October 29th, 2014
Gregory Gay Walsted
Gregory Gay Walsted 66, died peacefully October 23 at Deer Lodge Medical Center. Greg was born November 22, 1947 in Conrad. He spent the majority of his childhood playing with his cousins at Aunt CooCoo’s Farm in Conrad. Greg and his family moved to Havre when he was a teenager. Then finally moved to Deer Lodge in 1964 where he spent the rest of his life. In 1966 Greg enlisted into the Army and was sent to Vietnam where he received several medals including a Purple Heart for his injuries and bravery. In 1980 he married Stacy Kimble and later divorced but was blessed with his son JJ. Greg enjoyed working and hanging out at The Nugget Bar, the mountains, cruising around town in his truck, and spending time with his family. Greg worked as a laborer for the City of Deer Lodge Road Department for many years until he was unable to work due to his back problems. Greg was a real fighter; he was so sick but still made sure he was taking care of his little brother. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents Bonnie and Jack Walsted and nephew Shayne Walsted.
He is survived by son Jerimiah (Halie) Walsted, brother Foster Walsted, nieces and nephews Carrie Walsted, Ryder Walsted, Emery Fetters, Chassidy Walsted (Rich Fakler) and Ethan Goldsby all of Deer Lodge. Cousins Cody Vanheel, Rod Vanheel, and Linda Winchell of Great Falls. Aunt Gladyce & Bob Oakland of Great Falls. Special friend Rick Carlson of Longview, Wash.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. Luncheon follows at Scotty’s Bar in Deer Lodge.
James Haddock Woodward
James Haddock Woodward was born April 6, 1924 to Thomas E. and Elsie M. Woodward in Beach, N. D. The family settled in Deer Lodge in the late 1930s, where he attended St. Mary’s Academy and then graduated from Powell County High School in 1942. In 1948, James married his sweetheart, Juanita Mae Sutherland. James and Juanita would be together for the next 66 years.
During those years they would raise their five children and were later blessed with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. James owned and operated the Deer Lodge Conoco Gas Station and the Treasure State Auto Parts Store.
James was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tom and his sister Shirley and his grandson DJ Smollack.
James is survived by his wife, Juanita and his children, Allen (Claire) of Deer Lodge, Sheryl Hunt (Thomas) of Las Vegas, Nev., Craig of Deer Lodge, Mark (Cindi) of Missoula, and Jan Smollack of Anaconda. James is also survived by his grandchildren, Shauna Kowalczik, Shawn Hunt, Brad and Eric Woodward, Amy Loughry, Bobby and Trey Smollack, Kevin Cotner, Anthony Woodward and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass in celebration of James’ life was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (605 Clark Street) on Tuesday, October 28 at 11 in Deer Lodge. A reception took place at St. Mary’s Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge (deerlodgerialto.com) or The Powell County Seniors Center.
David Leroy Macumber
Montana State Prison inmate David Leroy Macumber #2004633 died on Monday, October 20, 2014 at approximately 2330 hours. David Macumber died of an extended illness. He was 63 years of age. This offender fell out of Silver Bow County for Sexual Assault. Inmate Macumber had a projected discharge date of 6-5-2017.
October 22nd, 2014
David T. Cochran
Another cowboy has crossed the divide.
David T. Cochran died peacefully at Touchmark Care Center on Oct. 17, 2014 after enduring a long battle with COPD. He was born at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena on June 23, 1933, the second son of Joseph E. Cochran and Selma H. Cochran. David was raised on the family ranch on Beaver Creek, Nelson Route, near York.
He attended the Beaver Creek School, and he was among the last class to graduate there. He graduated from Helena High School, class of 1951, and attended MSU at Bozeman for a while before entering the Army. His primary duty station was in Greenland, where he served as a heavy equipment mechanic. After his service he returned to the family ranch and shortly moved to Helmville to establish their ranching operation on Nevada Creek. He was on horseback almost before he could walk, and was amiable to any job as long as it could be done from the back of a horse. He raised and broke many horses and kept a Quarter Horse stud for many years.
David was very active in the Helmville Community, serving as a 4-H leader, and then turned out to be a 40 year position as a supervisor for the North Powell Conservation District. He was also a director of the Nevada Creek Water Users Association; a Deputy Brand Inspector for many, many years, and a director and treasurer for The Fledgling Blackfoot Challenge.
David was a member of the Helmville Community Fellowship Church and a 50 year member of Helena Lodge No. 3, A.F. & A.M.
David was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, JoAnne Hayes; and is survived by his brother Charles Cochran of Helena, his brother-in-law, Donel G. “Skip” Hayes of Helmville and numerous nieces, a nephew, and various cousins.
At David’s request no services will be held. He has been cremated, and his cremains will be interred at Forestvale Cemetery in Helena alongside his father and mother. Anyone wishing to send memorials may direct them to Helmville Memorial Scholarship, Helmville, MT 59843 or to any memorial of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank both the entire staff at Touchmark, including the memory care unit, and all of the staff of Hospice of St. Peters for the tender and loving care given to David during his confinement, and especially those who took the time to talk “horse” with him. He took great comfort from that on his journey. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of David.
James Burt Dieziger
Montana State Prison inmate James Burt Dieziger #11779 died last evening, October 14 at approximately 2125 hours from an extended illness. James Dieziger was 70 years of age (9-25-44). This offender fell out of Teton, Powell and Cascade Counties. Please see the Montana Department of Corrections website https://app.mt.gov/conweb for sentencing information.
October 15th, 2014
Mary Dorene Erickson Courchene
Mary Dorene Erickson Courchene passed away September 29, 2014. She was born July 24, 1928 in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School in 1946. She attended college at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Ore. where she obtained a degree in Religious Education. She then worked as a youth director at St. Johns Christian Church in Portland.
Dorene next moved to Ames, Iowa where she worked as the Christian Education Director and Campus Minister. She continued her education in Missoula where she received a Master’s Degree.
She taught school in Lander, Wyo., Cut Bank and Harlowton in Montana, and Aberdeen, S.D. She also taught high school at Sand Point, Alaska, a remote fishing village on the Aleutian Island of Popof.
Next she went to teach college level English at the Rocky Boy Reservation near Havre, where she met and married Dick Courchene.
After retiring she moved to the family home in Deer Lodge where she was active in the Christian Church, occasionally giving the sermon. When the congregation dwindled until it was no longer feasible to maintain the church, she worked diligently to get the property sold.
Dorene liked to travel and at one time she went to Finland to meet relatives from her father’s side of the family. She liked to write and corresponded with many friends and family on a regular basis. She tried emailing but shortly gave it up, preferring hand-written letters. A favorite time during her retirement was when former students, especially from Sand Point, would stop in Deer Lodge to visit with her. She loved old English Literature and liked to study the geology of the West and Northwest.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Emil Erickson of Deer Lodge, brother Martin of Great Falls, and ex-husband Dick Courchene. She is survived by her brothers Clif Erickson of Seattle and Glenn Erickson of Anchorage, Alaska, and numerous nieces and nephews.
June Crosley Getchell
June Crosley Getchell, formerly of Deer Lodge, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2014 in Colville, Wash.
June was born in Dallas, Tex. on June 19, 1920 to Sarah Rae Wells and Fred Crosley. She was raised on a farm during the Great Depression in Halfway, Tex. She attended grade school in Halfway, Tex., high school in Plainview, Tex., and majored in journalism at Texas Tech - graduating in 1942. She also received a Teaching Degree in Montana.
June married Winfred (Windy) Getchell on June 6, 1947 in Missoula. Together they had two children, Ronald and Robyn.
In 1961, the family moved to Deer Lodge from Missoula. While living there, June worked as a receptionist/secretary for several years prior to teaching. June taught grade school in Deer Lodge for 18 years, one year at the Montana State Prison, and two years at the Shelton Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.
June enjoyed gardening (her favorite flowers were red roses), camping, travel, and family. She was involved in church activities, serving the Lord tirelessly. She enjoyed an array of activities, i.e., painting, crocheting, knitting, and quilting. She was an avid reader and published a book about her life growing up in Halfway, Tex.
June is survived by her two children: Ronald (Deb) Getchell of Beaverton, Ore. and Robyn (Mike) Ludeman of Colville, Wash. Five grandchildren: Jason (Jena) Ludeman, Heather (Mark) Moffitt, Russ (Celia) Getchell, Sarah Ludeman, and Natalie Getchell, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Windy; parents, two brothers, one sister and infant daughter.
A celebration of June’s life was held on Tuesday, October 14 at the Parkview Assisted Living Center in Colville, Wash. Gravesite services will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, on Thursday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 808, Chewelah, Washington, 99101.
James Carl Spalding
James Carl Spalding passed away unexpectedly on August 27, 2014 at the California home of his daughter and granddaughters. His passing occurred less than one year after his wife of 52 years, Roylene (Roy) Shink Spalding passed away on September 2013 in Olympia Washington. “Jim” Spalding was born on September 3, 1940 in Deer Lodge, to parents Dennis Spalding and Mary Scharf Spalding. Jim attended grades K-8 at St. Mary’s academy and graduated from Powell County High School in 1958. After graduation Jim joined the U.S. Navy on the “Buddy” system with five other Powell High School graduates and attended Boot Camp in San Diego, Calif. During boot camp Jim was selected to serve in a leadership position as squad leader. He was only one of four out of over 100 recruits in his company to qualify for the Under Water Demolition Team Training, the forerunner of the today’s Seal teams.
Jim served on the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Oriskany on the west coast until his discharge in September of 1962. In that same year Jim married Deer Lodge native Roylene “Roy” Shink and they took up residence in Deer Lodge while Jim was employed at the Anderson Phosphate Mine near Garrison as a contract miner. In 1963 he joined the Montana National Guard to complete his reserve obligation and became a member of the newly formed 19th Special Forces. In 1963-64 he attended the Montana Military Academy and graduated with a commission as 2nd Lieutenant. In 1965 he attended the U.S. Army Parachute Jump School in Ft. Benning Georgia and later the U.S. Army Infantry Officers Course also in Ft. Benning. Later that year Jim attended the U.S. Army Special Forces Officers course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center in Ft. Bragg North Carolina.
In 1966 Jim, Roylene and son Todd left Deer Lodge to pursue a career with the Washington Department of Corrections where his father Dennis was employed as a Sergeant at the Penitentiary in Walla Walla. Jim remained employed at the Washington State Penitentiary and in less than seven years attained the position of Captain. In 1973 he was promoted to an Associate Superintendent position at the Washington Reformatory in Monroe and served in that position until being called to fill the Warden position at the Walla Walla Penitentiary in 1978.
When Jim took over as Warden of the Penitentiary it was one of the most troubled and dangerous prisons in the United States, where escapes, assaults and murders were a weekly if not daily occurrence. Under Jim’s leadership the prison initiated a transition that was recognized nationally and written within national publications and books such as the infamous “Concrete Mama”. In 1981 Jim was appointed as the Deputy Director of Prisons of Washington State and in 1989 he obtained the highest leadership position in the state as Director of Prisons.
In 1993 Jim retired from Washington State after 28 years of service and left with a reputation as a tough but fair Warden and administrator. He was the first to say that his greatest success was in his marriage to Roylene. She stood by him and supported him through the difficult years of his career and was the best partner anyone could ask for.
Directly after his retirement from Washington Jim was appointed the Director of Corrections for the State of Idaho and retired from that position in 2003. In his final years of work he served as a consultant with the Homeland Security Department inspecting prospective jails in the United States for the housing of Illegal immigrants.
Besides his memorable and historical career in the field of Corrections Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He is survived by his daughter Lisa (Glenn), son Todd (Becky), five grandchildren Michael, Kelli, Melissa, Joshua and Sarah and two sisters Mary Ann and Denise.
A Memorial Service was held on September 18, 2014 in Olympia, Wash. with full honors from representatives and honor guards from Washington State Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Corrections, Idaho Department of Corrections and the National Corrections Peace Officers Association from California. The U.S. Army also conducted a flag folding ceremony for the family.
October 08th, 2014
Mary Dorene Erickson Courchene
Mary Dorene Erickson Courchene passed away September 29, 2014. She was born July 24, 1929, in Deer Lodge, graduated from PCHS, attended college in Oregon, Montana, and Minnesota, and taught in Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. She loved old English Literature and liked to study the geology of the west and northwest.
She is survived by brothers Eugene and Glenn and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at DL Care and Rehab for their care and compassion.
October 01st, 2014
Rose E. Cahoon
Rose E. Cahoon, 78, of Drummond, widow of Jack Cahoon, peacefully entered into eternal rest at her home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Rose was born March 21, 1936 in Missoula. Her parents were Ernest Tubbs and Annah E. Geary Tubbs. She grew up and attended school in Drummond and Missoula. Rose was married in 1952 and soon had four children. As an adult she made her home in Montana, Kansas, Washington and Nevada. She held several management and trainer positions. On August 9, 1986 she married Jack Cahoon. She moved back to Drummond in 1991 and lived there until her passing.
Rose was proud of her 20 years of service as an EMT on the Drummond Volunteer Ambulance. She loved learning about health issues in order to help those around her. She served on the Drummond City Council. She enjoyed traveling, listening to music and loved to dance. Her many friends were an important part of her life and she loved her dogs Roxie and Riley (the girls). In her later years her greatest joy was spending time with her mother. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. Her smile and laugh lit up the room and she brought joy to our hearts. We will miss our sweet mom, aunt, grandma and friend and comforted in the fact that we will see her again.
Rose is survived by her two children Loren Roth of Tulsa, Okla. and Susan Lou Ann Engelbach of Tulsa, Okla.; her stepdaughter Jennye (Larry Shearer) Cahoon of De Kalb, Tex.; her four sisters Betty Lu (Steve) Smith of Moses Lake, Wash.; Carol Ann Wertz of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Merri Joyce (Jim) Henderson of Drummond; Mikey (Gary) Wilmonen of Missoula, and Kathy June (Billy) Estes of Kalispell; her brother Richard G. Tubbs of Palmer, Alaska.
Grandchildren are Victoria (Brad) Morrissey, with great-grandchildren Ashley (Chris) Elmore with great-great-granddaughter Sophia Rose, Samuel Ratcliffe and Trevor Morrissey; Eric (Lea) Roth with great-granddaughter Kendall Roth; Adrienne (Xavier) Mendoza with great-grandchildren Olivia and Oscar Mendoza; Michael (Jennifer) Roth with great-granddaughters Avery and Aspen Roth; Mathew Engelbach with great-grandson Isaak Johnson; Katrinna Caudill with great-granddaughter Chevelle Hill.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Cahoon, her parents Ernest Tubbs and Annah E. Geary Tubbs, a sister Lucretia May Denman, two brothers Ernest Sonny Tubbs and Clifford E. Tubbs and two sons Larry Roth and Robert (Bobby) Roth.
She was an aunt to several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the Drummond Community Center, with refreshments and grave side services to follow at 3 p.m. at the Helmville Cemetery.
Joshua David Luiz Whitchurch
On September 23, 2014, Joshua left this world to be with God and family.
Josh was born on February 22, 1978 in Gridley, Calif. to John and Teresa Whitchurch. He grew up in Gridley until the eighth grade. Then his family moved to Chico, Calif. Josh graduated from Pleasant Valley High School. After high school Josh worked in landscaping until he moved to Deer Lodge in 2009 and went to work at Sun Mountain Lumber. Shortly after moving here Josh fell in love with Karol Briceno. On August 3, 2013 they were married. Joshua loved his family and friends. His family and friends loved him so much. His second love was making many things out of wood. Joshua will be missed, his laugh and stories were so wonderful.
Josh is survived by his wife Karol, and four-legged son Blue. Parents John and Teresa Whitchurch, brothers Christopher Whitchurch of Wyoming, Spencer and Amber Whitchurch of Montana and grandparents Tony and Joan Luiz of Gridley, Calif. Also many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is proceeded in death by his brother Shaun, grandparents John and Wilma Whitchurch and great-grandparents Joe and Fernanda Cardoza Luiz.
Services will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at 115 Riverfront Lane, Garrison, (Bernie Schillo). Potluck to follow.
In lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to help with cost.
Donations can be made at Peoples Bank on Main St., Deer Lodge, MT, 59722 under Whitchurch Memorial Fund.