Steven Scott Robinson

LOLO - Steven Scott Robinson, 35, of Lolo, lost his battle with melanoma and passed away on Monday, May 1, 2000, at Missoula Community Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1965, in Concord, Calif., to Carson and Betty Brown Robinson. Steven's father was a Marine Corps officer, and his mother taught all levels of high school math. The family lived all over the United States. Steve graduated from Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va., in 1983. While in high school, he competed on the track team and the varsity wrestling team, earning honors both in athletics and academics. Steve then went on to the distinguished Virginia Military Institute, earning a degree in mechanical engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1987. He served as an Air Force navigator in the armed forces reserves until 1993.

In the summer of 1988, Steve discovered the Big Sky Country, and permanently moved to Montana that fall. "Rocket," as he was affectionately called by his co-workers, worked as a talented design engineer for Zugay Engineering, Inc. in Stevensville.

Steve approached life with a rare gusto found only in a few. He was an avid outdoors man and truly enjoyed nature. Steve spent much of his time with family and friends, hiking, playing paintball, camping, fishing and especially big game hunting. Indoors, nobody could shake a stick at Steve. He was a regular barroom Olympian, playing billiards, darts and socializing with friends and strangers alike. Stevo was often known to pull that "magic" card from his cribbage hand and leave you high and dry.

Steve's patience, intelligence and kindness made him a wonderful teacher, and he was a true example of how to live life with integrity, honesty and an amazing amount of courage. He was a positive spirit and an eternal optimist, even to the end. He touched all who knew him, and showed us how to live life to its fullest. Ultimately, Steve is a very special son, brother, uncle and friend. We'll miss you, coolhooah!

Survivors include his parents Carson and Betty Brown Robinson; his sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Ty Brennan; and his nieces and nephew, Sarah, Rebeccah and John Brennan.

Services will be held this Saturday, May 6, at the Christian Life Center in Missoula at 4:30 p.m. A reception will be held afterwards to celebrate his life at Bitterroot Sporting Clays in Florence at 6 p.m.

In memory of Steve, the family suggests that donations might be given to the American Cancer Society for Melanoma Research, 300 Catlin, Suite 1A, Missoula, MT 59801, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 2291 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59801.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Natashai Secrett Jacobs

POLSON - Our angel from heaven, Natashai Secrett Jacobs, was born on Aug. 24, 1997, in Spokane. Truly a gift from God, Natashai touched more lives in two years than many do in a lifetime. We are thankful for the gift of Natashai, the love that she shared and the lives that she touched. Natashai will never be forgotten and her memory will live forever.

The good Lord came for Natashai at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

She is survived by her father and mother, Jesse and Tracy Jacobs of Polson; grandparents, William and Lova Jacobs of Polson, Brent and Joanna Rogers of Missoula, and Wally and Darlene Wuest of Salem, Ore.; great-grandparents Jay and Donna Jacobs of Polson, William and Betty Hickenbottom of Polson, Jim and Bonnie Rogers of Ovando, and Larry and Liz Williams of Libby; great-great-grandmother Evelyn Stromberg of Minnesota; and numerous other family members.

Mass of the Angels will be celebrated Thursday, May 4, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson (as the Catholic Church is being renovated), with Father Gary Reller as celebrant. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.

Phyllis Norris Hancock

HAMILTON - Phyllis Norris Hancock of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2000, in Hamilton at Valley View Estates.

In 1992, Phyllis moved to Hamilton to be near her sister.

Surviving is her sister, Betty Fredrickson, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jerry.

At Phyllis' request, no formal service will be held and private family urn placement will take place at a later date.

Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Fred E. Peters

HELENA - Fred E. Peters, also known as Enoch Wingslee, died quietly at his Helena Valley home on Sunday, April 23, 2000. Fred was born in Billings on Sept. 5, 1944. He attended Billings Senior High School.

Fred had a distinguished career with the U. S. Army in the Vietnam War. He traveled to Mexico City and California where he lived sometimes. Upon his return to Montana, he lived in Missoula working in the 'Zoo and attending classes at the University of Montana. He moved to Helena in the early 1980s.

He loved the blues and had an outstanding music collection from which he would give as gifts. He loved the arts and was a very fine craftsman. Fred carved catlinite pipes, was a beadworker, tanner naturalist and best of all, he was a friend to all.

Fred is survived by his mother Martha Finley; sister Sharon Peters; nieces Kari Laver and Tracy Hadsell of Clark Fork, Idaho; great-grandnephews, Tylor and Gabrela Michael of Boise, Idaho; and grandniece, Teressa Wise.

Family and friends will gather at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, west of Helena at the end of Grizzly Gulch on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. to celebrate life and help send Fred on his way.

Garnett C. Loberg

HOT SPRINGS - Garnett C. Loberg, 75, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, May 1, 2000, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains.

He was born Feb. 26, 1925, at Britton, S.D., the son of Gunder and Clara Loberg. He grew up and attended school in Circle, where his family farmed. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in World War II. After the war, he returned to Circle. He later moved to Glendive and worked in the oil fields there.

In 1954, he married Dorothy Haughland at Glendive and the couple made their home there until moving to Hot Springs in 1958, where they ranched.

Garnett was a member of the Hot Springs Lutheran Church. He was also a member of Lone Prairie Springs VFW Post 5159.

He is survived by three sons, Rick Loberg of Hot Springs, Gary Loberg of Portland, Ore., and Larry Loberg of Plains; two daughters, Marla Loberg and Julie Canedo, both of Winlock, Wash.; one sister, Patti Lynn of Miles City; one brother, Claude Loberg of Wolf Point; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 1980.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Lonepine Community Hall with the Rev. Robert Nagy and the Rev. Allyn Larsen officiating. Military graveside rites will follow at Murray Memorial Cemetery by Lone Prairie Springs Post.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Edwin Petri

HAMILTON - Earl Edwin Petri, 81, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Valley View Estates in Hamilton.

He was born June 3, 1918, in Blackfoot, Idaho, the son of the late Anthony and Gertrude Parrish.

He was a longtime resident of the Bitterroot Valley. He was a logger for Shook, Wilson and Rosignol logging. He was also a road builder in the Bitterroot and Lemhi valleys.

Earl worked for Potlatch Corp., at Headquarters, Idaho, as a road supervisor. After retiring, he returned to the Bitterroot Valley where he resided at Stevensville.

Survivors include children Chris Hafer of Hamilton, JoAnn Beers of Salmon, Idaho, Earl Petri Jr. of Rhode Island, and Irene Olson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; stepson Jim Grisenti of Rupert, Idaho; sisters Geri Bolodeau of Hamilton and Dorthy Rabel of Carson City, Nev.; brother Jack Petri of Stevensville; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gwen in June 1999, two children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be Friday, May 5, from 1 p.m. until service time at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Bishop Howard Recht officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Following the services, a luncheon will be served for family and friends at the Hamilton Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 401 N. Eighth, Hamilton.

The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.

Brent Hochhalter

ENID, Okla. - A memorial service for Brent Hochhalter will be held at the Lolo Community Church in Lolo at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, with the Rev. Gale Fister officiating.

Mr. Hochhalter died of a heart attack on Jan. 3, 2000, in Enid, Okla. He was born in Missoula on May 4, 1969.

Patricia Ann Stark Mercure

MINNEAPOLIS - Patricia Ann Stark Mercure, 58, died Monday, May 1, 2000, in Minneapolis after a lengthy illness. She was a care provider and friend to the homeless and less fortunate.

Born Dec. 11, 1941, in Bozeman to Max and Charlotte (McNary) Stark, she was raised in St. Ignatius and Polson. She graduated from Polson High School and College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She was a member of the Catholic Church and was a case worker for Catholic welfare agencies in St. Paul.

Survivors include sons Tim Mercure of New York City and Andy Mercure of St. Paul; daughter Rani Mercure of Akron, Ohio; her father Max Stark of Polson and Bozeman; brothers Mike Stark of Royal City, Wash., Tim Stark of Lakewood, Wash., Andy Stark of Polson, Rob Stark of Bozeman, Jeff Stark of Oak Park Heights, Minn., and Chris Stark and Paul Stark of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters Barbara Klammer of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Mary Rosdahl of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Saturday in St. Paul.

The family requests memorials to organ donor organizations.

Arthur C. Jacobson

SPOKANE - Arthur C. Jacobson was born in Soochow, China, on Jan. 26, 1927, the third and last child of Arthur C. Sr. and Gladys Jacobson, Methodist missionaries. The family returned to the states that same year and settled in Missoula, where he attended grade school, high school and college. He served in the military in 1945 and 1946, and finished his schooling upon returning to the states from occupation duty in Japan.

Shortly after his return, he met Violet I. Rogers and it was love at first sight. They married July 13, 1947.

Upon graduation from the University of Montana in 1949, he worked for the Carnation Co. In Montana, Oregon and Utah. In 1954, the family moved to Mount Clemens, Mich., where he was employed by the Tuberculosis Association. In 1957, he returned to the West as a field representative for the American Cancer Society and shortly thereafter as executive director for the Idaho division.

In 1961, he took his family to Southern California where he joined an advertising/public relations firm. A few years later, he started his own agency. It was during this time he became active in the church, was baptized along with the members of his family. In 1969, he returned to Missoula, where he started the Jacobson Advertising and Public Relations Agency.

In December 1972, he received what he described as a "mystical call from God" to enter the ministry. Faithful to the call, the family moved back to California where he attended the American Baptist Seminary of the West at Covina. During seminary, he pastored the East L.A. Baptist Church and Rialto Baptist Church. Upon graduation in June 1976, he became associated with the Temple Baptist Church in Los Angeles for a year before accepting a pastorate for the Steptoe Community and Oaksdale Baptist churches in the state of Washington. In 1981, he was asked to come to Spokane to pastor the Central Baptist Church.

He retired the first time in 1989. Within six months, he was doing interim work at various churches in eastern Washington. He also became a volunteer for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in Israel. He enjoyed taking groups to Israel and for eight years in a row worked for the Embassy at the Feast of Tabernacles celebrations. In Spokane, he also worked as elder visitation pastor for Grace Baptist Church for several years and in 1997 accepted the pastorate of Park Heights Baptist Church. He retired again at the end of 1999 because of his wife's illness which demanded daily care.

He is survived by his wife Violet of Spokane; seven children and their spouses, Byron and wife Linda Jacobson of Frenchtown, Geraldine Jacobson of Tacoma, Wash., Teresa Wasley and husband Roger of Superior, Loretta Jacobson of Superior, Geneva Nicholls and husband Steve of Opportunity, Wash., Arthur III and his wife Nicole Jacobson of Spokane, and a foster son, Milton Ewing and his wife Ester of Spokane; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Park Heights Baptist Church, 5101 S. Freya, Spokane, with the Rev. Gary Oliver officiating.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. May 13 in the veterans section of the Missoula City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Park Heights Baptist Church.

Gordon M. Kvande

POLSON - Gordon M. Kvande, 76, of Polson, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Alamo, N.D., to Gunnar and Matahilda Kvande. He attended schools in Alamo and graduated from Alamo High School in 1942, and then attended Wahpeton State School of Science.

Gordon married Jean Kelly on June 3, 1956, in Wolf Point.

Gordon started working as a master electrician and worked at Trig's Electric Supply in Havre and the Glasgow Air Force base, and he was very proud of the fact that he worked on the second power house at Fort Peck Dam during its construction. Gordon moved to Polson in 1966 and began working for Flathead Power and Irrigation. He continued to work there until his retirement in 1989.

Gordon enjoyed skiing and fishing. He was a member of the Elks VFW, Sons of Norway and Mission Valley Masonic Lodge 78. Gordon was also a baptized and confirmed Lutheran.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Erling, and a sister, Malinda Anderson.

He is survived by his wife Jean of Polson; brothers Alvin of Alamo, N.D., Trygve of Polson, Selmer of Grand Forks, N.D., and Clarence of Great Falls; sisters Verna Nelson of Fergus Falls, Minn., Helen Smith of Port Orchard, Wash., Bernice Eld of Columbia Falls and Florence Westerso of Great Falls. Gordon also had 10 godchildren, Diane Burnham, Ellary Kelly, Frank Kelly, Konny Becker, Vickie Bain, Marilyn Osborne, Jeanna Massar, Michael Hanson, Angie Coxen and Jody Hayes.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 4, from 1-8 p.m. at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Good Lutheran Church in Polson with the Rev. Paul Rowold officiating.

On Monday, May 8, at 11 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time) funeral services will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Circle, with the Rev. Neva Rathbun officiating. Burial will be at the Circle Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home in Polson and Clayton Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.

Delmar Arthur DeTienne

HOT SPRINGS - Delmar Arthur DeTienne, 68, of Hot Springs, went to be with his Lord on Monday, May 1, 2000.

He was born on Aug. 22,1931, to Arthur and Ruby DeTienne in Scobey. He was raised and educated in eastern Montana, attending Scobey Elementary School and Medicine Lake High School.

Delmar moved with his family to the Lonepine area, where his father purchased a ranch in 1948. He fell in love with the ranch and with western Montana.

On Oct. 5, 1952, he married Geraldine Woods in Lonepine. The couple ranched in the Hot Springs area for a number of years and raised their family there.

He worked as a packer and guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, for Boeing Aircraft Co. in Renton, Wash., and owned and operated his own over-the-road trucking and logging company. He also worked for John Deere Implement in Scobey for four years, returning to Hot Springs in 1972. He joined the Carpenters Union and worked as a millwright wherever the job took him, including Libby, Noxon Dam, Colstrip, Pasco, Wash., Wyoming and various other sites. He made many lasting friends on these jobs. He worked for the Carpenters Union until he was disabled by a heart attack in 1984.

He belonged to the Angus Association, the Back Country Horsemen, Sanders County Search and Rescue, the Jaycees, Hot Springs Ambulance Service and was a member of the Hot Springs Presbyterian Church.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his horses. His wife, children and grandchildren have many special memories of time spent hunting and camping with him. He loved to spend his spare time drawing and painting or playing cards. Delmar was a devoted family man, loving his wife, children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Arthur in 1975.

He is survived by his wife Gerry, at the family home in Hot Springs; six children, Diana Tande of Helena, Teresa of Missoula, Mitchell of Hot Springs, Lori of Arlee, Don and his wife Amy of Bozeman and Linda Cook and husband Chris of Plains; his mother, Ruby DeTienne of Hot Springs; one brother and sister-in-law Victor and Vebeke DeTienne of Plentywood; one sister, Darla of Spokane; 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and many other dear relatives and friends.

Delmar was a wonderful, caring husband and father and we will miss him so much.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Hot Springs Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Murray Memorial Cemetery in Lonepine.

Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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