William C.A. Enke
MISSOULA - William C.A. Enke passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Community Medical Center after a courageous battle with a sudden illness.
Bill was born March 22, 1921, in Chicago to William H. Enke and Helen M. Enke. He had one brother, Robert Enke.
After high school graduation, Bill moved west to attend school at Montana State University in Missoula. He became a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and resided there. His studies were interrupted by World War II.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a POW in Germany. Bill was honorably discharged and highly decorated on Nov. 29, 1945.
He resumed his studies and graduated from the University of Montana School of Forestry in June 1946.
Bill began work for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and met Mavis Mitchell there. They were married Oct. 19, 1948, and moved to Missoula in 1960.
Blessed to have shared his life are his daughters, Linda Walker of Missoula and Michele Enke Gates of Denver, N.C.; grandchildren Derek Walker, Shawn Walker, Natantha Walker, Mykell Gates, Nickele Gates and Mitchell Gates; and great-grandchildren Caleb Bolik and Marcus Bolik (Walker).
Bill worked for more than 30 years for the Forest Service. He was a master Mason for over 50 years, a member of the Ex-POW Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a member of the University of Montana and Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni.
An open house celebration of Bill's life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at his home.
The family asks that any memorials be made to the Missoula Humane Society.
1921 - 2004
STEVENSVILLE - Melvin Neuvonen, 82, of Stevensville, died at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004.
Melvin was an affectionate man with warm humor. He loved farming and he loved the cows and horses on his farm in New York Mills, Minn.
Almost two years ago he moved to Montana to live with family after his sister Violet passed away. He was enjoyed by many new friends in Montana.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Walter and Ernest, and two sisters, Violet Neuvonen and Viola Scherr, all of New York Mills; a brother-in-law, Albert Ketola; and many nephews, nieces and a host of friends.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Marilyn Neuvonen of Stevensville; two sisters, Edna Ketola of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Thelma and Kenneth Pense of Citrus Heights, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Vivian Neuvonen of New York Mills and Lempi and Verner Keskitalo of Embarrass, Minn.
A memorial service will be held in New York Mills at a later date and his ashes will be buried in the family plot.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
MISSOULA - Alfred Johnson, 83, of Missoula, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Hillside Manor.
He was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Butte, the son of Malena and John Johnson.
He worked for the Anaconda Co. mines for 27 years and had been a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles' minor league team.
His family includes a brother, Ernest, and four sisters, June, Virginia, Mabel and Mildred.
Private services have been held.
Cremation arrangements were provided by Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Frederick H. 'Fred' Mielke
POLSON - Frederick H. "Fred" Mielke, 85, of Polson, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, of natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Survivors include his wife Millie Mielke of Polson; three children, George Mielke of New York, John Mielke of Florida and Maggie Darlington of Polson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with military honors and Masonic rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Polson Community Church. Inurnment will be held at the Richland Memorial Park in Sidney.
Cremation and arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.