Stuart Harold Noble
Stuart Harold Noble passed away on July 7, 2021, surrounded by family and friends in his home in Deer Lodge, Montana, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Stu was born March 6, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent his early childhood in the Sudan and his school years in Ethiopia where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. Stu joined the Navy in 1979 and was stationed on ballistic missile submarines and deep submergence vehicles. He left the military in 1994 and briefly managed video stores in southern California and Deer Lodge until 2002, when he started his own long-haul trucking business with a close friend.
Throughout his life, Stu’s passion and hobby was flying. In 2016, he turned to it full time, becoming a flight instructor and then a commercial pilot. Stu was always the “fun uncle” and enjoyed spending time with and entertaining family and friends. He was always up for an adventure and showed unwavering loyalty and generosity to those he loved.
He will be buried in a family plot in New Concord, Ohio, alongside his parents Glenn and Irene (Adams) Noble, of Waverly, Ohio. Stu is survived by his sister Nancy (Noble) Hamilton of Durham, North Carolina; and nephew Wesley Hamilton and niece Nina Hamilton, both of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ryan Brown, 41, of Gold Creek, Montana, died on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at his residence in Gold Creek. Services are pending. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.
William “Rick” Gow
William “Rick” Gow passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 19, 2021, into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ.
He was born on Jan. 19, 1950, to Robert and Betty (Weber) Gow in Missoula, Montana. He joined brothers Jerry and Jim, and sister Betty Jo, and later welcomed brother George. He married Peggy Wohlers on Sept. 22, 1978, and they would have celebrated 43 years together this year. They were blessed with two daughters, Becky and Jessie. Rick loved his family dearly, and his daughters were his pride and joy. His eyes would light up whenever they were around, and he was so proud of their accomplishments.
Rick grew up in Bonner, Montana, attending Bonner Grade School and Missoula’s Sentinel High School. He graduated as a medical technician from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and was certified as a clinical laboratory scientist by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel in 1976. He was also a radiologic technologist.
Rick and Peggy made their home in Deer Lodge, Montana, where he worked at Powell County Memorial Hospital, the Deer Lodge Clinic, and also was an EMT. Rick went on to work at the White Sulphur Springs hospital and finished his career at St. Peter’s Health hospital in Helena, Montana. Rick was a dedicated and loyal servant in the health care field. He never missed a day of work, even when MacDonald Pass was closed to everyone but him.
All who knew Rick knew him as a kind and generous man, and a loyal friend. He was welcoming to everyone, going out of his way to make sure people felt cared for. He loved hunting and fishing (ice fishing and paddlefishing), especially with his nephews and good friends Stan Smith, Al Lowery, Gerald Cavanagh, Jimmy Magone and Fred Kuchinski — plus anyone else who wanted to go. He enjoyed watching football and baseball. Rick loved spending time with his grandsons Kaden and Ashton, especially playing chess and panning for sapphires with them. He took up gardening after he retired and, true to his nature, loved sharing produce with family and friends. Rick’s quiet and gentle presence will be missed by many.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Jerry, Jim, and George; his nephews Donnie Hummer and Harold Gow; his brothers-in-law Joe Wohlers and Donald Wohlers; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife Peggy; his daughters Becky (Dominic) Denty and Jessie (Chris Weisenfels); his grandsons Kaden and Ashton Denty; his sister Betty Jo (Jack) Hummer; his sisters-in-law Jan (Dave) Bluford and Sandy (Jack) Gehring; several nephews, nieces and cousins; and his dog Bella.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church, 306 Montana Ave., Deer Lodge, Montana; a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please dress casually. Face masks are optional. Memorials can be made to Christ Fellowship Church, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (5705 Grant Creek Rd., Missoula, MT 59808), or donor’s choice.
Please visit www.buttefuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rick.
Shirley Mae Weaver
Shirley Mae Weaver (Mom/Grandma) was born Shirley Marsh, to Lawrence and Mary Marsh on November 28, 1928, in Sutton, Nebraska. Shirley was the oldest of five children. She passed away on Sept. 8, 2021.
Shirley was known by most as mom or grandma, and her house was always the gathering place, whether for family or any holiday, or for her kids’ and grandkids’ friends any time. Her love for crafts was only surpassed by her love for baking.
Whether you received a hand-knitted Christmas stocking, one of her many different homemade Christmas ornaments or got a special-baked birthday cake, Shirley was always busy creating something new with love. Anytime you entered her house, you were welcomed with the smell of fresh baked cookies, cakes and pies.
Shirley’s other passion was Eastern Star. Shirley was active in both the Floral Chapter #46 in Deer Lodge, Montana, and the Clover Chapter #33 in Rathdrum, Idaho. In 1982, Shirley became the Worthy Grand Matron of the Clover Chapter. Even after her husband passed, Shirley remained an active member until she could no longer physically participate.
Shirley is survived by her three sons Morris Thompson Elmose (Tom), Lawrence David Elmose (Larry) and Alex Harvey Weaver, Jr.; as well as eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, Idaho, where Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband, Alex Harvey Weaver Sr.
Please visit Shirley’s memorial and sign her online guestbook www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.