Lila Morris Johnson
MISSOULA - Lila Morris Johnson, 84, of Missoula, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at Hillside Manor.
She was born at Sioux Pass, Mont., on Feb. 19, 1917, to Otto and Ovedia (Rongholt) Pederson.
Lila married Allen "Hap" Morris in 1940. In 1948 they built the Round Up Bar in Greenough; they owned and operated the bar for 22 years. Hap passed away in 1972.
In 1973 Lila married V.C. "Buster" Johnson.
Lila had many interests. Among them was doing beautiful needlework, and a love of singing and playing the piano. She especially enjoyed playing cards and she shared this joy with her kids, grandkids and friends. There was no greater love than the love that Lila had for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Orven, Roy and Earl; first husband Hap Morris; and two granddaughters, Sara and Sharen Sheron.
Lila is survived by her loving husband Buster of Missoula; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Dennis Sheron of Fallon, Nev., and Eloise and Wayne McNally of Ovando; grandchildren Shannon Sheron of Lima, Peru, Shawn Chouinard and husband Don of Pocatello, Idaho, Jeff McNally and wife Wendy of Frenchtown, and Colleen Stone and husband Jim of Ovando; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the chapel of Garden City Funeral Home. A reception will follow in the funeral home community room.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Missoula, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59802, or to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., Development Department, c/o Marck Lichtman, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jamas John Schei
MISSOULA - Jamas John Schei, 25, of Missoula and formerly of Great Falls and Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2001, at his home.
He was born June 20, 1975, in Adrian, Minn., to Albert and Michelle Schei. He was raised in Mankato, Minn., and Great Falls and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1993.
Jamas worked for Maxim Technologies in Missoula. On Oct. 27, 1998, he married his wife Bridget.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycles, music and country dancing.
He will long be remembered for his kindness and great sense of humor. He asked that everyone "remember my smiles."
Survivors include his wife Bridget Schei of Missoula; mother and stepfather Michelle Schei and Michael Chapman of Great Falls; father and stepmother Albert and Kerri Schei of Worthington, Minn.; brothers and sister Ezra Schei of Great Falls, Cody Schei of Worthington, and Kaleena Schei of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Also surviving are grandmother Karin Coddington of Worthington; stepsisters and stepbrother Julia Land of California and Delanee and Sam Chapman of Billings; stepson and stepdaughter Dennis and Myrna Molendyk of Missoula; and lots of friends.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Jokers Wild, 4829 N. Reserve St.
The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
M.W. 'Tex' Ezell
KALISPELL - M.W. "Tex" Ezell, 81, formerly of Great Falls, died of natural causes Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at a Kalispell nursing home.
He was born in Beeville, Texas, on March 27, 1920, to Will and Cecilia Mary (Kabula) Ezell. He married Olive Millard in Wisconsin on May 31, 1943. They had four children and were later divorced.
He met and married Mildred Barta in 1978 and had lived in Kalispell since then.
Tex was preceded in death by son William S. "Bill" Ezell and sister Sylvia Pate.
He is survived by his wife Mildred; daughters Sylvia Harant of Black Eagle, Mary Taylor of Kalispell and Tammy Ezell of Black Eagle; stepdaughters Nadine Kainz of Jamestown, N.D., and June Olson of Virginia; sisters Agnes Harrington of Zachary, La., and Mary Melofsky of Fairfield, Ala.; and six granddaughters, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Conrad Memorial Cemetery. Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
FLORENCE - Roger L. Ankney, 61, of Florence, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at his home surrounded by family and friends after a short but courageous and determined battle with cancer.
He was born on May 7, 1940, at Sturgis, Mich., to Robert and Gwen (Winer) Ankney. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1963. He married his wife Cindy Spadt on April 27, 1976, in Missoula.
Roger worked for several automobile dealerships as a mechanic before going to work for GSL Oilfield Service at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Roger returned to Missoula where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for Equipco and field services mechanic for Modern Machinery.
Roger was very proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, whom he adored. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and many special friends.
Survivors include his wife Cindy; daughter Michele Turner and husband Kevin and their sons Matthew and Chase of Pensacola, Fla.; three sons, Steven Ankney and his children Dylan and Courtney of Pensacola, Jason Spadt and wife Kim and their children Kayla, Parker and Brooks of Missoula, and Randy Spadt and his girlfriend Tammie and their girls Shelby and Kira of Missoula.
Roger is also survived by his mother Gwen of Sturgis; brother Jerry and wife Trudy of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister Annjeanette Owen and husband Jerry of Ligonier, Ind.; brothers-in-law Wayne and Scott; sister-in-law Connie and husband Chuck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, at Florence-Carlton Cemetery with military honors. A gathering of family will follow services at the family home, 407 Florence South Loop, Florence.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Speckart and his staff and all the wonderful people of Ravalli County Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Roger's name to the Montana Cancer Association or to the Ravalli County Hospice Association.
Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Delbert E. Fuhrman
THREE FORKS - Delbert E. Fuhrman passed away on May 24, 2001, at his home in Three Forks after a battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 25, 1922, to Peter and Josephine Long Fuhrman in Hall. He was one of three sons raised on the family homestead.
Del served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. While stationed in Denver, he met Delores, his wife of 55 years. They were married in November 1945 and moved back to Montana. They lived on the ranch at Hall and then moved to Ronan.
On May 12, 1947, Del and Delores moved to Three Forks, where they raised three daughters. Del was the gas and oil distributor for Standard Oil Co. and AMOCO, where he made many friends in the valley through his business.
He retired at age 62 and took up golf. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed camping, boating and bike riding with his family. In winter months Del and Delores traveled south and golfed and enjoyed the sun as much as possible. He is greatly loved by his family, and we will miss you!
Del was a 53-year Mason member of Ruby Lodge No. 6 in Drummond and a member of the Livingston Scottish Rites.
He leaves behind his wife Delores; daughter Diane and husband Roger Mortenson of Bozeman; daughter Denise and husband Roger Heimbigner and grandchildren Brandon, Britney and Bradley of Laurel; daughter Debra and husband Robert Mickelberry and grandchildren Joshua and Ryan of Three Forks; older brother Ellis of Missoula; younger brother Ronald of Loveland, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at K&L Mortuary in Three Forks with the Rev. Dr. Ray Teston officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Belgrade.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial be made to the Gallatin Hospice, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715, or to a charity of the donor's choice.