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For the Record
April 2013

David Herbert Morrow
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — David Herbert Morrow, 78, passed away peacefully in his home, April 8, 2013. His family was at his bedside.

David was born in Whitefish, July 2, 1934. He attended Whitefish Central School and graduated with the class of 1952. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy and served his country for over 22 years. One of his most important tours of duty was his assignment on the nuclear submarine, the USS Halibut. Until the time of his death, he was closely associated with crew and friends from that submarine mission.

David was extremely proud of his Salish Kootenai heritage. He came to Pablo and St. Ignatius, visiting with friends during his many trips home. He traveled the world and especially loved Alaska, where he and his wife had a bed and breakfast. They were also a resource for travelers who wanted to connect with hunting and fishing guides.

David was preceded in death by his parents, David and Eldora Morrow, of Whitefish; his first wife, Lois Watson Morrow; and his son, Michael David Morrow. He is survived by and is deeply missed by his wife, Margo, in Sacramento, California; daughter, Deolinda (Kenn) Willson; and son, Jerry Morrow, all of Portland, Oregon; his sisters, Marla Natoli, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Glenda (Thomas) Vollertsen, Anthem, Arizona; his five grandchildren, Brandon (Kayla) Willson, Christopher (Carissa) Morrow, Lauryn, Lyndsey, and Kyle Morrow; and many nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was held April 10, 2013, in Sacramento, California. He is sadly missed.

Thelma Leona Martin Jungers
ST. IGNATIUS — Thelma Leona Martin Jungers passed away on April 30, 2013. She was born to Caroline & Edward Martin on January 26, 1938, at Vanada, Montana.

Her family moved to Florence when she was two years old. Thelma attended Florence-Carlton School, where she met and later married Dick Jungers. They were married for 55 years.

They moved to Missoula, where they had five children before moving to Ronan, which became their true home. They loved the area and the people. They bought the Pheasant Lounge and after 15 years they added a steak and burger menu, where Thelma did all the catering. After 29 years, they retired.

Thelma was a Boy Scout Leader, Brownie leader and ran Sunday School at the Ronan Catholic Church. She worked at the Ronan School Lunch Program for approximately 6 years. She was thrilled whenever a child would recognize and hug her because they knew her from school.

Dick and Thelma spent their time attending Griz games and wrestling matches. Thelma was very family oriented. Her favorite times were when all her children were home. She loved the holidays. She had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. You would never come to her home that there wasn’t a jar full of homemade cookies. She was easy to please, the littlest things made her happy. She was a genuine good person with a gentle soul. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was quite classy.

Thelma loved her home and flowers. She loved tinkering. She talked a lot about her grandchildren and was tickled when someone commented “I know your grandchildren are perfect!”

She was preceded in death by her parents Caroline and Edward Martin; her sister, Alice Thoft; her son, Richard Jungers; and her husband, Dick Jungers.

She is survived by her daughters, Terry (Jungers) and Mike Wagner, of Rapid City, South Dakota, Sandy Jungers, of Crabtree, Oregon, and Laurie (Jungers) and Ron Morgan, of Missoula; son, Mike and Aow Jungers, of Lacy, Washington; and a grandson that they raised, Shawn and Raylene Jungers, of Pablo; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren, who will truly miss her.

A visitation was held Sunday evening at the Foster Funeral Home Chapel, in St. Ignatius, with Mass being celebrated Monday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission, in St. Ignatius. Burial was Monday in the Ronan Cemeteries, where she will be laid to rest her husband, Dick. Condolences may be left at fosterfhandcrematory.com.

Diana Mae Glover Burtch
POLSON — Diana Mae Glover Burtch, 72, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Diana was born August 25, 1940, in Polson, the daughter of Henry A. Glover and Evelyn J. (Thompson) Glover. Diana was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She graduated from Polson High School in 1958, and attended Northern Montana College (now U of M-Northern) at Havre. Diana worked for the Tribes in Dixon. In Polson, she was employed as a legal secretary for several attorneys, and also for the Flathead Courier and A-C Printers. Diana moved to Bozeman in 1961, and was employed as Executive Secretary for the General Manager of Yellowstone Park Company’s winter office. (At that time, she was the only employee who had not been to Yellowstone Park). Diana also worked for Dupuis Mill, Tribal Credit, a law firm in Billings, and office manager for the CharKoosta newspaper.

Diana married Ray Burtch in 1961, had three girls: Pam, Peggy, Paula. Diana’s greatest joy was the gardening of flowers, and she could identify each species in her extensive flower gardens. Diana also knitted and crocheted doilies and afghans, which were made for every member of the family. Diana became our "Scrabble Queen" at weekly game shows hosted by our Mother. Diana was grateful that she was able to enjoy these interests with her late mother, four sisters and one brother who all live near Polson—at times even the nieces and nephews participated. Diana also had an amazing ability for recalling names and family connections. She loved watching college basketball and was an avid Zags fan.

Polson teachers, Nina Ford and Neil Devlin, made the most lasting positive impression on her, she mentioned in her class bio for her 50-year reunion.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Henry Glover; and several aunts and uncles. Surviving are her daughters, Pam Watanuki (Mark), Peggy Rouillier (Tim) and Paula Burtch; siblings, Jeanette Davis (Norm), Sheryl “Duzzie” Glover, Pam Schneiter (Jim), Lyle McBroom and Rita Vanorio (Tom); two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. No formal services were held.

Dalon Wendell Jones
ST. IGNATIUS — On April 15, 2013, the Great Spirit called upon Dalon Wendell Jones, 62, to put his moccasins on, grab his guitar and journey into the heavens to sing and play music.

Dalon was born in St. Ignatius, July 6, 1950, to Amelia and John Jones. He was the seventh son of a family of 11 siblings. Dalon attended St. Ignatius Schools for 11 years then moved to Madras, Oregon, where he graduated from Madras High School in 1969. After graduation, Dalon worked for the United States Forest Service in Mt. Hood National Forest for one year before moving to Tacoma, Washington. There, he attended Bates Vo-Tech and graduated in 1973, with an Associate’s degree in Industrial Electronics. On February 10, 1973, he married his wife, Anita Hill, and went to work for Xerox in Portland, Oreon. In 1977, Dalon became a proud father to his son, Ryan, and in 1979, his family was complete when his daughter, Rene’ was born. Dalon lived his life to be around his family.

After five years with Xerox, Dalon decided to continue his educational quest to be a teacher for elementary/middle school children. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction, in August of 2003. He enjoyed teaching and learning from the students in Bonner, Frenchtown, Ronan, Two Eagle, Pablo, Hays, and at Job Corps, in Ronan, for numerous years, as well as, a year in Fontana, California. Dalon’s favorite lessons, however, were not the history or math books – it was music. He loved to play the guitar, drums, piano/keyboard, flute, and basically any instrument he could get his hands on. Dalon made music, his songs will forever be in our hearts.

Dalon wasn’t perfect by many standards, but he did spend the last five years of his life striving for it. He fought through six strokes and a heart attack, and was attempting to get back into running shape. He was able to play his guitar with a broken wrist and daily worked on regaining his balance, strength, and speech from the strokes. We will always admire the fortitude to push through the adversity with the challenges that life threw him. He could not conquer them all but he definitely defied the odds and anyone who told him he couldn’t, wouldn’t or never will, …well he did it… his own way. Dalon was always there for us in both body and spirit, showing us by his living example what it was like to be a father and a husband, that it was possible for a man to show tenderness, to be unafraid of open affection with us and to be a loving husband. He was selfless with us all. We will always love you and miss you, Dad.

Dalon was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Alfred and Dennis; and his sister, Adeline Upton.

Dalon will be deeply missed by his wife of 40 years, Anita; his son, Ryan, of St. Ignatius; his daughter, Rene’, and son-in-law, Jimmy Graham, of Albany, Oregon. Dalon is also survived by his brothers, Ken and Leo, of Kamiah, Idaho, Lubert (Norma), of Ronan, Ira (Alice), of Arlee; and his sisters, Marie Ashley, of St. Ignatius, Pauline (Del) Nickelson, and Vicki (Davy) Belgard, of Hays. Dalon also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 20, 2013. Condolences may be left at fosterfhandcrematory.com.

Jerald Matthew Castillo
USK, WASHINGTON — Jerald Matthew Castillo took the Stairway to Heaven on April 13, 2013. Jay was born in Seattle, Washington on November 09, 1963, to Ernesto Castillo and Harriett Castillo. Jay is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Jay was raised in Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, in the Seattle area. He went to school at Mount Lake Terrace Junior High, got his GED at Seattle Indian Center. He loved listening to music, building models, drawing, being outdoors, reading books, watching sports, visiting with family and friends. He worked for over ten years for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians in Usk, Washington, in the Community Development Department. He was a devoted Dallas Cowboy fan. Jay was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. Jay was a great friend to all who knew him, and he will be missed by all.

Survivors include his mother, Harriett Conko-Castillo; sisters, Carmelita “Carmen” Castillo, Linda Castillo, D. Castillo, Gloria Bird-Castillo, and Evonne Conko; brothers, Charles “Arlie” Castillo and Ernie “Butch” Castillo; nieces, Glenda Williams, Aiyana Freelander, and Jalyna Castillo; nephews, Christopher “William” Goodstriker (Melissa), Emery “Ems” Williams, Theo Goodstriker, and Raymond “Lil Ray” Castillo; and many more nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Castillo; sister, Annette Castillo; and brother, Anthony L. Castillo.

A Rosary was held on April 18, 2013, at Kalispel Community Building in Usk, Washington, followed by funeral on April 19, 2013, at the Kalispel Cemetery, in Usk, Washington. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com.

Faye “Kentucky Babe” Drowatzky
PABLO — Faye “Kentucky Babe” Drowatzky, 68, passed away at her home on Friday morning, April 19, 2013.

Born on March 10, 1945, to Edwin and Maddie Lou (Taylor) Mills, in Hustonville, Kentucky. She was raised there, and eventually made Louisville her home. She and her family moved many places, and eventually ended up in the Coeur d’Alene area during the 1970’s. It was there that she met and married, Don Drowatzky, in 1978. As a young girl, she had always dreamed of marrying an Indian from Montana and now she had. Don was a telephone contractor and they lived in the Spokane area before moving to Kentucky. But, lack of work eventually got the best of them and they returned to the Northwest, settling in Pablo.

Faye lived and loved life to the fullest. She was a fan of Elvis and was an avid collector of his memorabilia. She loved going to the mountains and camping with her family. Always a practical joker, she loved pulling tricks on the kids.

She leaves behind her husband, Don, of Pablo; her children, Johnny Lee Bryant, Scott Bryant, Jamie Sue Bryant, Don Drowatzky, and David Wade Drowatzky; and a daughter, Dawn, who she adopted out when she was young. Also surviving are her siblings, Carol and Merle, of Kentucky; and her in-laws that she always considered as her “Montana” siblings, Jack, Verna and Glenna Drowatzky; and her pet rooster, Clovis.

A visitation will be held Sunday at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held at 2 pm Monday in the Foster Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Kentucky Bluegrass Knob Cemetery in Pablo. Condolences may be left at fosterfhandcrematory.com