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For the Record
December 2014

Cecille Ann Adams Lumpry
ST. IGNATIUS — Cecille Ann Adams Lumpry "Yiya", 83, passed away December 1, in Polson.

Born March 21, 1931 in Arlee to John B. Adams and Mary Ellen Massalaw, she was raised in Evaro and went to the Evaro School, quitting after forth grade to help with the family farm. Cecille tanned for many years to help support her family, and she also did a lot of beadwork.

An avid beader, she loved to fish, pow wows, playing stickgame and riding in the mountains. She was a great horseman, trick rider and jockey.

The last of the children of John and Mary Ellen Adams children, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lawrence, Bob, and Alex; sisters, Josephine Lumpry, Dorothy Coleman, Mary “Sugar” Stiner, and Christine McClure; and a son, Peter Joseph Lumpry.

She is survived by her children, Geraldine (Terry) McDonald, of St. Ignatius, Aaron (Kitty) Felix, of Arlee, Cynthia (Dennis) Mitchell, of Polson, Harry (Billie) Felix, of Arlee, Evelyn Felix, of Fort Hall, Idaho, and Alexander (Emma) Felix, of Arlee; 24 grand, 33 great, 18 great great, and 1 great great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and her bingo partners, Flo and Janie Wabansee.

A wake began Tuesday at the Longhouse with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission, the burial followed in the Jocko Cemetery. Condolences may be left at wwwfosterfhandcrematory.com.

Judith Adelaide Mullen Herman
NIARADA — Judith “Judy” Adelaide Mullen Herman, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Judy was born December 18, 1940 to Robert Earl Mullen and Patricia Allen Wishart, in St. Ignatius. Her middle name, Adelaide, was from her great grandmother, Adelaide Gingras Ledoux. Judy was an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

In 1911, her father’s parents homesteaded and ranched in the Niarada area, and this was to be Judy’s home for the rest of her life. Judy attended school at Lonepine, Battle Butte, and Hot Springs. On September 24, 1958, Leigh Gordon Herman and Judy Adelaide were married in Polson. This was the beginning of their 56-year journey together. With Leigh she found love, someone to talk with, celebrate with, travel with, dance with, laugh with, cry with, and someone to share the joys of her life and children. As Leigh’s ranching partner, she took on the role of working cattle, baling hay, driving a 1966 Ford truck hauling livestock to and from Kalispell Livestock Auction, and raising children. During this time, she belonged to the local Home Extension Club and worked at the election primary. Judy was a natural born leader. She served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Niarada community ladies “Adarain Club” for as long as there were members.

In August of 1959, the Western Montana Cowbelles were organized, and she was elected Second Vice President and later served as their 10th President. She became a Director of the State Montana Cowbelles and in 1976 served as the Montana State President. There were many miles traveled and a couple highlights were National Cattlemen’s Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and being invited to the British Columbia Cattlemen meeting as their guest speaker .

In March of 1976, Judy and Leigh purchased “Tee Pee Westwear,” which she managed for seven years. She was a member of the Polson Soroptomists and was involved with the Port Polson Chamber of Commerce. In 1980, she was presented “Key Woman of the Year” for outstanding community service to our community.

On December 28, 1983, she began working for the BIA. Thirteen and a half years later the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes compacted BIA, Flathead Agency programs, and she became Manager of the CS&KT Central Mail Center. She retired in April of 2007. At the time of her death, she was treasurer of the LaRue Hot Springs Museum.

Judy enjoyed taking pictures and put together fifty or more photo albums of family events and places the family visited. The friends that were dear to her in high school still had a spot in her heart until the day she died. She was a gift and blessing to all of her family and friends, an organizer of huge family and social gatherings, an adventurer of life, and a provider of unconditional love; she was the color red in a room of gray.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Patricia Mullen. She is survived by her husband, Leigh; daughter, Patti Clairmont; son, John (Rae) Herman; son, Bob (Denise) Herman; daughter, Kay Herman; and sister, Eileen Mader, thirteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren; cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing at Lonepine Hall from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2 p.m., with reception meal following. Burial will take place Monday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at Conrad Memorial Cemetery in Kalispell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LaRue Hot Springs Museum.

Arrangements are under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Lorin Bruce Peterson
POLSON — Lorin Bruce "Butch" Peterson, 67, member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, went to be with his ancestors and creator on Friday December 5, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Lorin was born on January 25, 1947 to Lyle and Bernice "Bonnie" (Bisson) Peterson in Polson, joining sister, Lorraine (Lori), at the family home near Blue Bay of Flathead Lake. Lyle and Bonnie divorced when Lorin was a young child. Bonnie then married James "Jim" Sias who raised Lorin along with a sister, Terry, and a brother, Corky Sias. Lorin attended school and graduated from Ronan High School in 1965. Lorin enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969. After his honorable discharge in 1969, he married Lori Shourds on December 20. Together they had three children, Wayne, Missy and Kathy.

From 1969 to 1973, Lorin worked for Plum Creek Lumber Company and Char-Koosta Homes. He then started his own electrical contracting business in Ronan. In 1975 and 1976 he earned his fixed-wing private pilot and helicopter license. Lorin later worked for the SKC College Carpentry Department and Kicking Horse Job Corps.

Lorin and Lori divorced, at which time Lorin moved to Bozeman to attend college. He graduated from Montana State University in 1991 with a BS in Computer Science. After graduating, Lorin moved to Tri Cities, Washington, where he worked on the Hanford Site for Westinghouse, Battelle and Bechtel PNL.

Lorin married his current wife, Lori Krantz, on February 29, 2000. Lorin and Lori moved home to the Mission Valley in July 2000, at which time he was hired by CS&KT as the IT Department Head, where he worked until his death.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Sias, and sister, Lori Carter.

Lorin is survived by his wife, Lori Peterson, of Polson; his children, Wayne (Jackie), of Ronan, Missy Hensley, of Polson, and Kathy, of Ronan. His stepchildren, Logan (Ciarra) Krantz, of Helena, and Marki Krantz, of Polson; his grandchildren:, Dakota, Courtney, Kyle, Kenzie, Hunter, Madison, Joclynn, Kianna, Kira, Tucker, and Ruger; his step-father, Jim (Kelly) Sias; sister, Terry; and brother, Corky (Teresa) Sias; and numerous friends and relatives.

Lorin was an amazing man who made an impression on everyone he met. He enjoyed finding work to do on his tractor and always staying busy, unless he was watching a movie. He loved getting in a car and seeing where the wind would take him. He will be greatly missed by everyone. See you Tuesday, Dad!!

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Community Center, in Ronan. Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a reception and meal to follow.

John A. Williams
PABLO — John A. Williams passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from severe heart complications.

John was born in Spokane, Washington, on August 10, 1943 to John H Williams and Laura V. (Primeau) Williams Vandergrift. The family moved to Dixon, and lived on the Julia McDonald homestead until he graduated Dixon’s elementary school. John attended high school in Missoula for two years and graduated from Haskell High School. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Mare Island, California, until he was honorably discharged after four years of service.

Using his GI Bill monies, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Montana, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History.

Diploma in hand, John began his career in Seattle with the literacy program. He served and worked with that program for several years. As education funding began to shrink, John changed career paths and was employed by the Internal Revenue Service. He retired from the IRS and moved back to the Mission Valley.

John believed that one of his greatest accomplishments in his personal life was to travel to Europe and experience some of those beautiful places he had read about in his university studies. John spent his retirement years in Pablo. Hardly a day went by that he didn’t comment on how fortunate he felt for having such a spectacular view of the Mission Range. For all his travels in the many European countries and much of the United States, he felt his home in the Mission Valley was as beautiful as any he had ever seen or experienced. John enjoyed reading and recently became involved with the rejuvenation of Fort Connah.

John was preceded in death by his father, John H. Williams. Survivors include his mother, Laura Vandergrift; his brothers, Alan and (Sue Hansen) Williams and family, and Jim Williams and family; sister, Laurel (Jim) Williams Vukelich and family; John’s several nieces and nephews, Les Williams, Shannon (Williams) Hahn and her husband, Charlie, and daughter, Nicole, and Jeannie Williams, Jaye (Williams) McDonald, her husband Bryan and children, Katie Rose and Nathaniel, Julia Williams and her sons, Brad and Seth Williams, and Seth’s fiancé, Jordan Morgan, Crystal Williams and her partner, Liz Shepard, James Vukelich, wife Janna and their son, Jack, John Vukelich, wife Erin and children Noah and Nizhoni, and Tony Vukelich, wife Selva and children, Xiomara and Anthony.

John’s sense of humor and helpful insight will be missed and remembered fondly. His grounded sense of direction could always be relied upon to help a smooth path for us all. We each thank him for being born into our family and hope to meet up with him on the other side.

A wake started at 10 a.m. Monday at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary recited at 8:00 p.m. Monday evening. Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission with Military Honors being presented. Donations will be gratefully accepted by the literacy program.Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com.

Harley Ray Tanner
ARLEE — Harley Ray Tanner, 55, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Joey Jayne; son, Tom Tanner (Jen) and their children, Megan, Ashley, Tommy and Brooke; mother, Shirley Tanner; sister, Carla Tanner and her children, Craig, Cody (Kathleen) and their children, Tyler, Cody, and Kaylee.

He is preceded in death by his father, Carmel Tanner. Cremation has taken place. There are no services planned per his wishes. Condolences may be left at www.fosterfhandcrematory.com.

Richard Alan McClure
POLSON — Richard Alan McClure, 65, passed away on Saturday December 20, 2014 while resting at home. He was born June 2, 1949, in St. Ignatius to Roy Willford McClure and Lois Evelyn Baily. He was a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and was educated in the Polson school district. He was proud of his determination and success in obtaining his G.E.D. He enjoyed a lifelong learning of mechanical and electrical hobbies.

In 1975, Richard married Carol Cobban in Missoula. They raised their family in Polson.

A loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with family. He loved bowling, boating and fishing. He was known for always tinkering on a mechanical project. He retired in 2009 from Flathead Irrigation Project after 19 years of service. Richard was steadfast in his Faith and held God close throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brothers, Jimmy and Paul. Survivors include his brothers, Roger, and Patrick (Scott); sister, Sharon; his wife, Carol; sons, Mark and Corey; daughter-in-law, Stacey; grandsons, Logan and Royce; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. Messages of Condolences may be sent to www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Richard Alan McClure
POLSON — Richard Alan McClure, 65, passed away on Saturday December 20, 2014 while resting at home. He was born June 2, 1949, in St. Ignatius to Roy Willford McClure and Lois Evelyn Baily. He was a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and was educated in the Polson school district. He was proud of his determination and success in obtaining his G.E.D. He enjoyed a lifelong learning of mechanical and electrical hobbies.

In 1975, Richard married Carol Cobban in Missoula. They raised their family in Polson.

A loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with family. He loved bowling, boating and fishing. He was known for always tinkering on a mechanical project. He retired in 2009 from Flathead Irrigation Project after 19 years of service. Richard was steadfast in his Faith and held God close throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brothers, Jimmy and Paul. Survivors include his brothers, Roger, and Patrick (Scott); sister, Sharon; his wife, Carol; sons, Mark and Corey; daughter-in-law, Stacey; grandsons, Logan and Royce; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. Messages of Condolences may be sent to www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Linda White Parker
GRANBURY, TX — Linda White Parker, 61, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014, in Granbury, Texas.

Linda was born June 12, 1953 in Kalispell, Montana. When she was 12 years old, she was put in a full body cast as the result of falling off of a horse and was told she could not walk, but she recovered and went on to play softball and stick games. Linda loved camp fires, playing bingo, animals and people. She served as a waitress her entire life and always had a big smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Inez Reimers Carter; a sister, Bobbie Jo Gonzalez; brothers, Duane and Dale White; and mother-in-law, Jean Parker.

She survived by husband, Gary Parker, of Granbury; daughter, Angelic Roberts (T.J.); grandchildren, Damian Bourdon, Martin Schlensker, Thomas Roberts, Jr., Mary Jane Schlensker and Maxine Roberts; sister, Marcia Bocksnick; brother, Doug White; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, David and Marla Gafford; brother-in-law, Gerald Parker; step-children, Eric Parker and Traci Michelle Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews.

Service was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Wiley Funeral Home. Interment followed at Holly Hills Memorial Park. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home in Granbury.

Harlan Frank Pollmann
RONAN — Harlan "Chub" Frank Pollmann, passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2014 of natural causes at his home. He was born February 22, 1932, in Harlowton. His mother, Marian, was assisted in the birth by his father, Louie, joining the ranks of his sister's, Eva, Lillian, Carol, and ten years later a new sister, Karin, whom he called his sidekick "little Bro".

He attended Polson High School, where he made quite a reputation as a tough quarterback who the guys had to reckon with.

He joined the Navy in 1951 and was assigned to a minesweeper in Korea, lasting three years and 11 months. During this time, he served as electricians mate second class. He returned home graduating from the University of Montana in Biology, and later completed his education in California, where he designed and built golf courses in Las Vegas.

However, he was longing to come home to Montana. He was a rugged outdoors man, avid hunter and fisherman. He became the first official Fishing Guide on the Flathead Lake. He worked at the Polson Golf Course for 17 years, developing new skills to make it a first-rate place to golf. Later, he was offered a grounds keeper job for Les Sheridan, where he became a top landscaper and is known for his knowledge how to get the job done on Finley Point.

When Les was killed in an airplane accident he went back to work for the golf course, supplementing his income taking care of cherry orchards and opened a nursery on Highway 93.

In his later years, he became a well known local author of seven published books, encouraged by his respected friend, Paul Fugleburg.

He is survived by his son, Joe Pollmann, and his wife, Joni, and grandchildren; a daughter, Tiffany, and family; many dear relations and friends, such as the Rogers family, too numerous to mention; and I, Donna, his friend and companion.

Chub had a deep love of nature and its natural beauty. He will be missed for his sense of humor, friendship and many young and older people who fish the Polson dock who he often helped catch that first "Big One".

Funeral services for Chub were private by the family. There will be a notice of celebration of his life after the snow melts. It will be held outdoors and in respect to a man who truly lived life to the fullest.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lake Funeral Home and Crematory (formerly Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory). Memorials and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thelakefuneralhomeand crematory.com.