Bunny Lynn Miller
Bunny Lynn Miller, 65, of Deer Lodge passed away on Saturday morning July 14, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born April 5, 1953 in Barstow, Calif. on the Marine Base, the daughter of Glee “Smokey” Depee and Vivienne Depee.
She was a logger’s daughter raised in western Montana and graduated from Stevensville High School. In high school she was a member of the drill team as a baton twirler and participated in track. She played competitive fast pitch softball and truly enjoyed competing.
She married John Miller on June 24, 1971. Even though she was a city girl, she learned a lot about ranching and ranched with her husband, John. They ranched at multiple places around Stevensville until 1987 when they purchased a ranch at Glen. In October 1990, they sold the ranch in Glen and moved back to Stevensville to ranch. They stayed in Stevensville until the spring of 1998 and they moved down to Leadore to start a career of managing ranches.
Bunny really enjoyed working side by side with her husband on the ranch feeding, doctoring, haying and fixing fences and operating equipment. She also spent several summers working as the ditch rider up the Burnt Fork.
In 2008, they retired from managing ranches and moved to Deer Lodge to be closer to family and to chase their grandkids. She enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards and making preserves. She was most comfortable in jeans or coveralls and working outside. She had a very kind heart, was always willing to help another out and she was always a fan of the underdog.
She is survived by her husband John Miller, her mother Vivienne Depee, her children, David Miller and his wife Candice and their two children Tennyson and Emmy, Andy Miller and his three children Alivia, Miranda and Sierra and her daughter Estella, Donald Miller and his two children Max and Mayvee, and Sarah Miller and her husband Jon Cantor, her sisters and brothers- Julie and Greg Ransier, Deb and Allen Ransier, Mike and Leslie Depee, Patty and Ken Billings, Jim and Rita Depee and Teresa and Mark Stricklin and many nieces and nephews that she loved.
She is preceded in death by her dad Glee “Smokey” Depee.
There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday July 27 at Whitesitt Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on July 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Galilee Baptist Church at 208 Higgins Lane, Stevensville. A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Galilee Baptist Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Helen Frances Roberts
Helen Frances Roberts, 89 of Deer Lodge, surrounded by her loving family, went to be with her heavenly father on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Helen was born in Starkweather, N.D. at home on the farm, on October 16, 1928. She was baptized at home by the priest and was the second of six children. She married Elden Roberts in 1948 and was blessed with seven children of her own.
Helen attended a small country school through eighth grade, started her nursing career in 1960, received her GED in 1967 and went on to earn her LPN License in 1968. She retired from Powell County Memorial Hospital in 1993, three months later she went to work at the Deer Lodge Clinic and retired from there in 2007. Still wanting to help others, she went to work at the Colonial Manor. She was a nurse for 54 years and spent most of her life caring for others and enjoyed every minute of it.
Helen also enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling to different places, going for rides and spending time with family. Every Thursday Helen would have her hair styled by her daughter Debbie. No matter where she was, every Saturday evening, Helen could be found at the nearest Catholic Church praying for others. Most Sundays you would find her at Donald and Lila’s home enjoying breakfast. In her final year, her grandson Cody Mitchell enjoyed taking care of his grandma by cooking her breakfast everyday and doing her laundry.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Joseph Gangl, brothers Wilfred, Frank and Robert Gangl, daughter Susan Roberts and grandson Jacob Roberts. She is survived by sons, Daniel (Toni) Roberts of Saratoga, Wyo., David Roberts of Missoula, Donald (Lila) Roberts, Duane (Nicky) Roberts, and daughters Kathy Mitchell and Debbie (Jerry) Persons all of Deer Lodge, sister Julia Hutchison, Deer Lodge, brother Albert (Dorothy) Gangl of Kingfisher, Okla., sister-in-law Sharon Gangl of Deer Lodge, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close family friends. Helen was loved by everyone.
Services were held at the Catholic Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21, followed by a luncheon and then the burial at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing was Friday, July 20, starting at noon at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge.
Maureen Walter passed away June 22, 2018 at her youngest daughter’s home in Philipsburg.
Maureen was born on September 24, 1939 in Kilgore, Nebr. to Fern and Harvey Rodgers Sr., eventually moving to Evanston, Wyo. with her siblings, Dorothy, Helen, Harvey Jr., and her parents. She graduated from Casper’s high school in 1958.
She believed in education and went to the university of Wyoming in 1958-1960. Montana Tech for an LPN license; graduating in 1971 and Montana Tech for an Accounting and Research processing degrees when she retired from nursing, graduating in 1998.
Maureen was an EMT in 1990s, she also stayed very active for many years with the Senior Companion Program, Senior Center, Meals on Wheels when needed, and the Prison Museum until illness made it impossible for her to continue. When she wasn’t doing this, Maureen indulged in her love of traveling, camping with family, genealogy, second hand stores, quilting, knitting, needle point, and reading.
Maureen met Gerard Gersitz in 1960, married him on June 29, 1961, had four beloved children Suzi, Khandi, Karl, and Debi in that union. They later divorced. Maureen married James Moody in 1969 and had the last of her beloved children, a son Mark. They later divorced. Maureen married William Walter in 1980 who had three sons, Wayne, Randy and Rick to add to the family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Bill, stepson Wayne, both sets of parents, Fern (Clyde) McCleery, Harvey Sr. (Emma) Rodgers and a sister Helen Manley.
Maureen is survived by her children; Suzi (Don) Marshall, Khandi (Rex) Tomscheck, Karl (Heidie Gersitz), Debi (George) McClain, and Mark Moody; 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Cramner, brother Harvey Jr. (Judy) Rodgers, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, July 13, at the Jewel Funeral Home with a small graveside service following. A luncheon will be at the Senior Citizen Center at 2:30, all taking place in Deer Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, if you like to please give a cash donation to Pawhs or another animal shelter. It is her favorite and you’ll be helping an animal in need or to the Senior Citizen Center of your choosing.
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo
Emily Quinn Lunzer-Stavlo passed away on June 19, 2018, she was 25 years old.
Emily was a loving, confident and beautiful soul who was overcome by her struggle with addiction. She is the oldest of four daughters to father John (Jake) Stavlo, step-mother Kim, sisters Jackie, Kathleen, and Molly of Deer Lodge; her mother Krista Lunzer, sister Carley and brother Robby of Woodbury, Minn. Emily has a large and extended family with many caring and devoted friends.
A celebration of Emily’s life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the St. James Episcopal Church located at 307 Cottonwood Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana. A luncheon will follow the service at the fellowship hall next door.
Frank “Frog” Hull
Frank “Frog” Hull, 85 of Dillon, passed away June 29, 2018.
He was born in Boise, Idaho, September 29, 1932, to Melvin and Leona Hull. His family moved to Deer Lodge, where he graduated from high school. He attended Western Montana College, enlisted in the Army, earned an M.S. degree, continued his education at the University of Washington and earned a writing endorsement. At Western, he met the love of his life, Yvonne Wenger was married in 1956 and had six children.
Frog was preceded in death by his son, Tim Hull; his parents; brothers Bob Hull and Richard “Toad” Hull; in-laws Frank Actis, Bernard Wenger, Marilyn Hull, and Cecilia Hull; and great-granddaughter, Arianna Binns.
Frog is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Yvonne; their children: Jeanette Hood, Boise, Joyce Tonner (Diane Bialek) Beachville, Ontario, Canada, Arlene Hull, Boise, Vince (Anne) Hull, Tampa, Fla., and David Hull, Bozeman; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brother, Larry “Tadpole” Hull, Drummond; in-laws Fan Hull, Billings, Peggy Actis, Denver, Cleo Wenger, Casa Grande, Ariz., Richard and Rosemary Wenger, Bozeman, many nieces and nephews.
Frog’s celebration of life is scheduled Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room at the University of Montana Western. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.brundagefuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made to the Frank “Frog” Hull Memorial Scholarship at The University of Montana Western at https://www.umwfoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships.html/title/hull-frank-frog-hull-scholarship or to the Dillon YMCA in support of the capital campaign for a new gym.