Daniel "Jim" Lemieux
On the morning of December 17, 2015, Jim passed away peacefully from complications after a stroke he had on October 22. He was 72 years old.
Jim was born in Seattle, Wash. on February 14, 1943. He was the only child of Dan and Irma Lemieux. Jim and his parents moved to Deer Lodge when he was a small boy, to be closer to their family. He grew up in Deer Lodge and graduated from Powell County High School, where he enjoyed being on the swim team and in the school choir. Jim had a work ethic second to none, and held many jobs during his younger years, from delivering the Silver State Post newspaper, to working at Johnson’s Gas Station, and Wallin Ford.
Jim met Pam Krause at the Tastee Freeze in Anaconda in the summer of 1961. He gave her a ride in his shiny, black 1957 Chevy and so began their 50+ year relationship. They dated for four years, then married on July 23, 1966, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge. Jim and Pam moved to Helena later that year. They were blessed with two daughters, Lisa and Lori, and together the four of them had many adventures. Jim impressed his love of the outdoors on his daughters and they have abundant memories of snowmobiling, camping, ATV’ing, boating at the Gates of the Mountains, horseback riding, and spending countless weekends at the family cabin at Rock Creek Lake as well as their Seeley Lake cabin.
Jim was an amazingly talented handy man and could build or fix just about anything. He re-built several cars and trucks, and built houses, garages, and shops. After working at Capital Ford for many years as a parts man, he branched out and bought his own auto parts store. He ran Parts Supply for almost 20 years, then sold it and went to work for Johnson Controls. He did plumbing, electrical, and boiler work, among other things. From there he moved on to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), where he did much of the same work. He retired from BCBS in 2006.
In 2009, Jim and Pam sold their house in Helena and moved to Deer Lodge. With the help of family and friends, he built another huge shop. He loved helping out on the McQueary Ranch and spent time ATV’ing, fishing, and hunting in the same places he did as a teenager. He enjoyed time spent with the Deer Lodge Elks Club and the Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department.
In January 2015 Jim and Pam sold their house in Deer Lodge and moved back to Helena to be closer to their girls and families. He loved watching their sporting events, taking them fishing at Tizer Lakes, going camping, and just spending family time together. His three granddaughters, grandson, and great-grandson were the light of his life.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Irma. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pam, daughter Lisa (Taz) Zubiate, daughter Lori (Gabe) Witham, granddaughter Kinsey Super, granddaughter Bailee (Jake) Ward, granddaughter Abbie Witham, grandson Gabe Witham, and great-grandson Ryan Hughes. He is also survived by his very special pets, Bubba and Kitty.
Jim’s family would like to thank Hospice of St. Peter’s and the staff at the Rosetta House for the wonderful care they provided Jim in his final days. The family would also like to thank everyone who called, visited, hugged, and cried with us. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of St. Peter’s, The Rosetta House, West Valley Fire Department, and the Deer Lodge Elks Club. The family will hold a service after the holidays, sometime in January. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Jim.
Montana State Prison inmate Michael McAlpine #3011108, age 51, died on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Montana State Prison Lewistown Infirmary following an extended illness.
Mr. McAlpine was sentenced out of Park County on January 28, 2013 for 3 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children. He received a total sentence of 20 years to Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended. His parole eligibility date was 4/25/14. His prison discharge date was 10/23/21.
Helen Hallingstad was born July 15, 1930 in Deer Lodge to Pete and Margaret O’Keefe Beck. She spent her early years growing up in and around the Deer Lodge and Avon valleys. She married Duane Hallingstad at an early age and they had two daughters Cheryl (Bill) Ott and Bonnie Steber.
She was a caring and loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She loved her family. She enjoyed coffee at her house with friends and relatives, sewing, cooking, crocheting, knitting, ceramics, and a good crossword puzzle. Helen passed away Dec. 5, 2015 under the care of the Deer Lodge Center and Dr. Corbin. Many thanks to all the kind help received.
She is proceeded in death by her husband, Duane and her daughter Bonnie Steber and sister Rita Morgan. Survivors include brother Charlie Beck, sisters Mardge Shandy and Barb Weiss (Jim). Also included are grandson Kelly Steber (Marnie) and Megan. Granddaughters Lori Collymore (Ed) and Bryce and Maggie Luke (Ed) and Kaylee and Jaedin. Eric and Nick Ott grandsons and many wonderful nieces and nephews she cared for deeply. Services are set at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge on Dec. 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow at the Elks in Deer Lodge to celebrate her life. Refreshments will be served.
Cremation has taken place. Memorials, if you wish, may be sent to a cause of your choice in Deer Lodge.
On December 3, 2015, Scruffer Williamson passed away due to health reasons. We are not sure when he was born, but we’re pretty sure he was 18 years old at the time of his death.
Scruffer was a ball of fire in his time on this earth and was the toughest 15 pound dog this world has ever seen.
Scruffer made a positive impact on many peoples lives (except a few), and he will be sadly missed by many. Scruffer is survived by his first parents Charlie and Nancy Sedminik, second father Charlie Brenton, and current parents Sandy Williamson and best friend Swede Williamson; and special friend Leonard Kraske.
I am his current father and best friend, Swede Williamson and he touched my heart more than any living thing in my life. Thank you Scruffer for your undying love and friendship you showed me during your time on this earth.
Happy trails my friend,
Robert Melbourne “Mel” Smith
Robert Melbourne “Mel” Smith passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 28, 2015.
He was born to Robert Dale Smith and Marie Amy (Shaloy) Smith on September 10, 1943. He graduated from Onaway Area Community School in Onaway, Mich. in 1961. He joined the Navy and was stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes where he assisted with the care of combat veterans. He worked throughout the United States, as well as Saudi Arabia, as a telephone lineman.
Mel was an avid lifelong outdoorsman who taught all of his children to hunt, fish and enjoy the wild outdoors. He always said that his greatest joy was having a large family that could support one another through life.
He is survived by his children Theresa “Tracey” Smith, Robert “Bob” Smith, Jr. (and wife Amanda), Jonathan “Jon” Smith, Christopher “Chris” Smith (and wife Marlyn), Cynthia “Cindy” Smith, Rebekah “Becky” Holgate (and husband Leslie), Ila Smith, and Sandra Smith. His grandchildren are Harper, Carson, Sarah, Meadow, Lane, Emily, Tony, Bobby, Jasmine, Seth, Logan, Brenna, Caitlyn, Daisy, Chloe, and Zaydin. His step-children are J.R., Holly, and Clarissa. His siblings are Carol, Jim, Mary, Janice, Leann, and Rosemary. He was married to Lois Longstreet for 16 years and to Virginia Siders for 17 years.
Mel was known for his endless generosity and his sense of humor. He loved a silly dirty joke now and then. He is no doubt enjoying his chats with the “Big Fella.” Services will be held at The Depot Church in Deer Lodge at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The family invites everyone to stay for a reception after the service.
Robert Neil Moore
Montana State Prison inmate Robert Neil Moore, #17334, age 80, died on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in the Lewistown Infirmary following an extended illness.
Mr. Moore was sentenced to Montana State Prison from Silver Bow County on 4/21/2005 for sexual assault. He was sentenced to a term of 25 years, with 10 suspended.
Harvey L. Marshall
Harvey L. Marshall embarked on his latest road trip on Thursday, November 26, 2015. He passed after a brief fight with cancer and an extended battle with multiple lung illnesses.
Harvey was born on January 15, 1939 to Harold and Agnes Marshall. He was raised in the Avon and Elliston area and graduated from Powell County High School Class of 1957. He married the one and only love of his life, Barbara Sparing on June 11, 1960. He and Barbara shared 48 years together until her passing on June 20, 2008. They raised two children, Kathy and Doug. Harvey and Barb owned and operated Hobart Sales and subsequently D & H Valley Storage. He worked hard his entire life and knew the value of that labor. Harvey was very proud of his three grandchildren Kelsey, Kelan and Justin. He would also include in the family every single German Shepherd that lived in his house or Kathy’s. He often spoke of his long eared, long nosed grandsons. They were his “partners.”
Harvey is survived by his daughter Kathy (Rob) Bean, son Doug Marshall, grandchildren Kelsey (Jason) Peaslee, Kelan Farry and Justin Marshall. His sister Doris (Doug) Crachy, nephew Travis (April) Jess (Tara), and Paige Brazill. His extended family Rhonda, John and Shelby Schaffer, Tyler (Jessica) Pipinich, Karen Lindquist, and Miranda and Jacob Prevel. This would not be complete without a special acknowledgement to Harvey and Barbara’s lifelong friend Sara Morris. Sara shared her life with Harvey and Barbara and it is impossible to describe the importance she held in their lives. Bless you Sara.
A viewing will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., with a reception to follow the service at Jorgenson’s Restaurant, 1720 11th Ave. Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or the local Helena Kiwanis, PO Box 4178, Helena, MT 59604.
Harvey had an infectious smile, a great sense of humor and used both constantly. If you could not laugh around Harvey you could not laugh at all. He will be missed.
Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Harvey.
Donald Richard Roeder
Montana State Prison inmate Donald Richard Roeder #3010444, age 71, died on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Montana State Prison following an extended illness.
Mr. Roeder was sentenced to Montana State Prison from Yellowstone County on 1/27/13 for the crime of sexual intercourse without consent. He received a sentence of 25 years with 17 suspended. His prison discharge date was 9/23/19.
Andrew Charles Sunday
Montana State Prison inmate Andrew Charles Sunday, #14134, age 75, died on Friday, November 27, 2015, in the Montana State Prison infirmary following an extended illness.
Mr. Sunday was sentenced to Montana State Prison from Lewis and Clark County on 9/11/78 on two counts of deliberate homicide, two counts of theft, and burglary. He was sentenced to a term of 240 years, with no parole eligibility.
Ronald Dewey White Jr.
Montana State Prison inmate Ronald Dewey White Jr. #2144245, age 36, died on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in St. Patrick’s Hospital from an extended illness.
Mr. White was sentenced to Montana State Prison from Flathead County on 12/20/07 for the crimes of criminal possession of dangerous drugs for a term of two years, and bail jumping with a term of three years. The sentences were to be served consecutively. His prison discharge date was 10/30/16.