Lillian Cynthia Rapp MISSOULA - Born Nov. 11, 1907, in Des Moines, lowa, the second child of Clara Mogen Lewis and LeRoy Lewis. They moved to Montana to homestead in 1916. Lillian attended and graduated from high school in Forsyth and then attended college in Helena. She worked for the telephone company and Fort Harrison prior to her marriage.
She married Howard Rapp July 23, 1934, and became a housewife and mother. They had two daughters and lived in Garrison, Helena, Staples, Minn., Livingston, and Tacoma, Wash.; retired to Helena again and moved to Missoula in 1995 to be by their daughters.
Lillian was very involved with her families activities. She was a Girl Scout Leader; Mother Advisor of Rainbow Girls; a member of Josephine Hepner Chapter of Order of Eastern Star; a member of Noami Rebecka Lodge #1; Elk Ladies; and a longtime member of the Methodist Church. Later when her family was grown she worked at the YMCA in Tacoma, and at a later point in time, in Helena at Fashion Shoppe.
She died Monday, April 20, 1998.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Melbourne Lewis.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years Howard; two daughters, Cynthia Bryan and husband Charles and Patricia Dow and husband Stanley; grandsons, Blake, Mark, Gary, Mike, Talbert, Keith and Greg; granddaughters, Julie and Cindy Jo; great-grandchildren, Addie, Connor, Jessica, Reid, Zackery, Tess, Nickolaus, Scott, Eric and Ian; also numerous nieces and nephews as well as her beloved brothers-in-law, Freeman, Joe and Frank Rapp and their wives, Lois, Vera and Margaret.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 1998, at The Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Squire Chapel at 3035 S. Russell. The Rev. Bill Kliber will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow at the funeral home's community room.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Missoula County Cancer Association, 3005 Queen St., Missoula, Mont. 59801.
Laura Mabel Kilburn
MILL VALLEY, Calif. - Laura Mabel Kilburn, born Laura Mabel Davis, died on Thursday, April 23, at age 92. Born in Buffalo Gulch near Finn on Jan. 3, 1906, she was the second of four living children to Flora and Mark Davis.
After a brief residency in Pennsylvania, Laura's family returned to Avon where her father over the years managed several different ranches. On Dec. 5, 1928, she married John Kilburn, owner of Ovando Mercantile, a general store in the town of Ovando, 60 miles east of Missoula. John Kilburn passed away in August 1968.
Living in Ovando for more then 75 years, Laura was an avid fisherwoman, a skilled hunter, and a self-taught artisan. For six years she had a ceramic and rug hooking business.
In addition to her love for the outdoors, she was a staunch advocate of nature conservation, especially the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Monture Creek area near her home where she spent countless hours fishing and camping with her family and friends.
During World War II, Laura organized the entire town of Ovando to knit sweaters for soldiers overseas. She was active in many community endeavors, including Senior Support Services and Head Start. In addition, she was recognized as an elder of the Blackfoot Valley Presbyterian Church.
She relocated to Mill Valley in 1993 in order to be closer to her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Laura is survived by her daughter, Joan Kilburn of Mill Valley; sister, Verna Kruzic of Fort Bragg, Calif., as well as several nieces, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, April 26, in Mill Valley.
Another memorial service will be held in Ovando on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the Blackfoot Valley Presbyterian Church to be led by the Rev. Bob Starburg.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Ovando Museum, care of Barbara McNally, Ovando, Mont., 59854.
WALLACE, IDAHO - Wallace Hennessy was born in Wallace and grew up in Missoula. He attended graduate school at the University of Montana and was a longtime resident of Castro Valley, Calif. He died of cancer Sunday, April 19, just short of his 75th birthday.
Wally devoted his life to understanding and teaching others about the natural world, as a biology teacher, national park ranger and master gardener. He believed that life was the sum of one's experiences and lived that belief through his world travels, many outdoor adventures and hobbies. Trout fishing with Marian, raising their son Chris, swimming with sea turtles, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and making new friends were quintessential life experiences for him.
Wally is survived by his wife of 50 years Marian; son Chris; daughter-in-law Laura; and granddaughter Sarah.
Friends and family are invited to hoist a glass in his honor from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Centennial Drive, on the Campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
Donations to: The Nature Conservancy MSC, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209.
Anna 'Ann' C. Howell
KALISPELL - Anna ''Ann" C. Howell, 96, a former resident of Kalispell, died Friday, April 17, in Enumclaw, Wash.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Ray Howell; two sons, Raymond and Wallace Boetcher; three brothers, Harry Nichol, Garhardt Nichol and Henrie ''Nick" Nichol; and one infant sister Violet.
Ann is survived by two of her four children; one son Harold Boetcher of the Veterans Homes in Columbia Falls; one daughter Kay Gordon of Newcastle, Wash.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. A private family burial will be at Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Grace A. (Carmin) Lerum
MISSOULA - Grace A. (Carmin) Lerum, 94, died Friday, April 24, at her home in Missoula.
She was born in New Moorefield, Ohio on Sept. 22, 1903. She was raised in Ohio and at age 8 moved to a farm in North Dakota. Grace had three sisters, Glenna, Ada and Mildred. Grace married Sanford ''Sandy" A. Lerum and they had one child Bob J. Lerum.
Grace traveled throughout Montana while Sandy worked for Blakeslee Construction - specializing in steel bridge construction. Grace attended and taught at the Great Falls Business College. She was a volunteer and instructor for the Red Cross for 26 years. Grace and Sandy were longtime members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where Grace taught the Bethel Series classes.
Many will long remember her educational accomplishments which included leading the procession of her graduating class, in 1981 at The College of Great Falls. She continued her education which culminated in her receiving a master's degree in social services at the age of 82.
Sandy passed away in 1982. Grace sold her home in Great Falls and moved to Missoula in 1992. She continued to be independent and passed away peacefully in her home with her family at her side.
Grace is survived by her only son Bob; her sisters, Ada and Mildred; four grandchildren, Col. Stephen S. Lerum, Diedre Morin, Timothy Lerum and Melanie Malson; and six great-grandchildren, Michelle, Spencer, Derrick, Travis, Abbey and Haley.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 27, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Great Falls.
Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Lyle R. Walton
RONAN - Lyle R. Walton, 77, of Ronan passed away at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Wednesday, April 22, 1998, of complications following a heart attack and traffic accident.
He was born in Minot, N.D. to Etta Mae (McGray) and Alfred Walton on July 8, 1920. He received his education at Glenhurn, N.D. where he grew to manhood. He married Florence Steen at Glenhurn on Aug. 15, 1942. He was drafted into the Army in September of 1942 and served as a cook and baker at Army Camps in Pratt, Kan., and Grand Island, Neb.
After his discharge from the Army he lived at Glenburn and bought grain at the Occident Elevators in the area. He also worked at maintenance on the Great Northern Railway tracks and delivered industrial gases in western North Dakota. He was the first caretaker of the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Minot; he planted the initial landscaping at that cemetery.
In 1957 the family moved to Richey where he was affiliated with the Farmers Union elevator. In 1960 they settled in the Ronan area where he worked at the Polson Plywood Mill for nine years. When the mill closed he did backhoe work around the Ronan area. After retirement he managed his own small ranch and wood lot. Lyle enjoyed working with horses, attending rodeos and visiting friends and neighbors at the local coffee shop.
He was very proud of his family and enjoyed watching them grow and mature and then watching his grandchildren in their various pursuits. He had a positive influence on the family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Max and Howard Walton.
He is survived by his wife Florence of Ronan; four daughters, Ann and Herb Sias of Ronan, Mary and Ken McGann of Plains, Peggy and Jay Walton-Webster of Rochester, N.Y., and Claudia and Marion Reinhardt of Thompson Falls; four sons, Bill and Alice Walton of Florence, Jerry and Glenda Walton of Fayetteville, N.C., Craig Walton of Lewiston, Idaho and Rande Walton of Ronan. He is also survived by a sister Elizabeth of Portland, Ore.; a brother Henry of El Segundo, Calif.; 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Friends may pay their respects from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at Shrider's Mortuary.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Ronan. Military graveside services will follow at the Calvary Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are by the Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan.
Virginia May ''Ginger" Lovhaug
THOMPSON FALLS - Virginia May ''Ginger" Lovhaug, 58, longtime Thompson Falls resident, passed away on Friday, April 24, 1998, at her home in Thompson Falls.
She was born on July 18, 1939, in Samuels, Idaho, the daughter of Kenneth and Jenny Eastman McKenzie. She moved to Thompson Falls with her family in 1945 and attended school there, graduating from Thompson Falls High School. On April 12, 1958, she married Leonard Lovhaug at the Community Congregational Church in Thompson Falls. The couple made their home there and Ginger worked for Brock's Fountain and Variety and Thompson Falls Drug before going to work for Doug's Drug where she worked until the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, on Aug. 31, 1990.
She was a member of the Community Congregational Church. She was also a member of Mount Silcox Chapter No. 111, Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile. She loved to bowl and had bowled at Thompson Falls since 1958. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden and also loved to do anything with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Mogle and her husband Lewis and their three children, Nickole, Tyler and Aaron, all of Forsythe, and Sue VonHeeder and her son Dallas, both of Thompson Falls; four brothers, Roy McKenzie of Buckley, Wash., Larry and David McKenzie of Thompson Falls and Eriven McKenzie of Anchorage, Alaska; three sisters, Ruthie Bierwagen of Thompson Falls, Linda Arnzen of Cottonwood, Idaho, and Carol Hopkins of Clarkston, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband Leonard, she was preceded in death by her brother Everett McKenzie and her parents.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Chapel in Thompson Falls. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, at the Community Congregational Church with Pastor Gaylund Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Fraternal Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Thompson Falls Ambulance or to the Shriners Children Hospital.
Frank Henry Nickerson
MISSOULA - Frank Henry Nickerson was born on July 21, 1912, in Plentywood to Elmer and Lucy Nickerson. He attended the Outlook Public School and graduated in 1930. During his high school years, Frank drove a horse-drawn school bus. In 1934, Frank joined the CCC at Fort Missoula where he was viewed as ''an excellent worker." He worked for the Forest Service office in Missoula as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic from 1936 to 1951.
His work with the Forest Service was interrupted in 1943 when he enlisted in the Army. Frank was honorably discharged in 1944 to help his parents on the family farm near Outlook since his two brothers and sister where also then serving in the military.
After the Forest Service, Frank continued work as a heavy equipment mechanic in Greenland, Missoula, and Bakersfield, Calif., until his retirement in the late 1970s.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Kenneth and Clifford; his sister Lorna; his first wife Etha Schweinforth and their son Donald Kenneth Nickerson; and his second wife Freida Aubrey of Bakersfield, Calif. He is survived by his three grandchildren, Jason Nickerson, Sarah LaChance and Nathan Nickerson of Missoula.
Frank, 85, died on Thursday, April 24, 1998, from complications following surgery for lung cancer at St. Patrick Hospital.
Visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Garden City Funeral Home. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Missoula City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.