November 28th, 2018
Death Notice: David Anthony Gazzara
David Anthony Gazzara, 63, of Hamilton, Montana passed away on November 17, 2018 at his home. Service details are being handled by Daly-Leach Memorial Chapel in Hamilton, Montana.
November 21st, 2018
Scott Alan Ridley
Scott Alan Ridley, 51, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday November 15, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born on March 20, 1967, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, to Noel and Jan Ridley. Scott grew up in Missoula and Deer Lodge. After graduating from Powell County High School in 1985 Scott enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. In 1991 he served during Operation Desert Shield with the Military Police as a Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1992. Scott was always outgoing and friendly to all he met. He excelled in every job he had. He loved people and every job he had was focused on people and always rose to management quickly. In 2007 he returned to live in Montana. Eventually Scott found his last career in management with Dominos. They were like family and he loved his job and career.
Scott loved his Seattle Seahawks immensely. In his free time, Scott collected coins and built an amazing license plate collection. He loved the outdoors and there was no road off limits to explore.
Survivors include his mother Jan Ridley of Deer Lodge; two brothers Keith of Helena; Matt and (Lisa) Ridley of Tigard, Ore.; his sister, Melinda and (Linn) Feliciano of Belgrade; and niece, Hannah Feliciano of Belgrade.
He was proceeded in death by his father Noel Ridley, his grandfather Haywood Frailey, and his grandparents Art and Florence Ridley.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Cleo R. Seaman
Cleo R. Seaman, 94, of Missoula passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018 at home, in the company of loved ones. She was born January 14, 1924 in Deer Lodge to Hector E. Rainville and Margaret Sestrich Rainville.
Cleo was raised in Deer Lodge, attending St. Mary’s Academy and graduating from Powell County High School in 1942. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a Drum Majorette. After high school she worked for Duvall Wallace Hardware, Keystone Drug and Fountain and operated and managed Kenny’s Fountain for a number of years. She then worked for the Deer Lodge Bank. In 1958, she married Bob Seaman. They moved to Missoula and were divorced in 1961. In 1963-1964, Cleo was the executive secretary for the Montana Centennial train that traveled to the New York World’s Fair.
Returning from the World’s Fair she moved to Las Vegas renewing her friendship with George Cote. She and George had been friends since 1947 and remained together until his death in 2010. While in Las Vegas, Cleo worked for the Valley Bank of Nevada and the Freemont Hotel and Casino. Friends and family visited her in Las Vegas and Cleo always made sure they had a good time. In 1997, Cleo and George returned to Missoula to be closer to family and friends.
Cleo was a people person and never forgot anyone she met. She enjoyed sending (and receiving) greeting cards and going out to lunch. Although she didn’t have any children of her own, she was loved and cherished by many nieces and nephews.
Cleo is survived by a sister Jeanetta Atkinson and husband Wally of Hamilton and brother Thomas Rainville and wife Davis of Mukilteo, Wash.; many nieces and nephews Guy Rainville (CJ), Carol Andersen (Kris Anderson), Cheryl Terry (Golden), Cleo Klepzig (Casey), Tim Atkinson (Morgan Taylor), Janet Wimmer (Tom), Paula Meyer (Steve), Don Rainville (Betsy), John Rainville (Debbie), Jody Marshall, Maggie Snow, Ross Rainville (Diann), Rene’ Deering (Ken), Janne’ Joy, Janette Joy Hale and several cousins.
Cleo is also survived by George’s nieces and nephews and many special friends she considered part of her family.
Funeral services will be announced at a later time with interment at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
November 14th, 2018
Betty Lila Kuehn Brown
Betty Lila Kuehn Brown, 86, of Deer Lodge passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital due to complications from Viral Encephalitis.
She was born on February 29, 1932 in Poplar, to Gust and Helen Kuehn. As a young girl, Betty lived with her parents and 12 siblings on land they homesteaded near Fairfield. Betty graduated from Fairfield High School in 1950.
On April 20, 1952, she married Harry C. (Bush) Brown. He preceded her in death in 2013.
Betty was very active at St. John Lutheran Church, a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Woman’s Club, New to You and the Elks. She helped with the local Red Cross Blood Drive for over 20 years. Betty enjoyed quilting, her flower garden, playing Bunco and Pinochle. She volunteered at the school and the Community Thanksgiving Dinner for several years.
Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She also took great and loving care of her friends and her church family. She loved life and life loved her right back!
Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl (Kirk) Sandquist and Janice (Jody) Neubauer from Deer Lodge; her son Alan (Penny) Brown from Phoenix, Ore. Her grandchildren, Eric (Monica) Tavenner, Billings; Jason Tavenner, Helena; Wendy Lambert, Montague, Calif.; Heidi (Kenny) Kuehl, Medford, Ore.; Cody Neubauer, Deer Lodge and Cole (Cassie) Neubauer, Billings. Six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is survived by brothers Glen (Ann) Kuehn and Alvin Kuehn, and a sister Marion Riley. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Gust and Helen Kuehn, husband, Bush; siblings Adena Palmerton, Hertha Hawthorne, Katie Loss, Ida Shatto, Doreen Francois, Ernie Kuehn, Jim Kuehn, Ervin Kuehn, and Raymond Kuehn.
Services will be held on Friday, November 16 at St. John Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mitchell officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Lutheran Fellowship Hall.
Memorials in Betty’s name can be made to the Lutheran Church Beautification Project, Woman’s Club or an organization of donor’s choice.
Neil Gordon Ruttenbur
Neil Gordon Ruttenbur, May 16, 1941 - November 6, 2018.
“Sober, steadfast, quiet and true. This can be said of very few”
Neil Gordon Ruttenbur of Seeley Lake, age 77, died of complications from cancer on November 6, 2018 under the care of Hospice in Missoula.
Neil was born on May 16, 1941 in Deer Lodge, to parents Gordon and June Ruttenbur. After graduation from Powell County High School in 1959, he accepted a position as a driver for Meadow Gold Dairies where he worked for more than 36 years.
Neil married the sparky Sherry Ann Goodman in 1961 and was a devoted husband for 55 years before her unexpected passing in 2016. The couple has three children, each of whom proudly served in the military.
Neil was a deeply generous man of time and money, and he was actively involved in the community. He was a member of the Deer Lodge Elks Club for more than 30 years, the Deer Lodge Rotary Club from 1970-1980, a Cub Scout leader in Deer Lodge for eight years and a member of the Deer Lodge Snowmobile Club from 1978-1997.
Neil and Sherry built a home at Seeley Lake and moved there permanently in 1997. He was a member of the Seeley Lake Snowmobile Club from 1997-2010 and the Seeley Lake Lions Club from 1998-present.
Neil was a talented and gifted man who enjoyed fly-fishing and woodworking. He was a great contributor to his communities and a friend to all who he stayed in touch with throughout his life. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him and by everyone who knew him.
Neil is survived by his son Lee Alan Ruttenbur of Polson, and his daughter Kristie Lynn Ruttenbur of Missoula.
He is preceded in death by his wife Sherry Ann Ruttenbur, his brother Stephen Von Ruttenbur and sister Carol Jean Smith; his son Loran Albert Ruttenbur, DC1, USCG of Deer Lodge and his parents Gordon and June Ruttenbur of Deer Lodge.
Donations can be made in Neil’s honor to the Seeley Lake Lions Club, PO Box 215, Seeley Lake, MT 59868.
Anna Louise (Yoes) Vaughn
Anna Louise (Yoes) Vaughn, went to go be with our Lord Jesus Christ, October 16, 2018.
She was born April 15, 1942. She was the second of five children born to Elsie and Charly Yoes, of Spur, Texas.
She completed high school at Lubbock High and married her childhood sweetheart Ronald Vaughn, Sr. in 1962. Ron and Anna were together 56 1/2 years. They had two children, Ron Jr. and Tina, both of Deer Lodge. Tina preceded her mother in death in 2016. Together they had two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jonathan.
She is survived by one brother and two sisters, Charles Yoes of Carrollton, Texas; Lois Hampton of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Lisa of Stockton, Calif. Susan, her youngest sister, preceded her in death.
Anna was a hard working, loving wife and mother who always lent a helping hand to those in need. One of her favorite traits was to laugh at herself and share joy with those around her. She loved to cook and was very artistic. She often said that “Jesus Christ was and is the faith of God.”
Funeral services were held on October 22, 2018, graveside at Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge.
November 07th, 2018
Death notice: Cleo R. Seaman
Cleo R. Seaman, 94 of Missoula passed away November 4 at the Village Senior Residence in Missoula.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.