Lucille “Onna” Scharf
Lucille “Onna” Scharf passed away in Deer Lodge on July 13, 2020, surrounded by her family. At mom’s request cremation has taken place.
Mom was born in Anaconda on September 1, 1927, the second of three children to Jay and Mary (Krizan) Janosko. She received her early education in Anaconda, graduating with honors from Anaconda High School in 1945. Mom then attended and graduated with honors from St. James School of Nursing, Butte, in 1948. In 1950 mom married George Alvin Scharf. She and dad made their home in Deer Lodge.
Following graduation from nursing school, mom did part-time nursing and also performed special duty nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Deer Lodge for a short period of time. Because she enjoyed psychiatric nursing, mom began working at the Montana State Hospital - Warm Springs as a staff nurse, then head nurse, and finally as an afternoon supervisor for the next 31 years, retiring in 1989. While employed at Warm Springs she was an active member of the Montana Nurses’ Association, serving as the president, on the Board of Directors, and various nursing committees.
Following her retirement, mom enjoyed volunteering at the Powell County Senior Center. Positions she held at the Senior Center were president, vice president, secretary, board member and meal delivery person. Mom was so proud of her years spent as a volunteer instructor for the “55 Safe Driving Program” in Deer Lodge. At one time she was the longest serving volunteer in the Montana program.
One of mom’s other proudest accomplishments was the fact she learned to fly an airplane before she could drive an automobile. Mom soloed at Felt’s Field, Spokane, Wash. in 1947.
Mom was an avid sock knitter, enjoyed cooking Sunday and holiday meals for her family and friends, along with making candy, baking, traveling, playing BINGO and time spent with family and friends.
Mom was especially proud and grateful for her beloved family, friends and her faith.
Preceding mom in death was her dear husband, mother and father, sister Lillian (Poodie) Fredstrom, brother Jack Janosko, her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is survived by her daughter Karla, sons Ed and Bill (Melissa), grandchildren Tony (Kelli), Andy (Melissa), Ryan (Kira), and Dana, great-grandchildren Kase, Cayden, Keegan, Sydnie, Maxwell, Mason, Easton, Camden (scheduled to arrive August 3), and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Scharf family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful care mom received over the last two and one-half years while she was a resident of the Renaissance Senior Care facility, the doctors and staff of the Deer Lodge Medical Center, Frontier Hospice and Father Fleming. Our special thanks also goes out to her extended family and many friends, including Suzette Pentland and Buddy Jones, along with her beloved “Louie’s Bakery gang.”
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the Powell County Senior Center, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rialto Theatre, or the donors’ choice.
A celebration of life memorial will be planned when the Covid-19 crisis is over.
Gordon Callant (Age 61) - Born in Deer Lodge on April 8, 1959 and died July 10, 2020.
Gordon passed away peacefully from pancreatic cancer in his home. His sister, Janice Callant, and Skyler Knuchel, who was like a son to him, were by his side. Refusing any conventional treatment for his cancer; Gordy died as he lived-fiercely proud and independent.
While raised in Deer Lodge and graduated in 1977 from Powell County High, Gordy also lived in Alabama, Alaska, California, Washington, and Wyoming. Gordon loved to travel and see the world. He traveled to many countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, and Switzerland. Gordy also enjoyed his career driving a semi-truck throughout North America, and proudly visited every state within the United States of America.
Gordy was loved deeply by all those that knew him. He was known for being “The Keeper of Secrets” because he was a man of few words. Gordy rarely, if ever, said a negative word about anyone. He cared deeply for his friends, and loved his family dearly.
He is survived by his siblings Donna Callant, Richard Callant, Grant Callant, and Janice Callant. Gordy will be reunited in Heaven with his parents, Joe and Wilma, and Yogi, his beloved German Shepherd. We picture them now in a fantastic reunion.
Gordy’s family would like to recognize Montana State Prison where he worked for the last six years. The support they provided through this challenging time was incredible. Many of his colleagues donated their vacation and sick time so he could keep his health benefits, making it possible for him to continue on hospice. We are deeply grateful to all of those who supported him. God bless all of you.
Catholic Mass will be held on Saturday July 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722. (Due to COVID 19, only 50 people will be allowed in the church at one time.)
The same day, Memorial Party to follow after Mass at 1 p.m., at the home of Doug (Charlie) Beck: 1268 Greenhouse Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 PLEASE RSVP by 7/16/20 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret (Marge) Sowa
Margaret (Marge) Sowa died July 3, 2020. She was born in Deer Lodge on June 21, 1926 to Walter and Marie (Wales) Coughlin. She grew up in Helmville, attended grade school there and at St. Mary’s in Deer Lodge. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula and attended the University of Great Falls.
She married Daniel F. Sowa of Great Falls on June 23, 1945 at St. Joseph’ s Church in Seattle, Wash. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Shieldsville, Minn., the Legion of Mary, the Fatima Prayer Group, and Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers.
Survivors are Margaret (Peg) Kleven and son-in-law Tom, Mark Sowa, Tim Sowa and daughter-in-law Cindy, Ann Naas and son-in-law David, seven grandchildren, John (Jody) Sowa, Eric (Sue) Kleven, Alice (Duane) Rhodes, Matt (Melinda) Kleven, Jason Fortunato, Daniel Sowa, and Elizabeth Sowa, as well as eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gerry Coughlin, sisters Marilyn Hansen and Myrna Coughlin, all of Deer Lodge. Burial will be in Helmville in the fall. Memorials should be sent to your favorite charity.
Gregory “Tinker” Tangen
Gregory “Tinker” Tangen, 67, joined his beloved parents and younger brother on March 22, 2020. He is survived by his older brother; son, daughter and their spouses; and four grandchildren.
Greg moved with his family from North Dakota to Deer Lodge when he was a teenager. Best known as “Tinker” or “Tink,” because he was always tinkering with something, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating high school. He proudly served for 20 years, retiring as chief warrant officer two (CW2).
After his retirement, Greg lived in Washington state for a number of years before returning to Deer Lodge. He is fondly remembered for his love of country music, playing the guitar, good barbecue, animals and working on cars.
Greg’s ashes will be laid to rest during a private graveside service July 30, Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge. Those who knew Greg are invited to celebrate his life at 1 p.m., July 30, Corner Bar, 404 Main St., Deer Lodge.
Donations can be made to Partnership for Animal Welfare Humane Society (PAWHS) Deer Lodge, 226 Vigilante Dr.
Barbara May Jackson
Barbara May Jackson, 86.
On June 26, 2020 Barbara was reunited with her husband James of 68 years. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by family.
Barbara was born in Centerville Colo. to Frank and Lena Lindquist on May 5, 1934. She married James Dec. 1, 1952, they then moved to Deer Lodge in 1969. She worked for Safeway as a clerk and bookkeeper. She enjoyed the outdoors and being with her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband James, daughter-in-law Rosa Jackson and great-grandson Dalton Conat. She is survived by her children Sharon (Dale) Salomon, William Jackson and Debra (Dale) LaTray, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Roger Jackson and sister-in-law Margie Leman.
The family would like to thank Compasses Hospice for their care during this time. A private family service will be held at later date.
Joyce Reistad, 77 years old, formerly of Snohomish, Wash. went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 15, 2020.
Joyce enjoyed attending church, reading, watching mysteries, socializing, and sharing time with her grandchildren.
Joyce is survived by her son Troy Heim, Suzanne Aos, and Kelly Lietzow. Grandchildren Adrian, Justeen, Shelby, Emma, Sydney, Lyndsey, and great-grandchildren Evelyn and baby Prinz. Joyce was preceded in death by daughter Deanna.
Joyce’s family would like to thank all of her friends in Deer Lodge and her niece Debbie for their love and friendship over the years.
Bernard (Bernie) K. Barton Jr.
Bernard (Bernie) K. Barton Jr. passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born October 18, 1967 in Butte, and joined the Barton family with his dad, Bernard K. Sr., mother, Mary K., and sister, Kimberly in Libby.
In 1971, Bernie’s dad was transferred to Deer Lodge with the Montana Highway Patrol where he completed his schooling in Powell County, graduating in 1987. While in school, Bernie was President of his FFA Chapter and 4-H club, and was always proud of coming home with his accomplishments. He joined the Navy Reserve and attended Boot Camp during his junior and senior year. He also received his private pilot’s license during this time. After graduation, Bernie attended Aircraft Mechanics School in Helena where he met his future wife, Kathy Knoles, who was attending Nurses Training. They were married in 1989. They have a son, Gregory, from this union. While residing in Helena, Bernie worked at the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s office as a Detention Officer and a Reserve Deputy. Bernie and Kathy moved to Deer Lodge in 1996 where he worked at the Powell County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy and at the Browns School until its closing. Bernie attended Rocky Mountain Bible Mission where became a Pastor and ministered at a church in Wolf Creek. He also managed the Northern Energy Plant in Helena. Bernie took a disability retirement after being diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS. His passions were flying, hiking, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, hunting, and doing things with his family.
Bernie was preceded in death by his mother, Mary K. Barton, grandparents Lester and Alma Barton, and Clarence and Mary Burton.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy, son, Gregory (Tiko), grandchildren, Teddy and Samari of Helena, his parents, Bernard and Marion Barton of Deer Lodge, sister, Kim (Matt) Griffin of Prineville, Ore., stepbrother Jim (Alissa) Yaskulski of Great Falls, and stepsister, Suzann (Chris) Smaldone of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He had many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, a special friend, Leona Lombard, and his loving dog, “Oakley.” Donations may be made to the Powell County Medical Foundation Playground or the donors’ choice. A gathering time to remember Bernie will be planned for a later date.
Paul Howard Bissonette
On June 20 while on his afternoon walk in Pendleton, Ore., Paul joined his daughter, Mary Margaret, who passed 33 years ago. Paul was born on September 2, 1931 in Deer Lodge, to Howard and Hattie (Petersen) Bissonette. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his twin sons, Robert Howard and William Paul and his stepchildren Eric and Dena. At the time of his passing, Paul had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Raised on a farm/ranch in Hall, Paul worked hard and came to respect the land and the people around him. He did well in school and joined the Navy during the Korean conflict. After his discharge, he attended MSU and WSU on the GI bill to become a Veterinarian. He married Carol Ann in 1957 in Pullman, Wash. and fathered his twin sons (with two and a half years of schooling remaining). In 1959 he moved with his wife and twins to the Deer Lodge Valley where he started his vet practice and soon Mary came along. He went into business with Fred Metcalf in Drummond, and in 1961 started the Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic in Deer Lodge. Fred and Paul were partners for some 30 years and great friends.
In 1976, Paul found himself single and coincidently so had his soul mate, Patricia, who he had met during a team roping at the fairgrounds in Deer Lodge. Paul, Bob Cowan and Pete McQueary got together and started the Mt. Powell Roping Club and for many years had a great time. Paul and Pat were married in 1978 and lived in Deer Lodge and Garrison until 2016 when they moved to Pendleton, Ore. They were married for 42 years until his passing, they even built a home together and never had one single fight or heated decision.
Paul was the kind of person who everyone enjoyed spending time with. He always greeted everyone with a smile and humor. Because of his practice, there was not an adult in Powell County that didn’t know “Dr. Paul.” He was a cowboy at heart, and as such he had a simple philosophy: Work hard, play hard, be honest and spend more time listening than talking. Paul’s description of heaven was “What people think of you when you are gone,” so live life with honor, dignity and respect. He was a true veterinarian, patients and clients came first. He held them on the highest pedestal and nothing came between him and them when in need, he dropped everything when a call came in, gave up family gatherings or even a night out on the town for the animals. He was so dedicated to his profession and will greatly be missed by so many.
Due to the pandemic, memorial services will not be held. A private celebration of Paul’s life will be held by family members at a later date. To honor Paul, we ask that you hold a warm thought, a fond memory and may be tip a glass to the kind man he was.
In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to charity of donors’ preference.
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Charles Ervin Goff
Charles Ervin Goff, 75, of Drummond, passed away on Monday June 1, 2020, peacefully at his home of natural causes.
Charles was born on April 20, 1945 in Anaconda, to Charles E Goff Sr. and Blanche Goff/Denton of Plains. He attended elementary school in Martin City, and high school in Drummond.
Charles continued his education at University System of Montana Western in Dillon. Married Terry Longie on May 15, 1967. They moved to Ogden, Utah where he attended Weber State. They later moved to Kansas City, Mo. He attended a vocational school for computer programming, graduating first in his class. After graduating from programming school, he worked for Freeport Center in Clearfield, Utah. Later in his life Charles worked the rest of his years for Washington Construction until he retired to care for his ill mother in 1996. Charles also enjoyed helping his son Charlie on the ranch in Philipsburg, and his neighbors the Weaver’s in the Bearmouth area.
He enjoyed riding and doing mechanic work on his Harley Davidson motorcycles. Charles also enjoyed hunting and reloading ammo for his 38 Ruger Pistol. He liked playing the trumpet, saxophone and listening to Ray Charles. Charles also enjoyed his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Terry Lowery of Dillon; a son and his family, Charles (Wendy) Goff of Philipsburg; grandchildren Tayber, Courtney and Sarah. A daughter and her family, Shannon Devers; grandchildren Beau of Butte; Colter (Jordan) Devers of Bozeman; Nycole (Clint) LaRowe; great-grandchild, Liv of Lewistown; as well as numerous cousins.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Services will be at 11 a.m. at the Saint Philips Catholic Church in Philipsburg. Burial will follow at Philipsburg Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at Saint Philips. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
Katee Gene Ferguson (Bohrer)
Katee Gene Ferguson (Bohrer), age 22, of Anaconda, passed away on May 28, 2020. Katee was born in Helena in December of 1997. She is survived by her husband Colton Ferguson (separated), two sons, James Ferguson and Sebastian Ferguson, parents Nelson and Amanda Bohrer, and siblings Aubree Bohrer, Leevi Bohrer and Natalee Bohrer.
Katee spent the majority of her life in Deer Lodge, where she was raised by her parents. Katee was home schooled until her senior year, where she attended Powell County High School and was a 2016 graduate. That same year she met Colton Ferguson, whom she later married in July of 2018. Together they shared two sons, James Ferguson, 3, and Sebastian Ferguson, 1.
Katee was an authentic friend to everyone. She had a magnetic personality that lit up any room. Her contagious smile was warm and inviting. She was very caring and giving.
Katee had many talents and passions. She loved acting on stage and in film. She was skilled with a crochet hook and made many gifts for the people in her life. She enjoyed making art with acrylic, watercolor and spray paint. She loved quilting, book making and scrapbooking. Other things she enjoyed were reading and collecting books, camping, hiking, fishing, and trips to Yellowstone. She had a fetish for Star Wars, watching The Office and country drives.
Lives Katee touched are invited to reminisce, grieve and support each other at the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge, located on 418 Main St., at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19.
A luncheon will follow the service at Deer Lodge Assembly of God church located on 601 5th St.
Colin (Ky) Edward Morrison
Colin (Ky) Edward Morrison, 71, of Deer Lodge, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 16, 2020. Ky is survived by his beloved wife Clara of 50 years, son Mark (Tiffany), daughter Steffanie (Chris), grandsons Dakotah, Colter, Whest, and Kaden, granddaughters Karsun, Lindsey, Brittney, Emma, Sophie Jo and Layla, and great-grandson Grant. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends who each held a very special place in his heart. Colin was preceded in death by his mother and father, Anna and Albert Morrison, brothers Marvin, Dan, and Scotty, and sisters Joyce, Mickey, Barbara, Lois, and Flossy, and numerous other family members and friends who are too many to mention but meant the world to him.
Ky was born on Sept. 27, 1948 in Philipsburg. He was raised up on Swede Hill and had very fond memories of growing up there. He would often talk of having to walk to school through 6 ft. of snow, uphill both ways, and funny enough this story was true. From a very young boy, Ky was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and mining for sapphires and gold, camping up at Stony Creek and spending time with his family. Ky graduated from Granite County High School and attended Montana State University for a short time before honorably serving in the Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. His experience in the service played an important role in his life. He was very proud to be a Marine, and he passed his love of the service onto his son Mark who proudly enlisted years later. Upon returning home from the service, Ky met the love of his life Clara (Johnson) Morrison. The two married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends at St. Timothy’s Chapel at Georgetown Lake. Ky and Clara settled down in Deer Lodge to raise their family. He travelled the country for a time as a Pipe Fitter, and worked at the Anaconda Company and Railroad before beginning his longtime employment at Louisiana Pacific in Deer Lodge where he worked as a boiler operator.
Throughout his life, Ky enjoyed camping, boating, hunting, fishing, travelling, and spending time with his family, especially his children, grandkids, nieces and nephews, and most recently his adorable great-grandson. He was a bright light with a huge personality that was loved by everyone that he knew. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be announced at a later time due to concerns from COVID. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that you make a donation to your favorite local charity.
Harlan “Buv” L. Clark
Harlan “Buv” L. Clark.
May 17, 1938- May 8, 2020.
Harlan passed over peacefully at his home in Elliston on May 8, 2020. His wife Joanne Johnson and family were at his side. He was born in Helena to Roy Clark and Helen Dixon-Clark. He was raised by his mom and the people of Elliston and was a third generation resident. He was one of the last old timers; hard worker, story teller, prankster, lover of life and happiest in the mountains. He laughed so hard tears would run down his face.
At the age of six, he was welcomed in the logging camps and his job was skidding logs with a work horse named Dolly. During his logging career he was a sawyer, skidder operator, and truck driver. Buv served in the US Army. Jobs included tunnel watchman for Burlington Northern, ranch hand, different types of mining and he loved to pan for gold in the creeks of Elliston. Buv helped a number of people who needed advice or a helping hand. His knowledge made it able for him to fix anything and he was a jack of all trades. In his retirement he loved to build decorative wagons which are now located throughout the western United States.
Buv is survived by his wife Joanne Johnson of Elliston, his four children: David (Mary Ellen) Clark of Helena, Cindy Moore of Pablo, Mathew (Cyndi) Johnson of Butte, and Heather (Tony) Weldon of Lake Charles, LA. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan Clark of Helena, Amanda of Missoula, and Kylie Quigley of Elliston; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Uncle Jim Dixon, and his granddaughter Brandy Moore.
His best buddies were his granddaughter Kylie and his dog Kimmer.
Harlan will be greatly missed by the lives he touched. A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced later.
Debra Cooksey, a great friend and member of the Deer Lodge community, passed away on Tuesday, April 28.
On September 23, 1954, she was born Debra Roann Sommerville in Clarksburg, West Virginia to Thomas Eugene Sommersville and Mabel Marie Faulkner. She enjoyed her childhood with friends and a quality education in the public schools of Anmoore and Bridgeport, West Virginia. She enjoyed taking Sunday drives while listening to music. She loved animals, especially her cat Cricket.
Debra was a proud Christian and looked forward to being reunited with her husband. She did not want a funeral service, but donation could be made to the animal shelter of your choice.
She will be missed.
Argerula “Arge” Helen (Politis) Morgan
Argerula “Arge” Morgan passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24 at the age of 84 in Poulsbo, Wash. Arge was born on April 14, 1936 in Deer Lodge. She is survived by her loving family: her son, Patrick Sullivan (Tracy), her two grandchildren, Tiffany Perrin (Travis) and Christopher Sullivan (Andrea); and her great-grandchildren, Aloura, Taylor, Myah and Nikkolaos. She is the daughter of Michael J. Politis and Agnes (Miller) Politis. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Phillip Wayne Morgan, in July 2011.
After graduating from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, she moved to Seattle, Wash., where she focused her attention on raising her family and on her career. She worked as a Finance/Loan Officer at Avco Delta/Seaboard Finance Company, retiring after 32 years of dedicated service. After retiring, Arge and her husband moved back to Deer Lodge where they enjoyed the close knit community atmosphere.
Arge was an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan; she and her husband were one of the first Seahawks Season Ticket Holders, and although they had to give them up when they retired to Deer Lodge, she continued to root for her teams and passed on her love of sports, the Mariners and Seahawks, to her son and grandchildren. Arge had a strong desire to support her local community, volunteering at the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge, and supporting a Kitsap County animal rescue group after relocating to Silverdale to be closer to family. During her tenure on the board of directors of the Rialto Theatre, she also volunteered at the theatre’s concessions. Arge was sharp-witted, generous, enjoyed shopping and spoiling her great-grandchildren. She was a spirited conversationalist and treasured the time spent catching up with old friends from her hometown. She will truly be missed.
Her private graveside service will be held at Abbey View Memorial Park in Brier, Wash. on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. Cards and expressions of support may be mailed to 1073 Thorndyke Rd., Port Ludlow, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rialto Theatre (www.deerlodgerialto.com) or to Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) (www.nwkare.org). An online memorial can be seen at www.lewischapel.com.
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