Gary Niles Kimble January 3, 1942 - July 30, 2022
Gary Niles Kimble, 80, former President Bill Clinton appointee and senate-confirmed Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, died July 30 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Kimble, a native of Fort Belknap, Mont., and a member of the Gros Ventre tribe, had a long and distinguished career with the US Government from which he eventually retired. Kimble attended grade school in Elliston and graduated from Powell County High School in 1962. He concentrated on labor and employment relations, environmental matters and public health and welfare issues during 1972-1978 while a member of the Montana House of Representatives representing Missoula. From 1979-1982, he was executive director of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission in Portland. He was also the former executive director of the Association on American Indian Affairs in New York. Kimble served as an advisor on Indian affairs in the Office of the Governor of Montana between 1983-1986. During most of that period, he also was chairman of the board of directors for the Missoula Indian Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. From 1987-1988, he was with the Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, as an adjunct professor of federal Indian law and director of the affirmative action program. Kimble also worked as counsel in 1979 for the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, served as assistant professor of Native American studies at the University of Montana and represented the State Department as a delegate to the U.S. - Canada treaty negotiations on Pacific fishery. He was a graduate of the University of Montana Journalism School in 1968 and the School of Law in 1972. He was a US Army Veteran having served in the US Army in Vietnam. One of his most proud achievements was his receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Awardfrom the University of Montana in 1993. His father, Aubrey Elwood Kimble; mother, Cecilia Stiffarm; and brother, Raymond, preceded him in death. His memorial service was held Sept. 2 at the Fort Belknap Community Center in Harlem, Mont., with interment services at the Philipsburg cemetery.
Donald Robert Beck, 76, died Sept. 23, 2022, at his home in Gold Creek. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. You are welcome to attend. A celebration of life and luncheon will be held immediately afterward at the 45 Barn at Garrison, located at 50 US Hwy 12 E.
Ann J. Peck, 74, of Spokane, Wash., died Aug. 22 after courageously battling cancer. Ann was born in Missoula but, with her parents, George and Regina Peck, moved to Deer Lodge, where she grew up as the only girl in a family of five brothers. She attended St. Mary’s Academy then moved to Powell County High School, graduating in 1966. In the fall of that year she enrolled in the St. Patrick School of Nursing in Missoula and in 1969 graduated as a Registered Nurse. After working in several civilian hospitals, she enlisted in the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, working primarily as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Following her service, Ann moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her family, especially her many nieces and nephews, quickly becoming their favorite aunt. While in Spokane she regularly hosted year-long high school exchange students from around the world, quickly becoming their beloved “American mom.” She was also an active big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northeast. She remained active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley, participating in regular bible study groups. Ann is survived by her brothers, George (Barbara), Rob (Mary Lou), Fr. John, Rich (Renee) and Jim (Robin) as well as close friend and caregiver Kathy Sims, and she leaves behind her cherished dogs, Sophie and Sweet Pea, and her cat, Big Boy. A memorial service for Ann will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 1, at St. Mary’s in Spokane, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Sylvia Pauline Sullivan December 26, 1936 - September 1, 2022
Sylvia Pauline Sullivan, 85,was born in Three Forks to Sydney Milton and Helen Faye (Owen) Comer. After the death of her mother, she lived with her paternal grandparents in Pony until her father married Jennie Tidball. Two sisters, Martha and Mae, completed the family. Sylvia and Leaman John Sullivan married January 21, 1956. They met while attending high school in Deer Lodge. Soon after their marriage, they headed to California. They made it as far as Portland, Ore., where family they visited convinced them that they should stay. Oregon became their home until their deaths. They lived in Southeast Portland, Scappoose, Manzanita and Albany. Mom was a homemaker, seamstress, 4-H leader, Parent Teacher Association president, Garden Club member and Master Gardener. She received her driver’s license at 26 while Dad was on crutches and while she was pregnant. She drove us, and our friends, everywhere we needed to be in the family Volkswagen Bus. Mom and Dad were members of several Square Dance Clubs in Portland, Scappoose and Astoria. After Dad retired, they traveled the United States in their van and went on many light house trips with the U.S. Light House Society. What family remembers most fondly is that Mom was a quiltmaker. She would machine piece the tops and hand quilt them. Dad set up a pulley system for her quilting frame so it could be lifted to the ceiling out of the way for family meals and fun times in the basement of their dream home they built together in Manzanita. Sylvia is survived by her sisters, Mae Hassman and Martha (Kurt) Kurtz; her children, Vicky Lynn, Mary Jane (Bob) and Tom (Linda); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death seven weeks ago by her husband. They were married for 66 years.
Donelda (Donnie) Jean Kaleva May September 21, 1935 - September 9, 2022
Donelda (Donnie) Jean Kaleva May, 86, died at her home on Sept. 9, 2022. She was born Sept. 21, 1935, to Ed and Elinor Altenbrun in Rock Lake, N.D. Donnie grew up on the family farm, lived 2 years in Chicago and then returned to the farm. At the age of 17 she met and married Willie Kaleva and moved to Montana. They had three children together before Willie died in 1982. She met and married Roy May in Spokane 15 years later. Donnie was preceded in death by Willie Kaleva, her parents, brother Gary and sister Arlene. She is survived by her husband Roy; brother Larry (Marg); her children Lynn (Patsy) Kaleva, Penny Kaleva and Kelly (Kim) Kaleva; her grandchildren Heather Kaleva, Amber Willis, Vanessa Kaleva and Tyler Kaleva; as well as 14 great-grandchildren; and her fur babies Barney, Paco, Pug, and Spooks, all of whom loved her and will miss her dearly. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at Hillcrest Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Women’s Club (802 Missouri Ave.) in Deer Lodge. Please visit anacondafuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Donnie. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Donnie and her family.
Dona Schlueter November 15 1957 - August 25, 2022
Dona Schlueter, 65, loving wife, daughter, mother and grandmother, died Aug. 25, 2022, at home surrounded by family. While we miss her beyond measure, we rejoice in that she’s now in her eternal home with Jesus, free of pain. Dona was born Nov. 15, 1957, the only daughter of Bobby and Doris Wilson. She grew up with her younger brother, Robert, in Libby, graduating high school in 1976. In 1983 she welcomed daughter Shaunda and later welcomed daughter Hope in 1984. Shortly after, she met and quickly fell in love with Hans Schlueter, marrying in 1986. Together they welcomed daughters Christina, Lorna and Alyssa, and later welcomed son Logan. They raised their family in the Swan Valley, later moving to Deer Lodge. Family was everything to Dona, and if you were considered a friend, you were considered family. Her grandkids were her pride and joy, and nothing made her happier than spending time with them camping, playing games and just enjoying their company. Her last days were filled with family get togethers, scenic drives and even a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, where we finally saw a moose! Dona is survived by her parents, Bobby and Doris; brother Robert; husband Hans; daughters Shaunda, Hope (Thomas, grandkids Chris, Blake, Kylee and Ashlyn); Christina (Justin, grandkids Jace and Jesse); Lorna (Thomas, grandkids Shandi, Layla and Maddy); Alyssa (Shane, grandkid Reilly); son Logan; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and friends. A casual celebration of life will be held at the Community Center in Deer Lodge from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. All are welcome, and we know she would love to have you there! In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Powell County Literacy Program or an organization of one’s choice.
Shirley Ann Freeman Tucker May 8, 1938 - August 23, 2022
On Aug. 23, Shirley Tucker, 84, closed her eyes on this world to open them before her Lord, Jesus. Her family was at her side as she peacefully succumbed to natural causes. She was born May 8, 1938, to Marion “Bud” and Edna Peterson Freeman, in Hawthorne, Calif. Mom was the oldest of seven children, and her siblings truly respected her, each having a special connection to Shirley as they grew up. As the family grew, they were blessed with many extended family nearby. At an early age, Shirley was the best babysitter, using her money to help at home, buy things she desired or save for something later. Mom told stories of meeting Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and being invited to their ranch. Mom was proud that her Dad taught Roy how to yodel. As the family grew, they were involved in the youth group at their church, making many memories throughout the years. Mom graduated from Leuzinger High School. She then obtained a job at an insurance agency, which enabled her to purchase her first car, a 1950 hard-top convertible. She had it repainted a two-tone burgundy, and the interior was reupholstered with a white leather tuck-n- roll. Mom told us many stories of ventures in her car, all including fun and crazy adventures. She said she wanted to be a race car driver. During the summers of 1961 and 1962, Mom took her vacation and traveled to Wisdom to visit her grandma, Eliza Chandler Peterson, a Wisdom school teacher. While on vacation, she began waitressing at Fetty’s. During this time, she met the love of her life, Dan Tucker. On Jan. 19, 1963, they were married in a double wedding with her sister, Bonnie and Harold Smith. They worked hard through the years raising four daughters in Wisdom. Her life was filled with serving hearty meals to all who entered her kitchen, and anyone visiting could always count on a good cup of coffee or tea coupled with great conversations and many laughs. Over the years, our family spent countless hours fishing for dinner, cookouts, going for drives in the mountains, snowmobiling and attending church.Mom had a special gift for drawing others to God. She was the prayer warrior for the Valley, sharing her love for Jesus with all her family and friends. Shirley was an active member of the Wisdom Women’s Club, the Wisdom PTA and a 4-H leader. She found great joy in serving others in many ways. For many years Mom hosted Bible studies at our home. After raising the girls, Mom began cleaning the school and the forest service office and helping her good friend, Karen Stevenson, in her janitorial endeavors. Shirley enjoyed dancing, tole and ceramic painting, and cross-country skiing. Her joyful spirit spread to every activity and occasion. More than once while out cross-country skiing, she’d take a tumble then laugh so hard she couldn’t get up. The situation would cause all who were part of the ski trip to be incapacitated by the laughter. She put on many tea parties and movie nights/slumber parties. Popcorn and root beer floats were her favorite treats to serve during countless slumber parties. She and Dan were married for 37 years. When widowed, Shirley moved to Polson and invested in a Curves fitness center. Later she sold it, moved to Proctor and kept bees. Square dancing became a significant pastime. Deer Lodge soon became home for the next 12 years, where she was closer to family and enjoyed friends at her church “seniors” group. Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dan; her parents Marion “Bud” and Edna Peterson Freeman; sister Barbie, and Barbara’s son, Tim Spurgin, and her brother-in-law Harold Smith. Memories of her well-lived life will be cherished by her four daughters: Leah Tucker Helle (Tom), Dillon; Cindy Tucker Johnson (Randy), Frenchtown; Marion Tucker McArthur, Dillon; and Heather Tucker Quigley (Brian), Avon. Grandchildren: Jessi (Nick), Danny (Lukrisha), MaRysa, Jennifer (Cody), Cheyenne, Levi, Kyle, Courtney (Ty), Russ (Megan), Tucker; 18 great-grandchildren, and countless family and friends. Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Assembly of God Church, 601 Fifth St., in Deer Lodge. At 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be an internment at the Wisdom Cemetery. In place of flowers, please contribute to Clark Canyon Bible Camp in Dillon in her name. Comments can be made at www.buttefuneralhome.com.
Diana Mildred Kipe Finch March 2, 1937 - August 29, 2022
Diana Mildred Kipe Finch, 85, died Aug. 29, 2022, in Deer Lodge. Diana was born March 2, 1937, in Butte (in a house), to Herman and Della Kipe. Her parents had five children between them, Adeline, Bertrand, Sophronia and Margaret. Diana graduated from Butte High and then Montana State University as a registered nurse. She married Clyde Arthur Finch April 8, 1961. They moved to Deer Lodge, where they raised their two children, Brenda and Clyde. She worked as a registered nurse at Powell County Memorial Hospital. Diana loved the outdoors. She loved gardening, camping and fishing. She also enjoyed vacations, especially when she went on cruises with her friends. Diana loved to bake, especially for her grandkids. She would also sneak a few extra bites of sweets now and then. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was involved with pinochle, bridge, sewing and bunco clubs. She volunteered at the school as a helper in the classroom. Diana was a very loving, kind and caring person. She loved Jesus and would daily sit in her Lazy Boy recliner and read her bible. She also loved her church and was actively involved as a deacon and treasurer. She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Deer Lodge on May 24, 1964. She was ordained Deacon in 1990 and a ruling elder in 2003. Diana is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde A. Finch, and her siblings Adeline, Margaret, Bertrand and Sophronia. She is survived by her two children, Brenda (Brian) Smith and Clyde (Sandra) Finch; two grandchildren, Daniel Smith and Jennifer (Franklin) Thim; two great-grandchildren Alaya and Hailey Thim; her nieces Joyce Walker, Carol, Debbie and Denise Doris; nephews Ray (Diane) Clark, Wendell (Susan) Walker, Mark Walker, Bertrand and Dale Doris, and many great nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Milwaukee Ave., Deer Lodge. A reception will immediately follow. Her internment will be held privately on a later date at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Butte. Memorials in honor of Diana are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Deer Lodge or to the donor’s choice. Please visit axelsonfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Diana.