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Wm. Robert 'Rat' Ranstrom

MISSOULA - Wm. Robert "Rat" Ranstrom, 56, of Missoula, passed away Friday, June 4, at Community Medical Center of liver failure.

Rat was born July 23, 1942, in Missoula, the son of Arthur and Ernestine VanBuskirk Ranstrom. He graduated from high school then attended the University of Montana. While there, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was also a member of the National Guard.

His employment began in his teens when he worked for KGVO Radio. He served as an announcer and technician. He then went to work for the W.A. Simons Co. He served as vice president and general manager for many years for the Roxy, Wilma and Go West Drive-in theaters. He was instrumental in reactivating the stage at the Wilma Theatre. He helped bring in live entertainment such as the Missoula Children's Theatre, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula Symphony, Garden City Ballet and many others to the Wilma.

He had most recently completed the rebuilding of the Roxy Theater following the devastating fire of a few years ago. "He was a most remarkable man and was the most valuable associate in the history of our company," said Robert Sias, president of the W.A. Simons Co.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Jerry.

He is survived by his father, Arthur Ranstrom of Missoula; a sister, Judy Joseph, and her husband John of Sterling, Alaska; and a brother, Don, and his wife Barbara Ranstrom of Chinook.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce. A reception for family and friends will be held at his father's home at 420 South Ave. E. following the memorial service.

E. Frances Mitchell

HELENA - E. Frances Mitchell, 92, of Helena, passed away early Saturday morning at the Big Sky Care Center.

She was born Sept. 10, 1906, in Pretty Prairie, Kan., the daughter of James William and Nora (Hocker) Staples. Her parents moved to Keytesville, Mo., when Frances was quite young. She attended school there. In 1924 she graduated from Dodge City (Kan.) High School.

She married Roy Edwin Mitchell on Oct. 18, 1931, in Hutchinson, Kan. They also lived in Wichita, Kan., before moving to Missoula in 1946. She was employed by the Bon for 17 years before moving to Helena in 1982 to make her home.

Frances was a member of the RSVP Volunteers, Helena Senior Citizens and the American Association of Retired Persons. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy in 1981, her parents, a sister and daughter Barbara Jardine.

She is survived by two children, Roberta Stipcich of East Helena and Roy Edwin Mitchell Jr. of Trinidad, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Hagler-Anderson Mortuary. Cremation and entombment of cremains will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family prefers memorials to the Helena Senior Citizens, c/o Neighborhood Center, P.O. Box 1717, Helena, Mont. 59624-1717.

Clifton Ward Dull

KALISPELL - Clifton Ward Dull, 86, died Friday, June 4, 1999, at Brendan House.

Survivors include his wife Fayetta Dull of Kalispell; four sons, James C. Dull of Columbia Falls, Jerry G. Dull of Kalispell, Bruce A Dull of Mesa, Ariz.; and Marlo R. Dull of Whitefish; daughter Sharon M. Malsed of Kent, Wash.; five sisters, Laverne Berreth of Portland, Ore., Phyllis Vanderfeen and Virginia Thelen, both of Aberdeen, S.D., Jean Brown of The Dalles, Ore., and Joanne Cooper of Fallon, Nev.; brothers Charles Dull of Saco and Russell Dull of Amherst, S.D.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, June 7, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorials to Home Options Hospice, 310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, Mont. 59901.

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