Robert Kenneth Burns
Robert Kenneth Burns died at home April 14, 2019 with family by his side. Bob was born September 5, 1937 in Helena to Kenneth R. and Dorothy (Gonser) Burns. He grew up in Wolf Creek working with his family running the Wolf Creek store and on their chicken farm supplying eggs and fryers to the Helena Valley.
When not helping his folks, he was exploring the Wolf Creek canyon with friends; camping, fishing, and even trying to swim a horse across the Missouri River. The horse survived, and Bob went on to graduate from Cascade High School.
Life really began in January 1961 when he met Bobcat cheerleader and future bride Billie Jean Applegate while attending Montana State University. They were engaged April 12 and married September 16 the same year. Bob graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts in 1962.
The pair then moved to Helena and were blessed with three children as spirited as their dad. Bob and BJ raised Rowdy, Brad, and Jodi on a place off Glass Drive. They kept dogs, horses, sheep, hogs, and cows and spent summers irrigating, haying, and sharing their home with family and friends. Many good times were also had at Seeley Lake.
After working 17 years at Mountain Bell, Bob changed careers so he could take time off to watch his kids participate in various activities. Football, gymnastics, track, rodeo, it didn’t matter, he never missed an event. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Bob worked at Farm Bureau Insurance and Insurance Inc. before starting his own agency, Bob Burns Insurance. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Muzzle Loading Club, noxious weed boards of Lewis and Clark and Powell counties, and Bobcat Athletic Advisory Board. He also served 40 years on the Livestock Fair Committee.
Bob belonged to Masonic Lodge No. 3 in Helena and later joined Lincoln Lodge No. 157. He was a member of Algeria Shrine and rode his faithful sorrel horse, Spud Chip, in many parades with the mounted patrol.
Bob’s contributions to the community are enduring. He was instrumental in getting the all-weather track at Vigilante Stadium, establishing Agra Forum, and bringing the National High School Rodeo to Helena for the first time. He may be best known for working with kids as a Lewis & Clark County 4-H leader, including camping year-after-year onsite during fair week to be available to help the kids.
Some of Bob’s favorite times were hunting, fishing, haying, and helping neighbors work cattle. He also loved cooking at hunting camp, which meant serving up full meals cooked on an old wood stove.
After 40 years on Glass Drive, Bob and BJ retired to the mountains near Elliston. In retirement he enjoyed wood working and time with family. Nearly weekly, he was treated to BJ’s apple pie. He would wonder out loud how she could make such a delicious pie with so little practice and would tell everyone, “Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.”
Bob was gradually lost to dementia, but even in his last days he knew the prettiest girl in the room and his children.
Bob leaves behind that prettiest girl, his wife of nearly 58 years, Billie Jean; son Rowdy (Tami) and grandsons Challis Nace and Dakota Singh; son Brad (Charity Watt) and granddaughters Misty (Casey Stevens) and Lindsay (Isaac Clark); daughter Jodi (Mike Roberts) and granddaughters Amanda (Jack Evans) and Allie; great-grandchildren Rhys and Ava Clark, Avery Jo Stevens, and Carson Evans; brother-in-law Joe Applegate (Sharon); and a close circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Georgia Lynn; and father- and mother-in-law William and May Applegate.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Lewis & Clark County 4-H, 100 W. Custer Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Helena, MT 59602, Powell County 4-H, 409 Missouri Ave., Suite 102 Deer Lodge, MT 59722, or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Algeria Shrine Temple, PO Box 4879, Helena, MT 59604. They also suggest enjoying some apple pie with a slice of cheese.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing Street, in Helena. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Bob.
Sandra Ina Hinsen
Sandra Ina Hinsen passed away April 12, 2019 at the age of 93.
She was born October 21, 1926 in Missoula to Robert Bruce Pritchard and Diane LaMorala Schwartz Pritchard. Sandra was one of 11 children. She spent her childhood in Missoula.
On Halloween of 1941, Sandra met the love of her life, Wilbur Hinsen at the roller rink in Missoula. Wilbur fell in love with her immediately and knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with that beautiful young lady. They were married shortly after. Wilbur swooped her off to start their life in Bozeman, but not before he bought her the first store bought dress she ever owned. Their life together was full of ups and downs, but they always stuck together. They built all the homes they lived in together, even the last home they shared in Deer Lodge. Sandra worked side by side with Wilbur as much as she could during all the construction.
Sandra worked at F.W. Woolworths for over 20 years in Bozeman. She left Woolworths to start a business of her own with Wilbur. Sandra and Wilbur opened the Bozeman Coin Shop and worked together every day until they retired. Wilbur would leave early every morning to open the shop and Sandra would walk the six blocks to the shop later. During the time that they ran the coin business they traveled all around the United States. Sandra loved to travel.
Sandra and Wilbur had four children together, Leonard Bruce, Penelope Linda, Lonnie Paul and Sheila Marie. She raised her children in Opportunity and Bozeman. From her children she was blessed with eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
As one of those grandkids, I remember spending time with Gramma. My favorite memory is roller skating with her and Grampa at the rink in Bozeman. Sandra and Wilbur would go to the rink every weekend and skate together. Reminiscing of the night they first met, Sandra and Wilbur would skate hand in hand around the rink in perfect rhythm together. I always believed I had the coolest grandparents ever. Gramma spent a lot of time teaching us kids how to skate backwards.
Sandra is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Diane Pritchard; husband, Wilbur Hinsen; brothers and sisters, Puss, Sherman, Bobby, Fritz, Jerry, Bylo, Dicky and Tommy and her two sons, Leonard and Lonnie.
She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Penny and Clint Roy and Sheila and Dan Jones; her brothers Tootie and Bingo and many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Sandra was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Graveside services will be held April 27 at 11 a.m. with reception immediately following at the Community Center.
Dennis Wayne Harris
It is with great sadness that the family of Dennis Wayne Harris announce his passing on April 10, 2019 at the age of 36 years old. Dennis was born in Longview, Wash. on January 23, 1983 to Keith and Linda Harris.
Dennis was a native of Milton-Freewater, Ore. He attended Mac Hi and graduated in 2001. He joined the Navy March 27, 2002 as a Nuclear Machinist and was honorably discharged May 04, 2010. During his service he was stationed in Norfolk, Va. at the Newport News Naval Base and spent time on the USS Enterprise CVN65. Dennis attended Montana State from September 2010 through May 2013 and studied Mechanical Engineering and Wildlife Management. In the Summer of 2013 he began work at the Mount Powell Les Schwab and was there through November 2018 and was currently employed at the Montana State Penitentiary. He married Dana VonBergen on August 04, 2012, they were blessed with two sons, Gunnar Lee on July 17, 2014 and Botey Lane on December 19, 2015. Dana and Dennis later separated and divorced. Dennis met Amanda “Mandie” Seitzinger and her three daughters; Natalie, Cecilia and Loralei, they shared the birth of their daughter, Charlie May on January 29, 2018.
Dennis will be forever remembered and is survived by his father and mother-in-law, Keith and Patti Harris, his three beautiful children; Gunnar, Botey and Charlie, his fiancé Mandie Seitzinger, his brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Kristin Harris, his sister Erin Harris, his paternal grandmother Deloris Harris, his maternal grandmother Sylvia Wood, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Harris, his sister, Jessie Thompson, his paternal grandfather, Gerald Harris, his maternal grandfather, Max Healy.
Dennis touched the lives of so many people in his 36 years of life. He had a smile that would light up an entire room and a personality that everyone was drawn to. Dennis was an amazing father to his children, a wonderful son, brother and friend. His memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who love him.
There will be a graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge on April 18, 2019 at noon and a luncheon to follow at the Broken Arrow. The family has set up an education fund for his children at Peoples Bank under “The Dennis Harris Memorial Fund.”
Larry Jim Strong
Larry was born to Edward and Otelia Strong on December 20, 1942 and entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 5, 2019.
Larry’s early years were spent growing up in western Montana with an older sister Doris, older brother Lee Roy (Esther), followed by sister Terri, brothers Elmer, Melvin, Dennis, Donnie, James, sisters Karen (Harold) and Linda.
He married Mary Corrigan of Deer Lodge and to this union two wonderful children were born, Larry Strong (Bonnie), children Erika Olletta and Zoey Frances and Michelle Strong and her daughter Chelsea.
Larry served in the Army for six years and was stationed in Brussels Belgium. His military duty was to drive a Full Bird Colonel to various duty stations in Europe.
He worked at the Berkeley Pit in Butte driving heavy duty trucks and for a time at the Peabody Open Pit Mines in Kentucky.
He loved camping and fishing in the mountains of Montana.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dennis, brother-in-laws Mike McGillis and Don Vincent, nephews George Vincent, David and Kevin Strong and great-nephews Bridger Strong and Brian Pankratz.
He is survived by his children, grandchildren, nine brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the Deer Lodge Care Center for the wonderful care and support Larry received for the past six years of his life.
Visitation will begin Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at the Jewell Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with military honors to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Gloria Ann (Tillberg) Buck
Our “Sweet Little Ma” Gloria Ann (Tillberg) Buck stepped from time into eternity March 27, 2019. She was born January 11, 1927 to Paul and Sadie Tillberg in Haxtun, Colo. and was the oldest of eight children. Gloria spent her childhood in rural Colorado, surrounded by lots of families and especially her cousins.
When she was in high school the family moved to Northern Idaho where she played the clarinet, piano and loved to ice skate. After graduation she married her forever love, Don Buck and became a war bride. When he was stationed in Martha’s Vineyard she was able to spend some time there but then came back to Sandpoint to work and wait until the war was over. She was a part of the great generation that lived simply and had great values.
Their first son, Donald James died shortly after birth and they went on to have three more children: Ron (Mary) Buck of Helena, children Heather, Ronnie and Beth; Rick (Kim) Buck of Deer Lodge, children Rikki, Rhonda, Dawn and Sam; Jan (Dave) Bluford of Gold Creek, children Holly and Joleen, plus 30 great-grandchildren. Maybe it was losing their first child that mom spoiled us rotten. She used to say, “these kids are worth a million dollars.” Our dad would respond, “which one can we sell?”
In 1966 the family moved to Minnesota and lived on a small farm. Mom worked very hard and had beautiful gardens. She did a lot of canning and was a very good cook and baker. In 1970 they moved to Deer Lodge where mom was employed at the Registrar’s Office. It was a good fit for her and she really liked her job and the people she worked with.
After her husband’s death in 1982, mom stayed working and was blessed to have her children and grandchildren near. If she thought her kids were something, then her grandkids were something else. Grandma Buck’s was the place to go for lunch along with friends, and she never missed an activity that they were in.
She took each of her grandchildren on trips - Heather to Vancouver, BC; Rikki and Rhonda to the Black Hills; Ronnie and Sam to Seattle Mariner’s game; Holly and Dawn to Seattle and Vancouver; Beth and Joleen to Seaside, Ore. Lots of good memories for them.
After the grandkids all grew up mom stayed busy with her church, the Assembly of God, as a positive influence on Sunday school classes and nursery; she also volunteered at the grade school, library and manor.
Mom started having health problems and stayed two years at Shelby’s House in East Helena, where Heather kept her busy with great-grandkids activities.
Mom was able to move back to Deer Lodge last September to the Renaissance. She was very happy to be back home in Deer Lodge as she thought it was the best little town ever.
The last two weeks mom has been in the Deer Lodge hospital where she passed away. Her family would like to thank Shelby’s House, Renaissance and Deer Lodge Medical Center for their love and care.
Mom is preceeded in death by her parents Paul and Sadie Tillberg, sister Irma Ridley, brothers, Paul, John and Morris Tillberg, husband, Don Buck, son, Donald James and son-in-law, Joe Wohlers. She is survived by her three children, nine grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, sister Mae (Walt) Burt of Sandpoint, brother Steve (Mauren) Tillberg of Sandpoint, brother Stan (Nancy) Tillberg of Spokane, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom’s faith and family were the most important things to her. She always had a beautiful smile and a special love for babies and children.
She lived life well.
Katherine Louise Doney Daniels, 71, of Helmville passed away March 28, 2019. She was born to parents William James Doney and Geraldine Geary Doney, December 9, 1947, in Deer Lodge. Kathy graduated from Helmville Elementary School in 1962 and Powell County High School in 1966. She was married to Paul Daniels in 1972. Kathy is survived by her husband Paul “Buck” Daniels of Helmville, her two children and their spouses Jodi and Scott Barger of Cascade, and Ty and Alyssa Daniels of Helmville, and her brother Allen and wife Debbie Doney of Hall. She is also survived by four grandchildren Riley, Jessy, and Alaina Barger and Wyatt Daniels and many other relatives and friends.
Kathy enjoyed waking up early every day to visit with her friends on the phone. She worked hard from sun up to sun down taking care of every person and animal around her. She had a special connection with a herd of bison that she managed with “Buck” on the Heart Bar Heart Ranch in Ovando for 26 years. Kathy enjoyed quilting and baking in her spare time. She will be remembered for her special laugh and beautiful smile, her support of all events throughout the Blackfoot Valley, her dedication to the Helmville Labor Day Rodeo, pride in her care of the Helmville Cemetery, her involvement with the Nevada Creek 4-H Club, but most of all for being the best Nana any grandchild could have wanted. Kathy was a friend to everyone. We will miss her dearly.
A Memorial Service for Kathy will be held at the St. Thomas Church in Helmville, Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served following the memorial service at the Helmville Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Helmville Rodeo Club.