April 27th, 2016
John William Porter
John William Porter, of Deer Lodge, passed away on April 20, 2016 after a long, fruitful, and good life. John was born in Lincoln, Nebr. on May 26, 1926, and spent his childhood and adolescence in Missoula, graduating from Missoula County High School in 1944. After high school, John served in the Navy during World War II as an electrician, and he enrolled in college after his discharge. John graduated from Montana State University – Bozeman in 1950 with a teaching degree and was hired as an industrial arts and science teacher at Powell County High School in 1950. John taught there for 35 years while also coaching football, advising key club, and serving as a driving instructor. John received his master’s degree in 1958 from the University of Northern Colorado. During his time in Colorado, John met the former Kay O’Brien of Iowa. They married in December of 1955 and returned to Deer Lodge where John would build the family home. John and Kay raised three daughters together and the five of them remained loving and close for the duration of John’s life.
John was incredibly active in his working life and in his retirement. John enjoyed camping with his children and grandchildren; spending time in Glacier National Park; remaining very involved in his community -- including Jaycees, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation, and the Deer Park Golf Club. He also enjoyed following his grandchildren’s sports; fishing and hunting; skiing with his family; riding his motorcycle; golfing; teaching his daughters, students, and grandchildren everything he knew about life; joining his coffee group friends at the Broken Arrow every morning; and working countless hours in his wood shop.
John died as a result of him doing something he loved: spending time in his wood shop while working on a project around his house.
John is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Julia Porter and his brother Scott Porter.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Kay, his three children Cindy Porter of Spokane, Wash., Sue (Steve) Walther of Spokane, Wash., Kathy (Paul) Thompson of Deer Lodge, his six grandchildren Brad (Niki) Weston of Hamilton, Melissa (Matt) MacDonald of Bozeman, Michaela Walther of Richland, Wash., Kara Walther of Spokane, Wash., Brian Thompson of Missoula, Cal Thompson of Helena, and his five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge, at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 23, 2016. A reception in his remembrance followed the service at the Saint Mary’s Center.
Memorials should be sent to the Deer Park Golf Club.
Sherry Ann Goodman Ruttenbur
Sherry Ann Goodman Ruttenbur, 73, loving wife, mother and dear friend, died of complications from strokes in Missoula on April 11, 2016.
She was born in Missoula on June 10, 1942 of Jack W. Goodman and Lee Goodman. Her mother died when Sherry was nine years old. Her father married Fern Downing in 1952, and her father continued his work in road construction in Montana. Through their frequent moves, Sherry attended grade schools throughout the state.
When she was a sophomore, the family settled in Deer Lodge, where she attended and was graduated from Powell County High School in 1960. It was there where she met the man of her dreams and married Neil Gordon Ruttenbur on June 30, 1961. Neil’s career was as a dairyman for 36 years for Meadowgold Dairy in Missoula.
Their marriage produced Loran Albert (deceased in 2002 leaving two children, Joshua and Bethany), Lee Allen (employed in the grocery business in Missoula), and daughter Christie Lynn who serves full-time in the Montana National Guard.
Sherry and Neil retired full time to Seeley Lake in 1997 after building their distinctive “arch” home, workshop and garage beginning 1992. Sherry is warmly remembered by her many friends for taming deer who came to their house frequently for snacks of bread and other goodies. She taught one friend how to feed deer a slice of bread out of her mouth.
Sherry worked from 1998 to 2002 at Seeley Lake’s Valley Market. She was an active member of the Quilters Guild and a volunteer for several years at the Seeley Lake Senior Center. She was a loyal supporter of the community efforts of the Seeley Lake Lion’s Club.
A talented and creative cook and baker, her hobbies also included cross stitching. Sherry was an avid Seattle Mariners fan who attended several games in Seattle as well as the team’s spring training in Arizona.
She leaves behind her best friend and husband, Neil, two great-grandaughters in Loran’s family, various cousins throughout the U.S. and her miniature Schnauzer, “Button.”
Her final wish included no services. Contributions memorializing Sherry may be sent to the Seeley Lake Senior Center, Seeley, MT 59868.
Wesley E. Lucas
Wesley E. Lucas, 82, passed away April 19, 2016. Mr. Lucas was born in Dubuque, Iowa and he spent much of his life there. He retired to his property on the mountain in Anaconda in 1994. He returned to Dubuque in 1998 to take care of his mother in her last days. In 2012, he moved back to Montana, permanently, with his long-time companion, Sally. They spent many happy hours in her house in Deer Lodge and at his cabin in Anaconda. There will be a celebration of life scheduled for sometime in July or early August that will be held on the mountain outside Anaconda where his heart lived.
April 20th, 2016
Robert L. Olson (Cowboy Bob)
Robert L. Olson (Cowboy Bob) age 70 of Dillon, passed away April 10, 2016 at Parkview Acres Convalescent Center. He was born on September 11, 1945 in Shelby. A full obituary to follow. Guest book available online at www.brundagefuneralhome.com
Cleo House was born to Leo and Josie Harris on her family ranch north of Browning on April 9, 1926, and passed away in Deer Lodge on her 90th birthday.
In 1945 she married her high school sweetheart Duane House. Together they owned a ranch north of Browning, where they worked hard side by side. They were an integral part of the community and raised their two daughters Judy and Lynn.
In 1974 they bought the Harvey Eliason ranch and moved to the Deer Lodge Valley. They retired from ranching in 1990 and moved to a lakeside property near Kalispell and spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz.
Ten years later they came back to Deer Lodge to 800 St. Mary’s Avenue, where they pursued their hobbies of music and gardening. Cleo’s passion was her love of gardening and her flower garden was admired by many. Twice she was featured with her flower garden in the Silver State Post.
She was a member of Eastern Star, the Presbyterian Church, several bridge clubs and the Woman’s Club.
Mourning her passing are her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tim Bolton of Butte; her daughter Lynn Blaine of Deer Lodge; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Duane and her eight brothers and sisters.
Services were held on Wednesday at the Presbyterian church.
James Robert Horan
Montana State Prison inmate James Robert Horan died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Lewistown Infirmary in Lewistown of an extended illness. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Horan was sentenced out of Fergus County in 2000 for the crime of Sexual Assault. Mr. Horan was sentenced to Montana State Prison for the term of 30 years with five suspended. He was parole eligible in 2006 and had a discharge date of 2025.
April 13th, 2016
Richard Geary Tubbs
Richard Geary Tubbs, 67, of Palmer, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
Richard was born to the late Ernest and Annah Tubbs in 1949, in Missoula. He graduated from Drummond High School in 1967.
In 1967, Richard moved to Dillingham, Alaska, where he was employed by Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in finance and accounting. While in Dillingham, Richard learned to pilot small aircraft and had many adventures (and misadventures) with his good friend Charlie “35” Layman. Together, they built a cabin on Nuyakuk Lake, which Richard would tell you the State later stole from them. But that is another story.
Richard relocated to the Mat-Su Valley in 1990 and began work as the Executive Director of Palmer Senior Citizens Center, Inc. (now Mat-Su Senior Services). Under his leadership, the services available to seniors throughout the Mat-Su Borough expanded tremendously. Thousands of older Alaskans have lived longer, better lives because of Richard’s vision and dedication.
Richard was mechanically gifted. His ability to effectuate repairs of any nature was exceeded only by his talent for breaking things.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Trina Tubbs; step-daughter, Patricia Westbrook; partner, Rachel Greenberg; sisters Carol Ann Wertz, Betty Lu (Steve) Smith; Merri Joyce (Jim) Henderson, Mikey (Gary) Wilmonen, and Kathy June (Billy) Estes; many nieces and nephews; and all the people who cared and loved him.
He loved his family dearly, and he always treated his mother the way a son should. Richard was an avid pilot, hunter, adventurer, mentor, friend, and father.
Richard adopted several dogs that needed families, usually involuntarily, and then spoiled them until they were almost too fat to walk.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Mat-Su Senior Services at 1132 S. Chugach Street, Palmer, Alaska 99645.
There was a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mat-Su Senior Services. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:30 at Drummond Community Hall in Montana.
April 06th, 2016
Hollie Genevieve Hoover
Hollie Genevieve Hoover, 101.
Hollie Genevieve Hoover passed away at the age of 101, on March 29, 2016, in Deer Lodge, with her family by her side.
Hollie was born December 28, 1914 to Ada Hogan Hoover and Chester Hoover in Gold Creek, at the ranch home of her grandparents, David and Emily Hogan.
She attended grade school in New Chicago and graduated from high school in Drummond in 1932. Hollie graduated from Montana State Normal College in Dillon in June 1934 as an elementary teacher. She later attended summer schools at MSU in Missoula, and UOC in Boulder, Colo.
Hollie’s teaching career began in a country school on the East Fork of Rock Creek south of Philipsburg. The session ran in the warmer months from March through November as the snow was too deep in the winter. Her duties, in addition to teaching, were to build the fire in the stove every day and clean the school house. She rode her horse two and one half miles to school every day and taught in this school for two years.
Hollie then taught at Hall School for five years and taught at the Philipsburg school for four years. In 1945, she accepted a teaching position in Kalispell and taught in the Cornelius-Hedges School for 28 years, retiring in 1975. She was a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for 62 years.
She was an active member of the Lutheran Church for 70 years and especially enjoyed making quilts for Lutheran World Relief which were distributed world-wide.
School vacations were spent traveling and she visited France, England, Ireland, Alaska, and all of Canada and the U.S. She loved her yard, flowers, hummingbirds and watching the deer in the field near her home.
Hollie was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Alta Hoover Monson and Hans Monson; brother-in-law, Larry Gebhardt; niece, Karol Monson Charlson.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Hoover Gebhardt, Deer Lodge; nephews, Chester Monson, Deer Lodge; Don Charlson, Hysham; Larry Gebhardt, Jr., Great Falls; nieces, Rita McDonald, Wapato, Wash.; Shirley Gebhardt, Conrad; and “adopted kids,” Marlene Counsell, Little Elm, Tex., and Daryl Counsell, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Thank you to Hollie’s caregivers and special thanks to Joan Sewell for her friendship and generous help.
Services were held on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge. Burial will be at a later date in the New Chicago Cemetery.
Memorials: St. John Lutheran Church, Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation and Deer Lodge Elk’s – BPOE #1737.
Anthony Leon (Tony) Jarvis
Anthony Leon (Tony) Jarvis, October 14, 1980 - March 21, 2016.
Anthony was born in Butte, October 14, 1980 to William and Rhonda Jarvis. He was raised by Scott and Rhonda Townsend.
He attended Butte High School and sometime during those school years he met and married Machelle Clark. Later he and Machelle divorced. A few years later he married Jenniffer Wallace.
Tony’s children include: Rachelle Jolynn Jarvis, Blake Anthony Shaw, Melissa Davonne Palmer, and Emily Ann Louise Jarvis.
Tony is survived by his wife Jenniffer, his four children, Rachelle, Blake, Melissa, and Emily, his parents Scott and Rhonda Townsend, Chris Jarvis and Ruby Jarvis and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
Tony had many different jobs over the years. He began his working career working for Cenex, then on to Town Pump as a clerk. He worked with his brother, Adrian, on the oil rigs. He worked in sawmills until three years ago when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Tony learned to cook as a career and became a great cook.
Recently Tony began making and selling candy at Christmas time. He was really good at making candy. Many people are going to miss his yummy candy. He also learned to sew and helped his mom many times on a sewing project.
Tony loved to fish, hunt, and bugle elk. He was at home in the outdoors. When he was healthy if you couldn’t find him chances were he was in the mountains enjoying nature. His favorite color was purple and the Cowboys were his team.
He was able to go to Disneyland with his wife and his children and other family members shortly before his passing. It was a wonderful trip and a memorable one for his family.
Tony was also one of the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. He helped many people along the way in his 35 years on this earth. He will be missed.
Joseph A McKown
Joseph A McKown passed away quietly on Thursday March 31, 2016.
Joe was born April 5, 1928 to Lauretta and Charles McKown. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years Irene. He is survived by Laura Jo Rundle, daughter and her husband Leonard, grandaughter Jessica and her husband Chris Conell, and great-grandson Oliver Conell and grandson Matthew.
Joe was an avid sports fan. He loved his Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. He was a baseball player for many years and a baseball umpire for 20 plus years. His favorite pastimes were fishing on the Little Blackfoot River and gossiping with his cronie friends down at the bakery every morning.
Mass of Christian Burial Services was at the Immaculate Conception Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday April 5, followed by military honors at Hillcrest Cemetery. Afterwards there was a reception at the St Mary’s Hall.
Glenda Rae Peterson
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, our beloved wife and mother, Glenda Rae Peterson passed away due to heart problems.
She was born in Butte on November 12, 1954 to Lillian and Stanton Sellers. She married Jerry Guthrie in 1973 from which three children were born. In 1998, she remarried Bob Peterson adding two more stepchildren. Glenda was known for her love of cats, watching the Waltons and Andy Griffith. She enjoyed cross stitching and very much loved spending her time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Bob Peterson, of Deer Lodge; brother John Sellers (Hyekong) of Germany. Children Jon Guthrie of Deer Lodge, Joe Guthrie (Sherry) of Deer Lodge, Monica Guthrie (Chris) of Billings. Stepchildren Hiedi Hewitt (Troy) of Hamilton, Tanya Butler of Helena. Twelve grandchildren including Danny, Destiny, Bethany, Natalie, Brianna (Mike), Brett, Brandon, Megan, Jessica, TJ, Tatiana, Markell, Deshawn. Six great-grandkids including Bryson, Ellisia, Kaegan, Kadence, Kaylee, Kenzee and one niece Natasha Sellers.
She was a kind and loving wife and mother, who would do anything for her family. She will be greatly missed and loved forever.
Montana State Prison inmate Richard Schuhrke, DOC # 2062359, age 76, died on March 31, 2016 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, following an extended illness.
Mr. Schuhrke was convicted in 2004 of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent out of Valley County and again in 2011 of Sexual Abuse of Children out of Missoula County. Mr. Schuhrke was parole eligible on 12/21/2011 and his prison discharge date was 8/12/2016.