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For the Record
September 2014

Brandon Bryce DuMont
RONAN — Brandon Bryce DuMont, 18, was called home on Monday, September 29, 2014. Brandon was born March 26, 1996, in Missoula, to proud parents, Dennis Alexander DuMont and Sarah Elaine Webster-Decker.

Brandon was a proud 2014 graduate of Ronan High School. Brandon was a talented athlete participating in baseball, basketball, golf, MMA, track, football and wrestling. He excelled in wrestling as a Divisional Placer, 2 time Divisional Champion and 3 year State Placer. Brandon was strong academically, when he wanted to be, and received a scholarship for wrestling at MSU Northern. Brandon was undeniably dedicated to anything he dreamed and his work ethic was incomparable.

When Brandon was about 6 or 7 years old, he was a very good chess player. In his free time, Brandon ran road race-courses with his Dodge Stratus RT and he was very proud of his Dodge truck. Brandon enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, model building, working on cars in the shop and making donut toast around the campfire. Brandon was a social butterfly and was well loved by his friends and family. Brandon’s amazing smile will forever be remembered.

Brandon was preceded in death both grandfathers, Dennis DuMont and Frank Webster; and will be welcomed with open arms by numerous loved ones.

Brandon is survived by parents, Dennis (Sarah) DuMont, and Sarah (Dan) Decker; grandparents, Patty DuMont and Dorothy Webster; and siblings, Tahsha (Jim) Brady, Cordero McArthur, Cole McArthur, Courtney Perry, Aaron Perry, Aubrey DuMont, Aaliyah Decker and Beaudean Decker. Being blessed with such a large family, Brandon leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins that love and will miss him.

Wake services began on Wednesday evening at the Webster family home on Little Martin Road, Ronan. Rosary was Friday evening at 7 p.m., with Wake Closing on Saturday at 11a.m. Services followed at Ronan Community Center at 2p.m. Brandon was laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery, Ronan. A meal followed at the Ronan Community Center, where everyone celebrated Brandon’s life.

Andre Dullinger
RONAN — On September 23, 2014 our most beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle and father, Andre Nigel Dullinger, passed away and over, on the wings of eagles and angels, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Andre was born October 24, 1988 in Portland, Oregon. He spent his first 10 years exploring the beauty and wonder of Oregon with his family, spending many weekends and one week each summer on the coast.

In 1998, Andre and his family moved to Ronan. His eyes grew wide at the beauty and wonder of the Mission Valley. He fished, hiked, camped, explored ghost towns and played baseball all over the State of Montana. Andre worked and played hard at everything he did and as a result broke many bones, sometimes twice. That certain glow he had about him was from all the x-rays he received through the years, but the real glow was his heart of gold. Andre grew up working with his dad building houses and was an accomplished carpenter. He really loved playing baseball, won many championships and was voted to play on several All-Star teams representing the Mission Valley. He so loved this valley. He had so many favorite spots here: North Crow, the river, the lake, Twin Lakes, McDonald Lake and Jocko River. He took thousands of pictures and videos and it was very obvious that the waterfalls at the North Fork of the Jocko River was his most favorite. It is there that his ashes were set free, just like his spirit has been set free.

Andre was a direct descendant of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and embraced its culture and traditions. He graduated from K. William Harvey Elementary, Ronan Middle School and finally Ronan High School, in 2007, where he ran track as a senior. Andre dabbled in all sports, but dabbled best in baseball.

For the past five years, Andre was employed at Mission Mountain Enterprises where he was a caregiver. Andre took care of those who couldn’t care for themselves. His smile, caring, compassion, giving and dignity will be missed by his family, friends and clients.

On February 3, 2012 Andre was blessed with the birth of his most beautiful boy, Andre Michael. He was a very loving and devoted dad. They shared so much in the short-time they were together, such as pow-wows, rodeos, road trips, but mostly loving and being with each other. The love they shared was so authentic and beautiful to see Andre truly embraced fatherhood. Baby Dre will have his grandfather by his side as he grows up to be sure he gets all he needs, it’s what Andre would have wanted.

Andre leaves behind a completely devastated family and friends. He is survived by his precious son, Andre Michael; parents, Gary and Sherry Dullinger; siblings, Julian and Chelsea; nieces and nephews, Melanie, Natalie, Tony, Emily and Abel; grandparents, Donna Dullinger, and Phyllis and Travis Benoist; aunties, Chela, Cassi, Peggy, Cheryl and Sharan; uncles, Shannon and Shawn DeFrance; many cousins, and so many friends. There are no more worries, pains, anxieties or sorrows; just love, compassion, peace and harmony. With Gibby and Puppi at your side, soaring on the wings eagles and angels, you are now truly free. It may feel like forever, but we’ll see you on the other side. See our love and prayers, Andre, rest in peace…

An account has been set up at Valley Bank, in Ronan, in the name of Andre Michael Dullinger. Any condolences and contributions on his behalf are so gratefully appreciated and needed.

The Dullinger family wishes to extend their thanks and love to all who came to be with us during this very difficult time. All the cards, flowers, love, compassion makes this journey in grief…possible. Thank you to the Ronan Indian Senior Center for allowing us to hold Andre’s Memorial there. Andres ashes were set free October 25, 2014 at the waterfalls of the North Fork of the Jocko River.