STEVENSVILLE — Dennis L. Walker, 71, passed away in the night, Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Community Medical Center in Missoula. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.
Rebecca R. Kramer
MISSOULA — Rebecca R. Kramer, 66, passed away on September 7, 2019. Arrangements are pending and under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
Carol L. Barth
MISSOULA — Carol L. Barth, 73, passed away on September 7, 2019 at Edgewood Vista. Arrangements are pending and under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
Jack E. Eden
HAMILTON — Jack E. Eden, 90 of Hamilton passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at his home in Hamilton. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Nicholas C. O'Bresley
MISSOULA — Nicholas C. O’Bresley, 76, passed away on Sept. 8, 2019 at St. Patrick Hospital. Arrangements are pending and under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
MILLBROOK — IN MEMORIAM, Candace died a year ago, on Sept. 9, 2018, of lung cancer. Born in Washington State to Theodore and Lillian Raymond, she was the seventh child, following siblings Wally, Richard, Marielle (Missy), Romelle, Gail, and Sharon. She spent her childhood in Whitefish and Missoula and her adolescence in Polson. At the age of 18, she married Donald Marvin DeVoe. They had two children, Antone John DeVoe, of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Marcia Lillian DeVoe, of Clinton Corners, NY (Eric Alexander), and later divorced. Candace left Montana to work at a bank in Maryland before settling in New Rochelle, NY, as a live-in nanny for the Berg family. She helped to raise Hannah, Emma, and Ethan and loved them as her own. She later moved north to Rhinebeck to be near family. Candace died in hospice with her son and daughter by her side. She is dearly loved and missed.
MISSOULA — Our much loved grandma, mother and friend Karin went to be with Jesus unexpectedly in her home Aug. 31, 2019. Karin was born and raised on a farm as the second youngest child in Williams, Minnesota by her parents David & Pheobe Bjork and alongside her 4 siblings Vivian, Dorothy, Jesse, Ben and John. After high school Karin moved out West with her brother Ben and his wife Glenda. She lived with them while they raised their children Greg & Brenda, whom she still had a wonderfully close relationship with. Greg and Karin shared a similar sense of humor and enjoyed laughs even up until her last day.
Karin and Glenda remained best friends/sisters for life, and no one made Karin laugh as much as Glenda. They talked daily and often laughed like young school girls together.
Karin met the love of her life Leland “Lee” Anderson in Montana’s Swan Valley. Theirs was a love story fit for Hollywood. The two were married July 6, 1972. June 2, 1975 Karin and Lee adopted their only daughter Carla Dea Anderson. Karin was made to be a mother, and Carla became Karin’s whole world. She jumped headfirst into the PTA, teaching Sunday School, sewing Carla’s clothes, and driving her all across the Seeley-Swan Valley.
Karin’s heart was broken May 31, 1994 when her love Lee passed away. Her small community banded together and helped her go on. She was fortunate to find love and companionship again in 1997 with Steve Stolp. They traveled, laughed, and had many great times with friends. When Steve suddenly passed away in 2008 Karin made the decision to leave the Swan Valley and move to Missoula to be closer to Carla and her family. Karin also spoke often to her sister Vivian, and beloved niece Susie. Distance separated them but their sister bond kept them close.
Karin beamed about her fabulous grandkids, and had them each convinced they were her “favorite” (because they were). She would take kids to school, piano lessons, shopping, lunch, and even taught her two oldest to drive-anything to spend time with them. The girls had special times doing crafts, staying up late, and getting spoiled. They were all so loved by Karin.
Karin spent her last day doing things she loved. Drinking coffee on her porch and visiting with her best friend Ed Cutler, and dog Rocky. Karin and Ed also shared many memories and adventures during the last few years.
Karin taught us many things but above all to love well, to enjoy those around you, to find the gold in everyone and to let go of hurts and anger. Karin’s ever-gracing present illuminated every room she entered with love and warmth. Her personality was no doubt modeled after her firm and loving relationship with God and those around her. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her could testify about the loving energy she put into every conversation. Whether you needed advice or someone to talk to, Karin knew the exact words to say to lift you back onto your feet. We miss her immensely, but know that she is dancing with those she loves and letting out enough laughter to fill all of Heaven with joy.
A reception will be held at Garden City Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at 1 p.m. Condolences can be left for the family at www.gardencityfh.com.
MISSOULA — Matthew Charles Spore, 51, of Missoula, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 in his home of natural causes.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1967, in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Norman and Helen Spore. While a young boy he lived with his family on a farm near Mancos, Colorado. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. While in Mancos High School he competed in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Skill Olympics and played on the basketball team.
On Dec. 5, 1988 he married Dana Carol Leach in Grand Junction, Colorado. They had three boys, Justin, Jacob and Jesse. The couple lived there until moving to Missoula in 1996 to be an owner of Big O Tires. He took great pride in his work as a mechanic there while mentoring his younger coworkers. He was extremely well respected there and known around town for his high quality work. Countless people have stories about Matt dropping whatever he was doing to get them out of a jam with car troubles.
He spent most of his free time supporting his son’s in their activities and exploring the outdoors with incredible friends. Even after a long grueling day turning wrenches he always had just enough energy to play football, baseball or wiffle ball in the yard with his sons. He took his boys up to Noxon to go bass fishing every weekend that he could during the summer. He spent most of his falls up the West Fork hunting and helping out around his friend’s property.
Survivors include his mother, Helen, Stevensville; three sons Justin (Sarah) of Bakersfield, California, Jacob (Londyn) of Williston, North Dakota, Jesse of Watford City, North Dakota, one sister Melinda (Jeff) Martinez of Dove Creek, Colorado; one brother Shane (Amber) Spore of Dolores, Colorado and one grandson, Owen. He is preceded in death by his father, Norman and brother, Edward.
A service will be held on Tuesday Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Lemmons officiating.
POWAY, California — On Aug. 23, 2019, Gladys Peterson passed away in Poway, California, where she had recently moved from her home in Missoula to be near family during her brave fight against metastatic breast cancer.
Born in Deer Lodge in 1929, she was raised by loving parents Albert and Elise Hove, along with her two brothers and two sisters. The Hove family settled in Missoula in 1946 and Gladys graduated from Missoula County High School the following year. Always a hard worker, she began working part-time for Grady Insurance Agency while still attending high school and was promoted to full-time after graduation. It was a career that would continue for nearly four decades.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1958, she married the love of her life, Elmer “Pete” Peterson from Frenchtown. For the next 30 of their 52 years together, they continued growing businesses in Missoula, including the Canyon Motel and Olson’s Grocery on S. Higgins. As owners of The Travel Bug, the couple visited many exotic destinations and found that they loved Hawaii and visited the islands many times.
Pete and Gladys enjoyed hosting their extended family, including numerous nieces and nephews, at their cabin on Flathead Lake every summer. Wherever the Petersons were, there was always room for the kids, abundant snacks and treats, and many memorable moments with our “Aunt Tootie.” She was one of kind in her generosity and care for those she loved.
In 1988, the couple retired and took joy in spending more time with their family and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brothers, Jim and Al Hove; her sisters, Marie Rogge and Bernice Lowe; and brother-in-law Mick Lowe. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews (now residing in California, Colorado, Delaware and Texas) who were loved and enjoyed as though they were her own.
A family memorial service in Missoula will be held at a later date. Ashes will be interred at Missoula City Cemetery.
Donations in her honor can be made to The Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd, Suite 130, Escondido, California, 92025.
MISSOULA — James F. Curlin, 62, passed away on Aug. 31, 2019 at home due to health complications. Jim is survived by his brother Michael Curlin and sister Iris Moe, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved cat Maggie. Jim loved doing things with his life long friends and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and cooking. Anything to do with the outdoors Jim was there. He lived life on his own terms and was happy doing so. You will be greatly missed. Happy Hunting.
KALISPELL — Donna left this world quickly and peacefully on Aug. 29, 2019 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center following a massive stroke. She will be remembered for her “salty,” straightforward personality, her fierce independence, her love of The Prairie, and her many kitties!
She was born Oct. 9, 1942 to Millie and Red Renner in Spokane, Washington. A life-long lover of animals, she bought her first of many horses when she was 12 years old — and then went home and told her parents! Raising horses eventually gave way to raising her children. She loved her three children fiercely, in her own unique way.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, her sister Sherrel, her parents Millie and Red Renner, granddaughter Rachel, and dozens of beloved kitties. She is survived by her brother Mike Renner; sons Ky (Polly) Carry and Smokey Carry; daughter Chris (Bill) Kelly; granddaughters Kyla (Travis) James and Karra (Telten) Comstock; numerous great-grandkids; and her remaining beloved kitties.
A memorial and reception will be held at the Camas Prairie Gym (Hwy 382, between Perma and Hot Springs) on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Camas Prairie Neighbors Fund (220 Webber Lane, Plains 59859) or your local humane shelter or library.