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With deep sorrow, we share that our beloved Christine Marie Bigcrane, the Meadowlark Mother (her Indian name), departed this world on September 3. 2021 in Ronan. She was an incredibly beautiful, talented, eclectic, nurturing, and resilient woman, a dedicated and loving mother, and a loyal an…

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POLSON— Roger P. McClure, age 75, passed away at home from complications of COVID-19 with family at his side on September 12, 2021. He was born November 28, 1945. Roger was the oldest of six children and assumed greater responsibilities at the age of 11 when a house fire took his father and …

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Stanley Monroe Speaks, Sr., 87, of Pryor, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at his home. He was born on November 2, 1933 in Milburn, Oklahoma; the son of J.D. Speaks and Minnie (Cumberson) Speaks. Stanley worked for many years for the United States Government in the Bureau of Ind…

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Leroy Jesse Houle “Jess” 46, passed away Saturday August 28, 2021, at his home on Coombs lane Arlee. 

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CHARLO — Pamm passed away in her home on August 28, 2021 after battling cancer. 

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Tyrone Aaron Shipman was born on May 27, 1979, in Phoenix, Arizona to Gerald W. Shipman and Shirley Ann Matt. He passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at the age of 42. He was the best Dad in the world, best storyteller, and all-around great guy.

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ST. IGNATIUS — Mary Helen (Phoenix) Doney, 64, passed away peacefully at Providence St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula on September 9, 2021.

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RONAN — Lynda Ann Hammer passed away on July 28, 2021 at St. Lukes Extended Care Facility in Ronan surrounded by family and friends. 

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RONAN — Preston Wayne (PD) Henifin passed on July 30, 2021, in Ronan. He was born December 31, 1976, at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA.

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GREAT FALLS — Erma was born on July 13, 1927, at Little Warm, MT, to Richard and Carrie Snell, and went to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Great Falls, MT, at the age of 94.

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TORRÉON, NM — Tony M. Sandoval began his trek across the Rainbow Trail, July 20, 2021, with his youngest son Antoine at his bedside. Tony was born to Sam and Mary (Yazzie) Sandoval November 26, 1943 in Thoreau, New Mexico. Tony was a dedicated member of the Dine’ Tribe; speaking Dine’ fluent…

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Let me tell you the untold stories of an epic car racing flagman. On July 18, 2021, Guy Wade Stinger received his black flag out of the mortal realm, and has now entered into the big raceway in the sky. The epic tales of his life will live on in the hearts of his loved ones forever. 

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DAYTON — Ryan Patrick Nicholas Lefthand, 35, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021. He was born on November 14, 1985, in Kalispell to parents Edna Mae Lefthand and Wilbert Lee Michel. Ryan attended Two Eagle River School and was a collector of Star Notes and Mario Coins. He was also known for …

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Born to Charles Victor (Vic) Cordier and Pearl Rein Cordier on October 19, 1941, in St Ignatius, MT as the eleventh of twelve children, died of natural causes on May 28, 2021, at the age of 79. He attended the St. Ignatius public school system and married his high school sweetheart, Janice S…

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Our beloved brother, grandpa, uncle, and friend Gerald James Stiffarm — Wus Bee Ah Thot (Bear Shirt) — journeyed to the Big Sands on July 6, 2021. He was born to Tom and Vina Stiffarm on December 16, 1949, at Fort Belknap Agency. 

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RONAN — Shelby Bud Rodda, was born on August 31, 1990 in Ronan Montana to Russ and Marti Rodda and passed away at his home the morning of June 29, 2021 due to natural causes.

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Terry Joseph McDonald died at his home in Columbia, MO Friday, July 1, 2021. Terry was born in Missoula on February 25, 1955. He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe located in western Montana.

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BURLINGTON, WA — In the early hours of May 30, 2021, one month before his 85th birthday, Kenneth Wayne DuCharme passed away at Creekside Memory Care in Burlington, WA. They deserve an honorable mention, as his family was unable to see him for most of the year prior to his passing. They treat…

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DAYTON — It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle Wilbert Lee Buckskin on August 26, 2020. His representation, knowledge, and caring for his family and community will be greatly missed. His latest involve…

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MISSOULA — Tiger Irvine born April 1, 1996 in Missoula, passed away on June 5, 2021.

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MEDFORD, OR — Patricia Ann McLeod, 75, passed peacefully away on Sunday, May 2, 2021. She was born on October 4, 1945 in St. Ignatius to parents James Hector McLeod and Mary Yvonne Souci. She has four surviving children: daughters Nina Keller and Scarlet Guenther of Medford, OR, and Yvette R…

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Samantha Marie Seyler died on May 24, 2021 in Lewiston, Montana. Samantha was born in Lewiston, Idaho on June 5, 1994. She was a strong beautiful Kootenai and Coeur d’Alene Native Woman who moved back and forth from Montana to Idaho throughout her life.

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Mary Frances Rudd went home to Jesus on Tuesday May 18, 2021, at age 41.

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Chalk’s Story in his own words: (Material sourced from: “The Genealogy of the Courchene Family” 1996)

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Sharon Raelyn DuMontier – Rae, age 45 of St. Ignatius, peacefully passed away Wednesday May 12, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Surrounded by her son Zach, her beloved Chris, and her mother Nadeen, she took her first steps into the embrace of past loved ones who prepared for her …

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ELMO — Miranda Rose Kenmille was born in Polson, October 16, 1983, to Allan Kenmille and Alberta Caye. She was the 2nd oldest of 12 siblings—four on her mom's side and eight on her father’s side. Being the oldest also meant she had many nieces and nephews who loved and treasured her. Rosie i…

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Edmund James “Swerv’’ Irvine died on April 15, 2021 in Ronan, Montana. He was 54 years old.

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COLVILLE, WA — Betty Lou Gano, a longtime resident of Colville, Washington, passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Betty was born on January 27, 1925 to Charles and Angeline (Morigeau) Layton in Townsend, Montana. She was raised, along with her four siblings, in…

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Dane Alexander Morigeau, loving husband, father of five, and “the best guy ever,” passed away on Thursday April 1, 2021 at the age of 58. 

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SALEM, OR — Richard Sarton Gates passed away on Friday April 9, 2021 in peace surrounded by a loving community. Richard was born on December 13, 1961 to George W Gates III and Joan Samsel (Gates) and was welcomed by his 2 sisters Frances and Suzanne. He was followed a few years later by a yo…

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Ronni Marie MacDonald was born to Ronald Smith and Clara Victoria (Plant) Smith on November 10, 1957. Ronni lived with Louis “Sonny” and Armenia Matt and attended the Ursulines; she’d often talk about loving both dearly. She was adopted, at age 6 by Alex and Helen Horne of Great Falls, Monta…

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PABLO — William Bryan Ashley, age 58, passed away on April 6, 2021 in Missoula. Billy was born in Polson to William and Lois (Doney) Ashley on February 14, 1963. Billy graduated from Ronan High School in 1981. He worked for several years as a skidder operator for several logging operations o…

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On March 9, 2021 Charlene Lucille (Tellier) Matt, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, after a long battle with numerous health issues, passed on to be with her ancestors as she was lovingly surrounded by family. 

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Linda Lee Marie Howlett Zackuse was born April 1st,1956 in St. Ignatius, Montana to Steve and Mary Lou (McDonald) Howlett She went to join her relatives on March 14th, 2021. 

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ELMO — Margaret Mary Elliott, aged 91, passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. She was born December 9, 1929 in Roosville.

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ST. IGNATIUS — Stacy A. Courville, born December 13, 1967 passed away at his home on February 15, 2021.

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PABLO — Kevin Lee Aldrich, age 59, passed away March 3, 2021. He was born September 4, 1961 to Joan Hawkins and George Donald Aldrich but was raised by Chuck Hawkins.

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Virgil T. Mathias, 67, lived at Priest Rapids amongst his family and children. He was born in St. Ignatius to Paul and Bessie on December 24, 1953 and joined all the loved ones and the creator that have gone on February 18, 2021. Virgil attended many schools throughout his lifetime and gradu…

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Vicki Lucile Peterson, 71, of Arlee, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at home. 

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Jack Howlett, 70, joined his ancestors on January 21, 2021 in Ronan as a result of an automobile accident.

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Shawn Dean Zaste was born October 19, 1972 in Wenatchee, Washington to Leota Lorraine and David Joseph Zaste. He was raised and attended schools in Wenatchee and received his GED at Edmond’s College in Everett, WA. Later he lived in various Washington towns eventually settling on the Flathea…

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POLSON — Lawrence (Larry) Carl Gauthier passed away early in the morning on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Kalispell Regional Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a fall at home as well as from other complications.

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During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 16, 2021, Duane Christopher Plant passed away while surrounded by loving family. He was 52 years of age. 

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Alma lost her courageous battle with COVID on December 15, 2020. She was born March 28, 1952 to Thomas and Vida Pablo, the third of six children.

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Daniel Alexander Mays “Dan Dan,” 35, passed away in Polson Montana on January 1, 2021.

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RONAN — Wilcoxson Eriacho (Sonny) Martinez, 53 passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at St. Luke Hospital of natural causes. 

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Maureen Pearl “Kelly” Swaney, 72, passed away December 21, 2020 at Community Hospital in Missoula, Montana due to COVID complications. She was born March 1, 1948, to Juanita and Joseph James Swaney. Kelly was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. 

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Clifford Edward Miller Sr., “Chief”, 97, passed on December 11, 2020, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Clifford was born in a cabin up the Jocko at Shovel Camp on July 27, 1923 to Felicity Dee Delaware and biological father William “Pinto” McClure. 

Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death.