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Friday, May 18, 2001; Francis 'Shep' Shepard, Mary Lagoni, Helen Margaret Swartz, Shirley M. Connick, Lisa Rene Bell McCallum, Royal A. McConkey, Gladys Keever Lewis, Alice Elizabeth Johnson, Donald William 'Don' Nelson, Clifford W. 'Cliff' Jensen, Howard L. Hammer, Helen Sarah Getchell, Susie Foley

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Francis 'Shep' Shepard

STEVENSVILLE - Francis "Shep" Shepard, 79, of Stevensville, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, in Missoula at St. Patrick Hospital.

Shep was born on March 24, 1922, in Quartz, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lawrence. He was orphaned, placed in the state orphanage at Twin Bridges, and later adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Don J. Shepard of Kalispell in 1926. They changed his name to Francis Dale Shepard.

Francis grew up in Kalispell and graduated from Flathead Valley High School in 1940. During World War II, he was inducted into the Army at Fort Missoula in January 1942, and served in the Aleutian Island area and Alaska, receiving the Bronze Star medal and other decorations.

Following his discharge he attended the North Idaho Junior College in Coeur d'Alene, where he met Alice M. Zook. They were married on March 1, 1946, in Kalispell.

Shep worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in the center at Great Falls. He retired in 1976, and the couple moved to McGregor Lake in northwestern Montana. They later moved to Stevensville.

Shep was active in the Presbyterian church and was a charter member of the Sunrise Presbyterian Church of Great Falls. He served as elder in the Glacier Presbytery on a number of special committees. He was a member of the Exchange Club of Great Falls and started the Exchange Club in Kalispell, where he was a charter member and the first full-time president. He later became a district director. He was a member of the Hamilton Lions Club and was a past secretary of the club. Shep was a licensed radio amateur, receiving his license in 1938. He served as president of Kalispell and Libby amateur radio clubs.

He was a life member of the Society of Wireless Pioneers, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, and a member of the Central States VHF/UHF Society. His call was W7HAH. He was also interested in fishing, hunting and backpacking, making many trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness area over the years.

Survivors include wife Alice of Stevensville; daughters Janis and husband Dave McCleerey of Missoula, Donna and husband Marc Binkley of Port Orchard, Wash., Sharon and husband Bob Baillargeon of Glasgow; son Larry and wife Cindy Shepard of Fort Irwin, Calif.; sister Margery Immonen of Butte; and brother Lowell Shepard of Phoenix. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate Shep's life will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 21, at the Hamilton First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wayne Wardwell officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery with military honors presented by the Hamilton American Legion and Marine Corps League.

The family suggests memorials to MDH-Hospice of the Bitterroot or to the Deaconess Hospital in Helena.

Service arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Mary Lagoni

KALISPELL - Mary Lagoni, 93, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.

She was born May 20, 1907, in Kalispell to August and Maude (Kimmerly) Lagoni. Mary had no siblings or survivors.

Mary lived with her parents on their farm off the Old Kila Road and graduated from Flathead High School in 1925.

Mary liked to visit and would always say as you were leaving, "Stay on the right side of the road, right side up."

At her request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary, Kalispell.

Helen Margaret Swartz

MISSOULA - Helen Margaret Swartz, 89, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at the Village Health Care Center.

She was born Aug. 10, 1911, in Cruise, Mo., to Albert and Anna Mae Merseal. The family moved to Clinton in 1931.

Helen was the mother of Ella Mae Bays of Yuma, Ariz. She is also survived by three grandsons Larry Miller of Burnsville, Minn., Dale Miller of Alaska, Wayne Carlson of Yuma; five great-grandchildren; and six stepchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, and husbands George W. Bays, L.M. "Bud" Price and Francis Swartz. Grandchildren Patti Mae Edmond and Burton Carlson, also survive.

Mother lived a full, busy life as a homemaker. She shared her natural-born talent of playing music, entertaining her friends and family. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting, rock hounding, snowmobiling, gardening and canning.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 19, at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Mullan Road, with a reception following.

It is suggested that memorials be sent to N.A.M.I.

Shirley M. Connick

MISSOULA - Shirley M. Connick, 83, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2001, while sleeping, after spending Mother's Day with her family at their cabin at Seeley Lake.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Missoula, to Anna Christina Olson Lee and James Roy Lee. As a young girl she lived with her family in Missoula and in Polson. She attended high school at Missoula County High School. She graduated from Eastern Montana Normal School (now Montana State University-Billings) in June 1937 with an elementary teaching certificate. Shirl later graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in education in 1968.

Shirl returned to Missoula and met husband Donald T. Connick of Garrison in 1939. They were married on March 28, 1941, in Missoula. The couple lived in Missoula until 1944, when Don enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Shirl moved to different air bases in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico with her husband throughout the war, and the couple returned to Missoula in 1946.

Shirl taught third grade at Hellgate Elementary School and is remembered by all as a natural teacher who loved encouraging others. Even after she retired in 1978, she spent many hours tutoring neighborhood children and friends. She was a lifelong learner and avid reader. Shirl enjoyed golfing and meeting "the girls" for a game when she could, and for lunch weekly. She also enjoyed spending time at Seeley Lake, where she and Don summered for over 50 years. She and Don were co-owners of Tom and Don's Drive-In in Seeley Lake with their partners and friends, Tom and Lois O'Neil. Shirl's quick wit and spunky sense of humor delighted all of those around her.

Survivors include daughters Cristin S. Volinkaty and husband Dick of Missoula and Debra L. Thomas and husband Bob of Hamilton; grandchildren Patrik Donald Thomas of Hamilton and Anna Christina Volinkaty of New York; brother-in-law Clay Connick and wife Caryl; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 18, at Garden City Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Van Gilder officiating. Her ashes will be buried at Seeley Lake, next to her husband's.

The family suggests that memorials be sent to the historical museum at Fort Missoula, Bldg. 322, Fort Missoula, Missoula, MT 59805.

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

Lisa Rene Bell McCallum

MISSOULA - Lisa Renee Bell McCallum, 34, of Missoula, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Community Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 30, 1966, in Billings to Robert and Bonnie Bell. As a young girl, she lived with her family on a farm in Hysham until she was 11 years old, when she moved to Billings. She attended Hysham Public Grade School and graduated from Billings West High School. Lisa loved her animals, especially Happy, her horse, and Pepe, her dog.

On June 6, 1999, Lisa married Chris McCallum in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The couple lived in Missoula, where Lisa worked at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, among others.

Lisa enjoyed the companionship of her animals. She also enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, and working. Lisa was a very caring lady, enjoying everyone she came in contact with.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Jake and Ester Krum and Dave Bell and Betty Bell.

Survivors include her best friend and husband Chris of Missoula; mother and father Robert and Bonnie Bell of Reno, Nev.; two brothers, Scott Bell of Billings and Mark and Eva Bell of Gillette, Wyo.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation will take place prior to the service which will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at Malletta Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, with the Rev. Dan Dixson officiating.

The family suggests memorials to Community Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit, 2827 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804.

Lisa's Journey Has Just Begun

Don't think of Lisa as gone away, her journey has just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one. Just think of Lisa as resting from the sorrows and the tears, in a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no days and years. Think of how she must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of Lisa as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost, and she was loved so much.

Royal A. McConkey

MISSOULA - Royal A. McConkey, 83, passed away May 16, 2001, of natural causes.

Mr. McConkey was born Aug. 16, 1917, in Big Sandy, the first child of Leon and Ruth (Atkinson) McConkey. He was schooled at Warrick and, while working for his uncle Joe Morris of Belt, graduated from Belt Valley High School in 1935.

Royal entered the U.S. Army in 1941, and the U.S. Air Force in 1943, serving with the 1st Airbone Division. Following his discharge, he ranched with his father in the Bear Paw Mountains east of Big Sandy. He married Alice Panchot Berg in April 1949 in Big Sandy. They moved to Missoula in 1964, and in 1965 he joined the staff of Western Montana Credit Association. He retired as manager of that firm in 1984. Alice passed away in 1994.

He married Dolores Mattheis in June, 1996, in Superior. They wintered in Arizona and enjoyed extensive traveling.

Royal was a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge 49, AF & AM, Missoula; Algeria Shrine of Helena; the Scottish Rites Western Montana; First United Methodist Church; and Elks Club. He served on the Board of Directors of Community Hospital, Missoula County Planning Board, Montana Stockgrowers and Montana Farm Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Inez Peterson of Big Sandy.

He is survived by his wife Dolores at the family home; daughters Bonnie and husband Roger Clixby of Missoula, Sharon and husband Bernard Patterson of St. Regis, Marlene and husband Rick Standing of Helena, Esther and husband Stan Tichenor of Helena, Patty and husband Ron Haviland of Nampa, Idaho; sons David Berg of Big Sandy, Warren Berg of Tempe, Ariz., Robert and wife Marion McConkey of Kalispell; 25 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be his 25 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the First Methodist Church, 300 E. Main. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 7405 Mullan Road. A reception will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens community room.

Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Gladys Keever Lewis

MISSOULA - Gladys Keever Lewis, 96, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at her home of natural causes.

She was born Sept. 2, 1904, in Albert Lea, Minn., to Emmanuel and Vinnie Belle Fulkerson Keever. She attended Mankato Business School, Mankato, Minn., for two years. On April 14, 1934, she married William Lewis in Mankato.

She spent her early years on a homestead near Bismarck, N.D., raised her family in Northfield, Minn., and spent her senior years near her daughter Mary Ann in Missoula.

Gladys enjoyed gardening, writing poetry, reading, sewing and cooking. Her work outside the home reflected her natural tendency to help and nurture others. Her children often rushed home from school to the tempting smell of bread coming from the oven. She met the test of life with quiet strength and patience. She was able to endure adversity because of her always gentle approach to life's circumstances. People who knew her will always remember her droll sense of humor and quick wit.

Her friends and family were blessed to wear many attractive clothes which she sewed, as well as to enjoy the fresh bounties of her garden. Her enthusiasm for and appreciation of the written word has been passed on to her children and grandchildren through her love of reading and writing her own poetry.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband William Lewis.

Survivors include her children and their spouses William and Suzanne Lewis Jr. of Reno, Nev., Mary Ann Andersen of Missoula, Mona Eastman of Minneapolis, Nicholas and Ardis Lewis, Los Angeles; grandchildren Suzy Andersen of Falls Church, Va., Heidi Croker of Missoula, Robert Croker of Custer, Wash., Mark and Laurie Andersen of Poulsbo, Wash., Marie Andersen and Juergen Knoeller of Missoula, Daniel Lewis and Amanda Lewis of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren Emily Vandivere, Megan and Deb Croker, and Sarah, Luke and Hannah Andersen.

A Memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at Missoula Manor.

The family suggests memorials to Missoula Manor, 909 W. Central, Missoula, MT 59801.

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

Alice Elizabeth Johnson

RONAN - Alice Elizabeth Johnson, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Whom she loved, on May 14, 2001, at the St. Luke Nursing Home in Ronan.

Alice was born to Carl and Etta Nichols on April 29, 1912, in Amherst, Neb. In 1914 the family of five moved to Angora, Neb., where they homesteaded in the three-room sod house that Carl built on the sandhill prairie. The family eventually grew to 12 children, all of whom were raised on the farm. Alice rode horseback every day to the one-room school house where she graduated from the 10th grade. In the early 1930s she joined her younger brother Ronald as a traveling evangelist. This compassion for the Lord continued throughout her life, and she was known by the community as a woman of prayer. They held meetings throughout North Dakota and South Dakota, and eventually traveled to western Montana, where she met Wayland Johnson.

Alice and Wayland married in January 1939. They built their home and future north of Charlo on the homestead where Wayland grew up. Alice enjoyed the ranch to the fullest. She was a hard worker and loved participating in farm activities. She faithfully grew a garden every year, from which everyone enjoyed the bountiful fruits of her hard labor. People drove by to admire her hollyhocks, which she had spent many hours to make grow very tall and beautiful. Occasionally, folk would drop in for "her" free cup of coffee and cookies.

Besides the ranch and garden, she liked doing woodworking, painting animal and rural scenes, and other crafts.

Preceding her in death were her husband Wayland; parents Carl and Etta; brother Marvin; and two grandsons Jamie and Jerome.

She is survived by her son Jaye (Linda) Johnson and granddaughter Jodie (Bob) Jablonski, who all reside on the family farm in Charlo; one daughter, Joye (Ron) Sills of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; granddaughter Starla (Sergei) Schegolev of Alameda, Calif.; grandsons Shad, Shane (Nora) of Steamboat Springs, Shawn (Alison) of Loma Linda, Calif.; nine great grandchildren; brothers Lloyd (Lois) Nichols of Bridgeport, Neb., Ronald (Vava) Nichols of Seattle, Lynn (Nila) Nichols of Norfolk, Neb., Robert (Judy) Nichols of Bridgeport, Leonard (Barbara) Nichols of Kingman, Ariz.; and sisters Velma Sheets of Scottsbluff, Neb., Avis (Merle) Herman of Gering, Neb., Vera Batt of Scottsbluff, Marjorie Dobson of Alliance, Neb., and Phyllis Brandt of Denver. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Victory Worship Center in Ronan with Pastor Steven Kitterman officiating.

Donald William 'Don' Nelson

DILLON - Donald "Don" Nelson, 94, of Dillon, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1906, at Nebraska City, Neb., graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1925, and from the University of Montana School of Forestry in 1929.

Don married Helen Carlton Wickes of Missoula in 1929. They lived in Spokane, where he worked on white pine blister rust control. In 1931 he was a Boy Scout field executive in Dodge City, Kan., until employed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1934. He was stationed at Ennis; Lincoln, Neb., on the shelter belt project; Riggins, Idaho; Lolo; Sandpoint and Clark Fork, Idaho; and Livingston and Dillon, in a career totaling nearly forty years.

He was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary International and AF & AM Masonic Lodge. He was an elder of the Dillon Presbyterian Church. Don planted many trees in Dillon parks and residential areas.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife. Helen.

He is survived by son Donald Jr. and Mary Nelson, Florence; daughters Nancy (Taylor), formerly of Great Falls, and John MacDonald, Missoula, Caroline and Paul Sagunsky, Medford, Ore.; and eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Services were held April 30 in Dillon.

Memorials may be sent to the (nonprofit) National Museum of Forest Service History, P.O. Box 2772, Missoula, MT 59806 or to the First Presbyterian Church, Pacific and Glendale, Dillon, MT 59725.

Ernest S. Dunbar

RONAN - Ernest S. Dunbar, 77, of Ronan, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan of natural causes.

Paris Vigil services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Grants Pass, Ore. Military graveside services will follow at Eagle Point Veterans Cemetery.

Clifford W. 'Cliff' Jensen

KALISPELL - Clifford W. "Cliff" Jensen, 72, died May 14, 2001, at his home in Kalispell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Mark, who died in 1994.

Cliff is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gale, of Kalispell; sons Stephen and David; daughter Debbie and husband Bob; grandsons Curtis, Brad, Randy and Tod; great-granddaughters Ashley and Kristen; brother Marlyn "Hug" Jensen and wife JoAnn; four nieces Tracey, Robin, Laura and Jackie; three great-nephews Zack, Eric and Will; one great-niece Nina; and numerous cousins.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalispell with the Rev. Darold Reiner officiating. Urn burial will follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery with the United Veterans of Flathead Valley, Post 2252, presenting military honors.

The family suggests memorials in Cliff's name to Home Options Hospice, Trinity Lutheran church, or charity of donor's choice.

Howard L. Hammer

HAMILTON - Howard L. Hammer passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2001, after courageously fighting lung and heart problems and cancer.

Family and friends will join in a memorial celebration of Howard's life at the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19. Inurnment of the cremated remains will occur at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at C.E. Conrad Cemetery in Kalispell.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that a memorial donation be made in Howard's name to the Jane Hammer Holmgren PEO Scholarship Fund, c/o Judy Larson, 366 Cooper Lane, Hamilton, MT 59840.

Helen Sarah Getchell

MISSOULA - Helen Sarah Getchell, 96, of the Masonic Home of Montana, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, of natural causes.

Helen was born in Wenatchee, Wash., on July 3, 1904, to Melton and Susie (Stewart) Marr. On April 17, 1926, Helen married Alton S. Getchell in Wenatchee. Alton preceded her in death in 1976.

She enjoyed the organ and piano, cards (pinochle and bridge), bingo, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and loved to read. While she was in Missoula, Helen was a musician for the Navy Mother's Club.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband; son Winfred Getchell; parents; two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lois G. and William R. Cainan of Helena; daughter-in-law June C. Getchell of Deer Lodge; grandchildren Richard and wife Joan Cainan of Redmond, Wash., Robyn and husband Mike Ludeman of Colville, Wash., Helen and husband Ed Gilbert of Clyde Park, Ronald and Wife Debra Getchell of Beaverton, Ore; and 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Graveside services were held Thursday, May 17. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Masonic Home of Montana.

Memorials are suggested to the Masonic Home of Montana, 2010 Masonic Home Road, Helena, MT 59602, Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472, or to an organization of donor's choice.

Susie Foley

COLUMBIA FALLS - Susie Foley, 48, passed away on May 13, 2001.

Susie was born in June 1953, in Hollywood, Calif., the youngest of three children. Susie moved to Montana in 1984 and started Black Paws Search, Rescue and Avalanche Dogs. She trained Newfoundland dogs and their handlers from all over the U.S. and New Zealand.

She is survived by her husband, Murphy Foley of West Glacier; children Jesse of Boulder, Colo., Sabrie and Chandra of West Glacier; mother Mary Jones of Torrence, Calif.; and her extended Foley family.

A Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 19, in the gymnasium at West Glacier Elementary School, with the Rev. Tod Fox officiating. A potluck will follow the service.

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