Lois Oglesbee Aaby
Lois Oglesbee Aaby born September 5, 1934 to Ernest and Eva Oglesbee in Boyd. When Lois was 16 years old she married the love of her life Dale Aaby. Together they had an adventurous life living wherever Dale’s work took them until 1959 when they settled in the Helena area. In 1997 they moved to the Deer Lodge Valley to enjoy the retirement life spending most of their time camping and fishing. She lived in the Deer Lodge Valley until she passed away on February 9, 2015.
Lois was proceeded in death by both her parents, husband Dale, and six siblings. Lois is survived by two sisters Laura and Ruth, three children Donna Foley of Clancy, Larry (Daryl) Aaby of East Helena, and Glenna (Barney) Hedges of Deer Lodge, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-grandchild on the way, two great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way as well as many nieces and nephews.
Lois will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
A memorial service for Lois will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Jewell Funeral Home at 11 a.m. in Deer Lodge.
Joseph Patrick “Pat” McGillis
Joseph Patrick “Pat” McGillis (1944 – 2015) died Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Missoula of complications from a stroke suffered two weeks earlier.
Pat was born August 1, 1944, to George F. and Ethel J. McGillis in Deer Lodge, where he grew up and spent most of his life. He graduated from Powell County High School in 1962 and from the University of Montana in 1966. He went on to attend graduate school at Stanford University, where he earned a degree in physical therapy in 1967. Pat remained a loyal fan of the Grizzlies and the Cardinal sports programs, attending many cold and snowy football games at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
In 1966, Pat married his beloved, Carol Ann Donich. They had grown up together and were to stay together for 48 years until the day of his death. In 1970, they had their first child, Erin Kathleen (McGillis) Beck, and later in 1980, their son and Pat’s namesake, Joseph Patrick McGillis, II. Nothing meant more to Pat than his family.
Pat’s heart’s desire was to fly airplanes. Though his country was embroiled in the War in Vietnam, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1967, and he and Carol spent a year in Texas where Pat attended flight school. He spent five years in the Air Force, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1970-1971. For Pat, the horrors of war were compounded by being so far from Carol and their new baby daughter Erin, missing her first words, her first steps, a loss he felt the rest of his life.
After the Air Force, Pat returned to Deer Lodge and opened his practice, Powell County Physical Therapy, where he worked until his retirement in 2010. Two of Pat’s most notable traits – his innate kindness and his Irish stubbornness – served him well as a therapist and as a friend. Pat never said no to a friend who needed help, he never gave up on a patient.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, George McGillis and Ethel McGillis, and his sister-in-law, Marikae Kinross-Wright (2012). He is survived by his wife Carol Ann, and their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Andy Beck of Missoula, their son, Joe and daughter-in-law Jenny Wilz, also of Missoula; grandchildren Drew Beck, now attending MSU-Bozeman, and Adam Beck; Keaton Patrick McGillis; his brother-in-law, Fred Donich (wife, Kitty); sister-in-law, Kathy Lantz (husband, Jeff); nephews A.J. Donich (Portland), John Marshall Donich (Kansas City); nieces Albee Donich Willett (Bozeman), Hillary Lantz Monastra and Beth Lantz (Fredericksburg); his brother Michael and nieces Cindy and Eileen, great nieces and nephews, Story Donich (John), Brooke & Hudson Willett, and Caleb Mosastra.
Memorial services were Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. Memorials can be made to Powell County Medical Foundation or donor’s choice.
James Bronson Werner
James Bronson Werner, 51, passed away January 29, 2015 at Saint Patrick’s Hospital where he spent his time trying to recover from liver failure. James was a man with many hobbies. He enjoyed cooking, spending time with family, watching NASCAR and driving truck.
James was born in Mt. Saint Helens, Wash. on December 9, 1963 to Joy Bronson and Abe Werner. James was the youngest of four children. He is survived by his sister, Jackie, and brothers, John and Jerry. Fourteen years after his birth his mother, Joy, passed, at that time Jan and Duane Sanford raised him as one of their own.
When James was 25 he married Laura Rochon and later had three children, Chris, Becky and Jamilyn. In 1998, James moved his family to Montana where he continued to watch them grow. At the young age of 51, James was blessed with six grandchildren. Jazmin and Jaired from daughter Becky, of Wyoming. Oscar and Otto from Chris and Brody, and Bailey from Jamilyn, both of Deer Lodge.
James will continue on with his late mother and father, Uncle Duane and cousin Jeff. Come join our celebration of life luncheon on February 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Room at the Broken Arrow.
William Larry Weaver
Montana State Prison inmate William Larry Weaver #3005579 (DOB: 7-12-59) died on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
Inmate Weaver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. His death was unexpected and an autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner. No foul play was suspected.
Inmate Weaver was serving a sentence of life for the crime of Deliberate Homicide, committed with a dangerous weapon. He fell out of Missoula County.