Darlene Lenore Lovell Forson May 7, 1935 - March 31, 2023
Darlene Lenore Lovell Forson passed away peacefully in her home in Deer Lodge on March 31, surrounded by her beloved children. She was 87 years young. Darlene was born May 7, 1935, in Anaconda, to Frank and Adelyn Lovell. She grew up in Anaconda and Deer Lodge, where she graduated from Powell County High School in 1953. Darlene went on to graduate from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Her passion for learning and children led her to a career as an elementary school teacher. She stepped away from teaching in 1975 to raise her family, but returned in 1990 and enjoyed a few more years as a teacher’s aide before fully retiring. Many of her students still share fond memories of being in her classroom to this day. Darlene married the love of her life, Richard H. Forson, in April 1965. Their love story included almost 57 years of wedded bliss and brought them three children – Leonard, Deldee and Adele and three grandchildren – Brandon, Austin and Gracie. Darlene’s family meant everything to her, and she showered them all with lots of love and pride. Darlene was an avid quilter and for many years often had “quilting parties” with several of her friends in her home. Her family and many of her friends have beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade quilts, sewn with love by her as one of many special memories to cherish. Late in life, Darlene loved to sit outside on her porch in the sunshine, looking at the mountains and watching all the birds, deer and the occasional fox in the fields behind her home. She loved all kinds of flowers and was looking forward to the spring and seeing her beds, bushes and wagon filled with colorful blooms. The sunshine she brought to all of our lives will be dearly missed. Darlene is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Adelyn Lovell; and husband, Richard Forson. She is survived by her son, Leonard Forson (Stacey); daughters, Deldee Castorena and Adele Forson; grandsons, Brandon and Austin Forson; and granddaughter, Gracie Castorena. Memorial donations can be made in her honor to the charity of the donor’s choice. She was buried on Thursday, April 6, 2023, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Please visit www.axelsonfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Darlene.
William (Bill) Walter Wood May 16, 1952 - March 14, 2023
Bill’s valiant battle with cancer came to an end on March 14, 2023. Born to Elmer (Curly) and Hazel (Hutchins) Wood on May 16, 1952, in Dillon, Bill Wood, 70, lived in Wisdom during his early years. After a short time living in the Anaconda area, he moved to Deer Lodge where he lived much of his life with his mom and stepdad, Frank Turner. In 1973 Bill went to work for the Deer Lodge Police Department and served as Chief of Police from 1977 to 1992. He then worked at the State of Montana as an investigator for the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor until he retired in 2016. Bill also served as a reserve deputy for the Yellowstone and Powell County Sheriff’s offices. Bill married Jarita Barnett (Neckels) in 1974, and together they had two children, daughter Hilary and son Ben. He married his wife Sheryl in 1995, and together they raised children Mathew and Stephanie, along with Ben and Hilary. Bill loved everything about Montana’s outdoors and spent all the time he could enjoying its splendors through hunting, fishing, backpacking, ice fishing and snowmobiling. He had many amazing adventures with his friends since grade school, Mike Steber, Gary Newlon, Foster Walsted and David Roberts. His other hobbies included ultrarunning with Amber Carpenter and Brandie Kittle, and weightlifting with “Super Dave” Nolan. Bill is survived by his loving wife Sheryl and four children, Hilary McCall (Tommy White) of Woodburn, Iowa; Ben (Stacey) Wood of Ferndale, Wash.; Mathew (Ewa) Adams of Wellington, New Zealand; and Stephanie (Brian) Ricks of East Helena0. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jace and Reagan Wood, Kylee McCall, and Brycen, Bridger and Brielle Ricks. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather, brother Frank Thompson and granddaughter Teagan Ricks. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at the Deer Lodge Elks, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge. A private family interment will take place immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Bill.