Alexander 'Alex' George Erhart MISSOULA - Alexander ''Alex" George Erhart, 72, passed away Monday, April 27, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Alex was born March 28, 1926, in Almont, N.D. He attended school in North Dakota and Grantsdale. He joined the Navy and served on the USS Charles Ausburne during World War II. He started his own dairy farm in the Bitterroot Valley.

He married Jean Heidt in 1948; they had five children and were later divorced. He moved to Missoula in 1954 and worked for Intermountain Lumber Co., until his retirement in 1988. Alex met Agnes Hills at a dance in early 1970 and they were married Aug. 7, 1970.

Alex enjoyed camping with the Good Sams, bowling, gardening, and attending U.S. Navy reunions. He loved to fish, dance and spend time with his kids and grandkids. His hobbies were rockhounding and wine making, and boy, did he make a mean bottle of wine. He belonged to the American Legion, the Orchard Homes Country Club, and the Good Sams.

Alex is survived by his wife, Agnes; six sons, Gary Hills and his wife Zoi, Ben Erhart and his wife Holly, Bryan Erhart and his wife Terry, Wayne Hills, Roger Hills and Scott Erhart; three daughters, Sandy Karlin, Vicky Erhart and Rich McDonald, Robin Monaco and her husband Kurt; 16 grandchildren, Cliff Karlin and his wife Maureen, Kelly Wiley and her husband Todd, Jason Hills and his wife Sheri, Elaine, Michael, Brandi, Sara, Josh and Ryan Hills, Nathan Erhart, and Courtney, Joanna, Chadd and Ryan Erhart, Nick, Nate and Tyler Monaco; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Danielle and Tanner Wiley, and Dylan Erhart. His is also survived by six brothers and sisters Rose Iten, Alois Erhart, Florian Erhart, Celestine Murphy, Ted Erhart and Mary Huff. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a bazillion friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lena; two brothers Vincent and Adam Erhart; daughter Jeanie Kay Erhart and great-grandson Gage Karlin.

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Garden City Funeral Home. Reception follows at the funeral home. Private burial is at the Florence-Carlton Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alois Erhart, Ted Erhart, Florian Erhart, Bernie Huff, Leo Erhart and Bill Bohle.

The family suggests memorials be made to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Tony Minster

BOISE, Idaho - Tony Minster, 42, died March 12, of heart failure.

He attended school in Missoula and was attending computer school in Boise at the time of his death. Tony loved the natural beauty of God's creation and had a deep appreciation of wildlife and the landscape of Montana. He loved to ride his mountain bike and go fishing. He had a big heart and touched many hearts with his generosity and helpful nature.

He is survived by his sister, Tana Minster of Billings; nephew, Tim Maclay of Billings; maternal aunt Kathryn Brenton of Polson; paternal aunt Margaret Constantine of Butte; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Bill Minster.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel, 7405 Mullan Road, with the Rev. Steve Rogers of the High Point Church officiating. Burial is at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Gary Alan Trader

MISSOULA - Gary Alan Trader, 44, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, April 27, at St. Patrick's Hospital after suffering injuries sustained in a work-related accident.

He was born on October 29, 1953, in Valley City, N.D., to Carl W. Trader, Sr. and Mildred Jacobson Trader.

On March 16, 1974, Gary married Laurel Olson. They resided on the home farm in North Dakota until 1985 when they moved to Plains to live in the mountains. In 1989 they were called to Missoula to work in Christ's Church.

Beloved husband, father, and ''Papa" has left us for a little while to sing with the angels in heaven; but we will see him again, someday.

Gary was an enthusiastic minister of God. He loved to talk to everyone around him of God's word. He enjoyed hiking and elk hunting and spent every free moment he had in the mountains with nature and close to God on the mountaintops.

There wasn't anything he couldn't do with his hands. He could build anything and fix anything that needed to be fixed. He was constantly teaching his son Justin everything he knew without even realizing.

He loved his two grandchildren with all his heart. Jocelyn and Skylar loved their ''Papa" and always looked forward to playing and roughhousing with him.

His wife Laurel and two kids, Justin and Amanda are going to miss him very much and truly loved him.

His father Carl Trader, Sr. and brother Larry preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Laurel K. Trader; son, Justin A. Trader; daughter, Amanda J. Trader; granddaughter, Jocelyn K. Trader; grandson, Skylar Robert Burns, all of Missoula; mother Mildred Trader, and two brothers Buck and Erling Trader, all of Oriska, N.D.; and sister Emmy Trader of Hope, N.D.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 3 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. A reception for family and close friends will follow at the Church of Christ.

Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Harold Henry Pauly

HAMILTON - Harold Henry Pauly, 81, of Hamilton passed away Sunday, April 26, at the Salt Lake Regional Hospital.

Harold was born in Grand Island, Neb., on Dec. 7, 1916, the son of John and Ida Mae Pauly. He was raised and educated in the Grand Island area before moving to California and working in the Aluminum Company of America plant before, during and after World War II. During this time he married Dorothy J. French in Las Vegas on Nov. 2, 1941. In 1945, they moved to South Dakota and then to Nebraska, where they ranched until moving to the Bitterroot in 1957. Harold was employed by the Popham Ranch, in the Corvallis area, for eight years before taking employment with the Teslow Feed Co. in Hamilton, at which time they purchased a farm west of Corvallis. Harold continued to work at the feed mill for 19 years even though it changed names from Peavy Co. to Lake Milling. After retiring, Harold spent nine summers irrigating for the Bitterroot Stock Farm.

Harold enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow up and was an avid sports fan following all the valley sports teams.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy of the family home in Hamilton; two sons Gordon and Judi of Stafford, Va., and Larry and Linda of Delta, Utah; two daughters Beverly and Greg Nord of Spokane and Donna and Don Murphy of Stevensville; three brothers Walter and Harry, both of Martin, S.D., and Rueben of Florence, Ark.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Daly-Leach Chapel with the Rev. Kathleen Jury officiating. Interment follows at the Corvallis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations for Harold be made to the Harold Pauly Scholarship fund. This fund is for awarding a scholarship to a graduating senior that has played American Legion Baseball in the Bitterroot through their last eligible season. Donations may be made to the Harold Pauly Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 393, Hamilton, Mont., 59840.

Lance A. Carter Jr.

KALISPELL - Lance A. Carter Jr., 94, died Monday, April 27, at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.

He is survived by his son Jack Carter of Azusa, Calif., and four grandchildren, Terri, Christie, Kellie and Scott.

Private family services will be at a later date.

Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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