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June 2004 Obituaries

ST. IGNATIUS -- Sandra Ann Matt Morigeau Adams, 55, died at her home here on June 25, 2004. She was born on Nov. 1, 1948, in St. Ignatius, to Isaac "Ike" Matt and Catherine Caltomee Saxa. She attended the Ursuline School. She finished her education in Nespelem before returning to Montana and later going to art school in Santa Fe. She worked at Two Eagle River School and in various tribal departments such as S&K Development and at the Char-Koosta News, before illness forced her to slow down. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and an uncle who helped raise her, Rose and John Saxa Sr., Louis and Rosalie Matt, and John Saxa; other uncles and aunties, Angie Matt Whitmore, Collette Matt Plouffe, Margaret Matt Vallee, Louie "Sonny" Matt, Casey Matt, Henry Matt, Elmer Matt, Basil "Uncle Bob" Matt, Peter Matt, Ignatius Saxa and Felician Saxa; her parents; and her mother-in-law, Helen. She leaves behind her husband, Dale Adams; her children: Jen (Dustin) Gatch, Lana (Chuck) Page and Mike (Dawna Jo) Morigeau; brothers Francis "Chief" (Brenda) Finley and Butch Finley; sisters Juanita "Deeda" (Neil) Adams and Sonia Chippewa; aunts Iva Saxa, Darlene Matt and Margaret Finley Matt; uncle Joseph "Joe" (Sophie) Matt; grandchildren Kyle, Winter, Tyler, Monty, Kobe, Logan, Jacob and Jaeleigh, and Zeke and Angus; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and adopted family; and her husband's family. Traditional wake services were conducted at the Longhouse. Funeral services were conducted in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission on June 29, with interment following in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

PABLO -- Andy Andrew Jr. died on June 11, 2004, at his home here. He was born on March 18, 1942, in St. Ignatius, to Andrew Andrew Sr. and Harriet Jane Beaverhead Andrew. Raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. A member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he worked for various tribal departments, but his true love always was working in the woods. He married Marian Michel on June 11, 2004. Preceding him in death were his parents, grandparents Pete and Josephine Beaverhead, sisters Diane and Gerry, brothers Max and Martin, and a stepchild, Christine Lozeau. He is survived by his wife, Marian; children and their families: Michael Jon (Angie) Irvine and grandchildren Erin, Tailyr and Michael; Susan Pierre and grandchildren Michael, Clayton, Jodessa, Josiah, Gail and great grandson BoJai; Renee Pierre and grandchildren Lenee, Payton, Lauren and Anton; Jami (Jim) Hamel and grandchildren Arisha, Mariah, Gerald and Malia; and Toni (Robert Chiefstick) Michel and grandchildren Tyra and Brayden. He is also survived by stepchildren Butch, Stacey and Laurie Lozeau; brother Dan (Enid) Andrew and their children, Billie Joe, Marion George and Eloise Curry; sisters Tina Andrew and Carole Ann Finley; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. A traditional wake began on June 11. Wake closing was conducted on June 14 at the Longhouse, followed by the celebration of Mass of the Resurrection at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the Andrew Family Cemetery on Mollman Pass Trail Road, where military honors were presented. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Feed My Lambs" in Ronan, in care of Larry and Ginger Pitts, 278 Mountain Vista Lane, Polson, MT 59860.

POLSON -- Mary B. Bartell, 80, of Polson, died on June 23, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by a niece, Claire S. Thoni, and a nephew, Frank G. Severs (both of Castro Valley, CA); and three stepchildren, Brenda Bartell (Portland, OR), Don Bartell (Coeur d'Alene, ID), and Tracy Bartell (Upland, CA). Memorials may be made to the Polson City Library. A graveside military honor service was conducted on June 25 at the Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

POLSON Eugene G. Beardsley, 89, died on June 29, 2004, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Polson. He was born on Nov. 2, 1914, in Wisconsin to Lewis and Lydia Beardsley. He married Florence Arnold on Feb. 28, 1939; they later divorced. He married Louise Anderson in February 1939; they later divorced. He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene M. Beardsley; a daughter, Helen M. Beardsley; two brothers and five sisters. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Clara M. Beardsley (Bigfork). A graveside funeral service was held on July 1 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

RONAN -- Albert F. Charlo, 73, died on June 22, 2004, at Westside Care Center in Ronan. He was born to Antoine and Mary (Mitchell) Charlo, on Feb. 15, 1931, in St. Ignatius. He was raised on the Flathead Reservation and as a young man, he went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad and built power lines. Albert married and had a family but later got divorced. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree from college but was always a bit of a wanderer and never stayed in touch as well as he should have. An accomplished writer, he was the publisher of a newsletter and wrote to many in his family. Just recently he had returned to Ronan to live. He was preceded in death by his parents; children Denita Charlo and Maria Beth Charlo; eight siblings, three of whom died as young children, as well as Louis, Charles, Genevieve "Jim", Gene, and Betsy Charlo. Survivors include his children Antoine "Gene" Charlo and Robin Charlo; brother and sisters Mary Jane Charlo, Carole Sorrell and Victor Charlo; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A traditional wake began June 24 at the Longhouse. Mass was celebrated on June 25 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. nterment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

EVERETT, Wash. -- Ramona Victoria Couture, 75, died on June 26, 2004, from a long-term illness. She was born in St, Ignatius, to Albert and Victoria Couture, on Dec. 4, 1928. She attended Catholic schools in St. Ignatius, and Pierre, South Dakota. She also attended Business College in Anaheim, Calif., and the University of Montana. She later returned to the reservation and was a cook for Tribal Law and Order. She enjoyed playing bingo, and loved to travel, especially back to the reservation to attend powwows and spend time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by five brothers: Henry, Clarence, Merle, Emmett "Swede" and Eugene Couture; and three sisters: Viola Bryant, Hazel Ducharme and Dorothy McCrea. She is survived by sons Marcus (Katherine) Duran (Edmond, WA) and Frank Couture (Seattle); daughter Joyce (Greg) Burgin (Everett); granddaughters Andrea Gruese and Taylor Wilson, and Sam, an adopted granddaughter (all of Everett); and grandsons Michael Lyons Jr. (Everett) and Jhamare Duran (Edmunds); two great-granddaughters, Skyler and Alexis Walker (Everett); two sisters, Alvina Burns (Polson) and Darlene Heaton (Ronan); several nieces and nephews; and her loving, faithful companion dog, Brittany. Cremation has taken place and services were held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Everett, Washington. A memorial service will be held on the Flathead Reservation at a later date.

ST. IGNATIUS Joseph Pasquale Del Balzo, 19, of St. Ignatius, died June 14, 2004, in Las Vegas. He was born on March 23, 1985, in Las Vegas, to Brenda Black Rouillier. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 2003. Survivors include his parents, Brenda and Bill Rouillier (St. Ignatius); stepmother Dena Del Balzo (Las Vegas); brothers James and wife Nychelle Roberts (Las Vegas), Randy Rouillier (Rochester, NH), and Danny Del Balzo (Las Vegas); sister Lisa Roberts (Las Vegas); grandparents Bill and Lorene Black (Aurora, NE); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Services were held June 19 at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.

RONAN -- Mary Crow, 97, of St. Ignatius, died on June 15, 2004, at St. Luke's Extended Care here of age-related causes. She was born June 14, 1907, in Hinsdale, N.Y. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janis Lancaster, and a son, Nelson Moehle, both of St. Ignatius. She is survived by a brother, Robert Wiley (Boynton Beach, FL); three children, Terry Moehle and Judith Moehle (both of St. Ignatius) and Mark Moehle and daughter-in-law Lynn Moehle (both of Eugene, OR); four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Mary enjoyed family and friends, crocheting and playing the piano. Per her wishes, she was cremated and there will be no services.

RONAN -- Herman Albert Detert of St. Ignatius died on June 20, 2004 in St. Luke's Extended Care here at the age of 95. Visitation takes place until 9 p.m. today (June 24) at the Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. The funeral will be held on Friday (June 25) at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran in St. Ignatius. A luncheon will follow. Herman was born to Ben and Anna Saggau Detert on Dec. 15, 1908, in Martin County, Minn. He moved with his family to St. Ignatius in 1917. He graduated from Mission High School in 1927. He married Hazel Johnson on June 27, 1948. He helped on the family farm and helped build both the Mission and Crow dams. After the death of his father in 1937, he took over the family farm, went into business with his brother Alvin after WWII, and later went into business raising fish with his sister Marie. He retired from farming in 1997 and moved into St. Ignatius. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of St. Ignatius. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He shared some of his life experiences in his books Heartbeat of a Hunter (1986) and Wild, Wooly, and Majestic (1999). He is survived by his wife, Hazel; sons Johnny (Jamie) and Ray (both of Wash.), and James (St. Ignatius); a daughter, Keela, and husband Dave Forthun (Minot, N.D.); a sister, Marie Detert (St. Ignatius); three greadchildren; eight great grandchildren.; a niece, Betsy Harris (Memphis, TN); three great nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents, brothers Harvey and Alvin, sister Verna Lensman, and nephew Jesse Lensman.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Jack Lewis Harrison died on June 12, 2004, while fishing the Jocko Lakes. He was born in Spokane on July 16, 1934, to Carl and Genevieve (Blood) Harrison. Following his formal education in Spokane, he served in the Army. He later married Florence Woods. They made their home in Spokane before moving to St. Ignatius. Jack worked construction all his life. He was a wood carver and historian. He also enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and following the activities of his family. He was also a coach and mentor. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Darren. Survivors include his wife, Florence (St. Ignatius); sons Sean (Boise) and Guy (Santa Barbara, CA); daughter Kim Orr (St. Ignatius); brother Eugene and sister Joyce Dornbirier (both of Vancouver, WA); five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many cousins. Graveside funeral services were conducted on June 16 at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius where military honors were presented.

Charlee Head, 56, died on June 21, 2004, from diabetic complications. He was born on Feb. 25, 1948, in Havre. He was named the first Blackfoot All American in the northwest at the 1968-69 All-Indian Basketball Tournament. In 1975, he married Audra Trombley in the first traditional Blackfeet wedding to be held in 99 years. He obtained a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Missoula and attended graduate school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked as a sports director and teacher. He enjoyed golfing, basketball, softball, fishing, youth and adult sports. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Weaselhead; sisters, Laverne Eubanks and Arlene Nickerson; his parents, George and Dora Head; and granddaughter Prisma Georgee Rae Grace Weaselhead. Head is survived by his wife, Audra Head; two daughters, Cherene' (Browning), Mary Lee Jones (Pendleton, OR); son Aaron Weaselhead; sister Ann Day; four brothers, George Head (Browning), Donald Head (Fairbanks, AK), Robert Weaselhead (Browning), and Patrick Weaselhead (Missoula); and two grandchildren. A wake was held June 23 at the Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning. Funeral Mass was celebrated on June 25 at Little Flower Parish in Browning with burial at Willow Creek Cemetery.

POLSON -- Calvin P. Hubbard died on June 11, 2004, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. He was born to Roy Benjamin and Maude Porter Hubbard on Aug. 7, 1921, in Spokane. They moved to Belgrade where Roy became apprenticed to his father-in-law who had a drugstore there. He graduated from Polson High School in 1938. He attended Montana State Univ. in Missoula, majoring in pharmacy. He married Lois Judson of Cut Bank on Jan. 9, 1943. He was later commissioned a second lieutenant in 1944, and served in England, France and Germany. He was later honorably discharged and promoted to captain before returning to Polson and buying his father's store. He was a commander of the American Legion; and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Montana Opposing Discrimination, Junior Chamber of Commerce, the PTA, the Presbyterian Church, and Polson Outdoors. He also spent more than 30 years on the City County Planning Board. In 1980, he was honored by the state pharmacists association with its highest award, the Bowl of Hygiea of Pharmacy for community services. After selling the pharmacy, Cal continued to work part-time until his retirement in 1983. He was an avid reader, hunter and traveler. He is survived by his wife Lois; four sons and their spouses, Judson and Chris (Murfreesboro, TN), Duncan and Kathleen (Missoula), Kirk and Anne (Reston, VA), and Timothy and Gayle (Rolling Hills Estates, CA); 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; six nephews and one niece. A memorial service was held on June 16 in Polson. Interment with military honors took place at Lakeview Cemetery.

ARLEE -- Lois M. Jamison lost her battle with cancer June 12, 2004. She was born in Mill Sholes, Ill., to Emily and Walter Jackson. She is survived by her mother, Emily Irvin (IL); her daughter, Tempe Holloway (Arlee); and son, O.D. "Sonny" Williams (Bull Lake). Lois was laid to rest on June 16 at the Plains Cemetery in Plains. A dinner to celebrate her life took place on June 20 in Arlee.

ARLEE -- NancyJean TwoTeeth LaMere, 72, died on June 6, 2004, at Missoula's St Patrick's Hospital of natural causes. A resident of Box Elder, she and her husband of 43 years, James LaMere, had been spending time in Arlee. She was raised in Great Falls and Helena and on the Rocky Boy Reservation. She was a member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe there. She was an avid stickgame player. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Curtis Alexander; a daughter, Vera TwoTeeth; two sisters, Mary Jane TwoTeeth and Tootsie Rider; five brothers, Robert, James, Joseph and Eddie TwoTeeth and Ned SunChild; a grandson and a great granddaughter. Survivors include her husband; two sons, William Weaselboy and Darrin Ameline (both of Rocky Boy); four daughters and their spouses: Violet and Mike Norris (Helena), Sara and Chuck LaFountaine (Helena), Carmie LaMere and Rob Williams (Helena), and Alvina Ameline (Billings); her brother and his wife, Chuck and Sara TwoTeeth (Arlee); 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center. Funeral services were conducted there on June 9 with interment following in the Resurrection Cemetery in Helena.

RONAN -- Roland Morris Sr. died at his home on June 9, 2004, of natural causes. He was born on July 1, 1945. A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe at Leech Lake, he grew up in Cass Lake, MN. He attended college in Haskell, KS, and become an architectural draftsman. He practiced the trade of architecture for a few years before becoming a self-employed upholsterer. He moved his family to Ronan, where he and wife Lisa created Montana's first patient transportation service He was an active opponent much federal Indian policy, believing that it harmed Indian people. He was president of All Citizens Equal, and was a board member and vice-chairman of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance and the secretary of the Citizens Equal Rights Foundation. He and his wife founded the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare. He recently attended a year of training at the Living Faith Bible College in Canada. He and his family went on mission trips to both Canada and Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Lisa), and nine children living in their family home in Ronan: Thomas, Therese, Ronald, Natasha, Melissa, Timothy, Ernie, Sarah and Ryan; children from previous marriage, Roland Jr. "Doc" (Monticello, MN), and Marie, Sheila and Shannon (all of Minneapolis); brothers Harry Morris and Steven Jones; and sisters Clara Smith, Bernice Hurd, Sharon Goose and Christine Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Susan Jones; four brothers, Thomas Morris, Robert Jones, Martin Jones and Wallace Morris; and five sisters, Loretta Smith, Caroline Jones, Frances Jones, Barbara Jones and Alvina Jones. Funeral services were conducted in Ronan on June 13, and on June 15 in Minnesota, with interment following at the Prince of Peace Cemetery.

POLSON -- Royal Lee Morrison, 84, died at St. Joseph Hospital here on June 25, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Polson); daughter Diane Morrison Tompkins (Polson); son Gregg Morrison and his wife Nancy (Moscow, ID); grandchildren Tanner Tompkins, Connor Tompkins, Ryan Morrison and Tyler Morrison; and Max the dog. A graveside memorial service was held on July 2 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Doris Nopen, 94, formerly of Great Falls, died on June 26, 2004, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Polson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto L. Nopen, and a son, Warren Nopen. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Fox (Polson); sister Grace Schaff and her husband, Nick (Billings); brother James O. Allread (Fort Benton); and several other relatives. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

POLSON -- Donald Francis "Dick" Ogden died here of lung cancer on June 29, 2004. He was born on July 4, 1931, in Streator, Ill., to Harry and Jessie Seiller Ogden. He always thought the 4th of July celebration was for his birthday and no one ever told him any different. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953 from Virginia to Alaska. After his discharge, he returned to Polson and spent many years building logging roads. He also operated his own saw mill. He married Alice Lloyd on Aug. 17, 1970, in Reno. His hobbies included hunting and fishing camps, tooling leather, gardening, thawing frozen pipes in the winter, Oly beer and his famous beer hotcakes. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Polson); sisters Virginia Kinkade (Libby) and Barb Finch (Lake Havasu, AZ); brothers and their wives, Bill and Pat Ogden (Seeley Lake) and Dale and Patti Ogden (Great Falls); his children and their spouses, Ellen and Karl Kaphammer (Ronan), Kathy and Cliff Reum (Polson), Mike and Marion Ogden (Tucson, AZ), and Jim John and Raelinn Ogden (Carlton, OR); 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gene and nephew Bennie. A farewell ceremony for "Papa" was held on July 2 at the Grogan Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Lakeview Cemetery.

HELENA -- Barbara Sue Pierre died here of a brain hemorrhage on June 23, 2004. She was born on Oct. 18, 1961, in White Sulphur Springs, to Vera Culler Sickich. Barbara grew up in Helena. At the age of 14, she moved to Ronan, where she met the man she'd later marry, Phillip Pierre Jr. Both attended Two Eagle River School when it was located in Dixon. She later returned to Helena, where she took on the tough job of caregiver to the elderly and the mentally disabled. She married Phillip in August of 2002. Some of her hobbies were camping, fishing, hiking, looking for bargains at garage sales and in secondhand stores, making dry meat, and walking in the woods. She also loved to spend time with her in-laws, Dorothea and John Hendrickx, and her nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Vera (Andy) Sickich; her father, Richard Ford; brother Tom Keefe (St. Helens, OR); sisters Cheryl (Paul) Volkmar and Diana Stanger; children and step-children, Bernadette Gardipee, Dachia (Sam) Ledeau, Leslie Wright Jr., Phillip Pierre III, and Victoria Jean Marie Pierre; and her grandchildren: Dakota, Elysia Ledeau, D'Angelo Gardipee, Sayla and Shaelyn Pierre, and Heaven Bogey (all of Helena).

POLSON -- James Ray Reese died here on June 8, 2004. He was born in Florida on Oct. 28, 1961. He is survived by his wife, Zita, and children Rehanna Reese, Daniel Reese, Jacy Jones; granddaughter Hazel Marie; and his mother, Erma O'Bennick. Friends may call the family at 406/883-1924. A wake service was held on June 9 and 10 in Polson. Cremation followed.

HOT SPRINGS -- Steve "Junior" Rodriguez Jr. was killed on June 22, 2004, in Missoula. He was born on May 28, 1951, in St. Ignatius, to Estavan (Steve) and Louise (Plouffe) Rodriguez. He was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. On Nov. 26, 1970, Steve married Lynda Farra in St. Ignatius. They were later divorced. He attended grade school in Idaho and Montana. In 1972, he attended Southwestern Indian Polytech Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., where he graduated with a degree in architectural drafting. He also attended Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. On Jan. 20, 1970, he enlisted in the Navy. After two years in the Navy, he enlisted in the 19th Special Forces Airborne Division at Fort Missoula and later transferred into the 1063rd Engineers Unit. He received an honorable discharge. In 1975, he attended the Montana Military Academy and graduated from NCO school. Steve worked in many states and had various occupations, including mechanic, carpenter, sider, draftsman, machine lathe operator, construction worker, railroad worker and heavy equipment operator. He also a member of the Local 400 Union of Operating Engineers in Helena. Before his death, he worked in Hot Springs at the city shop. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Miguel and Maria Rodriguez and Annie and Leroy Manning; his brothers, Joseph and Arthur; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Surviving family are Steven Manyhides (Browning), Steve and Theora (Polson), Michael Rodriguez (Pablo), Anthony and Laurie (Helena); sisters and their spouses, Ruby and Gregg Gillham (Little Rock, AR), Sandra Aldana (Little Rock), Delores and Sammy Valles (San Antonio) and Roberta Morigeau (Hot Springs); brothers, Gilbert (Orlando, FL), Ernest and Abbey Rodriguez (San Antonio), Larry (Dalton, GA), Stanley (Elmo) and Charles (Lumberton, SC); eight grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Traditional wake services were held. Funeral services were conducted at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission on June 30 and were followed by interment at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

MISSOULA -- Arthur Louis "Art" Bourdon Shepard died on June 12, 2004, at his home here from cancer. Born in St. Ignatius to Arthur and Susan (Adams) Bourdon, Art was raised in the Jocko Valley. After his parents died, Beulah Brubaker opened her home to him. They eventually moved to Canada, where he graduated from high school and went to college. Following college he returned to the Jocko Valley, where he logged. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane and daughter Heather. Art is survived by his wife, Janice Shortman, and Tiffaney, Sierra and Morgan (all of the family home in Missoula); his stepdaughter, Lisa Dunlap, and her children Hunter and Brooklynn (all of North Carolina); his boys Gabe, Vincent and Calvin (all of St. Ignatius); brothers and sisters Richard and Calvin Bourdon, Gay, Tracey and Chuck Shepard, and Jim, Eldon, Brian, Darrin and Jackie Brubaker; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous too mention. A traditional wake began on June 13 at the St. Ignatius Community Center. Wake closing at the Longhouse was followed on June 15 by Mass of the Resurrection at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the Jocko Catholic Cemetery near Arlee.

POLSON -- Frankie C. Smith, 73, has died at her home here (specific date not provided). She was born to Joe and Clara Beebe in Missoula and grew up in Hot Springs. She married Thomas F. Smith in 1950 in Kellogg, Idaho. Later, they moved to Polson. Frankie is survived by her husband, Tom (Polson); her son and his wife, Tom and Vickie (Colorado Springs, C); her daughter, Jolene Frey (Polson); four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

PABLO -- Melvin Vulles died at his home here on June 27, 2004, from natural causes. He was born to Michael and Daisy (Meljie) Vulles on June 16, 1929, at Perma. He attended eight years of school in Perma. He entered the armed services in 1951. After returning to Perma in 1953, he married Louise Heckenthorm; they later divorced. Melvin went to work for the Gene Pitts Lumber Mill in Ravalli. After it burned down, he went to work at Plum Creek Lumber near Pablo. He retired from Plum Creek with 20 years of service. In May 1972, he married Lola Stewart-Emerson. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Mike, Bobby, Don, Steve and Valadimir; nephew Bobby; and many cousins in Butte. He is survived by his wife, Lola, and her two children, Jerry and Rhonda Emerson (Ronan) and Jeanie Emerson (Columbia Falls); two sisters, Dorothy Walbridge (Mullan, ID) and Darlene and Glen Rummel (Plains); two brothers, George (St. Ignatius) and Sam (Plains); and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on June 30 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Lawrence Lee "Larry" Whitten, 66, died after a short battle with brain cancer on June 22, 2004, at his home here. He was born on Aug. 4, 1937, in Philadelphia, to Hettie Lonsdale and Jesse Lee Whitten. In 1955, he graduated from Lenox Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass. After a summer abroad, he attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for two years. In 1957, he joined the Air Force and served in Korea. On Jan. 31, 1959, he married Sharon Elizabeth Bennett in Orlando, Fla. In June 1965, he graduated from Michigan State Univ. with a degree in agri-business and economics. After working for International Harvester Co., Larry gradually began working for the automotive industry. from which he retired in 1997. He and his wife Sharon enjoyed operating Swan Hill B&B on Kings Point Road in Polson. Larry was an active member of New Life Christian Center. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their children, son John and wife Gwen (Jacksonville, FL) and daughter Laura Lee (Mobile, AL); and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held on June 30 at the New Life Christian Center. Memorials may be made to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 239 Reservoir Road, Polson, MT 59860; or to Lake County Hospice, 711Main S.W., Ronan, MT 59864. Cremation has taken place.


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