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August 2005 Obituaries

Lawrence Bufton
KALISPELL — Lawrence “Larry” Bufton, age 52, passed away in August of 2005.

Larry was born December 30, 1952 in St. Ignatius to Peter and Sarah Lefthand Bufton. He was raised in the Big Arm area where he attended school.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father Peter Bufton.

He is survived by his wife Dianne Bufton of Kalispell; mother Sarah Bufton of Big Arm; and sisters Berta Bufton of Big Arm and Gloria Mauller of Arlee.

Memorial services were held on Friday November 20 at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Snipstead officiating. Go to to leave messages or sign Larry’s book. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

POLSON -- Robert Lee "Bob" Adsit of Polson died on Aug. 30, 2005, at Evergreen Health & Rehabilitation Center here. Robert was born on Oct. 12, 1928, in Walton, KS, to Charles Lee Adsit and Margarite Mary Schwindt Adsit. On Oct. 9, 1949, he married Martha June Howard. Bob was raised on a farm in Kansas until his mother's death. Robert was 9 years old at the time and went to live on a farm in Oregon with his grandparents. He graduated from college in Compton, CA, and also took engineering training in New York City. Bob worked for General Dynamics Corporation as an electrical engineer in California. He was the shop steward for the union while he was employed at General Dynamics. Working in the city was not for Bob, so he retired and came to Montana. On May 19, 1990, Bob married Laura B. Mueller. They lived in Ronan a short time and then moved to Polson. He was a member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Polson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Martha June, and daughters Barbara Bernard and Debra Adsit. Survivors include his wife, Laura (Polson); son Robert Adsit (Bernice); and daughters and spouses Margaret Morris (Ron), Grace Adsit and Rhonda Jensen (Jack). Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held on Sept. 5 in Polson. The family suggests memorials to the Life Savers Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 643, Polson, MT 59860; or to the donor's choice.

RONAN -- Virgil Peter "Slick" Auld, 58, of Ronan, died at St. Luke Community Hospital here on Aug. 25, 2005, after a long illness. Virg, a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born on Jan. 7, 1947, to Alice (Wakan) and Mose Auld of Elmo. He grew up in Elmo, and attended school in Twin Bridges and then Flandreau, S.D. He was a proud Vietnam veteran, who served his country after enlisting in the U.S. Army early in 1967. Upon his honorable discharge in 1971, he attended the Univ. of Montana. Virgil's love of the outdoors led him to numerous seasons of firefighting and other outdoor jobs. Hunting, fishing and just walking in the woods were among his favorite pastimes. Virg had a compassionate, giving and caring personality. These inner gifts made him many friends, young and old. He became known as "Slick" to his friends and "Uncle Virg" to many of the young on and around the reservation. Survivors include Edward Auld (Salt Lake City), Glenna Auld Askan (Arlee), Linda Auld (Ronan), Curtis Auld (Elmo), Carson Auld (Pablo), Weemus Wilder (Ronan), Andrew Wilder (Missoula), Lisa Bigby (Ronan), James Bigby (St. Ignatius) and Francis Auld (Elmo). Other survivors include Donna Michel, "Mary Mary", the Askan Boys, Linda's daughters Tara and Stacy, Ed's daughters Veranda, Darnell and Darlana, and Carce's daughter Randi, along with many cousins, aunties, uncles, friends and relatives. Preceding him in death were his mother Alice Wakan, his father Mose Auld, sister Darlene R. Auld Wilder Bigby and Auntie Louise Burke. Traditional wake services were conducted in the Elmo Hall in Elmo. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Aug. 27, also at the Elmo Hall. Burial with military honors followed at Dayton Cemetery.

POLSON -- Raphael "Ray" James Bisson, 72, died at his home here on Aug. 4, 2005. Ray was born in to Camille and Mary (Dixon) Bisson on June 29, 1933, in Polson. He grew up on the family home on Minesinger Trail near Polson. He attended schools at the Ursuline School in St. Ignatius and Polson. He graduated from Polson High School in 1953. Ray joined the U.S. Marine Corps and also served in the U.S. Navy. Ray worked at several jobs including Utsond Meats, Dupuis Mill and at the Hungry Horse dam. He eventually started working for the Dept. of Interior with the Bureau of Reclamation as a ditchrider for the Flathead Irrigation Project. Ray continued to work as a ditchrider from 1970 until he retired in 1995. Ray was one of the first to start raising Christmas trees in the Mission Valley. Ray was member of the American Legion. He loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his family. Ray had numerous friends in the Mission Valley and in Ennis, MT. His parents, two brothers and five sisters preceded Ray in death. He is survived by two daughters, Dixie Davis and her husband Monte (Ennis) and Rae Ann Matt (Pablo); and two grandchildren, Monica and Shawn (Ennis). He is also survived by three sisters, Alice Schnover (Puhrump, NV), Wanita Marquardt (Pablo), and Mary Ann Bisson (Grandview, WA). Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Aug. 11 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at the Beauvais-Decker Cemetery (Old Catholic Cemetery) in Polson.

POLSON -- Dalton Blair Coor, 70, of Polson, died on Aug. 10, 2005, at the Univ. of Washington Medical Center. Dal was born Jan. 24, 1935, to Estal R. and Evelyn M. Coor in Southern Calif. He grew up in "the acres," graduating from Whittier High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Marlene Smith, on April 9, 1954. They shared 46 years together. In 1966, they moved to Polson, where Dal ran his own motorcycle and snowmachine sales and repair shop. In 1975, they moved to Alaska, where Dal and Donna ran their trucking business, GoldStreak Freightlines. They returned to Polson in 1987 to build their retirement home overlooking Flathead Lake, where they entertained their family and friends and, most importantly, enjoyed their six grandsons. Dal had a wonderful sense of humor, a colorful tongue and couldn't resist a practical joke. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and throughout his life had a need for speed. He raced cars, motorcycles, snowmachines and hydroplane boats. He built racetracks and organized races in Montana and Alaska for the enjoyment of many. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his father, Estal; and his brother, Kenneth Coor. He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Coor (Hamilton, TX); his children and their families, Dalonna Cooper and husband Gordon (Fairbanks, AK) and their children, Dustin, Andrew and Brian, Brenda Rae Coor and husband Emil Havner (Palmer, AK); Darin Coor and wife Diana and their sons, Robert, Christopher and Traygor (all of Polson); brother, Larry Coor, and his wife Helene (CA); mother-in-law, Lila Smith (CA); numerous nieces and nephews in California and New Mexico; his adopted sons; his many friends and dog, Cubby. At Dalton's request, there will be no services. A celebration of his life has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 22 in Polson. The family can be reached through Brenda Rae Coor, HC01 Box 6115, Palmer, AK 99654.

RONAN -- Timothy James Cunningham, 51, died at his home here on Aug. 23, 2005, from natural causes. He is survived by his sisters, Marcia Cunningham (London, England) and Carol Cunningham (Polson), and brothers Kevin (Milika) Cunningham (Polson), Daniel Cunningham (Charlotte, NC), and Kelly Cunningham (Colorado Springs, CO). Cremation has taken place. Private family services will be held.

CHARLO -- Beverly Jeane Ipsen Dalton died on Aug. 22, 2005. Bev had long been battling diabetes and other health issues. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, on Dec. 22, 2004; her parents, Rudgar and Margaret Ipsen; and two children. Bev is survived by her son, Ken Dalton; daughters, Chris Dalton and husband Mike Keeler, and Mary Danford; grandchildren, Melissa Hansen and husband Kel, Emerys Wiese and husband Brandon, Danielle Keeler and Ricky Montana Danford-Komenda; and great grandchildren, Alexis and Skylar Hansen and Gwen Wiese. She also leaves behind her brother and sisters-in-law who were her best friends, Newell and Marlene Dalton, Tim and Lola Dalton, Sharon and Scott Mitton and Lee and Nellie Dalton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her special friends, Steve and Karen Stolp. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services for both Bev and Jack were held on Aug. 26 in Bigfork.

PABLO -- Clarence Erickson died on Aug. 3, 2005, at his home here. Clarence was born to Axel and Lenna (Pharis) Erickson on Oct. 25, 1915, in Dixon. His family moved to the Post Creek area in 1919 where they farmed and milked cows. Clarence took his first eight grades of schooling at Hillside School. In 1930, he went to St. Ignatius to get his secondary education. He graduated from Mission High School in 1934. That summer he bought an 80-acre parcel of ground east of what is now Ninepipe Lodge. In 1936, Clarence married Betty Pierce. In 1938, they purchased another 80 acres next to the first parcel of land. Money was short and the children were growing so Clarence took outside work to supplement the income. He worked at Lake Milling Grain Mill from 1950 to 1957. Clarence and Betty sold their Post Creek farm in 1965. In 1968, he went to work for Consolidated Creameries in Ronan. Between 1964 and 1968, they owned and operated the Wolverine Cafe. Clarence retired from Consolidated in 1980. He served on the Pablo Water and Sewer Board from 1983 to 1991 as director. He served on the state Tax Appeals Board from 1980 to 1995. Because he had to stay busy, Clarence spent time over a 14-year period working with Tim and Sara Schauss at Pablo Quality Foods. He gave up that job in January 2002 and in March he lost his partner of 67 years, Betty. Clarence loved his garden and his yard of flowers. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, his wife, a son, a grandson and two great grandsons. He is survived by his children, Florence (Sherm) Hagan of Missoula, Eunice (Larry) Jensen of Pablo, David (Troy) Erickson of Pablo, Joy Ann Cazier of Missoula and Ronald (Tana) Erickson of Pablo; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and eight great great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Aug. 8 at the Ronan Alliance Church. Interment followed at Lake View Cemetery. Clarence requested memorials be made to Lake County Home Hospice, with a special "thank you" for their continued service.

RONAN -- Ned Carson Hardy, 84, of Ronan, died on Aug. 23, 2005, at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula. He was born on July 19, 1921, in Winnett to Bryan and Mabel Hardy. His early years were spent in several small towns where his father worked. He graduated from high school in Joliet. Ned was hauling hay on Dec. 7, 1941, and heard about Pearl Harbor when he returned to town. He enlisted in the Army soon afterward, went through cadet training and became a pilot in the Army Air Force. In England during World War II, he flew B-17s, and later in Japan he flew B-24s. Ned was awarded two Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He met Merne M. Bonnett in Billings, and they were married on Aug. 4, 1943. Ned supported his family by working in the woods as a cat skinner throughout western Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Ranching in the Moiese Valley was added as his family grew up. Ned was a 50-year member of Carbon Lodge No. 65 at Joliet and a dual member of Flint Creek Lodge No. 11 at Philipsburg, AF&AM. Anemone Chapter No. 93 Order of the Eastern Star will always remember Ned driving hundreds of miles in order to attend meetings and fulfill his duty as worthy patron. Ned was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother, Richard; son, Kit; daughter, Susan Price; and grandson, Cale Hardy. He is survived by his wife, Merne (Ronan); and seven children and their spouses, Judy and Bob Paynter (Helena), Linda and Bruce Knight (Plains), Bill and Alicen Hardy (Riverton, WY), Jackie Largent (Polson), Nancy and Lyle Evans (Charlo), Bryan Hardy (Great Falls) and Wayne Hardy (Pablo); 30 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Lou Hardy (Hamilton). A memorial service was held on Aug. 26 at the Ronan Church of Latter-day Saints.

POLSON -- Evans G. Innes, 53, of Polson, passed away on Aug. 26, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital here of natural causes. He was born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Gilbert L. and Billie Chivers Innes. His father preceded him in death in 2001. Survivors include his mother Billie Innes (Polson); a son, Evans George Innes IV, daughter-in-law Lisa Innes and grandson Wesley Joseph Innes (Bozeman); daughter Jessica Wilkin and son in-law Bobby Wilkin (Fairbanks); two sisters and one brother (Fairbanks). Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and inurnment of the cremains was held in Fairbanks.

POLSON -- Myrtle A. Johnson, 104, formerly of Dayton, died on Aug. 7, 2005, at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. She was born on May 10, 1901, in Sauk Rapids, MN, to Jonas and Caroline Olson Nelson. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband William, son Dale, daughter Lorraine Jones, one granddaughter and one great-grandson. Survivors include daughters Dolores Clatterbuck (Dayton) and Marion Young and husband Wayne (Sutherlin, Ore.), and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Aug. 13 at the Grogan Funeral Home. Interment took place at Lakeview Cemetery.

HOT SPRINGS -- On Aug. 22, 2005, Anne Elizabeth Manning died at her home here. Anne was born on Sept. 14, 1946, in Waubay, SD, to Andrew and Jane Sandvig, the third of 12 children. Anne's family moved to Arlee when she was just a young child. She attended the Arlee schools until high school when she attended Mount Ellis School in Bozeman for a short time. Anne moved to Hot Springs in the spring of 1964 where she met the love of her life, LeRoy Manning Jr. They were wed on Nov. 6, 1964. This union would produce four children, LeAnne Manning of Hot Springs, William Manning of Marysville, WA, and twins Jenifer Mitchell of Hot Springs and David Manning of Butte. Anne loved her family dearly. She concentrated on her grandchildren in her later years. Being surrounded by family was her biggest joy. Anne had many friends who were a big part of her life. Anne was preceded in death by her husband; her father; a sister, Rose; a grandchild; brother George Edward Engelbret; and a son-in-law, Jerry Chaves. Survivors include LeAnne "Bubbles" Manning of Hot Springs, William (Jean) Manning of Marysville, Wash., Jenifer (Robert) Mitchell of Hot Springs and David (Shirley) Manning of Butte; her mother Jane Sandvig of Arlee; brothers and sisters Daniel Sandvig of Arlee, Betty Jane (Dwayne) Hunt and Keri McDonald of East Missoula, Gloria (Mel) Kincaid of Spokane, Laura (Ron) Boyce of Polson, Andrew Sandvig of Missoula, Archie (Lorie) Sandvig of Big Arm, Marvin (Vicky) Sandvig of Florence, Emmy (Tim) Burt of Wenatchee, Wash., and George Engelbret of Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted on Aug. 27 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Christine "Tina" Butler Matt died at her home in Dixon Agency on Aug. 30, 2005. She was born on Jan. 27, 1933, in Polson, to Joseph and Mona (Ashley) Butler but she was raised by her grandparents, Frank and Nancy Butler. She attended schools in Polson and at the Ursulines in St. Ignatius. Tina was married at an early age to Edmund "Buzz" Irvine and there were two children brought in to their marriage, Richard and Bobby. They later separated and Tina moved to Arlee, where she met L. Jerome "Jerry" Matt in 1956. There were ten children born in this marriage. In 1985, Jerry and Tina separated and she moved to the Dixon Agency and resided there until the time of her death. Tina was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed powwows, picnics, baking, shopping at the Amish General Store and her favorite pastime, yard sales. There was no stray animal in Dixon Agency. She gave all cats and dogs a home and something to eat. Her favorite animal was Abbey. Abbey was her co-pilot and was frequently waiting in her car. When Abbey grew impatient she would honk the horn. Everyone who knew Tina also knew Abbey, her basset hound. Christina was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and three children Tim, Melvin and John-John Matt. She is survived by her children Sharon (Brad) of Charlo, Shorty (Anita) of Moiese, Deb (Mike) of Hot Springs, Jerome (Kathy) of Arlee, Linda (Eneas) of Arlee, Dave (Caroline) of Spokane, WA, Diane Matt of Arlee, Richard Irvine of Butte, Bobby (Marjorie) of Missoula; her brothers Joe Butler of Dixon Agency, John (Karen) of Arlee, Tom (Sue) Antiste of Big Arm; sisters Sheila Gueredte of Missoula, Judy Herberle of Seattle, Geri Butler of Missoula; and grandchildren Shawn (Miranda), Thomasina Linsebigler, Megan Inmee, Eneas Inmee, Timmy Matt, Lakota Matt, Kody Morigeau, Joshua van Bouchaute, Lane Johnson, Dave Sandau, Mikee Sandau, Riley Sandau, Cheyenne, Dawn, Travis, Garrett, Serine Irvine and Richard's two daughters; and a great granddaughter, Shonlea, to be born on Oct. 3; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A wake began at her home in Dixon Agency then moved to the Arlee Indian Senior Center. Mass was celebrated on Sept. 7 at St. John Berchmann Catholic Church at Jocko Agency.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Thomas Milfred Pablo, 83, died on Aug. 8, 2005. Tom was born November 23, 1921 in Pablo to Alexander and Annastsia Pablo. After spending his childhood in and around Pablo, Tom joined the Army in 1938. He was a WWII veteran and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He served as a machine gunner throughout the Pacific. Later in the war he was chosen to join the Special Forces as an Army Ranger. Following the war, Tom was honorably discharged as a decorated war hero. Upon return to civilian life, Tom met Vida Jane Austin. They were married in 1948 and started their family the same year. Throughout his life, Tom was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed cutting Christmas trees, hunting the Irvine and Mill Pocket as well as fishing for the elusive trout in many area creeks and streams, with Mud Creek being his favorite. He enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of the outdoors with his children, grandchildren and even some of his great-grandchildren. Even though Tom appeared outwardly as only a rugged individual, he had a more sensitive spirit. Tom expressed this gentler side of himself in poetry and songs written, then secreted away. Once brought to light, he touched many who read his work. Some noteable fans, who Tom was able to meet, included Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson and Milton Berle. His poetry also earned him numerous medals and awards, including Poet of the Year honors from the International Society of Poets. Preceding Tom in death were her parents, Ben (brother), Lucille, Faye and Ona (sisters), Janice (daughter), BJ Gardipe (grandson), Lakota and Terje (great-grandsons) and two wives, Ruth and Lynn. Surviving family includes Vida J. Pablo, Lloyd (brother), children Mildred (Tom Pierce and family), Alma Pablo and family, Donna Pablo and family, Butch Pablo and family, Mike Pablo and family, Craig (Shirley and Marshall) Pablo, Amber (Mario Bagola and family), as well as many extended family members and friends. Wake services began Aug. 8 at the Longhouse. Funeral services were held on Aug. 11 in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with military honors being presented. Cremation followed per Tom's request.

HOT SPRINGS -- Donald Sydney Pitts, died on Aug. 2, 2005, in Sacramento, CA. A member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Don was the son of Virgil and Geneva (Houle) Pitts, born in St. Ignatius on Dec. 12, 1923. He lived in Valley Creek and later moved to Hot Springs, where he attended school and graduated from high school in 1941. He then went to the Univ. of Montana for a year and was affiliated with SAE fraternity. Don then moved to Portland, OR, and became an orderly in the main hospital there before returning to Hot Springs, where he enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942. Don served two years in the South Pacific. In 1944, he was honorably discharged. Returning to Hot Springs, he was engaged in many occupations: as a truck driver on the new Alaska Highway. He later returned to Hot Springs and started a dairy company. Upon selling the dairy, he went to Lewistown and worked on the railroad, returning to Hot Springs to start an excavation business. Selling that business, he went to Sacramento and worked for a dairy for 23 years, plus working with the city ambulance. He then retired and went into the rare coin business until he permanently retired. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Serena (Marquardt) Pitts; and a sister, Donna. Survivors include one brother and his wife, Eugene and Faye Pitts (Dixon); sister and her husband, Nena and Bud Heitmiller (Hawaii); nieces and their spouses, Lettie and John Neuman (Polson), Kolynn and Paul Sinclair (Yakima, WA), and Teresa and Derk Olea (Sacramento); nephews and their spouses, Dr. Garry and Christine Pitts (Polson), Terry and Crystal Pitts (Dixon), Larry and Ginger Pitts (Pablo), Robert Veitch (Helena) and Stephen Heitmiller (CA); as well as numerous grandnephews and grandnieces and other extended family. Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date at the Lone Pine Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest by his father.

PABLO -- Joan Elaine Raymond died at her home here on Aug. 28, 2005. Joan was born to Reynold and Lillian (Bisson) Hartung on Dec. 31, 1950, in St. Ignatius. She attended schools in Polson and high school in Ronan. Joan also received a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Salish Kootenai College. She married Mark Raymond on May 13, 1971, in Polson, and they had two children together. She and Mark later divorced. Joan enjoyed needlepoint, sewing, crotchet, making dolls, cooking, baking, listening to music, reading good books and watching good movies. She was proud of her heritage and was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Leila. She is survived by her children Jennifer Raymond (East Helena) and Aaron Raymond (Missoula); four grandchildren, Jasmine, Ashley, Brittany and Kelsey; two sisters, Billie Hartung (Pablo) and Sherry Hartung (Polson); and one brother, Mark Hartung (also of Polson). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and several other relatives. A graveside service was held on Sept. 1 at the Ronan Cemetery.

PABLO -- Deana Marie Streets died on Aug. 7, 2005. She was born Feb. 15, 1972, in Polson, and was a very social lady with lots of laughs and a good heart. Deana was an officer for the Polson Police Dept., a dispatch officer for the Tribal Police, and a tribal probation officer following her graduation from the Helena Police Academy. She was a friend of many and loved to float the river, spending time with her family -- especially with her kids -- bowling and doing lots of outdoor activities. Deana was preceded in death by her brothers, Bill Streets and Trace Mesteth; grandpa, Henry Streets; grandmother, Bunny Gardipe; cousin, Joey Gardipe; goddaughter and niece, Rashaunda Denton; as well as many aunts, uncles and other family members. She is survived by her three children, Karmen Matt (Antoine Tenas), Shelby Grant and Trystan Garcia, who all lived with her; mother, Marilyn Gardipe (Pablo); father and his wife, Jim and Kay Streets (Wickenburg, AZ); sisters, Tedi (Steve) Rodriguez (Pablo), Cindy and Tyree Streets and girls, Marci Mesteth (Wickenburg) and Bonnie Streets (Calif.); brother, Will Mesteth (Ariz.); and also her many special friends, Renee (Brian) Fisher, Jody (Sam) Barber, Michelle (Kenny) Spotted Eagle, Sandy (Brad) Wirz, Rocky (Penrod) Davis, Mandy (Reece) Turpin, Darlene (Dan) Finley and Lynn (Louis) Grant; as well as a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Wake services began on Aug. 11 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Aug. 13 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

RONAN -- The Ronan Fire and Ambulance Dept. made its farewell call for James H. Symington, 64, of Ronan, who died on Aug. 18, 2005, at St. Luke Community Hospital here from injuries sustained in an accident at his home. James "Jim" H. Symington was born in Ronan on July 26, 1941, to Robert and Alice Symington. Jim was raised in Ronan, where he attended school, graduating Ronan High School in 1959. After graduating, Jim joined the Army National Guard and served actively for four years. In 1961 he married Helen Colgrove. Jim and Helen were local business owners of Ronan Laundry. He will be remembered as a laborer for the city of Ronan and Lake County Road Dept. Jim was very active within his community where he volunteered for the Jaycees, Boy Scouts, Ronan Fire Department and Ronan Ambulance. Jim was also an active member with the Spark and Throttle Car Club and Mission Valley Senior Citizens Center. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Alice Symington, and nephews Rusty Symington and Ryan Payne. Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen; two daughters, Kathy and Judy (Ronan); two sons, Jim and wife Joy (Houston) and Henry (Salt Lake City); two brothers, Robert (Charlo) and Alva (Ronan); eight grandchildren, Tiffany, Justin, Heather, Cole, Natasha, Julia, Faith and Bailey; two great grandchildren, Levi and Miles; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law; as well as many beloved friends. Funeral services were held on Aug. 23 at the Ronan High School gymnasium. Military graveside services followed at Ronan Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Ronan Ambulance and/or Ronan Fire Department.


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