August 30th, 2017
Julia Irene Rainville
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles
When life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering
Softly down the ways.
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
when life is done.
A storm raged on the outskirts of Mason City, Ill. on August 3. It lightninged, thundered, and rained buckets as Julia slipped away to become heaven’s newest angel. Lightning struck again as Julia left. It split the tree outside of the living room window in half. Julia hated that tree. It obstructed her view of the yard.
Julia Irene Rainville, 43, of Mason City, passed away at 2:28 p.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017 at her home. Born December 27, 1973 in Pekin to Wayne S. and Patricia A. (Bader) Hagen, she married Daniel Rainville on October 20, 1992 in Jacksonville, N.C. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, Nicholas Rainville of Mason City; one daughter, Taylor Rainville of Mason City; her parents of Pekin and one sister, Teresa A. (Terry) McMullen of Creve Coeur. Also surviving are her in-laws Joe and Carol Rainville, Michele Cook (Scott), three boys, and last her faithful companion Leo the basset.
Julia had worked at Export Packaging for 15 years, serving as Caterpillar, Inc. Customer Service Rep. for Brazil having to retire in 2007 due to health issues.
She was very artistic and loved to draw, paint and craft. She also loved a challenge, especially driving in high traffic areas.
If you knew her name you knew she would share to anyone, there was never a stranger. Julia also loved a good prank. On passing she left a list of chores for survivors. All were done except for two… Josh her friend refused to wear a grim reaper suit and randomly point to people, and we would not upon closing her casket sing “Pop Goes The Weasel.”
Julia was a member of Relevant Faith Church in Peoria, where she was a faithful servant of her Lord. Pastor Mike and Alicia Womer and all the church family are so proud to have had her in their family.
Her funeral was 3 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Mike Womer officiated. Cremation was accorded following the funeral.
Julia, we will forever keep you in our hearts and love you forever.
“Well if you know me then you know I’m pretty much me and stand firm in what I want and believe. I’m strong willed at times, passionate when need be, most people say I’m black and white (with no room for color in my world), fun and crazy. I have some freakiness and if you really don’t know me then you’ll never understand me.
“I love people and I love knowing the whole person. I like to be there when happiness is around, when sadness knocks you down, when life lifts you up, and when dreams turn you around.
“This is life and I want to live it all. Life is short, live it like there is no tomorrow. Live life to the fullest but be honest with yourself. If you’re not honest with yourself, you can’t be honest to the world.
“Who wants another fake person in this crazy world anyway?” - Written by Julia
Nancy A. Warner
Nancy A. Warner went home to be with her Lord on August 24, 2017, where she was welcomed by her daughter Teresa and family members.
Nancy was born in Havre on April 15, 1950, the fifth of seven children, to Everette and Doris Leonard. Soon after, they moved to Butte where Nancy was raised.
Nancy attended Grant and Jefferson grade schools, graduating from Butte High in June 1969.
Nancy worked as a nurses’ aid in the medical and surgical wards in Boulder. She met the love of her life, Joseph Warner and they were married June 5, 1971, in Butte, then moved to Deer Lodge.
Three children were born of this marriage, Carl in 1972, Teresa in 1974 and Bernadette in 1976.
Nancy enjoyed cooking, camping, reading books and music. She was a member of the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club for over 20 years and a Girl Scout leader for five years.
Nancy is survived by her husband Joseph, son Carl and his wife Vassa and grandchild Nick of Beaverton Ore., her daughter Bernadette McClendon and her husband Hilton, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Isabel and Miracle of Deer Lodge, brother Larry Leonard (Moe) and his wife Helen of Billings, sisters Lois Rawson and her husband Frank of Butte.
Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Teresa, her parents, brothers Mike and Lester and sisters Linda and Marcia.
A vigil was held Sunday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. A funeral mass was celebrated at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on August 28 at 11 a.m., with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. A reception followed at St. Mary’s Center.
August 23rd, 2017
Roger James Williams
Roger James Williams, 73 passed away in Deer Lodge on August 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roger was born on July 16, 1944 in North Loup, Nebr. to Harold and Winnie Williams. Roger married Vickie Cummings in 1964 soon after daughter Laura was born and a year later, son Michael was born. Roger and Vickie later divorced. On June 25, 1969 Roger joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky before joining the fight in Vietnam where he was a Sergeant and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device and the Purple Heart. Roger was honorably discharged on June 24, 1975. On June 2, 1972 Roger married Gay Kilgore and became the father to her son Shane and together they had sons Jamie and Bryan. Roger is also the father to Julie Meagher. On March 3, 2002 Roger married Denise Severson and became the step-father to her son Dusty.
Work at the copper mines brought Roger to Montana after his discharge from the Army and in 1973 he found his home in Deer Lodge. Roger retired in 2010 after working for Louisiana Pacific then Sun Mountain Lumber for 35 years. His passions were his family, playing pool, racing cars and hunting.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Winnie Williams, son Bryan Williams grandson Joey Theophile, and brother-in-law Merle Timmerman.
Roger leaves behind his wife Denise of Deer Lodge, sister Betty Timmerman of Grand Island, Nebr., daughters Laura (Carl) Pihl of Manchester N.H., Julie Meagher of Helena, sons Michael (Monica) Sedlacek of Sandia, Tex., Shane (Jodi) Kilgore and Jamie Williams of Deer Lodge. Sister-in-law Cheryl (John) Yount of Butte, step-son Dusty Severson of Clinton, Tenn., brother-in-law Steve (Cathy) Cole of Wartburg, Tenn., daughter-in-law Jody Williams, of Deer Lodge. Sixteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren with one on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and per Roger’s request there will be no service but a celebration of his life was held at Scotty’s Bar on August 14. The family would like to thank Highlands Hospice, Genesis Nursing Home, Jewell Funeral Home, Scotty’s Bar and everyone who knew Roger for their support and kindness.
Montana State Prison inmate Daniel Lamere died on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. Mr. Lamere was 61 years old.
Mr. Lamere was sentenced out of Cascade County in February 2015 for the crime of Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Mr. Lamere was sentenced to 10 years with four years suspended. Mr. Lamere was not eligible for parole; his discharge date was March 2020.
Montana State Prison inmate Robert Bauer died on Friday, August 18, 2017 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula following an extended illness. Mr. Bauer was 57 years old.
Mr. Bauer was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2016 for the crime of Mitigated Deliberate Homicide. Mr. Bauer was sentenced to 35 years. Mr. Bauer was also sentenced to an additional 10 years for the crime of Committed with Dangerous weapon. Mr. Bauer would have been parole eligible in 2027 and had a prison release date of 2060.
August 16th, 2017
Gloria M. (Chapman) Funk
Gloria M. (Chapman) Funk, a long-time resident of Deer Lodge, passed away in the comfort of her home on Monday, August 7, 2017. Interment will be in the American Legion Veteran’s section at Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge. A family memorial will take place at a later date.
Gloria was born in Basin, Wyo. on April 13, 1924. Gloria loved her childhood in the Big Horn Basin. Her fondest memories were of summers spent in the Big Horn Mountains. The family traveled by wagon into the backcountry where the men worked and the children were free to be children. Gloria attended school in Basin, Wyo., where she graduated in 1942 as Valedictorian of her class. She was an active member of the Pep Club and school chorus, and was president of her senior class as well as an energetic cheerleader. She aspired to attend Stanford and become a journalist, but that changed when she fell in love with a handsome farm boy. Gloria married her sweetheart, Elmer Funk on January 28, 1944, in Billings. Five days later, she began to “keep the home fires burning” as Elmer left to serve as a Combat Infantryman in the European Theatre of WWII from 1944-1946. The “Greatest Generation” was not just made up of those who served but those who waited as well, and Gloria was proud to do her part by supporting Elmer. There were many letters of that support and love passed between them.
Gloria devoted her life to her family and home, happiest when puttering in her yard and running a clean & well-organized home. She took great pride in her husband, children, grandchildren, and her life in the Deer Lodge Valley. As her nest emptied, Gloria worked as a motel housekeeper, first for Roy and Betty Stead, then for Ron Scharf when the business changed ownership.
Gloria is survived by her son Terrance Funk and his wife Jean of Billings, daughter Gloria Jean Erickson and husband Scott of Soda Springs, Idaho, granddaughters Kristie, Jennifer, and Shannon, and six precious great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, her parents, George & Evalena Chapman, and three brothers and five sisters.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Frontier Home Health and Hospice, the Powell County Council on Aging, the Deer Lodge Medical Center, and the staff at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula for their dedicated care, compassion and assistance to Gloria. Her family would also like to thank Joe and Kim Lombardi, Jim and Roni Wangerin, Dodie Rennfield, Pam Bromley, and all her wonderful neighbors and friends for their loving kindness and support throughout the years.
Memorials, if desired, may be sent to Friends of Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd, Butte, MT 59701 or American Legion Post #10, 744 Conestoga Lane, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Mary Burdick Gilman
Mary Burdick Gilman of Deer Lodge died on August 1, 2017, at age 100. Mary was born on September 22, 1916, in Melrose, to Rena Flanigan and James Earl Burdick. By the time she lost her mother three years later, Mary was already showing she was strong, brave, and resilient, with a sense of adventure, wonder, and mischievousness.
When she was five, she took her three-year-old sister Velva over the mountain from Dewey to Wise River – five miles by foot – because she was mad at her grandmother and wanted to visit her aunt (they made it). By six, she and Velva were being raised in an orphanage in Helena. At 18, Mary hitchhiked alone from Montana to Arizona and back.
She married Francis Gilman on August 4, 1941, and they soon moved to Garrison. Mary started working at the 4B’s restaurant in Deer Lodge, where she was a favorite waitress for over 40 years. All five feet of her would break up fights with a broom, and more than a few teenagers were driven home over the years after nights out - with their parents none the wiser.
Mary always had time for her grandchildren – she attended sporting events and spelling bees, got into snowball fights (she gave as good as she got), and always had a roaring fire to warm up next to. Mary traveled with her sister Velva, and friends Gert and Melba to Hawaii, Florida, and Samoa; chaperoned high school seniors to Washington, DC at 85; delivered Meals on Wheels in Deer Lodge into her 90s; and stacked her own wood until she was 94.
Mary’s strength, resiliency, bravery, and sense of adventure and wonder survive in her daughter Joan Schymtzik, who cared for her the last several years, and granddaughter Paula and great-grandson Diego Schymtzik of Nampa, Idaho; granddaughter Misty Schymtzik of Portland, Ore.; daughter Gail and Marvin Renner, of Park City; son James and Bonnie Gilman, of Kalama, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Velva and Alice, husband Francis, daughter Paulyne, and son-in-law Bill.
The family would like to thank Maria Makinster and Treasure Valley Hospice for their support. Donations to Meals on Wheels are requested in lieu of flowers.
August 02nd, 2017
Glen Raymond Mullins
Glen Raymond Mullins was born in Butte on December 6, 1956, to Leota and Andy Mullins and he died suddenly on July 25. All but a couple years of his life had been spent in Deer Lodge. He was the youngest of four children: Bob, Bev, and Berniece were his siblings. He attended school in Deer Lodge and graduated from PCHS in 1975. He could do many things well, but being a mechanic came naturally and at a young age. When he graduated from junior high, his brother gave him a car that didn’t run, so Glen rebuilt the engine and had it running smoothly before he was even legally able to drive.
Glen played saxophone in the high school band, and that is where he and his future wife Kathy Neubauer began their courtship. He later sold his sax to pay for her engagement ring. They were married for 40 years.
In 1994, Glen and Kathy had the biggest and best surprise of their lives when their daughter Briana was conceived. Even though he went the entire pregnancy with a stunned look, when he got to hold his daughter for the first time, he couldn’t stop smiling.
Glen was an intrical part of Powell County Search and Rescue for many years, acting as president and then coordinator up until health issues forced him to quit.
With great anticipation each year, he went hunting with his Aunt Ava and Uncle Don Davis, and he loved that Briana joined them when she was still quite young. Fishing was something else he was always willing to do with anyone, but he especially loved it when Kathy was with him. More recently he found a lost love for creating wooden bowls on a lathe, and he was very talented at it.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob, brother-in-law Rich Hover, and nephew Corey Driessen. He leaves behind his wife Kathy, daughter Briana, sisters Beverly Hover (Ogden, Iowa) and Berniece (Russell) Johnson (Gofnell, Ark.); in-laws Mickey and Wayne Neubauer, Terry (Tom), Shannon (Bob), Brad, and Guy, all of the Deer Lodge area. He also leaves many loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his constant companion Mazie.
Donations made to Powell County Search and Rescue would be greatly appreciated.
Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his life will be held at the Elks on Main Street in Deer Lodge on August 3, Thursday, from 1 to 4 p.m.