Maureen Walter passed away June 22, 2018 at her youngest daughter’s home in Philipsburg.
Maureen was born on September 24, 1939 in Kilgore, Nebr. to Fern and Harvey Rodgers Sr., eventually moving to Evanston, Wyo. with her siblings, Dorothy, Helen, Harvey Jr., and her parents. She graduated from Casper’s high school in 1958.
She believed in education and went to the university of Wyoming in 1958-1960. Montana Tech for an LPN license; graduating in 1971 and Montana Tech for an Accounting and Research processing degrees when she retired from nursing, graduating in 1998.
Maureen was an EMT in 1990s, she also stayed very active for many years with the Senior Companion Program, Senior Center, Meals on Wheels when needed, and the Prison Museum until illness made it impossible for her to continue. When she wasn’t doing this, Maureen indulged in her love of traveling, camping with family, genealogy, second hand stores, quilting, knitting, needle point, and reading.
Maureen met Gerard Gersitz in 1960, married him on June 29, 1961, had four beloved children Suzi, Khandi, Karl, and Debi in that union. They later divorced. Maureen married James Moody in 1969 and had the last of her beloved children, a son Mark. They later divorced. Maureen married William Walter in 1980 who had three sons, Wayne, Randy and Rick to add to the family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, stepson Wayne, both sets of parents, Fern (Clyde) McCleery, Harvey Sr. (Emma) Rodgers and a sister Helen Manley.
Maureen is survived by her children; Suzi (Don) Marshall, Khandi (Rex) Tomscheck, Karl (Heidie Gersitz), Debi (George) McClain, and Mark Moody; 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Cramner, brother Harvey Jr. (Judy) Rodgers, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 13, at the Jewel Funeral Home with a small graveside service following. A luncheon will be at the Senior Citizen Center at 2:30, all taking place in Deer Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, if you like to please give a cash donation to Pawhs or another animal shelter. It is her favorite and you’ll be helping an animal in need or to the Senior Citizen Center of your choosing.
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo passed away on June 19, 2018, she was 25 years old.
Emily was a loving, confident and beautiful soul who was overcome by her struggle with addiction. She is the oldest of four daughters to father John (Jake) Stavlo, step-mother Kim, sisters Jackie, Kathleen, and Molly of Deer Lodge; her mother Krista Lunzer, sister Carley and brother Robby of Woodbury, Minn. Emily has a large and extended family with many caring and devoted friends.
A celebration of Emily’s life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the St. James Episcopal Church located at 307 Cottonwood Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana. A luncheon will follow the service at the fellowship hall next door.
Frank “Frog” Hull
Frank “Frog” Hull, 85 of Dillon, passed away June 29, 2018.
He was born in Boise, Idaho, September 29, 1932, to Melvin and Leona Hull. His family moved to Deer Lodge, where he graduated from high school. He attended Western Montana College, enlisted in the Army, earned an M.S. degree, continued his education at the University of Washington and earned a writing endorsement. At Western, he met the love of his life, Yvonne Wenger was married in 1956 and had six children.
Frog was preceded in death by his son, Tim Hull; his parents; brothers Bob Hull and Richard “Toad” Hull; in-laws Frank Actis, Bernard Wenger, Marilyn Hull, and Cecilia Hull; and great-granddaughter, Arianna Binns.
Frog is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne; their children: Jeanette Hood, Boise, Joyce Tonner (Diane Bialek) Beachville, Ontario, Canada, Arlene Hull, Boise, Vince (Anne) Hull, Tampa, Fla., and David Hull, Bozeman; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brother, Larry “Tadpole” Hull, Drummond; in-laws Fan Hull, Billings, Peggy Actis, Denver, Cleo Wenger, Casa Grande, Ariz., Richard and Rosemary Wenger, Bozeman, many nieces and nephews.
Frog’s celebration of life is scheduled Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room at the University of Montana Western. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.brundagefuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made to the Frank “Frog” Hull Memorial Scholarship at The University of Montana Western at https://www.umwfoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships.html/title/hull-frank-frog-hull-scholarship or to the Dillon YMCA in support of the capital campaign for a new gym.
Helen Elizabeth Steiger Kellicut
Helen Elizabeth Steiger Kellicut passed away at her home on June 16, 2018.
Helen was born February 10, 1944 in Charlette, N.C. to Dr. Howard and Elizabeth Steiger. Helen attended kindergarten through high school in Charlette, N.C. Her summers were spent at the family beach house, Madame Butterfly in Garden City, S.C. After graduating high school Helen attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. where she earned a degree in Liberal Arts. During college she met and married Seward Hale Kellicut II (Skip) in 1965. In February of 1966 Seward Hale Kellicut III (Sam) was born and then in September of 1968 Shanley Howard Kellicut was born. They remained in Tacoma, Wash. until 1974 when they moved to Townsend, so Skip could take a job at State Bank of Townsend. Helen and her family only stayed in Townsend for two years. They moved to Deer Lodge in 1976 where Skip took a job at First Security Bank. They bought a small place at Racetrack where Helen was able to have her horses and chickens as well as her vegetable garden and flowers. Once in the Deer Lodge valley Helen found great joy in riding for many area ranchers as well as being part of the local drill team. Helen often substitute taught and had a one-year position as the art teacher at the Powell County High School. Helen was also very active in Republican Woman where she served as the president of the organization of the Butte Chapter. Helen was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge. Helen also loved to volunteer at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch in the visitor center. Helen was survived by her son Sam Kellicut, son Shanley (Abby) Kellicut, grandchildren Hallie Ann and Palmer David, sister Louise (Bill) Heizer, sister Edith (John) Seaman, brother Paul (Dia) Steiger, brother-in-law Warren Kellicut, and multiple nieces and nephews. Helen was proceeded in death by her husband Skip Kellicut, mother Elizabeth and father Dr. Howard Steiger. Plans are being made for a celebration at a later date. Memorials can be made in memory of Helen to PAWHS of Deer Lodge, the Rialto Theatre, and Camp Mak-A-Dream.
Kay Frances (O’Brien) Porter
Kay Frances (O’Brien) Porter, of Deer Lodge, passed away on June 24, 2018, of natural causes surrounded by her family. Kay was born in Pocahontas, Iowa on February 6, 1935. Following her high school graduation from Sacred Heart High School, she moved to Denver, Colo. where she met her future husband, John Porter, who was pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Kay came to Deer Lodge as a bride in late December 1955. Kay and John raised three daughters together, and the five of them remained loving and close.
In 1968, when the youngest daughter, Kathy, was old enough to go to school, Kay began work at the Shaw Agency as a secretary and insurance agent. She continued in this capacity until 1983 at which time she purchased the Shaw Agency from Frank Shaw. The agency was then merged with Solle Insurance Exchange to become the Solle-Shaw Agency. Kay was active in this business as an agent and real estate broker until 1988. During her years in business, she was a director of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Powell County Hospital Board, president of P.E.O., and an officer in the Woman’s Association at the Deer Lodge Golf Club.
Kay was incredibly active in her retirement. She enjoyed volunteering at the Pregnancy Help Center, New to You, and as a sacristan at her church. For 20 years, she and John spent their winters in Florence, Ariz. golfing and exploring the desert. Kay also enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sports, skiing with her family, golfing, quilting, playing many hands of bridge, baking cookies and ‘Nana’ rolls, and joining the church ladies for coffee after daily mass.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, John, of 60 years, her parents Eleanor and Daniel O’Brien, and brother Patrick O’Brien.
Kay is survived by daughters Cindy Porter of Spokane, Wash.; Sue (Steve) Walther of Spokane, Wash.; Kathy (Paul) Thompson of Deer Lodge; her six grandchildren: Brad (Niki) Weston of Hamilton; Melissa (Matt) MacDonald of Bozeman; Michaela Walther (Josh) of Pasco, Wash.; Kara Walther of Portland, Ore.; and Brian and Cal Thompson of Helena; her sisters: Sue Rutherford of Longmont, Colo., Therese Bartosh of Omaha, Nebr., brother Mike (Carol) O’Brien of Sioux City, Iowa, and sister-in-law Bev Porter of Nevada City, Calif.
Services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14. A reception in her remembrance will be held following the service at the St. Mary’s Center with the 2:15 internment at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to the Immaculate Conception Church at 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Carolyn Mae (Paull) Aker
Carolyn Mae (Paull) Aker, 2/19/44 - 6/19/18.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 9:16 a.m., Carol went to join the Lord with her mom, dad, and many other family members. Her husband and loving family were at her side during these final moments.
Carol was born Feb. 19, 1944 in Ramsay to George and Edith Paull. She attended school in Butte to include Butte High. She later got her GED in 1962, finishing her schooling as a LPN, which she received in Anaconda.
She met her husband and best friend Butch (Roland) Aker in 1967. They later married Nov. 4, 1969. They moved to Livingston, where Butch worked on Hay Hook Ranch. Carol worked as a nurse at the Livingston Hospital. They moved to the Deer Lodge Valley in 1976 with their four children; Theresa, Debbie, Jim and Chris. Carol became one of the first female Correctional Officers for the Montana State Prison in 1983. After serving at MSP they later moved to Jasper, Tex. from 1990-1991, returning to Deer Lodge due to health issues, where she lived out the rest of her beautiful life.
Carol is survived by her husband Butch (Roland) Aker, daughters Theresa (Tom) Yockim, Debbie (Mark) Gallant, sons Jim (Betty) Aker, Chris (Kim) Aker, June (Sam) Ankeny, Kellen and Phillip Courchene, Michael Yockin, Brandon (Kathryn) Yockim, Brandon (Amber) Aker, Mellissa (Chad) Wenz, Shandra (Marcus) Aker-Crichlow, Samantha Richie, Whitney Richie, Tyler Worthley; Ashile, Andrew and Alex Aker, 19 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol is proceeded in death by dad George W. Paull, mom Edith O. Paull, brothers Tommy and Donald Paull, mother-in-law Ursula Aker, brother-in-law Dennis Aker, sister-in-law Audry Kamps and Edith Paull, son-in-law Michael (Tony) Richie, and grandson Josh Ehlert.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 140 Sam Beck Rd., Deer Lodge, MT, 59722 at 1 p.m. on June 30. Luncheon to follow after services.
James (Jim) Earl Gilman
James (Jim) Earl Gilman passed away at the age of 80, on May 5, 2018 at the Ray Hicky House in Vancouver, Wash. James was born 7/22/37 in Dillon to parents Francis and Mary Gilman. He grew up in Garrison and attended high school at Powell County High School.
Jim joined the Army at a young age. He moved to Deer Lodge and married Diane Webster of Deer Lodge for 28 years, where they raised their two boys Randy Gilman of Billings and Rick Gilman of Phoenix, Ariz.
Jim worked for Union Carbide and transferred to Vancouver, Wash. with Prax Air where he met his wife of 30 years, Bonnie Gilman. They lived in Vancouver, Wash. for 15 years, then they moved to Kalama, Wash. for the last 15 years.
Jim loved camping, fishing, and hunting and following grandchildren’s sporting events in Kalama, Wash. When he wasn’t doing that he enjoyed working in his yard and gardening. Jim was very proud of family and always gave advice.
James Earl Gilman was proceeded in death by his parents Francis and Mary Gilman, first wife of 28 years, Diane Webster; sister Pauline Kopecky and grandson Chase Gilman. Left behind wife of 30 years Bonnie Gilman of Kalama, Wash., sister Joan Schymtzik of Nampa, Idaho, son Randy Gilman of Billings, Rick and Lisa Gilman of Phoenix, Ariz., three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four stepchildren, Angela and Dave Moudy of Kalama, Wash., Brian Clausen of Kalama, Wash., Gerald Clausen of Vancouver, Wash., Terry Sweaney of Vancouver, Wash., nine step-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
James Earl Gilman will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Elizabeth (Bette) Browning
Beloved mother and grandmother Elizabeth (Bette) Browning passed away on June 5, 2018. She was born on December 27, 1934 in North Platte, Nebr. and lived the first couple of years in a soddy in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Her parents then moved to Deer Lodge.
She was very involved at Powell County High School, where she was a cheerleader and a majorette. She married Robert (Bob) Browning in 1952, and they had five girls, Kathy, Beverly, Mary, Doris and Judy. After Bob’s accident at the Cominco mine they moved to Billings. Dad attended business school and Mary attended the special education school at Eastern Montana College.
While her girls were growing up she worked at JC Pennys making custom drapes. When KMart came to Billings she worked in the jewelry department there and in Missoula until her retirement.
Mary passed away in 1993. Mom and dad raised her two children Samantha and Tony.
When Bob retired they were finally able to fulfill their life long dream to return to Deer Lodge. Mom was very active in the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club and the New to You store and loved playing bridge with a group of friends on a weekly basis. Mom also attended the Presbyterian Church where she made many close friends. Samantha lived next door to her grandmother and took care of her the past few years. Seeing and watching Samantha’s children grow gave her great pleasure.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Bob, daughter Mary Hill, her parents David and Florence Chessmore, brothers Bill (Lois), Bob, Kenny (Patti). She is survived by daughters Kathy (Glenn) Chaffey, Bev (Mark) Hilario, Doris (Tom) Olson, Judy (Kevin) Anderson, sister-in-law Irene Chessmore, brother-in-law Ray Browning, sister-in-law Mary Browning and sister-in law Eva Browning. Grandchildren Tony (Amanda) Browning, Samantha Henry, Jason (Jennifer) Chaffey, Sarah (Dennis) Pierce, Casse Chaffey, Tamara (Jim) Chaffey, Jesse Ryan, Rich (Angela) Ryan, Erin (Joe) Seelbaugh, Mark Hilario Jr., Robert (Misty) Strieb, and Angela Mitchell. She is also survived by 23 1/2 great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday June 9 at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 5th and Milwaukee in Deer Lodge.
Matthew Joseph Saville
Matthew Joseph Saville died May 28, 2018 at home in Deer Lodge. Matt was born Oct. 19, 1970 in Great Falls to Barbara and Ronald Saville. He was raised in Ft. Benton and attended school there.
Following his father’s footsteps, he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in 1988. Matt served in all three phases of the Gulf War processing and guarding Iraqi P.O.W.s. Returning home, through hard work and study Matt received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Montana State University in 1994.
In 1995 Matt began his career at Montana State Prison, a job he absolutely loved. In his 20 years there, Matt proved himself to be sure in word and deed. Matt won the respect of many on both sides of the badge, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Matt was dedicated and loyal to the prison and its mission and proved it in ways large and small. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and honored many a fallen vet as a member of the Honor Guard. Matt further served his community as a Reserve Deputy with the Powell County Sheriff’s Office, giving much time and effort to help ensure public safety. Matt was involved in the 2nd Calvary Association and was a born too late Calvary trooper of the first order. In addition, Matt was quite a thespian and a member of the Deer Lodge Players.
Matt possessed a keen intellect and had many interests, a sure shot with any kind of firearm and a prolific reader. He was a student of history, and a Renaissance man. A man of many hats and badges, he was truly one of a kind. He is survived by wife of 25 years, Tina, his mother Barbra of Ft. Benton and sisters Connie of Kansas City, Mo. and Beverly of Kansas City, Kans. He was preceded in death by his father Ronald. He leaves behind many friends. Per his request he has been cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Trooper, Rest in peace on Fiddler’s Green and 28-40 is 10-42.
Russel Owen Burt
Russel Owen Burt, 83 of Hamilton passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at his home of natural causes surrounded by his family. He was born May 15, 1935 in Deer Lodge, the son of Alta and Earl Burt.
Russ was raised and educated in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1954. Maryann Hogan asked him out when she was a sophomore and he was a senior at Powell County High School. On February 7, 1959, Russel married Maryann. They made their way to Hamilton where they built their home and raised their children; Becky, Pam, Rusty and Susan.
Russ’s first career was at the Anaconda Lumber Company where he was the youngest manager ever at that time. He enjoyed his second career as a custom cabinet maker. Russ and Maryann owned and operated The Carpenter’s Apron together. As life progressed he began his final career as an instructor in cooking at the Trapper Creek Job Corps. Russ loved both cooking and imparting his wisdom.
Russ loved the great Montana outdoors and never turned down a chance to hunt for elk with his son Rusty, his nephew Earl Burt, and the Hogan brothers. He loved his days fishing the Clark Fork River by the Hogan Ranch in Gold Creek and the Bitterroot River. Russ also loved his weekly poker game with his friends.
He was a proud lifetime member of the Elks. For many years he was the cook for the many fundraisers.
Russ was preceded in death by his mother, Alta Burt Nelson; his father, Earl Burt; and his brothers, Clayton and Everett Burt. He is survived by his loving wife, Maryann, of Hamilton; 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 Marion; seven grandchildren, Chris Van Syoc of Bridgeport, Tex., Mary Ann Van Syoc of Winter Park, Colo., Tim Brough, Jr., Maggie Brough, Cody Brough, Alycia Burt and Ty Burt all of Hamilton; one great-grandchild, Olivia Brough of Hamilton; his brother, Gene Burt of Avon, and nephews, Earl Burt of Bremerton, Wash., Dan Burt of Deer Lodge and Tom Burt of Missoula; and niece, Bonnie Burt of Calif.
Visitation was held on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Vigil Services following at 7 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Van Syoc, Tim Brough Jr., Cody Brough, Ty Burt, Jon Van Syoc and Tim Brough, Sr. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Neil Richard Peterson
It is with heavy hearts that the Peterson family announces the passing of their beloved family leader. On May 18, 2018 Neil Richard (Rick) Peterson succumbed to injuries sustained during a motorcycle wreck on April 21, 2018.
Rick was born on March 6 of 1952 in Richmond, Calif. He spent much of his life in Montana and was an avid outdoorsman with a love for fishing and had a life-long passion for motorcycles. He pursued many careers over his life, owned several businesses, and most recently worked for his son as a business consultant.
Rick will be mourned and lovingly remembered by his wife, Shawne Peterson, and his siblings, Michael and Chris. For his children, Misty, Tonya, Amber, Michael, Gary, and Virginia, he was at times a friend, at times a mentor, but always a guiding light and his absence will be felt eternally.
The other lives he touched, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends are truly too numerous to be named. His selfless and giving nature, quick wit and endless thirst for knowledge left lasting impressions through even the briefest of encounters.
The family is still recovering from the sudden loss; therefore, a memorial service in Rick’s honor will be planned and announced in the future.
Memorial Page and Fund - The family has set up a page, www.NRP.Life, to honor and memorialize the life of Rick. His loss not only left an unfillable space in the lives of many, it also significantly impacted his household financially, so a memorial fund has been set up, for any that would like to honor Rick’s memory by helping his widow in these difficult times.
Michael “Mike” A. Lindquist
Michael “Mike” A. Lindquist, 67, of Elliston, rode off into greener pastures on May, 16, 2018.
Mike was born on May 15, 1951 to Raymond and Kathryn (Linderman) Lindquist. He attended Elliston Elementary, Powell County High and the Helena Vo-Tech. Mike lived in Elliston his entire life working in Helena as a mechanic and later worked for and retired from the Montana Department of Transportation.
Mike has two daughters. His oldest, Krisi was always “daddy’s girl”. Krisi gave him three grandchildren; Taylor, Mikayla and Brayden Stone. When Krisi married Melvin Nahrgang, that gave him a step-granddaughter, Ryelee. Katie, his youngest, was always his “straight shooter.” Katie and her husband, Tom Burden, gave him two grandsons, Tyler and Trent. Mike’s daughters and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He showed his love, care, and concern for all of them until the very end.
On April 3, 1999, Mike married the love of his life, Sheri (Muir) Lindquist. The two had an inseparable bond that not many are lucky to have. When Mike retired, the pair wintered in Arizona so Mike could follow his life long passion, team roping. Sheri was Mike’s biggest supporter and his biggest fan. Mike’s family will be forever grateful for all of the love and support she gave him.
In the summers when Mike wasn’t riding, roping or tinkering in his garage, the two spent time working on or enjoying the family cabin. Mike loved the history of the Elliston Mining District and loved spending time there sharing stories with his family and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Kathryn Lindquist; brother, Eddie Lindquist; uncle, Emil Lindquist and his grandma, Rusty Linderman Spaulding.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Sheri; his daughters, their spouses and their children. He is survived by his four stepchildren, their spouses and their children. He is also survived by his brother, Eddie’s children Edirae (Jim) Thatcher, Lori (Tom) Rolfson, Sam (Sheila) Lindquist, and Jim (Angie) Lindquist as well as his Aunt Dorothy Spaulding, many other nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends.
It was Mike’s request that there will be no services; however, there will be a celebration of life for family and close friends at a later date. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mike.
“Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky and live like you ain’t afraid to die, don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride”
Clinton C. Froke
Clinton C. Froke, 85. December 31, 1932 – May 6, 2018.
Clinton C. Froke of Deer Lodge, passed away suddenly in Butte on May 6, 2018. He had made great strides in recovering from a severe stroke last June and had been residing at The Springs assisted living in Butte.
Clint was born on December 31, 1932, to Ole and Hilda Froke in Summit, S.D. He had a poor childhood, and with four significantly older brothers often found himself with an empty plate at mealtime. A month after Pearl Harbor, his family moved to Ingleside, Calif., where his dad worked in an aircraft plant. Young Clint, meanwhile, sold peanuts and popcorn along the Imperial Highway. After the war, the family returned to South Dakota where Clint delivered milk and rounded up cows.
After graduating from high school, he began work for the Milwaukee Railroad digging holes for power poles. He became a lineman in 1951 and, in 1952, was the very last electrician apprentice. In March 1953, Clint received a draft notice and reported for basic training in Fort Lewis, then NCO school at Fort Ord, and finally infantry school at Fort Benning where he also earned his first radio license. As a Milwaukee RR lineman in Wisconsin he lived in the guard house storeroom, sleeping on the teletype table and nearly starving to death. While working at Union Station in Chicago, he was able to improve his situation with the purchase of a Ford Woody station wagon with a mattress in the back for $25. While living in these harsh conditions, he became the first Milwaukee RR lineman to earn a 2nd class commercial radio license.
In the fall of 1957 in Perry, Iowa, he was wiring a new office and found lodging for himself and his black lab Elmer for $10 per week with “a nice dolly,” Audrey Roberts, and her husband, Walter. Less than a year later, Clint married their daughter Esther and continued working for the railroad, moving from Iowa to Butte to Canton, S.D., to Tacoma, and eventually to Deer Lodge in 1966.
His career with the Milwaukee RR ended in 1980 as the company closed their Pacific Extension. During his time in Deer Lodge, Clint was active in the Sons of Norway and took his family on many trips, piling the kids into the station wagon and going to see family and national parks. Clint began his own business, Froke Communications, and did a wide variety of jobs involving wiring, radio, and phone systems. He and Esther traveled around the country in an old motor home visiting family and historical sites and playing cribbage in tournaments.
Seven years after Esther died in 2009, Clint’s home burned, but he kept up his spirits and remained active in the Deer Lodge Veterans Honor Guard, St. John Lutheran Church, the senior citizen centers in Deer Lodge, Anaconda, and Butte, and Deer Lodge Christian Men. He was late for nearly every engagement but faithfully attended and contributed as needed.
Clint was preceded in death by his wife Esther, and his brothers Herm, Bud, Arnie, and Vern. He is survived by his younger sister Ruth Lowery of Watertown, S.D.; his four children, Steve of Deer Lodge, Clint D. of Walla Walla, Wash. Connie (Scot Akers) of Homer, Alaska, and Heidi (Bruce Klick) of Simms; and his grandchildren Leslie, Landon, and Conner Klick and McKenzie, John, and Madison Akers.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of The Crest nursing home for their excellent care and rehabilitation services and The Springs assisted living for their hospitality toward Clint during his short residency. Tusen takk.
Clint had requested Christian burial. His memorial service is scheduled for June 9, 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery immediately following. Lunch will be served at the church after burial.
Shirley Mayo Hollenback
Shirley Mayo Hollenback, age 88, of Superior, passed away on Tuesday May 15, 2018 in Missoula of natural causes. She was born on July 2, 1929 in Spokane, Wash. to Fred and Edith Mayo. She attended elementary school in Superior then went on to high school in Spokane at Holy Names Academy to further her music and voice education. Shirley was chosen to be the piano accompanist for Gonzaga Prep choir while attending high school. After high school, she followed her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula.
Soon after on August 30, 1951, she married her rancher sweetheart Richard Hollenback of Gold Creek. They lived on his family ranch until 1955 when they moved to Superior to take over management for her parent’s general store. In 1960, they acquired their ranch at Tarkio where they raised cattle and crops, eventually specializing in the Simmental breed. She loved her cows, had most named and new them well. She and Richard were long time members of the National Simmental Association of which she was very proud to be a part of. Shirley also loved her horses, and spent as much time as she could riding. In 1962, they built and added the Big Sky Motel to their already busy lives and both are still in the family today. They eventually built their dream home on the ranch at Tarkio where they spent many years.
Shirley loved her music, and could be found dancing about the room whenever music playing. She enjoyed line dancing into her 70s. She always found time through the years to sing and play for many weddings and funerals and at church. She volunteered for the Superior Ambulance Service, helped her children with 4-H projects, followed her children and grandchildren in sports and activities, and continued her nursing as she could. She and Richard were very active in St. Mary’s Catholic parish in Superior. Another love of hers was traveling with Richard and friends to destinations around the world, and spending their winters in their motor home in Yuma, Ariz.
Shirley (Mom) was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandma, always setting a good example of hard work will pay off. She will be missed by all.
Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard, her parents, her brothers Melvin and Morris and daughter-in-law May.
She is survived by her children, Jim Hollenback of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Jo (Jim) Lommen of Superior, Cathy (Joe) Hartman of Billings, Dan Hollenback (Chris) of Superior, and David (Shawnee) Hollenback of Dillon; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Darin, Marc, Shane, Dustin, Nathan, Kayla, Cody, Jesslyn, Tanner, Alyssa, Cassandra, Hannah; step grandchildren Jason, Sara, Nathan and Tony; 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her sister and brother in laws, Josephine Johnson, Eleanor Hollenback, John and Carole Hollenback and Bob and Debbie Hollenback.
A funeral mass was held at St. Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Superior on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. followed by burial at the Superior Cemetery. There will be visitation at the church prior to the service at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mineral County Fair board to support the fair (of which she loved) or the Mineral County 4-H youth programs.
Belva Menicucci, 72.
At the age of 72, Belva Menicucci, on May 10, 2018 passed peacefully with her beloved family by her side. She chose to spend her last days at the Deer Lodge home of her grandson Garrett, wife Trina and enjoying her great-grandson Ryker. For years, Belva battled for her health and left family wondering if she may still sit up and say, “Just kidding.” Those left behind take comfort in knowing she is once again with her husband and soulmate Louie and their daughter Becky while rocking her grandchildren.
Belva was born on September 25, 1945 in Anaconda to Al and Ruth Pierce. She had four siblings – Don Murray, Larry Pierce, Bill Pierce, and Linda Knadler. She attended Anaconda High School and graduated in 1963. It was there she met the love of her life and life-long best friend, Louie. They married in 1962. Within a short time Belva and Louie were raising their four daughters and one son. Their family was complete when joined by three more daughters. That was also when Louie (a baker his whole life) and Belva moved their family to Deer Lodge and opened the Old West Bakery on Main Street. Son Louie continues the tradition and runs the family bakery to this day.
Belva was as unique a woman as her name. She was a remarkable woman who had a huge impact on her family. She was strong, brave, and stubborn. She knew hardship. You could always depend on her to keep her promise. She was the cornerstone of our family. Momma, mother of eight, grandma to so many more, passed her strength onto her family which she always saw as her greatest accomplishment. Some of her fondest memories were with family behind the bakery counter serving friends and the community. This is her legacy - the family and community that loved her.
Belva is survived by: daughters Dawn Marie Wagner, Kim (Dave) Jones, Ginny Menicucci (Steve Kremer), Angie (Dirk) Malmberg, Dee Dee (Brian) Wolter and Susan (Jim) Schimming; son Louie Menicucci IV; sons-in law Richard Kent, Jimmy Close, Cary Foster, and Gary Chilcotte; grandchildren Brandon (Ashley) Kent, Garrett (Trina) Kent, Zane Foster, Zach Foster, Alisha (Cash) Yount, Kylie (Jordan) Welsh, Morgan Close (Marlon Stewart), Preston Malmberg (Trevor), Brittany Malmberg, Trent Surina, Jaymin Schimming, Skyla Schimming, Shelby Jones, Christie Shelton, Tanya Chilcott, Brian (Kenley Chilcott), Lance Albert, Autumn Gaston (Marcus Sweeten), Tyler Wolter (Bailey Close), Randi (Kyle) Brashear, and Kodee Wagner; and her seven cherished great-grandchildren Toby, Gracie, Logan, Ryker, Coraline, Kiya, Deven and eighth on the way Baby (Brandon and Ashley) Kent. She is also survived by brother and friend Bill Pierce, sister-in-law Kris Menicucci, sister-in-law Ann Marie Jette, and so many more nieces, nephews, and cousins. Everyone that knew her will miss her and her smiling face – especially those that called her Mom, Grandma, Nemo, Grandma Go Slow, Aunt, and other beloved names.
She was preceded in death by: husband Louie, daughter Becky, grandsons Vincent and Teddy, brothers Don and Larry, and sister Linda.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held on, May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT. Burial of ashes by the family will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Frontier Home Health and Hospice (Friends of Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd, Butte, MT 59701); Easter Seals-Goodwill Highlands Hospice & personal care, and Powell County Senior Citizens (100 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722).
We continue to find guidance and hope in two of Belva’s favorite sayings, “Don’t borrow sorrow from tomorrow.” and “Turn your scars into stars.”
Glen W. Lince
Glen W. Lince, 95, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
Glen was born to Elmer and Theodocia Lince in Radersburg, Montana on March 26, 1923. Glen was a decorated WWII veteran. He served as a gunner in the 648 Tank Destroyer Battalion and was awarded two Bronze Stars including one for the Battle of the Bulge. He enjoyed many careers during his lifetime from bellhop, to stone mason, to miner, to bus and truck driver. He was cofounder of the Butte Bus Lines in 1962. He was a lifelong fly fisherman, hunter, storyteller, and passionate farmer.
Glen graduated from Elliston High School in 1941, which was the last year high school was held in Elliston. From then on they had to take a bus to Deer Lodge.
Glen was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Lince, and sisters, Ruth Stoffer, Irene Wells and Lena Whitmer.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Sheri Meigs (Kurt Reidinger); sons, Alan Lince, Jerry (Esther) Lince, and Neal (Heather) Lince; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Nephew Frank Ahl lives in Elliston.
No services are planned. In lieu of service, please take your fishing pole to your favorite river or stream and enjoy a quiet day outside in the sunshine.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the veterans of foreign wars.
Mitchell Lee Rodgers
Mitchell Lee Rodgers passed away on Saturday May 5 in Butte.
He was born to Cliff and Thelma (Garrison) Rodgers on June 17, 1940 in Virginia City. Mitch attended Emerson Grade School for eight years, Butte High School for three years and graduated from Virginia City High School. Mitch worked at many jobs in Madison County, including Waters Store, Bank of Sheridan, Madison County Law Enforcement, and construction jobs, before moving to Deer Lodge where he went to work for Stolp Logging as a skidder operator. He then worked at the Montana State Prison for a short time, LP sawmill for 15 years, and Powell County High School for 11 years, retiring in 1999.
Mitch was married several times and from those marriages came four wonderful daughters.
Mitch became a Master Mason in the early 1980s and a member of the Bagdad Temple Shrine in 1984. He was Chaplain and Treasurer for many years. Mitch was director of Court #23 ROJ in 1997.
Mitch enjoyed bowling, playing guitar, photography, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He began oil painting after his retirement. He sold many of this paintings as well as many of his photographs that were taken throughout the years. Out of all of Mitch’s hobbies, probably the most enjoyable was his guitar playing.
Playing rhythm guitar at many of the local bars, he was often heard to say that he would like to go to Nashville and listen to those people that didn’t make the big time.
Mitch was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Thelma Rodgers, daughter Denise Michelle, son-in-law Jack Kougioulis. He is survived by his wife Pam, daughters Debra (Marty) Demarais, Dee Kougioulis, Connie (Jerry) Begger, and five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. There will be graveside services in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. A celebration of Mitch’s life will be held at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge following the services.
Donations can be made to Bagdad Shrine Temple, 314 West Park, Butte, MT 59701.
Montana State Prison inmate Christopher Huntsman died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at The Billings Clinic in Billings, following an apparent suicide attempt. Christopher Huntsman was found unresponsive in his cell at Dawson County Correctional Facility, where he was being housed. An autopsy will be performed. Mr. Huntsman was 36 years old.
Mr. Huntsman was sentenced out of Lake County in 2010 for the crimes of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Endangerment, and probation violation for a 2002 charge of Theft. Mr. Huntsman was sentenced to 35 years with 25 years suspended. Mr. Huntsman has been parole eligible since 2012.
Mary Anne Hansen
Mary Anne Hansen, 65.
Mary Anne Hansen peacefully passed away in her sleep at home, surrounded by her family on April 14. Mary Anne was an extraordinary mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. The foundation of her life centered on faith, family, career as a teacher, and helping others. She will be greatly missed.
Mary Anne was born in Spokane, Wash. on May 27, 1952. She was the second of 10 children born to Jim and Mary Parker. She was raised in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High before attending Carroll College.
She graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1974 and accepted a teaching position in Deer Lodge. She taught for three years before marrying Hal Hansen on June 18, 1977. Their union lead to many happy years and they were blessed with eight children.
Following their marriage, the family moved to Helmville where Hal was the foreman of a family ranch. While at Helmville, Mary Anne mastered the art of cooking for the ranch hands and her family. They resided in Helmville until 1987 when the family moved back to Deer Lodge. The years spent in Helmville were some of the happiest of her life.
Shortly after relocating to Deer Lodge, her youngest son Michael, and Hal passed away. In order to support her family, Mary Anne continued her employment as a teacher. As a single mother she raised her children, continued to advance her education by receiving her master’s degree, and found ways to serve others. She taught until retirement in 2016. After retirement, Mary Anne enjoyed spending time visiting with the morning coffee group, following daily mass and serving others through meals on wheels.
Mary Anne was most proud of her children. She spent countless hours supporting them in athletics, 4-H, and numerous other activities. Mary Anne stressed the importance of education and was pleased that her children all received a college education.
Mary Anne was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she taught religious education, served as a lector and eucharistic minister, and attended daily mass.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael and her husband, Hal. Survivors include children; Tom (Briana), Luke (Carlee), Brian, Craig (Kaley), Mary (Drew), Cory, and John (Megan); grandchildren Mary, Jacob, Emily, and Noah; parents Jim and Mary Parker; brothers Jim and Doug, sisters Jane (Dwight), Karen (Eric), Joan (Rock), Jeanne (Justin), Patty, Debbie, and Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. also at the Catholic Church, with a burial and reception to follow. Memorials may be made out to the Deer Lodge Senior Center.
Marion Marlene Meagher
Marion Marlene Meagher, 75, passed away at her home in Deer Lodge on April 9, 2018 after a short battle with an aggressive cancer.
Marion was born on 10/10/1943. She was a kind and caring woman who lived a simple life and loved her family dearly.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Rose Bender, her brother Fred and Oline Bender, and her nephew Bryan Rogers. She is survived by her husband Jack, children Cindy Fah (William Haas), Patricia (Dave Lowery), Troy (Danette Belew) adopted son Corey (Sarah), sister Jane Rogers (Bill), brother Gary Bender (Melissa Gallagher), eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren whom she loved with all her heart. Marion will be greatly missed, but we are comforted at this time of sorrow knowing she is pain free and rejoicing in Heaven with her Savior Jesus Christ.
Marion was cremated upon her request. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Marion’s name to Frontier Home Health and Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd., Butte, MT 59701, 406-723-8933.
John Harvey Hoots
Montana State Prison inmate John Harvey Hoots died on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Marias Medical Center in Shelby, following an extended illness. Mr. Hoots was 59 years old.
Mr. Hoots was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2014 for the crime of Persistent Felony Offender for DUI. Mr. Hoots was sentenced to 30 years.
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