Florence Elizabeth Monahan Fah
Florence Elizabeth Monahan Fah, 5/4/43 – 1/22/18.
Florence passed away peacefully after an extended illness with family by her side. She was born at home in Butte on May 4, 1943. She was the third child of James and Clara (Ayers) Monahan. She joined brother Michael, sister Shirley, and then brother James. She attended numerous schools in Butte. At 19, while living in Clarks Fork, Idaho, she met her future husband John. After seriously dating for three months, they were married 54 years ago, on January 2. She became mom to John Jr., Michael (JoAnn), and Julie (“My Eddy”). She worked 35 plus years at Powell County Memorial Hospital, eventually becoming Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor. She enjoyed holidays, especially her Christmas village, being outdoors with her family, and demo derbies. Florence was especially proud of her grandchildren and their achievements.
Florence is survived by her husband John; three children; grandchildren Dale (Mallory, Zenadaya, Zion, Zayna), Dustin (Brittany, Patrick, Kashton), Bryce, and Richard (Breanna); sister Shirley Loppie; special friend Lil Murray; sister-in-law Loretta Thatcher; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers Mickey and Jimmy; sisters-in-law Linda and Judy; and father-in-law Alexander.
A celebration of life will be at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge; Saturday February 3, at 1 p.m.
Linda Bowman Pearson
On January 19, 2018, Linda Bowman Pearson passed peacefully at the Deer Lodge Medical Center into heaven surrounded by her family and pastor after a brief battle with cancer. Linda was born in Payette, Idaho on January 21, 1944. Linda was proceeded in death by her parents, Pearl Ledington Bowman, and Allyn Bowman, and two siblings Delbert Bowman, and Sharon Bowman. Survivors include her husband Donald C. Pearson, daughters Michelle Pearson, Lori Saba, son-in-law Marwan Saba, grandson Josh Saba, sister Barbara McNeish (Jack), brother David Bowman (Sarah), brother-in-law Ken Pearson, sister-in-law LaVonne Pearson, and several cousins, nieces and nephews whom she cherished greatly.
Linda worked several jobs through the years, but was especially proud of her early years of teaching Sunday School, and always enjoyed helping out at the church whenever she could. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and will be missed by many.
Services were held January 26 at the Deer Lodge Assembly of God Church, with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. Donations may be made in her name to the DLMC hospital auxillary, or Powell County Medical Foundation, 1100 Hollenback Ln., Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Hazel Frankie Turner
Hazel Frankie Turner, 87, passed away peacefully in Helena on January 14, 2018, surrounded by family.
She was born in Lodgepole on May 10, 1930, the daughter of Julia and Frank Hutchins. As a young girl, she lived in East Glacier, Harlem and Wisdom. Hazel attended high school in Dillon. After moving to Deer Lodge in 1956, Hazel worked at the 4-B’s restaurant for 35 years. She enjoyed family gatherings, playing pinochle with her circle of friends, and spending time with her close friend Yvonne Hanson and her husband Duane.
Hazel is survived by sons William (Sheryl) Wood and Frank (Jan) Thompson, sisters Darlene (Don) Probert and Belle Licht, brothers Joe (Donna) and Alvin Gladeau, sister-in-law Sandy Hutchins, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by grandchildren Hilary (Jason) McCall, Ben (Stacey) Wood, Mat (Ewa) Adams, Stephanie (Brian) Ricks, and great-grandchildren Jace, Reagan, Kylee, and Brycen.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank Turner, special friend Wally Beck, brothers Chuck Hutchins, Buddy Jackson, Bobby Lawrence, David Gladeau, Henry Gladeau and sister Carol Gladeau.
Hazel’s family would like to thank those who made her life special including Howard and Jarita Neckels, Mike and Jean Steber, Polly Green, the staff at Deer Lodge Medical Center, Senior Center, Council on Aging, and all the rest of her friends and neighbors.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Deer Lodge First Baptist Church with Howard Neckels officiating. A private family interment was held at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Hazel’s memory to the Deer Lodge First Baptist Church, 140 Sam Beck Rd., Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Death Notice: Linda Pearson
Linda Pearson passed Friday, January 19, 2018. Services will be in Deer Lodge at Assembly of God on Friday, January 26. 11 a.m. viewing, 1 p.m. service, followed by burial and luncheon.
A full obituary will run at a later date. Donations may be made to DLMC Hospital Auxiliary, 1100 Hollenback Ln.
Clifton Eugene Erickson
Clifton Eugene Erickson was born in Great Falls, on March 4, 1932 and died December 28, 2017 at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Wash. His parents moved to Deer Lodge, where Clif lived until he graduated from Powell County High School. During high school he was known as “Geno” and was one of the “Milwaukee Boys” who serviced passenger trains before and after school and on weekends. After high school, he attended college in Wisconsin where he had an NROTC Scholarship. Clif was inducted into the Army as the Korean Police Action wound down. After an honorable discharge from Fort Lewis, Wash. in 1954, he spent many years in the Seattle area working in various capacities with Burlington Northern and Union Pacific Railroads. He and Lois Virginia (Favro) Egan were married in August 1966; they enjoyed travel and casinos. After retirement, Clif volunteered with SOUND Generations and spent 14 years serving seniors as a volunteer driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Emil Erickson, his sister Dorene, his brother Martin, and his stepson Dennis Egan. He is survived by his brother Glenn and sister-in-law Pat, Lois’s children Jackie Egan Holmes, Gary Egan, and Brian Egan, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He requested no services and his ashes will be strewn at a later date.
Joseph W. Johnston
Joe Johnston, 80.
Joseph W. Johnston passed away January 7, 2018 in Deer Lodge. He was 80 years old.
Joe was born on August 10, 1937 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Evans) Johnston. Joe grew up in the Deer Lodge Valley and was raised at the Evan’s family ranch near Racetrack after his father’s death.
Upon graduation from Powell County High School in 1956, Joe attended Graceland College in Iowa and then graduated from his beloved University of Montana where he was a member of the Grizzly basketball team in 1957-58. He then went on to receive his Masters in Counseling from Western Montana College in Dillon.
In the summer of 1960, Joe finally noticed the young woman that he had crossed paths with for many years. Then on December 30, 1960, Joe and Judy (Larson) were married and embarked on a 57- year journey together.
Joe spent 13 years teaching and coaching in Fromberg, Drummond and Baker. In Baker, a lifetime goal was achieved when his team won the 1970 State Class B Boys Basketball Championship. That year, Joe was honored to be named Class B Coach of the Year. The players and many students from that time have stayed in contact with “Coach” over the past 40 some years. They always held a very special place in Joe’s heart.
In 1973 Joe moved back to Deer Lodge with his family to work on the family ranch. There he spent the remainder of his years until retirement working alongside his uncle Robert Evans and his son Evan Johnston raising Simmental cattle. Joe’s love of the land and animals continues with Evan and his family being the fourth and fifth generations running the Two Bar Simmental Ranch.
The greatest joy for Joe was his family. Along with his wife Judy, they enjoyed watching their family grow and one could see the extra sparkle in Joe’s eyes with each grandchild born. Spending time traveling to watch his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in a wide variety of activities kept Joe busy and forever the coach! Family dinners were never complete without one (or 37) of Joe’s stories from his mischievous childhood, time with his buddies from the class of 1956, and his time playing and coaching basketball.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Paul Sliter (Elaine). He is survived by his wife, Judy; children: Kari (Allan) Labbe of Superior, Janet (Ed) Janney of Butte, Evan (Dana) Johnston of Deer Lodge and Elaine (Mark) Taylor of Montana City, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials reflecting Joe’s life may be made to the following: Powell County Community Foundation - PO Box 834, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana - 1520 S. Russell, Missoula, MT 59801; Rialto Theatre P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge 59722.
Respecting Joe’s wishes no services were held and internment at Hillcrest Cemetery has been held.
Death Notice: Hazel Frankie Turner
Hazel Frankie Turner passed on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Deer Lodge on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m., with interment at the Hillcrest Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will follow at the First Baptist Church.
Lewis A. Carroll
Lewis A. Carroll, 83, of Garrison, passed away peacefully at home after spending Christmas with his family.
Lewis was born August 18, 1934, in Custer, S. D., the son of the late Howard and Ethel (Shandy) Carroll.
Lewis served in the military during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he went to work at the Scranton Grain Co. in Scranton N. D. He then worked construction throughout the state of Montana as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Operators 6084 400), retiring from Jordan Contracting in 1996.
Lewis married Alberta Altman on September 30, 1961. They later divorced.
Lewis is preceded in death by:
Grandson: Christopher Carroll. Sisters: Caroline and Lenae. Brothers: Frank, George, Tom.
Lewis is survived by:
Alberta Carroll, Anaconda. Son, Sam Carroll (Cheryl) of Polson. Daughter, Susan Trueax (Zale) of Anaconda. Son, David Carroll (Jean) of Butte. Daughter, Laura LaTray (Mike) of Tacoma, Wash.
Grandchildren: Jamison and Brad (Jen) Carroll, Oxnard, Calif. Chad and Mike Trueax, Anaconda. Jennifer Carroll, Colorado Springs, Colo. Samantha Susan and Michael Lewis LaTray, Tacoma, Wash.
Great-granddaughter, Dana, Oxnard, Calif.
Sisters: Betty, Dorothy, Rode.
Special Friends: Allen Eldridge and Dallas Whittet of Gascoyne, N. D.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the NRA (National Rifle Association). A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date.
Robert C. “Bob” Thomas
Robert C. “Bob” Thomas age 79, of Elliston left our Earth, on December 27, 2017, quietly in the middle of the night one month after his youngest brother died. His wife, children and granddaughter Cassie were by his side. He fought a courageous battle the past few years of infections and strokes.
Bob was the first baby born in the new Coeur d Alene hospital on September 29, 1938 to William and Mayme (Engler) Thomas. He joined his older brother Bill and soon siblings Barney, Bruce and Sue followed. The family moved to Elliston, when he was a fourth grader and the family made Elliston their forever home. Bob finished Powell County High School and he and his brother Bill joined the United States Army in 1955. They were stationed at Fort McArthur in San Pedro, Calif. when they met their California blondes. He married Sherry Anne Brow on November 7, 1957 in Calif. and soon he and brother Bill moved their wives home to Elliston. They made their home in the Elliston Gulch. Bob and Sherry recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Bob had numerous occupations in his life; laying carpet, building homes, running a pole yard with his brother Bill and eventually they purchased the Elliston Store in 1972. He eventually started working for the State of Montana, a position he retired from. Bob loved to bird hunt but his biggest joy was following his wife around the state while she participated in showing horses and later judging them. They also enjoyed making small trips to visit their kids and grandkids. Bob and Sherry were inseparable and he always said he was the lucky one because he found his soul mate. “Sherry My Sweet Heart” was a tattoo he proudly showed off on his arm.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Sherry of Elliston; children Rob (Toni) Thomas of Virginia, Millissa Schmit Riggin of Elliston, Molley Barr of Liberty Lake, Wash., Sommer (Mike) Cox of N. C.; brother Bill (Marilyn) Thomas, sister Sue Hiltz, sister-in-law Cheryl Thomas all of Elliston; 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his son Barney, daughter Carrie, parents William and Mayme, brothers Bruce, Barney and infant brothers Brian, Barry and Byron and brother-in-law Jim Hiltz.
The family would like to give an extended thank you to Guy Hayter and Cooney Apple-Rehab for the excellent care they provided the past couple of months. Especially Susan RN, Eliza LPN, CNAs Robby, Cody, Peter, Robyn, Kelli, Klarissa, Gina and the excellent kitchen staff. Thank you to the VA Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Melinda, Brenda and Amy from Compassus Hospice. Special thanks to Dick Brown of Cloyd Funeral Home in Lewistown for handling the arrangements.
A memorial for Bob Thomas will be held at a later date, cremation has taken place at his request.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.