Ebon Levi Anderson-Levelle
MISSOULA - Ebon Levi Anderson-Levelle was shot to death and taken from his loved ones in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004. The place he occupied in the hearts of his family and friends will always contain the memory of the light he brought with his delightful humor, intelligence and compassion.
Born at the family home in East Missoula, his arrival was welcomed with joy and pride by his parents Constance J. Anderson and Michael David Levelle, as well as his older brother, Rhys Van Anderson, on Sept. 27, 1974.
Ebon's undefinable magic will be greatly missed by so many who will always remember his zest for life that touched everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Missoula was Ebon's hometown, however, he enjoyed travel and adventure in many places throughout the USA. His true passions were diverse and he proved to have the discipline and focus to meet any challenges he encountered in their pursuit.
Attending Whittier and Lowell schools in Missoula, Ebon's scholastic excellence and personality that sparkled with wit and panache, equipped him well to pursue whatever path he might choose.
He attended Hellgate High School, eventually opting to complete his GED and begin course studies in respiratory therapy at the U of M College of Technology. He later began following a path to realize his potential in every aspect of his life.
His awesome knowledge of all sports statistics might confound most Las Vegas sporting bookies. Statistics were out the window regarding his only team, the Raiders. They were the subject of some of his first complete sentences.
In the manner of a true Renaissance man, Ebon loved art, music (2pac included), history and literature, complementing his acuity for more structured mathematical disciplines.
He was a great dancer, a skill which was only one aspect of his charming, debonair personality that the ladies loved. Ebon was also a fiercely loyal friend to the many he took into his life. He had the courage to confront and a heart to comfort them.
Ebon's hard working values, ability to solve problems and sense of impeccable honesty enabled him to succeed in a variety of working situations with increasing levels of responsibility. He was employed as manager of a Krispy Kremes as well as an employee of Metalworks of Montana and Alaska Airlines.
Saving the forests of his Montana home inspired pride in his U.S. Forest Service firefighting experience. He proved to be a natural leader who inspired the firefighting rookies with his enthusiastic and creative approach to the work.
Ebon was selected to participate in the largest land mass search ever conducted in the USA during the recovery of the lost Challenger. He was considered a part of the NASA family.
His willingness to tackle any task, ability to work well with others at all levels and capability to solve problems flexibly, was observed by those who supervised him. Recently, Ebon served in the new Homeland Security Program being developed by the U.S. Forest Service. He expected to begin further training in the near future. Ebon was proud and excited to have the opportunity to protect his home and family as well as those of his fellow countrymen.
The light that Ebon brought with him wherever he went will be missed most by his closest loved ones. Ebon's love and devotion for his family, especially his mother Connie, was his first priority. The unconditional love that defined their relationship was apparent to all who knew them and was freely given to all of those he loved. Ebon's deep devotion and respect for his mother was fostered by her values of loving unselfishly, encouraging faithfully and insistence on honesty in relationships.
Sparring between Ebon and his intellectually challenging sister, Nay Nay Levelle, provided family and friends with hours of hilarious entertainment.
His brother, Rhys Van Anderson, having lost his father Gary E. Anderson before Ebon was born, bonded tightly with him. They shared their strength as family leaders, their diverse and complementary talents and an exceptional love of justice.
And having lost Cuz Mike also, has caused a lot of emotional upset in the family. We so would like to once again visit with all three of our lost ones. Dearest Ebon, Gary E. and Cuz Mike. May your journey be safe.
Ebon is survived by his father Michael; stepmom Katie; and sisters and brother, Naomi, Kelsey, Jordan, Jade and Rachel, who will miss his gentle and giving ways. We know his spirit will be with each of us always; Tricia and Mark, who cared dearly for him; two great aunts; three cousins; and numerous extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all on his father's side of the family.
Ebon is also survived by his mother Constance Anderson of Missoula; his brother, Rhys Anderson and wife Kylie; his nephews, Damon Alexander, Levi Van and Dante Rhys Anderson.
He is survived by his grandparents, Norm and Connie Waterman and Lou Waterman; uncles Mick Waterman and wife Kathy and Kelly Olsen; and aunts Wendi and her husband Matthew, Tuey and Dennis Scranton, Denise and Shayne and Dylan and Shaynee; Great Aunt Sybil who is one of Ebon's favorite people; and all of what we call our enlarged family of friends who have been as real family to us on our journey away from our blood relatives.
At Ebon's request we would ask that all donations be made to the Missoula Indian Center for Missoula Indian Center Fire Program (MICFP) Building No. 33, Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804, 406-829-9515.
A special thanks to Sheena for her invaluable help in preparing this document, and all the others who have spent their time helping us through this ordeal.
Donald C. Ryan
MISSOULA - Donald C. Ryan passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, of natural causes.
Don, known affectionately as "PeeWee," was born April 14, 1921, in Butte. Following his graduation from Butte High in 1939, he went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.
After the war he attended the University of Montana and obtained his pharmacy degree in 1953. While attending UM, he was active in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and he met and married Marian Joyce Mast on July 15, 1947, in Missoula.
His career as a pharmacist enabled him to establish and operate Don's Drug in Missoula until he retired. Don loved fishing and boating and in order to further enjoy those pastimes he built three boats and a cabin at Flathead Lake.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Marian on Jan. 4, 2000.
Don is survived by his children, daughter Debbie Zwang of Libby, her husband Dave and their children Doug and Margeaux; son Dave of Missoula, his wife Marilyn and their children Corey and Justin; and son M. Scott Ryan of Libby.
A service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home. Following the service there will be a reception for friends and family in Don's home at 325 Keith Ave.
The family suggests memorials to Partners in Home Care Hospice 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808.
Daryl Morris Hook
PHOENIX - Daryl Morris Hook, 55, died on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at his home.
He was born Nov. 8, 1948, in Phoenix, to Morris G. and Ethel E. (Shipley) Hook.
He served in the Army in Vietnam.
Daryl married Lois Lee Snell on Feb. 14, 1976, in Kalispell.
Survivors include his wife Lois Hook of Columbia Falls; daughter and son Jennifer Hook and Toby James Hook, both of Columbia Falls; two brothers, John and Fred Hook, both of Kalispell.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Johnson Mortuary. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Glenn S. Gates
MISSOULA - Glenn S. Gates, 92, of Missoula, died on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Village Health Care Center.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Livingston-Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home, where services will be held at 12:30. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Superior Cemetery.
A complete obituary will follow.
Idabelle Mee Troutwine
GREENOUGH - Ida Troutwine, 67, died of natural causes on Jan. 11, 2004, with family at her bedside.
She was born to Lyle Herbert and Maude Cornelia Mee in Great Falls on June 22, 1936, the sixth of 14 children. Ida spent her younger years at her family home in Highwood, graduating from Highwood High.
Ida met Earl Troutwine at a dance in Highwood and they married on June 4, 1955. Her life was spent working and living side-by-side her loving and devoted husband on their ranch in Greenough.
Two children were born to Ida and Earl during their 48 years together. Although Ida gave birth to only two children, she raised many more through the years during their extended visits at the ranch. She was so very proud of all the children she spent time with and provided each and every one with memories they will keep forever. Ida loved spending life surrounded by the many family and friends that she was so greatly blessed to have.
She is survived by her husband Earl and the family ranch in Greenough; children Kevin and Darlene Troutwine of Greenough, Leslie and Mark Pringle of Ovando; grandchildren Andrew, Kayla, Adam and Avery Troutwine of Greenough and Samuel Pringle of Ovando; brothers and sisters Violet Erlandson, Jane Miller, Wanda Murdoch of Great Falls, Norma White, Michael Mee of Missoula, Jackie Weaver of Drummond, Donald Mee of Ellensburg, Wash, Wesely Mee of Orange, Calif., Jerry Mee and Lloyd Mee of Coos Bay, Ore.
She is also survived by 43 nieces and nephews; 64 greatnieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Virgil, Duane and Wendel.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Garden City Funeral Home.
Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Seeley Lake Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. at New Life Worship Center at 1714 S. Reserve St. in Missoula. A reception will follow at the church.
Pallbearers will be Andy Troutwine, Samuel Pringle, Richard Woirhaye, Glen Gray, Frank Vannoy, Don Niles, Mike Bush and Dave Sterling. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Ida's brothers and nephews.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
HAMILTON - Helen Haigh, 98, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
Helen was born to Roy and Marie Bemis Pierson on July 1, 1905, in Janesville, Wis. In 1909, the family moved to Woodside, where Helen and older sister May attended Fairplay School, then Corvallis School. During World War I the family moved to Puyallup, Wash., then returned to Hamilton, where Helen attended school.
Helen married Kenneth "Cub" Vallance. They lived in the Three Mile area at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bitterroot Inn, and at Hamilton and Missoula while they worked in the creamery business. Helen later married Herb Haigh, and they owned and managed Haigh's Pool Hall.
She taught ceramics, china painting, knitting (she continued knitting baby dolls the day before she passed away), tole painting and leatherwork. She judged 4-H leatherwork at the fair.
After Herb's death, Helen spent many summers working at gift shops in Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Rainier and Grand Canyon national parks. She loved all kinds of dancing, especially square dancing. For the last eight years she hosted a Sunday brunch at her home for relatives, friends and neighbors.
Helen was preceded in death by her husbands Kenneth "Cub" Vallance and Herb Haigh; sister May Vallance; sons Gene and Robert; daughter Shirley Bugli; and grandson David Vallance.
Surviving are her daughter, Holly Patzer and husband Ed; son-in-law Zack Bugli; daughter-in-law Marjorie VanAlstine; grandchildren Allan Patzer, Candy Blahnik, Darin Patzer, Lynette Coller, Yvonne Yorgensen, Jay Bugli, Jack Vallance, Marcia Babowicz, Bryon Schreckendgust, Donna Gastineau and Terry Vallance; 20 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Grandma Helen will be missed. She was known as "Grandma" to friends, family and her wonderful caregivers who allowed her to live in her home until her last days.
A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Daly-Leach Chapel with the Rev. Steve VanGilder officiating. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.
The family suggests memorials to Camp Mak-A-Dream, 32 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Charles W. 'Scotty' Lea
POLSON - Charles W. "Scotty" Lea, age 80, of Polson, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula from natural causes.
Scotty was born on March 11, 1923, in Stevensville, to C. Wesley and Leona Lea. He grew up and attended schools in Stevensville and graduated in 1941.
He attended the University of Montana and received a bachelor of music education degree and eventually received his master's degree. He taught music and math at Havre High School for a few years and taught band and music at Bigfork, Corvallis and Bonner. Scotty also taught band in the Missoula elementary schools for six years.
He married Corinne Sequin and they had three sons together. They later divorced.
He married Jane Hevever on July 11, 1964, in Youngstown, Ohio. They eventually moved to Polson and Scotty taught music for two years in the Polson School District, retiring in 1976.
Scotty worked as a district manager for KAR Products in Montana and Idaho.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Polson.
He enjoyed his coffee time with his friends at several different locations in Polson. He was an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and a sister, Frances.
He is survived by his wife Jane of Polson; three sons and their wives, Scott and Bonnie Lea of Louisville, Ky., Daniel and Karen Lea of Federal Way, Wash., and Michael and Chanda Lea of Tularosa, N.M.; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Nonce McGiffin of Hawthorne, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, Polson with the Rev. Russ Barber officiating.
Arrangements are by Grogan Funeral Home, Polson.