Philip 'Pink' Wamsley
MISSOULA - Philip John "Pink" Wamsley, 85, of Missoula, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2003, at home.
He was born Oct. 14, 1917, in St. Ignatius to George and Grace Wamsley. He attended elementary and secondary school in Charlo where his parents owned and operated the G.W. Wamsley Mercantile. He played basketball in high school and all four of his grandchildren have followed this tradition.
Upon graduation from high school, he went to work for the Missoula Mercantile while attending the University of Montana.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged as a master sergeant in December 1945.
Pink married Lucille Helean on Dec. 28, 1946, at St. Francis Church in Missoula. They had been married for 56 years at the time of his death.
He worked for a propane company before starting Solar Gas Co. in 1952. Solar Gas was sold to Cal Gas in 1963. He stayed on as the general manager until he retired in 1983. His work required him to drive the highways of western Montana, of which he never tired.
He loved Montana, especially his cabin on Flathead Lake where he enjoyed fishing and chopping wood. Many friends and family members experienced his hospitality there, as well as his quick wit, sense of humor and friendship.
Pink was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Gene and James, and is survived by his wife Lucille of Missoula; son Mike Wamsley and his wife Jacki of Missoula; daughter Pat Wilson and husband Jeff of Bigfork; his grandchildren, Trevor and Ashley Wamsley and Bergen and Whitney Wilson; his sister, Marney; his brothers and their wives, George (Barbara) and Francis (Connie); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass in memory of Pink will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at St. Anthony Parish in Missoula, followed by a reception at the downtown Elks Lodge at the corner of Pattee and Front streets. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Radio Reading Service, 126 E. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802.
Blaine Stuart Bradshaw
HEMET, Calif. - Blaine Stuart Bradshaw, 58, formerly of Missoula and Drummond, died April 26, 2003, at the Hemet Valley Medical Center in California.
Cards and correspondence may be sent to Erin Bradshaw, 44488 Meadow Grove, Hemet, CA 92544.
Raymond Earl Spady
LIBBY - Raymond Earl Spady, 74, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at St. John's Lutheran Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1929, in Bozeman, the son of Albert and Ruby Murry Spady.
He served in the Army Reserves and worked for Champion International for 38 years.
He married Doloris Hansen in 1949. Survivors include his wife Doloris of Libby; his children, Vern Byington of Columbia Falls, Donna Siefke of Newberg, Ore., Everett Byington of Beaverton, Ore., and Stuart Spady of Libby; five sisters; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Sunday and until noon Monday at Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Sharon Lynn Benson
MISSOULA - Sharon Lynn Benson, 57, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 23, 1945, in Missoula to Keith Vinal and Florena (Gray) Vinal. She was educated in Missoula public schools. Upon graduation she moved to Hawaii where she took classes at the University of Hawaii. She spent several years there and in California before returning to Montana.
On Oct. 14, 1967, she married Phillip S. Benson in Missoula. They had two children, Bendi Lynn and Cale Stanley.
Throughout her professional career, Sharon worked in sales - from office supplies to nutritional products.
Sharon was a member of the Missoula Soroptimist's Club and a cancer support group. She enjoyed playing bridge with friends, gardening and travel. While her health permitted, Sharon took trips regularly to such places as Hawaii, California, Europe and Australia.
She is fondly remembered by her lifelong friends and family as an adventurous, strong and independent lady. Primarily though, Sharon was an adoring mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend.
A plaque hanging on the wall of her home best describes Sharon's priorities. It read, "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drive Š But the world may be different because I was important in the life of (my children)."
Survivors include her parents Keith Vinal of Missoula and Florena Lowrance of Missoula; her brother, Steve Vinal of Loveland, Colo.; her children, Bendi Benson Schrambach of Hayden, Idaho, and Cale S. Benson of Honolulu; three grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Jack Oates and Pastor Stephen Lympus officiating.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.
Dorothy Mae Deshler Bruce Sanford
KALISPELL - Dorothy Mae Deshler Bruce Sanford, 65, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at the Immanuel Lutheran Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 22, 1937, in Wheeler to Fred E. and Mary (Kunz) Deshler.
On July 2, 1955, she married Harley "Jud" Sanford. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include five children, Jay Sanford of Columbia Falls, Deana Wilson of Kalispell, Fay Hagan of Kalispell, Carl Sanford of New Castle, Wyo., and Roberta Sanford of Drummond; four brothers and sisters; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Mortuary chapel, with burial to follow at Demarsville Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Debra Kay Hobson
STEVENSVILLE - Debra Kay Hobson, 45, of Stevensville, was called home to be with our Lord and her brother, Steve, on Friday, May 16, 2003, after suffering an apparent reaction to allergy medication.
Debbie was born Dec. 7, 1957, in Missoula, where she attended school until her junior year. She graduated from Frenchtown High School in 1976.
She worked various jobs throughout her life including at the state hospital at Boulder, Habitat for Humanity of Missoula and most recently as a rural mail carrier for the Stevensville post office.
Debbie married John Hobson in June 1980 in Evaro. They were blessed with three children, John-Paul, born in 1982, Derek in 1985 and Katie in 1988.
They made their home in Missoula, Denver, Eureka, Everett, Wash., Missoula again and currently Stevensville.
Debbie had a strong desire to help others and was never happier than when she was volunteering at Head Start, Habitat for Humanity, the Stevensville Junior High School Library and the Chantilly Theater in Stevensville, among many others.
She was always very helpful, thoughtful and giving. If you wanted to get a job done, you called Debbie. She loved people and touched many lives.
She enjoyed life, whether she was spending time with her family or working on one of her many efforts. She had a very strong will and in the mid-1980s, as Montana Queen of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), she was awarded a trip to Nashville, Tenn.
Debbie is survived by her husband John of Stevensville; sons John-Paul of Missoula and Derek of Stevensville; daughter Katie of Stevensville; mother and stepfather Mary and Bernard Kenny of Missoula; father and stepmother Leroy and Liz Steele of Missoula; sister and her husband Doris and Robert Skiles of Seeley Lake; sister and her husband Cindy and Dave Oparowski of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nephews Ben Shields of Seeley Lake and Randy-David Oparowski of Myrtle Beach; and numerous other stepbrothers and stepsisters.
Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 725 W. Alder St., Missoula, MT 59802; or to the Chantilly Theater, 319 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.
Clarence Edmund Stilwell
SANDPOINT, Idaho - A "Celebration of Life" gathering in loving memory of Clarence E. Stilwell will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Swan Valley Community Hall. Family and friends are welcome to come and share their memories of Clarence, with his family.
Clarence Edmund Stilwell passed away in Sandpoint on Jan. 3, 2003.
MISSOULA - Archie MacDonald, 81, of Missoula, died of cancer Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 18, 1922, in Glasgow, Scotland, to Archibald and Margaret MacDonald. The family moved to Detroit in 1927. He graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School, Detroit, in 1940 as a journeyman tool and die maker.
On Nov. 26, 1942, he married June Brazell.
Archie served in the infantry during World War II.
Archie was a very active Mason. He belonged to Friendship Lodge No. 417 F. & A.M.; Monroe Chapter No. 1; Holy Grail Commandery No. 58; Moslem Temple Shrine, AAONMS; Detroit York Rite College No. 1; Monroe Council No. 1, R. & S.M.; and Lodge Council Chapter of the Consistory. He was past high priest of his chapter, past commander of Holy Grail Commandery and in 1989 served as grand commander for the state of Michigan.
He taught himself to play the bagpipes and was a founding member of the Moslem Temple Highlanders.
Archie was an avid sailor and particularly loved sailing his ketch throughout the eastern Great Lakes. During his more than 50-year career he mentored many apprentices, especially in math. They would often spend hours in the evening at his home in Royal Oak, Mich.
He retired in 1991 from Triple Tool in Rochester, Mich. He and his wife June moved to Missoula in 1992.
Survivors include his wife June of Missoula; a sister and brother-in-law, Sadie and Ed Kruse of Troy, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Winston Smith of Clarkston, Mich.; son and daughter-in-law Ian and Vicki MacDonald of White Lake, Mich.; son Gregory of Missoula; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
His many friends across the country are sipping Manhattans this week in his honor and memory.
At his request there will be no visitation. The family will hold a private service.
The family suggests memorials to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Richard H. Savage
KALISPELL - Richard H. Savage, 68, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, surrounded by the beauty of Glacier National Park.
Dick was born in Great Falls on Dec. 22, 1934, to Frank and Stella Savage. He graduated from Flathead High School in 1953.
He and his wife Audrey Treweek were devoted to each other for 44 years.
Survivors include his wife Audrey; his children, Daniel Savage of Kalispell and Karen Savage of Castle Rock, Colo.; brother George Savage of Deming, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Epworth Methodist Church, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are by Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
David Hepburn Dinwoodie
CHARLO - Memorial services for David H. Dinwoodie will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Polson. Friends are invited to share lunch at the family home.
David Hepburn Dinwoodie, beloved son of Nina Hepburn of Freehold, N.J., and Montana, and William Anderson Dinwoodie of HBC, Cartwright, Labrador, and of Dumfrieshire, Scotland, died Oct. 17, 2002. He was 74 years old.
David Dinwoodie was born in Trenton, N.J. He spent his childhood years in Nova Scotia and attended schools in Freehold, living in the home of his grandparents, Dr. William Hepburn and Sarah Greene. In 1945, he moved with his mother and brother Dan to Bozeman.
He entered the Navy with several friends from the Bozeman graduating class of 1946, served briefly and returned to the Navy during the Korean War as an aerographers mate aboard the USS Princeton.
He attended the University of Montana, the University of Denver and earned his doctorate in American diplomatic history under the supervision of Daniel Smith at the University of Colorado. He worked as a National Park Service ranger at Rocky Mountain Park, in Yellowstone Park as boat ranger on Yellowstone Lake, and in Glacier National Park.
He served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department and taught American history and American diplomatic history at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
He retired in 1986 to his home near Ninepipe in the Mission Valley, teaching history for several years at Salish Kootenai College.
He won the Oscar Winter Award in Western History for an article he wrote which combined his love of history with his love for Western lands and life.
David Hepburn Dinwoodie was married to Marie Olson in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 31, 1960. He had three children, David of Albuquerque, N.M., Ian of Durham, N.C., and Adrienne of San Diego. He has two beloved grandchildren, Emily and Elizabeth. He is also survived by his dear brother Daniel of Fairbanks, Alaska, and many nieces and nephews.
He loved, supported and took immense pride in his family and he loved Montana. He was happiest when coaxing trout from a pool or a fast-running stream.
Allen N. Wiseley III
SUN CITY, Ariz. - A memorial service for Allen N. Wiseley III, M.D., will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., Missoula.
Dr. Wiseley, 81, died March 8, 2003, in Sun City, Ariz.
Milton Lee Belville
1933 - 2003
MISSOULA - Graveside services for Milton Lee Belville will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery in Stevensville, with the Rev. Vicki Horn officiating. American Legion Post No. 94 of Stevensville will present military honors.
Milton Lee Belville, 69, of Missoula, died at his home on Jan. 21, 2003.
He was born on May 21, 1933, to Benjamin and Grace (Berry) Belville in Aid, Ohio. Milt graduated from Darby High School.
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and was stationed in Guam and Labrador. He was honorably discharged in 1961. He went to work for White Pine Sash Co. in Missoula several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben in 1979 and his mother Grace in 1982, and two brothers, Les and Homer Belville.
Milton is survived by a brother, Lloyd of Townsend; sisters Lorraine Morrison of Helena and Thelma Lahti of Petaluma, Calif.; a good friend, Charles Robbins of Missoula; and several nieces and nephews.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.