Draper and lived in Canada until their divorce. In 1963, she married Jerry Akers in Ronan. She worked for the Lake Co. Extension Service for 20 years. She was also a Cub Scout leader and managed a cow-calf effort for many years. She loved bowling, horses, dancing, cooking and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Duane. She is survived by her pets; her husband; daughter Danielle Bartel (Lewistown); sons Scott Akers (Sacramento, CA) and Don Akers (Ronan); her mother; brothers Russ Burns (Sacramento) and Lynn Burns (Moiese); and six grandchildren. At Deanna's request, no formal services were held and cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to Lake County Home Health and Hospice in her memory.

ROCKY BOY -- Dean Blake Anderson, former Lolo resident, died at a Havre hospital on July 7, 2003, as the result of accidental drowning. Blake was born April 20, 1961, in Blackfoot, ID, to Henry and Nancy (Raining Bird) Anderson. Survivors include his father in Helena; sons Andrew Anderson and Blake Anderson Jr. (both of Albuquerque, NM), and Matthew Anderson (Lolo); special friend Debra Tail Feathers (Lolo); sisters Delena Anderson and Gloria Ortiz (both of Los Angeles) and Connie Flores (Rocky Boy); and brothers Ernest "Reed" Anderson (St. Ignatius) and Edwin Oats (Helena). Services were conducted on July 10 at Rocky Boy.

HOT SPRINGS -- Jack Ass, who was born Robert Craft 45 years ago, died near here on July 21, 2003, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He has been buried at the Jocko Catholic Cemetery east of Arlee alongside the remains of his mother, Dorothy Fisher. Craft changed his legal name to Jack Ass in 1997 when he established the "Hearts Across America" memorial campaign after his brother and a friend were killed in an alcohol-related auto accident.

RONAN -- Alden Marvin Bartel died on July 5, 2003, at his home here of cancer. He was born on Feb. 24, 1928, to Irving and Mary Bartel in Faribault, MN. He attended grade school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Faribault High School in 1946. Alden married Marcella "Belle" Ernste in 1949 in Faribault. Alden worked as a bartender, a milkman, a milk tester and a troubleshooter for the dairymen in the Seattle area. He was with Darigold for 13 years. He and Belle bought a ranch near Ronan in 1965. In 1975, the couple bought the Coast-to-Coast store in Ronan. Alden retired in 1986. He enjoyed hunting and golf. He helped build the Mission Mountain Country Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David; and brothers Bob and Marvin. Alden is survived by his wife of 54 years; daughters Diane Corbin (Greenbank, WA), Carolyn Benson (Olympia, WA), and Mary (Randy) Paulson (Kennewick, WA); and four sons and their wives, Tom and Valorie, John and Wendy, and Bill and Lana (all of Ronan), and Dan and Danielle (Lewistown). Also surviving are 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; his brother and his wife, Donald and Helen (Ronan); and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 9 in Ronan. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lake County Hospice Program.

RONAN -- Donald J. Bartel died on July 18, 2003, at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility here. Donald was born May 17, 1926, to Irving and Mary Bartel in Faribault, Minn. At 17 years of age he joined the Merchant Marine and was later drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. He made his home in Seattle, where he worked for Westlake and Sons for 30 years. After retiring, he went to work briefly at Todd's Shipyards. He moved to Montana in 1993, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bob, Marvin and Alden. Don is survived by his wife, Helen; a son, Bruce; three grandchildren; his stepdaughter, Laina Hickok; stepson and wife, Terry and Lorna Hickok; seven step grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. At his request, no services were held. Memorial contributions may be made in Don's name to St. Luke Extended Care Facility.

SEATTLE-TACOMA -- Phillip Bernard Clairmont died at his home here on July 29, 2003. He was born on July 6, 1919, in St. Ignatius, and leaves behind many relatives and friends. Services were conducted on Aug. 1 in Washington.

SPOKANE -- Rhoda G. Cook, 93, a longtime Hot Springs resident, died on July 5, 2003, at The Gardens Nursing Home here. Rhoda was the first woman member of the Montana Outfitters Association and served as their secretary for many years. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Grace L. Owens, and by sisters Grace Moore, Edith Anderson, Helen Paxon and Pat Culver. She is survived by one grandson, Steve Owens (Colorado Springs, CO); one granddaughter, Shellie Owens (Palo Alto, CA); one nephew; and two nieces. Graveside services were held on July 14 at Plains Cemetery.

POLSON -- John Andrew Couch died at his home here on July 9, 2003. He was born on June 2, 1916, to Elsie and Raymond Couch. He attended high school in El Centro, CA, and then went on to the Univ. of Southern California on a football scholarship, where he earned a bachelor of arts in business administration. John worked as a salesman and manager for IBM for 30 years, working in several cities on the West Coast. John married Betty Southworth on Dec. 24, 1939. They were married for 63 years. The couple moved to Polson in 1997. John was a flight instructor for the Army Air Force and flew a C-47 in the Aleutian chain of Alaska for three years. John's interests included flying airplanes, river rafting, horseback riding, singing with a barbershop quartet and choir, and little theater. He built a cabin at Mammoth Lakes, CA, where the family enjoyed many ski seasons. Survivors include his wife; his sons and their wives, Charles and Lynn Couch and Jeff and Jo Couch; his daughter and her husband, Nancy and Gary Teggeman; his brother and his wife, Alex and Patty Couch; his twin sister, Sarah Schoonover; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on July 14 in Polson. The family suggests memorial gifts be given to the American Cancer Society.

MISSOULA -- James W. Couture died at St. Patrick Hospital here on July 29, 2003, after a short illness. He was born on May 7, 1928, in St. Ignatius to Jesse and Evelyn (Murray) Couture of Arlee. He attended school in Arlee, graduating in 1946. Jim enlisted in the Army and served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Japan during the occupation of World War II. He married Catherine Rueschenberg on June 28, 1952, in Burien, WA. Jim attended both Washington State College and the Univ. of Washington, earning a degree in agricultural economics. He worked briefly with Boeing Aircraft Co. and the Bureau of Indian Affairs before spending 32 years with the former Montana Power Co. in Butte. He operated a right-of-way consulting service for 10 years after his retirement. He was one of the original founders in Montana of Big Sky Chapter 45 of the International Right-of-Way Assoc. During his retirement years, Jim served briefly on the Mission Valley Power board of directors and had been serving on the Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative board of trustees since 1993 and was currently its president. He also had been serving on the advisory board of Valley Bank of Arlee. Over the years, Jim had been affiliated with several different land-management and industry-related groups, among them Butte District BLM Advisory Board, Western Utilities Group and International Right-of-Way Association. He was a member of Mission Mountain Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing, and the Arlee Senior Citizens Center. He was a past member of the Butte Country Club, Butte Exchange Club and the Butte Chamber of Commerce. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his son, David. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter LuAnne Couture (Boise, ID) and son Rob Couture (Arlee); three grandchildren, Monika Burrell and Jessi and Jase Couture; his sister, Jeanne Kostelic, and his nephews, Mark and Karl Kostelic (CO). He will also be missed by former daughter-in-law, Saree (Miller) Couture (Billings). Jim wanted to also include his dog, Gretchen, among his survivors. Services were held on Aug. 2 at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula. The family suggests that memorials be made in Jim's name to the Arlee Senior Center, Arlee, MT 59821; or to the Arlee Historical Society, Arlee, MT 59821.

DIXON -- Terry "Lee" Cowan, 56, died on July 1, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula after a brief illness. He was born on Sept. 10, 1946, in Polson, the son of Harris "Lee" Cowan and Delphine Gunn Cowan. He grew up in the Polson and Ronan areas, graduating from Ronan High School. Lee worked at Plum Creek Lumber until he entered the U.S. Army in 1967. He served two tours in Vietnam, earning five medals; he was honorably discharged. Shortly after discharge, Lee became a merchant seaman. A back injury forced him into an early retirement. Lee married Susan Barker, on Sept. 10, 1998, in Reno, NV. The couple lived in Seattle until 1999. Lee enjoyed his many beloved pets, fishing, auto racing, good books, movies and music. He was a gifted storyteller. Lee was also a skilled electrician, mechanic and handyman. He is survived by his wife, Susan, their dog, Blu, and other pets at the family home in Dixon; half sisters, Myrna Wells (Spokane), Sharon Matson (Grants Pass, OR), and Karen (Spokane); half-brothers, Sherman Tande (Venice, CA) and Marshall Tande (Torrance, CA); a stepbrother, James Thomas (Springfield, MA); an uncle, Jack Cowan (Lake Havasu, AZ); and aunts Leona Carrington (Portland, OR), Fay Polley (Portland), Francis Morton (Pendleton, OR), Zella Wagner (Libby) and Mable Arnold (Grants Pass, OR). A military graveside service was held on July 8 in Ronan.

RONAN -- Kenneth W. Gunlock died of natural causes on July 10, 2003, at his home here. He was born on July 18, 1912, in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, to Shell and Magdalene Schuman Gunlock. He grew up and attended schools in the Columbus, ND, area. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Larson, ND. Kenneth married Alma Arneson on June 25, 1936, in Bowbells, ND. They lived in Bonners Ferry, ID, for awhile, then returned to North Dakota and farmed for eight years. In 1950, they moved to St. Ignatius. For many years, they were in the dairy business and later raised cattle. They will be remembered for all the berries they raised and sold to many people throughout the valley. In the spring of 1993, they moved to Ronan. Kenneth's hobbies were fishing and gardening. He enjoyed the many dinners at the Ronan Senior Center and the fellowship he had with his many friends there. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He is survived by five brothers, Harold, Wayne, Merle, Leland and Clarence; one sister, Phyllis Holte; sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial services were held on July 11 in Ronan. Memorials may be made to the Ronan Senior Citizens Center.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Bryan D. Hall of Salt Lake City, formerly of Arlee, on July 9, 2003, due to cancer. He was born Jan. 4, 1947. Bryan was best remembered for his bright smile and loving personality. Bryan was laid to rest on July 11 in Salt Lake City. He is survived by his children, Shayne Hall, Cynthia Johnson and Thomas Fleming, and his mother Velma Hall. Memorials in Bryan's name may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. -- Alycia Rose Hameline, formerly of Pablo, died here on July 6, 2003. She was born on March 23, 1970, in Seattle, to Don and Kathleen E. (Hughes) Guild. At the age of three years, Alycia lost her parents and was brought up by her grandparents, Victoria and Theodore Hughes. Alycia attended school in Bellevue, WA. She worked as various places. She was preceded in death by her parents. Alycia is survived by her husband, Billy Bob Hameline, and three children, Amber, Kippershay and April; her grandmother, Victoria Hughes; an aunt and uncle along with four cousins. Funeral services were held on July 11 in Polson. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

RONAN -- Beatrice Hart, 82, formerly of Muskogee, OK, died on July 28, 2003, from congestive heart failure at Westside Care Center here. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hart, daughter Sharon Hart Gibson, and two grandsons. She is survived by her sons Kenneth Hart (Ronan), Clayton Hart (Polson) and Curtis Hart (San Jose, CA); daughter Suzanne Hart Viegas (Silver Springs, NV); 14 grandchildren; and two sisters, Tessie Acrea (CA) and Helen Best (AR). Cremation has taken place.

NIARADA -- Charles Hewankorn, 83, died on July 16, 2003, at Kalispell Regional Hospital of natural causes. Charlie was the hereditary chief of the Ksanka band of the Kootenai people on the Flathead Reservation. He was born on May 12, 1920, in a tipi at Dayton Creek to Jerome Hewankorn and Mary Isaac Big Knife Hewankorn. Mary was the daughter of Chief Isaac Big Knife. Chief Isaac was succeeded by his brother, Koostatah Big Knife, and upon his death in 1942, Charlie became the heir of the Big Knife chieftainship. As a child, Charlie attended school at Elmo, Antelope (near Niarada) and the Jesuit Boys Schools in St. Ignatius. He attended high school in Lone Pine, where he excelled in artwork. He married his lifelong sweetheart, Alice Finley, in 1948. He was a veteran of World War II where he served honorably in the Marine Corps. His formal education consisted of a Kinmen College Business degree, welding, agriculture and lumber-grading certificates. In his youth, he assisted his grandparents, Chief Koostatah and Suzette Big Knife, with ranching operations in Lone Pine. Charlie began his career at the Dixon Agency, where he worked as a Property and Supply Clerk. He then worked construction at the Hungry Horse and Canyon Ferry dams and in Omak as a lumber grader. Later, he moved his family to Denver and Los Angeles, where he worked in various positions. In 1986, poor health forced Charlie into retirement from his teaching position at the Two Eagle River School. He was an avid sportsman. He is survived by his wife (Niarada); his children, Charlotte Hewankorn (Polson), LaVerne Hewankorn Sr. (Polson), Leland James Hewankorn (Hot Springs), Levi Gerald Hewankorn (Pablo) and Rosalee Lane Roberson (Florida); and a bother, Al Hewankorn (Dayton); an uncle, Tony Anderson (Seattle, WA); 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Wake services began on July 17 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on July 18, also at the Elmo Hall. Burial with military honors followed at Dayton Cemetery.

RONAN -- Brian D. James, born May 17, 1985, died on July 16, 2003, in an auto accident. Brian graduated high school in June 2003 and worked for his stepfather, who was teaching him a trade in concrete and forming. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowboarding, wrestling, softball, and just being with his many families and friends. It seems he became a family member to many of his friends' families -- Bartels, Crocketts, McCreas, Roberts, Roddas, Swaneys, and many others. Brian is survived by his parents, Suzie James (Ronan) and Jeff James (Casper, WY), and his stepfather David Bell (Pablo); brother Warren James (Ronan); stepbrother Cameron Bell (Polson); grandmothers Marlene Seibel, Barbara Nungester; step-grandparents Virginia Bell Ness and Gene Bell; three uncles; seven aunts; and cousins and friends too numerous to mention. A celebration of Brian's life was held July 19 in Ronan.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Elaine Papenfuss Jaten, 77, died here on July 19, 2003. Elaine was born on Oct. 5, 1925, in Corinne, UT, the daughter of Curt and Catherine Willes Papenfuss. In 1935 the family moved to St. Ignatius, where she graduated from high school. After high school Elaine worked at various jobs until the early 1950s, when she served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She then attended and graduated from Brigham Young Univ. She taught at Church College of Hawaii and Granite School District in Salt Lake City before coming to Ricks College, where she taught until marrying Howard Jaten of Spokane in 1970. She again taught at Ricks College before retiring. Elaine finished her master's degree at BYU. Preceding her in death were two brothers, John and Robert. Elaine is survived by her husband; five children, Allen (Tucson, AZ), Kenneth (Richland, WA), Ann Sibbett (San Bernardino, CA), Karen Taylor (Sandy, UT), and Sandy Huish (San Juan Capistrano, CA); a sister, Karma Cook (St. Ignatius); and three brothers, Bruce Papenfuss (St. Ignatius), Kenneth (Newdale, ID), and Joseph (Salt Lake City). A funeral was held on July 22 in Rexburg. A graveside service and interment took place on July 23 at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

CHARLO -- Marian R. Jenkins, 70, died on July 4, 2003, at her home near here. She was born on Aug. 30, 1932, at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, PA, to LaVerne and Kathryn Decker. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1950. She became an executive secretary to corporate presidents, a legal secretary, worked for First Bank Missoula and at the wildlife unit at the University of Montana. On May 15, 1954, she married Ron Jenkins. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Marian was also a fine cook, a good seamstress and her flowers are testimonial to a great green thumb. Marian is survived by her husband, Ron; five sons and their wives, Mike and Rose (Florence), Steve, Dave and Dori, Jeff and Jean, and Tim and Carol (all of Missoula); and 11 grandchildren. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on July 10 in Missoula. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rockmont Inc., 1700 Madeline, Missoula, MT 59802; or to the Mission Valley Humane Society.

RONAN -- June W. Kluge, 74, died on July 15, 2003, at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Florida. She was a lifelong resident of Montana. She graduated from Malta High School in 1947 and married Erwin Earl Kluge. They farmed in the Malta area and later moved to a farm in Ronan. She worked for several years as a teacher's aide in the Ronan elementary school, where she enjoyed working with the children. She also participated in various volunteer activities. She enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, gardening and sewing and in her later years she square danced, bowled and played cards. She was pre-deceased by her son, Calvin Earl Kluge, and by her husband, Erwin Earl Kluge. Survivors include a daughter, Jean Marie Kluge and husband Peter Stuttaford; two grandchildren; a brother, George Powell; and two sisters, Fay Lake and Vivian Tisdale. A memorial service was held on July 22 in Ronan.

POLSON -- James Oliver Knight, 83, died on July 31, 2003, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; four brothers; two sisters; and, most recently, by his faithful companions, Sammy and Heidi. Survivors include his two daughters, Judy Johnston and husband Robert (Missoula) and Annette Wiese and husband Dick (Polson); two sisters, Ossa Fisher (Mansfield, TX) and Betty Wells (Panora, IA); five grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. A graveside service with military honors was held on Aug. 4 in Polson.

SPOKANE -- Buck LaCombe, 68, formerly of Ronan, died at his home here on July 28, 2003, from complications of cancer. Buck was born in Scobey on April 18, 1935, to Lillian and Wilfred LaCombe and was raised in Whitetail. He served in the Army at the age of 17 and was a Korean War veteran. He married Janet and had four children. He worked for the railroad, as a mechanic and for a time was the chief of police. In 1975, he and his family moved to Ronan, where he worked for the creamery, School District 30, Lake County Courthouse and an irrigation company. He moved to Spokane in the mid-1980s. While in Spokane he worked for Norco Heating and as a building superintendent. Buck was an active troop leader in the Westby Boy Scouts. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and socializing with friends and family. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1435 in Spokane. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Louis; and daughter Lisa. He is survived by his daughters, Lola (Polson), Leta (Pablo) and Echo (Ronan); longtime companion, Verla Conklin (Spokane); sisters Lu and her husband Ben Fisher (OR) and Anita and her husband Alive Miller (Bigfork); an aunt and uncle; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, stepchildren and step grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted on Aug. 2 in Spokane.

POLSON -- Kenneth W. Langstaff, 97, died on July 4, 2003, at Home Sweet Home here of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his wife, four brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Ruby Elshire (Billings); a stepson, Robert Kellogg (Las Vegas); several step-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Langstaff (Bridger); and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services are pending and will be held at a later date.

ST. IGNATIUS -- A private memorial service for Derwin Tracy Lozeau, 49, will be held in Missoula on Aug. 9. Derwin died on July 29, 2003, at his home in Oklahoma. He was born on Feb. 24, 1954, in Pasadena, CA, to James and Nina Elizabeth Ramsey Lozeau. He graduated from Waurika High School in 1972. He worked for J.B. Hunt until medical retirement. He loved cooking, the outdoors and his childhood home in Montana. He enjoyed fly fishing on the family allotment on the Flathead Reservation. On Jan. 7, 1995, he was given his Salish Indian name of Quequeko'es, which means "Goes Far." This was done with a traditional Native ceremony in the mountain medicine lodge of elders Louis Adams and Lillis Waylett. He was preceded in death my his father, James Lozeau Jr.; his brother, Darrell Jackson; and his grandparents, Ermine Rivers Lozeau, James Lozeau Sr., and Allen and Pearl Ramsey. Derwin is survived by his mother and step-father, Nina and Harrison Houston (Waurika, OK); one daughter, Megan Elizabeth Lozeau (Oklahoma City, OK); three step-daughters: Jennifer Jennings and Lean Stone (both of Oklahoma City) and Andrea Gandy (Ada, OK); two brothers and their wives, Leslie and Becky Houston, and Gene and Krystal Houston (all of Waurika); three sisters and their husbands, Wanda (Lozeau) and Butch Felder and Melody (Lozeau) and Don Duncan (all of Lawton, OK), and Darlene Simmons (Duncan, OK); two grandchildren, Daniel Jennings and Will Gandy; and many uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to Nina Houston at 216 S. 2nd St., Waurika, OK; or Wanda Felder and Melody Duncan at 1820 NW Crosby Park Circle, Lawton, OK. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Foundation and Hospice.


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