Saturday, April 29, 2000; Clarence 'Leonard' Lawrence, Rose E. Karlsen, Richard W. Wardwell, Merwin 'John' Stine
Frenchtown's Jessie Williams slides safely into second base as Butte Central shortstop Erica Mahooney, left, and second baseman J.J. Hogart can't come up with the throw. Butte Central beat Frenchtown 4-3 Friday in the opening day of the Frenchtown Invitational.
Photo by KURT WILSON/Missoulian

Clarence 'Leonard' Lawrence

MISSOULA - Clarence "Leonard" Lawrence, 98, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Village Health Care Center of natural causes. Leonard was born on Aug. 9, 1901, at Fickland, Ill., to George and Eunice Lawrence. He was educated in Knowlton Public Schools.

He married Emma Carlisle and together they raised five children. He was later twice remarried; all of his wives preceded him in death. In his life he had careers as a mail carrier and in ranching, logging and heavy-equipment operation.

His hobbies included trapping, fishing, hunting and leatherwork.

Leonard was loved by all his family and will be deeply missed by so many who knew him, family and friends alike. He enjoyed the outdoors, family gatherings and so many things about life. He would often talk of the good old days of his life, the struggles and experiences.

We are filled with those memories he shared with us, but our fondest memory will be the time he was with us and our memories of him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Helen and Beverly; son Frank "Bud" Lawrence; granddaughter Audrey Harris; sister Wilma Elliott; and brother Charles Lawrence.

Survivors include his daughter, Doris Covarrubias and her husband Paul, and daughter Shirley Wright, all of Missoula; 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be noon-7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Garden City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Garden City Funeral Home with the Rev. Gale Fister officiating. Burial will follow at Missoula City Cemetery. After the committal services, a reception will be held in the funeral home's community room.

Pallbearers will be Chuck McClain, Larry Bearley, Brian Nuesse, Gene Neumayer, Duane Teigen, Craig Teigen, Jerry Kester and Dean Squires.

The family suggests memorials in Leonard's memory to Missoula Manor, 909 W. Central, Missoula, MT 59801, or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Rose E. Karlsen

MISSOULA - Services for Rose E. Karlsen will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Mrs. Karlsen, 77, of Missoula, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, of natural causes at Hillside Manor.

Arrangements are by Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Richard W. Wardwell

MISSOULA - Richard W. Wardwell, 57, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Sept. 22, 1942.

Survivors include his children, Karen Wardwell, Shirley Delaney, Richard Wardwell Jr., and Melissa Wardwell; and a sister, Patty.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Merwin 'John' Stine

HAMILTON - Merwin "John" Stine, 88, of Victor, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2000, in Hamilton at Valley View Estates.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1911, in Brown County, S.D., and was raised and educated in South Dakota. He farmed for a few years before entering the Conservatory of Music. John was a private music instructor for many years, retiring in 1974.

He married Alma Knopp in Wolf Point on March 11, 1960. The couple lived in Williston, N.D., later moving to Grandview, Wash., and in 1992 moved to Victor, where they have lived since.

John was a member of the Golden Agers and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Surviving include his wife Alma of the family home in Victor; daughters Mary Borns of Arizona, Della of LaCrosse, Wis., Emma Schrader of Leesville, La., Fay Dimick of Madison, S.D., Charolotte Stine of Nevada and Shirley Thomsen of Kirkland, Wash.; sons Jim Stine of San Diego, Calif., and Al Arneson of Missoula; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by a brother and sister.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 1, at the Victor Community Church at 11 a.m. with Rae Hensman officiating. Family urn placement will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.

The family suggests memorials to the Victor Community Church or to the Valley View Alzheimer's Care Unit.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

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