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July 2004 Obituaries

POLSON -- George A. Brown, 87, died here on July 19, 2004. He was born April 8, 1917, in Silvis, IL, to James E. and Bernice (Moore) Brown. He grew up and attended schools in Silvis. After graduating from high school there, he moved to South Pasadena, CA, with his family. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in Okinawa in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After serving in the military, he moved back to California. He married Marjorie Welles on May 25, 1947, in South Pasadena. George worked for Pacific Bell in Los Angeles for 30 years. He was active in the Boy Scouts in California. George and Marjorie moved to Polson in 1986. He enjoyed photography, singing, acting, hiking and traveling. He was active in the United Methodist Church, Mission Valley Choral and Port Polson Players. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; and a brother, Miller. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Bodenschatz and her husband Jeff (Santa Anna, CA) and Sally Keys (Sheridan, WY); and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held on July 24 in Polson. Private interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

RONAN -- Lloyd G. "Sonny" Burland, 83, died here on July 27, 2004. He was born on July 3, 1921, in Ronan, to Antoinette (Peone) and Gilbert Burland. Raised in Ronan, he attended school at the Ursulines and in Ronan. Sonny married Alta McDonald in 1940. They made their home in Hot Springs, before moving to Missoula, where Sonny worked in the mills. He later moved to Cutbank, then San Francisco, and later Seattle, before returning to the reservation. Upon his return he worked as a ranch hand, bar keep and for the Tribes in Forestry. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis, and adopted son Kenny Burland. He is survived by his children, Babe and Gary (both of St. Ignatius) and Andrea "Dad Do" Thomas (Ronan); sister Curly Fulkner (Polson); four nephews, Jimmy Skelton, and Art, Mike and Ronnie Trahan; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The wake began July 28 at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Ronan. Mass was celebrated on July 30 at Sacred Heart. Interment followed in the family cemetery near Ronan.

RONAN -- Kathryn Emily Schall Doherty of St. Ignatius died on July 24, 2004, at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility here of natural causes. She was born on Feb. 8, 1914, in Ravalli, to William "Ed" Schall and Eva Kunkle, and reared in Pennsylvania. After her mother's death, she returned to Montana. Kathryn graduated from St. Patrick Hospital's School of Nursing in Missoula and became a public health nurse; her first job was at Fort Benton. She joined the Army and was a nurse during World War II in the South Pacific. In 1946 she married Robert W. "Bud" Doherty at Fort Lewis; they resided in Tacoma, WA, for many years. She was a PHN at Army bases and in some of the Tacoma schools. After her retirement she and Bud moved to Arlee, where they made their home on the old Ed Schall Ranch. She was preceded in death by both parents, her stepmother Anna, sister Frances Sullivan, and brother Billy Schall. She is survived by her sisters Rebecca Helding (Arlee), Cleo Lytle (Tucson, AZ) and Sidney Powell (Arlee); stepsister Virginia Olson (Polson); brother Ted Schall (Arlee); and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will have private services for Kathryn at a later date.

POLSON -- Bud Etter, 78, died of natural causes at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan on July 8, 2004. He was born in Harvey, N.D., to Louis and Martha (Kalk) Etter on Sept. 24, 1925. The family lived in Bowbells, N.D., until 1938 and then moved to Polson. Bud moved to Seattle in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for three years and was awarded several medals. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. He returned to Polson in 1960. He married Barbara Osburn in June 1954 and two boys were born to this union. They were later divorced. Bud worked at the Salish and Pondera bars until he retired. He was an avid golfer and hunter, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2986 in Polson. He is survived by his two sons, Michael (Sheri) Etter and Daniel VonNeida (all of the Seattle area); a grandson, Robert; sister DeLane Newgard (Polson); two nephews; five nieces; and several grandnephews and grandnieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jeannette Benson. A graveside military honors service was held on July 16 at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

RONAN -- Ada Gould died on July 30, 2004, at St. Luke's Community Hospital here. She was born on Aug. 31, 1913, in Bismarck, N.D. She was raised in Miles City and moved to the Mission Valley as a young woman, where she married William "Bill" Gould. They owned and operated the Buffalo Trail Ranch in the Round Butte area. Their original four heifers were sired by Old Whitey "Big Medicine," the nationally famous albino buffalo bull. They also raised cattle and quarter horses. One, "Chief Charlo," was the first registered quarter horse stallion in Lake County. Bill died in 1962. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Paul V. and Rose Speck; sister Pauline Speck; and brother Vernon Speck. She leaves behind three siblings and their spouses: CMS Paul W. (retired) and Gladys Speck (Polson); Bernice and Ferucio Freschet (Polson and New York) and Kathleen Young (Polson); and several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Ada requested no services and that her ashes be placed next to her husband at the Ronan Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Ronald Wayne Hout died in a car crash near here on July 28, 2004. He was born on Nov. 7, 1944, in Miles City to Robert Hout Sr. and Nelda Rebhan. In 1949, the family relocated to a ranch in the Valley View area, where Ron attended school. He graduated from Polson High School in 1962, after which he began working in the planer department at Plum Creek Lumber Co. in Pablo. This continued until 1965, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon serving honorably for six years, Ron returned to Plum Creek and realized his lifelong dream of becoming a rancher. He purchased several acres in St. Ignatius, where he raised everything from sheep to bison. He married Cindy Collins; they were later divorced. In 1983 he married Sylvia Robinson. Ron was always known for his strict work ethic, which enabled him to operate a successful ranch while concurrently working at Plum Creek for 42 years. He was also well-known as an avid outdoorsman. He is survived by his parents; siblings Robert, Charlie, Carol and Melvin; his children, Ron Jr., Amy, Matthew and Amanda; and two grandchildren.

ARLEE -- Rene Nina "Baby Girl" Lafley died on July 23, 2004, near Dixon, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto crash. Baby Girl was born on June 5, 1962, in St. Ignatius, to Robert "June Bug" and Anna Darlene (McClure) Lafley. Raised in the Arlee area, she was in one of the first graduating classes at Two Eagle School. A member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes, she was proud of her ancestry, being one of Chief Charlot's great-granddaughters. In her spare time she enjoyed writing poetry, working crossword puzzles and being with her family and friends. She enjoyed working various jobs in the woods such as cutting trees, post and poles, and fighting fires. She was preceded in death by her partner, Richard McDonald; her father; and a niece, Pretty Girl; as well as many extended family members. She leaves behind her mother; her children, Kenny McDonald, LaReza "Bobby" Lafley and Craig Lafley; a granddaughter, Shaylene Anna McDonald; her sisters and brothers, Roberta "Injun" (Les Fisher) Lafley, LeAnn Lafley, Billy Bob Lafley, Clem (Jeanette) Lafley, and James (Angel) McClure; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a large extended family. A wake was conducted at the Community Center in Arlee. Mass was celebrated in the Jocko Catholic Church. Interment followed in the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.

HOT SPRINGS -- George Lefthand died at his home here on July 23, 2004. He was born to Sakalai and Mary Susan Finley on Jan. 15, 1933, in Lonepine. A member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes, he grew up on the Flathead Reservation. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, he returned to the reservation. He later attended a barber college in Texas. He liked the woods and logged for most of his working life. George enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, hunting, fishing, and telling jokes. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; his wife, Caroline; two brothers and a sister; sons George Jr. and Peter; and his grandsons Tyler and Justin Benoist. He is survived by sons Russell and Guy (both of Ronan), daughters Norma Fox (Ronan), Ramona Baney (Libby) and Georgia Wallace (Troy); sisters Cecille (Washington) and Alice Hewankorn (Niarada); 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Traditional wake services were conducted in Elmo. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on July 26 at the Elmo Hall and was followed by burial with military honors at the Dayton Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Wilma Margaret Loney died on July 14, 2004, in Ronan. She was born in Cascade on March 7, 1916, to William and Julia Cram. She grew up on the ranch on the west side of Sullivan Hill on Frost Creek. She went to school at Flat Creek, Sullivan Valley School and Cascade High School. She met and married Bill Vineyard in 1939. They had one daughter, Vonnie, and one granddaughter, Michelle. They both preceded her in death. She married Laurie Loney in 1953. Over the years they lived in Great Falls, Highwood, Shonkin, Marion and Lost Prairie. They moved to the Mission Valley in 1993 where they raised and registered Morgan horses. Laurie passed away in November of 1995. Wilma is survived by her sister, Vivian Brewer (Cascade); niece Barbara Roat (Alberton), nephew Bill Brewer (Powell Butte, OR);. stepchildren Sharon Ruple, Clay Loney, Cleve Loney (all of Great Falls) and Ross Loney (Tucson, AZ). Services were conducted on July 19 at the St. Ignatius Christian Church.

POLSON -- Felix F. Moran Jr. died on July 25, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula from complications following heart surgery. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice, and second wife, Ursula. He is survived by his two sons, Trey and wife Connie (Polson) and Tim and wife Karen (Rollins); daughter Monya Virgil and husband Jim (Coeur d'Alene, ID); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Pat (Houston). A graveside service was held on July 29 at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

HAMILTON -- Gertrude May McKenzie Nielson, 83, died here on July 15, 2004. She was born on Dec. 28, 1920, in Polson to Harry E. and Mary Beauvais Cramer McKenzie. She grew up in Polson, graduating from Polson High School in 1940. She was a member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes. Gertrude married Evan C. Nielson on Jan. 8, 1942, in Twin Falls, ID. They spent several years in Lesotho and, Swaziland, Southern Africa, while Evan was working there. They also traveled extensively in Australia and throughout Europe. Until her illness, Gertrude enjoyed her volunteer work at the Missoula Senior Center. Evan preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1995. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Mary and Mac E. Smith (Hanford, CA), Ron and Diane Nielson (Salt Lake City, UT) and Rod and Fran Nielson (Hamilton); nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, JoAnn McConnell (Tacoma, WA; and kindred sister and niece, Dot Getz and Janet Slack (both of Kalispel). Graveside services were conducted on July 19 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Allen L. "Pete" Peters died at St. Joseph Hospital here on July 22, 2004. He was born Jan. 22, 1929, to George and Myrna Peters in Grants Pass, OR. He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Polson); three daughters and their husbands, Linda and Gregory Lucotch (Lewistown), Vickie Peters (Great Falls) and Margie and Bruce Solberg (Bigfork); his sisters, Jackie Burns (Longview, WA) and Carolyn Settera (Fort Benton); his brothers, Frank Peters (Portland, OR) and John Peters (Square Butte); six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. There were no services. Memorials may be made to Lake County Home Health/Hospice at 711 Main St. S.W. in Ronan, MT 59864.

ARLEE -- Marcia May Yule Pine, 54, died on July 29, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. A member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, she was born in New Town, ND, on March 31, 1950, to Ignatius and Leonti Winans. Known as Sha-sha by her family, she was orphaned at a young age and raised in Catholic orphanages. Sha-sha had a rough and colorful young life. Her lot in life improved when she married Jerry Yule. They lived in Missoula and the general area where she did rock work and was a housekeeper for local motels. Jerry died in 1992. She married George Pine in 1995. They made their home in the St. Ignatius-to-Missoula area, eventually settling in Arlee. She enjoyed watching George fish, and she liked to camp and travel. One of 17 children, she leaves behind several brothers and sisters as well as her husband; her children, David Yule (Missoula) and John Yule (Seattle); stepchildren, Dana, Tracy and Robert; eight grandchildren; her foster mothers, Margaret Finley Matt (St. Ignatius) and Billie Wilson (Medford, OR); and a very large extended family and circle of friends. Cremation has taken place and the cremains will be scattered in the Black Hills.

PLAINS -- Lester "Les" James Raymond died on July 23, 2004, at his home by Dog Lake. He was born on July 13, 1922, in Ronan, the son of James and Agnes (Morigeau) Raymond. Les joined the Army Air Force at Missoula in Oct. 10, 1940. A veteran of WWII, he was captured by enemy forces during combat and held as a prisoner of war for three and one half years. After his rescue and honorable discharge, he went to school in California with the intention of relocating in Alaska. On the way, however, Les was introduced to Swan Flodin and soon after became employed as a wood planer. Les married Ila Mae Demers in Missoula on Sept. 4, 1948; they settled near Plains. He retired from the lumber industry in 1976. He spent much of his time hunting, fishing and bowling. Just last year, decades after the fact, he was rewarded with a Bronze Star as well as a Purple Heart for his experiences in WWII. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister; and most recently his grandson, Jason. He is survived by his wife of 55-plus years; a daughter and his special caregiver, Patricia (Plains); two sons and their wives, James and Sandy (Plains) and Steve and Jennifer (Gold Bar, WA); five grandchildren: Jimmy, Julie, Steven, Bailey, and Mitchell; and two great-grandchildren: Shania and Christopher. A memorial graveside service was condcuted on Aug. 2 at the Plains Cemetery.

RONAN -- Fredrick "Fred" Wayne Rockwell Jr. of St. Ignatius died of cancer on July 25, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital here. He was born on July 22, 1933, in Seattle, to Agnes Caroline (Hay) Rockwell and Fredrick "Wayne" Rockwell Sr. Fred spent his formative years hunting, back-country horse packing, and fishing with his father. He was also active in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Walla Walla High School, he worked as a ranch hand in Washington and Oregon. He then entered a millwright apprenticeship program. He spent his entire career as a millwright. He married Phyllis Ann Johnson; they later divorced. Fred and his family traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico due to the demands of his trade. Fred later married Oleta Christine "Colwell" Bradford. After retiring, Fred and Chris moved from Modesto, CA, to the Rockwell family ranch in St. Ignatius, where Fred was very involved with volunteer activities. He is survived by three children and their families: Michelle (Kelly) Ray and her children, Veronica "Victoria" Ann and Ryan Jay; Penny Reeve and her children, Michael Oliver and Lindsay Jean; and Jay and his children, Hannah Grace, Rachael Dina and Denton Wayne; three nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces, three great nephews; and four step-children, eight step-grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren. A public memorial service was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan on Aug. 1. Scattering of the ashes will take place at a private family ceremony.

EVARO -- Carole Patricia "Princess" Charlo Sorrell, the daughter of the last recognized Chief of the Bitterroot Salish and granddaughter of the last traditional chief, Chief Charlot, died in Missoula on July 13, 2004. Carole was born on June 27, 1941, in St. Ignatius, the daughter of Chief Antoine and Mary Mitchell Charlo. Carole's father worked for the railroad and she and her family were raised in the Bitterroot, Mission and Jocko valleys before settling in at Evaro. She attended local schools, graduating from Frenchtown High School in 1962 and eventually receiving her degree in business from Salish Kootenai College in 1999. Carole married Joseph Leonard Sorrell in a traditional ceremony in 1962 which was featured in Life magazine. She worked for Sun Mountain Sports for many years and most recently worked for S & K Electronics. While family and friends were very important to her, she was also very proud of her traditional heritage and would attend as many cultural events as she could. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; her brothers Charles Louis Charlo, Gene Charlo and Albert Charlo; her sisters Betsy Charlo and Genevieve Morigeau; her niece Candy Craft; granddaughter Jordan RaLeigh Felsman; and godsons Troy and Roy Morigeau. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Sorrell; children and their families: Joseph Sorrell Jr. (Linda), Greg Sorrell, Rick Sorrell and his son Wyatt; Trevor (Casey) Sorrell, Carole "Kelli Jo", Ashley Dawn Sorrell (Lenny) and Chauntel Dawn Sorrell; great-grandson Larz Sorrell; her brother, Vic Charlo; her sisters Charlene (Jim) SiJohn and Mary Jane Charlo; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nephews and great-nieces, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Traditional services started at the family home in Evaro on July 14 with the wake moving to the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on July 15. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on July 16 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Connie Jean Finley Spotted Blanket, 44, died of liver failure in Polson on July 2, 2004. She was born in Helena on April 1, 1960. Her Indian name given to her by Rosie TwoTeeth's mother, Nancy Smith, is "White Thunder Woman." Before returning to the Flathead Reservation she lived in Great Falls. She made afghans, beaded and liked to take pictures. She loved to watch her son, nieces and nephews dance. She was in the movie "Seven Alone." She was preceded in death by her step-dad, Lloyd Chippewa; her father, Larry Spotted Blanket, Sr.; grandmother Katie Saxa, grandfather Joseph Dixon Finley, Rosie Pain Saxa and John Saxa, Madeline and John Pain, Angelic Granjo, Frank and Samuel Finley, Eneas Granjo and Annie LaMoose, grandpa David Chippewa; an infant niece, Echo Michel; uncles and aunts, John, Tom Spotted Blanket, Joe Slim John, Igg, John and Proff Saxa, Tony Finley, Rosie and John TwoTeeth, Alice, Mary Jane, Esther Spotted Blanket, Nancy TwoTeeth LaMere, Sandy Matt Adams, and Annie and Ernie Sorrell. She is survived by her son, Lloyd Lane Spotted Blanket; her mother, Sonia Finley Chippewa; sisters Jennifer (Harvey) Sansavere, Maxine (Keith) Michel and Nora Chippewa; brothers Lanie (Mary Ann) Spotted Blanket and Mike Spotted Blanket; her very special yaya, Margaret Finley; her granny Ruth Chippewa; uncles and aunts Chief and Brenda Finley, Butch Finley, Mike Finley, Vernon and Elaine Finley, Barney Finley, Carl and Darlene Saxa, Larry Saxa, Chuck and Sara TwoTeeth, Gerald and Alma Chippewa, Patsy Chippewa, Jr. Slim John, Conrad and Marilyn Chippewa (who she always called Uncle "Corn"), Sophie Haynes and Johnny Arlee; a special great-uncle, Octave (Edna) Finley; 25 nieces and nephews; three great-nieces; and a lot of cousins whom she knew and some that she never met. Wake closing and funeral services were conducted on July 6 at the Longhouse. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

POLSON -- John Hosch Weaver, 89, of Great Falls and Polson, died on July 31, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here from natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Kay (Great Falls), and daughter Kristine McArthur and grandson John McArthur (both of Boise, ID). Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was conducted on Aug. 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Great Falls.

HOT SPRINGS -- Michael S. Whiting, 52, died at his home here on July 21, 2004. He was born on March 10, 1952, in Longview, CA. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Smith. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen, and his father, Richard Smith. Memorial services were held on July 31 at the Lonepine Hall in Lonepine.


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