Charles Neale Dawson
Charles Neale Dawson passed away on March 19, 2014. He was born July 26, 1950 to Tracey Elsworth Dawson and Betty West in Wallace, Idaho.
As a young child the family moved to Idaho Falls and then at age 11 the family moved to Deer Lodge. Charlie lived his life out in Deer Lodge with short stays in other towns, but Deer Lodge was his home.
He attended Catholic grade school in Deer Lodge and Powell County High School, graduating in 1968. He then attended radio broadcasting school in San Francisco in 1969 and radio engineering school in Los Angeles in 1970.
He returned to Montana where he was a radio announcer in Great Falls, Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge. During his radio announcing career he announced stock car races, drag races and demolition derbies around Western Montana.
In July 13, 1973 he married Susan Grubaugh in Great Falls. They moved to Deer Lodge in 1974 where they have lived ever since.
In 1988 Charlie joined the Recovery Community and was active in NA/AA, helping many people.
In 1997 Charlie, also known as “Bulldog” started the Free Rider Motorcycle Club along with his son “Buckshot” and his brother “Shrink”. Club members have put many miles on their Harley-Davidson ever since.
Charlie loved traveling on his Harley with Sue and his club brothers. He also enjoyed hunting, camping and exploring the mountains with his family.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Sue, son Tracey, daughter Kelly and the light of his life, grandson Trace. Charlie is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Sue and Bill Whitney of Deer Lodge and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is also survived by two very special young ladies, Jaime “Bum” Brewer, Misty Taylor and Joe and Dotsie Shafer. He is also survived by his Free Rider Brothers. Preceding him in death are his parents, step-father, Clifford Perkins and sister Traci.
Twenty-five years clean and sober – ride pain free forever Bulldog – the journey is all yours.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge. Memorials can be made to the Montana Hope Project.
Jesse James Eighorn
Jesse James Eighorn passed away peacefully on March 13, 2014 in Dillon. Jess was born November 15, 1955 in Sheridan to Gloria and Jim Eighorn and was raised on the family ranch in Melrose. After graduating from Butte High, Jess went to work as a crane operator, as a rancher in the Deer Lodge Valley, and later running his own auctioneer service across the state.
Friends and family will remember Jess for his sincere friendship and his robust, joyful, and proud personality. He was funny, stern, and direct...all when he needed to be.
Jess enjoyed a cold beer with salt, watching John Wayne movies, playing jokes on his buddies, and being with good company. Many will remember him telling rambunctious stories that ended with a laugh, squinted eyes and a slap of his knee.
Jess could rattle off equipment numbers, figures, and important dates at any time. He took pride in telling how most bridges in the state were built, in what year, and who built them. Farmers and ranchers relied on Jess to locate, buy, and sell equipment for them.
He was said to be as strong as a bull moose and loved being outside riding four wheelers, fishing, and shooting guns. Most of all, Jess enjoyed being a friend.
Everyone always knew where they stood with Jess, and friends and family knew they could always count on his helpful nature, his genuine gift of caring, and his generosity.
Jess leaves behind his daughter Lace, son-in-law Josh Shrum, father Jim Eighorn, sisters Julie (Larry) Boksich, Toni (Dixon) Robison, and Marta Nicholls and brother Luke (Joel) Eighorn; as well as numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria.
Special thanks goes to Dr. Sandra McIntyre, the staff of Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center, and the Barrett Hospital Hospice nurses.
Services will be held Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Big Hole in Melrose. Donations in Jess’ name can be made to the Anaconda VFW Post 1976, the Powell County 4-H Council, or Shriners.
A guestbook is available online at www.brundagefuneralhome.com.
Thomas John Schultz
Husband, Father, Friend — Thomas John Schultz, 65, died January 16, 2014 while on vacation in Thailand. He was born in Montana on October 24 1948, to Norman (Bud) Schultz and Florence (Brander) Schultz and raised with his sister, Penny in Garrison and Deer Lodge.
Tom made a 30-year career as an artist and potter, and had a full and happy life with his New Zealand wife Sue, and son, Jeffrey.
Tom enjoyed racquetball, gardening, traveling, skiing, sailing, and an extensive network of family and friends. Endowed with vast amounts of common sense, and being an older dad, Tom appreciated more than most the thrill of Jeffrey playing sports, doing well in school and acquiring the maturity of a young man.
Tom could make and fix just about anything. Strong and steady, he arranged rocks in a garden and painted intricate glaze designs on clay with equal artistry. Most recently he constructed beautiful boxes of inlaid hardwoods.
Tom leaves us with hundreds of extraordinary ceramics, an enduring sense of fairness, memories of his dry humor, a kindness to all, and not a single unfinished home improvement project.
He will be dearly remembered by his family and friends worldwide.
A celebration of Tom’s life was held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, Tundra Room on Northern Trail.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Woodland Park Zoo.
James D. Crossman
James D. Crossman, 78, of Yuma, Ariz. and Post Falls, Idaho, and formerly of Deer Lodge, passed away on Friday, February, 14, 2014, at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. A private family grave side service will take place sometime this summer.
James D. Crossman was born on January 22, 1936, in Jamestown, N.D., the youngest child of Harold and Agnes (Olson) Crossman. He attended high school and graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. After graduation he worked as an x-ray technician for many years at the Montana State Hospital in Galen. While working in Galen, he met and married Mary Lou (Karras) Crossman and two children were born from their marriage. They later divorced. He then moved to Helena and worked as an X-ray technician for several more years at Fort Harrison VA Hospital. He was very proud of that fact that he retired when he was 55 years old.
During his retirement he met his current wife, Dell Crossman. He realized his dream of becoming a “snowbird” and he truly enjoyed all the friendships, gatherings and amenities that came along with living in a Senior Community. He and Dell spent many winters in Yuma prior to his death.
Survivors include his wife, Dell Crossman, of Yuma, Ariz.; his son, Rick (Cathy) Crossman, of Spokane Valley, Wash.; his daughter Bev (Dan) Freeman, of Stevensville, and six grandchildren.
Those who preceded him in death were his parents; sister, Marge Danner; brother, Dave Crossman and brother, Harold “Bud” Crossman.