SPOKANE, Washington — Linda K. Way, 74, passed away peacefully, with her husband at her side, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane. She was born in Bozeman, the youngest daughter of F. W. (Jack) and Ruth Meyer Marshall.
Linda grew to adulthood in St. Ignatius, graduating from high school in 1963. From there she moved to Spokane where she studied accounting at Kinman Business School. While there, she met her husband, Daryl Way. They were married in 1965 in Spokane, where she spent the remainder of her life.
She worked several years doing accounting for many of the larger hotels in Spokane, beginning with the Spokane House in 1966. She also worked at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
Linda operated several antique booths, as Linda’s Lost Treasurers. She very much looked forward to yard sales on weekends and checking at Value Village nearly every day on her way home from work to see if there were any ‘treasures’ to be found that she might be able to sell in one of her booths in the antique mall, just across the river on Monroe. She truly loved the antique business.
Survivors are her husband Daryl at the family home in Spokane, her sister Sandra MacDonald (Wes – deceased), Polson, and her niece Traci Reid (Darrin), and great nephews Carter and Collin Reid in Missoula.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date.
MISSOULA — Phil Parker, 34, of Missoula passed on Feb. 5, 2020 in a single car vehicle accident. Phil lived in Missoula with his family for a few years before the family moved to Seeley Lake where he spent the next 12 years going to school and growing up. Phil grew up learning the asphalt paving business from his father, owner of J. D. Parker Construction. He took that experience with him as he moved around Montana living and working in Helena, Butte, Bozeman and a few other places and most recently back in Missoula. He loved to be outdoors, snowboarding and fishing but mostly fishing. Phil loved to take his four small children fishing, go with his dad on occasion, or his step-brothers but he especially enjoyed fishing with his older brother. He was a very outgoing person who made friends wherever he was.
Phil will be missed very much by all who knew him and especially by his family. He leaves behind his father and step-mom, Jeff and Tricia Parker of Missoula, mother Lisa Larson of Arizona, brother Jeffrey of Condon, sister Kim of Arizona, wife Michelle and four small children; Trenton, Tadra, Gage and Trevor of Missoula, step-mom Jeri, step-brothers Eric and Justin and step-sisters Kim of Missoula and Sammi, also his grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be a Memorial Service at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. for family and close friends that want to attend. Condolences can be shared with the family at gardencityfh.com.
MISSOULA — It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Darlene was born in Nashua on Feb. 13, 1942. She graduated from Nashua High School, class of 1960.
Darlene married Clifford “John” Ramsbacher on Oct. 29, 1960 at the Church of the Queen of Angels in Nashua; they were married 59 years. They made their home in Fort Peck where they raised their three sons, Randall (Jodi) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ronald (Valarie) Ramsbacher of Missoula; and John (Robert) of San Francisco, California. She has four grandchildren, Dustin (Albuquerque), Mari (Albuquerque), Sarah (Phoenix), and Sean (Butte).
Darlene loved living on the Park Grove Dredge Cuts in Fort Peck being able to call the lake her backyard. In 2011, Darlene and John moved to Polson where she could still have a lake in her backyard and be closer to family. They spent winters in Yuma, Arizona from 2002-2017 and spent the last couple of winters in Missoula.
Darlene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved to cook and bake and kept the numerous guests fed when they came to visit at the lake. She taught her kids how to roller skate at the Nashua Community Center and bowl at Vicks Lanes every Sunday during the winter months and to waterski during the summer months. She loved playing cards whenever possible, although a little competitive.
Darlene operated the Fort Peck Credit Union for several years before entering a career with the Federal government and eventually retired from the US Army Corp of Engineers in Fort Peck.
She was predeceased by her parents John and Esther Brenden, her brother Dick Brenden and sister Jeanette Forest and survived by her sisters, Betty Isch Trueblood of Kalispell, Susan Vertz of Tucson and brother Gary Brenden of Leesburg, Florida.
A celebration of life will be held this Summer in Polson. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Gardencityfh.com. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Ramsbacher Scholarship Fund in memory of her at the University of Montana (supportum.org or P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807.)
OROFINO, Idaho — Evelyn Florance Ploharz, 89, Orofino, Idaho, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Services will be held at a later date. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for arrangements.
Michael D. Avery
MISSOULA — Michael D. Avery, 64, of Missoula, died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Cremation Burial Society of the Rockies.
Arloene (Biltoft) Lay
FLORENCE — Arloene (Biltoft) Lay, 89, of Florence died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2020 in Hamilton. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
ARLEE — Gertrud Hanson, 80, formerly of Valley Creek died Saturday at Summerville, South Carolina. Funeral services are planned with Foster Funeral Home & Crematory in St. Ignatius.
Rosanna Marie Gibbs
MISSOULA — Rosanna Marie Gibbs, 64, of Missoula died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at her residence. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory is in care of arrangements.
Rebecca A. Smith-Linnemeyer
STEVENSVILLE — Rebecca A. Smith-Linnemeyer, 72, of Stevensville died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Arrangements are under the care of Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.
Gloria A. Drake
CUSTER, S.D. — Gloria A. Drake, 90, formerly of Missoula died at Management Health Custer Hospital in Custer South Dakota on Feb. 9, 2020. A full obituary will follow and services will be announced at a later date.
Stanley Thomas Woods
MISSOULA — Stanley Thomas Woods, 91, of Missoula died at Grizzly Peak on Feb. 8, 2020. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
BOZEMAN — Ann "Blake" Smith, 73, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Bozeman. Blake is survived by her sisters, Valerie (Jack) Olson and Lorinda (Ray) Moholt; aunt, Tomme Lou Warden and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
At her request, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held this spring in Butte.
HAUGAN — Rex K Lincoln, 81, died at his home in Haugan on Feb. 6, 2020, in the care of his family after a four-year battle with cancer.
He was born June 7, 1938, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Gerry and Marie Lincoln. After a nomadic early life, including stays in Alaska, Oregon and Libby, the family moved to Alberton in 1951 where Rex earned his Eagle Scout and graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 1956. He earned a degree in Business Administration in 1959 at MSU, later to be known as the U of M. Rex worked the family business throughout his education and upon graduation it became his life’s work. He shepherded the Silver Dollar Bar from its humble beginnings through three locations and numerous name changes as the collection grew to become Lincoln’s 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar and Gift Shop. Rex was proud to have given "first-job" opportunities to many young people and of the great many employees who became friends. Rex was well regarded for his honest, hard-working and down-to-earth manner.
Rex married Sharyn Branning in Superior on Dec. 9, 1961, beginning a 57-year marriage that he regarded as his greatest accomplishment. They lived in Haugan and raised their three daughters. He enjoyed hunting, especially setting up a good camp. He also liked going to Griz games and his annual trip to see the "big guns" at the Maui Invitational. In his later years he enjoyed spending time at his "Last Chance" Cabin with family and taking his dogs for a ride especially up to the Ranch on Savenac Creek. His family was a great source of joy and he was a wonderful Grandpa and Grandpa Great.
Rex is survived by his wife Sharyn and his three daughters Brooke, Geri (Terry), and Brenda. Grandchildren Tiffany, Drew, Nate, Brennan, Brady, Brogan, Bryton. Great Grandchildren Michael, Khila, Jaiden, Braylon, Bridger, Kash, Kenley, Daxton and Trinity. Ike and Sander will miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gerry and Marie Lincoln, brothers Jack and Rod and grandson Braxton and best dog Dollar.
A memorial service will be held at the St. Regis Community Center, Wednesday Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. If you wish to honor Rex’s memory, please consider the Boy Scouts of America or the Grizzly Scholarship Association
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Daniel Claude Hughes 67, of Newport Beach, California, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
He was born on July 15, 1952, in Missoula, the third child of four, to Blaine and Catherine Hughes. Dan grew up in Missoula and attended St. Anthony’s grade school and graduated from Sentinel High School in 1970 where he excelled in academics as well as basketball and track. Growing up in the University district, he was like most kids and enjoyed playing outside every day with his friends rarely making it home before dark.
He attended the University of Montana where he received a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Business. While at the U of M, he also spent a semester at the university in Salamanca, Spain where he became more fluent in Spanish, which he used throughout his career. Dan also attended the University of Minnesota receiving a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations. While there, he worked as a financial aid advisor to many of the varsity athletes.
On June 27, 1987, Dan married Cheryl Richert in Fargo, North Dakota. The couple lived in Southern California for 32 years, where he worked in many large corporations as a Human Resources Director. Dan was a very humble man, an extremely loving husband who supported his wife in everything and an extraordinarily kind brother and son. He loved the Lord and his faith was very important to him.
Throughout the years, Dan was always active in sports and enjoyed everything, especially snow skiing, water skiing, running, biking and rollerblading. He loved all sports and he and his wife attended many LA Dodgers, LA Lakers, LA Kings and USC games over the years. He loved spending time with family and showing them the sights of Southern California. He loved the sunshine and thought there was no where else in the world with better weather.
Survivors include his wife Cheryl, Newport Beach, his brothers Jeff Hughes and Richard (JoAnn) Hughes; his niece Shannon (Travis) Cook; his nephew Brian (Karli) Hughes; their children; his nephew Michael Semmens; and by Cheryl’s family, his cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Catherine, his father Blaine, his sister Patty and his first wife Renee.
Visitation will be on Friday Feb. 14, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday Feb. 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Crosspoint Community Church, 7500 Mullan Road, Missoula, MT. Burial will be Monday February 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Hughes, Brian Hughes, David Sullivan, Travis Cook, Craig Barrier and Doug Harris.
Flowers can be sent to Garden City Funeral Home or donations can be made to Wycliffe Ministry or Orange County Rescue Mission.
MISSOULA — Deborah Sue Anderson, 70, of Missoula, passed away Sunday Jan. 19, 2020, at Community Hospital of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 12, 1949, in San Diego to Don and Darce Anderson. Her dad was a Navy pilot, and she was fortunate enough to have lived in Morocco, Italy, and Mexico, where she had particularly fond memories all before the age of 10. These wonderful adventures gave her a sense of respect and admiration for all people regardless of their circumstances or background. She had a forgiving heart and unique ability to always see the best in people.
Her family eventually settled in Montana where her father got a job as an air traffic controller. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1967 and not long after attended the University of Montana in Missoula where she would put down roots of her own and spend the rest of her life.
In the mid-70s she was part of a tight-knit group of “old hippie friends” who ran the High Mountain Cafe in Missoula. She was always proud to call this the first natural foods restaurant in town. In the 80s she opened the Tropicana Cafe in the same location which became known as a great breakfast spot. She also managed the Harold’s Club Cafe in Milltown which was frequented by locals and mill workers alike.
When she was ready to move on from the restaurant business she began dealing poker at various card rooms throughout Missoula. She met a number of interesting characters during this time. When Time magazine did a piece on the historic Oxford Cafe they photographed her at the poker table. She always thought that was a neat story to share. She eventually managed her own poker game at the Lucky Strike Casino before moving on to a new career. In the early 2000s she began working at Beehive Homes caring for seniors in an assisted living facility. She developed very special relationships with both residents and fellow caregivers.
If you ask anyone who spent even a little time with Deb, her greatest pride and joy was her daughter Maya who was born in 1977. She was a single mother and worked hard to make ends meet and ensure Maya was well cared for and loved. She took a job as a janitor in a local pottery studio where she wore Maya on her back while she worked. She wanted to find a way she could pay the bills and spend time with her baby. She never complained and seemed to adjust to challenges with ease and even gratitude. She was always proud to share Maya’s accomplishments and newest adventures. She was elated when Maya finally met the love of her life Adam, a Navy Pilot, in Seattle. They quickly got engaged, married, and gave birth to Zella in 2016. Becoming a “Nama” and mother-in-law was among the happiest moments of her life. It brought her great comfort to know Maya had a family of her own and wouldn’t be alone. We are grateful for the time Zella and Nama got to spend together although it was only 3 1/2 years. She absolutely loved Adam and Zella.
Survivors include her father, Donald, Hamilton; brother, Gary (Lou), Hamilton; daughter, Maya (Adam), Seattle, and her beloved granddaughter Zella. She is preceded in death by her mother, Darce.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly suggests donations to Animeals. Deb loved and cared for many cats and dogs throughout her life. She had a kind and gentle manner with all animals and they knew she was someone they could trust. We know she has reunited with many of these special pets which gives her family peace and comfort.
SUPERIOR — Dennis Ray Kurpius 67, of Superior passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in an accident at his residence.
Dennis was born on May 22, 1952, to Verna and Stanley Kurpius in Ada, Minnesota. Dennis’s family later moved to Babbitt, Minnesota, where he grew up and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1970. On July 26, 1975, he married his wife of 29 years, Sandra Novak.
In 1977, while on a motorcycle trip with friends, he wandered into Superior where he would end up making a home with his family for the next 42 years.
He worked as a millwright and later a supervisory millwright, traveling across the world installing and rebuilding gas and steam turbines. He took great pride in his crew of whom he considered an extended family.
For the past year, Dennis enjoyed the retired life where he was able to spend many of his hours happily working in the shop of his dreams restoring antique cars, gas pumps, oil pumps, and soda coolers. When he wasn’t working in his shop, he was likely pulling his boat around looking for the next great fishing hole or going to antique car shows with his trusted dog Molly and other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Sandra Lee Kurpius, his mother and father Verna and Stanley Kurpius, and his brother Myron Kurpius.
Survivors include his children Jesse Kurpius (Sydney), Cody Kurpius (Andrea), Kayla Kurpius (Tony), brother Gary Kurpius (Nancy), grandchildren Madison Quinn, Jacob and Beckett Kurpius, Dallas Bierle, numerous nieces and nephews and partner Renee Hendrickson.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
CORVALLIS — Keith Dennis Bell, 74, of Corvallis, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 6, 2020. He passed in his home surrounded by his family.
Keith was born Oct. 27, 1945 in Williston, North Dakota, the son of the late Thelma and Bill Bell. He was raised and educated in Alexander, North Dakota, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota.
On March 27, 1967, Keith and Anita Nygard were married. They lived in Wyoming and Idaho and eventually moved to Montana, the place he called home. Keith was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. Keith also had a green thumb, loved to garden and maintained a wide variety of exquisite house plants and orchids. He had a mechanical mind and could often be found in the garage working on his cars or tinkering with a project. Keith worked as Director of Environmental Health in Columbus and Big Timber and was a member of Kiwanis.
Keith left behind his wife Anita Bell of Corvallis; sons, Robert (Tracy) Bell and their children, Garrett and Morgan of Silverdale, Washington, Jason (Stacy) Bell and their children, Wyatt and Carter of Dover, New Hampshire and David Bell of Williston, North Dakota. The memories Keith has left in the hearts of those that love him will forever be cherished, as he was a great man with a big heart and a chuckle that brought a smile to your face.
A celebration of Keith’s life will take place later in the spring in North Dakota.
The family suggests memorials to, Marcus Daly Hospice, 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840.
To send flowers to Keith's family, please visit our floral section.
STEVENSVILLE — Douglas Duane Hallford, 76, passed in his home on Feb. 5, 2020. He married Pamela (Traver) Hallford in 1964. They resided in Stevensville and had a happy 55 years together. They had four children — Denise (Doug) Groneman of Nevada, Paula (Eric) Johnson of Missoula, Rhonda Hallford of Missoula and David Hallford of Stevensville. He had six grandchildren — Nicole Flint, Heather Wilke, Christopher Hallford, Chase Johnson, Ben Hallford, Hannah Hallford. He had eight great grand children — Isabella Flint, Reily Flint, Hailo Flint, Marshaill Wilke, Macaill Wilke, Malaiya Wilke, Maraih Wilke, Titus Hallford.
Doug was an amazing father, brother and husband. He always knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face because of his amazing sense of humor. He was a very caring and giving man. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. Doug was once asked by his daughters what he did for a living. His response was that he moved mountains! His children came to realize that this statement from their father was true in more ways than one! Doug touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of life Potluck for Douglas and Pamela Hallford is scheduled for June.
MERCED, California — Minnie Frances Chellico Fragnito passed away peacefully Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2019, in her daughter’s (Josi Fragnito-Lira) home in Merced, California. Services will be at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 W Broadway Street, Missoula, MT (406) 543-4190, Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. with a celebration of life reception to follow, internment to follow (3 p.m.) at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7405 Mullan Road. Condolences can be left for the family and a full obituary can be read at gardencityfh.com.
LOLO — Roxie Ann Hausauer, 63, of Lolo passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at her home. She was born Oct. 23, 1956, in Hot Springs, the daughter of Harold G. and Aves J. (Freng) Rockwell.
Roxie was raised and educated in Thompson Falls. She graduated from high school in 1974 and then attended the University of Montana. Roxie married Wayne Hausauer on May 3, 1985, and together they raised two boys, Max and Will.
Roxie spent over 35 years as a legal secretary, over 20 of those years she worked for Gregory Schultz. She volunteered for many years at Habitat for Humanity. Roxie’s greatest enjoyment was taking care of her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Donna Wierson; and her special friend, Dawn Ruf. She is survived by her husband, Wayne of Lolo; two sons, Max Hausauer and wife Jamie of Missoula and Will Hausauer and wife Heather of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Aubrey, Hudson, Thea and Margo Hausauer; and her special friend, Jeanne Cox and her husband Mike of Thompson Falls.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with a reception following at the funeral home. Roxie will be laid to rest at a later date in the Thompson Falls City Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.