September 29th, 2021
Stuart Harold Noble
Stuart Harold Noble passed away on July 7, 2021, surrounded by family and friends in his home in Deer Lodge, Montana, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Stu was born March 6, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent his early childhood in the Sudan and his school years in Ethiopia where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. Stu joined the Navy in 1979 and was stationed on ballistic missile submarines and deep submergence vehicles. He left the military in 1994 and briefly managed video stores in southern California and Deer Lodge until 2002, when he started his own long-haul trucking business with a close friend.
Throughout his life, Stu’s passion and hobby was flying. In 2016, he turned to it full time, becoming a flight instructor and then a commercial pilot. Stu was always the “fun uncle” and enjoyed spending time with and entertaining family and friends. He was always up for an adventure and showed unwavering loyalty and generosity to those he loved.
He will be buried in a family plot in New Concord, Ohio, alongside his parents Glenn and Irene (Adams) Noble, of Waverly, Ohio. Stu is survived by his sister Nancy (Noble) Hamilton of Durham, North Carolina; and nephew Wesley Hamilton and niece Nina Hamilton, both of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ryan Brown, 41, of Gold Creek, Montana, died on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at his residence in Gold Creek. Services are pending. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
William “Rick” Gow
William “Rick” Gow passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 19, 2021, into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ.
He was born on Jan. 19, 1950, to Robert and Betty (Weber) Gow in Missoula, Montana. He joined brothers Jerry and Jim, and sister Betty Jo, and later welcomed brother George. He married Peggy Wohlers on Sept. 22, 1978, and they would have celebrated 43 years together this year. They were blessed with two daughters, Becky and Jessie. Rick loved his family dearly, and his daughters were his pride and joy. His eyes would light up whenever they were around, and he was so proud of their accomplishments.
Rick grew up in Bonner, Montana, attending Bonner Grade School and Missoula’s Sentinel High School. He graduated as a medical technician from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and was certified as a clinical laboratory scientist by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel in 1976. He was also a radiologic technologist.
Rick and Peggy made their home in Deer Lodge, Montana, where he worked at Powell County Memorial Hospital, the Deer Lodge Clinic, and also was an EMT. Rick went on to work at the White Sulphur Springs hospital and finished his career at St. Peter’s Health hospital in Helena, Montana. Rick was a dedicated and loyal servant in the health care field. He never missed a day of work, even when MacDonald Pass was closed to everyone but him.
All who knew Rick knew him as a kind and generous man, and a loyal friend. He was welcoming to everyone, going out of his way to make sure people felt cared for. He loved hunting and fishing (ice fishing and paddlefishing), especially with his nephews and good friends Stan Smith, Al Lowery, Gerald Cavanagh, Jimmy Magone and Fred Kuchinski — plus anyone else who wanted to go. He enjoyed watching football and baseball. Rick loved spending time with his grandsons Kaden and Ashton, especially playing chess and panning for sapphires with them. He took up gardening after he retired and, true to his nature, loved sharing produce with family and friends. Rick’s quiet and gentle presence will be missed by many.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Jerry, Jim, and George; his nephews Donnie Hummer and Harold Gow; his brothers-in-law Joe Wohlers and Donald Wohlers; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife Peggy; his daughters Becky (Dominic) Denty and Jessie (Chris Weisenfels); his grandsons Kaden and Ashton Denty; his sister Betty Jo (Jack) Hummer; his sisters-in-law Jan (Dave) Bluford and Sandy (Jack) Gehring; several nephews, nieces and cousins; and his dog Bella.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church, 306 Montana Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana; a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please dress casually. Face masks are optional. Memorials can be made to Christ Fellowship Church, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (5705 Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, MT 59808), or donor’s choice.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rick.
Shirley Mae Weaver
Shirley Mae Weaver (Mom/Grandma) was born Shirley Marsh, to Lawrence and Mary Marsh on November 28, 1928, in Sutton, Nebraska. Shirley was the oldest of five children. She passed away on Sept. 8, 2021.
Shirley was known by most as mom or grandma, and her house was always the gathering place, whether for family or any holiday, or for her kids’ and grandkids’ friends any time. Her love for crafts was only surpassed by her love for baking.
Whether you received a hand-knitted Christmas stocking, one of her many different homemade Christmas ornaments or got a special-baked birthday cake, Shirley was always busy creating something new with love. Anytime you entered her house, you were welcomed with the smell of fresh baked cookies, cakes and pies.
Shirley’s other passion was Eastern Star. Shirley was active in both the Floral Chapter #46 in Deer Lodge, Montana, and the Clover Chapter #33 in Rathdrum, Idaho. In 1982, Shirley became the Worthy Grand Matron of the Clover Chapter. Even after her husband passed, Shirley remained an active member until she could no longer physically participate.
Shirley is survived by her three sons Morris Thompson Elmose (Tom), Lawrence David Elmose (Larry) and Alex Harvey Weaver, Jr.; as well as eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, Idaho, where Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband, Alex Harvey Weaver Sr.
Please visit Shirley’s memorial and sign her online guestbook www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.
September 22nd, 2021
Jimmy “Jim” Ray Anderson
Jimmy “Jim” Ray Anderson, 75, of Deer Lodge, Montana, was called to his heavenly home on Sept. 11, 2021. Although we mourn the loss of him here on earth, we have abiding peace knowing he is with our Lord and Savior.
Jim was born to Harold and Opal Anderson on June 15, 1946, in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating high school from Spring Branch in Katy, Texas, and attending one year at Stephen F. Austin, he chased his dream of the big outdoors and moved to Missoula, Montana, where he studied wildlife biology at the University of Montana. He continued his education by getting his teaching credentials and a master’s in education. Jim met and married the love of his life, Edee, while attending UM. Jim arrived in Deer Lodge, Montana, when he accepted a teaching position in 1971.
Jim was an active member of the Deer Lodge community for over 50 years. He taught Science at E.F. DuVall Jr. High School for 29 years, coaching junior high basketball, football, wrestling and track for many of those years. Some of Jim’s coaching highlights included coaching the Lady Warden junior varsity basketball team and the early years of junior high football. He was always excited for the football season to start in the fall. His love and commitment to coaching would often lead him to icing a sore knee or shoulder from pushing himself to keep up with his young athletes.
Jim also showed devotion to the community by serving on the city council from 1990 to 2000 and serving one term as president at St. John Lutheran Church and president of the Thrivent Chapter. He served our country in the National Guard for 10 years and spent 10 years in the Reserves. He also was an active member and officer of the Montana Trappers Association.
Jim had a huge love for hunting, fishing, trapping and golfing. You would often find him out early on the golf course, trimming or watering trees before getting his 18 holes in. If he wasn’t on the golf course, he would be tending to his yard, trapping a rancher’s pesky beaver or having a beer with his best friend Bud while planning his next big hunting adventure.
Jim was someone who always had to keep himself busy. He was never one who would sit in one place for very long time. Even after he retired as a schoolteacher, he kept himself busy by taking a teaching job at a state facility, substitute teaching when needed, becoming a real estate agent and traveling throughout the country to visit his five kids and four grandkids. Whenever he went to visit family there was always the conversation of, “Ok, what jobs do we have to keep Dad busy while he’s here?” He was always willing to help with whatever tasks were planned for him.
Christian faith and devotion to Jesus Christ was a paramount part of his Jim’s life. He made it clear that death was not only about him, but it is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He wanted two words to be remembered in his passing: “Joy” and “Celebration.” He did not want there to be tears of sadness but more tears of happiness because we would be celebrating his life with Jesus. The highlight of Jim’s week during his last few years at home was attending Bible study with the Deer Lodge Men’s Bible Study group on Wednesday mornings.
Jim is survived by his wife Edee Anderson; his brother Tom Anderson; his children Sarah (Chip Hedrick), Cynthia (Sam Morehouse), Josh (Carrie Anderson), Danita (Cort Roseleip) and Mariah (Kyle Surratt); grandchildren Emry, Raef, Josie and Arlo; and honorary family member Ostin Warren. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Opal Anderson; and his twin sister Judy.
We would like to give a huge thank you to the community of Deer Lodge for taking extra time to help Jim and Edee during his long battle with Lewy body dementia. We truly could not have done it without your care and support. We would especially like to thank St. John Lutheran Church and the Deer Lodge Men’s Bible Study group; Jerry Roseleip for the countless hours he spent helping, taking Jim places, and visiting with Jim; and Mary Newman who helped with his home care.
Jim’s memorial service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church. Jim requested that his family have a BIG party to celebrate his trip home to reside with his savior Jesus Christ. Details on both will be forthcoming. Donations in memory of Jim can be given to St. John Lutheran Church, the Montana Trappers Association or Gift of Hope-Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center.
Dale Lee Filcher
We lost the head of our family, Dale Lee Filcher, on Aug. 28, 2021.
He was born and raised in Stevensville, Montana, with five brothers and two younger sisters.
After graduating high school, Dale joined the Army for one term. He married Betty J. Filcher in 1960 and they had one son, Mike Filcher.
Dale worked as a signal maintainer for 40 years until he retired and then he settled in Deer Lodge with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Plans for a service will be in the future sometime. Dale will be missed by all. Condolences may be paid at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Ruth Ann Fortner
Ruth Ann Fortner, a long-time resident of Anaconda, Montana, passed away on June 13, 2021, at the age of 73.
Ruth is survived by her children: Dennis Fortner and his wife Christina; Wendy Uden and her husband John.
She is survived by her grandchildren Nichole Brustad and Ashley Sabot; her great grandchildren Logan and Emerson Brustad; and brothers Joe and Robert Prosenick. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Mavis and Cindy Fortner; and brothers-in-law Dennis and Roger Fortner; along with many nieces and nephews.
Ruth Fortner was born in Philipsburg, Montana, on Sept. 5, 1947, to Wilhelmina (Grandma Billie) and Mr. Therriault. She was sister to Sonny, Joe, Darlene, Betty and Bobby. Ruth attended Anaconda High School. After high school, she married Melvin Fortner in 1967. Ruth worked for the Anaconda Police Department as a dispatcher for several years, later moving to Anaheim, California, to work as a dispatcher for the Anaheim Police Department. She later retired from Anaheim PD and moved back to Anaconda to enjoy her retirement years.
Ruth enjoyed being with family and friends. Her hobbies were cross-stitch, puzzle books, video games and chatting with all her social media friends.
Ruth was a person who enjoyed helping people whenever needed. She was always there for family and friends.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2021, at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home on 107 Oak Street in Anaconda, Montana.
There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice in Ruth’s name. Condolences may be paid at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Karen Leona Haubbert
Karen Leona Haubbert, 64, went to her heavenly home on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, after a long battle with diabetes.
Karen was born on Dec. 17, 1956, in Sacramento, California, and adopted by Neil Zimmerman and Arlene Ebhmen. Her family moved around a lot, and she ended up graduating from South San Francisco High School in 1975 in San Francisco, California.
After taking a road trip to see the Northwest, she passed through Deer Lodge, Montana, and loved the town so much she eventually moved there. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Thomas Rachie, as a preparation associate at Pizza Hut and finally in the administrative support records Section or the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles until her employment ended due to health problems.
Karen married the love of her life, Ron Haubbert, on Oct. 21, 1999. She was very passioniate about everything she took on, from crocheting baby quilts for a number of friends to crocheting hats, gloves and scarves for military personnel overseas.
Karen is survived by her husband Ron Haubbert; brother Roger (LuAnn) Zimmerman; nephew Derrick Zimmerman; nieces Kirstie Zimmerman and Kendra Zimmerman; and her beloved pets Lunna, Bella and Trooper.
Cremation has taken place and Karen will be buried next to her mother and father in Sterling, Nebraska, on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made out to PAWHS in Deer Lodge, Montana.
The family of Karen wish to thank the staff of Deer Lodge Medical Center and Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana, for services rendered.
Joseph “Evan” Johnston
Joseph “Evan” Johnston, 53, of Deer Lodge passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. Evan was born on Aug. 11, 1968, in Deer Lodge to Joe and Judy Johnston.
Evan was a standout three-sport athlete for Powell County High School (Class of 1987). He received many awards and achievements, including a track scholarship to Jamestown College, where he met the love of his life, Dana. They were married Aug. 26, 1989, in Bridger, Montana. In 1991, he came back to the family ranch where he worked with his great uncle Robert Evans and his father Joe. Shortly after, the couple was greeted with two lovely children, Kylie Nicole and Ethan Joseph.
Evan was an exceptional rancher, farmer and man of authentic character who would always lend a helping hand to a neighbor. He was very proud to say that the 2 Bar Ranch was one of the first thousand members of the American Simmental Association, and Evan worked to consistently improve the genetics of his herd through AI and the bulls that he raised. He improved the working efficiency of the ranch by improving irrigation; updating buildings and cattle facilities; and many other aspects of the 2 Bar Ranch. Evan enjoyed working cows and traveling to team ropings alongside his family. He also enjoyed starting colts, riding through pairs in the high country, traveling to horse sales, and the occasional fishing trip.
He was a civic-minded man who was on numerous committees which included: the Rocky Mountain Stockgrowers Association, the 4-H Market Committee, the Powell County High School Board, the St. John Lutheran Church Council. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Race Track Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his father Joe, his great uncle Robert, and his father-in-law Don Goodman.
He is survived by his mother Judy; his wife of 32 years, Dana; daughter Kylie (Tayber) Goff; son Ethan (Marlee) Johnston; and sisters Kari (Allan) Labbe, Janet (Ed) Janney and Elaine (Mark) Taylor. Evan is also survived by mother-in-law Gloria Goodman, sister-in-law Dawn (Chris) Hagan, brother-in-law Donald Goodman Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews and very close family friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a committee or foundation of your choice.
A memorial service celebrating Evan’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at 45 Barn, 50 Highway 12, East, Garrison, Montana. A reception will follow.
As per Evan’s request, please refrain from wearing black. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Evan.
Jim Shafford, 62, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the home he shared with longtime companion and partner Patricia Davis in Lost Creek. Jim was born in Deer Lodge on Jan. 23, 1959, to Laura (Lorello) and Elwood Shafford. He was the fifth of eight children and was raised in the Deer Lodge Valley.
Throughout his life Jim worked as a seismographer and an over-the-road flatbed truck driver, allowing him to travel the country. At times, he disliked getting in that semi and traveling all those miles — that just meant less miles he could be putting on his Harley. Not only was Jim an exceptional rider, but he could also fix “them old” Harleys on the fly. It was not uncommon for him to carry around an extra set of points for the old “knucklehead.” Don’t kid yourself, he could also tear those bikes down to the frame and rebuild them.
Jim was smart, kind soul who had a heart of gold. His tremendous enthusiasm and love for the open road will surely be missed by all he encountered. Jim will be missed most by those who never had the chance to completely know him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Elwood and Laura Shafford; brothers Jerry, Jack, John and Billy Shafford; and niece Jodi Shafford.
Jim is survived by his two sons Justin (Christina) Shafford and Jeffrey (Shannon) Shafford; brothers Joe and Jed (Karrie) Shafford; sister Susie (Marty) Mavrinac; grandchildren Skyler Knuchel, Delaney (Ty) Pocha, Savannah Shafford, Logan Schlueter, Jace, Riley and Jesse Shafford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place with the assistance of Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Anaconda. At this time, the family is grateful for the condolences but is declining flowers and donations. A memorial or celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Condolences may be paid at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Margaret (Marge) Beck Shandy
Margaret (Marge) Beck Shandy, age 94 of Helena, passed away Sept. 12, 2021.
Marge was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Deer Lodge, Montana, to Margaret (O’Keefe) Beck and Peter L. Beck. She was the second child of four siblings.
Marge spent her early years living with her family on various ranches at Beck Hill, Helmsville and Finn Valley. She attended school in Finn through the eighth grade. The family then moved to Deer Lodge, where she attended high school and graduated from Powell County High School with the class of 1945.
On Aug. 9, 1945, Marge married Russell M. Shandy in Butte, Montana. Marge and Russ lived in Deer Lodge where Russ worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and Marge worked as a clerk at Safeway, IGA and the Coast-to-Coast Store. In 1961, they purchased a little ranch on Racetrack Creek where they continued to raise their three children. In 1973, with the family grown and gone, they sold the ranch and moved into Deer Lodge. Between 1973 and 1982, they lived in Challis, Idaho; Havre, Montana; and Livingston, Montana. In 1982 they returned to Deer Lodge.
In 1983, Russ passed away and Marge moved to Helena to be near her family. She worked at the Florence Crittenton Home and then as a senior companion. In 1998, Marge returned to Deer Lodge where she managed the Meadows Apartments, working until she was 80 years young.
In 2009 she once more returned to Helena for health reasons.
Marge was an excellent seamstress. There were always new dresses for holidays, school and proms. She was a wonderful cook who could make a great dinner out of what she had on hand. Marge enjoyed visits with family and friends, which often turned into a card party or visits with much laughter and stories. She loved raising sheep and had many pet cows and lambs. She was a hard worker, and Marge’s laughter was infectious.
The great joy of Marge’s life were her grandchildren, all three generations. They were all “special” and loved by her. She took great pride in teaching them to Indian leg wrestle, fish and play a good game of cards or a board game. She also taught them all to laugh and left each generation with many “Gramma Marge” stories. In return, they loved her and were very caring and thoughtful of her.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents Maggie and Pete; her husband Russ; son Rich, their infant son, brother Charles Beck; sisters Rita Morgan and Helen Hallingstad; her brothers-in-law Tom Morgan and Duane Hallingstad; sisters-in-law Rhea Beck and Carla Beck; and son in-law Pete Horton.
Marge is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Lin and Jim Quigley and Deb Horton; her sister Barbara (Jim) Weis; her 13 grandchildren; her 22 great grandchildren; and her four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who were often in her thoughts.
Until we meet again, we will miss you so much. Thank you!
Services will be held in Deer Lodge at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. A graveyard service will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, with a reception to follow at St. Mary’s Hall.
Donations can be made to your local food bank in memory of Marge Shandy. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Marge.
Marjie White Scharf
Marjie White Scharf passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Jack and family request that you please come and celebrate Marjie’s life — to tell stories, remember good times, share laughs and get re-acquainted with old friends — on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Room at the Broken Arrow in Deer Lodge.
Brian L. Johnson
Brian L. Johnson, age 73 of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on Sept. 13, 2021. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence, or to share a memory of Brian.
September 15th, 2021
Donna Marie Miller Weber
Donna Marie Miller Weber, age 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Our family can all attest to our Mom’s strength and strong will for all of what life had handed her.
Donna was born in Butte, Montana, and grew up in Elliston, graduating from Powell County High School. She married the love of her life, Ronald Weber, on March 10, 1956. Donna was a homemaker most of her life but enjoyed many hobbies. She was a worldly collector of many items, including a vast salt and pepper shaker collection which can be seen at the Deer Lodge museum. She loved reading as a way to learn, and she especially enjoyed crocheting and stamp collecting, but one of the last hobbies she had spent time doing was bobbin lace. She once flew to New York to attend a bobbin lace convention and remarked that for a portion of the flight, she chatted with and enjoyed the company of a little known musician, a young man named MC Hammer.
Donna loved family events more than anything and especially enjoyed the holidays. Many, many stories came from Christmas morning, as well as Thanksgiving in Elliston and dressing up for Halloweens as a witch or any number of costumes Donna usually put together herself. She made up her granddaughter Amber as Roger Rabbit for school one year. Mom also coached her daughter Julie in sewing many costumes for Annie, Eva and Claire.
Donna always spoke highly of several families in her life — She had stories of her own children, but also spoke of the friends her own kids brought over to play. She spoke of all the neighborhood kids that we grew up with like they were her own, the kids of the sixth ward were a wild bunch. During the years spent living in Elliston, Ron and Donna were thankful for the Carroll family and their four boys who endlessly helped with many chores.
Mom had some brief employment at the Helena State Nursery as a dibbler — the person who poked holes with their finger and dropped in seeds to grow the beautiful flowers they were known for — as well as selling corn on a corn truck for Kinsey Gardens.
Her favorite stories come from when she worked for the phone company (Ma Bell) as an operator at a switchboard. Like the shows on TV, she would talk to those on one end and connect them with their other party on the other end.
Dad and Mom enjoyed traveling and fishing in their later years. The different boats they had for lake fishing made for great fun with the grandkids, along with camping at White Earth and various other lakes.
Dad said that almost every time they fished, Mom would out-catch Dad no matter what they were using. As they slowed down some, going out and cooking over an open fire with their kids and grandkids gave them great pleasure. Mom and Dad enjoyed watching the grandkids play sports for Helena High and Capital High. Mom was always with Dad at the bowling alley and she had many close friends from those times.
Donna is preceded in death by her husband Ron; and her parents John and Gladys Miller. She is survived by her sister Mary Ann Fee; daughter Julie McKenna; grandchildren Annie Waples (Daniel Renfro), Eva Andrade (Juan) and Claire Waples (Tahisha); son John Weber with grandkids Tim Draper and Melissa Wilks (Brandon); son Ron Weber (Kari) with grandkids Amber Andersen and Adam Weber; and five great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, September 18, at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.
There will be a graveside service at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison on Tuesday, September 21, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elliston Church, P.O. Box 57, Elliston. MT 59728. To offer a condolence or to share a story about Donna, please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com.
Russell Wayne Jennings
Russell Wayne Jennings passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Russ was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, on September 29, 1936, to Ayres and Edna Jennings. After graduating from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree, Russ moved to Harlowton, Montana, to teach in the high school. While there he met Peggy Fuchs. They were married on December 3, 1960.
They moved to Missoula, Montana, where Russ completed his master’s degree. Russ was then awarded an assistant teaching position at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he also completed his PhD.
Russ worked in the human resource department at the Hanford nuclear plant in the state of Washington; the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Phoenix, Arizona; and he taught classes at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Russ spent his retirement years in Gilbert, Arizona, close to his family.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers (one an infant). He is survived by his daughter Janet Pattison (Graham), his son Bryce Jennings and his granddaughter Jessica Jennings.
September 08th, 2021
Dixie Elnore Wohlers Henderson
Dixie Elnore Wohlers Henderson, age 83, passed away on August 19, 2021, surrounded by her children in Deer Lodge, Montana.
Dixie was born August 8, 1938, in Deer Lodge to Richard and Elnore Wohlers.
She is survived by her sons Mike Hotchkiss of Deer Lodge, Montana, Tom (Leona) Henderson of Hamilton, Montana and John Henderson of Deer Lodge, Montana; her daughter Zana (Kevin) Hogan of Gold Creek, Montana; her grandchildren Brittany Hotchkiss of Cut Bank, Montana, Stephanie (Rodney) Hunter of Deer Lodge, Montana, Shelby Jensen of Missoula, Montana and Riley Henderson of Dillon, Montana; and her one great granddaughter Lexi Stubs of Cut Bank, Montana. Dixie is also survived by her sister Judy Matti of Stevensville, Montana, brother William (Susan) Wohlers of Portland, Oregon, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Elnore Wohlers, her first husband Richard Hotchkiss and her brother John Wohlers.
Dixie was raised on the family rancvh in Gold Creek, where she spent her time riding horses, fishing and working. She graduated from Powell County High School in 1956. She married Richard Hotchkiss in 1956 and was blessed with her son Mike. She later married Merril Henderson in 1960 and was blessed with Tom, John and Zana. She worked in the law offices of Joe McElwain and Scotty McCallmun, later working for Jim Masar. She then worked at Deer Lodge City Hall until her retirement.
Dixie was well known for her wealth of knowledge. She was a hard worker and was the family historian. She loved spending time with family, sewing and playing a good game of pinochle.
A celebration of life will be held September 17, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Rialto Community Theatre, with lunch to follow at the Elks Club.
Memorial donations may be made in Dixie’s name to the Rialto Community Theater, P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Alisha Llamas passed away Tuesday, August 31st, 2021, after a long battle with various medical issues.
She began her career as a CNA at Madison County nursing home in Ennis, Montana. She later relocated to Deer Lodge, Montana, with her four daughters. She worked as a CNA at the Deer Lodge Medical Center’s long-term care facility, spending many years there. She also worked at Beyond Home assisted living and at Aware Inc. Galen MT.
Alisha enjoyed every minute of caring for people and being able to provide the best care for every person she came across. She enjoyed spending her free time with family and friends, as well as taking trips to California to be with her family. She made many long-lasting memories and friendships along her journey through life.
She is preceded in death by her parents Isaac and Caroline Ramirez; her Aunt Babe; and her husband David Llamas.
She is survived by her sister Patricia (Roberto) Cerda; daughters Silvia Llamas, Maria (Steven Vetter) Llamas, Carolina (Edgar) Salinas, Jessica (Wesley) Sinerius. She is also survived by grandchildren Jasmine Tallon; David and Victoria Llamas; Lisa and Katelyn Vetter; Emmanuel, Alejandro, Isaac and Sofia Salinas; and Jess Marie Sinerius, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alisha will be missed by many and will forever be in our hearts. There will be a graveside service on Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana.
September 01st, 2021
Judith Mavis Ask
Judith Mavis Ask, passed away on Saturday, August 21st. Judy was born June 13, 1942 to Arthur and Gladys in Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. The family moved to Montana in 1948 and eventually settled in Deer Lodge in 1952. Judy had a very close relationship with her sister Joan Cutler. She was Aunt to Joan’s four children: Loxie, Lonnie, Chuck, and Sandy Judy enjoyed many hobbies to include riding horses and motorcycles in her younger years. Judy loved animals and owned a pet grooming business for many years. Judy started working in Oct 1976 for the Registrars Bureau, of Motor Vehicles, retiring in Dec 2004.
Judy loved her nieces and nephews dearly, spending time with them during summer vacations in Kalispell, Mt. The summer activities included hiking, swimming, target shooting, fly fishing on the upper Flathead river and troll fishing on Flathead lake. Her sister and best friend Joan enjoyed traveling to Reno/Jackpot for weekend getaways to test their luck. They also enjoyed their traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner of Lutefisk and lefse bread – a taste not acquired by the rest of the family.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Joan and nephew Lonnie. She is survived by her nieces Loxie and Sandy (Kirk) “Swede”), Chuck (Jonna), grandchildren (Josh, Lance, Lacie, Shane and Robyn) and many great nieces and nephews.
Judy was kind and gentle woman who always thought of others first – her passing has left a void in the lives of all who knew and loved her. She never missed a birthday or Christmas.
Per Judy’s request, no services are planned at this time – a celebration of her life will occur with close family and friends in the future.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Judith.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Judith and her family.
James I Waite
James I Waite passed away on August 23, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born in Deadwood, ID on November 29, 1945, to Olga Marie Ivie Waite and Earl Nichols Waite Sr. He was the 5th of 7 children. James and his family lived in various cities in Idaho and Colorado growing up.
James attended numerous elementary schools across Idaho and Colorado. His high school years were mostly spent in Salmon. While in high school James worked with his father at Earl Waite and Sons performing various tasks for underground mining. This started his lifelong love of identifying different rocks and becoming an amateur geologist.
James was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for all his life, and he served a building mission when he was 19 years old in the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake City, UT. He served in various callings to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through his many years as a member. His temple service was one of his most joyous activities.
While still attending Salmon High School he met his beloved wife of 54 years, Miss Peggy Sue Corbett. They began dating while Peggy was in college at Ricks College in Rexburg, ID, and were married July 7, 1967. Together James and Peggy traveled the country working in mining for different companies, but always returning to Idaho. James also worked in excavating on the Teton Dam and other such underground pursuits. He loved to spend time hunting, fishing, and camping through the summers with his family. In 1985 James was badly injured in the Clayton Silver Mine and spent the next year recovering before attempting to return to mining in Butte, MT, but that accident ended his mining days.
In 1987 James and his family moved to Willard, UT where he worked on a cherry ranch, and they continued raising their family. And in 1989 they moved to Ogden, UT where he worked as a maintenance technician.
James continued to enjoy camping with his family and otherwise spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed growing a garden and working in it with his wife. Together they would share the fruits of that garden with family, friends, and visitors. He was known to always have a loving word and candy for his grandchildren. The many visitors to his home were always welcome and knew they were valued. He had a love of playing games with his family and teaching them to others. James loved to teach others of his love of the Savior. He spent many an hour in the Temple. He never knew a stranger, as if he met one, they were soon a friend. He touched the lives of all around him.
In March of 2020 James and Peggy traveled to Deer Lodge, MT to assist their son and daughter-in-law with family business and were still there when the pandemic hit the United States and they decided to stay in Montana for safety at that time. While there he had a significant stroke, which made the stay in Montana a permanent one. In his last year of life, he enjoyed playing games with his grandchildren and teaching them all he could.
James was proceeded in death by his parents Earl and Olga Waite, his sisters Phyllis Mae Brazzell and Mickey Marie Waite and brother George Richard Waite, and his beloved son Burton LeRoy Waite.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Sue Waite, his children Susan Kay McCollor, James C Waite (Denise), Loren Gene Waite (Cindy), and Joseph Earl Waite, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Survived also by his siblings Earl Waite Jr, Thomas Waite (Lisa), and Loretta Peck (Gary).
James is escorted by pallbearers James Waite, Loren Waite, Joseph Waite, Kobe Waite, Matthew Waite, Bronx Waite, Ross Waite, and Hudson Waite. Honorary pallbearers Earl Waite Jr, Thomas Waite, and Gary Peck to his final resting place. Services will be held on September 3, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 400 S Daisy St Salmon, ID. The viewing is at 10:00 am and the service is at 11:00 am with internment to follow. A luncheon is scheduled to follow internment at the church. The funeral service will also be available to stream on zoom. The zoom link will be available on the funeral home’s website www.jonesandcaseyfh.com. Memorials can be sent to Peggy Waite at 708 4st St Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Timothy Matthew Tolon
Timothy Matthew Tolon, 69 passed away on August 20, 2021, in Clancy, MT due to complications from diabetes. Tim was born on July 21, 1952, in Deer Lodge, MT. Tim was the eldest child of seven, born to Lois (Potts) and Richard (Moose) Tolon.
Tim attended schools in Anaconda, MT, Livermore, CA, and Helena, MT. He graduated from high school in Helena, MT and went on to work for the State of Montana for 27 years. Diabetes forced his retirement, but he continued to live a productive and fulfilling life until recent years.
In Tim’s younger years, he enjoyed working with his uncle Frank Potts on the Helmville ranch and later with Todd and Eldon Voss, helping with work related projects in the Helmville area.
Tim was a faithful and devoted Catholic, attending Mass regularly. He occasionally met with the Helmville community church to celebrate with fellow townspeople amongst his many friendships.
Tim was well known around Deer Lodge and Helmville, fondly, as his daily walks and his volunteer work at PAWHS Humane Society made him many friends. Tim’s smile and wave always gained a “Hello, Tim!”, from the locals. Tim was dedicated to the impounded and loved dogs at PAWHS, and it gave him great happiness walking them from the shelter around town… much to the dogs’ enjoyment!
Although Tim had a reading disability, his many kind acts and accomplishments came from his uncanny knack to match people with their needs. He was very worldly in his sense to spot and locate items, real estate rentals and sales, pets, vehicles, firewood, etc. for those who were looking for a match. He helped so many people with his keen awareness of what people were needing and took no time matching things up for so many.
Among his love for helping and tending to animals, going to rodeos to watch the horses, a checker champion, and collecting miscellaneous items for his enjoyment, Tim was, unbeknownst to him, a town treasure…A person who was always out to help others and give a smile and kind word or deed.
He proved that his limitations did not block him from many obstacles. He contributed to his community in so many ways, and that brought him happiness. Boundaries did not define Tim’s life. His heart did.
Tim is survived by his mother, Lois Tolon, Helmville, MT; brothers, Tom Tolon of Colorado Springs, CO, Dan Tolon of Bluffton, SC, and Mike (Lesley) Tolon of Helena, MT; sisters, Terese Penix of Omaha, NE, and Luanne Antila of Elliston, MT; nephews and nieces, Destine Tolon, Lisa (Max) Schneider, Eric (Heather) Tolon, Cory Tolon, Brett (Marlena) Tolon, Sean Tippin, Brandon (Emily) Antila, Bo Antila and many great nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Tim is preceded in death by his father, Richard (Moose) Tolon; brother, Ed Tolon; brother-in-law, Danny Antila; and nephew, Alec Tolon.
Sometimes angels are disguised as people with special needs to teach us how to be better people.
The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 4th at the Saint Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, 108 Main St in Helmville, MT. Burial will follow the Mass at the Helmville Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the Helmville Community Center, MT Highway 271. Suggested donations made in loving memory of Tim in lieu of flowers: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Helmville, MT, Helmville Community Club, PAWHS Humane Society, Deer Lodge, MT, or donor’s choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Tim.
Barbara Regina Strong
Barbara Regina Strong passed from this world early on Monday August 16th, 2021; she passed peacefully at Stillwater Hospice in Billings, MT. Barb was born on October 14th, 1955 in Deer Lodge, MT to Edward and Inge Wysocki . She is survived by her son Daniel Wirth and wife Cheryl, son Aaron Wirth and fiancé Sarah, son Joel Wirth and wife Morgan, and daughter Gabrielle Strong and partner Emmanuel Lozano, granddaughters Katrina, Naudia and Nina, and one great-grandson. She also leaves behind her three siblings, brother Henry Wysocki, sister Inger Tognetti and sister Eva Curry.
Barb had a passion for life, she enjoyed gardening, hiking, cross country skiing, reading books of all kinds and the company of family and good friends. The annual “Sisters” weekend she spent with Inger and Eva was one of the things she looked forward to most.
Barb survived two bouts with cancer and throughout her battles her motto was “Keep on Truckin!” and she lived by that for long after her treatments were done, even when the road was a rough one. She is loved and missed by many and will be carried in our hearts for eternity.
Please join us in celebrating her life at Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge, Friday September 10th, 2021 at 11am followed by the interment of the cremains at Hillcrest Cemetery. A luncheon will be served at St. Mary’s Center after.
Michele “Mickie” McQueary
Michele “Mickie” McQueary, age 72, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on August 6, 2021. A celebration of her life will be held from 1-4 pm on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main St., Deer Lodge, MT 59722. Mickie will be laid to rest during a private burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Mickie. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Mickie and her family.
Death Notice for James Hansen
James “Jim” Hansen, 83, of Gold Creek, MT, died Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Community Hospital of Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Jim’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Death Notice for Dale Filcher
Dale Filcher, 84, of Deer Lodge, MT, died Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Community Nursing Home of Anaconda.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Dale’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.