Victor Dean Emery MISSOULA - Victor Dean Emery, age 77, of Missoula passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 22.

Vic was born in Marion, Ill., on March 28, 1921. While a small child, he accompanied his parents, two sisters and an uncle in a move to California to escape the life of a coal miner in a company town. This trip, taking a number of weeks of hardship, was like stories movies are made about. When they finally got to California, they truly thought they had reached the ''land of milk and honey." They settled in the then small town of Santa Monica. After high school, Vic worked at Douglas Aircraft on heat and deicer systems.

He joined the Army in 1942, and was sent over to England to a field hospital in 1943, and to Europe in 1944. He received a field commission during the ''Battle of the Bulge." Later his unit was part of occupation force in Norway. He was transferred to Station Hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1945, becoming adjutant of the unit and C.O. of patients. There he met his future wife 1st. Lt. Melba Clemence. They managed to come home on the same boat in 1946. They married in St. Regis in the same year. They lived in California until the spring of 1948 then returned to Missoula where Vic had fallen in love with Montana and fishing.

This union was blessed with four sons, Ronald, Randall, Robbin and Richard. Vic got in the heating and plumbing business in 1948 and branched into construction in 1960, with all the sons brought up and continuing in the construction trade.

Vic had been in declining health since 1978. This became acute after his first heart attack in November 1997.

He was member of SDA church.

He is preceded in death by two sons, Ronald in 1975 and Randall in 1998, and by his parents and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Melba; two sons and their wives, Robbin and Debra Emery and Richard and Teresa Emery; daughters-in-law, Jane Emery and Julie Emery Nelson; 11 grandchildren, Chaun, Cheri and her husband, Thomas Devlin, Jael, Nicholes, Jason and his wife, Michelle Emery, Jaime, Tara and husband, Bryan Bicha, Stacey, Melissa, Megan, Randine and husband, Doug Datisman; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be welcomed at the Garden City Funeral Home from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Private graveside services will be conducted on Monday, April 27. Arrangements are under the direction of the Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Contributions are suggested to ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), 2501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, Md., 20904, or the Shriners Hospital for Children, Spokane, Wash., 99210.

Wallace J. Hennessy

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. - Wallace J. Hennessey, born in Wallace, Idaho, grew up in Missoula, attended graduate school at the University of Montana and was a longtime resident of Castro Valley, died of cancer Sunday, April 19, just short of his 75th birthday.

Wally devoted his life to understanding and teaching others about the natural world, as a biology teacher, national park ranger and master gardener. He believed that life was the sum of one's experiences and lived that belief through his world travels, many outdoor adventures and hobbies. Trout fishing with Marian, raising their son Chris, swimming with sea turtles, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and making new friends were quintessential life experiences for him.

Wally is survived by his wife of 50 years Marian; son Chris; daughter-in-law Laura and granddaughter Sara.

Friends and family are invited to hoist a glass in his honor at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26.

Donations are suggested to the Nature Conservancy MSC, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, Va., 22209.

Edward Holstein

FERNDALE - Edward Holstein, 81, died Wednesday, April 22, at his home in Ferndale of cancer.

He is survived by his wife Anna of the family home; daughter Mary Anne and Richard Ullon of Kalispell; son Tony Holstein of Glasgow; four grandsons, five great-grandsons; and three brothers.

No services are planned. Cremation has taken place.

Buffalo Hill Funeral Home of Kalispell is in charge of arrangements.

George G. Kovacich

STEVENSVILLE - George G. Kovacich, 81, of Stevensville died on Wednesday, April 22, at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula.

He was born on April 23, 1916, in Butte and was the son of George G. and Annie (Verbantz) Kovacich.

He received his education in Butte and graduated from the University of Montana at Missoula with a degree in business. He married Impi Maria Kovacich on Dec. 8, 1939, in Butte.

He entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 7, 1943, and was honorably discharged on April 12, 1946. During his Army career he attended finance school at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. He served in China and Korea.

George worked for an accounting firm in Butte, and then in 1953, he began working for the IRS, residing at Great Falls and several other places. The couple moved to Missoula in 1965 and then to Stevensville in 1993, where they have since resided. He retired in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995.

Survivors include a son, Greg Kovacich of Stevensville and a daughter, Sheila Peterson of Lynwood, Wash.; two grandchildren, Rachael and Matthew Peterson.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home.

Funeral services are at 11:30 a.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with the Rev. Stephen Tallman officiating. Cremation follows the service.

Arrangements are by the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

Vera Newton Coulter

POLSON - Vera Newton Coulter, 88, of Polson died Thursday, April 23, at her home of natural causes.

She is survived by her sons Rae Coulter of Polson and Ron Coulter and his wife Judy of Polson; her daughter Carol Nerison of Great Falls; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No services are planned.

Cremation and arrangements are by the Grogan Funeral Home.

Andreas Adolph Schmid

FLORENCE - Andreas Adolph Schmid, 93, of Florence died Wednesday, April 22, at the home of his son.

Local survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Marvin and Betsy Schmid of Florence.

Cremation has taken place. No services are planned.

The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.

Lyle R. Walton

RONAN - Lyle R. Walton, 77, died Wednesday, April 22, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Ronan. Military graveside services follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Ronan. A complete obituary will run later.

Arrangements are by Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan.

Robert M. 'Bob' Smith

MILES CITY - Robert M. ''Bob" Smith, 72, of Miles City died Tuesday, April 21, at his home in Miles City.

He is survived by his wife Alberta; daughters Marcia and Anton ten Wolde of Madison, Wis., Patricia and David Crockett, Sarah and Morgan of Gresham, Ore., Nancy and Tom Horn, Kirsten and Lisa of Cohagen, Jessica and Jim Noble and great-grandson Scott of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; son David and Jody Smith, Dustan and Cody; stepgrandsons Jason, Jesse, Justin and Travis Venn; brothers Joe and Joan Smith and Don and Darlene Smith of Tribune, Kan., and sister Myra Hyde of Oriental, N.C.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, at the Chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment follows at the Custer County Cemetery.

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Mae Southwick Rice

BUTTE - Anna Mae Southwick Rice, 64, of Butte died Tuesday, April 21, at her home.

Survivors include her daughter Raylene and Rodney LaFromboise of Butte; three sons Samuel and Donna Lynn George of Butte, Stuart and Margurite George of Marysville, Wash., Ross George of Utah; sisters Alice and Claude Jones of Vernal, Utah, Veda Joyce of New York and Maxine Yates of Hollister, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the LDS Church in Butte. Visitation is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. Graveside services follow at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Stevensville.

Arrangements are by the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevenvsille.

Joseph L. Cone

MISSOULA - Joseph L. Cone, 91, a longtime Kalispell resident passed away in Missoula on Thursday, April 23, 1998. He was born to Joseph H. and Mary Cone on Aug. 7, 1906, near Burke, Idaho.

When Joe was 6 years old, his family moved to a homestead near Ronan. He graduated from Round Butte High School in 1923. As a young man, Joe made a living as a trapper near McGregor Lake. In 1938, he married Janiel Williams and had three children. In 1958, Joe and Jan moved to Kalispell. Joe worked for the Department of State Forestry until his retirement in 1970.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ed, Jim and John Cone; his sister Margaret Fisher and a grandson Jason Cone; He is survived by Janiel Souther; his children Joseph ''Rod" Cone of Missoula, Sid Cone of Missoula and Sharon Catlow of Spokane; his brother Leo ''Bud" Cone of Denver, and his grandchildren Laurie Doty of Seattle, Joe Cone of Missoula, Carrie Doty of Missoula and Pam Speer of Kalispell.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. at the Ronan Cemetery.

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

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