May 20th, 2020
Harlan “Buv” L. Clark
Harlan “Buv” L. Clark.
May 17, 1938- May 8, 2020.
Harlan passed over peacefully at his home in Elliston on May 8, 2020. His wife Joanne Johnson and family were at his side. He was born in Helena to Roy Clark and Helen Dixon-Clark. He was raised by his mom and the people of Elliston and was a third generation resident. He was one of the last old timers; hard worker, story teller, prankster, lover of life and happiest in the mountains. He laughed so hard tears would run down his face.
At the age of six, he was welcomed in the logging camps and his job was skidding logs with a work horse named Dolly. During his logging career he was a sawyer, skidder operator, and truck driver. Buv served in the US Army. Jobs included tunnel watchman for Burlington Northern, ranch hand, different types of mining and he loved to pan for gold in the creeks of Elliston. Buv helped a number of people who needed advice or a helping hand. His knowledge made it able for him to fix anything and he was a jack of all trades. In his retirement he loved to build decorative wagons which are now located throughout the western United States.
Buv is survived by his wife Joanne Johnson of Elliston, his four children: David (Mary Ellen) Clark of Helena, Cindy Moore of Pablo, Mathew (Cyndi) Johnson of Butte, and Heather (Tony) Weldon of Lake Charles, LA. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan Clark of Helena, Amanda of Missoula, and Kylie Quigley of Elliston; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Uncle Jim Dixon, and his granddaughter Brandy Moore.
His best buddies were his granddaughter Kylie and his dog Kimmer.
Harlan will be greatly missed by the lives he touched. A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced later.
May 13th, 2020
Debra Cooksey, a great friend and member of the Deer Lodge community, passed away on Tuesday, April 28.
On September 23, 1954, she was born Debra Roann Sommerville in Clarksburg, West Virginia to Thomas Eugene Sommersville and Mabel Marie Faulkner. She enjoyed her childhood with friends and a quality education in the public schools of Anmoore and Bridgeport, West Virginia. She enjoyed taking Sunday drives while listening to music. She loved animals, especially her cat Cricket.
Debra was a proud Christian and looked forward to being reunited with her husband. She did not want a funeral service, but donation could be made to the animal shelter of your choice.
She will be missed.
May 06th, 2020
Argerula “Arge” Helen (Politis) Morgan
Argerula “Arge” Morgan passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24 at the age of 84 in Poulsbo, Wash. Arge was born on April 14, 1936 in Deer Lodge. She is survived by her loving family: her son, Patrick Sullivan (Tracy), her two grandchildren, Tiffany Perrin (Travis) and Christopher Sullivan (Andrea); and her great-grandchildren, Aloura, Taylor, Myah and Nikkolaos. She is the daughter of Michael J. Politis and Agnes (Miller) Politis. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Phillip Wayne Morgan, in July 2011.
After graduating from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, she moved to Seattle, Wash., where she focused her attention on raising her family and on her career. She worked as a Finance/Loan Officer at Avco Delta/Seaboard Finance Company, retiring after 32 years of dedicated service. After retiring, Arge and her husband moved back to Deer Lodge where they enjoyed the close knit community atmosphere.
Arge was an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan; she and her husband were one of the first Seahawks Season Ticket Holders, and although they had to give them up when they retired to Deer Lodge, she continued to root for her teams and passed on her love of sports, the Mariners and Seahawks, to her son and grandchildren. Arge had a strong desire to support her local community, volunteering at the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge, and supporting a Kitsap County animal rescue group after relocating to Silverdale to be closer to family. During her tenure on the board of directors of the Rialto Theatre, she also volunteered at the theatre’s concessions. Arge was sharp-witted, generous, enjoyed shopping and spoiling her great-grandchildren. She was a spirited conversationalist and treasured the time spent catching up with old friends from her hometown. She will truly be missed.
Her private graveside service will be held at Abbey View Memorial Park in Brier, Wash. on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. Cards and expressions of support may be mailed to 1073 Thorndyke Rd., Port Ludlow, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rialto Theatre (www.deerlodgerialto.com) or to Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) (www.nwkare.org). An online memorial can be seen at www.lewischapel.com.