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Robert Roland Rasley

MISSOULA - Robert Roland Rasley passed away Monday, May 12, 2003, at Village Health Care Center of natural causes.

Robert was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Deer River, Minn., to Ben Kress Rasley and Ethel Cornish Rasley. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Naval Reserves, returning to Deer River after the war to finish high school. He graduated in 1947.

He married Faye L. Dumas on Feb. 24, 1951. They moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Robert worked on the construction of Murphy Dome. In 1955, the family returned to Deer River, eventually settling in Missoula in 1959.

Over the years, Robert worked in various occupations including sales, trucking and wholesale lumber. He retired in 1991.

Robert was a lifetime member and past master of Sentinel Lodge No. 155, A.F. and A.M., a member and two-time past worthy patron of Immanuel Chapter No. 54 of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Shrine, the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. Over the years, he also worked with Melita Chapter of the Demolay and Job's Daughters Bethel No. 17.

He is survived by his wife, Faye of Missoula; two sons, Robert R. Rasley of Missoula and Kevin N. Rasley and his wife Tami Gurtler of Missoula; two daughters, Lynn A. Gildow and husband Larry of Missoula and Carolyn J. Rasley and husband Jeffrey Yelich of Fort Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren, Heath, Ben and Heather Rasley and Ian and Misha Yelich ; a brother, Ben Rasley and wife Gloria of Fairbanks; four sisters, Beryl Lee of Deer River, Jesse Smith of Hutchinson, Kan., Elaine Lass of Kansas City, Mo., and Dorothy Williams and husband Harold of College Place, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant twin brother, Richard; and infant twin daughters, Jane and Janet.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 7405 Mullan Road.

JoAn Florence Heivilin

MISSOULA - JoAn Florence Heivilin, 58, passed away Monday, May 12, 2003, at her home following a brief illness.

JoAn was born March 3, 1945, in Madison, Wis., to Albert and Genevieve Schmitt. She received her LPN certification in Madison.

On Oct. 2, 1965, she married Gerard Ray "Jerry" Heivilin in Watertown, Wis.

She worked in nursing for a short time, until devoting her life to being a mother and homemaker.

JoAn was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula and was an active volunteer at Russell and Meadow Hill school libraries, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Special Olympics.

JoAn is survived by her husband of 37 years, Gerard R. Heivilin of Missoula; her sons, Bryan K. Heivilin of Missoula, Lance (Jennae) Heivilin of Chandler, Ariz., and Myles (Rachael) Heivilin of Littleton, Colo.; her brother, Russell "Sam" (Donna) Schmitt of LaCrosse, Wis.; her sister, Mildred "Millie" Borck of Jefferson, Wis.; and her mother-in-law, Helen Hodel of Madison.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Church with Father Rich Perry and the Rev. Tom Krantz officiating. A reception will follow in the Reidy Hall. Private interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the donor's local public or school library.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies.

Bob Geng

MISSOULA - Bob Geng of Missoula passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2003, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born March 22, 1928, in Great Falls, the son of Betty Ruland and Nick Geng.

He graduated from Missoula County High School in 1946 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Guam. He received a World War II Victory Medal.

After the war, Bob went to work for Northern Pacific Transport then for George Ziperlin in the beverage business, Missoula district, and retired from Zip Beverage. Bob was in the beverage business for 45 years.

Bob married Norma ("the Blonde") in November 1970.

He was an avid Grizzly fan, enjoying basketball and football. His favorite professional teams were the Vikings and Twins.

Bob loved getting together with the Zip boys at Red's Bar, playing pitch and getting on all the sports boards. He always carried a note saying it was all right for him to stay out till midnight, signed by the Blonde.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty Ruland and Nick Geng; brother, Snooks; sister, Lonnie; and son, Mark Sowre.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; son, Robert of Seattle; stepdaughters, Karen (Ron) Hayward of Stevensville and Dovie (Brad) Zanders of Missoula; stepson, Bobbie Jacobsen of Missoula; grandchildren, Trent and Travis Zanders and Tina, Ron, Donnie and Matt Hayward; brother, Don Geng of Minnesota; sister, Bev Kennedy of Montana; and all of his many close friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grant Creek Ranch on Old Grant Creek Road.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Mak-A-Dream or Partners in Home Care Hospice, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808.

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

Opal Faye Wilson

CORVALLIS - Opal Faye Wilson, 81, passed away at her residence in Corvallis on Wednesday, May 14, 2003.

She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Slick, Okla., to the late William Franklin and Laura Maranda Jackson. She moved with her family to Casa Grande, Ariz., as a very young girl.

She met and married the late Vester Alvin Wilson Sr. in Eloy, Ariz., on April 29, 1940.

The couple moved to California, where she was a businesswoman with the Stockton Record newspaper. In 1993, the couple moved to the Bitterroot Valley and resided here since. She was on a women's bowling league and loved flowers, sewing, crocheting and was a great cook. She enjoyed being around her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vester Sr.; sons, James H. Wilson and Vester A. Wilson II.; sisters, Hazel Brockman, Irene R. Sanders and Cora Lee Conn; and brother, Russell D. Jackson.

Surviving include her daughters, Shirley F. Arnett and Terri A. Stover, both of Griffin, Ga., and Judith G. Rutledge of Victor; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Daly-Leach Chapel. A celebration of Opal's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Pastor Alvin House officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.

Sharon Lynn Benson

MISSOULA - Sharon Lynn Benson, 57, of Missoula died Thursday, May 15, 2003, of natural causes.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church.

A full obituary will follow.

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

Daniel J. Bethell

MISSOULA - Daniel J. Bethell, 82, of Missoula passed away Saturday, May 10, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

He was born July 29, 1920, in Ottawa, the son of William and Florence (Beasley) Bethell.

After graduating from high school, Dan attended flight training school with Air Canada. He then began on-the-job training for his broadcasting career which lasted over 60 years. He worked in broadcasting in eastern Canada and in Michigan as a program director and on-air personality.

Dan was married to Lorna Durocher and then later to Anne Sappenfield Laurie.

He relished music and books, reading heavily in English history. Dan was steeped in music in his work life but he still many times broke into song around the house. He was active in the ACLU and the Urban League at the height of the civil rights movement.

Dan loved teen-agers, always listening to them with complete attention. He loved revisiting Greenwich, England, his parents' homeland.

Dan was a peaceable man, although he could always make you laugh. He renounced violence as a child, having seen what it can do to home life.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lorna; and three brothers, Bill, Jerry and James.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Laurie of Missoula; two sisters, Louise Wick of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Ethel G. Wild of Ottawa; a nephew and his wife, William and Joann Watson of Sterling Heights, Mich.; sister-in-law, Julie Bethell of Ottawa; four children, Susan, Diane and John of Michigan and Bonnie of California; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Mary Jean Gilman of Seattle.

"He has gone to be with his mother and brother, Jim."

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the ACLU or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Alfred Victor

Swanberg

LAKESIDE - Dr. Alfred Victor Swanberg, 80, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Great Falls to Alfred Victor Swanberg Sr. and Clara Moore Swanberg on April 22, 1923.

A post surgeon at Camp A.P. Hill, Va., he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and discharged in 1955.

He married Delores McAninch on June 11, 1944.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores; his children, Linda Swanberg of Missoula, Louise Swanberg of Kalispell, Chris Swanberg of California, Shelley Ferkovich of California and Jane Marie Law of New York; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Christian Center in Kalispell, with interment to follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery. A catered reception will follow the services.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.

Glen T. McManus

COLUMBIA FALLS - Glen T. McManus, 65, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls.

He was born in Great Falls on July 22, 1937, to Nathan and Gertrude (Smith) McManus.

He served in the Marines from 1957-61.

He married Sharon Parker in 1962 in Kalispell and they later divorced.

Survivors include children, Keith McManus of Portland, Ore., Tom McManus of Sumner, Wash., and Pam Nuckolls of Kalispell; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Mortuary chapel, with burial at Glacier Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary.

Glen A. Ridge

SALTON CITY, Calif. - Memorial services for Glen A. Ridge will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Reno Cafe in East Missoula following the services.

Mr. Glen A. Ridge died April 14, 2003, at his residence in Salton City, Calif., where he lived for the last four years.

He was born and raised in California but spent many years in Missoula working for Champion International. He drove a truck for several years and he loved NASCAR and sprint racing.

Survivors include his twin daughters, Dawna Ridge of Missoula and Shawna Ridge of Redmond, Ore.; grandchildren, Amanda Wicklund of Missoula and Jason Wicklund of Las Vegas; and his former wife, Kim Ridge of Missoula.

Ellen Reid

KALISPELL - Ellen "Nellie" Reid, 83, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in Kalispell.

She was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Dublin, Ireland, to John and Mary (O'Sullivan) Deegan.

She married William Reid in England on April 2, 1943. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, John, Thomas, Laurence, Kevin and Brian Reid, all of Kalispell, Janet Casne of Bellevue, Wash., Maureen Stanaway of Missoula and Lola Hammer of Shelby.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, with the rosary at 5 p.m. at Johnson Mortuary. Burial will be at Red Lodge Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.

Blaine Stuart Bradshaw

HEMET, Calif. - Blaine Stuart Bradshaw, 58, died April 26, 2003, at the Hemet Valley Medical Center in California.

Blaine was born Aug. 1, 1944, in Missoula and attended school in Drummond for 12 years, graduating from high school in 1962.

Blaine is survived by his wife, Erin; his seven children, Jeff, Becky, John, Liz, Michael, Rachel, Liana; eight grandchildren; and his siblings, Verlin Bradshaw of Bellevue, Wash., Dan Bradshaw of Seattle, Kieth Bradshaw of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Allen Bradshaw of Granite County, Larry Bradshaw of Mapleton, Utah, Carol Jarman of Bountiful, Utah, and Clair Bradshaw of Deer Lodge.

Memorial services were held in California at the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center.

A Blaine Bradshaw/West Valley Scholarship Fund has been set up in his honor.

Anyone wishing to send cards may send them to Erin Bradshaw, 44488 Meadow Grove, Hemet, CA 92344.

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the life of: Friday, May 16, 2003; Robert Roland Rasley, JoAn Florence Heivili, Bob Geng, Opal Faye Wilson, Sharon Lynn Benson, Daniel J. Bethell, Alfred Victor, Glen T. McManus, Glen A. Ridge, Ellen Reid, Blaine Stuart Bradshaw
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