Kenneth Dean Johnson
On January 8, 2022, Kenneth Dean Johnson passed away at his home in Deer Lodge, Montana surrounded by his four children and family at the age of 75. Ken was born in Deer Lodge on November 14, 1946, to Allen Palmer Johnson and Marian Ruth (Christoffersen) Johnson.
He graduated from Powell County High School in 1965. After accepting a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Montana State University, he transferred to Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and graduated with a BA in 1969. Ken then began his career in education, teaching, and coaching. After leaving education, he became the proud owner/operator of Captain’s Quarters Dry Stak Marina in Le Claire, Iowa for 25 years. Ken returned to his beloved hometown, residing near his family’s ranch, in his beautiful log cabin built on their original homestead. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors, hunting, fishing, collecting horns, working on the family ranch, and tending to his land. Throughout those years, he spent time traveling and capturing pictures of beautiful scenery and special moments with loved ones.
In his later years, he found a passion for gathering Montana moss agates, tumbling and polishing them to perfection with his significant other Barb Simonsen. Ken was a devoted father and grandfather who made many trips to the midwest to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered as an advisor, role model, listener, and supporter of all their activities.
Ken is survived by his four loving children and 12 grandchildren Tonja Lynelle Ross (Logan, Connor), Dean Allen Johnson (Chloe, Madelyn, Mason), Kyle Robert and (Kari) Johnson (Koby, Tyson, Kendal, Trey, Presley), Austin Shane and (Adrienne) Johnson (Arley, Parker); and his four siblings John Johnson, Kay and (Carl) Hoyt, Dave and (Barb) Johnson, Cindy Clawson; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Allen and Marian Johnson.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 15th. Ken was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery, next to his parents. Condolences may be mailed to Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2009 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701 and will be forwarded to Ken’s family. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Ken.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Ken and his family.
Darlene Carol Jacobsen Marsh
The love of Orin’s life, Darlene Carol Jacobsen Marsh, passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2021 after dealing with a number of illnesses. Darlene was born January 23, 1951 to Harry & Dorothy Jacobsen in Deer Lodge Montana. Where she grew up and attended various schools, graduating from Powell County High School. After graduation she worked for a short time in Butte before heading to Albuquerque, NM to join the Job Corp. While there she earned multiple certificates upon her graduation. She then returned to Montana taking a job at the Boulder River School and Hospital, where she worked with the deaf and blind, eventually meeting the love of her life, Orin Marsh. They were married June 12, 1976. Together over the next four years fostered six children. They were then blessed with the birth of their only child, Crispin, on May 18, 1980. Only 20 minutes after Mount Saint Helen’s first blew. During their time together they also had 15 dogs, as she was an avid dog lover. Darlene worked various jobs around the town of Boulder before going back to school for accounting, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in 1998. Her first grandchild was born 2002, Ethan Marsh, followed by Jordan Marsh in 2005. Besides doing whatever she could for her grandchildren, she loved to read mystery romance novels, watch the news and HGTV to get ideas to improve her home.
She is preceded in death by both parents, an infant sister Marlene, brother-in-law Ralph Hult and niece Hollie Hult. She is survived by her husband Orin Marsh, son Crispin (Heather) Marsh, grandchildren Ethan Marsh and Jordan Marsh. Sisters Jolene Hult and Kathy (Tom) McElderry and their children, Heather (Tripp) Mincey, Corrie Hult (Pat), Janay (Garrett) Karnath, and three great nephews. Also special friends, Dean and Connie Grenz and Peggy Bouldry.
Services will be held January 23, 2022 at Boulder United Methodist Church in Boulder, MT at 2pm.
Gregg D Enger
Gregg D Enger passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of December 23, 2021, from multiple myeloma.
Gregg loved life, which is evident from his determination to hold on to life for as long as possible.
Gregg was born in Belmont, CA, to Don O. and Janice A. Enger. He was raised in CA, but spent many a summer with his Uncle Pete in Deer Lodge MT. That close relationship with his uncle prompted him to move to MT, and to make his ancestral home his home. He loved his childhood, his siblings and the innocence that comes with a fantastic upbringing. Gregg was a skilled carpenter, logger, mechanic, and a fixer of all things. He loved his self-made job, and through good times and lean times, Enger Bros. Sawmill provided both an income and satisfaction of a job well done.
His two daughters brought pure joy to him. He was a patient and devoted father. He loved his chosen career and always said his hours were 9 to 2 with an hour off for lunch.
Those of us that knew him know this really wasn’t the case.
Gregg was an avid reader, and enjoyed sharing authors and books with his brother-in-law Dick. He had a talent for all things, but G Scale trains became his hobby of choice. He loved figuring out all of the intricacies of model railroading without benefit of manuals!
While most put a train under a tree at Christmas, Grandpa Gregg put a G Scale circus train, complete with sound under the tree!
Target shooting was another favorite hobby. Only in Montana can you go out on your back porch and “plink” a few at targets (don’t worry, there was no danger to human or critter). It may have been a little tricky shooting from the electric wheel chair, but he got the job done!
Gregg had a quick wit and a ready smile. He loved to laugh, and was not afraid to cry.
This amazing human being left each of us with a special memory of what a kind, gentle, good humored, and valuable person he was. Simply put, he was a “good guy.”
Gregg is survived by his mother, Janice Enger of Fallbrook, CA. His wife, Cindy Clawson. Daughters: Amanda Enger (Francis) of Carson City NV, Elizabeth Enger (Joe) of Boise ID. Grandchildren: Weslee, Kimber, and Lynkon. Sister Teri (Dick) Southworth Slagle ID and brother Tom (Gail) Enger Thompson Falls MT.
The family thanks all of the friends and relatives for all of their help, prayers, positive thoughts and assistance during the past few trying years.
Memorials are preferred to charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 2nd at The Pen Convention Center, 925 Main St., Deer Lodge, MT with a luncheon to follow at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main, Deer Lodge, MT.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Gregg. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Gregg and his family.
Earl Harry Hoppe
Earl Harry Hoppe, age 92, of Deer Lodge, Montana, died of natural causes on December 12, 2021, at St. Patrick’s hospital in Missoula, Montana.
He was born on October 23, 1929, to John and Hannah Hoppe in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, Minnesota, the ninth of eleven children.
He was active in sports as a youth and graduated from high school in Henderson, Minnesota, in 1949. He met Mary Grayce Bisch, at the local Green Giant Cannery, and the two were married on August 15, 1951, at the Catholic church in Cleveland, MN. Earl was in the Army from March 1951--March 1953 (Honorable Discharge), and he was deployed to Korea where he delivered mail aboard a train running from Seoul to Pusan, sometimes under enemy fire.
He had a fulfilling career as a contractor and a trained union carpenter. Earl and Mary had nine children, all born in Mankato, Minnesota. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and after a hunting trip to Montana in 1973, he fell in love with Montana. In 1975, he and Mary packed the family, along with a hen and a dozen tomato plants, into a little Chevy LUV light pickup truck and moved to a mountain view hillside outside of Deer Lodge.
He provided well for his family. He was loyal, generous, and helpful to people. After retirement he helped his children remodel or build their homes and helped local non-profits with their construction projects. Earl spent many hours in his extensive garden and in the garage next to his wood stove and adopted stray cat. He kept busy hunting, fishing, canning pickles, smoking fish, making mule deer sausage and rhubarb wine, woodworking, cutting firewood and raising chickens. He grew petunias to give to the community and loved chatting around his barrel stove with his friends and family. When asked, he said that he wanted to be remembered for making great picture frames out of diamond willow.
Earl’s surviving family include Mary, his wife of 70 years, his children and their spouses: daughters- Mary Lynn (Jerry Stringer), Connie Girard, Gwen (Jim Day) and Rosie; sons- Allen (Susan), Terry (Katrina), Jerry (Marie), Charles (Anne-Marie), and John (Kirsten); and, his sister Alvera Carufel of Hastings, Minnesota. Earl and Mary were blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy, Ethel, Freida, Joan and Myrtle, and brothers Adolf (Chris), Alfred, Lawrence, and Norman.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
The family is very grateful to friends and healthcare workers who helped him in his final days. We will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that any donations be made to the Deer Lodge Food Pantry, 101 Milwaukee Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, or to the Church.
Daniel J. McDonnell
August 1948 – October 2021
Daniel J. McDonnell (Dan) was born in Butte, Montana to Patrick and Rose McDonnell in August 1948. Dan was returned to their loving arms on October 9, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Dan started his health care career as an attendant MSH at Warm Springs State Hospital in Warm Springs, Montana and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1978 from Montana State University. Soon after graduating, he joined the army, serving for 12 years and separating from service as a captain.
Dan entered the private health care field with Group Health Hospital in Seattle, Washington, as a surgical nurse for 24 years.
He had a passion for art, antiques, and music and was a BIG Barbara Streisand fan. Over the years, he gifted lovely antiques, and jewelry to his family. Dan will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.
Dan is received in heaven by parents Patrick and Rose McDonnell, brothers, Patrick, and Michael. He is survived by his loving sister Rose Marie Periman of Great Falls, Montana, nephews and nieces Kenneth Periman, Bob Periman (Lora), Annie Gilbert (Bill), Bill Periman (Ann-Margaret) and Tana Periman (Jim Nye). The family wants to express their heartfelt appreciation to Jean Robinson for her selfless care and friendship for Dan during his life and last days.
A graveside service will be held in the spring of 2022 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana, with dates and times to be announced when arrangements are complete. Daniel will be laid to rest next to his parents.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Dan. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Dan and his family.
Reverend Robert “Bob” Mitchell
Reverend Robert “Bob” Mitchell of Deer Lodge, MT went to be with our LORD on December 11, 2021.
Bob was born June 9, 1949 to John W. and Adele DS Mitchell in Bethpage, NY. He was the middle son of three boys.
In high school Bob loved running track. He graduated from Bethpage High in 1967.
He met his wife of 45 years, Michele Bonder, while attending Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Il. There’s an inside family joke on who proposed to who, but they were married August 21, 1976. They had four children.
Bob was a teacher first, then a Director of Christian Education, then a Pastor.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Literature and master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling.
Following God’s call, the family moved to Palo Alto, Ca; Everett, Wa; Fort Wayne, In; Bozeman, Mt; then finally – Bob and Michele moved to Deer Lodge, Mt.
Bob was called many names: Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Papa, Author, Friend, Mentor, Counselor and Pastor. He was known for his love of God, his humor, his patience, kindness, understanding and selflessness. He loved reading, listening to the oldies, classic movies and being outside. Most of all he loved his family and adored his role as Papa to his grandkids.
Bob is survived by his wife, Michele (Deer Lodge, Mt), three daughters and one son.
Genelle “Jill” Mitchell (Richland, Wa) – McKayla (MJ), Madysen, & Mataya.
Kathryn “Kati” (Damon) Woods (Helena, Mt) – Michael (Elisa) & William.
Matthew “Matt” (Holly) Mitchell (Three Forks, Mt) – Jackson & Maizy.
Keren “Mitch” Mitchell (Bozeman, Mt). He is also survived by his older and younger brothers: John (Jeannie) Mitchell (S. Carolina) and Carl (Janissa) Mitchell (Idaho).
He is proceeded in death by his grandparents “Pop” and “Gram”, and his parents John and Adele.
Bob’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Arrangements under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Frances Hertz Mathews
December 24, 1932 – December 9, 2021
Frances Hertz Mathews passed away at her home in Pueblo, Colorado surrounded by her loving family. Frances was born to Frank and Violet Hertz in Deer Lodge and attended school there.
She graduated from Powell County High School in 1950 and went on to attend Montana State University with a major in nursing.
She married Clyde Mathews in 1954 in Deer Lodge and was married for 67 years. She is survived by her husband Clyde, her two daughters Stephanie and Beverly, and a son Alan. She is also survived by her sister and husband Ann Hertz Findlay (Thomas Findlay) of Deer Lodge.
Yvonne Johns, 84
DEER LODGE – Surrounded by family, Kathryn “Yvonne” Johns passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 13, 2021, after suffering from a stroke that same day.
Yvonne was born to Edward William Schmidt and Ethel Armstrong Schmidt on May 20, 1937, in Whitehall. May 20 was a birthday she would later share with her granddaughter Patti.
Yvonne attended school in Anaconda and Twin Bridges graduating from Twin Bridges High School in 1955.
Yvonne knew how to enjoy life, and always had a positive attitude. Her fun-loving ways, quick wit, kindness, and common sense would draw people near to her.
Although her stature was small, she was one of the toughest women ever. Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was only in her twenties, Yvonne suffered pain throughout most of her life and you never would know it, as she never complained and always worked hard at remaining active throughout her life with strength and determination.
Hobbies of Yvonne were playing the piano, sewing, fishing (drowning worms as she called it), and cooking. She also could fix anything from a broken lamp to a broken pipe. Her common sense approach was amazing in how she could come up with solving problems.
Yvonne’s true God given gift was her green thumb in gardening and creating beautiful flower gardens. She would be happy spending the entire sunny day digging in the dirt, planting and caring for flowers.
We know she is at peace and very happy tending to the gardens in Heaven and we also know Heaven is more beautiful than ever with her in it.
Yvonne was a loving mother raising three children, Mike, Avalon and Rick. She was also instrumental in the lives and raising of two nieces and a nephew, Sonja, Natasha, and Adam Morris. Yvonne was a big part of her grandchildren’s lives attending plays, equine and 4-H events, concerts, sporting events, and fixing lunch for them and their friends while they were in school.
Yvonne spent most of her life as a homemaker, but also worked and volunteered at various jobs throughout her life such as Intermountain Bus in Anaconda, an accounting firm, the Ranch Bar, Jacobson Greenhouse, and she spent several years planting and maintaining the beautiful flower gardens for the Deer Lodge Museums. She was also quick to lend a hand to the elderly as needed.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson Jacob Johns, her brother Ralph Schmidt and her sister Margaret Sharon Schmidt. Survivors include her children Mike (Lori) Johns of Deer Lodge, Avalon Kellough of Clinton, Rick (Terri) Johns of Helena, son-in-law Mike Kellough of Clinton, her grandchildren Patti (Danny) Faaborg, Jason (Carrie) Johns, Kyla (Luke) Johnson, Andrew Kellough, Brooklyn (Matthew) Blassic, Courtney Johns, and Myles Johns, six (6) great-grandchildren, her sister Lola Leonne Ouellette of Missoula, brother “Buddy” Lamar (Jane) Forvilly of Noti, Oregon, and Aard Voll of Anaconda and Canada who she always referred to as her adopted brother, her nieces and nephew Sonja “Toni” Morris, Natasha “Tosh” Morris, and Adam Morris, and numerous friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Saturday, December 18 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital (Baghdad Temple), Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge, or Pintler Pets in Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service are entrusted with Yvonne’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Ada Marie (Berg) Lee
Polson - Ada Marie (Berg) Lee, 67 years young, succumbed to her battle against brain cancer on December 9, 2021 at her cabin made of love in Polson, Montana. She was born in Livingston on June 10, 1954 to Ben and Joan Berg, and grew up in Bozeman with her two older sisters, Babs and Kathy, and younger brother, Hal.
Ada attended Bozeman High, and after graduation she traveled and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She then completed her elementary education degree at the University of Montana and eventually earned a master’s degree in the arts from Lesley University.
Her first teaching job brought her to Deer Lodge, she thought “for just one year, and then back to Missoula.” A local boy, Jim Lee, won her heart and kept her in Deer Lodge for the next 43 years. Ada taught first grade and kindergarten for 37 years. As an educator, her goal was to always make learning fun as she engaged students to do their best by literally performing headstands to motivate. The prep, love, zest, and fun she infused into her career inspired her two daughters and many new educators whom she mentored to enter the profession. She was bestowed with the Montana Gold Star Teaching Award.
Jim and Ada raised two daughters, Rachael and Joanna and, in her usual style, set the bar high. Her commitment to motherhood was unparalleled. Ada had a knack for making everything a special and detailed event from birthday parties, to baby/wedding showers, to appetizers with friends on Thursday nights. Later on, she lovingly welcomed two sons (Bryant and Patrick) who married into the family.
Ada was an engaged community member. She was proud to be a P.E.O. sister supporting women in their educational endeavors. In addition, she was an active member of the Deer Lodge Education Association and on the Deer Lodge Literacy Board. From earning money for the local Rialto Theater to building playgrounds, she was an involved and enthusiastic volunteer.
She enjoyed her retirement, traveling, field trips with her close friends, and spending time with the grandkids.
As her illness progressed, Ada and Jim streamlined their lives by selling their beloved Deer Lodge home to focus on finishing their cabin at Flathead Lake. At the lake, Ada felt most relaxed and found immense joy watching her family and friends laugh and play. The image of Ada sitting on the shore, watching her four grandchildren, Brooks, Kessy, Cora, and Maggie, frolic in the water will be an everlasting memory. She squeezed as much life out of life as she could and left us much too early.
Ada’s legacy of generosity and sunshine still envelops those she loved most: Jim Lee, Rachael (Bryant) Munday, Joanna (Patrick) Lozar, Nita Lee, Babs (Bill) Leaphart, Kathy Berg, Hal (Cristina) Berg, Debbie (Russell) Romine, Kevin Lee, Chuck (Rhonda) Lee, Cheryl Lee, David Lee, 8 nieces, and 3 nephews along with their spouses.
The family plans to have a Deer Lodge service in the spring and will welcome her friends, extended family, and co-workers to celebrate a life well-lived.
Memorial contributions may be made to P.E.O., the Deer Lodge Literacy Board, or the donor’s choice. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.lakefuneralhomeandcremation.com.
Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Marcia Diane McNeil
6/4/1947 – 11/28/2021
Marcia felt like she had a great life.
She was born in Moscow, Idaho, on June 4, 1947, to Paul and Kathryn Hoskins. She had 1 sister (Kathy) and 2 brothers (Alan and Dan), who all enjoyed the outdoors experiences that Paul’s job with the US Forest Service encouraged. Favorite activities included riding horses, snowmobiling, swimming, camping and skiing on snow in winter and water in the summer.
She attended grade school at Wisdom, Lima and Deer Lodge, graduating from high school at Deer Lodge in 1965, with a class of about 85.
She started college at Kinman Business University in Spokane WA from fall of ‘65 to spring, then transferred to Montana State University in the spring, changing from a Business major to a Physical Education major with Business minor.
She met and married Steven L McNeil, and together they had two children, Leah and Laine.
While living at Forest Park trailer court, she and the children were frequent participants in Omoksee events throughout Western Montana. There were also innumerable trips south and north to and from West Yellowstone, where her parents lived. Days there were typically spent water skiing, camping, and snowmobiling.
Her diagnosis with cancer came in an abrupt fashion, with a rapid change, from seeming great health to suddenly, not. She passed November 28 in the presence of her family, at peace.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.com.
Juanita Mae Woodward
Juanita Mae Woodward passed away in the early morning hours of December 2nd, 2021. Juanita was born in Holten, Maine to June and Silas Sutherland on December the 15th, 1927. She was one of eight children. In 1933 the family moved to Townsend, Montana and then to Deer Lodge in 1943. Juanita graduated from Powell County High School in 1945. In 1948, she married James Haddock Woodward. Juanita and James would raise five children together and enjoy the friendships of many in the Deer Lodge community.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents Silas and June, her husband James, brothers Chester, Harold, Dion, Stanley, Garrel, Kenneth, sister Carol and grandson DJ Smollack.
She is survived by her children, Allen, Craig, Sheryl (Hunt), Mark, and Jan (Smollack) her grandchildren, Shauna Kowalczik, Shawn Hunt, Brad and Eric Woodward, Amy Loughry, BobbySmollack, Trey Smollack and Tony Woodward as well as eightgreat-grandchildren. There will be a private service with family to be arranged at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Juanita’s name can be made to the First Presbyterian Church at 500 Milwaukee Avenue, the Powell County Senior Center at 100 Missouri Avenue, or Deer Lodge Food Pantry at 101 Milwaukee in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Donna Jean Cozad
Mrs. Donna Jean Cozad, (nee Wright) age 67, devoted wife of 37 years to Jim Cozad, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday evening, November 12, 2021.
Donna is survived, in addition to her husband, by her stepchildren Jeania Ross and family, James Cozad and family, Thurman Cozad, and John Cozad and family, Donna’s sister, Barbara McConnell, brother-in-law David McConnell and her nephew, Adriel McConnell and family, and her niece Melissa Spiers and family.
Donna was born in Montgomery, AL, the daughter of Glenn Wright and the late Jean Wright. Donna retired from a 30-year career that she loved as an elementary school teacher in Orange County, Florida. She resided with her husband in Orlando, FL and Deer Lodge, Montana where she was at the time of her passing and where she was laid to rest.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Donna’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Joseph Gerald Hansen
The family of Joseph Gerald Hansen announces his passing from complications from Covid at the age of 72 on September 29th, 2021, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was the fourth of six children born to Ivan Jack and Marilyn Coughlin Hansen on December 9th, 1948, in the idyllic town of Deer Lodge, Montana, where his love of playing sports developed early. Joe went on to attend Montana State University.
After college, Joe entered the Army and became an airplane and helicopter pilot. As a Vietnam Vet, he spent time in Thailand and Germany. He retired from the military and then reentered after September 11th to fly again in Dessert Storm. His many awards included the Bronze Star, but his most prized was The Broken Wing Award for which his lifelong best friend Dave Barber of South Jordan, Utah nominated him after a heroic fixed wing landing in Vietnam. The brutal winters of his beloved Montana were traded for San Antonio’s balmy climate when he retired from the military after thirty years of service with his final rank CW4 (Chief Warrant Officer).
He found a special group of friends at La Plaza Apartments in San Antonio where they bonded over their love of tennis. He was later the self- employed owner of Perma Ceram, a bathtub and countertop resurfacing company which later grew into Total Tub Solutions, a bathroom remodeling company making life easier for older adults and persons with disabilities. He was a man of faith and regularly attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Selma where he was active in the Military Ministry, the Saturday Morning Rosary Group, and That Man is You.
He is survived by Beth (maiden name Stensrud) his wife of twenty-six years, their daughter Shona Marie of Glendale, Colorado, brother Bill and wife Jerri who summer in Wyoming and winter in Arizona, sister Leslie Johnston of Missoula, Montana, sister Jan Stone and husband Ken of Missoula, Montana and 13 nephews and 5 nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers John, Hal and his wife Mary Anne, and brother-in-law Cam Johnston. There will be a memorial service for Joe in Deer Lodge at a future date in the Spring.
Scott Grazier, age 67, formerly of Deer Lodge, of Butte
June 17, 1954 – November 21, 2021
Scott L. Grazier, age 67, of Deer Lodge, Montana, made the transition from life to death on a Sunday morning, November 21, 2021.
He died from complications of cancer.
Scott’s parents, Don and Virginia Grazier, raised Scott, brother Ken Grazier, and sister Lynn Grazier Moss, on a cattle ranch located north of Missoula at Dixon in Sanders county Montana.
Scott’s music skills were developed as he participated in the school band; and took both piano and violin lessons as a child.
He attended both the U of M in Missoula, briefly, and he spent a number of years at BYU in Provo, Utah. He gained a skill for playing organs there and also a spirit of independence.
Playing notable organs was a lifetime love of his; he also enjoyed putting on small concerts for family, friends, and other organ fans.
Some other interests included theater and acting for the Cutler Brother productions at Deer Lodge. Scott loved most things vintage – cars, farm implements, home furnishings, and more.
He is a lifetime fan of Stan Lynde’s Rick O’Shay cartoons. Scott enjoyed playing the organ at the Deer Lodge Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Scott phoned friends and family monthly, it was a kind thing to do.
Please consider making a donation in Scott’s honor to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, www.t2t.org.
Please visit buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Scott.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Scott and his family.
Richard Courtney Hauxwell III
My dear brother Richard was born June 19, 1943, and he passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2021.
Richard spent most of his life in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a keno manager.
He married Sharon Ellis and enjoyed living in Las Vegas, raising his family, landscaping his property and driving his convertible in the scorching heat. Richard had three daughters: Lori Ann, Cristie Louise and Dixie Lyn.
Richard was preceded in death by daughters Cristie and Dixie.
He is survived by daughter Lori Hauxwell; sister Marsha Young; grandsons Kyle and Devon; granddaughters Courtnee and Jordan; and great-granddaughter Lylah Alllison. Richard’s ashes will remain in his sister’s care.
John Andrew Newlon
John Andrew Newlon, 72 of Dillon, Montana passed away peacefully at home Saturday, November 20th 2021.
John was born August 13, 1949 to John E. (Jack) and Josephine (Pearl) Newlon in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to Joining the Navy as a Signalman, John attended school in Deer Lodge, MT. John married Lenat Studzinski in Casper, WY on August 14, 1981. He loved hunting and fishing and was an active member of the NRA.
John is survived by his wife, Lenat Newlon, his daughters, Shawna Hardy and Jennifer Egan, his siblings, Vicki Santos, Nick Newlon, and Gary Newlon, his three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all of which he loved dearly.
Cremation has taken place at Brundage Funeral Home in Dillon. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, December 15th in Helena, at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery.
Death Notice: Monty Dobson
Monty Dobson, age 65, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on November 24, 2021. Services are pending at this time and will be announced when set. Please visit buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Monty.
Death Notice: Marcia Kay Cleland
Marcia Kay Cleland, age 70, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on November 25, 2021. No public services are planned at this time. Please visit buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Marcia.
Doris Jeannette (Hanni) Blakeley
On Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, Doris Jeannette (Hanni) Blakeley — a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend — passed away at the age of 89 from natural causes at the Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana.
Doris was born on July 16, 1932, in Butte, Montana, to Ahti and Minnie Hanni. She joined her older brother Gene and five years later, her brother Donald was born. The family resided in Butte before later moving to Virginia City, Montana, where Doris graduated high school.
It was in high school where Doris met the love of her life, Jack Blakeley. They eloped at the courthouse in Livingston, Montana, on July 7, 1950, when Doris was 17 years old. The couple resided in Virginia City, Montana, where they welcomed five children — Arlene, Donna, Jim, Pete and Jake — between 1952 and 1967. They would later welcome their sixth child, Zeke, who was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, in 1969 and Doris called Deer Lodge home for the remainder of her life.
Doris valued family above all and will be remembered for her fun and amazing Thanksgiving dinners. She looked forward to this holiday and enjoyed hosting family and friends with open arms and a bottle of homemade peppermint schnapps.
When her children were younger, she would joyously cheer from the stands during football and basketball games — oftentimes cheering louder than any other parent. She loved her children dearly and was so proud of each of them. She continued this enthusiasm when she watched and cheered on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doris loved to have a good time and was known to be the life of the party. She liked to include everyone and would quickly turn strangers into friends. She loved to celebrate, dance and laugh the night away. Her laugh was infectious and her red lipstick smile would light up the entire room. There was never a doubt that if Doris was having a good time, so were you.
After her husband Jack passed away in 2009, Doris was quite lonely and found comfort in the friendships she formed with her two daughters, Arlene and Donna. Besides spending her time with family and friends, Doris loved her cat Tommy. Together, they would watch reruns of the “Friends” TV series. Tommy would give Doris a peck goodnight and in the morning wake her with a pounce on her chest.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband Jack Blakeley; her son Jake Blakeley; her daughter Arlene Marshall; her grandson Ethan Blakeley; her father Ahti Hanni; and her mother Minnie Hanni.
She is survived by her daughter Donna (Bill) Beierle of Deer Lodge; her sons Jim (Sharon) Blakeley of Deer Lodge, Pete (Mary Rose) Blakeley of Salmon, Idaho, and Zeke (Trish) Blakeley of Butte, Montana; and her grandchildren Vince Shelton, Michael (Michelle) Blakeley, Darren (Kym) Shelton, Jenni Marshall, Michelle (Lee) Garrett, Josh (Vicki) Blakeley, Mindy (AJ) Collins, Steven Blakeley, and Perry Blakeley.
She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Dylan Keith, Leanne (Patric) Higle, Garret Shelton, Kiya Shelton, Hallie Blakeley, Jaiden Meagher-Marshall, Devin Shelton, Parker Blakeley, Wyatt Blakeley, Luscienne Homer, Olivia Garrett, Carter Garrett and Ace Collins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vincent Shelton, Michael Blakeley, Darren Shelton, Josh Blakeley, Perry Blakeley and Steven Blakeley.
A gravesite ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana. A celebration of life will follow at the Elks lodge in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Vernon Fred Woodruff
Vernon Fred Woodruff, age 67 of Deer Lodge, Montana, fell asleep in Jesus’ arms on Saturday, Oct. 23, in Spokane, Washington, after suffering a massive stroke. Vernon was also known as Fred to his friends and Woody to his confidants.
Fred was born to Alice and Vergil Woodruff in 1954. He was sent to the military at age 17, where he served six years and acquired his nickname Woody. Fred did many things throughout his life — including logging and truck driving — but his true passion was being a mechanic. He received his trade degree as a mechanic in 1979.
Fred married Juli Lemon in 1980 and together they raised three children, Sosha, Brittany and Skylar. He owned Woody’s Auto Repair in Goldendale, Washington, for 10 years before he and Juli divorced. Fred moved first to Ogden, Utah, and then finally settled in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Fred’s joy was to minister to others, to spend time in the mountains with his son and to love on his grandchildren. Woody was known for his love for others. He welcomed anyone into his home and was known for giving great advice.
Fred was preceded in his death by his parents; his daughter Felicia; and his many uncles, aunts and cousins. He was survived by his sisters Patricia and Carolyn; his brothers Ed and Daryl; his ex-wife Juli; his daughters Sosha (Larry) Duff and Brittany (Josh) Ramirez; his son Skylar (Nicole) Woodruff; his granddaughter Topangia; and his grandsons Keilynn, Grayson and Kaynan.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Dorothy Ann Rice
Dorothy Rice, 81, left us on Nov. 10 with her loving husband of 64 years by her side.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1939, in Anaconda, Montana. She graduated from Anaconda High School in 1957, and married the love of her life, Butch Rice, that same fall. They initially made their home in Anaconda but eventually moved to Deer Lodge and then finally, in their retirement years, to the Lost Creek Canyon. It was a beautiful setting where they enjoyed nature and frequent wildlife sightings.
Dorothy was very outgoing and made many friends wherever the couple lived. She worked for many years at the registrar’s office in Deer Lodge and then as a clerk for the Powell County High School until her retirement in 1994.
She was an excellent hostess and homemaker — she and Butch hosted many holiday family gatherings at their home, many of which turned into all-nighters! Dorothy was passionate about her many interests in life. As a gifted artist, she was an active member of the Deer Lodge Art Club and volunteered at the Old Prison Museum Gift Shop. She also belonged to the Copper Village Museum and Art Center and the Mountain Village Quilt Guild. Being an ardent cook and collector of recipes, Dorothy was naturally a member of the Lost Creek Recipe Club.
She was an avid reader and talented seamstress, making many beautiful quilts for her family and friends. Dorothy always enjoyed a competitive game of cards, especially pinochle or bridge — of which she usually was the victor. She was occasionally, teasingly, accused of “bending the rules” to her advantage!
Willing to pursue almost any activity, in her younger years she enjoyed bicycling, golf and downhill skiing. Later Dorothy participated in water aerobics, which led to her involvement with the Wet Hens Red Hat Society group. She suffered from many health complications throughout her life but maintained a winning spirit.
Dorothy was proceeded in death by her mother Ann Hoolahan; her father Jack Huffman; her stepfather Ray Hoolahan; her brother Bob Huffman; her parents-in-law Clint and Lillian Rice; and her brothers-in-law Lyle Rice, Tom Rice and Gene Burkey.
She will be sadly missed by her husband Butch; her sisters Kathy Cloninger and Betty Lou (Louie) Vaughn; her brother Shaun (Carol) Hoolahan; her brother-in-law Corky Rice; her sisters-in-laws, Wilma Burkey, Wanda Rogers, Lillian (Ron) Haffey, June (Merle) Rice-Craner, Phylis Rice, Lizzi Rice and Carol Rice; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life was held at the First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Deer Lodge Art Club, the Copper Village Museum and Art Center or the charity of your choice. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Kathryn Johns, 84 of Deer Lodge, died on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at the Deer Lodge Medical Center. Services are pending. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
My dear brother Richard was born June 19, 1943, and he passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2021.
Richard spent most of his life in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a keno manager. He married Sharon Ellis and enjoyed living in Las Vegas, raising his family, landscaping his property and driving his convertible in the scorching heat. Richard had three daughters: Lori Ann, Cristie Louise and Dixie Lyn.
Richard was preceded in death by daughters Cristie and Dixie. He is survived by daughter Lori Hauxwell; sister Marsha Young; grandsons Kyle and Devon; granddaughters Courtnee and Jordan; and great-granddaughter Lylah Alllison. Richard’s ashes will remain in his sister’s care.
Ethan Ryan Bossert
Ethan Ryan Bossert passed away in Deer Lodge, Montana, on Oct. 30, 2021, at the young age of 19.
Ethan was born on Aug. 8, 2002, in Livingston, Montana, to Kevin and Gwynne Bossert. He came into this world a fighter, four weeks earlier than he should have and weighing only 5 lbs. 5 oz. — small but mighty.
Ethan attended all of his K-12 years in the Deer Lodge and Powell County school districts. He graduated from Powell County High School with the Class of 2020.
Ethan had a genuine love for life and adventure. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowboarding, football and basketball. He also had a creative side that led him to love art and woodworking classes. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty working on his car and his truck when it was needed.
During his high school years, he was a wide receiver for the Wardens. He excelled in basketball his senior year, hitting his stride just in time. The Wardens reached the state games, winning the first game at a state tournament since 1983. Those were some of his proudest moments and his team achieved it by being great friends led by great coaches and never giving up the fight. He lettered for three years in both sports.
After graduation, Ethan’s adventurous spirit continued to soar, leading him to attend MSU-Gallatin in Bozeman and major in aviation. During the last 14 months of life, he earned his private pilot’s license and, most recently, earned his instrument rating. This love of flying earned him the nickname “Wing Man.” That name holds true to all of his friends.
Ethan was the true light in any room, a friend to everyone he met. He was the class clown, a notorious goofball and the best big brother, son, grandson, nephew and cousin. Since birth, he was known to everyone as the simple letter “E.” His closest friends later changed this to “E Money,” a perfect fit to his personality.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Robyn Jacobs. He is survived by his parents Kevin and Gwynne, and his little brother Liam Bossert, of Deer Lodge; his grandparents Eugene and Dianne Bossert, of Park River, North Dakota; and Bernard and Evangeline, of Parker, Arizona. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins Kory and Julie Bossert (Jameson, Ella); Kelly and Julie Bossert (Karter, Jackson, Peyton); Marisa Jacobs (Taylor, Fischer, Conner); Christin and Jake Thibodeau (Antawn, Evalynn); Molly and Chris Hall (Mia, Cortlend, Lauren); and William and Kelsea Jacobs (Piper).
Ethan’s final resting place is at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Cleared for Take Off Pilot Bossert!
Memorials in honor of Ethan may be made in his name to the Warden Booster Club (P.O. Box 845, Deer Lodge, MT 59722). Donations will be used for scholarships and the Powell County athletic program.
Services were held on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Powell County High School.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ethan.
Kenneth Eugene Fenner
Kenneth Eugene Fenner went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2021. Kenny was born in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, on June 4, 1938. Kenny wandered to Rudyard, Montana, at the age of 17 after attending a barn dance in Crary, North Dakota.
Kenny spent two years in the Army 101st Airborne Division as an army paratrooper. He then married Arlita, spent a short time in Anaconda and moved to Deer Lodge. Kenny worked at LP Lumber for 35-40 years and retired as an expert saw filer. Kenny was an avid softball player and bowler. Kenny was also a master of the chainsaw, ice fishing and driving the girls’ basketball bus to a Charley Pride 8-track featuring the song “Kaw Liga” with everyone singing along!! Kenny was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1737 and a longtime member of the city council of Deer Lodge.
Lastly, Kenny was FAMOUS for his baked goods, always providing his favorite people the best of his buns, cinnamon rolls and cookies. Kenny was an amazing human, husband, friend, helper to anyone, father and worker — he will be greatly missed.
Kenny is survived by his wife Arlita of 60 years; daughters Gwen (Rod) McRae of Polson, Montana, Mindy (Perry) Miller of Deer Lodge, Montana, Hallie Sewell of Belgrade, Montana; eight grandchildren Kory (Ashlynn) Dyk, Christopher (Tara) Dyk, Lisa Dyk, Tyler Dyk, Shawn Miler, Ryan Miller, Hannah Sewell, and Seth (Khetri) Sewell; three great grandchildren Fynnly Dyk, Scout Dyk and Mack Dyk; sisters Judy Streiffle and Mary Lou McLean; and brother Gary Fenner.
The family suggested that memorials in honor of Kenny be made to the Deer Lodge Elks BPOE #1737 (P.O. Box 777, Deer Lodge, MT 59722). A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (605 Clark St. in Deer Lodge). Military honors will follow mass.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Kenny.
Christian “Gene” Ronnemose
Christian “Gene” Ronnemose, age 80, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on Nov. 2. Services are pending at this time. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Gene.
Gayll R. Best
Heaven was blessed with a beautiful angel on Nov. 5, 2021, when Gayll R. Best joined her mother and father there. Gayll was the daughter of Helmer J. Lundgren and Ora M. Mosleth. She had one brother, Daryll Lundgren.
Gayll graduated from Butte High School in the Class of 1956. Following graduation, she worked at the Metals Bank, where many friendships were made. Later she met Raymond C. Feldt, and they eventually married. The pair moved to Helena where Gayll worked for Seaboard Finance Company. Together they owned the Spirit Shoppe and the Capri Lounge. They had one daughter, Debbie, before divorcing in 1969.
Gayll married Walter E. Best on July 30, 1970. Together they owned and ran Wally’s Place in Deer Lodge. They had two children, Heidi and Ty. They both left the bar business, moved to Butte and then later relocated to Silver Star. It was in Silver Star that Gayll created a beautiful country paradise for her family.
Gayll was preceded in death by her parents Helmer and Ora Lundgren; and her husband Walter E. Best.
She was survived by her brother Daryll Lundgren; her daughters Debora (Tim) Hansen and Heidi (Scott) Bernhardt; and her son, Ty J. Best. Gayll had six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. on the Jefferson River in Jefferson Acres in Silver Star, Montana.
Richard (Dick) Hanson
Richard (Dick) Hanson gained his angel wings on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Helena’s St. Peter’s Health Hospital surrounded by his family.
Dick’s journey of life started on Jan. 11, 1964, when he was born to Duane and Carol Hanson in Deer Lodge, Montana, as the third of four children. He was born with many challenges, but he never let it hinder his spirit and always had a contagious laugh and smile.
At a very young age, he was at the Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena undergoing many surgeries on his feet and having therapy. His family would bring him home on Friday afternoons and return him on Sunday evenings. At the age of 11 he started walking. After this time, and with his Mother’s persistence with the school, Dick was able to attend school. He went all the way through high school and graduated with the Powell County High School Class of 1983.
After graduation, Dick moved to Helena and became a resident under the care of West Mont. He lived in several of their group homes for 38 years until his time of passing. During this time, Dick participated in the Montana Special Olympics and received medals and ribbons. He loved listening to loud music, playing tricks on the staff, pinwheels or anything that spins, going for rides on the interstate — and he had great love and compassion for his resident friends.
We are so appreciative of the West Mont staff for all of the love and support they have shown Dick over the years. He had a special way of bonding with many of them, and they loved him unconditionally and became his family. Managers Lora and Amy made a promise to his Mother Carol when she was passing in 2019 that they would take care of him to the end. They never wavered on this promise, and we are forever grateful. Thank you so much!
Dick is survived by his siblings Duane and Yvonne Hanson of Deer Lodge; Debbie and Jim McOmber of Seeley Lake; and Rocky and Kim Hanson of Deer Lodge; as well as his nephew Christopher McOmber of Seeley Lake; his niece Chelsie and Nick Hansen of Great Falls; his Aunt Georgia Spence of Missoula; his great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father Duane, his mother Carol and his nephew Josh McOmber.
While you were here, it was our job to love and protect you. Now that you are in Heaven, please be our guardian angel and watch over us. Rest in peace Dickie, know that we will miss you immensely but that you will remain in our hearts forever. Love you!!!
Memorials in his memory may be made to West Mont in Helena, to the Montana Special Olympics or to the charity of your choice.
Family and friends are invited to gather for a celebration of life on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at the First Baptist Church (127 Sam Beck Road, Deer Lodge). A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. and the service will start at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family, or to share a memory of Dick.
Ethan Ryan Bossert
Ethan Ryan Bossert, age 19, of Bozeman and formerly of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on Oct. 30, 2021.
There will be a 1 p.m. funeral service on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Powell County High School gymnasium (709 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge). The public can visit with Ethan’s family before the service starting at 12 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Deer Lodge’s Hillcrest Cemetery.
The family asks that memorials in honor of Ethan be made out to the Powell County High School’s athletic department. Checks can be made out to “PCHS Athletics” and sent to:
ATTN: Bossert Memorial
709 Missouri Ave
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ethan.
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