May 30th, 2018
Neil Richard Peterson
It is with heavy hearts that the Peterson family announces the passing of their beloved family leader. On May 18, 2018 Neil Richard (Rick) Peterson succumbed to injuries sustained during a motorcycle wreck on April 21, 2018.
Rick was born on March 6 of 1952 in Richmond, Calif. He spent much of his life in Montana and was an avid outdoorsman with a love for fishing and had a life-long passion for motorcycles. He pursued many careers over his life, owned several businesses, and most recently worked for his son as a business consultant.
Rick will be mourned and lovingly remembered by his wife, Shawne Peterson, and his siblings, Michael and Chris. For his children, Misty, Tonya, Amber, Michael, Gary, and Virginia, he was at times a friend, at times a mentor, but always a guiding light and his absence will be felt eternally.
The other lives he touched, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends are truly too numerous to be named. His selfless and giving nature, quick wit and endless thirst for knowledge left lasting impressions through even the briefest of encounters.
The family is still recovering from the sudden loss; therefore, a memorial service in Rick’s honor will be planned and announced in the future.
Memorial Page and Fund - The family has set up a page, www.NRP.Life, to honor and memorialize the life of Rick. His loss not only left an unfillable space in the lives of many, it also significantly impacted his household financially, so a memorial fund has been set up, for any that would like to honor Rick’s memory by helping his widow in these difficult times.
Michael “Mike” A. Lindquist
Michael “Mike” A. Lindquist, 67, of Elliston, rode off into greener pastures on May, 16, 2018.
Mike was born on May 15, 1951 to Raymond and Kathryn (Linderman) Lindquist. He attended Elliston Elementary, Powell County High and the Helena Vo-Tech. Mike lived in Elliston his entire life working in Helena as a mechanic and later worked for and retired from the Montana Department of Transportation.
Mike has two daughters. His oldest, Krisi was always “daddy’s girl”. Krisi gave him three grandchildren; Taylor, Mikayla and Brayden Stone. When Krisi married Melvin Nahrgang, that gave him a step-granddaughter, Ryelee. Katie, his youngest, was always his “straight shooter.” Katie and her husband, Tom Burden, gave him two grandsons, Tyler and Trent. Mike’s daughters and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He showed his love, care, and concern for all of them until the very end.
On April 3, 1999, Mike married the love of his life, Sheri (Muir) Lindquist. The two had an inseparable bond that not many are lucky to have. When Mike retired, the pair wintered in Arizona so Mike could follow his life long passion, team roping. Sheri was Mike’s biggest supporter and his biggest fan. Mike’s family will be forever grateful for all of the love and support she gave him.
In the summers when Mike wasn’t riding, roping or tinkering in his garage, the two spent time working on or enjoying the family cabin. Mike loved the history of the Elliston Mining District and loved spending time there sharing stories with his family and friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Kathryn Lindquist; brother, Eddie Lindquist; uncle, Emil Lindquist and his grandma, Rusty Linderman Spaulding.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Sheri; his daughters, their spouses and their children. He is survived by his four stepchildren, their spouses and their children. He is also survived by his brother, Eddie’s children Edirae (Jim) Thatcher, Lori (Tom) Rolfson, Sam (Sheila) Lindquist, and Jim (Angie) Lindquist as well as his Aunt Dorothy Spaulding, many other nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends.
It was Mike’s request that there will be no services; however, there will be a celebration of life for family and close friends at a later date. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mike.
“Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky and live like you ain’t afraid to die, don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride”
Clinton C. Froke
Clinton C. Froke, 85. December 31, 1932 – May 6, 2018.
Clinton C. Froke of Deer Lodge, passed away suddenly in Butte on May 6, 2018. He had made great strides in recovering from a severe stroke last June and had been residing at The Springs assisted living in Butte.
Clint was born on December 31, 1932, to Ole and Hilda Froke in Summit, S.D. He had a poor childhood, and with four significantly older brothers often found himself with an empty plate at mealtime. A month after Pearl Harbor, his family moved to Ingleside, Calif., where his dad worked in an aircraft plant. Young Clint, meanwhile, sold peanuts and popcorn along the Imperial Highway. After the war, the family returned to South Dakota where Clint delivered milk and rounded up cows.
After graduating from high school, he began work for the Milwaukee Railroad digging holes for power poles. He became a lineman in 1951 and, in 1952, was the very last electrician apprentice. In March 1953, Clint received a draft notice and reported for basic training in Fort Lewis, then NCO school at Fort Ord, and finally infantry school at Fort Benning where he also earned his first radio license. As a Milwaukee RR lineman in Wisconsin he lived in the guard house storeroom, sleeping on the teletype table and nearly starving to death. While working at Union Station in Chicago, he was able to improve his situation with the purchase of a Ford Woody station wagon with a mattress in the back for $25. While living in these harsh conditions, he became the first Milwaukee RR lineman to earn a 2nd class commercial radio license.
In the fall of 1957 in Perry, Iowa, he was wiring a new office and found lodging for himself and his black lab Elmer for $10 per week with “a nice dolly,” Audrey Roberts, and her husband, Walter. Less than a year later, Clint married their daughter Esther and continued working for the railroad, moving from Iowa to Butte to Canton, S.D., to Tacoma, and eventually to Deer Lodge in 1966.
His career with the Milwaukee RR ended in 1980 as the company closed their Pacific Extension. During his time in Deer Lodge, Clint was active in the Sons of Norway and took his family on many trips, piling the kids into the station wagon and going to see family and national parks. Clint began his own business, Froke Communications, and did a wide variety of jobs involving wiring, radio, and phone systems. He and Esther traveled around the country in an old motor home visiting family and historical sites and playing cribbage in tournaments.
Seven years after Esther died in 2009, Clint’s home burned, but he kept up his spirits and remained active in the Deer Lodge Veterans Honor Guard, St. John Lutheran Church, the senior citizen centers in Deer Lodge, Anaconda, and Butte, and Deer Lodge Christian Men. He was late for nearly every engagement but faithfully attended and contributed as needed.
Clint was preceded in death by his wife Esther, and his brothers Herm, Bud, Arnie, and Vern. He is survived by his younger sister Ruth Lowery of Watertown, S.D.; his four children, Steve of Deer Lodge, Clint D. of Walla Walla, Wash. Connie (Scot Akers) of Homer, Alaska, and Heidi (Bruce Klick) of Simms; and his grandchildren Leslie, Landon, and Conner Klick and McKenzie, John, and Madison Akers.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of The Crest nursing home for their excellent care and rehabilitation services and The Springs assisted living for their hospitality toward Clint during his short residency. Tusen takk.
Clint had requested Christian burial. His memorial service is scheduled for June 9, 11 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery immediately following. Lunch will be served at the church after burial.
May 23rd, 2018
Shirley Mayo Hollenback
Shirley Mayo Hollenback, age 88, of Superior, passed away on Tuesday May 15, 2018 in Missoula of natural causes. She was born on July 2, 1929 in Spokane, Wash. to Fred and Edith Mayo. She attended elementary school in Superior then went on to high school in Spokane at Holy Names Academy to further her music and voice education. Shirley was chosen to be the piano accompanist for Gonzaga Prep choir while attending high school. After high school, she followed her dream of becoming a nurse and graduated from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula.
Soon after on August 30, 1951, she married her rancher sweetheart Richard Hollenback of Gold Creek. They lived on his family ranch until 1955 when they moved to Superior to take over management for her parent’s general store. In 1960, they acquired their ranch at Tarkio where they raised cattle and crops, eventually specializing in the Simmental breed. She loved her cows, had most named and new them well. She and Richard were long time members of the National Simmental Association of which she was very proud to be a part of. Shirley also loved her horses, and spent as much time as she could riding. In 1962, they built and added the Big Sky Motel to their already busy lives and both are still in the family today. They eventually built their dream home on the ranch at Tarkio where they spent many years.
Shirley loved her music, and could be found dancing about the room whenever music playing. She enjoyed line dancing into her 70s. She always found time through the years to sing and play for many weddings and funerals and at church. She volunteered for the Superior Ambulance Service, helped her children with 4-H projects, followed her children and grandchildren in sports and activities, and continued her nursing as she could. She and Richard were very active in St. Mary’s Catholic parish in Superior. Another love of hers was traveling with Richard and friends to destinations around the world, and spending their winters in their motor home in Yuma, Ariz.
Shirley (Mom) was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandma, always setting a good example of hard work will pay off. She will be missed by all.
Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard, her parents, her brothers Melvin and Morris and daughter-in-law May.
She is survived by her children, Jim Hollenback of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Jo (Jim) Lommen of Superior, Cathy (Joe) Hartman of Billings, Dan Hollenback (Chris) of Superior, and David (Shawnee) Hollenback of Dillon; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Darin, Marc, Shane, Dustin, Nathan, Kayla, Cody, Jesslyn, Tanner, Alyssa, Cassandra, Hannah; step grandchildren Jason, Sara, Nathan and Tony; 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her sister and brother in laws, Josephine Johnson, Eleanor Hollenback, John and Carole Hollenback and Bob and Debbie Hollenback.
A funeral mass was held at St. Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Superior on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. followed by burial at the Superior Cemetery. There will be visitation at the church prior to the service at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mineral County Fair board to support the fair (of which she loved) or the Mineral County 4-H youth programs.
May 16th, 2018
Belva Menicucci, 72.
At the age of 72, Belva Menicucci, on May 10, 2018 passed peacefully with her beloved family by her side. She chose to spend her last days at the Deer Lodge home of her grandson Garrett, wife Trina and enjoying her great-grandson Ryker. For years, Belva battled for her health and left family wondering if she may still sit up and say, “Just kidding.” Those left behind take comfort in knowing she is once again with her husband and soulmate Louie and their daughter Becky while rocking her grandchildren.
Belva was born on September 25, 1945 in Anaconda to Al and Ruth Pierce. She had four siblings – Don Murray, Larry Pierce, Bill Pierce, and Linda Knadler. She attended Anaconda High School and graduated in 1963. It was there she met the love of her life and life-long best friend, Louie. They married in 1962. Within a short time Belva and Louie were raising their four daughters and one son. Their family was complete when joined by three more daughters. That was also when Louie (a baker his whole life) and Belva moved their family to Deer Lodge and opened the Old West Bakery on Main Street. Son Louie continues the tradition and runs the family bakery to this day.
Belva was as unique a woman as her name. She was a remarkable woman who had a huge impact on her family. She was strong, brave, and stubborn. She knew hardship. You could always depend on her to keep her promise. She was the cornerstone of our family. Momma, mother of eight, grandma to so many more, passed her strength onto her family which she always saw as her greatest accomplishment. Some of her fondest memories were with family behind the bakery counter serving friends and the community. This is her legacy - the family and community that loved her.
Belva is survived by: daughters Dawn Marie Wagner, Kim (Dave) Jones, Ginny Menicucci (Steve Kremer), Angie (Dirk) Malmberg, Dee Dee (Brian) Wolter and Susan (Jim) Schimming; son Louie Menicucci IV; sons-in law Richard Kent, Jimmy Close, Cary Foster, and Gary Chilcotte; grandchildren Brandon (Ashley) Kent, Garrett (Trina) Kent, Zane Foster, Zach Foster, Alisha (Cash) Yount, Kylie (Jordan) Welsh, Morgan Close (Marlon Stewart), Preston Malmberg (Trevor), Brittany Malmberg, Trent Surina, Jaymin Schimming, Skyla Schimming, Shelby Jones, Christie Shelton, Tanya Chilcott, Brian (Kenley Chilcott), Lance Albert, Autumn Gaston (Marcus Sweeten), Tyler Wolter (Bailey Close), Randi (Kyle) Brashear, and Kodee Wagner; and her seven cherished great-grandchildren Toby, Gracie, Logan, Ryker, Coraline, Kiya, Deven and eighth on the way Baby (Brandon and Ashley) Kent. She is also survived by brother and friend Bill Pierce, sister-in-law Kris Menicucci, sister-in-law Ann Marie Jette, and so many more nieces, nephews, and cousins. Everyone that knew her will miss her and her smiling face – especially those that called her Mom, Grandma, Nemo, Grandma Go Slow, Aunt, and other beloved names.
She was preceded in death by: husband Louie, daughter Becky, grandsons Vincent and Teddy, brothers Don and Larry, and sister Linda.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held on, May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT. Burial of ashes by the family will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Frontier Home Health and Hospice (Friends of Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd, Butte, MT 59701); Easter Seals-Goodwill Highlands Hospice & personal care, and Powell County Senior Citizens (100 Missouri Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722).
We continue to find guidance and hope in two of Belva’s favorite sayings, “Don’t borrow sorrow from tomorrow.” and “Turn your scars into stars.”
Glen W. Lince
Glen W. Lince, 95, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
Glen was born to Elmer and Theodocia Lince in Radersburg, Montana on March 26, 1923. Glen was a decorated WWII veteran. He served as a gunner in the 648 Tank Destroyer Battalion and was awarded two Bronze Stars including one for the Battle of the Bulge. He enjoyed many careers during his lifetime from bellhop, to stone mason, to miner, to bus and truck driver. He was cofounder of the Butte Bus Lines in 1962. He was a lifelong fly fisherman, hunter, storyteller, and passionate farmer.
Glen graduated from Elliston High School in 1941, which was the last year high school was held in Elliston. From then on they had to take a bus to Deer Lodge.
Glen was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Lince, and sisters, Ruth Stoffer, Irene Wells and Lena Whitmer.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Sheri Meigs (Kurt Reidinger); sons, Alan Lince, Jerry (Esther) Lince, and Neal (Heather) Lince; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Nephew Frank Ahl lives in Elliston.
No services are planned. In lieu of service, please take your fishing pole to your favorite river or stream and enjoy a quiet day outside in the sunshine.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the veterans of foreign wars.
May 09th, 2018
Mitchell Lee Rodgers
Mitchell Lee Rodgers passed away on Saturday May 5 in Butte.
He was born to Cliff and Thelma (Garrison) Rodgers on June 17, 1940 in Virginia City. Mitch attended Emerson Grade School for eight years, Butte High School for three years and graduated from Virginia City High School. Mitch worked at many jobs in Madison County, including Waters Store, Bank of Sheridan, Madison County Law Enforcement, and construction jobs, before moving to Deer Lodge where he went to work for Stolp Logging as a skidder operator. He then worked at the Montana State Prison for a short time, LP sawmill for 15 years, and Powell County High School for 11 years, retiring in 1999.
Mitch was married several times and from those marriages came four wonderful daughters.
Mitch became a Master Mason in the early 1980s and a member of the Bagdad Temple Shrine in 1984. He was Chaplain and Treasurer for many years. Mitch was director of Court #23 ROJ in 1997.
Mitch enjoyed bowling, playing guitar, photography, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He began oil painting after his retirement. He sold many of this paintings as well as many of his photographs that were taken throughout the years. Out of all of Mitch’s hobbies, probably the most enjoyable was his guitar playing.
Playing rhythm guitar at many of the local bars, he was often heard to say that he would like to go to Nashville and listen to those people that didn’t make the big time.
Mitch was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Thelma Rodgers, daughter Denise Michelle, son-in-law Jack Kougioulis. He is survived by his wife Pam, daughters Debra (Marty) Demarais, Dee Kougioulis, Connie (Jerry) Begger, and five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. There will be graveside services in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. A celebration of Mitch’s life will be held at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge following the services.
Donations can be made to Bagdad Shrine Temple, 314 West Park, Butte, MT 59701.
Montana State Prison inmate Christopher Huntsman died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at The Billings Clinic in Billings, following an apparent suicide attempt. Christopher Huntsman was found unresponsive in his cell at Dawson County Correctional Facility, where he was being housed. An autopsy will be performed. Mr. Huntsman was 36 years old.
Mr. Huntsman was sentenced out of Lake County in 2010 for the crimes of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Endangerment, and probation violation for a 2002 charge of Theft. Mr. Huntsman was sentenced to 35 years with 25 years suspended. Mr. Huntsman has been parole eligible since 2012.