Carl H. “Sonny” Parish, 75
August 5th, 1947 -
February 1st, 2022
Carl Hiriam Parish, known as “Sonny” to his friends and family, passed away on February 1st, 2022 of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family. Carl was born on August 5th, 1947, to Carl William and Phoebe L. Parish in Dillon, MT. As he grew older, the family relocated to Deer Lodge, where he attended Powell County High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, and was honorably discharged.
He married Noreen G. Hamilton in 1975, and was blessed with two daughters, Andrea and Jodi.
Carl was a life member of Deer Lodge #14 AF&AM, Floral Chapter #46 OES, Royal Arch and Knights Templar organizations. He was an active member over the years, serving on the Youth Center board and doing charitable work with the Masons, including the Bikes for Books program. He worked as a sawyer for Louisiana Pacific, later Sun Mountain Lumber for over 30 years, and was employed at the Deer Lodge Landfill, until his retirement in 2019.
Carl had a passion for art as evidenced by the many landscape paintings that adorned the walls of his home. He enjoyed the music of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, and was often found in the basement, working at his easel, while listening to his favorite records. He enjoyed many summer trips, exploring the old ghost towns and mining camps with his family and friends, and riding his horse, Gambler.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Edna Hover, and niece Tammie Romine, He is survived by his daughters, Andrea Perkins and Jodi Parish, his grandson, Quintin Perkins, and many beloved friends and family. Services to be held at a later date.
The family asks that donations in Carl’s memory be made to the Rialto Theater, the Masonic Home of Montana in Helena, or to a charity of your choice.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Carl’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Carl Joseph Bauer
Carl Joseph Bauer went to heaven to be with His Lord on January 23, 2022 at the age of 83 in Pueblo, Colorado. Carl was born on January 12, 1939 in Michigan where he lived until he entered the United States Air Force at age 18. He served as an airman flight specialist in the Korean War and was honorably discharged after sustaining a back injury during active duty. He then moved west where he met the love of his life, Jean Ada, in Kanab, Utah. Shortly after, they married and remained together for over 65 years. Settling in the Page, Arizona area, they lived in a modest home nestled in the mesas of North Arizona, raising their four children and serving their community.
Carl was dedicated to serving his community and improving life on the reservation. He worked as a chemical specialist at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) on the reservation, eventually becoming a train engineer for NGS. He also served as NGS booster president for several years and was an active member of the Elk’s Lodge in Page, AZ. One of his proudest achievements was bringing TV access for the first time to Page and the Navajo Mountain reservation area through his work in forming the Lake Powell Antenna-Vision in the 1970’s. He also served as a Silver Leader for the Commander’s Club for Disabled Veterans and was a life long member of the NRA. He retired from the Salt River Project/NGS after 24 years of service, and eventually, he and Jean moved to be closer to their children in Montana and Colorado.
Carl was a quiet man with firm convictions—the strength and foundation for his family. He had many talents especially in construction. Mostly, he enjoyed wood working and vintage car restoration and competition. He also loved oil painting and playing the accordion—especially at church. His life was a tapestry that though now complete, reflects the love for family, God, and demonstrated his kindness, gentleness, and thoughtful demeanor. His family greatly mourns his being gone, but rejoices greatly in having him as a father, grandfather, husband, and great-grandfather who we in Christ will see in Eternity. Carl is survived by his wife Jean Ada, sons Eric, Leonard, and Faron, daughter Terrie, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Glenn Dean Cook
Glenn Dean Cook, 93, passed away Monday, January 31, at St. Pat’s Hospital. Glenn died of a broken heart and other medical complications after losing Dede, his wife of 70 years, who passed 10 days earlier.
Glenn was born in Yakima, Washington, June 14, 1928, to Charles Deo and Ruth (Wickwire) Cook. He was second of three children.
Glenn spent his early years in Granger, Washington, and then Kimberley, Oregon, where he started grade school. His family moved often during the depression. They lived in Deschutes, Oregon, Emmett, Idaho, and Garrison, Montana, before moving to Elliston, Montana in 1936 where he attended 4th grade, and then to Deer Lodge for 5th grade through high school, graduating with the class of 1946. Glenn’s Dad died at age 43, in 1941.
He married Margaret Delia (Dede) Wales June 25, 1951. They were the first couple to be married in the new, re-built St. Thomas Catholic Church in Helmville, Montana. Dede’s grandparents, Conn and Delia (Mullen) Coughlin were the first couple married in the original church which succumbed to fire in 1948.
Glenn was drafted into the Army in 1948 and released in January 1950. He was called back to duty in September and stationed in Japan before the Korean War. He was discharged in October 1951.
He returned to Deer Lodge to carpenter for Jim Stevenson and Phil Berg Construction for 10 years and then purchased his first backhoe in 1960 and went into the excavation business. In 1965 he went to work as a Carman for the Milwaukie RxR, working nights, while continuing his excavation work. He retired from the railroad in 1980 and gave up the excavation work in 1994.
Glenn belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Carman’s Union, and once served as the Secretary of the Carpenter’s Union. He participated in league bowling in his younger days and was a competitive horseshoe pitcher.
He loved conversation and coffee in the mornings with his good friends. He followed the SF Giants from the days of Willie Mays and was Notre Dame and Green Bay all the way.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife and infant son, Charles (1955); his father, Charles; mother, Ruth and her husband, Art Hitz ; brother, Charles “Chuck” and wife, Joan (Neidt) Cook of Ronan; nephew, Charles Arthur “Artie” Cook; and daughter-in-law, Tina (Craig) Cook of Missoula.
He is survived by his sister, Bonnie and brother-in-law and classmate Phil Berg of Deer Lodge; and 11 children: Earl and Linda (Sexton) of Milwaukie, OR; Kevin, Missoula; Cary and Jan (Harris) of Billings; Andrew and Patty (Parker), Deer Lodge; Laurie and Rick Hunter, Deer Lodge; Peggy and David Mannix, Helmville; Joel and Sandra (Carlson), of Portland, OR; Maury and Karen (Dumezich) of Butte; Maria and Johnny Jay Senecal, of Avon; Tom and Shauna (Balkovetz) of Great Falls; Brad and Katie (Harper) of Helena; 36 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and a family tree that continues to grow.
Mass of the Resurrection will be offered for both Glenn and Dede at The Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge and interment at the Helmville cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charity close to your heart.
Albert Charles “Chub” Wheat
Albert Charles “Chub” Wheat died unexpectedly the morning of February 4, 2022.
Chub was born in Deer Lodge on January 18, 1972. He was the son of the late Julia Hutchison and Paul Revere “Bill” Wheat. Chub graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1992.
Chub married the love of his life, Kelli Jacobson on August 8, 1998. They were blessed with the birth of their three children: Karson, Bridger, and Aliawna. Chub and Kelli divorced but continued to remain good friends and were always there for their children.
Chub never met a stranger in is life and could bullshit with anyone at any time. Chub loved the people he worked with at MT State Prison, golfing, hunting, fishing, going to Karson’s football games, going in the mountains with his kids, and hanging out with his kids and all their friends. Chub’s smile could light up the room, his laugh was infectious, his cocky grin made you smile, and his bear hugs were awesome.
Chub was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Marie Wheat Hutchison; father, Paul Revere “Bill” Wheat; brothers, Paul Revere “Billy” Wheat Jr, and John Foley “Buckwheat” Wheat.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Kelli Jacobson of Helena; children, Karson Revere Wheat, Bridger Christian John Wheat, and Aliawna Lane Wheat; sisters, Carla and Fred Beierle of Butte, Debby Brown of Trout Creek, Linda and Chic Hoenig of Helena, Cindy Marshall of Helena, Laura and Chet Periman of Deer Lodge, Val and Mitch Clement of Cottage Grove, WI; brothers, Skip Wilson of Butte, Jim and Karen White of Helena, many nieces, nephews, cousins.
A memorial for Chub will be at a later date and an announcement will be made.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Chub’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
James “Jim” Walrath
James “Jim” Walrath, 70, of Deer Lodge passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at St. Patrick Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.