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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