MURRIETA, Calif. - Joseph Daniel Curran, 71, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, in Murrieta, Calif.
Born in Boise, Idaho, on April 6, 1932, Joe graduated from St. Teresa's Academy in 1950. During his two years at Boise Junior College, Joe joined the Idaho Air National Guard. When activated during the Korean Conflict, he served in Georgia and overseas in Greenland.
Upon mustering out of the service, Joe enrolled at Carroll College in Helena and received his bachelor of arts degree in English in 1959. He continued with graduate work in English at the University of Montana especially concentrating on Dr. Walter King's classes.
While doing his graduate work, Joe also worked for Bud Wood's Business Machines and was an employee of the company for nearly 30 years. He could fix anything.
In 1976, Joe married Dorothy Ellison and the couple lived in Missoula, Finley Point on Flathead Lake, Yuma, Ariz., and recently moved to Murrieta to be near a son and daughter-in-law.
Joe was well-traveled, with countless miles viewed between the handlebars of his Harley. With that and four other motorcycles, Joe toured the United States, Canada and Mexico. A few years ago, after a motorcycle race in the Bitterroots, Joe said, "I was the oldest racer there."
Frequently, friends said about Joe, "If it could be raced, Joe would race it." He once won the Copper Cup on Flathead Lake with his 280 inboard hydroplane.
Always an avid sportsman, Joe skied, hunted, fished, scuba dived, weight lifted and followed his team, Notre Dame, even mourning their loss to Michigan State the day before his death.
Joe delighted in making the wall at Eddie's Club when Lee Nye photographed him. Many remember his animated renditions of the poem, Face on the Barroom Floor," in the same establishment.
Due to his fascination with the Spanish language, Joe pursued a proficiency to the extent his Hispanic friends called him "Joe Montana, the Mexican," and said, "He speaks Spanish better than we do." Even his truck's license plates said "Mexico."
With much help from hospice, the family was able to keep him comfortable at home until the end. To them, the family offers deep gratitude.
Now, Joe has heard the owl and seen the elephant. Vaya Con Dios, Jose.
Survivors include the following: his wife Dorothy Curran of Murrieta; her son and his wife, Brian Ellison and Dianne Smyth of San Diego; a sister, niece and her husband, Mary Alice Acher, Amy L. Acher and Chris Beer, all of Seattle; a nephew, John G. Acher of Oslo, Norway; a son and daughter, Mike Curran and Eva Carson.
A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Martha's Catholic Church in Murrieta. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery located at Point Loma, San Diego.
The family suggests donations be made to you local hospice.
Robert T. Richard
LOLO - Robert T. Richard, 44, of Lolo, died on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003.
Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Montana Cremation and Memorial Society.
Marvin Alan Enes
POWELL, Wyo. - Marvin Alan Enes, 56, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at his home in Powell, Wyo.
"Marv" was born Nov. 24, 1946, in Lovell, Wyo., to Kenneth and Elizabeth Enes of Byron, Wyo. He attended grade school and graduated from high school in Byron, where he enjoyed playing sports and excelled in art classes.
After graduation, Marv attended the University of Wyoming for a year and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.
He served as a medic during his active tour of duty in Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, Marv received the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Medical Badge. He was honorably discharged in 1968.
Marv married Diane Crocker in 1971. They lived in Lolo, where Marv pursued a career as a Western artist.
Marv and Diane had three sons.
Seth (wife Tricia) of Missoula - Seth was Marv's favorite hunting and fishing partner and he was so proud of Seth's career at Sun Mountain Sports.
Erin (wife Chelsea) followed in his father's footsteps and is proudly serving in the U.S. Army. Erin and Chelsea provided Marv with his prides and joys, grandson Brice and granddaughter Bailey.
Marv and Diane's youngest son Collin amazed his father with his dedication to education and is currently a senior at the University of Montana.
Marv moved to Wyoming in 1988 and began working for Woodcraft LLC of Lovell. He had been employed by Aldrich's Lumber in Powell for the past three years.
Marv loved the outdoors of Montana and Wyoming, which he included in many of his paintings.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and was famous for his barbecued chicken at family dinners.
In addition to his sons, Marv is survived by his mother Bettee Enes of the Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell and sisters Elaine Wirth (husband Tim) and Alana VanGrinsven (husband Tim), all of Powell.
Marv was preceded in death by his father Kenneth and sister Shannon.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the Byron Cemetery.
CORVALLIS - Jonathan West of Corvallis, passed away Saturday night, Sept. 20, 2003, in his mother's arms surrounded by immediate family and the caring staff at Community Medical Center.
In his 5 years of life, Jonathan touched many people with his sweet smile and gentle spirit.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We are relieved that he is no longer suffering and know he is happy in the arms of Jesus.
Jonathan is survived by his parents Laura and David West of Corvallis; brothers Leif, age 6 and Nathan, age 4; paternal grandmother Sunny Reves of Hamilton; maternal grandparents Andy and Carmen Scheible of Clinton; and aunts and uncles DeAnna West of Hamilton, Eric and Deserae West of Grants Pass, Ore., James and Ruby Reves of Auburn, Wash., Paul Scheible of Bozeman and Eric and Jessica Scheible of Missoula.
A public viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Garden City Funeral Home. At 2 p.m. an outdoor service will be held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A private burial will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mary Schragl Wolf
SAN DIEGO - Mary Schragl Wolf died at her home in San Diego on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003.
The eldest daughter of early Hamilton residents Engelbert and Mary Schragl, Mary completed her schooling in Hamilton and graduated nurses training at St. Joseph's in Tacoma.
During World War II she served her country as an Army nurse stationed at Letterman General in San Francisco. In 1949 she and Bob Wolf were married in Reno.
Mary is survived by her husband Bob and sister May Potter of Missoula.
Cremation has taken place, interment will be in Fort Rosecrans Cemetary, San Diego with military honors.
Kenneth O. Meves
HAMILTON - Kenneth O. Meves, 63, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003.
Ken was born on Aug. 17, 1940, in Sheboygan, Wis., the son of the late Wallace and Helen Mallmann Meves.
He attended Holy Name Catholic School and graduated from North High School in 1958 and received a degree in Forestry from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in Houghton, Mich., in 1963.
Serving in the U.S. Army from March 1964, he was discharged from the Army Reserves in December 1969.
On Jan. 8, 1966, he married Carol Harmelink in Sheboygan, Mich.
Ken worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 28 years in the Mid-West, Idaho and Montana, retiring in May 1991 from the Sula Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest.
Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing and also horse racing.
Surviving include his wife Carol of Hamilton; sister Mary Meves, brother Jack Meves and sister-in-law Gayle Meves, all of Sheboygan, Mich.
Ken was preceded in death by his brother Robert.
To honor Ken's wishes, no formal service will be held at this time. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to the Bitter Root Humane Association or charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Irene Ellen Ulvick
LONEPINE - Irene Ellen Ulvick, 88, of Lonepine, passed away at her home on Sept. 13, 2003, from natural causes.
She was born on March 21, 1915, to Sayles and Ethel Johnston in Rolla, N.D.
Irene grew up and attended schools in Rolla and graduated from high school in Rolla. Irene attended college in Minot, N.D., and graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in education.
She married Lloyd "Ace" Ulvick on Sept. 29, 1938, in Rolla. She and Ace moved to Lonepine in 1948.
They ranched in Lonepine and Irene taught elementary school in Battle Butte, Lonepine, Hot Springs and Camas Prairie.
Irene eventually retired from teaching and continued living on the ranch.
Irene enjoyed gardening, quilting and handiwork.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd "Ace" in 1997 and a son, Lloyd Jr. in 1957.
She is survived by her son, Dan Ulvick and his wife Shonda of Lonepine; four grandchildren, Cookie of Plains, Cam of Hot Springs, Beau of Hot Springs and Sherry of Lonepine; one great-grandchild, Daniel; three brothers, Sayles Johnston of Rolla, Harvey Johnston of Cando, N.D., and George Johnston of Rolla; and two sisters, Martha Manikowske of Wahpeton, N.D., and Mary Moomjan of Tustin, Calif.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Murray Memorial Cemetery in Lonepine with Janet Young officiating.
Desta Kathleen Ostenson
SALT LAKE CITY - Desta Kathleen Ostenson, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at CareSource, a residence hospice in Salt Lake City, with her daughters by her side. Her death was due to complications of emphysema and congestive heart failure.
She was born July 10, 1907, in Logan, Iowa, where she attended school. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1931.
She taught and coached girls basketball in Dixon, Reed Point and Columbus before she married Oscar K. Ostenson on June 10, 1933, in Livingston.
She was a Girl Scout and 4-H Club leader and sang in the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Miles City.
She and her family moved to Missoula in 1957. She became an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school, was a deacon, was one of the original members of the Random Ringers Bell Choir, was in charge of the Cradle Roll and was on the church's prayer chain for many years. She also held an office in the Presbyterian Women's organization.
After she retired from teaching at Central School for 15 years she volunteered at the Nearly New Thrift Shop and at the Village Health Care Center.
She was a former member of Rock Rose Chapter, OES, Columbus and was a member of Sapphire Temple, No. 79, Daughters of the Nile, Missoula.
She sold her home in 2000 and moved to the Village Senior Residence, where she was treated with great kindness. She made new friends and enjoyed the good food.
She is survived by daughters Desta (Harold) Aure of Sandy, Utah, and Ruth Ostenson of Truro, Mass.; grandchildren Eric (Suzanne) Aure of San Antonio, Texas, Kirsten (Fawaz) Hashmi of Houston, and Carl Aure of Sandy; and great-grandson Blaine Hashmi.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
The celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Missoula.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at the residence of CareSource for their loving and excellent care.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 235 S. Fifth St. W., Missoula, MT 59801; or to The CareSource Charitable Association, 1624 E. 4500 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84117.
John M. Kolendich
MISSOULA - John Michael Kolendich, 47, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at his family home in Missoula in the arms of his loving wife, Kathleen, with his children by his side. Our beloved John fought so gallantly in his battle with cancer. He did not lose this fight, but instead went triumphantly to glory, fully restored to the man we all knew and loved, sitting today in the presence of God.
John was born in Missoula on Nov. 11, 1955 to Frank and Evelyn Kolendich. He went to Hawthorne Grade School where he met his best friend Bob Pettit. He graduated from Sentinel High School in 1974. He attended the University of Montana and was a lifelong Grizzly fan. John, like his older brothers and sister, thoroughly enjoyed sports during his youth.
He worked at Hermie's Drive-In during his high school years before moving on to Bob Ward & Sons. John moved to Southern California in 1978 where he managed the men's clothing department at Robinson's Department Store. In 1980, he joined his brother Matt in owning and operating Valley Building Materials. Their business is now one of the largest masonry supply yards in Southern California with two locations in Lake Forest and Yucaipa, Calif. John regarded his employees as part of his extended family.
John met Kathleen McMillin in 1984 and they were married on March 24, 1990 in Kennewick, Wash. His proudest achievement was his three beautiful children - Johnny 10, Nicholas 9 and Katherine 5.
John was an avid golfer and spent the last few years enjoying his children's many activities. He recently fulfilled his dream of building a log cabin on Swan Lake for his family and friends to enjoy.
One of John's primary passions was to make a real difference in people's lives. He learned his compassion from his parents, who would help anyone in need. Over the years John and Matt have had an annual charity golf tournament for the purpose of raising funds for various charities. The charities have included Operation Santa Claus to benefit Orangewood Children's Home, Byron Scott's Challenge for Children's fund and Home Aid Orange County which provides housing for the homeless, AIDS patients and battered women and children. In May 2003, he was one of ten men honored in Orange County by the Boy Scouts of America as a "Man of Character."
John was preceded in death by his father Frank in 2000 and his dear friends Kim Wehmeyer, Mike Dorfler and Casey Randles.
He is survived by his loving family - wife Kathleen; sons Johnny and Nicholas; daughter Katherine; his mother Evelyn; sister Gail and husband Tom Reidy; brother Frank and wife Toni Kolendich; brother Matt and wife Lisa Kolendich.
He is also survived by Ken, Vera, Ben and George Reidy, Brian Reidy, Chris Crowley, Casey and Kamra Kolendich, Kevin Kolendich, Kelsey Kolendich, Barbara and Jerry McMillin, Steve McMillan, Peter, Katy and Jerry McMillan, Donald and Lydia McMillan and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Missoula with Father Ed Hislop presiding. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Orange County Calif. Burial will be at the Old St. Mary's Cemetery in Missoula.
The family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington, Ste. 209, Missoula, MT 59801; or HomeAid Orange County, 1744 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA 92614.
John will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Arrangements are under the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society.