Charles Robert Reiman
STEVENSVILLE - Charles Robert Reiman, born March 13, 1918, the first of three children born to June and Ben Reiman, then of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed peacefully in his sleep Sunday, April 9, 2000. At the age 3, he moved with his parents to Kansas City, Mo., where he lived until he entered the U.S. Army in April 1942.
Charles served with the 45th Infantry Division in Europe, along the Volturno in Italy in 1943; at Anzio and in the invasion of southern France in 1944; and into Germany in March of 1945. After the end of World War II in Europe, he volunteered to go to Japan and was awaiting transport when the war ended in August of 1945. As so many of his era, he was marked for life by his combat experience, especially at Anzio, where three-quarters of his company was lost when they took the full thrust of the main German counterattack of Feb. 16-17, 1944. What affected him most, as a lieutenant in command of a platoon, was the heavy loss of green replacement troops.
After being discharged from the Army, he enrolled at Missouri University, Columbia, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1948, and a master of arts in 1950. In Montana, he earned a number of post-graduate credits. From 1950-57, he taught in a high school and junior college in Flat River, Mo. In 1957, he moved with his family to Great Falls and taught history and humanities in Great Falls High and C.M. Russell High until 1970. With his wife Gladys, he moved in 1979 to their acreage northeast of Stevensville, and they have resided there since that time. They found much satisfaction in raising a crop of Colorado blue spruce trees, and their garden and asparagus patch have been noticed.
Charles loved music and was a founding member of the Great Falls Recorder Group (now known as the Cottonwood Consort). At C.M. Russell High, he opened a new world to his humanities students, introducing them to classical music, literature and art. He was devoted to his classes of the academically disadvantaged; he also felt honored that the Native American Club asked him to be their faculty sponsor, a responsibility he took seriously, serving as their advocate.
Hunting deer and elk and reliving with his friends in Great Falls their hunting experiences was a treasured pastime. He spent many hours on stained glass and woodworking projects, even making woodwind instruments. He did not hang back on tackling house building and remodeling and general "handyman" chores. Family camping trips with his children and wife were enriching for all of them.
He was a member of American Legion Post 94 Fort Owen where he was especially supportive of Post sponsorship of activities to benefit children and youth. As his own special project, Charles built a track for the Cub Scout annual Pinewood Derby. Fort Owen and the journals of Major John Owen were of particular interest to him - from an early age, Charles had found friends in books and history as well as in contemporary real life, and he valued his friends.
On July 30, 1948, he married Gladys Cotton when they were both students at Missouri University. She survives at their home near Stevensville. A son, Victor and his wife Joan live in Helena. A daughter Barbara died in 1997. Both of his children shared his passion for music and both of them, into adulthood, continued tent camping that they had learned from their father. Unlike the stereotype father of the '50s, Charles was from the beginning an active participant, from diaper-changing to baby-sitting.
A brother, Don and his wife Helen live in Kansas City; a sister, Norma Reiman, lives in Roeland Park, Kan. Other survivors are a cousin, Phyllis Johnson of Belt; an aunt, Flossie Johnson of Great Falls; five nephews and their families; a number of cousins; and many members of Gladys' large family that he has been a part of for more than 50 years.
The end came as he would have wanted it. He was active and independent through his last day, looking after himself and no burden to anyone. Charles will be remembered for his love of learning new skills and for his abilities with his hands and mind. He was always for the underdog and he was fair and generous in his dealings with others. He will be missed.
Cremation has taken place and arrangements are pending for a memorial service.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Kenneth Eugene Schnase
ARLEE - Kenneth Eugene Schnase, 45, of Arlee, died of lung cancer April 12, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
He was born to Orville and Katherine Schnase on Oct. 6, 1954, in Douglas, Wyo. He graduated from Charlo High School in 1972, then served in the U.S. Army and in Germany.
He married Leah Larsen of Missoula and they had twin daughters, Charlotte and Sheena. Until his death, he and his present wife Sheila Schnase, Charlotte and Richael made their home in Arlee.
Ken was maintenance supervisor for the Arlee schools and had worked nearly steady up until the time he needed hospitalization. He was loved by all the students and personnel at Arlee schools.
He was a loving husband and a role model father and a friend. He made friends and helped those in need all his life.
He was preceded in death by his father Orville Schnase and his daughter Sheena.
Survivors include his wife Sheila Schnase of Arlee; daughter Charlotte of Arlee; stepdaughter Richael Beed of Arlee; his mother Katherine Schnase of Ronan; sisters Carol Samson of Spokane and Jackie McVay of Glendo, Wyo.; brother John Schnase of Ronan; and nieces and nephews who loved him.
Memorial services will be held at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula at 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2000.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
ARLEE - Della Shepard, 59, of Arlee, passed away of natural causes Monday, April 10, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
She was born in Mott, N.D., on Dec. 17, 1940, to Marcus and Helen Wolf.
She married Les Shepard on April 2, 1960, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They lived in Missoula until 1966 then moved to Arlee.
Della volunteered at Arlee Senior Citizen Center for several years and also worked for Westmont, taking care of elderly people around the Arlee valley. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, bird watching, auctions, country western music, reading, gardening and taking care of others.
Out of all the things Della enjoyed, her family meant the most. She took a considerable amount of pride in her family. She gave her love unselfishly, whether it was family, friends, or the client she took care of.
Della was preceded in death by her Grandma and Grandpa Meier, Grandma and Grandpa Wolf and her father Marcus Wolf.
Survivors include her husband Les of Arlee; her children and their spouses, Leslie and Ruth Shepard of Clifton, Colo., Tina Shepard of Boise, Idaho, and Paul and Jodi Shepard of Missoula; her mother, Helen Wolf of Missoula; sisters Jenny Farrow, Darlene Daniels and Dorothy Krieger, all of the Missoula area; and granddaughters Alyssa and Brittney Shepard.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center with Ed Richards officiating. Interment will be at Ronan Cemetery. There will be a reception following interment at the Ronan Indian Senior Citizens Center.
The family suggests memorial to Hospice of Missoula, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59802.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.
Margaret Elizabeth (McKinnon) Topp
BILLINGS - Margaret Elizabeth (McKinnon) Topp was born Aug. 29, 1911, on a farm near Kensal, N.D., to Don and Ida Weber McKinnon, the youngest of seven children. The last surviving member of her family, she passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2000.
She married Wilson R. Topp. They moved to Billings in 1934. To this union four children were born who survive her, Wayne (Nancy) Topp of Apollo Beach, Fla., Joyce (Elliott) Lentz of Redlands, Calif., Linda (Charles) Levy of Billings and Larry (Phyllis) Topp of Missoula; along with 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since approximately 1950. Margaret dated on horseback and lived to fly jets to visit family. She had a long and healthy life.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Billings with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were made by Cremation or Funeral Gallery.
Louis H. Pitts
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Louis H. Pitts, 67, passed away April 6, 2000, in Vancouver.
He was born June 16, 1932, in Madelia, Minn. He worked as a meat cutter in grocery stores in Missoula and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
He is survived by his wife Jeanine Pitts of Woodland, Wash.; daughters Debra Ibey of Reno, Nev., and Cheryl Stenberg of Denver; son Michael Pitts of Hartford, Wis.; four sisters, Ardella Bell of St. James, Minn., Sharon Pierce of Tomah, Wis., Marcy Fredrickson of River Falls, Wis., and Jeri Pitts of Duluth, Minn.; brother Marlin Pitts of Lake Crystal, Minn.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Woodland.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Phyllis B. Smart
LIBBY - Phyllis Bellmore Smart, 68, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her home in Libby.
She was born July 2, 1931, in Kalispell to Art and Joe Bellmore. In the 1940s, she moved with her family to Libby where she had since resided.
Survivors include her husband Jim of Libby; a daughter, Diane Smart of Kalispell; two sons, Don Smart of Libby and Bob Smart of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wallace Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Gideons.
Arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Donna L. Crevar
CHARLO - Donna L. Crevar was called home to God on Sunday, April 9, 2000.
Donna's life began on May 19, 1935, as a very special blessing to Bill and Ollie Evans of Charlo and three brothers Bill, Rich and Archie. She attended school in Charlo and was elected to Montana Girls State in 1952, and went on to graduate with the class of 1953. Donna furthered her education at Omaha, Neb., where she completed airline communications training and began her career as a stewardess with United Airlines out of Seattle.
Donna was married to Dan Crevar at the Charlo Methodist Church on June 30, 1957. In 1960, Dan and Donna moved home to Charlo, where they began a new adventure in dairy farming and raising a family of four girls. After 20 years of farming they sold the farm and moved to East Post Creek. In 1985, Donna began working in real estate and continued to work until her retirement in 1998.
Family members waiting for her include daughter Debbie Groves (Crevar); father and mother, Bill and Ollie Evans; a sister-in-law, Gayle Evans; a niece, Rena Evans; and nephews Craig Evans and Scott Brady.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Crevar of East Post Creek; grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica Groves; daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, Darci and John Shields of Billings, and children, Melissa, Ian and Ivy; Dana and Kevin Crevar Hartung of Missoula, and children Wayne and Naomi; and Dixie and Bill Halfliger of Moiese, and son, Zane; brothers, Bill Evans and family, and Richard Evans and family, all of Missoula, and Archie Evans and family of Fairfield, Calif.
Donna was a very special and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, at Charlo Methodist Church.
Contributions may be donated to the Charlo Methodist Church.
YUMA, Ariz. - Richard Magstadt, 63, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2000, of cancer in Yuma, while surrounded by some of his family.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1936, in Missoula to Tobias and Pauline Magstadt.
Richard worked as a carpenter/millwright. He and his wife, Marge, loved to travel in their RV and they wintered in Yuma.
Survivors include his wife Marge; children, Tina (Pete) McPherson of Stevensville, Lynn (Jerry) Musick of Boise, Idaho, Joylynn (Mark) of Missoula, and Brent Magstadt of Seattle; stepchildren, Mike (Sherry) Armstrong of Clinton, and Cathy (Gary) Wright of Mount Vernon, Wash.; brothers, Kenneth (Gladys) Magstadt and twin Robert (Shirley) Magstadt; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel, 7405 Mullan Road, with the Rev. Richard Goodwin (brother-in-law) officiating. A small luncheon will follow in the funeral home's community room.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 554 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59801.