Victor Dean Emery MISSOULA - Victor Dean Emery, age 77, of Missoula passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 22.

Vic was born in Marion, Ill., on March 28, 1921. While a small child, he accompanied his parents, two sisters and an uncle in a move to California to escape the life of a coal miner in a company town. This trip, taking a number of weeks of hardship, was like stories movies are made about. When they finally got to California, they truly thought they had reached the ''land of milk and honey.'' They settled in the then small town of Santa Monica. After high school, Vic worked at Douglas Aircraft on heat and deicer systems.

He joined the Army in 1942, and was sent over to England to a field hospital in 1943, and to Europe in 1944. He received a field commission during the ''Battle of the Bulge.'' Later his unit was part of occupation force in Norway. He was transferred to Station Hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany in 1945, becoming adjutant of the unit and C.O. of patients. There he met his future wife 1st. Lt. Melba Clemence. They managed to come home on the same boat in 1946. They married in St. Regis in the same year. They lived in California until the spring of 1948, then returned to Missoula where Vic had fallen in love with Montana and fishing.

This union was blessed with four sons, Ronald, Randall, Robbin and Richard. Vic got in the heating and plumbing business in 1948 and branched into construction in 1960, with all the sons brought up and continuing in the construction trade.

Vic had been in declining health since 1978. This became acute after his first heart attack in November 1997.

He was member of SDA church.

He is preceded in death by two sons, Ronald in 1975 and Randall in 1998, and by his parents and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Melba; two sons and their wives, Robbin and Debra Emery and Richard and Teresa Emery; daughters-in-law, Jane Emery and Julie Emery Nelson; 11 grandchildren, Chaun, Cheri and her husband, Thomas Devlin, Jael, Nicholas, Jason and his wife, Michelle Emery, Jaime, Tara and husband, Bryan Bicha, Stacey, Melissa, Megan, Randine and husband, Doug Datisman; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Virginia Hansen and Debbey Beatty and nephew, Thomas Krigbaum, all of the San Fernando Valley, Calif.

Visitation will be welcomed at the Garden City Funeral Home from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Private graveside services will be conducted on Monday, April 27 with the Rev. Clarence McKey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Contributions are suggested to ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), 2501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, Md., 20904, or the Shriners Hospital for Children, Spokane, Wash., 99210.

John 'Bud' Lustgraaf

YUMA, Ariz. - John ''Bud'' Lustgraaf passed away at his home in Yuma on Thursday, April 23. He was 72. Bud was a lifelong resident of Montana. He was born at Great Falls on Jan. 28, 1926. He attended schools in Great Falls. Joining the U.S. Navy in 1944, he served in the South Pacific during World War II. While in the Navy, he served the ship's engine room. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

After returning from his tour of duty, Bud began a career in the construction industry. Bud was married to Jacquelane McDonald in 1948 in Malta. Bud and Jacquelane traveled throughout Montana and Canada where Bud worked in the asphalt construction business until his retirement from American Asphalt in 1989.

An exceptionally fine master mechanic, Bud really understood all aspects of asphalt paving construction and was a mechanical genius. He was often called upon to meet almost impossible repair tasks under tight time restraints. Bud's ability to meet these challenges while maintaining a remarkable sense of humor was a rare trademark in his field. Bud was highly respected for his ability to successfully meet any challenge put to him by his supervisors and fellow workers, as well as competitors. Bud's quick wit and vast knowledge of asphalt construction and mechanical workings truly set him above the rest of the field in which he worked. Bud was a source of knowledge and energy from which many drew throughout his life. He was a very caring and fun person to be associated with for all of his many friends and relatives. Bud was so exceptionally rare that when he was born the mold was broken. Bud's favorite past times were BS, drinking beer, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Bud worked very hard in the construction industry throughout his life. When he retired in 1989, he and Jacquelane moved to Yuma where he enjoyed the sun and desert setting, and the many trips on the Colorado River on the party boat. Bud will be sorely missed by his numerous friends and relatives.

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline at their Yuma home; his daughter, Nancy Latham and her husband Tim of Yuma; his son Bill Lustgraaf of Lolo; his granddaughter Lea Bartlett and her husband Jack, and great-grandchildren, Kiya and Kory Bartlett of El Paso, Texas; his grandson Brian Daigle and his wife, Trina of San Diego and grandson, Josh Latham of Yuma; brother Martin and wife, Hazel of Yuma; brother Edward and his wife, Gladys of Madison, Wis.; sisters Helen Schikany of Great Falls, and Margaret Sweeny and husband, Bernard of Great Falls.

Bud was preceded in death by his father William in 1936 and his mother Louise in 1993.

Bud's body has been cremated. Memorial graveside services are planned in Bud's honor Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at the Foothills Cemetery in Yuma.

Irving Dale Walker

RONAN - Irving Dale Walker, 67, of Ronan passed away Thursday, April 23, at the St. Luke Community Hospital of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughter Diane Finley and grandson Preston Finley of Fort Meyers, Fla.; two brothers, Ronald R. of Bozeman and A.J. of Austin, Texas; three sisters, Wanita Lake and Mildred Mae Lang of Clear Lake, Calif., and Florence Marie Grimm of Wichita, Kan.

No services are planned. Cremation and arrangements are by the Grogan Funeral Home.

Clifford A. Nordtome

KALISPELL - Clifford A. Nordtome, 80, died Thursday, April 23, at Brendan House in Kalispell.

He is survived by two daughters Rose Ann and Jerry Stafford of Kalispell, and Shelley Nordtome of Medford, Ore.; brother Melford and Ruth of Kalispell; and numerous other relatives.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the funeral home with the Rev. Darold Reiner officiating. Interment follows at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. A potluck follows for friends and family at the Stillwater Grange Hall.

The Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Emily M. Munson

ST. IGNATIUS - Emily M. Munson, 79, of St. Ignatius died Friday, April 24, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

Emily was born July 29, 1918, in McMinnville, Ore., the daughter of Bruce and Annie Belle Pringle Black.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice and husband Linze Brockmeyer of St. Ignatius; and four grandsons David Carter of Boise, Idaho, Chris Brockmeyer of New York City, Willie Brockmeyer and Jesse Brockmeyer, both of Missoula. Also surviving are two brothers Tom Black of Ventura, Calif., and Robert Black of Long Beach, Calif.; and one sister Helen Stout of Battleground, Wash.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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