Death notice: Cleo R. Seaman
Cleo R. Seaman, 94 of Missoula passed away November 4 at the Village Senior Residence in Missoula.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard
Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard passed away of natural causes on October 12, 2018, in Milwaukie, Ore., at the age of 92. Born in Deer Lodge on March 8, 1925, she was the daughter of Roy and Merle Pascoe. Joyce graduated from Powell County High School and attended the University of Montana. She and her first husband, Wilbur Funk raised their family in Montana, Minnesota and Oregon.
Joyce imbued her own children with an uncommon musical sensitivity and shared her love of music with children’s choirs for decades. She taught elementary school music in Montana and was a special education instructor in the Portland Public Schools.
While living with her second husband, Daniel Leonard in Milwaukie, Ore., Joyce, well into her 80s, continued to teach piano and harp lessons to children.
Joyce was named after James Joyce, the great Irish novelist, with whom she had genetic ties. During her childhood in Deer Lodge, she was a four-year pen pal with a British woman named Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth.
Joyce is survived by her children: Gary Funk, Florence; Nancy Wilson and Eric Funk, both of Bozeman; and Melody Funk, Eastsound, Wash. Joyce had 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. No memorial services are scheduled. Her ashes will be interred next to Daniel Leonard at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Because of you, we sing!
Marlin Dale Gilman
Marlin Dale Gilman, September 13, 1937 - October 4, 2018.
Marlin was born September 13, 1937 in Drummond to Violet Brander and Pal Beebe. Violet later married Vernon (Red) Gilman who became an important part of Marlin’s life. Marlin attended grade school at the Phosphate Mine School and graduated from Powell County High School in 1956. He attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from fall 1956 – until spring of 1958 then went to Montana State University from fall 1958 to spring 1959 where he started dating Donna Nelson.
Marlin was employed as an accountant for Utah Construction at the Phosphate Mine in Garrison, after he graduated high school and then went back to Utah Construction after attending MSU Bozeman.
Marlin and Donna married on January 30, 1960 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Dillon. Their relationship flourished on love and laughter. They raised three beautiful daughters, Shelle Enyeart, Janell Van Diest, and De Dee Johnson. Marlin and Donna also were a huge part of raising Jim Evans, Jackie Manley, Chuck Gilman and Tammie Clawson (deceased), they feel loved as their children and the Gilman girls’ siblings.
Marlin and Donna started a small herd of black angus cattle. They became full time ranchers when Marlin’s position with Utah Construction was to be relocated to Afghanistan or Iran. The ranch became their lifestyle and an excellent way to raise a family. He became well known around the Montana communities for his quality registered bulls and replacement heifers.
Marlin was also known for his honesty and integrity; he was always a kind, gentle and caring man and he was an amazing hard worker and a man with a heart of gold. He has always been an angel in disguise with a side of rebellion. He thought about others before himself. He helped those in need any time of day or night. He would pick up hitchhikers and give people the last few dollars in his pocket.
Marlin was never afraid of anything. He was a daredevil and enjoyed every second of it. His rebellious side shined through when he jumped snowmobiles, rode horseback alongside cliffs, and when he was accused of cheating at cards. He mastered horsemanship, stewardship, and was an awesome cattle-man. He was able to train any horse that he ever wanted to.
Both, Marlin and Donna had a passion for league bowling at Ken-Mar Lanes, now called Victory Lanes in Deer Lodge. They made so many friends and won many plaques and trophies over the 52 years of competing.
Marlin was on the Garrison Community Rural Garbage Board, Powell County Planning Board, Powell County Weed Board, FHA Loan Committee, Farm Service Committee, Garrison Elementary School Board for 17 years and was also a volunteer for the Garrison Fire Department.
Marlin has always shown so much support and love for his family. He was fortunate enough to have several siblings, one full brother Leland Gilman (deceased), and several half brothers and sisters including Bud Beebe (deceased), Norman Beebe (deceased), Don Beebe (deceased), Lila Lee Beebe (deceased), Willa May Beebe (deceased), Lillian Loomis, and Wilma Becker. His immediate family, Donna Gilman, Shelle (Jim) Enyeart, Janell (Damon) Van Diest, De Dee Johnson, Jim Evans, Jackie Manley, Chuck Gilman and Danny Gilman. Grandchildren Eric Enyeart, Kelsey Enyeart, Tyler Shepherd, Trenton Shepherd and Rye Lee Van Diest. He is also loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Everyone that knew him, knew how great of a man Marlin was.
A celebration of life for Marlin Dale Gilman will be held on October 11, 2018 at noon at the Elks Lodge in Deer Lodge. A luncheon will follow the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Garrison Volunteer Fire Department or charity of your choice.
Patti J. Lee Stoos
Patti J. Lee Stoos, retired Special Ed/Title I teacher and antiques dealer, died on September 5, 2018, at the Missouri River Medical Center in Fort Benton. Her graveside service was Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Geraldine Cemetery. Benton Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.
Born on June 21, 1942 to Ida Fram Lee and Elmer A. Lee in Seattle, Wash., Pattie moved with her parents to Deer Lodge, she graduated from Powell County High School in 1960.
Upon graduation she moved to Dillon, where she attended Western Montana College, graduating in 1964 with a BS degree in Elementary Education.
She taught grade school in Hamilton and Great Falls. In 1976 she completed graduate credits at Northern Montana College and taught in Geraldine, Special Ed/Title I.
In May of 1991, Patti chose “early retirement” but continued to substitute teach through 2001.
Due to poor health, Patti became a resident of Missouri River Medical Center from 2007 until the time of her death.
In her lifetime, Patti chose to laugh often and have fun with family and friends. She loved antiques and antique shows and went “junking” with many lifelong friends. Her business “Patti Cakes” took her statewide with many treasured items bought and sold.
This loyal friend and fun loving teacher always looked at life through the eyes of a child. Indeed, she was one of a kind.
Michael T. Relig
Michael T. Relig, 52, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born in Dearborn, Mich.
Michael was a great person who gave to many different charities to help against bullying and helping pit bulls, his favorite dog.
His pastimes were watching wrestling, working on model cars and spending time with Jennifer and Jada Sparks, his fiance and her daughter. Mike loved to draw and had a passion for music of all kinds.
Mike moved to Deer Lodge about four years ago from Michigan and he fell in love with Montana.
Michael joins his father Nick in death. He is survived by mom Donna, brother Ken, sister Kathy, sons Mikey, Mitchel and Mathew; and grandkids Bradley and Addlyn.
Henry Joseph (Joe) Hukill
Henry Joseph (Joe) Hukill, 70, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Lewistown of natural causes. He was born in Deer Lodge on October 14, 1947 to Henry John and Kathryn (Dye) Hukill. Joe grew up in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1968. He enlisted with the United States Air Force, serving his country as the officer in charge of helicopter maintenance and turn-around and jet loading and turn-around in Viet Nam and Thailand. Upon returning from Viet Nam, the Air Force deployed him to Alaska for his final tour. Joe earned an honorable discharge and worked for Bell Helicopter when he returned from the service. Throughout Joe focused his interests and skill sets in mechanical engineering, obtaining certifications in both Automotive and Diesel Tractor operation and maintenance in Colorado.
Joe’s heart was forever at home in Montana and he was happy to return to Missoula. He is remembered by his friends and family for the loving care he provided for his parents, for his generous spirit and for his compassion and eagerness to help others. Joe stayed in constant contact with friends and family, primarily to ensure that everyone was in good health. To some extent, Joe was the conduit between our geographically disparate family and our Montana friends. Joe was a gentle man and he was a man who would give the shirt off his back without hesitation. He brought his gifts of love and laughter to all who knew him. His sense of humor always earned him points. He liked to joke with friends, and he delighted in devising tricks that brought smiles all around, as well as entertainment for his young nephews.
Joe is survived by his brother, John Dye Hukill of Lothian, Md.; his sister, Carol Rives of Salem, Ore.; several nieces and nephews who are scattered across the country.
Joe was buried on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 11 in Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge with Mount Powell and all its splendor in the foreground. A memorial service for friends and family will be scheduled in June 2019. The Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown is assisting the family.
Friends who wish to honor Joe’s memory, the family would suggest a donation to your Humane Society, being ever mindful of Joe’s well-loved and pampered kitties and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home, PO Box 595 Lewistown, MT 59457. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.
Lawrence W. “Larry” Keele
Lawrence W. “Larry” Keele passed away peacefully on September 19, surrounded by family after a long battle with multiple health issues.
Larry was born in Salmon, Idaho on January 20, 1943 to Leroy and Linnie Keele. Larry was the second of four children, joining sister Riva. Sister Rosie and brother Rod would come later.
After high school Larry joined the Navy and was always proud of his status as a veteran.
Larry’s first marriage was blessed with three daughters; Pam, Becky, and Kathy. They also adopted three kids; LD, Peggy, and Janita. Some of the kids’ earliest memories are of riding in a log-truck with their dad and going camping and hunting for sapphires and garnets on the Skalkaho.
In 1981 Larry married Toni Mattila. It was also the second marriage for Toni and she came with four kids of her own; Dale, Tana, Bambi, and Penni. Larry welcomed the step-children with open arms and always treated them like his own.
Larry spent 33 years as a truck driver, from log trucks to long-haul over-the-road hauling.
From childhood on, Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman. Some of his biggest joys were taking friends and family on his boat for fishing outings and weekends spent at the hunting cabin. Larry was always up for a game of cribbage (or 20) and his skills were feared far and wide. There were few things worse than being left in the “stink-hole” by Larry.
Larry liked a cold beer, a fat steak, a tall whiskey, and a good read. He had a great sense of humor and infectious smile. He was a man of great faith. He was a proud and loving grandfather, never letting his grandkids leave without one of his famous bear-hugs.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Leroy and Linnie, sisters Riva and Rosie, and daughter Peggy. He is survived by his wife Toni, brother Rod (Shirley), children Pam Carlson, Becky Snyder (Bob Bierhaus), Kathy (Mark) Peterson, LD Keele, Janita (Doyle) Van Heeder, Dale Mattila, Tana (John) Bignell, Bambi Mattila, and Penni (Joe) Gray, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday, September 26 at 11 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Helena.
Mary Jean Price
Mary Jean Price entered Heaven’s Gate on September 10, 2018. Jeannie, as everyone fondly called her, was born in the Garrison Valley June 11, 1929. She helped on the ranch herding sheep with her brother Conrad Martinz. She married Kenneth Price on May 20, 1950 and they raised four daughters on the ranch in Finn.
She was a remarkable cook whose recipes will be a treasure to her family and friends. No one left her home hungry. She loved quilting, picking huckleberries, painting and most of all playing with her grandchildren. She would spend hours playing with them, reading to them, cooking for them. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by Kenny. Survivors include brother Cony Martinz, daughters Colleen Holt, Sandy Ackerman, Lynn Smith and Joey Webb plus 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Any donations can be directed to Hospice as they were wonderful to her in her time of need. As per Jean’s instructions the family will have a Celebration of her life next spring when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Leonard A. Benjamin
Leonard A. Benjamin (80) died of natural causes on September 11, 2018 at his home outside Dillon. His ceremony will be a private memorial at his beloved family cabin in the mountains above Lima.
He is survived by Joye Benjamin, Dillon; children; daughter, Bonny L. (Benjamin) Peterson, Eureka; son, Vince L. Benjamin, Seward, Alaska; his sister, Victoria; and grandchildren, Virginia Cope, Clinton Kolschefsky and Cassandra (Benjamin) Kougl, Eureka; Wade Benjamin, Michael Benjamin, Seward, Alaska; and four great-grandchildren.
Leonard was born in Shelby, to Dr. Leonard M. Benjamin and Anthony (Striedenger) Benjamin on April 8, 1938. His early years were dictated by his father’s medical school training. This took him through Missoula, Minneapolis, Denver, Butte and finally Deer Lodge in 1946.
Leonard was “Lenny” throughout his school years in Deer Lodge. Lenny spent a lot of time with his beloved grandfather, Harry Benjamin, in Shelby and on the farm at Oilmont, north of Shelby. After high school graduation in 1956 he attended the University of Montana for a brief period making the “dean’s list” as he would say. The “dean’s list” where you drink beer and don’t go to school until they invite you to leave college that is. Leonard was in the Army National Guard at the time and upon taking the deans advice to leave the U of M, joined the Army.
He put in two years in the Army, much of it in Fort Knox, Ky. On his way to Fort Knox, at 19 years old, in an old Buick he drove through Chicago. Upon stopping at a stop sign a man with a knife jumped in the passenger’s side of the car demanding he get out so he could steal the car. At the same time, Lenny and the thief looked down at the seat at dad’s 38 revolver. The thief’s eyes got really big and out he went, exiting the same door he entered. Lenny never said a word, but did lean over and lock the passenger’s side door.
Upon returning to Montana, Lenny spent the early 1960s mining, ranching, trucking and driving school bus from the Jackson ranch, where he worked in Jackson, to Dillon, where he attended college. This is where he met the one and only love of his life, Joye Van Gilder. Leonard and Joye were married in 1961 and soon had two children. Lenny was now “Leonard” and his first teaching job was in Browning. After four “interesting” years in Browning he enrolled in graduate school back at the U of M. This time, he made the correct “dean’s list” while completing his Master’s degree in School Administration. Leonard took the superintendent of school’s position in Geyser, in the summer of 1971. Leonard got out of the school business and went back to his true love of ranching in Stanford in 1975. He took pride in teaching his children his passion of hunting and fishing in the Judith Basin of Montana. All the while, instilling the work ethic that Montana ranch kids seem to learn. After his children finished high school in Stanford, Leonard and Joye moved back to the favored Dillon area in 1982 where he ranched and drove semi-truck.
Living out a lifetime bucket list, he followed his son to Alaska in 1993. While in Alaska, he lived in Nome, Valdez, Dillingham and Seward. Leonard enjoyed the outdoors of Alaska as much as Montana. Hunting and fishing with his two children was a priority in Alaska.
Finally retiring from Southwest School District in Dillingham, Alaska he moved to Seward, Alaska in the year 2000 to help his son build a business. Leonard’s dry humor and gentle nature made him a man of many friends in Seward. Leonard had his “spot” at his son’s restaurant in Seward. The locals knew his spot and looked for him when they entered. He loved to talk at the restaurant. It was fun to watch. Leonard loved kids, dogs, and tolerated the rest of us. He would walk the restaurant floor nearly every evening with free candy suckers for the kids.
The last 10 years of his life were spent outside of Dillon in a small house that he built. Much of his time was dedicated to gopher control, the gophers won that battle. Leonard also gardened, and spent time at the family cabin outside of Lima. Joye was with Leonard till the end, talking with him and helping him with his needs. He was very grateful of Joye’s kindness. Leonard passed away with dignity in his home outside of Dillon, just as he wanted to.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Harry Benjamin and Darrell Benjamin of Deer Lodge.
Memorials are suggested in the form of hugs or a phone call to your family and friends as that is what Leonard would have wanted.
Paul Childs (64), March 1954 to August 2018.
Paul Childs was born to Jack and Orlena Childs on March 27, 1954 on the USAF Base in Burtonwood England. Over the next 18 years Paul and his family followed Jack as he was assigned to different USAF Bases. In 1972 Paul moved to Montana with his family and attended the University of Montana. In 1974 Paul joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. Paul found his calling in life after he left the Army. He was very good with people and had a very quick wit and a way with words that helped him excel at sales and managing stores. He managed several paint stores in Missoula, Hamilton, Kalispell and the last being Rhoda Paints in Helena.
Paul was very athletic and excelled at baseball, skiing, tennis, water skiing, and golf. He loved motorcycles and loved to take little road trips when and where he could find the time. Paul always had a bike of some kind but preferred the high performance road bikes over other types. He liked quick sporty cars and owned several sports cars over the years. Paul loved everything there was about airplanes and flying. It was not in the cards for him to get his pilot’s license or become a commercial pilot as he had dreamed of.
Paul was loyal and devoted to his family and friends. Honoring his word and keeping promises were very important to Paul. He was quick to help out when and where he could. Paul helped coach youth sports and was a big brother to several youths over the years. Those kids learned a great deal about trust, honesty, integrity and the power of dedication and hard work!
He passed away at home in Deer Lodge on August 25, 2018. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Orlena Childs. He is survived by Alese Moore and Linda Burnson Snow (sisters). Heidi Brown Rome and Brandy Moore Sheehy (nieces). Breanna Rome and Nevaeh Sheehy (grand nieces).
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Deer Lodge Elk’s Club Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m.
A memorial fund has been set up in Paul’s name to help with his final expenses.
Paul Child’s Memorial
c/o Alese Moore
420 Montana Avenue APT. 7
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Hans Joachim Lampert
Hans Joachim Lampert, 88, of the Deer Lodge Valley and later Butte, passed away on the morning of August 29, 2018, after a long struggle from the effects of diabetes. Hans was born April 10, 1930, in Altenburg, Germany to parents Kurt Erich Lampert and Marie Anna Lampert. Born during the economic and political instability of the Weimar Republic and coming of age during WWII; helped to shape Hans’ outlook on life. Hans was trained as a carpenter and attended the police academy. Hans served as a journeyman and then master carpenter for the many construction projects needed to rebuild his war-torn homeland. He met and married Ingeborg Irma Schultz, his one and only love in Treuenbritzen, East Germany on July 5, 1952. Their wedding was delayed due to having to wait for the steam car to heat up.
Shortly after their wedding they escaped from East Germany for life in the West. They lived in Kreuznach, West Germany for six years awaiting permission to immigrate to America. In 1959 he immigrated to America not knowing the language or anything about ranching. The great-nephew of John Hofmann of the Deer Lodge Valley; Hans inherited the Hofmann Ranch near Warm Springs with his aunt, Martha Noack. His carpentry skills served him well in this new land they would call home. Hans worked as a carpenter in the Anaconda Smelter, and then the Milwaukee Railroad. He also worked on the Tavener Ranch north of Deer Lodge, for the highway department, helped build the sawmill in Deer Lodge, and then as a Carman for the Milwaukee Road. Hans and Inge came to Montana on what they affectionately call their honeymoon since they didn’t plan to stay. Their original plan was to see the land, work, and save up enough money for the return trip. In 1972, they packed up their two children and headed to Germany to visit family. They considered this trip to be the end of their honeymoon. They had fallen in love with their new homeland of America. In 1976, during the bicentennial celebrations, they became naturalized citizens and continued farming and ranching until moving to Butte in 2010. He was open to the generosity and kindness of neighbors to show him the ropes and tried to pass on that same kindness to others. Brave and adventurous, he had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and knew the value of hard work. He was proud of his accomplishments, felt blessed, and never took life for granted. Remembered as a gentle soul, he will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Inge Lampert (Schultz), brother Peter Lampert of Altenburg, Germany; son Hans Lampert, (Angel), daughter Kay Lampert Farmer (John) of Tuttle, Okla. Grandchildren: Corey Lampert (Britney) of Great Falls; Kathryn Shackleton; Hans Joachim Lampert (grandson) of Anaconda; Joshua Paul Farmer (Jessica) of Park City, Kans., Sarah Elizabeth Gragg (Alex) of Norman, Okla. and great-grandchildren: Ethan Farmer and Joseph Blackburn.
He was preceded in death by his son Roy Joachim Lampert, parents Kurt and Maria Lampert.
Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, MT 59722, Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. with reception lunch and life celebration to follow.
Memorials can be made to the Butte Chapter of the Blind, 915 West Gold St. Butte, MT or St. John’s Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge.
So nigh is grandeur to our dust, so near is God to man, when Duty whispers low, Thou must. The youth replies I can.
Daryn Foster Walsted
Daryn Foster Walsted was born in Conrad Oct. 31, 1950. He died Aug. 21, 2018.
Foster’s family moved to Deer Lodge and he graduated PCHS in 1970. After high school he was drafted during the Vietnam War and traveled to Italy where he worked on a missile base. Following the war, he returned to Deer Lodge having several jobs. He worked as an apprentice plumber at Kelly’s Plumbing, city street department, and helped his parents run the Nugget Bar until it was sold in 1993.
1978 he married Leslie Hansen and started a family. In 1991 he was divorced. He purchased Hillcrest Cemetery and ran it for many years until he was diagnosed with macular degeneration and could no longer see to work. After an early retirement he enjoyed going to lunch with his brother Greg at their favorite local restaurant.
He had a love for camping in the summer at lower Rock Creek, playing cards, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren after school, up in the mountains, and taking Ethan hunting.
Foster is now rejoined with his brother Greg Walsted, his son Shayne Walsted, his parents Bonnie and Jack Walsted, his dogs Smokey and Baily. He is survived by his two daughters Carrie Belle Walsted, Chassidy and Rich Fakler, grandchildren Ethan Goldsby, Ryder Walsted, and Emery Fetters; nephew JJ Walsted, all of Deer Lodge; cousins Linda Winchell, and Rod VanHeel, aunt Gladyce and Bob Oakland of Great Falls. A celebration of life was held at Scotty’s Bar 8/25/18 from 1-4.
Julia May Thompson
Julia May Thompson, 85, of Missoula, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on the evening of Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Julie was born on May 20, 1933 in Joliet (grandparent’s homestead), to Anna and James Hollowell. As a baby of the Great Depression era, Julie’s young life was spent with few monetary privileges but lots of love and family. Like many other children born at this time, Julie would not only survive, but thrive. Her strong will and determination, along with brains and beauty, would cultivate a natural inclination to better her life through family, education, and advocacy.
Julie was a prolific reader and excelled academically; she skipped the sixth grade altogether. She graduated Valedictorian from Drummond High School in 1950. Julie was creative and imaginative. She loved drama and acted in her school plays with starring roles. Julie had movie star looks and a flair for acting with dreams of going away to school and studying drama.
On October 7, 1950, Julie married Jack Thompson of Gold Creek at Saint Michael’s Church in Drummond. Five children would follow between 1951 and 1960, four girls and one boy. Julie always said her greatest accomplishment in life was her family.
In the early years, Jack’s work was ranching and mining. As the children grew, Jack worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction throughout the state. Julie got a job at the local dry goods store (1963-1968) to help support the family. She later became the local State Liquor Store Operator for five years, an elected position in those days.
Julie grew with her children. She was an outspoken advocate for contemporary issues whether it was supporting her growing teenagers’ local school activism or promoting the Democratic Party. Julie supported Max Baucus in his early campaign days as our Montana Senator and was proud to call him a family friend.
In 1970, at age 37, Julie epitomized the Women’s Movement. She supported her teenagers in school advocacy and helped change the high school dress code allowing girls to wear pants to school. Julie lobbied for Title IV, an anti-discrimination law giving equal rights to girls in sports and other activities. A longtime advocate for clean air in the work place, Julie lobbied against smoking indoors and was instrumental in changing the law to ban smoking from schools.
In 1974, while working and raising five children, Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education along with a Special Education Endorsement from the University of Montana. She was hired by Missoula County Public Schools in 1974 as one of the first resource teachers in Missoula. In 1977 while teaching, Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Montana, Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors.
Julie’s teaching career spanned 29 years at MCPS elementary schools’ Lewis and Clark Elementary and Russell Elementary. She taught until she was 70 years old. Julie taught resource, second, third and fourth grade, and finished her last 10 years as a Title Teacher. She touched the lives of many children along the way, some who have come back years later to thank her.
Julie spent her leisure time gardening, playing piano, reading, and spending time with her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and could match wits with the best of them on conversation and political debates. Julie loved horses and being in the mountains. Jack and Julie took many memorable trips to California to visit their grown children and grandchildren. Julie saw life as a journey and one of her favorite poems was Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Survivors include Jack, Julie’s husband and best friend of 68 years (Missoula); four daughters: Barb Millwood (Scotty) of Nashville, Tenn., Patricia Kayoshi, Calif. (Kai, spouse), Mary Thompson, Missoula and Connie Thompson, Missoula; two granddaughters, Jennette Zarko of Portland, Ore. (Tim Howard, spouse, Patrick and Tori), Leah Schlag of Pleasanton, Calif. (Peter, spouse and McKenzi Nunes (Brandon, spouse), Denver and Libby).
Julie was preceded in death by her son John who passed away on September 11, 2006 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Anna and James Hollowell. Her brother, Philip Hollowell, passed just two months before Julie this summer.
Julie requested cremation and no service.
Mary Ann Hogan Burt
Mary Ann Hogan Burt, 81, of Hamilton passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care of natural causes surrounded by her family.
Mary Ann was born in Deer Lodge, on January 10, 1937 to David Patrick and Marian Hollenback Hogan. Mary Ann was raised in Gold Creek, with her nine brothers on the family’s large ranch with many cousins as neighbors and friends.
Mary Ann graduated from Powell County High School. She then attended college for one year in Kansas City before returning to Montana and working for the Montana Highway Patrol as a clerk.
Russel Owen Burt, her high school sweetheart, proposed and they were married February 7, 1959. After their nuptials the pair moved to Anaconda and started their family. Their children; Becky, Pam, and Rusty were born there.
Following the advancement of Russel’s career, the family moved to Butte briefly before settling into their hand built forever home of 50 years in Hamilton, and welcoming Susan into the family.
Mary Ann loved raising her children and being active in their lives, her church and community. She volunteered for the schools, taught Religious Education and was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader.
As her children left home, she took a new path at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital where she was a cook for 21 years. Mary Ann loved cooking for the patients and her fellow staff members, and especially baking cookies for all.
After retirement she continued to give to her church community as a nurse assistant for the parish wellness committee and visited many shut-ins over the years.
Mary Ann’s kindness and love of people was a gift that her family, friends, community and even strangers will always cherish.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David, Jerry and Patrick; and her loving husband, Russel, who passed away on June 1, 2018. She is survived by four children, Becky Brough and husband Tim of Hamilton, Pam Van Syoc and husband Jon of Casper, Wyo., Rusty Burt and wife Chris of Hamilton and Susan Burt of McGregor Lake; seven grandchildren, Chris Van Syoc and wife Jen of Bridgeport, Tex., Mary Ann Van Syoc and husband Geoff of Winter Park, Colo., TJ Brough and fiancé JeNette Kummer of Hamilton, Maggie Brough and fiancé Marcus Petrey and their children, Olivia Brough and Ella Petrey of Corvallis, and Cody Brough, Alycia Burt and Ty Burt all of Hamilton; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Brough of Hamilton. She is also survived by her Hogan brothers, Emmett of Dillon, Donald and wife Betty of Great Falls, Thomas and wife Judy of Gold Creek, Alan and wife Eileen of Spokane, Wash. and Sam and wife Linda of Gold Creek; sister-in-law Myrna of Tacoma, Wash.; and all of her wonderful friends.
The family wishes to thank her phenomenal caregivers, Sabrina Huggins and Beth McCoy. Mary Ann’s loving and giving soul was a beacon for all that knew her. She will be missed by all she touched.
Visitation was held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 6 until 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Rosary and Vigil Services at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Parish with a reception following in the Pastoral Life Center. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Mary Ann’s name to the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care (P.O. Box 43, Hamilton, MT 59840) or to St. Francis Catholic Parish (411 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840). Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Wyatt Havens is finally free from Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. He made the choice to leave us after a long battle with the mental symptoms of his disease.
Wyatt was born along with his twin, Caleb, in Missoula. He moved to Deer Lodge as an infant to be close to his family. Growing up Wyatt had many interests. He could take things apart and sometimes put them back together, he liked to gather firewood, camp and fish. He was a 4-H member and won a purple ribbon on his crocheted pot holders. He baked brownies and played in the dirt, usually with his mom’s silverware. Wyatt was a kind and gentle soul. He wanted to motocross with his brother, but we stopped paying his entry fees due to him kindly letting everyone pass him. He was always generous, and it was important to him to make sure everyone got something for Christmas. He crocheted baby booties when his cousin was born, even though they weren’t the same size, she wore them.
Wyatt was an old soul and preferred listening to Hank and Willie. He refused to listen to new country and said it wasn’t real country. He was also a staunch Republican and had a strong moral compass. He taught us all what ear marks were when he was in the fifth grade.
Wyatt had many favorite people in his life, his grandma Kay and his grandpa Willie who were waiting for him in heaven. Wyatt’s most special person was his grandma Dee. He would sit at her kitchen table and have coffee and donuts. He had his own special coffee cup at her house. Even as a teen and young adult he would go to her house to visit and have coffee.
Wyatt started having symptoms of JHD around age 14. He was officially diagnosed after he turned 18. As his disease progressed he struggled in traditional school. He chose to go to Job Corps and he graduated with a high school diploma in heavy equipment mechanics. Unfortunately, his disease progressed enough that he wasn’t able to work as a mechanic.
In 2015 Wyatt moved to Helena. He lived next to his family in his own apartment with his brother Caleb as his next-door neighbor. Wyatt worked at Home Depot part time up until his recent increase in symptoms. We would like to say thank you to Home Depot for the kindness and understanding they showed Wyatt. Having a job gave him a sense of purpose. Their ability to see the value in Wyatt was comforting and greatly appreciated.
Wyatt is survived by his twin, Caleb, his mom and step dad Todd and Kristy Boese; his brothers Riley Boese and Jordan Havens and sister Kayin Boese; his father Lyle Havens; step mom, Jennifer Sprouse; great grandma Doris Hildebrand; grandma Linda Spaulding; grandma and grandpa Walt and Gail Boese; aunt Darcy Barry (Tygan and Maci Barry); aunt and uncle Katie and Brian Witt, uncle Shawn Boese (Alex), great aunts Judy Dowty, Debbie Gilson, Jean Moore and uncle Dean Hildebrand. Wyatt had many other cousins and second cousins he was close to.
The family would like to express thanks to the Lewis and Clark County PD and Search and Rescue, St. Peter’s ER, ICU and BHU doctors and nurses. Your professionalism, empathy and understanding have touched us deeply and made this journey a little easier. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to https://help4hd.org/. Please educate yourself about this horrible disease. Information is available at http://hdsa.org/what-is-hd/. Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home will oversee arrangements. There will be a visitation in Helena and a service and brunch Wednesday, August 22 in Deer Lodge at the Pen, 3 p.m.
Harry Dennis Benjamin
Harry Dennis Benjamin was born August 5, 1941 in Denver, Colo. to Dr. Leonard and Anthony Benjamin. The family moved to Deer Lodge when he was five and attended school in Deer Lodge until graduating from Powell County High School in 1960. After a brief stay in college, he joined the Montana National Guard.
He married Karen Bacon in November 1962 and worked as a logger, miner and then a heavy equipment operator for the Milwaukee Railroad. He later purchased and ran the Union 76 station in Deer Lodge before finally settling down to work for the Montana Power company as a welder and gas man until retirement.
Harry loved life, worked hard and played hard while enjoying many years of boating, fishing, hunting, camping and in later years his view from his porch.
Harry is survived by his son Brian, daughter Kari Hogan, grandsons William (Sarah), Cody (Hailey), Hayden and Cade Benjamin and Deker Hogan. Three great-grandchildren Cayden, Bryson and Kaydence. Harry’s brother Leonard, sister Victoria, stepbrothers Bill (Judy) and Rodger (Lani) Witt, stepsister Susan (Bill) Anderson, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Anthony, brother Darryl, father Leonard and Norma Benjamin.
Harry wished to be cremated and a private celebration of life will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.
Paul Eugene Jacobsen
Paul Eugene Jacobsen died August 3, 2018 at his home in Deer Lodge. He was born in Missoula October 6, 1940. He was raised in Helmville and Deer Lodge. Paul served 20 years in the United States Air Force and was stationed in many places. He was a Master Sergeant and a boom operator. Paul worked many jobs throughout his lifetime and lived life to the fullest. He recently moved to his hometown in Deer Lodge.
Survivors - wife Tina, daughters Cheyenne Rodriguez, Deanna Morgan, (PJ) Paula Emery, Donna Drury, nine grandchildren, his sisters and numerous other family and friends.
Preceded in death by parents Paul J. Jacobsen and Margaret Davis, stepmother Agnes, sisters Margie Gould, Barbara Weaver, Flora Wimberly and brother Skip Davis.
Memorial services will be noon, Friday, August 17 at the First Baptist Church followed by military honors at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Memorials - donors choice.
Paul Thomas Sauber
Paul Thomas Sauber was born September 23, 1920 at St. Joseph Hospital, Deer Lodge, and died July 9, 2018 Bellevue, Wash.; son of the late Bernard and Lena (Hollenback) Sauber, beloved husband of Frances (Jacobs); father of Shirley Sauber; Thomas (Raquel); Bernard (Carroll); Kenneth (Lois); Phillip (Elaine); Charles (Nancy); devoted brother of Madalen Sugrue; grandfather to 12; great-grandfather to 13. He was preceded in death by brothers Gregory, Joseph, Louis and Edwin.
Paul was initiated into Knights of Columbus on January 1, 1939. He had 79 years as a life member. Belonged to Deer Lodge Montana Council 1810.
He was very proud to be from Gold Creek. Paul attended the Gold Creek School, a one-room schoolhouse in Gold Creek, and Gonzaga High School, Spokane, Wash. (as a boarding student). In 1944 he graduated from Gonzaga University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and immediately took a job with Boeing as an electrical engineer, earning $167.80 a month.
On May 22, 1944 he married Frances, who he met on a blind date while she was attending Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane. He always referred to Frances as his “sweetheart nurse” and was proud of their 74 years together.
Paul designed and patented a miniature device for airplane wind tunnel tests that is still used today by doctors to measure symptoms of Parkinson’s. He built a facility at Boeing to stop airplane wing flaps from coming apart on the first test flight of the B52 bomber. He tested the flaps for the Bell X-1 rocket plane that Chuck Yeager flew to break the sound barrier in 1947.
He worked with famous German rocket scientist Werner von Braun to launch the Apollo spacecrafts to the moon, managed the launch team for the Apollo Saturn V rockets and a team of 150 engineers at Cape Kennedy, Florida who assembled and launched the Apollo rocket ships. He shook President Nixon’s hand after the launch of Apollo 12.
He is also survived by many Montana cousins, the Hollenbacks, Hogans and Rogers.
Mass of Ressurection was held Wednesday, July 18 at St. Louise Catholic Church, Bellevue, Wash. The burial service followed at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Bellevue.
Memorials: Knights of Columbus Council 1810, c/o Jim Thompson, 912 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, MT.
Montana State Prison inmate Joshua Powderface died on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Marias Medical Center in Shelby. Mr. Powderface was currently being housed at Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. He was 57 years old.
Mr. Powderface was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2010 for Theft, Persistent Felony Offender for Burglary, and Persistent Felony Offender for Criminal Possession with Intent to Distribute. Mr. Powderface was sentenced to 50 years with 35 years suspended on all counts to run concurrent. Mr. Powderface would have been parole eligible in 2022. His prison discharge date was 05/29/2024.
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