William Lyle Bjorklund
MISSOULA - William Lyle Bjorklund, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, of natural causes. He was lovingly surrounded by his family.
Bill was the son of William Cecil and Edna Pearl Bjorklund and the devoted husband of Lela Bjorklund, whom he married on April 25, 1937, in Billings.
In 1936, Bill was stationed at Fort Missoula. From there he went on serving his country in World War II in the Medical Corps.
Bill was born in 1909 in Aneta, N.D. He was raised in Hope, N.D., where he attended local schools and starred in basketball and football and held many undefeated titles in track. His love for athleticism poured over into his later years, as he was a permanent fixture at every home Grizzly basketball game since 1954. Come rain or shine, the Montana Griz could count on a loyal fan in Bill, even if it meant climbing to the top of Mount Jumbo just to catch a glimpse of a first down or touchdown pass at the football stadium. Not doing this alone, Bill volunteered many hours driving the American Legion baseball team to and from games, always accompanied by his children, encouraging them and sharing with them his love and knowledge for all sports. His children still sit and reminisce about Timberjacks baseball, that their father so faithfully followed.
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Bill's horizons broadened as he ventured into the world of Hamm radios and spent countless hours at home communicating with others around the world. While a man of many trades, Bill owned and ran several local businesses. As Bill lived on, he enjoyed spending time at the lake in his motor home, simply enjoying Montana's beauty.
Bill's kind heart and loving hands will be missed by all and his genuine loyalty is to be admired. Dad, you are our shining star and we carry each memory of you with us, near and dear to our hearts. We will miss you more than every but we know that you are now hand-in-hand with Mom, cradled by the love of God.
William was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Bjorklund, four sisters, three brothers and his grandson, Randy Brett Pickering.
William is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, including his son Gary Bjorklund and his wife Thelma of Cutbank and their children Laurie Dagel of Helena and her children Kyle Tyee and Jaycee of Helena, Lisa and her husband Roger Askelson of Cutbank and their children Josh, Jenny, Reid, Lenni and Ryan of Cutbank and Helena, Brian and his wife Heather Bjorklund of Scott Valley, Calif., and their children Emily, Eli and Jacob of Scott Valley, Calif.; his son Bill Bjorklund and his wife Margaret of Bonner and their children Bill of Seattle, Brandi of Billings and Brad of Bonner; his daughter Joanne and her husband Rod Pickering of Missoula and their children Jodie of Missoula and his children Colbie and Brady, Kodie and his wife Tracy Pickering of Missoula and their child Jakob of Missoula; her daughter Sharon and her husband Marv Beierle of Missoula and their children Todd of Seattle, Chad and his wife Tammy Beierle of Missoula and their children Cody, Shawn, Taylor and Shaylyn of Missoula, Kory and his wife Jamie Beierle of Lolo and their children Kaylie and Justin of Lolo; daughter Debbie Bjorklund-Bergman of Missoula and her daughter Heather of Missoula. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Garden City Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Missoula Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be made to Camp Mak-A-Dream, The Montana Hope Project, Montana Special Olympics, American Legion Baseball, or any memorial of choice.
Charles R. Preston
HELENA - Charles R. Preston, 102, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2001, of pneumonia at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.
Charles was born Jan. 7, 1899, in Anaconda to John and Ida Preston. He attended Target Range Grade School and Missoula County High School, graduating in 1918. He also attended one year at the University of Montana.
Charles devoted 76 years in work of the gospel. He spent many years in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1930 to 1992.
His parents and two brothers, Clarence and Glenn, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his cousins and many fellow ministers and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Center, 3801 Russell. Interment will be at Missoula City Cemetery. A finger-food reception will follow at the church.
Pallbearers will be Scott Rauscher, Steve Watts, David Silvey, Vernon Joyce, Dean Holskey and Joe Klucewich.
Richard Hosey Worthington
HELENA - Richard Hosey Worthington was born Feb. 14, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Dr. Victor Worthington and Dr. Ora Worthington. Richard died May 1, 2001, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He died of a rare small intestine cancer at the young age of 60.
A devoted husband, loving father, incredible grandfather and wonderful friend is how Richard "Dick" Worthington will be remembered. All who had the pleasure of coming in contact with Dick will miss him very much. Richard was truly a genuine human being.
He grew up in Piggott, Ark., and attended military school at Junior Military Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., at the age of 5. He graduated from Piggott High School in 1959. He was in the Air Force for two years, and received an honorable discharge. He then went on to college at the University of Arkansas at Jonesboro. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in business. He was voted most popular his senior year of college. Dick worked for Ash Grove Cement Co. as a regional sales manager.
He had lived in Helena for the past 16 years. Dick was an active member of the Montana Contractors' Association (MCA) and served on the MCA associates board of directors. Dick was the board's president twice during his 10 years of service. He was instrumental in causing the Camp Mak-A-Dream site near Gold Creek in 1996 and 1997. He also received the MCA "The Associate" award in 1998.
Among his many passions and accomplishments, Richard was president of the associates board of directors for the MCA and active in Ducks Unlimited for many years. He was also a bronze member of Ducks Unlimited. Dick earned some of the most impressive elk trophies to be taken out of the Gates of the Mountains. He was an avid trap shooter. Dick's favorite hobby was golfing; he hit a hole-in-one three times during his golfing career.
Dick was at his best when having fun, and as those who knew him can attest, he was at his best the majority of the time. It was, however, his love of duck hunting that brought him many times to Arkansas, where he enjoyed many excursions with close friends who referred to him as "Tut." Dick also loved golfing when he visited Hot Springs, Ark.
Richard will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jacalyn; his children Todd (Lori) Worthington of Minneapolis, Sean Worthington of Duluth, Minn., Joy (Del) Berger of Mandan, N.D., Julie (Michael) Noone of Enderlin, N.D.; stepchildren Jason Grenfell-Gardner of Tallion, Estonia, Russia, Ron Hanni of Butte, and Rebecca Mills of Colville,Wash.; and grandchildren Sam and Joe Worthington of Minneapolis, and Katlyn Worthington of Mandan, N.D., who will miss their grandfather very much.
Other survivors include his mother and stepfather, Ora and Huston Blair of Joiner, Ark.; brothers Victor (Reba) Worthington Jr. of West Memphis, Ark., Drs. Madison and Debra Sowell of Milan, Italy; father-in-law Allen Grenfell of Butte; mother-in-law June (Albert) Blutcher of Colville, Wash.; brother-in-law Darrell (Judy) Grenfell of Missoula; sister-in-law Mia (Charles) Lloyd of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews, along with all his many friends.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. Weiner and his staff for their compassion.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Retz Funeral Home in Helena, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Helena. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, with cremation to follow. Interment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Home Link of St. Peter's.
Ella Hegre Hewitt
KALISPELL - Ella Hegre Hewitt, 74, died at home at Heritage Place, Kalispell, on April 30, 2001.
She is survived by daughters Myrtus Boon of Somers, Leona Frazier and Gayle Erickson of Moses Lake, Wash., and Delphia Blumenthal of Kalispell; grandchildren Judy O'Boyle, David Boon and Lydia Bunten, all of Kalispell, Jan Harness, Wanda Boon, Mac Vinnedge and Pam Huffman, all of Bigfork, Lanni Fetveit of Somers, Paul of Centralia, Wash., Dale Erickson of Chehalis, Wash., Joel Erickson of Durham, N.C., Gary Frazier of Moses Lake, Wendy Schmidt of Bridgeport, Wash., Jonell Block of Cheney, Wash., Steven Vinnedge of Great Falls and Paula Araujo of Corona, Calif.; 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Eidsvold Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m. Burial will precede the service at the Conrad Cemetery at 2 p.m. under the direction of Johnson Mortuary.
Frank W. Messina
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Frank W. Messina, 31, passed away April 13, 2001, following a brief illness with cancer.
He was born May 6, 1969, to Thomas and Sandra Messina in Detroit. He lived in Michigan as a small child until moving to Potomac in 1975. He graduated from Hellgate High School in 1987. After graduating, he moved to Alaska and worked on a fishing boat. He moved back to Montana for a short time, then returned to Michigan in 1992.
Michigan is where he met the love of his life, Trish Chapman. They were married March 22, 1997.
Frank was working as an electrician at the time of his death.
He is survived by his loving wife Trish; his parents Thomas and Sandra; brothers Tom and Tony; nephew Dominic; grandmother Velda Conley; and numerous aunts, uncles and friends who will miss him dearly.
"Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. I've only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all, and look on with a smile. Understand in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you."
Services were held in Sterling Heights on April 18.
Philip Kern Marks
MISSOULA - Philip Kern Marks, 81, passed away of natural causes on April 30, 2001, at home in Missoula.
Kern was born on April 5, 1920, in Petroleum County to Mary and Peter Dugal Marks. As one of 12 children, he grew up on the family homestead on the Musselshell River in eastern Montana. By the age of 13, he was working as a wrangler for a neighboring rancher and later delivered mail in the area by horseback.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps with his brother Pete in 1941. After training in California, he was stationed in Auckland and Wangari, New Zealand. He served at Guadalcanal and Bouganville in the Solomon Islands and later in the Marianna Islands. He earned the Purple Heart for an injury sustained while on Guam, and was discharged in October 1945.
He then returned home and married Evelyn Nordahl in January 1946. They had two children. They moved to Manhattan in 1953 so their children could attend a larger school. He worked for Ideal Cement in Trident. After moving to East Helena in 1963, Kern worked for Permanent Cement at Montana City until his retirement in May 1983.
They continued living in East Helena until 1987, when they began spending winters in Quartzsite, Ariz. They returned to Montana for the summers, spending time in Missoula and working as camp hosts at McGregor Lake.
Kern and Evelyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Quartzsite in 1996 and have been together for 55 years.
Kern is survived by his wife Evelyn; son and daughter-in-law Ed and Colleen Marks of Missoula; and daughter and son-in-law Mary and Bob Weinstock of Butte. He is also survived by his brothers Pete Marks of Lewistown, Bob Marks of the family homestead and Jack and Jerri Marks of Missoula; sisters Inda Mosby of Lewistown and Dorothy and Jerry Weingart of Williams Lake, British Columbia; grandsons Kern, Kasey and Kevin Marks and Jeff and James Weinstock; and great-grandson Matthew Davilla Weinstock.
Kern will be greatly missed by his family and friends as they remember him for his great sense of humor, his courage and his wonderful outlook on life. He was always joking, teasing and had good stories to tell.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at The Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Squire Chapel.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Robert Frederick Griffin
POLSON - Robert Frederick Griffin, 94, of Polson, passed away of natural causes Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He married Lela Phillips on July 28, 1934, at Stevenson, Wash. He retired in 1965 to travel around the United States for several years before moving to Montana in the late '60s.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Robert "Chip" Griffin in 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lela of Polson; son Roy Edward Griffin of the Cayman Islands; daughter Kathy Long of Kansas City, Kan.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Friday, May 4, at 1 p.m. in the Whitehall Cemetery in Whitehall under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home of Polson.
Laura Mae Smith
BOISE, Idaho - Laura Mae Smith, 72, formerly of Stevensville, went to be with the Lord on April 23, 2001, in Boise, Idaho.
Laura was born on June 16, 1928, to Howard and (Mary) Irma VanVliet in Stevensville, where she attended high school.
On Feb. 8, 1948, she married Ernest Smith Jr. Together they built a mobile home park, founded Ernie and Laura's Garden Centers in Boise and bought Lakey's Cafe in Caldwell, Idaho.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ernie; three children, Mary and her husband Doug Barklow, Howard and his wife Carris Smith and Arnes Nicholson and her fiance Bill Mais; five grandchildren, all of Boise; uncle Bob Haley of Arroyo Grand, Calif.; aunts Helen Birky of Corvallis and Carol Haley of Eagle, Idaho; and many cousins.
Charles H. Harball
POLSON - Charles H. Harball, 74, passed away of natural causes at his home in Polson on Tuesday, May 1, 2001.
Chuck was born in 1926 in Morrill, Neb., to Charles Andrew and Helen Fahey Harball. He was schooled in Montana, South Dakota and Nevada. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific, Japan and China. Upon his discharge in 1947, he managed a ranch in the Centennial Valley in southwest Montana.
In 1949, Chuck married Sally Mills. Shortly thereafter they purchased a ranch in Irvine Flats west of Polson, where they lived, worked and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1961, Chuck began working for Lake County as a deputy sheriff, a vocation he loved until his retirement after 24 years. In 1975, Chuck and Sally sold the ranch and moved to an acre of ground on Flathead Lake at Big Arm. They remained there until 1993, when they moved to their current residence in Polson.
Chuck had been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks for 54 years.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally of Polson; daughter Sally Franceschina and her husband Albert and their two children David and Laura of Annapolis, Md.; daughter Katherine Harball and her husband Lyle and their three children Kelsi, Karee and KC, all of Kalispell; and son Charles Harball and his wife Claire and their two children Elizabeth and Sarah, all of Kalispell. He is also survived by brothers Gordon Harball of Whitehall, Jerry Harball of Texas, Larry Harball of Canada, Paul Harball of California, Merritt Murphy and Dale Murphy of Canada; sisters Peggy Cantrell of Texas, Sally Ann Jackson of Pablo and Vera Perry of Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson, with the Rev. Gary Reller officiating. Interment and graveside services will be held at a later date.
Chuck's family suggests that any memorials be given to the Polson Elks Lodge Scholarship Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Thelma Arlene (Delapp) Davenport
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Thelma Davenport, 72, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2001, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
She was born at home in Circle on a bitterly cold day, Jan. 28, 1929. Assisted into this world by her father, Arcy DeLapp, and mother, Margarett (Vail) DeLapp, Thelma was the first of five children. She grew up around Circle and finished grammar school in Terry, after which she took her first train ride from Terry to Rexford, where the family had relocated. This is where she met the love of her life, Lee Davenport.
They were married June 10, 1946, in Ellensburg, Wash., then returned to Montana, where she graduated from Lincoln County High School in Eureka in 1947. The Davenports migrated back to Washington, eventually setting down roots in Pasco.
She was the mother of five children and along with tending to home and family, she worked at various jobs to supplement the family income, eventually retiring from Staveley Instruments in 1989. With her golden years cut short, the family is able to take comfort in the thought that she is once again able to hold and give love to a child in need of a "grandma."
Thelma is survived by her husband of 54 years, Lee; daughters Arlene Horton of Burbank, Wash., Janice Massey of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., Vickie Wright and husband Steve of Pasco, Wash.; sons Raymond Davenport and wife Mary of Kennewick, Wash., Frederick Davenport and wife Tammy of Pasco; sisters Beulah Smith of Spokane, Beverly Kline of Pahrump, Nev., and Phyllis Higle of Deer Lodge; brothers Farrell DeLapp of Garrison and Chane Salois of Toppenish, Wash.; and stepmother Alice DeLapp, Kalispell. Thelma is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitations will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union, Kennewick, Wash. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home. Concluding services and interment will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 5125 N. Market St., Spokane, WA 99207, in memory of Thelma Davenport.
Ernie F. Schwartz
MISSOULA - Ernie F. Schwartz, 82, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Hillside Manor of natural causes.
He was born on Aug. 4, 1918, in Preston, Minn., the son of Frank and Winnie Schwartz.
Ernie is survived by two daughters, Kim Schwartz of Victor and Kathy Schwartz of Missoula.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Missoula City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.