For the Record...
May 2008 Obituaries
ST. MARIES, Id. - Mary M. "Mickey" Jensen, 76, died May 31, 2008 at
her home in St. Maries, Id. She was born May 11, 1932 to Stanley and
Josephine (Cote) Oliver of St. Ignatius, where she lived until she
married Eugene Shepard of Ronan. They were married in Missoula in 1947.
Eugene's career took them to various places in the
After his death in 1968, she moved her children back to Harrison, Id.
where she had her fondest memories with her husband and children.
She married Edward M. Jewett of St. Maries in
1969. She helped
him run the Holsteins Bar until their divorce. In 1975, she married
James Jensen of St. Maries, Id., where they made their home. She was
baptized July 14, 1984 as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Her greatest joy
was knowing she had the hope of living in a paradise here on earth.
worked at the St. Maries Laundromat for Jim and Marcie Scheel for
several years until they closed. She also did mending for several
people in St. Maries. She went to work for her daughter as a
secretary/receptionist for Granny's Transportation. She enjoyed many
hobbies. Her first love was fishing and she also enjoyed hunting, four
wheeling, crocheting, knitting and gardening.
She is survived
by her husband Jim Jensen at the family home in St. Maries, Id; her
mother Josephine Smith of St. Ignatius; her sons, Kenny Shepard of St.
Maries, Id.; John (Jo Ann) Shepard of Coeur d' Alene, Id.; and Eward
(Yvonne) Jewett of Norwalk, Ca.; stepson Michael Jensen of St. Maries,
Id; daughters Diane (Jeff) Carpenter of St. Maries, Id.; Denniece
Lockett of St. Ignatius; Renee Shepard and companion Debra Eldredge of
Spokane, Wa.; Debra (Clinton) Croson of St. Maries, Id.; and
stepdaughter Vicki Karber of St. Maries, Id; brothers Bob Oliver of
Arlee; and Doug Oliver of Spokane, Wa; sisters Judy Davenport of Lolo;
Barbra Oliver and Laura Oliver of St. Ignatius; Linda West of Hot
Springs; and Jodie Fawcett of Orofino, Id.; numerous nieces and
nephews; and 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
She was a wonderful mother and dear friend and
will be greatly missed.
side services will be held at 2 p.m. June 21 in Ronan. She was preceded
in death by her father Stanley Oliver, her husband Eugene Shepard, son
Steven Eugene Shepard and brothers Richard, Stanley and Tony Oliver.
ST. IGNATIUS — On May 20, 2008, at Community Hospital in
Missoula, Edna peacefully left this world to join her family members
who have gone on before her.
Edna was born on August 22, 1947
in St. Ignatius, to Alexander and Josephine Caye Lefthand. She attended
grade school in Elmo and Pierre, South Dakota. Edna graduated from high
school at Flandreau, South Dakota. She attended college in Los Angeles,
CA, Flathead Valley Community College, and graduate from Salish
Kootenai College with a degree in Native American Studies.
Edna lived most of her life in the Elmo and Polson
enjoyed picking huckleberries, doing beadwork, sewing, ceramics,
attending and participating in traditional activities and she always
looked forward to the Elmo Powwow, especially when her favorite drum
group, Northern Cree, was going to be there.
She also enjoyed
family dinners, being with her children and grandchildren and visiting
her family members and friends. Edna was a quiet gentle lady but she
had a great sense of humor and remembered many funny stories about
herself and her friends as they were growing up.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Alex and
brothers, Richard and Patrick; her sister Rose Marie; and her dog,
Edna has left behind her sons Wesley and Ryan,
both of Polson
and Newman Cuch Jr. of Vernall, Utah,; grandchildren: Trevor of Salt
Lake City, Utah; Denzel and LeElla of Polson; her sisters Susie (Tom)
Antiste of Big Arm; Patricia Hewankorn of Dayton; and Josephine
Lefthand of Big Arm; her brothers Joey Squeque of Big Arm; Kenny
Lefthand of Elmo; Wain (Cheryl), of Elmo; and her uncle, Albert Caye of
Services were held Friday, May 23 at the Elmo
Community Center with the burial in Dayton.
ST. IGNATIUS — James E. Brock, 86, of St. Ignatius died of natural
causes May 22, 2008 at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan.
He was born January 1, 1922 in Kenvir, Harlan
In 1934, his family, consisting of his parents and six children at that
time, moved to a farmstead near St. Ignatius.
graduation from St. Ignatius High School and the start of World War II,
Jim enlisted in the US Army, and served as an Intelligence Specialist
during the war in Italy and later in Japan. He was awarded several
ribbons and the Victory Medal for wartime service.
Following honorable discharge, Jim graduated with
a degree in
business from Washington State University, and was commissioned in the
Air Force R.O.T.C. At the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, he was
re-activated by the USAF, and served three more years. He was awarded
the Korean, United Nations and National Defense Service Medals. Jim
enjoyed aviation, and obtained his pilot’s license that he kept active
for many years.
Following his military service, Jim worked for
in Seattle as a purchasing and procurement agent until his retirement
in the 1970’s. He then moved back to St. Ignatius to his brother John’s
ranch where he lived until his death.
Jim was always interested in learning something
new, and in his
sixties he taught himself woodcarving. He produced numerous
one-of-a-kind carvings, which included very skillfully crafted eagles,
mountain lions, dogs and many other subjects. Having mastered that, he
went on to teach himself the art of wood lathe work, and again,
produced a prolific number of turned pieces, many of which have made
their way into the homes of family and friends through the years.
Jim was an enthusiast of healthy living, and he
and his dog
walked many miles each day in the mountains and fields on the ranch.
When he was in his mid-seventies, he bought a 10-speed bike, and began
riding that in the mountains and fields as well. He was still riding
his bike and going for walks with his dog a week before his death at
the age of 86.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, J.T.
Brock and Ida
Brock; sisters June Primeau and Helen Joyce Stratton; and a brother
George Samuel Brock.
He is survived by his brother John Brock of St.
sisters Glenrose O’Neil, Olympia WA; Syble Ginsberg of St. Ignatius;
and Martha Sue Brandli, Spokane, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a family memorial will be held at a later
ST. IGNATIUS — Mrs. Hazel Detert died Saturday of natural causes on May
She was born at Hesper, ND to Martin and Hulda
Johnson on Sept.
8, 1918. She graduated from Hillcrest Lutheran Brethren Christian
Academy in 1934 and from Mayville Teachers College in 1936.
She taught in several schools in North Dakota and
Montana. She ended her teaching career in St. Ignatius in 1969.
She married Herman Detert on June 27, 1948 in St.
Ignatius at Zion Lutheran Church. They had three children.
Hazel loved writing and helped her husband publish
She also had several short stories published in various magazines. She
enjoyed writing stories of family history.
Gardening was one of her favorite activities, and
together with her husband had a magnificent garden.
She was a longtime active member of Zion Lutheran
she played the organ for many years. She enjoyed her weekly Bible study
Her greatest joy was her family; and she was
blessed with 13 grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers
George; sister Hilma Pederson; husband Herman; and two
Hazel is survived by her children: sons John
(Jamie) and James;
daughter Keela (Dave) Forthun; nephews David and Eric Johnson; niece
Meg Jorgenson and great-nephews Jeff and Kevin Lensman.
A visitation will be held Thursday evening at the
Durgeloh Funeral Chapel in St. Ignatius from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with
funeral services being held Friday at 10 am in the Zion Lutheran Church
in St. Ignatius. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery at
"Bob" Alan Blush
BUTTE — Robert "Bob" Alan Blush passed away May 31, 2008 in Butte.
Bob was born Nov. 15, 1948 to Robert and Irene
Blush in St.
Ignatius. He was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School in 1967. Soon
after graduating, he joined the US Air Force serving as a jet mechanic.
He served in the Philippine islands at Clark Air Base, Taiwan, Danang
and Thailand. He was also stationed in Germany. When he returned to the
states, he finished his Air Force Career at Malstrom Air Base in Great
Falls. After his military career he worked at the Champion Mill for ten
years before eventually making his home in Butte.
While in Great Falls he married Sandy Doctor. They
daughter (Lara). They later divorced. He then met Kathy Bell and had a
Bob was a gifted natural athlete excelling in
basketball, football and baseball. He also loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by his son Dustin of Polson and
daughter Lara of
Spokane; his mother Irene of Polson; brothers Ken (Dana) of Polson and
Jim (Brenda) of St. Ignatius and sister Peggy (Dave) Freshour of
Gillette, WY; two grandchildren Jascel and Jayden of Spokane; nephews
Jim Udall of Portland, Or.; and Randall Freshour of Sheridan, WY; and
nieces Carly Blush of St. Ignatius and Kimberly Charlo of Wasilla, AK.
A graveside service will be held on Friday at 10
a.m. in the
Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius where military honors will be
David Jay Lutton, 48, passed away from natural causes on Friday, May
16, 2008 at St. Luke Extended Care Facility. David was born on
September 7, 1959 to David W. and Dorothy Lutton at St. Ignatius.
David spent his school years in Portland, OR. He
moved back to the Flathead Valley in 1982.
He enjoyed fishing. He served as an apprentice
technician at Don Aadsen Ford until health reasons caused him to
His mother Dorothy Kroshus, stepsisters Shirley
Brown of Chelan, WA, Janet Hankins of Kent, WA and many cousins survive
graveside service with full military honors will be held on Thursday,
May 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. A reception will
follow the services at the Flathead Lake Senior Citizens Center, 701
1st Street East, Polson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan
Viola Matt Keniston
PABLO - Hazel Viola Matt Keniston was born June 4, 1921, to
Catherine (Dubay) Matt and Alfred 'Mattie' Matt at the family home site
near Pablo Reservoir, and went to be with the Heavenly Father on
Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula, with
close family member by her side.
Hazel attended the Ursuline
Convent Boarding School in 1938 and in 1941, and the age of 16, moved
to Portland, Oregon where she later met and married Harold Clifford
Keniston. Hazel worked at the Bess Kaiser Hospital in Portland before
moving back home to Pablo in 1967. Harold passed away in 1992.
Hazel enjoyed gardening, picnics by the lake, and
family and friends. Hazel especially loved the Oregon coast where she
spent many memorable vacations. Hazel loved to read, travel, fish,
listen to music, knit, play checkers, socialize at the Senior Center,
and dine at nice restaurants. Hazel loved her home in Pablo, which she
shared with her beloved cat "Friesty", and where she could look out at
the beautiful mountains.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, her
Alloyius Matt, John Earl Marple Matt and Elvin James Matt, and sisters
Eva Matilda Case and Rosemary "Bun" Leaverton.
surivived by her sister Violet (Richard 'Dick') Hardy and family of
Pablo;, and her loving children, Patricia Elberson of Beaverton,
Oregon; Wynnette Rosemarie Johnson; Gerald Clifford (Betty) Keniston;
Catherine Olive Anderson and her friend Dave; and Kenny Keniston and
his friend Bevra all of Finley Point; and Pamela Viola Holman and her
friend Art of Portland, Oregon. Hazel also is surivived by her
grandchildren, Catherine, Susan, David, Don, Jason, Sarah, Eric, Susan
V., Heather, Misty, Kienan and many great grandchildren, nieces and
nephews and many close friends who faithfully visited her. All will
dearly miss Hazel, who was always there when you needed her.
Hazel was a proud member of the Confederated
Kootenai Tribes. Her grandmother was Mary Bisson and her
great-grandparents were Raphael Bisson and Mary Lucy Finley.
Fun loving and "genuinely colorful" until the end,
a long and courageous battle with cancer. Hazel leaves behind many good
friends at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula, where she was
well cared for.
Vigil services will be held on Thursday May 8,
2008 at 7 p.m.
in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial
will be held on Friday May 9, 2008 at 10:30 am in the church with
Father James Connor officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View
Cemetery. Condolences to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com