Clifton Eugene Erickson
Clifton Eugene Erickson was born in Great Falls, on March 4, 1932 and died December 28, 2017 at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Wash. His parents moved to Deer Lodge, where Clif lived until he graduated from Powell County High School. During high school he was known as “Geno” and was one of the “Milwaukee Boys” who serviced passenger trains before and after school and on weekends. After high school, he attended college in Wisconsin where he had an NROTC Scholarship. Clif was inducted into the Army as the Korean Police Action wound down. After an honorable discharge from Fort Lewis, Wash. in 1954, he spent many years in the Seattle area working in various capacities with Burlington Northern and Union Pacific Railroads. He and Lois Virginia (Favro) Egan were married in August 1966; they enjoyed travel and casinos. After retirement, Clif volunteered with SOUND Generations and spent 14 years serving seniors as a volunteer driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Emil Erickson, his sister Dorene, his brother Martin, and his stepson Dennis Egan. He is survived by his brother Glenn and sister-in-law Pat, Lois’s children Jackie Egan Holmes, Gary Egan, and Brian Egan, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He requested no services and his ashes will be strewn at a later date.
Joseph W. Johnston
Joe Johnston, 80.
Joseph W. Johnston passed away January 7, 2018 in Deer Lodge. He was 80 years old.
Joe was born on August 10, 1937 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Evans) Johnston. Joe grew up in the Deer Lodge Valley and was raised at the Evan’s family ranch near Racetrack after his father’s death.
Upon graduation from Powell County High School in 1956, Joe attended Graceland College in Iowa and then graduated from his beloved University of Montana where he was a member of the Grizzly basketball team in 1957-58. He then went on to receive his Masters in Counseling from Western Montana College in Dillon.
In the summer of 1960, Joe finally noticed the young woman that he had crossed paths with for many years. Then on December 30, 1960, Joe and Judy (Larson) were married and embarked on a 57- year journey together.
Joe spent 13 years teaching and coaching in Fromberg, Drummond and Baker. In Baker, a lifetime goal was achieved when his team won the 1970 State Class B Boys Basketball Championship. That year, Joe was honored to be named Class B Coach of the Year. The players and many students from that time have stayed in contact with “Coach” over the past 40 some years. They always held a very special place in Joe’s heart.
In 1973 Joe moved back to Deer Lodge with his family to work on the family ranch. There he spent the remainder of his years until retirement working alongside his uncle Robert Evans and his son Evan Johnston raising Simmental cattle. Joe’s love of the land and animals continues with Evan and his family being the fourth and fifth generations running the Two Bar Simmental Ranch.
The greatest joy for Joe was his family. Along with his wife Judy, they enjoyed watching their family grow and one could see the extra sparkle in Joe’s eyes with each grandchild born. Spending time traveling to watch his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in a wide variety of activities kept Joe busy and forever the coach! Family dinners were never complete without one (or 37) of Joe’s stories from his mischievous childhood, time with his buddies from the class of 1956, and his time playing and coaching basketball.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Paul Sliter (Elaine). He is survived by his wife, Judy; children: Kari (Allan) Labbe of Superior, Janet (Ed) Janney of Butte, Evan (Dana) Johnston of Deer Lodge and Elaine (Mark) Taylor of Montana City, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials reflecting Joe’s life may be made to the following: Powell County Community Foundation - PO Box 834, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana - 1520 S. Russell, Missoula, MT 59801; Rialto Theatre P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge 59722.
Respecting Joe’s wishes no services were held and internment at Hillcrest Cemetery has been held.
Death Notice: Hazel Frankie Turner
Hazel Frankie Turner passed on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Deer Lodge on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m., with interment at the Hillcrest Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will follow at the First Baptist Church.
Lewis A. Carroll
Lewis A. Carroll, 83, of Garrison, passed away peacefully at home after spending Christmas with his family.
Lewis was born August 18, 1934, in Custer, S. D., the son of the late Howard and Ethel (Shandy) Carroll.
Lewis served in the military during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he went to work at the Scranton Grain Co. in Scranton N. D. He then worked construction throughout the state of Montana as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Operators 6084 400), retiring from Jordan Contracting in 1996.
Lewis married Alberta Altman on September 30, 1961. They later divorced.
Lewis is preceded in death by:
Grandson: Christopher Carroll. Sisters: Caroline and Lenae. Brothers: Frank, George, Tom.
Lewis is survived by:
Alberta Carroll, Anaconda. Son, Sam Carroll (Cheryl) of Polson. Daughter, Susan Trueax (Zale) of Anaconda. Son, David Carroll (Jean) of Butte. Daughter, Laura LaTray (Mike) of Tacoma, Wash.
Grandchildren: Jamison and Brad (Jen) Carroll, Oxnard, Calif. Chad and Mike Trueax, Anaconda. Jennifer Carroll, Colorado Springs, Colo. Samantha Susan and Michael Lewis LaTray, Tacoma, Wash.
Great-granddaughter, Dana, Oxnard, Calif.
Sisters: Betty, Dorothy, Rode.
Special Friends: Allen Eldridge and Dallas Whittet of Gascoyne, N. D.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the NRA (National Rifle Association). A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date.
Robert C. “Bob” Thomas
Robert C. “Bob” Thomas age 79, of Elliston left our Earth, on December 27, 2017, quietly in the middle of the night one month after his youngest brother died. His wife, children and granddaughter Cassie were by his side. He fought a courageous battle the past few years of infections and strokes.
Bob was the first baby born in the new Coeur d Alene hospital on September 29, 1938 to William and Mayme (Engler) Thomas. He joined his older brother Bill and soon siblings Barney, Bruce and Sue followed. The family moved to Elliston, when he was a fourth grader and the family made Elliston their forever home. Bob finished Powell County High School and he and his brother Bill joined the United States Army in 1955. They were stationed at Fort McArthur in San Pedro, Calif. when they met their California blondes. He married Sherry Anne Brow on November 7, 1957 in Calif. and soon he and brother Bill moved their wives home to Elliston. They made their home in the Elliston Gulch. Bob and Sherry recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Bob had numerous occupations in his life; laying carpet, building homes, running a pole yard with his brother Bill and eventually they purchased the Elliston Store in 1972. He eventually started working for the State of Montana, a position he retired from. Bob loved to bird hunt but his biggest joy was following his wife around the state while she participated in showing horses and later judging them. They also enjoyed making small trips to visit their kids and grandkids. Bob and Sherry were inseparable and he always said he was the lucky one because he found his soul mate. “Sherry My Sweet Heart” was a tattoo he proudly showed off on his arm.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Sherry of Elliston; children Rob (Toni) Thomas of Virginia, Millissa Schmit Riggin of Elliston, Molley Barr of Liberty Lake, Wash., Sommer (Mike) Cox of N. C.; brother Bill (Marilyn) Thomas, sister Sue Hiltz, sister-in-law Cheryl Thomas all of Elliston; 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his son Barney, daughter Carrie, parents William and Mayme, brothers Bruce, Barney and infant brothers Brian, Barry and Byron and brother-in-law Jim Hiltz.
The family would like to give an extended thank you to Guy Hayter and Cooney Apple-Rehab for the excellent care they provided the past couple of months. Especially Susan RN, Eliza LPN, CNAs Robby, Cody, Peter, Robyn, Kelli, Klarissa, Gina and the excellent kitchen staff. Thank you to the VA Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Melinda, Brenda and Amy from Compassus Hospice. Special thanks to Dick Brown of Cloyd Funeral Home in Lewistown for handling the arrangements.
A memorial for Bob Thomas will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place at his request.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
Arlene (Blakeley) Marshall
Our beautiful mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt and friend Arlene (Blakeley) Marshall, 65, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge. It was a crisp, sunny winter day when her suffering ended. She was surrounded by her loving mother, Doris; son, Michael; daughter Jenni; and sister, Donna as they comforted her with loving words and held her hands until she took her last breath. There was no signs of struggle or pain when she crossed over-only tranquility and peace. Her last words that morning were “I love you.”
If you were blessed enough to be loved by Arlene, then you know how powerful those three words meant to her. Her love was unconditional and eternal. She gave of her love and time generously and tried to help out financially whenever she was able to help. Oftentimes, she would go out of the way to see her family and help them with any means necessary to help improve their lives. Her family meant the world to her. So much so that she gave up her dream of becoming an English teacher to help take care of her siblings; her own children; and grandchildren. A decision she never regretted.
Arlene was born March 19, 1952 in Sheridan to Jack and Doris Blakeley. She attended elementary and middle school in Virginia City. She attended high school in Ennis. She moved to Deer Lodge and began her family there.
She had a special bond with her parents, Jack (Jack’s girl) and Doris (confidant and friend). She had unbreakable bonds with her siblings: Donna (best friend); Jim (helped her during her difficult struggles); Pete (he believed in her intelligence); Jake (they always had a good time together); and her baby brother Zeke (she was protective of him and helped raise him).
When her own children were born, Arlene’s life was dedicated to them. She helped them overcome obstacles in life; how to be kind and thoughtful. She was so proud of her oldest son Michael especially when he graduated from Montana Tech. She bragged about his accomplishments throughout his life. He was a “momma’s boy” and they shared a strong bond. Her daughter, Jenni, “her baby girl” struggled to find balance in their relationship, but ultimately became friends. Jenni would often seek advice from Arlene especially after the birth of her first child, Dylan.
Arlene’s pride and joy were her grandchildren. Dylan (oldest and “favorite”-an ongoing joke with the other grandchildren). They spent the most time together when Dylan was young and developed a strong bond. She was so proud of his accomplishments in the military and looked forward to hearing about his adventures. Hallie (her Jo-Jo Bean, her first granddaughter) spent a lot of girly time where they would talk about fashion and Arlene would teach her about make-up, how to dress, and boys. Next was Wyatt (her boy). He developed her love for reading. They would spend hours reading together. She was so proud of how he excelled at school. Jaiden (her pretty boy) would talk about sports and watch football and basketball. They discussed who were the best teams, but ultimately agreed that the Cowboys were their favorite team. She was proud of his athletic accomplishments and always complimented his appearance. The last grandchild, Luscienne, (her baby girl) was exactly that-the baby of the grandchildren. She loved her kindness and thoughtfulness. She would threaten to take her home as her own. Luscienne would always visit Arlene with a homemade drawing or painting-always a gift of some kind. Arlene was proud of her artistic and musical talent. She would display Luscienne’s artwork and boast about her talent.
Arlene was an amazing friend. Once you met her, you would change for the better. At the beginning, you may have started out as strangers, but by the end you would soon be friends. Her radiant smile would light up the room and her witty sense of humor would make even the dreariest of people laugh. She was loyal, fun and cared so much about people.
Arlene suffered from countless illnesses and struggles over the past several years. Recently she was diagnosed with lung cancer on September 14, 2017. Only three months later, Arlene would succumb to the disease physically, but she never gave up mentally. She never let her illnesses stand in the way of living the best life that she could. Arlene had many admirable qualities, but her persistence, optimism, confidence, tenacity and hope rose her above the rest. When others would have quit, she found the strength to continue despite her circumstances. As hard as it was to watch her life end, the family has found solace in knowing that her pain and struggles have ended. Arlene will always be remembered as a kind and loving person that we will miss dearly.
The ones that have gone before her are; Jack (John Perry) Blakeley (her father); Jake (John K) Blakeley (brother); Fred Marshall (husband); Ethan Blakeley (grandson); Minnie and Ahti Hanni (maternal grandparents); Carolyn and Perry Blakeley (paternal grandparents); Martha and Peter B Gardetto (maternal great-grandparents); Mary and Abraham Hanni (paternal great-grandparents). Uncle: Jim Blakeley; Aunts: Colleen Crane, Verna Blakeley, and Helen Rybus.
The ones Arlene left behind are: Doris Blakeley (mother); Michael (Michelle) Blakeley (son); Jenni Marshall (daughter). Grandchildren: Dylan Keith, Hallie Blakeley, Jaiden Meagher-Marshall, Wyatt Blakeley, and Luscienne Homer. Sister: Donna (Bill) Beierle. Brothers: Jim (Sharon) Blakeley; Pete (Mary Rose) Blakeley; and Zeke (Trish) Blakeley. Nieces: Mindy (AJ) Collins and Michelle (Lee) Garrett. Nephews: Vince (Heather) Shelton; Darren (Kym) Shelton; Josh (Vickie) Blakeley; Perry Blakeley; and Steven Blakeley. Great-nieces: Kiya Shelton; Olivia Garrett and Leanne Shelton. Great nephews: Garrett Shelton; Devon Shelton; Joshua Blakeley; Carter Garrett; Parker Blakeley; and Ace Collins. Uncles: Don Hanni; Gene (Ethel Mae) Hanni. Aunts: Pauleen Blakeley, Maureen Blakeley and Dorothy Blakeley. Special friends: Loraleigh Horswell and Robbie Hanni.
Arlene despised funerals. Therefore, the family decided to honor her with a celebration of life ceremony on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Deer Lodge.
The family would like to thank K and L Mortuary in Whitehall for their outstanding services; heartfelt sympathies and overall kindness during this very difficult time. Arlene was cremated and her remains will be buried next to her father Jack and brother Jake at the Deer Lodge cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a college fund for Arlene’s grandchildren. More than anything, Arlene wanted her grandchildren to attend college. She set up savings bonds for each of them years ago, but knowing that you have contributed to these accounts would mean the world to her. She wanted her grandchildren to succeed in whichever path they chose, but preferable with a college degree.
Lars Lewis Olsen
Lars Lewis Olsen passed away December 20, 2017 at St. Patrick’s hospital in Missoula. He was 80 years old.
Lars was born September 2, 1937 to Lee Mantle Olsen and Hermieona Mae Nielsen Olsen. Lars was born in the bedroom in the same house he lived in on the family ranch in Deer Lodge. He attended grade school in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1956.
Lars attended Western Montana College in Dillon and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He joined the Army and served from 1960-1962. Lars worked as a city police officer in Deer Lodge, as a security guard at the Anaconda Company, and for the State Highway Department.
Lars always loved his dogs; he would often be seen taking rides around town with his latest dog, George. He enjoyed doing the crossword puzzles in the newspaper each morning and reading, particularly about history and sports. He enjoyed watching the Lady Griz basketball games and the Grizzly football games while listening to the voices of the Griz: Tom Stage, Dick Slater, and Mick Holien. His door was always open for cold refreshments and a good conversation. Lars enjoyed researching his family genealogy and visiting about his family history. He loved reminiscing about his Warden basketball and football days with his buddies from the class of 1956. Lars was proud to be a fourth generation north valley rancher, but even prouder of his granddaughter, Annalee who called him “Pa.” She was definitely the “light of his life.”
Lars was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Hermie Olsen, brother Lee Eliason, and sisters Jean Sager and Olivia Olin. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, daughter Tammy (Mark) and granddaughter Annalee. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Services will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Jewell Funeral Home at 11 a.m. in Deer Lodge.
Memorials can be made to The Community of Christ Church in Deer Lodge.
Death Notice: Arlene (Blakeley) Marshall
Arlene (Blakeley) Marshall, 65, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge.
Arlene despised funerals. Therefore, the family has decided to honor her with a celebration of life ceremony on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Deer Lodge. Please bring any stories or toasts you would like to make in honor of Arlene.
The full obituary will run at a later date.
John Jacob Bircher
On November 26, 2017, John Jacob Bircher passed away at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Va., due to complications arising after being admitted for a diabetic condition. John was born in Missoula on February 27, 1938, to Jacob and Alice (Batson) Bircher.
John never married, choosing to remain single. He graduated from Powell County High School in 1956 and spent several years at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he received a degree in Mathematics. He then spent several years in the Navy, after which he went to work for the Department of Defense as a Statistician.
Mother: Alice Margaret (Batson) Bircher - 1905-2002.
Father: Jacob Jochin Bircher - 1902-1990.
Sister: Alice Ariadne (Bircher) Shepherd - 1934.
Brother: Frederic Louis Bircher - 1928-1945.
Sister: Janice Margaret Bircher - January 1933 - March 1933.
Nephew: Edwin Alan Shepherd (Alice’s son) - 1955.
John is survived by many cousins. They have all sent their love and condolences.
Besides being a brilliant mathematician, John loved working on all kinds of puzzles. He made airplanes as a hobby and enjoyed playing poker with his friends. He analyzed the stock market and frequently provided advice to family. His nephew, Edwin, could always get John to open up and talk.
Services were held at the Adams Green Funeral Home in Herndon, Va. on December 4, 2017, at 7 p.m. His final resting place will be at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City. Miles City is the home of a large ranch where John’s parents previously resided with three other Bircher brothers and their families. The ranch held a special place in John’s heart. He will be missed.
Bruce Allen Thomas
Bruce Allen Thomas, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Elliston with his wife Cheryl and his family by his side on November 26, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bruce was born on January 17, 1945 to William and Mayme (Engler) Thomas in Kellogg, Idaho, joining brothers William, Robert and Barney. The family moved to Elliston when he was two years old and he was soon after blessed with a sister, Sue.
Bruce spent most of his youth in Elliston, where he attended school. On November 30, 1964, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve as a medic and was honorably discharged from the 396th Station Hospital in July of 1970.
Bruce married Cheryl Davies on October 30, 1965, and built a home in Elliston in the subsequent years to raise their children in. Bruce was a loving husband and devoted father to sons Bruce, Tom, Brandon and his special daughter, Sarah.
Bruce was a man of many talents and was known for being a reliable, hard worker. Over the years he shod and broke horses, worked on the railroad, mined, was a carpenter and a ranch hand. He also spent many years in the timber industry, including logging with horses. In 1978, Bruce started his own logging business and as they came of age, all three of his sons worked alongside him. He eventually retired, leaving the business to his sons. Even in retirement, Bruce continued to be an invaluable asset to the family business, building roads, piling brush and providing guidance for his sons. A man who always needed to be working on something, he insisted (against the wishes of wife) on running his CAT dozer to plow snow for his sons’ logging business as recently as last winter while battling cancer.
In his younger years, Bruce was involved in rodeo, where he competed in Bareback Riding, Team Roping, and Calf Roping. He also had many hobbies throughout his life including; hunting, trapping, fishing, and riding his ATV. He was an active member of the Avon Catholic Church and remained a very prayerful man until the very end. One of his most cherished accomplishments was being a grandfather and he enjoyed spending time with his 11 grandchildren.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents; William Thomas and Mayme Engler Thomas; and brothers Barney Thomas, Brian Thomas (infant), Barry Thomas (infant) and Byron Thomas (infant).
Bruce is survived by his loving wife Cheryl; four children Bruce Thomas (Jodi), Tom Thomas (Kerri), Brandon Thomas (Anne Marie), and Sarah Thomas; siblings William “Bill” Thomas (Marilyn), Robert “Bob” Thomas (Sherri), and Sue Hiltz (Jim-deceased); grandchildren Trent Thomas, Troy Thomas, TJ Thomas, Logan Thomas, Lacie Thomas, Levi Thomas, Lane Thomas, Madison Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Isaac Thomas, and Alivia Thomas; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A Rosary Vigil was held Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. at the Anderson, Stevenson and Wilke Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held on Friday, December 1 at noon at the Helena Cathedral and a graveside ceremony was held after mass at the Elliston Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Elliston Community Gym.
Leila Marie Curran Larkin
Leila Marie Curran Larkin (79) passed away on November 27, 2017 at Renaissance Care in Deer Lodge. Marie was born May 7, 1938 to William Emmett and Leila May Connolly in New Castle, Colo.
During her teens, Marie moved to Anaconda where she graduated from Anaconda High School. She worked as a secretary before marrying her soulmate, James Curran in 1958. Together they had four children and raised their family in Deer Lodge. James preceded her in death in 1981.
Marie was a successful business woman, owning and operating Marie’s Beauty Salon for over 25 years. During her free time she enjoyed experimenting with different recipes and entertaining friends and family. She was also known for her drawing, painting and elaborate wedding cakes. Marie had a beautiful smile and a mischievous sense of humor.
Marie married widower Floyd Larkin and together they enjoyed many years of retirement. They traveled extensively across the United States and took great pleasure in being tour guides. As a couple, they were very active in community volunteering.
Marie was a beloved mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children: Thomas Curran (Laurel Lee) of Deer Lodge; David Curran (Patti) of Ontario, Ore.; JoAnn Peters (Don) of Billings; Sharon Curran (Jeff Kinzer) of Chalfont, Pa.; Richard Larkin (Sara) of Broken Arrow, Okla. Marie had eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Marie is also survived by her brother and lifelong closest friend, William Connolly of Anaconda.
A celebration of Marie’s life was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. A graveside service followed immediately at Hillcrest Cemetery and all were invited to lunch at the Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Deer Lodge Art Club or the Deer Lodge Presbyterian Church.
Jewell Funeral Home was entrusted with Marie’s funeral arrangements.
Lynn Schmidt, May 31, 1937 – November 29, 2017.
Lynn died on Wednesday, November 29 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Lynn is survived by her husband Jim, son Steve, sister Lois, daughter-in-law Julie, grandson Paul, and four nephews and nieces.
Lynn was born on May 31, 1937 in South Gate, (Southern) Calif. to Anna Louise and George Anglemyer. For health reasons of George, they relocated to the desert outside of Palm Springs. Lynn’s mother was a teacher and for a time she operated a road-side diner to support the family. Lynn had an older sister Lu Ann and a younger one Lois.
Lynn went to high school in Palm Springs. She was on the bowling team and played the clarinet in the school band. One year they performed in the Rose parade. Her mother and the three girls relocated to San Diego.
After high school, Lynn went to work for Convair Astronautics as an engineering assistant while she worked on her college degree at San Diego State. She met her husband to be, James Schmidt, at Convair. He was a flight test instrumentation engineer in the same department as Lynn. They were married in October, 1958.
Soon afterward, Jim’s change of jobs took them to Sunnyvale, (Northern) Calif., the area now known as Silicon Valley. Their son Stephen was born in 1964.
While in California, Lynn was not one to sit around the house. Her love of books led her to help organize book sales to support the Sunnyvale Library. She joined the board of the Sunnyvale Library where she ultimately became president of the Library Board of Trustees. She worked for the US census one year. She enjoyed traveling to far off destinations with her older sister Lu Ann. Trips to England, Turkey, Brazil and Argentina were particularly memorable.
Lynn fell in love with Deer Lodge on many trips there to visit her mother, father-in-law and sister Lois. As Jim’s retirement neared, she told him one day, “I don’t know about you, but I’m moving to Deer Lodge when you retire. You can come along if you want!” When Jim retired from Lockheed in 1992, they moved to Deer Lodge.
In Deer Lodge, she kept up her interest in books, reading and traveling. She was on the library board at the Kohrs Memorial Library. She was a member of the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club. She rose to president then became a board member of the local club. She was active at New to You until health issues intervened.
A memorial service was held on Monday, December 4 at the First Presbyterian Church. Lynn was cremated and her ashes will be spread in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kohrs Memorial Library.
Katherine Elizabeth McKee (Beth)
Katherine Elizabeth McKee (Beth), 84 passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
She was born on April 12, 1933 in Bozeman, to James and Ada (Wheat) Pardew. She was the eldest of three girls. During World War II, the family moved to Seattle, Wash. where her mother was a welder in the United States Navy ship yards. After the war the family moved back to Bozeman where Beth attended schools and graduated from Bozeman High School in 1952. She worked at the telephone office before her graduation and for some time after.
Beth married and daughter Mona was born in 1954. Beth later remarried Robert (Bob) McOmber, and gave birth to James, Garyann, and Katherine (Kim). After living on the Montana highline working for Montana Power, the family settled in Butte. Bob preceded her in death after an electrical incident. Following his death, Beth moved her three younger children to Deer Lodge to be near her family. This is where she met her husband Ben McKee. They combined their families in 1977, and married on New Year’s Eve. Beth spent many years as the head cook at Scharf’s Restaurant where she later retired. Her first passion was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she also loved to sew and knit. She loved to hunt and facet sapphires and garnets. Beth and Ben worked side by side making beautiful quilts and jewelry. She donated many quilts that she and her husband made to local auctions and benefits and of course to her children and grandchildren.
Beth is survived by her husband Ben McKee and her children, Mona Jacobson (Rod), Jim McOmber (Debbie), Garyann Tamburello (Rod), and Kim Cassese (Joe), her step children, Kevin McKee (Shelley), Angie McKee (Sam) and David McKee (Billie Jo), Mike Meagher, Susie Meagher, and her youngest sister Pam Meagher Ingraham (Dale). Beth and Ben’s grandchildren, Coby McOmber, Carrie Lease, Christopher McOmber, Jason Romine, Jessica Hickey, Katrina Kruzich, Camie Kendall, Ben Hoppe, Amy Nichols, Amanda McDonald, Sydnee McKee, and Marissa McKee and 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson on the way. She is preceded in death by her mother and step-father Ada and Hank Meagher, sisters Barbara Small and Virgie Horswill, grandson Josh McOmber, and step-grandson Matt Jacobson.
We would like to thank Frontier Hospice for all their wonderful care. And a special thank you to Tammy Davis for all her love, attention, and wonderful care.
There will be a celebration of Beth’s life luncheon at the Broken Arrow on December 20, 2017 starting at 1 p.m.
No flowers please, make donations to the local food bank or donor’s choice.
Lois Kjose Palmer
Lois Kjose Palmer, January 25, 1933 - November 22, 2017.
Mom was born January 25, 1933 to Lloyd and Helen Kjose. The oldest of five children, she was born in Ridgeway, Iowa at the home of her grandparents Henry and Matilda Halvorson. She attended grade school in Decorah, Iowa and later when the family moved to Montana she attended school in Valier, graduating from Cut Bank High School.
Mom met and married Sherwin E. Palmer while he was on leave from serving in the Army just before the Korean War began in 1950. She married dad on January 25, 1951. The temperature in Cut Bank, the day of their wedding, was -11 degrees with a crisp wind blowing at 21 mph. It was foggy and snowing outside, the wind chill factor was a balmy -36.9 degrees. Mom’s aunt Anna had attended the wedding and mom and dad had agreed to give her a ride back to her home in Valier. Now dad’s little Dodge car didn’t have a great heater if it had one at all. So, they *&%$ *@ nearly froze to death on the way to Valier. Aunt Anna was so concerned about their safety that she ran into the house and found her buffalo skin robe. She wrapped it around both of them and sent them prayerfully back to Cut Bank. They celebrated their wedding by honking the horn as they drove down main street towards home. It was close to midnight and there wasn’t a soul anywhere around. They had 65 wonderful years before he passed away in July of 2016. Their marriage was blessed with five wonderful children.
Mom began her working career at the wee age of 13 babysitting for families in Cut Bank. At that time mom lived in Santa Rita, and walked into town and back home day or night. When she told me this story she suddenly realized how dangerous it was even back then for a single young woman to be walking alone at night. She said it never crossed her mind then, and no, she wouldn’t let us do it today.
She held many jobs, working as a bookkeeper for E.O. Boyle Accounting and even worked with her oldest daughter teaching her the tools of the trade the summer she left for college. What a bright young gal Linda was, deciding to put her fingers and toes away and become a fifth grade school teacher instead of an accountant.
Mom worked for Dye, Tavery and Judge Insurance Agency, The City of Cut Bank in the Accounting Department, The Glacier County nursing home and Palmer Implement, Inc. before
retiring to her home to ride herd over her husband, children and many grandchildren.
She belonged to many local organizations, including The Sons of Norway, V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #6409, The Soroptimists Club of Cut Bank, The Order of Eastern Star in Cut Bank and later Conrad, and a duel member in Floral Chapter #46 Deer Lodge, where three of her children held memberships.
Mom was an active member of her church, teaching Sunday School at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and later serving as an usher with her sister Mary Lou Erdmann and her daughter Helen Duffey, at Prairie Peace Lutheran Church in Cut Bank. She enjoyed playing pinochle with her card club, and visiting with her friends and neighbors. Her hobbies included rug making, crocheting towels for family and friends, knitting and playing games with her children. She enjoyed the many trips she took to the Caribbean. Her biggest joy was square dancing with dad and their partners Lyle and Clarice Carr.
Mom was a loving mother, sister, aunt, great aunt and grandmother. She had five children and is survived by Linda of Condon, Diane and Bob Rader of Butte, Helen and family of Cut Bank, Bozeman and Helena, son David of Helena, sister Mary Lou Erdmann of Cut Bank, brother Ted and Betty Kjose and N. Roland Kjose of Kelso, Wash. She was preceded in death by her son Steven Richard, her husband “Sherm” and brother Hubert.
Mom has 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. (No, that is not a mistake). Let’s face it, mom was great.
Mom is and will be greatly missed. We love you mom and can’t wait until we are with you again. Lois’s memorial service will be held Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Peace Lutheran Church, Cut Bank, Montana. Interment will be held at a later date.
Anna Richardson went to be with the Lord and her beloved Chuck, on November 25, 2017. Anna was born on January 20, 1927 to John and Annie (Jensen) Traverso in Deer Lodge. She graduated from Powell County High School in 1944, where she especially enjoyed singing in the choir, played in the band and was part of a vocal trio.
After high school, she worked at the post office and the registrars office until she married Charles “Chuck” Richardson on April 17, 1948 in Deer Lodge. Chuck worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and was transferred to Three Forks shortly after they were married. There they built their home with their own hands and raised their family.
Anna is survived by her three children, Sharon (Dale) Dykema; Ron (Marla) Richardson; and Roger (Lonnie) Richardson; grandchildren Richard (Jenny) Dykema; Daron Dykema; Deanna Dykema; Bonnie (Stephen) Schultz; Jamie Richardson; Tasha (Brandon) Kohlwes; LaDean (Landon) Krogstad; great-grandchildren Reid, Tate, and Lena Dykema; Sidney Schultz; Kendall and Harper Kohlwes; and Fletcher Krogstad.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Chuck, her brother Jack Traverso and sister-in-law Helen Traverso, her sister Margaret Pearson and brother-in-law Clem Pearson.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Services will be held Thursday, November 30 at 1 p.m. at the Christian Center Church in Three Forks.
Arrangements are in care of K & L Mortuaries in Three Forks.
Margaret Frances McLean Copenhaver
On November 8, 2017, at the beautiful age of 98, Margaret Frances McLean Copenhaver peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family. Margaret, daughter of William McLean and Mayme Superneau McLean, was born on August 2, 1919 in Granite. She attended school in Phillipsburg until she was a freshman in high school. Her family then moved to Missoula where she graduated from Missoula County High School. After high school, she worked at The Mercantile in Missoula until the Second World War broke out. She then went to Seattle where she worked for the Navy for the duration of the war.
Margaret enjoyed skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing with the Mountaineers. They used to ride the train up to Blanchard Flats (Clearwater) and hike up the “hill” that is now on the game range and ski down. After doing this all afternoon, they rode the train back to Missoula.
She met Howard, the love of her life, at a dance in Helmville in 1939. Howard joined the Navy in 1940 and was off to the Pacific theater. They married on March 15, 1944. After the war, they came to the ranch in Ovando. They, I cannot mention mom or dad by themselves as they were a team, outfitted and ranched for almost 60 years. Margaret was absolutely devoted to her husband and family. Her sense of duty was foremost in everything that she did. I don’t believe that there was ever anything put off until tomorrow that could be done today.
For 75 years Margaret was a huge part of the community. Whether it was square dancing, pinochle parties, or dinners and auctions to raise money for various causes, she was there. One of Margaret’s favorite treats was ice cream and any kid that stopped at her house after school or basketball was treated to a frozen treat. There is not a time that she did not have some type of frozen deliciousness waiting.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howard and grandson Peter. She is survived by her son Steve (Donna) Copenhaver and daughter Sue (John) Lapka; grandchildren Todd (Amber) Copenhaver, Rich Copenhaver, Beth Copenhaver, David (Cara) Copenhaver, Andrea (Steve) Lynch, Patricia (Jimmy) Watson, Sarah (Mike) Melnick, Tim (Mary) Lapka, Chris Lapka, Bridget Lapka, Rory (Jessica) Lapka, Anthony (Melissa) Lapka, Sr. Emmanuel (Ruth), Rebecca Lapka, Ben (Nadia) Lapka, Brian Lapka, and Daniel Lapka, along with 49 great-grandchildren.
Requiem mass will be November 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ovando Gym, Ovando. Burial will be in Ovando Cemetery. A lunch will follow at the Ovando Gym hosted by the Sew and So Club, after which will be a time to share the wonderful memories of her life. Rosary will be said Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Ovando Gym. Memorials may be sent to the Sew and So Club, c/o Karalee Slaght, Ovando, MT 59854.
Jean McKee passed away Friday, October 27 at the age of 85. Jean was born May 31, 1932 to Johnathan and Velma (Earhart) Loeffler in Conrad. She was the second to the youngest child of 10 children. She had many hard years working on the farm and attending school at the same time.
After high school, mom went on to be a Nurses Aid working in many hospitals throughout her career. She met dad (Francis McKee) as a patient at the Teton Memorial Hospital, in Choteau. They were married June 18, 1954 in Conrad, and was married 28 years when dad passed away.
In 1966 we moved to Deer Lodge, where she worked at Powell County Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1997 with 31 years of service. Mom loved nursing and she was good at it.
Mom’s other joy was following all of the Powell County Warden sports, (boys and girls), where one year she made the Warden fan of the year award.
Preceding her in death were Francis McKee (husband), Elaine McKee-Bernard (daughter), Johnathan and Velma Loeffler (parents), George and Sarah McKee (father and mother in-law) and nine siblings. Living children Margie (Glenn) Phillips, Omaha, Nebr. and Daniel (Sheila) McKee Deer Lodge. Grandchildren, Jalene Bernard, Lyndsay and Jodi Phillips, Ashley (Brian) Phillips-Gonzales, Emmanuel and Mychael McKee and step-grandaughter Shekina Hill. Great-grandchildren Devin, Dustin, Jenna, Camdon, Kendelle, Divina and Ava. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Jean Ingeberg
After a long and full life, mom passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 27.
She was born the middle of six children on November 10, 1925 to August and Josephine Kraemer. She was raised on the family farm near Calio, N. D.
Growing up, she loved to attend the many country dances where she met her future husband, Bob Ingeberg. They were married on September 14, 1948. In 1952, they moved to Deer Lodge where they owned and operated the Deer Lodge Jewelry for over 40 years. They were married for 49 years and raised three children - Debbie, Bonnie and Rob.
Jean was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish and did much volunteer work and belonged to several clubs.
She is preceded in death by her husband Bob, son Rob, parents, two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her daughters Debbie Seward (Ray) of Anaconda, Bonnie Billquist (Jerry) of Boerne, Tex.; seven grandchildren; Dan Billquist (Jodi), Rob Billquist (Amanda), Will Seward, Wes Seward (Kelsey), Valerie Rogers (Wayne), Wade Seward, Katie Seward and seven great-grandchildren, sisters Dolores Hertl of Devils Lake, N. D. and Carol Vrendenberg of Minneapolis, Minn.
Services will be held on Friday, November 10, at the Immaculate Conception Church at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the parish hall.
A memorial will be held later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Powell County Senior Center or the Rialto Theatre.
Brett Naylor Kronenberger
Brett Naylor Kronenberger, 52.
Dr. Brett Naylor Kronenberger died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on October 27, 2017. She had waged a fierce four-month fight against NUT midline carcinoma with bravery and consummate grace. Brett was salt of the earth, a woman in full, a truth-teller, a doer, a risk-taker, and a healer.
She loved children, hiking, young adult literature, spending time with family and friends, dancing, exercising, learning, being outdoors, yoga, skiing, hosting exchange students, traveling, and saying ‘’yes.” Brett was an ardent dance mom, soccer mom, Montessori mom, Bulldog mom, Griz mom, and go-to mom.
Brett was born in 1965 in Odessa, Tex. to Don and June Naylor. She completed her B.A. with honors in history at University of Texas at Austin in 1987. She undertook a year-long American Heart Association pre-doctoral research fellowship, then graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tex. in 1992.
She married Don Kronenberger in April of 1992 in Houston. The couple had their first son, Louis, during Brett’s internal medicine residency at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Seeking proximity to the Rocky Mountains and the comforts of smaller town life, Brett established a medical practice in Butte in 1995. Daughter Claire was born in Butte in 1996, and son Oscar in 1998.
Brett’s career as a healer in Butte included a special interest in women’s health and wellness both in and out of the clinic, establishing a multi-disciplinary Center for Women’s Health, facilitating health education programs, and volunteering as a yoga and aerobics instructor. She received the YMCA’s Red Triangle Award (1998) and Hester Davis and Peggy Sarsfield Program Leadership Award (2002).
Brett was a member of Mercury Street Medical from 1995 to 2005. In 2005, Brett became a pioneering Chief Hospitalist with Sound Physicians, where she was recognized as an inaugural Senior Partner in 2016. In that same year, she received further board certification in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine.
Brett was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP). In 2016, the Montana Chapter of the ACP bestowed on Brett its highest award, the Laureate Award. Brett served on the Governor’s Council of the Montana Chapter of ACP since 2003, where one of her most satisfying efforts was meeting with President Barack Obama in Bozeman in 2009 to support passage of the Affordable Care Act to care for more Montanans. As recently as May, 2017, Brett met with Senators Tester and Daines in Washington, DC, representing ACP, seeking to maintain access to affordable healthcare for Montanans.
Brett served two terms as president of the medical staff of St. James Healthcare and served on the hospital’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008. She served the non-profit quality improvement organization Mountain-Pacific Quality Health from 1998 to 2015, where she served on its board from 2005 to 2014 and as president from 2012 through 2014. Brett served on the Board of Trustees of the Montana Medical Association from 2003 to 2011, serving as its president in 2010.
Brett had recently joined the medical staff of Deer Lodge Medical Center and was immensely enjoying her work there until her professional practice was interrupted by illness.
Brett was preceded in death by her remarkable mother, June Franklin Naylor, a past President-General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a dedicated social activist in Odessa, Tex. Brett was also preceded in death by cousin Dee Franklin of Houston, Tex. She is survived by her husband Don Kronenberger of Butte; her sons Louis and Oscar and daughter Claire, all of Butte; her father Dr. Donald Oscar Naylor (Corrine) of Odessa, Tex.; her sister Valerie Riefenstahl (Ed) of Grapevine, Tex., her brother Dr. Mark Naylor (Carla) of Waco, Tex., and her brother James of Big Spring, Tex.; her Uncle Homer Franklin (Helen) of Houston, Tex.; Cousin Liz Kirk (Steve) of Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Even in the last and hardest days of Brett’s fight against cancer, she told her family, “Each morning that I wake to see the sun, I know that it and every day is a gift.”
The family is tremendously grateful for the immense love and support extended by the community of Southwest Montana during Brett’s illness.
A celebration of Brett’s life will be held at Mother Lode Theatre, 316 West Park Street, Butte, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4. A reception will follow at the Treasure State Room of the Finlen Hotel, 100 East Broadway Street, Butte. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the non-profit Silver Bow Montessori School, 1800 Sunset Rd., Butte, MT 59701, the Butte Education Foundation, PO Box 3821, Butte, MT 59702, or to the charity of your choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Brett’s Family.
Death Notice: Jean Loeffler-McKee
Jean Loeffler-McKee passed away on Friday October 27, 2017. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Powell County Senior Center from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Powell County High School Booster Club.
Donald Gilbert Mickelson
Donald Gilbert Mickelson, 87, 1/29/1930 – 10/06/2017.
Donald Gilbert Mickelson passed away Friday afternoon at the BeeHive Assisted Living Center in Butte on October 6, 2017.
Don was born in Roundup, to Gilbert and Mary Mickelson on January 29, 1930. He grew up in Delphia and Musselshell, graduating from Musselshell High School in 1948. From 1948 until 1951, he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad. He enlisted in the Army on March 4, 1951 and served as a radio operator until his honorary discharge on March 7, 1953. After that, he returned to work for the Milwaukee Railroad in eastern Montana, relocating to Deer Lodge in 1963 as a train dispatcher. His Milwaukee career lasted over 30 years, continuing until the Milwaukee Railroad closed their western divisions in 1980. He went to work at the Louisiana-Pacific Sawmill until he retired.
Don was an avid hunter and fisherman, and woodworker, skills he passed along to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was also well-known to be an “H-O” Train collector.
He is survived by his 100 year-old sister, Lois Gackle, of Miles City, and his daughters Diana Johnson of Aberdeen, S.D., Linda Mickelson of Helena, Jean (Mike) Steber and Carol (Ron) Mjelde, both of Deer Lodge, 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and one niece.
Don was preceded in death by both of his parents, wife Vivian, son James, and sister Carol.
A visitation was Tuesday, October 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11. All were held at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge. Family requests memorials to the Powell County Senior Citizens.
Dorothy Marie Eliason Benson
Dorothy Marie Eliason Benson passed away October 23, 2017, surrounded by family.
Dorothy (Dot) was born December 31, 1929, in Deer Lodge, to Charles and Gladys Eliason. She attended grade school and graduated high school in Deer Lodge.
Dot worked for Powell Motors in Deer Lodge after high school. She then worked for the Avon Store and the Avon Post Office where she was postmistress. She also worked for Davis Mercantile and later for Forbes Grocery in Avon. She worked in the Welfare Office and the Drivers’ License Bureau in Deer Lodge. She was then elected as Clerk and Recorder which she worked in that office for two terms and retired.
Dorothy married Fred Benson of Avon on November 20, 1949, and resided on the ranch in Avon for several years until they moved to the ranch in Deer Lodge. She cooked for ranch hands, worked in the hay field, raised chickens and supplied many families with eggs, and helped with many other ranching activities.
Dot was a devoted member of the Community of Christ Church in Deer Lodge where she attended all her life and was ordained in the priesthood. She loved to bowl and was on many bowling leagues over the years. She enjoyed playing horseshoes, making wedding cakes, and painting with her friends. Dot enjoyed going to the Applegate cabin with all the kids. The highlight of her week was preparing Sunday dinners for her family and friends.
Dot was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Gladys Eliason, brother Richard, sisters Alma and Ruth. She is survived by her husband Fred, sisters Lois Jones and Helen Ring, sister Sharon and brother-in-law Joe Applegate, sister-in-law Eva Browning, brother-in-law Bruce and Pauline Benson. She also has many nieces and nephews that she loved.
Memorials are appreciated and can be made to the Community of Christ Church, Avon Cemetery or the Avon Community Club.
Floyd Dale Larkin
Floyd Dale Larkin, of Deer Lodge, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 87.
Floyd was born to parents Harold and Clara Larkin in Bottineau, N.D. on February 24, 1930. Floyd attended Minot State Teacher’s College earning a bachelors degree in Education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Education at Greeley State University. Floyd served in the Army Special Forces in the Korean War. Upon discharge, he worked as a teacher and later as an administrator in Glasgow and West Yellowstone. He retired as the Superintendent of Powell County High School in Deer Lodge.
Floyd was married to Delores (Soland) in 1954 who preceded him in death in 1980. They had one son Richard Dale Larkin. One of their greatest joys was their cabin on Ft. Peck Reservoir where they spent summers renovating and enjoying the outdoors with their son.
Floyd married Marie Connolly Curran in 1982. They spent countless hours volunteering for local charities especially Elks Lodge 1737, where Floyd held several offices including Exalted Ruler and District Deputy for the state of Montana. He was most proud of his work on the Elks scholarship fund for graduating seniors. He was instrumental in establishing the Hooked on Fishing Program for grade school children. Aside from his volunteer work Floyd was also active in the VFW and Masons. Floyd and Marie traveled extensively visiting every state in the continental US and Alaska. Not only did they travel personally, but they led several guided tours throughout the country. They spent many summers at his cabin on Ft. Peck Reservoir where he caught walleye and hunted deer. Floyd loved country music, Marie’s cooking, western movies and Montana history.
Floyd is survived by his wife Marie of Deer Lodge. Son, Richard Larkin (Sara), of Broken Arrow, Okla. Step-children Thomas Curran (Laurel Lee) of Deer Lodge; David Curran (Patti) of Ontario, Ore.; JoAnn Peters (Donald) of Billings; Sharon Curran (Jeffery Kinzer) of Chalfont, Pa.. Floyd had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, whom he adored.
A celebration of Floyd’s life will be held at the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge, 230 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. with lunch following. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elks National Foundation (through the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge or www.elks.org) or the Deer Lodge Presbyterian Church.
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