August 06th, 2014
Patrick James Kluesner
Pat died unexpectedly on July 27, 2014 in Elliston.
A gathering of family and friends was held in Elliston at the Elliston School Gym on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.
He is survived by his wife Vicky, stepchildren Lathan (Michelle) DeLeo, Sabrina Stewart, grandchildren Caleb, Shylee, Gabriel, Carson, Trevin and Tristan, parents Lou and Diane Kluesner of Lima, brother Chris (Denise) Kluesner of South Carolina, sister Megan (John) Keller of Wisconsin, half brothers Calvin Kluesner of Alabama, Lloyd (Betsy)Kluesner of California, Allan Kluesner of Florence, half sister Cindy (Dave) Brown of Missoula and numerous nieces and nephews. Special friends Ross and Shawn.
Pat was born in Missoula on November 3, 1963 and attended grade school and middle school in Whitefish and High School in Lima.
Pat and Vicky met in 2008 and Pat proposed to her the first time he met her. She finally consented after many, many proposals and they were wed on April 1, 2010.
Pat loved hunting, fishing, David Alan Coe, Merle Haggard, his family and friends -not necessarily in that order.
He was proud to be an employee of Montana Rail Link and loved his job. He was also a member of the Elliston Volunteer Fire Department and was involved with the Annual “Duck Days” in Elliston.
Memorial may be made to Avon QRU in Avon- 59713, or Elliston EMS in Elliston- 59728.
We look forward to hearing “Pat” stories from all of his friends.
Phillip Earl Pomeroy
Born May 25, 1939, a Thursday in St. James Hospital, Butte. Parents Earl (Bill) and Venita (Vance) Pomeroy, were residents at Melrose, located just south of Butte.
1945 - Family moved to Deer Lodge, where Phillip attended his first year of schooling and then shortly to Brock Creek located at the confluence of the creek and the Clark Fork River, the site of Janney Trucking Co. where Phillip’s dad was employed. There Phillip enrolled as second grader in the two room schoolhouse at Garrison. Upon completing his fifth grade there, then began his junior high grades in Deer Lodge at the Trask Hall school. Finished that phase in 1953 and the following year began high school years at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. In high school Phillip was an excellent student, participated in many extracurricular activities, and lettered in varsity football.
Following his graduation in 1957, Phillip took a working year from studies to put aside some funding for college. He worked as a truck driver for Janney Trucking during his high school years and then later began college at Western Montana College, originally known in Montana as “the Normal” school, now known as University of Montana Western Campus. Phillip majored in mathematics with his goals being to teach high school level math and coach high school sports. Later received his masters degree from Whitworth University in Spokane.
While attending college Phillip and Judith Mae Burke, daughter of Kenneth and Irene (Segraves) Burke were married in Deer Lodge, on June 10, 1961. Their family grew to include Steven, Teresa, Renee and Michele.
1963-1969 - did student teaching at Powell County High School and followed with a permanent teaching contract for math and an assistant coaching position for varsity football and track. With the assistance of then head football coach Dick Pitman, presented and got accepted by the school board a proposal to initiate Powell County High Schools first high school wrestling program. 1965 saw the first athletes trying out to carry PCHS first wrestling banner. Phil was named head coach for the program and continued assisting in other sports as well. During the early floundering years with the program, there were several remarkable athletes that advanced to and became state champions. Names like Humble, Wohlers and Campbell come to mind.
August 25, 1967 -Following a failed marriage was divorced and later was married to Sandi Lee Strom of Billings, daughter of Donald and Muriel Joy (Norton) Strom. Their family grew to include Lisa and Joanne.
August, 1969 - Coach Pomeroy was both encouraged and inspired by the leadership of coaches he worked with, namely Chuck Burgess and Dick Pitman, also Bill Clausen who was the AD at the time, prompted his decision to resign from teaching at PCHS and accept a teaching, coaching position at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. There he continued in the profession he loved until his retirement in 2005. He did not retire completely however, he continued then on a fulltime basis his second career as a certified crop insurance adjuster. He worked that position through many summers while teaching on a parttime basis, last being employed by the John Deere Insurance Company.
While teaching math classes at Lewis & Clark High‚ he taught in the same class’ head wrestling coach at Lewis & Clark High School, Coach Pomeroy was highly successful in developing student athletes to perform at their highest potentials that resulted in an impressive legendary record in the sport for the school and for Greater Spokane Associated schools. In February of 1981, the LC Tigers won the High School AAA state wrestling championship, bringing to Spokane their first state championship ever awarded to a GSA school! Mike Dotson won his first of two consecutive championships, first in 141 division in ‘81 and followed in ‘82 in 148 division. Also on the state championship team was Paul Fascetti at 122, and Rick Ellingsen at 158. In all that team advanced six of their team with the named three winning their weight class.
In February of 1982 in Tacoma - LC places fourth at State with three out of six members qualifying for individual berths. District champions that year were Pat Cody at 101; Jeff Jordan at 135 & Mike Dotson at 148. LC placed third at the Regionals in Yakima. The era of Coach Pomeroy at Lewis and Clark High School brought to his school the banner as being the “power house” program that schools state wide would target their programs.
Survived by wife Constance (Laber) of Spokane; first wife Judith Wood of Garrison; second wife Sandra Pomeroy of Spokane; brothers Vern (Shelley) Pomeroy of Stevensville; Billy Pomeroy of Sheridan, Wyo.; sisters, Lorraine Watson (John) of Great Falls; Loryln Joy, of Oregon and Judi Whitney (David) of Garrison. Daughters Teresa of Butte; Michele of Rochester, Minn.; Lisa Foshee (Phillip) of Woodenville, Wash.; Joanne Schultz of Millcreek, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Renee (Pomeroy) Ayers of Deer Lodge in April of 2000 and a younger brother Wayne Douglas Pomeroy in 1943 in Butte.
Phillip is brother of Judi Whitney, clerk at City Hall; past brother-in-law of Gayle McGillis Pomeroy Mizner; uncle of Jack Pomeroy and Grace Pomeroy and numerous local grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the Deer Lodge vicinity including step-son Steven Wood spelled as such of Garrison.
Rocky Dean Jones
February 1, 1956 - July 7, 2014. Rocky Dean Jones, 58, formerly of Ketchikan, Alaska, died on July 7, 2014 in Omaha, Nebr. He was born and raised in Anaconda. He graduated from Anaconda High School in 1974, and also achieved a degree from Northern Technical School of Business for court reporting in Minneapolis, Minn.
While living in Minneapolis, he met a woman named Maggie, who would become a very important person in his life. He married her in 1978, and although they divorced after 19 years, they always remained close up until the day he died. The last couple years of his life, Maggie, his daughter Angie, and his granddaughter Alexa, were able to spend a considerable amount of time with him, even on the day he passed.
He always wanted to move to Alaska, and was able to fulfill that dream when he moved his wife and daughter, Angie to Ketchikan in 1985. He spent a lot of time fishing, camping, or discussing sports with anyone he could. He absolutely loved baseball, and was able to attend the World Series in 1987 where he got to see his Minnesota Twins win!
Many people in Ketchikan will also remember Rocky as an avid dart player and for his years of playing co-ed softball for the 49er Bar.
Per Rocky’s wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be spread in Alaska, a place he called home for more than 25 years. He did not want a service, but would request anyone grieving for him, to have a beer for him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Bernice (Grant) Jones. He is survived by his loving daughter and granddaughter, Angie (Jones) Harris and Alexa Harris, and friend and ex-wife Maggie Jones, all of Omaha, Nebr.; sisters Tami Whittington and Jackie Johnson, brother Gary Jones, several nieces and nephews, all of Montana.
Condolences, memories, and stories may be sent to Angie (Jones) Harris, 347 N 35th Ave, Omaha, NE 68131.
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