Col. Scott Spencer Porter
Col. Scott Spencer Porter, formerly of Missoula, died on the anniversary of September 11, 2014, in Nevada City, Calif. Scott was born in Missoula on September 28, 1929, to C.S. and Julia Porter.
He attended Paxson Elementary School, Missoula County High School and the University of Montana, graduating in 1951. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. A member of the Air Force ROTC, he entered the service as a second lieutenant upon graduation.
As a career officer, he attended Georgetown University and obtained his master’s degree at the University of Colorado. After serving in Germany and Vietnam, Scott was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He also spent three years at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., and then retired while at Offutt Air Force base in Omaha, Nebr., in 1975.
In 1980, Scott and his wife Beverly moved to Nevada City and enjoyed many trips in their RV through the years. His survivors, in addition to wife Beverly, include daughters Carol and Janet Porter, Nancy Porter Forman; and stepdaughters Constance Olson and Dawn Podesta. Others are his brother, John Porter and wife Kay of Deer Lodge, and their family; and his 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Scott has been cremated, and there will be a memorial with the color guard at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula at a later date. An announcement will be made in the Missoulian.
Julia Jane Evans Goldie
Julia Jane Evans Goldie passed away peacefully September 13, 2014 in Seattle, Wash. at the Golden Age of 102.
She was surrounded by many members of her family; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by all who knew her.
Wonderful memories will be with us always.
Julia was born to Hilda Jacobson Evans and Webster D Evans on June 11, 1912, at Racetrack. Julia attended high school in Deer Lodge and then went on to Butte Business College. She married Victor M. Goldie on July 3, 1933. Together they had two children; Joyce and Ben.
Julia worked as a dispatch operator for the Department of Motor Vehicles and was also supervisor for the re-issue Department in Deer Lodge, until she retired in 1977. After the death of her husband in 1989, she began to spend winters in Seattle with her daughter, Joyce. Eventually becoming a full time resident. She lived with Joyce and family until her death.
Julia loved to travel and spent many vacations with her daughter and family. Also, she traveled with her brother, Robert and his wife Joyce. Her last trip to Hawaii was at 100 years of age. In addition to her love of travel she enjoyed cooking, entertaining her family while still in her home in Deer Lodge. She also, learned to crochet in her later years. Therefore every member of her family received a blanket up unto the time that she could no longer see well enough to make the afghans.
Julia is survived by her two children; Joyce Ask (Kjartan), and Ben Goldie (Wanda). Nine grandchildren; Kay Etherington (Jeff), Scott Goldie, Erik Ask, Julie Hjelle (Mark), Donny White (MaryJo), Victoria Smith, Amanda Goldie, Brenda Piatt (Ben), and Bridget McBride (Mark). Twenty-one great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Also a brother, George Evans of Missoula.
Julia was predeceased by her husband, Victor. Parents, Hilda and Web Evans. Two sisters, Elizabeth and Ruth. Three brothers; Joseph, Orrin and Robert. Also, a granddaughter; Ellen Siefner.
A celebration of Julia’s life will be held at The Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. Eastern Star Graveside Services will follow.
Memorial Contributions may be given to Highlands Hospice of Deer Lodge, or Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.
Jeri Lynn Harris Shank
Jeri Lynn Harris Shank, age 62, formerly of Polson, passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge. She was born on January 17, 1952 in Omaha, Nebr., the daughter of Jerome Robert and Donna Joyce (Marshall) Harris.
She attended grade school in Omaha and attended and graduated from high school in Maryland. She continued her education at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. receiving a degree in elementary education.
She loved spending time with her family and being around people and being in social settings.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her sister, Diane Carter and her husband Duane of Bamberg, S.C.; her brother Edwin Harris of New River, Ariz.; and sisters, Judith Harrell of Whitefish, and Donna Kay Palmer and husband William of Las Cruces, N.M. and numerous nieces and nephews.
There are no services planned at this time for Jeri.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Benjamin “Ben” W. Hartman
Benjamin “Ben” W. Hartman, 72, was born in Butte August 3, 1942, the son of Hubert and Alice Hartman. He passed away Friday, September 5, 2014, at St. Pat Hospital in Missoula.
Ben received his elementary and high school education in Bozeman, graduating in 1962. Upon graduating, he attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. After receiving his degree he accepted a position for the Idaho State Department of Transportation. At a later date, he purchased a mercantile store in Dixon. He owned and operated the store for 15 years. Deciding it was time for a change he moved to Deer Lodge and purchased “Ben’s Arena Bar and Casino” which he operated until the time of his passing.
Ben’s favorite past time was riding his Harley. This hobby took him to many different places throughout the country and he established many lasting friendships. He was known to quote “that life is full of endless highways.”
He is survived by his soul mate of 19 years, Marilyn Walker, along with her two children, Lori and Chad, and his grandchildren, Cash, Rikki (his favorite granddaughter), and Trace. He also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Pam and Marie, numerous nephews and nieces, and very special friends.
Per his request there will be no services. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Sept. 13, at “Ben’s Arena Bar and Casino.”
“Have a safe ride Ben!”
Death Notice: Julia Jane Goldie
Julia Jane Goldie passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Seattle, Wash. Services will be Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge. Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery with an Eastern Star graveside ceremony. A full obituary will also run at a later date.
Rita Olga Bennett
Rita Olga Bennett, age 88, of Helena passed away at her home on August 30, 2014. Rita was born on February 5, 1926 to Frank deLeva and Mary Sophia Torello deLeva in New Haven, Conn.
Rita graduated from St. Rose Catholic School as valedictorian. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in languages from the University of Connecticut; she was fluent in Italian and German. She worked as the Dining Room manager at Howard Johnson for many years. Rita excelled in all that she did.
Rita married Charles C. Bennett at Bolling Air Force Base, in Washington D.C., on August 2, 1952. They traveled all over the world where they enjoyed meeting new people and making lasting friendships wherever they lived. She collected many things from their travels.
Rita had a zest for life; she was kind, caring, and loving to her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Rita is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles Bennett and her sister, Anna Marie Kontonis of Arizona.
She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Sophia deLeva.
A funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., with a burial following the service at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Rita’s name are suggested to the Alzheimers Association for research at alz.org. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rita.
Ada Ruby Reed Holt
Ada Ruby Reed Holt died peacefully at the venerable age of 102 on August 31, 2014, at the Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Deer Lodge, with hymns playing in the background and daughter-in-law, Suzy Holt, at her side.
She was born February 7, 1912, at Balfour, N.D., to Ahimas H. and Frances B. Reed, graduating as valedictorian of her 1930 class at Drake High School in North Dakota.
She married Clifford M. Holt on July 5, 1931, in Drake. After being widowed in 1957, she went on to earn a Masters of Art degree in education with high honors from Western Montana College in Dillon.
She found her purpose and bliss in teaching for nearly 20 years in the Deer Lodge school system.
Ada was an avid learner, born teacher, dedicated to her family and community, passionate historian, adventurous spirit, strong-willed woman who faced every adversity, loss and challenge with integrity and even a chuckle. She took life as it came and relished every moment, every student and every friend. She was especially active in the Presbyterian Church, Order of Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford M. Holt, and her children, Eileen A. (Larson), Burton R. and Byron R., Martin W., and Clifford A.; foster grandson, Ray McMillan; grandson, Ashley Warn; and great-grandson, Rylee Holt.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy E. Richardson of Clarksville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and the children of her four sisters and three brothers.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 4, at the Jewell Funeral Home, 601 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge. Interment followed on Friday, September 5, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge with a brief Eastern Star graveside ceremony and committal service by Pastor Teresa of the Presbyterian Church.
Due to a distant and unexpected other death in the family, the church memorial service for Ada is postponed until later in the fall and will be announced when the date is set.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff of SonHeaven in Helena, Beyond Home, Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Rocky Mountain Hospice, and local area friends for the loving attention and good care given to Ada in her last years.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Hospice, or to a charity of your choice.
Dave Roger Newman
Dave Roger Newman, 80, of Elliston passed away in the early morning of August 27, 2014 at the family home. He was born December 10, 1933 in Butte to his parents, Leo and Kay Newman, who lived and worked at the Gold Coin mining operation west of Anaconda. In 1934 the family moved to what is now known as “Newman’s Camp” up Telegraph Creek south of Elliston where he grew to roam and love the surrounding hills. He attended school in Butte and Elliston before graduating from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, S.D. He married Doris Crowser in 1956 and had one son, but later divorced. In 1959, he married Norma Berg of Spearfish, S.D. and had five children. He was honorably discharged from military service in 1964 after tours in South Dakota, Alaska, Guam and Morocco.
Throughout his life, Dave held various jobs that included being the first newspaper delivery boy in Elliston, working on the railroad, gas station attendant, underground phosphate miner, airplane and missile refueling and a finish carpenter, but his true passion was gold mining. He was active in the Elliston 27 Club, the Elliston Cemetery Committee and the Elliston Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; children, Walt (ex-wife Shawna) Newman of Bremerton, Wash., Deb (Rich) Hendrix of Helena, Becky (Dave) Sitch of Helena, Greg (Terri) Newman of Spring Creek, Nev., John Newman of Layton, Utah, Steve (Betta) Newman of Layton, Utah; grandchildren, Jessie (Kayron), Nikki, Brianna (Tymon), Matthew, Amy, Jacob, Clay, Blake and great-granddaughter Marley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Jay Newman.
As per Dave’s wishes, no graveside or memorial services will be held. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite place‚ his mining claims‚ during a future family gathering. Any donations in his name may be given to Hospice of St Peter’s or the Elliston Cemetery Fund.
Dave’s final farewell - “Tap ‘Er Lite.”
Death Notice: Ada Ruby Reed Holt
Ada Ruby Reed Holt passed away on August 31 at the Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be at Jewell Funeral Home on Thursday, September 4, from 4-8 p.m.
Internment and Eastern Star graveside services will be held Friday, September 5, at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. A church memorial service is postponed until later in the fall.