Roger James Williams
Roger James Williams, 73 passed away in Deer Lodge on August 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roger was born on July 16, 1944 in North Loup, Nebr. to Harold and Winnie Williams. Roger married Vickie Cummings in 1964 soon after daughter Laura was born and a year later, son Michael was born. Roger and Vickie later divorced. On June 25, 1969 Roger joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky before joining the fight in Vietnam where he was a Sergeant and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device and the Purple Heart. Roger was honorably discharged on June 24, 1975. On June 2, 1972 Roger married Gay Kilgore and became the father to her son Shane and together they had sons Jamie and Bryan. Roger is also the father to Julie Meagher. On March 3, 2002 Roger married Denise Severson and became the step-father to her son Dusty.
Work at the copper mines brought Roger to Montana after his discharge from the Army and in 1973 he found his home in Deer Lodge. Roger retired in 2010 after working for Louisiana Pacific then Sun Mountain Lumber for 35 years. His passions were his family, playing pool, racing cars and hunting.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Winnie Williams, son Bryan Williams grandson Joey Theophile, and brother-in-law Merle Timmerman.
Roger leaves behind his wife Denise of Deer Lodge, sister Betty Timmerman of Grand Island, Nebr., daughters Laura (Carl) Pihl of Manchester N.H., Julie Meagher of Helena, sons Michael (Monica) Sedlacek of Sandia, Tex., Shane (Jodi) Kilgore and Jamie Williams of Deer Lodge. Sister-in-law Cheryl (John) Yount of Butte, step-son Dusty Severson of Clinton, Tenn., brother-in-law Steve (Cathy) Cole of Wartburg, Tenn., daughter-in-law Jody Williams, of Deer Lodge. Sixteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren with one on the way and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and per Roger’s request there will be no service but a celebration of his life was held at Scotty’s Bar on August 14. The family would like to thank Highlands Hospice, Genesis Nursing Home, Jewell Funeral Home, Scotty’s Bar and everyone who knew Roger for their support and kindness.
Montana State Prison inmate Daniel Lamere died on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. Mr. Lamere was 61 years old.
Mr. Lamere was sentenced out of Cascade County in February 2015 for the crime of Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Mr. Lamere was sentenced to 10 years with four years suspended. Mr. Lamere was not eligible for parole; his discharge date was March 2020.
Montana State Prison inmate Robert Bauer died on Friday, August 18, 2017 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula following an extended illness. Mr. Bauer was 57 years old.
Mr. Bauer was sentenced out of Yellowstone County in 2016 for the crime of Mitigated Deliberate Homicide. Mr. Bauer was sentenced to 35 years. Mr. Bauer was also sentenced to an additional 10 years for the crime of Committed with Dangerous weapon. Mr. Bauer would have been parole eligible in 2027 and had a prison release date of 2060.