MISSOULA — Gerald Dean Wright, 61, passed away peacefully at his home in Missoula on March 15, 2018. Gerald (Jerry) was born on Oct. 16, 1956 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Dean and Deloris (Upham) Wright.

MISSOULA — David William Hangas, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 17, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. How fitting for a man with such charm and charisma that his heavenly Father called him home on St. Patrick’s Day. One of Dave’s core values was family and friends. …

MISSOULA — Bette Luanne Kirscher died at the age of 94 on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2018, surrounded by family and Father Jeff Fleming. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St., in Livingston. Mass of Christian Burial will be at …

RONAN — Alice G. (Wise) Bond, 82, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at her home in Ronan. A service will be held Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in the Terrace Lake Community Church with Pastor Nate Howell officiating. Foster Funeral Home of St. Ignatius is assisting the family with arran…

POLSON — Donna Mary “Chicken” Romsa Houle, 66, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, at St. Joseph’s in Polson. A Rosary will be held Wednesday, March 21, at 8 p.m. in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Mass being celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission…

STEVENSVILLE — Caroline Hare Davis of Stevensville passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018, following a prolonged illness. She was 82 years old.

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FLORENCE — A memorial service  for Mary Lee Yuhas Rickert will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home. Urn interment will follow at the Riverside Cemetery. Mary, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Condolence…

MISSOULA — On Friday March 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm in Missoula, MT Shirley Lou Jones-Ogden-Keiper, daughter, wife, mother, Oma, Great Oma, and friend reunited with her loved ones that have passed on before. At this moment we envision her big huge Oma arms wrapped around Monica, Katie and Sara, ou…

MISSOULA — Our mom, Rebecca L. Parks, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Mom was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Denver, Colorado, to Thomas and Edith Harris. She was married to Robert Parks and together they adopted two children, Steve and Jan (me), and then were blessed with the birth of anoth…

BROADUS — Clarence L. Swope, 81, of Broadus, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Powder River Manor in Broadus.

HUBBARD, Ore. — On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the world lost a lovely lady and one tough cookie.

PASCO, Wash. — In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2018, the bright light that was the life of Betty Howell dimmed, at the age of 97, and peacefully passed away. We say dimmed, not died, since she will remain in the minds and hearts of many family and friends forever.

SPOKANE — Don was born in 1923 in St. Ignatius and grew up on the family homestead near Charlo with his beloved parents and siblings Nick, George, Mary and John. They were a close-knit family who shared the hardship of millions of Americans during the Depression.

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HELENA — Montana lost John North on March 1, 2018. The state is poorer with his passing; every wilderness area in the state a little emptier; humor and optimism a bit more scarce; Lady Griz basketball one fan short; state lands supported with one less voice. 

ARLEE — David Charles Vallee Jr., passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, as a result of an untimely death at the age of 53. He died in Alaska where he was employed by Golden Harvest Seafood Alaska.

BOZEMAN — Dr. Paul Hummison Visscher, MD, died in the presence of his children in the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at the age of 94.

ARLEE — David Charles Vallee Jr., 53, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Wake will start Friday, March 16, at the Arlee Community Center with Rosary at 8 p.m. Services will be held at the Arlee Community Center on Saturday, March 17.

RONAN — Glenda Clarann Tomma, 68, passed away at her home in Ronan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Glenda was born Sept. 23, 1949, to Clara Victoria Fisher and William Swaney. She was raised by her grandparents Tony and Clara Plant and was educated at the Ursuline’s and received her GED in Longv…

HAMILTON — Patrick Brian “Pat” Sutherland, 51, of Hamilton, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, from a brain tumor. He was born April 29, 1966, in Missoula, the son of Brian and Monica Sutherland.

RONAN — Glenda Tomma, 68, passed away at her home in Ronan on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Rosary 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Mass 11 a.m., Friday, March 16, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

BIGFORK — “I got the good out of it,” Betty Wetzel reflected shortly before her death at age 102, at her home in Bigfork last week.

HAMILTON — Wayne Jolliff, 79, passed away in the afternoon, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at his home due to pancreatic cancer with his wife by his side.

MISSOULA — Words fail us today, as there are none adequate to describe the beauty, humor, kindness and unique spirit of Sally Bows Hammond, our wife, mother and grandmother, who died after a brief, but fierce, battle with cancer, on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the age of 72.

EDEN, Texas — George William Oechsli of Eden, Texas, ended his life journey on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was 56 years old. Our nature is to question why. Total and absolute despair took my son. The “why” will never be answered.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Phyllis Lorrayne Bartels, wife of Rev. Eugene Bartels, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at Pioneer Homes in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was 83 years old. A celebration of life to follow at a later date in Fairbanks.

MISSOULA — Shirley Lou Keiper, 81, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Riverside Healthcare. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

POLSON — Edward Roland “Eddy” Unger passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at age 86. He was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Poplar to John and Minnie Unger the fifth of six children.

LIBBY — John K. McBride, 90, died on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at his home in Libby of natural causes. He was born on Jan. 30, 1928, at Fort Totten, New York, to John and Dorothy (nee Kenly) McBride.

ARLEE — Correna Lee Moran (Butler), 50, born Nov. 29, 1967, left us Sunday, March 11, 2018. Correna lost her long, hard battle with her brain tumor. Even though she suffered terribly she never complained or felt self-pity and she is to be commended for that. She went all through her school y…