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Joyce Ann Mitchell
ST. IGNATIUS — Joyce Ann Mitchell, age 72, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from a relatively short battle with lung cancer. Born on January 22, 1946 in St. Ignatius, Joyce lived at various places in the Mission Valley and was able to spend the last few years fixing up her childhood home east of St. Ignatius.

Joyce married Stanley Gilbert Gies out of high school and had three children from their marriage. She was sadly preceded in death by one son, Stan Ray Gies at age 46 in 2014, and his two children, Cade and Amber, now live in Billings. The surviving sons are Guy Gies (Susan) and grandsons Cory and Jorren of St. Ignatius, and Wade Gies (Cauline) and grandchildren Crosby, Price, Dryden, Samuel and Lillian (Alex) and great granddaughters Remi and Aria all of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Also preceding her in death were the children’s father in 2016 as well as parents Harold and Alice Mitchell and siblings Harold, Jr., MaryLou (Tootsie), Wayne, Leo, Robert, Shirley and Thomas. Her only surviving sibling is Delores Adams of Arlee, Montana along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce attended cosmetology school and worked as a hairdresser for a time in Missoula, Ronan and St. Ignatius. She later earned a degree in Early Elementary Education and worked with children in the Pablo Head Start Program for eight years. She adored her flowers and gardening and oil painting. She also enjoyed playing a guitar and singing and often participated in jam sessions with several other musicians and family.

Joyce and her quick infectious laugh will be missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the nieces and nephews who spent time with her growing up and her close friends, cousins and her sister and brother-in-laws. Her deep faith in God gave her much comfort in her life and now in her death, is providing much comfort to her family.

Gloria G. Whitworth
ST. IGNATIUS— Gloria G. Whitworth, 63, passed away on Jan 30, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was the oldest of 14 kids. She was born Dec 9, 1954 in Corona, California to Sonny and Sue Finley.

She grew up between Usc, Washington and St. Ignatius. She went to school in both places. As a young woman, Gloria married Kenneth W. McClure then later divorced. She would find love later in life marrying Gordon J. Whitworth. Gloria worked for Tribal health for years then switched to the Salish Culture Committee and work until she had passed. Gloria’s favorite things included gambling, shopping and spending time with her great grand babies William and Jojo.

Gloria is preceded in death by her Father Sonny Finley, Mother Sue Finley, Daughter Shaunell Whitworth, Husband Gordon Whitworth, Brother Lee-Roy Finley, Auntie Alice Ignace, Goddaughter Maurita Dawn Pierre and Baby Ezmae Sherwood.

Gloria is survived by her Sons Goober McClure, Christopher (Jolene) Whitworth, Josh (Kalice) Simpson, Daughters Cecile McClure, Rachel McNeil, Granddaughters Kristina McClure, Alonna McClure, Tianna Brown, Neveah Little –Marry, Tia Butler, Elenna Dumontier, Grandsons Korbin McClure, Raymond Shepard, Jeremiah Simpson, Sisters Joann Carpenter, Laurel (Louie) Andrews, Charleen (Bobb) Castill, Kim Lambert, Kelly Pingrue, Tomi Dee Osborne, Brothers Floyd Finley, Lloyd Finley, Roy Finley, Sonny Finley, Dawn Mitchell, Ron Mitchell, Great grandkids William McClure and JoAnna McClure.

A wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Rosary was recited on Feb. 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. Mass was held Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.

Norma K. Funke
POLSON — Norma K. Funke, 78, a lifelong member of the Polson community and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, passed away from natural causes while surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Missoula, Montana. She was born in Polson on April 1,1939 to Elwood (Shorty) and Leota (Dottie) Noel Joy.  Norma was the oldest of four girls and had a very large, extended family. 

As a child, Norma’s family lived in various homes around Polson, but her fondest memories were of the years she lived in the Mountain View area, in the shadow of the beautiful Mission Mountains. She graduated from Polson High School in 1957 and married her high school sweetheart and first husband, Dean Redekop in 1958.  Together, she and Dean had five children, Gwen, Russell, Geri, Gay and Genean.  Dean was tragically lost in a car accident in 1971. In 1975 Norma and Jim Funke were married and together they lovingly raised their family.  Family and home were the center of her world.

Norma was a very bashful and sweet child with dimples and the brightest smile ever.  She eventually grew out of her shyness and blossomed into one of the most fun loving, good humored people ever. Yes, she was a HOOT! We have been blessed with many cherished family stories of Norma’s colorful humor and amusing antics.

Norma had an incredibly strong work ethic and passed this along to her family. As a lifelong community member she worked in various places.  In her early teens she waited tables at the Pirate Cafe and later, the Hut Cafe.  She worked for many years at Eddie’s Drug store. She and Jim also managed the family business, Hillcrest Nursery. In the 1990’s Norma went back to school and earned an Associates degree in medical records and eventually worked for CSKT. She raised gardens, canned and was a wonderful cook and baker. She was also an accomplished seamstress, quilter, crafter and painter. Family gatherings and holidays were her favorite times.  She was a friend to all she knew and will be greatly missed.

Norma is survived by her husband, Jim, children Gwen (Greg) Clairmont, Geri (Lloyd) Turnage, Gay (Mike) Speckert, and Genean Clairmont (Don). She leaves behind her sisters, Deanna (Paul) Wise and Dori (Mike) Munro. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren; Chris, Tom, Cory, Amanda, Annie, Abby, Erin, James, Joe, Daniel, Dakota, Hunter, and Wes along with their spouses, plus 13 great grandchildren as well as her beloved pets Max and Kitty.

Norma was preceded in death by her first husband, Dean, son Russell, infant granddaughter, Amber Luke, father, Elwood Joy, mother, Leota Joy, sister Melva Imbert and an infant brother, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

A private family burial at the Polson Lakeview Cemetery was held on Tuesday, February 6.

Please join us in a joyful celebration of Norma’s life on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Polson Community Church at 1814 First Street East at 11 A.M. If you are so inclined, donations may be made in Norma’s name to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 36251 North Reservoir Road, Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Darlene Anna McClure Lafley
Darlene Anna McClure Lafley was born April 26, 1939, St. Ignatius. She went to join her Ancestors on January 30, 2018 at Missoula Community Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She proceeded in death by her mother Margarite Charlo McClure and father William Pinto McClure; her son Billy Bob and daughter Rene’ Baby Girl; her sister Hazel McQueen; brothers Mackie, Frank Porkey, Victor 2C, Leroy and Harold Sonny McClure. Also her grandchildren Zandra and Dakota Lafley.

Survivors include son Clem Lafley, Lewistown; daughters Roberta “Inj” Lafley (Les Fisher); LeeAnn “Lizzy” Lafley Arlee: sisters Angelic Dottie Cates; Mary Lou Sorrell St. Ignatius and Rosemary Thomas Arlee.

Darlene was a proud Member of CSKT and lived in Arlee all of her life.

The wake was Thursday afternoon, February 1, at the Arlee Community Center with Rosary Friday, February 2 and services Sat February 3, Arlee Community Center. Arrangements with Foster Funeral Home.

Sean Michael Bigby
PABLO — Sean Michael Bigby, age 25, passed away on January 25, 2018 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center due to injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born on May 18, 1992 in Missoula.

Sean attended schools in Harlem as well as Two Eagle River. Sean loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and had a favorite fishing hole that he and Sonny Martinez shared. Sean was very much loved by everyone he met but more importantly he loved everyone unconditionally. He knew about everything and could have a conversation with everyone because of his vast knowledge on any subject.

Sean was a father of two beautiful children, Lilly Bigby and Andrew Paul Bigby. It cannot be expressed how much he will be missed by his large family. He was also an excellent surrogate father to his brothers and sisters, as well as his friends who gave him the nickname “Sean Dad.”

We take comfort in the knowledge he is with his grandma Darlene Wilder, grandpa Richard Nichols, brother Andrew P. Wilder and David Martinez, and uncle Virgil Auld.

He is survived by his parents Lisa Bigby and Richard Nichols, his god parents Jimmy and Glenna Askan, the mothers of his two children, Patricia Hendrix, the mother of Andrew and Jessica James the mother of Lilly, both of whom he loved very much, his brothers, Benny Horseman, Chimeco Martinez, Dominic Martinez, Jordan Wilder, Carlos Hernandez, Brandis Black and his sisters Athena Bigby, Allison Wilder (Royce LaFramboise) , Jaymie Wilder (Dan Mays), Marissa Wilder (Kruz Parker and baby Kruz, Jr.)Tyra Wilder, Darlene Wilder, his other mom Weemus Wilder, his grandma Betty Nichols and grandma Bean Tenas, Clarissa Nichols, numerous cousins, aunties and uncles, a vast amounts of friends who he considered his brothers.

Sean will be carried out by his brothers, Brandis Black, Dan Mays, Royce LaFromboise, Dominic Martinez, Doug Wynn, Carlos Hernandez, Charles Tenas and Bennett Horseman.

The Wake service will begin on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Elmo Hall, with the Rosary at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday and the funeral service on Monday January 29, 2018 followed by burial at Dayton Cemetery. Sean will never be forgotten. We hope you found your shoes! We love you. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jerrell Joseph Tenas Piapot
BIG ARM — Jerrell Joseph Tenas Piapot, 13, became our guardian angel on January 14, 2018, surrounded by his family in Kalispell.

Jerrell was born November 28, 2004 at 3:51 pm in Polson to Colleen Tenas and DJ Piapot. He was a loving brother to five brothers, two sisters and numerous cousins. He started his educational career with Early Childhood Services at Pablo and Polson Headstart. He entered kindergarten in the Polson School District where he made friends with everyone he met, including teachers and staff at Cherry Valley, Linderman and Polson Middle School. His teachers said he was a joy to have in class, but his silliness was often a distraction. He excelled in all subjects and was planning to gain a scholarship to a big college with Montana State University or Gonzaga as his backup plan.

Throughout his school years he participated in Baseball, Soccer, Basketball and Football and was ready to try out his quickness in track this spring. He made a lasting impression on each of his coaches and teammates, and gained the nickname “Smiley”. He also enjoyed playing in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments with his cousins and best buddies in the summer.

Jerrell was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, representing both tribes. As a child he enjoyed dancing and singing, which sparked his interest in beading. Jerrell’s other hobbies consisted of playing outdoors, solving Rubic cubes, watching you tube, eating muffins, skateboarding and sharing pictures on Instagram with his friends.

Jerrell will be remembered by his caring nature, compassion, sense of humor, but most of all by his infectious smile and laugh that would make anyone’s day better.

He is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Helen Charlo; his cousins, Dayami Piapot, Heather Adams, and Jayvyen Tenas; and numerous Aunts and Uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Colleen Tenas of Big Arm; his father DJ Piapot(Alisha) of Ronan; Grandparents Chrissie Ewing of Big Arm, Frank Tenas of Elmo, Darrell and Lisa Piapot of Ronan and Vicki and Clete LaForge of Pablo; Great Grandparents Patti Piapot of Pablo, Joe Piapot of Spokane, Carol Wood of St. Ignatius and Vic Matt of Dixon; and siblings Malacye, Layla, Jacob, Keke, Tristan, Anthony, Zanen, Skylar, Lane, Nevina and the many cousins he was raised with.

Services was scheduled for January 16. Funeral was held January 17 at the Community Center in Elmo. Burial was at the Dayton cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Glenna Marie Winebrenner
Glenna Marie Winebrenner of Hot Springs passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan at the age of 85. She was born to Lester and Mildreth Para October 19, 1932 at the Holy Family Hospital in St. Ignatius.

She was educated in Hot Springs graduating high school in 1950. During her school years she was active in band, chorus and played on the girls’ half-court basketball team. She began her working life at the age of 12 wrapping butter at the Hot Springs Creamery for Bob and Alice Owens. When Courtner’s Corner Ice Cream Parlor opened, she and Frankie Beebee were the first two hired. She worked at every restaurant in Hot Springs and also the dining rooms of both Symes and Florence Hotels. In 1971 she began her long tenure as the manager and cook for the school lunch program in Hot Springs until her retirement in 1998. She was always proud of the home cooked meals she provided the students and faculty and was well known for the maple bars sold in the concession booth she made for the home ball games.

During her life she baked and decorated countless wedding, birthday, baby shower, graduation and prom cakes starting in 1958 until her hands no longer permitted her to shape the intricate flower and designs in 2005, (although she did a few more for her beloved grandchildren). Her cakes traveled to Alaska, Indiana, Canada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and all over Montana. Besides her fabulous cooking she was a talented seamstress, constructing uniforms and doing alterations for both players and cheerleaders of the Hot Springs school. She was very active with the Sanders County 4-H over the years mentoring many youngsters as well as judging at the fair and dress revues.

Glenna married Carl Virgil Winebrenner right after graduating high school, together they raised 5 children, Rex (Shellie) of Polson, Edward (Nancy) and Ned (Peggy) of Hot Springs, Millie Jean (Brock) of Salt Lake City and Thad (Noelle) of Ronan. She will be missed by her 11 grandchildren – Kryss Irick, Michele Zachary, Kenny Winebrenner, Darcy Luedke, Reiley Winebrenner, Sadie Flesch, Jeb Winebrenner, Cole Winebrenner, Thad Vickery, Franky Winebrenner and Wyatt Winebrenner. She also has 12 great-grandchildren, Sophia, Ellisyn and Josephine Irick, Courtney and Carley Winebrenner, Merrick and Malloy Zachary, Kinsley and Liam Flesch and Kelly Dawn, Garret and Victoria Winebrenner. Many others called her Mom or Grandma and she loved every one of them. 

After Virgil passed away in 2007 the farm was sold and she moved into town where she spent many hours on her beautiful quilts which she lovingly crafted for family and many fundraising events. She enjoyed her new home, tending her yard and relaxing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sister, Karen and brother Lester. Surviving her are sisters Toni Mitchell and Penny Ross, brothers, Jim and Tom Paro all of Ronan as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday January 20 at 1 pm with a Lunch to follow at the Lonepine Community Hall in Lonepine. In lieu of flowers the family suggest a donation be made to Eastern Star-Cathryn Johnson 132 OES c/o Barb Rinke, 58158 Moiese Valley Road, Ronan, MT 59864.

Family would also like to thank her Doctor and the nursing staff at St. Luke for the loving care provided her these last weeks, she spoke very highly of you. Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Homes and Crematory, Plains, MT.

Laura Marie (David) Carpentier
PABLO – Laura Marie (David) Carpentier, AKA “Babe”, age 68, passed away on January 4, 2018 peacefully in her home, after battling COPD and Emphysema for a few years. Babe was born June 17, 1949 in St. Ignatius to Leo and Regina “Jeanie” (Senecal) David.

Growing up, Babe and her family lived in California and several places in Montana. Babe married Jesse James “Jake” Carpentier on September 14, 1968. They started their large lovely family December of 1968, having a total of six children.

During their marriage they lived in Ronan, St. Ignatius and Pablo. Babe and Jake took many of their children’s friends under their wings. Babe called them her children from another mother.

They did things and took neighborhood kids along on adventures to the lake or up in the woods.

Babe worked over the years at the old Dixon Post and Pole Yard, Head Start and a few other places.

Babe was a great daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Babe was well known for speaking her mind and saying things as she saw them.

Racing was in her blood. It was where she liked to spend her time with family and friends. She was also known for her crocheted items and giving them as gifts. She also enjoyed going to Bingo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jake Carpentier, daughter Cynthia (Cindy) Carpentier, parents, Leo David and Jeanie (Senecal) David; brothers,  Francis David, Albert David and Lenny David who died as a toddler.

She is survived by her children, Brenda (Rick) Dolence, Christopher  “Chris” (Shaylene) Carpentier, Brandi (Chase) Toulou, Ginger (Mike)Drake and Shawn  (Sonya) Carpentier; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her half - brother Alfred (Felix) McCullough; half-sister Dawn (Pinky) Clute; as well as many nieces and nephews, in-laws and cousins.

There will be a Rosary on January 12 at 8 p.m. at the Long House in St. Ignatius. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Special thanks to the Hospice Nurses Debbie and Pam and the Kerr Elder program for providing Pat Ashley to help the family care for our mom. We will always carry your memory in our hearts. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Su San Marie Lefthand Dowdall
POLSON — Susan Marie Lefthand Dowdall, 60, died of complications of diabetes, which let to heart failure at her home in Finley Point. She passed at St. Joseph Providence Hospital December 18, 2017.

Susan Marie Lefthand Dowdall was born March 30, 1957 in Polson to parents Annie Mary Finley Lefthand and Basil Lefthand Sr. She graduated from Arlee High School May 1976 receiving post elementary education from Catholic Ursuline’s School than transferring to Arlee Schools graduated to earn her High School diploma. She begin her studies in Journalism, along that profession she loved photography. She was accepted at Institute of American Indian Art School in Santa Fe, NM assuring her mother and father she would be careful driving home to visit when time would permit. Before leaving for college, she volunteered for teaching the youths by keeping up with cultural ways and teaching beadwork. She appeared in the movie, “Winter Hawk”, as part of the encampment. Johnny Arlee was Mentor of teaching drumming and singing that took the drummers and singers to Washington D.C.

Su San followed her Mom and Dad’s footsteps by devoting her life to loving and learning her heritage of Salish and Kootenai cultural ways and was proud of her background and heritage. Throughout her life she was inclined to teach her knowledge to the younger generation and upholding respect for her elders.

Susan was a born leader because her leadership skills helped her be a Native American princess, teacher, mother, wife, sister, aunt and grandmother. Because she was not able to carry or have her own children, she took in many foster kids. She would also go far and wide for her family who would need help with rides or food.

She helped form and all women’s drum group. She was Miss NAIT for Native American Basketball Tournament by her use of the Salish language. She was fluent in Salish/Kootenai languages. Gave sign language to the music of Kris Kristopher’s “Why Me Lord”. Dedicated to the caring of the elderly and children. She disturbed by the homeless, she was sadden to see all people living on the streets. She always said, “No matter what others think or say about you, never give up or let them get you down”.

She traveled to many places. She loved beading, cooking, listening to music and being with her sister Pooyah. She also attended many concerts, especially The Rolling Stones whom she attended about five times. She also saw ACDC, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, Sammy Hagar and B.B. King.

Susan is survived by her husband, Joe Dowdall of Polson; her son, Justin McBroom of Polson and her God Children Harriet Faye (Muckie) Malatare of Browning and Claire Charlo of Polson; brothers Nick Lefthand and Basil Lefthand Jr. both of Niarada near Hot Springs, August Lefthand of Polson, Kenny (Little Man) Scabby Robe of White Swan, WA., sisters Anastasia (Ruby) Lefthand Burke of Wellpinit, WA., Mary Catherine (Pooyah) Lefthand of Polson. She has also been able to help advocate for opening her home to help raise nephews, Pierre Malatare and Paul Malatare, nieces, Carolyn Malatare Madplume, Harriet Malatare, as well as being a Foster Parent to Woody and Charlyn Bigcrane, and two grandsons that she loved and cared for as her very own Basil Lefthand, D.J. Pierre III, and granddaughters Payton Lefthand, Salisha Pierre they’re mother, a niece Shawnda Lefthand.

Susan is preceded in death by her unborn twin children which couldn’t be carried to full term, her parents Basil Lefthand Sr. and Annie Mary Finley Lefthand died January 1978 of Arlee.; her sisters, Theresa, Harriet (Corky) of Hot Springs, Ameila (Merle) Lefthand, Louise Andrew of Ronan and Annie Smallsalmon of Arlee; and her brothers Sam and Victor Lefthand of Elmo., Peter Andrews of Sheridan, WY., Johnny Woodcock of St. Ignatius., three grandnephews Kevin (Victor) Kenmille from Ronan., Brian Madplume of Pablo., a grandniece Catherine Madplume of Ronan.

Thanks to family and friends, those who contributed time to say prayers and reminisce; and thanks to the cooks and Ralph Foster.

Armeld Henry Trahan
Armeld Henry Trahan was born May 14, 1933 and died December 12, 2017. Armeld was an enrolled member of the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribe, preceded in death by his wife Gail C. Trahan of Springfield Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by both parents, Albert Trahan and Philomene Ducharme. Grandparents Jules Trahan and Cordelia Trembly on father’s side and Frank Ducharme Sr. and Josette Finley on his mouthers side.

Armeld’s siblings who preceded him in death were: Sidney Jules Trahan, Lyman Luke Trahan former council member, Lorena Angeline, Marie Cordelia, Theresa Emilia, Franklin Dennis Trahan, Mary.

He is survived by his children Jimmy Trahan of Springfield MA and daughter Susan Lyman of Jacksonville Fl as well as two sisters who still reside in Montana, Eileen Antoinette Trahan Quest and Theresa Ducharme Morigeau.

Armeld served in the U.S Marine Corps, he served in Korea attained the rank of Corporal and received the following medals: The Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service /Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal.

He also served in the U.S. Airforce attaining the rank of Airmen second class; he was honorably discharged in 1957 at West over Airforce Base in Chicopee MA. He remained in the area and this is where he met his wife of 39 years and raised his step children whom he adopted with Gail.

Armeld was an auto mechanic for the remainder of his career; he was respected and revered for his knowledge and work ethics by many in the industry. He was a very loving and compassionate man who held his family and love of country in high regard always. He remained proud of his heritage and history of his family with the Confederate Salish / Kootenai Tribe. He returned home to MT many times during his life and always held his love for it in his heart. 

Armeld passed away at his daughter’s home in Jacksonville Florida and was taken home to Massachusetts where he was laid to rest with his wife at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery on December 19, 2017 with full military honors.

Mary Pierre Bramsen
POLSON — Mary Pierre Bramsen, 82, passed away December 19, 2017. She was born August 27, 1935, to Rose (Rosie Poker Jim) and Eneas Pierre, and was raised in the Jocko Valley.

Mary married Bud Hawkins and had four children: William (Pogo), Calvin, Owen (OD), and Julie Hawkins. Bud Hawkins passed away. She married Glenn Umphrey and had four children: Gwen Lee, Betty Lou, Cindy Lynn, and Billie Jo Umphrey. She married Rennal Bramsen and they lived in Pablo. Mary was a homemaker and she loved camping, spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her mother Rose (Rosie Poker Jim); father Eneas Pierre; brothers Michael and Frank Pierre; daughter Jophine R. (Peanuts) Smith; her husbands Bud Hawkins, Glenn Umphrey, and Rennal Bramsen; sons William (Pogo) Hawkins and Owen (OD) Hawkins; daughters Julie M. Hawkins, Betty Umphrey, and Billie Jo Umphrey (Staggs). She is survived by her sons Calvin Hawkins of St. Ignatius and Gwen Umphrey (Bautch) of Pasco, Washington; daughter Cindy Umphrey of Pablo; and several nieces and nephews.

Rosary was held at Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Ignatius, on December 26. Funeral services was held at Arlee Community Center on December 27 followed by burial at Jocko Cemetery, Arlee.

Helen Charlo
ELMO — Helen Charlo, 100, passed away on December 13, 2017, surrounded by her family at her home in Elmo.

She was born on June 7, 1917 in a tepee in Elmo to John and Josephine Couture. She was the youngest of five children. She attended school in Kalispell, Sunny Slope School, Polson, and St. Ignatius. During school she played center for her basketball team.

In 1934, she married Samuel Hewankorn and they had five children together; Eugene, Henry, Leona, Florence and Christine. Samuel passed away in the 1960’s. In the early 1970’s, Helen married Tony Charlo, and they set up their household in Elmo. In 1978, they adopted her grandson Sammy.

Helen held many jobs, including working in the orchards thinning and picking apples. She served as powwow police with her partner in crime, Adeline Mathias. She spent many summers picking huckleberries in buckhorn, traveling to different powwows to play stickgame, and to different places for bingo. She was also a very talented hide tanner and did beautiful beadwork.

During her later years, she was a Kootenai Language Instructor at Salish Kootenai College and Two Eagle River School. She made a great impact on many of her students with her unique teaching techniques and humor.

She is preceded in death by her two sons, Eugene and Henry; outlived her two husbands; three brothers, Pete, Joseph and Alex; one sister, Madeline; her mother, her father, and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three daughters; Leona of Worley, Idaho; Florence of Polson; Chrissie of Big Arm; her son Sam of Ronan; and her step-son Victor of Dixon. Helen was blessed with 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, with two more great grandchildren due in 2018.

Services were Friday, December 15 with Rosary at the Elmo Community Center. Funeral was held Saturday, December with Pastor Sika officiating, followed by burial at the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Rhoda Mae Whitehorse
POLSON — Rhoda Mae Whitehorse, 71, of Polson passed away on December 13, 2017 with her family by her side in Kalispell. Rhoda was born in Polson to joseph E. Couture and Susan Andrews Couture. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of all her family. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver. Her interest were watching ME TV every day and visiting with friends and relatives at the casino. She loved going to garage sales. Rhoda id survived by her dear friend Walter Matus, daughter Joanne Twoteeth, and sons Leonard, Wayne, Richard Sr., and Lloyd Twoteeth. She has nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, one sister Judy Phillips and one brother Albert Couture.

She is preceded in death by Sisters Rita Cannon, Regina Matt, Richard Couture, Ray Couture, and husband James Twoteeth and Joe Whitehorse.

A rosary took place Friday Dec. 15 in The Elmo Cultural Hall with Funeral Services Saturday Dec. 16 at 11am in The Elmo Cultural Hall.

Georgiann Matt
ST. IGNATIUS — Georgiann Matt, 54, passed away December 8 in St. Ignatius. She was born Nov. 22, 1963 to the late George Matt and Margaret Finley in St. Ignatius.

She is preceded in death by Daniel, George Jr., Donald – Eugene Matt, Carol Ann Gordon, and Claire Marie Zepeda.

Geogiann is survived by her longtime companion Henry Owens, Victor and Judy Matt of Dixon, MT, Larry Lee Matt, Douglas Matt of St. Ignatius, MT, Duane Matt of Lewiston, MT, James Richard Matt of Wellpinit, WA, Judy Ann Matt of Nesplem, WA, and Numerous of Nieces and Nephews.

Georgiann worked various jobs in the St. Ignatius area. She loved animals and she help raise and care for her nieces and nephews. Her favorite hobbies were huckleberry picking and fixing up the house for all the holidays. She loved going for rides in the mountains.

A wake has taken place at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Rosary was held Dec. 12 and Mass was held Dec. 13 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Francis “Frosty” Werk
Francis Robert “Frosty” Werk, “Baa’oouh” (Badger), 65, passed away due to natural causes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Northern Montana Care Center. 

Frosty was born on June 24, 1952, in Fort Belknap, MT, to Harold “Bazoo” and Theresa “Nucky” (Cuts The Rope) Werk. 

He was raised in Hays, attending school at St. Paul Mission until he transferred to Flandreau Indian School.  Following his high school graduation, he attended Salish Kootenai College, where he received his Associate’s Degree in Chemical Dependency. 

After college, Frosty worked at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo where he remained until retirement. 

He returned to Hays in 2012.

Frosty enjoyed Bookstore fishing, hunting, golfing, and gambling. He was a true artist with his leather working, and he loved to sing traditional hand drum and round dance songs to his grandbabies. Frosty enjoyed attending Pow Wows, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren; and he simply loved to tease his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bazoo and Nucky Werk; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Frosty is survived by his daughters Katrese (Tim) Hammond of Fort Belknap, and Sirraya (Dakota) Swank of Pablo; his sons, Gilbert (Shayna Bacon) Werk of Leggins Flat, LodgePole, Sundance Hernandez of St. Ignatius, Steven Hernandez of Bozeman, and Eli Dubois of Billings; his 13 grandchildren; his 4 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Joan (Don) Racine of Timber Ridge, Evelyn Werk of Hays, Lorene “Tammy” Werk of Timber Ridge, Carol “Riggy” (Clifford) Doney of Hays, Anne “Butch” Racine of Browning, Margaret “Maggie” Werk of Star Hill, and Vivian (Paul) Webb of Hays; his brothers Harold “Bud” (Shelly) Werk, Jr. of Malta, James “Jim” (Kim) Werk of Las Vegas, NV, and Toby (Liz) Werk of Blue Heaven Family Ranch, Hays; his adopted brother and sister Robert “Coop” Cooper and Mary Rose Bacon; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family and friends.

Funeral services were Nov. 25.

Gerald “Jerry” Clifford Keniston
POLSON — Gerald “Jerry” Clifford Keniston, 68, of Polson passed away at his home on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Jerry was born on May 1, 1949 in Portland, OR, a son of the late Harold Clifford Keniston and Hazel Viola Matt Keniston. Jerry was a proud member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes.

Jerry was a US Army veteran and spent two years plus on the Yalu River in Korea that left him with a disability. He attended Poly-Tec School in Portland, OR when he was very young. His achievements were rated very high. Later, he took up cabinet making and was drafted back into the Army and was stationed again on the Yalu River. He returned to Portland after his honorable discharge. Jerry then worked for several years for Bob Nichols Boat Works in Hood River, OR and helped build a large boat that is still in service in Portland, where it cruises the Columbia River.

His heart and desire was to be on his reservation here his mother and large family resided. Jerry loved the outdoors and only took what he needed for food and his appreciation of nature prompted him to worked in fire control as well as firefighting. Jerry went on to work at the Salish and Kootenai College where he again excelled vibrantly at education. During his time at the college, he loved giving support to those who were encouraged to receive their GED. He did an excellent job and many parents as well as grandparents came to him with appreciation of the encouragement felt from his heart.

Besides his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his son, David Tull, and a daughter, Misty Diana Sheridan.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Ennis Keniston; his sons, Randy Tull, Edward Tull; a daughter, Vickie Lane Tull-Miller; two sisters, Wynette Keniston-Johnson and Cathy Anderson of Polson, and Pam (Art) Galegos of Portland; a brother, Kenny Keniston of Polson as well as a large extended family locally.

Jerry said, “I want those who attend my funeral to celebrate my life and my accomplishments of living the American Dream and remember that I have gone to a better place to be promoted. Play music, eat and be merry and enjoy yourselves. I have always loved the greatest spirit of light forces, our Lord Jesus. I am not afraid to die – I am going to be with him.”

Friends and family may gather at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, 101 Sixth Ave. E., Polson, on Friday, December 1, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m.. Jerry’s funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Per his wishes, he will be laid to rest next to his father at Riverview Cemetery in Portland, OR.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, is caring for the Keniston family.

Reyna D. Sylvester (Nain)
POLSON — Reyna D. Sylvester (Nain), 46, passed away peacefully at her home in Polson on November 15, 2017. She was a proud member of the CSKT and Seneca Nations.

She was the first born of Geraldine Woodcock and Dave Sylvester. She was raised in California until she was eleven years old. Her mother and two brothers moved to Ronan and lived out in Woodcock. She graduated from Ronan High School in 1989. She was very athletic and was one heck of a basketball player known for her tenacious defense and rebounding. Reyna could inbound the ball from the back court and throw to the front court with ease. At only 5’5”, she could out rebound anyone on the court. Her athletic skills could also be seen in volleyball where she served a mean bullet. In 1988, she was selected to represent the United States on the Junior Olympics team that traveled to South Korea and China. Her popularity was also evident when she was voted Ronan High School Prom Queen. She was a champion shot-put thrower and was part of the first champion basketball team at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in 1995.

Reyna loved children and was a “mother”, auntie and grandma to all those she met. Her nieces and nephews ruled her world. They all have a piece of her heart. Whenever she had a chance she would mention them to others, bragging about their latest achievement, even if it was just the fact that they had gotten a haircut. Her devotion to family was so much a part of her personality. No matter what life dealt her way, she always had time for others. Gathering her friends and family was a favorite pastime, whether it was for a birthday or just to “chill”. At one point she was nicknamed the Native Martha Stewart and lived up to the title by hosting fabulous parties. Every November, her bedroom would become “Command Central” for Christmas, as she was a lifetime believer. She was a talented seamstress, beadwork artist and cook. From early on she knew the value of coupons and would gather multiple copies of the latest paper to be sure she could share them with others.

Education was important to her and she attended Salish Kootenai College, University of Montana, and Haskell Indian Nations University, studying elementary education. She was an avid reader and fan of all action movies, especially Vampire movies. Blue was her favorite color and she loved turtles and donkeys. While in high school her father gifted her a 1979 Malibu and she was so proud of that car, as it made her the coolest chic on the rez. Over the years she worked as a wildland firefighter and on the trail crew in Hungry Horse, Montana, with Upward Bound and for Second Circle, CSKT Headstart, Tribal Health, and Big Brother Big Sisters. 

She was soft, caring, and sweet. Nain would do anything for those she loved. And of course she had another side, one that didn’t take crap from anyone. Most of the time, she was defending others because she would not tolerate a bully or someone treating another person with disrespect. She had so many friends and was always teasing that she would make you laugh until you cried. Reyna was extremely intelligent. Whether debating politics, discussing music or reflecting on a TV show, she would share the most insightful, interesting and entertaining comments. Many late nights she spent reviewing the latest movie until the conversation was longer than the actual show itself. 

She was preceded by her mother Geraldine Woodcock and brother Sean Sylvester and nephew Gerald Hamel, and special friend John Pierre. She is survived by her father Dave Sylvester, brothers Tai Trahan (Monique) and RisingSun Sylvester(Adriana), sister Abigail Matt. Nieces; Vanessa Kibler, Geraldine Trahan, Kaoha Trahan, Myranda Trahan, Sapheria Afterbuffalo, Jenessa Trahan, Calina Sylvester, Seveses Sylvester, Aeriyana Sylvester, Jaydin Sylvester and RisingStar Sylvester. Nephews; Dashane Hewankorn, Tyrell Sylvester, Michael Kibler, Nathaniel Oldhorn, Ryiley Afterbuffalo, Kayson Afterbuffalo, Caleb Afterbuffalo, Sean Trahan, Jason Trahan, Adriyon Sylvester. Her numerous brothers and sisters (second family).

A wake was held at The Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Rosary Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 pm and Funeral service Monday, Nov. 20 at 11 am with burial at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Evelena Garcia
RONAN — Evelena Garcia, at the age of 82, died of natural causes on November 16, 2017, in Polson.

Evelena Gilson was born on November 4, 1935 in St Ignatius to parents Virgil and Lucy Gilson. She spent many of her years living and working in the Mission Valley.

She spent her years as a homemaker and caregiver and devoted 20+ years as a cook for the CSKT Head Start program. One of her biggest joys was spending time at the lot on Flathead Lake with her many friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Virgil & Lucy Gilson; sons David and Terry Garcia; her sisters Joanne, Wanda, Sharon, and brother Charlie.

Evelena is survived by her sons Donald (Randi) Garcia, Tracy H. (Jenaya) Garcia, Chris Cole; her partner Dave Weible; former spouse and father of her sons Donald L. Garcia; her sisters Carol Kuntz, and Suzy Coughren; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be memorial planned for the summer of 2018. Memories and condolences may be sent to her family at

Her family members extend their appreciation to hospice and St. Joseph medical staff for their care.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Rusty David Whitworth
On October 16, 2017, my handsome, loving husband drove his old wood-truck straight to the other side to be with his ancestors, Rusty David Whitworth was born to Clarence “Sonny”  Whitworth and Caroline Pierre Whitworth on May 1, 1958, in Hot Springs, Montana. He spent his childhood on Camas Praire with his yaya and family. His parents taught him the value of hard work. He learned how to break horses, ride broncs, ride bulls, and work in the woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gordon, his sister Karen “Bim” Whitworth. He is survived by three daughters, Nicole Antoine of Charlo, Carrie Antoine of Pablo, and Misty Whitworth of Charlo. Also surviving are his two sons, Jonathan Whitworth of Arlee, and Susep Whitworth of the family home in Moise, as well as his wife, Anita.

He leaves behind three sisters, Naida Lefthand of Polson, Myrna Whitworth of Spokane, and Gloria Whitworth of St. Ignatius. His surviving brothers are Boge Whitworth of Dixon, Darrell Whitworth of Camas Praire, and Shay Whitworth of Arlee. His godmother, Betty Schall of Arlee also survives.

Rusty was proud of all of his numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren and his beautiful great granddaughter. He had a big heart and claimed the Adlers, Cahoons, and Mahkuks as well as one little Parker girl.

He died doing what he loved coming out of the mountains after a hard days of work.

Mary L. McDonald Linsebigler
ST. IGNATIUS — Mary L. McDonald Linsebigler went to be with the Ancestors and family who passed on before her on October 17, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital with family members at her side. She was also known as Dolly.

Dolly was born on Oct. 14, 1927, in St. Ignatius. She was raised in Valley Creek with her siblings.

Dolly told of her life there especially with her sister (Theresa) and brother (Louie.) They rode horses and lived the cultural way of life with their family. She also spent a lot of time with her Qene, Agate Ogden Finley. Dolly got her education at the Ursulines in St. Ignatius.

Dolly met and married Alex Lumpry of Arlee and they had four children before he passed away of heart problems at a young age. Their children were Flora (Bear) also known as Irma, Ronald also known as Hayes, Joann (Francis) also known as Jo Jo and Lois Jean.

Dolly then met and married William Linsebigler while he was working on construction of Highway 93 at St. Ignatius. They had five children: Beverly (Cole), Geraldine (Mike) also known as Beans, Jerry, Dennis and Ramona (Brian).

Dolly and Willy moved to whatever town nearest to Willy’s construction jobs. Then they settled in St. Ignatius and raised their children.

Dolly worked at the old Holy Family Hospital as a nurse aide, and worked sewing quilts at the old Community Center. When the Flathead Culture Committee formed she began working there as a translator. She became active in the Indian community in the Salish choir, joined the Arlee Celebration committee and was an accomplished moccasin maker and beader. She also knew many songs and dances of the Tribe.

Dolly was given an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College, and was honored for her work in honoring the Flathead River. Her knowledge and wisdom was greatly appreciated by many. Dolly touched many hearts and was loved by many. She will be greatly missed by all especially her family.

Preceding Dolly in death were her parents Thomas Jr. and Louise Finley McDonald, husbands Alex Lumpry and Willy Linsebigler, babies Lois Jean and Jerry, sisters Felicity, Agnes, Rose, Helen, Theresa. Brothers Isaac, Francis, Louie. Grandparents Baptiste Dominic and Rosette Finley, Agate Finley, Thomas McDonald Sr., son Ronald Lumpry, granddaughters Lynette, Darcy, grandson Billy Joe, and great-grandson Arlyn.

She is survived by her children Flora (Bear) Malatare, Joann (Francis) Durgeloh, Beverly (Cole) Hill, Geraldine (Mike Burke) Linsebigler, Dennis, Ramona (Brian) Ebenstiner, 46 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren. Siblings Buddy McDonald and Shirley Trahan as well as a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends

Burial was at Snyelmn Sntmtne next to Willy and son Ronnie.

Joshua LeRoy (Lobdell) Normandeau
Joshua LeRoy (Lobdell) Normandeau was born May 29,1985 in Polson. He passed away October 12, 2017 at Kalispell Regional Hospital from complications due to Huntington’s Chorea with family by his side.

Joshua loved hiking, fishing, his “walk abouts” and anything to do with the outdoors. He greatly enjoyed his Nieces, Nephews, and family gatherings where there was a lot of laughter and joking. Throughout the years, Joshua established lasting bonds with his caregivers. Joshua had a very large family that loved him and they will all miss him fiercely.

Joshua is survived by his parents: Rose Tomasik and Steve Normandeau (birth father Steven Lobdell), brother Eric Tomasik and wife Julie, sister Carol Wegner and husband Neal, brother Rob Hayes, brother Brice Normandeau and wife, Tabitha, brother Jack Normandeau, sister Fontella Webster and husband Frank, sister Victoria Ann (Lobdell) Normandeau; and numerous Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is preceded in death by: his birth mother Catherine Lobdell, sister Melisa Olivia (Lobdell) Normandeau, Grandmother Rosemary “Bun” Leaverton, Grandfather Louis Normandeau, Uncle Lee Miller and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

The family would like to give special thanks to St. Luke Hospital and his caregivers at Mission Mountain Enterprise and sincere appreciation to the ambulance crews and staff at Kalispell Regional Hospital.

Rosary services will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. and funeral mass will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Ronan Sacred Heart Parish. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.

Johnny Thomas McKeever
Pablo — Johnny Thomas McKeever was born January 8, 1983 in Great Falls Montana to Gail Marie Ashley and Casey James McKeever. The 2nd oldest of seven brothers. He passed away on the morning of September 16, 2017.

A proudly enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Johnny lived out his final years in Pablo. He routinely traveled to and from North Dakota working the oilfields to support his family; wife: Amy McKeever (Collicot) and kids: Maliek, Daden, Chairoum, Dardarian and Achaiah.

Johnny attended schools in both Oregon and Montana having grown up between both northwestern states. During these early years of his life he was also adopted in to the Hopkins family where he met his foster brother Aaron Hopkins along with many great friends that he still has to this very day.

Johnny had many hobbies and loved the outdoors. A joy he shared with his children from painting, drawing, music, fishing and hiking to baking. The thing that made Johnny happiest in life was being a father. Johnny many times voiced that his family completed him. There was nothing in this world he loved more than their happiness.

Johnny McKeever was wonderful and passionate man who touched the lives of everyone around him, with jokes, friendly smiles, hugs and an eagerness to help anyone who needed a hand. He will be greatly missed by many and remembered fondly by all.

Johnny was preceded in death by his grandfather Lester McKeever, grandmother Mary Molzhon-Ashley and cousin Chi Dawn LeBeau Wolf.

He is survived by his loving immediate and extended family having been cherished by all of them; his grandmother Donna Fetch and grandfather Mitch Fetch, father Casey Mckeever his wife Shelley, mother Gail (Ashley) Robertson and husband Tom; aunts (Linda, Leslie, Rita) uncles (Allen, Fred and Steve), many brothers blooded and step; Tyler McKeever, Brandon McKeever, Joshua Houle, TJ Robertson, Jesse Roberston, Kaizer Hahn, Montana Hahn and Levi Laramie. Stepsisters; Crystal and Charity. His in-laws Pat and Kathy Collicott, Debbie Bell all hold a loving place as will Chaney, Echo, Kyndra, Jalen, Jeremy, Kyahna, Bud, Joseph, Sam, April and many many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A special thank you from family to Henry Clairmont and the Clairmonts for always being there for Johnny.

Services were held at the Salish Longhouse in St. Ignatious on September 22, 2017 where Johnny was remembered and bid farewell by those of us who are taking the scenic route.

Johnny Carl Morigeau
ARLEE — Johnny Carl Morigeau, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, was surrounded by his family when he made his journey to the other side, on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Johnny was born November 23, 1977, in St. Ignatius and was the oldest of three children, born to Charlotte Wheeler and late Kenny Morigeau. He was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Arlee and in Helena. He spent his time hanging with his Auntie Vi, in his Johnny Jump Up or heading to the mountains with his grandpa Skip. He attended school at Arlee Elementary from age three to age eight, which at that time he moved to Jackson House in Helena, where he resided for four years. He then moved to Townsend House until the age of 20, and graduated from Capital High and received a standing ovation from over 277 fellow students and staff. Then he relocated to Tara House where he took on a job for a short amount of time shredding paper, and continued to reside with Tara House until his passing.

Johnny had a love for so many things but music was his number one. He jammed to the Beach Boys, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode in particular, but the list goes on and on as he liked any song with a beat. He was never too keen on emotional, sad, slow music.

Johnny had a one of kind easy to grow on you stubborn personality and touched so many lives. People were drawn to his upbeat nature and his big cheesy (Victor) smile, enjoying and engaging in large groups of laughter. We often found Johnny giving people nicknames such as his sister’s MaryRose (Carl Roast) and Rhonda (Ronnie Nonnie). He enjoyed car rides with a stop at his favorite fast food restaurant, McDonald’s as he relayed his order  “hamburgers...., french fries...., a milkshake and that’s it…..”

The family would like to give a special thanks to Johnny’s Tara House family who have been amazing support throughout Johnny’s 20 years and many were there at his bedside during his final days.

Johnny’s father, Kenny Morigeau, his grandpa’s George “Skip” Wheeler and Carl Morigeau, grandmother Irene Morigeau, Uncle Lloyd Wheeler, and Auntie Vi preceded him in death.

Johnny is survived by his mother, Charlotte Wheeler; two sisters, MaryRose (Anthony) and Rhonda (Josh), his nephews and nieces, Kenny, Tayen, ShyAnne, Dainian, Ravin and Aiyona. Also his family at Tara House, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Johnny will be missed extremely by his immediate family, extended family, relatives and friends.

Services were held at the Community Center in Arlee and burial followed after services at the Jocko Cemetery.

Jesse Lee Atwin, Sr.
Polson — Jesse Lee Atwin Sr. passed away suddenly on Monday, October 2, 2017. Jesse was born December 3, 1980 to Sue Jean Mitchell and Timothy Atwin and was raised in Polson. Here he met the love of his life, Ardena Marie Finley, and built a beautiful life together. The two had five children, Lee, Jesse Jr., Heather, Ellianna and Noah.

Jesse attended schools in Polson, Browning, Ronan, Two Eagle River School and took some courses at Salish Kootenai College where he learned construction and concrete work. He was a member of the R.T.R.L crew at CSKT Division of Fire where he enjoyed doing what he loved best which is being out in the woods and being with the best group of guys around.

Jesse enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming and basically anything to do with the mountains and lake. He enjoyed singing native music and was an excellent flute player. He had the absolute best sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed cracking jokes and trying to get a rise out of everyone he met, whether it be a good joke or just clowning around. His presense will be greatly missed by all he knew.

Jesse was preceded in death by his mother Sue Jean and his daughter Ellianna. He is survived by his wife Ardena Atwin, his children Lee, Jesse Jr., Heather, Noah, Anton and RaeShawn, his father Time Atwin (Bernie), his grandmother Anna Mitchell, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held in Elmo, Montana with Rosary on Thursday, October 5, 2017 and burial on Friday October 6, 2017 at Dayton Cemetery.

Allan W. Mangold
CHARLO — Allan W. Mangold, 66, passed away Oct. 4 at St. Patrick’s in Missoula. Visitation Friday at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held Saturday at 1:30 pm in the Chapel. Military Honors will be presented at the Ronan Cemetery.

Donald Louis Brown, Sr.
POLSON — Donald Louis Brown Sr., 82, peacefully passed away on September 27, 2017 surrounded by his family. Don, the eldest of seven children, was born to Thomas W. and Dorothy M. (Morigeau) Brown Sr. on May 6, 1935, in St. Ignatius.

Don, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, began school in Ronan  and then attended Bremerton Dewey Junior High School. From there moved onto boarding school, Oglala Community High School, in Pine Ridge, SD. He returned home to play football for the Ronan Chiefs. In 1954 Don joined the Navy, attended boot camp in San Diego, CA. From here he was stationed in Japan, Alaska and made a quick stop in Hawaii aboard the USS Eldorado. Don was Honorably Discharged in 1958 as an E-3 Seaman. 

In 1960 he met his Pocahontas, Elizabeth St. John. Don and his friend attended a dance at the San Francisco American Indian Center and he laid eyes on some girls across the way. He turned to his friend and said, “I get the short one.” A month later they were married. Exactly!!! Nine months later they started their beautiful family of five.

Don, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth A. (St. John) Brown. Five children, Elmer (Peggy), Bothell WA; Donna (Art) Lafferty, Polson,; Donald Jr., Polson, Gina (Carla), Polson; Jennifer, Polson. Brothers Bob (Donna), Ronan; Jerry, Polson; and sister Nancy (Pete) Vaughn, Charlo. Grandchildren Dawn (Josh) Griffin, Polson; Danielle (Tony) Keller, Seattle WA; Whitney (Bo) Brown-Bourdon, Polson; Erik, Tacoma WA; Charla (Trenton) Brown-Kirkaldie, Hays; Bryan Yazzie, Polson; Riane, Olympia, WA; Natasha Lafferty, Polson; Josh, Polson; Marcus (Cree) Morigeau, Polson; Trisha (Juan) Mahkuk, Polson; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, and extended family.

Donald Brown Sr. is preceded in death by his parents; Tom and Dorothy Brown, four brothers, Thomas Jr., Philip, Edward, Lyle (Chey) and grandson Baby Boy Lafferty.

Traditional wake services were held  Friday, September 29, 2017 at Polson Indian Senior Center. Funeral services  were Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory. . Arrangements have been entrusted to The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.

John H. DuCharme
POLSON – John H. DuCharme, age 67, passed away on September 21, 2017 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. John was born in St. Ignatius on January 7, 1950. He is the son of Basil and Vivian DuCharme.

John grew up on the south shore of Flathead Lake at DuCharme Lane. He attended school in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1968. John joined the U.S. Navy in May of 1969 and was discharged in Sept 1972 and was discharged from the Naval Reserve in May 1975. While in the Navy, John was trained as a dental hygienist.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, John went to work for Tribal Health in Polson as a dental hygienist until his retirement.

In John’s younger days, he enjoyed travelling with friends. He was an avid golfer at the Polson Country Club. When John moved to the country on DuCharme Lane, he enjoyed gardening and giving away the produce which consisted mostly of carrots, tomatoes and squash. John also liked to make jam, jelly and apple butter that he shared.

John enjoyed having company and always had a candy dish on his table to treat his visitors. His nieces and nephews loved to visit because they were allowed to help themselves to the candy dish. He was a kind and caring man to all his friends and family. John was a U of M Grizzly fan and attended several of their games.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Gary and Harold (Bud), and his sisters, Nadine DuCharme Couture and Myrna DuCharme Johnson. He is survived by his brothers Ken (Mick) from WA; Herb and wife Marilyn of Evaro; Fred (Butch) of CA; Calvin (Toke) and Linda; Richard (Beeb) and George; plus his sister Carol DuCharmeTenney and brother in law Jerry Tenney all of Polson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for John were held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Immaculate Catholic Church followed by a Rosary. Following the service military honors took place at the church. All of John’s friends and family are welcome. John requested cremation and the distribution of his ashes will be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Laura Victoria Vandegrift
POLSON — Laura Victoria Vandegrift, 98, walked on from Polson on Tuesday September 12, 2017. Laura was born in Belcourt, ND to Joseph and Ernestine (DuBois) Primeau on May 22, 1919. Laura was an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

After her training at the Missoula Business College, Laura began her career at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. Her training, dedication and perseverance, allowed Laura to retire at age 68 as comptroller for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Polson.

Laura married Floyd Vandegrift in 1953 and they made Polson their home in 1959.

Laura was a Polson charter member and active member of the Soroptimist Women’s organization for many years. She believed strongly in that organization’s ability to have a positive impact on women’s issues. While you would not consider family a “hobby”, Laura loved to be in the “know” where her family was concerned. Her telephone rang daily with family checking in and keeping her up to date with family news. Matriarchy was Laura’s calling.

Laura is preceded in death by her husband Floyd “Vandy” Vandegrift and her son John Williams. Laura was the last surviving member of her large Primeau family in North Dakota.

Laura is survived by her two sons and one daughter: Al (Sue) Williams children Les, Shanon (Charlie) Hahn daughter Nicole; Jim Williams, daughters Jaye (Bryan) McDonald children Katie and Nate, Julia Williams sons, Brad and Seth, Crystal Williams daughter, Tamara and sons Chuck Williams and Rory (Tonia) Williams; Laurel (Jim) Vukelich, sons James (Janna) Vukelich son Jack, John (Erin) Vukelich and children Noah and Nizhoni, Tony (Selva) Vukelich children Xiomara and Anthony; Thomas MacDonald son of Floyd. She was also great great grandmother to nine children.

We gathered as family and friends to honor Laura on Saturday September 16, 2017 at the CSKT Senior Center in Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Sidney Ray Cowin
Sidney Ray Cowin was born December 15, 1942 and passed away on September 6, 2017.

Sid was a wonderful, loving, man with a huge generous heart even generous to a fault. He had a quiet demeanor. If you were lucky enough to be called “friend” he would be your friend for life. Everyone who knew Sid would describe him as the sweet, quiet guy with the Native Pride hat pulled down over his dark hair, often wearing his jean jacket or sporting his USMC gear. 

He loved helping others more than anything in the world. He would buy clothing and donate to kids on the reservation for back-to-school. He bought presents for children whose parents couldn’t afford them and wanted to remain anonymous in doing so. He would use his hunting privileges on the reservation to gather meat for those less fortunate. He loved cooking huge meals for “the guys” - those who wouldn’t have a meal over the holidays. He donated more than half the fish he would catch. If he thought you needed meat, he would fill your whole freezer.

Sid was an avid fisherman, crewman, first mate, cook, merchant mariner, and captain of his own ship. He loved being at sea for days, weeks, and months at a time. He was a self-proclaimed “war hoop” and an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He was a boilermaker by trade, working all over the world. He jokingly referred to himself as a “grunt” in the USMC, serving in two tours of Vietnam War. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Sid was preceded in death by his father Raymond R. Cowin and his mother Helen M. (Sousley) Cowin. He is survived by his sister Mary Lee Webber, daughter Michelle Rae Cowin, and son Robert Dale Cowin. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends. 

There will be a private burial at sea for Sid. If you would like to make a monetary donation in his honor, you may donate to the Baldwin Elementary School “Caring Closet,” which provides school supplies, coats, shoes, glasses, and whatever is needed and can’t be attained elsewhere. The Closet was established to honor Sid’s daughter Michelle, who worked there for over 14 years before becoming critically ill and was forced to retire. Sid was extremely proud of Michelle’s work with children. Every year he would adopt kids at Christmas and provide presents, buy shoes if he heard they needed them, and school supplies for everyone. If you would like to donate in his honor, make checks payable to: Baldwin Elementary School and make a note “In memory of Sid Cowin for the Caring Closet.” (Baldwin Elementary School - 9000 Tudor Ln, Manassas, VA 20110. Write “Caring Closet” in the memo or in a note.) Please share your memories of Sid at

Sharron Mitchell Noyes
POLSON — Sharron Mitchell Noyes, 64, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 in Kalispell due to complications with pneumonia. She was born March 06, 1953 in Aberdeen, Washington to Isadore Jackson Mitchell and Jane Agnes (Whitworth) Mitchell.

Sharron was born while Jane was in a tuberculosis sanitarium and returned to the Dixon area as a baby. Upon her return she came to live with June and Leon Acevedo (whom she referred to and looked at as her ‘other parents’) until Jane recovered and returned home when Sharron was two.

Sharron married Michael Cottet in 1971, and together they had two children, William “Tyson” and Chad Cottet. Mike and Sharron also took in two foster daughters; Jeannie Cook and Patty Peltier Murphy. After their divorce in 1983, Sharron remarried, but the last 15 years was filled by raising Treylon and Sophie Mitchell.

Life wasn’t always easy for Sharron as a she dealt with health issues for the better part of 40 years including polymyositis, diabetes, cancer, a heart attack, and a bout of Bell’s palsy. Although these health issues affected her daily life for years, they did not stop her from earning her associates degree, working for the Tribes, attending high school sporting events, and living her life.

Sharron was a fighter (ask Treylon, Sophie, Tyson, Chad, Patty, or any medical care provider she ever met) but in October 2010, Chad finally found the answer to winning an argument with Sharron when her granddaughter, Olivia was born. Olivia, and later Hailey, made her light up even at the mention of their names. Sharron said that attending Olivia’s kindergarten graduation was one of the best days of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Isadore and Jane; brothers Gary and Donald Mitchell, foster child Jeannie Cook, and Leon Acevedo.

Sharron is survived by her children Tyson Cottet of Charlo, Chad (Shelly) Cottet of Polson, Treylon Mitchell of Polson, and Sophie Mitchell of Bozeman; foster daughter Patty (Matt) Murphy of Missoula; sisters Margerie (Urban) Bear Don’t Walk of St. Ignatius and Donna Mitchell of Arlee; brothers George Mitchell (Lynn) of Ronan and Robert Mitchell of St. Ignatius; and granddaughters Olivia and Hailey Cottet; June Acevedo of Ronan and family; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mom is now free of pain and resting in peace.

At Sharron’s request, no services will be held. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Wesley Thomas Vert, Jr.
SPOKANE — Wesley Thomas Vert, Jr., 67, of Spokane, WA passed away September 13, 2017. He was born March 2, 1950 in Portland, OR to Wesley Sr. and Madge Vert.

He graduated high school at Polson High School in Polson. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served for over 20 years and retired as a Senior Master Sargent. While in the Air Force he earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. On June 14, 1986 he married Sadie Vert in Spokane and together they had one son Wesley III. He enjoyed spending time with loved ones and especially loved spending time at Flathead Lake in Polson. He was a passionate sports fan and enjoyed watching football and Gonzaga Basketball. Wesley was a devoted member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

He is survived by his wife Sadie Vert; only son Wesley Vert III; his parents Wesley Vert Sr. and Madge Vert; brothers Steve and Chris and a sister Tami Avison.

Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane and a Rosary on Wednesday, September 20, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.  Interment with the Rite of Committal will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery, Polson, with full military honors.

Messages of condolence and memories may be sent to the family online by visiting  Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson. 

Oliver Kendall Dupuis
POLSON — Oliver was born May 25, 1930 in Polson, the only child of Peter and Ella Newgard Dupuis. He was hospitalized for a short time before entering Heaven’s Gates to be with the Lord on September 5, 2017. His loving family was by his side during his final days.

Oliver was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois Bras Dupuis. Together they had four children: Shiree (Ron) Ryan, Kendall (Linda) Dupuis, Randall (Brenda) Dupuis – all of Polson, Montana; and, Nola (Chris) Catlett of Kalispell. Oliver’s family also includes thirteen grandchildren: Kimberly and Tom Maloney; Scott Ryan; Chanel and Tim Lake; Anni and Brent Millard; Tyson and Andrea Dupuis; Danielle Valentine; Jayme Ryan; Daylen and Anna Dupuis; Tyler Dupuis; Kym and Travis Jensen; Jessica Valentine; Steven and Alysha Valentine; and, Chance and Jessica Dupuis; and, 26 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Donna Cason, Mary Lou Cross, Bud and Dot Bras, Clarence and Sally Bras, John and Jeanne Bras, all of their children; and, many Newgard and Dupuis cousins.

He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1950 where he had excelled in several sports activities. While in school, he also earned his private pilot license at the age of 15.

He was a member of the New Life Church in Polson and was active in the Saturday morning men’s meetings, and served the Church as a member of the Board of Deacons until this past year.

Oliver was a member of the Salish Kootenai Confederated Tribes. Over the years he served on various Boards such as Farm Service Agency Board, St. Joseph Hospital, and the Boards for Salish/Kootenai Electronics and Technology. He was also active on the local Cherry Growers Association Board, and managed his own cherry and apple orchards.

Oliver started his life-long career in the lumber/sawmill industry as a young boy working at his father Pete’s sawmill on Minesinger, Dupuis Brothers Lumber, that was later moved to Dog Lake where he worked through his teenage years. That mill was later moved to Polson. He helped build that mill which employed two to three hundred employees at times and it ran for many years before selling it to Pack River. 

Oliver was also active in the sport of hydro boat racing where he and his father designed and built the boats and motors used in the racing competitions. During those years as a boat racer, Oliver was a National and World Champion, and tied the world record for Class C Service Hydros. He shared these adventures with his family, and his pit crew that included brother-in-laws Clarence, Bud, and John Bras, and cousin, Keith Clairmont, as they traveled the racing circuit from Southern California through several Western States.

His life was adventurous, productive and fruitful. In all his endeavors he excelled. He ran his businesses, cattle operation, farming and orchards to the very end of his life. His love for God and his exceptional work ethic and passion for life is the legacy he has passed on to his family and friends whom he truly loved.

The graveside service to be held at the Lakeview Cemetery is reserved for family only. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Oliver’s memory be made to the New Life Church or favorite charity of choice.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.

Bronson Eneas McDonald
Bronson Eneas McDonald, 28, of Missoula, joined his mother on September 1, 2017.

He was born on November 22, 1988 in Missoula, to the late Margaret Sanchez and Arnold McDonald Sr. As a child, he grew up in Arlee, Ronan, and Pistol Creek areas. At a young age, he became a “pow wow brat”. He started out dancing but quickly moved to drumming and singing. Bronson was a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and had roots in San Felipe Pueblo where he had many close relatives.

As a result of a loving relationship with Edwina (Moo) Morning Owl, Bronson has a son, Garian Wayne McDonald. Bronson passed his love of dancing, drumming, and singing to Garian.

Survivors include his father, Arnold W. McDonald Sr. (St. Ignatius), brother, Arnold W. McDonald Jr. (Arlee), and Felicite R. McDonald of Arlee, Garian W. McDonald (Pendleton, Or.), Great Grandparent Rudy and Clarice King, aunt, uncles, and many many cousins.

Relations tp leave before Bronson are his mother Margaret Sanchez, grandmother Felicite McDonald, uncle Robert Sanchez, grandfather Baldimario Sanchez, great grandfather Clarence Charlo, and many other relatives.

Visitation was at the family home in Arlee on Monday, September 4, 2017. Visitation and wake continue at the Arlee Community Center. Closing was Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and burial was at the Jocko Cemetery.

Robert William Davis
ST. IGNATIUS — Robert (Bob) William Davis left peacefully for his next destination on September 4, 2017 from his home in St Ignatius.

Bob was born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho. He graduated from high school there in 1970. He met and married Leslie. Together they had a beautiful daughter Mindi who he adored. Bob and Leslie parted ways but remained friends.

He met his soulmate, Cathy Mitchell in 1982 and she stood by his side to the last.

During his lifetime Bob was proud that he was a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. He worked at jobs as varied as a landscaper, a logger, in automobile detailing and a salesman. He considered a career in human services, attending Salish Kootenai College in preparation for it.

Bob’s favorite past times were playing poker and drinking his coffee. “shootin the breeze the whole time.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Mary Davis.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Mitchell, her children and grandchildren, his daughter Mindi Davis of Seattle WA; and his sister Barbara Billbo of Leaksville MI.

Neniruak services are anticipated in the spring.

The family would like to than Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home for assisting with final arrangements. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Hageboeck-Conley
ST. IGNATIUS — Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Barbara Ann Hageboeck-Conley was  born July 26, 1940 in St. Ignatius passed away September 3, 2017 in Ronan.

Barb grew up on a ranch at the base of the beautiful Mission Mountains, Barb had a love for animals, especially her horses and would ride bareback at a full gallop across the fields to meet her best friend Geraldine (Cordier) Powell every day during their summer vacations. Barb attended school and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1958, went to Bozeman and attended Nursing School. Barb worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes until she retired.

Barb always had a beautiful yard and took pride in her roses and lupine. Her home was beautiful. Barb loved to cook, and told great stories. Her favorite time of the year was spring when her beloved broodmares began to foal. Barb was a true survivor and loved by many. I have to mention her great love for CJ. Licht; her face lit up every time she talked about you.

Barb was preceded in death by both of her parents and her daughter Melanie Gun Hammer.

She is survived by her son Michael McCauley, grandchildren Logan (Tiffany) Carpentier and Selah Carpentier, great grandchildren, nieces and nephew Brandy Delaney and Jody (Hunter) Delaney, Ryan (Amy) Delaney, great nieces and nephews, and her sister Linda (Wayne) Delaney.

Charlie Lee James
ST. IGNATIUS — Charlie Lee James, 81, passed away at his home near St. Ignatius on September 3, 2017. Born in Hardin on November 21, 1935, to Roy Franklin Sr. and Opal Elnora (Epperson) James, he attended school and worked in Hardin until his enlistment in the Army on his 17th birthday.

His military career spanned 23 years and included becoming the youngest Staff Sergeant in the 5thInfantry Division in Germany, graduating from Special Warfare School and receiving his Green Beret in 1963, three tours of duty in Viet Nam, recruiter in Billings, and Motivation NCO for the state stationed in Helena. He retired as a highly decorated Master Sergeant in 1974.

He married Katie Rey Engles in 1959, and after his military career they owned and operated THE ADIT, a shopper, in Helena until 1978 when they moved to St Ignatius and bought a ranch. With the ranching downturn of the 1980’s, he decided to diversify by returning to publishing. While operating THE ADIT he had created a popular meet and greet column, therefore he envisioned a publication devoted to helping those who loved the western lifestyle to find the love of their lives through advertising. So Sweetheart Magazine and Events was created, the ranch morphed into the Sweetheart Ranch, and he became Cowboy Cupid with the blue hat. He and his wife Katie (Cupcake) closed the company when their daughter and partner, Lise, died in 2004.

He helped create the Viet Nam Memorial in Rose Park in Missoula and proudly took the Angel Statue Memorial on a flatbed to the Crow and Cheyenne reservations prior to its installation in the park. He was a lifetime member of several military organizations including Special Forces Association Chapter 28, “The Devil’s Brigade Chapter”.

He is survived by his wife; son Mark of Butte; son-in-law Rande Hall of Los Fresnos, TX; brothers Jim (Connie) James of Hardin, Darrold (Darlene) Morrison of Forsyth, and Delmar (Concha) Morrison of Billings; sisters Dorothy Brown of Kennewick, WA, and Doris (Herb) Hollenbeck of Hardin; granddaughter and great granddaughter Kayla and Jessica Brueckmann of Polson, MT; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at the Community Center in St. Ignatius at 11 am on Friday, September 15.

Edna Geneva Finley
PABLO — Edna Geneva Finley, born March 29, 1943 in Walker County Alabama left us on Saturday September 2, 2017 to reunite with her late husband Octave A. Finley. They met while she worked as a carhop at Potters Drive In, Del City, OK. The bonds of their marriage lasted through times easy and difficult until they were separated by his passing in 2012.

Edna was an accomplished crafter, always keeping her hands busy with beadwork, quilting, knitting, and many others. She was also an accomplished archer and incredible frybread maker.

Edna was preceded in death by: her parents Gordon Murphy, Mary Watts Tyler, and Oather Tyler; Her sisters Ruby Cowns and Catherine Mosena; and daughter Tomie Finley

She is survived by siblings: Gerald “Boots” Murphy, Robert (Tommie) Tyler and Teryl (Dennis) Ragsdale, children Richard (Val) Inmee, Frank (Laurie), Oather “Dusty”, Angie Young, and Samantha; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. The extended list of her family is difficult to name as she welcomed anyone who crossed the path of her life, her heart, and her family.

Rosary was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius on Tuesday, September 5 with service closing on Wednesday, September 6 and Mass followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment was in the Snyelmn Sntmtmne in St. Ignatius next to her beloved husband.

Tasheena (Sheen) Diaz
POLSON — Tasheena Diaz, 34 passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Polson on August 22, 2017. She was born October 27, 1983 as an Agua Caliente tribal member from Palm Springs, California. Parents are Karen Little of CS&KT Tribes in Pablo and father Arthur W. Diaz Jr. from the Agua Caliente tribe in Palm Springs, California.

Tasheena moved to Ronan at the age of five and was raised on the Flathead Reservation. She was a student of the Ronan High School and got her first job at Dairy Queen in Ronan. She moved to Pablo with her children Daylan Little, Dominick Gifford, and Olivia Brueggeman. She married Levi Goodwin of Hamilton. She was self-employed business owner in Palm Springs, California. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, shopping, road trips, listening to music and cruising. She loved her children and was a very big-hearted person. She was kind, loving, caring, and a very giving person. Her passing is a loss to everyone who had the honor of knowing her.

She is preceded in death by her father’s Arthur W. Diaz Jr., and Jay Gasser, her cousins Tina Diaz, Cody Diaz, David Diaz, Brian Diaz and her nephew Devonte Kelly Diaz.

She was survived by her children Daylan Little, Dominick Gifford, and Olivia Brueggeman, her husband Levi Goodwin, her mother Karen Little, siblings Eli Diaz, Beverly Diaz, grandparents Beverly Patencio Diaz and Arthur Walters Diaz Sr., as well as many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many of friends.

Tasheena will never be forgotten and will always be missed.

Barbara A Conley
Ronan – Barbara A Conley, 77, passed away this weekend at her home in Ronan. Arrangements are pending with Foster Funeral Home & Crematory of St. Ignatius.

Charlie James
St. Ignatius – Charlie James, 81, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3 at his home. Arrangements are pending with Foster Funeral Homes & Crematory of St. Ignatius.

Etta Jean Diehl
KALISPELL — Etta Jean Diehl, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Kalispell. She was born on July 6, 1933 in Spokane, WA the daughter of Howard and Gladys (Morigeau) Brackett.

She graduated from Hot Springs High in 1951 and then attended Knapp Business School in Tacoma, WA. In 1954, she married Russell Diehl in Hot Springs. They were married for 64 years. She was a member of the Salish & Kootenai Tribes. She worked for several years as an Executive Assistant in Tribal Administration.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her husband Russell; her daughter Debbie Anderson and her son Dan Diehl and his wife Jenifer; her grandchildren, Jara McMann (Casey), Erik Anderson (Skyelar), Ryan Diehl, Courtney Diehl and Collin Diehl and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Emma and her siblings, Jerry, Roy and Helene.

Memorial services for Jean were scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at The Lake Funeral Home in Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Charles E. “Chuck” Johnson
ST. IGNATIUS – Charles E. “Chuck” Johnson, 79. Passed away at his home on Chalwain Rd in St. Ignatius on August 7. Born in Cloquet, Minnesota to Claude & Grace (Cajune) Johnson. At a young age he moved to St. Ignatius and graduated from St. Ignatius High in 1956. He served in the US military before going on to be an Iron Worker out of Local 378. He retired and moved back to Montana in 1987 where he worked on the Powell Ranch.

Chuck loved working at the ranch and chatting with his friends and strangers alike.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Chuck married Marilyn (Conner) Johnson and she survives at the family ranch. Also surviving are daughter Rena Edick of Texas, stepdaughters Becky Digby of Illinois and Debbie Mischki of California & son Billy Johnson, his brother Claude Johnson, cousin Joe McDonald and 7 grandchildren.

Foster Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Russell J. Carey
HOT SPRINGS — Russell J. Carey, 66, passed away Aug.18 at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains joining his parents Robert and Loretta (Porter) Carey and sister Brenda A. Smith who has gone before him.

Moving to Montana in 2008, he was a native of Massachusetts. Born and raised in Athol, Mass. he joined the Air Force serving in Vietnam. He then went to college at Texas Tech before returning to Massachusetts. Where eventually he pursued a career in plastics manufacturing. He was a member of the Lions club and a lifetime member of the VFW.

He married Margaret Brooks in Gardner, Mass and she survives. Also surviving are his children Christopher T. Carey, Russell J Carey Jr., Angela M Carey-Killey, Melissa S. Carey, and Jacquelyn A Carey; siblings Sharon T. Humphrey, Robert M. , Norman C., Brian H., Michael W., Bruce., and Frank R. Carey, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Military Rites and services are planned for September 6 at 2 p.m. in the Lone Pine Hall in Lone Pine.

Kerry Franklin Shourds
ST. IGNATIUS — Kerry Franklin Shourds, 66, “Baldy” passed away at St. Luke’s in Ronan on August 14, 2017. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he was born to Chester Ellis Shourds, Sr. and Thersa Amelia (DuCharme - Trahan) Shourds on October 19, 1950, in Missoula. Kerry married Jamie Jean Howlett in December 1975.

Kerry was raised in Frenchtown. He started school in Frenchtown and was a graduate of Frenchtown High School. He attended Carroll College. After college he worked at Horner Waldorf pulp mill in Frenchtown. After working at the pulp mill he accepted the position of Assistant Manager for the CSKT Tribal Credit program. He left this position and moved to Butte to accept a position of Contract Manager for the National Center for Appropriate Technology. While working for NCAT he was promoted to Grant Manager of the national energy grant program for the Department of Energy. He moved to La Conner, Washington to accept the position of Executive Director of the Swinomish Tribal Housing Authority. While working for the Swinomish Tribe he was given two honorary positions, Fire Keeper of the Tribal Sweat Lodge and Tribal Grave Digger. He also worked in the Swinomish Tribal salmon restoration program. Due to serious health issues he left these positions to work as a deck hand and later Captain of a whale watching boat. With his wife and son at his side, they returned to the land of their people in the fall of 2013.

Some of his favorite hobbies and pastimes were watching whales, camping, being one with nature, and watching his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Chester Ellis Shourds Sr. and Thersa Amelia (DuCharme -Trahan) Shourds, his brother Jr. (Indian) Shourds, and sister Barbie Shourds. And his Tribal ancestors, father’s side Patrick Finley and Mary Ashley; Joseph Couture and Catherine Finley; Louis Clairmont Sr. and Rosalie Beauvavis; Louis Clairmont Jr. and Emerence Couture; Sidney Shourds and Edna Eva Clairmont. Mother’s side Alexander Finley and Elizabeth Isabel Red Wolf Pellew; Lois Paul-Hus and Chuchumshena Red Horn; Issaw Redhorn and Se-Lum Te; Jean Baptiste DuCharme (one of the founders of Frenchtown) and Catherine Pal-Hus; Frank DuCharme Sr. and Josette Finley; Albert Trahan and Phillomene DuCharme.

He is survived by his wife Jamie; children Dawn and Tamerack; Jeff and Jenny from his first marriage; grandchildren Ariana, Carliegh, Tamerack Jr., Colby, and Sassa; siblings Roger Lee and spouse Louise, Cathy, “the twins” Colleen and Belinda, Kelley and Becky, and special Uncle Nathan Shourds; and numerous uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

 Rosary was held Friday at Foster Funeral Home previously “His Uncle’s place” in St. Ignatius, led by the Salish prayer leaders. Mass was held Saturday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church with Rev. Father Hightower SJ Celebrant. Burial followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Clifford E. Burke, Sr.
RONAN — Clifford E. Burke, Sr. passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his home. He was born on January 22, 1949 to Clifford Dennis Burke and Louise Caye in Nespelem, WA. January 22 was his paternal grandmother*s birthday and he and Lena Burke had a very strong and loving relationship.

He was the oldest of 13 children and so he had to assume a lot of responsibilities at a young age. As a child, he lived in the Nespelem and Omak areas of Washington as well as his beloved Elmo, Montana. He had a large Colville family as well as a large Kootenai family that he was so very proud of. Clifford loved to travel and attended powwows from Fort Hall to Nespelem to White Swan.

He was an athlete excelling in track and football at Flandreau High School and also played basketball at many tribal tourneys in the Northwest. Clifford loved and idolized his Uncle Louis Caye and spent many times with the Caye family picking berries in Buckhorn, hunting in the Yaak, playing softball, and partying with the boys.

As a young adult, he joined the up and coming Chief Cliff Drum Group, a time in his life that forever was cherished by him. With the Chief Cliff Drummers he traveled near and as far away as Norway where they performed at several venues while they were there. Chief Cliff also performed with Don Pullen, a well-known jazz musician, and the Garth Fagan African and Brazilian dance troupe. They performed in Polson with this group and then onto New York City where Don Pullen and his band treated them to fine dining and tours of NYC before they performed to a packed house.

In 1980 he married Shannon Matt at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. He had seven children but had a part in raising so many others including nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon; sons, Miah, Sonny (Alisha), Leonard (Molly), and Matthew (Janay); daughters, Stephanie (Lance), Lacey, and Vanessa (Randy); his brothers, Franny (Bonnie), Marlin (Tracy), Mike (Beans), Tyrone, Reuben, and Leonard *Whiskey Joe*; his sisters, Clarissa and Marcella; an aunt, Carol Edwards, and an uncle, Butch Burke; special nieces and nephews, Myra, Ceta, Francios, and Taz; grandchildren, Jordan, Kianna, Randy Jr., Angie, Kesean, Taysean, Jayvian, Jesse, Charlie, Tre, Leonard Jr., Areanna, Lolly, Bunny, Edward, Riki, Kenneth, and Tesla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his baby brother Willie, and sisters, Glenda, Wilma and Clarinda.

Wake services began on Thursday, August 17 at the Elmo Community Hall where the Rosary was recited on Friday, August 18, 2017. Funeral services were held in Elmo on Saturday, August 19, 2017 with burial following at the Dayton Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Adam Smith and his team and Cory Taylor, his special nurse at dialysis.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.

Lewis Alexander McLeod
PABLO — Lewis Alexander McLeod was born, July 28, 1945, in Grand Prairie, Texas to Alex and Viola McLeod. He was an enrolled Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member and elder.

Lewis joined the service and served his country honorably in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, serving a total of 23 years.

His bravery during the Vietnam War, and throughout his career, earned him many awards and decorations. As a Marine, he served four tours in Vietnam. Lewis continued after Vietnam, serving in the Air Force. He retired with honors from the US Air Force as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer.

Upon retiring from the Air Force, he relocated back to Pablo where he began working for the CSKT Environmental Program as an air quality technician. Later, Lewis integrated with the tribal WRAP program and traveled the country as an advocate for tribal environmental issues. Lewis never met a stranger and was known for helping anyone he came in contact with. When his mother became ill, he took care of her. He was very close to his family.

Lewis passed away on August 17, 2017 in hospice care at the Bellevue, Nebraska, home of his son Shawn and daughter-in-law Jessica. He was comfortable, safe and loved until he departed to walk with God.

Preceding Mr. McLeod in death are his parents, Alex and Viola McLeod, his sister Patricia Kolasinski, and his son Michael McLeod.

He is survived by his daughter, Meshell McLeod-Mahoney of Ft. Collins, CO, son Jason McLeod of Oregon, son Shawn McLeod and his wife Jessica McLeod of Bellevue, NE, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Rita Maloney of Polson and Wanda Bennett of Polson, and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

The Wake service began Tuesday evening and the wake closed and was followed by a Memorial Mass. Graveside services were held at the Ronan Cemetery with full military honors. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Elmer “Sonny” Morigeau
DIXON — Elmer “Sonny” Morigeau, a longtime resident of Dixon, passed away of respiratory failure at his home on August 1, 2017, surrounded by family.

He was the oldest of five children born to Octave and Zelda (Decker) Morigeau in St. Ignatius, Montana on April 9, 1929. He started first grade at St. Ignatius Public School and Ronan Elementary School his second year. His family then moved to Perma for several years when the BIA began reconstructing the road from Perma to Camas Prairie. Sonny attended a one-room, one-teacher elementary school taught by Mrs. Holman. In 1939 the Morigeau’s moved to a house that his father built on some acreage about three miles west of Ravalli where his father began ranching. He finished grade school in Dixon, but in his freshman year he couldn’t cope with the school system, so he quit. On September 17, 1947 Sonny enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era where he completed a high school equivalency test and completed basic training in San Diego, California. While serving in the Navy, he was stationed aboard the USS MERIDETH (DD-890) out of Norfolk, VA for one year. Sonny then attended cook, butcher, and bakery school in New Jersey before he was stationed aboard the USS WINSLOW (DD-127) for the remainder of his enlistment. While in the Navy, he took up boxing and later trained his sons to box and headed up the Dixon boxing team where he coached many relatives and local youth.

Sonny was honorably discharged in 1950. He returned to Dixon, and on August 5, 1950 he married his wife of 59 years, Beverly Dorraine Smith until her passing in 2009. They made their home in Dixon, first in town and later moved to the Old Dixon Agency where he remained until his passing.

Sonny worked for Gene Pitts at the sawmill in Ravalli for nine years before it burned down in 1960. He then worked for BIA Roads for one year until he was hired as Tribal Chief of Police. He resigned as Chief of Police in 1970. He continued to work his ranch while working for other local ranchers and cut post and poles. In 1975, he decided to run for council and was elected. He served from 1976 to 2008 making him one of the longest serving council members for the CS&KT Tribes. Sonny was always passionate about serving and helping others. He was dedicated to the tribal membership and always had their best interests at heart.

In his early years, Sonny spent a lot of time with his paternal grandmother Matilda Gebeau Morigeau, and maternal grandparents Fred and Mary (McClure) Decker. He spent a lot of time camping and fishing for native cutthroat out of the North Fork Jocko, and hunting the South Fork of the Jocko with his grandparents. Sonny idolized his Grandfather Fred as one of the best horseman he ever knew. He credited his grandfather for his own horsemanship. As a young kid, he broke horses for Buster Priddy, Roy King, Fred Brown, Howard Nye, and others from around the country. Also, in his spare time, he liked to calf rope and team rope with the Jerry Matt family. He was also known for having a Louis L’Amour book close at hand.

A true testament to his kind and caring nature, Sonny and Bev not only provided a safe and loving home for their children, but they also took in several extended family and foster children.

He was preceded in death by his parents Octave and Zelda (Decker) Morigeau, his wife Beverly, infant daughter Linda, sons Doug and Jim, brothers Gene and Dick, and sister Joy (Morigeau) Miller.

He is survived by his sister Jeri (Morigeau) Nelson; son John (Charlotte) Morigeau of Dixon and daughters Vicki (David) Velarde of Dulce, NM; Eileen “Leenie” (Thaddeus) Marion of Beach Park, IL; and Annie (Khalif) Thomas of Polson; and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Doug dec.) Morigeau of Ronan; 24 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Wake began on August 2 in the Longhouse with the Rosary on Friday, August 4. The funeral was August 5 in the Longhouse. Burial followed at the family plot north of the Old Agency in Dixon where military honors will be presented.

Damon Michael Incashola
Denver, CO — Damon Michael Incashola, 53. and formerly of the Flathead Reservation died on July 25, 2017 after defying many odds throughout the years. He was born on December 9, 1963 in Missoula to Louie M. Incashola and Barbara Garrett Incashola.  In his younger years he lived in and attended schools in Louisville, Kentucky. He hitchhiked to Montana from Kentucky as a young man to join his dad in Montana and lived on the reservation for the last 30 plus years until his recent move to Denver. His month long adventure from Kentucky consisted of everything from getting chased by Armadillos in Texas to stealing clothes from people’s clothes lines so he would have a clean outfit to wear on his cross country trek.

Damon never legally married but he sure did love the ladies.  He was blessed with many beautiful daughters on the Flathead Reservation and throughout the United States.

Damon had a great sense of humor and enjoyed “raising hell” with those he encountered. He always had a smile and kind words for those he came across. He will be greatly missed by many near and far.

Damon is survived by his mother, his daughters, a brother, a couple of sisters, an uncle Tony (Denise) Incashola, lots of grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his dad, his brother Louie, as well as many other extended family members.

A service was held in Denver but there is a “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service being organized by his family on the Flathead. It is tentatively set for August 24 at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. It will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a potluck meal to follow. The Family invites you to join them and bring a dish or beverage to share.

Christopher Ray Phillips
MISSOULA – Christopher Ray Phillips “Chipper”, 32, passed away unexpectedly on July 25, 2017, in Missoula. He was born April 17, 1985, In Missoula, to his parents Tracy Shaw and Ronald Phillips, Jr. He lived in Pablo and then moved to St. Ignatius where he grew up for most of his childhood. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 2003 and got a full ride scholarship to college in Dillon where he attended for two years.

Chris had a love for the outdoors. He shared many special hobbies with his brother, Cory, including working on cars, playing video games, and fishing. Chris was a gift given to us for only a short period of time. He had the biggest, kindest heart, and unconditional love for his family. He will definitely be missed dearly and always in our hearts.

He is survived by his brother Cory, sister-in-law Mykella, nephew Khonner, sister Whitney, twin sisters Madison and Brianna, brothers Samuel and Daniel, nephews Gavin and Micel, mom Tracy, dad Ronald, and son Grayson.

Wake will begin Sunday, August 6 with a rosary at 8 p.m. on Monday August 7, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, followed by a celebration of his life on Tuesday, August 8 at 11 a.m. 

Juanita Rose Bailey
DIXON — Mom, Gram, Juanita Rose BaileY, 92, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula.

An elder of the CSKT, she was born to Eli “Babe” and Annie Revais Palin of Dixon on Aug. 11, 1924.

After growing up alongside the Flathead River at the “Big Ranch” just north of the old Flathead Agency, she moved to Seattle, WA and got her first job with Boeing. There she was a riveter on B-17 Bombers for the WWII effort. She then came back home where she helped her mom on the ranch and worked various jobs at the Flathead Agency.

In 1947 she met and married Raymond Wagner. They worked at ranching and he was on construction jobs. They purchased the Four Star Bar in Ravalli and ran it together up until they separated in 1968 and later divorced.

She moved back to the “Little Ranch” near Dixon by the Jocko River and in 1970 married Joseph Bailey. They “Ranched” together up at the Big Ranch as well as the Little Ranch and started raising Arabian horses. Mom loved all animals but the love of her life was her horses. She was a kind hearted and big-hearted person and would help out anyone, any time.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, three brothers George, Chuck, Alvin (Speed); and three sisters Ann, Celina, and Josephine. She is survived by her sons Shannon Wagner of Dixon and Ken Wagner of CA; grandson Steven Wagner; and four great grandchildren Byron Carpentier, Jackson Plouffe Jore, Abbigail Rose Marie and Johnnie Ann Wagner.

A rosary was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Services being held Friday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the family cemetery near Dixon. A reception followed the service at the Dixon Senior Citizens Center. Foster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Stanley James Healy
ST. IGNATIUS – Stanley James Healy was born in St. Ignatius on January 9, 1946, to Mary Smallsalmon and Joseph Healy, and he passed away on July 25, 2017, in Lewiston, ID.

Stanley attended Busby School, Ronan School, and Pierre, SD. He was a firefighter and crew boss for many years. Stanley was a proud member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe. He was a proud Salish Prayer Leader; he was employed a Two Eagle River School as bus driver; he traveled far and near to play stick games. Stanley was an avid bowler; he enjoyed watching football and basketball; and he loved playing Bingo at Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Stanley leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Donata; a brother Stephen Smallsalmon; children Dana, Darrin, Aaron Matt of Ronan, Regina Pablo of Ronan, Evonne (Dan) Lierman of Beamer, Neb., Margaret of Arlee, Edmund Irvine of Pablo; adopted grandson Johnathan Matt; nephews Steve Arca, Gene Beaverhead, Chauncey Beaverhead and Gene Beaverhead; nieces Shirley Matt, Echo Brown and Joanne Healy; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, too many to mention; brother and sister-in-law Jody (Arnold) Irvine, Bev (Will) Michel, Jerry (Selena) Matt, and Arlene (Frank) Powell.

Stanley was preceded in death by a sister Alice Smallsalmon; brothers John and Ernest Healy of Canada; son Robert (Bobby) Irvine; and adopted daughter Felicia Hammer.

Harold Leon Kent
CHARLO – Harold Leon Kent, 95, passed away July 26 at his home in Charlo.

Born in Rupert, ID on February 2, 1922 to Samuel Parley Kent and Annie Leona Talbott Kent. He moved to Montana as young child on an emigrant train that took them to Ravalli and the family farmed in the Charlo area. Harold was educated at the D’Aste school for the first couple years then he went to Charlo schools where he graduated from high school.

He moved to Bremmerton, WA during WWII and returned afterwards to help take care of Grandma Kent. He was Cat operator who built many roads in the Mission Valley and worked with the Pierces and Trahans and worked in Alaska before returning to the Charlo area where he has worked with the Flemmings for the last 51 years haying in the summer and with the potatoes the rest of the time. He just retired a couple of years ago while in his early 90’s. He lived in the valley most of his life was instrumental in creating the racetrack at Pablo and was proud of the fact that for the last 30 plus years he has had the same seat at the Plains Rodeo.

He married Phyllis Stipe, Juanita “Bunnie’ Gardipe, and Lillian “Willie” Finley.

Harold was precede in death by his parents, two wives, two sisters, four brothers and his daughter Angela Gilman who passed in 2005.

He leaves behind his older sister Verna Krantz (96.5) of St. Ignatius; numerous stepchildren including Bruce, Scotty, Charlene, Marvin, James, Bernie, Linda and Marilyn, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well many nieces and nephews including Kathy Kent who was his caregiver the last of couple years.

A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Chapel in St Ignatius on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Funeral services were held on Wednesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Ignatius.

Olivine Marie Burland
RONAN — Olivine Marie Burland passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Luke’s Community Health Care at the age of 100. She was the oldest tribal member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She was married to Frank Burland who preceded her in death. They had 10 children; two of them have also passed away, Frenchy Burland and Leroy Burland. The remaining eight are Barbara Mann, Florence Gehring, Eugene (Dick) Burland, Betty Hernandez, Janice Durant, Sheri Whiting, Marilyn Howell and Tracy Burland; she also has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed.

Memorial services for Olivine was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, on Hwy 93 South in Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Rosemary Helean Fiorentino
POLSON — Rosemary Helean Fiorentino, 92, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, of natural causes. Rosemary was born on May 16, 1925, in St. Ignatius, to Robert and Gladys Helean (Morigeau). She attended the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius, and was further educated in the Missoula public schools.

She married Nick Fiorentino in Reno, NV, on November 3, 1942. They lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until Nick entered World War II September 1943. When the war ended, the couple moved to Missoula, later moving in 1961 to Polson.

Rosemary worked retail at the Missoula Drug in Missoula. After moving to Polson, she became involved with tribal social work, and served as a Tribal Judge. She was the first Native American to be appointed by the Governor to serve on the Montana Milk Board. At about normal retirement age for most people, Rosemary started making gold, silver and copper jewelry, which was sold regionally as well as in the Midwest. A serious car accident in 1995 curtailed her work. She volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph Retirement Community, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Tribal Senior Center, and as a foster grandparent. She was also a St. Joseph Hospital Board Director.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Nick, her mother, father and three sisters, Patricia Salovich, Phyllis McKenna and Thelma Kruse.

Survivors include three daughters, Nikki (Denny) DesRosier, Helena, Barbara (Roger) Porch, Williams, MN, Gina (Scott) Jones, San Antonio, TX, and two sons Clark (Nancy) Fiorentino, Polson, and Mark (Dyan) Fiorentino, Missoula, two sisters, Jean Diehl, Helene Koehler, four brothers, Gerald Helean, Roy Wilbur, Pat Helean, Mike Helean, nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren.

Our Mother was flamboyant, always interesting and will be missed by all.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Burial followed at the Lakeview Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael A. Hewankorn
BIG ARM — Michael A. Hewankorn, 44, began his journey home on July 16, 2017. He was born on May 21, 1973 in Hot Springs, Montana. He was the eldest of eight children born to Geri Hewankorn. He was raised by his grandparents the late Al and Patricia Hewankorn at the family home on Dayton Creek.

Michael had many passions in life and was always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who wanted to pick his brain. He loved heavy metal music and love going to concerts and have jam sessions with his fellow band mates. He also loved to drum and sing with the Chief Cliff Drum group.

Michael was a kind and gentle man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and worked for the Kwataqnuk Resort, Kicking Horse Job Corp and most recently the Tribal Education Department where he found his niche mentoring young adults entering college.

Michael is preceded in death by his grandparents, Al and Patricia Hewankorn, aunt Josephine Lefthand.

He is survived by his mom Geri Hewankorn; his brothers Brian (Gabby) Hewankorn, Jeremy Gibson, Daniel (Carman) Gibson, Brandon (Kat) Gibson; Randy Quequesah and sister Ashley Hewankorn (Frank); also many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; his companion Lucia Loomer.

His funeral service was held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Elmo with burial at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Keith Koyle
ST. IGNATIUS – Keith Koyle, 82, passed away peacefully at his home near St. Ignatius on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Keith was born in Spanish Fork, Utah on June 20, 1935 to Ben and Maude Koyle. He married Cleora Campbell and they made their home on a ranch in Mission Valley.

He is survived by his wife Cleora; children Shauna Koyle, David Koyle, Sherrie Billette, and Shelly Vanderpool all of St. Ignatius; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a brother Jones Koyle and sister Pearl Labrum.

Funeral services were held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in St. Ignatius with burial following in the Pleasantview Cemetery.

Shirley J. Barker
MISSOULA – Shirley J. Barker, 91, of Yellow Bay passed away Sunday at Village Healthcare in Missoula.

Arrangements are pending with Foster Funeral Home and Crematory of St. Ignatius.

Fred Steele
Fred Steele, 57, was born on October 29, 1959 in Poplar. He passed away peacefully on July 15, 2017 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA with his loving family by his side. Fred graduated from Poplar High School in 1978 . His senior year he was homecoming king. He was an all star athlete who played baseball, football, and rode saddle bronc and bulls. After high school he went on to Haskell Junior College in Lawrence, KS where he earned his degree in Business and met the mother his children, Linda Benally.

For 25 years Fred was a Sanitarian working in Tribal Health for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, football, basketball, golf, and the Cooking Channel. He was an avid fishermen and hunter. Fred will be remembered for his one of a kind sense of humor, his kind-heartedness, his words of wisdom, and the love he shared towards family, friends and co-workers. 

Fred is survived by his life partner Debbie Anderson, children Bronson Steele, Freda (William) Steele, and step children Jara (Casey) McMann and Erik (Skye) Anderson, and his six grandchildren, Bailey, Colton, Zane , Paisley, Wyatt and Emma. He is also survived by his siblings Nancy Steele, Carol (Ron) Vilhauer, Tom Steele; and the numerous members of the Steele, Ownspipe, Scott, Foote, Weinberger, and Black Duck families.

He is preceded in death by his father Fred Steele, Sr., mother Blanche Lindley and brother Dorrance Steele, Sr.

Pearl Marie Christopher (Jeske)
Pearl Marie Christopher (Jeske) saddled up and took her final ride Friday, July 7, 2017. She was surrounded by family and her closest and beloved friends.

Pearl was born on January 25, 1942, to Henry “Slim” and Doris “Billie” Dursma on their ranch near Pettibone, ND, and was the sixth of ten children.

Pearl is survived by siblings Lee (Ardith) Dursma of Missoula, Lynda LaRue of Hot Springs, Curt (Bernadine) Dursma of New Boston, TX, and Rae (Jack) Jerrel of Kensal, ND. Her surviving children are Lynda (Steve) Becker of Eugene, OR, Brenda (Montgomery) Nelson of Seattle, WA, Dawn (Travis) Wahl of Missoula, and RaSena Christopher of Arlee. Her grandchildren are Kirsten, Lars, Greggory, Stephanie, Jeremy, Rylie, Michael, Autumn, Samara and Marri. Her great-grandchildren are Natalia, Bjorn, Harrison, Scarlette, Arizona, Alexandria, Aiden, CeCelia and Sophie.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Donald Christopher; her brothers Dallas and Dale; sisters Irma, Elsie, and Sena ; and daughter Sheryl Marie Brownlee. 

Honorary Pall Bearers were Paige Carney, Aaron Clark, Travis Wahl and Johnnie Dillard.

Marcia Lynn (Plouffe) Meyers Silva
Polson — Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes member Marcia Lynn (Plouffe) Meyers Silva, “Mousie”, 64, passed away in Polson on July 10, 2017. She was born in St Ignatius in October, 1952 to Peter A. Plouffe and Matilda (Mitchell) and was raised in the Mission Valley and Riverside, CA as her father was in the USMC. She was a dedicated mother and wife and was widowed twice. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Allen D. Plouffe, two sons Gerald Wylie and John A. Meyers, also her sister Adeline Adams.

She is survived by her brother Alvin “Abby” Plouffe; her son Ron (Michele) Meyers of Ronan and their two daughters Stacia and Stephanie who have blessed them with seven grandchildren,; her son Anthony Meyers, his eight children Ricci Atwood, Samantha Atwood, Leah VanSickle, Dustin Meyers, Haley Atwood, Marcia Meyers, Mariah Meyers and Gerald Meyers who have blessed Anthony with seven grandchildren, and her daughter-in-law Lori Atwood, granddaughter Ishan Wylie and her three children.

Frank Anthony Bonilla
Born on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Evaro, Montana, Frank was a proud member of the Salish Indian tribe and the second of six children to Joseph and Mary Adelaide (Matt) Bonilla. He came to Sacramento, California when he was 15 and married Carole Fassett in 1950. He was drafted in the army six months later and was stationed in Hawaii where they lived together until his honorable discharge as a drill sergeant in 1952.

Frank worked as a heavy equipment operator/truck driver for 40 years with the Teichert Construction Company while raising a family of eight children. He enjoyed his Oakland Raiders, camping, fishing, gardening and all family gatherings. He loved to decorate the house for Christmas, and hold Easter Egg Hunts for his grandchildren. He spent a good amount of time in the summer months with an ice-cold can of beer and, on occasion, stripping down to a Speedo to sunbathe. During the winter months he spent countless hours perfecting his football and horse racing formulas that were going to make us multi- millionaires. He remained a drill sergeant at heart, doing everything ‘his way’ until the very end.

He is survived by his wife Carole, his children Franker., Rick, Steve, Lynne, Terry, Tom, Kathy, and his daughter-like niece Richelle. He leaves 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and is now with his eldest daughter Laurie Jean, his parents, 4 of 5 siblings, and God our Father in heaven.

While he will be missed, he certainly will not be forgotten. Thank you for being here.

Becky Lynn DePoe
POLSON — Becky Lynn DePoe, 63, of Polson, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Becky was born on November 23, 1953 in Baker, OR to Glenn and Julia Gwilliam. As a young girl, Becky lived with her family in Baker, OR, and Payette and Boise, ID and at the age of nine years old, the family moved to Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada.

On February 22, 1975 she married Robert Reginald DePoe in Boise, ID. They lived in St. Anthony, ID, Vanderhoof, British Columbia, and Polson, MT.

Becky was employed as a church custodian, a special education teacher assistant, and served 23 years as a dispatcher for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Becky was a church of member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She spent many years serving as a Cub Scout leader, young women leader, and Primary/Sunday School teacher.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, crafts, swimming, and the beauties of nature.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Becky is preceded in death by her parents, Glenn Burt Gwilliam and Julia Marie Gwilliam; her husband, Robert Reginald DePoe Jr., and two sons, Robert Reginald DePoe III, and Curtis Roy DePoe.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel Glenn DePoe (Mandie), Rodney Shawn DePoe (Tiffany), a daughter-in-law, Jamie Urie DePoe; grandchildren, Nathan, Neah, Shawn, Ashlynn, Nicholas, Kalin, Ryder, and Canyon; four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Polson. Burial will be in Elmo Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.lakefuneralhome
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson.

James L. Morigeau
DIXON — James L. Morigeau, 64, the son of Sonny and Bev (Deceased) Morigeau, began his journey home on June 29th in Dixon.

Jim was raised in loving home with his sisters and brothers Eileen, Vicki, John and Doug (dec.) in the Dixon area, was a Dixon Demon, went to Two Eagle and Kicking Horse. At the age of 19, Jim worked with the Summer Recreation Program assisting Lee Bell running Pack strings with the youths up to Frog Lake Camp. Jim Later enrolled in the Job Corps Carpenter Program and successfully graduated. During Jim’s time at Job Corp he was very excited and proud when he became Dorm Chief. Job Corps was instrumental, in Jim being hired on at CandM Homes in Missoula. During his employment with C and M Homes, Jim worked his way up to the head of Inter Framers. Jim remained at C and M for 3 years at which he decided it was time to return home. Jim then started work for the Charkoosta Homes. Jim was hired on the YACC Program as a crew boss. Jim worked for Lands fencing program as a crew boss and also with Forest Development. During Jim’s Rookie Year on a 10 man thinning crew he realized that this was his calling. Forest Development and Fire Control. But he had to wait before he found his calling spending a year working on a large ranch over in Phillipsurg, When fire control moved their quarters to Airport Road Jim was there and remained with Fire control until early 2017, Many young men and woman have been trained by and worked alongside and Under Jim over his years at Fire Control. Many have said he was a huge influence on their lives, Being Patient and Thorough instructor setting a excellent example as a leader. Jim was always a very hard working man and not known to play sitting Supervisor preferring to work next to his crew assisting, guiding, leading and teaching. Many have commented on Jim’s Energy and Generosity. Jim took pleasure in giving and enjoyed being able to do so. During Jims life he had many hobbies and interests as he played basketball, was on a boxing team Started a Rock Band and is also a song writer.

Over Jim’s Life time he was not just a great man in the public eye, he was also a Great husband to Rose Morigeau for 25 years, during those years they had 3 Biological Children together, Jessica Tina and Baby Richard Jim also gained 2 other children Gabriel and Elijah (Deceased) which he raised as his own since they were babies. During Jim’s time married to Rose he also helped raised many of her Siblings children That to this day Love him dearly. He was a great father and even better grandfather to his 18 grandchildren the youngest being weeks old. Jim was able to spend those few weeks with him. And was a very proud grandfather. Jim moved to Dixon in 2014 where he continued pursuing his interests and hobbies As a Avid Rodeo Fan, he and his current Partner Marlene loved traveling to the Rodeo’s enjoying a short Vacation as often as they could.

As everyone knows Jim was never the man to lie around, he also loved being in the Mountains where he picked mushrooms and Huckleberries. He also picked, cut and trimmed trees to sell at Christmas time. He also collected and sold pinecones Jim’s Children and Grandchildren often accompanied Jim and Rose loved having their family by their side as much as possible, teaching each and everyone the ropes of all different things he loved to do.

Jim at this time would like to thank his second family that is the Division of fire. He loved you all and learned many things from each and every one of you. You guys became not only his family but a big part of his heart, he loved coming to work every day just to be able to spend with you. The children of Jim would like to thank each and everyone of you for making his life the happiest, and for all of you being here to accompany him to his resting spot, it truly means a lot to us kids to know we inherited each one of you now as our family. Again thank you, we love all you, just like our dad Jimmy did.

A traditional wake and Mass was held in St. Ignatius with burial following at the family cemetery.

W. Kenneth Phillips
Kenneth W. Phillips,78, passed away on June 28, 2017. He was born in Ronan on August 18, 1938. He was one of seven children born to Waldo and Mildred (Stevens) Phillips. He is survived by his five remaining siblings: Lorraine (Emery) Johnson of Seeley Lake, Donald (Rosemarie) Phillips of Missoula, Ron (Carol) Phillips of St.Ignatius, Lloyd (Joann) Phillips of St. Ignatius, and Kathy (Dean) Marquardt of Billings. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ken has been a life long resident of the Mission Valley. Kenny grew up on a farm outside of St. Ignatius where his family ranched and raised cattle. He joined the army reserve when he was a junior in high school. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1956. Ken was a great athlete. He played on the 1956 basketball team, which won the state tournament that year. He played in both the Shrine football and the Shrine basketball games.

After graduation he married Sharon (Morin) Hill. They had four children together: Roxanne (Phillips) Bassette, Robyn (Rocky) Schock, Kenneth (Teri) Phillips, and Lori (Phillips) Adams. They later divorced.

 It was his pleasure to have nine grandchildren: Ryan (Alyssa), Randy, and Rocky Jr. Schock - K.C. Phillips and Samantha (Damosio) Zepeda – Kolbie and Jacey Adams - Rory and Reese Bird and five great grandchildren: Dylan, Lola, Anabell, Ivy, and Hunter Schock.

In his early years he worked at farming and ranching. He grew to have a life time love of horses, always trading for this one or buying that one.

Later he and his long time partner Virginia Butler lived in Arlee. Together they had Gabriel Phillips. He also considered Virgie’s children, Claudette (Rodney) Bird and John Butler, part of his family. He took great pride and pleasure helping with Claudette and Rodney Bird’s children, Rory and Reese Bird.

For a number of years he worked for Bob Schall on his ranch in Arlee. He helped with rodeos and livestock.

He owned and operated Cabin Creek Outfitters for close to fifty years, taking many hunters and fishermen into the back country. Ken had a love of the mountains. He was an avid reader and historian.

Kenny spent numerous hours watching sporting events. He attended ball games all over the state. He loved talking about and watching sports. He knew all the players and loved connecting with them. Conversation and interaction with people brought him great pleasure.

A celebration honoring Ken’s life will be held at the Arlee gymnasium, Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please join us for a meal and all the stories we can tell!

Sandra Kay Mathewson (Finley)
Sandra Kay Mathewson (Finley) died May 19, 2017.  She passed away in Missoula Hospice Homecare.  She now rests up in the sky in our happy hunting grounds.  She is no more suffering, in no more pain.  May she rest in good times until we see her again.  We love you always momma, aunty, sister, grandma Sandi. Sincerely yours forever, her children, Robert James Mathewson Jr., Roseanna Jean Mathewson, and Jonathan Bernard Mathewson.

Eric Duncan Sells
MISSOULA — Eric Duncan Sells, 69, longtime employee of Western Montana Mental Health Center passed away peacefully without pain at his home on July 1, 2017. Cremation has taken place and services are planned for the fall. Foster Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Philip Roullier
Hot Springs – Philip Alfred Roullier, 67, born Nov. 10, 1949 passed away June 22, 2017 at his home in Hot Springs. Known for reciting ...

The Cremation of Sam McGee By Robert W. Service

There are strange things done in the midnight sun

 By the men who moil for gold;

The Arctic trails have their secret tales

 That would make your blood run cold;

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

 But the queerest they ever did see

Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge

 I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.

Why he left his home in the South to roam ‘round the Pole, God only knows.

He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;

Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.

Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.

If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn’t see;

It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,

And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe,

He turned to me, and “Cap,” says he, “I’ll cash in this trip, I guess;

And if I do, I’m asking that you won’t refuse my last request.”

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no; then he says with a sort of moan:

“It’s the cursèd cold, and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone.

Yet ‘tain’t being dead—it’s my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;

So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.”

A pal’s last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;

And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.

He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;

And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn’t a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,

With a corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid, because of a promise given;

It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: “You may tax your brawn and brains,

But you promised true, and it’s up to you to cremate those last remains.”

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.

In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.

In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,

Howled out their woes to the homeless snows— O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;

And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;

The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;

And I’d often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;

It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the “Alice May.”

And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;

Then “Here,” said I, with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum.”

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;

Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;

The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;

And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so;

And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.

It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why;

And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;

But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;

I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: “I’ll just take a peep inside.

I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”; ... then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;

And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door.

It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm—

Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

There are strange things done in the midnight sun

 By the men who moil for gold;

The Arctic trails have their secret tales

 That would make your blood run cold;

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

 But the queerest they ever did see

Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge

 I cremated Sam McGee.

He was kind and simple man who loved the Mission Valley and could no wait to go hiking and walking through the valleys and hills of the beautiful country. He was attracted to all the different birds, hear the whipporwill. He also loved to hunt and was no stranger to every creature and hill and he knew them all by their eye color and foot print.

He is preceded in death by his father Sydney Roullier Sr., Mother Delores Roullier, Sister Geraldine Roullier and Brothers Sydney Roullier Jr. and Keith Roullier. Hi is survived by his wife Caralinda; siblings are Ernestine Ducheneaux of Ronan, MT, Kenneth Mike Roullier of Okanagan, WA, and Arlene Murphy of Wasilla, AK . and numerous nieces and nephews.

An army veteran, joining before he finished high school. It was his request to have a Military rites presented for his service which was held on Sunday, July 2 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Angela Marie Fyant
Our beautiful mother; auntie; sister; gramma began her journey home on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Marie was born and raised in Valley Creek, July 2, 1939 with her parents and many siblings. She left home at the age of 17 to begin her life with her daughter Berta. The birth of her son Randy was two years later and then Vernon in 1960.

Marie was Aunt Marie, Sis, and Sister to many in the Valley. She is known for her infectious smile and laughter, her colorful baseball caps, and love of colorful purple clothing. Marie worked at many jobs including an all-woman firefighting crew during the 1970’s; and construction flagger, bartender, saw mill green chain board puller, and home health care employee.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Roberta and Jim Steele; her son and daughter-in law Vernon Christopher and Sharon Little Boy; Brothers Gordon (Gale) Fyant, Art Fyant, Bobby Fyant; and Sister Frances Vanderburg. Also her grandchildren Jason, Rhea, Travis, James, Addie, and Heather; great grandchildren Sierra, Bryce, Skylar, Jonas, Jace, Aslyn, Madelyn, and Raven (whom she raised); great great grandchildren Caiden, Hunter, Jacoby, and Tatum.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved son Randy; Brothers Everett, Jimmy, Butch, Benny, and Eddy; and Sisters Rosie, Peewee, and Virgie.

“How lucky we are to have known someone who is so hard to say goodbye to.”

Pallbearers are: Tommy Sheridan, Steve Arca, Jim Steele, Bryce Norling, Travis Christopher, Jesse Cutfinger, James Steele Sr, and James Steele Jr.

Rosary was Friday, June 23 in the Arlee Community Center. Mass celebration was held at the Jocko Church.

Clyde George Sampson
Clyde George Sampson, 82, passed away at his home in Hot Springs on June 12, 2017. He was born in Harrah, WA, on September 18, 1934. Clyde attended school in Washington; he was raised in Oregon and Toppenish, WA, until residing in Hot Springs for the past eighteen years.

 In 2006 he married Luana Beavers. He was employed as a mill worker, apple orchards, woodsman, bull rider and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Clyde’s favorite interests were quilting, rock collecting, sitting by the creek and enjoying his drinks with companion and friends. He loved fishing on the Salmon River.

Clyde is survived by his wife Luana, children Lyle and Georgina Sampson, Garret (Jamie), Charlyn (Liden), Steven Woody (Marrisa); 15 grandkids; a daughter in law Evelyn; and five brothers-in-law Tony, Dan, Jason, Earie Beaver, and Steve Christenson. 

A wake was held in Hot Springs at the Sr. Citizens Center; funeral services were Saturday, June 17 in the Sr. Citizen Center, Hot Springs; and Clyde was transported to Toppenish, Yakima, WA, immediately following services for burial.

Barb D. Christie
RONAN – Barb D. Christie, 68, passed away June 20, 2017 at St. Luke Community Hospital. An elder of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, she was born on the Reservation to Frank Parker and Lucy PokerJim Parker on December 22, 1948, where she was raised in Perma by her foster father, Mitch SmallSalmon and her mother. She went to school at the Urselines in St. Ignatius, before attending Interface Computer School in Spokane. She then attended SKC where she attained her BA in Liberal Arts. She finished her education by attending the University of Montana where she studied accounting. 

Barb and her husband of 45 years, Henry Christie, then moved to Oklahoma where they resided for a short time before returning to Spokane where she worked at the VA Hospital, South Crest, Garden Terrace, and North Central Facilities. They then returned to the Flathead Reservation where she has worked for the Tribe for over 20 years as an administrative assistant. She actively followed the Powwow Trail, enjoying many events and was a member of the Native Heart Drum Group. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Betty, Theresa, Adeline, and Cecille; her daughter Hank; a son Glen; a grandson Tyler; and granddaughter Stephanie. Survivors include her husband; children Rose Pierre, Mary Teeny Pierre, Frank, James, Lucy, Chanda, and Joshua; a sister Maryanne Kicking Woman; 22 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family and one great great grandchild. 

Wake was held at the Longhouse; Mass was celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Julia Mae Hernandez – McDonald
HOT SPRINGS - Julia Mae Hernandez – McDonald, 77, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Hot Springs Health and Rehabilitation Facility, They took great care of her and have expressed how much Julia was one of their favorites. Happy spirited to the very end. Julia was the 3rd of 14 children born to Carmen and Margaret “Daisy” Hernandez on June 21, 1939. A birthday she shared with her husband, Francis, and one of her oldest great grandchildren, Shalynn.

She went to school in Dixon, eventually moving to Spokane where she attended John R. Rodgers High School. Later in life after her children were raised she pursued and acquired a CAN Certificate; food service certificate; a degree in Native American Studies, and a Secretarial Science degree from Salish and Kootenai College. 

Julia was born in St. Ignatius, MT and later the family moved to Anaconda. She helped the family by working in the sugar beet fields. Julia had strong – Hard work ethics and was well known for her jobs at CSKT Forestry, where she planted trees and went thinning with her husband. She was best remembered as a member of the first all-woman Native American Firefighter known as the “Broad Squad.” Julia worked in the woods for several years helping her husband with cord wood, Christmas trees and post & poling. Julia worked at Dixon Post and Pole yard in the 1980s.

Other jobs included: CAN in Missoula; school secretary at St. Ignatius High School and Head cook at Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

On February 11, 1956 she married Francis Leonard McDonald and they eventually made their home at Mission Dam Home sites. They later divorced but remained close.

Julia liked to read, bead and spend time with family especially the grandkids, she also liked getting out on the road and cruise. She traveled many places with one particular trip being Nebraska where she took a 5 generation picture of her grandpa Hernandez, her dad, herself, son Fuss and grandson Jeremy.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sisters, 3 brothers and 2 daughters; Donna Granrud & Judy Matt.

She has survived by Daughters Julie & Carol McDonald both of Charlo, Sons Francis Jr., Fuss McDonald of Dixon; James (Marla) also of Dixon; Allen (Roxanne) of Pablo and Raymond also of Pablo; Rusty Fristo of Missoula; 6 sisters and 2 brothers; 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary was held June 20 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Mass Wednesday, June 21  at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Wayne Francis Couture
PLAINS — Wayne Francis Couture, age 82, passed away Wednesday June 21, 2017 at his home at Dog (Rainbow) Lake.

Wayne was born February 12, 1935 in St. Ignatius Montana to Alexander and Madeline Ruth (Philips) Couture. He was the third born of six children.

Wayne married the love of his life Barbara Louise Noble on December 12, 1957. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on March 30, 1962. Wayne and Barbara returned home and lived in Polson for a short period of time with their children Marla and Craige, the family moved to St. Maries Idaho in 1965 and added three more children Casey, Traci, and Mark. Wayne worked for Potlach Corporation until he retired as a heavy equipment operator in June of 1995.

Wayne loved time with his family, spoiling his grandchildren, picking huckleberries, hunting, fishing, sitting by his fire at Dog Lake with a cup of coffee with whoever was lucky enough to be present.

He was preceded in death by his Parents Alex Couture and Madeline Couture; sisters, Agnes Caye, Mary Lefthand, brother, Ignace Couture, and infant sister Madeline.

He is survived by his brother Raymond (Eddy) Couture (Earline) of Elmo; aunt Helen Charlo of Elmo; the love of his life Barbara Dog Lake; children Marla (Robert) Cowan of Dog Lake; Craige (Brenda) Couture of Polson; Casey (Danielle) Couture of Ronan; Traci Couture and Willie Birthmark of Polson; Mark (Tana) Couture of St. Ignatius, 20-grandchildren and 14- great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on July 8, 2017 at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Ronan at 1 P.M with a meal to follow. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Daniel Michael Normandeau
Daniel Michael Normandeau, 60, passed away at St. Luke Hospital, June 18, 2017 following years of a brave struggle with severe medical conditions. Daniel was born to Louis and Lila Normandeau on March 2, 1957. He was raised in Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School. He graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in psychology and sociology. He also had a number of jobs in the oil fields of North Dakota, was on staff at the Ronan Job Corps, the CSKT fire control as well as the property and supply department for CSKT. He enjoyed a number of hobbies that included building his own home and his own airplane.

He is survived by his mother, Lila; three brothers Steve, Keith, and Kevin; a sister, Ann, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis, and a niece, Rochelle.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home, Ronan. The rosary will be recited following the visitation at 7 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ronan. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday, June 23, 10 AM at the church. Burial will follow at Ronan Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home, Ronan. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

Clarinda Diane Burke
Our Clar Bear passed away on June 8, 2017 in the early afternoon after a long battle with cancer and other serious health issues.

She was born Clarinda Diane Burke on January 23, 1952 to Clifford Dennis Burke and Louise Caye Burke. She was the third oldest of 13 children. As a young child, Clar had to step up and help care for her younger siblings, something she continued to do her whole life. Clar was a natural wit and prankster and all the kids just loved her for that. They could also count on the best birthday and Christmas presents from her as she was a very generous person. She was never one to back down from a challenge. Once she was challenged to leg wrestle, she won, and then a legend was born. Competitors from near and far would challenge her, but Clar was always the toughest.

In her younger days, Clar traveled near and far, making friends along the way. She followed the powwow circuit, Indian basketball circuit, attended many conferences and seminars dealing with Indian education and Tribal Cultural Preservation, and she’s been to some big concerts in big cities. Yeah, she loved to travel with her crazy cousins and friends. March Madness was a big deal around Clar’s house.
She had such fond memories of her many adventures.

Clar worked her entire life for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, mostly at the Kootenai Culture, then at the Tribal Cultural Preservation Department. She devoted her entire career to the preservation of her beloved Kootenai culture. She was a keeper of historic knowledge, so for those of you who were fortunate to have been schooled by her, you must carry on…you must honor Clar.

She was very civic-active. She donated hours and hours to the Standing Arrow Powwow along with her buddies Cleo Kenmille and Rose Caye. They worked tirelessly throughout the years, fund- raising for the annual event. Clar also organized and worked for many years at the culture camps for Kootenai youth and families. Clar loved kids and kids loved her. We hope that people will follow her example and give to their families and community in ways that Clar did.

Clar descended from the Colville Nation and the Kootenai Nation. She was so very proud of her huge families from Washington and Montana. Her immediate survivors are her daughter and son-in-law Mandy and Dawa Numkena. Her grandchildren: Hunter, Burke, Orion, Phoenix, Violet and new baby, Clarinda Louise Numkena. Her brothers: Clifford (Shannon), Franny (Bonnie), Mike (Beans), Marlin (Tracey), Tyrone, Reuben, and Leonard “Whiskey Joe”, sisters: Clarissa and Marcella, Uncle William “Butch” Burke, Aunt Carol Edwards, countless cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceding Clar in death were her parents,Clifford Dennis Burke and Louise Caye Burke, brother Willie, sisters Glenda and Wilma.

We’ll never forget you Clar, and thank you for all that you did for us. Have a great new adventure.

Wake services began in Elmo on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Community Hall. A rosary will was held on Sunday evening followed by funeral services on Monday. Burial was in Dayton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

Kail William Hitchcock
Kail was born on March 3rd, 1993 in Missoula to Michelle Hitchcock. Kail grew up in the Missoula and Arlee areas. Kail was a very spirited and energetic little boy. At a very early age Kail developed a lifelong love of horses, ranching, the outdoors and wildlife. Kail was an old soul, who would have fit in well in Montana 100 years ago. Kail’s love of rodeo, ranching, and the outdoors became apparent at an early age. Kail and his brother Jaren spent many hours on the family trampoline where Kail would ride his brother Jaren pretending he was a wild bucking bull! During grade school and junior high Kail also excelled at wrestling and playing baseball.

There were many people who loved, cared for and help raise Kail including his Grandma Fern, Papa Lenny, Grandma Oskie, Papa Rick, Grandma Terry and Papa Dave and his Uncle Jerome and Aunt Kathy. 

Kail earned his living and supported his family training and shoeing horses, raising livestock and guiding big game hunts. Kail enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, horn hunting, roping, riding his horses and going to rodeos. Two of Kail’s greatest passions were riding bulls and team roping. Kail was involved in high school rodeo. When he was 17, he won the bull riding competition at the Arlee Rodeo. 

On August 27, 2016, Kail was diagnosed with testicular cancer and began the fight of his life. After Kail’s cancer diagnosis, his spiritual journey began and from a very familiar place, on the back of a horse. During his 24 years of life, Kail’s outgoing personality, witty sense of humor, can do attitude, and willingness to always help others touched many people and he will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.

Kail went home to be with our Heavenly Father in the early morning hours of June 10, 2017 with his girlfriend Carey and Grandma Oskie by his side in Bozeman.

Kail was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents Fern and Leonard Hitchcock, his Grandpa Lenny Hitchcock, his adoptive Dad Brad Brave, and his Step-Father Niles Brush.

Kail is survived by his mother Michelle, his daughters Laenie, Rhylee, and Lilian, his step-children Arrow and Mimi, his significant other Carey, his brother Jaren, niece Graycen, his aunt Tammy (Roy), his cousins Dylan, Cierra, and Royce, his grandma Oskie, grandparents Terry and Dave, his great grandmother Fran, his birth father Paul (Annette) and siblings Paul, Pauline, and James. Kail also leaves behind many friends and extended family too numerous to mention. 

A Pot Luck Style Celebration of Life will be held in Kail’s honor at the Arlee Community Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Please come as you are with your favorite memories and stories of Kail that you’d like to share.

Emerald Lucy Bonser Barker
POLSON — Emerald Lucy Bonser Barker, 98, passed away May 31, 2017
at The Retreat in Polson, her home since 2008.

A proud member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Emerald was born February 26, 1919 in Polson Montana to Harry Huston Bonser and Cecilia Theresa Ducharme Bonser. Cecilia’s parents were Ben Ducharme and Caroline Ashley. Harry and Cecilia met while attending Carlisle Institute. Cecilia died in 1928 leaving seven daughters in Harry’s care.

Emerald attended the Ursuline boarding school at St. Ignatius and graduated from Bismarck High School in North Dakota. While a student at University of Montana, Emerald met and married Lyle Lewis French January 3, 1939. They had a daughter Mary Cecilia. Emerald and Mary relocated to Sacramento California in 1943 and resided with Harry Bonser. Emerald worked for the Benicia Arsenal, JJ Jacobs Motor Co. and the State of California and attained an Associate in Arts degree from Sacramento Junior College in 1956. Emerald visited and swam in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1962 and wrote this note, “I touched the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe underwater. One of the best experiences of my life.”

On August 23, 1969 Emerald married Bertram Keith Barker who built their “honeymoon house” in the North Crow area. Together they built and lived in the “yellow house” near Kicking Horse. Emerald and Keith were active in the community before Keith died in 1997.

A zealous swimmer from youth in the Flathead Lake, Emerald loved coming home to Montana and said she would never leave again. Emerald’s photo appeared in newspapers on January 1, 2003, 2005 and 2006 as part of the Polar Bear Plunge.

Emerald enjoyed ballroom dancing, attending and holding yard sales, attending classes at S & K College and doing genealogy research on her ancestors. Emerald was dedicated to the restoration of the Beauvais Decker Catholic Cemetery and its return from the Diocese of Helena to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in 1998.

A member of the Mission Valley Aquatics committee, North Crow Women’s Club and Immaculate Conception Parish, Emerald volunteered at The Country Store.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Cecilia (French) Goodby, granddaughter, Sara Louise (Goodby) Nordio (husband Keith), great granddaughter Sofia Grace Nordio and one of seven sisters, Mildred Bonser Gerber of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska.

The family wishes to acknowledge these dear people for the loving care of Emerald: Pam and Bob Bonner, Cheri Houle, all staff of THE RETREAT and Margit Groessler.

Burial was private and arrangements are by The Lake Funeral Home. Any donations are suggested to the Mission Valley Aquatics Center, P.O. Box 774, Polson, MT. A celebration of life by family and friends is planned this summer. Messages of condolence may be shared with the family online at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lilly Rose Courchane “Sassy” Jones
SPOKANE, WA — Lilly Rose Courchane “Sassy” Jones, 85 years old, died at the Spokane Hospice House in Spokane, Washington after a brief illness on May 20, 2017.

She was born on January 30, 1932, on the Flathead Reservation. Her parents, Louis Luke and Vila Ashley Courchane, were living at a CCC camp up by Revais Creek, and that is where she was born. On that particular day it was 30 degrees below zero, and snow drifts were piled high, so in order to transport her mother to the hospital, Louis Courchane and some other men had to pull her through the snow drifts on a sled to town.

She attended school in St. Ignatius at the Ursulines Catholic School in 1938 for the first grade, then at Polson, Montana in 1939 for a year. She lived on the reservation until 1941 when the family moved to Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, where she attended 2nd and 3rd grade.

While living in Grand Coulee she worked at the bowling alley re-setting pins by hand, delivering newspapers on a route, and made a dollar a week as a papergirl. The dollar was a silver dollar.

From Grand Coulee her family moved to Brewster, Washington to work in the apple orchards---on the bus! Taking everything they owned, including pots and pans, packed in boxes and paper sacks on the bus. Eventually the family settled in the Wenatchee Valley in central Washington. She and the rest of the family worked in the apple, pear and cherry orchards during the 1940s.

In Wenatchee she attended Lincoln school, later she went to school in Cashmere, Washington and back to Wenatchee where she attended Ellison Junior High and Wenatchee High School.

In 1949, she met Oreon Arthur “O.A.” Jones, of Goldengate, Illinois, while working as a waitress at the Wenatchee Grill. They were to marry at her parent’s home on Chelan Street on April 11 of that year. They were to have three children: Gloria Gaye, Douglas Owen and Danny Lee.

The newly-weds moved to Browns, Illinois for a while then back to Wenatchee where they remained for some time. Sassy and OA were just like nomads and never stayed long in one place very long and they moved to various towns in Washington, Montana, Arizona, California, and Nevada throughout their marriage.

Sassy loved to travel, gamble in the casinos, pick cherries (she could pick 16 boxes a day), fishing, pick huckleberries, pick asparagus, and work picture puzzles. She and OA loved to be in the desert in Arizona and walked through to see what they could find.

She was a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Pend d’Oreille tribe) and a descendant of Jocko Finlay. She also was a member of the Eagles club.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Gloria Gaye Wheeler, her parents, brothers James Joseph and Dale Louis Courchane; sisters: Dona May Baylor; Darlene Matt, Leota “Rainsey” Zaste and two small sisters, Adriane and Mary Theresa Courchane.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Oreon Arthur Jones, her sons Douglas Owen Jones and his wife Jill; and Danny Lee Jones and his wife Julie. And her grandchildren: Marcell Ann Wheeler, Shelly Marie Burland (Brent), Andrea Christine Paul (Phillip) and Hayley Elayne Bingham (Richard); Aaron Jones and his wife Suzanne, and Ammy Snow (Beau), Levi Jones and his wife Clarissa, Christan Ann Seda (Jeremy), and Chelsea Tine Rider (Kenneth). Her son-in-law, Dennis Wheeler. One brother David “Chalk: Courchane and his wife Pam.

She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces and friends.

She will be cremated and services will be June 10, 2017 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius, Montana from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nick James Herak III
Nick James Herak III, 73, passed away on May 21, 2017. He was born in Missoula, on January 8, 1944. He was the first of nine children born to Nick Herak, Jr., and Viola (Sullivan) Herak of Charlo.

Nick attended school in Charlo, graduating in 1962. He then attended Carroll College in Helena. After two years at Carroll College in Helena, he transferred to Gonzaga University in Spokane, graduating in Business in 1967. He qualified for Officer Candidate School (Fort Knox, Kentucky), and then served in the Army for two years, receiving an honorable discharge as First Lieutenant in 1969. 

Nick worked with the Summer Youth Program of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the early 70s. He later attended Law School at the University of Montana, and then returned to his beloved Mission Valley to farm.

While serving in the military Nick had met his future wife and lifelong love, Karen Kleinklaus. They were married on August 13, 1977, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in D’Aste. They farmed near Charlo for the next seven years.

In 1984 they moved to St. Ignatius, where Karen was teaching in the elementary school. For the next several years Nick commuted to Missoula to work as a financial advisor. Eventually he moved his office to St. Ignatius. 

Nick also went into business with his brother Marty in 1996. Working closely over the years, they built a successful real estate business, with properties in St. Regis, Charlo, Polson, Ronan, and St. Ignatius.

In 1999 Nick and Karen bought their dream property at the base of the Mission Mountains southeast of St. Ignatius. Living in that beautiful place was one of their greatest joys.

Nick was devoted to his family, friends, and community. A grandchild of hardworking immigrants from Ireland and Croatia, he took seriously his role as eldest child and eldest son. He and Karen became a welcoming center for the family, hosting holiday events winter and summer. He took special pride in putting flowers on family graves each Memorial Day. For decades he served as July 4th parade marshal in Charlo and St. Ignatius.

He was also passionately involved in progressive politics. A veteran and a strong Bernie Sanders supporter, he believed that communities must work together for greater economic fairness and for the common good. He was an avid historian and reader, with hundreds of books that reflect his varied interests.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George, and many extended family members. He is survived by his wife Karen and his seven remaining siblings: Mary Herak Sand (Rob) of Missoula; Julie Bryher Herak (Melissa) of Basin; Martin Herak (Roxy) of Charlo; Theresa Herak Doyle (Dan) of Polson; Agnes Herak Meyer  (Chuck) of Las Vegas, NV, John Herak (Lenora) of Dixon; and Tom Herak of Charlo. Nick is also survived by his Uncle Don Herak (Spokane, WA), his Aunt Emmabell Carter Herak (Carson City, NV), and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rosary and visitation was Friday, May 26, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Charlo. The funeral was held on Saturday, May 27, at the same location, followed by burial with full military honors in the Catholic Cemetery in St. Ignatius and a meal/celebration of his life at the Charlo Senior Citizens’ Center.

Memorial donations may be made in Nick’s name to the Life Savers Animal Rescue (P.O. Box 643, Polson 59860), the Mission Valley Animal Shelter (36251 N. Reservoir Road, Polson 59860), or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home of Ronan. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at

Alice Smallsalmon
ARLEE — Alice “Elis” Smallsalmon, age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Arlee on May 22, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Alice, a Pend d’Oreille Elder, was born April 28, 1942 in Ronan on the Flathead Reservation to Michel Smallsalmon and Mary Beaverhead-Smallsalmon.

Alice grew up in Ronan and attended boarding school at the Ursulines, Chemawa, Pierre, Flandreau and Haskell. She also attended Ronan High School for a short period of time. She later went to college at SKC and SIPI.

Alice worked various jobs throughout her life time and in recent years she worked at the Second Circle Lodge and as a fluent speaker at Nk??usm Immersion School. She enjoyed gambling and visiting family and friends, stick game, singing at wakes. She was also very well known for the shawls that she made.

Alice is preceded in death by her children Melissa, Lois, Eric and Alexander. Her father Michel Smallsalmon, her mother Mary Beaverhead-Smallsalmon, Theresa, Daniel, John, Eneas and Annie also preceded her in death.

Alice is survived by her son Steve Arca and wife Michael; her daughter Mary Alice and husband Gale; her daughter Echo Brown and husband Chaney; nephews Alan Beaverhead and Gene Beaverhead; Brother Stephen Smallsalmon and wife Juanita; Stanley Healy and wife Donetta; sister Barb Christie and husband Henry; Nephews Gene Matt, Michael John, Ed Irvine; nieces Shirley Matt, Kelly Crumb, Marcalene Andrew, Sandra Charrette and Kim Charrette; god son Charlie Quequesah and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services were held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.. Funeral was held Thursday at Longhouse and Burial followed at the Ronan Cemetery.

Josiah “Josi” Anthony Nichols
Josiah “Josi” Anthony Nichols, 16, passed away at Polson on April 24, 2017. Josiah was born in Ronan, MT, on May 23, 2000, to Justin Nichols and Sheri Pierre. He was raised in Pablo and Elmo and attended Two Eagle River School. He loved basketball, drumming and singing, hunting, camping, and hiking.

Josiah was preceded in death by his Grandparents Kevin Matt, John Spotted Blanket Sandy, Richard Nichols, Dennis Burke; Louise Burke, Mary Hewankorn Pierre, and Elizabeth Parker OldHorn, and Aunts Glenda and Beana Burke.

Survivors include his mother Sheri Pierre, father Justin Nichols, Grandparents Clarissa Nicjols, Teeny Pierre, Pat Pierre and Francis Pierre, Sr; siblings Olivia Nichols, Shedyn Croft, Bresies Ross, Kyliegh Nichols, Jaja Nichols, Adrian Nichols, Tessa BigKnife, Laurencia StarBlanket and Micah Kittson and his nephew Archie Carpentier.

Traditional Wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius starting on Tuesday, Apr 25 and Wednesday; at Elmo Cultural Hall on Thursday morning; Rosary Thursday night at Elmo Cultural Hall; and Funeral Services on Friday Apr. 28 followed by Burial at Dayton Cemetery

Geraldine Ann Roullier
St. Ignatius resident Geraldine “Jeri” Ann Roullier died May 25, 2017, unexpectedly at her home. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, in Mission.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. A celebration of life will be followed after in the church hall.

She was born June 9, 1944 in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Montana as a young child and was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation. In 1962, she graduated from Sunset High School in Portland, OR. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska in the late 1960’s and spent 40 years there raising a family. Throughout her life she worked as a federal government employee with various agencies such as BIA and the US Fish & Wildlife Services. After retirement, she moved back to St. Ignatius where she wanted to live out the remainder of her life.

Jeri had a very strong personality. She was very beautiful, witty, intelligent, caring, loving, and she stood up for what she believed in, with a “spitfire” attitude. She was an avid fisher woman and her hobbies included hunting, camping, traveling and outings with her family. She was very involved with her community, tribal relations, and had strong religious values; she was an active member and Eucharistic Minister with St. Ignatius Catholic Church. She valued her friendships along her journey.

Her surviving siblings are Ernestine Ducheneaux of Ronan, MT, Kenneth Mike Roullier of Okanagan, WA, Phillip Roullier of Hotsprings, MT and Arlene Murphy of Wasilla, AK. Her children are Kenneth Mark Roullier, Kelli Ann Hood, Kerri Maureen Burke, and Alana Siobhan Burke. Grandchildren are Marina Leaundra Clifford, Alysia Shannon Peppers, Tazlina Ariel Clifford, Mariah Nichole Roullier, Sydney Dalton Roullier, Trajyn Shay Hood, Aidan Keith Burke, Laynee Siobhan Burke, and Shaeleigh Breanne Burke; and great granddaughter Taren Rae Jacobs, all of who reside in the state of Alaska.

She is preceded in death by her father Sydney Roullier Sr., her Mother Delores Roullier, and Brothers Sydney Roullier Jr. and Keith Roullier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Ignatius Catholic Church.

Marie Rose Houle Kenmille
POLSON — Marie Rose Houle Kenmille, age 71, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 surrounded by her family. Marie was born July 12, 1945 to Benedict Barney Houle and Anna Rose Lafountain Houle. She was raised in Belcourt, N.D. She attended school at Turtle Mountain Community School, Fort Totten, Chambler, Wahpeton, and Flandreau, where she graduated from high school.

Marie married Lawrence Kenmille in Belcourt, ND at the St. Anna Catholic Church in 1963. Later that year they moved to Montana. They were blessed with their first born son Allan Ray Kenmille in 1966. They moved to California where they had another child, Zaneta Ray Kenmille in 1968.

Marie was a dental assistant in Minnesota and Belcourt for about 12 years. She also worked as a CNA in Dunseith and Grafton, ND.

Marie enjoyed the casinos and playing bingo. She made several baby blankets for newborns, family, and friends. She served as a Catechism teacher at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Belcourt for about 20 years. She helped many wayward children to know and learn their Catholic Faith. She also was a fundraiser for the Kateri Tekakwitha Conference in Bozeman.

Marie was preceded in death by her daughter Zaneta, her parents, five brothers, and two sisters.
Marie is survived by her son, Allen Ray Kenmille of Pablo, a granddaughter, Kayla Keplin Ridgley, a great-granddaughter, Jessarae Ridgley, three brothers Larry A. Houle and Dennis B. Houle of Belcourt, ND, three sisters, Barbara E. Houle, Lynette Turcotte both of Belcourt, ND, and Debbie McCanna of Devils Lake, ND.

A wake began Friday, May 19, 2017. Rosary was Friday evening at, and mass was Saturday at Elmo Hall. The burial followed at Dayton Cemetery. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family at Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Patricia Marie Orr Miller
Patricia “Patsy “Marie Orr Miller was born on September 12, 1944 in St. Ignatius to Marie Trahan Cohen and William Harrison Orr, Jr. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was 72 years old when she passed away at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan on May 19, 2017 at 2:25 a.m.

She is preceded in death by her mother Marie Cowan and father William Harrison Orr, Jr; son Richard Flegel; sister Diana Joyce Mekee; brother Russel John Orr; and husband Herman Miller.

Patsy lived in Idaho, Oregon, St. Louis, Missouri, and California before moving back to Montana to Pablo and finally to Polson.

She was a cook for the CSKT Senior Citizen Center in Polson and Ronan. She also cooked over in Hot Springs. She was a great cook, and was very knowledgeable about all who came to eat at the centers. There was a lot of joking, laughter and some good music and just good communication from to another.

She also sold Avon™ until she had to quit work because her illness with cancer.

She loved to dance and party a lot.

She will be missed by a lot of friends and fmily.

She is survived by her sons Beau Miller, Theo Miller, and Timothy Fegel; her sister Janet Enos; brother Billy Hehoe; aunts including Eileen Quist and there’s a Morigeau; two uncles Richard Orr and Hank Trahan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

At her request, she wanted to be cremated with no services.

Amanda Nicole Widner
PABLO — Amanda Nicole “Panda” Widner, 22, passed away at her home on May 15, 2017. She was born in Polson on September 24, 1994, to Shirley McBroom and Donald “Guy” Widner. Panda was raised in Polson and attended school in Polson and Two Eagle River School.

Amanda was working at McDonald’s in Polson. Her hobbies and interests included bowling, taking pictures (selfies), playing pool, fishing, movies for popcorn adventurist, and roller coasters. Her far-out colors were pink and camouflage.

Amanda is survived by her parents Shirley McBroom and Donald “Guy” Widner; her siblings James Michael Burland, Justin McBroom, Shawn Shourds, Amber Haynes, and Lindsey Inmee; and Amanda’s lifelong partner Brittney Courville.

Traditional Wake was held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Burial followed at Ronan Cemetery.

Myrna Louise DuCharme Johnson
POLSON — Myrna Louise DuCharme Johnson, 73, of Polson returned home to her heavenly Father on April 27, 2017 after a long courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Myrna was born in Polson to Basil and Vivian DuCharme on November 28, 1943. She grew up in a large family with eleven brothers and sisters at the foot of the Mission Mountains and on the shores of Flathead Lake. From a young age Myrna enjoyed the outdoors and all its beauty. Hiking, fishing, skiing, spending time gardening and caring for her flowers and plants were some of her favorite pastimes.

She married her love, Arthur R. Johnson on April 26, 1963 and together they brought 5 precious children into the world. As their family grew they moved around the country exploring, building a business, living adventures and creating memories and stories to pass on to the next generation. Myrna was an intelligent and accomplished business woman who spent many years working for the BIA and CSandK Tribes.

Along with being a loving and caring mother who spent her life teaching her children and grandchildren about God, she was also a natural caretaker. Myrna gave her whole self to various causes and charities including the Montecahto Woman’s Club, Soup’s on Kitchen and the Catholic Church. She spent many years nursing and caring for loved ones selflessly to give them comfort in their final times on earth. She was very proud to be a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and passed on her strong Native American history and heritage to her family.

She was always full of wise words, advise, strength and prayer. She devoted her life to her family and friends, but above all God. Her faith in the Lord gave her strength throughout her entire life. During the many times of hardship and heartache Myrna was a true Matriarch and leader to her family.

She was always there for everyone no matter the circumstances and was the glue that held tight to them all. She will be missed dearly and treasured forever in the hearts of those who knew her and they all celebrate in the fact that she now has her eternal peace and comfort.

Myrna is preceded in death by her siblings Nadine and Gary and her beloved children Lance and Tracey and sweet granddaughter Ru. She is survived by her children Deby (Steve), Keith and Jerrod (Cameron), 16 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, large extended family and countless friends.

A gathering of friends and family was held on Monday, May 8, where the Rosary was recited at The Lake Funeral Home, Polson. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, May 9 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson with burial services to follow at the Beauvais-Decker Old Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Soup’s On Kitchen of Polson, 101 Seventh Ave. W., Polson, MT 59860, or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, PO Box 1477, Polson, MT 59860.

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Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory of Polson.

Paula Camel McDonald
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, God called Paula Camel McDonald home to heaven. She was 64 years old. Paula was born in Ronan to Alice and Henry Camel on November 27, 1952. She was one of 14 children.

Growing up in the shadows of the Mission Mountains in Ronan, Montana, fostered a love for the outdoors and helped to strengthen the bonds between Paula and her many siblings. Folks who talk about Paula’s childhood almost always comment on the athleticism of the entire family. Paula was able to use her athleticism to become a two-time state champion on the Ronan High School track team.

Paula enjoyed her athleticism and played adult league softball and basketball for many years. After graduating high school in 1971, Paula moved from Ronan to Missoula, Montana. There she attended the University of Montana until 1974, when she married Terry McDonald. They relocated to Vallejo, California, where Terry was stationed in the Navy. She completed a Technical Degree at the Vallejo Community College.

She began her career in California working as a Human Resources Administrator and Event Coordinator. She worked many different places across the western U.S following her husband’s naval career. In 1982, she moved with her husband and two daughters, Carma and Angela, to Columbia, Missouri, where she resided until her death.

Paula had a creative soul. Her hobbies included Native American beadwork, pottery, jewelry, dream catchers, and stained glass. She was a talented artist who turned those hobbies into a business with her own website and art shows. She was able to sell many of her pieces and was always sure to adorn her family with the beautiful art work.

One of her newest and greatest joys was raising registered Afghan Hounds. She was drawn to the breed’s beauty, intelligence, and spirit. She was able to enrich the lives of many new dog owners with puppies who spent their first weeks of life in her home and then were distributed across the nation.

Paula is survived by her husband Terry McDonald; daughter and son-in-law Carma and Tony Bushnell, and daughter Angela McDonald; her grandchildren Jaden, Sam, and Sophie; her siblings Charles Camel (Ronan), Tom Camel (Ronan), Helen Camel (Ronan), Patricia Kelly & Issac (Ronan), Marvin Camel & Norma (Florida), Ken Camel (Polson), Terry Jo Camel & David (Pablo), Florine Camel & Todd (California), Renee Camel (Ronan), and Robert Camel & Janet (St. Ignatius). She is also survived by siblings Zachary Conko Camel & Elizabeth (Polson), William Conko Camel (Ronan), Henrietta Conko Camel (Ronan), and J.R. Conko Camel (Ronan).

She is preceded in death by her father Henry William Camel (Millie Conko), mother Alice Nenemay Camel, and siblings Henry William Camel (Jr.), Kathryn Stasso Fairbanks, and Frank Camel.

A Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass will be held for Paula Camel McDonald on May 12, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Church in Ronan. Burial Services will follow at the Ronan Cemetery, with a luncheon afterwards at the Ronan Parish Hall.

Donald Robert Stewart
Donald Robert Stewart, Arlee, was born at home in Hutchinson Township, North Dakota, on August 8, 1941, to Donald and Alice Stewart. He attended schools in St John, ND, and after the family moved to Seattle, Washington, attended Ballard High School. Don was in the US Army from 1963-1966.

Don met Anne Kunda from Kalispell, in Ballard in 1966 and they were married in 1967. They would have been married 50 years on August 26. Don was an auto mechanic for S. L. Savidge then Northwest Chrysler/Plymouth through December 1970, then moved to Missoula to work for 93 Chrysler until 1974. Don worked at Lolo Auto Service before doing ranch mechanic work. He then worked for Glacier National Park as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic at West Glacier and St. Mary’s until he retired in 2005.

Don loved to hunt and fish, supplying the family with delicious venison, elk and trout. He talked about the days in North Dakota going with his brothers and cousins to get food for the family. When he met Anne, they waterskied together through the years with their sons, family and friends at Flathead Lake. Traveling to visit relatives was always on the agenda, especially his Mom Alice and son Donald in Washington, his son Brian and family in Idaho and many other friends and relatives in Montana and elsewhere. Don would drive home from Glacier Park, load up the family and Anne and he would drive all night to get to his destination. He was a great follower of his sons’ school endeavors of football, wrestling, track, music and plays. Donald and Brian always made their parents proud. Don always loved his racing days in Missoula and Polson raceways. He also loved to have the 1955 Chevrolets restored and running well. Going to swap meets with his brothers and his nephew Sheridan Wise was big on his retirement list. He was always looking for the “best deal”.

Don leaves his wife, Anne, at the family home in Arlee, Donald James of Seattle, Brian Leo (Amy Rohyans Stewart) of Boise, ID, Mom Alice of SedroWoolley, WA, brothers Duncan of Marysville, Bill of Stanwood, Gary (Barbara), Maple Valley, WA, Charles (Julie) of Anchorage, Darryl (Becky) of Moses Lake, WA; Grandson Isaac of Bellevue & Seattle, Granddaughters Vienna and Annelise of Boise, his exchange student sons Francois of France, Martin of Denmark, Tae of Korea, Dion of Indonesia, many nieces and nephews, close cousins, especially Yankee, and many friends including Ira, Mel, Bill and Del.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Donald J. Stewart, an infant sister, Grandparents Duncan and Isabelle Stewart, Belle and Leo Gordon, and many uncles, aunts, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.

Memories and the Rosary was celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church in Arlee on Friday, May 5. Funeral was held Saturday, May 6 at the St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius. Your prayers, cards and condolences are welcomed and appreciated. Donations may be made to the St. Ignatius Mission, Arlee Senior Center, or a charity of your choice.

Valerie Jean Plant TwoTeeth
Valerie Jean Plant TwoTeeth, 47, passed away on April 12, 2017. Born in Missoula on May 26, 1969 to Regina Oldhorn and Dennis E. Plant Sr. Valerie, was the oldest amongst her sibling and many of her close cousins. She defiantly enjoyed taking on that role. She would bring the younger children sledding, on walks, camping and even to the occasional movie. Valerie was an artist in her own right, she created many drawings, paintings, crafts and sewing projects. She enjoyed calligraphy, writing stories, poetry and music. She was most renowned for her beadwork. Valerie was the kind of person who was always willing to try something new rather than just say “she can’t”. She was always willing to be the leader and organizer.

Valerie had four children Alex (Taneesha) Woods, Richard “Rick Rick”(Whisper) Twoteeth, Tristen Twoteeth and her oldest child Trish Jo Marie Plant who passed on in 2009. Valerie was also a proud grandmother to Alex’s daughter Alexandria. She was looking forward to her newest unborn grandchild.

Valerie has reunited with her Daughter Trisha Jo, Father Dennis Plant, and Grandmother Mary Val Plant, her siblings Brenda, Deanna, Ambrose and Ronald Plant and many other family members who have passed on before her. She will continue to watch over her children and grandchildren from above.

Valerie is survived by her husband Richard “Rick” Twoteeth Sr., mother Regina Oldhorn, siblings Dennis Plant Jr., Linden (Patrice) Plant, Crystal (John) Bunce, Raven(Mary) Burland. Aunt’s, Wanda Oldhorn and Nancy Plant, Uncle Darryl Plant and many great Aunts and Uncles, nieces, nephews, numerous cousins.

Valerie was also survived by the many special people she considered to be her sisters, brothers, children and special grandchild Caddilina, some of whom have preceded her in death.

Traditional wake services were held at the Arlee Community Center April 15, 2017 with a burial following at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Her final resting place is next to her daughter Trish Jo Marie Plant.

Gerald Joseph Hamel
POLSON — Gerald Joseph Hamel became a free spirit on April 29, 2017. He was surrounded by his family. Gerald was born on June 12, 1996 to Jami Hawk-Pluff and James R. Hamel. He arrived 1 minute before his twin sister Malia, whom he liked to tease and remind that he was her elder. Gerald had a keen sense of humor and an infectious smile.

In 2014 Gerald graduated from Two Eagle River School. While still attending high school he was able to take college classes at Salish Kootenai College. He was very proud of this achievement.

Gerald worked various jobs on the reservation after high school. He wanted a career in the military but medical conditions prevented him from getting in so he decided to pursue diesel mechanics at the Universal Technical Institute in Arizona. After a short stint in Arizona he returned to the Reservation.

Being an avid video gamer he spent many hours in his “man cave” with his Brother Dashane. He was also passionate about music, the mountains, and outdoor life. He loved to snowboard and longboard and had crazy escapades down skyline with Drew Payne. He also loved hunting in the South Fork, Steelhead fishing in Idaho, cutting firewood, and picking huckleberries. One of Gerald’s highlights while growing up was spending many weekends with grandma Marian going to rummage and yard sales, doing beadwork projects, and having long talks.

Gerald was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. His kind heart and quiet nature will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his great-great grandma Agnes Oshanee Kenmille, his papa Andrew “Andy” Andrew, grandma Marian Antoine Andrew, his niece Serenity Clairmont, his grandpa Wayne Hamel, uncle Joseph Hamel, his bro Isiah Matt, and special friend Ashley Lozeau.

He is survived by his parents, Jami Hawk-Pluff (Brad), James Hamel (Dawn); his sisters, Jordan Hamel, Arisha Hales, Mariah Hamel, Malia Hamel (Robert); and grandmother, Catherine Hamel; his companion, Veronica Richards. He is also survived by many aunties, uncles, and cousins who will all miss him dearly.

A wake began Monday, May 1, 2017, Rosary was Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and funeral services were Wednesday, May 3, 2017, all at Elmo Hall. Burial will follow at Dayton Cemetery.

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Carol Lynn Hawley
Heaven has gained this beautiful Soul. Carol Lynn Hawley left this world to be with her ancestors on April 26, 2017. She was born to Margaret and Jay Hawley on October 19, 1946, she was 70 years young.

She married Billy Wrightout and gave birth to Dawn Walsh and later marrying Chuck Teachman and had Lisa Teachman, between the two of these children Carol was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Carol attended elementary and high school in Yakama Washington. She attended Beauty College in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri where she was Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in Hotel/Motel Management. Carol worked in various places throughout the United States including New York, Las Vegas, NV, Perry, OK; and Fayetteville, AR.

Carol was a proud enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She had infectious laugh and smile lit each room she entered. Carol moved “home” to the Flathead Reservation 25 years ago and spent 5 of those years working at Kicking Horse Job Corps until she retired in 2007.

Carol is preceded in death by her Grandparents Rosalie and Louis Matt Sr., Parents, Margarete Matt Hawley Elsasser and Jay Hawley; Sisters, Vivian Hill, and Geraldine Vallee Owen.

Carol’s says “Until we meet again” to her dear friend and partner Kendra Teachman with whom she spent the past 25 years; a Brother John Baptiste Vallee (Doreen) of Ronan; and sister Beverly Swenson of Medford Or. and her special nephew “Little Beau”, Lance Thompson who was there when she needed him. Carol kept friends from everywhere she lived and loved to reminisce of the “old times” and family stories of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Did we mention she loved to laugh? In her final days she loved to listen to the laughter and stories as she rested.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Mission Valley Hospice workers Shannon and Susanne who helped make her life ending peaceful and comfortable, and Dr. LeAnna Muzquiz, of Polson Tribal Health for the years of medical care and for her kindness and understanding. She also built a special relationship with her health care worker Cindy Rice who became a valued friend.

With respect to Carol’s wishes no services will be held and her ashes will be laid to rest with her Mother, Grandmother, and Sister Geraldine Owen at a later time.

Foster Funeral Home and Crematory in St. Ignatius has taken care of the final arrangements.

William Nelson Perry
William Nelson Perry wanted to go home, after a long battle with kidney failure and cancer and short hospital stay, we made that happen for him. When the ambulance crew brought him into the house, his grandson Payton said “Welcome home Grandpa!” and even though dad was unable to communicate, he managed a small smile knowing he was finally home. On April 21, 2017, the day after he came home, William continued his journey and went to join his mother, father, brother, sisters, and daughters in the kingdom of heaven.

Born October 28, 1932 at Ft. Belknap Agency, William was a hard worker his entire life. William is a Korean War Veteran, after his discharge he worked in the mines of Butte, Montana, and did labor jobs for the majority of his life. He finally ended his working career at Wal-Mart in Polson, Montana where he made many, many friends, and finally retiring as the face of Polson Wal-Mart. That was William though, easy to talk to, quick to make you laugh, and a natural jokester that loved pulling fast ones on people, and if you so happened to be one of the people that he pulled a prank on, then you can rest assured that he thought of you as a friend.

One of William’s favorite things was to see his grandchildren grow, he loved going to events for them such as sporting events, graduations, or just having them all over for dinner or a visit. He wanted nothing but the best for them and for his own children. He also loved pow wows, he danced as a traditional dancer for many years, and then he loved watching his granddaughters dance Jingle, and was very proud of them staying with that Old Style, as he was not a fan of contemporary. He made sure he watched the Grassdancers as well, and would always point out the Old Style dancers, and would also comment through the years how Old Style was being lost it seemed to him.

William was the backbone of this family. His strength and desire to keep the family close was amazing! He will truly be missed by family and friends. Always quick to correct you when you did something wrong, and also quick to learn when it was something he didn’t know. William lived in sobriety for 30+ years. His life knowledge can not be measured, and he made sure and was more than happy to pass on what he knew to the next generations. He loved visiting, loved talking about the old days, loved hearing about the old days.

William was preceded in death by his parents Tom Perry and Maggie Perry, brothers Aaron Perry, Edwin Perry, and Charles Perry, sisters Eleanor Perry, Colleen Perry, and Caroline O’Neil, daughter Esther Perry, and daughter Wilma Perry. He is survived by his brother Fred Perry (Montana), his children Thomas Underdahl (Texas), Cheryl Stiffarm (Montana), Tameria Perry (Wisconsin), Estelle Perry (Wisconsin), Tanya Coulson (Montana), Shane Johnson (Montana), and Joseph Perry (Montana), his grandchildren Vaughn Perry, Terrell Funmaker, Isaiah Funmaker, Crystal Dagdagan, Paul Dagdagan, Sandra WhiteEagle, David Zabawa, Susep Plant, Jarrett Coulson, Jack Rohrbach, Amanda Rohrbach, Alexis Johnson, Thomas Johnson, James Johnson, Courtney Perry, Aaron Perry, Nicole Perry, Taleigha Perry, and Payton Perry. Sabrina Roehrig, Sharon Underdahl, Yolanda Underdahl, Benjamin Underdahl, Daniel Underdahl.

Funeral services were held April 25, 2017 at Spirit of God Ministry, Ronan, followed by cremation at Foster Funeral Home and Crematory, St. Ignatius.

Arla Azure
ST. IGNATIUS — Our beautiful mother, wife, grandma, auntie, and sister has been called home where she was greeted by her one true love, Jerry Azure, and her parents Ingvold and Iva Jacobson. She went peacefully surrounded by loved ones in her home. She had a great childhood helping her daddy on the farm in Groton, SD, working the fields, milking a dozen cows before she rode her horse to a one-room school through all kinds of weather.

Mama worked many jobs from the fields to driving truck to waitressing to ranching. She met many country stars like George Jones, Marty Robbins, Dr. Hook, and partied with ZZTOP!

She met the love of her life in Havre. He swept her off her feet. She said the minute she saw him that he would be her husband. He would tell us that he thought the same the moment he saw her. Love at first sight! This beautiful union brought four children, Lynda (Cal), Twila (Ron), Jesse (Linda) and Tonya (Mike). They bought a big old farmhouse out in the country near Bigfork. Many family members came to live with us, Curtis, Sue, Vic, Tina, Teddy, Brian, Berta, Terri, Colleen, Donnie and Dina. There were so many of us, sometimes 17 kids. Mama had to do head count more than once, somebody would be overlooked and we’d be halfway home before realizing who was missing and do a turn about. There were so many of us at chore or meal times Mama would ring the brass bell that could be heard far and wide. Mama and Daddy taught us so many valuable lessons in life. They taught us hard work, compassion, common sense and so many qualities that will last a lifetime.

In 1976 the family moved to St. Ignatius where we continued to ranch. Mama bought 200 sheep, she named them all and one would come running when she called out its name. Mama sheared them all herself. All our hearts were broken when a tragic accident took her true love and our Dad September 26, 1981. Mama continued to live actively in the Mission Valley where she stayed surrounded by family and friends. She was a wonderful storyteller and told of her many adventures in life. As unbelievable as they sounded, we knew them to be true.

Mama was a woman of her word. She was also a force to be reckoned with. She was always quick to offer a helping hand to any in need. She was loved and known by all, young and old. She was generous, kind, caring, and unselfish toward worthy causes. She continued her education at SKC in wildlife and native studies, often taking her grandchildren Jericho and Crystal to class. She loved being with family and friends.

Mama, we are going to miss your laugh, your smile, your voice, your style, your strength, your poise, your gifts, your joys, your words, your grace, your eyes, and your face. Mama, we are going to miss you so much but know you’re with Daddy.

Survivors include children and grandchildren Lynda (Shane Smith), Twila (Jennifer and Jessica Potts), Crystal Azure, Jesse (Eddie, Nick and Gabriel), Tonya and Mike (Jericho and Charles Hunter); several great grandchildren; sister Sherry Markre of SD and brother Clint Jacobson of SD.

A “far out” celebration of her life will be held on her birthday at her place this summer – August 18.

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Allene Edna Houle Cole
DIXON — Allene Edna Houle Cole lived a long and love-filled life. She was born and raised on the Confederated Salish Kootenai and Pend d’ Orielle (Flathead) Reservation near Ronan, Montana in 1919 to Fred and Hellen Houle. She peacefully passed away on April 10, 2017, at the age of 97 at her granddaughter, Kristin Emminger’s, home in Corvallis, Oregon where she had recently moved with her daughter, Betty Chenette, from their home in Charlo. She was the second oldest Elder of the Flathead Nation.

Allene grew up in the early part of the 20th Century when Montana was quite a different world, but still the mountains are there, the same, keeping watch. She had many stories to tell about the early days of riding to the one-room Glacier View school house outside of Ronan in a horse drawn sleigh; or being loaded, by her dad, on to one horse with her two sisters and riding to school. One day June fell off and they had to go back home to get help putting her back on. At the end of the day, the teacher would load them up again. They, at one time, had a horse drawn school bus made out of an old chicken coop.

Allene married Daniel Cole who had moved to Montana from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. During WWII, they and their first two little girls moved, with Dan’s folks, to Seattle where they worked at the Boeing Airplane facility. After the war, they resided in Juneau, Alaska where they raised the girls, having added another one while in Seattle. Allene had an upbeat and optimistic personality that easily enjoyed wherever she was and whomever she was with. She worked as a Secretary for several Federal Agencies before Alaska became a State and, upon returning to the Reservation, she was employed by the Forest Service and the Tribe. When she and Dan returned to Montana after 16 years, they took over the family farm near Dixon.

Allene once remarked that she had had three “loves of her life.” Her second husband was Bill Martin with whom she started a campground between Ravalli and Dixon. After his death, at the age of 78, she fell in love, and married, her third love, John Cole, whom she had known all her adult life. They had 10 good years together, taking care of each other and appreciating the ‘really golden’ years. They enlarged the campground in to a full-time mobile home court, Cole’s Court, and drove back and forth to Florida and Oklahoma for several years, well in to their 80’s, to spend the winter with John’s family.

Daughters Martha Swonson of Dixon, Betty, and Sally Cole-Whiffen (Rob) of East Haven, CT and her grandchildren, (Rebecca Duffy (Robert) of Astoria, OR, Cinda Baum of Seattle, WA, Patty Job of Whidbey Island, WA, Kristin (Bill) Emminger of Corvallis, OR, Amy Baum (Eric Jeschke) of Hilo, HI, Michael Schroedel of Dixon, Wyatt Baum (Lisa) of New Haven, CT, and Jeff Swonson of Missoula and her 10 great-grand children, Allena Salas, Jaden Emminger, Momi and Tyler Jeschke, Marlon and Lily Clementine Baum, Brittany Moon, Brandon Job, Janelle Chase, and Jenny Job, 5 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces will miss her sweet and generous spirit as Matriarch of the family. Her siblings were Lois Dupuis (of Polson), Martha June Dullaghan (of Indianapolis, Indiana) Fred Houle, Bob Houle, and Rosemary Kugler, all local residents, deceased, and Lora (James) Cole, of Finley Point/Polson.

Many pleasant hours were spent with friends at the Dixon Community Church and the Dixon Senior Center where she was very active for years. In lieu of flowers, donations, in honor of Allene, would be welcome at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation, 63055 US Hwy. 93, Ronan, 59864.

Allene will be interred in the Pleasant View cemetery in St. Ignatius, looking out at the beautiful Mission Range of the Rocky Mountains in the valley where she began her journey. All who knew her rejoice at that privilege and she will be sorely missed. It is impossible to remember her without smiling.

Neomiah Angelou Sioux Dempsey
ST. IGNATIUS – Neomiah Angelou Sioux Dempsey was born on March 14, 2017, at 2:10 pm at Community Hospital in Missoula. He passed away April 16, 2017, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan. Neomiah was born 5 lbs., 2 oz. and 18” tall. He was so beautiful with bright blue eyes and long dark hair. He was always so alert, following Mommy and Daddy with those bright blue eyes since day one. His little head would bobble as he slept, making it look like he was jamming out to his favorite song. Neomiah was loved so much by so many people, constantly having visitors and lots of cuddles. He was his big sister Heaven’s biggest fan, and she loved him so much, always feeding him and holding him for hours.

In the short time Neomiah was with us he brought so much joy. He completed his Mommy and Daddy’s lives. He is loved so much. He changed our lives forever and the memories we have will be treasured for the rest of our lives. He touched so many people’s hearts. We are grateful to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him and saddened for those who did not. He is a beautiful soul and we are so lucky to call him our son.

Wake began at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius Thursday, April 20; Rosary will be held at the Longhouse on Friday, April 21; closing services was at the Longhouse on Saturday, April 22 followed by burial at Snyelmn Sntmtne’.

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Lee Vi Michel
POLSON — It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle Lee Vi Michel (57). His quick wit, sly chuckle and bright smile will be greatly missed.

Lee started his journey on April 12, 2017, to join in his brother Mathias “Junior’ Michel’s heavenly birthday celebration.

He was born in Polson, Montana to Mathias “Matt” and Lucy Michel on March 14, 1960, and raised in Dayton and later attended school in Polson, Montana.

A proud full blood member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and ATV riding with his lifelong friends jokingly known as the “Orphans”. He worked many years at Salish and Kootenai Electronics, but also enjoyed a variety of jobs such as logging, Alaska fishing boat crew member, wild land fire fighter, tree planting, YCC fence building, post and pole cutter, and enjoyed cultural events, cutting firewood and Christmas trees for fun with his friends and family.

He became an accomplished hide tanner in his younger years when married to Cindy Antiste where they lived in Big Arm with her grandfather Joe. He often would talk about the stories Joe would tell and how he taught him to tan hides, and was greatly enriched by the time he spent in Big Arm before they divorced. He later met and married Charmel Tellier and had one son. The greatest pride in his life was for his son Jimmy Lee. He intently followed all his basketball games, sporting events, birth of his grandchildren, and would often visit him at work and play.

Those who have gone before him are; his parents, Mathias “Matt” and Lucy Michel; brothers, Mathias “Junior”, Keith; sister, Linda; brother-in-law, Ron Glenmore Seminole; nephews, Jacob Michel, Mathias III Michel, Leo Hammer; nieces, Rene Hunter Strahan, Echo Michel; and Kim Rogers-Glenmore. He is survived by his son Jimmy Lee (Victoria) Michel, and grandchildren, Jameis, Kyson; Pablo, MT; brothers, Wilbert (Bev) Michel, Polson, MT; Gilbert (Eudora) Michel, Elmo, MT; Victor (Linnea), Lindenhurst, IL; Leonard (Melissa) Michel, Ronan, MT; and sisters; Diane, Dayton, MT; Geneva, Busby, MT.; his aunts Mary Stasso, Arlee and Louise Stasso Arlee; along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Traditional Wake Services will be held at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall on Friday, April 14, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 15, 2017 with burial to follow at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Patricia “Georgina” McLeod Gardipe
RONAN – Patricia “Georgina” McLeod Gardipe, 67, passed away March 24, 2017 at Ronan. An enrolled member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes, she was born April 6, 1949, to Frank McLeod and Blanche Soucie on Ravalli Hill. She was raised in Ronan and attended school at the Urselines. At age 19 she married Wilbur “Budd” Hawkins, and he passed away in 1970. She remarried Louie Quequesah and he passed away in 1976. In 1978 she married to Ray Roach, living in Ronan until she moved to Oregon and California; in 1989 she returned to the Reservation.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and husbands Budd Hawkins and Louie Quequesah; grandson Toby Fisher; a brother-in-law Alec Quequesah; and many other close family members.

Survivors include her children Karen (Vern) Fisher of St. Ignatius, Danielle (Jason) Wilson of Butte, Don and Faye Quequesah of Tucson, AZ, and Raymond (Tracey) Roach of Buffalo, NY; siblings Louis McLeod, Robert McLeod, Margaret Lopez, Betty Quequesah, Shirley McLeod-Pinkston, Fran McLeod, Judy Parker, and a step-sister Babe; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and those she called family.

A wake was held Sunday evening March 26 with Rosary at 8pm Monday in the Longhouse; and Mass at 11am Tuesday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Burial followed in the Ronan Cemetery.

Amy Marie Hawkins DePoe
Amy Marie Hawkins DePoe, 82, passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, while surrounded by loved ones. Amy, a Salish elder, was born at Midway (Arlee, MT) to Owen “Shorty” Burl Hawkins and Julia Zoe Matt Hawkins. She was raised in Valley Creek on the banks of the Jocko River with her nine siblings. Amy played a very influential role in helping raise her siblings after her mother passed when Amy was 12 years old.

She attended the Arlee Schools and graduated in 1953. She furthered her education by attending nursing school through St. Pats to become a LPN. She worked for a period of time as a nurse at St. Pats. Her chosen occupation was being the matriarch of her entire biological and extended family in ways that are incomparable on every level.

She married Michael Pierre in 1953. Shortly there after, Amy and Michael were relocated to Southern California under the Indian Relocation Act where she birthed her first two children, Michael Edward Pierre and Rosanne “Purple Rose” Marie Pierre. As is life, they went their separate ways once they returned home to the Flathead Reservation. Then in 1963, Amy married the love of her life, Robert “Chief” Reginald DePoe, Sr. Together they had Amy Bernice DePoe and Joseph Eugene DePoe. Amy created a loving, welcoming home for not only her four biological children, but also Robert’s five children from a previous marriage and many foster children while residing in Missoula, MT. Once they moved to their home in Dixon, MT, they continued to foster children related and unrelated. Namely, the two “most spoiled” grandchildren who resided with Amy and Bob throughout their entire lives were Shadow River Devereaux and Turquoise “Baby” Skye Devereaux. Amy lost her beloved daughter, Rosanne, in 2000 and in 2002, her husband Bob also passed away unexpectedly. Throughout the years, Amy had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and others that she warmly welcomed into her home for as long as they needed.

Amy was the “Jane of all trades”. She was an expert in carpentry and construction. She built the basement of her house, her front and back porches, the attic of her house, as well as many other projects throughout the years. Amy was an avid gardener noted for her bountiful, delicious vegetables and fruit, specifically, her juicy tomatoes and large, colorful zucchini. Her cooking skills were phenomenal. She knew how to make every kind of dish with her special twist. She always knew exactly what the recipe needed. And you can guarantee that if you were in the vicinity of the kitchen, you were helping, cooking, and learning. Amy made sure that she passed along her knowledge of gardening, cooking, baking, life skills, etc. to everyone.

Despite her home burning down in 2013 and her health struggles, she continued to be positive and resilient while making her new home in Valley Creek a warm and welcoming place, once again, for anyone who walked into her life.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Rosanne Marie Pierre; step-son Robert Reginald DePoe, Jr.; grandson Robert “Bobby” Reginald Depoe, III; husband Robert “Chief” Reginald DePoe Sr.; her parents Owen “Shorty” Burl Hawkins and Julia Zoe Matt Hawkins; her siblings Jean Ratcliff, Bud Hawkins, Burl “Bunny” Hawkins, Bob Hawkins, Pauline Hawkins and Judy Hawkins. Survivors include her brother Joseph Hawkins (Stevie), Ramona Liberty and Sybil Butler; her children Michael “Eddie” Pierre (Marianne), Amy Bernice DePoe Devereaux, and Joseph Eugene DePoe; step-children Deborah Roberts (Rob), Rick DePoe (Stephanie), Carol Lankford (Tom), and Corky Sias (Teresa); grandchildren Boyd Caudill (Stephanie), Robert Jason Pierre (Casey), Buck Lee Morigeau (Rose), Jessica McClure (Randy), Rhea Adele Pierre (Thomas), Summer Rhodda, Desiree Pierre Fox (Ryan), Shadow River Devereaux (Cheyenne), Cubby Michael Pierre, Turquoise Skye Devereaux (MJ), Collin Joseph Triplett, Curtis Eugene Triplett, and Alexia Rose Pierre; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, Toki and a large family of people she loved to be with. Amy made an impact on every person with whom she crossed paths. Her kind, loving, compassionate personality is unforgettable. Amy’s family, loved ones, and anyone who knew her will always continue to carry on her legacy.

Eneas Paul Inmee
ARLEE — Eneas Paul Inmee was born June 14, 1965, to Eneas Inmee and Mary Josephine Paul Inmee Hawk Quequesah, and he passed away February 27, 2017. His stepfathers growing up included James Hawk and Pierre Quequesah. Further family were his great grandmother, Adelaid Redsky Adams; grandparents John P. Paul and Agnes PokerJim Paul; siblings Jim and Lola Hawk, and Elizabeth, Linda, Susan, Sara, and Billie Inmee; several cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Eneas graduated from Two Eagle River School in 1986. He worked post and pole in Dixon until they closed, and he then went to work for maintenance for Tribal Health. He eventually retired and began doing what he loved, taking care of his PaPa’s. Also he loved his Head Start buddies. He loved hunting, fishing, going to sport events, telling jokes and being with his grandkids and family. He also loved cruising and listening to his music.

Eneas is survived by his wife Linda Matt; a daughter Megan (Robert) Fisher “Ahriah, Emilie, and John”; a son Eneas J. (Ma’ii) Inmee “Jep, Shadric”; siblings Mary Jane (Dwight) Billedeaux, Richard (Val)  Inmee, Mary Ann (Martin) Jakub, Janice Inmee, Rose (Tino) Samuels; uncle Phillip (Debbie) Paul; and other extended family members Lynsey & Bella Inmee, Ray Collier, Eva (Andy) Davidson; Sakima, Samuel and Matoska; Amber (Lyle) Simmons, Tina, Willie, John Billideaux, Bigboy, Jasmine, Geniva, Chris Chris, Joe Paul; Gary Jo (Bernie) Burrafato; Shakira GJ, Carol and Damien Burrafato, Angel Barnaby , Shonlea Matt; Shoni Matt, Shawn JR; Sharon Matt (Brad); Diane Matt; Deb King (Mike); Shawn (Miranda) Matt; Louis “Shorty” Anita Matt; Jerome (Kathy) Matt; Dave Sandau; Kody Morigeau; Lane Johnson; Michaela Buck; and Thomas Hewankorn; Lakota Matt; Dave, Mikee, Riley Sandau; God-daughter Felicia; God-sons Justin and Curstin Teigen; Taariq, Landon, Lanie, Thomasina (Derek) Mavi, and Eire Biggs, Baby John, Mary Jane Ivan, Martha and BooBoo; and many more relatives and friends, too numerous to mention.

Wake will be held at the Community Center in Arlee beginning Wednesday afternoon; Rosary Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Community Center in Arlee; Mass Friday at 11 a.m. at the Community Center in Arlee, followed by burial at the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Hurley-Rodgers
Patricia Ann Hurley-Rodgers died on March 16, 2017 about noon.

Pat leaves a big hole in the entire community in western Montana. Those who attended Salish Kootenai College in Pablo will always remember her for her very enlightening lectures on the many subjects in which she became an expert. These include wildlife, zoology, geology, herpetology, ecology, conservation, and many others.  She would surprise people with her knowledge either in the classroom, when outdoors on field trips, or on one of her favorite pastimes hiking in the mountains surrounding the Flathead Valley. Her educator spirit never stopped teaching and her passion for learning new things continued to the very end. She applied her vast expertise, rigorous scientific mind, and most of all the love for the earth to the cause of ensuring that the lands and the waters of the Flathead Reservation are protected for generations to come.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Hurley and her granddaughter Miriya Hurley-Acevedo of Ravalli, and sisters Barbara Skaggs of Santa Fe, NM and Madonna Page of Friday, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Timothy T. Hurley and Daisy Killgore Hurley, and her very dear friend Richard Eggert of Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, the family and friends of Pat Hurley would ask that you donate to the Nine Pipe Arts Group or the Polson Aquatic Center in her honor to continue to make the valley a place for everyone to enjoy.

Larry Roy Stokes
PABLO – Larry Roy “Stoker” Stokes, 76, passed away at his home near Ronan on March 8, 2017.

Born in Tremont, Utah on April 26, 1940 to Nellie Jean Brown Stokes and Roy Joseph Stokes, he was raised and educated in the Mission Valley. He married Beverly Ann Ingraham and Cheryl McCoy.

When he wasn’t hunting or fishing which he loved to do, he was a mechanic and logger working in Seeley Lake, and Forks and Beaver, WA and later in the Mission Meadows Trailer Court.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, a grandsons, and daughter Shiela Kay.

Survivors include children Donald Roy, David Ray (Klista), Stacey Cory; siblings Jolene “Jodi” McNeeley, Ruth (Jerry) Maiers, Faye Langley, Lloyd (Pearl) Stokes, Leathy (Carl Hanson), Sadie Jean Young, Joseph (Wanda) Stokes, Roxie (Charlie) Cordis, Richard “Dick” Stokes, Jerry Ray Stokes, and James Leo (Frances) Stokes; numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews and a good neighbor.

At his request cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a children’s charity of your choice.

Thomas Jacob “TJ” Jensen
On February 21, 2017 Thomas Jacob “TJ” Jensen left the world with his family, friends, and his longtime love, Lawna, by his side. What remains is a lifetime of stories of kindness, generosity, friendship, and, of course, fishing.

TJ was born on November 2, 1959, to Ray and Rose Jensen in Conrad, MT. Ray and Rose moved their seven children to Arlee in 1964, and TJ called Arlee his home until his passing. In addition to living in Arlee, TJ spent several years in Wyoming working in the oil fields.

Anyone who met TJ quickly learned of his passion for fishing as he would take those closest to him and those he just met to some of his favorite fishing spots. His secret fish fry batter recipe was featured at his annual “You hook ‘em, I cook ‘em” fish fry and was a much anticipated part of family reunions. TJ was also known for organizing his annual Jocko River yard sale, appreciating classic rock, wood working, creating yard art, and playing poker. TJ was legendary for his smoked fish, jerky, and summer sausage using his own spice mixtures.

Not only was he busy with these endeavors, TJ was an avid beekeeper. He greatly enjoyed harvesting honey and sharing it with anyone and everyone.

TJ’s adoration for his family was clear as he shared close bonds to his daughter, grandsons, brothers, sister, and extended family. But his ability to love extended to the family of his soul mate, Lawna, as he helped her raise her grandchildren over the past few years.

TJ was survived by his love, Lawna, his daughter, Shawna, his grandsons, Zach and Thomas, his siblings, LaDonna, Joe, Keith, Martin, Bert, and Roger, Lawna’s grandchildren Cherai, Chevy, Cheyden, and Cheysheen, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

TJ’s celebration of life was held on February 24 in Arlee. His family would like to thank everyone who came to support him and the family in his last weeks and during the service. Your compassion confirms why TJ was proud to have Arlee as his home. Donations are welcome in his name to support cancer patients through Providence Montana Health Foundation, Team Up Montana, PO Box 4587, Missoula, MT 59806.

Robert Wayne Oliver
ARLEE — Robert Wayne “Bob” Oliver, 75, passed away at his home on Thursday March 2, 2017. He was born on Sept 21, 1941 in St. Ignatius to Stanley and Josephine (Smith-Cote) Oliver. He was raised and educated in Arlee and St. Ignatius and then joined the Air Force before returning to the area where he married Darlene Henderson on February 6, 1968 and they started their family.

A logger all his life, he enjoyed being in the woods, fishing and hunting. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife Darlene; children Leslie Galarneau, Bobby, Stanley, and Dawn Oliver; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother Doug Oliver and 4 sisters Linda Oliver, Lora West, Judy Davenport and Jody Faucett; half sister Georgina Hernandez and half brother Edward Oliver.

A was held wake at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Rosary held on Sunday, March 5. Mass was celebrated on Monday, March 6 in the Longhouse with burial following at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be presented.

Felicite Sapiel McDonald
PISTOL CREEK – Felicite “Jim” Sapiel McDonald made her journey to be with the creator early Friday morning at her home in Pistol Creek.

Our beloved mother was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in a teepee in Arlee, to Agnes Finley Pilko and Baptiste “Pat” Sapiel. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, John Pilko. She was raised in our traditional way, learning at an early age, our language, our songs, our way of life, riding horses to and from hunting camp from Arlee to the Seeley Lake area. Felicite also traveled to Chicago, New York City and local areas to ride in parades with her mother and stepfather. Our mom carried this tradition on, riding on horseback in the St. Ignatius and Ronan parades, riding in her last parade just two years ago at an age of 92 years old. Our mother taught her children these traditional ways and was more than happy to teach our people our traditional way of life.

After raising all of her children, our mother went to work as a Salish Teacher at Two Eagle River School and worked as a Senior Translator and Cultural Advisor with the Selish Qalispe Culture Committee, finally retiring at the age of 89 years old.

Preceding our mother in death are her husband Louie, sons Billy, Pat and Baby Doug, daughters Lorraine and Ruby and a nephew she raised, Joseph Sonny Arlee.

Felicite “Jim” married Louie McDonald and 14 children were born to this marriage. Our mother is survived by her children (and their spouses who became her children) Clara McDonald Charlo, Ben McDonald, Maxine McDonald, Vi and Ron Trahan, Joyce and Gordon Schliep, Louie McDonald, Arnie McDonald, Phillip and Monique McDonald, Lisa and Joe Frost. Felicite loved her 32 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephews and nieces, who were like her children, Johnny Arlee, Rachel Bowers, Patricia and Sam Buffalo. Our mother lovingly gained extended family, Alex and Betty Quequesah family, Tony and Denise Incashola family, Thompson Smith and Karin Stallard, and many more who called her mom, yaya, qene, tupye. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Dolly Linsebigler and Shirley Trahan and brother-in-law Buddy McDonald.

Felicite was loved by all who met her, including her favorite nurse, Tammy Matt, Dr. Don Butler, Dr. John Smith and Dr. Kemple, Dr. Vizcarra and many more

Felicite “Jim” was moved to her home at Pistol Creek on Saturday, March 4. Rosary service was held in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church on Tuesday, March 7. Burial was held at at Snyelmn Sntmtmney.

Roberta Haynes
ARLEE — Roberta was born July 21, 1974, to Shirley Anderson and Alfred Roullier. She was raised in Ronan by her mother and stepfather Robert (Bob) Mitchell, whom she adored.

In 1994 she met TJ Haynes. To this union came Christian and then Cheyenne in 1997. Roberta worked as a speech therapist for the Arlee, Dixon, Charlo and St. Ignatius schools. She loved children and in 2002 became a foster parent.

She made friends wherever she went. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Roberta was very proud of her Native American language. She did beautiful beadwork and beaded graduation caps not only for her own kids but for her nephew, nieces and friends.

She was a beautiful person. We all love her and will miss her beautiful smile.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley, fathers Alfred Roullier and Bob Mitchell; her brother Fred Roullier; sister Gail Emery; and brother-in-law David Haynes. She is survived by TJ Haynes and their children Matt (Hanna H), Christian, Cheyenne, Brayden, Aaron, Dusty, Feather, Jaydessa, Saiawana, Malia, Gracie, Tanner and Nylarej.; grandchildren Mayson and Brooke; her brothers Steve and Danny (Marlene) Roullier; her sisters Heidi Leiding, Jenny Straight, Kathleen Roullier and Rosemary (Dick) Abromeit; special sister Tracey Perez, special niece Shawna Croft, and sisters-in-law Mandy Belcourt and Skyla Haynes.

Ernest Amiel Ashley
POLSON — Ernest Amiel Ashley, 54, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Ernest was born on July 7, 1962 in Polson a son of the late Ernest and Viola Ashley. He attended local schools in Ronan and married Jeanette May Brueckmann on December 2, 1992. Together, they raised four children.

Ernest was the owner and operator of Native Timber Log Furniture. He enjoyed racing, spending time outdoors and being with his dear family.

In addition to his wife, Jeanette, he is survived by his children, Laura Varelman, Charles Varelman, Aaron Ashley, and Tony Ashley; a brother, John; and a sister Julie as well as 4 nephews.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson where Rev. John Payne officiated. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online by visiting www.thelakefuneralhome Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home, Polson.

Melissa Lee Martinez-Nault
ARLEE — Melissa Lee Martinez-Nault, went to see the Lord on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. She was born in Butte to Marty Martinez on Nov. 8, 1974.

She grew up in the Missoula and Arlee areas. Melissa graduated from Arlee High School and continued her education at the University of Washington.

In 1994 Melissa had a daughter Desirae Rose Martinez. In 1996 she married Robin Nault and they later divorced. While in Washington, she worked as a tax preparer and was studying to get her CPA license. In 2011, she and her daughter moved back to Montana where she went to work for Ashley – Martin in Arlee, where she met Tracy Schlemmer. In 2012, she became a proud grandmother of Quinten. Her whole world revolved around Tracy, Desirae and Quinten.

Always a hard worker and passionate about her family, she enjoyed her family getting together for holidays and the summer. Her hobbies were gardening, fishing, going for drives up the Jocko and spoiling her grandson.

Melissa leaves behind her family and friends who will miss her dearly. She is survived by her husband in heart Tracy Schlemmer of Arlee; daughter Desirae Martinez – Nault and her grandson Quinten Sansavere of Missoula; her mother Marty Martinez, sister Becky Lozeau and brother Yancy Martinez all from the Polson area; also surviving her is her “second mother “ Ruby Vanderburg of Arlee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who will miss her smile and sense of humor. Melissa was one of those special people who would go out of her way to help if it was in her power.

At her request there will be no services or viewing at this time. Her final wishes were to be cremated. There will be a memorial dinner announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Melissa. She would like to think donations helping depression might help save a life. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at thelakefuneralhome

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lloyd August Smith
RESCUE, CA — Lloyd Smith passed away in his home on January 30, 2017, at the age of 95. He was born on May 5, 1921. He came to California from Montana at the age of 15. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He raised his family in Placerville, California and retired from Aerojet with more than 20 years of service.

A lifelong member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Lloyd is survived by wife, Jean Smith; three children, Steve Smith, Robert Smith and Linda Dodson; stepchildren Cindy Sanford and George Sanders; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Smith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 11 at the Green Valley Mortuary.

Billie Mae Jackson
RONAN — On February 25, 2017 Billie Mae Jackson passed away after a long courageous battle with breast cancer.

Billie Mae was born on May 3, 1933 at the family home in St. Ignatius to Henry and Molly David. Growing up during the depression and with a family of 17 siblings, life was at times, full of tough times and the bare necessities, Billie still held fond memories of her childhood. Billie’s first job was at the bakery in town where she worked through her high school years. She graduated from RHS in 1951. Billie married her high school sweetheart Lynn E. Jackson on June 10, 1951.

They settled into their first home on the Jackson homestead near Big Bend on the Flathead River.  With the arrival of Valorie, Mark, and Dianna respectively, they decided to move the family and ranch operation to Round Butte in the spring of 1956. With the upgrade of indoor plumbing and running water, life was good. After the move to Round Butte, Jeannie was born and completed the family. To help support the family, Billie went to work at Grott’s Chicken Farm for a part time job. Opportunity for full time work took her to Moody’s Market, working for Leonard Moody for several years. Then in December of 1969, opportunity knocked again to purchase their own business; a fast food restaurant called Larry’s Drive In, which they renamed Lynn’s Drive In; Billie handled the daily business and despite Lynn’s unexpected death in 1976, she remained dedicated to the business with her strong work ethic.  She was a fair, honest boss, always thrifty, enjoyed the time serving her customers, sparring with the employees, many who became longtime friends. She remained “Gramma Billie” to former employees, neighborhood kids, and many, many others. She continued to run the family business until she sold it in 1985, as it still remains in the family today. She retired.

Six months later, needing something to do, Billie Mae opened Lynn’s II in  St. Ignatius in February 1986.  25 years  later, she retired. Again.

Billie loved traveling and visited many countries including Taiwan, Japan, Germany, & America Samoa, to name a few. A highlight in her later years was a trip to New Yok City in 2011 with her bowling team and most recently to Las Vegas. She was a long time bowler on Thursday night league, a member of the Wednesday Night Book Club, member of Round Butte Women’s Club and a Ronan Jayceen. Her other interests included dancing, singing in plays and the church choir, and watching parades. St.Patty’s Day being her favorite. Billie was a devoted lifetime member of the St.Paul Lutheran Church in Ronan. After her retirement, Billie spent time at home with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren who frequently stopped by to visit her at home (swimming pool!).

We would like to thank Dr. Thomas and the nurses at the St.Pats Cancer Center for the wonderful care and thoughtfulness they’ve shown mom. We would also like to thank The Retreat staff in Polson for the special care they gave to her.

Billie Mae was preceded in death by her husband Lynn and a great-grandson Axle Streitz in 2008.

She is survived by her children Valorie (Tom) Bartel, Mark (Chris) Jackson, Dianna (Joe) Smith, and Jeannie Jackson. Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, Kirk (Salinas) Bartel, Garrett, Trevor, Raela, Cody, Creighton, Carson; Karlissa Lynn Allen (Tracy VanNess), Chase, Tyson, Mason, Emma Lynn; Kari Mae (Jarred) Burland, Rhylee Lynn, Trenton, Layton, Axton; Colette (Dale) Roo, Tori, Trae; Jami (BJ) Schall, Austin, Arinna, Aiden; Jace Smith (Charla), Ryder; Jana Lynn (Jake) Streitz, Sydnee, Gunner; Jackie Jo Smith, Tucker, Ruger.  Siblings Freda Francis, Clarkston WA, Ruth Ann Gregg, San Carlos CA, Willie (Karen) David Clancy  MT. Special Nephew Jerry Hamel, Dixon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lloyd and Sally Jackson, Pablo as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday March 4th, 11am at Christian Missionary Alliance Church (Terrace Lake Community Church) due to renovations being done at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Donations (in lieu) of flowers can be made to the Ronan Bread Basket.

We love you always, may you rest in peace. “We had a good run Mom.”

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Greta E. Dunsmore
ST. IGNATIUS — Greta E. Dunsmore, 82, passed away in St. Ignatius on February 12, 2017. She was born August 24, 1934 in The Dalles, Oregon and raised by Norvil and Fay Cochran and Oren Turner.

Greta lived in several different locations around Washington state growing up. She never finished a college degree but took classes at the local community college in subjects that pertained to her work. Bookkeeping was her first job and what she enjoyed the most. Greta, being the amazing bookkeeper that she was, worked at many different companies over the course of her life but a few companies stuck out in her mind. The two companies she not only did she enjoy but worked for the longest were Desert Star Electric in Kennewick, WA and Walkner’s Trucking in Seattle, WA.

Greta was married twice, first to Delano C. Mathis of Port Angeles, WA and second to Earl Dunsmore of Seattle, WA. Greta was a member of the Elks and American Legion. She loved helping with fundraisers.

Greta was preceded in death by her father Norvil Cochran and mother Fay Turner; sister June and brother-in-law Earl Wisner of Colville, WA; husbands Earl Dunsmore and Delano C. Mathis; and son Richard C. Mathis.

Greta is survived by her daughter Tammy (Fred) Matt; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A rosary was held on Wednesday, February 15 at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Mass was held on Thursday, February 16 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

Condolences may be left at

Nellie Jean Brown Stokes
Nellie Jean Brown Stokes, 95, of Pablo, passed away in Missoula on February 17, 2017. Nellie was born on December 10, 1921, in Stevensville, the tenth child of 13 to Walter Brown and Etna Shaffer. She married Roy Stokes in 1938 in Bothwell, Utah, and they made their home in Burley, Idaho, until moving to the Mission Valley in 1945. In 1954 they moved to Seeley Lake and in 1973 they returned to Utah. Nellie returned to Montana in 1983, living there until she moved to Concrete, Washington, and then came back to the valley living in Arlee before moving to Pablo in 1999.

She is preceded in death by her husband in 1987; six grand and great grandchildren; and her siblings Earl, Homer, Ray, Riley, Walter James, George (Bill), Lucy, Thelma, Ada, and Faye. 
Survivors include her children Jody, Lloyd, and Jean of Washington; Leathy of Bozeman; Roxey of Billings; Joseph of Dixon; Richard (Dick) of Seeley Lake; Gerry of Arlee; and Larry, Ruth, Faye and James Leo of the Mission Valley; and sisters Doris Matz of Anaconda and Pearl Dielmen of Lewiston, Idaho. 

Affectionately known as Grandma Peacocks she is also survived by 48 grandchildren, 92 great grandchildren, 61 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild.

Visitation will be Friday at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial will follow in Pleasantville Cemetery.

Phillip Henry Kuntz
RONAN — Phillip Henry Kuntz, age 86, beloved grandpa, and avid lover of classic cars and family, passed away, in the presence of his grand-daughters on January 12, 2017.

He was born on October 6, 1931 in Joliet to Adam Kuntz and Lena Bosch Kuntz, and resided in the Ronan and Butte areas a majority of his lifetime.

In January 1952, at the age of 21, he joined the US Navy Where he served for two and a half years upon the USS Castor until he was honorably discharged in July 1954. He spent his service time in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and over-seas for a year and a half in Japan and China during the Korean War.

Through his term, he earned a Korean Service (2 stars), United Nations and National Defense Award ribbons for his foreign service.

In 1959, he married Alta McDonald Burland in Ronan, Montana. The couple made their home along with Alta’s three children, Gary, Dennis and Charlotte (Babe) in Butte, Montana where he worked in the rock and quarry mine, the mill, and attended welding school in Spokane, Washington. They remained married until Alta passed away in February 1982.

He later married Carole Hitchcock in October 1988 in Ronan and remained in the community, residing in Pablo.

When entering into this marriage, he became the grandfather of several grandchildren, and later on, great-grandchildren, who will miss him greatly. He was always Willing to help those in need, especially the grand kids, who needed help often.

He joined the Mission Valley Cruisers Car Club in 1999 and remained a lifetime member. He enjoyed many days driving, working on and restoring vehicles throughout his days and had a special appreciation for the classics.

In August 2014, he entered into a rest home when health barriers prevented him and Carole from caring for each others health needs, but every Tuesday, when circumstances allowed, he would catch a ride to Pablo with his niece Laura to visit at the family home. He would bring treats to his special girls, after calling in advance to get their Weekly orders. The girls always looked forward to Tuesdays, as they knew it was Papas visiting day.

He led a full life, and made the best of what life had to offer him. He had a great sense of humor, a caring and compassionate heart and a stubborn streak that at times, got him into trouble.

Papa held a special place in his heart for his girls who lit up his life. They gave him something to smile and laugh about, and look forward to. He did break promises to be here for graduations and weddings but we know he will be with us, looking down with pride and sending all his love when those days arrive.

The family of Phillip would like to thank all of those who visited him at the rest home as we know he appreciated those of you Who came by to check on him. We value the time, concern and friendships that you shared with him.

A memorial service will be held on February 18, 2017 at the St. Ignatius Mission Church at 11 a.m. with lunch being provided at the Ronan V.F.W. Club, following the services.

At his request, his ashes will be placed with Alta in St. Ignatius at a later date during the Warmer months.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Ida McGuire, Leona Kuntz, Ralph Kuntz, Esther Clay and Irene Noble, his former wife, Alta McDonald Burland Kuntz, step-son Dennis Burland and his dear friend Sam Cisney.

He is survived by his brother Henry KLu1tz of Ronan and sister Shirley Ann Parker of Polson, Carole Hitchcock-Kuntz of Pablo, step children: Charlotte (Babe) Burland Rose and Gary Burland, Shirley and Jack Offill, Tom and Michelle Hitchcock, Vickie and Tim Courville, Mike and Laurie Hitchcock, and Laurie Hitchcock, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, his special girls: Brooklynn Matt, Kysis, Kaydance and Krymsyn Santos and his close friends: Mike Lee, Dwayne Drake and Tim Arneson.

Lucille Tomfohr Windnagle
Lucille Tomfohr Windnagle was born on the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes’ Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana on November 24, 1919. She passed away on November 23, 2016. Her parents, Mr. Frank and Marcy Tomfohr, siblings’ Paulyn Raymond Tomfohr, moved to Portland while Lucille was a child. Lucille attended Oregon City Schools and Portland Public Schools. In 1937, she graduated from Franklin High School in Portland. As a young adult, she was a Christian Science class instruction student of Mrs. Una B. Willard, C.S.B.

Soon after Lucille gave birth to her one child, Toni R. Gerber, she served the World War II effort as an airplane spotter. Having worked for 45 years in secretarial positions, Lucille retired as a budget analyst for Indian Health Services/Civil Service in 1987.

Always with a desire to travel, Lucille brightly shared her favorite journey to Australia until the end of her days. Both her sense of humor and expressions of gratitude remained strong.

Lucille passed away of heart failure Nov. 23, 2016. Her final resting place is at Sunnyside Chimes Memorial Garden, Happy Valley.

Special gratitude for Lucille’s extraordinary’ care is extended to Mr. Daniel and Mary Izsak of Daniel’s Care Home, Lake Oswego; Legacy Hospice, Portland; Legacy Medical Group Bridgeport, Lake Oswego; cousins, Mr. Richard and Janet Enger; friends, Ms. Mary Ann Crow, Desiree Johnson, Christina Smith; Castle Veterinarian Services, Portland; Pacifica Senior Living, Portland.

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Carol A. Wheeler Jarrell
PORTLAND, OR — Carol “Kit” Ann Wheeler Jarrell peacefully passed away at her home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Born November 16, 1943 in St. Ignatius, Montana, Carol was a daughter of the late Joseph Wheeler and Margaret Ashley Wheeler. She grew up in a small cabin in the mountains of Montana surrounded by several siblings and lots of love. As a young girl, she loved playing with her siblings and helping her younger sisters with reading and math. As an adult, she was proud of the fact she really did walk 3 miles each way to catch the school bus. She graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1962.

Carol had a tender and caring heart, making her well suited for a career as a registered nurse. She attended St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula, Montana, graduating in the class of 1966. She dedicated her life to helping others, working in hospitals and clinics in Missoula, MT; Helena, MT; and Twin Falls, ID. She retired from nursing in 2010, at which time, she moved to Portland to be closer to her daughters and their families.

She married shortly after graduating from nursing school.  As a supportive wife, Carol moved with her husband, Dale Jarrell, to various locations in the Northwest where he was employed by the Forest Service. They were divorced in 1988.

Her love for others was demonstrated daily through random acts of kindness, whether it was making sure everyone felt special on their birthday, helping those in need, or sharing words of encouragement. She had a following for her positive daily Facebook posts, complete with a picture collage and inspirational words. She considered herself Grandma to the children of her many friends and family and was overjoyed at becoming a grandma when Joseph was born. Carol was an avid music lover and likely the biggest Celtic Thunder fan ever known to man – a Thunderhead to the core! She loved to travel, particularly if it involved visiting historical locations and buildings.  She was also an enthusiastic collector and dreamed of opening an antique and curio shop.

Survivors include her cherished grandson Joseph, her daughters Terrie Jarrell and Dawn Jacobs, and her sisters Jacqueline McRae, Dorothy Clinkenbeard, Loretta Gariepy, and Margaret Bowman. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jim Wheeler, Joseph Wheeler, Robert Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler, and Michael Wheeler, and her sister Betty Pierce.

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Carol’s amazing life was held on Friday, February 3, 2017, at The Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland OR, 97220. Donations may be made to the Portland Rotary Charitable Trust: 1220 SW Morrison St. Ste. 425, Portland, OR 97205 or  In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be returned to her beloved home in Montana.

Patricia Agnes Brown
YAKIMA, WA — Patricia Agnes Brown, 92 years old, passed away on January 1, 2017 in Yakima, Washington. She was born on May 28, 1924 in Sandpoint, Idaho to Florence and James Sullivan, the youngest of three girls. As a child, she spent time in Sandpoint Idaho, the convent in St. Ignatius, Montana and then lived in Spokane Washington with her parents. She graduated high school at North Central High in Spokane, Washington in 1942.

Over her entire lifetime, Patricia was known for her independence, strength of character, her intellect and a desire to live life to its fullest – no matter her physical limitations or challenges. While strong-willed and vocal, she cared a great deal about all the people in her life including family, friends, caregivers and acquaintances.

Patricia was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe based in Pablo, Montana. She was proud of her Native American heritage.

Patricia’s passions after high school were in entertaining with participation in various ice-skating venues and a part in the Lake Placid Serenades movie with Vera Ralston (1944). She lived for several years in Hollywood and skated in the Ice Capades.

Patricia married Dave Brown Sr. on September 5, 1953. They had three children – two boys and a girl. 

As her children grew up, Patricia was active as a Cub Scout/Boy Scout and Blue Bird/Girl Scout leader. She and her husband Dave enjoyed trout fishing and fishing in the Pudget Sound area, square dancing, bingo, playing cards and casino gambling on the slot machines. They also enjoyed ice fishing, ice skating and ice hockey in the winter months. 

Patricia and family lived in Washington, Montana, Colorado and eventually returned to Yakima, Washington around 1978 – planning to eventually retire in the community. Patricia attended Holy Family Church for decades – until it became too cumbersome to get to church because of her inability to drive or have people to take her. She prayed from home – in lieu of church attendance. 

Patricia had a variety of professional positions focused on bookkeeping throughout the years her children were in junior high and high school. Patricia, along with her husband Dave, had an entrepreneurial spirit and both had businesses after their children graduated high school. Patricia had a square dance shop selling dance outfits and attire and was a partner with her husband for more than 20 years in an offset printing and press business – MultiOffset Service and Sales. 

Patricia is survived by her children including Joseph P. Brown (Billings, Montana), Karen Brown (Arvada, Colorado) and Dave Brown Jr. (Yakima, Washington). She is also survived by two grandchildren Heather Russell and Shane Brown (Billings, Montana) and Erik Peffer (Bainbridge, Washington); five great grandchildren including Kyle Brown, Katerina Brown and Mia Brown (Billings, Montana), Bailey Peffer and Austin Peffer (Bainbridge, Washington); three great grand-children including Tyler, Surreniti and Jayce (Billings, Montana). Patricia is also survived by her best-friend and unofficially adopted daughter - Lisa Kotlarz (Yakima, Washington).

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents Florence Smith and Joe Smith, two sisters Leona Alexander and Mayme Youngman and spouse David D. Brown Sr.

The family extends thanks to The Ellen House for nearly four years of love, care, patience and understanding in working to ensure the last years of Patricia’s life were as enjoyable as possible and honoring Patricia’s and the family’s needs and desires.

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Charlotte Mae Hewankorn
POLSON — Charlotte Mae Hewankorn, age 67, of Polson passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on June 12, 1949 in St. Ignatius to Charles and Alice Hewankorn.  She grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation and attended Ursuline Catholic School in St. Ignatius.

Charlotte completed her Cosmetology Degree and was an excellent beautician. She also was a very talented artist.

As she grew, she loved to travel about freely. She spent a lot of time in the Spokane area. She was even known to “hitch” a ride on the trains.

She was an extremely strong woman who truly cherished her family and loved ones. She was the person who would do anything to help someone out who needed it. Her wry sense of humor was completely unforgettable and her personality was larger than life.

She was a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She loved going to Pow Wows and playing Stick-game was one of her favorite things. Whenever you visited her, you could always count on hearing all different types of music playing on her “Boom box”.

She will be so deeply missed by more people than can be mentioned; and she loved them all.

She is survived by her mother, Alice Hewankorn of Hot Springs; her brother, Levi “Jerry” Hewankorn of Pablo; her sister,  Rosalie Roberson of Englewood, FL; and her daughters, Shannon Hewankorn of Polson and Mary Sue Hewankorn of Spokane, WA; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hewankorn; her brothers, Laverne and Leland “Jimi” Hewankorn; and her son Don Collins III.

Traditional Wake Services was held in Elmo at the Elmo Hall on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Mass was held on Friday, January 20, 2017 with burial to following at Dayton Cemetery.

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Francis James Murphy Jr.
ST. IGNATIUS — Francis James Murphy Jr. (Jim or “Murph”) passed away on January 20, 2017 in St. Ignatius surrounded by his family. Jim was born on August 16, 1944 in Helena. Jim’s dad was Colonel F.J. (“Spud”) Murphy of Helena. He was an altar boy for years at the Cathedral of St. Helena and was proud of his Catholic faith. He attended St. Helena Grade School, Helena Cathedral High School, and Carroll College. He served in the United States Navy until 1964.

Jim took tremendous pride in his work ethic and ability to easily adapt to his professional responsibilities – often calling himself “a jack of all trades, a master of none.” Through his life, Jim exhibited his integrity; working as a young man at Von Ragsdale in Helena, installing telephone lines for Mountain Bell, playing softball with lifelong friends in Missoula, or giving his attentive ear and loving character to his children and grandchildren.

Jim held a passion for helping and improving the lives of troubled youth and the disadvantaged, and he gained the trust and love of many for whom he became a mentor. Other than spending time with his adored wife and family, Jim’s favorite pastime was gazing at the Mission Mountains from the deck of his St. Ignatius home.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Shannon O’Brien Murphy; his children and their families, Shawna Murphy of Concord, California, Shane Murphy of Louisville, Colorado, and Barbara and Terry French of Lincoln; his and Shannon’s children and their families, Michael O’Brien of Sheridan, Wyoming, Jerome O’Brien of Big Arm, and Ryan O’Brien and Ashley Martinez of Dixon; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; and Jim’s three sisters and families, Colleen and Robert Towe of Phoenix, Arizona, Moreen Murphy of Washington, DC, and Kathleen and Doug Porter of Billings.

Catherine Plouffe
BROWNING —Catherine V. Plouffe was born on September 12, 1943 in Browning to Joseph Big Beaver and Margaret Boy and passed away January 10, in Ronan. She was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe.

In 1960, Catherine married Arthur Plouffe in Browning. A dedicated wife and mother, they made their home in Pablo for the last six years, moving there from Kalispell.

Survivors include her husband Arthur; her children Gary, Bruce, Kenneth, Gina, and Catherine Plouffe; siblings Robert Big Beaver, Jewel Big Beaver, Ernestine FourHorns, Henrietta Duran, Etta Wippert, Ida LeDeau; and numerous other grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Wake will be held at Old Eagle Shields starting Friday evening, with the rosary on Sunday at 7 p.m., and Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Monday in Little Flower Parish. Burial to follow at Holy Family Mission Cemetery in Two Medicine.

Ronald Floyd Seminole
BUSBY — Ronald Floyd Seminole went to be with the lord on January 6, 2017 at the age of 75 on his homestead in Busby.

He attended St. Labre and graduated in 1959. Ronald enlisted in the military services (Army). He served 4 years and returned home to Busby.

Ronnie went to work for St. Labre mailroom for several years. Ronnie decided he needed a change, so he went to work for Busby Boarding schools, now the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools for 40 plus years in various capacities. After leaving NCTS he returned to the work force and went to work for Lame Deer Public Schools, as the Cheyenne Language and Culture teacher for 9 years. Ronnie was then offered a job with NCTS as the Cheyenne Language Culture.

Ronnie met the love of his life and soul mate in 1968, and they wed in 1969. Out of there union they had two children, John and Ronnette, who were the light and joy of his life. His life, again, lit up with his grandchildren: Ryan, Cruz, and Sione. Ronnie loved teaching his grandchildren Cheyenne language and traditional ways in his home.

Ronnie was raised by his grandparents Josie and John. They taught him Cheyenne way of life that he was very proud of his roots.

Ronnie loved his Cheyenne ways of life, his language, culture, sweats, his pow wow dancing, and pow wows. He loved visiting with friends, creating crafts, and being with his family and friends.

Ronnie will be missed greatly by his family, friends and his students at NCTS.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his mother and father, Josephine and Douglas Glenmore; his sister, Verna (Tuffy) Old Mouse; Nephew, Videll Yellow Robe, whom carried his Indian name, White Antelope; Ronnie’s grandparents: Josie and John; Aunt, Elva Stands in Timber; Daughter in-law, Kim Rogers-Glenmore; niece, Dawnette Glenmore.

Ronnie leaves behind his loving wife, Geneva, of 47 years; 3 Children: John, Ronnette (Alvin), and adopted son, Harold Big Lake; grandchildren: Ryan, Cruz, and Sione; adopted mother, Eunice Wood – Davis. He is also survived by George and Georgia Bement family, and adopted sisters: Becky Elkshoulder, Teresa (Oly) McMakin, Diane Woodenlegs, and Eloise Snow; brother in-laws: Wilbert (Bev) Michel, Gilbert (Dora) Buckskin, Victor (Linnea) Michel, Leonard (Melissa) Michel, and Lee Michel; sister in-law, Diane Michel; god daughter, Janelle Michel (Kevin); niece, Denise Swank (Frank); and all his sweat friends, nieces, nephews, students at N.C.T.S., Joel (Jewel) Brady, brother Floyd “Bucky” and Charlene Glenmore, Billy Fred Fodder, and sisters Rhoda and Dorothy Glenmore.

Ronnie’s extended family include: Seminoles, Sioux, Spottedwolf, Eastman, Parker, Wolfname, Evans, Eaglefeathers, Small, Sooktis, Gaas, Clubfoot, One Bear, Woodenlegs, Bearchum, Little Wolf, Brady, Bearcomesout, Wolfchief, Rockroads, Stands in Timber (Timber) – extended Crow family: Brightwings, Hisbadhorse, and Williamson.

We are a large family and apologize if we have forgotten to mention your family.

Daniel O’Neil Gallagher
MISSOULA — Daniel O’Neil Gallagher, 69, of Missoula passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, of heart failure.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1947 in St. Ignatius to Frank and Mabel Gallagher. The last of 13 children, he was raised on a farm in Charlo.

Having grown up in a family that believed in serving their country in time of need, he enlisted in the Army shortly after finishing high school to serve in Vietnam. He was in the Army from Jan. 12, 1966, through Jan. 10, 1969. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in Vietnam’s Central Highland (November 1966 through December 1967).

After his tour of duty and honorable discharge from the military, he returned to Montana and married Marcia Phillips of Missoula on Jan. 31, 1970. Together they raised five children. They later divorced.

He attended the University of Montana and received bachelor’s degrees in history, political science, education and journalism. He then went on to receive a law degree.

He was diagnosed with PTSD after Vietnam, which inspired him to become an advocate for veterans’ rights and well-being. This is a cause to which he devoted the rest of his life.

He had a love of words, writing poetry, reading, and engaging in intellectual debates. He also loved teaching, listening to speeches by notable historic figures (John F. Kennedy, in particular), listening to old radio personalities such as Orson Welles, and watching the Andy Griffith Show. He took immense pride in his children, writing, and his farm.

In 2012 he was the recipient of the Jeanette Rankin Peacemaker Award. Shortly after, he was featured in “Beyond The Divide,” a film showcasing the differences and connections between combat veterans and the peace movement. This created new friendships and incredible relationships with members of the peace community, most significantly Betsy Mulligan-Dague and Jan Selby.

He is survived by all five of his children, Patrick and wife Chris, Kerry, Colin and wife Dana, Brian and fiancée Jessica and Erin and fiancé, Dakota; four sisters, Ethel, Rita, Tish, and Fran; one brother Ed; nine grandchildren, Nick, Greg, Kiley, Ryan, Aidan, Hailey, Triston, Noah, and Kian; and one great-grandchild, Haleigh.

Kyla Kaye Wilson-Malatare
DIXON — Kyla Kaye Wilson-Malatare was born to Ronda Burtch and Shawn Malatare in Missoula. Kyla, 32, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home in Dixon.

She was born in 1984 and attended elementary school in Dixon and graduated from high school in St. Ignatius with her two-year old daughter. Kyla helped at the family business of Burtch Construction and worked in home health care until her health prevented this work.

Kyla enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The joy of her life was her daughter Shakira Burrafato. In later years, Kyla lived at the family home with her aunt and uncle, their daughters and grandchildren. They were inseparable and she will be missed. She and the kids would take evening walks. She collected snow globes and was an avid fan of entertainment news.

Her passing will bring an end to her health struggle. Kyla had a triple bypass and has been doing dialysis three times a week for the past two years. She will be laid to rest with her mother later this year.

Kyla was preceded in death by her mother, Ronda Burtch, her grandfather; Richard (Dick) and grandmother Tiny. 

She is survived by her daughter, Shakira Burrafato; her brother, Sean Wren Malatare; her aunt Tina (Randy); her nieces Kaylee, Siarra, Tahliah, Shantayla and Tianna; her uncle Dennis St. Germaine; her companion Chadd Baker; and her dog Lilly.

Rosary was held Friday December 30, 2016, at the Longhouse and Mass on Saturday, December 31 at the Catholic Church in St. Ignatius.

Ronald “Hayes” A. Lumpry
ST. IGNATIUS — Ronald “Hayes” A. Lumpry, 69, the son of Dollie (McDonald) and Alexander Lumpry, passed away on December 9, 2016 in St. Ignatius.

Born in St. Ignatius on Sept 15, 1947, he was a certified welder, a woodsman, firefighter, broke horses and a well loved local figure around the Reservation. As a welder he worked several jobs in Billings and Spokane and in Gold Creek on Mel Palin Ranch, with Pete Woodcock. Hayes was raised in Evaro, Grass Valley and the St. Ignatius area, attending school at the Ursulines in the summer and St. Ignatius schools and Flandreau Indian school in South Dakota. He would later attend welding school in Denver.

Hayes enjoyed many things in life. He enjoyed taking rides in the mountains, cutting wood with his son, drumming and singing, visiting with everyone and in his younger years he loved riding horses, especially his horse, Mr. Ed.

He is preceded in death by his father Alexander; stepfather Willie Linsebigler; son Billie Joe Lumpry; and grandson Arlen Isadore.

Survivors include his mother Dollie Linsebigler; son Jerome (Terrie) Lumpry; brothers and sisters Irma (Bear) Malatare, Joann (Francis) Durgeloh, Beverly (Cole) Hill, Geraldine “Beans” (Mike) Linsebigler, Dennis Linsebigler, and Mona (Brian) Ebensteiner; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins including Ang Peppion and Karen Adams with whom he lived.

A traditional wake was held at the Longhouse with Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Burial followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

David W. Hassan Richards
RONAN — David W. Hassan Richards, age 51, passed away peacefully at 6:28 A.M. on November 28, 2016 with his mom at his side, from complication of MS and pneumonia at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. He was born on Sept. 20, 1965 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He lived in Clinton during most of his childhood and attended Hellgate High School in Missoula. He was on the Hellgate Debate team and made Who’s Who of American High School Students for three years (1980-1983).

David was a cook/chef by profession and worked in a lot of different places. He cooked at Hillside Manor Nursing Home, helped open Jaker’s Restaurant and cooked and managed the Oxford Café for several years. He also worked in several restaurants in Ronan and Polson and also had a Missoulian paper route in the Ronan rural area. He was the cook at the Healing Lodge in Spokane and was instrumental in getting their first pow-wow started and their sweat lodge.

He also worked in St. Ignatius when they built the Longhouse. He spotted the logs and did a lot of the finish work inside.

David left Spokane in 2003 and moved back to Ronan where he cooked at the Ronan Café. He became disabled in 2004 from severe asthma. In 2010 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and it was the worst type. By the time it was discovered, it had progressed horribly. He fought a long and hard battle and he did it with fortitude and grace.

David was the kind of man who always saw his cup as half full. He kept a positive attitude and his sense of humor right up to the end, in spite of the terrible pain and suffering that he endured.

Davis was preceded in death by his grandparents Ranold and Dede Armstrong, uncle John Armstrong, aunt Dawna Armstrong, step-father Gary Hansen and paternal grandmother Mae Bonner and uncle Les Richards.

He is survived by his mother and step-father Linda and Gary Ramsey of Ronan; his father and step-mother Gerald and Connie Richards of Clinton; brothers, Jerry Richards, Sr.of Clinton; and Che’ (Neona) Hassan of Missoula; Daryl Stenstrom of Ronan; Don Simms of Atlanta, GA; Omar and Kila (Rose) Hassan of Missoula; Eric and Jody (Shelly) Ramsey of Moses Lake, WA;  his sisters Jamila James of Arlee; Alicia Gauthier of Bismarck, N. Dakota and Leeann (John) Baldwin of Hermiston, OR; uncles Mike and (Marg) and Dallas Armstrong  of Polson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved dearly. He is also survived by his loving companion Julie Adams and a very special friend Verbie Ellis.

The family would like to thank the Dr.’s, nurses, paramedics and EMT’s that gave David such good care at both St. Luke Hospital and Kalispell Regional Medical Center.    The compassion and tender care he received at St. Luke’s in his final hours is greatly appreciated.

A memorial service for David will be held on January 28, 2017 at 2 P.M. at the Arlee Community Center on Pow-Wow Road in Arlee. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at 

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Nicolas H. Olmos
ROSEBURG, OR — Nicolas (Nick) Olmos passed away after a long fight with cancer, at home in Roseburg, Oregon on December 11, 2016 at the age of 94. Nick was surrounded by many loving family members during his departure. Nick was born October 21st 1922 in Mexico City, Mexico. He was an only child who loved playing soccer as a kid. He came to the United States of the age of 14 on a train. Not much is known of his life before then as he was uncomfortable speaking about himself and only wanted to know about you. He did enjoy visits to Jesse and Christine (Dumont/Tellier) Estorga (his wife’s mother and step father) and conversing in Spanish with Jesse. It’s believed he may have shared some childhood stories there but are lost now and gone with him.

Nick worked numerous jobs. When he met his wife Amelia Dumont Zepeda in Grants Pass, Oregon in the year 1957, she had five small children. They moved to McCloud California the following year where Nick went to work for a railroad company. He then took on the responsibility and became the sole provider to Amelia and her children. They moved often during their time growing as a family. They had to, because Nick was not a legal citizen back then. He had strong work and family ethics and believed no matter how tough things got, you stay together and you take care of the children. Nick was a long time resident of St. Ignatius Montana where he and Amelia bought their first home together. In this home he took great pleasure in tending to his rose bushes and working in his yard. Nick enjoyed staying up late on the weekends with his grandchildren, watching black and white John Wayne movies until they all fell asleep on the carpet in front of the television. He then packed them off one by one to bed as he softly called them his “little monkeys”. Nick was most comfortable working in the woods where he found his niche in the timber industry. He worked his way up from a chaser, rigging slinger, to an operator. He worked in the woods until well “past” retirement age. Nick resided with his granddaughter the last 15 years of his life.

One of Nick’s proudest accomplishments was becoming a U.S. Citizen at the age of 58. He accomplished this by borrowing his granddaughter’s high school history books and occasionally reviewing them with her. Even though his study partner did not pass her history class, he passed his citizenship test.

In Nick’s younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. As he got older he enjoyed reading Louis l’Amour books and going to the movies. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and going to their sports games, to his visits with Keith Newton and Duane Sieber.

Nick is preceded in death by his wife Amelia Dumont Olmos (1981), daughter Alice Zepeda Hayzlett (2001), son Salvador Zepeda (2008), son-in-law Keith Newton (2006), daughter-in-law Clarice Zepeda (2010), brother-in-law’s Bubs Dumont (1982), Mickey Dumont (1999), sister-in-law’s Doris LaChance (1982), Vivian VanNorman (2005), and grandson Casey Zepeda (2007). He is survived by his children Frank Zepeda, Lupe Newton, Danny Zepeda (Joyce). Grandchildren Mike and Tony Newton, Teresa Cox, Michelle Nelson, Monica Rea, Melody Cooper, Alisa Hillabold, Nick Parker, Luke Trahan, Charles Zepeda, Ceceile Barlow, Alli Zepeda, and Margaret Peone. He also leaves behind 26 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

At Nick’s request, he wanted to be cremated and have his remains brought back to the Old Catholic Cemetery in St. Ignatius Montana so that he may join his wife Amelia. He will make one last final trip back home with his loved ones. His family intends to fulfill his wishes this summer with a service at Amelia’s gravesite. The family will be having a celebration of life on Saturday, January 21, 2016 at Seven Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville Oregon at 1 pm

Nick’s family would like to specially thank the staff Mercy Cancer Center (Dr. Weese, Katie, Terri, and Heather) and Amedisys Hospice Care staff (Kay, Sandy, and Nick) for taking such genuine care of him in his final journey.

We will always carry his memory in our hearts forever.

Donald Lee Andrews
Donald Lee Andrews, 76, Don was born on October 22, 1940 passed away Tuesday morning, December 13, 2016 in his home.

He is survived by the love of his life, Sharon; their three children; and his brother, Cork Andrews.

The highlight of Don’s youth was the time he spent on the Dolson Ranch in Hot Springs. As a child he spent his summers fishing and exploring the hills on foot and on horseback, helping his grandparents with anything and everything they needed. In high school he played saxophone in the Jazz Band, and continued to be a general terror to the fish and citizens of Kalispell and the surrounding areas.

Don left Kalispell and went into the Navy at 17. He attended Nuclear Power school and was an engineer on the USS Enterprise, the first ship to traverse the globe entirely under its own power. He travelled the world and loved every minute of it.

As any who spent time with Don could tell you, he fell in love with his wife the first time he saw her in her gold stirrup pants in 1968. Don and Sheri settled in Evergreen. As a family-man Don taught his kids how to hunt and fish; many fond memories were made at Fish Trap Creek. He coached his son’s baseball team and became father-figure to every kid on that team. His life was punctuated with joy from bowling leagues with his wife, to Saturday morning dance lessons while the family cleaned the house.

He retired in 2005 after years of service to the BIA and CSKT and enjoyed the laze of retirement with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He was loved by many and will be missed by many more.

In accordance with Don’s wishes no service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice.

Yvonne Michelle Pierre
RONAN — Yvonne Michelle “Miki” Pierre, 46, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Born in San Leandro, California, on Oct. 11, 1970, she grew up in California, Arlee and Poplar. Her mother died when she was 15, which made her strong and willful.

Miki was married to Mike Baker for 11 years, residing in Arlee and Ronan. Her career included flagging, security, and manager of a bar, restaurant and casino in Hardin.

Some of her passions were riding motorcycles with her husband Mike “Tramp”. She was in a mixed doubles pool league in Ronan, She enjoyed beading and family get-togethers, barbeques and especially cooking. She loved her grandbabies with all of her heart and soul. In her younger years, Miki loved riding horses with her Gardipe cousins. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone she saw, no matter what life threw at her.

Miki was preceded in death by her mother Carole Steele Pierre; father Michel Pierre; favorite uncle Melvin Steele; and numerous relatives from the Pierre’s, Sapiel’s, Steele’s, Morigeau’s, PokerJim’s and others. She is survived by her husband, Mike Baker at the family home; son Lexx (Tashalei) of St, Ignatius; daughters Ramiko Mireau of Ronan, Nevada Lafley of Arlee; God Mother Yvonne Grenier of Arlee; grandchildren LaDeva, Saellah, Kaidance, Audric and Skwnkwinm; brothers Dana Bahe, Robert Wood, Wesley Pierre; sisters Lisa Bahe, Tracy (Jon) Big Medicine; Aunts Beverly Steele, Betty Steele; uncles James Steele Sr, Jody Steele; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends throughout the Reservation and afar.

Memorials can be made in Miki’s name to Foster Funeral Home, 216 Project Drive, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

A wake was held at the Arlee Community Center on the evening of Nov. 15. Rosary on Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., and mass on Nov. 17, at 11 am. Burial will follow at Jocko Catholic Cemetery.

MinDonna Lila Delores Yawakie
In Loving Memory of MinDonna Lila Delores Yawakie. The joyful moments of pregnancy have turned to sorrow and heartfelt loss with the death of our baby girl, MinDonna Lila Delores Yawakie on December 10, 2016.

She leaves behind her loving family who will always love her: parents Regina MadPlume Yawakie and Patrick Yawakie; her brothers Ardon and Dustry, and Patrick, her sister Jalen; Maternal Grandparents Melvin and Jolene Mad Plume; paternal grandparents Mel and Madonna Yawakie; and paternal great-grandparents George and Lila Yawakie.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents Joseph and Delores Peltier, and maternal Robert and Felicity Caye Mad Plume.

Marie C. Cowen
ST. IGNATIUS — Marie was born in St. Ignatius on November 5, 1927 and died at home of natural causes on November 28, 2016. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Her parents Albert and Philomana Trahan preceded her death also her other siblings Willis, Luke, Syndy, Elizabeth, Lorina, Tessie Trahan and two children Diana Kehoe and John Orr.

She is survived by her sister Eileen Quist and brother Hank Trahan. She is also survived by her three children Patsy Miller, Janet Enos and Bill Kehoe. Grandchildren Timothy Dana, Shane, Danielle, Marcy, Laneil, Amber, Bo, Theo, and Duncan; and numerous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren.

Marie was also the person who started the holiday dinner in Ronan back in 1997. She served both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at her cafe in Ronan. Later on she worked at the Ronan Tribal Indian Center and the white center until she retired. She was known as the teddy bear lady. 

The family would like to thank Rachel Phelps for her services as a caregiver for Marie Cowen.

There will be a potluck memorial dinner for Marie at the Ronan Tribal Senior Center on December 10, 2016 at noon. The meal will be provided.

Theresa Nine Pipe Risland
PORTLAND, OR – Theresa Nine Pipe Risland, 91, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, from complications of pneumonia. She was born October 15, 1925, to Lucy Poker Jim and Adolf (Happy) Nine Pipe in a teepee in the Bitterroot. Theresa grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation and was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe.

She moved to Portland and worked as a seamstress in Lake Oswego until she retired. Theresa met her “life long partner” Maurice Johnson and they had many good years together. She had no children but considered Evelyn Johnson to be her “adopted” daughter. She had many close friends in Portland and will be greatly missed.

Theresa was preceded in death by her mother Lucy Poker Jim, father Adolf (Happy) Nine Pipe, Louie Nine Pipe, Andrew Nine Pipe, Catherine Nine Pipe, Maurice Johnson, and Evelyn Johnson; her aunts: Mary (Peter) Lumpry, Agnes (John Peter) Paul, Margaret Pokerjim; her uncles: Phillip Pokerjim, Peter Pokerjim, and Alex Pokerjim; her stepdads: Frank Parker and Mitch Smallsalmon; her sisters: Gertrude Cecille Parker, Elizabeth (Betty) Oldhorn and& husband Larry Dean Oldhorn; step sister: Adeline Parker Matt, Louise Charlo; her Step Brother: Louie Parker and brother in law Melvin Kickingwoman.

She is survived by sisters Barb Christie (Henry) and Mary Ann Kicking Woman, and nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was held at the Arlee Senior Citizens building on Friday, December 2. Mass was held Saturday, December 3 in the Jocko Church.

Gregory Blaine Marengo
ST. IGNATIUS — Gregory Blaine Marengo, 65, passed away on November 19, 2016 near his home in St. Ignatius. He was born on May 25, 1951 in Polson to Clarence and Irene Marengo.

Greg was a graduate of Polson High School and an enrolled member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Following high school he began working for Harry Medland. Harry mentored Greg in his chosen career as a land surveyor, which he would continue for the rest of his life.

Greg married Ellen Peters in 1981 in Port Orchard, WA and they were happily married for 35 years. He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1968 and currently attended the St. Ignatius Congregation.

He enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors and was especially noted for his hunting skills. Greg was always available to help others, and in a way, this was his greatest passion. If he noticed a need he always took action to see it met. He was especially fond of children and the elderly and would spend time helping them feel special and important.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Irene, brother Douglas Marengo and nephew Joseph Ployhar.

Greg is survived by his wife Ellen and their three children; Cameron/Michelle Marengo, Nicholas Marengo and Bethany Marengo; three grandchildren Kailyn Kristine, Kember Maya, and Kinlee Grae. He is also survived by sisters Lynda Frost, Sheila Garrison, Cyndie Marengo, Kimberly Marengo and Carole/Keith Fredriksen; and brothers Monty Marengo, Bradford/Debbie Marengo, and Kevin/ Peggy Marengo.

In honor of our beloved Gregory’s request, there was a private family service held. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Ashley Lizette Lozeau
RONAN — Ashley Lizette “Sister Bear” Lozeau, age 21, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the middle of the night surrounded by her loved ones at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, due to complications from an attempted suicide. She was born on November 15, 1994 in Polson to Ken Lozeau Sr. and Yevette Makes Cold Weather.

Ashley was born in Polson and raised in Elmo. When Ashley was younger, she loved going to school every day seeing her teachers and friends. She was a part of the Gifted and Talented program. She received one of the CSKT Education Department Student of the Year Awards in 2004. She attended and graduated from Two Eagle River School in 2013. While in high school, she played volleyball, managed the basketball teams, learned how to bead and sew, and was the Student Council President. She loved participating in extracurricular school activities. Ashley studied at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo for a short period of time. She started working as a waitress, and enjoyed it greatly, as it gave her the opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with friends and family.

Before she passed she had been currently living in Ronan with her family. The family gatherings were among Ashley’s favorite past times, especially birthday parties or celebrations of any sort. Ashley’s brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews meant the world to her and she loved spending time with all of them. The special bond she had with each of them made her very protective of them. She loved all of her parents dearly. Before Ashley’s grandmother from Elmo passed away, she would often spend time visiting with her. Ashley would also make her yearly visit for week or two during the summer to stay with her grandparents and other family, in Browning.

Ashley was very fond of music and listened to a wide variety of genres, round dance songs being one of her favorites. Her passion was to sit in her room to make music and write lyrics in her “handy dandy” notebook(s). Ashley was an artist at heart and enjoyed finding ways to do her make up to create new and beautiful looks. When Ashley was younger she wanted to be a veterinarian because of her love of animals and her need to help. She learned to ride horses and loved to watch barrel racing; she had even wanted to become a barrel racer. She loved her two pets Nelson the cat and Papi the dog, as well as, the 3 other family dogs. She called Dewey (dog) her brother because he came to the family when she was only 5 years old.

She was very proud of her culture and took pleasure in attending the Bitterroot Dig, Kootenai Falls Ceremony, and Jump Dances every year. She also was learning more and more of the Kootenai language. She liked listening to the Blackfeet Creation stories her grandmother Sandra would share with her during her visits to Browning. Ashley enjoyed going to powwows where she would also be visiting with family and friends.

Making everyone around her laugh, by doing hilarious things or joking around, always made her feel good. Ashley liked watching movies and would often quote them, which would put a smile on others’ faces. She was the type of friend others would go to for support or to lean on. She was always trying to help others feel better or cheer them up so they wouldn’t feel alone. She loved making memories with everyone and enjoyed taking “selfies” with them to save and cherish the precious moments she had with them. She had a way of making people feel special and brought out their “inner” child.

Ashley was intelligent, creative, beautiful, kind, caring, sincere, fun, generous, loyal, and so much more. Loved dearly by many, she will be deeply missed by her parents, brothers, sisters, and the rest of her family and friends. She left quite the impression on everyone and the memory of her will live forever in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparent Everette MakesColdWeather Sr.; paternal grandparents Lovina Rose Lozeau Big Beaver and Terry Mervin Ahenakew.       

She is survived by her parents Yevette (MakesColdWeather) and LeRoy Black Jr. of Ronan, Ken (Winona) Lozeau Sr. of Elmo; her grandparents Sandra (Reevis) and Frank Rides At The Door of Browning., Joe and Francine Dupuis of Pablo., LeRoy (Mary) Black Sr. of LaPush, WA.; her siblings Lillian Black, Levi Lozeau, Tony Lozeau, Rosie Black, Terrence Lozeau, Nikki Burke, Tristan George, Kristan Hewankorn, ShayLyn Andrew, Kenneth “KJ” Lozeau Jr., Kaylene Matt, Lucus(Karsyn) Black, Jonel Kallowat, LeRoy Black III, Tish (Colin) Kallowat and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rosary services were held on Tuesday evening at 7 PM. The funeral services for Ashley were held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 10 A.M. in Elmo at the Hall following with burial services at Dayton Cemetery.

Services were conducted by Jr. Caye, Cross Bearer was Daryl Conko Camel, and her Pallbearers were Clay Burke, Benjamin Covington, Edmond Dupuis, Steven Scott, Eddie Spears, and Howard Walker.

“If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever…” — author unknown.


 Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lester Merle Paro Jr.
RONAN — Lester Merle Paro Jr. was born in Missoula August 3, 1931 and passed away peacefully November 19, 2016 in Ronan.

He had a large family with four sisters, Glenna, Karen, Toni and Penny, and two brothers, Jim and Tom.

Lester grew up in Hot Springs. He was Valedictorian, active in academics and was also involved with sports. He especially loved basketball!

After graduating he went into the Navy and was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain and served during the Korean War and traveled around the world. After his honorable discharge he attended Western Montana College in Dillon and received his master’s degree in both mathematics and physical education.

After college he started teaching math and coaching boy’s basketball in St. Regis, then got a job and moved to Lewistown where he met and married Barbara. Shortly after they moved back to Ronan where Les took a job as a basketball coach and math teacher. After a couple of years their daughter Leslie Jyl was born. They lived there for a few more years and then Les got a good job at Investors Diversified in Great Falls.

After time Lester took a job with General Telephone Co. in Everett, WA. He worked and lived there, where his two sons Jason and Jeff were born. Two years later they moved to Apple Valley California where Les got a job and went to work for Apple Valley Telephone Co. Several years later they moved back to Ronan where Les taught again and lived there until 1980 when they divorced.

Lester stayed in Ronan for a while until he took a job in Spokane at Telco, he was there for several more years. He then retired and followed the horse racing circuit enjoying the sunshine from Phoenix to New Mexico as a jockey’s agent.

He returned back home to Ronan as his health started to decline to be with all his family where he remained until his death.

Lester is survived by sisters Glenna, Toni, Penny, both brothers Jim and Tom, daughter Leslie Jyl, sons Jason and Jeff and four grandchildren.

Memorial services for Lester will be announced at a later date. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.

Patricia Lee “Chuckie” McClure
PABLO — Patricia Lee “Chuckie” McClure, 53, a proud member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe, passed away peacefully in her sleep with her trusted and loving dog “Sis” at her side on November 9, 2016.

Patricia was born on August 31, 1963 to Marge (Phillips) Blixt and Frank McClure in Polson and was the third of nine children.

She was raised on Post Creek and graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1981. Following graduation, she worked as a ranch hand in Wisdom and Jackson Hole, WY and was the first female bull-rider in Lake Co. She continued her education by earning a carpentry certification and a CDL license/Heavy Equipment Operator Certification from SKC followed by a Culinary Arts Degree in Oregon.

 A skilled, hard worker, she worked for Mission Valley Power, Schellinger Construction, Two Eagle River School and the oil fields in North Dakota along with numerous others.

Chuckie was an avid outdoorswoman and enjoyed many outdoor activities including: fishing, camping, hunting, working in the potato fields and helping her brothers with stock car racing. Her brothers and nephews have many fond memories and hunting stories of the times they spent with Chuckie in the woods.

She was preceded in death by her father Frank M. “Porky” McClure, sister Andrea Blixt Brown, brother Jay Ryan and son John Wittle.

Surviving Chuckie are her parents Marge (Phillips) Blixt of Pablo and Jim (Connie) Blixt of Niarada; children Destiny Brown, Arthur “Artie” Matt; granddaughter Ayonnah Matt; sisters Leslie McClure of Pablo, Charleen Yellow Kidney of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dureen Blixt of Pablo, Carla (Danny) Tracy of Polson, and Lonnie Smith of Polson; brothers Cheyenne (Kristin) McClure of Mission, Shawn (Ambree) Blixt of Polson, Jon (Savannah) Blixt of Pablo, and Les Ryan of Polson; aunt Sally Hance of Pablo as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held 10 A.M. on Saturday November 12, 2016 at the Elmo Hall followed by burial at the Jocko Cemetery in Arlee. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory website.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Fredrick James Bisson
PABLO — Fredrick James Bisson, 53, passed away at his home in Pablo on November 2, 2016. After being diagnosed with lung cancer in November of last year, Fred lost his valiant fight against the cancer.

Fred was born on May 24, 1963, to Verna Drowatzky and Reno Swede Bisson in Springfied, Oregon. Joined by his one sister and four brothers, and to later be joined by two more sisters, Fred moved to the Mission Valley, attending Ronan Middle School and High School.

In 1982 Fred was blessed with his first daughter, Kchena, with Teresa Tatum; in 1983, Tasha and in 1985 Katrina with Donna Smith, Fred’s beloved wife of twenty years, whom he met in Kentucky and sadly divorced in 2002. Fred started his career in construction to support and provide for his family. Come 2001, construction partners, Fred (mechanic) and Brian Hewankorn (driver) began working on and racing stock car #17 at the Mission Valley Speedway, remaining champions for four years.

Fred enjoyed spending his free time boating, skiing, fishing, hunting, camping, road-tripping and teaching the youth around him. Fred was extremely family oriented. 

In 2012 Fred began dating his current life partner, Shirley “Chuckie” McBroom. He began working at Salish Kootenai College as a maintenance technician. He loved his job and worked until he no longer could do it.

He was preceded in death by his father Reno “Swede” Bisson, his step-father Jerry Sias, and brothers Mike and Greg Bisson. He is survived by his mother Verna Drowatzky; brothers and sisters Diana (Clayton) Meeks, Randy ((Christy) Bisson, Daniel Bisson, Carey (Tim) Klone, Geri Sias, and Henry (Lana) Bisson; daughters Kchena (Brandon) Gibson, Tasha Smith, and Katrina (Cody) McKay; grandchildren Dominique, Quience, Zacharia, Anastasia, and Keanna; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and extended family and friends. 

A wake will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Rosary at 8 p.m. Sunday. Traditional services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Longhouse with burial following in the Ronan Cemeteries. Foster Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

Valarie “Valmo” Michelle McDonald
ARLEE — Valarie “Valmo” Michelle McDonald was the first born to Sylvia McDonald and Thomas “Satch” McDonald in Ronan, Montana on March 14, 1956. She died of a heart attack at home in Arlee on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Val was a charismatic, humorous, witty, loyal, woman who loved deeply and was deeply loved. She called things as she saw them much of the time without sugar coating and was never ashamed of the walk she took in this life. She always thought of her life as a journey which has its ups and downs and she believed in perseverance and resilience. Val spent her life cultivating loving relationships with all children, animals, and individuals that crossed her path. Val’s ability to teach and connect with people especially children, and make them feel that they were the most important person on earth and valued was incomparable.

Val loved hard and was always willing to help a friend or family in need. She pursued justice and fairness even when she had to be ferocious to protect what she believed was right despite opposition or disagreement with others at times. Her personality and life force drew people to her and she made an impression on all that she met. She will be missed immensely.

Val is survived by her son Thomas Tanner, Jennifer Tanner (wife) and his children Megan, Ashley, Thomas and Brooke, her daughters Jennifer Shelby and Samantha Shelby, Brit Miller (Significant other).

She is also survived by her mother Sylvia McDonald, sister Judy Gobert, brother Jeffrey “Huck” McDonald, his daughter Paula McDonald, brother Paul McDonald, her sister Mockalee McDonald, husband Eddie Gapusan, their children Elysha and Susep, friend Jackson, his son Phoenix and many friends and family members who will miss her dearly.

Val is preceded in death by her father Satch McDonald, her lifelong partner Gary Dean Shelby, daughter Lindsey Shelby, her friend Lynn Shelby and her beloved dog Woofy.

Delma Victoria (Bodine) Matt
Delma Victoria (Bodine) Matt went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on October 22, 2016.  “Bodine” (as everyone from this area knew her) was born on December 24, 1929, to Robert and Catherine McClure Gebeau at Arlee, Montana.  She had five siblings, Ina, Philomene, Gladys, Carl and Shirley.  Shirley is the only remaining member of the family.  The family made their home at Dixon, Hamilton, Darby and Arlee.  Mom met the love of her life and was married to Victor J. Matt at the age of 16 years on October 19, 1946.  Together they had five children, Bing (Betty), Arlene (Harold), Ronald, Roberta Kay, and Patricia (Loren).  They lived at Wallace, Idaho, for a short while where Dad worked in the mines and in the Hamilton-Darby area, where Arlene and Ron were born before returning to Arlee where they made their home for the past 68 years.

Mom was a housewife until her children started school when she started working for the Child Care Program and later found her place of employment until her retirement at the Arlee Public School where she worked as a kitchen helper and later became the assistant cook for 25 years.  Mom continued to work for the school as a ticket taker for another seven years at the high school football and basketball games.  Mom lost Dad to COPD on February 25, 2012.  She continued to stay at the family home where her son Ron cared for her up until the time of her death. 

Bodine and Victor had 16 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren for a total of 86 grandchildren.  Mom has one remaining uncle, Alvin “Snuse” McClure from her immediate family.  Victor’s Uncle Steve’s children Clark, Katie, Charlene, Jenny, Marvin, Steve, Willie, Martha and Sam were also a very influential part of the family.  She said that they were like brothers and sisters to her children.  This was a big family and was always there when Mom and Victor called upon them.  She always talked about them coming to our home to watch favorite family shows on TV with our family.

Mom loved her culture.  She was always partaking in the weekend stick games at the old Hewankorn grounds in Dixon and the winter games with Catherine Barnaby, Charlie Lawrence and Bear Bear, along with others who frequented the home of Catherine on “Dirty Korner”.  People from Browning, Rocky Boy, and Helena along with countless others from this Reservation would make the journey in the winter time for these stick games, fun games, good games, but most of all a time to be with family and friends.

Mom traveled the powwow circuit with her daughter, Patty.  She flew to Phoenix, Arizona, where Patty participated and represented the CSKT while she served as Miss Flathead.  When Mom returned, she said that was going to be her last flight, in which it was.  Mom also traveled with Patty to Sheridan, Wyoming, as an invited guest for the Miss Indian America 1979.  Mom and Dad had their place to watch the dancing at the powwow and everyone knew where to look to find them.  They both enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren partake in the contest dancing.

She will be missed by all who knew her, especially the South Gate Mall where every weekend she could be found walking up and down the hallways while Dad was sitting on a chair in the mall waiting on her.  After three or four hours she would come with one little shopping bag and Dad would tell her, “all that time for one little sack”.  Mom also without fail would visit her hair dresser every week and we want to thank you Susan for caring for her over these past years.  The St. John Berchman Society, who Mom was a member and was one of the first leaders of this Society, will always be a memory for us as she loved her church and practiced her faith right up to the end.  Mom, we all love you dearly, and you will always have a place in our hearts. 

Patricia Margaret Salovich
RONAN — Patricia Margaret Salovich, age 89, of Ronan, passed away on Sunday October 23, 2016 at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan, of natural causes. She was born on May 30, 1927 in Missoula to Robert and Gladys (Morigeau) Helean.

During the war years she was a “Rosie the Riveter” in a Tacoma shipyard. When the war ended, she married and had two sons and one daughter.  She married George in 1967 and enjoyed a round the world cruise in a steamship and many shorter voyages with husband George. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved flowers, gardening, fashion, art, interior decorating, gourmet cooking and her family.

 She was preceded in death by her parents Gladys Morigeau Wilbur and Robert Helean and son David Essmyer, and sisters Phyllis McKenna and Thelma Kruse.

Survivors include her husband George Salovich, grandsons Jesse Strang and Michael Essmyer, daughter Patricia Winneberger, son Chris Essmyer, brothers, Gerald Helean and Roy Wilbur and sisters Helene Koehler, Jean Diehl and Rosemary Fiorentino and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 6 P.M. on Thursday, October 27, 2016 with a Vigil service at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 28, 2016 with burial to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

David Louis Garcia
RONAN — David Louis Garcia, 57 of Ronan, passed away on Friday Sept. 24, 2016 at Community Hospital, from an injury sustained in an accident. He was born on September 3, 1959 in Polson, to Donald and Evelena Garcia.

He lived just outside of Polson and went to the Polson public schools. He graduated from the Polson High School in 1977. He then went on to graduate from Tech school for large engine repair. He then moved down to Wyoming and worked in one of the mines on their large equipment for a year.

On August 3, 1991, he married Linda Johnson in Idaho. The couple lived in Polson where he worked for his father for Garcia Logging Company. In 1993 they moved to Ronan. In 2003 Dave started working for Mission Mountain Enterprises, which he enjoyed very much helping and taking care of others. In October 2013 he opened up a business on Main St. in Ronan.

He enjoyed building, racing and playing with Radio Controlled cars, snowmobiling, riding around on his 4-wheeler, and hunting and camping with his family and friends. He loved being with and doing things with his family. But his love was doing things with his boys camping up at the lake shore lot. He was always a kid at heart.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, brother, son and uncle; he also took great loving care of his friends. He loved his music, mountains and living life.

He is preceded in death by his younger brother Terry Garcia.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, Ronan; five sons and their families, Joshua Garcia of Pablo; Deven Nedved of Missoula; Steven (Beckie) Nedved of Casper, Wyo.; Michael Garcia of Missoula; Dominique Garcia of Ronan; three grandchildren; Alexus, Taylor and Justin Nedved, and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The viewing will be on Wednesday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Lake funeral home in Polson, with a dinner at the Tribal Senior Citizen Center. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhome

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

F. Conrad OIdHorn
ST. IGNATIUS — F. Conrad OldHorn, 56, died Friday, September 16, 2016, in Lewistown.

A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, he was born in Hot Springs on January 17, 1960, to Carmelita “CaroI” Hernandez and Frederick “Butch” OIdHorn. Raised in Dixon by his mother and stepfather Vic Matt, he went to the Ursulines School, University of Montana and South Shore Community College in Seattle, where he worked in building maintenance before he eventually returned to the reservation and resided with his mother in St. Ignatius until he got sick.

A kind and gentle soul, he once raised monies for the Catholic Church by organizing and running from Polson to the Mission; he could be seen visiting with people all over the town and with his buddies at the rock. A family man, he was an athlete in his younger years and would teach them how to improve their games. Conrad was a very loving and supportive father, always encouraging his children to follow their dreams until they achieved them.

He was preceded in death by his father “Butch” OldHorn; son Roben Thomas OldHorn; infant twins; brother Joey Matt; and sister Kelly Matt Gonzalez.

Survivors include his mother Carol Wood; wife Pamela Powell; children Conrad “C.J.” OIdHorn; Desiree OldHorn; Nicole whireshin and Shania OldHorn; siblings Carl Matt, Jory Licht, CJ. Licht, Chyrel Matt, Vicki LaForge, Wendy Matt and Michelle Licht; an ex-wife, close and dear friend, Faith Ann Gerais; 10 grandchildren, and a large extended family from both Crow and Flathead reservations.

Colleen “Eo” Swaney
ST. IGNATIUS – Colleen “Eo” Swaney, 67, began her journey home on Friday September 23, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at her home in St. Ignatius. Eo as everyone knew her was the fourth of Joseph James Swaney and Juanita Pablo’s seven children.

Colleen was born March 17, 1949 in St. Ignatius. As a child she said she loved to draw horses, which later became her famous cartoons. A mix of quick wit and natural artistic ability (in which no one was safe), she would show the humor of any situation, often at the expense of one or more family members. Also a lover of music (not just Elvis which was her favorite), she also loved to sing, so much that she spent most days making up lil’ tunes (usually comical) while doing everyday chores. Known for her cooking, not just with family and friends but their friends too. She always gave credit to cook school. Eo enjoyed a good basketball game especially Larry Bird and the Celtics but even more than that she loved a good conversation and/or argument.

Preceded in death by her brothers James “Kitty Kat”, Daniel “Cricky”, and Douglas “Fugball” Swaney; a sister Bonnie “ChiChi” and Eo’s son Arnie, who brought her and everyone else a lot of smiles.

Survivors include sister Maureen “Kelly” and her daughter Juanita “Neena”, sister Beverly “Bev” and her daughter Naomi, Bonnie’s sons Dougie and John Jay. Eo’s son Lawrence and his wife Lacey and their three girls Luelle, Meira and Perephyne, as well as Arnie’s kids Dakota, Allea, Chazarae and Ashton. Colleen’s grandchildren was her life for the last two decades. She will be greatly missed. In nomine et Patris et filli, et Spiriti Sancti. Amen.

A rosary will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with wake closing beginning at 10 a.m. in the Longhouse and Mass being celebrated following at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with burial at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Stop by and help see her home.

Annette (Nancy) Louise (Sanders) Mac Donald
MT. ANGEL, OR – Annette (Nancy) Louise (Sanders) Mac Donald, 98, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, passed away on May 25, 2016 at the Benedictine Nursing Home.

She was born on November 20, 1917 to Benjamin William Sanders and Mary (Mae) McLeod.  Her early years were spent around Arlee and Missoula.  One of her early work experiences was with the Conservation Corp where she met the love of her life, James “Bugs” Mac Donald. They were married on April 14, 1936, a marriage that would last 59 years. They had three children: Arbie, James, and Gayle.

The family moved from Montana in 1947 to the Chemawa Indian School, Chemawa, Oregon where they took up residence on campus. Both Annette and James worked and retired from there in the late1960’s.  James soon after started managing the Knights of Columbus Hall in Salem, Oregon and Annette soon joined him. Upon retiring from there they settled into enjoying their home, family, church activities, friends, and travel.

Annette enjoyed cooking for which she was greatly known and appreciated, crafting, as well as her daily crossword puzzles, and reading.

Preceding her in death were her husband, James in 1995, her sons Arbie in 1971 and James in 2008. Also proceeding her in death were her seven other siblings: Warren, Pearl, Harvey, Harold, George (Red), Ray and Maybelle (Mickey).  She is survived by her daughter Gayle Mac Donald, two grandsons, five granddaughters, four great-grandsons, four great grand-daughters and one great-great grandson, as well as numerous niece’s nephews, and cousins.

Her quick wit and humor and that beautiful smile will long be remembered.  Your family bids you peace and just as your husband did each night after saying the “Our Father”, “Good-night, good sleep.”

William Donald Martin, III
HELENA – William Donald Martin, III passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Bill was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, on May 29, 1971, and spent most of his life in Lake County. Bill was a die-hard Cowboys fan and an amazing grandfather to Jayson Morgan, Katelyn Victoria and one he was unable to meet. Bill was always the life of the party and had the gift of gab. Bill had the ability to sell ice cubes to an Eskimo and maybe a car or two along the way.

He will be missed by the many friends and family who had the opportunity to have Bill in their life.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Silverthorne-Martin, and brother, Shawn Martin.

He is survived by his daughter Katelynn; five sons, Zacharie, Taylor, Triston, Kaynen and Brayden; father, William Donald Jr. and wife Bonnie; brothers, Steve Martin and Robert Petronek; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; as well as Chelsea, mother of his four oldest children; and Stacey, the mother of his two youngest.

In loving memory, services will be held tentatively in St. Ignatius at the Long House on May 20, 2017. Any changes will be announced at a later date.

Patricia Alberta Ladderoute Feigum
 KENNEWICK, WA — Patricia “Patty”Alberta Ladderoute Feigum, 78 year old?resident, died August 26, 2016 at Trios Hospital in Kennewick from complications relating to interstitial lung disease and pneumonia.

 Patty was born on April 1, 1938 to Geneva and Isaac Ladderoute in Wenatchee, Washington.

 Patty was very proud of her Native American heritage and was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Montana.

 Patty met Lee Feigum in 1971 and they have been inseparable ever since.

 Patty’s ability to uplift every ones spirit she came in contact with is legendary. Her infectious smile warmed countless hearts. Her relationship with her heavenly father was foremost in her life and she never hesitated to share her faith with others.

 She is survived by: Her spouse, Lee Feigum of Kennewick; sisters, Leah Crystal and husband Terry of Emmett Idaho; Mary Lou Lampert of Palmer Alaska; daughter, Terrie Hansen and husband Chris of Kennewick WA; daughter, Gina Tausch and husband Barry of Pasco WA; son, Glenn Hickman, Jr. and Esther of Kennewick, WA, stepdaughter Adrienne Cohen and husband Barry of Scottsdale AZ; stepson Andy Feigum of Cave Creek AZ; and?13 Grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

James Edward Green, Jr.
ST. IGNATIUS — James Edward Green, Jr., 58, began his journey September 5, 2016 after succumbing to a lengthy illness while staying at the home of his daughter in Kent, WA.

Born January 26, 1958 to Eva and James Green Sr., he was raised on the Spokane and Flathead reservations. He married Mary Sophie Pierre and they have been together for 34 years raising their children while he worked as a plumber, fighting fires for Forestry, in orchards, and at the saw mill with his father-in-law Pat Pierre. He was a good provider doing whatever necessary.

Jr. went to Harley Davison School in Phoenix.

He was a very talented musician playing with Jim Morigeau and Charlie Gardipe locally and was a drummer and dancer at many powwows. He tried to live a very traditional and cultural life style.

Jr. is preceded in death by his sister Cathy Boyd.

He is survived by his mother Eva Boyd; wife Mary Sophie Green; children Monica and Adria Green, Mary Sophie Pierre, Michael, Hawk, Issac, and John Pierre; brothers and sister Windy Bourdon, Robin Green, and Stella Ray Jennings; 11 grandchildren and a large extended family from the Flathead and Spokane reservations.

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Roberta Lee Rodriguez-Morigeau
HOT SPRINGS — Roberta Lee Rodriguez-Morigeau, 62, passed away in her long time residence of Hot Springs on September 5, 2016. Roberta was born to Steve and Louise Pluffe Rodriguez on September 9, 1953 in Toran, California.

During her earlier years she worked in many different places but she received the most enjoyment from working at the nursing home in Hot Springs. She loved many things including spending time with friends, going to the casinos, playing bingo, dancing, receiving calls from her uncles checking in on her and last but not least playing Yahtzee.

Roberta is preceded in death by her parents; Steve and Louise Pluffe Rodriguez, Husband; Bob Morigeau, Brothers; Steve Jr., Arthur and Larry and Sister; Ruby.

Roberta is survived by Gilbert, Delores, Sandra and Stanly and Charles, Uncles; Roy, Robert and Manuel, her best friend and cousin Zella (Felix) Fisher and many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time for Roberta. Cremation will take place with Foster Funeral Home and Crematory.

Donna Mae Quaring-Sanders
ST. IGNATIUS – Donna Mae Quaring-Sanders, 69, passed away August 29, 2016, of an apparent heart attack. She was born October 18, 1946, in St. Ignatius, to Willard Quaring and Mae McDonald. Donna was raised in St. Ignatius until age 18. She moved to Fresno, California, after Aunty Florence made sure that Ralph married her. She returned to the St. Ignatius area in the early 1970’s where both her daughter and husband passed away. In 1986 she moved to Puyallup, Washington. However, St. Ignatius was always her home and she returned in the early 2000’s.

She enjoyed being around little kids and animals, going to support meetings, and shopping at thrift stores and garage sales. When you would go to visit you would find her watching her special TV shows like Dr. Oz.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph in 1975 and her daughter Kristie in 1971.

Survivors include her son Tony Quaring; sisters Carolyn (Phil) Langston, Joan Wilkins and Alane McClure; nieces and nephews Doug, Shawn, Kim, David, Michelle, Rhonda, and Sarah Mae; god-daughter, Michaellynn; and step-brother Chuck Zeiler; and Paco and Lilly.

Sharon Ann (Matt) Twoteeth
From boarding schools to master fry bread maker, Sharon Ann (Matt) Twoteeth shared her love of God’s Grace and Word while enriching the community with Indian Country’s beautiful culture. Twoteeth died at age 74 of lung cancer on August 31, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at St. Peter’s Hospital. She was born in St. Ignatius in 1942 to Murtle Pierre Bullrobe Folker and William John Matt. She belonged to the Pend d’Oreille tribe on the Flathead Reservation.

Growing up, Twoteeth attended the Tongue River Boarding School in Busby where she met her husband Robert Twoteeth. She said she snuck out of school and ran through a field to find him sitting in a truck waiting for her. She also attended Chemawa Indian Boarding School in Salem, Oregon, and Pierre Indian School in Pierre, South Dakota.

Twoteeth first worked at the newly formed Leo Pocha Clinic as a receptionist in the 70s-80s. She, and daughter Roberta Twoteeth, later opened up a bead and gift store that was moved to Reader’s Alley from the 80s-90s. She and Roberta opened another bead and gift store located on Last Chance Gulch from 2010 to 2016. The two, along with many other contributors, made and sold custom authentic American Indian work to people around the world.

Twoteeth could be found regularly dancing or participating at Pow Wows throughout the Northwest Region. She brought to Helena a chance to experience the American Indian culture through her eyes by way of her unique designs and colors. In 2014, it took her six months to bead a 150th Anniversary logo for the City of Helena that remains in the Mayor’s office. Her contributions to the city stretch back decades. She was a pillar of strength in her family as well as the community. She always had a bible next to her. People came many miles just to ask her to pray for healing in their lives. She taught God’s word every day.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Twoteeth; sons Iner and Duffy Twoteeth; granddaughter, Tiffany Twoteeth.

Twoteeth is survived by her brother Pat Matt; her children Calvin (KK), Roberta, Kevin (Tanya), Chuck, and Daughter-in-laws Valarie and Jeannie Twoteeth. She had 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Victor Garza officiated services. A funeral service was held September 6, 2016, at the Sheridan Hall with interment to follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow graveside services at the Sheridan Hall.

Gary E. Moose Smith
Gary E.Moose Smith passed from this life on Monday, September 5, 2016, In Clarkston, Washington. Moose was born on April 21, 1943, in Oklahoma City to June Schulz and Raymond E. Smith.

He and his four siblings grew up spending part of the year in the Poison area and the rest of the year in Oklahoma. He studied diesel mechanics at Oklahoma State Tech, and worked for thirty-eight years as a construction millwright working all over the world.

Moose was an active member of the construction workers union for most of his life. He loved his work and doing a job well.

Moose loved to wish for steal head trout especially in the Snake River in the Lewiston, Idaho area where he lived for many years.

Moose is preceded in death by his parents, by an older sister, and by his wife, Betty.

He is survived by his daughter Luanna, and by two brothers, Ron and Stephen, and sister, Berna Sue.

A celebration of Moose’s life is planned for next spring in Pablo, Montana.

Clayton “Tony” Aaron Anderson
CLE ELUM, WA — Clayton “Tony” Aaron Anderson passed away peacefully at home on August 12,2016 at 87 years old. Tony was born March 22, 1929 on the Flathead Indian Reservation of Montana and continued to be a lifelong member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

As a hard working young man he learned the trade of a Lineman and eventually founded the Salish Construction Company in 1988. Tony finished his career putting in 68 years as an IBEW union member.

He had a strong Indian heritage and as a child enjoyed being a part of the Indian rodeo. He shared his love for hunting, Pow Wows and his favorite Seahawks team with his family. He also loved God’s creation and in the last few years spent much of his time enjoying his back porch overlooking the forest that was bathed in sunlight.

He is survived by his wife Helene Anderson, daughter Toni (Charlie) Ballard, sons Jack (Gloria), Jerry (Cyndee), Laney, Rick, Corey and Colton Anderson, sister Donna Melchior, 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends both from work and the tribe.

He is preceded in death by his son Connor and two sisters.

Dad, you lived an amazing life with much gusto, teaching us a work ethic that lives on in your children. It is with respect and wonder when we think of your tenacity in overcoming the odds of a difficult childhood. You will forever be remembered and loved.

Rosary was Friday, August 19, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cle Elum. Funeral service was Saturday, August 20 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Cle Elum. Burial followed at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Michael E. Garcia
CW3 Michael E. Garcia son of George and Trudie Garcia, was born in Polson in 1974. He enlisted in the United States Army in November of 1992. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advance Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.

His military education includes: Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course; Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course; Warrant Officer Candidate School; Warrant Officer Basic Course; Warrant Officer Advance Course; Senior Maintenance Managers Course; Small Group Leaders Course; Combatives Level 1; and the Combat Life Saver Course.
His assignments include: Bravo Company 501st Forward Support Battalion, Friedbery, Germany; 4th Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Friedberg, Germany; 4th BaAlpha Company, 4th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; 3rd Battablion, 66th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; Bravo Company 201st Forward Support Battalion, Vilseck, Germany; 2nd Battalion 63rd Armor Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; Charlie Company, 7th Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Grafenwoehr, Germany; Bravo Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion 6th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas; Headquarter and Headquarters Company 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado.

His deployments include: Camp Colt, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996); Forward Operating Base Marez, Mosul, Iraq (2006-2007); Forward Operating Base Garryowen, Amarah, Iraq (2009-2010); Forward Operating Base Thunder, Gardez, Afghanistan (2012-2013); Camp Beuring, Kuwait (2015).

His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (1), Army Achievement Medal (5), Army Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1), Iraq Campaign Medal (3), Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (1), Armed Forces Service Medal (1), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon (1), Overseas Service Ribbon (1), Army Superior Unit Award (1), Combat Action Badge, and The Ordinance Order of Samuel Sharpe.
Chief Warrant Officer Three has been married to his wife Lorraine Armijo for 11 years.

Joellen Ramirez
Joellen Ramirez, 56, died on Sunday, July 3, 2016 unexpectedly.

Joellen was born on March 27, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her mother Jackie Mathis, two brothers, Tomas Ramirez (Lorraine Ramirez) and Louis Ramirez Jr. (Maria Lizalde), Sister Janet VanDoren (Bill VanDoren), two sons, Arthur Mendoza and Anthony Montoya, six grandchildren, three great children as well several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by Grandmother Winona Arlee and step father Roy Mathis.

The family wants to send a special thanks to Pastor Zika Ulutoa for a beautiful service, the cooks and the senior center that provided the delicious food and deserts and the facility and to those that took a moment to share special memories and stories, thank you as well, it was great hearing them.

We would also like to thank Misty Mendoza, for taking care of important details to make her grandmothers service special and Lake Funeral Home for all their help in making this situation easier.

Antoine Douglas Seery Miller
ST. IGNATIUS — Antoine Douglas “Tony” Seery Miller passed away on October 4, 2015 with his children and friends by his side.

He was born on April 11, 1960 in Deer Lodge to Clifford Miller, Sr. and Loretta Miller. He graduated in 1979 from Mission High School and was very athletic. Antoine worked at the Malt Shop for many years, along with the Pepsi Cola Co. and then joined the Navy.

Antoine was a Yeoman (YN1) for the Department of the United States Navy, he successfully served 20 years and was honorable discharged. After receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, Antoine went to serve again as a government service agent for the commanding and executive officers of the nuclear sub base in Point Loma.

In those 10 years, Antoine was given many tasks, from serving international overseas officials to brewing coffee for his chiefs.

Tony was a man of many talents. If you were down with a frown, he would pick it up and turn it into a crown. He was a very honorable and honest man, always doing what was right. Tony would always make a friend along the way, on his path of life.    

Antoine was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

He is survived by his dad Clifford Sr., his brother Clifford Jr. (Susie), his twin sister Antoinnette (Tami) Miller (Felicitie), brother John and baby sister Paula (Gary, Kyle and William), Dave, Danelle, Denis and Debbie Seery and their families, his children Ismael (Jackie) and LeAnna Marie (Manlio, Junior, Seanna and Arabella), and his aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews on the McClure side of the family.

He is proceeded in death by foster parents Dan and Isabel Seery, his brother Mike, and mother Loretta and the many friends and family who passed before him.

You will be forever loved and missed, and kept in our hearts. We love you dad. Services took place on July 29 at Catholic Church in St. Ignatius.

Beverly Lynette Petticrew
POLSON — Beverly Lynette Petticrew, 66 of Polson, passed away on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at home with her husband Robert Stein, sons Joseph Adams and Kevin Adams, daughter in-law Erin Shannon and grandchildren Kaleigh and Christian Adams.

She was born on June 1, 1950 in St. Ignatius, a CSKT member, to Edgar and Geraldine Petticrew. As a young girl she lived with her family in Pablo and Ronan.

In 1970, she married William Adams of Polson. The family spent time in Fort Worth, TX, Twin falls, Idaho, and Frankford, Germany, and later settled in Ronan. The marriage ended in divorce.

Beverly found her soul mate and partner for life in 1992 at the age of 42 when she met Robert Stein. Together for 24 years they lived at their home on Finley Point.

Beverly was one of the first to graduate from SKC with an Associate’s degree in Natural Resources. In 1983 she furthered her education by attending classes at Western Montana College in Dillon. In 1988 she graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula, with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Management.

She worked for the City of Ronan Parks Department while taking night classes at SKC. In 1988 she moved to Jordan to work for the US Soil Conservation Services. In 1990 she moved to Seattle, WA to work for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, WA. In 1991 she moved back to the Flathead Reservation to work for the Tribe where she held various positions. In 2012 she retired with 21 years of services.

Beverly enjoyed a variety of hobbies: drawing and painting wildlife, taking photographs, hiking and fishing. Her real love was working in her flower and vegetable gardens and spending time with her many dogs.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Stein; her two boys, Joseph and Kevin Adams; grand-children, Kaleigh and Christian Adams; daughter-in-law, Erin Shannon; sister, Sharon Rosenbaum; brothers, Robert Petticrew and Kenneth Petticrew, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service took place Saturday July 30, 2016 at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church.

Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.thelakefuneralhomeand

Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Kathleen “Kathy” Theresa Allen
ST. IGNATIUS — On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Kathleen “Kathy” Theresa Allen passed away with her family by her side at St. Patrick’s hospital in Missoula. 

She was born on July 6, 1947 in St. Ignatius. She was a tribal member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed playing bingo, video games, putting together puzzles, and outings with her loved ones. 

She is preceded in death by her parents Leroy Joseph McDonald and Nona Mae Burland-Wheeler; her sister, Joanne McDonald, her son, Brad Meyer, and grandparents Frank and Lily Roeder, Gilbert and Mae Burland. 

She is survived by her sisters Linda Serrano and Karen Nelson; her daughter Brenda; and many nieces and nephews with whom she had very close bonds.

She will be greatly missed and remembered with the wonderful memories she has left her family with. A celebration of her life will be held graveside at Ronan cemetery on August 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Kenneth Eugene “GRAMPEE” Howlett
Ken passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016 with his wife Janice by his side. He was born on August 24, 1943 in St. Ignatius to Eugene and Clara Howlett.

He graduated in 1962 from Hot Springs High School.

Working was always something Ken enjoyed doing his entire life. He worked at the Polson sawmill, operated his own business, Standard Construction and also taught heavy machinery at the Kicking Horse Job Corp where he helped many young men and women.

 Ken also loved to plow snow.

He was a member of the Polson Jaycees and Polson Elk’s Club where he helped put on many community events.

Ken, best known to many as “Grampee,” was a very special man. His true passion was always family. If it was a birth, a birthday party, a ball game, a graduation, Bloomsday, Hoopfest, Christmas or you just inviting him for a visit, he was always there and enjoyed every minute spent with family.

He treasured his two sons Kevin and Deri and all the grandchildren they gave him. He gave so much to his community, strangers, family and anyone who needed help and he never required anything in return but a smile or a thank you!!

Ken’s humor and one-liners always left an impression on all. He left so many wonderful memories with his family including so many laughs and stories for us all to share.

Grampee had his health issues but never once did you hear him complain about going to dialysis, to the doctor or being in the hospital. It was never about him! He just wanted to live and that he did until his last breathe with his can of winter mint Skoal in his pocket.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene and mother Clara Howlett. He is survived by his wife Janice; Son Kevin Howlett, Spokane; son Deri (Sandy) Howlett, Spokane; Step-Son Joe (Nui) Johnson, Kalispell; Sister Gloria (Jack) Riech, Hot Springs; Brother Glen (Sue) Howlett, Polson; Sister Dianna Howlett, Polson; five Grandchildren, Austin Howlett, Kyla Tripp, Taylor Howlett, Brooklyn Howlett, and Demi Howlett; three Great Grandchildren: Kinley Tripp , Porter Tripp and Finnegan Howlett; and Nieces and Nephews Todd Reich, Lisa Mueller, Rocky Howlett, Angel Howlett, Alan Howlett and Ashley Howlett.

The family is especially grateful to his bride Janice for standing by his side and giving him so much to live for the past two years.

 A graveside service was held July 16, 2016 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.


Hartlynn Calf Robe
HEART BUTTE — Hartlynn Calf Robe, 13, passed away July 5 in Heart Butte. A member of the Blackfeet tribe, she was born in Conrad on May 28, 2003 to Andrew Calf Robe and Nicole Lynn Calf Looking. Raised by her mother in Heart Butte, she attended school in Valier, where she would have been an 8th grader. She enjoyed basketball, riding horses, wrestling and track. She also liked to draw and play Anime and the Kingdom Hearts game, she was a true internet junky. 

Survivors include her Mother; Nicole Calf Looking, her Brother; Julian Calf Robe, her Father; Andrew Calf Robe, Grandparents; Denise Calf Looking and Brian Kipp, and Jolene Weatherwax, and Great Grandparents; Vincent and Esther Spotted Bear, and Charlotte Weatherwax. As well as a large extended family of Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and friends.

Michael Anthony Assiniboine
ST. IGNATIUS – Michael Anthony Assiniboine, 55, of St. Ignatius, born on January 24, 1961, in Hot Springs, MT, died on July 5, 2016, at home. He battled cancer for some time.

He is survived by his mother, Mary ?Wheeler; his brother, Joseph A. Assiniboine; sisters, Barbara Assiniboine, Bonnie Assiniboine, and Rose Wheeler; his children, Belinda Assiniboine, Michael Assiniboine Jr., Melissa Assiniboine and Nicholi Assiniboine; his best friend, Janine Barnaby; his nieces, Monica Assiniboine and Natasha Tanner; his nephews, Gerard Wall, Larrs Omingo, and D.J. Omingo; aunts, uncles, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Assiniboine; grandmothers, Rose Lassaw and Rose Brockie; grandfather, Nick Lassaw; Uncle Burgie and Aunt Eleanor Brockie.

Traditional Salish services were held Friday, July 8, with burial following in the Catholic Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

Jerry Alvin Orr
ST. IGNATIUS – Jerry Alvin Orr went home to be with The Creator surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Jerry had just celebrated his 67th birthday on May 4.

He was born on May 4, 1949, at The Holy Family Hospital in St. Ignatius, the elder son of Alvin E. and Patsy Orr.

He grew up in the Mission Valley on a ranch southeast of town and graduated from Mission High School in 1968. He enjoyed all sports, playing football, basketball and track, but he excelled in football having a total of 182 tackles his senior year and being nominated for the East-West Shrine game.

He went to work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the forestry division. The mountains and the forests were always his passion and the he enjoyed not only working each day in the woods, but hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends whenever the opportunity came up.

Jerry also worked his 80 acre ranch southeast of town, raising cattle, wheat, oats and hay. It was where he welcomed his two children into this world, Darren and Windi Sue. He moved to Warm Springs, Oregon, ending 20 years with the tribe, married Kathy Voss, and started a career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that would last until he took his final forestry position with the Quinault Tribe in Washington; one that he held until his battle with cancer took center stage these past six months.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gary. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his son Daren James (Wendy) Orr and daughter Windi Sue (Marty) Orr; his sisters, Sharon Orr of Warm Springs, Oregon, Jeannie (Dean) Seyler of Corbett, Oregon, Anita (Shorty) Matt and brother Tim (Peggy) Orr. He is also survived by his four stepsons James, Christopher, Russell and Robert Voss and their wives and children. He had 12 grandchildren and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

He was a lifelong member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and took great pride in doing all he could to protect the life and resources of the various tribes represented by the B.I.A. and the members of the Flathead Nation. He and his brother Gary shared a strong passion in protecting the forests owned by the tribes in the western U.S. He was a firefighter (wildland) for 19 years. He made many friends along the way and will be remembered for his strong work ethic and his willingness to do whatever he asked his staff to do.

A celebration of his life will be held at the St. Ignatius Longhouse on Saturday, June 11, at 2 p.m., with a dinner to follow. Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony to scatter will be held at a later date. You are invited to come share your favorite memory or story of Jerry. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Jerry’s Quinault Fire crew attention John Preston.

Diana Elizabeth (Hernandez) Stieger
MISSOULA – Diana Elizabeth (Hernandez) Stieger passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

She was born to Carmen and Margaret “Daisy” (Matt) Hernandez in St. Ignatius on Nov. 17, 1943. Diana attended schools in Dixon and in high school she went to the Haskell Institute, where she graduated. She lived in Butte before moving to Missoula, where she worked at Missoula Head Start for over 30 years. She called the kids there “her children.” Besides her own children she helped raise those of her sister Agnes, John GunHammer III, Cleve, Jade and Rebecca GunHammer, who she helped raise and considered her own.

Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly Michel; grandchildren, Savanah and Chris Stickney, Kerstin Hernandez and David Michel; great-grandchildren, Aarhen Hernandez, Kyla Borrows and Braxton Stevens; siblings, Ronnie Hernandez, John Hernandez, Agnes (Hernandez) GunHammer, Patty Widner, Dolores Martinez, Evelyn Hernandez, Julia McDonald, Carol Wood and Mary Heppler; her namesake & god child, Diana “Daisy” GunHammer; also her close friends, Mary Henderson and Lloyd Mikkelson.

A wake was held at the Longhouse with a rosary service on Tuesday, June 14. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 15, with burial following in the Snyelmn Sntmtne.

Richard Allen Gray
 Richard Allen Gray passed away May 23 of congestive heart failure. He was 68 years old.

Richard was born in St. Ignatius and spent his early childhood at the Dixon Agency. During his school years he lived on a ranch in the Garden Creek draw near Hot Springs. There, Richard was introduced to Thoroughbred racehorses and cattle, which is father, Nathan Gray, raised at the ranch.

Richard’s life was thereafter marked by accomplishments in both horseracing and bullriding.

Richard’s first bullriding win was the Loretta Lynn Rodeo in 1963, contracted by the Bud Hendrickson family. Richard continued to compete in bullriding events throughout the mid-South; at the same time, he rode racehorses in Kentucky. “I always looked up to him,” says Rusty Hendrickson, Bud’s son.

Returning to Montana the following summer, Richard won leading jockey at the Kalispell fair; the following year, he won the bullriding. He went on to win every bullriding event he entered on the Montana circuit that year.

At age 20 Richard was drafted into the US Army and trained at Fort Bragg as a scout with the long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) of the 82nd Airborne Division (now the US Army Rangers). We won a National Medal of Service in 1968.

Upon his return from the service, Richard met Bennie Reynolds, Montana’s World Champion All-Around Cowboy, who encouraged Richard to join him on the rodeo circuit. Richard became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1970-1974, traveling to every major rodeo from Madison Square Garden to the Calgary Stampede.

Richard’s contemporaries and friends at this time include Pro Rodeo Hall of Famers Freckles Brown, John Quintana, Paul Mayo, Gary Leffew, and Larry Mahan. Hot Springs was a rest stop for many of these cowboys when they traveled between rodeos in the Lower 48 and Canada.

When Richard retired from bullriding in the late 1970s, he turned his attention to racehorses. He rose up the backside ranks at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, to become an exclusive rider for Calumet Farms (1984) and eventually first house rider for the track stewards, with a reputation for turning around troubled Thoroughbreds.

“I’m not just a horseman,” he once said. “I’m a racehorseman.”

In 2002, Rusty Hendrickson enlisted Richard to help on the set of the movie Seabiscuit. Richard worked with the six horses impersonating Seabiscuit at Santa Anita Park. The movie was nominated Best Picture of the Year.

Since the Seabiscuit movie, Richard has lived on a ranch in the Garden Creek draw, developing it as a Thoroughbred training facility.

A skilled artist, Richard enjoyed drawing quick sketches of friends and Spanish bullfights. He earned the nickname “El Gallo” after his favorite matador portrayed in Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon. Always fun and highly entertaining, Richard could sing most Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley songs by heart.

“He was quite a hand,” says a local saddlemaker who has known Richard most of his life. “He will be dearly missed.”

Liberty Agnes Dupuis Bower
ARIZONA — Liberty Dupuis (Bertie) Bower, age 96 passed away in Arizona on May 22, 2016. Bertie, as she was so well known, was born to Edwin and Clara Dupuis, January 2, 1920 at the family ranch in Pablo. She was the sister of Lester and Lyle Dupius. Bertie grew up in Pablo, attended school in Ronan and was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Nation.

She married Paul (Bogie) Bower in April of 1956. They had 57 wonderful years together and loved to play golf and got teased about their names being Bertie and Bogie and having “Kaddy Shack” for a license plate on their motor-home and actually enjoyed the game of golf. Paul (Bogie) preceded Liberty (Bertie) in death passing in January 2014.

Bertie was a popular hairdresser in the Plains and Polson area for many years before retiring. She is survived by three daughters: Myrna (Dick) Jakob, Kaye (Ken) Pomajevich, deceased, and Sherri (John) Seines; Nine grand children; 11 great grand children; and four great great grand children.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the family home in Pablo later this summer. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family on line at:

Dr. Thomas Kevin Gray M.D.
Kevin Gray was born number seven of seven children to Nathan F. Gray and Thelma (Pablo) Gray on November 27, 1956 In St. Ignatius, Montana. He passed away April 25, 2016 in Crow Agency of cardiac arrest.

Raised on a small ranch north of Hot Springs, on horses and motorcycles, life on the ranch was one of unrestrained freedom. The primary rule was that if you got hurt while doing something you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place, then don’t cry about it.

To his mother’s delight, Kevin always did well in school. He graduated from Hot Springs and went on to study at the University of Montana. After Kevin’s second year at the University where he competed on the Rodeo Team riding bulls, he decided to take a break from the books.

During this hiatus Kevin continued riding bulls locally and traveled to thoroughbred racetracks across the country from Washington State, New Mexico, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida and California before circling back to work the tracks of Montana. Whether motorcycles, car, horses or bulls, Kevin enjoyed the fast lane.

After an extended leave from his studies, Kevin again set out and completed a degree in psychology at the University of Montana and went onto medical school at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks where he would graduate in 2001.

 At Dr. Gray’s services, someone wondered why at such a late age anyone would take on the challenge of medical school. My answer would be, if you have to ask the question, you wouldn’t understand the answer. Why would anyone ride bulls, ride racehorses or even climb mountains?


For the next ten years Dr. Gray would practice on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Quinault Reservation and a private practice clinic in Minot, North Dakota, before moving back to his homeland on the Flathead Reservation. Dr. Gray was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and enjoyed providing care for his people.

 Kevin is survived by his children: Reajan, Carly, Paige and Shane; grandsons Hawkins and Mission; siblings Nathan, Sandra, Judy, Alicia, Richard and Leonard. Kevin also has numerous nieces and nephews.

 A memorial service was held on May 5, 2016.

Felix David Fisher
SPOKANE, WA — Felix David Fisher, III (Dave) died unexpectedly but peacefully in the presence of his loving family on May 20, 2016 at age 53.

Dave was born on March 29, 1963 in Hamilton to Felix Fisher, Jr. and Samaria Killsacrosstheway. He graduated from Two Eagle High School in 1983. He met the mother of his Children; Lynn in 1985 and they welcomed the first of their five amazing children in 1989. Dave was mostly self-employed and was a jack-of-all-trades. He could do most any type of work and could fix just about anything that was broken. In recent years he was employed as a road construction worker/ heavy equipment operator in support of both municipalities and private enterprise. He could operate nearly all vehicles in the motor pool and had an avid desire to learn to operate new vehicles.

Dave was an enrolled Tribal Member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes of Montana. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved being in the woods, hunting, and fishing. Dave never met a stranger that he did not befriend and would help anyone in need. He had contagious laugh and a welcoming smile as broad as Montana. He lived for his family and friends.

Dave is survived by his Father, Felix Fisher Jr. of Hot Springs Montana; wife, Lynn; children; Carrie, Jordon, Felix Tylor, Sean and Elizabeth; Granddaughter, Nevaeha; sibling, Kelly A Gonzales of Spring Texas. He is preceded in death by His Mother Samaria Killsacrosstheway of Hot Springs Montana      

The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 25, 2016 at Lone Pine Hall in Lone Pine, MT with a reception to follow at Lone Pine Hall. Family friend Jim Stobie will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dave’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to or to my mom Lynette Nielsen or daughter Jordon Fisher at P.O. Box 832 Hot Springs, MT 59845. Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank Plains Hospital and staff, Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane WA. and staff, and all the caring messages/text/calls from everyone.

Mary Barbara Oliver
ST. IGNATIUS — Mary Barbara Oliver was born on April 14, 1937 in St. Ignatius, and passed away on April 27, 2016.

Mary worked many jobs, but her favorite was cooking at Kicking Horse Job Corp. For relaxation, she enjoyed fishing and working her yard.

She helped many people throughout her lifetime.

‘Thank you for touching her heart.’ – Her Family.

Mary is survived by four daughters: Vickie (Dan) Stinson, LeAnna Simpson, Marti Jo Simpson, and Shannon Simpson; ten grandkids; 12 great-kids; two great-great-grandkids; two brothers: Robert W. (Darlene) and Douglas (Leola); and four sisters: Judith Davenport, Linda Courville, Lora Oliver and Jodie Faucett.

Daryl W. Hendrickson
CHARLO — Daryl Hendrickson passed away May 7, 2016 at Kalispell Health Center Northwest in Kalispell after a short illness. He was born August 21, 1955 in St. Ignatius to Patricia Wall Hendrickson and Donald Collins. He was soon adopted by C.H. Hendrickson and grew up in Charlo, Spokane and Las Vegas. He was a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. He worked numerous jobs in his life including drywall, furniture moving and his favorite, bartending. Daryl came back to the Mission Valley in 1993 and completed his education by acquiring his GED and two Associates Degrees at SKC in Pablo.

Daryl is survived by his wife, Candi and her daughters Raymi (Kelley Hagel), Megan and Erin; daughter Tricia and family; his dad C.H. Hendrickson of Spokane; brother Daniel of Kent, WA and his children Trinity and Arena; sister Debra Becker (Chris), of Acworth, GA; sister Dayna Ayers (Rob) and sons Austin and Dillon of Reno, NV; sister Donna Collins (Jackie) of Deer Park, WA; brother Duaine Collins (Wendy) of Polson; and sister Sharon Collins of Bonney Lake, WA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Hendrickson and his father Donald Collins.

There was a celebration of Daryl’s life Saturday, May 14. Memorials may be made to the restoration of the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

The family was assisted by Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services of Ronan.

Geraldine Mae Vallee
COVINGTON, WA — Our Beautiful Mother Geraldine Mae Vallee started her journey to join her Lord on April 21, 2016. What a great comfort it is to us to know that the Most Greatest Woman in our lives will be watching over us all, as we continue on with our journey in life.

Geraldine Mae Vallee was born on February 24 1931 to John Vallee and Marguarite Matt-Vallee. She is preceded in death by both her parents and a sister Vivian Hill of Yakima; and great-granddaughter Charlotte Clements of Mexico.

She is survived by Brother John Vallee (Doreen) of Ronan; and two sisters Carol Teachman of Ronan and Beverly Swenson of Medford Or.; her five children Debra Young of Everret Wa, Sherry Michel (Randy) of St. Ignatius; Kevin Davis (Kerri) of Noah Bend Wa.; Erika Aguiluz (Manuel) of N.D; and Lance Thompson of Wa. She is a Member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation.

Grandmother of 16 grandkids: Michael Young; Melaina Neschke (John) Wendy McConnel; Stanley McConnel; Levi Clements; James (Jimmy Jo) Clements; Collette Wilson; Kara, Ashley; Hailey Davis; Jonathan Sloan; Erik Aguiluz; and Savanna, Rianna, and Ben Thompson; 22 great-great grandkids and eight great-great-great grandkids; and her newly adopted grandson Susep Morigeau.

Our Beautiful mother lost her battle with cancer in Covington, Washington at the Home of her grandaughter Melaina where she chose to spend her final days being surrounded by all the love of her five children and grandchildren, where we cried, we laugh, and took care of her every need, the most beautiful moments happened during those days before she left us. She will be so dearly missed.

Rianna and Sienna will gratefully miss them Pow Wow moments without her looking on as they dance in the mocks she made them. On May 28, we will be bringing her home to the Mission mountains at her request. We will spend the day doing dry meat she so dearly loved and on Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. we will travel to the Mission Mountains she loved and let her “FLY”. All who care to join, please do; we would love the company. May 28, dry meat outside at The Mission Long House, and May 29 letting her fly...

Roger William Bordeaux
POLSON — Our cousin, Roger William Bordeaux, left us behind to reunite with his mother on May 7, 2016. Following a tragic accident, Roger was life-flighted to Kalispell, Montana where he passed away at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Roger was known for his kindness and generosity and his complete trust in people. He had many friends and acquaintances. His life was filled with ups and downs and for forty years, he admits he was lost to a life of drifting from place to place.

For the last five years Roger has been turning his life around.  He is well known in the community as the guy who attended the farmers markets and sat by the roadside with his sign “Roger’s Pies”. Roger was happiest baking pies and selling them along with homemade candy and cookies. 

Roger was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Lee Dupuis Cowan; and his father Kenneth A. Bordeaux.  All of his aunts and uncles also preceded him in death.

Roger is survived by his many cousins in Montana and Alaska as well as his half-sister, Charlotte Knoflicek of Lincoln, Nebraska and his half-brother Beaumont A. Bordeaux also of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Funeral services for Roger will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Lake Funeral Home, 101 6th Avenue East in Polson. Burial will follow services. A reception will follow at the Indian Senior Center in Polson. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and

Pallbearers are Dick Burland, Joe Wheeler, Darryl Cline; Asias Eoff, Glen Jerome and Slade Cook.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Darrell Patrick “Pat” Gowen
POLSON — Darrell Patrick “Pat” Gowen, age 68, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital.

Memorial services for Pat will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1 P.M. at The Barn on Finley Point State Park Road off of MT Hwy 35 on the Eastshore. 

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Louis Wilbur Adams
POST CREEK — Louis Wilbur Adams completed his journey through this world on April 25, 2016. “Wilbur,” his middle name holds significance as it was given to him as a result of generations of family relationships to Wilbur Vaughn of Placid Lake. As a Cultural Leader, historian, photographer, and avid writer, Louie recently wrote the following in his own handwriting, and left it where he knew it would be found after his passing.  It is presented here exactly as written.

‘My dad Lomie Romaine Adams (1907-1984) was born on the north end of Salmon Lake, and my mom Susan Irvine Adams (1918-1959) was born near Arlee.  I was the only child of this union and was born in 1933 in Sam Resurrection’s house in Schley.  During the depression years my folks struggled for many years, but they never gave up.  When they finally got a foothold my dad was a bronc rider, calf roper, relay race rider and numerous other things.  My mom was a race horse rider, and we had a lot of cows, work/saddle and race horses.

I had a good childhood, and I also rode race horses in my youth.  I joined the Navy in 1951 during the Korean conflict, and when I came out in 1954, my girlfriend Nadine and I got married and had many good years together with eight beautiful children.  My life story!’

There is, of course, much more to his story. In 1956 Louie began working at a saw mill in Superior, MT, and after suffering a devastating house fire and losing everything, he moved his family back home to the Valley Creek area in 1960.  It was then that he started a 42 year career in forestry with the BIA and Tribal Forestry Department, retiring in 2002. During his career, Louie also represented the Arlee district on the Tribal Council for over 20 years where he worked on a number of important issues on local, state, and national levels.

Upon retirement Louie remained very active with the Salish Elders Committee, the MSU Montana Elders Council, and many other groups and organizations. He shared his living history and knowledge throughout the northwest. This work was recognized when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Montana in 2015.

Louie loved family gatherings in the mountains, fishing, ranching, jogging, and riding horseback along many of the same trails his ancestors took in what is now the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents Lomie and Susan Adams, his yaya Caroline Vanderburg, his uncle Pascal Charlo, his son Ray Adams, and many other family members too numerous to mention.

Louie is survived by his wife Gertrude Adams, children Myrna (Greg) DuMontier, Jim Adams, Brenda (Randy) Morton, Maxine (Roger) Pablo, Arleen (Bill Tanner) Adams, Andrea Adams, and Jason (Autumn) Adams. He was also blessed with 34 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren.

A traditional wake started at his home and moved to the Arlee Community Center where Mass/Closing will be held at 10 am Friday, April 29th.  Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery where military honors will be presented.

Margaret M. Seymour
CHARLO – Margaret M. “Margie” Seymour, 88, passed away April 22, 2016 at St. Luke’s Extended Care in Ronan. 

Born in Butte, Mt on Feb. 23, 1928 to John and Jessie Carroll she was raised and educated in Butte.

A dedicated mother and wife, she enjoyed music, horses, her children and grandchildren and when time permitted sewing and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas J. Seymour (1982), and sister Rita Carroll (2000). Survivors include children Tom Seymour, Jessie Hardy, John Seymour, Ruth (Rocky) Santorno, and Glenn (Robin) Seymour; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

A visitation was held at Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius on Saturday, April 30, 2016 with Mass being celebrated in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission.

Vern Lee Knapp
Vern Lee Knapp, Honored Navy Veteran, passed away at aged 78 on April 20, 2016. He was born on September 20, 1937.

He was a legendary man full of adventures and many good stories to bring a smile to your face. He was very loving, full of humor - quick cowboy wit, and he left his mark on all he met that were fortunate enough to cross his path.

Vern is survived by Frank Knapp (Brother) Vern Knapp Jr. (Son), James Knapp Sr (Son), Deborah Fryslie (Daughter); step-sister Anna; step-brother Charlie; his many other extended relatives; and beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be missed and loved by all.

He will be cremated and there will be no formal viewing and services; final resting place will be private with immediate family in a place he loves very much. 

Sherry Lynn Hartung
POLSON — Sherry Lynn Hartung, age 57, of Polson, passed away on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at Community Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on May 9, 1958 in St. Ignatius to Lillian Eliza (Bisson) Hartung and “Dutch” Reynold Hartung. Born fourth in line of five children, she had three older sisters and a younger brother. She was a cheerleader for the wrestling team in school, graduating from Ronan High School Class of 1976.

On June 19, 1977 she married Wade Curtis Chaney in St. Ignatius, MT. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, furthering her education at Salish and Kootenai College. She loved working at The Peoples’ Center, connecting with her heritage through beading and artwork. She had an eye for beauty. She loved flowers, rainbows, deer outside her window and her cat Tubbs. Sherry’s greatest passion in life was the love she had for her children and grandbabies.

Sherry was preceded in death by her son Jeremy Reynold Chaney and her sisters Joan Elaine Raymond and Leila Janet Hartung.

She is survived by her children Angela Rhea Chaney, Candace (Jeff) Rusnock, and Christopher (Ralenda) Chaney, brother Mark (Theresa) Hartung , sister Billy Jean Hartung, ten grandchildren: Jimmy, Maybe, Gabriella, Jeffrey, Kaylee, Alana, Ilanna, Ariel, Romeo and “her” baby Isabella, and many well-loved cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sherry had a passionate, fiery spirit that will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

Memorial Services was held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Lake Funeral Home in Polson. Reverend John Payne officiated. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhme

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Julie Ann “Twerp” Sherwood
ST. IGNATIUS — Julie Ann “Twerp” Sherwood, 55, passed away Saturday, March 26 in Ronan.

Born in St. Ignatius on April 1, 1960, she was a member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes and was raised and educated locally.  Twerp worked in the spud fields and camp crew for fires when she wasn’t being a homemaker to her children.  She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to play ‘10 thousand.’  She was a family oriented person who enjoyed being around her family and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Sherwood a sister Clara Rossbach and numerous other family members.

Survivors include her daughters April (John McDonald) Sherwood and their children Veronica and Daniel and Lyssia (Arnold Cardenas) McDonald and their daughter Arianna; son Jerome Ashley and her siblings Sue Sherwood, Jr. Sherwood, Agnes Sherwood, Francis Sherwood, and Nancy Sherwood as well as a large extended family.

A wake was held at the Longhouse. Burial was in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Jade Damian “JD” Gun Hammer
ST. IGNATIUS – Jade Damian “JD” Gun Hammer, 39, passed away at St. Patrick’s Hospital on March 25, 2016.

Born in Billings on Feb 25, 1977 to John Gun Hammer, Jr. and Agnes Hernandez Gun Hammer, he was raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation and Missoula. A drywaller by trade, he worked with his brother John. He married Donna MakesColdWeather, who preceded him death in 2009.

He loved to fish the many streams and lakes around the area and being in the Mission Mountains.

He was also preceded in death by his father John Gun hammer, Jr. in 2005

He is survived by his mother Agnes Hernandez Gunhammer; brothers John (Summer) Gun Hammer III of Great Falls and Cleve Gun Hammer of St. Ignatius; sister Rebecca Gun Hammer of Billings; baby sister Daisy Gun Hammer of St. Ignatius; god son Dakota Gun Hammer and sister/cousin Mary Sue Hewankorn; god mother Patty Widner of Billings and aunt /mom Dianna Hernandez Stieger; uncle Ron Hernandez; step children Candy and Lucinda MakesColdWeather and Hayes Googles; his Grandkids – Zane, Jose, and Lillian and many other aunts, uncles nieces and nephews; and special friend Sharon Cain.

A wake was held Monday at the Longhouse with prayer services nightly. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Longhouse.

Marshall Alan Pablo
Marshall Alan Pablo began his journey to the Ancestors Saturday, March 19, 2016. He was born April 13, 1988 in Ronan to Craig and Shirley Pablo. From the moment his mom laid eyes on him she knew her life was complete, all she ever wanted was to be a mommy. 

Marshall grew up and attended grade school in Ronan. He was active in sports and developed his lifelong love of the greatest game on earth early on, from the first T-ball game it was evident baseball was his favorite sport. He was a true scholar of the game and a natural middle infielder. He had a head for the game, an incredible baseball “sense” seen in few. He also had a keen eye at the plate and a great contact hitter who rarely struck out. He made many all-star rosters and had a great career.

As is usual in life, change brought the family to Missoula MT where Marshall attended Sentinel HS for his freshman year. He played football and touched many lives in his short time there. 

On August 7, 2003 shortly before his sophomore year, tragedy struck the family when his full-term brother Terje was delivered stillborn. This upheaval again brought change as the families path turned westward to the town of Hoquiam, WA where Marshall fit in immediately as a proud member of the Hoquiam Grizzlies football team. Despite his lack of a lineman’s size, he earned a starting spot on the b squad line and a spot on the varsity roster. He also earned playing time during varsity games, where he consistently gave up 40-50 lbs. to his opponents across the line.

The year in Hoquiam played a vital role in the families healing process, but as it is with so many Natives, the pull of home is very strong and the family found their way back to Ronan.

It was upon his return to Ronan that saw the next chapter in his life and his true calling begin. He found his soulmate, Nicole. From the first date he knew he’d found his forever. Marshall married his soulmate on July 15, 2006. On September 19, 2006 they welcomed Landon Alan into this world. Somehow, through marriage and fatherhood the incredible light that was Marshall’s life intensified and multiplied by three after they welcomed their second and third sons into their family, Talon Jonaven on June 14, 2008 and Braylon Jeter on August 12, 2011.

Upon the return to Ronan Marshall’s spiritual path lead him to the sweathouse and a fervent passion for his language, culture and people. He had a strong belief and deep respect for his culture. He loved going to powwows. He was a traditional dancer and loved playing stick game. Despite a late start, he began to learn his native language as an adult, he enjoyed hearing it spoke and working on his language skills at the sweat. He also made sure as much language as possible was spoken around the house to assure that regardless of how little, his children would hear their native tongue consistently from the day they were born.

Ever the kind hearted soul, it seemed natural when Marshall went to work for the CSKT Victim Assistance Program, strongly advocating against spousal and family member abuse. He completed his undergraduate work at SKC, earning his degree in Business Entrepreneurship while working full time. 

Upon his return to the reservation and subsequent work and education, Marshall found his career path; to earn a law degree and return to the Flathead Reservation to fight for his people, their land and resources.

Marshall earned admission into Law School at the University of Montana. Again change brought him back to Missoula, this time with his new family. As shy as he was, Marshall quickly made many lifelong friends in his fellow students. Through the struggles of being a full time law student, husband and father to three very active boys, he pushed through the first year of school. He was currently in the second year of law, by all accounts over the toughest part, and no doubt would have received his JD next year.

Marshall was passionate about many hobbies. He was an avid hunter. He enjoyed hunting ducks and geese with his buddy Boomer, chasing mule deer in the river breaks, but he especially enjoyed chasing bugling bull elk every fall. He got his first bull at age 12, and has since bugled up many bulls.
Marshall also loved flyfishing. He grew up fishing the Jocko River as his home stream and floating the rivers of Montana chasing trout. Following a growing passion of his father’s, Marshall looked west to chase steelhead, finding the purity and grace of swinging a fly on a dry line with a spey rod the ultimate method to connect with the wildness that a steelhead embodies. Through his short time chasing steelhead, he swung up his first Clearwater River steelhead in the same run moments before his dad swung one up, a moment to be remembered. He also enjoyed playing softball, as many old baseball players, as a way to extend his time on the diamond.

Marshall was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan, and realized one dream when he traveled to Chicago and was able to see two games at Comiskey Park (he refused to call it by any other name). He enjoyed a unique opportunity to see an afternoon game at Wrigley field and then ride the “L” to Comiskey to see a night game.
He was also a proud member of Raider Nation, and attended numerous games in Seattle and Denver. Marshall’s passion brought his wife to find an equal passion for the sports and teams that he loved. She ended up being as big of a fan as he was, and proudly sported team colors with him at White Sox and Raiders games they traveled to. His most recent passion was hockey, and cheering on the Colorado Avalanche. Another of Marshall’s hobbies was poker. He felted many opponents who sat across form him, a fact that some of his law school buddies can personally attest to.

His passion for sports and athleticism was certainly passed down to his children. He loved few things more than cheering on his boys, Landon as he chased his passions, football, baseball and basketball, Talon as he played baseball and laced up skates to learn and play hockey with a determination rarely matched. Braylon, his youngest, also took to hockey and is set to start his first year in T-ball. With a cannon for an arm already, he will no doubt excel in baseball as well.

What truly completed Marshall was his family. His love for his wife and kids, as well as his entire family, was infinite. He was truly the light of their lives. He and his wife shared a love so strong and special that to an outsider would seem impossible. They often joked that they were already an old married couple, content to snuggle on the couch and watch movies after the kids were in bed, or to simply talk and tell stories until late at night. 

Marshall was such a kind, beautiful, loving spirit that he truly changed the world, one life at a time as he met them. He was his mom’s wish, his dad’s hero, his wife’s forever and his children’s rock. A more caring soul, loving son, devoted husband and proud father the world will never know.

Marshall was preceded in death by his great grandfather Evin Kimmel, great grandmother Clara Robison, grandfather Thomas Pablo, grandmother Vida Austin Pablo, baby brother Terje, uncle BJ Gardipe, uncle Mike Pablo, and uncle Evin Kimmel. 

He is survived by his loving wife Nicole and three beautiful children, Landon, Talon and Braylon. His grandpa and grandma Ron and Maxine Kimmel of Ronan, grandmother Alma Pablo (Leonard) of Ronan, grandfather Marvin Gardipe (Sylvia) of Kicking Horse, his dad and mom Craig and Shirley of Missoula, his brother Jace of St. Ignatius, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A wake started at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Services will be at the longhouse Wednesday, March 23 at 10 am. Graveside services to follow at Ronan. Pallbearers are Matt Kelso, George Isham, Josh Hotchkiss, Mike Trosper, Tom Quequesah, Dion Albert, Allen Pierre and Pete Plant. Honorary pallbearers are Ty Salois, Eric Clairmont, Zak Brandon, Kruz McDermott, The Oakland Raiders, The Chicago White Sox, Colorado Avalanche, as well as all of his sweat brothers. A feast will follow back at the Longhouse.

Michael Shawn Eneas
SPOKANE, WA — He took his time coming into this world but left us in a flash on February 19, 2016.

He was born September 10, 1968 in Polson, the youngest of three brothers and a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai tribes of Montana.

He grew up in Northern California and graduated from Armijo High in Fairfield, California. He attended Arizona Tech in Phoenix for a short time. Shawn worked various jobs including Napa Pipe. He was into renovating homes and landscaping (which he really enjoyed) before moving to Spokane. He then enrolled at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo for a year and received a diploma as a Heavy Equipment Operator. At the time of his passing he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum at Trentwood for close to 10 years. 

Shawn was very outgoing, made friends easily and had a love for animals. Shawn also had a lot of interests. He had a passion for air shows and loved airplanes and building models; also rock concerts, football - especially the Oakland Raiders, baseball - the Oakland A’s, autobiographies and real life crime stories.

He leaves behind his daughter Krystin Rose; parents Bernie and Grace Eneas; brothers Rob and Joe; his grandmother Elizabeth Gravelle; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and his big dog J.B.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Mary and Modeste Eneas; grandfather Nick Gravelle; several uncles; and an aunt.

A private viewing was planned for February 23, 2016 at the Spokane Cremation. A memorial will be held later in the year. Donations may be made in his name to The Humane Society, American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Fund.

Sandi (Matt) Stevens
Our beautiful mother was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Monday, January 25, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Seattle, WA on June 19, 1943, as the youngest of Eli and Rose Matt’s five children.  She grew up in the White Center area of Seattle and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1961.  Shortly after graduating, Mom was married to Chester Borsch, Jr. for five years and had two daughters, Kristin and Michelle.  In 1969 she met and married the love of her life, Bob Stevens, and joined her family with his three daughters, Betty, Jan and Jody.  Over the next five years they had two sons, Brad and Craig.

Mom was very passionate about her family and especially adored her numerous grand and great grand babies.  She loved spending time with family, whether it was going on picnics together, hikes, holiday celebrations or just Sunday dinners.  She enjoyed an active life which included gardening with our Dad, cooking, hiking, skiing, dancing, traveling and just socializing with her many friends.  Mom loved people and never met someone that did not somehow become a good friend of hers.  For the past several years she worked for the Housing Authority of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, which she loved and where she made many dear friends.

 Mom was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob Stevens; her parents, Eli and Rose Matt; two brothers, Andy and Don Matt; and her beautiful infant daughter.

She is survived by her loving children Kristin (Owen) Johnson, Michelle (Joe) Strickland, Brad (Kristen) Stevens, Craig (Kristin) Stevens, Betty (Bob) Jones, Jan Lindsey, and Jody (Mike) Bass;  grandchildren  Katie, Bobby, Kyle, Kylie, Jessa, Steven, Malia, Isabela, Benjamin, Rob, Callie, Rachel, Jessica, Chad, Taylor, Jeremy, Corina; and 15 great grandchildren; Her dear sisters, Bernice Tallant and Betty Marquart; as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many very special friends.  We will all miss her beautiful smile and generous loving spirit.

Mom fought a courageous 15-year battle against cancer.  She was brave beyond words, never complained, and refused to let the cancer steal her joy for living.  She was an amazing example of strength and courage to all who knew her. We are forever grateful to have her as our loving example in life.  Mom taught us compassion for others, love of family, determination, selflessness, integrity and grace.  We love you Mom and will miss you every day until we see you in Heaven.

Please join our family as we honor and celebrate the life of our mom on Friday, March 11, 2016, 7 pm, at:
Craven Farm
13817 Shorts School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290

 Please feel free to come and share your stories of how our Mom touched your life.

Marilyn Jean Wall
HELENA — Marilyn Jean Wall, 54, passed away at her home in Helena on February 12, 2016 after suffering with health problems for several years.

Born in Ronan on July 30, 1961 to Diane (Peavler) and Thomas Wall, she was raised and educated in the Mission Valley and was a proud “Mud Duck”.  In her adult life she always returned to the area working various jobs and to make it home until she recently moved to Helena to be close to her children.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Frank and Elsie Wall and Leonard Evelyn Prawler; her dad Tom Wall and a nephew Terrance Groat.

Survivors include her mother Diane (Dan) Buckley); children Tory Wall of Kalispell, Jamey Arneson of Riverside, CA, Deanna Arneson of Helena and Nicole Keebe of Kalispell; siblings Thomas Timothy Wall, Martin Wall, Christine Winders, Kelly Wall and Cory Wall; six grandchildren and her extended family.

A wake was held at the funeral home and service were held on Feb 17, 2016 at the Longhouse.

Karen Sue (Moran) Thompson
After a courageous struggle with numerous illnesses, Karen Thompson, age 66, of St. Ignatius, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 24, 2016. 

She was born to Matt and Lucille (Miller) Moran on July1, 1949 in Missoula. She was the 4th of 5 children.

Karen grew up on the Northside and still laughs today about the shenanigans she and her friends participated in.  Due to her father’s employment, she attended several schools in several states while growing up. After high school Karen graduated as a licensed beautician. However, she chose the career of motherhood rather than hair stylist. She truly loved small children— any get together from weddings, funerals, or family reunions, Karen was the person who took care of the little ones. She and husband Marshall housed foster children, several foreign exchange students and she was a daycare provider to many children in the Mission Valley, including helping raise her grandson Andy. 

She loved her many dogs and cats, and will be especially missed by her pup Cena who got to spend the last few days with her at St. Pats hospital. She was blessed to have several relatives visit with her this past week, and her son Steve was able to give his mother her last cup of “Coffee-coffee” as she liked to say.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Auntie Maxine, sister Colleen, and son Eric Gray.

Survivors include husband of 36 years, Marshall Thompson of St. Ignatius, son Steve Gray (Nebraska), daughter Shawn Gray (Missoula), sisters Dennie (Spokane), Michelea (Oregon) brother Jim (Denver), grandchildren Andy (Havre), Matt (Boise), Marcus (Missoula), Meghan (Nebraska) and great grandchildren Lukas and Avery (Boise) and Trissity (Havre), and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by half brothers Doug (Missoula) and Monte (Oregon)

At Karen’s request, no formal service will be held. A private family, gathering will take place later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charities that benefit children or animals.

Marian Rita (Antoine) Andrew
POLSON — Marian Rita (Antoine) Andrew, 73, passed away February 24, 2016, at her home. Marian was born January 9, 1943, to Frank Antoine and Susan Quequesah Antoine at their home in Arlee. She was raised and educated by her grandmother, Agnes Antoine in Arlee until the age of nine when she went to the Ursulines. These times were her fondest memories.

She worked as a Candy Striper at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson before relocating to Ronan where she worked at the Detox Center at St. Luke Hospital. She then went to SKC when they became a Community College, breaking from FVCC; she was there to see SKC take their first baby steps She did much recruiting for SKC, after which she tried her own hand at being a student at MSU in Bozeman for a year. Upon her earlier return she began managing the SKHA’s transitional living center (TLC) which many can attest to their own successes, after this endeavor she did PT work with the Tribes IMM program from which she retired to spend her time doing as she found most enjoyable, concentrating on her family. She married Andy Andrew, Jr. on the day of his passing June 12, 2004.

Softball was her biggest joy, first as a player, and as a coach. Her position was pitcher and she had wicked arc which she delivered until her pregnancy with her youngest Toni, but after playing, she tried her hand at coaching and this also brought a whole new realm of friends and extended family but again she chose to leave this to focus on family.

She was preceded in death by her mother Suzy Antoine; sisters Rose Felix and Josephine Pierre, and Helen Hameline Benally; brothers Jimmy Antoine, Billy Antoine; niece Wally Benally; nephews Geno Ascencio, andMike Benally; great grandchildren Jaydace Duran and Serenity Clairmont. She is survived by sisters Alice Goodman, Cecille Antoine, Francine Antoine; brothers Chris Wind Chief of Fort Peck; her daughters and their families Susan Pierre (Joe Couture), children Gail and Michael Grant, Clayton Duran, Jodessa and Josiah Senecal; Renee Pierre, her children Lenee and Ike Mahkuk and Payton, Lauren, andAnton Lefthand; Jami Hamel (Brad Pluff), children Arisha Hales, Mariah, Malia, and Gerald Hamel; Angie Nicolai; Toni Michel (Robert ChiefStick) children Tyra and Bradyn Michel; numerous nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren, not to mention her friends from all walks of life.

Mass was Monday, February 29 at 11 am, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Ignatius; a Celebration of Life followed at the Longhouse to enjoy a slide show and share stories and a meal.

Cecil Raymond Jackson
Cecil Raymond Jackson of Round Butte passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, February 26, 2016. He was born in St. Ignatius on November 7, 1936 to Jim and Neva (Clairmont) Jackson and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. As one of four boys, there was always something interesting going on growing up. He attended Ronan High School, graduating in 1955. He married Rosemary Houle and together they had 6 children and made the Round Butte area their home. They later moved to Pablo when they bought the Pablo Bar and Cafe. Cecil and Rose divorced in 1969.

On October 2, 1970 he married Leona Lynch and together they brought their son Jim into the world. Soon thereafter Leona joined him on their school bus driving adventures. Cecil became more of a friend and mentor than just the bus driver to the hundreds of kids over the years. Many miles, and even more memories were mad while he was at the wheel of the bus. Around 1975 they moved back to the Round Butte area where they began ranching and carried out their later years together. Since Leona’s passing in 2012, he has been living on his own and hosting the Round Butte coffee crew most mornings. Lovingly known as “White Cloud” by his family and friends, he was always the life of the party and enjoyed meeting his friends at the “office.” Cecil lived a life we could only dream of, he had so many adventures with friends and family. He is a legend in the Mission Valley and we will all miss him dearly.

He is preceaded in death by his mother, father, brothers Lynn and John, infant son Ronnie, grandson Christopher, ifant grandson Cody, wife Leona, and son-in-law Chuck Weivoda. He is survived by brother Lloyd (Sally) of Pablo, children; Ramona (Bud) Lunch of Ronan, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn Weivoda of Pablo, Curt Jackson of Ronan, Keith Jackson of Ronan, and Jim Jackson of Missoula, fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, one great great grand daughter, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family, and countless friends throughout the valley.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home located on 419 Round Butte Road in Ronan from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Ronan Cemetery located on 46727 North Foothills Drive. A potluck luncheon and sharing of stories will be held afterwards at the Round Butte Women’s Clubhouse located on 7254 Round Butte Road, so make sure to bring a comfy chair. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Round Butte Clubhouse building fund.

Judith Gay (Sally) Burgess Petitclerc
October 11, 1929 - February 17, 2016

Sally was born on October 11, 1929 on a working ranch in Perma, the second to the youngest in a family of eleven children born to Harry and Lorena Burgess. Sally was raised a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe whom her mother at one time was the first woman council member to ever serve. Sally grew up an accomplished horsewoman and had numerous blue ribbons as a competitive barrel racer. 

Sally graduated in 1947 from Plains High School, and then left Plains for Everett, Washington to attend The Sisters of Providence Nursing School. It was during this time Sally met and married Ralph (Abe) Petitclerc and settled in Mukilteo, Washington to raise their family. Sally enjoyed all of the bounties that living near the Bay offered; she loved to go clamming, fishing and oyster picking on the family camping trips to the peninsula, she just loved the outdoors and was always up for new adventures and the mountain loop highway felt like a second home. At the age of 2 after innumerable years of lecturing us kids on being safe while we were in the river, we managed to teach her to swim; she was a good sport and mastered dog paddling quite well.

Divorced later in life, Sally returned home to her beloved Montana and enjoyed her new life with her loving partner Johnny Vinson; together they ranched then retired happily together.

Sally had many hobbies besides the outdoors as well; she loved dancing, ceramics, knitting, and was avid reader. Having four challenging children was tough, Mom sat through too many trips to the hospital and ER for broken bones, stitches, illnesses and more surgeries than any mother could bear but she was there for each and every one of us while we grew up. For that our mother earned her wings and we are grateful for the hand holding and cool cloths she placed on our foreheads, all the kind words and hugs, assuring us everything will be okay.

With their arms wide open, Sally’s dad and mom have now called their last child home, rest in peace mom and know we love you.

Sally leaves behind her children; Lynn (Pam), Matt, Scott (Hiram) and Penny. 10 grandchildren and many, many, great grandchildren and adored nieces and nephews.

Sally was proceeded in death by: father, Harry Hiram Burgess, Mother Lorena Markle Burgess; siblings; Henrietta (Bummy), Bertha (Toots), Mary, Harriet (Chub), Lenora (Tiny), Andrew, Vera, Daniel, Lillian (Dee/Peggy) and baby brother Jasper and mate Johnny.

Our family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Lake View Care Center for the loving care provided to our Mother, we are sincerely grateful. Sunset Hills Funeral Homes in Plains are handling the arrangements. 

Lloyd Parron Ewing, Jr.
Lloyd Parron Ewing, Jr., also known as Bill Bailey, passed on February 10, 2016, surrounded by his six children.

He is survived by his children: Beverly, Dawn, Terry Lynne, Trisha, Bill and Michael; four grandchildren: Isaac, Grant, Jacob and Antonia; and extended family and beloved friends.

He will be truly missed as he soars on his final journey over the mountains.

Charles Ray “Chuck” Weivoda
PABLO — Charles Ray “Chuck” Weivoda, 58, passed unexpectedly on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was born July 15, 1957 to Wallace and Gerry (McLain) Weivoda in Ronan, Montana.

He grew up attending school in Polson, graduating with the class of 1976. After graduation, he worked on a shrimp boat in Galveston, TX. He returned to the Mission Valley in 1977 and worked as a skilled carpenter-craftsman for PATCOR and Timberline Construction. For the last 18 years, he worked for Mission Valley Power as a Meter Reader/Installer.

Chuck took pride in all he did, which was reflected in the care he took of his family, property, vehicles and all work he performed. Chuck’s greatest joy was being Papa Chuck to his grandchildren Haislea and Zephyr.

Chuck was a loyal and avid Grizzlies fan and hosted countless gatherings in his Griz Garage. His presence will still be felt by all at future games. He will be sorely missed on fishing trips with best buds Doc and Snatch. He had many brothers by other mothers and they all grew up enjoying his family’s home and hospitality. These lifelong friends shared good times on road trips; hunting, fishing, wood gathering, and even problem solving seminars, along with a beverage or two.

Chuck was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was an organ donor whose gifts of life will live on in many recipients.

He was preceded in death by his loving mother Gerry Weivoda, beloved son Christopher Craig Weivoda, cousins Rachelle McLain Thompson, Russell McLain, Geri Dipasquale Dallman and Dale Barber.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 28 years Carolyn (Jackson) Weivoda of Pablo, stepdaughter Charmel McClure-Sternick (Shawn) of Missoula, father Wallace Weivoda (Durien) of Pablo, foster brother Leonard Combs of CA, sisters Beverly Richards (Dewey) of Pablo, Deborah Weivoda and brother Michael Weivoda (Pamela) of Polson, his grandchildren Haislea and Zephyr Sternick and nieces and nephews Justin Borders (Jami) of Billings, Koral Haggard (Patrick), Brianna Rowe (Brad) and Anthony Weivoda of Polson; along with countless other special family members and friends.

Memorial services for Chuck were held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the New Life Christian Center, 1414 2nd Street West, Polson, MT 59860.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Chuck’s memory to:

Life Center Northwest (where his life giving donations were given)

Attn: Family Services, 3650 131st Ave. SE, Ste 200, Bellevue, WA 98006   or to

Mission Valley Power Student Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 97, Pablo, MT 59855.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Helen Rhine
POLSON — Helen Rhine, 68, of Polson, passed away, Sunday January 10 surrounded by family. Helen Marie Silva, was born to Helen Matt, on July 10, 1947 in St. Ignatius. She was the baby sister to six protective siblings earning her life long knick-name “Baby Doll”, even having a boat named after her.

She was a proud tribal member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Baby Doll married the love of her life, Chuck Rhine, at the Hitching P ost on her 24th birthday. According to Helen, her children Curt and Rhonda were her pride and joy.

However, becoming a grandmother provided years of bragging rights and ear piercing whistles during their sporting events. Baby Doll was the matriarch of the family. She was the glue that bound the family together by cooking wonderful meals and playing card games. She loved and enjoyed shopping, yard sales, and antiques.

Baby Dolls love for cooking inspired her to open her own restaurant BOJO’S CAFÉ in Bowie, TX. After moving several times with her family Baby Doll longed to settle down in her hometown of Polson. She worked at Tribal Health for several years before finding her niche working as a family advocate for Early Childhood Services, where she met many life long friends. Her cheerful and positive attitude brought joy to everyone she met.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Rhine, her mother, two sisters and three brothers.

Helen is survived by son Curt Rhine of Polson, daughter Rhonda (Wayne) Arndt of Sherman, TX, grandchildren Chase Rhine, Carston Rhine, Caden Rhine, Katrina Farley, and Hailey Arndt as well as her brother Dick Silva and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Helen will be at Pablo Christian Church in Pablo on Friday January 15 at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the church.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Serenity Step’ eysi (Rain) Clairmont
POLSON — Serenity Step’ eysi (Rain) Clairmont was made an angel on January 10, 2016. She was born at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan to Henry Lee Clairmont and Arisha Marian Hales on November 11, 2014. During her short stay she brought joy and happiness to the lives of her family and their friends, bringing them together. Her smile and eagerness were contagious and brightened everyone’s day.

Serenity was preceded in death by great grandpa James Lewis Hawk and great “papa” Andy; grandmother Nadine Clairmont and Uncle Shawn Whitworth; she is survived by great grandmother Marian Andrew; grandparents Dennis Clairmont, Lennie Hales and Jami Hamel; brothers Hayden Clairmont, Caden Hales and Mason Hales; uncle Gerald Hamel; aunts Adele Marchi (Jacob), Elizabeth Jones-Ferguson (Greg), Mariah Hamel, Malia Hamel; great aunt Janie Wanbaunsee and numerous other great uncles, great aunts and cousins.

Her early passing reminds us all to live better lives and appreciate our time here. It is with heavy hearts we let her go and with great joy that she is in heaven with those that passed before us.

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Lance Albert Rishel
ARLEE — Lance Albert Rishel, 30, passed away on January 3, 2016, at Dublin Gulch, Charlo. Lance was born in Missoula on January 4, 1985, to Terri Marry and Eugene Arthur Rishel, and has had a wonderful stepfather, Scott Fletcher, for many years. He was also a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Lance was raised in Washington and after graduating high school, he returned to Montana. He graduated from small engine mechanics in Missoula.

Lance was employed at the Sinclair Station/Allards Trading Post in St. Ignatius. His spare time took him fishing which was his favorite pastime, along with riding his Harley. Lance loved to be surrounded by his family and friends. His contagious laugh and outgoing personality always attracted people. He loved having a beer and floating the river and was always up for a road trip. He touched many people’s lives and definitely left his mark everywhere he went. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Rishel. He is survived by both of his parents; his daughters Shailynne Rishel and Jasmyne Rishel; his brother Joshua Rishel; sisters Tammy Rishel, Tanya Rishel Colby, Teresa Rishel Wallace, and Angela Rishel; many nephews, nieces and extended family.

A wake will begin at the Arlee Community Center Wednesday evening with Rosary being recited at 8:00 pm on Thursday. Mass will be celebrated at the Center on Friday at 11:00 am followed by burial at the Jocko Cemetery. A celebration of life for Lance and meal will follow at the Arlee Community Center and all are invited. Floral arrangements should be sent to Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius or in lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Jocko Cemetery.

James Michael Orr
James Michael Orr was born in Milwaukee on February 9, 1937, Wisconsin, and died peacefully on  January 5, 2016 at the Golden Living Center nursing home in Ft. Atkinson.

After the family moved to Seattle during WWII, Jim picked up the violin at five years old, became concertmaster his senior year at Edmonds High School in 1955 and earned a music scholarship. He played the violin for over 70 years, including in symphony orchestras in three states; his last performance was a 2012 Christmas special in Madison, Wisconsin, while still at GLC. He would play compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydin and Mozart, and then go home to play a simple tune for a grandson. When health issues affected his mobility at GLC, he would still play in the home’s Alzheimer’s wing, and then play for other residents’ birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions, and for holiday celebrations. He continued until Parkinson’s Disease took away his manual dexterity in early 2015.

 He served in the Army National Guard, and later worked at the Seattle Children’s Home and other, similar facilities. He worked at General Motors facilities in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Indiana. In August 1969, he married Sara who had four children. Besides his music, his pension for sports led him to help organize a semi-pro football team in Washington; and later he got involved with baseball and basketball teams while at GM.

Retiring from GM in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, he had a heart attack and a bout with cancer; they eventually moved back to Wisconsin to be near Sara’s family. A divorce after nearly 42 years stemmed from medical factors not understood until after the fact. In his more lucid moments, he said that was his life’s greatest regret. He was hospitalized after head injuries from falls in 2012, and his younger brother, Charles, came down from Alaska to obtain guardianship.

Jim is survived by his ex-wife Sara, her four children, Sharon Van Horn, PA; Diane Rosenberry,WI; Marilyn Reid, IN; and Merry Jo Marietta, FL; and many grandchildren. Charles is his only surviving immediate family member. He was pre-deceased by his father George in 1954 and mother Joanne in 2008, and by grandparents William Harrison Orr and Caroline Perpetua Felsman Orr of St. Ignatius, Montana, and Mike Mandy and Marie Haugen Mandy of Ladysmith, WIsconsin. Jim will be laid to rest with his parents in Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli cemetery.

Summing up Jim’s life in three words: Humble Violinist Man.

Robert Reginald DePoe III
POLSON — Robert Reginald DePoe III peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of December 21, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his family and loved ones in his home in Polson, MT. He was 40 years old. Robert was born May 24, 1975 in St Anthony, ID to Robert Reginald DePoe, Jr. and Becky Lynn Gwilliam.

He grew up in Vanderhoof, B.C. and Polson. He graduated from Ronan High School in 1993 and was a successful athlete on the basketball court. After graduation he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Utah. While serving there he became acquainted with Southern Utah University and returned to attend after his mission. At SUU he met and married the love of his life Jamie Leialoha Urie on March 27, 1998 in the St George Utah Temple. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Neah Cheyenne, Isaac Robert and Kalin Rose DePoe.

Robert graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He furthered his education by earning a Masters degree in Professional Communication in 2008. Education opened many doors for Robert. It gave him the experience, skills, and training necessary to not only provide for his family but also help others.

Robert started his professional career in 2002 with the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah as their Education Director. He continued to gain experience working for the Western Community Policing Institute as a trainer/program manager, and then for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Indian Self-Determination Specialist.

Robert was very proud to belong to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. He always had a strong desire to come home, to make a difference and to help his people. All of his experiences and education, his love for learning and his strong bond to his heritage made him the perfect person to become the third President of the Salish Kootenai College.

Robert accomplished many things in his few short years as President of the Salish Kootenai College. His vision for the college and its students came through SKC’s first formal capital campaign “Capturing the Vision”, the creation of the Center for Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences, a new Student Health Clinic, Construction Trades Building, Student Union and bookstore, establishment of Founders Week and the Founders Wall. Robert implemented the Achieving the Dream Initiative for Student Success and the Bison Ambassador Program. He facilitated the installation of two state of the art class rooms for distance education and commissioned an economic impact study for the college. Robert had a vision for academic programs as well.

Under his leadership the college developed new degree programs such as offering a B.A. in Tribal Governance and Administration, an A.S. in Medical Assisting and a Welding Program with United Steel Workers Association.

Robert was always thinking of ways to improve, preserve and share the amazing institution Salish Kootenai College is. He was committed to a higher quality of excellence and education he knew could be achieved because of the dedicated people who stood behind him and carried out his vision.

Robert was proud of his strong family heritage. Both sides possessed qualities of perseverance, hard work, integrity, strength, service and fierce loyalty to family and friends. Love for his family propelled his desire to strive for the best.

Robert was often found talking on the phone, catching up with friends, past co-workers (who became friends), family, and others he met through the many organizations and experiences with work, hobbies and church callings. He genuinely cared about others, always wanting the best for them and helping if he could. Robert always tried to represent himself and live his life in a way that would make his family, his Father in Heaven and his tribe proud.

Robert loved being outdoors. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing at Kids Pond, snow-shoeing, camping, “taking the long way”, riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, playing on the lake, having Bar-B-Que’s, attending church and the temple, and working on vehicles were a few things he enjoyed. If he wasn’t outside he was in the garage. Robert’s sense of humor, love for life, and humility will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his father Robert Reginald DePoe Jr. and brother Curtis Roy DePoe, grandparents Robert Reginald DePoe, Rita Couture Cannon, and Glenn and Julia Gwilliam.

Robert is survived by his wife Jamie Urie DePoe, daughters Neah and Kalin, and son Isaac DePoe, mother Becky DePoe, brothers Dan (Mandie), Rodney (Tiffany) DePoe, and sister Shannon Salisbury-DePoe. Father and mother-in-law Doug and Hollie Urie, sisters-in-law Tiffany (Quinn) Risdon, Brandy Urie, Brooke (Chris) Jenson, brothers-in-law Mac (Rachel) Urie, Ben Urie and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Joe McDonald Event Center.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael Dennis Trahan
RONAN — Michael Dennis Trahan, 69, passed away at his home near Ronan on Dec. 8.

A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, he was born to Lyman Luke Trahan and Curley Burland on October 10, 1946 in St. Ignatius. He was raised in St. Ignatius by Mary (Pichette) and Luke attending the Urselines, St. Ignatius Schools, Chilocco Indian Agricultural School and graduated from Busby Indian School. After his education he logged with his father’s LandM Logging; served in the US Army (1965 – 1972) during the Vietnam Era and became a heavy equipment operator upon his return. In his free time, he enjoyed rodeos, camping, loved to dance and hanging out with his friends at the local pubs and playing pool.

He was preceded in death by his parents Luke, Mary and Curley; a brother Art and Art’s wife, Gloria; sister Dixie; niece BJ and son Mike Morigeau.

Survivors include his wife Caro; daughters Ronda (Joe) and Jodie Trahan and her husband; son Marlin McDonald; step son Buck (Jill) McAllister; brothers Jim (Karen) Skelton, and Ron (Vi) Trahan; niece Merilee (Grant) numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren especially Bradlee (Turquoise) Hartwell, Koby and Micalyn Garcia.

Military services were held Ronan City Park on Friday, December 11 with a Celebration of Life following at the Pheasant Bar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Humane Society in Mike’s name.

Vida Jane Austin Pablo
PABLO — Our beloved Mother, Ya Ya, and probably most known around the reservation as “Grams” Vida Jane Austin Pablo began her next journey on Sunday, December 20, 2015. She was born at the family home in Pablo on May 7, 1932 to Robert John Austin and Jane Rita Ashley Austin. She was delivered by her grandmother Josephine.

She grew up and attended school in Pablo, making the two mile walk into town every day. She recalled a particularly eventful walk one day as she happened upon a big grizzly bear not far off the road, luckily, after a tense few moments, they decided to go their separate ways! She also remembers being spoiled as she got older when a bus, complete with a stove for warmth, began picking her up for school. She completed eighth grade, but as was quite common at the time, she chose to continue her education in life experience, starting her family after marrying the love of her life, Thomas Pablo on February 4, 1948. They had six children. After spending some time in Washington, they eventually moved back to Montana, and finally settled just outside Pablo. It was the home where “Grams” truly began her real career as a mother to many, and she did it on her own after her and Tom were divorced in 1980. It was a career that she continued, even as different jobs came and went, right up until the end. She raised her grandson Craig (whom she and Tom legally adopted) as well as her other grandchildren, Amber, Ty, Michelle and Nicole. She was also raising two of her great grandchildren Kaidyn and Austin. Grams wasn’t truly happy unless she had at least one of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or even great great grandchildren running around her house.

She did hold down regular jobs as well, she worked for Polson Schools, and the Lake County Welfare Office, but her favorite job, and one she was the most proud of was her career at Blue Bay Healing Center for the Alcohol Program.

Along with loving all of her “children” she truly enjoyed gardening, listening to (and watching) The King Elvis, and watching baseball. She spent many summers at the diamonds in Pablo, as well as travelling across the state and many times into Canada to watch her kids play ball. She was a diehard New York Yankees fan. She especially enjoyed watching the Captain Derek Jeter play. She got to enjoy one of her lifelong dreams in 2009, to watch a major league baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Being the selfless person she is, she had a small “bucket list”, and was able to check them all:

• A huge Elvis fan, she was thrilled to make the pilgrimage to Graceland.
• She was fortunate enough to visit Hawaii on two different occasions
• And finally, she got to visit Alaska on a cruise.

She was truly happiest though when she was taking care of her “kids” whether her own, or so many of her adopted kids throughout the reservation.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life Tom, brothers Charles and Richard, daughter Janice, son Mike and four grandchildren, Billy John, Lakota, Terje and Ezra.

She is survived by her brother Lloyd (Arleen) of Mud Creek, children Mildred (Tom) of Pablo, Alma (Leonard) of Ronan, Donna (Nancy) of Polson Butch (Nowetah) of Richmond, Virginia and Craig (Shirley) of Mud Creek. Grandchildren Wade of Pablo, Theresa (Rodney) of Missoula, Anita (Chris) of Pablo, Amber of Pablo, Michelle of Pablo, Nicole (Wambli) of Polson, Junior (Turtle) of Ronan, Tylor (Nora) of Billings, Tawni (Robert) of Indiana, Ryan of Missoula, Marshall (Nicole) of Missoula and Jace of St. Ignatius. Fifteen great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Two of her great grandchildren, KK and Austin, were currently living with her, ever the caretaker up until the very end.

Grams was a proud member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, she touched countless lives throughout her 83 years. One thing she was particularly known for was “telling it like it is” whether you liked it or not, she as didn’t have time for any bulls#!t!

To honor her requests, we brought her home to her daughter Mood’s house for one final night, we will have an informal gathering Tuesday around noon-ish, Indian time, all who knew her are invited. The address is 35495 Clairmont Road, it’s east of Pablo on Clairmont Rd. last house in the homesites on the right before the storage units. One of her “kids” she recently adopted, PK (Erika) will offer some words as well as spiritual leader Johnny Arlee. Frank and the Boys will offer a song or two and we will have a feast afterward to send her onto the next journey. We pray your path to join the Ancestors is easy.

Ignace Victor Couture
ELMO — Ignace Victor “T-Bone” Couture, age 77, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2015 at his residence in Elmo. He was born one of six children on March 9, 1938 in St. Ignatius to Alexander and Madeline Ruth (Phillips) Couture.

He was a proud member the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe. A man of many journey’s through life, he attended various schools and graduated from Polson High School and attended college at Northern Montana College in Havre and later at Flathead Community College in Kalispell.

He later moved to Oakland, CA for six years before landing (one of many) a job as the assistant director at Ronan’s Job Corps. Leaving there, he moved on with his long- time companion Karen Kapi, making, buying and selling their arts and crafts. He also raised four of his grandchildren along the way.

He served in the Water Rights Committee for years; with his knowledge he spoke many times about Kootenai Culture and teaching Kootenai language at Two Eagle River School. 

In his younger years, he enjoyed playing his guitar along with his buddy Pat Lefthand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex Couture and Madeline Couture, sisters, Agnes Caye and Mary Lefthand and an infant sister Madeline.

He is survived by his brothers Wayne (Barb) Couture of Rainbow Lake; Eddie (Earline) of Elmo; his aunt Helen Charlo of Elmo; his longtime companion Karen Kapi; his daughter Pamela Mandan – Blagg; four grandchildren, Margaret (Samuel) Sheridan and their children, Ashlyn Sheridan, Ignace “Iggy ” (his favorite) Pierre Sheridan, Anjaleah Sheridan and Samuel “Mickey” Sheridan; Thomas Maestas and his son Roman Maestas, Bruce Maestas and Allie Maestas (Dwayne Turner and their son Clay Turner ; his best friend August Lefthand and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Wake for Ignace will begin on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 12 P.M. at Elmo Hall with a Rosary at 8 P.M. with funeral services on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall followed by burial in Elmo Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert Reginald “Bob” DePoe, Jr.
POLSON — Robert Reginald “Bob” DePoe, Jr. was born April 4, 1956, and returned to his Heavenly home November 20, 2015.

Robert was born to Robert Reginald DePoe Sr. and Rita H. Couture in Wallace, Idaho. He was raised in the Polson and Hot Springs area. During some troubled times in his early childhood, Robert acquired the roles of protector and leadership to his siblings. He loved his family and was always concerned for each of their well beings.

Robert was a loving husband to his wife, Becky and a teacher and provider for their sons. His daughter also looked to him as an example. He was a devoted grandfather to his eight grandchildren.

Robert learned the value of work early in his life working on the family ranch in Hot Springs. That trait continued throughout his life. Some of his occupations included, laborer in sawmills, truck driver - anhydrous ammonia, crude oil, gasoline, and logs. On the weekends he hauled hundreds of cords of firewood! For the past 22 years he has worked as Head of Maintenance for KwaTaqNuk Resort. He also served as a Reserve Officer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert was proud of his heritage as a member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. He also was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).

Robert will be best remembered for his work ethic, his sense of humor and his commitment to his values.

Robert is preceded in death by his son, Curtis Roy DePoe and his parents.

Robert is survived by his wife of 40 years Becky (Gwilliam) DePoe, their three sons; Robert Reginald DePoe III (Jamie), Daniel Glenn DePoe (Mandie), Rodney Shawn DePoe (Tiffany) and his daughter Shannon Salisbury-DePoe; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Neah, Shawn, Ashlynn, Isaac, Nicholas, Kalin DePoe and Ryder Perot.

Robert’s siblings include: Debora DePoe, Fredrick DePoe, Carol DePoe (Tom Lankford), Corky Sias, Sharon Cannon (Tony Earthboy), Charlie Cannon (Jessica), Curtis Cannon (Shelly), Joe DePoe, Amy DePoe.

A viewing and dinner for Robert will be on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 5 PM until 8 P.M. with dinner at 6 pm in the SKC Camas room. Funeral services for Robert will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1202 4th Avenue East in Polson. Burial will follow services at the Elmo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Salish Kootenai College Infrastructure Fund. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Daniel Leo Tellier
ST. IGNATIUS — Daniel Leo Tellier completed his tour of duty on the journey of a patriotic sailor’s life as he wrapped up a full day of ceremonial presentations of colors with the Mission Valley Honor Guard on Veteran’s Day 2015. At the end of the day, the Great Commander called him home.

Born to Cleophaus and Cecille (DandyJim) Tellier on February 6, 1937, he was the only son born to Cleophaus and later joined by brothers Archie, James, Walter (Buckwheat) Carpentier. Raised with his brothers in the St. Ignatius area, he found his way into the United States Navy by boosting his age, just a little. At age 17, he entered the service of the USN and served as a boiler technician on the USS Walker DDE-517 during the Korean War. This was a very impressionable time in his life, resulting in very dear friends he would later seek out at USN reunions.

Leo was a loving husband to his wife Sophie who preceded him in death. While never having fathered children of his own, together they raised one daughter (Linda), and two granddaughters (Rose Marie and Marietta) adopted at infancy, and one great-grandson (Arlen) adopted at infancy. The word adoption should in no way shadow the fact that those were Leo and Sophie’s own children. They were always traveling and doing fun things with the kids, who were their pride and joy. Other grandchildren and great grandchildren found plenty of love and laughs when they visited the grand folks at the St. Ignatius home.

One of Leo’s many life achievements was organizing and managing the Mission Valley Honor Guard which was active at all of the special events in the valley honoring United States veterans and presenting the colors. The MVHG recently raised the flag of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for the first time at the Séliš Ksanka QÍispé Dam. Other notable presentations were placing the colors at the Benghazi Memorial in BigFork and placement of colors at the State Capitol. Leo was recently honored with the invitation to assist the Blackfeet Tribe in establishing a color guard. He had made a few visits and was glad to lend a hand in training the troupe.

After 30 years of employment with the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority as a housing maintenance inspector, Leo retired in 2011. He quickly filled his post-retirement schedule by acquiring a tribal lease in the St. Ignatius residential area where he developed a CSKT Veterans’ Center. This location has become a valuable gathering place for veterans to receive information assisting with essential needs such as health care information, support networking, and a gathering for Legion Post, and organizing representation at events.

Leo is preceded in death by his wife (Sophie) of fifty years, one grand daughter (Gayetta) and one great-grand daughter (Jade), his parents and brothers. He is survived by his children, Linda Hawk Ebner, Rose (Mike) Tellier McCrea, Marietta (Ryan Smith) Tellier, Arlen Tellier. Grandchildren include Monique (Phillip) McDonald, Charmel (Bud) Gillin, Spina Grant, Cecille (Bill) Brown, and Cilxusasqet Friedlander, as well as twenty-three great grand children, and five great-great grandchildren.

A traditional wake began at the St. Ignatius Longhouse. A rosary was recited on Sunday evening. Catholic Mass of Resurrection led by Fr. Andrew Maddux was held at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission on Monday with military rights presented at the Mission. Pallbearers were the Mission Valley Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers are his comrades who preceded him in battle. Cremation will take place. At his request, a portion of his remains will rest at Pearl Harbor and a portion with his wife’s remains in St. Ignatius. Memorials in Leo’s name can be made to the Mission Valley Honor Guard.

Kenneth R. Friedlander, Sr.
DAYTON — A choir of angels swooped down to reclaim the most gifted wood-carvin’, string-strummin’, and bird-callin’ man this side of Yawunik. Kenneth R. Friedlander Sr. began his journey with the ancestors on November 14, 2015. Ken was born to William (Bill) Sr. and Velda Friedlander on February 18, 1927 in Nespelem, Washington. He was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

He joined the United States Navy at the tender age of 16 and served in World War II aboard the U.S.S. Comstock (LDS-19). He married Margaret Mary Mathias in 1950 and they raised their family in Hot Springs, MT. Ken began a storied career in dam construction to free us from the Dark Ages. He was part of a concrete and detonating crew on the Grand Coulee, John Day, The Dalles and Hungry Horse Dams. As a gifted musician, his band played live radio and weekend gigs. He was often called upon to play taps for his fallen comrades.

Ken was a natural born teacher and a champion of Indian education. In the the 1970s, he taught mathematics in St. Ignatius to help adults earn GEDs. In 1975, he moved his family to Bonners Ferry, Idaho to work for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. As the Site Manager he oversaw new homesite construction and road building. He retired as the KTI Manager of Facilities Maintenance and in 2006 returned to Dayton with his wife, Marge.

Ken was raised in the Columbia Basin where he learned strong work ethics on the family ranch and in their orchards. He was a master gardener growing everything from gigantic vegetables to perfectly manicured bonsai. Family gatherings usually consisted of gourmet food, live music and a crescendo of conversation and laughter. Chef Dad shared his preserves of fruits and vegetables, moose and salmon, jellies, jam and homemade desserts with everyone. At least four generations enjoyed his farm to table concoctions of love.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William Jr. and Frank; a sister, Evelyn Nissen; stepson Duane Albert and grandson, Jeremy Stiffarm. He is survived by his wife Margaret of Dayton and sister, Wilma (Fred) Blessing of Spokane. His surviving children are: Ken (Charlene) Friedlander Jr., of Pablo, Karen Friedlander (Mike McCuistion), of Spokane, Rhonda Friedlander (Ted Bessette) of Omak, Velda (Bruce) Shelby of Arlee, Lois Friedlander (Ralph Johnson) of Dayton, Wendell (Joe) Friedlander (Mary) and Gena Jerrow of Pablo. He was a proud Grandfather of 22 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren.

 True to his roots, he was an avid fisherman, sports fan and cruciverbalist. Somewhere in the celestials, our beloved sailor now strums along with a choir of angels. We’ll be listening for the melody in a bird call.

A Wake Service and Rosary Recital were held at the Elmo Hall. Funeral Mass was November 17, 2015 with a Military Burial in the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of the Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jessica Michel Conko
ST. IGNATIUS — Jessica Michel Conko, 30, A.K.A:“Jessa-Leigh” and/or “Baby Angel Sunshine”, joined her father John P. Michel Conko, son Moses Little John Thunder Whitegrass, and two other sweet unborn angels, grandparents William and Louise Adam Conko, uncle Ennis Conko, aunties Margret Conko Friedlander and Helen Conko, along with other beloved family members. Jessica was called home and set free by Jesus on November 11, 2015.

Jessica was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on May 15, 1985, to the proud parents of John Conko and Linda Merchant. Jessica attended School in St. Ignatius and completed High School as a proud Mission Bulldog. She was involved in basketball, track and continued to play basketball in college at SKC. Jessica accomplished and received a Business Bachelor’s Degree at SKC. Her talents were endless such as beading, writing, drawing, poetry, forestry and quilting. She had a heart to take care of at risk youth, and gave them a place to live. She loved, fostered, befriended and nurtured Deon Whitegrass and Ontequa Matt, along with her own children.

Jessica had an amazingly big open caring heart. Jessica offered her home to those who sought refuge and strength. Her beautiful big smile lit up a room. Her laugh was contagious and still echoes. She was always the optimist never wanting to dwell on the negative. Jessica brought the funny to our family - The Mischievous One. Jess loved her babies, there was never a day she didn’t think about her beautiful Mosey, Camas and family. Jessica loved anything bright and cheerful such as: Sunflowers, yellow roses, foo-foo coffee, chocolate and sour patch kids. Oh did I mention Pepsi? Which was her breakfast of choice. Her favorite pastimes were collecting dolphins, elephants and fond memories of the ocean.

Survivors include her mom, Linda Merchant of St. Ignatius, brothers, Nevada and Waco (Rikki) Merchant, T.J. and Chad Conko, sisters Jennifer (Levi) Read and Melissa Merchant, son, Camas Anthony Assiniboine, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing took place November 14, 2015 at Foster Funeral Home. The Memorial Services was held on Sunday November 15, 2015 at the Cornerstone Faith Center.

Valerie Diane Brings Yellow
Valerie Diane Brings Yellow was born on March 1, 1965 and passed on October 15, 2015.

Surviving Family:?sons: Martin Vanderburg and Rayvis Vanderburg, both of Arlee;?daughter: Jubilee Vanderburg of Arlee;?brothers: Reginald Roan Eagle of Spirit Lake, ND, Alonzo Brings Yellow of Ronan, and John Brings Yellow III of Taholah, WA.

Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Verna (Roan Eagle) Brings Yellow; daughter, Monica Vanderburg; and brother Theodore Brings Yellow

Wake Services were held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD. Burial services will be held at a later date. Traditional Lakota Services will be conducted by Mr. Richard Broken Nose.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.

Leonard Gilbert Cordier
RONAN —Leonard Gilbert Cordier passed away October 22, 2015 surrounded by family members.

Leonard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronz medal for heroism in ground combat in 1952. Upon returning home, he went to work in numerous lumber and wood industries. He is known by many for his great works with wood, which were received by many relatives and friends. A beautiful alter that he made can currently be seen in St. Ignatius at the historic Catholic Church.

His favorite pastimes among many were camping with his large extended family and friends, hunting and fishing, baseball and his love of cards and dice games. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marcella Cordier, sons Charles V. Cordier IV and wife Annette of Green River, Wy; Rick and wife Sally of Arlee, Mt; Gilbert and wife Cheryl of Cheyenne, Wy and Greg and wife Sharon of Ramona, Ca., 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers Victor, Charles R., Fred and Raymond; sisters Francie Clark and Jerry Powell.

Proceeding him in death were his parents, Charles V. Cordier III and wife Pearl, and siblings, Joseph, Leona, EmmaJean, infant brother John and Geneva.

Following his wishes, no services are being held.

June Marie Morigeau 
SPOKANE, WA — June Marie Morigeau was born on February 19, 1923 to John and Amy Morigeau. June passed away on June 30, 2015 in Spokane, Washington with her loving family at her side. June was born in St. Ignatius, Montana.

June had a sister Peggy Hill and a brother Benny Morigeau who both preceded her in passing. June has many nieces and nephews from them.

June eventually married Les Morin and Marcy Mong who both preceded her in death. Laury Morin and Saundra Roberts are still living and kept in very close contact with her daily. June has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Too many to mention their names. She loved her family very much.

June and her family move to Yakima where she worked as a seamstress. After a few years June and her children moved to Seattle, Washington and worked at Boeing in World War II and was a riveter Boeing as an airplane manufacturer. She and her children lived there for several years. They moved back to Yakima where she became a seamstress, she made draperies clothes and also upholstered furniture. June was very talented a creating cloth into beautiful creations.

June has a very large family and loved them all.

The family and friends of June will celebrate her life next summer on the reservation at Wolf Mountain by sprinkling her ashes, prayers and a special remembrance of her. We will always embrace her with ours. Everyone is welcome.

Mabyle Joan Avery
Mabyle Joan “Bitsy” Avery began her journey to the Spirit World Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, where she will once again be with all her ancestors and family who have already made the journey.

We, her loved ones, are now left to tearfully walk to the future without her omnipresent outstretched hand to catch us before we fall or to pick us up when we do.

Thankfully our tears are not just sorrowful but also joyful as we recall how this tough little Assiniboine Indian woman from the Fort Belknap Reservation overcame many health problems to live a long, fulfilling, caring and loving effervescent life.

Her omnipresent outstretched hands now cup our heavy hearts from above salving them with the love and strength she exhibited during her life’s journey. 

Bitsy was born Jan. 4, 1933. She was the second of four daughters born to of Benjamin Medicine Bear and Josephine (Pephyrs) Medicine Bear of Fort Belknap. Bitsy and older sister Winona were soon joined by Edna and Florence. Her other siblings are Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear and Margie Plumage, her father’s other children.

She was nicknamed “Bitsy” shortly after her birth — and death.

She was born premature. Small and severely sick she was pronounced dead shortly after birth. Lying in the Fort Belknap Indian Health hospital bed sobbing, her mother Josephine heard a noise coming from the basinet her tiny “dead” baby girl had been placed in on the other side of the birthing room. Josephine rushed to basinet, pulled back the baby blanket that was covering her little girl head-to-toe and saw her “reborn” baby sucking on her thumb. “When I looked down, there was my itsy bitsy baby girl, that pretty little thing sucking on her thumb,” her mother said about that moment of unbelievable joy. And Mayble Joan Medicine Bear has been known as “Bitsy” ever since.

Bitsy was a strong Christian — I guess that happens to some of those that have been resurrected.

Because of the Great Depression Bitsy was raised by her grandmother, “Grandma Susie” Long Knife on Fort Belknap until she was 9 years old. She then moved back with her parents in Harlem to be closer to the school. She attended school at Harlem and Flandreau, SD through the 10th grade. 

In 1948, she welcomed her first-born, Bernard Azure into the world. Her first marriage didn’t last and two other marriages brought Carmen Viola and Jonathon Dwight Adams; and Richard Neil and Allan Scott Bear into the world.

In 1960 Bitsy married William “Bruce” Avery in Wolf Point. Bruce took her five young children under his wing and soon joining the family were daughters Tammy and Shannon.

Also joining the family at various times were great-grandmother Agnes Red Feather Cochran, Linda Kampf, Louie Clayborn and nephew Galen Hall.

Through the years, following Bruce’s career working for the Great Northern, BN and BNSF railroads, the family lived in the Hi-Line towns of Harlem, Wolf Point, Havre, Bainville, Culbertson, West Glacier and Libby.

Bitsy worked as a cook in various restaurants in those communities. With her outgoing and engaging nature she made many lifelong friends and acquaintances everywhere she lived and worked.

Bitsy was a hardworking and very talented woman who was gifted in many areas. She took classes in upholstery and reupholstered some of her own furniture, she was a gifted seamstress and made many clothes for her children. She was an accomplished self-taught knitter and everyone in the family sported her handmade sweaters. She taught herself how to can fruit and vegetables as well and there wasn’t a vegetable out there that she didn’t try to pickle, at least once.

She learned oil painting later in life and painted many beautiful pictures and around the same time became interested in and mastered the art of quilting, and in fact was nominated Featured Quilter of the Year by her local quilt guild in Libby.

Since the early-1970s the family has resided in Libby where Bitsy worked at restaurants until retiring. Her cinnamon rolls are still remembered by many in the Libby community. She was well known around Libby and dubbed queen of quilt raffle ticket sales, and sported a pink tint on her silver hair as a fashion statement and conversation starter. She never met a stranger, she loved people and they loved her back.

Bitsy was preceeded in death by Grandma Susie; her parents; beloved stepfather Joe Wakeman; sister Winona Quirk; sons Allan “Scott” Bear and Richard Neil Bear; daughter Carmen and son-in-law Mark Knapton; grandson David Knapton; and infant daughters, Mary Jo and Micki Joy.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years William “Bruce” Avery, Libby; children Bernard (Kim) Azure and family, Ravalli; Jon Adams, Ravalli; Tammy (Cole) Anderson and family, Troy; and, Shannon (David) Cimino and family, San Juan, Puerto Rico; sisters: Edna “Blue” Miller, Harlem; Florence “Tiny” Medicine Bear, Missoula; Margie (Frank) Plumage, Moses Lake, WA; and brothers Charlie and Westy Medicine Bear, Fort Belknap; Grandchildren, Lanada, Jacob, Casey, Brian, Mitchell, Steven, Adam, Reanna, Jared, Josie, Gus, Stormy, Celina, Lucas, nineteen great grandchildren, and dearest friend and companion Sara Clark.

A memorial service were held at the Libby United Methodist Church, 713 Main Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 10, followed by internment at the Libby City Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Delores Jean Lozeau
SEATTLE, WA. — Delores Jean Lozeau, 63, passed away at her home in Seattle, Washington on Friday, October 30, 2015. She was born on November 18, 1951 in Seattle and is the beloved daughter of Alvina Burns of Pablo, Montana and Cornell Benson of Seattle, Washington.

Delores has two children, Matthew and Traci Lozeau. She has five grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Delores loved music and her Native American heritage. She helped everyone that she could, whether it being feeding them or taking them into her home. She raised one of her grandchildren. Christa Banguis, a cousin was one of her best friends. She loved and supported Delores just as she had done.

Delores is preceded in death by her son Matthew, brother Tony Benson and sister Tina Burns.

She is survived by her mother Alvina Burns, father Cornell Benson, sister Annette Corey Lozeau of Saratooga Springs, brother Robert Benson of Seattle, brother Bill Benson of Seattle and David Burns of Pablo.

A viewing was held at Foster Laws Funeral Home on November 9; service was held on November 10. The burial followed at Riverton Cemetery in Tukwila, Washington.

Alfred Michael McLeod
Our beloved father, brother and friend Alfred Michael McLeod left to meet his maker. He was born December 31, 1947 just five minutes before New Year’s to Alfred and Margaret McLeod. He passed peacefully in his sleep.

Mike attended Kellogg High School. He worked for a logging company and joined the Army where he served three terms as a paratrooper in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart. Now he has begun a new journey. He will be remembered by family and friends forever. Go with God!

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Helen. He leaves this earth five children: Rick, Kelly, Leah, Crystal and Amanda. He has 11 grandchildren and eight siblings: Willand, George, Shrine, Juanita, George, Deanus, Ricky and Billy Joe.

Dennis L. Nault
Dennis “Denny” Nault 76, of Arlee, died peacefully at home on October 14, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born into a Metis family on July 3, 1939 in Havre to the late Andrew and Jean (Kinholt) Nault. After serving in the Marine Corps he returned to Montana making Arlee his home with Celina (Lumpry). Both were devoted to their children and all children of the Jocko Valley. Many fondly recall spending time at the family home feeling like part of the family.

From his earliest years and throughout his life Denny loved athletics and the arts. As a teenager, Denny earned a Golden Gloves award and eventually coached boxing. Karate captivated his interest long enough to earn his brown belt. Denny then devoted his time and energy to coaching women’s softball for many years sharing his love of softball with his daughters Shelly and Cassandra. A self-taught teenage artist he earned many ribbons and awards for his carvings. His friends’ Levi jackets became canvases for his drawings.

He shared a love of Harleys with his son Robin. His membership in the Hermanos motorcycle club and the times he shared with his brothers was a deep pleasure and source of fellowship in his retirement from Stone Container where he worked for 32 years and developed life long friendships. His love for his sister Sandra and her children was never far from his mind. His long and loving relationship with his Uncle Russ brought him deep joy and a sense of belonging.

Committed to the Jocko Valley community, Denny purchased the Log Cabin Bar in 1991 four years after it was gutted by fire. He worked on restoring the building from 1991 until it opened as Hangin Art Gallery and Cafe in July of 2003. He created the building as a community development offering and over the next twelve years turned it into a vibrant community arts venue and gathering place with his partner and then wife Donna. The arts center gave Denny a time in his retirement to revisit his deep love of the arts. After a hiatus of forty-five years he began to draw again and took lessons in painting and watercolor. He joined the community-school poetry group and spent six years creating wonderful poetry and developing the confidence to participate in public readings of his work. He took great pleasure in the many evenings of music by local area musicians and readings of plays by Native playwrights.

His deepest reward was the role the center has played in providing arts and creative opportunities for the children of the Jocko Valley. His sister Sandra visited the Gallery when she was here and said “Denny and I would have loved to have a place like this in Havre when we were children.”

Denny is survived by his wife Donna, sister Sandra (Wayne) Munch, uncle Russell (Elizabeth) Nault, son Robin Nault, daughters Shelly (Von) Richter and Cassandra (Tim) Wolff. Grandchildren Desirae, Michelle, Bobbie, Sierra, Brittany, Jordan, Britton, Dayne, Jaci and Justin. Preceded in death by wife Celina, brothers David and Dale Nault.

Denny was a founding member of the Arlee Community Development Corporation and worked tirelessly on its behalf over the years. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in his memory to the Arlee CDC at PO Box 452, Arlee, MT 59821 or on its website at Denny will be sorely missed by his loved ones and all those whose lives he touched by his lifelong friendship and generosity.

A Memorial will be held for Denny at the Hangin Art Gallery on Highway 93 in downtown Arlee on Sunday, November 8 at 1 PM.

Dennis James Pichette
ST. IGNATIUS – Dennis James Pichette, “DenDen”, 53, passed away at his home on October 16, 2015.

Born in St. Ignatius at Holy Family Hospital to Baptiste and Marian Pichette, he went to school at the Urselines and at the Public School in St. Ignatius.

He loved working in the woods, being around his friends, and he loved to play Keno and gambling.

He was preceded in death by his father Baptisite Pichette and his brother Baptisite Jr. and sister Caroline.

Survivors include his mother Marian Pichette; his sisters Sherry Pichette, Debbie Pichette, and Carolynn Pichette; niece Karen Pichette and nephew Jayson Pichette; daughter Victoria Decker and three grandchildren  Alie, Robb, and Ezzy; an uncle Noel Pichette; aunties Mary Wheeler and Zella Fisher as well as several great grand nieces and nephews and cousins. 

A wake began Sunday at the Longhouse with Rosary being held at 8 pm Tuesday evening. Closing was Wednesday in the Longhouse with Mass followed in the St. Ignatius Mission.  He is laid to rest by his father in St. Ignatius.

Barbara Jean Noel Ross
Barbara Jean Noel Ross passed in her sleep with peace and grace on October 16, 2015 at her daughter Kim‘s home.

Barbara was born to William Herbert Noel and Laura Cecelia Glover Noel at the Saint Ignatius hospital in 1935 joining a large family of fourteen children. Barbara became a Polson High School graduate of class of fifty-four. During her high school years she met the love of her life Kenneth W. Ross and was married for eighteen years living and raising her family on a ranch in Hot Springs. Barbara threw all of her energies into raising her three daughters with part-time work at the Hot Springs Post Office, Polson Bee Box Factory and Polson Super One Foods.

Barbara was an avid collector of precious glassware in multiple shapes and colors. Many of her travels revolved around countless garage sale searches for pink depression glass, blue glass, crystal glass, milk glass, carnival glass, red glass, and tea pots. Days of her retirement were spent volunteering at the Polson Country Store sorting and pricing treasures.

She is predeceased by her youngest daughter Kelly Sue Johnson and seven brothers and sisters: Bud Noel, Dotty Joy, Dorothy Watson, Jerry Noel, Margie Jones, Patsy Anderson, and James Noel. Barbara is survived by her two daughters Cindy G. Rossmith of St. Ignatius, MT and Kimberlee J. Ross of Kalispell. Grandchildren include: Ryan Cislo, Ashlee Cislo, Jackson Rossmith, Christopher Rossmith, Kristen Johnson-Doble, Ross Johnson. Great-grand babies include: Jade, Alexus, Brylee, Avaree, Theodore, Tucker, Weston, and two in waiting.

Services will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson at 2 p.m. on Thursday October 22, 2015. High Tea and cake at the Polson Tribal Senior Center will follow. If you wish, donations in household treasures can be made to the Polson Country Store.

Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant
BILLINGS — Richard Jeromy Ernest Plant, 4 months, the son of Tony and Delea Hogan Plant, passed away on October 5, 2015. Ikhe’Hawate, “One Star” a Crow name given to him by Mary Wallace, was born on June 24, 2015, in Billings.

He was preceded in death by Ernest and Tessie Holds the Enemy, Sr., Tessie Stewart, Jeromy Holds, Lela Perez, Theresa Loreau, Anthony J. Plant, Sr., Daniel (Mary) Sherwood, and Clara Rossbach.

Survivors include his parents; his sisters, Lillian and Talea; his brothers, Trestin and Tony; grandparents, Anthony (Ingun) Plant, Nancy Bear Sherwood, Barry Hogan, Sr., Vicki Holds the Enemy, Merdith Wallace, Adam Singer, Susan, Julie, Agnes, Francis and Junior Sherwood, Paul Mahseelah, Joann Big Medicine, Sam and Joe Plant; great-grandparents, Mary Wallace, Nellie Sings in the Mountain, Mardell (Leo) Plain Feather, Lorena Walks Over Ice, Myron (Sandra) Shield and Farrow Mae (Bill) Pease; aunts, Shirley (Barry) Real Bird, Michael Ann Maheelah, Miriah (Marty) Holds, Glenda (John) Stevens, Krista (Ed) Nessm, Camee (David) Old Chief, Janell and Rhonda Jefferson, Jorey Plenty Hawk, Gina Dynneson, Amanda and Alica Perez; uncles, Barry Hogan, Jr., Ricky and Milton (Stephanie) Bianas, Nathan Riekena, Arnold Sherwood, Donald (Jachelle) Zier and Acorn (Anastasia) Holds the Enemy; as well as his extended family, including the Holds, Reeds, Little Lights, Hogans, Coutures, Matts, McDonalds, Mahseelahs, Sherwoods, Plain Feathers, Singers, Pettys, Stevens, Plants, Jeffersons, Shields, Shanes, Plentys, Walks Over Ice, Rossbachs, Birds, Upshaws, Dynnesons and Bull Shows families.

Graveside services were held on Friday October 9, in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.

Tracey Mae (Johnson) Normandeau
Tracey was born August 23, 1965 to Arthur Raymond Johnson and Myrna (DuCharme) Johnson in Polson. On October 6, 2015 she was re-united with her daughter, Rochelle Normandeau - brother, Lance Johnson –1st cousins Cody Conrad, Danielle DuCharme, Kelly DuCharme, Scott Johnson, numerous other cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. What a celebration in heaven above!

Tracey attended schools across Montana and Washington as the family worked construction. She was an athlete involved in track (always competitive in nature especially with her brothers growing up), loved the world of horses, and was a very gifted artist.

Tracey met and married Kevin Normandeau out of Ronan, became an amazing mother of three children (many of the neighborhood kids looked to her as their mother figure also and called her “Tracey tough as nails”!).

She worked various places doing jobs from nursing to cleaning to restaurant management then taking an extended break from the working world to take care of her daughter in her battle against cancer, showing her mother’s strength and courage. Tracey had a large part in helping raise her grandchildren and spending as much time with them as possible.

Her story is hard to tell in such a short blip because she had so many attributes, being such a strong amazing loving woman, and did so much in her short 50 years here. Above all else the light inside her stood out during her battle with cancer, a strong warrior, full of energy, and smiles for all. She will be missed by many and loved by all who knew her as she embarks on her new journey with our Heavenly Father, and the rest of the angels who have gone too soon.

She is survived by her parents, children: Chris Normandeau and Cassie Normandeau and three grandsons, Daniel, Brent and Troy who adored spending time with her, along with her siblings Deborah, Keith, and Jerrod.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Ann Kintz
PABLO – Barbara Ann “Barb” Kintz, age 55, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2105 at her residence in Pablo. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Polson the daughter of William and Melva (Joy) Combs.

She attended schools and graduated from Polson High School. She worked for many years at the KwaTaqNuk Motel in Polson as a waitress and later as a secretary.

In 2010, she was diagnosed with multiple systems atrophy; shortly after that she retired. She was a member of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Bob, two daughters, Sarena and Trista and her son Chase, four grandchildren, her brother Eddie Combs and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services for Barb were held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at The Lake Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Flathead Lake Senior Citizens Center, 701 1st Street East, Polson, MT 59860.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Eugene Charles HeavyRunner, Jr.
MISSOULA — Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner, Jr. passed away from a car-related accident on Friday October 2, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Montana. He was 66 years old.

Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner Jr. was born to Eugene HeavyRunner, Sr. and Gertrude Ground HeavyRunner on June 20, 1949 in Browning. He was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and his Indian name was “Issoko Maakaan” (HeavyRunner) which was the name of his great paternal grandfather. 

He attended and graduated high school Browning. During this time he extended his education at the University of Montana and the Ecumenical Institute in Chicago Illinois where he spent time with social justice groups, this is where activism roots began to grow. He was a firm believer in the Blackfeet and traditional way of life and honored the Blacktail Bundle. He spent many years of his life with the American Indian Movement to address tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, spiritual and tribal leadership. He was very proud of his involvement at Wounded Knee, the historic D.C. Occupation and his contribution with The Longest Walk. He was versed in treaties and tribal histories, musician, loved to cook and spent many years as a cook at Glacier National Park and Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Proceeded in death by his father Eugene HeavyRunner Sr., Brothers Carl, Duane, Glenn, David, Ike and Kermit and his sister Bonnie HeavyRunner and the mother of his children Maria Beth Charlo and Barbara Bugbee.

Survivors include his mother Gertrude HeavyRunner; sisters Linda Warden, Dr. Iris PrettyPaint, GayAnn Spotted Bear and brothers George, Lyle and Keith HeavyRunner; companion Karen Coffee and family; sons Jason HeavyRunner, Casey HeavyRunner, Sundance HeavyRunner, Dayna Bullshields-Pepion (Melinda Bullshields) and Eugene Henry HeavyRunner III; his grandchildren Maria, Soul, Kesley, Autum, Liyah, Aiyanna, Nizhoni, Issac, Nidua; he a hand in guiding his granddaughter Maria; and nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and many cousins from his very large family.

Because Buzzy had travelled extensively throughout his life he had a very large and extended circle of relations, lifelong friends and relationships with the Blackfeet and Flathead Nations, the family recognizes you and thanks you all and apologizes for not being able to list everyone.

Rosary Services were held at the Stickgame Arbor in Browning on Wednesday October 7, 2015. Funeral Services were held at the Little Flower Parish on Thursday October 8, 2015. Eugene was laid to rest at the Ground Cemetery in Starr School.

Jean Allen Turnage
POLSON — Family man and devoted public servant Jean Allen Turnage, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Jean, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born in St. Ignatius, on March 10, 1926, and graduated high school there in 1944. During the school year Jean worked as a service station attendant and drove a milk delivery truck from the various dairy farms throughout the Mission Valley to the creamery in Polson. In the summers he worked as a carpenter’s apprentice at the Naval Training Station in Bayview, Idaho, and as a boilermaker in the Kaiser Shipyards at Swan Island, Oregon.

After high school Jean enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a top turret gunner on a B-29 until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Next, Jean enrolled at the University of Montana, where he served on the law review and received his law degree in 1951. While attending law school he worked for the Montana Highway Department.

Jean’s distinguished life long law career began with his private practice in Polson in 1951, where his law firm still carries his name some 64 years later. Just after he opened his practice, he met and married the love of his life, Eula Mae Johnson, in 1952. That same year he was elected Lake County Attorney and served for five terms, and in 1959 he served as President of the Montana County Attorneys’ Association. In 1962, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives, and then to the Montana State Senate in 1964, where he served for twenty years. While in the State Senate he chaired the Taxation and Judiciary Committees, served as Minority Leader in 1967, Majority Leader in 1977, and as President of the Senate for the 1983 Session.

In 1976, he was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General, and argued a case on behalf of the State of Montana before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In 1984, Jean was elected Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and again in 1992, serving sixteen years as Montana’s top judicial official. While on the Supreme Court, in 1993 he was elected President of the National Conference of Chief Justices, and also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

In 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Legal Letters from the University of Montana.

After retiring from the Montana Supreme Court in 2000, Jean returned to his private practice and continued serving clients until he went on Senior Status in 2014.

Mr. Turnage was in the Masonic Order, including the Shrine and Jesters, the American Legion, VFW, Elks and Rotary International, was a life member of the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, and the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana.

Jean was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Julia Turnage; his sister, Antoinette Flynn; and brother, Russell Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae; daughter, Patricia; son, Lloyd (Geri); grandchildren, Erin Leonard (fiancé Doug Trigg), James Turnage, and Joseph Turnage; and great-grandchildren, Tristian Leonard, Austin Leonard and Natalie Leonard.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 1, at 1 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson, followed by interment with full military honors by the Mission Valley Honor Guard at Lake View Cemetery.

Memorials maybe made to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Shriners Children’s Hospital, Mission Valley Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Michael Louis Durglo, Sr.
ST. IGNATIUS — On September 12, 2015, Michael Louis Durglo, Sr., began his journey back to the loving arms of his wife, Barb, and those family members that have passed before him. He was a proud member of the Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes.

Mike, also known as “Pa,” Xepe,” or” Louie” to his family and friends, was born September 9, 1935, to Conrad and Adele Chalwain Durgeloh “across the river” on the family ranch northwest of Dixon. Mike’s family later moved to the Mollman and Eagle Pass areas where he spent countless hours in the mountains with his brothers and local families.

Mike was educated in the Ronan schools and was proud of his orange and black. So much, that he teased his children and grandchildren anytime they competed against the Chiefs or any other team in orange and black. Underneath, Mike was a proud supporter of his family and all of their athletic and academic successes. Before completion of high school, Mike felt it was his patriotic duty to enlist in the United States Marine Corp. Shortly after enlisting, Mike was called into active duty during the Korean campaign. He was later honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He continued this service to the Tribe, State and Country as a proud member of the Mission Valley Honor Guard and American Legion Post 106. Semper Fi

Shortly after discharge, Mike met and married Lillian Alexie. Of this union, his daughter Mary was born. His granddaughter, Brea Franco, of Spokane, remained close to her grandfather throughout his life.

In 1959, Mike met and married Barbara J. Courville. They made their first home in the Mollman Pass area and later moved near Mike’s parents on Eagle Pass Trail. Barb and Mike eventually moved to St. Ignatius to raise their six children.

As a dedicated and tireless employee, Mike put in many years of service for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Ronan as a skilled surveyor. Upon his retirement from the Bureau, Mike went to work for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes working closely with the Salish – Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee while completing work to preserve the Salish culture and tradition. At the time of his most recent setback, Mike was still working ten hour days for the Cultural Preservation Department. He cherished his time working in preservation and the dear friends that he made throughout his work.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; parents, Conrad and Adele; daughter, Mary McCoy; daughter, Linda Christine; grandson, Kyle Joseph Trahan; and brothers, William “Bill” and Francis Durgeloh.

Mike is survived by his children, Mike, Jr. (Terri), Joe (Alana), Jim (Angie), Donna, Dan (Natasha), and Caroline. He is also survived my many grandchildren great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild, cherished nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Services for Mike began at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, in Polson, on Monday, September 14, 2015 with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. His services continued at the St. Ignatius Long House, with Rosary recital at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Closing ceremonies began at 10 a.m. at the long house, followed by Mass at the St. Ignatius Mission on Wednesday, September 16. Burial took place at the Ronan Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

George A. Christopher
ARLEE — Our precious Dad and Grandpa, George A. Christopher, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015 in his home surrounded by his family. George was born February 22, 1944 in Missoula. He was one of seven children born to Lauren and Lillian Christopher.

George was raised in Arlee and graduated from Arlee High School in 1962. He participated in several high school activities including track and football. He worked in logging, was a skilled carpenter who built houses and bridges across Montana including the Scott Street Overpass in Missoula, and was a talented farmer. He was also an agent for Farmer’s Mutual Insurance for many years until his death.

In 1969, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Wall. Shortly after their wedding, George built their home in Arlee where they raised their family. Despite separation, George and Jeanne maintained a close friendship as they loved and supported their son James and as their family grew to include nine beautiful grandchildren. Family holidays, frequent phone calls, and taking trips together to visit family were priorities to them. As George approached his final days, he asked for Jeanne to be by his side.

George loved his family and his community. He was hard working, generous, and we all enjoyed his witty sense of humor and caring presence. He greatly appreciated the outdoors and was happiest when he was taking care of animals and cutting firewood. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. His son Joseph referred to him as a great hunter, possibly even an “expert” hunter. He worked long hours in his garden, recently referring to it as his “pride and joy”. He lovingly shared his vegetables with neighbors and friends. As an avid sports fan, George was a regular at Arlee sporting events and loved watching his grandsons play basketball and football. His son James remembered that he was always the first one up in the morning, excited to read the newspaper. He would amaze his grandsons by reciting endless amounts of useful world news, history facts, and sports trivia. He was fiercely proud of his family and loved celebrating their accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lauren and Lillian. He is survived by his daughter Melissa and grandsons Alex and Avery, his son Joseph and daughter-in-law Korrie and grandchildren Lauren, Ethan, Joseph “Bruin”, Mason, Maia, Emma, and Jagermeister Daniel, and his youngest son James. He is also survived by his sisters Faye (Chuck), Alison, and Donna (Gary), and his brothers Roy, Roger (Elizabeth), Rick (LouAnne), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, special friends Bill Dellinger and Bob Fyant, and girlfriend Rebecca Wiley.

A memorial to celebrate George’s life will be held at the Arlee Community Center on Powwow Road on Monday, September 14th at 11 AM. George will be laid to rest in a private burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson, MT. In lieu of flowers, friends and neighbors are invited to bring a potluck dish and a memory to share with the community.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard Howell Wall
STOCKTON, CA — Our much-loved son, husband, father and brother, Richard Howell Wall, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Stockton on September 7, 2015. He had just recently celebrated his 48th birthday. Richard was the owner of the restaurant/bar “Al the Wops”, located at Main Street Locke, California.

Richard was born on September 2, 1967 to Leslie Harrison and Richard Charles Wall. He was raised in Walnut Grove and completed high school there. During his formative years he was known for being a bit crazy. He would joke about his antics while a young man recalling his many misadventures. He would also point out that he was “much wiser” now. As he grew up; he became a business owner, a local sponsor of youth events and supporter of civic and community efforts. One of his favorite community events was a free liver and onion and bison feed at Al’s. He was committed to the local community where he had his business and where he raised his precious family.

Around 2005, he met the love of his life, Judi Manzo, and in 2010 they married. His love for her grew with the birth of their two children, Lulu and Max. Lulu and Max joined an older brother, Bryan, at the family home. Richard was a devoted family man and this devotion only grew with time. Having a family was one of many life events that surprised and delighted him.

Richard was typically an early riser; frequently visiting the local college flea market with a cup of coffee in his hand. He also took early morning walks on the Cross Channel road. He was often in motion and he said “it helps me think better.” Most of Walnut Grove knew Richard as he was a frequent sight down town, especially in the mornings.

In addition to being an early riser and a man on the move, Richard was an avid accomplished outdoorsman. He hunted bison, sheep, deer and elk, birds of prey and he enjoyed fishing.

In the Summer/Fall of 2013, Richard discovered his Montana family, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He and Judi traveled to Montana and met two sisters, Teresa Wall McDonald and Jeanne Christopher. To his surprise there were uncles, aunts, cousins and a large extended Montana family.

In the fall of 2014, he drew a tag for hunting in Montana, and he dearly loved that opportunity. Richard would travel back and forth from California to Montana. In the summer of 2015, he camped at the Arlee Pow Wow Celebration with Joe and Sherri McDonald. He helped to erect the camp tee pees and was so thankful for the opportunity to be there. While at the pow wow his picture was taken with the Governor of Montana. He could not wait to show the picture to his California friends and family. This same year, he gifted his uncle Dave “Tall” Wall with a tanned bison hide (which he shot).

Richard was a shrewd businessman with a thirst for learning, as he took courses at the local community college. He joked with his sisters that “he had to catch up with his post secondary education.” In August 2015, he studied for and took his first real estate exam, and passed on his first try. With this achievement he was hoping to expand his horizons.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard Charles Wall; his grandparents, Juanita Dupuis Wall and Samuel Wall; and several aunts and uncles. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents in California, Clarence and Dessie Harrison, whom he loved dearly.    Richard leaves behind a large extended “Al’s” family in California; wife, Judi; children, Bryan, Lulu and Max; and his mother, Leslie Harrison. All friends and family were devastated with his untimely early passing. As one Montana family member said “we were just getting to know him.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Shriners Hospital. Cremation has taken place. Richard’s future final resting place will be in Montana, where his heart was.

Robert Meyer Peregoy
PABLO — Robert Meyer Peregoy also known as Bob Peregoy, passed away from natural causes that took all of us by surprise. Bob was born on April 14, 1947 to Francis Nathan and Donna Mae (Meyer) Peregoy in San Francisco CA.

Bob graduated from High School in Madera, CA. He went on and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969. He further matriculated to complete his MPA in Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. In 1979 he graduated with his Ed. D. from Montana State University in which he created the Native American Studies program. He then attended law school full time and received his Jurist Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

From 1991 to 1996 he was Chief Appellate Court Judge for Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana.

From 1984 to 1999 he was Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), Boulder, Colorado. His duties and responsibilities included managing attorney of NARF’s Washington, D.C. office; director of Legislative Affairs; and member of Litigation Management Committee. Practice involved litigation and advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals in judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal, state, and tribal governments.

From 1999 to 2001 he started Robert M. Peregoy Law Office and Consulting Services, Solo Practitioner.

Bob started his long-term career at Salish Kootenai College in 2001 to the time of his unexpected death. He served the college as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (2002-04).

Director, Office of Institutional Research and Director, Office of Career and Technical Education from 2001 to present.

Bob was recipient of the 2014 SKC Bitterroot Award for fundraising efforts that have created the strong roots that enable Salish Kootenai College to flourish.

“The Bitterroot has been an important staple to the people of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe since the beginning of time. It represents strength, nourishment, and sustainability and recognizes attributes to Bob’s fundraising and value the contributions he has made to SKC’s institution.”

He is survived by his beloved dog Bandit; brother, Dr. John Peregoy and Fraggles the dog of Polson, Montana; his sister Susan Peregoy-Boyle of Mill Valley, CA; his close friends and his Salish Kootenai College family he loved.

A Celebration of Life for Bob was held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11 A.M. on the Salish Kootenai Campus in the Arlee/Victor Theatre in Pablo, Montana. Urn burial will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, PO Box 70, Pablo, Montana for the Student Scholarship Fund.

Memories and condolences for Bob may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Louis “Alvin” McClure
RONAN — Louis “Alvin” McClure age 67, long time St. Ignatius resident was called home to the Creator on Wednesday August 19, 2015 at St. Lukes Extended Care.

Alvin was the son of Janie Bourdon-McClure, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme. Throughout his younger years he attended school in St. Ignatius before making the decision to trek across many miles to Chilocco Indian Boarding school in Newkirk Oklahoma. During his time in Chilocco, Alvin was instilled with a pristine sense of upkeep and time schedule, he made many lifelong friends, and engaged in many extra-curricular activities. His eyes lit up when he talked about his accomplishments in sports during the years he attended, especially in Football and Basketball. Alvin graduated from Chilocco in 1964 before returning home to St. Ignatius MT to also walk at graduation with his buddies from St. Ignatius High School.

Alvin was a great athlete and still holds records at MHS. His passion was to be on the field playing, coaching, or umpiring softball. He was on many teams throughout his lifetime and there was not a weekend that went by that tournaments were not played. It was safe to say that his glove and bat would never collect dust. Softball was always his passion but in later years his attention turned to his kids and grandkids and watching them play and coaching them. He coached many teams, touched many lives and always pushed everyone to do their best. He was an avid coin collector and also a keeper of “shiny things”. Not only was Alvin physically engaged in many activities his mind was sharp and he often loved to play strategic games such as chess and checkers. He loved being outdoors and the majority of his career was spent working for the CS&KT Forestry Department as a Forester Technician.

In 1968, he married Lois Lafromboise (Slater) and together they had four children. They later divorced and while umpiring on the softball field he met the love of his life Kathy Ann Krantz. It was not love at first sight but it was a love story for the books. Kathy brought out the life hidden in Alvin and together they built their lives around their greatest passion, family. On August 1st 1987 Kathy and Alvin tied the knot in Coeur d’alene ID with two of their best friends David and Sherry Scheeler. They made their home in St. Ignatius MT where they welcomed their first and only child together in May of 1988.

Throughout the years Alvin and Kathy worked very hard to provide them the life they wanted. Both putting in long hours so that they could enjoy their time off doing the things they loved. Many memories were created on the road traveling to softball tournaments, off the map destinations and out of state. Alvin and Kathy always were sure to include their children in these memory-making ventures whether it be at their home or on the roads. In 2006 when Kathy passed the light in Alvin’s eyes seemed to dim. In 2012 when Alvin suffered a stroke many could see a change in him, but his mind was still sharp and his passion for life seemed to re-spark. He didn’t take one minute for granted after that and enjoyed passing much of the time watching his black and white westerns, spending time with his grandchildren and passing on the memories he had through stories. Alvin has touched the lives of many teaching through stories, actions and even in silence. He suffered through many great loses over the years but always kept his composure as he was a real honest to God definition of a Man. He was a man who had been through so much in his life and always seemed to find a way to keep on pushing through the obstacles that were set before him.

 He is preceded in death by his grandmother Wasi, his mother, Janie, his fathers, Lindy McClure and Jody Ducharme; his wife Kathy, and grandson Lindy Louis Junior Quequesah and his very best friends Jerry Asay and David Scheeler.

He is survived by his daughters Kimberly, Nichole (David), Cori (Carlos), Jamie (Charlie) and his son David. His grandchildren Mariah, Madison, Jeffrey, Justin, Carli, Christopher, Austin, Jerimiah, Jett, Joanie, Keithetta, and Michael. Great grandchildren Cayliana, Brooklyn, Eastyn, Cayani, Sophie and Christopher and his many sisters, brothers, and cousins.

Wake services will start Friday at noon. Rosary will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. all to be held at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius.

Darcy Mary Malatare
ARLEE — Darcy Mary Malatare went home to the Creator on August 19, 2015, where she was greeted with open arms by her loving sister, Lynnette.

Darcy was born in St. Ignatius on November 5, 1966, to John (Bear) and Flora (Irma) Malatare. She attended school in Arlee and graduated in 1985. After high school, Darcy attended the Big Sky College of Barber Styling, Inc., in Missoula, and earned her barbers license on July 20, 1986. Darcy opened her own barber shop in Arlee shortly after and also worked various jobs in the community. For the last 12 years, Darcy worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Lands Department.

Darcy married Bradley Wieder on April 13, 1987, and they were married for 21 years. Together they welcomed to the world their daughter, Jonnell, on December 9, 1987, and their son, Leon, on May 16, 1991. Darcy met Joe Vanderburg in 2009, and they were together until her death. She was a very devoted mother whose life revolved around her children and grandchildren. Her last best memories were as a Yaya taking her grannies to the fair.

All throughout her life, Darcy enjoyed being involved in many family activities including huckleberry picking, holiday parties, playing cards, camping, and any activity that involved being in the woods. She was well known for her excellent landscaping talents, always having a camera in her hands trying to catch the next America’s Funniest Home Video, her outstanding skills as a barber, and having a very contagious laugh. But most of all, Darcy was known for her big heart that cared for everyone around her.

Darcy frequently went out of her way for others; she made sure everyone was well fed and happy by preparing multiple dishes for family gatherings. She made sure those around her had more than they needed and she was always there when times got tough. When her sister, Lynn, was diagnosed with cancer and had to move to Seattle for treatment, Darcy packed up her things and moved there, as well, and she did the cooking and cleaning and took care of the family for the four months they lived there. She truly put the needs of her family, as well as those of others, before her own.

Darcy is preceded in death by her sister, Lynnette; her grandparents, Phillip Malatare, Katherine Barnaby, Alec Lumpry, and William Linsebigler; her aunt, Sophie Tellier; and her uncle, Bud Barnaby.

She is survived in death by her daughter, Jonnell (Nakota, and their children - her Yayas - Macklen and Raileigh); her son, Leon; her parents, Bear and Irma; her friend, Joe Vanderburg; her brother, John (Becky); her sisters, Cheryl (Darrin) and Jen (Ron); her brother-in-law, Ernie; various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and countless other friends and loved ones.

Marsha McDonald Rubino
BIG ARM — Marsha McDonald Rubino, age 70, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a long battle with Type I Diabetes and cancer with her loving family and friends at her side. She was born on July 9, 1945 in Spokane, WA the daughter of Thomas R. McDonald and Lois Geraldine (Dahl) Cochran.

She attended and graduated from Polson High School with the class of 1963. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Following high school, she attended the University of Montana where she met Vince Rubino. They were married in Polson in 1966.

In 1967, Vince was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, then they began serving on active duty, taking them to Heidelberg, Germany; Seoul, S. Korea as well as several posts across the U.S. including 5+ years at the Presidio in San Francisco, which was Marsha’s favorite post. She enjoyed entertaining and numerous parties and social events that she planned. She and Vince retired from active duty in 1987 from Ft. Monroe, VA. They eventually came back to Montana where they purchased their home on Flathead Lake and continue to reside there to this day.

She began a manicurist business that developed into a wonderful social business that gave her national contacts and recognition. She was also very active in 4-H, horsemanship and shooting sports.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and cherished those times spent together. She also cherished her two children and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Thomas McDonald, her mother Geri Cochran, infant brother Angus Patrick McDonald and brother Ranald McDonald.

She is survived by her husband Vince of Big Arm; her son Vince Jr. and wife Young Joo Kim of Inchon, Korea; her daughter Gillian (Rubino) Moss and husband Shane of Whitefish; five grandchildren, Devan, Colt, Coy, Eugene and Rowan; her siblings, Gail Graves, Lorrie Meeks, Jackie Rader, Jan Cochran and Malcolm McDonald as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Marsha was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Polson. Urn burial will be at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

David Joseph Martinez
ELMO — David Joseph Martinez, 22, passed away in Pablo on August 12, 2015.

He was born to Delinda Finley and Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez on June 5, 1993 in Polson, MT.  Raised and educated on the Reservation, he was a master of “Chillin” with his brother, Dom, family and friends. Like his father and uncles, he enjoyed all sports, he played all positions in baseball; enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family. He enjoyed all music and enjoyed attending concerts. David was known for having a big heart, was very caring and would give you the shirt off of his back. In 2012, David and his partner, Ciera, were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Annalia, and from then on he focused on being a good father and he enjoyed playing with her and watching her grow. She is their pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leonard and grandma, Nancy Joseph; sister, Tina Wynne and brother, Frankie Nicolai III.

He is survived by his parents Delinda Finley of Elmo; father Wilcoxson “Sonny” Martinez of Pablo; grandma Janice Michel of Pablo and grandpas Joseph Finley of Wellpinit and Wilcoxson Martinez of New Mexico; his partner Ciera Lozeau Steele and daughter Annalia Martinez of Pablo; siblings Shantel Martinez of Omak, WA, Ramona Wynne of Elmo, Crimson Cox of Pablo, Athena Martinez of Pablo, Dominic Martinez of Elmo, Chimeco Martinez and Matthew Nicolai of Ronan, Bowdrea Nicolai of Pablo, Shawn Bigby, of Elmo, Wilcoxson Martinez Jr of Pablo and John Cox of Pablo; as well as large family of aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Hall in Elmo.  Condolences may be left at

Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler
Rosemary Houle Jackson Kugler died unexpectedly in her sleep on August 14, 2015 at the age of 77. She was born the youngest of 7 in St. Ignatius on December 4, 1937 to Fredrick J. Houle and Hellen E. (Winslow) Houle.

She was raised as a young girl in the Pablo area and later attended high school in Ronan where she was a huge part of the class of 1956. She was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

She married Cecil Jackson and together they had 6 children in the Round Butte area. They later divorced and she married Ward Kugler and became stepmother to two more. Over her lifetime she proudly wore many professional and personal hats. Some of which included mother, grandmother, and successful business owner and entrepreneur. After “retirement” she began her new winter life in Yuma, Arizona. Rose was a woman that was looked up to and admired by many. She led a life full of adventure and was always looking for her next road trip.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband Ward Kugler, brothers Fred Houle, Jr. and Bob Houle, her sisters June Dullaghan and Lois Dupuis, infant son Ronnie, and grandson Chistopher Weivoda.

She is survived by her sisters Allene Cole of Dixon and Lora (Jim) Cole of Finley Point; children Ramona (Bud) Lynch of Round Butte, Darlene (Craig) Elverud of Chester, Carolyn (Chuck) Weivoda of Pablo, Curtis Jackson of Pablo, and Keith Jackson of Ronan; step children Brian (Patti) Kugler of Polson, and Suzette Kugler of Alaska. She also had 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, not to mention numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Services will be held at the Ronan Community Center on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. A private family burial will follow at the family ranch.

Ranald Luke McDonald
POLSON — Ranald Luke McDonald, 48, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was born Aug. 21, 1966, in Ronan, the son of Thomas Ranald and Ann May (Christman) McDonald.

He was raised on the family ranch in Niarada, attended schools in Polson and graduated from Polson High School in 1984. He attended and graduated from Montana State University and continued at the University of Montana Law School, where he received his juris doctorate in law.

Following law school, he worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was their managing attorney for many years. He was married and to this union his daughter, Ave’, was born.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was also a competitive shooter. He was also able to enjoy a hunting trip to Africa. He was very close to his fraternity brothers from MSU's Delta Sigma Phi. He was a longtime member of the Montana Bar Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Ranald enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and was very proud of his daughter Ave’s competitive freestyle skiing. He enjoyed fine foods and sharing with friends. He was a master fencer and had a very easygoing personality.

He was also a great-grandson of the Hudson Bay fur trader Angus McDonald, and his great-grandmother was a first cousin of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe.

“May the work I have done speak for me."

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an infant brother, Angus Patrick McDonald.

He is survived by his daughter, Ave' of Columbia Falls; his sister, Lorrie Meeks (Tom) of Dixon; his brother, Malcolm McDonald (Patty) of Niarada; sisters, Gail Graves of Ronan and Marsha Rubino (Vince) of Elmo; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

As per Ranald’s wishes, services will be private.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier
ARLEE — Alfred Charles “Cub” DuMontier, passed away at his home on his ranch in Arlee at the age of 76. While his body was failing, his mind, spirit, loving nature, and dignity remained through the time of his passing on Wednesday July 8, 2015.

Cub was born to Albert and Clara (Keenan) Dumontier at the old St. Ignatius hospital, the youngest of four siblings on June 23, 1939. He was raised in Arlee and attended the Arlee schools.

Cub fulfilled his call to duty and served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. He earned recognition as an accomplished marksman (carbine) and sharpshooter (rifle).

He married Glenda Rae Park on February 8, 1962 in Wallace, Idaho. They had two children, Debra Lee and Timothy Albert. They settled in the Jocko Valley, where they established a ranch on DuMontier Road. They purchased DuMontier Oil in Ravalli and ran a successful business for many years until they retired back to the ranch full time.

He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He worked with the Tribes in different aspects over the years and remained committed to tribal interests throughout his life.

Cub was a hard worker and did not believe in putting any job off for later. He always said that “anything worth doing was worth doing right.” His work ethic was well known and respected. He also had a unique humor and quick wit that left a lasting impression on those who knew him.

He had a great love of the outdoors and when there was a break in the work, it was time to head for the hills. He enjoyed packing, camping, and especially hunting. He rode untold miles on backcountry trails and traveled the country chasing the racehorses. He was an accomplished and expert horseman. He enjoyed all aspects of the horse life.

He was a loving father and was very involved in the lives of his children and later with his grandchildren. He loved to support them in their educations and at sporting events.

Cub is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Glenda and his children, Debbie (Tom McClure) and Tim (Becca), grandchildren Desiree (Ryan) Fox, Cubby Pierre, Isabelle, Analise and Albert Charles DuMontier, and great-grandson Ryland Cub Fox; siblings Leona Dunham, Dorothy (Jerry) Ford, Leroy “Sonny” (Virginia) Dumontier. Cub was very personable, very well liked and had innumerable friends, acquaintances, and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private celebration of his life and graveside service was held on the DuMontier Ranch on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

A heartfelt thanks to all who have provided food, flowers, prayers, and solace.

Elizabeth Marie MadPlume
Pablo — Elizabeth Marie MadPlume, 71, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on November 4, 1943, in Browning, the daughter of Francis X. Bull Calf and Mary Yellow Wolf.

She graduated from high school and finished cosmetology school, and also received a degree from Salish Kootenai College. She was happily married to Robert John MadPlume since February 17, 1975.

Her most treasured thing to do was to study the bible. She loved to be with her family and spend time with her grandbabies. She also loved to go fishing. Enjoying her most valued talent as a homemaker and artist, she did a lot of crafts and bead work. Her curtain making was the best beyond all belief. She had an eye for beautiful things.

She was a beautiful, loving mother, grandmother and wife and she had a great love for the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Francis X. Bull Calf, and mom, Mary Yellow Wolf.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. MadPlume; her children, Sonya New Breast, Greg “Moe” MadPLume, Paul Hendren, Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway and Francine Norton.

Visitation for Elizabeth was held July 6 through July 8 at the family home in Pablo. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan, with Debbie Williams officiating. There was a dinner at the family home that followed the graveside service.

Pall bearers were Elizabeth Salway, Catherine Salway, Kay Old Chief, Cherlene Old Chief, Cheryl Old Chief and Velma Old Wolf.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle
ARLEE — Vernabelle Marie Lafley Lytle, 86, was born May 18, 1929, in Paradise, and left this world to return to paradise on June 28, 2015. The fourth child of Robert Stewart Lafley and Nina Gariepy Lafley, she grew up in Spokane and Missoula.

Vernabelle later moved to Arlee, where she met and married Maurice “Mort” Lytle. That was the beginning of a lifelong career as a mother, ranch hand, partner, you name it. What a hard working lady she was! The only things she didn’t learn (on purpose), were to ride a horse and milk a cow. She lived on the ranch for 62 years, and it is the end of an era, as she was the last surviving member of that generation of Lytles.

Five children were born to this union: Punky Ruhkala (Mike), of St. Ignatius, Tim, of Arlee, Zim (Zana), of Ronan, Melissa Oswald (Brandon), of Rigby, Idaho, and Thomas, who passed as an infant. Grandma B-Belle, as her 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren knew her, was always a soft touch when it came to ice cream or treats and they knew she would come through with something!

In recent years, she preferred to stay close to home, but looked so forward to her Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Arlee Indian Senior dinners and “running around” with her special senior girlfriends.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Mort; and siblings, Jack, Roberta “Sis” Greenlief, Fred, Janet Yant, Robert “Junebug”, Beatrice Taylor, and infant sister, Jeri. 

She is survived by: two of ten siblings, Pat Haugen (Ken), of Missoula, and Charles “Buzzy” Lafley, of Helena; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who have special memories of spending summers on the ranch and vacations helping Mort and Vernabelle.

A celebration of Vernabelle’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Arlee Community Center on Pow Wow road, with dinner following a short memorial service.

Condolences may be left at

Judith M. Burland Lehto
KALISPELL — Judith M. “Judy” Burland Lehto 73, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Hubert and Wanda Burland; joining her brother, Hubert “Herb” Burland. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic school in Butte, and high school at all-girl Central and Butte High School.

She married Leonard “LeRoy” Long and moved to Idaho. Together they had three children, Cyndy, Steven and Lisa. In the late 1960’s, Judy attended cosmetology school in Idaho. LeRoy and her later divorced, she said she was never really happy, moving back to the Mission Valley, to her mountains as she would call them, that’s what made her truly happy. Judy met her life companion Jake. Judy and Jake did so much together. Their biggest joy was going to bingo and the casino. Jake died in 1998 of cancer and Judy took care of him to the end.

Working for S&K Electronics, Inc. was the best time of her working carrier, working 25 years there before retiring.

She was a proud member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, camping, fishing, taking the bus to Coeur’ d’ Alene Casino to play bingo and gamble. Judy really enjoyed her retirement. She loved her animals Lily (dog), Suzie (cat) and her fish.

Judy’s biggest joy was having a good BBQ with her family. Judy is survived by her best friend Lily (dog), daughters Cyndy Long of Pablo, Lisa (Guy) Stinger of Pablo, son Steven Long of Seattle, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Judy is preceded in death by her father Hubert, her brother Herb, step-father Ralph Strong, Jake Packard, mother Wanda and sadly her cat just days before she died.

Services will be held in Ronan at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with grave side services to follow.
A family potluck BBQ to follow and will be announced at the services.

Zaneta Rae Kenmille Keplin
ELMO — On June 1, 2015, Zaneta Rae "Sissy" Kenmille Keplin joined her ancestors after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 23, 1968 in Hawthorn, California, to Laurence and Marie Kenmille. She was baptized in the Catholic Church. Her godparents are Norman and Alberta Peratrovich. She was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later in Belcourt, North Dakota.

In 1988 she met Richard Keplin and they had a daughter, Kayla LaRae Keplin Ridgley. Richard and Zaneta were married December 31, 1999. Together they were foster parents to many children. They adopted their niece, Gabrielle Houle, as their daughter. Family was of utmost importance to Sissy.

Everything she planned always revolved around the children in her family. She spent countless hours with her daughters, nieces and nephews. Zaneta loved to sing and dance. She especially enjoyed telling stories of her adventures with Lenny and Tommy and her Papa John. Her house was always filled with laughter and joy.

Zaneta moved to Montana in 2003 to spend time with her grandmother and family. She planned numerous family get-togethers, surrounded by music, food, games, and laughter. Sissy tanned hides in the traditional way she learned from her grandmother. She also enjoyed playing stick-game and card games with her family and friends.

She received her bachelor's in Social Work from Salish Kootenai College in 2007. In 2008, she and Richard graduated with their masters in Social Work from Walla Walla through an accelerated program.

On August 23, 2008, her greatest birthday gift was received in the form of her granddaughter, JessaRae Ridgley. JessaRae kept her going for so many years. They had a special bond that JessaRae will carry in her heart for many years.

Zaneta was preceded in death by her grandmother, Agnes Oshanee Kenmille; her maternal grandparents, Barney and Anna Houle; her nephew, Laurence B. "LaLa" Kenmille; uncle, Donald Kenmille; son-in-law, Josh Ridgley; and her best friend, Lenny Joseph.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Keplin; her daughters, Kayla and Gabrielle; brothers, Allan and Amak; step- daughter, Richelle Keplin Poitra; stepson, K.K. Keplin; granddaughter, JessaRae; mother, Marie Houle Kenmille; sisters, Selina Kenmille and Mary Hewankorn; and father, Laurence Kenmille. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and grand-children.

Sissy's pallbearers are Stan Kenmille, Ray Nichols, Mayuk Caye, Daniel Stiffarm, Kelvon Kallowat, and Freeman Nelson. Honorary pallbearers are her husband, Richard Keplin, step- daughter, Richelle Keplin; her partners in crime, Danielle Tenas, Cissy Johnson, and Tom Johnson; her grandkids, nieces, nephews, and especially her Titi, JessaRae.

The wake for Sissy started Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the Elmo Hall. Rosary took place Thursday, June 4, at 8 p.m. at the Elmo Hall, followed by a funeral mass on Friday at 10 a.m., June 5. Burial took place after the service at Dayton Cemetery.

Alois N. Burland Faulkner
RONAN — Alois N. "Curley" Burland Falkner, 91, passed away on June 12, 2015, at St. Luke Community Nursing Home in Ronan from lung cancer. She was born on December 2, 1923, to Gilbert Burland and Mary Antoinette Clairmont Peone. "Curley" was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She worked as a bartender in many of the local establishments. She enjoyed visiting with her good friends, Lloyd and Sally Jackson. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Faulkner; son, Arthur R. Trahan (Gloria); and brother, Lloyd "Sonny" Burland.

Curley is survived by her children, Jim Skelton (Karen), of Cut Bank, Kaye Canvari, of Vancouver, Washington, Michael Dennis Trahan (Caro), of Ronan, and Ron Trahan (Vi), of St. Ignatius; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; niece, Babe Burland; nephew, Gary Burland, of St. Ignatius; and step daughter, Judy.

Cremation is under the care of Shrider-Thompson Funeral and Cremation Services. Services were held Monday, July 29, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband, Homer, as per her request.

Agnes Mae Caye
POLSON — Our beloved Agnes Mae Caye has begun her journey back to the Creator on Sunday June 14, 2015. Agnes was the first born to Madeline Phillips Couture and Alexander Couture in a tee-pee just after midnight in Big Arm, Montana.

Agnes was a proud member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where Agnes worked for over 30 years. Her last position was as THHS-CHS Program Manager. Agnes received her elementary education in Polson, Big Arm, Dixon and the Ursuline in St. Ignatius, Mt., and attended high school at Pierre South Dakota, Thompson Falls Montana and Chemawa in Oregon. Agnes’ Higher Education included many extended classes in the field of Human Services at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Agnes was married to Abraham Caye from 1945 to 1962. They moved to Washington and Idaho for a number of years. Returning to the Flathead Reservation around 1954, they made their home in Elmo where Agnes enjoyed raising their children.

Agnes loved visiting the elders in the community and communicating in her native tongue. She loved participating in cultural activities and religious ceremonies. She enjoyed interpreting for the elders, as well as taking them to Kalispell and Polson for shopping. Agnes loved the outdoors and outdoor activities. She absolutely loved to travel and it wasn’t shocking for Agnes to jump up and head to Worley to play bingo at the drop of a dobber. Agnes loved to gather berries and dig bitterroot during their seasons with her best friend and loving companion of many years, August Lefthand.

Agnes is survived by her companion and best friend August Lefthand; siblings Wayne (Barbara) Couture, Dog Lake, Eddie (Erlene) Couture, and Elmo Ignace Couture, Elmo; children Barbara Caye, Pablo, Delores (Grayson) Sam, Omak WA., Iris (Wayne) Creston B.C. and Abraham Caye Jr. Seattle, WA.

Agnes is preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Madeline Couture, her sons, Arnold Caye and Alvin Caye and daughter June Caye, sister Mary Lefthand and an infant sister.

Agnes Caye was a wonderful person, mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Agnes was always ready to help friends and family in need. John 3:16; For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Funeral Mass for Agnes was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 A.M. at Elmo Hall. The Wake began at noon on Tuesday and the Rosary was held at Elmo Hall. Burial followed services at Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

Patricia Hewankorn
DAYTON — Patricia Hewankorn, 75, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at her home in Dayton Creek. She was born on October 1, 1939, in Lonepine, Montana, to Alexander and Josephine (Caye) Lefthand. Like other traditional Kootenai homes, a large extended family lived together. This often included parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered as a lady who dedicated her life to working hard for her people from behind the scenes. Many benefited, and continue to benefit, from her influences to keep culture and traditions alive.

She started working at Headstart, then moved to Kootenai Culture Committee, later becoming the director. She received an honorary degree from Salish Kootenai College.

She enjoyed Sunday family dinners, and also having all family birthdays at the home. Her free time was spent with crossword puzzles, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right with Roman. She also enjoyed bowling for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; three children, Maxine, Rachel and Tuggy; brothers, Richard and Pat; and sisters, Marie and Edna.

She is survived by her children, Al, Jr., Ceara and Roman, of the family home on Dayton Creek; daughters, Geraldine, of Big Arm, Josephine, of Big Arm; and Dolly (Sylvesta), of Elmo; son, Michael, of Pablo; 17 grandchildren; numerous “greats” that she loved dearly; sister, Susie (Tom) Antiste, of Big Arm; brothers, Joey Squeque, of Big Arm, Kenny Lefthand, of Elmo, and Wain (Cheryl) Lefthand, of Elmo.

Traditional wake services began on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Elmo Hall. A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with burial at Dayton Indian Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Antiste, Adrian Hewankorn, Oskie Lefthand, Wes Lefthand, Dana Tenas and Frank Old Horn.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.


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