Margaret (Margy) Barkell November 10, 1932 - November 13, 2022
Margaret (Margy) Barkell, 90, was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Ironrod, Mont., to her parents, Leland and Myrtle Graham. In 1950, Margaret married Richard (Dick) Lyle Barkell. They were married for 62 years when he passed in 2012. Margaret was a stay-at-home mom, which is the hardest job of all! Margaret’s favorite hobbies and activities included raising six children and being a part of every grandchild and great-grandchild’s life. Margaret also enjoyed gardening, reading, fishing, hiking, spending time at their summer home at Rock Creek, plus being the best cook and baker EVER! After raising all their children, Margaret and Richard loved to travel. They did cruises to many places – the Panama Canal, Alaska, the Caribbean, just to name a few. They also loved their fishing trips with many of their special friends to the West Coast, Alaska and several places across Montana – lots of great fishing stories were shared after those adventures. They also enjoyed their summers at Rock Creek. Their grandchildren remember so many special “stays” out there with their Grandparents – they are still surprised she survived them. She certainly had to be “one tough lady” to survive those trips! But all these cousins will always have a special bond together because of her special love and care to each one of them. Margaret passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2022, in her home in Anaconda, Mont., due to heart failure. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Myrtle Graham; her husband, Dick; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bud (Vi) Graham, Dave (Marion) Graham, Richard (Sandy) Graham, Danny Graham; sisters and brothers-in-law Jean (Norman) Gleason, Betty (Frank) VanWort, Nancy (Chuck) Patrick, and several very special brothers and sisters-in-law from Dick’s family. Margaret is survived by her brother, Bob (Penny) Graham; sons Rick of Philipsburg, Mont., Keith (Cheryl) of Philipsburg and Tim (Jodee) Barkell of Anaconda; daughters Vicki (Dave) Johnson of Anaconda, Sharon Mungas (Kyle) of Philipsburg, Karen (Ray) Bennett of Anaconda and daughter-in-law Deena (Bustos) Barkell of Bremerton, Wash.; grandchildren Dave Johnson of Billings, Mont., Rick (Noel) Johnson of Butte, Mont., Rico (Jamie) Barkell of Philipsburg, Randi Jo Barkell of Bremerton, Gina (Kale) Joyce of Billings, Craig (Colt) Mungas of Missoula, Mont., Joe (Shannon) Mungas of Philipsburg, Shauna Bennett of Butte, Lisa (Joe) Gentri of Missoula, Ashley (Justin) Irvine of Spokane, Wash., Jamie (Ben) Wagner of Billings, Jessica (Keith) Antonoli of Philipsburg, Brandie Barkell of Butte, Clint (Rachel) Barkell of Anaconda, Samantha (Cliff) Galle of Anaconda. Margaret is also survived by 33 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Margaret are suggested to Shriners, 911 W 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204; Saint Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Pintler Hospice of Anaconda, 118 E 7th St, Anaconda, MT 59711. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home, 107 Oak St., Anaconda. Please visit longfellowfinneganriddle.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Margaret. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Margaret and her family.
Lloyd Wallin February 23, 1926 - November 1, 2022
Lloyd Wallin, 96, died Nov. 1 at the Deer Lodge Medical Center. He was born in North Dakota, and educated in North Dakota and Minnesota. He attended first through 12th grade in Steele, N.D., and fought in the Navy in World War II. After the war, he enrolled in Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at the University of North Dakota and received his master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Lloyd was preceded in death by four brothers: Clarence in Steele, N.D., Norm in Bozeman, Mont., Wayne in Moorhead, Minn., and Ralph in Minot, N.D. Lloyd worked professionally in North Dakota and Montana. He was in business in Montana until his death. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Eleanor; sons Eric Todd and his wife, Terri, in Mukilteo Wash., and Paul and his wife, Barbara, in Montana. No funeral is planned; however, a celebration of his life is planned at a later date. In memory of Lloyd you can, if you choose, donate to the food bank, Kohrs Library or the Rialto.
Fred O. Fike February 23, 1934 - November 12, 2022
Fred Fike, 88, of Superior, Mont., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Nov. 12. He was known by his community as one who was always ready to help. He was a friend and helper to many. His love for Jesus Christ was very strong, and it kept him going through all the suffering. He fought cancer for 10 years. The last six months he broke his femur on his left leg and had several bouts of infection within his body. But Fred was a fighter through it all. He could always find a way to glorify Jesus, too. He said keeping busy was the best thing he could do. He would say, “I would rather wear out, than rust out.” Fred was a talented man. He could fix just about everything. He was a good mechanic, a good logger for 18 years and a very good carpenter. He built six homes over his married life. Fred grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He was 30 miles from town. When something broke, he just had to fix and mend it to get the work done. He was the youngest of 12 children. Farming in North Dakota was not an easy life. He came to Montana at 17 years old and worked on the railroad until he was old enough to work for the Anaconda Company. He married Tressie Rush of Deer Lodge, Mont. They were married 67 years. He would say, “She was the love of my life.” Fred is survived by his wife, Tressie Fike. Fred and Tressie had five children. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lillian Stocks (Terry) of Alaska. He is survived by David Fike (Kathy) of Whitehall, Mont., Deborah Rabel (George) of Gallatin Gateway, Mont., Kenneth Fike of Deer Lodge, Nancy O’Reilly (Matt) of Columbus, Mont.; and two surviving sisters, Ruth Mayor of California, and Gracie Schell of South Dakota. Fred and Tressie had 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Fred had a special talent for music all his life. He played the guitar and sang for church and for many other special events like the Mineral County Fair and for family benefits. Now he can be singing for Jesus and all the angels. Services for Fred will be at the Superior Community Church at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Come and join us for a fellowship dinner after the service to celebrate his life.