September 28th, 2016
Darrell Lawrence Ward
Darrell Lawrence Ward, age 52, passed away on August 28, 2016, in a tragic plane accident at Rock Creek.
Born on August 14, 1964, in Hamilton, he was the son of Susan Brunner and Wayne “Skip” Ward. He attended Victor High School in Victor, and went on to work a multitude of positions as a farmer, logger, truck driver, and a celebrity for the History Channel’s, Ice Road Truckers.
Darrell enjoyed fishing, his jet boat, hunting, working on anything to do with automobiles, and especially driving long haul semi-tractor trucks. His greatest passion was his family and friends, and in recent years, the fans he met as a television personality. At the time of his death, he was a producer and star with Original Productions for a new television series, Tall Timber Pilots. The passion he had for his fans recently led him to create YOLOrx.com, an organization that assists with affordable prescription medications. He was also dedicated to supporting Special Olympics world-wide.
Darrell is survived by his son Reno Ward of Deer Lodge, daughter Terra Ward (Jarrett Brooks) of Anthony, Kans., granddaughters Laila Dodgen and Shaylee Brooks of Anthony, Kans., stepdaughter BreAnna Garner of Anthony, Kans., mother Susan Brunner of Harlowton, father Wayne “Skip” Ward (Sherry) of Custer, brother Wayne Ward (Susan) of Great Falls, sister Lauri Ward Teig (Ron) of Harlowton, sister Terri Ward of Harlowton, brother Justin Ward (Kizzy) of Custer, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many more family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Gregg Ward.
A private memorial service was held for family and close friends at 1 p.m. on September 3, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Deer Lodge; officiated by Pastor Shane Olson and the eulogy was given by Darrell’s lifelong friend, Bill Claassen.
In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set up for his grandchildren. Donations can be made to: Darrell Ward Memorial Fund, 1st Security Bank, Attn: Tom Christnacht, PO Box 629, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 or by calling (406) 846-2300.
Ohrla Catherine Batt Zoeteman
Ohrla Catherine Batt Zoeteman, 89 passed away on September 25, 2016 in Deer Lodge. Ohrla was born May 12, 1927 to George and Elizabeth Batt in San Pedro, Calif. into a family with six siblings. At an early age the family moved to western Nebraska and she graduated high school in Sidney, Nebr. Afterwards she attended beauty school and opened her own shop in Potter, Nebr. On a blind date in 1950 she met her future husband Elmer. They were married August 19, 1951 and celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. They eventually settled in Deer Lodge where she worked in the school system for 20 years. After retiring in 1987 her and Elmer enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona. She is survived by her husband Elmer Zoeteman; and her children, Kathleen Burt of East Helena, Dale (Kathy) Zoeteman of Deer Lodge, Linda (Kevin) Edwards of Golden, Colo. and Carey (Marty) Zoeteman of Dewey, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge, at 11 a.m. on Friday September 30. A luncheon will follow at The Broken Arrow, 317 Main Street. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Deer Lodge Elks Club.
Mary Sydney Bray
We lost our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend Mary Sydney Bray, 86, of Hall, on Sept. 18, 2016. She was born on Nov. 27, 1929 to Charles and Margaret Fyvie in Kellogg, Idaho. She married Leonard Bray of Hall on July 1, 1950. They resided on the family ranch in Hall. Mary was very proud of her Scottish heritage. Mary had a generous heart for service. She lived her life dedicating herself to her family and friends. The community calendar served as her diary which she used daily to send cards to countless friends and their families. Mary enjoyed working with the children at Hall Methodist Monday School for 40 years. She supported all of the activities of her children. She was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Hall Methodist Church, Margaret Cumming Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and PEO.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Margaret Fyvie, husband Leonard Bray, sister Peg Gutcher, brother-in-law Harold Bray.
She is survived by her children: Marjorie (Dwight) Wade of Three Forks-Sarah (Shane) Shoopman-Brian, Elektra; Sydney Wade-JT; Don (Honore) Bray of Hall-Marcus (Jen) Bray - Anthony, Marah, Russell; Kara (Jared) DeMers -DMitri, Sophie; Dale (Sunny) Bray of Grapevine, TX- Dustin (Ashley) Bray- Addison, Jacob; Taylor Bray; Dean (Cammy) Bray of Bismarck, N.D.- Lindsey Bray; Alex Bray; Dee (Gayle) Bray of Columbus- Deven Bray; Dillon Bray.
She is also survived by brother-in-law Ken Gutcher and sister-in-law Audrey Bray.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Hall Methodist Monday School.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sept. 24, 2016 at the Hall Methodist Church. Internment was held at New Chicago Cemetary. Jewell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ann Knight
On September 23, 2016 Mary Ann passed away after a long courageous battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones who were dear to her heart.
Mary Ann was born on November 2, 1960 to Jerome and Patricia Mattice; she was the second of five children. She grew up on a ranch west of Helena where she had many memories of riding her ponies with her siblings. She attended Capital High School in Helena. After high school she attended MSU at Bozeman.
She met the love of her life Hank Knight after Jerry and Pat bought their ranch in Avon in 1979. They were married on April 25, 1981. Together they had two children Pamela and Kelley. Mary Ann was a one of a kind, her family came first and she was a true and genuine friend to everyone she crossed paths with.
She was preceded in death, by her father Jerome Mattice. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Hank, two daughters Pamela (Jeff) Ford, Kelley (Shannon) Corey and five grandchildren who meant the world to her - Shaylee, Clinton, Rylee, Olivia, and Liam. She is also survived by her mother Patricia Mattice, and siblings Vicky Kluesner, Melinda (Joe) Neiman, Brad (Sherri) Mattice and Becky (Bill) Lowery, as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on October 1 at 2 p.m. at the Avon Church followed by a luncheon at the clubhouse and graveside services at 5 p.m.
Donations are suggested to either the Cancer Treatment Center (2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601) or the Avon Community Club (In care of Nick Beck- P.O Box 244 Avon MT 59713).
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