Walter Greig Godkin
Walter Greig Godkin went to be with his Savior Jesus on Feb. 1, 2019 at the Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Deer Lodge.
He was born in Brownwood, Texas Sept. 21, 1945. He attended the eighth grade in Philipsburg and then moved to Reno, Nev. Greig was an avid fly fisherman and also a wonderful gardener. He definitely had a green thumb.
He moved back to Philipsburg in the early 1970s and was a log truck driver. He continued that profession until his retirement. He logged around Philipsburg, Garrison, a short stint in Oregon and then he moved to Alaska. Logging in Alaska was an adventure, which he liked. The only way into the logging camps was by plane.
He met and married Joyce Downs in 1984 in Ketchikan, Alaska. She survives and resides in Ketchikan.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Charles and Ruth Godkin, brothers, Robert and Phillip and niece, Becky. He is survived by son Walter Barry Godkin; daughters, Sarah Chapman (Rick), Layla Brown (Joe); sister Norene McEvoy (Dennis) and brother Chuck Godkin (Kim); and nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held May 18 at the Philipsburg Cemetery. Dr Tom Wood of Christ Fellowship Church in Deer Lodge will be officiating.
Our thanks to the Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center and Dr. Qamar for the excellent care he received.
Bonnie Dot Penner
Bonnie Dot Penner, 81, of Bigfork, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.
Bonnie, affectionately known to others as “Tiny,” was born on Sept. 7, 1937, to Austin and Nellda Dillree in Rexburg, Idaho, joining older sister Lois and brothers Gary and Larry. The family relocated to Ovando. She attended Missoula County High School in Missoula and graduated in 1955.
Bonnie’s greatest treasure was her family. She loved celebrations that brought the entire extended family together. Any chance to gather, play cards, tell stories, and enjoy a family meal. No one ever went hungry around Bonnie, be it her family, friends, or the multitude of birds and sometimes deer fed from her front porch. She was also known for her homemade candy and cookies, which were eagerly anticipated and will surely be missed.
Bonnie’s other treasure was her yard. She possessed enviable gardening skills and spent countless hours in her yard, planting and tending to all her flowers and trees. Her efforts always brought amazement to visitors and Bonnie was delighted when her fruit trees would bloom, producing buckets full of pears and apples.
She was reunited in passing with her parents, Austin and Nellda Dillree, and brother Gary Dillree, among others.
She is survived by her sister, Lois James, and brother, Larry Dillree, both of Ovando. She is survived by her children, daughter Susan Nellda Cooper of Homedale, Idaho; son Geno Naef of San Antonio, Tex.; son Larry Penner of Bigfork; son Butch Naef of Spearfish, S.D.; son Jamie Penner of Bigfork; and daughter Ann Penner and son-in-law Todd of Helena; in addition to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved to squeeze and hug.
The family is planning to hold a celebration of Bonnie’s life this summer, when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom, just the way she preferred them.