Delmer M. Guinn
MISSOULA - Delmer M. Guinn, 73, of Missoula passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, April 22, 2003, of natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital.
Delmer was born March 30, 1930, in Tangier, Okla., the youngest child of Hubert and Fern Guinn. The family moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1935.
Delmer moved to Missoula when he was 18 years old. There, he met his wife Marie. They were married Aug. 26, 1950, in Butte.
In January 1951, Delmer enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his honorable discharge in November 1954, he returned to Missoula to be with his wife and daughter.
Delmer worked for John R. Daily, Eddy's Bakery, Zip Beverage and Peterson Motors. In 1973, they purchased RC Cola and in 1978 they started the Travel Bug Agency with his family. The past seven years, Delmer was the supervisor of maintenance and Westview Court.
His hobbies included golf, bowling and fishing. His favorite pastime was art and being a great Grizzly football fan.
Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, two nephews and one niece.
He is survived by his wife, Marie of Missoula; daughters, Lindy and her husband Terry Plakke of Medford, Ore., and Brenda Guinn of Missoula; as well as three grandchildren, Daniel, Kelly and Shawn.
Also surviving are his brother, Jake of Tacoma, Wash.; and four nieces and three nephews.
Delmer was a great husband, father and friend to all who loved him.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with burial to follow at Missoula Cemetery.
Following the services, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the Salvation Army building at Westview Trailer Court on Graham Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Delmer's name to the University of Montana Football Program, in care of the UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807.
Delmer says, "Go Griz!".
Arthur L. Hendrickson
CORVALLIS - Arthur L. Hendrickson, 71, of Corvallis passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Art was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Hamilton. He graduated from Florence High School. He entered the U.S. Air Force and following his discharge returned to Montana. He married Darlene J. Cummings in Stevensville on Nov. 27, 1955.
He worked in construction until he began his employment with the Milwaukee Railroad as a lineman. After 20 years, he left the railroad and began working for the Missoula Electric Co-op. He was a lineman, lineman superintendent and then safety director, retiring from the co-op in June 1993.
Art enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. He was a member of the Missoula and Hamilton trap clubs, a member of the Sapphire Good Sams and a 50-year member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.
Surviving include his wife, Darlene of the family home; daughter, Sandie and her husband Bill Sheets of Corvallis; mother, Annie Daniels of Bremerton, Wash.; sister, Ola Allen of Bremerton; brother, Ron Hendrickson of Missoula; grandchildren, Jennie and husband Josh Preiss, Jessie, Jodie and Jackie Sheets, and Emily Mewes, all of Corvallis; sister-in-law, Marietta Hendrickson of Bremerton; and his lifelong friends, Bob and Nita Touse of Hamilton.
Art was preceded in death by his father, Arthur, and his brother, Dennis.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to MDM-Hospice of the Bitterroot, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840.
Alfred A. Hand
PLAINS - Alfred A. "Al" Hand, 80, of Plains died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Clark Fork Baptist Church in Plains with the Rev. Kim Earhart officiating. Military graveside rites by Horse Plains VFW Post No. 3596 will follow at Plains Cemetery.
HAMILTON - Agnes Handford, 89, lifelong resident of central and western Montana, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
The daughter of Frank and Lena Hagadon, she was born June 29, 1913, in Kenosha, Wis., and in 1915 the family moved to Montana via a homesteader immigrant train. Her earliest memories involved the harsh life of the family homestead in the Missouri River Breaks near Winifred.
She graduated in 1932 from Fergus County High School in Lewistown and after her 1935 marriage to the late Martin Jackson, she lived in the Choteau area.
ollowing his death in 1936, she moved to Arrow Creek, near Stanford, married the late John H. Handford in 1938 and reared her daughter and three Handford sons there.
The family moved to Lewistown in 1952 and she and her husband, who died in 1990, moved to Hamilton in 1974.
During the Hamilton years, Mrs. Handford made many friends and devoted much of her time to her lifelong passions of cooking, gardening and various crafts.
For many years, the Ravalli County Fair was the highlight of her year. No sooner had one fair ended than she would start planning what she would exhibit at next year's event. Invariably, her pies, canned goods, needlework and other crafts were awarded top ribbons; more than 100 were proudly displayed on a bulletin board in her home.
An inveterate storyteller with an almost photographic memory, she loved describing in great detail, life as a Montana homesteader and rural homemaker in the early part of the 20th century.
She also relished traveling to new places and would spend hours poring over mementos and photographs from her trips to the national parks of the American West and places like New York, Gettysburg, Pa., Germany and Italy, among others.
She was a devoted mother who took great pride in the interests and accomplishments of her children.
She leaves three sons, John H. Handford Jr. of Missoula, Jerry Handford of Hamilton and Leonard G. Handford of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and a daughter, Genell Jackson Subak-Sharpe of New York City.
She also leaves six grandchildren, Rhonda Fahns and Dwane and Krystal Handford of Missoula, David Subak-Sharpe of Hong Kong, Dr. Sarah Subak-Sharpe of Portland, Maine, and Hope Subak-Kaspar of Berkeley, Calif.
She also is survived by five great-grandchildren and a sister, Myrtle Hladek of Roundup.
In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by three stepsons, Fred, Philip and Howard Handford; and a sister, Mary Mederios.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Daly-Leach Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Father John Darragh presiding. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Agnes Handford Memorial Fund to benefit the Hamilton High School Art Department or the Bitter Root Humane Society.