Sgt. Jacob Lee Hanson
Born May 20, 1987 at Fort Lewis, Wash. Died July 21, 2014 at Fort Carson, Colo.
Jake spent his younger years in Pine River, Wis. where he attended Pleasant View Elementary School. The family moved to Deer Lodge in 2000 where he graduated from Powell County High School in 2005. He attended two years at MSU Bozeman when he then decided to enlist in the Army in 2007 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. He was selected to attend The United State Military Academy at West Point in 2008 where after completing three years he chose to return to the Enlisted Ranks. He was then assigned to Fort Carson, Colo. HHC Brigade, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry attaining the rank of Sergeant.
On July 13, 2013 he married his sweetheart, Jessica Fjermestad. Jake was a kind, loving husband, son and friend. He would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by his wife Jessica, father and mother, Roger and Marla Hanson of Deer Lodge, birth mother Kathy (Tony) Jweid of Florida, grandmother Char Berbrick of Florida, grandfather Jerry Thuss of Wisconsin and many aunts, uncles, cousins & friends all over this country, including special friends Scot, Cory, Bob, Kyle & Zac.
Jake loved the outdoors... especially fly fishing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. He had a way of making friends (brothers) wherever he went. Some of his greatest adventures and making trouble were with Scot, Cory, Bob, Kyle and Zac. Jake loved to steal Kyle’s guitar to try and teach himself how to play.
Though Jake’s life was short, his accomplishments were great. He lived more in 27 years than most do in a lifetime. He will be missed and never forgotten.
Funeral Services with Military Honors will be Wednesday (July 30) at 11 a.m. at the Jewell Funeral Home.
Memorials: Donors Choice.
William Kelsey Haviland
William Kelsey Haviland, 62, of Lakewood, Colo., passed away on July 16, 2014 after a 50-year battle with Type-1 diabetes.
Bill was born in Deer Lodge on October 12, 1951 to James and Jean Haviland and raised in the Catholic Faith. Every day of his life he was inspired by his parents, family and friends. Since he was old enough to wade the waters, Bill’s passion was fishing the wet fly in Montana’s rivers, creeks and mountain lakes.
Bill graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1970. He began his forestry studies at Carroll College and graduated with a BA in recreation management from the University of Montana in 1976. He was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at UM. His career as a National Park Service ranger began in 1978 at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Bill continued his work with the NPS at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in 1981, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in 1983 and Great Sand Dunes National Park in 1988. He continued his work with the NPS in concessions management at the Intermountain Regional Office in Lakewood. During his 38-year career, Bill cherished the land, his coworkers and the public.
Bill’s father, Jim, preceded him in death in 2002. Bill is survived by his bride Kade Haviland, daughters Jesse, Kelsey and Molly of Denver, and mother Jean Haviland of Deer Lodge. Bill leaves behind four younger brothers: David Haviland of Helena, John (Gail) Haviland of Missoula, Allan (Diane) Haviland of Chubbuck, Idaho and Jeff (Vivian) Haviland of Burien, Wash. Uncle Billy is also survived by eight nieces and nephews.
A vigil is on August 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish at 605 Clark in Deer Lodge. Funeral services are on August 8 at 11 a.m. at the same location with interment at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Reception following at St. Mary’s Center.
Michael Donald Richardson
Michael Donald Richardson passed unexpectedly in the early morning hours of July 24, 2014 in Dillon. He was born to Donald and Norita Richardson in Deer Lodge, amidst a wild Montana evening thunderstorm, on July 13, 1957. Mike was a modern renaissance man with a boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for life. He utilized every minute he had available to him as fully as he could.
In his youth, Mike loved to work the family’s Rock Creek Lake mine with his Grandpa Pitman. By the age of eight, he was driving vehicles, operating heavy equipment, and mastering the use of handguns and rifles; those early skills formed the foundation for Mike’s entire work and recreational lives. Mike loved the outdoors. He got away every chance he could to ride his dirt bike up in the mountains, whether alone or with one of his several lifelong friends. He also enjoyed his road bike, his inventions, and his many vehicular projects, and was an avid reader and lifelong autodidact.
Mike joined the Army in 1976 as a Military Policeman. He served in Heidelberg, Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1979. He then served a stint in the Montana National Guard, simply because he wanted to play at driving tanks. He returned to Deer Lodge and spent some time as a correctional officer at Montana State Prison. He then spent a little time working for the Montana Forestry Division and as a log truck driver. Mike saw the entire continental USA through the windshields of 18 wheelers; he was very proud of his nearly four million accident free miles. Mike owned an ammunition company for several years; he was a first rate gunsmith, and was a certified weapons instructor. He spent many years as a heavy equipment operator across the western U.S. and as a proud partner in an underground construction company; if you gave him an hour with any piece of equipment, Mike would be running it like a pro. He gave credit to his uncle, Harley Pitman, for his skill with trucks and equipment, and to his father for his vast knowledge of all things gun related and his exceptional abilities as a mechanic. At the time of his death, Mike was happily employed as an outside plant inspector at Heberly and Associates in Havre.
In 1984, Mike met his once-in-a-lifetime love, Eileen Hellie Smith. He married her and her daughter Jill on September 13, 1986. He was overjoyed at the birth of his son Colton in 1993. Michael believed that the true measure of a man is made through the eyes of his family. Consequently, he worked very hard to be a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, to great effect and with tremendous success. He was a giant of a man with a heart and spirit to match his physical size. We’re sure going to miss him.
Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harley and Nora Pitman and Philip and Katherine Richardson, his uncles Gene, Robert, and Charles Richardson and aunt Louise Waldorf, as well as his mother-in-law, Stella Hellie, and his brother-in-law Vernon Hellie. Mike is survived by his wife Eileen in Havre, daughter Jill Smith (Denis Girard), Missoula, and son Colton of Havre. Also surviving are his parents, Norita and Don Richardson, Deer Lodge; father-in-law, Arnold “Ike” Hellie of Whitewater, sisters Dianne (Jim) Slater of Buckeye, Ariz. and Valerie (David) Williams of Deer Lodge, brother Art of Belgrade, brother-in-law Michael Hellie of Whitewater, and sisters-in-law Kim Hellie and Lorraine Hellie of Malta, his uncle Harley (Helen) Pitman of Deer Lodge, his best friends Jim Gaskell and Dave Scott, both of Deer Lodge, and by cherished childhood friend Judie (Clark) Lucas of New Meadow, Idaho. He will be fondly remembered by nephews Ryan Gould (John Martin) of Goodyear, Ariz., Dusty (Angie) Gould of Calif., Tyler Richardson, Bozeman, Jason (Courtney) Hellie and Addam (Tayler) Hellie of Whitewater, and Ray (Christine) Field of Spokane and by nieces Tessah Richardson (Cal Evans) of Williston, N.D., and Dr. Mikita Hellie of Spokane, as well as by many cousins and cousins-in-law and his many friends, co-workers, fellow veterans across the nation, and his beloved Big Black Dodge.
Cremation has taken place; Mike’s ashes will be scattered in some of his favorite places. Placement of a memorial headstone will be held at the Hellie Family Cemetery north of Whitewater at a later date. Family and friends are cordially invited to a memorial barbecue at Pepin Park in Havre at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and good memories of Mike and maybe some food if you have time to get it ready. Come when you are ready, leave when you are tired.
William Kelsey Haviland
William Kelsey Haviland passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Denver, Colo. Services will be at a later date. A full obituary will also run at a later date.
Carmen Kay Doiron
On July 9, 2014 Heaven was greeted with a sweet, beautiful angel.
Carmen was born July 11, 1942 to Lyle and Gertrude Shields in Billings. The family later moved to California and this is where she met the love of her life Duke Doiron, at 16 she and Duke were married and spent 57 years together. Through this union they were blessed with two children, Dennis and Shelley. The family moved to Deer Lodge and it was at this time they purchased Youngs Market. Together they ran this business for 27 years. Carmen loved to cook and spend time with her family. She loved family get-togethers and specially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and Duke spent many hours attending many sporting events throughout the years.
Duke and Carmen retired and moved to Seeley Lake to relax, enjoy family and spend time on the lake. Many memories and good times occurred here and will be forever cherished. Carmen was a friend to whomever she met and had a loving heart.
Her family was beside her when the Lord picked this beautiful flower to join him in Heaven. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Survivors include her husband Duke, son Dennis (Rose) Doiron, daughter Shelley (Chuck) Alsup, brother Mike, grandchildren Zachary, Paige, Drew, Alaina, Logan, Brock, Grant, Kade, and Aleyiah. Great-grandchildren Lilly and Kinsley. There will be a memorial service at the Pen in Deer Lodge at 2 on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Eugene (Gene) William Hogan passed away at his home in Tacoma, Wash. on June 4, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born February 23, 1933 to lifelong Gold Creek residents, Dave and Marian (Hollenback) Hogan.
Gene graduated from Powell County High School and attended what was then Montana State College in Bozeman. He served in the U. S. Air Force after which he pursued a career in construction.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna; son, Mark and daughters, Kristi (Don), Calleen (Mike), daughter-in-law Cindy (Travis); grandchildren Lisa, Matthew, Meghan, Carissa, Taeler and Rachel; great-grandchildren Jerryd and Danyul.
Gene was preceded in death by his son, Jerry.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Marys Church, Gold Creek at 2 p.m., August 2, 2014.
Please come and celebrate Gene’s life with us.
Rocky Jones died in Omaha, Nebraska with a Hospice volunteer at his side on July 7, 2014.
Rocky was born on February 1, 1956 to Jack and Bernice (Grant) Jones in St. Ann’s Hospital. He attended local schools and graduated from Anaconda High in 1974. He was well liked in school and had many friends. He led a busy and interesting life doing exactly what he wanted. After graduation he attended various schools until he achieved his goal of a Nationally Certified Court Reporter.
Over the years he lived in Minneapolis, Chicago, Deer Lodge and Bozeman before landing in Ketchikan, Alaska, where he lived for over 25 years.
A Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan (from his time in Minneapolis) he made his lifelong dream of attending professional ball games come true – he even worked security for the Vikings.
Sports were an integral part of who Rocky was in his life. He could remember statistics and often won bets on the information he knew without the use of a record book. He loved hunting and fishing and did as much as he could in Alaska and the ocean surrounding Ketchikan. Some of the halibut he caught was as big as he was!
May 6, 1978 he married in Lyons, Nebraska. This union produced one daughter and after 18 years he was divorced.
In the spring of 2010, Rocky was having some health issues and his brother and sisters asked him to come home to Anaconda. He did come home and lived for a while at Hearthstone. As his health continued to decline he desperately wanted to be with his daughter and granddaughter, Alexa Rily. He flew to Omaha to be near Alexa and his daughter placed him in a nursing home. He was able to see his granddaughter grow for as long as life would allow.
Rocky lived his life to the fullest! He traveled all over the U.S.A., worked at many jobs, including Correctional Officer in Deer Lodge, just as the old prison closed and the new prison opened. He loved bar tending and, as anyone who knew him, knew that he could shoot the bull for hours, especially with a golden frothy drink in his hand.
He is survived by his daughter and granddaughter in Omaha, Nebraska; brother, Gary Jones; sisters, Tami Whittington of Anaconda and Jackie Johnson of Missoula; nephews, Grant Kopp, Jay Johnson, Kane Whittington; nieces, Timmie Mehrens and Hallie Johnson.
Robert Charles Chessmore (Bob) passed away July 6, 2014 in Deer Lodge with family by his side. Bob was born April 16, 1936 in North Platte, Nebraska to David and Florence Chessmore. The family moved to Missoula, Montana in 1939. They moved to the Deer Lodge Valley when Bob was in the 1st grade, and he has made that his home for the past 73 years. Bob joined the Army shortly after graduating Powell County High School in 1954 and was honorably discharged after serving four years.
Bob married Irene Stumvoll, from Deer Lodge, on June 3, 1961. He was blessed with two daughters Debbie and Sandy. Bob worked at the smelter in Anaconda, the Montana State Prison and many ranches around the valley. His true love was always ranching, after retiring from MSP he accomlished his dream by having his own ranch. He and his lifetime friend, Harold thoroughly enjoyed going to the Butte Livestock sales every Tuesday for lunch and visiting friends, his favorite pastime .
He was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers Bill and Kenneth. He is survived by his wife, Irene, of 53 years. His daughters Debbie (Steve) Holland and Sandy (Tim) Quigley. His grandchildren, who all knew and loved him as gramps, Duncan and Konrad Quigley, Shane, Jamie and Bud Holland and six great grandchildren Tanner, Ryder, Silas, Dyani, Abreona and Emery. One sister Bette Browning and many nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. Bob was also blessed with many lifetime friends. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Services will be held Monday July 14, 2014 at the Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge at 11 am followed by the graveside service at Hill Crest Cemetary. In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to American Heart Association, PAWHS or donors choice.
Betty L. Cote
Betty Cote (79), died at a Missoula hospital June 23, 2014.
Betty was born in Williston, N. D. to Thomas and Gladys Cote. The family later moved to Deer Lodge where she received her education. She married Robert Loy Ice. The couple had a daughter Shelley. They later divorced. She married Harold Beckman and they later divorced. Betty worked in home health care for many years.
Survivor is daughter Shelley Taylor (Edward) Kamara, Seattle, Wash.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. Burial of ashes will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.
Memorials: donors choice.
Jewell (Rowland) Abbott
Jewell (Rowland) Abbott went home to be with Jesus on June 5, 2014. She passed away at Deer Lodge Care and Rehab after a long illness.
Jewell was born in Ripley, Miss., on June 13, 1928, to David Lee and Lela (Davis) Rowland. She married William R. Abbott, Jr. He preceded her in death.
Jewell was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved her religion, which was the Church of Christ. She worked at the Register’s Office from where she retired after 20 years.
She is survived by her children, Dale (Linda) Abbott and Dennis (Carol) Abbott; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service has been held.
Janet Anice Manley
Janet Anice Manley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on June 25 at the Anaconda Nursing Home.
Janet was born May 19, 1933 to Clyde and Beth Eccleston in Anaconda. Janet attended schools in Anaconda and graduated from Anaconda High School. She then attended Western Montana College in Dillon. She graduated with a degree in Education.
Her first job was teaching third grade in Deer Lodge. While living in Deer Lodge she met John Manley on a blind date. They were married on June 12, 1954. Janet joined John on the Manley Ranch near Drummond. They had five children. Janet was a devoted mother and never missed any of her children’s activities and helped with many of them.
She enjoyed life on the ranch, having many projects going on at all times. Janet substitute taught in rural schools in Granite and Powell Counties. She had hundreds of students that loved her. Janet attended and helped with local sports events. She enjoyed traveling, geneology, and collecting stamps as a hobby. She was active in Eastern Star and the Drummond Booster Club.
One of Janet’s proudest moments was when she was chosen to help select the winner of the Federal Migratory Bird stamp competition in Washington D.C.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Beth Eccleston, husband, John Manley and her infant daughter, Cindi.
Janet is survived by her daughters, Peggy Manley and Kerry Graybeal, (Dan) and her sons, John T. Manley, (Sheila) and Nick Manley, (Jacki). Grandchildren: Ryan Manley, Krista Manley, Dustin Manley, John D. Manley, Colby J. Manley and great-grandson Casey J. Manley.
Services were at the Jewell Funeral Home, Deer Lodge, at 11 a.m. on Monday June 30. Graveyard services followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011, or the Drummond Scholarship fund in care of Drummond High School, P.O. Box 349.
James Ralph Wilson
On March 28, 2014 James Ralph Wilson passed away at his home in Corte Madera, Calif. He suffered from respiratory complications.
Jim was born on November 11, 1945 to Mary Virginia “Rowdy” Roudabush and Glen Barlow Wilson in Helena. He was raised in Deer Lodge, where he attended school. He was a gifted athlete who excelled in basketball and golf. Jim was active in student government having served two years as class president and his senior year as Student Council President. Jim represented Powell County High School as a delegate to Boys State. He graduated in 1964.
Jim then attended the University of Montana where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in mathematics. He then earned his Masters degree in business management.
Jim began his teaching career in Augusta, where he taught math and coached basketball for two years. He then accepted a position with the Department of Defense foreign education program. Jim was assigned primarily to England and Germany where he established and implemented education programs for military personnel. He helped many service men and women advance their education.
After more than 10 years, Jim returned to the U.S. and joined the San Francisco school system as a counselor. Jim retired in 1997, but continued to work as a substitute until his passing.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. His ashes will be placed in the family plot in Hillcrest Cemetery at Deer Lodge. There is no planned formal service.
Betty VanEvery Hadley
Betty passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, June 27, 2014. She was born on January 8, 1942 to Raymond (Pete) and Edith VanEvery in Columbus and raised on the family homestead in the Stillwater Valley. In 1969 she and her three children moved to the Deer Lodge area and made this their home. On March 2, 1987 she married the love of her life Jim Hadley in Salmon, Idaho.
Betty worked as a Veterinary Technician for the Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic for many years. Betty loved her animals and caring for all the animals that came through the clinic as well. She was a wonderful volunteer and loved being a part of the community. She was a 4-H leader for 25 years, The Clark Fork Cattlewomen, volunteered at the local museum and was Coordinator with the Big Sky Draft Horse Exposition. She was also a big supporter of the Powell County Senior Citizen Center.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Pete and Edith VanEvery and her stepsons Michael and William Hadley.
She is survived by her husband James, her three children, Clifford (JoAnn) Burgess, Clayton (Virginia) Burgess and Carol Ann Gunderson. Her Sister Wanita (Leroy) Anderson, her brother Bernard (Lois) VanEvery. Her grandchildren April, Amanda, Jennifer, Tyler, and Chad. Her nephews Michael, Marty, Wade and nieces Valerie and LaTrisha. She was also loved by the Hadley family daughters Patti, Teresa and Darcy. Grandchildren Sean Michael, Megan and Hannah. She is also survived by her many friends.
Visitation was from 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday July 1, 2014 with services at the Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge following. Interment will be at the Columbus Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Powell County Senior Citizens Center or the charity of one’s choice.