Paul Childs (64), March 1954 to August 2018.
Paul Childs was born to Jack and Orlena Childs on March 27, 1954 on the USAF Base in Burtonwood England. Over the next 18 years Paul and his family followed Jack as he was assigned to different USAF Bases. In 1972 Paul moved to Montana with his family and attended the University of Montana. In 1974 Paul joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. Paul found his calling in life after he left the Army. He was very good with people and had a very quick wit and a way with words that helped him excel at sales and managing stores. He managed several paint stores in Missoula, Hamilton, Kalispell and the last being Rhoda Paints in Helena.
Paul was very athletic and excelled at baseball, skiing, tennis, water skiing, and golf. He loved motorcycles and loved to take little road trips when and where he could find the time. Paul always had a bike of some kind but preferred the high performance road bikes over other types. He liked quick sporty cars and owned several sports cars over the years. Paul loved everything there was about airplanes and flying. It was not in the cards for him to get his pilot’s license or become a commercial pilot as he had dreamed of.
Paul was loyal and devoted to his family and friends. Honoring his word and keeping promises were very important to Paul. He was quick to help out when and where he could. Paul helped coach youth sports and was a big brother to several youths over the years. Those kids learned a great deal about trust, honesty, integrity and the power of dedication and hard work!
He passed away at home in Deer Lodge on August 25, 2018. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Orlena Childs. He is survived by Alese Moore and Linda Burnson Snow (sisters). Heidi Brown Rome and Brandy Moore Sheehy (nieces). Breanna Rome and Nevaeh Sheehy (grand nieces).
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Deer Lodge Elk’s Club Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m.
A memorial fund has been set up in Paul’s name to help with his final expenses.
Paul Child’s Memorial
c/o Alese Moore
420 Montana Avenue APT. 7
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Hans Joachim Lampert
Hans Joachim Lampert, 88, of the Deer Lodge Valley and later Butte, passed away on the morning of August 29, 2018, after a long struggle from the effects of diabetes. Hans was born April 10, 1930, in Altenburg, Germany to parents Kurt Erich Lampert and Marie Anna Lampert. Born during the economic and political instability of the Weimar Republic and coming of age during WWII; helped to shape Hans’ outlook on life. Hans was trained as a carpenter and attended the police academy. Hans served as a journeyman and then master carpenter for the many construction projects needed to rebuild his war-torn homeland. He met and married Ingeborg Irma Schultz, his one and only love in Treuenbritzen, East Germany on July 5, 1952. Their wedding was delayed due to having to wait for the steam car to heat up.
Shortly after their wedding they escaped from East Germany for life in the West. They lived in Kreuznach, West Germany for six years awaiting permission to immigrate to America. In 1959 he immigrated to America not knowing the language or anything about ranching. The great-nephew of John Hofmann of the Deer Lodge Valley; Hans inherited the Hofmann Ranch near Warm Springs with his aunt, Martha Noack. His carpentry skills served him well in this new land they would call home. Hans worked as a carpenter in the Anaconda Smelter, and then the Milwaukee Railroad. He also worked on the Tavener Ranch north of Deer Lodge, for the highway department, helped build the sawmill in Deer Lodge, and then as a Carman for the Milwaukee Road. Hans and Inge came to Montana on what they affectionately call their honeymoon since they didn’t plan to stay. Their original plan was to see the land, work, and save up enough money for the return trip. In 1972, they packed up their two children and headed to Germany to visit family. They considered this trip to be the end of their honeymoon. They had fallen in love with their new homeland of America. In 1976, during the bicentennial celebrations, they became naturalized citizens and continued farming and ranching until moving to Butte in 2010. He was open to the generosity and kindness of neighbors to show him the ropes and tried to pass on that same kindness to others. Brave and adventurous, he had a great sense of humor, loved his family, and knew the value of hard work. He was proud of his accomplishments, felt blessed, and never took life for granted. Remembered as a gentle soul, he will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Inge Lampert (Schultz), brother Peter Lampert of Altenburg, Germany; son Hans Lampert, (Angel), daughter Kay Lampert Farmer (John) of Tuttle, Okla. Grandchildren: Corey Lampert (Britney) of Great Falls; Kathryn Shackleton; Hans Joachim Lampert (grandson) of Anaconda; Joshua Paul Farmer (Jessica) of Park City, Kans., Sarah Elizabeth Gragg (Alex) of Norman, Okla. and great-grandchildren: Ethan Farmer and Joseph Blackburn.
He was preceded in death by his son Roy Joachim Lampert, parents Kurt and Maria Lampert.
Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, MT 59722, Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. with reception lunch and life celebration to follow.
Memorials can be made to the Butte Chapter of the Blind, 915 West Gold St. Butte, MT or St. John’s Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge.
So nigh is grandeur to our dust, so near is God to man, when Duty whispers low, Thou must. The youth replies I can.
Daryn Foster Walsted
Daryn Foster Walsted was born in Conrad Oct. 31, 1950. He died Aug. 21, 2018.
Foster’s family moved to Deer Lodge and he graduated PCHS in 1970. After high school he was drafted during the Vietnam War and traveled to Italy where he worked on a missile base. Following the war, he returned to Deer Lodge having several jobs. He worked as an apprentice plumber at Kelly’s Plumbing, city street department, and helped his parents run the Nugget Bar until it was sold in 1993.
1978 he married Leslie Hansen and started a family. In 1991 he was divorced. He purchased Hillcrest Cemetery and ran it for many years until he was diagnosed with macular degeneration and could no longer see to work. After an early retirement he enjoyed going to lunch with his brother Greg at their favorite local restaurant.
He had a love for camping in the summer at lower Rock Creek, playing cards, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren after school, up in the mountains, and taking Ethan hunting.
Foster is now rejoined with his brother Greg Walsted, his son Shayne Walsted, his parents Bonnie and Jack Walsted, his dogs Smokey and Baily. He is survived by his two daughters Carrie Belle Walsted, Chassidy and Rich Fakler, grandchildren Ethan Goldsby, Ryder Walsted, and Emery Fetters; nephew JJ Walsted, all of Deer Lodge; cousins Linda Winchell, and Rod VanHeel, aunt Gladyce and Bob Oakland of Great Falls. A celebration of life was held at Scotty’s Bar 8/25/18 from 1-4.
Julia May Thompson
Julia May Thompson, 85, of Missoula, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on the evening of Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Julie was born on May 20, 1933 in Joliet (grandparent’s homestead), to Anna and James Hollowell. As a baby of the Great Depression era, Julie’s young life was spent with few monetary privileges but lots of love and family. Like many other children born at this time, Julie would not only survive, but thrive. Her strong will and determination, along with brains and beauty, would cultivate a natural inclination to better her life through family, education, and advocacy.
Julie was a prolific reader and excelled academically; she skipped the sixth grade altogether. She graduated Valedictorian from Drummond High School in 1950. Julie was creative and imaginative. She loved drama and acted in her school plays with starring roles. Julie had movie star looks and a flair for acting with dreams of going away to school and studying drama.
On October 7, 1950, Julie married Jack Thompson of Gold Creek at Saint Michael’s Church in Drummond. Five children would follow between 1951 and 1960, four girls and one boy. Julie always said her greatest accomplishment in life was her family.
In the early years, Jack’s work was ranching and mining. As the children grew, Jack worked as a heavy equipment operator on road construction throughout the state. Julie got a job at the local dry goods store (1963-1968) to help support the family. She later became the local State Liquor Store Operator for five years, an elected position in those days.
Julie grew with her children. She was an outspoken advocate for contemporary issues whether it was supporting her growing teenagers’ local school activism or promoting the Democratic Party. Julie supported Max Baucus in his early campaign days as our Montana Senator and was proud to call him a family friend.
In 1970, at age 37, Julie epitomized the Women’s Movement. She supported her teenagers in school advocacy and helped change the high school dress code allowing girls to wear pants to school. Julie lobbied for Title IV, an anti-discrimination law giving equal rights to girls in sports and other activities. A longtime advocate for clean air in the work place, Julie lobbied against smoking indoors and was instrumental in changing the law to ban smoking from schools.
In 1974, while working and raising five children, Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education along with a Special Education Endorsement from the University of Montana. She was hired by Missoula County Public Schools in 1974 as one of the first resource teachers in Missoula. In 1977 while teaching, Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Montana, Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors.
Julie’s teaching career spanned 29 years at MCPS elementary schools’ Lewis and Clark Elementary and Russell Elementary. She taught until she was 70 years old. Julie taught resource, second, third and fourth grade, and finished her last 10 years as a Title Teacher. She touched the lives of many children along the way, some who have come back years later to thank her.
Julie spent her leisure time gardening, playing piano, reading, and spending time with her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and could match wits with the best of them on conversation and political debates. Julie loved horses and being in the mountains. Jack and Julie took many memorable trips to California to visit their grown children and grandchildren. Julie saw life as a journey and one of her favorite poems was Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Survivors include Jack, Julie’s husband and best friend of 68 years (Missoula); four daughters: Barb Millwood (Scotty) of Nashville, Tenn., Patricia Kayoshi, Calif. (Kai, spouse), Mary Thompson, Missoula and Connie Thompson, Missoula; two granddaughters, Jennette Zarko of Portland, Ore. (Tim Howard, spouse, Patrick and Tori), Leah Schlag of Pleasanton, Calif. (Peter, spouse and McKenzi Nunes (Brandon, spouse), Denver and Libby).
Julie was preceded in death by her son John who passed away on September 11, 2006 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Anna and James Hollowell. Her brother, Philip Hollowell, passed just two months before Julie this summer.
Julie requested cremation and no service.
Mary Ann Hogan Burt
Mary Ann Hogan Burt, 81, of Hamilton passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care of natural causes surrounded by her family.
Mary Ann was born in Deer Lodge, on January 10, 1937 to David Patrick and Marian Hollenback Hogan. Mary Ann was raised in Gold Creek, with her nine brothers on the family’s large ranch with many cousins as neighbors and friends.
Mary Ann graduated from Powell County High School. She then attended college for one year in Kansas City before returning to Montana and working for the Montana Highway Patrol as a clerk.
Russel Owen Burt, her high school sweetheart, proposed and they were married February 7, 1959. After their nuptials the pair moved to Anaconda and started their family. Their children; Becky, Pam, and Rusty were born there.
Following the advancement of Russel’s career, the family moved to Butte briefly before settling into their hand built forever home of 50 years in Hamilton, and welcoming Susan into the family.
Mary Ann loved raising her children and being active in their lives, her church and community. She volunteered for the schools, taught Religious Education and was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader.
As her children left home, she took a new path at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital where she was a cook for 21 years. Mary Ann loved cooking for the patients and her fellow staff members, and especially baking cookies for all.
After retirement she continued to give to her church community as a nurse assistant for the parish wellness committee and visited many shut-ins over the years.
Mary Ann’s kindness and love of people was a gift that her family, friends, community and even strangers will always cherish.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David, Jerry and Patrick; and her loving husband, Russel, who passed away on June 1, 2018. She is survived by four children, Becky Brough and husband Tim of Hamilton, Pam Van Syoc and husband Jon of Casper, Wyo., Rusty Burt and wife Chris of Hamilton and Susan Burt of McGregor Lake; seven grandchildren, Chris Van Syoc and wife Jen of Bridgeport, Tex., Mary Ann Van Syoc and husband Geoff of Winter Park, Colo., TJ Brough and fiancé JeNette Kummer of Hamilton, Maggie Brough and fiancé Marcus Petrey and their children, Olivia Brough and Ella Petrey of Corvallis, and Cody Brough, Alycia Burt and Ty Burt all of Hamilton; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Brough of Hamilton. She is also survived by her Hogan brothers, Emmett of Dillon, Donald and wife Betty of Great Falls, Thomas and wife Judy of Gold Creek, Alan and wife Eileen of Spokane, Wash. and Sam and wife Linda of Gold Creek; sister-in-law Myrna of Tacoma, Wash.; and all of her wonderful friends.
The family wishes to thank her phenomenal caregivers, Sabrina Huggins and Beth McCoy. Mary Ann’s loving and giving soul was a beacon for all that knew her. She will be missed by all she touched.
Visitation was held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 6 until 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Rosary and Vigil Services at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Parish with a reception following in the Pastoral Life Center. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Mary Ann’s name to the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care (P.O. Box 43, Hamilton, MT 59840) or to St. Francis Catholic Parish (411 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840). Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Wyatt Havens is finally free from Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. He made the choice to leave us after a long battle with the mental symptoms of his disease.
Wyatt was born along with his twin, Caleb, in Missoula. He moved to Deer Lodge as an infant to be close to his family. Growing up Wyatt had many interests. He could take things apart and sometimes put them back together, he liked to gather firewood, camp and fish. He was a 4-H member and won a purple ribbon on his crocheted pot holders. He baked brownies and played in the dirt, usually with his mom’s silverware. Wyatt was a kind and gentle soul. He wanted to motocross with his brother, but we stopped paying his entry fees due to him kindly letting everyone pass him. He was always generous, and it was important to him to make sure everyone got something for Christmas. He crocheted baby booties when his cousin was born, even though they weren’t the same size, she wore them.
Wyatt was an old soul and preferred listening to Hank and Willie. He refused to listen to new country and said it wasn’t real country. He was also a staunch Republican and had a strong moral compass. He taught us all what ear marks were when he was in the fifth grade.
Wyatt had many favorite people in his life, his grandma Kay and his grandpa Willie who were waiting for him in heaven. Wyatt’s most special person was his grandma Dee. He would sit at her kitchen table and have coffee and donuts. He had his own special coffee cup at her house. Even as a teen and young adult he would go to her house to visit and have coffee.
Wyatt started having symptoms of JHD around age 14. He was officially diagnosed after he turned 18. As his disease progressed he struggled in traditional school. He chose to go to Job Corps and he graduated with a high school diploma in heavy equipment mechanics. Unfortunately, his disease progressed enough that he wasn’t able to work as a mechanic.
In 2015 Wyatt moved to Helena. He lived next to his family in his own apartment with his brother Caleb as his next-door neighbor. Wyatt worked at Home Depot part time up until his recent increase in symptoms. We would like to say thank you to Home Depot for the kindness and understanding they showed Wyatt. Having a job gave him a sense of purpose. Their ability to see the value in Wyatt was comforting and greatly appreciated.
Wyatt is survived by his twin, Caleb, his mom and step dad Todd and Kristy Boese; his brothers Riley Boese and Jordan Havens and sister Kayin Boese; his father Lyle Havens; step mom, Jennifer Sprouse; great grandma Doris Hildebrand; grandma Linda Spaulding; grandma and grandpa Walt and Gail Boese; aunt Darcy Barry (Tygan and Maci Barry); aunt and uncle Katie and Brian Witt, uncle Shawn Boese (Alex), great aunts Judy Dowty, Debbie Gilson, Jean Moore and uncle Dean Hildebrand. Wyatt had many other cousins and second cousins he was close to.
The family would like to express thanks to the Lewis and Clark County PD and Search and Rescue, St. Peter’s ER, ICU and BHU doctors and nurses. Your professionalism, empathy and understanding have touched us deeply and made this journey a little easier. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to https://help4hd.org/. Please educate yourself about this horrible disease. Information is available at http://hdsa.org/what-is-hd/. Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home will oversee arrangements. There will be a visitation in Helena and a service and brunch Wednesday, August 22 in Deer Lodge at the Pen, 3 p.m.
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.
Violet Pauline Yockim
Violet Pauline Yockim, 90, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 30, at her home in Deer Lodge surrounded by all her children.
She was born April 21, 1928, in Nohly, to Ora Francis and Fanny B. Yadon. Educated in Fairview schools, Violet graduated Salutatorian in 1945 and married Floyd Andrew Yockim on November 16, 1946 in Miles City. She moved with her husband to Williston, N.D. in 1946, resided there for five years before moving to Sidney to begin raising their family until 1962, when they moved to Miles City. After eight years, Violet and Floyd moved to Baker until 1972, when they moved to Deer Lodge where they resided until her passing.
Violet worked as the Deputy Clerk and Recorder for Powell County until she retired in 1993. She enjoyed spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, taking pleasure in playing games and baking cookies for their delight. In retirement, she spent many a pleasing day playing pinochle and other games in the company of friends and donated many hours at the New to You store.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, brother John Thomas Yadon, sister-in-law Rebecca Yadon, brothers-in-law Ernie Valnes and Leonard Diefel, son-in-law Clint Higle, grandchildren Melissa Yockim, Jacob Roberts and Katrina Yockim-Ladd. Survivors include her seven children, Steven (Gloria) Yockim, Sidney; Theresa (Mark) Elletson, Billings; Katherine Brown, Polly Shepherd, Pamela Yockim, Thomas (Theresa) Yockim and Patricia (Gary) Reynolds, all of Deer Lodge; two sisters, Shirley Valnes, Sidney and Joanne Diefel, Billings, 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was open at 12 noon Friday August 3 followed by Parish prayers at 7 p.m. at the Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge. Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday August 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge with the Father Joe Fleming as celebrant. Luncheon followed the service at St. Mary’s Center. Burial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday August 11 at the Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. The family suggests memorials to a local cancer fund, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge and Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney.
Melvin L. Reistad
Melvin L. Reistad, 74, of Deer Lodge went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2018.
He was born and raised in Deer Lodge. His parents Melvin and Marjorie Reistad ranched southwest of Deer Lodge. Shortly after graduating from Powell County High School, Melvin joined the Navy. He served on the Hornet and the Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War as an inspector-electronic assembler, serving a total of four years. One place Melvin visited while in the service was Australia, which he fell in love with and remembered as his favorite place.
Over the years he wore many more hats, working on the Milwaukee Railroad, at the Anaconda Co., as a logger, a ranch hand, and a certified electrician; although he really loved logging.
Melvin was a practical joker and loved family gatherings. He had a soft spot for animals and spending time in the woods, was often bringing home critters in his lunch pail for his kids and built an aviary in his backyard for his birds. Melvin also enjoyed playing guitar, and later in life painting ceramics.
He recollected fondly the love of his life, Lynda Graveley, who he was married to for 20 years.
Melvin is survived by Lynda Reistad Spangberg (Larry). He is survived by his sisters and brothers; Margaret Ellen (John) Senecal, Colleen (Jerry, deceased) Meyers, Cindy (Bob) Bean, George (Rhonda) Reistad, Beccy (Brad) Haler, Ken (Renee) Reistad, and Ray Lackner. He is also survived by his children: John (Terra) Reistad, Wendy (Kelly) Nelson, Wade Reistad, their sister Amy Thomas, and their children: Alex, Justin, Jon, McKenzie, Cameron, Trevor, Robert, Kent, Sean, Daysha, Dakotah, Colter, Whest, and Karson, along with nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held at St. John Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge (410 Missouri Ave.) at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. A luncheon followed in the church fellowship hall.
Marjorie Ross Beck
Marjorie Ross Beck, 96, a life-long resident of Deer Lodge died Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Renaissance Senior Care in Deer Lodge after a brief illness. She was born on December 27, 1921 at the family home to Ralph and Caroline (Leibrock) Ross. Her parents raised her in Deer Lodge, where she attended the local schools, finally graduating from Powell County High School in 1939. She also attended Stephens College in Missouri for a short time.
Marjorie lived a full and productive life during her 96 years. Family was always very important to her, beginning with her immediate family as a child. She was the middle child between Richard, her brother, and Mary Lou, her sister. Marjorie married Ralph Beck on January 3, 1941 at St. James Episcopal Church in Deer Lodge. They were married for 57 years and had one child, Mary Lou.
Her father, RW, was the Deer Lodge funeral director, and Marjorie learned from an early age the skills and talents of a compassionate and successful funeral director. At the young age of 12, Marjorie had learned to drive and was often seen behind the wheel of the family hearse, providing needed assistance to her father and the family business. She continued through adolescence to learn the funeral directing trade, and at the age of 16, she became a registered female funeral director, one of only two in the entire state of Montana at that time. This remarkable accomplishment brought great pride to Marjorie throughout her life. After marriage, Marjorie and Ralph moved to Chicago to attend Worsham College for training in funeral home directing. Together, Marjorie and her husband Ralph purchased her father’s funeral home business and successfully ran it until 1972 when they sold the funeral home to the Jewell family and retired.
During her adult years, Marjorie dedicated herself to a variety of community endeavors. She was a dedicated pillar of St. James Episcopal Church, where she devoted her time to countless church programs and committees, including Trinity Guild. In 1968 she chaired the 100th Anniversary celebration for St. James, including editing the church history booklet for the celebration, and on Sunday, July 22, 2018 she was honored at the 150th Anniversary of St. James, just two days before her passing. She also actively participated in civic organizations such as Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, PEO, Republican Women, Deer Lodge Woman’s Club and played bridge and scrabble regularly. Through her father and then her husband, she was also associated with Rotary International, Masonic Lodge Shriners and BPOE. Not only did she attend and accompany her husband to many organizational meetings and conventions, they also traveled abroad whenever possible. Marjorie was pleased to have seen Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan in her lifetime.
Marjorie’s culinary skills were often at the center of her civic contributions as she would host luncheons, dinners, teas, and other special occasions on behalf of many causes, organizations, and personal family and friends. She was well-spoken, articulate and was raised to be a consummate lady who shared her kindness and compassion with all who knew her. Marjorie enjoyed many close friendships over the years and was always thrilled when these dear friends visited and shared conversations and stories with her. When personal visits were unattainable, Marjorie kept up correspondence through avid letter writing. In her final days, Marjorie often remarked how astounded she was to have so many dear friends at her age, and thanking each visitor personally, she carried her graciousness with her to the end.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Caroline; her brother, Dr. Richard Ross; her sister, Mary Lou Countryman; and her beloved husband of 57 years, Ralph Beck. She is survived by her daughter Mary Lou (Morten) Weiner of Meridian, Idaho; her sister-in-law Janice Schmutz of Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear personal friends.
Marjorie was quick to remind anyone that she was an “ordinary” person, but to those who knew and loved her she was nothing short of extraordinary. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Deer Lodge later this fall. Jewell Funeral Home is charge of arrangements and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. James Episcopal Church in Deer Lodge or to the organization of the donor’s choice.
“Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away; To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away). I’ll fly away, Oh Glory; I’ll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by, I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away). ”
--from the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”
Taylor Michelle Lott
Taylor Michelle Lott, 19, of Deer Lodge passed away unexpectedly due to a car accident July 27, 2018.
She was born in Deer Lodge on March 7, 1999 to Jeremy and Julie Charles Lott. She graduated from Powell County High School in 2017 as valedictorian. She was enrolled at Montana Tech and finished her first year of college.
She was very smart, positive and charismatic. Her heart was big enough to share a little piece of it with anyone she met, and she didn’t hesitate to do so. She welcomed everyone with open arms.
Taylor had a deep love for art and photography, quite frankly anything beautiful, especially flowers. She found beauty in every situation. She also loved to sing and did it exceptionally well. She was beautiful inside and out. She had many plans to travel the world, thankfully she got to enjoy two trips this summer to the Oregon Coast down through California to the Redwood Forest, and then to California to spend a couple days on the beach. She never wasted any time and was always planning something new.
Taylor is survived by her parents Julie and Jeremy, her sisters Amanda, Samantha, Cheyanne and Reagan, her brother Wayne, her nieces and nephews, Dominic, Gracie, William, Emmalynn and Grayson, and her grandma Janice. She is proceeded in death by her Papa and Nana, Patricia and Edward Charles and her grandpa Wayne Lott, and uncle Fabian Charles.
Services will be held at PCHS, August 2 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon following at The Pen.
Murray Swenson passed away at home on July 23 with his family present. Born in Deer Lodge in 1932, he was the son of C. L. and Beatrice (Murray) Swenson.
Murray grew up in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1950. He attended the University of Montana in Missoula where he joined Sigma Chi fraternity. His education was interrupted when he was drafted into the army and served 16 months in Korea. When Murray returned to Deer Lodge he worked at the smelter in Anaconda. At this time he met the love of his life, Thea Westre. They were married in 1956. He decided to go to Montana State University in Bozeman to finish his degree in Engineering in 1958. Upon graduation he was hired by Boeing. Their first daughter, Teri, was born in Seattle.
Murray and Thea returned to Montana and he worked for U. S. Gypsum in Lewistown. The family moved to Helena in 1961 where their second daughter, Karen, was born. Murray designed and built the home they lived in for the next 54 years. Murray was hired as an engineer at the Montana State Highway Department and he worked there until he retired in 1995.
After retirement Murray and Thea traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by motor home. They also made several trips to Norway to visit relatives. His hobbies included reading, skiing, camping and duck hunting. He particularly liked WWII history and a vacation highlight was a trip to Omaha Beach in France. Murray and Thea celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in June.
Murray was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Larry. He is survived by his wife, Thea and two daughters, Teri Yeager (Theron), Karen Meick (Joe), two granddaughters Emily Meick and Roslyn Yeager, his brother Larry’s children Greg Swenson and Michelle Swenson Aguirre, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 3580 N. Benton Ave., with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Burial with Military Honors was held at 2 p.m. at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison following the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Redeemer’s, an animal rescue organization or a charity of your choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhomes.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Murray.
Death Notice: Louis (Louie) Marshall Sr.
Long time Deer Lodge resident Louis (Louie) Marshall Sr. Passed away on July 27. His services are pending and will be held in Deer Lodge at a later date.
Bunny Lynn Miller
Bunny Lynn Miller, 65, of Deer Lodge passed away on Saturday morning July 14, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born April 5, 1953 in Barstow, Calif. on the Marine Base, the daughter of Glee “Smokey” Depee and Vivienne Depee.
She was a logger’s daughter raised in western Montana and graduated from Stevensville High School. In high school she was a member of the drill team as a baton twirler and participated in track. She played competitive fast pitch softball and truly enjoyed competing.
She married John Miller on June 24, 1971. Even though she was a city girl, she learned a lot about ranching and ranched with her husband, John. They ranched at multiple places around Stevensville until 1987 when they purchased a ranch at Glen. In October 1990, they sold the ranch in Glen and moved back to Stevensville to ranch. They stayed in Stevensville until the spring of 1998 and they moved down to Leadore to start a career of managing ranches.
Bunny really enjoyed working side by side with her husband on the ranch feeding, doctoring, haying and fixing fences and operating equipment. She also spent several summers working as the ditch rider up the Burnt Fork.
In 2008, they retired from managing ranches and moved to Deer Lodge to be closer to family and to chase their grandkids. She enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards and making preserves. She was most comfortable in jeans or coveralls and working outside. She had a very kind heart, was always willing to help another out and she was always a fan of the underdog.
She is survived by her husband John Miller, her mother Vivienne Depee, her children, David Miller and his wife Candice and their two children Tennyson and Emmy, Andy Miller and his three children Alivia, Miranda and Sierra and her daughter Estella, Donald Miller and his two children Max and Mayvee, and Sarah Miller and her husband Jon Cantor, her sisters and brothers- Julie and Greg Ransier, Deb and Allen Ransier, Mike and Leslie Depee, Patty and Ken Billings, Jim and Rita Depee and Teresa and Mark Stricklin and many nieces and nephews that she loved.
She is preceded in death by her dad Glee “Smokey” Depee.
There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday July 27 at Whitesitt Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on July 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Galilee Baptist Church at 208 Higgins Lane, Stevensville. A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Galilee Baptist Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Helen Frances Roberts
Helen Frances Roberts, 89 of Deer Lodge, surrounded by her loving family, went to be with her heavenly father on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Helen was born in Starkweather, N.D. at home on the farm, on October 16, 1928. She was baptized at home by the priest and was the second of six children. She married Elden Roberts in 1948 and was blessed with seven children of her own.
Helen attended a small country school through eighth grade, started her nursing career in 1960, received her GED in 1967 and went on to earn her LPN License in 1968. She retired from Powell County Memorial Hospital in 1993, three months later she went to work at the Deer Lodge Clinic and retired from there in 2007. Still wanting to help others, she went to work at the Colonial Manor. She was a nurse for 54 years and spent most of her life caring for others and enjoyed every minute of it.
Helen also enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling to different places, going for rides and spending time with family. Every Thursday Helen would have her hair styled by her daughter Debbie. No matter where she was, every Saturday evening, Helen could be found at the nearest Catholic Church praying for others. Most Sundays you would find her at Donald and Lila’s home enjoying breakfast. In her final year, her grandson Cody Mitchell enjoyed taking care of his grandma by cooking her breakfast everyday and doing her laundry.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Joseph Gangl, brothers Wilfred, Frank and Robert Gangl, daughter Susan Roberts and grandson Jacob Roberts. She is survived by sons, Daniel (Toni) Roberts of Saratoga, Wyo., David Roberts of Missoula, Donald (Lila) Roberts, Duane (Nicky) Roberts, and daughters Kathy Mitchell and Debbie (Jerry) Persons all of Deer Lodge, sister Julia Hutchison, Deer Lodge, brother Albert (Dorothy) Gangl of Kingfisher, Okla., sister-in-law Sharon Gangl of Deer Lodge, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close family friends. Helen was loved by everyone.
Services were held at the Catholic Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21, followed by a luncheon and then the burial at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing was Friday, July 20, starting at noon at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge.
Maureen Walter passed away June 22, 2018 at her youngest daughter’s home in Philipsburg.
Maureen was born on September 24, 1939 in Kilgore, Nebr. to Fern and Harvey Rodgers Sr., eventually moving to Evanston, Wyo. with her siblings, Dorothy, Helen, Harvey Jr., and her parents. She graduated from Casper’s high school in 1958.
She believed in education and went to the university of Wyoming in 1958-1960. Montana Tech for an LPN license; graduating in 1971 and Montana Tech for an Accounting and Research processing degrees when she retired from nursing, graduating in 1998.
Maureen was an EMT in 1990s, she also stayed very active for many years with the Senior Companion Program, Senior Center, Meals on Wheels when needed, and the Prison Museum until illness made it impossible for her to continue. When she wasn’t doing this, Maureen indulged in her love of traveling, camping with family, genealogy, second hand stores, quilting, knitting, needle point, and reading.
Maureen met Gerard Gersitz in 1960, married him on June 29, 1961, had four beloved children Suzi, Khandi, Karl, and Debi in that union. They later divorced. Maureen married James Moody in 1969 and had the last of her beloved children, a son Mark. They later divorced. Maureen married William Walter in 1980 who had three sons, Wayne, Randy and Rick to add to the family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, stepson Wayne, both sets of parents, Fern (Clyde) McCleery, Harvey Sr. (Emma) Rodgers and a sister Helen Manley.
Maureen is survived by her children; Suzi (Don) Marshall, Khandi (Rex) Tomscheck, Karl (Heidie Gersitz), Debi (George) McClain, and Mark Moody; 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Cramner, brother Harvey Jr. (Judy) Rodgers, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 13, at the Jewel Funeral Home with a small graveside service following. A luncheon will be at the Senior Citizen Center at 2:30, all taking place in Deer Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, if you like to please give a cash donation to Pawhs or another animal shelter. It is her favorite and you’ll be helping an animal in need or to the Senior Citizen Center of your choosing.
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo passed away on June 19, 2018, she was 25 years old.
Emily was a loving, confident and beautiful soul who was overcome by her struggle with addiction. She is the oldest of four daughters to father John (Jake) Stavlo, step-mother Kim, sisters Jackie, Kathleen, and Molly of Deer Lodge; her mother Krista Lunzer, sister Carley and brother Robby of Woodbury, Minn. Emily has a large and extended family with many caring and devoted friends.
A celebration of Emily’s life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the St. James Episcopal Church located at 307 Cottonwood Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana. A luncheon will follow the service at the fellowship hall next door.
Frank “Frog” Hull
Frank “Frog” Hull, 85 of Dillon, passed away June 29, 2018.
He was born in Boise, Idaho, September 29, 1932, to Melvin and Leona Hull. His family moved to Deer Lodge, where he graduated from high school. He attended Western Montana College, enlisted in the Army, earned an M.S. degree, continued his education at the University of Washington and earned a writing endorsement. At Western, he met the love of his life, Yvonne Wenger was married in 1956 and had six children.
Frog was preceded in death by his son, Tim Hull; his parents; brothers Bob Hull and Richard “Toad” Hull; in-laws Frank Actis, Bernard Wenger, Marilyn Hull, and Cecilia Hull; and great-granddaughter, Arianna Binns.
Frog is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne; their children: Jeanette Hood, Boise, Joyce Tonner (Diane Bialek) Beachville, Ontario, Canada, Arlene Hull, Boise, Vince (Anne) Hull, Tampa, Fla., and David Hull, Bozeman; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brother, Larry “Tadpole” Hull, Drummond; in-laws Fan Hull, Billings, Peggy Actis, Denver, Cleo Wenger, Casa Grande, Ariz., Richard and Rosemary Wenger, Bozeman, many nieces and nephews.
Frog’s celebration of life is scheduled Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room at the University of Montana Western. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.brundagefuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made to the Frank “Frog” Hull Memorial Scholarship at The University of Montana Western at https://www.umwfoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships.html/title/hull-frank-frog-hull-scholarship or to the Dillon YMCA in support of the capital campaign for a new gym.
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