Dale E. Berry
HAMILTON - Dale E. Berry, 62, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday morning, May 17, in Hamilton, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of a pulmonary embolism.
Dale was born on Feb. 6, 1939, in Sidney, the son of Oscar and Gertrude Doyle Berry. He graduated from Fairview High School and from the University of Montana on a football scholarship with a major in physical education and a minor in economics, sociology and drivers education. At that time, the University of Montana was called Montana State University.
Dale served on active duty with the Montana Air National Guard.
On Aug. 10, 1963, he married Dorothy Cecrle in Hobson, and started his first coaching and teaching job at Denton, where he coached football, basketball and track. In the summertime he managed the swimming pool. After four years they moved to Roundup, where Dale coached basektball and assisted in football and track. In 1968 Dale moved his family to Hamilton, where he coached and taught for 20 more years as head basketball coach and in the early years assisted in football and track. For many years he was a drivers training instructor, retiring in 1988.
During this time, he spent eight years as a Class A representative on the Board of Directors for the Montana Coaches Association. He was then elected president for four years and served as past president for four years.
In 1988 he was inducted into the Montana Coaches Hall of Fame.
Dale started in real estate in 1979 while still teaching , and in 1982 became part owner of the Ranch and Land Company. In 1989 he started his own company, Greater Montana Land Company. Besides the Hamilton office, he had offices in Lewistown and Fort Benton. He served as president of the Local Board of Realtors and was on the State Board of Realtors Forms Committee. In 1996 he was elected "Realtor of the Year."
He served as an original board member of the Hamilton School Foundation Board, and was a member of the National & Montana Association of Realtors, the Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors, past president of the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce, and served on the board for six years. He was chairman of the Economic Development Committee for two years and also served as chairman of the Port Authority Ad Hoc Study Committee. He was Bitterroot Valley "Business Person of the Year, 1997." He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and past president of the church Parish Council.
In 1999 Dale ran for the Montana Legislature and won the House seat. He was later appointed to the state Senate after Steve Benedict resigned. He served this session in the Senate as majority whip. Dale carried 20 bills this session, four of which have been sent to the governor for final approval. Committee "interim" assignments were with children, families, health and human services, legislative consulting panel to the Microbusiness Advisory Council, and the Workforce Investment Board. He was also Governor appointee to the Tobacco Advisory Council.
Dale enjoyed his family and helping kids learn to live good lives.
He was preceded in death by his father Oscar Berry; stepfather Oscar Melby; and sisters Janice and Lois.
Dale is survived by his wife Dorothy; sons Brian of Hamilton, Brad of Minneapolis; mother Gertie Melby of Park City; sister Lela Sandy of Park City; and brother James of Ellensburg, Wash.
A wake service will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 21, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, at the old Hamilton High School gymnasium with the Rev. John Darragh as celebrant and the Rev. Raymond Gilmore as co-celebrant. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
The family suggests memorials to the Dale E. Berry Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 393, Hamilton, MT 59840.
Alberta 'Bert' Pollard
MISSOULA - Alberta "Bert" Pollard passed away of natural causes at her home on Wednesday, May 16, 2001.
She was born on July 31, 1925, in Missoula, to Edward and Mable Hettick.
Bert worked for many area restaurants and took a course in chef training at the University of Montana.
Bert never met a stranger, and was a friend and supporter to many. To know her was to love her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Doug Pollard; twin brother Edward and brother Lloyd; and sisters Margaret Coon and Alvina Shaefer.
Bert is survived by five sons Alvin Tence and Francis Tence of Missoula, Jim (Mary) Cook of Bremerton, Wash., Douglas Pollard of Denver, Charles Pollard of Potomac; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters; a brother; and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her dearly. We will all miss her.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Squire Chapel. Interment services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 21, at Missoula City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Poverello Center, 535 Ryman, Missoula, MT 59802.
FORSYTH - Arlo Heinle, 69, of Hathaway, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Addis and Gordon; and sisters Irene, Katherine and Billie.
Arlo is survived by Robert Heinle, of Hathaway; sons Kenny Heinle and wife Mandi of Hathaway, Bobby J. Heinle and wife Lisa of Frenchtown; daughter Sharon Lynn Heinle and husband Chris Delashmutt of Falls Church, Va.; and grandchildren Kassidi and Kadie Heinle and Jeff Wood, all of Hathaway. He is also survived by brothers Donald Schied and wife Joyce of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Myles Schied and wife Rita of El Cajon, Calif.; sister Phyllis Bradley and husband Don of Forsyth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 21, in the Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in the Forsyth Cemetery.