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November 2004 Obituaries

PABLO -- Ronald Keith "Barney" Barnaby, 48, died at his home here on Nov. 19, 2004. A member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, he was born in St. Ignatius on Jan. 21, 1956, to Howard Vernon Barnaby and Mary Alice Matt. Raised on the Flathead Reservation, he was one of the first graduates from Two Eagle River High School. Barney also attended Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kan., where he received an associate degree. Following Haskell, Barney had planned to accept a scholarship to Kansas University when he was in an auto accident. After many years of recovery he was ready to finish his schooling in computer science and recently had started attending Salish Kootenai College in Pablo to do so. A kind and gentle man, he had a wonderful sense of humor and is fondly remembered by his family for many things. He enjoyed his gadgets, bikes, cars, and reading westerns, science fiction and "True Stories." He was known for all his subscriptions and his hopeful winner letters. He could cook very well and made wonderful hangover soup, homemade bread, the best rice and the best Top Ramen gourmet. He enjoyed his family and thought highly of his elders, friends and whole family, especially his Uncle Joe and Watash. Barney was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents Maxima Barnaby and Alice Clairmont; maternal grandparents William Eli Matt and Margaret St. Marks; uncle J.W. Matt; and siblings Sharon Wynona Salois, Terry Salois, Ardis Rae Salois, Linda Salois, Arnold Wayne Salois and Kelly Arthur Salois. Survivors include his brothers Britton Weldon "Jude" Salois (Pablo) and Garry William Salois (Ronan); sister Duretta Billedeaux (St. Ignatius); aunts Margaret Finley Matt (St. Ignatius) and Madeline Barnaby Weaselhead (Ronan); as well as many nieces and nephews and their families, and many cousins and other relatives from both sides of the mountains. A wake was held in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 24 at the Longhouse with burial following at Ronan Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Keith Allan Hayes Blood died at his home here on Nov. 16, 2004. He was born on April 1, 1960, in St. Ignatius, and was raised by his grandparents, Pete and Emma Blood. A member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes, he went to school in St. Ignatius, graduating high school there in 1979. Keith loved being in the woods. He was a logger until Nov. 19, 1997, when he had surgery following the diagnosis of cancer (from which he had recovered). Keith was known throughout the Mission Valley. He and Rocky (his dog) used to travel throughout the valley visiting friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Jeannette Blood; his grandparents Pete and Emma Blood and Florence and Roy Hayes; an aunt, Loretta Jean Burland; Neva Crawford; and uncles Glenn, Boyd and Darrell Hayes. Survivors include his father Bernard (Laura) Hayes (St. Ignatius); his sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Greg Reed (Hemet, CA); a niece and nephew; aunts Bernie Anderson, Twila Gould, Sally Hubbard and Genevieve Kinman; an uncle, Bill Blood; as well as numerous cousins. Graveside funeral services were conducted on Nov. 23 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

MISSOULA -- Arvid C. "Chris" Christianson, 83, of Polson, died on Nov. 20, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital here. He was born on Nov. 24, 1920, in Kalispell, to Andrew and Lillie Christianson. Chris grew up and attended schools in Kalispell, graduating from high school there in 1940. He married Doris McDonald on Nov. 8, 1943. Chris joined the U.S. Navy and graduated from Naval Flight School in Corpus Christi, TX. He served during World War II in the South Pacific as a fighter pilot. He served as a recruiter for the Naval Reserves and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1980. He flew the first jets that the Navy had activated. Chris was a partner in Mooney Aircraft in Missoula and the city's first Volkswagen dealership. He also owned and operated Brownie's Motel & Drive In. After he retired, he and his wife spent their winters in Arizona and their summers at Flathead Lake. He was a member of the Masumola Club in Kalispell, Missoula Jaycees, Missoula Elks and New Life Christian Center in Polson. Chris enjoyed flying, fishing, hiking and hunting. He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter Cheryl Shinton on March 27, 2002; and two infant children. He is survived by his daughters ChrisAnn Boral and her husband, Joseph (Potter, NE), and Janet Warnock and Don Casey (Loveland, CO); three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Teal Kelley; brother Click Christianson and his wife, Arlo (Kalispell); sister Adella Edwards and her husband, Leonard (Boise, ID); and his special lady friend, Jake Tootell (Polson). A memorial service was held on Nov. 26 at the New Life Christian Center in Polson. Military honors and a reception followed the services. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

POLSON -- Henry Calvin Courville died on Nov. 1, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here. He was born on June 5, 1924, to Henry Lewis Courville and Victoria Burland Courville. After his parents passed away, his grandparents and his Aunt Anny Garcia raised him. Henry went to school in Polson until he was 15, when he and his sister, Laura, moved to Chenoweth, Ore., where he finished high school. Henry enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17. He returned to Polson following his discharge and went to work for Dupuis Lumber Mill at the Dog Lake site, dynamiting logs. When war in Korea broke out, Henry was recalled into the service. He was a mechanic and worked on aircraft while in Korea. He was discharged in 1951 and became licensed as a barber. He married Fredaleen Iona Marquardt in 1952. They moved to Kalispell, where he continued to barber and mechanic. The couple then moved to Washington, where Henry went to work at Boeing Aircrafts. The couple later returned to California, where Henry continued his schooling in refrigeration and electrical works. He returned to Montana and operated the Blue Bay Lodge for three years. He then helped build Dupuis Lumber Mill in Polson. He moved to Clearfield, Utah, where he worked at the Hill Air Force Base. He retired and moved back to Montana and did odd jobs until he went to work for Kicking Horse Job Corps. He also worked for the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority as a maintenance supervisor until his retirement. Henry loved to fish, hunt, camp and ride in the mountains. He also loved John Wayne movies and building things. Henry was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Fredaleen. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Kip and Jeanne Courville (Polson), Sandy and Bob Casteel (Thompson Falls), and Linda Douglas (California); eight grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Nov. 5 in Polson. Inurnment with military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations may be to be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children at 911 W. Fifth Ave., P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.

PABLO -- Earl C. Drebes, 87, died on Nov. 25, 2004, at Community Medical Center in Missoula. Private interment has taken place and memorial services were held on Dec. 4 at the Shriders Mortuary Chapel in Ronan.

RONAN -- Peggy Ann Fitschen, 69, died on Nov. 16, 2004, at Village Health Care in Missoula of cancer. She was born April 30, 1935, in Hebron, ND, to Henry and Freda Eder. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Ronan and opened a Gamble's general store there and in St. Ignatius. Peggy graduated from Ronan High School in 1953 and attended the University of Montana. On Feb. 14, 1954, Peggy married high school sweetheart Everett "Chris" Christensen of Polson. They soon moved to the Bay Area in California. Peggy and their children returned to the Mission Valley and Ronan in 1970. On Aug. 5, 1972, she married educator Stuart Fitschen. Peggy enjoyed working at her sister Audrey's clothing store in Ronan and later in the Ronan High School office. She was fond of the Mission Valley, her Ronan community, home, friends and church. She was an active member of the Ronan United Methodist Church, enjoyed singing in the church choir, served as the chair of the church's memorial fund and was involved with the prayer team. She was also a member of the Mission Valley Community Concert, Ronan Senior Citizens Center, the Mission Valley No. 93 Order of Eastern Star, and a card-carrying member of the Golden Age Ronan School Booster Club. She enjoyed working in the yard and tending to her flowering pots and hanging baskets. Peggy was skilled at needlepoint, crocheting and knitting. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and both husbands. Survivors include her daughter, Gayle, son-in-law Ron Gustine and grandchildren Chris and Chantal (all of Kalispell); son Gary Christensen, daughter-in-law Holly, step-grandson Scott and their mini dachshunds Annie and Sophie (all of Mount Vernon, WA); nephew Roy Loman and family (Killington, VT); and nieces Linda Loman (Ronan) and Merle Loman and family (Victor). The family suggests memorials be made to the Ronan United Methodist Church Historic Building Preservation Fund, c/o Ingraham Law Office, 10 Adams Street S.E., Ronan, MT 59864; or the Guardian Angels (Tough on Cancer), 2835 Fort Missoula Road, Suite 301, Missoula, MT 59864. A memorial service was held on Nov. 30 at the Ronan United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed at the Ronan Cemetery.

RONAN -- Ilene Beatrice Fraser, 76, died on Nov. 4, 2004, at her home here. Ilene was the eldest daughter of Elsie and Martin Schiele. She graduated from Ronan High School in 1947 and married Stewart D. Fraser on Sept. 27, 1947. They made their home east of Ronan, where they raised mink and were also in the grocery business for 26 years. Ilene was a talented artist and an avid gardener and loved fishing and hunting. Ilene is survived by her husband of 57 years, Stewart D. Fraser; children and their spouses Susan J. and Frenchy Piedalue (Ronan), Cheryl D. Fraser (Clancy), Linda L. and Mike Roberts (Ronan), Kathleen A. and Corey Richwine (Ronan), and Stewart Gregory Fraser (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico); nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters; and seven brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Funeral services were held on Nov. 9 in Ronan. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials be made to the Lake County Hospice.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Lettie Kent Pierce Gilbert died on Nov. 4, 2004, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan. She was born on June 10, 1916 in Naf, Idaho, to Anne and Samuel Kent. Lettie grew up in Charlo, where she attended school and was active in music, sports and community life. She married Nate Pierce in 1934, and they purchased property near Hillside. For a period of time the family lived at Fort Missoula, where Nate worked for the U.S. Immigration service. When Nate was called to serve in WWII, Lettie moved back to St. Ignatius, where worked for the Ursuline Sisters as a cook, teacher and basketball coach, and in the Ground Observers Corps. After the war, the couple established Mission Electric and continued to farm. After Natešs death in 1971, Lettie went to work at the Holy Family Hospital as a cook. In 1974, she married Paul Gilbert, and the couple spent much of their time in California. Paul died in 1985. At the age of 77, Lettie put the Mission Valley Food Pantry back in service. In 1994, she was named Montana Senior Citizen of the Year. She was an avid traveller. She was preceded in death by her husbands; and her brothers, Douglas Kent, Robert Kent, Talbot Kent, and Parley Kent. She is survived by two sisters, Verna Krantz (St. Ignatius) and Veda Johnson (Charlo); one brother, Harold Kent (Charlo); seven children and their spouses, Loa and Bruce Carpenter (Sheridan, WY), Leonard and Connie Pierce (St. Ignatius), Naett Sharp (St. Ignatius), Jack and Susie Pierce (Calif.), Nathan and Kathy Pierce (Deer Lodge), Brenda and Gerry Lynch (Spokane), and Valerie and Michael Umphrey (St. Ignatius; three step-children and their spouses, Paul Gilbert Jr., Kathy and Roy Hansen, and Phil and Lorretta Gilbert; 44 grandchildren; 111 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; as well as well nieces and nephews. Services were held on Nov. 9 at the LDS church in St. Ignatius.

SEATTLE -- Montana Gipe, formerly of Polson, died here on Nov. 8, 2004, from natural causes. Cremation has taken place. Graveside inurnment services were conducted on Nov. 22 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Russell Erwin Grant, 95, of Polson, died on Nov. 16, 2004, at Community Medical Center in Missoula of natural causes. He was born on June 10, 1909, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Jesse and Lutie (Bemuss) Grant. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Laura Grant. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; children Karen Tucker, Tami Hart, Richard Grant, Donald Grant and Todd Grant; two sisters, Eldina Buck and Geraldine Guinn; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held on June 10, 2005, at Lakeview Cemetery. The time will be determined later.

DAYTON -- Velva J. "Happy" Lanier died on Nov. 15, 2004, in Kalispell. She was born in Huntley on May 19, 1915, to Grace and Oliver Johnson. Although her given name was "Velva," she was known as "Happy" her entire life. She graduated from high school in Billings. She married George Lanier on Valentine's Day in 1934 in Billings Because of her husband's work, the family lived in several places, almost all in Montana. Happy was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1960; her son, Gene, and his wife Mary; her son, Roy; and her grandson, Michael Lanier. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Gary and Cindy, and Keith and Sue (all of Dayton), Lloyd and Liz (Freedom, CA), and Hal and Vicka (Billings); her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Lanier (Ramsey, MN); 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Emma Lanier (Vancouver, WA); her brother, Allen Johnson (Billings); and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted on Nov. 26 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lake County Hospice and Private Care, 711 Main St. S.W., Ronan, MT 59864.

POLSON -- Earlene E. Lovinger, 89, died on Nov. 4, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here of natural causes. She was born on Oct. 26, 1915, to Edgar and Pearl (Steele) Hopkins in Hamilton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and son George. Earlene is survived by son Jerry Sanders (Madison, WI); brother Edgar Hopkins (Corvallis); half-sister Phyllis Sandau (Missoula); half-brother Jeanne Sticht (Mesa, AZ); two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Services were conducted on Nov. 20 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ronan. Burial took place at the Missoula Cemetery.

POLSON -- Lyle D. (Dalrymple) Lulow, 91, of Polson, died on Nov. 5, 2004, at St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. She was born on Sept. 24, 1913, to George and Mable Dalrymple in Spade, Neb. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher after graduating from high school in 1930. On Nov. 15, 1939, she married Howard N. Lulow. The couple farmed for a living. They sold their Nebraska farm in 1948 and moved to Montana to a farm in Valley View near Polson. Lyle was an excellent cook and gracious hostess. Howard and Lyle enjoyed more than 54 years together until his passing in April 1994. Lyle then sold her place and moved to Polson. Declining health required her to move to the St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan on 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; sisters Louise and Claire; brother Bruce; and two infant grandsons. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Jacquin Simurdak (Lolo), James and Vicki (West Seattle), Robert and Sherry (Ronan), Harvey and Debra (Clancy), and George and Joan (Salem, OR); 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sister, Maude (Walla Walla, WA); three brothers and their spouses, Norman and Emily (Elk Grove, CA), Robert and Ruth (Apache Junction, AZ), and Winfred and Mary (Grayland, WA). Funeral services were held on Nov. 13 in Polson. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorials be made to the Valley View School Library Fund, in care of Valley View School District No. 35, 7000 Valley View Road, Polson, MT 59860.

RONAN -- Rose Ann McLeod, 69, died on Nov. 15, 2004. She was born at home Oct. 5, 1935, in Wagner, S.D., one of 10 children born to Aaron and Mary Palmer. The family moved in 1946 to Ronan, where they started a farm. Rose married Louis E. McLeod Sr. They later divorced. Rose loved reading and being outdoors, camping and traveling, but most of all, the love of her life were her grandchildren. Not only did she raise her own biological children, but her children's friends, as well, called her Mom or Grandma. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Arnold Palmer; two infant sons; two grandsons, Amos Albert Eugene McLeod and Daniel Ray McLeod; an unofficial adopted grandson William "B.J." Gardipe; two sisters, Laura Cook and Lucy Arlint; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Rose is survived by her children, grandchildren and their spouses: Sylvia Aims Back and Marvin Gardipe (both of Charlo), Sarah McLeod (Libby); Shirley and John Gohl, and Albert E. McLeod (all of Ronan), Fred and Carol McLeod (St. Ignatius), Louis E. McLeod Jr. and Geri Lehman (Charlo) and Melissa McLeod and Harry Beauchamp (Wolf Point). She is also survived by an unofficial adopted daughter and her husband, Joanne and Ben Asencio (Pablo); an unofficial adopted son, Chris Carpentier (Pablo): 14 grandchildren: Jacqueline Aims Back, Russell Burland, LaQuita Aims Back, Donald McLeod, Jason Gohl, Karen Gohl, Samantha Gohl, Justin Gohl, and Milagra McLeod (all of Ronan), Nakota Aims Back and April McLeod (both of Charlo), Amos McLeod (Pablo), and Harry Beauchamp III, Cherish Rose Beauchamp, Dennis Beauchamp (all of Wolf Point); three great grandchildren, Levi Burland, Aaron Burland and Kyra Aims Back (all of Ronan); five sisters, Helen, and husband, Frank Cole (Missoula), Loretta Emmingham (Orem, UT), Jeanette Kuntz (Polson), Betty Kuntz (Ronan) and Barbara and Bob Burrell (Ronan); one brother, Charles Palmer (Henderson, CO); and all of her numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The wake began on Nov. 19 at the Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home and concluded at the Longhouse on Nov. 22. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Nov. 22 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Ronan Cemetery.

MISSOULA -- Linda Rae Michel, 43, of Ronan, died Nov. 21, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital here from natural causes. She was born on Feb. 28, 1961, in Polson to Matt Buckskin Michel and Lucy Moody Michel. Linda grew up in Dayton and attended school in Dayton and Busby. A full-blooded member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was employed as general managing bookkeeper for the Kootenai Culture Committee. She enjoyed putting on family gatherings and dinners, attending powwows, spending time with children, being with her numerous friends and shopping (which was her all-time favorite activity). She was preceded in death by her child, Leo Michel Hammer; her mother; brother Mathias Michel Jr.; nephew Mathias Michel III; and her best friend, Girl Tony Mathias. he is survived by her father and step-mother, Mathias "Matt" Michel Buckskin and Louise (Niarada); brothers and their wives Wilbert and Beverly (Polson), Gilbert and Dora (Elmo), Victor and Linnea (Lindenhurst, IL), Leonard and Melissa (Ronan), Keith and Maxine (Ronan), and Lee (Polson); two sisters, Geneva, and her husband, Ronnie (Busby) and Diane (Dayton); and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Traditional wake services and rosary were held on Nov. 22 at the Elmo Hall. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 23 at the Elmo Hall. Burial followed at Dayton Cemetery.

POLSON -- Ann Muir Silvis died at her home here on Nov. 2, 2004, from natural causes. She was born on April 7, 1918, in Cadogan, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilmer, on Sept. 12; three sisters; one brother; a son-in-law, John Goldston; grandson, Troy Goldston; and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by a son, David Silvis, and his wife, Carolyn (Fort Wayne, IN); daughters Miriam Wisserman and husband Arlen (Polson) and Cathy Goldston (Polson and Bluffton, IN); nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 6 in Polson. Private family interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

POLSON -- Isabella Winona Skalicky of Powers Lake, ND, died here on Nov. 29, 2004, from natural causes. She was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Powers Lake, to Carl and Mazy Weinmann. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Donna and Gordon Terry (Polson), Lloyd and Jean (Powers Lake), Marvin and Jeanette (Ross, ND), and Billy and Jean (Minot, ND); two sisters, Laura Hegstad (Sandpoint, ID) and Helen Beard (Powers Lake); two brothers and their wives, Phillip and Lottie Weinmann and Earl and Shirley Weinmann (all of Powers Lake); 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services and internment took place in Powers Lake.

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. -- Mary R. "Mickie" Smith, former Ravalli and Lake county resident, died here on Nov. 14, 2004. Mickie was born in Belgrade on May 31, 1913, to George D. and Lillie B. (Gastineau) Ballard. She married Walter D. Smith on June 23, 1934, in Bozeman. The couple lived in eastern Montana until 1947, at which time they moved to the Bitterroot in the Skalkaho area. In 1961, they moved to Ronan and Charlo. Mickie worked as a licensed practical nurse for seven years in Ravalli and Lake counties and was a bookkeeper for the Ronan Co-Op and a bookkeeper/clerk for Charlo School District for five years. She spent five years on the baseball board of directors as a baseball commissioner in Ronan. She was instrumental in starting a Ronan baseball team for players over the age of 16. She also designed, set up a baseball field and had the grandstands moved to their present location. Walter and Mickie retired in 1975 and became "snowbirds." Mickie's first love was her kids, her own and any others who needed a warm spot or a love in their life. Other loves were baseball, traveling, crocheting and medicine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1998; eldest son, Walter Niles; parents; a sister, Billie Wagner; three brothers, Forrest, Dudley and Jack Ballard; a granddaughter, Sandy Smith; and a great-granddaughter, Cassandra Smith. Mickie is survived by six sons and their spouses, Chuck Bequette (Lopez Island, WA), Bruce and Josie Smith (Glendive), Earl Smith (Butte), Ralph and Mardel Smith (Ronan), Cliff and Beth Smith (Grand Junction, CO), and Wayne Smith (Norwalk, CA); six daughters and their spouses, Pat DuMont, Sandy and Phil Scheffel and Sue Wilson (all of Thermopolis), Nancy Shepard (Charlo), Annette and Dean Sellars (Prague, OK), and Barbara and Chuck Cromer (Kalispell); 44 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother and his wife, Tom and Sandy Ballard (Clancy); and two sisters, Juanita Armstrong (Cardwell) and Gussie Smith (Polson). Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 22 at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with burial in the Victor Cemetery.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Dwayne L. Vollin died here unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2004. He was born in Swindon, England, on April 27, 1962, to Gloria and Phillip Vollin Jr. Dwayne honorably served in the U.S. ARmy from 1983 to 1994. While stationed at Fort Carson, he was a reserve officer for the Fountain Police Dept. A tribal member, he also served with Tribal Law and Order in Pablo from 1994 to 2002. He was working at an auto dealership at the time of his death. Dwayne loved his family and playing darts and basketball, and washing his car. He is survived by his children, Jason and Chantel Vollin (Fountain, CO), and Melissa Betancourt (Oklahoma); his mother, Gloria, and his stepfather, Leroy Bolin; siblings and their spouses: Debra and Steve Fauerso, Donna and Jerry Wisher, Diane Vollin, Darleen and Randy Shero (all of Kalispell), and Dennis Vollin (Burns, OR); and his close friend and former wife, Sandra Vollin. Services and burial were held on Nov. 9 in Kalispell.

ARLEE -- Robert Alfred Wieder died on Nov. 1, 2004, at his home here. He was born on Jan. 6, 1917, in Missoula, to Edwin and Sena Sophia Wieder. He was raised on a ranch in the Potomac Valley. On Nov. 7, 1941, he enlisted in the Army. Throughout WWII, he served in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1945. He returned to the ranch and worked with his father for a number of years. On June 12, 1952, he married Leone Jane Starks. They lived at the ranch in Potomac until January 1969. Then they lived in the Missoula area until he retired from the Missoula County Road Dept. They moved back to Arlee in 1979. He was best known for his love of his family, animals, gardening, visiting and telling stories that made people laugh. He loved to tease his family and tell jokes. Survivors include his wife, Leone; his children and their spouses, Artha (Jody) Malatare, Russell (Julie), Brad (Darcy) and Sharon Wieder (all of Arlee), Bryan (Roxeen), Lola (Dan) Skillman (Helena), Debra (Gary) Lucht (Missoula), and Melody (Ivan) Thompson (Idaho); 23 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; one brother; his daughter, Cynthia; and a great-grandson. Cremation has taken place.

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Laurence G. "Larry" Young of Polson died here on Nov. 29, 2004, from natural causes. He was born on Oct. 27, 1911, in Fort Wayne, IN, to Noah and Pearl Young. Larry lived in Indiana, Missouri, California, Oregon, Alaska, North Dakota, before finally settling in Montana. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He married Lucille B. Bissell on Jan. 17, 1956, in Williston, N.D. They moved to Polson in 1957, where they operated the Lakeview Court until 1978. They purchased a cherry orchard on Hillcrest Drive in Polson where they had since resided. Larry loved to hunt and fish and spend time at his cabin out of Basin. Larry was preceded in death by Lucille on Nov. 7, 2001; his parents; and his brothers, Walter and Claude. He is survived by his two sons, George A. Young and his son, Lance (Meridian, ID), and Gary A. Young and his wife Alida and their sons, Bret and Darrell and his wife Tonja and son Jaden (all of Battle Ground, WA). A memorial service was held on Dec. 6 at the Grogan Funeral Home. Inurnment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.


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