Matthew Daniel Allen
MISSOULA - Matthew Daniel Allen, 21, will be remembered as a loving and caring son, brother and friend. He died Friday, April 21, 2000, as the result of injuries from a motorcycle accident. Even his safe driving practices and the wearing of a helmet couldn't prevent this tragedy. A lifelong resident of Missoula, Matthew was always quick with a smile and had an uncanny ability to connect with everyone he met.
Matthew was born on Feb. 24, 1979, to Danny and Marjorie Allen. He was an outgoing and active boy who attended Russell Elementary and Meadow Hill Middle School. Matt was involved in Boy Scouts, YMCA soccer, basketball, judo and Mount Sentinel Little League.
As a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, he attended Flathead Lutheran Bible camp every summer as a boy. He was active in church activities, taught vacation Bible school and attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Atlanta in 1995. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith.
He loved being the center of attention and was a natural entertainer, keeping children and friends amused with magic tricks and stories. He kept his parents and little brother Paul laughing and busy wondering what Matt would do next.
He appreciated the wonder and grace of Montana's environment, and as a child he began his lifelong love of the outdoors and learned to become an expert hunter and fisherman. He passed his knowledge and respect on to hundreds of young children whom he taught through the Montana Hunter Education Program.
Matthew's respect for law enforcement began when he became active in the Missoula County Sheriff's Cadet Program. He worked and learned from many local officers who will remember him as a smart young man who cared about the law. Matthew was a model airplane enthusiast and was a member of the Big Sky Thunderbirds. As a member of the Missoula Hang Gliding Association, Matthew loved "hanging" with his glider friends.
Matthew graduated from Sentinel High School in 1997. He played the saxophone and traveled with his fellow band members to perform at Disneyland. He attended Northern Idaho College for one year and was currently enrolled at the University of Montana. Throughout high school and college, Matthew worked for several local businesses. He was employed by Tidyman's at the time of his death. Always an outstanding worker, Matthew became close and maintained relationships with co-workers and management of Bi Lo Foods, Ace Hardware and Thomas Plumbing.
His love of music also filled his busy schedule and he always found time to play his guitar and fill the house with beautiful sound. Matthew was generous with his time and wit and always found time to help others.
Matthew is survived by his mother Marjorie Allen, father Dan Allen, stepmother Laurel Allen, brother Paul Allen and stepbrother Justin Stevens of Missoula; his grandmother Donna Brewer of Missoula; uncles George Allen, Mike Allen and Jeff Prochet of Missoula; aunts Crystal Peters of Shelby, Patty Cottrill of Garfield, Wash., Maggie Waldvogel of Missoula, Michelle Prochet of Mattawa, Wash., Kathleen Ledgerwood of Omak, Wash., and Barbara Smith of Seattle. He also leaves behind many cousins and extended family members.
The world is a better place because Matthew touched so many lives. The memory of his generous smile, wit and loving touch will remain with us all for ever.
A memorial service celebrating Matthew's life will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 24. Cremation committal services will be conducted at a later date. Matthew continued his gifts of life as an organ donor.
Remembrances and memorials can be made to Atonement Lutheran Church, 2205 34th St., Missoula; Missoula Hang Gliding Association, 1423 S. Fourth St. W., Missoula; or the Montana Hunter Education Program of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Stephen Laurence Sherwin
HAMILTON - Stephen Laurence Sherwin, 56, of Hamilton, passed away on April 21, 2000, at his residence.
Steve "Slick" was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Hamilton, the son of Thomas Hersman Sherwin and Edith Mae Sherwin Nobles. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1962 and attended the University of Montana.
He began employment with Safeway Food Stores in December 1964. He then joined employment with the U.S. Postal Service on Dec. 16, 1969, and worked there until ill health forced him to retire in 1991. He held part-time employment for 27 years at Davison Exxon.
Steve was involved in the Ravalli County Sheriff's Posse, holding various offices.
Steve married Marcene Goddard on Dec. 7, 1963, in Darby.
Survivors include his children, Susan Sherwin Imhoff and husband Stephen of Columbus, Jeffrey Sherwin of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Julie Sherwin Whittmyer and husband Mark of Roswell, Ga.; four grandchildren, Stephanie and Stacha Imhoff and Jordan and Austin Whittmyer; one niece; three cousins; and stepmother Peggy Sherwin of Hamilton.
A service to celebrate his life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton with interment at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
Georgia B. (Kearney) Shook
HAMILTON - Georgia B. (Kearney) Shook, 67, of Hamilton, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Valley View Estates Health Care Center due to complications of lupus.
She was born in Columbus on June 29, 1932, the daughter of Wesley and Claire (Berry) Kearney. On Nov. 6, 1948, she married Robert Shook in Hamilton. He preceded her in death in 1995. Georgia worked for Sprouse Reitz for many years, retiring in 1986.
Survivors include her son Steve Shook and his wife Deana of Hamilton; daughter Sandra Linster and her husband Cliff of Stevensville; grandchildren Dan, Jenna, Lisa, JoDean, Brenda, Cliff, Bob, Wes, Matt, Luke and Megan; two brothers, Victor and Beverly Kearney of Darby, and Ted and Timmy Kearney of Canyon Country, Calif.; and three sisters, Kate Jennings of Lenore, Idaho, Anita and Rod Thorning of Missoula, and Donna and Pete Meland of Richfield, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents, son Mike and his wife Teresa, and granddaughter Jessica.
Georgia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.
At Georgia's request a graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton with the Rev. Stephen Van Gilder of Faith Lutheran Church officiating. Inurnment will follow the service.
A register book will be open at Dowling Funeral Home for those who wish to sign, starting Monday, April 24, and concluding Friday, April 28, during business hours.
Cremation has taken place under the care of Dowling Funeral Home.
Gladys J. Greenland
COLUMBIA FALLS - Gladys J. Greenland, 81, of Columbia Falls, went into a peaceful sleep on Good Friday, April 21, 2000, at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish.
She was preceded in death by her husband Merle in 1994, her only son Clifford in 1978, her parents, five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Palma Henry and Joyce Ogdahl, both of Columbia Falls, and Karen Shepherd of Bellevue, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and sister Florence Marantette of Kalispell.
Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Columbia Mortuary, where a service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Carl A. Ross
POLSON - A memorial service for Carl A. Ross will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with Edwina Aker officiating.
Mr. Ross, 95, of Polson, died Dec. 21, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.