PABLO — Dorene Bourdon, age 49, died on Sunday, Nov. 3 at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. Funeral services for Dorene are pending. Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mary K. Dahle
MISSOULA — Mary K. Dahle, 83, of Missoula, died at St. Patrick Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 2. Arrangements are pending and will be announced. Cremation is under the care of Cremation Burial Society of the Rockies.
MISSOULA — Nina Teague, 88, of Missoula, died on Tuesday, Nov. 5. A full obituary will follow. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home.
RONAN — Eugene Gerald Bond was born on March 26, 1931, to Marion and Merrille Bond. He died on Oct. 31, 2019. His father passed away when Eugene “Gene” was 7 years old, of polio, leaving Marion and Gene’s only sister Barbara alone. Marion never remarried.
He entered the Navy at the age of 16 and served on two battleships, the U.S.S Shields and the U.S.S Nickels. He met Alice Gertrude Wise at the Emmanuel Baptist Church which was being held at the Palace Theatre in Missoula. She was 17 and he was 22. He then finished his tour in the Navy and attended Bob Jones University for two years. He left the school to go back to Montana to claim the woman who waited faithfully for him.
Gene and Alice were married at the newly constructed Emmanuel Baptist Church on Sept. 24, 1955. The couple moved to the Swan Valley where Gene worked alongside his father-in-law at a local lumber mill.
Gene later went into the field of law enforcement becoming a policeman, as a parole and probation officer and later became a liaison for Youth for Christ, working with juvenile offenders. He always had a passion for any activity that allowed both he and Alice to touch other people’s lives.
He and Alice worked for a time in Africa for their third daughter, Barbara Amato, but returned to Montana as that was their first love. Gene loved the Lord and he and Alice were always involved in church activities.
He will be missed by many. One of his great sources of love and pride were his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Eugene is survived by his four daughters and two sons. Linda (Aaron) Jones, Kathleen (Bruce) Richard, Barbara Amato, Laura (Steven) Snell, Mike (Beverly) Bond and Jonathan Bond. He is also survived by his sister Barb (David) Sutherland.
Memorial services will be held at the Christian Missionary Alliance church in Ronan at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Messages of condolence can be shared with the family at lakefuneralhomeandcremation.com. Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
MISSOULA — Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, James Burton Angstman (Burt), peacefully passed away on Nov. 4, 2019 in Missoula.
Burt was born in Princeton, Minnesota, on Dec. 4, 1925, to Margaret Walker and Forrest Angstman. The family moved to Montana in 1930 and made a living farming in Jefferson County. This began a lifelong love of the outdoors and all things nature.
Burt adored his older brother Bud and at 19 followed him into the Air Corps. Burt’s life was forever changed when Bud died in the Korean conflict on, what Burt said was his 100th mission from WWII and the Korea War. He talked of him rarely but would always shed a tear when he did. Burt was honorably discharged from the Air Corps in 1945.
After the war, Burt went on to graduate from University of Montana and went to work for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and Forest Service. He had many fond memories of helping build the infrastructure in Yellowstone National Park, managing the elk and bison populations and trapping and relocating the goats, sheep and antelope.
Burt met his wife, Mildred Kay Angstman (Kay), while working for the SCS in Ekalaka. They married on June 30, 1954. Sixty-five years and two children later, they were still inseparable.
Burt loved watching and supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s many sporting events. He and Kay rarely missed a game or meet. They were always our biggest fans. They traveled far and wide following Barry’s high school football games, and Sherry’s high school and Griz track meets. They continued their tradition of support with their grandchildren, and while they didn’t count, they must have attended hundreds of football and basketball games, soccer matches, and swim and track meets over the years.
After retirement, Burt and Kay traveled the country selling Native American jewelry and rugs they purchased in New Mexico. They enjoyed their “hobby” for several years and made many friends in the industry.
Burt is survived by his wife Kay, son Barry (Cathy), daughter Sherry (Mike) Murphy, five grandchildren, Christine and James (Mele) Angstman, Lauren, Matt and Erin Murphy and three great-grandchildren, Cortland, Carter and Colin Angstman.
He was a kind and loving soul who will be dearly missed.
A service will be held at Garden City Funeral Home (1705 W. Broadway St., Missoula, MT 59808) on Friday Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow the service at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Walt was born in Ukraine. His family survived the journey from Russia into Poland and on into Germany during WWII. He and his family emigrated to the U.S. and landed in Plevna. After serving in the Army in Korea he met and married the love of his life Myrna Lausch. They had three strong sons and settled in Alberton in 1975. Walt was an incredible example of work ethic, the importance of family, sacrificial love, and most importantly, a deep abiding faith in Christ. He truly walked everyday with the Bible.
When he went home he left behind sons Shannon (Anita) Graf, Shane (Jennifer) Graf, and Sheldon (Tamra) Graf; grandchildren Krista (John) Conley, John Kortland Graf, Mikal (Larae) Crossley, Cassie (Jamie) Waters, Kelsie Crossley, Jessica Nichols, Jalissa (Kellan) Babinski, Jezreel Nichols, Brittany (Justin) Ployhar, and a whole bunch of great-grandkids.
Services will be held at Frenchtown Community Church on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Frenchtown Community Church.
MISSOULA — Funeral Mass for Robert Noll will be Thursday, November 7th, 10:30 a.m., St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Missoula, followed by a reception at the church. 2 p.m. Military Honors at the Western Montana State Veteran Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Cremation Burial Society of the Rockies.
POLSON — Marvin Charles Carlyle, 82, of Polson, passed away on Oct. 30, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Polson with his family and friends close by. Marvin was born on Aug. 16, 1937 in Ronan the son of Richard and Gladys Carlyle.
After attending grade school in Pablo, Marvin went to Ronan High School. Sports were his specialty, and he lettered in football, basketball and track nearly every year. During this time, Marvin was very active in 4-H, winning many awards. He then attended Montana State University in Bozeman where he later graduated.
The history of Marvin’s family in Lake County goes back generations. His father, Richard Carlyle, was a farmer, rancher, and operated a sand and gravel business. He provided the gravel for the construction of Allen Town. His mother Gladys was a very skilled piano teacher. She would have up to 45 students. If the family didn’t have the resources, she would provide lessons for no charge. She also played piano at church.
In 1957, Marvin met and married Joyce Wigfield. Their son Craig Carlyle was born in 1958.
Marvin was always very active and enjoyed working on building projects outdoors. He never minded getting his hands dirty. He remodeled and built houses in Bozeman, Missoula, Ronan, Pablo, Polson, and Rocky Point Road on the west shore of Flathead Lake. He coordinated major improvements on the family cabin, boat house, and bunk house in Indian Bay.
Marvin loved to drive moving and storage vans. He transported household goods for Beacon Van Lines. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. His wife Joyce accompanied him on many of his trips. He pretty much retired after a trailer fire.
Marvin was the Captain and tour guide aboard the PRINCESS, a 45-passenger vessel at Kwa Taq Nuk Resort and Casino in Polson. Marvin wrote a detailed commentary on Flathead Lake. A full-time job that Marvin had was driving school bus for Polson School District. It included driving on country roads in the winter. He had the honor of driving the sports teams in three counties.
On March 1, 1984, Marvin received the sad news that his son, Craig Carlyle had died. Marvin and Joyce worked together closely for the funeral services for Craig. After being apart for over 17 years they fell in love again and Marvin remarried Joyce.
The history of Marvin as a father grew in a wonderful way when he and Joyce gained two brothers, Bill and Doug who were 14 and 15 at the time. Their mother had been killed in a car accident and their father was rarely home due to his job as a pilot for Montana Power Co. Bill and Doug Wyman are married with three children each and are pilots. Marvin always felt very lucky to be extended family.
Marvin is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Carlyle, his son Craig Carlyle, his mother and father, Gladys and Richard Carlyle, his sister Marilyn Boyle, and his nephew Christian Carlyle.
He is survived by his spouse Patty; sister Colleen Tafoya and her sons, Dan (Shirley), Jeff (Amanda), and Richard Tafoya; brother Richard (Rosiland) Carlyle and his daughter Kimberly (Jeff) Hayes; honorary sons William (Jennifer) Wyman and their children, William, George, and Maxwell Wyman and Douglas (Heidi) and their children, Mia, Marcus, and Michael Wyman as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Memorial services for Marvin will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 11 a.m. at The Lake Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at thelakefuneralhomeandcremation.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.
MISSOULA — Dr. Firman Hewitt “Bo” Brown, Jr. died at his home at the age of 93, on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Arrangements and a complete obituary will be announced. Cremation is under the care of Cremation Burial Society of the Rockies.
Bruce M. McDonald
MISSOULA — Bruce M. McDonald, 71, died Friday, Nov. 1 at his home in Missoula. Arrangements are under the direction of Whitesitt Funeral Home.
Dallas E. Womack
HAMILTON — Dallas E. Womack, 91, of Hamilton passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at his home of natural causes. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
Dr. George D. Boifeuillet
MISSOULA — Dr. George D. Boifeuillet age 87 of Missoula passed away at his home on Sunday Nov. 3, 2019. Cremation has taken place under the care of Garden City Funeral Home Crematory and memorial services will be announced at a later date.
MISSOULA — The world lost a treasure when Geraldean L. Fluke passed away Oct. 19th in her home designed to take in the views of beautiful Blue Mountain in Missoula. Born Jan. 7, 1926, in Winner, South Dakota, to Grace and Lowell Lynn, she was the middle of their three daughters, between Marion and Barbetta. In 1932, the drought and grasshoppers of the Great Depression drove the Lynns to pack all they owned into one truck and move their family to Deerfield, South Dakota, where Grace had been appointed Postmaster. There they had access to water, wood, gardens, trout, venison and a wonderful neighborhood. As a young child there, Geraldean first experienced fishing for trout, and this would become a passion she retained throughout her life.
The Lynns sent their daughters to Rapid City High School, seemingly “a world away.” When Geraldean was 13, she joined Marion, who was 15, and with help from home and by performing hourly labor, they lived independently in housekeeping rooms. Later, Barbetta and Geraldean repeated the process of living entirely on their own. After graduation from high school, Geraldean taught in a rural school for one year, then she enrolled at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Only the seventh woman to receive a degree from SDSM&T, she graduated in physics in 1948.
Geraldean's first job was as a Physicist with General Electric at the Hanford Test Site, where the project tested the optimum spacing of nuclear fuel rod elements. In 1952, she married Gordon Fluke, a WWII veteran who had graduated from Oregon State University in chemical engineering. From 1953-1955, they worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, where Geraldean computed aerodynamic heating in aircraft components and conducted analyses. They moved next to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Gordon’s career, and while there, Geraldean began her graduate program studying nuclear physics at the University of Michigan.
In 1957, the Flukes moved to Sacramento to work for Aerojet General Corporation. Geraldean's assignments included conducting fluid flow and heat transfer analyses in solid rocket thrust chambers and nuclear radiation effects on rocket components. She authored reports of a classified nature. Geraldean worked at Aerojet until 1968, when they moved to Southern California, and she accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force Rocket Propulsion Lab at Edwards Air Force Base.
In 1970, Geraldean and Gordon decided to leave California to raise teenagers in South Dakota, believing the quality of life available in the Black Hills would provide more adventures, freedom and fun. She was hired to teach math and physics at Edgemont High School, where she worked until 1982. To this day, students remember Mrs. Fluke with great fondness for her student-focused, exemplary teaching that prepared them with a solid foundation in pre-calculus mathematics. This led them to succeed at very high rates in college math, and they pursued a wide array of degrees leading to professional careers in engineering, medicine, biochemistry, law, and education. Concurrent with her teaching role, Geraldean hearkened back to earlier construction projects she had undertaken with Gordon (a home in Seattle, a cabin in Squaw Valley), and she was particularly industrious and creative in seeing opportunity in “fixer-uppers,” as she called her realty investments. These required the dedicated labor force of her entire family.
In 1982, the Flukes were re-employed by Aerojet General in Sacramento, where Geraldean worked extensively on testing solid rocket engines. She regularly traveled to Southern California to collect data and write performance reports for Aerojet relative to its rocket test-firings outside Indian Wells. Ultimately, in 1992, the Flukes retired from Aerojet and moved to Missoula, into their newly-built home. A year later, she returned temporarily to Rapid City, to serve as Technical Coordinator for ECO-Chem Network. And while there, she decided to pursue admission to a doctoral program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in their new Atmospheric, Environmental and Water Resources (AEWR) program. In 1997, Geraldean was awarded the first Ph.D. of AEWR. Following completion of her doctorate, she was hired onto the faculty of Aaniih Nakoda College in Montana, where she taught calculus and physics.
With her second “retirement,” the Flukes returned to Missoula permanently, devoting their time to enjoying their two young grandsons growing up there. Geraldean cooked thousands of beautiful meals, taught her grandsons to read, helped them with multiplication tables and calculus, and never missed an activity in which they participated. She decorated her kitchen with floor-to-ceiling framed pictures of them at every high school award event, from speech and debate tournaments to cross-country and track awards. Among all grandchildren and most of their friends, she was well-known for her special cookies, which she sent to each regularly throughout their college careers. She participated again in PEO, having joined initially in Seattle, and became an avid chess player who had fun playing in small tournaments and continued weekly lessons from Greg “The Octopus” Novak, Missoula’s Grand Master. Summers were spent in the Black Hills on property the Flukes had bought long before, initially as a summertime respite from California. Over the years, Geraldean spearheaded many improvements and additions (i.e. “projects”) on this property, her beloved ranch; she was recognized by the U.S. Forest Service with an award for Reclamation and Conservation in 2016.
Geraldean, an extraordinarily humble woman, would not want it mentioned that she received the Guy E. March Silver Medal for Professional Accomplishments from SDSM&T and was inducted in 2010 into the South Dakota Hall of Fame based upon her ground-breaking professional successes.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, sister Marion and brother-in-law Ben Tryon, and brother-in-law Robert Sohrt. She is survived by her sister Barbetta Sohrt, daughter Roberta Evans (with husband Charles Tornabene) and son Douglas Fluke (with partner Sherry Julius), along with Gerald Evans, whom she deemed “another son.” Her legacy of humor, honesty, kindness, resilience, and hard work lives on through her grandchildren: Allison Fluke, Daniel Evans, Lowell Fluke, and Michael Evans. She also leaves behind four nieces, Sherry Shupe, Karel Rice, Fran Nichols, and Pam Geurin; as well as one nephew, Vern Sorht, and their families. Special friends have included David Fluck, Elizabeth Bentley, Zach Hitchner, Derek Hitchner, and Susan Hitchner. Two “constant companions” served as her furry best friends: Buddy and Girl.
Interment has taken place in the Black Hills. If you wish to remember Geraldean, the family requests you let a beautiful rock compel your investigation into its geologic origin or move your music-tapping toe to the dance floor in your kitchen. She loved and mastered both.