Jack L. Young
Jack L. Young, a man of so many talents, a man of immense humor, a man with a gentle soul, a man who was cherished by his family, walked into heaven on June 12, 2015.
Jack was born John LaWayne Young on July 19, 1934 to Thora JoAnn Coder and Lionel Young in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He grew up in Deer Lodge, attended St. Mary’s Academy and, for a short time, Powell County High School. He met the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Verlanic and the two married June 17, 1955. Jack joined the US Army National Guard in 1955 and ended his military career as a Drill Sergeant in 1958. Together Jack and Dorothy forged a prosperous and joyous life raising five children. They opened and operated Young’s Market from 1963-1976 which quickly became a unique business offering the best “penny” candy around and Dad becoming well known as the best butcher around. Not a small child in Deer Lodge left that store without the longest, blackest piece of licorice that Dad could find!
Dad was blessed with the love and partnership of a second wife, Merrie Gene, on December 15, 1995. Together they shared family memories, travel adventures and grandchildren.
Jack is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Merrie, his sisters Patty Jo Coughlin of Billings, Betty Harris and Sharon McCauley of Missoula and his children: Sandy (Butch) Jacke, Jeff Young, Connie (Tim) Poland, Melinda (Paul) Floerchinger and Rachael (Randy) Martin, his nephew David (Georgie) Young and his niece Heather (Marvin) Shepard, children of Merrie. He is also survived by his special nephew Conn Coughlin, his brother and sister-in-law’s Fred and Bernice Verlanic, Duane and Shirley Colwell, and step-brother and sister-in-law Bill and Jeannie Scott. Dad was blessed with 20 grandchildren; Jake, Nikki, Cody, Shelby, Mercedes, Jessie, Grant, Jessica, David, Rebecca, Skyler, Tyler, Mike, Christian, Devinne, Audrey, Ruthie, Delacey, Desiree and Sage. In addition surviving Dad are 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dad is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of almost 40 years, Dorothy, his first born son John Patrick, his brothers Curtis, Bob and Doug Young, his grandsons Eric and Casey and great-granddaughter Kharma.
Jack loved nothing more than his two wives, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his hometown of Deer Lodge, his garage and fishing.
Memorial services will be July 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. at The Depot Church with Pastor Caleb Burton. Graveside services will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Family and friends are invited to gather at the St. Mary’s Center following the graveside services.
Jean P. Inman
Jean P. Inman, age 100, of Deer Lodge, went to be with her Lord on June 14, 2015. The Livingston rehab center was her home for the last four years.
She was born in Helena, on August 1, 1914.
Jean attended school in Deer Lodge, and graduated from Powell County High School. She attended the University of Montana’s School of Journalism for two years. She was married June 11, 1937 to Robert Inman and they were married for 68 years. She lived her life in Deer Lodge until she was disabled by brain stem surgery. In 2001 Robert and Jean moved to Bozeman and resided as Birchwood Assisted living facility until his death in 2005. Jean loved her crafts and a highlight of her life for many years was her sewing club. Her hobbies were embroidery, quilting, designing and sewing clothing and making many ornaments for her family. Baking cookies for church family and friends was a favorite pastime. She loved her church and was the Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She had many fond memories spending time at her aunt Patsy’s cabin on Rock Creek Lake.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and one grandson Tom.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Young (Duane) of Hardin; her son John Inman (Susan) of Florence; her son Rich Inman (Judy) of Belgrade; Shirley Sager (Bill) of Clyde Park. She also has 10 grandchildren: Deb Shea, Kathy Kukes (Scott), Russ Young (Kari), Carri Carothers (Alex), Janelle Herren (Steve), Joy Inman, Chandra Inman, Steve Sager (Sarah), Greg Sager (Jenni), Kurt Sager (Quinnell), 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Gravesite services will be held on July 18, 2015 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge at 10:30 a.m.
A reception will follow at the Depot Church in Deer Lodge.
Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.
Donald Edward Hurlbert
Donald Edward Hurlbert died June 8, 2015, in Prince Georges Hospital Center from complications following an automobile collision on May 2, 2015.
Don began his love affair with the camera at a young age, inspired by a high school teacher’s suggestion to explore photography. Throughout his life he went on to develop his skills and passions through shooting in extreme and diverse contexts, to the extent that over the course of his 40 years of experience there was little that he hadn’t captured through his camera lenses.
Don was born on May 12, 1954, in Forsyth, to Eugene and Dolores Hurlbert. When Don was very small, they moved to Deer Lodge, where he grew up, graduating from Powell County High School in 1972. In 1974, he enlisted in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He soon began training as a photographer and went on to excel as a combat cameraman. In acknowledgement of his courage and commitment to excellence he received numerous awards including the highly esteemed honor of Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM).
Don’s military career involved several tough missions, airborne trainings and took him to many far off countries, including Vietnam, Bosnia, Haiti, Saudi Arabia and Japan, where he met his wife, Barbara Watanabe, in 1985. He also lived all over the U.S., including Hawaii where he learned to scuba dive. Consequently, he liked to say that he worked anywhere between 800 feet in the air to 100 feet under the water. In 1998 after 24 years in the Army, at the rank First Sergeant, he graduated from the U.S. Sergeant’s Major Academy in El Paso, Texas; only to retire his highest rank for the opportunity to work as a photographer for the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH) in Washington D.C.; where he would remain for the rest of his life, ultimately becoming the Senior Science Photographer.
Not surprisingly, his skills and artistry flourished in the context of the NMNH and he enjoyed his work at the Smithsonian immensely: the subjects, opportunities, “challenges” and colleagues. Most of all the deep sense of satisfaction of knowing that he was creating a corpus of work that he could be proud of and would serve future generations. Described as a “true NMNH legend” by the Museum’s Director, Kirk Johnson; Don was a highly respected professional and cherished friend to so many.
Don leaves behind his parents and brother, his wife and three children, six grandchildren and his extended adopted family, who Don and Barb generated through their deep sense of community and kindness throughout their years together at the Smithsonian. On August 1, 2015, his remains will be returned home to Deer Lodge. On September 10, 2015 the NMNH will host a celebration of his inspirational life: a dearly loved family man, colleague, friend, mentor and hero … who will be missed by everyone who had the great privilege of knowing him.
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