August Christian Schulz III
August Christian Schulz III, age 70, of Deer Lodge, formerly of Missoula, Montana, passed away on March 6, 2022. Private services will be held at a later date. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of August. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for August and his family.
Services for Glenn and Margaret (Dede) Cook:
Rosary Vigil: April 1, 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass: April 2, 11 a.m. Immaculate Conception Parish
Burial: April 3rd, 1 p.m., Helmville, MT
Thomas “Tom” Tuthill Luce
April 20, 1935 -
February 13, 2022
Thomas “Tom” Tuthill Luce, 86, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 surrounded by loving family. Tom was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on April 20, 1935 to Ira T. and Mary C. Luce. He graduated from Powell County High School in 1953, proudly representing them in basketball on the runner-up team for the State Championship. Tom went on to attend the University of Montana in Missoula getting his Bachelor of Science in 1958 while also working as a Brakeman for the Milwaukee Railroad.
In 1959, he ventured north to Alaska to pursue a career in Education and Administration, working as a teacher and administrator with the On-Base-School system and the Anchorage School District for 28 years. Tom coached and refereed basketball, served in the Air National Guard and obtained his Masters in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He ultimately retired from education in 1987.
Tom spent the next twenty years in management with Holland America/Gray Line in Alaska, which led to more time on the railroad in Denali Park and Portage Glacier as well as world-wide travels. He retired from tourism as the Shore Operations Manager in San Diego, CA in 2008.
His love of travel, hunting and golf was eclipsed when he started his ultimate career as Grandpa to Hunter (2000), Mike (2006) and Sam (2008). He settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to be near “his boys’’ and live his best retirement.
Tom is survived by his brother Bert Luce (Carol) of Evanston, IL, his ex-wife Peggy Luce of Warrenton, NC, daughter Mary Peeff (Dan) and grandsons Hunter, Michael and Sam Peeff of Pleasant Hill, CA, son Tom Luce (Laura) of Warrenton, NC, and cousin Margy Pat Lawrence of Spokane, WA. Tom requested no funeral services; rather, in Tom’s memory, memorials can be made to two charities near and dear to his heart - the Make A Wish Foundation or to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.
Larry E DeYott
September 11, 1964 –
February 6, 2022
On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Lawrence Eugene DeYott, who had stood in the gap to battle so many times for us, lost his 7-week battle with Covid and passed away at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife and children by his side.
He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Deanna Rennie DeYott, daughter Katherine Louise DeYott and son Joseph Edward DeYott; his mother Connie McCarthy DeYott; seven siblings Joy & (Jim) Grady, Denise DeYott, Donata DeYott, Lorrie DeYott, Dan Joe DeYott, Rae Ann Forseth, Bill & (Sandy) DeYott; sister-in-law Dianna Rennie, brother & sister-in-law Michael and Laurie Rennie, brother-in-law Chad Rennie; fifteen nieces and nephews, seven great nieces and nephews, a multitude of cousins, and a Corps of brothers from around the world.
He was preceded in death by his father Donald Edward DeYott, his mother-in-law Roberta Haptonstall Rennie, father-in-law Joseph Rennie Jr., three siblings, Stephen Edward, Debra Ann and Patricia Ann, and two nephews.
Larry was born in Butte on September 11, 1964, on a Friday night, interrupting his father’s watching of the Butte Central football game. He was raised in Deer Lodge where he graduated from Powell County High School in 1982 (thanks to Deanna’s ability to complete his English courses). The year before he graduated from high school, Larry enlisted in the Marine Corps in the delayed entry program and proudly served for 33 and ½ years before retiring as a Master Gunnery Sergeant.
He married Deanna Rennie on April 16, 1983, in Drummond, Montana and promptly deployed to Okinawa on his first of many deployments of his Marine Corps career around the world. Katie and Joey were both born in sunny, southern California and enjoyed different cultures and experiences in their father’s career. Larry was always very proud of his children, their accomplishments and their adaptability. He was able to bring his family to Abu Dhabi, UAE and Gaborone, Botswana, Africa while he served as Detachment Commander for the Marine Security Guard Detachment in those locations.
While in Africa he was able to fulfill every little boy’s dream of an African big game hunt during which Larry bagged a kudu, which was barbecued and shared with his Marines and friends. The Kudu shoulder mount is displayed at his parent’s home. He also snagged a tiger fish on the Zambezi River that his father proudly displayed for years.
Larry’s first assignment after graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Infantry Training School Camp Pendleton was “Charley” Company 1st Battalion 7th Marines. He served in “Echo” Company 2nd Battalion 9th Marines; Marine Combat Training at SOI Camp Pendleton; and 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. Larry served as an instructor at Headquarters and Instructor Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (West). Larry was Operations Chief at Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, G-3. He graced the halls of Headquarters Marine Corp, Marine Manpower Enlisted Assignments, where he served as the 0369 monitor. Larry was then assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force, G-3 section as the Operation Chief for I-MEF (fwd) in Iraq. Larry then served as Operations Chief/Senior Enlisted Advisor to the J-3, of the International Joint Command, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul Afghanistan, where he worked with peers from other countries. Master Gunnery Sergeant DeYott was then assigned to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group as the Operations and Training Chief. A year later he transferred to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and assumed the billet of Senior Enlisted Advisor until his retirement in 2014.
His personal awards include: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fourth award), and Combat Action Ribbon (Iraq), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation (second award), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (fourth award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (tenth award), National Defense Service Medal (second award), Armed Forces Expeditionary medal (Jordan), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (W/1 Star) Iraq Campaign Medal (W/1 Star) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (Iraq), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (11), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (3), Marine Security Guard Ribbon, NATO Medal - ISAF Afghanistan, Sharpshooter Rifle Badge, Expert Pistol Badge (5), Letter of Appreciation (3), Certificate of Appreciation (2), Meritorious Mast (3).
Larry participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 8/8/04-3/24/05; Operation Iraqi Freedom from 1/26/06-2/14/07; Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan from 12/08/09 -12/23/10.
Respected, loved, admired, and often emulated by subordinates, peers, and seniors alike. He dedicated his entire career to the ‘service’ of his Marines and their accomplishments are a testament to his dedication and love. Larry was a pillar within the Master Gunnery Sergeant community and, even in retirement, Larry was a mentor and instructor to Marines in his work as an independent contractor. He enjoyed working with his friends, whose knowledge and skills and camaraderie were one of the best parts of retirement.
Larry was finally able to take a hunting trip this past fall with his Marine Corps brothers John (Hank) Polyzos, Michael Horne and longtime friend Art Collins. They had a great time, even though no animals were harmed by them in the great Montana outdoors.
You may share your condolences at the Covenant Funeral Home website (https://www.covenantfuneralservice.com/tributes/Larry-DeYott) for family and friends to enjoy.
If you wish to send flowers, we ask for no lilies please due to medical concerns. Flowers may be sent to the DeYott Family at 1012 Kentucky Ave Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Larry will be interred near his father, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, MT at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Following the graveside service, a celebration of life and luncheon will be held at the Deer Lodge Elks Lodge. Please bring your stories and memories to share.
Richard “Dick” Hugh Forson
Richard “Dick” Hugh Forson, passed away peacefully at home in Deer Lodge, MT early Wednesday morning, February 16, 2022. He was 80 years old.
Dick was the youngest of 6 children born to Alfred and Ruth Forson in Reno, Nevada on May 19, 1941.
Dick grew up in Reno and as a child enjoyed working with and learning from his father on the family farm. He sang in the high school choir and was very proud to be included on the album recorded during his performance with the Western Division All-Conference Choir in 1959. Later in life he was known to always be singing – making those around him smile with his smooth voice and (sometimes silly) songs. After high school, Dick pursued his passion for woodworking and became a Master Carpenter.
In 1964 Dick met the love of his life, Darlene, in a bowling alley in Reno and 6 months later they ran off to Carson City to get married and begin a lifetime of love together. In 1966 Dick and Dar moved with their infant son, Leonard, to the Deer Lodge Valley, where they spent most of their 56+ years together. Dick worked at the Job Corps outside of Anaconda where he started as a Carpentry Instructor and eventually ran the Carpentry Program. After spending a few years back in Reno where he enjoyed competing in and judging carpentry competitions, Dick and Dar returned to Deer Lodge to continue to run the Lovell Ranch raising cattle, and growing grain and alfalfa hay. In the early 1990s, Dick left the ranching industry and went to work for the Deer Lodge School District. He retired in 2004. Dick spent his retirement years doing what he loved – gardening, woodworking projects, and a never ending list of fixing and creating things that “needed to be done”.
Dick was known by all for his humble and kind spirit and his uncanny ability to build absolutely anything. He was a very hard working, gentle man who loved people and always saw the best in everyone. He always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh and joke and have a good time. He was admired by all who knew him for his positivity and strong work ethic.
Dick’s family was the most important part of his life. The life he built with Darlene was a true love story. They were inseparable. His children – Leonard, Deldee and Adele and his grandchildren – Brandon, Austin and Gracie were his pride and joys. He was the absolute best husband, Dad and Papa and is greatly missed already. He left behind a ton of great memories to be shared among everyone who knew him.
Dick is survived by his wife Darlene, son Leonard (Stacey), daughters Deldee Castorena and Adele Forson, grandsons Brandon and Austin Forson, granddaughter Gracie Castorena and sister Martha McCamant.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Kristin, Mandie, Jeannie and Libby from Senior Solutions for helping to take such great care of him through the last part of his journey here on earth.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, 2/25 at 11am at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, followed by a come-and-go reception at the family home for anyone who would like to stop by for snacks and memories.
Memorial donations can be sent in Dick’s honor to the charity of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences can be mailed to his home, or shared by visiting www.buttefuneralhome.com. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Dick and his family.
Harvey Mervin Gould
Harvey Mervin Gould, 94, of Missoula Montana, passed away on Thursday, February 17th 2022. Arrangements are under the care of Just Cremation Montana.
James Joseph Walrath
We will forever miss the man with the wonderful smile, great sense of humor, kind heart, ever present enthusiasm, and an abundant amount of thoughtfulness. His name was James Joseph Walrath, born February 19, 1951. On that day he joined a family with parents Gilbert and Arlene Walrath and brother Jack in Shelby, Montana. Jim died February 2, 2022 in Missoula from complications of 56 years of diabetes.
After graduating in 1969 Missoula Sentinel High School, he attended the University of Montana. During college at University of Montana he met Christine Elliott. In 1973 they were married and the adventures began. Jim graduated with a degree in computer science. He worked until 1978 for Boeing in Seattle WA, and was able to bring his young family back to Montana in 1978 to work until retirement for Montana Power and later NorthWestern Energy. Soon a daughter, Jessie, appeared and became the focus of the pictures, then their second daughter Natalie Frances (“Fransie”) joined the happy group.
To our joy, Jason Dennee joined the family when he married Fransie in 2009. Jim became a Grandpa in 2010 and his face lit up when he held his granddaughter , Paige, for the first time. He became a Grandpa again in 2015 with the birth of Clay and the joy in his life doubled. He had such a wonderful time playing with his grandkids, finding neat toys and sharing his love of hot wheels and always willing to get on the floor to play. Lots more pictures!!
While in high school, Jim was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, also known as type I diabetes. He was very proactive. Jim was often sought out as a mentor for diabetics. He emphasized that children need to be in charge of their diabetes as much as possible. He felt that camps that taught this for young diabetics were wonderful. This helped him decide to join the Lions Club in Deer Lodge and was a member for over 25 years.
Through the years there were many projects Jim would tackle with the enthused mind of an engineer. He could fix things, rig things, and make things. He loved golf, skiing, hiking, travel, yard work, woodwork and trips to the dump. For some reason he would rescue ironing boards from the dump in the days one was allowed a good rummage.
Jim is survived by his wife, Christine Walrath of Deer Lodge; his daughters Jessica Walrath of Missoula, and Natalie Frances Walrath Dennee and son-in-law Jason Dennee and two grandchildren Paige Dennee and Clay Dennee all of Bozeman; his brother Jack Walrath of Missoula and nephew Patrick Walrath of Missoula. He has numerous cousins who he loved as well and happily counted his friends as family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Arlene Walrath, his father in law (William Elliott), mother-in-law (Corinne Elliott) and his wife’s Grandmother, Frances Elliott with whom he shared a wicked sense of humor.
We thank all the friends, family members, and medical staff that contributed to his happiness and efforts to stay with us as long as he did. A graveside service will be held in the spring.
Jim’s favorite charities were Juvenile Diabetes Camp: to donate to a Montana Camp go to www.mydiabetesalliance.org/donate, Habitat for Humanity, and Lions or any charity of your choice.
His favorite saying at times like this: “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened!” We are so happy that this life happened.
Carl H. “Sonny” Parish, 75
August 5th, 1947 -
February 1st, 2022
Carl Hiriam Parish, known as “Sonny” to his friends and family, passed away on February 1st, 2022 of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family. Carl was born on August 5th, 1947, to Carl William and Phoebe L. Parish in Dillon, MT. As he grew older, the family relocated to Deer Lodge, where he attended Powell County High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, and was honorably discharged.
He married Noreen G. Hamilton in 1975, and was blessed with two daughters, Andrea and Jodi.
Carl was a life member of Deer Lodge #14 AF&AM, Floral Chapter #46 OES, Royal Arch and Knights Templar organizations. He was an active member over the years, serving on the Youth Center board and doing charitable work with the Masons, including the Bikes for Books program. He worked as a sawyer for Louisiana Pacific, later Sun Mountain Lumber for over 30 years, and was employed at the Deer Lodge Landfill, until his retirement in 2019.
Carl had a passion for art as evidenced by the many landscape paintings that adorned the walls of his home. He enjoyed the music of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, and was often found in the basement, working at his easel, while listening to his favorite records. He enjoyed many summer trips, exploring the old ghost towns and mining camps with his family and friends, and riding his horse, Gambler.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Edna Hover, and niece Tammie Romine, He is survived by his daughters, Andrea Perkins and Jodi Parish, his grandson, Quintin Perkins, and many beloved friends and family. Services to be held at a later date.
The family asks that donations in Carl’s memory be made to the Rialto Theater, the Masonic Home of Montana in Helena, or to a charity of your choice.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Carl’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
Carl Joseph Bauer
Carl Joseph Bauer went to heaven to be with His Lord on January 23, 2022 at the age of 83 in Pueblo, Colorado. Carl was born on January 12, 1939 in Michigan where he lived until he entered the United States Air Force at age 18. He served as an airman flight specialist in the Korean War and was honorably discharged after sustaining a back injury during active duty. He then moved west where he met the love of his life, Jean Ada, in Kanab, Utah. Shortly after, they married and remained together for over 65 years. Settling in the Page, Arizona area, they lived in a modest home nestled in the mesas of North Arizona, raising their four children and serving their community.
Carl was dedicated to serving his community and improving life on the reservation. He worked as a chemical specialist at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) on the reservation, eventually becoming a train engineer for NGS. He also served as NGS booster president for several years and was an active member of the Elk’s Lodge in Page, AZ. One of his proudest achievements was bringing TV access for the first time to Page and the Navajo Mountain reservation area through his work in forming the Lake Powell Antenna-Vision in the 1970’s. He also served as a Silver Leader for the Commander’s Club for Disabled Veterans and was a life long member of the NRA. He retired from the Salt River Project/NGS after 24 years of service, and eventually, he and Jean moved to be closer to their children in Montana and Colorado.
Carl was a quiet man with firm convictions—the strength and foundation for his family. He had many talents especially in construction. Mostly, he enjoyed wood working and vintage car restoration and competition. He also loved oil painting and playing the accordion—especially at church. His life was a tapestry that though now complete, reflects the love for family, God, and demonstrated his kindness, gentleness, and thoughtful demeanor. His family greatly mourns his being gone, but rejoices greatly in having him as a father, grandfather, husband, and great-grandfather who we in Christ will see in Eternity. Carl is survived by his wife Jean Ada, sons Eric, Leonard, and Faron, daughter Terrie, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Glenn Dean Cook
Glenn Dean Cook, 93, passed away Monday, January 31, at St. Pat’s Hospital. Glenn died of a broken heart and other medical complications after losing Dede, his wife of 70 years, who passed 10 days earlier.
Glenn was born in Yakima, Washington, June 14, 1928, to Charles Deo and Ruth (Wickwire) Cook. He was second of three children.
Glenn spent his early years in Granger, Washington, and then Kimberley, Oregon, where he started grade school. His family moved often during the depression. They lived in Deschutes, Oregon, Emmett, Idaho, and Garrison, Montana, before moving to Elliston, Montana in 1936 where he attended 4th grade, and then to Deer Lodge for 5th grade through high school, graduating with the class of 1946. Glenn’s Dad died at age 43, in 1941.
He married Margaret Delia (Dede) Wales June 25, 1951. They were the first couple to be married in the new, re-built St. Thomas Catholic Church in Helmville, Montana. Dede’s grandparents, Conn and Delia (Mullen) Coughlin were the first couple married in the original church which succumbed to fire in 1948.
Glenn was drafted into the Army in 1948 and released in January 1950. He was called back to duty in September and stationed in Japan before the Korean War. He was discharged in October 1951.
He returned to Deer Lodge to carpenter for Jim Stevenson and Phil Berg Construction for 10 years and then purchased his first backhoe in 1960 and went into the excavation business. In 1965 he went to work as a Carman for the Milwaukie RxR, working nights, while continuing his excavation work. He retired from the railroad in 1980 and gave up the excavation work in 1994.
Glenn belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Carman’s Union, and once served as the Secretary of the Carpenter’s Union. He participated in league bowling in his younger days and was a competitive horseshoe pitcher.
He loved conversation and coffee in the mornings with his good friends. He followed the SF Giants from the days of Willie Mays and was Notre Dame and Green Bay all the way.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife and infant son, Charles (1955); his father, Charles; mother, Ruth and her husband, Art Hitz ; brother, Charles “Chuck” and wife, Joan (Neidt) Cook of Ronan; nephew, Charles Arthur “Artie” Cook; and daughter-in-law, Tina (Craig) Cook of Missoula.
He is survived by his sister, Bonnie and brother-in-law and classmate Phil Berg of Deer Lodge; and 11 children: Earl and Linda (Sexton) of Milwaukie, OR; Kevin, Missoula; Cary and Jan (Harris) of Billings; Andrew and Patty (Parker), Deer Lodge; Laurie and Rick Hunter, Deer Lodge; Peggy and David Mannix, Helmville; Joel and Sandra (Carlson), of Portland, OR; Maury and Karen (Dumezich) of Butte; Maria and Johnny Jay Senecal, of Avon; Tom and Shauna (Balkovetz) of Great Falls; Brad and Katie (Harper) of Helena; 36 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and a family tree that continues to grow.
Mass of the Resurrection will be offered for both Glenn and Dede at The Immaculate Conception Church in Deer Lodge and interment at the Helmville cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charity close to your heart.
Albert Charles “Chub” Wheat
Albert Charles “Chub” Wheat died unexpectedly the morning of February 4, 2022.
Chub was born in Deer Lodge on January 18, 1972. He was the son of the late Julia Hutchison and Paul Revere “Bill” Wheat. Chub graduated from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1992.
Chub married the love of his life, Kelli Jacobson on August 8, 1998. They were blessed with the birth of their three children: Karson, Bridger, and Aliawna. Chub and Kelli divorced but continued to remain good friends and were always there for their children.
Chub never met a stranger in is life and could bullshit with anyone at any time. Chub loved the people he worked with at MT State Prison, golfing, hunting, fishing, going to Karson’s football games, going in the mountains with his kids, and hanging out with his kids and all their friends. Chub’s smile could light up the room, his laugh was infectious, his cocky grin made you smile, and his bear hugs were awesome.
Chub was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Marie Wheat Hutchison; father, Paul Revere “Bill” Wheat; brothers, Paul Revere “Billy” Wheat Jr, and John Foley “Buckwheat” Wheat.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Kelli Jacobson of Helena; children, Karson Revere Wheat, Bridger Christian John Wheat, and Aliawna Lane Wheat; sisters, Carla and Fred Beierle of Butte, Debby Brown of Trout Creek, Linda and Chic Hoenig of Helena, Cindy Marshall of Helena, Laura and Chet Periman of Deer Lodge, Val and Mitch Clement of Cottage Grove, WI; brothers, Skip Wilson of Butte, Jim and Karen White of Helena, many nieces, nephews, cousins.
A memorial for Chub will be at a later date and an announcement will be made.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Chub’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
James “Jim” Walrath
James “Jim” Walrath, 70, of Deer Lodge passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at St. Patrick Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
Margaret Delia “Dede” Cook
Life-long Powell County resident Margaret Delia “Dede” Cook, 90, passed away Friday, January 21, 2022, at St. Patrick Hospital, of natural causes.
Dede was a “Wales Girl.” She was born November 11, 1931 to Eugene Earl and Ruperta “Ruby” (Coughlin) Wales of Helmville. She was raised on the Wales Brother’s Ranch and attended Helmville schools. First year of school she attended the Blackfoot School, 5 miles from the ranch. She boarded with Uncle Dave and Aunt Lucy (Bignell) Coughlin. The next seven years, she attended school in Helmville and boarded with her Mom’s cousin, Francis (McCormick) Potts. She and her sisters attended high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula under the care of The Sisters of Providence. She graduated class of 1949 and went on to earn a 2-year Teaching Certificate from the College of Education in Great Falls in June of 1951. She married Glenn Dean Cook June 25, that same year. They had met and dated when she was 15 and shared 70 years of marriage.
Dede was a devoted wife, and mother of 12 who kept the books, managed the calls and billing for Glenn’s excavation business and even drove the dump truck if needed. She substitute taught in School District #1 after her youngest reached Jr. High. As a member of The Immaculate Conception Parish, she served as a Eucharistic minister, parish council member, sacristan, and religious education instructor. She provided visitation and communion to the sick at Colonial Manor. She belonged to the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers. She was an adept card player and had time for everyone. She shared her wit and humor until her invitation to heaven.
Dede was welcomed into heaven by her parents, and her infant son, Charles (1955); her brothers: infant Hugh Wales, and Ed Wales; sisters Anna Marie (Sidney Duane Cooper); Ruperta Jean (George Larson); Elizabeth Joan (Frank Pope); Francis Bernadette (Pete Senecal); Shirley Wales; daughter-in-law Tina (Craig) Cook; nephews Tom and Rodney Senecal, and Michael Larson; Glenn’s mother, Ruth, and husband Art (Hitz); Glenn’s brother Chuck and wife, Joan, and their son, Charlie.
She is survived by her husband Glenn, sister-in-law Esther (Boyle) Wales of Selah, WA; sister-in-law, Bonnie Berg and husband, Phil, of Deer Lodge, and 11 children: Earl and Linda (Sexton), Milwaukie, OR; Kevin, Missoula; Cary and Jan (Harris), Billings; Andrew and Patricia (Parker), Deer Lodge; Laurie and Rick Hunter, Deer Lodge; Peggy and David Mannix, Helmville; Joel and Sandra (Carlson), Portland, OR; Maury and Karen (Dumezich), Butte; Maria and Johnny Jay Senecal, Avon; Tom and Shauna (Balkovetz), Great Falls; Brad and Katie (Harper), Helena; 36 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and families.
Funeral services are pending.
Nancy Taylor Farel
August 7, 1945–January 9, 2022
Nancy Elizabeth Taylor Farel of Boulder died on Jan. 9, 2022 after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 76.
Nancy was born on Aug. 7, 1945 in Bozeman, Montana and adopted at birth by Ethleen Muriel (Ryan) Taylor and William Richard Taylor.
A very loved only child, she was raised in Anaconda, Billings and Deer Lodge, Mont., where her father served as an attorney and district judge. Nancy enjoyed horseback riding growing up and as her Alzheimer’s progressed told many stories about her youthful adventures with horses.
After graduating from Powell County High School in 1963, she went to the University of Colorado Boulder, where she graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate. She was a talented artist, particularly in watercolor and pottery, and enjoyed her time as a student art teacher at Casey Junior High School and Baseline Junior High School.
She met the love of her life, Charles A. Farel, in January 1969, on a blind date at a dinner party orchestrated by their respective bosses (who were married to one another). It was truly love at first sight and after a six-month courtship, Nancy and Charlie married at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Boulder on July 12, 1969.
They welcomed their daughter Alexis (Lexie) Elizabeth Farel on Oct. 21, 1973. A few years later, Charlie had the good fortune to be given a one-year overseas assignment with IBM in Southampton, England. While living there, they traveled extensively in Europe, where Nancy collected the prized antique glass citrus reamers she proudly displayed on her kitchen wall.
When Lexie was young, Nancy enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, school-homeroom mom, Girl Scout troop leader, dance mom and swim team mom. She and Charlie were incredibly supportive parents and attended every one of Lexie’s competitions and activities.
In 1982, Nancy started a color consulting and image styling business, which evolved into Nancy Taylor Farel and Associates. It was a perfect career that maximized all her strengths: a keen eye for color, incredible artistic style and her desire to help people feel great and look their best.
She had a tremendous impact on the clients and businesses that she worked with, creating individual color palettes based on each one’s unique coloring and teaching them how best to use color ourselves (aka The Talk). She also choreographed fabulous fashion shows, hosted private shopping events with stores, worked in many, many closets, shopped endlessly for her clients and selected the perfect eyeglasses for all. People came from all over the world to work with her.
Nancy served as a board member of Fashion Group International, which took her on travels across the U.S., and to Australia, London, and France. She was not only an incredibly talented stylist, but also became life-long friends with many of her clients. You could tell who she worked with because they were always the best dressed in the room.
Nancy, a talented chef, and Charlie, a fantastic bartender, loved entertaining friends and Charlie’s StorageTek business associates at their stunning home. Together, they traveled the world, collected beautiful contemporary art, enjoyed opera performances, ballroom danced the nights away and shared a deep and loving relationship until their love story was cut short when Charlie passed unexpectedly in 2000.
Nancy was an incredible grandma to her two grandsons, who named her Nano. She was fully devoted and extremely proud of the boys, enjoying time with them each and every day. She never missed an opportunity to be with them and, just as she and Charlie had with Lexie, attended every school event, hockey game, swim meet and water polo game. An energetic and loving grandma, she enjoyed many adventures and travels with Lexie and Linus and the boys.
Despite the challenges Nancy faced, she always remained positive and lived life with zest. She was a vibrant, caring, humorous, engaging and beautiful person and she will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her daughter Alexis (Lexie) Wang, son-in-law Linus Wang, and beloved grandsons Charlie and Jamie Wang, all of Boulder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, mother and father.
M.P. Murphy and Associates are handling local arrangements. A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the COVID pandemic.
Contributions may be made to to Dress for Success Denver at denver.dressforsuccess.org or TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes) at tgthr.org, two organizations Nancy supported.
Guy Frank Stoner
Guy Frank Stoner, age 76, of Elliston, Montana, passed away on January 19, 2022. He had been in failing health for quite a while with a lot of injuries over the years. His body said, “I’ve had enough of this, please let me rest in peace without pain, so I can hunt and fish again.”
Guy was born on July 23, 1945 in Helena, Montana to Frank and Edith Stoner. He lived his whole life in the Sixth Ward until he moved to Elliston. On August 11, 1967 he married his soulmate, Mary Jo Miller, also from the Sixth Ward. They had a lot of fun and adventures in all those 54 1/2 years. They began their little family with their son Steven in 1968 and then their daughter Mikal in 1969.
Guy worked his whole life. Starting very young, with a paper route, a route that his children eventually had as well. Then his other jobs were working at his brother, Jack Smith‘s gas station, and many other gas stations. He also worked for Associated Foods as a teenager and worked at the Anaconda company where he ultimately quit to work for many construction contractors. In 1976, he started a concrete forming business, Stoner Concrete Forming. In 1987, they bought the bar in Elliston,MT, Stoner’s Last Chance Saloon.
He tried bartending, but said “this is not for me“and went back to pouring concrete walls. Guy and Mary Jo worked full-time at their day-jobs and also ran the bar with the help of a lot of people. Oh boy, that bar “Stoner’s” has a lot of mostly good memories over the years. They made friends with a lot of good people who were faithful customers to them.
Despite only having a high school education, Guy was a lifelong successful serial entrepreneur with a natural gift for marketing. These are some of the things he started at the bar, so they could make it through the slow times. There was a lovely legs contest following the Elliston VFD poker run; a fishing derby; a couple of naughty nighty parties; and the Duck Races for a few years which had the Tim Duck derby, the Beakness, and the Bilmont. Every year in February there was a chili cookoff, and the fun pool league with a big party at the end of the season.
He also started the famous Big Foot Hunt, every March, with a huge bonfire on their property. Hunters could purchase a license to hunt big foot, 2 wild Rainers, and many balloons for prizes, all while wading through snow or sometimes mud. Guy’s marketing for the Big Foot hunt was amazing, he would place ads in the newspaper about Bigfoot sightings and would visit places with Bigfoot and the wild Rainers which ended up as an article in the Helena IR. All these parties were supported with lots of help from many good friends with tons of memories and stories.
Guy Stoner loved the outdoors, especially to hunt, fish, ride dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and drag racing in his ‘34 coup. His nickname in the Sixth Ward was “fish” given to him for his love of fishing. He hunted in a lot of places in Montana.
Guy was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank and Edie; in-laws, Willie and Hazel Miller; brother, Jack Smith; sister and brother-in-laws, Wanda Smith, Maggie Wooten, Carol Finch, Johnny Finch, Carole Miller; and nephew, Terry Finch.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; son, Steve and partner Teena of Boise, ID; daughter, Mikal (retired Army Colonel) and son-in-law, Stuart Tyner of Great Falls, VA; grandchildren, Devon Lonigro of Elliston, Joshua and Nathan Tyner of VA; brother-in-law Jimmy Miller, sister-in-law, Joyce Smith, both of Helena.
Nieces and nephews, Deb Smith, Cindy (Gary) Eccleston, Brett (Sharon) Smith, Bud (Bobbie) Wooten, Kris Wooten, Robin (Bud) Biskis, Cindy (Joel) Platts, John Finch, Jason (Megan) Miller; and numerous cousins. Of special note, is the triad of cousins, from the Sixth Ward, Jim “Turtle” Backstrom and Tom “Juicy” Juhl, whose many adventures together with Guy could fill novels.
No services will be held at this time, however there will be a celebration of life this summer. Please watch for the notices and be prepared to share your many stories.
We also want to thank the staff and doctors on the second floor of St. Peter’s for their kind caring of Guy.
Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Guy.
Doris Hildebrand, age 90, of Deer Lodge, Montana, passed away on January 18, 2022.
No services are planned at this time.
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Kenneth Dean Johnson
On January 8, 2022, Kenneth Dean Johnson passed away at his home in Deer Lodge, Montana surrounded by his four children and family at the age of 75. Ken was born in Deer Lodge on November 14, 1946, to Allen Palmer Johnson and Marian Ruth (Christoffersen) Johnson.
He graduated from Powell County High School in 1965. After accepting a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Montana State University, he transferred to Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and graduated with a BA in 1969. Ken then began his career in education, teaching, and coaching. After leaving education, he became the proud owner/operator of Captain’s Quarters Dry Stak Marina in Le Claire, Iowa for 25 years. Ken returned to his beloved hometown, residing near his family’s ranch, in his beautiful log cabin built on their original homestead. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors, hunting, fishing, collecting horns, working on the family ranch, and tending to his land. Throughout those years, he spent time traveling and capturing pictures of beautiful scenery and special moments with loved ones.
In his later years, he found a passion for gathering Montana moss agates, tumbling and polishing them to perfection with his significant other Barb Simonsen. Ken was a devoted father and grandfather who made many trips to the midwest to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered as an advisor, role model, listener, and supporter of all their activities.
Ken is survived by his four loving children and 12 grandchildren Tonja Lynelle Ross (Logan, Connor), Dean Allen Johnson (Chloe, Madelyn, Mason), Kyle Robert and (Kari) Johnson (Koby, Tyson, Kendal, Trey, Presley), Austin Shane and (Adrienne) Johnson (Arley, Parker); and his four siblings John Johnson, Kay and (Carl) Hoyt, Dave and (Barb) Johnson, Cindy Clawson; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Allen and Marian Johnson.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 15th. Ken was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery, next to his parents. Condolences may be mailed to Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2009 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701 and will be forwarded to Ken’s family. Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Ken.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Ken and his family.
Darlene Carol Jacobsen Marsh
The love of Orin’s life, Darlene Carol Jacobsen Marsh, passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2021 after dealing with a number of illnesses. Darlene was born January 23, 1951 to Harry & Dorothy Jacobsen in Deer Lodge Montana. Where she grew up and attended various schools, graduating from Powell County High School. After graduation she worked for a short time in Butte before heading to Albuquerque, NM to join the Job Corp. While there she earned multiple certificates upon her graduation. She then returned to Montana taking a job at the Boulder River School and Hospital, where she worked with the deaf and blind, eventually meeting the love of her life, Orin Marsh. They were married June 12, 1976. Together over the next four years fostered six children. They were then blessed with the birth of their only child, Crispin, on May 18, 1980. Only 20 minutes after Mount Saint Helen’s first blew. During their time together they also had 15 dogs, as she was an avid dog lover. Darlene worked various jobs around the town of Boulder before going back to school for accounting, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in 1998. Her first grandchild was born 2002, Ethan Marsh, followed by Jordan Marsh in 2005. Besides doing whatever she could for her grandchildren, she loved to read mystery romance novels, watch the news and HGTV to get ideas to improve her home.
She is preceded in death by both parents, an infant sister Marlene, brother-in-law Ralph Hult and niece Hollie Hult. She is survived by her husband Orin Marsh, son Crispin (Heather) Marsh, grandchildren Ethan Marsh and Jordan Marsh. Sisters Jolene Hult and Kathy (Tom) McElderry and their children, Heather (Tripp) Mincey, Corrie Hult (Pat), Janay (Garrett) Karnath, and three great nephews. Also special friends, Dean and Connie Grenz and Peggy Bouldry.
Services will be held January 23, 2022 at Boulder United Methodist Church in Boulder, MT at 2pm.
Gregg D Enger
Gregg D Enger passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of December 23, 2021, from multiple myeloma.
Gregg loved life, which is evident from his determination to hold on to life for as long as possible.
Gregg was born in Belmont, CA, to Don O. and Janice A. Enger. He was raised in CA, but spent many a summer with his Uncle Pete in Deer Lodge MT. That close relationship with his uncle prompted him to move to MT, and to make his ancestral home his home. He loved his childhood, his siblings and the innocence that comes with a fantastic upbringing. Gregg was a skilled carpenter, logger, mechanic, and a fixer of all things. He loved his self-made job, and through good times and lean times, Enger Bros. Sawmill provided both an income and satisfaction of a job well done.
His two daughters brought pure joy to him. He was a patient and devoted father. He loved his chosen career and always said his hours were 9 to 2 with an hour off for lunch.
Those of us that knew him know this really wasn’t the case.
Gregg was an avid reader, and enjoyed sharing authors and books with his brother-in-law Dick. He had a talent for all things, but G Scale trains became his hobby of choice. He loved figuring out all of the intricacies of model railroading without benefit of manuals!
While most put a train under a tree at Christmas, Grandpa Gregg put a G Scale circus train, complete with sound under the tree!
Target shooting was another favorite hobby. Only in Montana can you go out on your back porch and “plink” a few at targets (don’t worry, there was no danger to human or critter). It may have been a little tricky shooting from the electric wheel chair, but he got the job done!
Gregg had a quick wit and a ready smile. He loved to laugh, and was not afraid to cry.
This amazing human being left each of us with a special memory of what a kind, gentle, good humored, and valuable person he was. Simply put, he was a “good guy.”
Gregg is survived by his mother, Janice Enger of Fallbrook, CA. His wife, Cindy Clawson. Daughters: Amanda Enger (Francis) of Carson City NV, Elizabeth Enger (Joe) of Boise ID. Grandchildren: Weslee, Kimber, and Lynkon. Sister Teri (Dick) Southworth Slagle ID and brother Tom (Gail) Enger Thompson Falls MT.
The family thanks all of the friends and relatives for all of their help, prayers, positive thoughts and assistance during the past few trying years.
Memorials are preferred to charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 2nd at The Pen Convention Center, 925 Main St., Deer Lodge, MT with a luncheon to follow at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main, Deer Lodge, MT.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Gregg. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Gregg and his family.
Earl Harry Hoppe
Earl Harry Hoppe, age 92, of Deer Lodge, Montana, died of natural causes on December 12, 2021, at St. Patrick’s hospital in Missoula, Montana.
He was born on October 23, 1929, to John and Hannah Hoppe in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County, Minnesota, the ninth of eleven children.
He was active in sports as a youth and graduated from high school in Henderson, Minnesota, in 1949. He met Mary Grayce Bisch, at the local Green Giant Cannery, and the two were married on August 15, 1951, at the Catholic church in Cleveland, MN. Earl was in the Army from March 1951--March 1953 (Honorable Discharge), and he was deployed to Korea where he delivered mail aboard a train running from Seoul to Pusan, sometimes under enemy fire.
He had a fulfilling career as a contractor and a trained union carpenter. Earl and Mary had nine children, all born in Mankato, Minnesota. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and after a hunting trip to Montana in 1973, he fell in love with Montana. In 1975, he and Mary packed the family, along with a hen and a dozen tomato plants, into a little Chevy LUV light pickup truck and moved to a mountain view hillside outside of Deer Lodge.
He provided well for his family. He was loyal, generous, and helpful to people. After retirement he helped his children remodel or build their homes and helped local non-profits with their construction projects. Earl spent many hours in his extensive garden and in the garage next to his wood stove and adopted stray cat. He kept busy hunting, fishing, canning pickles, smoking fish, making mule deer sausage and rhubarb wine, woodworking, cutting firewood and raising chickens. He grew petunias to give to the community and loved chatting around his barrel stove with his friends and family. When asked, he said that he wanted to be remembered for making great picture frames out of diamond willow.
Earl’s surviving family include Mary, his wife of 70 years, his children and their spouses: daughters- Mary Lynn (Jerry Stringer), Connie Girard, Gwen (Jim Day) and Rosie; sons- Allen (Susan), Terry (Katrina), Jerry (Marie), Charles (Anne-Marie), and John (Kirsten); and, his sister Alvera Carufel of Hastings, Minnesota. Earl and Mary were blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Earl was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy, Ethel, Freida, Joan and Myrtle, and brothers Adolf (Chris), Alfred, Lawrence, and Norman.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 605 Clark Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
The family is very grateful to friends and healthcare workers who helped him in his final days. We will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that any donations be made to the Deer Lodge Food Pantry, 101 Milwaukee Ave, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, or to the Church.
Daniel J. McDonnell
August 1948 – October 2021
Daniel J. McDonnell (Dan) was born in Butte, Montana to Patrick and Rose McDonnell in August 1948. Dan was returned to their loving arms on October 9, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Dan started his health care career as an attendant MSH at Warm Springs State Hospital in Warm Springs, Montana and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1978 from Montana State University. Soon after graduating, he joined the army, serving for 12 years and separating from service as a captain.
Dan entered the private health care field with Group Health Hospital in Seattle, Washington, as a surgical nurse for 24 years.
He had a passion for art, antiques, and music and was a BIG Barbara Streisand fan. Over the years, he gifted lovely antiques, and jewelry to his family. Dan will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.
Dan is received in heaven by parents Patrick and Rose McDonnell, brothers, Patrick, and Michael. He is survived by his loving sister Rose Marie Periman of Great Falls, Montana, nephews and nieces Kenneth Periman, Bob Periman (Lora), Annie Gilbert (Bill), Bill Periman (Ann-Margaret) and Tana Periman (Jim Nye). The family wants to express their heartfelt appreciation to Jean Robinson for her selfless care and friendship for Dan during his life and last days.
A graveside service will be held in the spring of 2022 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, Montana, with dates and times to be announced when arrangements are complete. Daniel will be laid to rest next to his parents.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer a condolence or share a memory of Dan. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Dan and his family.