Jennifer Lynn (Olson) Servo
ABILENE, Texas - Jennifer Lynn Servo was murdered by strangulation and head trauma on Sept. 16, 2002, in her apartment in Abilene, one week before her 23rd birthday.
Funeral services with full military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Northridge Lutheran Church in Kalispell. Cremation has taken place, and her remains will be scattered over Flathead Lake at a later date.
Jennifer was born on Sept. 23, 1979, to Sherry Servo Olson and Norman Olson in Whitefish. She was raised in Columbia Falls, where she was involved in the Columbia Falls swim team, volleyball, was manager for the boys' basketball team and was cheerleader throughout high school.
Jennifer was named by the United States Achievement Academy as a national award winner in history and government, being nominated by her teacher Dan Fairbank. The criteria for selection were a student's academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability, and recommendation from a teacher. Her family and friends were extremely proud of this award.
Jennifer also worked at the Columbia Falls waterslides all through high school as well as at Gary & Leo's Grocery Store. She worked at Marina Cay in Bigfork during college summer vacation, falling in love with the beautiful lake town.
In 1996 when she turned 17, Jennifer decided to join the Army Reserves, much against her mother's wishes. She said it would help pay for her college, be an adventure and she would be able to travel to places she would not have seen otherwise. Knowing once Jen made up her mind there was no changing it, Sherry unwillingly signed the enlistment papers, later realizing this would mold Jennifer into a very confident, mature young woman.
In the summer of 1997 she went to basic training. Jennifer went to her monthly training sessions in Missoula and was a specialist in the 347th Quartermaster for almost six years. She was trained in water purification and later accepted the duties of retention officer for her unit. During IT training, Jennifer was made the squad leader in her barracks.
Jennifer was very proud of the way she could handle the machine guns and learned how to throw grenades. All the things the Army taught her helped make her into a very confident, mature young lady, knowing she could do anything she set her mind to. The words, "I can't," were not in her vocabulary.
Jen graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1998. She left on graduation night to go to her Army IT training, not able to attend her graduation party. Her mother tried to get her to put the date back on the training so she could share the memories of the party with her friends, but Jen said it would not fit into her schedule for college. She wanted to move forward to the next step that would take her to her goal of reporting.
During her freshman year of college her Army Reserve unit was sent to El Salvador to purify water for the people after a hurricane destroyed half of the country. She was so excited about going to do what she was trained to do, and to help those poor people.
Jennifer attended the University of Montana from 1998 to 2002, being accepted into the journalism school her junior year. She got her first television job her freshman year at KPAX in Missoula. Jen accepted the job at KPAX-TV despite the early hours and a full load at school. She was willing to do anything to get her "foot in the door," and before long did a few stories for the evening news.
In her junior year Jennifer went to work for KECI-TV, where she would gain experience in reporting. She completed her internship for the station in the summer of 2001.While at KECI-TV, Jen balanced a full university workload in addition to reporting news on the weekend newscasts. Weekend newscasts reach most of western Montana.
Jan tackled the news business with integrity and ambition. Her parents and grandparents were so proud to see her reporting on the news. Jen also worked as news anchor for KUFM Public Radio during her senior year, where she was heard every day on the 5 o'clock news. Only the best journalism students get this opportunity. Jennifer was involved in the station winning the regional Edward R. Morrow Award.
Jennifer graduated from UM in May 2002. She was offered her first full-time news reporter job from KRBC-TV in Abilene. She was so excited to be on her way to her new career, knowing this was a stepping stone to the bigger markets. Her mother helped her move to Texas, an adventure for both as they are Montana girls not experienced in driving in the big cities. They made it, getting lost only once, and were proud of themselves for this accomplishment. It was a special week together and will be cherished by her mother forever.
Getting Jennifer settled in her new apartment was fun. She said, "Life is good. I have my own apartment with a swimming pool, a new job reporting, my cat and cable TV." Jennifer gained many friends in the short time she worked at KRBC-TV.
Her goal was to follow the footsteps of Katie Couric and become a national TV news anchorwoman. With Jennifer's determination and toughness of spirit, there was no doubt from anyone who knew her she would reach her goals.
She stated after she was successful, she wanted to come back to Montana, loving the Flathead Lake area. Her dream was to live on Flathead Lake in a big house with all her family around. Her ashes will be spread on Flathead Lake at a later date.
Jen loved to go sailing when there wasn't much wind, enjoying the sunbathing and swimming at Flathead Lake. The North Flathead Yacht Club was one of her favorite places to go, saying it was like going on vacation, escaping the worries of work and school. She loved to shop, anywhere, anytime, even on a college student's wages.
Jen loved skiing, hiking in Glacier Park, going to lakes with her friends and family, camping with her grandparents, sister and cousins when she was little, and teasing her stepdad and brothers whom she loved so much. She loved her cat, Mr. Binx, that her boyfriend David Warren gave to her. Jen's favorite thing to do when she came home from college was to go to Moose's for pizza. Jen was so sad that she couldn't be with her sister Christa when her baby girl was born on July 21. Jen wanted to be Mallory's favorite aunt.
Survivors include her parents, Sherry and Tom Abel of Kalispell and Norman Olson of Columbia Falls; sister Christa Slaten and her husband Mark and niece Mallory Kate Slaten of Springfield, Ore.; brothers Eric Abel and his wife Lien of Cambridge, Mass., and Eddy Abel of Portland, Ore.; grandparents Garfield and Norma Servo of Columbia Falls, Inga Olson of Columbia Falls and Ed and Lucille Abel of Kalispell; aunts Joyce Mueller, Karen Servo and cousins Jake, Michelle and Joel of Springfield, Lynn Dodds and husband Roy of Elk River, Minn., and Jennifer Abel of Kalispell; uncle Ron Olson of Mesa, Ariz.; and well as many great aunts and uncles and cousins. She was fortunate to have many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather Dewey Olson and great-grandparents.
Jennifer will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She touched more lives than anyone will ever know.
Memorials may be made to the UM School of Journalism, Northridge Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory in Kalispell.
Warren 'Tink' Wickline Jr.
MISSOULA - Warren "Tink" Wickline Jr., aka "Supertink," 53, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at his home in Missoula of pancreatic cancer.
He was born on Sept. 5, 1949, in Alexandria, Va., to Warren Eli Wickline Sr. and Norma Mae Meadows. He graduated from Fairfax (Virginia) public schools, served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western States Mission, and then earned his B.A. degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado.
On June 22, 1974, he married Rebecca S. Gale in the Los Angeles LDS temple.
Tink worked as a special education teacher, entrepreneur and was co-owner of Great Homes.
His hobbies included woodworking, dune buggies, dirt bikes, gospel music, spending time with his family and telling tall tales.
Survivors include his wife Rebecca Wickline of Missoula; son Philip Wickline and wife Leanne of Bridgewater, Va.; two daughters, Erica Rollins and husband Daniel of Eagle Mountain, Utah, and Kendra Elizabeth Wickline of Missoula; sisters Marlene DeCosta of Huson, Rebecca Phillippi of Frenchtown, Trudy Sherick of Springfield, Va., and Gail Day of Woodbridge, Va.; grandson Elias Graham Wickline of Bridgewater; parents Warren Eli and Norma Mae Wickline of Missoula; and his closest friend, Harold Johnson.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Garden City Funeral Home. Private interment will be at Florence-Carlton Cemetery.
Memorial services will be noon Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frenchtown. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Kendra E. Wickline for her college education, 10520 Tookie Trek Road, Missoula, MT 59808.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Howard Ivan Arlint
PABLO - Howard Ivan Arlint, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 2l, 2002. Howard was born Jan. 14, 1919, in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada, to William and Hazel Arlint.
He attended schools in Missoula and Ronan, graduating from Ronan High School in 1939.
He married Evelyn "Ruth" Lockwood on June 4, 1941.
Howard started work at Sterlings in Ronan while a high school student. He continued working in the grocery business by buying his own store in Pablo in 1954 and operating it until 1975 when he retired.
He was instrumental in founding the Pablo Christian Church, serving as elder and board member for many years. Dedicated to doing the work of the Lord, Howard touched many lives by his actions. Referred to as the "mayor" of Pablo, he was very active in the community. He was one of the original members of the Pablo Fire Department and the Pablo Water System. He served on the Ronan School Board and the St. Luke Hospital Board.
He loved to follow his kids and grandkids in all their activities. All kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were welcome in his home, as was anyone else. His door was always open.
He was preceded in death by his sister Mildred and grandson Joseph "Jody" Arlint.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Ruth, (who says he was a wonderful husband and father); children Frank and Jan Arlint of Pablo and family JayDee (LaShell) and Jeanie (Jim) Siragusa of Polson; Bonnie and Dennis Abbey of Pablo and family Kraig (Shelley) of Red Lodge and Michael (Ashley) of Billings; Thomas and Cee of Springfield, Ore., and family Tonya Cundy of Gillette, Wyo., Tiffany Sweat of Springfield and Mitchell Sweat of Anacortes, Wash.; Charles of St. Ignatius and family Cha (Debra) of Milton, Fla., and Chad (Amy) of Boise, Idaho; Rod and Rita of St. Ignatius and family Dara (Rowan) Wilson of Arlee, Greg (Rachelle) of St. Ignatius, Tyler (Wendy) of Logan, Utah, Cortney of Missoula, Trenton of Polson, and Austin and Mariah of St. Ignatius; Rebecca and Les Lundeen of Polson and family Katrina (Jason) Jones of Augusta, Ga., and Nathan (Mariah), Kendall, Kacy, Kari, Terry and Janell of Polson; Debra and Kris Klein of Polson and family Andrea of Costa Mesa, Calif., Alysa (Jim) Pearson of Phoenix, and Bonnie and Logan of Polson; and Nancy and Kelvin Jones of Grayson, Ky., and family Isiah, Amber, Elijah, Kendra, Micah and Jeremiah; and 21 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Allen of Kalispell and two sisters, Marie Decker and Elizabeth Reum of Ronan.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pablo Christian Church, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Ronan Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Pablo Christian Church.
Our dad is a special kind of guy
He's the apple of everyone's eye.
We used to find him at his store
putting in hours and hours galore.
At Christmas a secret Santa he'd be
filling boxes of groceries for the needy.
Then he retired to his shop
buildin' and fixin' he would not stop.
Or down in the garden with his hoe
diggin' and plantin' or watchin' it grow.
We can always go to our dad for advice
or a hug and a kiss, it's always so nice.
And his love for our mom is so sincere.
Like two little love birds singing so clear.
You can feel his love for God, Mom, and family.
We're blessed to be a part of his family tree.
Our dad's always giving according to God's plan
That's what makes him such a special man.
To each of us he's such a big part
We'll carry him forever in our heart.
He'll long be remembered
and thought of with praise
'cause he's touched so many people
with his helping ways.
We love you, Dad, more than you know
That's why it's so hard to let you go.
Bye for now but not for long
for there's a happy ending to our song.
Because you taught us of God's love
We'll meet you in heaven up above.
John M. 'Hawkeye' Stephenson
POLSON - John M. "Hawkeye" Stephenson, 53, died Sept. 20, 2002, of natural causes at his home in Polson.
Born on April 7, 1949, in Seattle to Lillian (Johnson) and John Wesley Stephenson, he attended schools in Washington.
John joined the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. After the service John lived in Duvall, Wash., and moved to Polson in 1997, where he spent many summers helping on his grandmother Marie Johnson's farm. He learned to be a mechanic while in the Army, but for most of his life made his living as a freelance tree-topper, something he loved to do.
John was kindhearted, and loved kids and animals. He made friends easily and enjoyed helping people. John loved Harley Davidson motorcycles, and for a long time rode a Harley that he had purchased in poor condition and fixed up himself. He enjoyed sports and was a fan of the Montana Grizzlies. John went through some hard times, and always said that life was good.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Marie and Carl Johnson.
He is survived by his parents, Lillian Stephenson of Polson and John Wesley Stephenson of Kings Mountain, N.C.; two brothers, Gary Stephenson of LaVerne, Calif., and Richard Stephenson of Polson; sister Janice Myers of Polson; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Polson Community Church.
Memorials may be made to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, Polson Community Church, a youth group or other charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements and cremation are by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory in Polson.
Oliver Vincent Dailey
RONAN - Oliver Vincent Dailey, 84, of Ronan, went home to be with the Lord our God on Sept. 20, 2002.
Vince was born in Douglas, Wyo., on June 16, 1918, the son of Charles and Caroline Dailey. After graduating from Olathe (Colorado) High School, he moved to San Diego and attended mechanic school for a year. He enlisted in the Army in 1940 and spent the duration of World War II stationed in Seattle. It was there he met Ruth Frank and was married on Jan. 6, 1945. Their three children, Dick, Pat and Bob, were born in Seattle.
After being discharged from the Army he worked as a mechanic at Piston Service. The family moved to Montana and lived in Eureka, Sidney, Kalispell, Polson and settled in Ronan, where they owned and operated Dailey's Radiator Repair Shop.
Vince devoted his life to his wife and family. He was a jokester, a tease and always had time for loved ones and friends. He loved any antique, old tractors, cars, engines, etc. Over the years he could be found at many antique shows and fairs around the country or participating in the parades in Ronan. The family loved camping, especially on their land at Saltese. After retiring they looked forward to being snowbirds in Arizona during the winter months.
His wife Ruth and his parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son Richard and friend Val Adamson of Dupuyer; daughter Pat and husband Tim Skinner of Ronan; son Robert and wife Francie of Polson; 10 grandchildren, Ron and wife Michelle Skinner of Seattle, Shane and wife Crystal Skinner of Bozeman, Tricia Skinner of Seattle, Alicia and Charlie Dailey of Conrad, and Shawn, Bo and Lena Dailey of Polson; four great-grandchildren, Cooper, Christian and Angel Dailey of Conrad and Timmy Skinner of Seattle; sister Evelyn Stearns and husband Billy of South Dakota; three sisters-in-law, Elsie Brown of Dayton, Irene Wathen of Kalispell and Dorothy and husband Wendall Rollis of Hagerman, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family including Larry, Ky, Missy and Justin Bartels, Jack Graves, Bill Johnson and all those whom they took under their wings.
Cremation has taken place. A wake service will be 7 p.m. Friday and the memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. Graveside services will follow Saturday's service with lunch following at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan assisted the family with arrangements.
The family suggests donations in memory of Vince Dailey to a charity of the donor's choice.
Elizabeth M. Bolton
HAMILTON - On Sept. 11, 2002, the Rev. Elizabeth M. Bolton passed away of natural causes at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 84. Known to her friends as Betty, she was a longtime resident of Hamilton, where she lived at the time of her death.
Born in Lincoln, Pa., to David K. Frantz and Fanny Bollinger Frantz, Betty was raised in Ephrata, Pa., by Gertrude and Elmer Shirk, who took her in at the age of 12 after her father died. On Oct. 20, 1935, Betty married Ralph C. Bolton. They lived for most of their married life on a farm outside Schaefferstown, Pa., where they raised their five children. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1965.
In 1987, Betty moved to Hamilton to pursue her dream of continuing her education. She enrolled in the Shiloh Bible Institute and lived in the dorms with the other students who were young enough to be her grandchildren and to whom she became a surrogate mother. Second-oldest student in the history of the institute, Betty dedicated herself to her studies.
In 1998, at the age of 80, she achieved another goal when she was ordained as a minister by the Pentecostal Holiness Church. She worked closely with the nondenominational Missions to America, Inc., on whose board she served, and with her dear friend, the Rev. Janice Maples. A devout Christian, Betty ministered more through good works and example than through preaching. She especially enjoyed working with young people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Betty's warm personality, kindness and generosity of spirit appealed to all with whom she came into contact in her daily life.
Though separated by many miles, Betty loved her family, and she was loved in return by family and friends. Her years in Hamilton were among the happiest in her life. She was admired and appreciated by her neighbors at Willow Court.
Within the past two years, however, her health had begun to fail and many of her friends had moved away from Hamilton. So, reluctantly, she decided to move closer to her children. She had planned to move this month to Santa Fe, N.M., to be near her son Ralph "Skip" and son-in-law Robert Frost.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Gertrude Lorraine, brothers Abram and David, sister Margie and grandson Dean Putt.
Betty's survivors include a son, Ralph Bolton of Santa Fe; four daughters, Rose Marie Gardner of Fredericksburg, Pa., Jean Alexandra McKeever of Penngrove, Calif., Susan Clark of Henderson, Nev., and Bonnie Lou Kantner of Myerstown, Pa.; and grandchildren Gabriel Bolton of Sacramento, Calif., Lt. Eugene Bolton of Jacksonville, Fla., Mark McKeever of Scottsdale, Ariz., Gwen Kantner of California, Md., Steven Kantner of Orlando, Fla., Denise Kantner of Myerstown, Beverly Birch, Dwayne Gardner and Brian Putt, all of Lebanon, Pa., and Erik Gardner of Fredericksburg. In addition, she is survived by several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation took place in Seattle, and Betty's remains were taken to Santa Fe, where a memorial service will be held in early January 2003.
Darlene Phylis Hanson
KALISPELL - Darlene Phylis Hanson, 72, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at her home in Kalispell.
She was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in New Effington, S.D., to Fritz and Elle (Todahl) Otterson and was one of four daughters.
Darlene leaves behind her devoted husband of 55 years, Don Hanson; daughter Brenda Palmer; two sons, Keith Hanson Jr., and Michael Hanson and Jeannie Morrisey, all of Ventura, Calif.; eight beloved grandchildren and four beloved great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Calvary Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the church.
Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Dolores J. Huff
SPOKANE - A memorial service for Dolores J. Huff will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Ronan United Methodist Church with the Rev. VaunDalee DeLong officiating.
Mrs. Huff died Sept. 9 at her home in Spokane.