James G. Findlay

MISSOULA - James G. Findlay, 73, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2001, at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Jim was born and raised on a farm near Superior, Wis. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Jim married Betty Hodgins on Feb. 18, 1950, in Hibbing, Minn. In February of 2000 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Jim was a medical and surgical supply salesman for over 20 years in Missoula and western Montana. After retiring in 1989, Jim and Betty moved to Lake Havasu, Ariz., where they worked for the Colorado River Adventure Campgrounds. The Findlay family enjoyed summer gatherings at Rock Creek and Seeley Lake.

Jim was proud of being a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Parish. His hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, gardening and sharing a good joke with friends. He was devoted to his family, faith and country. His family and friends will remember him for his humor, strength, wisdom, energy and support.

Survivors include his wife Betty; daughter Bobbi Dyrud and husband Ken and their daughters Carrie and Erin, all of Missoula; daughter Terri Heinitz and husband Daryl and their daughter Claire and son Andy and his wife Kristen, all of Kingman, Ariz.; daughter Amy Nulliner and husband Butch and their son Cody of Missoula; son Tim and his children Ben and Hannah of Naperville, Ill.; son Jim and wife Lori of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; son Tom and wife Charmaine and their sons Dylan and Shane of Lolo; and sister Roberta Olson and family of Duluth, Minn.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Holy Family Catholic Parish, 4616 Gharrett, with a reception immediately following.

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Father Matt Huber and Hospice of Missoula, with a special thanks to Vicki, Dorothy, Annette, Damion and Marty of Hospice for their compassionate care and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Jim's name to Hospice of Missoula, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59801, or to Holy Family/Spirit of Christ Parish, 4616 Gharrett, Missoula, MT 59803.

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

Edith D. Kamrud

COLUMBIA FALLS - Edith D. Kamrud, 92, of Columbia Falls, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at North Valley Extended Care in Whitefish.

She was born Feb. 14, 1908, in Bemidji, Minn. She married Arthur E. Kamrud on March 20, 1929, in Bemidji. They moved to Hinsdale in 1943 and to Columbia Falls in 1948.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur, brother Egnar, sister Edla, a grandchild and great-grandchild.

She is survived by numerous relatives, including sons Robert Kamrud and William Kamrud, both of Columbia Falls, and daughter Judy Williams of Whitefish.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Columbia Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia Falls.

Kirk D. Grimes

MISSOULA - Kirk D. Grimes, 40, of Missoula, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2001, at his home.

He was born Sept. 7, 1960, at Great Falls to Richard and Deanna Grimes. He was educated at Rattlesnake Grade School and Hellgate High School.

Kirk married Christine Michaels on June 20, 1980. He was employed by Novco W.D. for the past 17 years as a wholesale distributor.

Kirk was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and spending time in the mountains of Montana. He also enjoyed his new loved sport, folfing.

He was a kind, caring and loving man who put his family above all else. He had a special bond with his son, father and brother in enjoying the outdoors. He will be greatly missed by his family, his dog Chloe, and all who knew him.

Kirk was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Claude and Florence Grimes; maternal grandparents Charles and Fern Niswanger; and special uncle Bob.

Survivors include his wife Christine, daughter Logan, grandson Elijah, and son Benjamin, all of Missoula; father and mother Richard and Deanna Grimes of Missoula; brother Kevin Grimes and wife Angie, niece Rachel and nephew Corbin, all of Hamilton; sister Sandra Hollenbeck and husband Jeff, niece Hilary and nephew Matt of Marysville, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

The family suggests memorials in Kirk's memory to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Talon Wagner Brown

SEATTLE - On Saturday, May 12, 2001, Talon Wagner Brown entered the world in Missoula. On Sunday, May 13, 2001, he was diagnosed with a severe heart ailment and was sent to the Seattle Children's Hospital, where he received the best possible care. On Saturday, May 19, 2001, Talon was called home.

Our time with him was short but very precious. Talon touched the hearts of all those with whom he came into contact. Although he is no longer with us here on Earth, he will forever be a cherished member of the family.

Talon is survived by his parents Bryan and Leah Brown and brother Trinceton of Moiese; paternal grandparents Edmond and Nancy Brown and maternal grandparents Robert and Elaine Erath, all of Yakima, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ronan. Interment will take place at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. A short graveside service will be held at this time. All family and friends are invited to attend the services.

The family is grateful to all of those who supported the family with their thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Seattle Children's Hospital in Talon's name. Donations may be sent to the Talon Brown Memorial Fund, c/o Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98105. Funds will be used to aid infant cardiology research.

Arrangements are entrusted to Keith and Keith Funeral Home in Yakima.

Claude B. Erlandson

MISSOULA - Claude B. Erlandson of Missoula was born March 27, 1916, in the small town of Denton, the son of Carl and Bertha Erlandson. He died on Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

He grew up on the ranch his parents had homesteaded. He rode horseback three miles from the ranch to the one-room school that his father had helped to build in 1914.

He later left the ranch to work at various log hauling and construction jobs and in a service station. He enlisted in the Army in December 1939, serving in South America, New Guinea and the Philippines. He advanced to the rank of corporal and received the American Defense Service medal, American Campaign medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, Victory medal, Philippine Liberation ribbon, and the Good Conduct medal. He arrived home after the war in November 1945.

Claude took over the operation of the ranch for his dad, who was ill. He married Grace Swensen in March 1946, and was a good father to her son Jack from a previous marriage. After his father's death, a family corporation was founded, giving each family member a share in the ranch.

Claude and Grace continued the ranch operations until November 1970, when Claude suffered a severe stroke with paralysis on his left side. He was hospitalized in both Lewistown and Great Falls. During that time, neighbors voluntarily took care of the chores, and when planting season came, they came, as did Claude's brother, to plow and seed the crops. The couple had wonderful neighbors.

Later it became too difficult for Claude to direct the hired men, and in June 1973, they had an auction. Later the ranch was sold. The couple moved to Missoula in 1974.

Through physical therapy, Claude was able to progress to walking with a cane, but a few years later he became wheelchair-bound. After some years of helplessness and pain, he began asking the Lord to take him Home. He read his Bible every day and prayed to be with Jesus. On Dec. 22, 2000, the Lord answered his prayer: He died in the hospital of a blood clot.

Survivors include loving wife Grace of Missoula; stepson Jack Swenson of Bremerton, Wash.; two brothers and one sister.

Grace can picture him now telling his stories and jokes to those who went before him. She misses him very, very much.

Robert 'Bob' Clark

MISSOULA - Robert "Bob" Clark, 86, died of cancer on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was born in Conrad on Nov. 7, 1914. Bob worked for the University of Montana for 43 years as a physical plant foreman and warehouse supervisor. He was a master electrician and master plumber and enjoyed working with his hands.

He was preceded in death in 1998 by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann Mogus Clark.

Survivors include son Walt and his wife Cathy of Polson; daughters Barbara Irlbeck and husband Bill of Raleigh, N.C., and Janet Davison and husband Arthur of Missoula; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His brother Delmer Clark and wife Jane of Sun City, Calif., also survive him.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Garden City Funeral Home, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Burial will then follow at the New St. Mary's Cemetery. A reception will be held at the family home following the committal services.

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

We will forever miss our beloved father, grandfather, "Papa."

Gary Eugene Jinks

PLAINS - Gary Eugene Jinks, 59, of Plains, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2001, at Community Medical Center in Missoula, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 17, 1942, at Newark, Ohio, the son of Lewis S. and Violet C. McCollum Jinks. On Dec. 29, 1962, he married Yvonne A. Beatty at Marne, Ohio.

He was employed by the Valley Bank as manager of the Hot Springs branch. He also served as the agriculture loan officer. He started his banking career more than 35 years ago and was the youngest full-time vice president of Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary served on the board of trustees for Hot Springs High School. He was past president of the Hot Springs Lions Club and a member of numerous civic and professional organizations. He was also a member of the Plains Assembly of God church.

He was a 1960 graduate of Licking Valley High School in Hanover, Ohio, where he participated in all sports; he was a supporter of school athletics wherever he lived. He had coached student athletics in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and held the belief that education came first and athletics came second.

Gary attended Ohio State University at Columbus. He then enlisted in the U.S. armed forces and served for three years in the United States and Europe. He then attended Ohio University at Athens, Ohio, where he was a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking. He was also a graduate of the Robert Morris and Associates Commercial Lending School at Ball State University at Muncie, Ind.

He always championed the less fortunate who had no champion.

Gary is survived by his wife Yvonne Jinks of the family home at Plains; son Gregory "Shane" and wife Kerry Jinks of Torrington, Wyo.; grandsons Randy and Travis Gregory Jinks and granddaughter Jacee Rae Jinks, all of Torrington; sisters Marilyn Lee and husband Dana Shrider of Thornville, Ohio, and Maureen Jane and husband Harold McGee of Kenton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will meet from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Chapel in Plains to remember Gary and visit with the family. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Plains Assembly of God church with the Rev. Jim Sinclair officiating. Burial will follow at Plains Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the general scholarship fund at Hot Springs High School.

Douglas H. Myers

BISMARCK, N.D. - Douglas H. Myers, 50, formerly of Missoula and Tucson, Ariz., died May 23, 2001, at a Bismarck care center from complications of multiple sclerosis.

Douglas was born on Nov. 13, 1950, the son of Thomas and Jeanne (Werstler) Myers, in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., in 1967, and received his master's of arts degree from the University of Montana. He taught creative writing and English at Pima College in Tucson. Summers he worked with survey crews in the mountains of Montana, Wyoming and Nevada. His leisure activities were mountain hiking, rock climbing, camping and basketball.

He is survived by his parents Tom and Jeanne Myers of Bismarck; two sisters, Marcia Myers Olson of Bismarck and Robyn Reynolds of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Aaron and Alex; three nieces, Heather, Brynn and Carie; and one nephew, Ryan.

Cremation has taken place. A private remembrance will be held.

Bismarck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Mae Mahoney

VICTOR - Ella Mae Mahoney, nee Lieder, died on May 21, 2001, at Community Medical Center in Missoula after a long and courageous fight with cancer and heart disease.

Ellie was born and raised on a farm northwest of Sterling, Colo., on Feb. 18, 1923, to John and Dorothea Lieder.

She attended the Grand Island School of Business in Nebraska before moving to Denver, where she was employed at Lowry Air Force Base during World War II. She and Ted exchanged wedding vows in Sidney, Neb., in 1952. They lived in the Denver area until moving to Montana in 1974.

Ellie was active in educational, charitable and community organizations and enjoyed her family, friends, travel, reading, bird watching and gardening. She loved life and had a special love for her family. She spent the last days of her life in peace and serenity, accepting the hand of her savior. Ellie was an honorable, gracious and generous lady with a quiet strength who will be missed and who will live in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Ted, of Victor; four children, John of Honolulu, Donna of Arvada, Colo., Marla of Boise, Idaho, and Tom of Denver; and granddaughter Maureen of Denver.

Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville, with Pastor Tim Meyer officiating.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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