Mary Lucile Reed (Welch) Simmons
Mary Lucile Reed (Welch) Simmons, January 25, 1926 – January 10, 2019.
Mary Lucile Simmons of Bozeman went to be with the Lord on January 10, 2019 with her daughters by her side.
Mary was born on January 25, 1926 in Bozeman to Arthur C. Reed and Elsie Phipps Reed. She attended schools in Belgrade and graduated from Gallatin High School in 1943. She went on to MSU and Bozeman Deaconess School of Nursing and finished her degree at Spokane Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
Mary spent her career life in nursing.
Mary married Theodore Welch in 1947, they had six daughters. She married Everett (Pete) Simmons in 1976 and lived happily for 29 1/2 years when he passed away in 2005.
Mary enjoyed Bible Study, her church, BWAGS quilting group, she was a member of Deaconess Alumni of Spokane. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends. She kept busy quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, time with family, and she loved to travel.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents: Arthur and Elsie Reed, husband Pete, brothers Frank and Leonard Reed; daughters: Judy Kemp and Debbie Jenkins.
Survivors include: daughters Mary Straugh of Deer Lodge; Kathy Tomaskie of Montana City; Lucy Melugin (Jeff) of Billings; Jackie Welch-Doubek of Henderson, Nev. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Grace Bible Church, Bozeman, on January 15.
Memorials can be made to her beloved church – Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT. 59715.
Donald Harvey Jones
Donald Harvey Jones, 86, of Wise River passed away New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital. He was born March 22, 1932, in Butte to Robert (Leslie) and Louise Jones.
He lived his entire life on the family ranch in Wise River. He attended grade school in Wise River, riding his horse to and from school every day and attended Beaverhead County High School in Dillon. He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and was based in Alaska. After his time in the Army he returned home to the family ranch in 1955. He married Elizabeth Pilling, June 5, 1960 and for over 58 years they ranched side by side, raised their family and were involved in several organizations within their community and Beaverhead County. Donald became a director on the Vigilante Electric Co-op board in 1961 and was an advocate of bringing quality service to rural areas for 53 years when he retired from the board in 2015. He also served on the state board of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Western G&T and Northwinds Publishing. He served on the school board in Wise River for several years, was a superintendent for the Beaverhead County Fair in sheep and hogs and was instrumental in getting a new fire hall in Wise River by donating the land and helped to get the building off the ground. Don was a member of the Elks in Dillon since 1962 and enjoyed the many membership benefits of being an Elk. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Wisdom, was a member of Stockgrowers and the Montana Woolgrowers. In his early years he owned a small plane and often would be found flying in the fall looking for lost cattle on the forest permits.
Don was a third generation rancher following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who came here in 1910. Hereford cattle and sheep were always a part of the ranch and Don raised many fine registered and commercial Hereford cattle over the years. In 2002 he was named commercial man of the year by the Montana Hereford Association. Don was a true steward of the land and worked and managed his ranch tirelessly. In 2010 he and Liz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary along with celebrating 100 years of the ranch being in the Jones family. Don took a lot of pride in those two accomplishments. Don loved to travel and spent a lot of time traveling with Liz and their special friends Jay and Jean Nelson. He also was an avid reader and in his later years he always had a book in hand.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Jones, his children, Keith Jones (Wendy) and children Nora and Nathan, Yvonne Jones, and Jodi Pauley with her children Dalton and Jesse. He is also survived by his two sisters Retha (Loren) Sigman and Lynn (John) Mugaas along with several nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Louise Jones and his son Karl Jones.
Cremation has taken place and per Don’s request no funeral services but a family celebration of life will take place in the summer of 2019. A special thank you from the family for all his care at Barrett Hospital, St. Patrick Hospital and Dr. Loge.
Memorials can be made to the Wise River Volunteer Fire Company, Beaverhead County 4-H Foundation, Friends of the Beaverhead County Fair, Barrett Hospital Foundation or donor’s choice.
Oscar Kinzle of Missoula went home to be with his Heavenly Father December 21, 2018 at the age of 91.
Oscar was born to the late William and Magdalena Kinzle in Torrington, Wyo. on January 7, 1927. He was raised in Montana and lived his early childhood years in the Deer Lodge Valley and the remainder of his childhood in the Mission Valley in the towns of Ronan and St. Ignatius.
Oscar was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War in September 1950 and served two years. He was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for most of his time in the service. After discharging from the Army, he returned to Montana.
Shortly after meeting Ava Lee Michaels of Portland, Ore., they were married on December 28, 1955. They eventually settled in Deer Lodge, where they had five children together. They were divorced in 1979 and he never remarried. Early in their marriage, he worked many odd jobs, including the mine at Phosphate, but his dream job was to be a Railroad Engineer. He worked as an engineer on the Milwaukee Railroad until 1980 when the railroad ceased freight operations in the state. He later continued his railroading career with Montana Rail Link in 1988 and retired in 1992.
Oscar was best known for his gentle spirit, kindness and generosity. He avoided being the center of attention and his humility was unmatched. He also had a great sense of humor that served him well through his medical issues later in life.
Oscar is survived by his sons Dan Kinzle of Missoula, Jon (Dawn) Kinzle of Butte and Rob (Pam) Kinzle of Polson; his daughter Cindy (John) Moree of Missoula; his brothers Rueben and Sam (Addie) Kinzle of Missoula; his sister Alma Kinzle of Redding, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Connie, his ex-wife Ava Cook, his brothers Otto, Art, Bill, Ted and Fred Kinzle and his sister Edna Jovin.
The family would like to thank Providence St. Patrick Hospital, St. Patrick Hospital Dialysis Center, Fresenius Kidney Care, Hestia In-Home Support, MonTECH, Brookdale Senior Living and Partners In Home Care for the incredible health care he received for the past 20 years.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on February 9 at City Life Building in Missoula followed by a reception afterwards.
Joie E. Kramer
Mr. Joie E. Kramer passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home on the Kramer Ranch. He was born in Deer Lodge July 7, 1935 to Carmen and Joie Kramer.
He lived his entire life in the Deer Lodge Valley working as a rancher, at the smelter in Anaconda, at the Montana State Prison and as a carpenter contractor. He is survived by his six children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a grandson and granddaughter.
Words cannot express how thankful we are to have had Mary Newman caring for our father the past few years. We are blessed to have her in our lives. Thank you, Mary!
Mr. Kramer’s remains are in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home where friends may call beginning Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Cremation will follow and memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Memorials in memory of Joie may be made to the Shrine Hospital for Children or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
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