Terrance James Smith
Terry Smith died on March 7, 2019 at his beloved ranch doing one of his favorite chores, feeding the cattle. His wife of nearly 58 years was with him as he took his last breath.
Terry was born on July 2, 1935 to Elmer Smith and Mabel (Stevenson) Smith in Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan. He was the last of their seven children: Murray (died at birth) Lois, Wilma, Robert, Keith, Doreen and Terry.
During his last year of high school, his parents decided to leave Canada and find a new ranch property. It was near Ovando, where Elmer found the special place to settle. Shortly after becoming U. S. citizens Terry was drafted and spent some time in the Army.
After going back to the ranch, he had the chance to buy his own ranch and it was through those days that he was introduced to Carolyn LePiane (there was a little matchmaking going on by Carolyn’s Aunt Louise Haynes). They were married and bought the old Praast place which is where they have resided off and on for their 58 years. This is where his children ran wild and grew up. Jeanne Dawn, Matthew James, Victoria Lynn, Tracy Ann and Marcy Elena loved Terry’s sense of humor, his firm hand when they were learning right and wrong, his work ethic, his fierce pride, his generosity; but most importantly his love. He would have done anything for his children as long as it was within his moral principles.
Terry worked with neighbors in logging, haying and fencing. He raised and showed Appaloosa horses thanks to a great old cowboy named Lew Ferguson. It has been said many times about Terry, especially when he was on a horse, “He must be the last true cowboy !”
Terry worked for different Breeder’s Services for 40 years. He really enjoyed this. It was during this time that he designed and built a mobile breeding barn that could be used to service two cows quickly. He was pretty proud of that barn and many hundreds of cows went through it. He built his new home with the help of some very innovative neighbors and many other buildings; but mostly he raised his kids and he ranched.
He felt comfortable wherever he was: on a horse, on a tractor, in the city, on the ranch, in Canada, in an argument, sharing a joke, giving a hug, with strangers, with family. He knew himself. This trait made everyone like him and the more you got to know him, the more you loved him.
When the children all were gone Terry and Carolyn enjoyed a lot of wonderful vacations: Germany, Italy, cruising on a great ship in the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans, across the eastern U. S. in a bus.
Terry is survived by his adored wife Carolyn, his son and daughters Jeanne Dawn (Robert) Rowland, Matthew James (Lolita) Smith, Vicki Lynn Pocha, Tracy Ann (Walter) Schuele, Marcy Elena Inama, his grandchildren Lyle Andrew Pocha, Ty Daniel (Delaney) Pocha, Mia Montana Smith, Nathan Craig Schuele, Shawnae Rose Inama, Maggie Malena Smith, Paul Kyle Schuele, Matteo Milio Smith and Sandra Dawn Schuele, his great-grandson Kaine Jaxson Pocha, sister, Doreen Thorpe, Bakersfield, Calif. and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Terry was a person who loved HIS GOD and Church and the people.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Helmville on Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. There will be a luncheon at the Helmville Community Center following.
Donations may be sent to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at 1215 4th Ave Ste 1100 Seattle WA 98161. This is due to the fact that two daughters and one granddaughter are diabetic.
Ted Jacobson, 89
Theodore “Ted” Fredrick Jacobson passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019 from pneumonia at the BeeHive Homes of Butte where he had resided for nearly two years. For the past three weeks his son, Jim Jacobson, sat vigil by him offering him comfort, as well as his son, Tom, who was able to make it here for the last few days of his life. Heidi and Chuck and Brett and Kris also made it home to visit Ted before his passing. This meant the world to him to have the comfort of his children in his last days.
Ted was born to Fred and Della Jacobson on September 7, 1929 at the third generation family homestead in the Deer Lodge Valley where he joined two sisters, Virginia and Eva, and a brother Bud. On Ted’s 7th birthday he received a special birthday present, his baby sister Joan. Ted and Joan remained close throughout their lifetimes.
Ted attended school at the Racetrack Schoolhouse, a mile from his home, and also the Deer Lodge schools.
On March 16, 1952 Ted married Verna Bentley from Butte and two sons were born of that marriage, Jim and Tom. They later divorced. Growing up, Jim and Tom worked alongside their dad on the family ranch learning many life lessons.
Ted went into the ranching business with his dad and brother and in 1953 they formalized a partnership where they raised Hereford and Black Angus cattle and certified seed potatoes. The brothers separated their business partnership in 1969 and each continued ranching separately on neighboring ranches. Ted continued ranching through 2004. He was gifted with handling horses, catching and breaking wild horses. His kind, gentle spirit calmed the wild animals. He loved riding gaited Tennessee Walking horses. Ted transitioned from a Black Angus herd of cattle to the Simmental breed which he helped introduce into Montana and the Deer Lodge Valley. He also did artificial insemination. He traveled showing cattle as well as advertising cattle at livestock shows throughout Montana, Colorado, and Canada. (Ted enjoyed listening to the song “I was Country before Country was Cool” and his son Jim pointed out that he was “black cows” before “black cows” were cool. Now that is pretty much all you see are black cows but that was not the case back when Ted, his dad, and brother first had them.)
Ted was Vice President of the Deer Lodge Bank & Trust from 1966-1968 where he assisted his brother Bud as President.
Ted met the love of his life Barb Nolte and they were married on March 17, 1986. Barb was a bonus package to him because he gained three more children, Gavin, Brett, and Heidi, who he loved and adored. Ted encouraged Barb to pursue her dream of nursing, and she became one of the best RNs ever. He was very proud of her. Ted and Barb enjoyed traveling, and especially loved Hawaii.
Ted belonged to the Elks Lodge and the American Simmental Association. He loved family get togethers which occurred often, not only holidays in the Jacobson family. He was close to all of his family. He would help anyone out. He especially had a kind spot in his heart for children, and helped many with their needs and educations. Ted was always a true gentleman, very kind and sweet, and had a heart of gold up to the moment he died. He loved music, and had a beautiful tenor voice that would give one goosebumps. Even with dementia setting in, he could remember every word to all of the old-time country songs as well as the Lord’s Prayer. Ted loved God, his family, his friends, his Country, and Deer Lodge.
Thank you to the staff at BeeHive Homes for wonderful care and friendship, Frontier Hospice for your compassion and care, and Jim Gaskell for your companionship.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, wife Barb, step-son Gavin, sister Virginia, sisters and brothers-in-law Eva (Leon) Carmen (Oliver Touchette); Joan (John) Mollenberg; brother and sister-in-law Bud (Edna) Jacobson; and a special cousin Robert Evans who was his best friend.
Survivors include his sons, Tom Jacobson (Anchorage), Jim (Kelly) Jacobson (Anchorage), step-daughter Heidi (Chuck) Silzly (Boise), step-son Brett (Kristine) Nolte (Kuna, ID), grandchildren T.J. Jacobson, Jennifer Jacobson, Hunter Nolte, Gavin Nolte, Alli Jo Silzly, Randall Silzly, daughter-in-law Jo Ellen Jacobson, numerous nieces and nephews, and two special Deer Lodge nieces Debbie (Jeff Tamcke) Ehret and Lori (Mike) Johns who were there to help him when his children moved out of state, as well as a long-time friend Joe Heisdorf.
Jewell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was Monday, March 18, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home, and a memorial service was held Tuesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Deer Lodge, with internment at the Hillcrest Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the Broken Arrow. Pallbearers were Jim Jacobson, Tom Jacobson, Brett Nolte, Chuck Silzly, Hunter Nolte, Gavin Nolte, Randall Silzly, Mike Johns, Joe Heisdorf, Jim Gaskell and honorary pall bearer T.J. Jacobson.
Memorials: Rialto Theatre, P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge 59722 or donor’s choice.
Bette Garnett Peterson
Bette Garnett Peterson, 1932-2019.
Sweetgrass Woman her name came to be and later I will tell you why it is important to me. But for now let us celebrate her journey through life to the end of the trail.
She was born in the backseat of a car in 1932, at Woodside, in the Bitterroot north of Hamilton. Her Shoshone blood was given to her by Mary Garnett, and her dad, Oran, was not finished yet. Sweetgrass Woman had four brothers who filled her life, with none surviving her sacred life.
She grew up in the valley of the Bitterroot flower, but as a young girl moved to Anaconda for a job her dad did need. Later on she met her man, Paul, and her real journey began. Farming and ranching in the Deer Lodge Valley, driving the buckrake with her black hair waving in the wind.
Sweetgrass Woman mothered two children early on and gave them their freedom to grow up independent and strong; a boy and girl to be exact, and that is why I can write this story now.
I took her daughter’s hand in 1989, and proved myself in this promised land, sharing their journey with honey bees and lending a hand.
When Christmas or birthdays came around, we treasured the gift of sweetgrass all in a braid. It was to remind us of smudges and prayers and that the real gifts are free if you watch for them out there. She was the best of a cook and taught me how to fry sliced apples in butter and brown sugar, along with pork steak and a mix of wild rice and salad on the side.
In later years we lived close by to help them along with the aging of time. One afternoon, she visited our house and we offered bananas for their next meal. She said she could take two and placed them in her left coat pocket, commenting that she didn’t have room in the right pocket – her six gun was there.
With her hair silver and years passed by, on March 2, 2019, God needed her to share her wealth by smudging and sending prayers down on the earth.
She loved to ride through the Big Hole Valley, especially in June when the camas flowers are in full bloom. We will spread her ashes with love and upon the ground a sweetgrass braid we will leave there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Deer Lodge Care, 1100 Texas Avenue, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Frances “Frankie” Rose (Jacobs) Sauber
Frances “Frankie” Rose (Jacobs) Sauber of Bellevue, Wash.; born March 31, 1922 in Tracy, Minn. And died January 5, 2019 in Bellevue; preceded in death by her husband of 74 years Paul Thomas Sauber; daughter of the late Frank and Louise Jacobs; mother of Shirley Sauber; Thomas (Raquel); Bernard (Carroll); Kenneth (Lois); Phillip (Elaine); Charles (Nancy); sister-in-law of Madalen Sugrue; grandmother to 12; great-grandmother to 13. She was preceded in death by sisters Marie and Imelda and a brother, Rev. John Jacobs, Dominican Priest.
Upon graduating Tracy high school, Tracy, Minn., Frankie moved to Spokane, Wash. While there she met Paul Sauber, who attended Gonzaga University. On May 22, 1944 she and Paul married. They remained happily married for 74 years until Paul died in July 2018.
After marrying, Paul and Frances moved to Seattle, he to work for the Boeing Company, she to begin her work as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Seattle. She worked as a nurse until her first child was born in 1945. Her focus was on child rearing and loving her husband.
When Paul retired from Boeing in 1982, he and Frankie toured the country in their motorhome. They enjoyed visiting national parks, historic landmarks, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. The family frequently spent time in Gold Creek visiting Paul’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sauber.
The Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Louise Church in Bellevue, January 18, 2019. Burial was in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bellevue.
Mr. Gary “Coach” Weber
Mr. Gary “Coach” Weber, born on January 10, 1950 in Hamilton, to the late Marcia Richards and the late Joseph Weber, passed away at age 69 on March 1, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepfather, John Richards. Gary is survived by his partner Kristy Sauerbier; his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Weber, Sarah Weber, and grandchildren Holly, Isaac, Grant, and Faye; his daughter Samantha Weber and partner David Gonzalez; and his youngest son Joseph Weber, partner Kelsie Burgman, and grandson Lincoln. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Weber and Karen Kallin.
He graduated from Montana School of Technology and spent a lifetime in sales and in the service of others. He was the beloved coach of the local high school basketball team, and enjoyed playing pranks and making others laugh with his booming voice and thunderous laugh. He will be missed as a towering presence in all the lives he touched.
His family invites donations in Gary’s name to the Burgman / Boyle Memorial Scholarship Foundation (Mountain West FCU, 400 East Park St. Butte, MT 59701).
Friends and family can pay their respects at the visitation, officiated by Cleveland Zackery, on Friday, March 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 E. Klatt Rd., Anchorage, Alaska, 99515. Following that, there will be a funeral service, officiated by Cleveland Zackery, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park.
Gary Tavenner, a true Montana native, passed away February 26, at his home in Missoula. A proud descendant of the Williams, Tavenner, and Bielenberg families of Deer Lodge, Gary was born April 14, 1941 to Donald Williams Tavenner and Mary Ellen Bielenberg Tavenner, joining older brother Dean. Younger brother Lee completed the family. Don and Mary instilled a love of Montana history, photography and aviation in all three boys. Don led the clan on frequent family adventures to Mexico, Arizona, and his beloved Glacier Park.
Gary graduated from Powell County High School lettering in football, basketball, and track. Many of his Warden classmates remain lifelong friends. His college career was spent at Montana State in Bozeman where he was a Sigma Chi preparing for a career in ranching with majors in Accounting and Economics.
In 1963, he married Lynn Ellinghouse of Sheridan, moving back to the Williams and Tavenner Ranch to join his father and Uncle Bob in the family business and Montana ranching tradition. After the untimely death of his father and sale of the ranch, Gary built custom homes and owned and operated Pioneer Hardware in Deer Lodge. A new career with ASCS/Farm Service Agency brought him to Missoula where he was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Missoula and attended Grace Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Mary and brother Dean. He is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters and sons-in-law; Gloria Tavenner Dow (Dean) of Reno, Nev., Tanya Lynn Hauenstein (Dennis) of Spokane, Wash., and Laura Louise Sokolowski (Ken) of Denver, Colo.; grandsons Cody Hauenstein (Amanda), Ryan Hauenstein, Zane Sokolowski, and Cy Sokolowski; great-granddaughters Hayden and Emersyn Hauenstein, brother Lee and Mary Hamilton, cousin Martha Klaumann (Stan), numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
Gary’s family remembers and appreciates his quiet, care taking demeanor, his work ethic and his good humor in the face of adversity. He was an encouraging swim, basketball, cheer and life coach to his daughters, a construction foreman for the entire family, and an avid Mullan Road historian throughout his entire life. Gary believed anything was possible, “If a guy had a few tools, and a little know how…”
Services will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11 a.m., at the Grace Methodist Church on the corner of 10th and Garfield, Pastor Todd Scranton officiating, with a luncheon reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Grace Church, 1756 10th Street West, Missoula, 59801, or Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation, 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722, or one of the donor’s choice If you are unable to join us for the service, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, sprinkle huckleberries on your ice cream, chuckle at a limerick, join Stan at the sink to do the dishes or contemplate a historic, geologic or geographic roadside sign. Gary will be with you. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Death Notice: Ole M. Olson
Ole M. Olson, 76, passed away on February 5, 2019 at Deer Lodge Medical Center. Services pending.
Correction: Donald (Duck) Roberts
Services will be held on March 23 at the Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with the guard ceremony following outside the church. A luncheon will follow immediately afterwards at the church.
Donald (Duck) Roberts
Donald (Duck) Roberts, 64, of Deer Lodge passed away Sunday, February 24 at home.
Donald was born in Devils Lake, N.D. To Elden ad Helen Roberts, the fifth of seven children. Donald attended school in Deer Lodge until he joined the Marine Corps in 1973. Donald married Lila LaTray on May 10, 1975. Their only son Brian was born September 7, 1976. Upon his honorable discharge he went to work for the city police department of Deer Lodge. He became head of the water department and in 2003 he went to work at MSP as supervisor for the road crew. Donald retired from MSP in 2016 due to a back injury.
Donald enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, working in his meat shop known as Duck’s Smokehouse, making sausage and cutting up meat for many people in the area until it was no longer possible for him. Donald loved family gatherings where he would make everyone laugh. Sunday breakfast at his home, his nephew Cody would always be the target of his jokes which would make Cody laugh.
The light of Donald’s life were his four grandchildren, Patrick, Daylelyn, Jesse, and Sarina. They loved their papa unconditionally. During his many doctor appointments to the VA in Helena, Brian was faithfully his driver when Donald was no longer able to drive. Thank you Brian.
Donald is survived by his wife Lila of 44 years; son Brian and daughter-in-law Nikki; his pride and joy Patrick, Daylelyn, Jesse and Sarina; brothers Dan, David, and Duane; sisters Kathy Mitchell and Debbie Persons; father-in-law Harold LaTray; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. To brother-in-law Dale and his wife Debbie, thank you for being by Lila’s side when he was in Harbor View hospital and Billings in the hospital.
Cremation has taken place. RIP Donald, you are no longer in pain.
Services will be held on March 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. with Howard Neckels officiating.
Cheryl Marie (Trimbo) Roesler
Cheryl Marie (Trimbo) Roesler died peacefully on Saturday, March 2, after a long struggle with chronic illness at the hospital in Deer Lodge. She was 56.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Mike Roesler of Deer Lodge; her daughter, Courtney Nelson, and granddaughters Paisley and Teagan of Vancouver, Wash.; her sisters, Barbara Anderson, Kathy Harwood (Tony), Mary Carlile (Bill) and Nancy Condon; her brothers, Jim Trimbo (Shirley), Jack Trimbo (Brenda), Tim Trimbo (Cheryl), Bill Trimbo (Juana) and Richard Trimbo (Rhonda); her stepsons, Tyson Roesler (Elyssa), and grandchildren Avary and Aria; Aaron Roesler (Holly), and grandchildren Kinsley and Grayson; and many, many more nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Inez Trimbo, her nephew Brandon, and her beloved big brother, Steve.
Cheryl was born in Vancouver, Wash., to Bob and Inez Trimbo, the youngest of their 11 children. She graduated from Prairie High School and attended Clark College. She worked retail for most of her career in Vancouver, Wash. and Portland, Ore.
Cheryl met and fell in love with Mike in 2008. They made their life together in Deer Lodge, where they enjoyed outdoor activities, horses, their dogs, and Blue Grass Festivals, including a Blue Grass Camp on the West Fork of the Bitteroot River, where they were married May 29, 2009.
We will remember Cheryl for her big heart, her easy smile, her generous spirit, her gift with horses, and her ability to teach everyone to ride. She will be greatly missed.
Death Notice: George (Gregg) Franks
George (Gregg) Franks passed away February 20, 2019. Services will be held March 9 at the LDS church in Deer Lodge at 1 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, with a luncheon afterwards at the church.
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