Eleanor Gainan Mikkelsen
POLSON - Eleanor Gainan Mikkelsen, 84, of Polson, formerly of Ronan, died Sunday, June 20, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Ruby to Leo and Mable Garrison Gainan. She was orphaned at age 3 and adopted by the Judge family. She spent most of her early childhood in the Virginia City area. Then the family moved to the Oakland, Calif., area, where she attended school. The family moved back to Alder and she finished high school, graduating from the Catholic academy in Helena.
On Aug. 15, 1933, she married Jens Mikkelsen in Dillon. They had four children together: Shirley, Janie, Butch and Mary Lou. Jens died in April 1977.
Eleanor worked very hard all her life at various things from raising turkeys and bum lambs, and ranch work. In later years, she worked at Stanley Scearce's implement business in the parts department. They owned the Ronan Cash Grocery for a few years. She worked at Hanson and Granley Store and did baby-sitting. About the last job she had was at the Ronan school lunchroom, where she enjoyed working with the various lunch crew members and teachers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jens, brothers Melvin "Fuzzy" Gainan and Elwood Gainan Fordice and her very special sister and best friend, Virginia Jenson.
Survivors include her children, Shirley and Bill Cordis of St. Ignatius, Janie and Don Bauer of Ronan, Jens H. "Butch" Mikkelsen of Missoula, and Mary Lou and Elmer Ladue III of Ronan; and grandchildren Shelley and Boyd Frame of St. Ignatius, Brenda and Gene Bilile of Ronan, Billy Cordis of St. Ignatius, Trina and Duwane Shenyer of Charlo, Luke, Chelsey and Austin Bauer of Ronan, Adena Mikkelsen of Missoula, Richard Thain of Spokane, Casey Mikkelsen of Polson, Phillip Sperry, Lacy Sperry and Randi Stoddard, all of Missoula, Steven Mikkelsen of Ronan and Melissa LaDue of Ronan.
Eleanor also is survived by her very precious great-grandchildren in which she found such great joy: Shantell, Tyrell, Chance, Levi and Skyler Frame; Justin, Breanna and Jordan Bilile; Kane and Ashley Shenyer; and Cody LaDue.
She is also survived by a loving and special companion of the past 13 years, Robert S. "Bob" Hout of Polson, and his children Carol Matt of Moiese, Robert Hout of Pablo, Ron Hout of Charlo, Charlie Hout of Polson and Melvin Hout of Sunburst; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Missionary Alliance Church in Ronan. Arrangements and cremation are by Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan.
Dora Lee M. Culliton
MISSOULA - Dora Lee M. Culliton, 74, of Missoula, died of cancer Sunday, June 20, at the Village Health Care Center.
She was born April 29, 1925, in Baker to Kenneth and Pearl Horton. As a young girl, she lived in Baker and attended Baker schools.
On July 29, 1946, she married George A. Culliton in St. Ignatius. They lived in Baker, where their three children were born in 1951. They moved to Kent, Wash., and Dora worked for the Boeing Co. until she retired and they moved to Plains. There her husband George died. In 1993 she moved to Missoula to be near her friend and cousin, Lorraine Cunningham.
Survivors include her three children: son Kenneth and Jan Culliton of Kent, Wash., and grandchildren Kevin, Cody and Kelli Koth; son Michael and Dawn Culliton of Camarillo, Calif., and granddaughter Ellisa Culliton and great-grandchildren Milan and Eiman of Los Angeles; and daughter Marcie and Kenneth Svetan of Livermore, Calif., grandchildren Clarissa Svetan, Dion and Roberta Ferguson and great-grandchildren Chelsea and Chase of Sumner, Wash., granddaughter Tami and Brian Hartshorn of San Diego and great-grandchildren Alex and Christian.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory followed by a reception in the funeral home's community room.
Raymond Joseph Havranek
MISSOULA - Raymond Joseph Havranek passed away Satu
rday, June 19, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, to William and Libby Havranek in Lynch, Neb. He attended Pleasant View Elementary School and worked hard on his parents' farm.
Ray enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941. He was an island hopper with the 1st Marine Division serving on Guadalcanal, Peleliu and throughout the Solomon Islands. He was engaged in action 33 months.
Ray married Arlene Haselhorst on July 14, 1945, in Bremerton, Wash. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he and Arlene returned to Nebraska, where they farmed and began their family. After 10 years of farming, they took a trip and discovered Missoula. They returned to Nebraska, sold the farm and moved to Montana.
Ray owned and operated Bob & Ray's Car Sales with Bob Peterson for 17 years. Later he and Arlene bought the Atlantic Hotel and opened the Circle Square Second Hand. He was known as the "Mayor of North Higgins" because he was always looking out for his neighbors on North Higgins.
His favorite pastimes were snowmobiling, gardening, dancing and playing cards with his good friends. Ray's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the highlights of his life.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents Libby and William Havranek, sister Wilma Samelson, his loving daughter Raylene Schmid Lindley, grandson Michael Raymond Havranek and son Lance Cpl. Michael W. Havranek, who remains POW-MIA in Vietnam.
He is survived by Arlene, his wife of 53 years; sons Don, Bill and Jim and their spouses; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He and Arlene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 1995. He will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, at Ray's request please send donations to Hospice, which was a great help in the family's time of need.
Vigil services will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Pope John XXIII Catholic Church.
Mass of the Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the church followed by committal services with military honors at New St. Mary's Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jacquelyn Kay Opris
HAMILTON - Jacquelyn Kay (Dean) Opris, 38, of Hamilton, died Saturday, June 19, at her residence.
Jacque was born Sept. 13, 1960, in Olympia, Wash., the daughter of Francis and Leola Dean. Jacque was employed by Pharmaceutical Research Associates of Red Bank, N.J., as a senior clinical research associate, monitoring approval of medical drugs by the FDA. She worked out of her home office on Tiffany Lane in Hamilton and traveled to her assigned testing sites throughout the country.
She started working out of her home office so she could spend more time with her lovely daughters. This also allowed her to move to Montana last summer and be closer with her family and raise her daughters in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. The family had to move when they were displaced by the expansion of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington. Jacque lived most of her life in the Seattle area, graduating from Highline High School in 1978.
She was a loving and devoted mother to her two beautiful daughters: Ashley, 12, and Emily, 10. We will all miss her so. May she forever rest in peace and her radiant smile forever shine on us.
Survivors include her daughters, Ashley and Emily, of Hamilton; parents Francis and Leola Dean of Corvallis; her sister and best friend, Jennifer L. Dean, and niece Oshen Raye Dean of Corvallis; maternal grandparents Gene and Rosie Jacques of Olalla, Wash.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton with the Rev. David Donkle officiating. Interment will follow at Corvallis Cemetery.
Keith Eugene Wiley
ALBERTON - Keith Eugene Wiley, 60, of Alberton, passed away Saturday, June 19, 1999, at his home of natural causes.
He was born on April 4, 1939, in Rapid City, S.D., the son of Leonard an
d Ruby Wiley. Keith began school in Minnesota and graduated from Malta High School in 1957. After high school, he attended college in South Dakota. Keith moved back to Malta in the early 1960s.
In 1963 he married Bernice Henry. Together they had two children. Shortly after they were married, Keith and Bernice moved to Missoula, where he began working at the Van Evans Lumber Mill. In 1967 Keith began working at Stone Container and remained there until retiring in 1997.
He loved the outdoors and hunting and also enjoyed horseback riding. He was a volunteer fireman in Alberton, a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of the VFW and American Legion. Keith had a very giving spirit and was a wonderful friend. He loved taking his children and grandchildren hunting. Keith is loved and will be dearly missed by them all.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jan and Rick Sandoval and their children, Jasmine, Jessica and Erin, all of San Antonio, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Wes and Candace Wiley and their children, Christopher and Alisha of Lolo; sister Joyce Ashe and her husband, Jim, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and two nieces, two nephews and several other relatives.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula with funeral services following at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the funeral home's community room.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, at Malta Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials in Keith's name to the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department, Alberton, Mont. 59820.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Robert R. Smith
MISSOULA - Robert R. Smith, 59, of Missoula, died of cancer June 20, 1999.
He was born to George R. and Verna (Winship) Smith in Wolf Point on Dec. 17, 1939. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1967 during the Vietnam War. Robert worked for BFI and did concrete work for Dennis Hansen.
He looked forward to hunting camp every fall and to fishing trips to Clark Canyon with the Olsons. For the last two years, Robert cared for his ailing mother and enjoyed going for rides in the countryside. During Robert's stay at Mountain Valley Hospice House, he was treated with grace and found his spiritual way home.
Robert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Bonnie Sanders of Palo Alto, Calif.; two brothers, three sisters and their spouses, Evritt and Julie Smith, Roger and Barbara Smith, Georgia Honey, Carol and Larry Brodie and Kay and Ralph Collings, all of Missoula; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Verna Smith and two sisters, Patricia and Lori Ann Smith.
A special thanks to Robert's friends:
Ron Sharbono - for his last fishing trip.
Charlie McCormick - for all the rides in Charlie's Cadillac.
Ken Flint - for all of the care and the trips to Ken's house.
Leroy Graham - for the special field trips.
DeeDee Glick - for being a special friend and all the loving care.
And to all of his friends and family who helped him find his way to the Trail's End.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow at the home of Kay and Ralph Collins, 1004 Cooley.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice House, 10450 Mullan Road, Missoula, Mont. 59808.
Sally A. Brown
WILLISTON, N.D. - Sally A. Brown, 69, of Williston, N.D., died Sunday, June 20, at Mercy Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence W. Brown Sr. of Williston; son Clarence W. Brown Jr. of Bettendorf, Iowa; three daughters, Constance Brown and Carrie Harbaugh, both of Helena, and Donna Lee Vigle of Columbia Falls; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a granddaughter.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Garden City Funeral Home an
d Crematory in Missoula followed by graveside services at 2 p.m. at Missoula City Cemetery.
Mary O. 'Doll' Little
LIBBY - Mary O. "Doll" Little, 86, longtime Libby resident, passed away Saturday, June 19, 1999, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center of natural causes.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Lee Cole and husband Bill of Valdez, Alaska; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Bill and Laura Cole of Spokane, Shawn and Darci Cole of Spokane, Gary and Lanita Cole of Beaverton, Ore., Russell and Rhonda Bache of Chandler, Ariz., Cora Lee Bache of Libby, Kenny and Berda Bache of Libby and Jody and Bob Azure of Sidney; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in 1974, daughter Norma Bache in 1989, three brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Assembly of God Church.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Hank Roseth of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died Friday, June 18, 1999, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
He was born April 3, 1928, in Conde, S.D., to Henry A. and Winnie (Shannon) Roseth.
A private burial was held in Missoula. Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
SPOKANE - Harold Oglesbee passed away in Spokane on June 2, 1999, after a brief illness.
Harold was born in Belfry on June 7, 1927. He moved with his family to Missoula as an infant and lived there until 1951, when he and his wife Lorraine moved to Spokane. Harold was a meat cutter for Armour and Co. for many years and later at various meat-packing plants.
Mr. Oglesbee was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine,in 1995, parents Glenn and Anna Oglesbee, brothers Everett and Edward Oglesbee and infant son Steven.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Don Jenicke and Cynthia and Roy Dugger, sons Dennis Oglesbee and his wife, and Paul Oglesbee and grandchildren Jenifer, Cassi and Cory, all of Spokane; two brothers, Kenneth of Graham, Wash., and Tom of Cusick, Wash.; sister Jeanne Tallmadge of Missoula; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Harold's request, no services were held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Multiple Sclerosis Society.
George Emmett 'Bud' McCauley
MISSOULA - A memorial Mass for George Emmett "Bud" McCauley will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Refreshments will be served following the Mass.
Mr. McCauley died April 1.
Raymond Richard 'Dick' Engstrom
PORTLAND, Ore. - Raymond Richard "Dick" Engstrom, 78, formerly of Missoula, passed away June 19, 1999, in Portland, Ore., after a four-year battle with cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Lilly Engstrom, of Battleground, Wash; daughter Laura Lee Pugh of Salem, Ore.; son Stanley Richard Engstrom of West Linn, Ore.; sister Mrs. William Stelling of Portland; eight grandchildren and adopted grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 22, at Young's Funeral Home in Tigard, Ore. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.