Gordon Callant (Age 61) - Born in Deer Lodge on April 8, 1959 and died July 10, 2020.
Gordon passed away peacefully from pancreatic cancer in his home. His sister, Janice Callant, and Skyler Knuchel, who was like a son to him, were by his side. Refusing any conventional treatment for his cancer; Gordy died as he lived-fiercely proud and independent.
While raised in Deer Lodge and graduated in 1977 from Powell County High, Gordy also lived in Alabama, Alaska, California, Washington, and Wyoming. Gordon loved to travel and see the world. He traveled to many countries including Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, and Switzerland. Gordy also enjoyed his career driving a semi-truck throughout North America, and proudly visited every state within the United States of America.
Gordy was loved deeply by all those that knew him. He was known for being “The Keeper of Secrets” because he was a man of few words. Gordy rarely, if ever, said a negative word about anyone. He cared deeply for his friends, and loved his family dearly.
He is survived by his siblings Donna Callant, Richard Callant, Grant Callant, and Janice Callant. Gordy will be reunited in Heaven with his parents, Joe and Wilma, and Yogi, his beloved German Shepherd. We picture them now in a fantastic reunion.
Gordy’s family would like to recognize Montana State Prison where he worked for the last six years. The support they provided through this challenging time was incredible. Many of his colleagues donated their vacation and sick time so he could keep his health benefits, making it possible for him to continue on hospice. We are deeply grateful to all of those who supported him. God bless all of you.
Catholic Mass will be held on Saturday July 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722. (Due to COVID 19, only 50 people will be allowed in the church at one time.)
The same day, Memorial Party to follow after Mass at 1 p.m., at the home of Doug (Charlie) Beck: 1268 Greenhouse Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 PLEASE RSVP by 7/16/20 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret (Marge) Sowa
Margaret (Marge) Sowa died July 3, 2020. She was born in Deer Lodge on June 21, 1926 to Walter and Marie (Wales) Coughlin. She grew up in Helmville, attended grade school there and at St. Mary’s in Deer Lodge. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula and attended the University of Great Falls.
She married Daniel F. Sowa of Great Falls on June 23, 1945 at St. Joseph’ s Church in Seattle, Wash. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Shieldsville, Minn., the Legion of Mary, the Fatima Prayer Group, and Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers.
Survivors are Margaret (Peg) Kleven and son-in-law Tom, Mark Sowa, Tim Sowa and daughter-in-law Cindy, Ann Naas and son-in-law David, seven grandchildren, John (Jody) Sowa, Eric (Sue) Kleven, Alice (Duane) Rhodes, Matt (Melinda) Kleven, Jason Fortunato, Daniel Sowa, and Elizabeth Sowa, as well as eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gerry Coughlin, sisters Marilyn Hansen and Myrna Coughlin, all of Deer Lodge. Burial will be in Helmville in the fall. Memorials should be sent to your favorite charity.
Gregory “Tinker” Tangen
Gregory “Tinker” Tangen, 67, joined his beloved parents and younger brother on March 22, 2020. He is survived by his older brother; son, daughter and their spouses; and four grandchildren.
Greg moved with his family from North Dakota to Deer Lodge when he was a teenager. Best known as “Tinker” or “Tink,” because he was always tinkering with something, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating high school. He proudly served for 20 years, retiring as chief warrant officer two (CW2).
After his retirement, Greg lived in Washington state for a number of years before returning to Deer Lodge. He is fondly remembered for his love of country music, playing the guitar, good barbecue, animals and working on cars.
Greg’s ashes will be laid to rest during a private graveside service July 30, Hillcrest Cemetery, Deer Lodge. Those who knew Greg are invited to celebrate his life at 1 p.m., July 30, Corner Bar, 404 Main St., Deer Lodge.
Donations can be made to Partnership for Animal Welfare Humane Society (PAWHS) Deer Lodge, 226 Vigilante Dr.