Louis Thomas Phillips Jr.
KALISPELL - Louis Thomas Phillips Jr. passed away at his family home on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, at the age of 77, after a long battle with cancer. He was born the only son of four children to Louis Thomas Phillips Sr. and Helen Marie Womack Phillips on Oct. 11, 1921, in Malden, Mo.
Having spent his early years on a farm in Chatsworth, Calif., he attended high school and graduated from Pomona Junior College with an interest in wildlife management.
He met and fell in love with Helen Carolyn "Carol" Biller, from Spadra, Calif., while they were in school together. They married in May 1944.
With the outbreak of World War II, Louie was called into duty from 1942-46. He served as a lieutenant in the Marine division of the Naval Air Corps. He piloted B-25s and was stationed at Midway toward the end of the war.
In the early spring of 1949, Louie moved his wife and the first two of their four children to Kalispell, living out his father's dream of returning to Montana. He built the family home on Two Mile Drive, where they have lived for the past 50 years. Later, he built a cabin at Swan Lake and acquired a very special old homestead ranch at Salmon Prairie on the Swan River. For the past 20 years, the Phillipses have wintered in their Arizona home at Lake Havasu. Much hard work and happy times have been spent with family and good friends, enjoying the unique beauties of each site.
He partnered and then owned his own brick and masonry contracting business from 1950 to the early 1960s. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he co-owned a local creamery, Skyline Dairy, while it was a private enterprise.
Retiring from business gave him more time to work even harder enjoying the life he loved, which was hunting and fishing year-round.
A wonderful father, mentor and friend for many beyond his immediate family, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He possessed a wonderful strength of character, a tremendous work ethic, and boundless energy, all uniquely complementing his generous spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand. His heart was as big as all outdoors.
Louie was preceded in death by his parents early on, and most recently by his sister, Betsy Dodds of Laguna Beach, Calif.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, at the family home in Kalispell; his sister, Helen Phillips Smith of Sierra Madre, Calif.; his sister, Rosemary Phillips Stevens of Los Gatos, Calif.; his children, daughter Pam and husband Craig Chute, and a son, Roger Phillips, all of Kalispell, daughter Janet Phillips of the Nine Mile at Huson, and son David Phillips of Hamilton; daughters-in-law Jackie Phillips and Carole Phillips of Kalispell; and his seven grandchildren, Ethan, Jessica and Ira Chute, Stacie and Melissa Phillips, and Carrie and Chris Phillips, all of Kalispell.
Louie requested that no funeral or memorial service be held. Arrangements and cremation will be conducted by Johnson's Mortuary. A private family gathering for internment is planned for December.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with his wish, the family requests that donations be directed to our local Kalispell Hospice organization at the address: 1280 Burns Way No. 3, Kalispell, Mont. 59901.
Ernest LaVal 'Val' Rowley
GOLCONDA, Nev. - Ernest LaVal "Val" Rowley, 60, of Golconda, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Washoe Medical Center in Nevada.
Survivors include his wife Connie of Golconda; two sons, Stacy L. Rowley of Libby and Tyler J. Rowley of Golconda; one daughter, Connie Earon of Post Falls, Idaho; one brother, Clyde Rowley of Texas; and one sister, Lynn Purkett of Montana.
Services will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. in Libby.
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Libby.
Philip Michael Curry
KALISPELL - Philip Michael Curry, 78, a World War II veteran, died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at the Kalispell hospital.
Philip owned Stockman's Bar and Hide-away Restaurant in Havre which he operated until his illness. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his son, Daniel Ray Curry of Ozark, Ala.; one sister, Phyllis Vining of Missoula; one brother, Charles Curry of Lakeside; one grandson, Mark Daniel Curry; one niece; two nephews; and two cousins.
Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at th Highland Cemetery in Havre with the Rev. Ken Green officiating.
Millys M. Crawford
HAMILTON - Millys M. Crawford, 89, of Hamilton, passed away of natural causes at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999. She was the last family member of her generation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters and a brother.
Millys was born in Minneapolis on June 20, 1910, the fifth child of Carl Edward and Bertha Marie Swensen Thorpe of that city. When she was 19 years old, she moved to Bakersfield, Calif., along with two of her girlfriends.
There, while attending Bakersfield Junior College, she met her husband to be, Bruce Crawford. They were married in 1931 in Reno, Nev. She spent the next 50 years in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley near Buttonwillow, Shafter and Bakersfield. Her husband was involved in elementary education for some 40 years as a school principal and superintendent.
Her husband died in 1981 in Shafter and at that time she joined her only son and daughter-in-law, Michael Bruce and Sally Ann Crawford, in Yakima, Wash. She had remained near them since they moved to Hamilton in 1992.
She enjoyed her four grandchildren, Clinton Michael of Naches, Wash., Scott Allan and his wife Cindy, Carl Andrew, and Donna Leigh Kresse and her husband Don, all living in Spokane.
She was very active here in the Christian Science Church and enjoyed many long and wonderful friendships wherever she lived. She was a loving friend, confidante, and companion to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is missed by all.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton, under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Memorials may be given to the organization of the donor's choice.
John Drake Moorhead
HAMILTON - Former local business man and longtime Hamilton resident John Drake Moorhead died of cancer at his home in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999.
Lt. Col. Moorhead had lived in El Paso since the early 1970s when he sold his wholesale dairy distributorship for Howe's Creamery and Dairygold.
John was born in 1920 in Dallas and raised in Houston. He entered the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a bombardier on a B-24 bomber flying many missions over the South Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in flight. He was attached to the 494th Bomb Group in the 867th squadron.
After school at MSU, John lived in Hamilton and raised a family with his wife Verna Lee.
He is survived by his wife Mary Catherine Moorhead of El Paso; a son, Michael Moorhead of Bothell, Wash.; two daughters, Peggy Kantz of Marshfield, Wis., and Sue Miller of Hamilton; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
Memorials can be made to the Paul Demmons Memorial Playground Fund, 217 Daly Ave., Hamilton, Mont. 59840, or to the American Cancer Society.
Gene Lindy Glover
KALISPELL - Gene Lindy Glover, 73, a longtime resident of Kalispell, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lucy Glover,at the family home in Somers; two sons, Tom Glover of Great Falls and John Glover of Spearfish, S.D.; four daughters, Dee Ann Buehler of Lewistown, Susan Matthews of Hamilton, Charlene Glover and Geri Glover, both of Santa Fe, N.M.; six grandchildren; six nieces; and a nephew.