March 29th, 2017
Sharon Kay Hiner
Sharon Kay Hiner, 76, of Missoula, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 20, 2017 at home with her family at her side.
She was born September 15, 1940 in Eureka, Calif., to Melvin and June Christopher. A third generation Eurekan, she graduated high school there and attended California State University, Humboldt in Arcata, Calif. where she studied art. It was in this environment of magnificent redwoods and wild Pacific coastline that her interest in realistic landscape painting began.
Sharon married her high school sweetheart, Millard Hiner in 1959 and began raising her family. They moved to Alaska in 1963 and spent the next 16 years painting that awe-inspiring scenery. In 1979 they moved to Montana where she continued her art. She was an extremely accomplished artist winning best of show at several prominent art shows, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who loved to entertain.
Sharon was known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers. She had a great love for history and traveled the entire Lewis and Clark trail. They spent several wonderful retirement years in Pierce, Idaho before moving to Missoula in 2012.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Christopher and June (Sundfors) Christopher; as well as her brother, Dennis Christopher.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 57 years, Millard, children Kevin Hiner (Bryn) of Anchorage, Alaska, Mathew Hiner (Cindy) of Deer Lodge, Jennifer Monaco (Donald) of Missoula, granddaughters, Stephanie, Jessica, Erin, Matison and great-granddaughter Leilani.
At Sharon’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Humboldt County Historical Society.
The family of Sharon wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Partners in Home Care Hospice.
Montana State Prison inmate Mark Misner died on March 25, 2017 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. Mr. Misner was 66 years old.
Mr. Misner was sentenced out of Cascade County in 2005 for two counts of Deliberate Homicide. He received a sentence of life without parole to Montana State Prison. In 2010, Mr. Misner was sentenced out of Toole County for Assault on a Peace Officer. Mr. Misner was sentenced to 10 years with five suspended to run consecutive to the previous sentence.
March 22nd, 2017
Coleman (Cole) Yunger
Coleman (Cole) Yunger, 63, passed away into the loving arms of his Savior, on March 11, 2017, at St. Patrick Hospital, in Missoula, with his sister Sherri Lonz at his side and special friends Randy and Lori Banks of Deer Lodge in close attendance. At the time of his death, Cole was working for the Experience Works.
Cole was born David Patrick Graham, to Doyle and Margaret Graham, on February 14, 1954.
Cole served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and sustained injuries while on duty. He was described as a hot-tempered Irishman with a heart of gold and a beautiful singing voice, who would give the shirt off his back to anyone needing help. He is sorely missed and loved by his family but we know that he is in the hands of his Lord and take comfort he will be seen again.
David was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mark Kelly Graham, and his sisters Mary Valentine and Melody Nelson. He is survived by his sister Sherri Lonz, and brothers Doyle Graham, Bobby Graham and Stewart Johnson. A military funeral will be held at the Ft. Harrison Cemetery on March 24, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make all donations to the Lee Jewell Funeral Home, in Deer Lodge, or the Veterans administration for homeless veterans, in Helena.
Merlyn Lee Marceau
Montana State Prison inmate Merlyn Lee Marceau died on March 18, 2017 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, following an extended illness. Mr. Marceau was 64 years old.
Mr. Marceau was sentenced out of Flathead County in 1997 for the crime of Sexual Intercourse without Consent; he was sentenced to 40 years with 20 years suspended. Mr. Marceau was released on probation in 2008. In 2009, due to a violation of probation, Mr. Marceau was resentenced to 20 years to Montana State Prison with no time suspended. Mr. Marceau had been parole eligible since 2013.
March 15th, 2017
Death notice: Max “Mick” McGuire
McGuire, Max “Mick”, 83 of Helena passed away at his residence on March 6. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.helenafunerals.com
March 08th, 2017
Wayne Lamar Lott
Wayne Lamar Lott passed away March 1, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family who loved him very much. He was born March 30, 1947 in Rigby Idaho to Ira Glen & Rhea Warren Lott. He was raised & attended school in Spencer & Dubois Idaho. He married Janice Hurst on November 3, 1964 in Dubois. He spent most of his life working as a logger & mechanic in Montana. He was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed woodworking, remodeling, reading, playing pinochle & barbecuing with family. Spending time in Arizona in the winter months & riding his razor with friends there.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice. His daughter Angela (Mike) Horswill of Harlem. Sons Brian (Leah), Ike (Amber), & Jeremy (Julie) all of Deer Lodge. Fourteen grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his son in-law Kyle Holgate and grandson Christopher Holgate.
Viewing was from 5:30-7 p.m. March 5 at the LDS Church.
Funeral services were held March 6, 11 a.m. at the LDS Church.
Interment will be at Deer Lodge Cemetery. Memorials to Kohrs Memorial Library.
Lucien Sidney Bonck
Montana State Prison inmate Lucien Sidney Bonck died on March 4, 2017 of an extended illness at the Lewistown Infirmary in Lewistown. Mr. Bonck was 63 years old.
Mr. Bonck was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2004 for the crime of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent. Mr. Bonck was sentenced to 20 years with 14 yrs. suspended. Mr. Bonck was paroled in 2008. In 2011, Mr. Bonck was sentenced out of Yellowstone County to three counts of Sexual Intercourse without Consent and three counts of Sexual Assault and one count as a Persistent Offender for Tampering with Witness. For each of the seven counts, Mr. Bonck received a sentence of 100 years without the possibility of parole.
March 01st, 2017
Alan V. Peters
Alan V. Peters passed away suddenly on February 16, 2017, at the age of 67, in his hometown of Deer Lodge. Alan is survived by his wife, Shirley (Green); children, Aaron Peters and Alana (Kyle) McLaughlin (Kyle); grandchildren, Natalie Peters, and Brycen and Meya McLaughlin, brother, David Peters, and half-brother, Billy.
Alan was born to William Orla and Naomi Peters on March 31, 1949, in Long Beach, Calif. He and Shirley fell in love with Montana in 1977, while searching for opportunities in law enforcement, and they never looked back. His long-term career in the criminal justice system began at the old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, which bridged into the new prison upon completion in 1979. He entered law enforcement at the Dillon Police Department where he began raising his family; he returned to Deer Lodge for another stent at the prison before joining the Powell County Sheriff’s Department. Upon retirement, he enjoyed helping customers at the local ACE Hardware, NAPA Auto, and Safeway.
Alan was an avid sports enthusiast starting out with baseball, basketball, and football from a young age with his brother by his side. He also picked up skiing and water skiing, in addition to coaching, which began with tee ball and continued through to Legion baseball. He eagerly provided practice drills for his children for their other sports, and made sure he was at all their games. Alan and his family spent summers boating at Flathead Lake and camping all around Western Montana, and more recently meeting his children and grandchildren for annual campouts from Oregon and Washington to Moab.
An informal gathering will held in early summer in Alan’s honor. As an avid supporter of the military, memorial contributions may be made to the USO, Red Cross, or a charity of your choosing.