William M. Kirkpatrick MISSOULA - William M. Kirkpatrick, 86, of Missoula, passed away Saturday, April 18, at Evergreen Health Care Center of natural causes.
William was born May 18, 1911, in Butte, the son of Joseph and Rufina Trembley Kirkpatrick. In 1940 he married Isabelle McCarthy, who preceded him in death in 1953. He then married Mary Pat Dowling in Missoula in 1953.
William graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with an L.L.B;JD. He was employed by the Anaconda Co. in the legal department in 1937 in Butte, as a legal counsel in Chicago in 1941, at the legal department in Butte again in 1945, as western general counsel and business manager of Montana operations from 1958 to 1964 in Butte, and finally as vice president in New York from 1964 until retiring in 1972.
William then became executive director of the Montana Wood Products Association from 1972 to 1975 in Missoula. From 1975 to 1987, he was legislative consultant for Champion International Corp. He also was a member of the Montana, Illinois and District of Columbia bars, and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife Mary Pat Kirkpatrick of Missoula; sons William M. Kirkpatrick Jr. of Butte; James J. and his wife, Claire, of Grand Coulee, Wash., Paul L. and his wife, Kris, of Spokane, and John D. and his wife, Melinda, of Menlo Park, Calif.; daughter Kathryn Stephenson of Butte; and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters Katherine Kiely and Rufina Kirkpatrick, both of Butte.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the church's Reidy Room.
The Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St., is in charge of arrangements.
For those wishing to make donations, the family suggests memorials in William's name to a charity of the donor's choice.
Pearl 'Billy' Hanson
ST. REGIS - Pearl "Billy" Hanson, 69, of St. Regis, passed away of a heart ailment Saturday, April 18, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
She was born June 17, 1928, in Missoula, the daughter of Silas and Margaret Sammons Price.
She is survived by her husband Willard Hanson of St. Regis; daughters Vicki Burger and Barb Melton, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Judy Muhlstein of San Francisco; and son Gary Johnson of Freeport, Texas. Also surviving are her two faithful companions, wiener dogs Max and Molli; and her very special friend and caregiver, Diane Peters of Alberton.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St., Missoula. No services are planned.
Harold C. Bryson
MOIESE - Harold C. Bryson, 84, of Moiese, went to be with the Lord on April 17, 1998, at his son's home in the Libby area.
Harold was born Dec. 22, 1913, in Vinton, Iowa, to John and Effie Bryson. In 1917 the family moved to homestead land north of Billings, later moving to Anaconda and on to Hamilton in 1921. In 1942 he went into the Army, serving in the Philippines, and was discharged in 1945.
In 1947 he married Wanda Reincke from Kansas. They farmed and ranched in the Hamilton area until 1968, when they moved to the upper Thompson River area west of Kalispell. In 1973 they moved to the Moiese area, where he had resided since.
He always enjoyed working horses and usually had a team to work with. It was a lifestyle that brings back many memories.
His relationship to the Lord was an important part of his life and he was an active member of First Baptist Church of Ronan.
Preceding him in death were his wife Wanda, exactly three years to the day; a sister and a brother.
He is survived by his son Alan and his wife, Bonnie; three grandchildren, Michelle, Angela and Rachel; sister Edith; and eight nieces and nephews and families.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at First Baptist Church in Ronan with the Rev. Hap Cheff officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shrider's Mortuary in Ronan.
LeRoy 'Pete' Darling
POLSON - LeRoy "Pete" Darling, 69, passed away at his home in Polson on April 18, 1998, of respiratory failure.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sons, Dewayne, Dan and Dean.
Pete is survived by his wife Alma of Polson; son Dennis of Nampa, Idaho; daughters Kathy Thibert of Missoula and Keyna Kerekes of Rascommon, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Polson Christian Church with the Rev. Gerry Ouellette officiating. Inurnment will be at Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home.
Robert G. Perry
SALMON, Idaho - Robert Gerald Perry, 73, died April 19, 1998, at Discovery Care Centre after a lingering illness.
He is survived by his mother Winifred Sassman; brothers Roswell Perry and William Perry; two nieces, four nephews and their families.
His father and one nephew preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Salmon Cemetery with Robert's nephew, Father Bob Perry officiating. The Masonic Lemhi Lodge No. 11 AF & AM will conduct ritualistic services.
Viewing for family and friends will be 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Salmon River Funeral Chapel.
Gerald Stanley 'Jerry' Mace Sr.
MISSOULA - Gerald Stanley "Jerry" Mace Sr., 65, of Missoula passed away on Thursday, April 16, at his home of cancer.
He was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Missoula, the son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Mace. Jerry was raised and educated in the Missoula area and graduated from Missoula County High School. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1949 and served as a sergeant first class in the Korean War. Jerry was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After his discharge, Jerry went to college in Oklahoma.
He met Betty J. Borders on July 6, 1968, and they married on July 31, 1968, in Haines City, Fla. Jerry was self-employed in the trucking business for over 30 years. He also was an artist and a poet, having some of his poems published. Jerry was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was very active on the fund-raising committee for the construction of the Korean War Memorial at Rose Park.
Jerry was preceded in death by his son Gerald S. Mace Jr.; his parents and four brothers. He is survived by his loving wife Betty of the family home in Missoula; two daughters, Leanna Shorter and her husband, Douglas, of Hamilton; and Vera Lorraine Mace of Missoula; two grandsons, Gerald S. Mace III of Missoula and Andrew Douglas Shorter of Hamilton; three sisters, Vera Lorraine Price of Spokane, Millie Ciarlone of Colstrip and Virginia Ferrell of Carrington, N.D.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Jerry was a very caring and loving husband, father and friend. He is loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Graveside services with military honors will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Missoula City Cemetery.
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In lieu of flowers, Jerry wanted memorials made in his name in care of Betty Mace, 657 1/2 Michigan Ave., Missoula, Mont. 59802.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Bradley 'L' Hart
MISSOULA - Bradley 'L' Hart passed away Sunday, April 19, at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born April 4, 1943, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Lewis Lynn and Zola Wilson Hart. After graduating from Rigby (Idaho) High School in 1961, he attended Ricks College for two years. He then served a two-year mission for his church and went on to graduate from Utah State University. He received his master's degree from Montana State University in 1971.
He taught one year at Hamilton High School in 1967-68 and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served a tour in South Vietnam before being honorably discharged in 1970.
Returning to Montana, he accepted a position as a marketing teacher at Hellgate High School in September 1970 and continued teaching since that time. In the early 1980s, he was recognized as the marketing teacher of the year.
He married Luana Carpenter on Aug. 7, 1969, in Honolulu and is survived by her and their sons, Brandon 'L' of Missoula and Derek 'L' of Cheyenne, Wyo. He also is survived by his beloved grandson and "little buddy," Brodie 'L' Hart of Missoula; sisters Beverly Zobell and husband, Walt, and family of Jackson; and Kristy Coy and family of Rexburg, Idaho; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Lawrence and Kathy Carpenter and family of Grantsdale; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Lyman and Marilyn Carpenter of Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lynn and Zola Hart of Menan, Idaho, and his mother-in-law Lera Carpenter of Hamilton.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Hellgate High School Gymnasium. Burial will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Frances R. Maentz
HAMILTON - Frances R. Maentz, 97, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully and joined our Lord on Thursday, April 16, at the Discovery Care Centre.
She was born March 11, 1901, to John and Elizabeth Ritter in Talmage, Neb., where she was raised. She completed her education with a master's degree in education and art from the University of Missouri.
Fran met and married George C. Maentz while teaching school in Michigan. They had one daughter. He preceded Fran in death in 1967.
After retiring from teaching, she moved to Florida and then to Hamilton in 1978 to be close to her daughter and family. She was a worldwide traveler in her younger days, touring most countries on all the continents.
At age 90 she received Beta Sigma Phi's "First Lady of the Year" Award, recognizing her talents and contributions to the community. At the time she belonged to 16 local organizations, including the Ravalli County Museum, Hospital Guild, Daly Mansion and Arts Guild. Fran always said that this award was the highlight of her life. She was an avid card player, but bridge was her first love.
Fran probably was best known for her beautiful real flower greeting cards and pictures, which she displayed, sold and gave away throughout the Bitterroot Valley. To many who enjoyed her work, she was known as the Flower Lady.
Survivors include her daughter Betty Swift and husband, Bernie, of Hamilton; granddaughter Anita Meierstein and husband, Ralph, of Portland, Ore.; grandson Robert Swift and wife, Jerri, of West Chester, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
A celebration of life in honor of Fran's long 97 years of active living will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Daly-Leach Chapel. Cremation has taken place. Fran's ashes will be scattered at one of her favorite flower-gathering spots later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to one of the above-mentioned organizations or to First Christian Church of Hamilton.
Albena J. Wolfe
CORVALLIS - Albena J. Wolfe, 77, died Saturday, April 18, at her residence in Corvallis.
Survivors include her husband Clarence; daughter Sherry Reisch and her husband, Richard; and son Eldon Wolfe, all of Corvallis; sisters Nellie Wolfe of Waskom, Texas; Frances Meich of Sheridan, Wyo.; and Florence Young of Decker; brothers John Arzy, Raymond Arzy and George Arzy, all of Sheridan, Wyo.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Interment of the urn will be at Corvallis Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Corvallis Women's Club, Albena Wolfe Scholarship Fund, c/o Sherry Reisch, 617 Willow Creek Cross Road, Corvallis, Mont. 59828.
Clifford T. Hayden
LIBBY - Clifford Thomas Hayden, 83, longtime Libby resident, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at Harlowton.
Survivors include his wife Lucile of Libby; daughters Genevieve "Gen" Noble and husband, Cal, of Libby; and Sharelle Gehring and husband, Jack, of Harlowton; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Don Hayden and wife, Marion, of Libby; and sister Lucille Lemoine of Wichita, Kan.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Libby United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Cardiac Rehab Unit of St. John's Lutheran Hospital.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
June Maxine Dutton
MISSOULA - June M. Dutton, 68, of Missoula, died at St. Patrick Hosptial on April 17, 1998.
She was born on the family homestead near Battle Ridge, Alberta, Canada, on March 24, 1930, to Allan Phillip and Vey Lottie Carl Dutton. They moved to Gold Creek when she was a baby. She attended grade school in Drummond. They moved to Missoula where she attended Target Range School and graduated from Missoula County High School. June went to the University of Montana from 1948 to 1952 and graduated with a teaching degree.
She taught school for 29 years in Dixon, Polson, Helena and at Lewis and Clark Grade School in Missoula. She was a member of the American Association of University Women. June attended the the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Missoula.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth Dutton and sister Kathleen Maier.
June is survived by brothers Delos M. Dutton and his wife, Marlene, of Tigard, Ore.; and Allan J. Dutton and his wife, JoAnn, of Hamilton; nieces Marlene Koski of Wingate, N.C.; Karen Koep of Olympia, Wash.; Donna Peterson of Missoula; and Pauline and Katherine Dutton, both of Tigard; nephews Ross Dutton of Hamilton; Daniel Dutton of McCall, Idaho; Neil Maier of Frenchtown; Roger Maier of Sedro Woolley, Wash; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
Viewing will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Squire Chapel, 3035 S. Russell St.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the funeral home with the Rev. Clarence McKey officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4547, Missoula, Mont. 59806.