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.
Lucille Ingred Witt
Lucille Ingred Witt passed away at The Ivy of Deer Lodge on Oct. 17, 2021, at the age of 90.
Lucille was born on April 25, 1931, in Canton, South Dakota. The family later moved to Minnesota before finally settled in Hamilton, Montana. Lucille met the love of her life Fred Witt while working for the phone company in Missoula, Montana. They were married on Oct. 3, 1954, and shared 63 wonderful years before Fred’s passing in 2017. Fred and Lucille were blessed with three children, Carol and the twins Darrell and Duane.
For two and a half years, they all lived in Avery, Idaho, and then later moved to Deer Lodge for Fred’s work. While in Deer Lodge, Lucille worked for several years at the register’s office. Later, she and Fred owned and operated the Sears store.
Lucille loved her family very much and enjoyed cross-stitching, fishing, snowmobiling, camping and traveling. She especially loved their trips to Jackpot, Nevada. Lucille was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge.
Lucille is survived by her children Carol Abbott (Dennis), Darrell Witt (Tricia) and Duane Witt (Sandi), as well as her sister Janice Buckler (Wilber); her sister-in-law Donna Enebo; and her brothers Gene Enebo (Chris) and Harold Enebo.
She is also survived by grandchildren Heidi Abbott (Dan), Wendi Larson (Lafe), Brian Witt (Shannon), Jessica Kostoff (Lauren), Taryn Witt and Brett Witt; and great-grandchildren Dace, Corynn, Dakota, Clayton, Kyzer, Tyzen, Anders and Shelby.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Fred, her brother Dale and her parents.
A private graveside service will be held for the family. Donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, the Powell County Senior Center or a charity of your choice. Grandma Lou will be missed by all.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Lucille.
Lyle Robert Havens
Lyle Robert Havens, 49 of Deer Lodge, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at The Ivy at Deer Lodge. Services will be held at a later date. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Jim Cearley, a young 80, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 10, 2021. He was born to James and Hazel Cearley in Morton, Washington, on July 6, 1941. After the passing of his father, Hazel married Pat McGillvray and they relocated to Avon, Montana.
Jim and his sister Eleanor attended Powell County High School, where Jim met his future wife, Lois Gilbert. The two had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 14, 2021.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Snohomish County (LST). After his service, he returned to Montana and worked in the Luke Mine. He then worked 17 years for the Mount Powell Service station, followed by 23 years at the Montana Department of Transportation where he eventually retired as the shop superintendent in Butte, Montana.
Upon retiring, Jim and Lois moved to Seeley Lake, where they were residing at the time of his death. He was a member of the Seeley Lake Lions Club and was a chairman on the wood committee. Jim spent many hours cutting, splitting and delivery cords of wood to assist those who needed help with winter heat.
In fact, if anyone needed help, Jim was always willing and ready to give a hand in any way he could — especially for his children and grandchildren. He would receive calls from hundreds of miles away asking, “What do you think is wrong? Listen to this, Papa.” Many times, he would diagnose the problem and get them on their way.
He not only helped with vehicles but was a jack of all trades helping with many, many projects. His helping hand also extended to the Seeley Lake Senior Center, unloading trucks, assisting with the annual bazaar, hunters’ breakfast and any other projects that came along. Jim loved the outdoors whether he was boating, fishing, skiing (in his younger days), snowmobiling or, most recently, his new hobby of four wheeling in his tracker.
Jim is survived by his wife Lois; daughters Joni Pauly (Ed), Lindi Ryan (Joe), Eileen Asbury (Rob) and Patti Bignell (Joe); and son Jim Cearley, III (Nancy). He is also survived by his grandchildren Michael Cearley (Brandy), Angelena Pauly, Christopher Pauly (Olivia), Erin Ryan, Patrick Ryan (Sarah), Jessica Versaw (Ryan), Julie Asbury, Parker Bignell (Donica), Nate Bignell, Maclane Bignell, Frankie Bignell, Brannon Cearley and Colin Cearley; his four great-grandchildren Ada Versaw, Anika and Laken Bignell and Brooks Ryan; his sister Eleanor Price (Jack); brothers John McGillvray (Debra), Tom McGillvray (Margaret) and Dan McGillvray (Aileen); as well as many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Jim was extremely close to his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Taylor Cearley; parents Jim Cearley, Sr., Pat and Hazel McGillvray; and parents-in-law Clifford and Marie Gilbert.
Services will be held Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. Interment at the Hillcrest Cemetery will be followed by a reception at the Deer Lodge Elks hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seeley Lake Lions Club (P.O. Box 215, Seeley Lake, Montana, 59868), the Helmville Quick Response Unit, or donor’s choice.
Renée Lynn Knievel-Slaughter
On Sept. 26, our beloved Renée passed peacefully in the morning surrounded by the love of her family.
Renée was born in Richmond, California, on May 29, 1951. In 1957, she moved to Butte with her parents and sisters to be closer to her grandparents and brothers.
She led an active life growing up, including being nominated as president of her class, serving as editor of the Butte High School Mountaineer and being a member of the singing group Top 16, which performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
After moving to Bozeman, Renée met her husband, former Gallatin County Sheriff and Head of Corrections for the State of Montana, Bill Slaughter, and had her son, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter.
Renée excelled at so many things professionally — being a small business owner and entrepreneur (opened two restaurants, a gift shop and a salon), radio sales, waiting tables and bartending. She had a passion for the service industry — cooking, baking, and making everyone feel welcome.
Renée was a treasured wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was determined, hard-working and had a vivacious laugh, along with an extremely generous heart and spirit. Her home was always open to family, friends or someone with nowhere to go. She adored time with her family — reminiscing and laughing; taking care of their pets; and their ranch in Hall, Montana.
She will be greatly missed by her husband Bill; her son Jesse; daughter-in-law Christie; her grandchildren Jacob, Annie and Sammie Jo; her mother Jeanne Knievel; her sisters Kristy Knievel-Lawrence (married to Hugh Lawrence) and Robin Knievel-Dick (married to John Dick); her sisters-in-law Rusty Knievel, Linda Knievel and Jo Lee Scheidecker (married to Gary Scheidecker); her nieces and nephews; all the members of her extended family; and friends.
Renée was predeceased by her grandparents Roy and Clara Buis, Alice Buis, and Ignatius and Emma Knievel; her father Robert Knievel; her in-laws Glen and Jo Slaughter; and her brothers Robert and Nick Knievel.
A family celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Oct. 17.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the following charities may be made in her memory: Granite County Spay/Neuter Project (contact Audrey Zahn at (406) 559-7501); or Toby’s House Crisis Nursery at 421 5th Street N, Great Falls, MT 59403 and (406) 770-3191.
Emma Pauline Benson
Emma Pauline Benson was born July 2, 1937, in Missoula, Montana, to Sam and Ella Bignell. She died at home on Sept. 29, 2021, surrounded by family and friends.
Pauline graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1955. She stayed in Deer Lodge while attending high school, returning home to Helmville on the weekends — quite an adventure for a gal from a small town. She was FFA Queen in 1955.
After high school, Pauline attended business college for a year in Missoula and she worked for Vocational Rehabilitation in Helena.
On Sept. 20, 1958, she married Bruce Benson at St. Thomas Catholic church in Helmville. Pauline met Bruce while roller skating in Ovando with her older brother Sam.
In 1960, Pauline started a Birthday Club in Avon, which is still going today.
Pauline was known for raking hay with a team of horses. She did this for many years while raising her girls, and she also cooked for the hay crew.
Pauline had many interests: From being a good shot with a .22, taking care of her share of the gopher and woodchuck population, to playing pinochle with the ladies. She enjoyed traveling: taking a pilgrimage and seeing seven countries, a cruise on the Columbia River, and to the San Juan Islands. She also enjoyed celebrating holidays, often hosting get-togethers with family and friends.
She was a devoted member of the St. Theodore Catholic church in Avon. Pauline had a wonderful sense of humor.
Pauline is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bruce Benson, as well as her daughters Ev Benson and Val Benson of Avon; grandchildren Sarah Parks, Laurel, Beth (Noah) Carpenter and Leigh Parks (Kevin Boucher fiancée) of Billings; sisters-in-law Lou (Bignell) Tavenner, Avon and Eva Browning of Great Falls; and Georgia Bignell of Helmville. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Sam and Gerald Bignell; her sister and brother-in-law Betty Lou and Gerald Fleming; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Fred and Dot Benson, Cliff and Doris Benson, and Betty and Jim Monroe; and brother-in-law Telford Browning.
The family would like to thank the Avon Ambulance QRU for their repeated care and support of Pauline these past few months. Memorials may be sent to Avon Ambulance QRU or the Avon Cemetery Association.
A viewing is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held at the Avon Cemetery followed by a reception at the Avon Clubhouse.
Pall bearers are Tim Quinn, Sean Logan, Bruce Kleinschmidt, Leo Fleming, Jerry Fleming and Larry Fleming. Honorary pall bearers are Jim Quigley, Jeff Janke, and Dan and Josh Senecal. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Pauline.
Loy Marie Hart
Loy Marie Hart, age 78, of Deer Lodge, Montana passed away on Sept. 24, 2021, at home in the comfort of her loving husband. She is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She died from complications of Huntington’s disease.
Loy was born on Aug. 5, 1943, in Boise, Idaho, to Lloyd and Vera (Hack) McClanahan. Her parents were of Cut Bank, Montana, and this is where Loy spent much of her life. Loy graduated from Cut Bank High School where she was a varsity cheer leader. She went on to graduate from Kinman Business College in Spokane, Washington. She started her career as a dental assistant and then progressed to dental office manager for several dentists in Montana and Idaho. She spent the last 20 years of her professional career as a supervisor at the DMV in Deer Lodge.
Loy had two children, Wade and Wendy, from her first marriage. When she was in her early 40s, she reconnected with an old friend, Larry Hart, and they were married within four months.
Her favorite pastimes included snowmobiles, motorcycles, hot rods and corvettes. She even rode her own Harleys. Loy was a member of the Frontier Bible of Gold Creek. She enjoyed these pastimes with Larry by her side.
Loy is preceded in death by her parents and a baby sibling. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry; her children Wade Berkram and Wendy Woolstenhulme; Larry’s daughter Heather Lansky; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a twin sister, two more sisters and several nieces and nephews.
No services are planned. She will be laid to rest in Cut Bank at Crown Hill Cemetery at a later date. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Loy.
Stuart Harold Noble
Stuart Harold Noble passed away on July 7, 2021, surrounded by family and friends in his home in Deer Lodge, Montana, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Stu was born March 6, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent his early childhood in the Sudan and his school years in Ethiopia where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. Stu joined the Navy in 1979 and was stationed on ballistic missile submarines and deep submergence vehicles. He left the military in 1994 and briefly managed video stores in southern California and Deer Lodge until 2002, when he started his own long-haul trucking business with a close friend.
Throughout his life, Stu’s passion and hobby was flying. In 2016, he turned to it full time, becoming a flight instructor and then a commercial pilot. Stu was always the “fun uncle” and enjoyed spending time with and entertaining family and friends. He was always up for an adventure and showed unwavering loyalty and generosity to those he loved.
He will be buried in a family plot in New Concord, Ohio, alongside his parents Glenn and Irene (Adams) Noble, of Waverly, Ohio. Stu is survived by his sister Nancy (Noble) Hamilton of Durham, North Carolina; and nephew Wesley Hamilton and niece Nina Hamilton, both of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ryan Brown, 41, of Gold Creek, Montana, died on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at his residence in Gold Creek. Services are pending. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
William “Rick” Gow
William “Rick” Gow passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 19, 2021, into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ.
He was born on Jan. 19, 1950, to Robert and Betty (Weber) Gow in Missoula, Montana. He joined brothers Jerry and Jim, and sister Betty Jo, and later welcomed brother George. He married Peggy Wohlers on Sept. 22, 1978, and they would have celebrated 43 years together this year. They were blessed with two daughters, Becky and Jessie. Rick loved his family dearly, and his daughters were his pride and joy. His eyes would light up whenever they were around, and he was so proud of their accomplishments.
Rick grew up in Bonner, Montana, attending Bonner Grade School and Missoula’s Sentinel High School. He graduated as a medical technician from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and was certified as a clinical laboratory scientist by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel in 1976. He was also a radiologic technologist.
Rick and Peggy made their home in Deer Lodge, Montana, where he worked at Powell County Memorial Hospital, the Deer Lodge Clinic, and also was an EMT. Rick went on to work at the White Sulphur Springs hospital and finished his career at St. Peter’s Health hospital in Helena, Montana. Rick was a dedicated and loyal servant in the health care field. He never missed a day of work, even when MacDonald Pass was closed to everyone but him.
All who knew Rick knew him as a kind and generous man, and a loyal friend. He was welcoming to everyone, going out of his way to make sure people felt cared for. He loved hunting and fishing (ice fishing and paddlefishing), especially with his nephews and good friends Stan Smith, Al Lowery, Gerald Cavanagh, Jimmy Magone and Fred Kuchinski — plus anyone else who wanted to go. He enjoyed watching football and baseball. Rick loved spending time with his grandsons Kaden and Ashton, especially playing chess and panning for sapphires with them. He took up gardening after he retired and, true to his nature, loved sharing produce with family and friends. Rick’s quiet and gentle presence will be missed by many.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Jerry, Jim, and George; his nephews Donnie Hummer and Harold Gow; his brothers-in-law Joe Wohlers and Donald Wohlers; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife Peggy; his daughters Becky (Dominic) Denty and Jessie (Chris Weisenfels); his grandsons Kaden and Ashton Denty; his sister Betty Jo (Jack) Hummer; his sisters-in-law Jan (Dave) Bluford and Sandy (Jack) Gehring; several nephews, nieces and cousins; and his dog Bella.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church, 306 Montana Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana; a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please dress casually. Face masks are optional. Memorials can be made to Christ Fellowship Church, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (5705 Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, MT 59808), or donor’s choice.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rick.
Shirley Mae Weaver
Shirley Mae Weaver (Mom/Grandma) was born Shirley Marsh, to Lawrence and Mary Marsh on November 28, 1928, in Sutton, Nebraska. Shirley was the oldest of five children. She passed away on Sept. 8, 2021.
Shirley was known by most as mom or grandma, and her house was always the gathering place, whether for family or any holiday, or for her kids’ and grandkids’ friends any time. Her love for crafts was only surpassed by her love for baking.
Whether you received a hand-knitted Christmas stocking, one of her many different homemade Christmas ornaments or got a special-baked birthday cake, Shirley was always busy creating something new with love. Anytime you entered her house, you were welcomed with the smell of fresh baked cookies, cakes and pies.
Shirley’s other passion was Eastern Star. Shirley was active in both the Floral Chapter #46 in Deer Lodge, Montana, and the Clover Chapter #33 in Rathdrum, Idaho. In 1982, Shirley became the Worthy Grand Matron of the Clover Chapter. Even after her husband passed, Shirley remained an active member until she could no longer physically participate.
Shirley is survived by her three sons Morris Thompson Elmose (Tom), Lawrence David Elmose (Larry) and Alex Harvey Weaver, Jr.; as well as eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, Idaho, where Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband, Alex Harvey Weaver Sr.
Please visit Shirley’s memorial and sign her online guestbook www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.
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