June 27th, 2018
Helen Elizabeth Steiger Kellicut
Helen Elizabeth Steiger Kellicut passed away at her home on June 16, 2018.
Helen was born February 10, 1944 in Charlette, N.C. to Dr. Howard and Elizabeth Steiger. Helen attended kindergarten through high school in Charlette, N.C. Her summers were spent at the family beach house, Madame Butterfly in Garden City, S.C. After graduating high school Helen attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. where she earned a degree in Liberal Arts. During college she met and married Seward Hale Kellicut II (Skip) in 1965. In February of 1966 Seward Hale Kellicut III (Sam) was born and then in September of 1968 Shanley Howard Kellicut was born. They remained in Tacoma, Wash. until 1974 when they moved to Townsend, so Skip could take a job at State Bank of Townsend. Helen and her family only stayed in Townsend for two years. They moved to Deer Lodge in 1976 where Skip took a job at First Security Bank. They bought a small place at Racetrack where Helen was able to have her horses and chickens as well as her vegetable garden and flowers. Once in the Deer Lodge valley Helen found great joy in riding for many area ranchers as well as being part of the local drill team. Helen often substitute taught and had a one-year position as the art teacher at the Powell County High School. Helen was also very active in Republican Woman where she served as the president of the organization of the Butte Chapter. Helen was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge. Helen also loved to volunteer at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch in the visitor center. Helen was survived by her son Sam Kellicut, son Shanley (Abby) Kellicut, grandchildren Hallie Ann and Palmer David, sister Louise (Bill) Heizer, sister Edith (John) Seaman, brother Paul (Dia) Steiger, brother-in-law Warren Kellicut, and multiple nieces and nephews. Helen was proceeded in death by her husband Skip Kellicut, mother Elizabeth and father Dr. Howard Steiger. Plans are being made for a celebration at a later date. Memorials can be made in memory of Helen to PAWHS of Deer Lodge, the Rialto Theatre, and Camp Mak-A-Dream.
Kay Frances (O’Brien) Porter
Kay Frances (O’Brien) Porter, of Deer Lodge, passed away on June 24, 2018, of natural causes surrounded by her family. Kay was born in Pocahontas, Iowa on February 6, 1935. Following her high school graduation from Sacred Heart High School, she moved to Denver, Colo. where she met her future husband, John Porter, who was pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Kay came to Deer Lodge as a bride in late December 1955. Kay and John raised three daughters together, and the five of them remained loving and close.
In 1968, when the youngest daughter, Kathy, was old enough to go to school, Kay began work at the Shaw Agency as a secretary and insurance agent. She continued in this capacity until 1983 at which time she purchased the Shaw Agency from Frank Shaw. The agency was then merged with Solle Insurance Exchange to become the Solle-Shaw Agency. Kay was active in this business as an agent and real estate broker until 1988. During her years in business, she was a director of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Powell County Hospital Board, president of P.E.O., and an officer in the Woman’s Association at the Deer Lodge Golf Club.
Kay was incredibly active in her retirement. She enjoyed volunteering at the Pregnancy Help Center, New to You, and as a sacristan at her church. For 20 years, she and John spent their winters in Florence, Ariz. golfing and exploring the desert. Kay also enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sports, skiing with her family, golfing, quilting, playing many hands of bridge, baking cookies and ‘Nana’ rolls, and joining the church ladies for coffee after daily mass.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, John, of 60 years, her parents Eleanor and Daniel O’Brien, and brother Patrick O’Brien.
Kay is survived by daughters Cindy Porter of Spokane, Wash.; Sue (Steve) Walther of Spokane, Wash.; Kathy (Paul) Thompson of Deer Lodge; her six grandchildren: Brad (Niki) Weston of Hamilton; Melissa (Matt) MacDonald of Bozeman; Michaela Walther (Josh) of Pasco, Wash.; Kara Walther of Portland, Ore.; and Brian and Cal Thompson of Helena; her sisters: Sue Rutherford of Longmont, Colo., Therese Bartosh of Omaha, Nebr., brother Mike (Carol) O’Brien of Sioux City, Iowa, and sister-in-law Bev Porter of Nevada City, Calif.
Services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14. A reception in her remembrance will be held following the service at the St. Mary’s Center with the 2:15 internment at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to the Immaculate Conception Church at 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Carolyn Mae (Paull) Aker
Carolyn Mae (Paull) Aker, 2/19/44 - 6/19/18.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 9:16 a.m., Carol went to join the Lord with her mom, dad, and many other family members. Her husband and loving family were at her side during these final moments.
Carol was born Feb. 19, 1944 in Ramsay to George and Edith Paull. She attended school in Butte to include Butte High. She later got her GED in 1962, finishing her schooling as a LPN, which she received in Anaconda.
She met her husband and best friend Butch (Roland) Aker in 1967. They later married Nov. 4, 1969. They moved to Livingston, where Butch worked on Hay Hook Ranch. Carol worked as a nurse at the Livingston Hospital. They moved to the Deer Lodge Valley in 1976 with their four children; Theresa, Debbie, Jim and Chris. Carol became one of the first female Correctional Officers for the Montana State Prison in 1983. After serving at MSP they later moved to Jasper, Tex. from 1990-1991, returning to Deer Lodge due to health issues, where she lived out the rest of her beautiful life.
Carol is survived by her husband Butch (Roland) Aker, daughters Theresa (Tom) Yockim, Debbie (Mark) Gallant, sons Jim (Betty) Aker, Chris (Kim) Aker, June (Sam) Ankeny, Kellen and Phillip Courchene, Michael Yockin, Brandon (Kathryn) Yockim, Brandon (Amber) Aker, Mellissa (Chad) Wenz, Shandra (Marcus) Aker-Crichlow, Samantha Richie, Whitney Richie, Tyler Worthley; Ashile, Andrew and Alex Aker, 19 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol is proceeded in death by dad George W. Paull, mom Edith O. Paull, brothers Tommy and Donald Paull, mother-in-law Ursula Aker, brother-in-law Dennis Aker, sister-in-law Audry Kamps and Edith Paull, son-in-law Michael (Tony) Richie, and grandson Josh Ehlert.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 140 Sam Beck Rd., Deer Lodge, MT, 59722 at 1 p.m. on June 30. Luncheon to follow after services.
James (Jim) Earl Gilman
James (Jim) Earl Gilman passed away at the age of 80, on May 5, 2018 at the Ray Hicky House in Vancouver, Wash. James was born 7/22/37 in Dillon to parents Francis and Mary Gilman. He grew up in Garrison and attended high school at Powell County High School.
Jim joined the Army at a young age. He moved to Deer Lodge and married Diane Webster of Deer Lodge for 28 years, where they raised their two boys Randy Gilman of Billings and Rick Gilman of Phoenix, Ariz.
Jim worked for Union Carbide and transferred to Vancouver, Wash. with Prax Air where he met his wife of 30 years, Bonnie Gilman. They lived in Vancouver, Wash. for 15 years, then they moved to Kalama, Wash. for the last 15 years.
Jim loved camping, fishing, and hunting and following grandchildren’s sporting events in Kalama, Wash. When he wasn’t doing that he enjoyed working in his yard and gardening. Jim was very proud of family and always gave advice.
James Earl Gilman was proceeded in death by his parents Francis and Mary Gilman, first wife of 28 years, Diane Webster; sister Pauline Kopecky and grandson Chase Gilman. Left behind wife of 30 years Bonnie Gilman of Kalama, Wash., sister Joan Schymtzik of Nampa, Idaho, son Randy Gilman of Billings, Rick and Lisa Gilman of Phoenix, Ariz., three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four stepchildren, Angela and Dave Moudy of Kalama, Wash., Brian Clausen of Kalama, Wash., Gerald Clausen of Vancouver, Wash., Terry Sweaney of Vancouver, Wash., nine step-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
James Earl Gilman will be truly missed by all who knew him.
June 13th, 2018
Elizabeth (Bette) Browning
Beloved mother and grandmother Elizabeth (Bette) Browning passed away on June 5, 2018. She was born on December 27, 1934 in North Platte, Nebr. and lived the first couple of years in a soddy in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Her parents then moved to Deer Lodge.
She was very involved at Powell County High School, where she was a cheerleader and a majorette. She married Robert (Bob) Browning in 1952, and they had five girls, Kathy, Beverly, Mary, Doris and Judy. After Bob’s accident at the Cominco mine they moved to Billings. Dad attended business school and Mary attended the special education school at Eastern Montana College.
While her girls were growing up she worked at JC Pennys making custom drapes. When KMart came to Billings she worked in the jewelry department there and in Missoula until her retirement.
Mary passed away in 1993. Mom and dad raised her two children Samantha and Tony.
When Bob retired they were finally able to fulfill their life long dream to return to Deer Lodge. Mom was very active in the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club and the New to You store and loved playing bridge with a group of friends on a weekly basis. Mom also attended the Presbyterian Church where she made many close friends. Samantha lived next door to her grandmother and took care of her the past few years. Seeing and watching Samantha’s children grow gave her great pleasure.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Bob, daughter Mary Hill, her parents David and Florence Chessmore, brothers Bill (Lois), Bob, Kenny (Patti). She is survived by daughters Kathy (Glenn) Chaffey, Bev (Mark) Hilario, Doris (Tom) Olson, Judy (Kevin) Anderson, sister-in-law Irene Chessmore, brother-in-law Ray Browning, sister-in-law Mary Browning and sister-in law Eva Browning. Grandchildren Tony (Amanda) Browning, Samantha Henry, Jason (Jennifer) Chaffey, Sarah (Dennis) Pierce, Casse Chaffey, Tamara (Jim) Chaffey, Jesse Ryan, Rich (Angela) Ryan, Erin (Joe) Seelbaugh, Mark Hilario Jr., Robert (Misty) Strieb, and Angela Mitchell. She is also survived by 23 1/2 great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday June 9 at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 5th and Milwaukee in Deer Lodge.
Matthew Joseph Saville
Matthew Joseph Saville died May 28, 2018 at home in Deer Lodge. Matt was born Oct. 19, 1970 in Great Falls to Barbara and Ronald Saville. He was raised in Ft. Benton and attended school there.
Following his father’s footsteps, he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in 1988. Matt served in all three phases of the Gulf War processing and guarding Iraqi P.O.W.s. Returning home, through hard work and study Matt received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Montana State University in 1994.
In 1995 Matt began his career at Montana State Prison, a job he absolutely loved. In his 20 years there, Matt proved himself to be sure in word and deed. Matt won the respect of many on both sides of the badge, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Matt was dedicated and loyal to the prison and its mission and proved it in ways large and small. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and honored many a fallen vet as a member of the Honor Guard. Matt further served his community as a Reserve Deputy with the Powell County Sheriff’s Office, giving much time and effort to help ensure public safety. Matt was involved in the 2nd Calvary Association and was a born too late Calvary trooper of the first order. In addition, Matt was quite a thespian and a member of the Deer Lodge Players.
Matt possessed a keen intellect and had many interests, a sure shot with any kind of firearm and a prolific reader. He was a student of history, and a Renaissance man. A man of many hats and badges, he was truly one of a kind. He is survived by wife of 25 years, Tina, his mother Barbra of Ft. Benton and sisters Connie of Kansas City, Mo. and Beverly of Kansas City, Kans. He was preceded in death by his father Ronald. He leaves behind many friends. Per his request he has been cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Trooper, Rest in peace on Fiddler’s Green and 28-40 is 10-42.
June 06th, 2018
Russel Owen Burt
Russel Owen Burt, 83 of Hamilton passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at his home of natural causes surrounded by his family. He was born May 15, 1935 in Deer Lodge, the son of Alta and Earl Burt.
Russ was raised and educated in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1954. Maryann Hogan asked him out when she was a sophomore and he was a senior at Powell County High School. On February 7, 1959, Russel married Maryann. They made their way to Hamilton where they built their home and raised their children; Becky, Pam, Rusty and Susan.
Russ’s first career was at the Anaconda Lumber Company where he was the youngest manager ever at that time. He enjoyed his second career as a custom cabinet maker. Russ and Maryann owned and operated The Carpenter’s Apron together. As life progressed he began his final career as an instructor in cooking at the Trapper Creek Job Corps. Russ loved both cooking and imparting his wisdom.
Russ loved the great Montana outdoors and never turned down a chance to hunt for elk with his son Rusty, his nephew Earl Burt, and the Hogan brothers. He loved his days fishing the Clark Fork River by the Hogan Ranch in Gold Creek and the Bitterroot River. Russ also loved his weekly poker game with his friends.
He was a proud lifetime member of the Elks. For many years he was the cook for the many fundraisers.
Russ was preceded in death by his mother, Alta Burt Nelson; his father, Earl Burt; and his brothers, Clayton and Everett Burt. He is survived by his loving wife, Maryann, of Hamilton; four children, Becky Brough and husband Tim of Hamilton, Pam Van Syoc and husband Jon of Casper, Wyo., Rusty Burt and wife Chris of Hamilton and Susan Burt of Marion; seven grandchildren, Chris Van Syoc of Bridgeport, Tex., Mary Ann Van Syoc of Winter Park, Colo., Tim Brough, Jr., Maggie Brough, Cody Brough, Alycia Burt and Ty Burt all of Hamilton; one great-grandchild, Olivia Brough of Hamilton; his brother, Gene Burt of Avon, and nephews, Earl Burt of Bremerton, Wash., Dan Burt of Deer Lodge and Tom Burt of Missoula; and niece, Bonnie Burt of Calif.
Visitation was held on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Vigil Services following at 7 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Van Syoc, Tim Brough Jr., Cody Brough, Ty Burt, Jon Van Syoc and Tim Brough, Sr. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.