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Raymond Benjamin Laidet III

MISSOULA - Raymond Benjamin Laidet III was found dead Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at his home in Missoula.

Ray was born Feb. 5, 1975, in St. Louis. He attended grade school at Mary Queen of Peace and Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis. After graduating from high school, Ray attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., for a year before transferring to the University of Montana. In May of 1999, Ray graduated from the University with a degree in business finance. Following graduation, Ray spent a second summer guiding fishing trips on the Alagnak River near King Salmon, Alaska.

Upon his return from Alaska, Ray moved to Seattle for nearly a year. Last September, Ray returned to Montana to fish and enjoy the outdoors. Ray built his first fly rod last month and liked to tie flies, folf, hike, camp and throw the Frisbee.

Ray is survived by his father and mother Ray Jr. and Mary Ellen; sister Georgia; and grandparents Howard and Irene Behen, all of St. Louis. Also surviving Ray are his aunts and uncles, Georgia and Peter Ramos of Edmonton, Alberta, Patricia and David Talley, Christi and Peter Derenski, Anne Behan and Kati DeCoster, all of St. Louis; several cousins; and his two best friends, Danielle Lietz and Mark Robinson, and many other close friends.

A memorial service will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Missoula Federal Credit Union on Ray's behalf to a charity to be designated by the family.

One of the most difficult things to understand is why our son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend was taken from us so early in his life. Our time with him, although brief, was a treasured gift. The loss of Ray's life will have a profound effect on all who knew him. He was a gentle, kind and happy person - faithful and giving to those he loved. He will be forever remembered. Ray was a fisherman.

Edward J. Fisher

MISSOULA - Edward J. Fisher, 80, of Missoula, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at St. Patrick Hospital.

He was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Rose Lake, Idaho, to Helen and William Fisher. He was raised in Coeur d'Alene.

He married June Stinger on Dec. 17, 1944.

A Missoula resident for more than 45 years, he retired from the Montana State Highway Department in December 1982.

His hobbies included boating, fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenny and Tom Fisher and sister Willa Fisher.

Survivors include his wife June of Missoula; sons Bill Fisher of Missoula and Tom Fisher of Spokane; sister Julia Wicks of Coeur d'Alene; brothers Pershing Fisher of Coeur d'Alene and Jim Fisher of Post Falls, Idaho; granddaughter Jessica Fisher of Ennis; and Cindy, his faithful four-legged companion.

At his request, the family will gather for a private graveside service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Animal Control.

Charles R. Preston

HELENA - Charles R. Preston, 102, passed away of pneumonia on Monday, April 30, 2001, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.

Charles was born Jan. 17, 1899, in Anaconda to John and Ida Preston. He attended Target Range Grade School and Missoula County High School, graduating in 1918. He also attended one year at the University of Montana.

Charles devoted 76 years in work of the gospel. He spent many years in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1930 to 1992.

His parents and two brothers, Clarence and Glenn, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his cousins and many fellow ministers and friends.

Visitation was Friday at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Center, 3801 S. Russell St. Interment will be at Missoula City Cemetery. A finger food reception will follow at the church.

Pallbearers will be Scott Rauscher, Steve Watts, David Silvey, Vernon Joyce, Dean Holskey and Joe Klucewich.

Roland V. Kline

SPOKANE - Roland V. Kline, 74, passed away in Spokane on May 3, 2001.

He is survived by his wife Viola and children Daralyn Denison, Sherry Sutherland and AJ Kline.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the cemetery in Heron.

Dorothy E. Watts

WHITEFISH - Dorothy E. Watts, 83, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2001, from a stroke. She was with her daughter and under the loving care of North Valley Extended Care in Whitefish.

She is survived by her daughter Sandy Sutherland and favorite ex-son-in-law Dick Sutherland of Columbia Falls; son Robert Wade and his wife Marcia of Pasco, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Columbia Falls at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, with the Rev. Joe Pat Moran officiating. Inurnment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia Falls.

The family requests that donations be made in Dorothy's name to North Valley Extended Care in Whitefish.

Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls is in charge of arrangements.

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