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.
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