June 24th, 2015
Leo Gustuv Janney
Leo Gustuv Janney passed away Friday, May 31. He is survived by his son, Christopher, daughter-in-law Justine and three grandsons; Leo, Michael and James. There will be a memorial service at the Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Clark St., Deer Lodge, MT 59722 on Friday, July 3, at 11 a.m. with interment and reception to follow.
Leo Janney was born in Deer Lodge on January 30, 1934 to Bertha and William Janney. With three older siblings, Doris, Ed and Bill, and two younger siblings, John and Norma, Leo was part of a big family. After attending Powell High School, he went to Carroll College in Helena, but after a year, decided to volunteer for the Korean War draft.
The armistice was signed while he was in boot camp. Anyone who knew Leo knew how affable and charming he was, and he got in pretty well with the C.O. When it came time for marching orders, the C.O. called out, “Janney, you know how to type?”, “Yes sir!”, Leo replied. So it was off to the U.S. Airbase in Wurzburg, Germany, where Leo was the assistant to the airbase’s doctor. He took every opportunity to jump a plane to Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and pretty much any spot he could get the time off to visit in Europe.
When he returned from Europe to the States, he enrolled in Marquette University over in Milwaukee, Wis. He was enrolled as a pre-med student, but after his sophomore year, Marquette changed the requirements for pre-med, so he changed to a chemistry major, mainly because he had most of the requirements. He was in Aspen, Colo. teaching skiing during the day and waiting tables at night when he got his diploma mailed to him. With his new diploma, he got a job as a chemist for a sugar company in Denver, but soon got tired of it and bicycled on a Reighley three speed to New York City to see a college friend. They took a drive away car to Florida. People used to trust people to drive their cars away for them when they moved to a new place. Florida didn’t have much appeal, so he and a friend bought motorcycles and headed for California.
His dad came to visit while living and working in Los Angeles, and told him to take the time to do something fun. Go back to Aspen and ski. “You could have knocked me over with a feather,” Leo said. This was the last thing he expected his dad to say. So he was once again off to Aspen to do what he loved, ski.
Leo met Trudi Peet on this round in Aspen. Soon they were dating, then soon they were married and in May of 1968, they had a son, Christopher. They moved from Aspen, down the valley to a ranch near Carbondale and called it St. Finnbar Farm. Leo and Trudi built a first class horse facility and raised their son there.
Things don’t always work out, and so Leo and Trudi split up in 1973. Leo came back out to Los Angeles and found work as a delivery truck driver. He worked hard and made some good choices. He saved and took his son, Christopher on great adventures whenever he came out to visit. He had a love for road trips and so did Christopher. They would travel to see family and friends as well as ski whenever they could. From Mt. Hood, Ore. to Taos, N. M., Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, Mammoth, Calif., and Bozeman, they skied and had adventures.
Leo returned to the church while looking for catechism for his son. In 1979, he met with Father Skiffington and Msgr. Parnassus of St. Victor’s Church. They encouraged Leo to be an example for his son as Christopher moved toward baptism and first communion. It was this same church and faith Leo needed so much when two years later his entire savings was gone due to bad investment. He dug deep into his faith, coming to St. Victor’s Church for daily mass. Father Skiffington and Msgr. Parnassus got Leo a job driving the elderly for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He worked for St. Vincent de Paul for a few years before taking up waiting tables again. “Then the best thing I could ever hope for happened. My son came to live with me.” Now supporting two on waiting tables, Leo looked for something more permanent, and found it in the I.R.S. He started working the counter in the West Los Angeles office. Having a normal schedule allowed him to attend daily mass once more, and he did.
At the age of 66, Leo was still getting up at 4:30 a.m. to make the bus to downtown Los Angeles, where he would attend mass, then work, still with the I.R.S. He became a father-in-law to Justine (LaBrucherie) Janney, then he became a grandfather to Leo John Janney. He changed his schedule to work 10 hours Monday through Thursday, so he had Friday’s free to take his grandson on adventures. The Leos (Leo the older and Leo the younger), would take the trains everywhere, because that’s what his grandson wanted to do. Two years later, he became grandfather to twins, Michael and James. Now he would rotate his Fridays between the three, because it always had to be fair.
Leo was 79 when the first stroke forced him to retire from the I.R.S. The stroke debilitated his left side and affected his cognitive abilities. The loss of mobility and mind for a man who has been so independent, physical and sharp-witted was quite a challenge. Nonetheless, he offered any and all suffering up to God with prayer and meditation. His second stroke came less than a year later and his health declined with it. On May 31, 2015, Leo passed away, but not before Christopher, Justine and the boys Leo, Michael and James got to tell him one more time how much he was loved, and give him hugs.
Marjorie Ellen Meagher
Marjorie Ellen Meagher, 78, of Deer Lodge passed away peacefully Thursday, the 18 of June.
Born March 14, 1937 to Jerry and Dora Sheehan in Billings, Marjorie moved to Deer Lodge in 1960 where she met the love of her life, Pat Meagher. This is where they raised their three children, Debbie, Joe and Gordie.
Along with their three children, they were also blessed with six grandchildren, Monica, Patty and Michael Bartlett and Joey, Connor & Jaiden Meagher. Along with the six grandchildren, Margie was blessed with eight great-grandchildren that she loved very much.
Margie’s family was everything to her and she cherished every minute she spent with them. Whether it was watching sporting events that the family was involved in or backyard BBQ’s - Margie always made sure she never missed a family event no matter where it was.
Margie was employed at Powell County Memorial Hospital for almost 30 years where she was the Dietary Manager. She took pride in her job and this shined through in her cooking. You never heard anybody complain about a meal Margie cooked or baked. She was one hell of a cook.
Her hobbies included baking, crocheting, knitting and ceramics. Every time a baby was born into her family or extended family, you could be assured that baby would be welcomed into the world with a cozy, soft afghan knitted with love by Grandma Marge - from her first grandchild to the last great-grandchild.
Margie was a force to be reckoned with. She had a fiery spirit and lived life to the fullest. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you would surely never forget her. She left an imprint on everyone’s heart.
Margie was welcomed with open arms at heaven’s gate by her loving husband, Pat Meagher; her son, Gordon Meagher; her parents Jerry and Dora Sheehan and her brother and sister-in-law Dean and Lola Sheehan.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Bartlett-Sammons (Jake); son, Joe Meagher; her grandchildren Monica, Patty, Michael (Angie), Joey (Jessica), Connor and Jaiden and her great-grandchildren Caleb, Hunter, Logan, Dylan, Kandace, J.J., Brandon and Olivia; her numerous nieces and nephews; and all of her friends that loved her just as much as her family.
Mass of Christian burial will be June 30, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. Memorials-Donors choice.
June 17th, 2015
Stanley George Glovan, Jr.
Stanley George Glovan, Jr. passed away at his home on June 11, 2015 at the age of 73.
Stan was born to Catherine (Beth) and Stanley Glovan Sr. He graduated from Anaconda High School and joined the Army to proudly serve his country overseas for four years. He returned to Montana where he worked at Galen for a year. He then worked for the Anaconda Company as a boilermaker for over 19 years until they finally closed. He retired from the Montana State Prison as a Correctional Sergeant after 23 years. Stan was married to the love of his life, Billye Aarstad, for over 50 wonderful years and raised their two sons in Opportunity.
Stan was an honorable man and lived his life by his strong values, always providing wise council and sensible advice. He enjoyed a good cup of coffee and the simple things in life. Every morning Stan raised the American flag and took it down respectfully every night. He enjoyed watching sports and was quite an athlete in his day. He showed compassion and great love for his animals. Stan enjoyed the outdoors, especially when he could share it with his sons and grandson, Tristin, who was his pride and joy.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, Beth and Stanley, Sr., and an infant son.
Stan is survived by his wife, Billye of Opportunity; two sons, Tom (Tiona) Glovan of Anaconda and Stanley “Jim” (Sherry) Glovan of Deer Lodge; grandson, Tristin Glovan of Anaconda; three step-grandsons and families including four great-grandsons; one brother, Ron (Connie) Glovan of Butte; two sisters, Bonnie Gee of Anaconda and Pam (John) Harp of Pacific Grove, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends along with his buddy, Takota, his faithful dog.
It was an honor and a privilege to have known such a great man. We will cherish his memory and hold him in our hearts forever.
Per Stan’s wishes, there will be no services.
Memorials may be made to Pintler Pets, 205 Silver St., Anaconda, MT 59711 .
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Stan’s funeral arrangements.
You may express condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com or www.mtstandard.com.
John Robert Strickland
John Robert Strickland, 83, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at the home of his son John Strickland in Mesa, Ariz. following a brief bout with lung cancer.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Cleo Marie (Neckels) Strickland; his son, John Strickland; his daughters, Carla (Wade) Anderson, Debi (Russ) Richardson, Lynnette (Fred) Sorenson; his sisters Lois Kustura, Shirley (Kenny) Fleming, Marlene (Tom) Beck, Margie Gress; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many close friends.
Born and raised in Deer Lodge, son of Archie Leonard Strickland and Mariam Alberta Morgan, he was a lifelong resident of Deer Lodge.
John Robert, known to his friends and family as ‘Bob’, was raised on the Strickland family Homestead and lived there his entire life. This homestead was started by his great-grandfather Lafette Strickland in 1875. Bob loved all animals especially dogs, as he had several animals growing up on the farm. Bob graduated from Powell County High School in 1950 where he was known as “Bon Ton Bobby”. In his early years you could see Bob strumming the guitar and playing country western music with friends and family. Bob worked construction for a brief time after high school, helping construct buildings in Galen, where he would meet the love of his life, Cleo Neckels. Bob married Cleo Marie Neckels on October 25, 1954 and five children were born from this union.
Bob went on to work at Stauffer Chemical in Butte in 1952 and retired from there after 42 years. Bob was on the school board for a number of years in the 1980s and was a tremendous asset to the Deer Lodge community. He and Cleo never missed a game be it football or basketball or wrestling when John and Debi were playing in both high school and college. They were always there to take anyone who needed a ride to any of the games.
Bob also loved the Racetrack rodeos, loved helping the kids with their 4-H animals at the fair, and loved going on the Racetrack wagon train.
Bob and Cleo retired in 1993 and spent their winters in Arizona at Sun Life Retirement Community in the city of Mesa, where he was known as ‘cowboy’. Bob was known for his great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good game of pinochle with friends. Bob and Cleo would spend their summers in Montana. Even though Bob was retired, he always enjoyed helping farm and always stayed busy. Some summers he would help his daughter Carla and his son-in-law Wade work the bee farm in Chinook. or Leo and Cheryl Nicholes with the spuds.
Survived by his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Archie Leonard Strickland and Mariam Alberta Morgan, son Robert Keith Strickland and brother Monte Strickland.
A funeral service will be held July 18 at the First Baptist Church in Deer Lodge at 11:30. A luncheon will follow at the Broken Arrow. The family will have a private burial.
Richard Ray Hover
Richard Ray Hover, 67, of Ogden, Iowa died Friday, May 22, 2015 at home.
Richard was born December 24, 1947 to George & Gladys (Roberts) Hover in Kirksville, Mo. The family moved to Montana in 1954. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree. He married Beverly Jean Mullins on June 21, 1969.
He drove bus for Intermountain Bus Lines and a long haul truck driver for Watkins/Shepard. In 1994 they moved to Douglas, Wyo. where he was employed driving truck at the coal mines. They have been an Ogden residence since 1997. He was employed with Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer.
His survivors include: wife of 45 years, son Lyle (Samantha) Hover of Ogden; son Lance Hover of Odgen; daughter Larissa Hover (significant other Chris Goettsch) of Zearing, Iowa; son Lincoln Hover (significant other Mistie Casiano); mother Gladys Hover of Inverness, Fla.; brother Robert Hover of Port Huron, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Laniel Hover.
June 10th, 2015
Margaret Helen Fudge
Margaret Helen Fudge passed away on June 2, 2015 following a stroke. Her husband, Charles W. Fudge of Polson, daughter Julia Short of Layton, Utah, and daughter Amy Tate of Woodbridge, Va. were by her side. Their first child, Joseph W. Fudge, was born in 1961 with severe birth defects and died 11 years later. Julia J. Fudge was born November 10, 1962 followed by Amy S. Fudge on April 19, 1965. Margaret and Charlie were married 56 years.
Margaret was born October 28, 1935 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Helen (Hodsdon) Leavitt and Edward Townsend Leavitt. She grew up in LaGrange, Ill. and like her parents attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Margaret graduated in 1957 with a degree in Home Economics with emphasis in household equipment. She worked for McCall’s Magazine in New York City.
Charlie graduated from Iowa State but wanted to enroll in forestry at Montana University in Missoula after his Navy tour ended. While sitting on a Coney Island beach, Charlie asked if Margaret would support him. She answered, “Yes.” Charlie’s Navy tour ended and the two married on December 27, 1958 in LaGrange, Ill.
Their life with the U. S. Forest Service began in 1961 at the Ant Flat Ranger Station near Fortine. The next year they moved to the Sylvanite Ranger Station, also on the Kootenai National Forest. As a city-raised girl, Margaret soon adjusted to rural living. She learned Western vocabulary (cricks, rigs, over yonder, dippin’ snoose, corked boots), cooking wild meat, and the rest of Western flavor. She lived in a home drawn and designed on a cedar shingle, boarded skunks under the house, used crank telephones, and used electricity produced by a WWII destroyer escort generator. The city girl took all this with humor, grace, interest, and challenge. She lived in faith that a grocery store would no longer be a “fur piece away”.
Those dreams were answered when the family moved to Deer Lodge for eight years. Margaret sewed dresses for two daughters, served as a Girl Scout leader, led Jayceen projects, and enjoyed small town living. Lifelong friends remain there. Next it was back to the country at Ninemile Ranger Station on the Lolo National Forest. She learned the history Ninemile played in wildland firefighting in the 1930s and found new neighbors to enjoy.
After living in Missoula for the next five years, Charlie, Margaret, and Amy moved to northern Virginia while Charlie worked in the Forest Service national office. This was a great opportunity to travel extensively along the East Coast, viewing diverse sites and enjoy many cultural events. Margaret especially appreciated shopping opportunities and unique markets.
Their final Forest Service tour led them to Arvada, Colo. where Charlie retired.
They could now fulfill their dream of world travel. Together they visited 34 countries. Margaret really loved the shopping challenges. Highlights included an earthquake in New Zealand, breakfasts in Scandinavia, staying in the U. S. Embassy in Bern, touring Warsaw with two couples who escaped the Holocaust, sleeping in a tent in the Sahara Desert, and visiting the grave of her brother (Ralph Leavitt) in Eastern France. He had been captured by the Germans and died only five days before the end of WWII. Margaret and Charlie moved to Polson in 1993.
Margaret loved the simple pleasures of creating a home and serving her family through her talents of hospitality, teaching, counseling, nursing, sewing, cooking, tending flowers, and making jam. She led a full life as a caring mother, wonderful wife, creative homemaker, friend of many, and a believer in God’s grace. In her later years Margaret faced mounting health issues with grace, acceptance, and positive outlook. She never complained nor exhibited bitterness. Margaret lived for her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Margaret’s mother, father, son, brothers Ralph and Edward (Ted) Leavitt, and sister Carol Leavitt Mullen preceded her in death.
Margaret is survived by daughters Julia (Geoff Short) and Amy (Sam Tate), her brother, Gordon (Margaret), nieces Nancy Wilbur, Kathy Beaudry, Cindy Donath, Diane Millette. Her nephews include Ralph Leavitt, David Mullen, Don Mullen, Bill Mullen and Andy Mullen. Margaret’s surviving grandchildren include Rebecca Pica, Russell Pica, Avery Short, Caleb Short, Joseph Tate, and Jillian Tate.
Margaret’s memorial service begins at 10 a.m., Saturday July 11, 2015, at the Presbyterian Church, 301 4th Avenue E, Polson, MT 59860. A reception will follow. Please make memorial donations to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 911 W 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204. Messages of condolences may be sent to www.TheLakeFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Laurel Lea Kennedy
Laurel Lea Kennedy, 74 of Anaconda, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Community Medical Center in Missoula.
She was born on June 16, 1940, in Missoula, of Reuben Weber and Margaret Dow.
Laurel was preceded in death by her parents Reuben Weber and Margaret Dow, brother Wayne Weber, and daughter Tammie Clawson.
Survivors include her husband Robin Kennedy, sister, Margaret Rainwater (Joe), daughters Jackie Manley (Nick) and Renée Kennedy, sons Chuck Gilman (Dayna) and Greg Fatzinger (Brooke), many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to your charity of choice.
Betty Bailey, Grandma Betty to us all, would have been 92 years old today. She passed away peacefully August 21, 2014, on a lovely summer evening.
Betty was born June 13, 1923 in Prentice, Wis., a small town of 300. Her father died from an accident when she was only three, leaving her mother to raise six children during the depression. At 17 Betty moved to Chicago to become a beautician then subsequently worked for General Electric.. Shortly after that her brother Ralph asked her to come out West to Winston, Ore. to help him in his new café. That is where she met Ben, a single dad of Bobby, six and Barbara, three. She fell in love with the whole package and they were soon married. In the next few years they added two more “B”s to their family tree with children Bonnie and Bill. During their time raising their family, Ben’s logging business and then mining took them to several small communities in Oregon and California which they enjoyed, but when they settled in Deer Lodge, they truly felt at home. They loved being involved with their community. Betty’s love of sewing became a little business. She made clothes for her family and friends and worked on projects from quilts to bunny costumes. She was a very active member of the Altar Society, sang in the church choir, organized charity projects and lent a helping hand anywhere she was needed.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Ben in 1993 and her beloved daughter, Barbara in 2001. In 2002 she moved to Bend, Ore. to live near her daughter Bonnie. She soon made wonderful friends and continued to enjoy singing, dancing, sewing and spreading her gift of joy. As she progressed through her sometimes difficult journey with Alzheimer’s she shouldered it with a deep sense of faith in God, dignity, her sense of humor and always her beautiful smile.
Betty is survived and will always be cherished by three children, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph P. Fleming Officiating on Saturday, June 13, 2015 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon and celebration at the St. Mary’s Center, generously assisted by parishioners who knew and loved “Grandma Betty” Everyone is welcome to attend.