Ethan Ryan Bossert
Ethan Ryan Bossert passed away in Deer Lodge, Montana, on Oct. 30, 2021, at the young age of 19.
Ethan was born on Aug. 8, 2002, in Livingston, Montana, to Kevin and Gwynne Bossert. He came into this world a fighter, four weeks earlier than he should have and weighing only 5 lbs. 5 oz. — small but mighty.
Ethan attended all of his K-12 years in the Deer Lodge and Powell County school districts. He graduated from Powell County High School with the Class of 2020.
Ethan had a genuine love for life and adventure. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, snowboarding, football and basketball. He also had a creative side that led him to love art and woodworking classes. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty working on his car and his truck when it was needed.
During his high school years, he was a wide receiver for the Wardens. He excelled in basketball his senior year, hitting his stride just in time. The Wardens reached the state games, winning the first game at a state tournament since 1983. Those were some of his proudest moments and his team achieved it by being great friends led by great coaches and never giving up the fight. He lettered for three years in both sports.
After graduation, Ethan’s adventurous spirit continued to soar, leading him to attend MSU-Gallatin in Bozeman and major in aviation. During the last 14 months of life, he earned his private pilot’s license and, most recently, earned his instrument rating. This love of flying earned him the nickname “Wing Man.” That name holds true to all of his friends.
Ethan was the true light in any room, a friend to everyone he met. He was the class clown, a notorious goofball and the best big brother, son, grandson, nephew and cousin. Since birth, he was known to everyone as the simple letter “E.” His closest friends later changed this to “E Money,” a perfect fit to his personality.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Robyn Jacobs. He is survived by his parents Kevin and Gwynne, and his little brother Liam Bossert, of Deer Lodge; his grandparents Eugene and Dianne Bossert, of Park River, North Dakota; and Bernard and Evangeline, of Parker, Arizona. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins Kory and Julie Bossert (Jameson, Ella); Kelly and Julie Bossert (Karter, Jackson, Peyton); Marisa Jacobs (Taylor, Fischer, Conner); Christin and Jake Thibodeau (Antawn, Evalynn); Molly and Chris Hall (Mia, Cortlend, Lauren); and William and Kelsea Jacobs (Piper).
Ethan’s final resting place is at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge. Cleared for Take Off Pilot Bossert!
Memorials in honor of Ethan may be made in his name to the Warden Booster Club (P.O. Box 845, Deer Lodge, MT 59722). Donations will be used for scholarships and the Powell County athletic program.
Services were held on Sunday, Nov. 7, at Powell County High School.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ethan.
Kenneth Eugene Fenner
Kenneth Eugene Fenner went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2021. Kenny was born in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, on June 4, 1938. Kenny wandered to Rudyard, Montana, at the age of 17 after attending a barn dance in Crary, North Dakota.
Kenny spent two years in the Army 101st Airborne Division as an army paratrooper. He then married Arlita, spent a short time in Anaconda and moved to Deer Lodge. Kenny worked at LP Lumber for 35-40 years and retired as an expert saw filer. Kenny was an avid softball player and bowler. Kenny was also a master of the chainsaw, ice fishing and driving the girls’ basketball bus to a Charley Pride 8-track featuring the song “Kaw Liga” with everyone singing along!! Kenny was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1737 and a longtime member of the city council of Deer Lodge.
Lastly, Kenny was FAMOUS for his baked goods, always providing his favorite people the best of his buns, cinnamon rolls and cookies. Kenny was an amazing human, husband, friend, helper to anyone, father and worker — he will be greatly missed.
Kenny is survived by his wife Arlita of 60 years; daughters Gwen (Rod) McRae of Polson, Montana, Mindy (Perry) Miller of Deer Lodge, Montana, Hallie Sewell of Belgrade, Montana; eight grandchildren Kory (Ashlynn) Dyk, Christopher (Tara) Dyk, Lisa Dyk, Tyler Dyk, Shawn Miler, Ryan Miller, Hannah Sewell, and Seth (Khetri) Sewell; three great grandchildren Fynnly Dyk, Scout Dyk and Mack Dyk; sisters Judy Streiffle and Mary Lou McLean; and brother Gary Fenner.
The family suggested that memorials in honor of Kenny be made to the Deer Lodge Elks BPOE #1737 (P.O. Box 777, Deer Lodge, MT 59722). A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (605 Clark St. in Deer Lodge). Military honors will follow mass.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Kenny.
Christian “Gene” Ronnemose
Christian “Gene” Ronnemose, age 80, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on Nov. 2. Services are pending at this time. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Gene.
Gayll R. Best
Heaven was blessed with a beautiful angel on Nov. 5, 2021, when Gayll R. Best joined her mother and father there. Gayll was the daughter of Helmer J. Lundgren and Ora M. Mosleth. She had one brother, Daryll Lundgren.
Gayll graduated from Butte High School in the Class of 1956. Following graduation, she worked at the Metals Bank, where many friendships were made. Later she met Raymond C. Feldt, and they eventually married. The pair moved to Helena where Gayll worked for Seaboard Finance Company. Together they owned the Spirit Shoppe and the Capri Lounge. They had one daughter, Debbie, before divorcing in 1969.
Gayll married Walter E. Best on July 30, 1970. Together they owned and ran Wally’s Place in Deer Lodge. They had two children, Heidi and Ty. They both left the bar business, moved to Butte and then later relocated to Silver Star. It was in Silver Star that Gayll created a beautiful country paradise for her family.
Gayll was preceded in death by her parents Helmer and Ora Lundgren; and her husband Walter E. Best.
She was survived by her brother Daryll Lundgren; her daughters Debora (Tim) Hansen and Heidi (Scott) Bernhardt; and her son, Ty J. Best. Gayll had six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. on the Jefferson River in Jefferson Acres in Silver Star, Montana.
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