Death Notice: Robert C. Toole
Robert C. Toole, owner and operator of River Radio Ranch and The River AM/FM, passed away November 2020.
Darrell Vernon Bauman
Darrell Vernon Bauman was born November 26, 1934 to George and Florence Bauman in South Dakota. The family had an adventurous spirit and moved around quite a bit to allow George to work on farms and ranches all around the Midwest. Their travels led them to Deer Lodge and Darrell ultimately chose to make it his home. His time in the Army allowed him to see a bit of the world including an opportunity to tour Europe while stationed in Italy, but he always came back home.
Darrell married Joy Bauman and together their family included sons Doug, Darcy, and Darrell, and daughter Darla. Deer Lodge was the perfect place to call home as it provided an excellent location for Darrell to pursue his great joys – hunting and ice fishing! After retiring from Cominco mine, he continued to stay busy with work at the sawmill and as a bartender. After spending 40 years as an underground miner, he spent as much time in the sun as possible and developed a year-round tan. The year really had three seasons – yard sale-ing, hunting, and ice fishing.
He is survived by sons Doug and Darcy Hunt of Deer Lodge, and Darrell Bauman (Sandy) of Helena; grandchildren Laura Anderson (Gabe) of California, Doug Hunt Jr. (Laura) of Kalispell, Devin Leigh Hunt of California, Hannah Sidner (Rodger) of Great Falls, Morgan Turner (Levi) of Deer Lodge, and Olivia Bauman of Bozeman; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents George and Florence, brother Kenny, sister Nettie, daughter Darla, and granddaughters Melanie and Laynie.
Darrell was warm, friendly, and chatty with everyone he met. His big smile with those dimples instantly drew people in! He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. He slipped away peacefully to enter the kingdom of Heaven on December 7, 2020. Due to COVID, no services will be held at this time, but the family will plan a celebration of life for later in the year. Please honor Darrell by thinking of him next time you are out in the sunshine enjoying nature, as that was truly his happy place.
Rockne Tim “Tim” Johnson
Rockne Tim “Tim” Johnson passed away at Big Sky Care Center in Helena as a result of Covid-19 at the age of 79 years old. Tim passed peacefully Monday afternoon on 12/7/2020 after being diagnosed 12 days previously. He was able to be visited and comforted by his sons and niece at the time of passing.
Tim was born in Bozeman on 7/7/1941 to Ada L. and Arthur W. Johnson, who had moved to Bozeman from Deer Lodge. The Johnson family then moved to Helena where Tim attended school, graduating from Helena High School in 1959. He enjoyed his time in high school and developed good friends with whom he remained close throughout his life. When on summer break, Tim worked on his uncle’s farm in Deer Lodge with his cousins and continued to maintain close family ties with his Deer Lodge family.
Tim joined the United States Army Reserves in May, 1960 and later attended Montana State College (MSU Bozeman), graduating with a bachelor’s degree. He retained employment in Butte, moving to Denver, Colo. in 1966 where he worked in the banking industry. There he met Deanna Kay Wilken of Denver and they were married 2/16/1968 and later divorced. Tim returned to Helena in 1979 where he worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield as a computer programmer and raised his sons, Derek and Todd. Tim retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1993 and spent the next several years pursuing his hobbies and past times.
Tim enjoyed working with his hands. He did woodworking, creating carvings, refinishing antique furniture, and painting. He had belonged to bowling leagues, but his favorite past time was golf where he spent many happy hours, in the early years with his dad and brother, then teaching his sons the joys and skills of the sport, belonging to golf leagues and playing with a regular foursome at Bill Roberts Golf Course. Tim enjoyed football, especially the Denver Broncos and followed them avidly, watching games every weekend with his boys. Tim loved animals and kept dogs throughout his life. He got a kick out his regular visits from a couple of deer that he named when they frequented his back yard.
Tim was preceded in death by parents Ada and Art Johnson and brother and sister-in-law Art Jr. “Skip” and Dorothy Johnson. He is survived by his sons Derek Johnson and Todd (Amy) Johnson; grandchildren Rylee, Raeghan, Ryker, Abby, and Lilly; sister Doris Powell (Jim); niece Donna Downs; nephews Dan (Kathleen), Chris (Mary), Jeff (Amanda), and Paul; great-nephew and niece Cooper and Kennedey; and many cousins.
Tim will be cremated and interred in Deer Lodge. No memorial or burial has been scheduled at this time due to COVID-19, but will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to a hospice program, animal shelter, or a charity of your choice.
Tim’s family wish to offer a special thanks to his wonderful neighbors who offered their support to Tim and his entire family throughout the last several years, who helped him maintain his home and connections to the community; to his life-long friends Everette, Al, Jock, Mike, and Bob who helped cheer Tim on with calls, letters, and visits, and spent part of their last class reunion with him, bringing him news and much joy; to Marty, Duane, Clyde, and George who brought great friendship and joy on and off the golf course; to Tim’s extended family/cousins who kept Tim in their thoughts and prayers; and to the tireless and faithful staff of Big Sky Care Center, who made Tim feel safe, loved, and cared for. Thank you all!
Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Tim.
Nancy J. Kenny
Nancy J. Kenny, 76, passed away December 6, 2020 in Deer Lodge. She was born July 20, 1944 to Joseph and Izetta (Myers) DeMarois in Anaconda where she attended grade school and graduated from Anaconda High School.
She met her husband Jack of Anaconda, in Helena in 1976 and they married January 20, 1979 in Anaconda, where they lived until June of 1990 when they moved to the Deer Lodge Valley.
Nancy worked at Deer Lodge school system as a Paraprofessional teacher’s aide and at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home. Nancy loved to sew and make quilts for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jack and Nancy enjoyed dancing and following the Old Time Fiddlers throughout Montana. They also enjoyed following their grandsons to the rodeos watching them bull ride. They also enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. Nancy had such a big heart and loved lending a helping hand to friends and family during weddings and gatherings.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ivan (Snooks) DeMarois, and son Walter I Fadness.
She is survived by her husband Jack, daughters Tonna O’Neill (Greg) of Boulder, Jodi Ann DeMers (Banner) of Jefferson City. Grandchildren Lathe Fadness (Shelby), Sage Fadness, Myle O’Neill, Rosin O’Neill, Heston O’Neill, all of Boulder, Jubal DeMers, Talon DeMers, and Tyrel DeMers of Jefferson City. Great-grandchildren Hadley Fadness, and Mylo Fadness of Boulder. Brothers Bob DeMarois Chico, Calif. and Tom DeMarois of Anaconda, and many nieces and nephews who she dearly loved.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Services will be held at a later date.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Nancy’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.