Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard
Joyce Marie née Pascoe (Funk) Leonard passed away of natural causes on October 12, 2018, in Milwaukie, Ore., at the age of 92. Born in Deer Lodge on March 8, 1925, she was the daughter of Roy and Merle Pascoe. Joyce graduated from Powell County High School and attended the University of Montana. She and her first husband, Wilbur Funk raised their family in Montana, Minnesota and Oregon.
Joyce imbued her own children with an uncommon musical sensitivity and shared her love of music with children’s choirs for decades. She taught elementary school music in Montana and was a special education instructor in the Portland Public Schools.
While living with her second husband, Daniel Leonard in Milwaukie, Ore., Joyce, well into her 80s, continued to teach piano and harp lessons to children.
Joyce was named after James Joyce, the great Irish novelist, with whom she had genetic ties. During her childhood in Deer Lodge, she was a four-year pen pal with a British woman named Princess Elizabeth – now Queen Elizabeth.
Joyce is survived by her children: Gary Funk, Florence; Nancy Wilson and Eric Funk, both of Bozeman; and Melody Funk, Eastsound, Wash. Joyce had 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. No memorial services are scheduled. Her ashes will be interred next to Daniel Leonard at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Because of you, we sing!
Marlin Dale Gilman
Marlin Dale Gilman, September 13, 1937 - October 4, 2018.
Marlin was born September 13, 1937 in Drummond to Violet Brander and Pal Beebe. Violet later married Vernon (Red) Gilman who became an important part of Marlin’s life. Marlin attended grade school at the Phosphate Mine School and graduated from Powell County High School in 1956. He attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from fall 1956 – until spring of 1958 then went to Montana State University from fall 1958 to spring 1959 where he started dating Donna Nelson.
Marlin was employed as an accountant for Utah Construction at the Phosphate Mine in Garrison, after he graduated high school and then went back to Utah Construction after attending MSU Bozeman.
Marlin and Donna married on January 30, 1960 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Dillon. Their relationship flourished on love and laughter. They raised three beautiful daughters, Shelle Enyeart, Janell Van Diest, and De Dee Johnson. Marlin and Donna also were a huge part of raising Jim Evans, Jackie Manley, Chuck Gilman and Tammie Clawson (deceased), they feel loved as their children and the Gilman girls’ siblings.
Marlin and Donna started a small herd of black angus cattle. They became full time ranchers when Marlin’s position with Utah Construction was to be relocated to Afghanistan or Iran. The ranch became their lifestyle and an excellent way to raise a family. He became well known around the Montana communities for his quality registered bulls and replacement heifers.
Marlin was also known for his honesty and integrity; he was always a kind, gentle and caring man and he was an amazing hard worker and a man with a heart of gold. He has always been an angel in disguise with a side of rebellion. He thought about others before himself. He helped those in need any time of day or night. He would pick up hitchhikers and give people the last few dollars in his pocket.
Marlin was never afraid of anything. He was a daredevil and enjoyed every second of it. His rebellious side shined through when he jumped snowmobiles, rode horseback alongside cliffs, and when he was accused of cheating at cards. He mastered horsemanship, stewardship, and was an awesome cattle-man. He was able to train any horse that he ever wanted to.
Both, Marlin and Donna had a passion for league bowling at Ken-Mar Lanes, now called Victory Lanes in Deer Lodge. They made so many friends and won many plaques and trophies over the 52 years of competing.
Marlin was on the Garrison Community Rural Garbage Board, Powell County Planning Board, Powell County Weed Board, FHA Loan Committee, Farm Service Committee, Garrison Elementary School Board for 17 years and was also a volunteer for the Garrison Fire Department.
Marlin has always shown so much support and love for his family. He was fortunate enough to have several siblings, one full brother Leland Gilman (deceased), and several half brothers and sisters including Bud Beebe (deceased), Norman Beebe (deceased), Don Beebe (deceased), Lila Lee Beebe (deceased), Willa May Beebe (deceased), Lillian Loomis, and Wilma Becker. His immediate family, Donna Gilman, Shelle (Jim) Enyeart, Janell (Damon) Van Diest, De Dee Johnson, Jim Evans, Jackie Manley, Chuck Gilman and Danny Gilman. Grandchildren Eric Enyeart, Kelsey Enyeart, Tyler Shepherd, Trenton Shepherd and Rye Lee Van Diest. He is also loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Everyone that knew him, knew how great of a man Marlin was.
A celebration of life for Marlin Dale Gilman will be held on October 11, 2018 at noon at the Elks Lodge in Deer Lodge. A luncheon will follow the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the Garrison Volunteer Fire Department or charity of your choice.
Patti J. Lee Stoos
Patti J. Lee Stoos, retired Special Ed/Title I teacher and antiques dealer, died on September 5, 2018, at the Missouri River Medical Center in Fort Benton. Her graveside service was Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Geraldine Cemetery. Benton Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.
Born on June 21, 1942 to Ida Fram Lee and Elmer A. Lee in Seattle, Wash., Pattie moved with her parents to Deer Lodge, she graduated from Powell County High School in 1960.
Upon graduation she moved to Dillon, where she attended Western Montana College, graduating in 1964 with a BS degree in Elementary Education.
She taught grade school in Hamilton and Great Falls. In 1976 she completed graduate credits at Northern Montana College and taught in Geraldine, Special Ed/Title I.
In May of 1991, Patti chose “early retirement” but continued to substitute teach through 2001.
Due to poor health, Patti became a resident of Missouri River Medical Center from 2007 until the time of her death.
In her lifetime, Patti chose to laugh often and have fun with family and friends. She loved antiques and antique shows and went “junking” with many lifelong friends. Her business “Patti Cakes” took her statewide with many treasured items bought and sold.
This loyal friend and fun loving teacher always looked at life through the eyes of a child. Indeed, she was one of a kind.
Michael T. Relig
Michael T. Relig, 52, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born in Dearborn, Mich.
Michael was a great person who gave to many different charities to help against bullying and helping pit bulls, his favorite dog.
His pastimes were watching wrestling, working on model cars and spending time with Jennifer and Jada Sparks, his fiance and her daughter. Mike loved to draw and had a passion for music of all kinds.
Mike moved to Deer Lodge about four years ago from Michigan and he fell in love with Montana.
Michael joins his father Nick in death. He is survived by mom Donna, brother Ken, sister Kathy, sons Mikey, Mitchel and Mathew; and grandkids Bradley and Addlyn.