Belva Menicucci, 72.
At the age of 72, Belva Menicucci, on May 10, 2018 passed peacefully with her beloved family by her side. She chose to spend her last days at the Deer Lodge home of her grandson Garrett, wife Trina and enjoying her great-grandson Ryker. For years, Belva battled for her health and left family wondering if she may still sit up and say, “Just kidding.” Those left behind take comfort in knowing she is once again with her husband and soulmate Louie and their daughter Becky while rocking her grandchildren.
Belva was born on September 25, 1945 in Anaconda to Al and Ruth Pierce. She had four siblings – Don Murray, Larry Pierce, Bill Pierce, and Linda Knadler. She attended Anaconda High School and graduated in 1963. It was there she met the love of her life and life-long best friend, Louie. They married in 1962. Within a short time Belva and Louie were raising their four daughters and one son. Their family was complete when joined by three more daughters. That was also when Louie (a baker his whole life) and Belva moved their family to Deer Lodge and opened the Old West Bakery on Main Street. Son Louie continues the tradition and runs the family bakery to this day.
Belva was as unique a woman as her name. She was a remarkable woman who had a huge impact on her family. She was strong, brave, and stubborn. She knew hardship. You could always depend on her to keep her promise. She was the cornerstone of our family. Momma, mother of eight, grandma to so many more, passed her strength onto her family which she always saw as her greatest accomplishment. Some of her fondest memories were with family behind the bakery counter serving friends and the community. This is her legacy - the family and community that loved her.
Belva is survived by: daughters Dawn Marie Wagner, Kim (Dave) Jones, Ginny Menicucci (Steve Kremer), Angie (Dirk) Malmberg, Dee Dee (Brian) Wolter and Susan (Jim) Schimming; son Louie Menicucci IV; sons-in law Richard Kent, Jimmy Close, Cary Foster, and Gary Chilcotte; grandchildren Brandon (Ashley) Kent, Garrett (Trina) Kent, Zane Foster, Zach Foster, Alisha (Cash) Yount, Kylie (Jordan) Welsh, Morgan Close (Marlon Stewart), Preston Malmberg (Trevor), Brittany Malmberg, Trent Surina, Jaymin Schimming, Skyla Schimming, Shelby Jones, Christie Shelton, Tanya Chilcott, Brian (Kenley Chilcott), Lance Albert, Autumn Gaston (Marcus Sweeten), Tyler Wolter (Bailey Close), Randi (Kyle) Brashear, and Kodee Wagner; and her seven cherished great-grandchildren Toby, Gracie, Logan, Ryker, Coraline, Kiya, Deven and eighth on the way Baby (Brandon and Ashley) Kent. She is also survived by brother and friend Bill Pierce, sister-in-law Kris Menicucci, sister-in-law Ann Marie Jette, and so many more nieces, nephews, and cousins. Everyone that knew her will miss her and her smiling face – especially those that called her Mom, Grandma, Nemo, Grandma Go Slow, Aunt, and other beloved names.
She was preceded in death by: husband Louie, daughter Becky, grandsons Vincent and Teddy, brothers Don and Larry, and sister Linda.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held on, May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT. Burial of ashes by the family will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Frontier Home Health and Hospice (Friends of Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd, Butte, MT 59701); Easter Seals-Goodwill Highlands Hospice & personal care, and Powell County Senior Citizens (100 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722).
We continue to find guidance and hope in two of Belva’s favorite sayings, “Don’t borrow sorrow from tomorrow.” and “Turn your scars into stars.”
Glen W. Lince
Glen W. Lince, 95, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
Glen was born to Elmer and Theodocia Lince in Radersburg, Montana on March 26, 1923. Glen was a decorated WWII veteran. He served as a gunner in the 648 Tank Destroyer Battalion and was awarded two Bronze Stars including one for the Battle of the Bulge. He enjoyed many careers during his lifetime from bellhop, to stone mason, to miner, to bus and truck driver. He was cofounder of the Butte Bus Lines in 1962. He was a lifelong fly fisherman, hunter, storyteller, and passionate farmer.
Glen graduated from Elliston High School in 1941, which was the last year high school was held in Elliston. From then on they had to take a bus to Deer Lodge.
Glen was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Lince, and sisters, Ruth Stoffer, Irene Wells and Lena Whitmer.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Sheri Meigs (Kurt Reidinger); sons, Alan Lince, Jerry (Esther) Lince, and Neal (Heather) Lince; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Nephew Frank Ahl lives in Elliston.
No services are planned. In lieu of service, please take your fishing pole to your favorite river or stream and enjoy a quiet day outside in the sunshine.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the veterans of foreign wars.
Mitchell Lee Rodgers
Mitchell Lee Rodgers passed away on Saturday May 5 in Butte.
He was born to Cliff and Thelma (Garrison) Rodgers on June 17, 1940 in Virginia City. Mitch attended Emerson Grade School for eight years, Butte High School for three years and graduated from Virginia City High School. Mitch worked at many jobs in Madison County, including Waters Store, Bank of Sheridan, Madison County Law Enforcement, and construction jobs, before moving to Deer Lodge where he went to work for Stolp Logging as a skidder operator. He then worked at the Montana State Prison for a short time, LP sawmill for 15 years, and Powell County High School for 11 years, retiring in 1999.
Mitch was married several times and from those marriages came four wonderful daughters.
Mitch became a Master Mason in the early 1980s and a member of the Bagdad Temple Shrine in 1984. He was Chaplain and Treasurer for many years. Mitch was director of Court #23 ROJ in 1997.
Mitch enjoyed bowling, playing guitar, photography, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He began oil painting after his retirement. He sold many of this paintings as well as many of his photographs that were taken throughout the years. Out of all of Mitch’s hobbies, probably the most enjoyable was his guitar playing.
Playing rhythm guitar at many of the local bars, he was often heard to say that he would like to go to Nashville and listen to those people that didn’t make the big time.
Mitch was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Thelma Rodgers, daughter Denise Michelle, son-in-law Jack Kougioulis. He is survived by his wife Pam, daughters Debra (Marty) Demarais, Dee Kougioulis, Connie (Jerry) Begger, and five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. There will be graveside services in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. A celebration of Mitch’s life will be held at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge following the services.
Donations can be made to Bagdad Shrine Temple, 314 West Park, Butte, MT 59701.
Montana State Prison inmate Christopher Huntsman died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at The Billings Clinic in Billings, following an apparent suicide attempt. Christopher Huntsman was found unresponsive in his cell at Dawson County Correctional Facility, where he was being housed. An autopsy will be performed. Mr. Huntsman was 36 years old.
Mr. Huntsman was sentenced out of Lake County in 2010 for the crimes of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Endangerment, and probation violation for a 2002 charge of Theft. Mr. Huntsman was sentenced to 35 years with 25 years suspended. Mr. Huntsman has been parole eligible since 2012.
Mary Anne Hansen
Mary Anne Hansen, 65.
Mary Anne Hansen peacefully passed away in her sleep at home, surrounded by her family on April 14. Mary Anne was an extraordinary mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. The foundation of her life centered on faith, family, career as a teacher, and helping others. She will be greatly missed.
Mary Anne was born in Spokane, Wash. on May 27, 1952. She was the second of 10 children born to Jim and Mary Parker. She was raised in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High before attending Carroll College.
She graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1974 and accepted a teaching position in Deer Lodge. She taught for three years before marrying Hal Hansen on June 18, 1977. Their union lead to many happy years and they were blessed with eight children.
Following their marriage, the family moved to Helmville where Hal was the foreman of a family ranch. While at Helmville, Mary Anne mastered the art of cooking for the ranch hands and her family. They resided in Helmville until 1987 when the family moved back to Deer Lodge. The years spent in Helmville were some of the happiest of her life.
Shortly after relocating to Deer Lodge, her youngest son Michael, and Hal passed away. In order to support her family, Mary Anne continued her employment as a teacher. As a single mother she raised her children, continued to advance her education by receiving her master’s degree, and found ways to serve others. She taught until retirement in 2016. After retirement, Mary Anne enjoyed spending time visiting with the morning coffee group, following daily mass and serving others through meals on wheels.
Mary Anne was most proud of her children. She spent countless hours supporting them in athletics, 4-H, and numerous other activities. Mary Anne stressed the importance of education and was pleased that her children all received a college education.
Mary Anne was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she taught religious education, served as a lector and eucharistic minister, and attended daily mass.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael and her husband, Hal. Survivors include children; Tom (Briana), Luke (Carlee), Brian, Craig (Kaley), Mary (Drew), Cory, and John (Megan); grandchildren Mary, Jacob, Emily, and Noah; parents Jim and Mary Parker; brothers Jim and Doug, sisters Jane (Dwight), Karen (Eric), Joan (Rock), Jeanne (Justin), Patty, Debbie, and Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. also at the Catholic Church, with a burial and reception to follow. Memorials may be made out to the Deer Lodge Senior Center.
Marion Marlene Meagher
Marion Marlene Meagher, 75, passed away at her home in Deer Lodge on April 9, 2018 after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.
Marion was born on 10/10/1943. She was a kind and caring woman who lived a simple life and loved her family dearly.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Rose Bender, her brother Fred and Oline Bender, and her nephew Bryan Rogers. She is survived by her husband Jack, children Cindy Fah (William Haas), Patricia (Dave Lowery), Troy (Danette Belew) adopted son Corey (Sarah), sister Jane Rogers (Bill), brother Gary Bender (Melissa Gallagher), eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart. Marion will be greatly missed, but we are comforted at this time of sorrow knowing she is pain free and rejoicing in Heaven with her Savior Jesus Christ.
Marion was cremated upon her request. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Marion’s name to Frontier Home Health and Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd., Butte, MT 59701, 406-723-8933.
John Harvey Hoots
Montana State Prison inmate John Harvey Hoots died on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Marias Medical Center in Shelby, following an extended illness. Mr. Hoots was 59 years old.
Mr. Hoots was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2014 for the crime of Persistent Felony Offender for DUI. Mr. Hoots was sentenced to 30 years.
JoAnne R. Gibson
JoAnne R. Gibson was delivered onto this Earth on July 25, 1946 in Great Falls to Florence R. Coslet and Charles B. Coslet II. She passed away in Missoula on April 2, 2018 at Saint Patrick’s Hospital after a long and fruitful life. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Harry Gibson. She is survived by her siblings, Bart (Dorothy) Coslet of Montana, and Terri Coslet (Jay Smith) of Montana; cousins Judy Mossy of Montana and Dana (Vern) Petersen of Montana; children Carole Henderson of Colorado, Krista Hill (Chris Marceca) of Montana, and Jason Scott of Australia; grandchildren Jevon Moyer of Colorado, Joram Moyer (Melissa Stefanich) of Colorado, MyKayla Hill of Montana, Samuel Marceca of Montana and Taylor Madsen of Washington, along with nieces Rebecca (Chad) Philippi, Chelsea (Kitel) Chirinos, and nephew Matthew (Amy) Smith; great-nieces Jaedon, Brooklyn, Morgan and great-nephews Dylan and Sebastian. Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge made all arrangements and graveside services have already occurred. A memorial will be planned by the family later this spring.
In leu of flowers the family asks that you send a donation to Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge to assist with final bills. Any funds left over will be split among the grandchildren.
Jennie Arlene (Rintala) Wood
Jennie Arlene (Rintala) Wood, 87, peacefully passed away in Gering, Nebr. She was born on April 25, 1930, in Red Lodge, daughter of John and Hilda Rintala. Jennie was raised in the Fox Bench area and graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge. United in marriage to Willis W. Wood on June 5, 1949, they lived in Billings and Butte before settling in Deer Lodge.
Jennie loved to raise flowers, especially roses. She loved cooking, working with beads, and sewing beautiful quilts. Willis and Jennie loved to camp, fish, see rodeos, and ride horses, as well as hang out with family and friends. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She worked as a cook for the Deer Lodge Catholic nuns and worked in the potato cellars, but spent most of her life working to take care of her family. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Deer Lodge, Deer Lodge Woman’s Club, Deer Lodge Quilting Club, the Deer Lodge Saddle Club, Finnish Kaleva, and the Gering United Methodist Church of Gering, Nebr.
Jennie is preceded in death by her parents (John and Hilda Rintala), her husband (Willis Wilfred Wood), sisters Elma Berg, Fannie Koski, and Elsie Nimmo, and brothers Eli, Arthur, Charlie, and Al.
Survivors include her children, Judy Johannsen of Scottsbluff, Nebr., and Walter Wood of Santa Clara, Calif. Her grandchildren include Brian Gregg, William Johannsen, Denise Wood, Kerrie Wood, and Katie Wood. She has one great-granddaughter, Abigail Gregg. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. Interment will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be sent to the Deer Lodge Elks #1737, P.O. Box 777, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-0777.
Roberta (Bobbi) Ann Patton
Roberta (Bobbi) Ann Patton, April 14, 1942-March 21, 2018.
Bobbi Ann Patton, 75, passed away peacefully March 21, 2018 in Helena at St. Peters Health. She was born April 14, 1942 to Robert and Hazel Thompson.
Bobbi attended grade school in Elliston, and graduated from Powell County High School. Upon graduation she worked at Taylor Tipling Insurance, until marrying Wallace Patton on September 24, 1960. They enjoyed 57 years together. With this union they were blessed with four daughters. Bobbi later worked for the Forest Service planting trees. She really enjoyed her time as a “Timber Jill”, along with many of her friends from Elliston. She later worked at Fort Harrison. She worked in many departments, before becoming the seamstress. Upon retirement she became a full time grandmother, in which she cared for her “honorary” grandchildren Rooster & Pepper Pennington. She spent her free time enjoying water aerobics at the Broadwater Health Club where she met lots of wonderful friends.
Mom’s greatest love was her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her love in cooking is shown with her large collection of cookbooks. She never let anyone go hungry in her house.
Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Hazel Thompson, a sister Celeste and grand-daughter Alyssa Brooke Kovash. Bobbi is survived by her husband, Wallace Patton; daughters Gina (Paul) Albert, Renee (Cal) Stucky, Kristi (Bill) Baker, and Kathi Jo Patton. Also included are her honorary family Joe, Carmen, Jake, & Joseph Pennington. Stepson and family Bob (Jean), Joseph, and Amy Walston. Brothers Allen (Connie) Thompson, and Rick (AiRang) Thompson. Grandchildren: Alyssa, Shaena, and Brianna Kovash, Sadee and Calie Jo Stucky, Billie Jo, Kris, and Cody Baker, and Danni and Hailey Johnson. Great-grandchildren: Gianni and Jayden Mack, Nolan, Corrissa, Marcus, and McKenzi Baker, Riley Johnson, Aidan Patton, Gavin, and Camden Davies.
A celebration of life will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to charity of donors choice.
Dorothy Emily (Moughton) Holm
Dorothy Emily Moughton was born in Butte, April 23, 1936, to Thomas and Dorothy Moughton, and lived in Butte until she married Arthur E. Holm, in 1955 and moved to Deer Lodge, where she has resided ever since.
Dorothy was a devoted wife, and as an only child, worked hard to see that their children valued family and biblical principles. In the early years of her marriage she worked alongside Arthur helping to build a house and home where she lived until her passing. The Bible and Christian faith were important in her life and home. She held Child Evangelism Good News Clubs on Wednesdays after school, helped with their in-home Sunday School program, and served as an AWANA leader at Mt. Powell Baptist Church. She was active in the local Christian Women’s Club from 1972–1988, hosting meetings for fellowship and encouragement for local women, and also held a chair position at one point. Many Bible studies were hosted in her home, and she was greatly involved in the Deer Lodge Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Dorothy Emily Holm, 81, joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 5 at her daughter’s home, surrounded by family.
Words cannot express the great love and sense of loss felt by her family at her passing.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Holm in 2015 and her stepdaughter Janette Parrish in 2017.
Memorial Service will be held at Avon Community Church, March 24, 2 p.m.
Beverly (Wick) Weer
Beverly L Weer, 88.
Beverly (Wick) Weer, 88, of Deer Lodge passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Medical Center March 13, 2018.
Beverly was born September 9, 1929 to Lou and Opal (Ross) Wick in Saint Paul, Minn. Beverly grew up in the rural area around Sunberg, Minn. and later moved with her family to Grenora, N.D. where she meet and later married Warren Weer on September 20, 1947. Many years later they would celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary before Warren’s passing in 2009.
After starting a family Warren and Beverly moved to Corvallis for a time before permanently settling in Deer Lodge. For a short time Beverly worked as a waitress at MaryAnn’s Café at 502 Main Street. She also worked in housekeeping for the Powell County Memorial Hospital before moving into the kitchen department where she made lifelong friends and worked for many years. Throughout her life, Beverly had a great love for gardening and horse back riding. In her senior years Beverly fell in love with quilting and made many quilts which she gave away to family and friends.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband Warren Weer, brother Roy Wick and daughter Jenni (Weer) Dawson.
Survivors include: daughters: Linda Weer of Anaconda, Sharlene and husband Greg Muller of Deer Lodge, brother Jon Wick of Matthews N.C., four grandchildren: Beverly Masters of Deer Lodge, Robert (Robbie) Dawson of Deer Lodge, Rena Rogers of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Chris Muller of Rock Springs, Wyo. and six great-grandchildren.
The family will respect Beverly’s request that there be no services. Any memorials may be made to a local VFW, or of donor’s choice.
Joseph David Barnett
Joseph David Barnett left us to be with our Lord Jesus February 1, 2018, in Manhattan, Gallatin County. J.D. was born October 26, 1924, to Thomas Barnett and Dola Martin Barnett in Gallatin County Illinois, the oldest of six children.
J.D. served his country in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Theater) during WWII and the Army during the Korean War. Following his military service J.D. moved to Evansville, Ind. There he met his wife of 64 years Vera Jane Padgett Barnett. Two children were born to this union, Jarita Blythe and Ruey Lane. J.D. had many jobs during his lifetime, with his longest tenure working for Birdwell in the oil fields.
The Barnett’s made their home in Fairfield, Ill. from December 1959 to June 1971 until a job transfer took them to Glendive. September 1975, J.D. and Vera moved back to their farm in Fairfield and resided there for the next 24 years. They returned to Montana to be closer to Jarita and Ruey and their families; first to Glasgow, then Belgrade and Manhattan.
J.D. is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Jim, Marty and Ida. He is survived by his wife Vera of Manhattan, daughter Jarita (Howard) Neckels of Deer Lodge and son Ruey (Marla) Barnett of Belgrade; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. J.D. is also survived by his sisters Ruth Nix and Sally (Glen) Snodgrass; sister-in-law Ellen Barnett.
A private family service was held February 5, 2018, in Manhattan. Memorials may be sent to Belgrade Alliance Church, 205 W. Cameron Ave, Belgrade, MT 59714.
Shirley LeeAnn Fleming (Strickland)
Shirley LeeAnn Fleming (Strickland), 83, of Deer Lodge.
The hearts of those who knew her are one laugh lighter today. Shirley was born to Archibald and Miriam Strickland on August 5, 1934, and left this Earth surrounded by loved ones at home on March 5, 2018. A descendent of the original Strickland homesteaders in the Deer Lodge Valley, Shirley grew up and worked on the family farm. She raised chickens, milked cows, and recalled 5¢ movies at the local theater. Upon graduating from Powell County High School in 1952, she briefly relocated to Spokane, Wash. to work for Swift & Armour. She lived for Saturday nights, as the Spokane dances at the YWCA were very memorable in the early 1950s. Shirley also worked at the Registrar’s Office and the Deer Lodge Clinic.
Shirley and her sweetheart Kenneth (Kenny) Fleming, whom she first met in high school, exchanged letters during his time in Korea, and they eventually married in Butte on March 23, 1956. Their first daughter, Brenda, was born during Kenny’s time working at the Glasgow Air Force Base. Upon returning to Deer Lodge, Shirley and Kenny took over the Fleming ranch and set to work raising livestock and crops. Three more daughters, Colleen, Tracey, and Stacie, were born between 1957 and 1964. Shirley spent many Thursday evenings candling eggs with her daughters in order to sell them the next morning in town.
A keen observer, Shirley kept detailed diaries every day until the final years of her life, creating an unofficial almanac of the happenings of the Deer Lodge Valley and her family. Given this reputation, at one point the Montana State Prison phoned Shirley to verify a recorded temperature on a specific date. She belonged to the Valley Sewing Club and served as an election clerk for many years. Shirley’s excellent memory and fondness for saving mementos created a rich history for her family to enjoy well into the future. While she preferred gifts of jewelry, she saved every letter and picture her grandkids ever sent her!
Well known for her fashion sense and penchant for department stores in Butte, Shirley loved shopping and was a skilled bargain hunter. She also hosted many delicious holiday dinners over the years for friends and family. Her daughters especially remember her commitment to baking birthday cakes and Thanksgiving pies.
Shirley is survived by her husband Kenny of 61 years and sisters Lois Kustura of Astoria, Ore., Marjorie Gress of Yuma, Ariz., and Marlene Beck (Tom) of Helena, as well many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Direct survivors include her daughters: Brenda Tribelhorn (Robert), of Moscow, Idaho; Colleen Cluka (Donald), of Kalispell; Tracey Fleming-Reese, of Medellin, Colombia; and Stacie Marler (Chris), of Ravensdale, Wash. She additionally leaves behind seven grandchildren: Melissa, Maria, and Jacob Tribelhorn; Brandy Cluka; and Kenneth, Morgan, and Chandler Reese. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents as well as her brothers Robert and Monte Strickland.
Shirley had a deep and unconditional love for her family and friends. She will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memoriam to Cottonwood Commons Transition Home in Deer Lodge, the Deer Lodge Food Pantry, or Camp Mak-A-Dream in Gold Creek.
Clarke Richard Russell
Clarke Richard Russell, June 1, 1926 - January 28, 2018.
Clarke Richard Russell, age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Serenity Point Life in Townsend.
Clarke was born on the Russell family ranch north of Weippe, Idaho on June 1, 1926 to Steve Richard Russell and Myrtle May (Jared) Russell. He grew up on the ranch and helped with ranching and the family business of logging. On May 6, 1944 he married Shirley Yvonne Perkins. He graduated as Valedictorian of his class from Weippe High School, Idaho.
On September 18, 1944, Clarke enlisted in the Army during World War II and was assigned to Combat Infantry. After boot camp at Fort Lewis, Wash., he was sent to the Pacific Theater and engaged in heavy combat. His first battle engagement was with the 163rd Regiment, 41st Division conducting an amphibious landing at the Battle of Mindanao (Operation Victor V).
Under heavy mortar fire, his outfit was dumped so far off shore that it required swimming with full battle packs. He could not swim but a buddy got him safely to shore. Several men in his outfit drowned in the landing. After Victor V, he was transferred to the battle for Mount Daho at Jolo Island in the southwest Philippines. There he experienced cave fighting and frequent assault by snipers.
After the Japanese surrender, he was sent to Nigato, Japan, just over the hill from Kuri Navel Base, and put in charge of a crew of Japanese soldiers (prisoners) that were rebuilding the city.
After serving two years, he was mustered out on October 19, 1946. He was never to be the same after participating in these horrors of war. Upon returning home, he learned the family had sold the ranch at Weippe and bought Lochsa Lodge in north-central Idaho. Here, he was engaged in outfitting elk hunting parties during hunting season and logging at other times of the year. In the winter, he lived at Missoula, Victor, or Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
Clarke continued his profession of logging at various points in western and central Montana, moving frequently. He moved to White Sulphur Springs in 1960 and lived there for several years while logging in the surrounding mountains. Logging jobs still required moving around so he lived in the Montana towns of Wilsall, Livingston, Pray, Emigrant, Clyde Park, Three Forks, Townsend, Avon, and Elliston.
Clarke prayed for salvation as a Christian in 1962 and began preaching in a small church in Elliston in 1980. In 1994, he and Shirley moved to Townsend where he became pastor of the Cedar Street Baptist Church and, in August 1996, was ordained into the Southern Baptist Convention. For many years, he had a ministry at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. He retired from these ministries in 2011 and lived in Townsend until his death.
He had a life-long interest in mining and minerals and his early ambition was to become a mining engineer and geologist.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Shirley, and two sisters, Margaret and Charlotte. He is survived by his children, Steve F. (Kathleen) Russell of Ames, Iowa; Marla Sue (Michael) Russell-Lubbers of Prairie Village, Kans.; six granddaughters: Carla (Bill) Behrens; Tracy (Jerry) Stuart; Effie (Jeff Barber) Tuttle; Miranda (Lee) Winbush; Abbey Russell-Kostoryz; Rebecca (Jace Lyon) Russell; and several great and great-great-grandchildren.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to your local church in his name.
Celebration-of-Life ceremonies are planned for June 9, 2018 in Ames, Iowa and August 11, 2018 in Townsend. Burial, with Military Honors, will take place at the Avon Cemetery on August 11. Please contact family for times and places.
Angie Miller passed away surrounded by family.
Angie was born March 16, 1940 in Tuttle, N.D. to Jake and Christine Wetzel. She attended school in Tuttle. Angie married Don Miller in 1956. They moved to Missoula in 1962 where she owned a cafe for a few years and worked in many. She retired from D.F. Cafe in 2005 and moved to Deer Lodge. Angie loved people and liked to tell jokes.
Angie had three boys, Mike, Grant and Keith. She was preceded in death by her mom and dad (Jake and Christine) and her husband Don. Angie is survived by her brother Duane, her three sons (Mike, Grant, Keith), many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including the two loves of her life, Landen (her great-grandson and best friend) and her grand-dog Coal Elvis.
Services to be announced at a later date.
Frederick (Fred) W. Balkovetz
Frederick William Balkovetz, (October 15, 1936 - February 15, 2018).
Frederick (Fred) W. Balkovetz, age 81, died at his home in Hoover, Ala., surrounded by his family. Fred was preceded in death by his parents George and Sally (Fullwood) Balkovetz, sister Virginia Maxine Balkovetz Schaub, daughter Virginia Marie Balkovetz and grandson Thomas Daniel Balkovetz. Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Pfohl Balkovetz, sons Lt. Colonel (ret) William Russell Balkovetz and Dr. Daniel Frederick Balkovetz (Mary), and grandchildren Amy, Carolyn, Ann and David Balkovetz.
Fred was born in Sheridan and raised in Twin Bridges. He graduated, with honors, from Montana State University on a ROTC scholarship. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army to begin an honorable 25-year career achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel.
During Fred’s distinguished military career, he served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and one overseas tour as an advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During his first tour in Vietnam, he served with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam. In his second tour he was the operations officer for the military base at Long Binh. His heroic service during the Vietnam War earned him the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, the Soldier’s Medal, and the Air Medal.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105).
Joshua A. Ehlert
Joshua A. Ehlert grew his wings February 5, and spent his final moments in the arms of his loving wife Samantha.
They first met in 2000 and were later married December 18, 2004. It was love at first sight, they found their soulmates in each other. Together they brought three boys into the world, Maximus, Michael and Malachi. Josh always said his life was competed the day his boys were born. He was always jumping at the chance to teach them something new.
He loved being outdoors and was often off on an adventure with his best friend Chad Wenz. He shared that love with his boys, he taught them to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature. His greatest passion was his family, he always did everything he could to make sure they were loved, happy, and well cared for. When Josh spoke of his wife and boys you could always see the love in his eyes and hear it in his voice.
He was a perfectionist and it showed in everything he did, especially his work. He started construction when he was 14 years old and worked many years at the Beck ranch, he loved his cows. He was also an avid animal rescuer and passed that onto his boys, they rescued many animals over the years.
He will be deeply missed and never forgotten, forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife Samantha Richie/Ehlert, his boys Maximus Ehlert, Michael Ehlert, and Malachi Ehlert. His mother Kristine Ehlert, his father Frank Johnson, stepmother Amy Johnson, and brother Frankie Johnson. Also numerous other relatives.
He is proceeded in death by his grandfather Duane Ehlert, uncle Hugh Ehlert, grandmother Karen Ehlert, and grandmother Clare.
His funeral will be held at First Baptist Church on Sam Beck Road in Deer Lodge, February 23 at 1 p.m.
Death Notice: John D. Coates
John D. Coates passed away on February 15, 2018 at home in Bend, Ore.
John was born on November 23, 1930 in Deer Lodge. He was a graduate of PCHS in 1948.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of Bend, Ore. and son Dan of Gilbert, Ariz.
Services will be held in Bend in March and burial will be sometime this summer at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.
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