Miscellaneous Lincoln County, Montana Obituaries

From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT

Calvin Thomen
Calvin H. Thomen, 88, of Troy, died Sept. 26, 2001, at his home.  
He was born on Jan. 3, 1913, at Camas Hot Springs to Harold and Ruth Como Thomen.  
Survivors include son Vernon Thomen, Troy; daughter Barbara Larotue, Whitefish; brother Bud Clark, Medford, Ore; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  
Private family services are being held.  
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Richard Neil Bear
Former Libby resident Richard Neil Bear, 44, Missoula, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, less than a day after he was found unconscious at his home.  
Rick was born on Nov. 19, 1956, at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Agency hospital. He was a member of the Medicine Bear Clan of the Assiniboine Tribes with ancestors from Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian reservations.  
He grew up in towns from Bainville to Libby while stepfather Bruce Avery pursued a career with the railroad. He attended schools in Havre, Culbertson, Bainville, West Glacier, Columbia Falls and Libby.  
Rickís chosen craft was home construction and he eventually became a private roofing contractor, working throughout western and northcentral Montana, establishing lifelong friendships with the people he met along the way.  
He enjoyed picking huckleberries and camping and fishing with his family, especially at Spotted Bear, where his ashes will be spread next summer.  
Survivors include his wife Althea LaMere Bear, Missoula, and their children, Steven LaMere, Rhianna, Josie and Stormy, and grandsons Isiah and Uriah.  
He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Mayble (Bitsy) and Bruce Avery, Libby; brother Bernard and wife Kim Azure and family, Valley Creek; sister Carmen and husband Mark Knapton and family, Kalispell; brother John Adams, Which Ever Way the Wind Blows, Montana; sister Tammy and husband Cole Anderson and family, Troy, and sister Shannon and husband David Cimino and family, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  
Rick is also survived by other relatives and all his LaMere extended family members who adopted him as a brother and friend. He was preceded in death by his beloved best friend and brother Allan Scott Bear in 1980.  
Funeral services were conducted  at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula with a reception following in the funeral homeís community room.  

Anna Cripe
Anna B. Cripe, 46, of Libby, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
She was born on April 23, 1955, at Libby, to Donald and Marie Bassaraba Cripe.  
Anne attended Libby schools and graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1974.  
She moved from the family farm on Granite Creek to the Green Meadow Manor in 1998, and lived there until it burned. She then moved to Treasure Manor.  
Anne enjoyed reading, collecting recipes, politics, rides in the woods and spending time on the Granite Creek farm.  
She was preceded in death by her father Don Cripe, brothers Jesse and Nicolas and nephews Chris and Teddy.  
Survivors include her mother Marie Cripe, Libby; sisters Sue Johnson and her husband Ted, and Donna Eggleston and her husband Ed, all of Libby.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Local arrangements are under direction of the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Carl Nordin
Former longtime Libby resident Carl E. Nordin, 85, died Sept. 21, 2001, at his residence at Buffalo Hills Terrace in Kalispell.  
He was born on Dec. 9, 1915, at Cass Lake, Minn., where he attended grade school.  
He moved with his family to Libby in 1928, attended Libby schools and graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1933.  
Immediately after graduation Carl went to work for the J. Neils Lumber Company as a bookkeeper and secretary, a position he held for 45 years.  
He married Francze Eaton on June 19, 1939, and they raised their three children in Libby.  
After retiring from J. Neils, Carl and Francze moved from their home in Libby to Savage Lake near Troy in 1965, living there until August 2000 when they moved to Buffalo Hills Terrace.  
Carl is survived by his wife Francze, Buffalo Hills Terrace; son Wesley and his wife Lura, their three sons and three grandchildren; son Wendell and his wife Sue and their two sons, and daughter Nona and her husband Jerry Challinor.  
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, 1890 Hwy 93 N., Kalispell.  

Harold Burrell
Harold M. Burrell, 66, of Libby, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur díAlene, Idaho.  
He was born on March 6, 1935, at Pomona, Calif., to Kenneth and Florence Burrell.  
Harold served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957.  
He attended South Dakota State University and taught school in Paradise and Helena.  
Harold was a game warden for the Montana Fish & Game Department for 24 years, working at Glendive, Miles City and Shelby, before coming to Libby in 1973. He also worked for the state of Washington as a corrections officer for several years until retiring and returning to Libby.  
Harold was preceded in death by adopted son Chan Phu Tran in 1992.  
A lifelong outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, cooking, writing poetry and making agate jewelry.  
Survivors include his wife Martha, Libby; children Amy Bollinger, Salt Lake City, Utah; Suzanne Resch, Libby; Tom Price, Salt Lake City, and Jason Burrell, Missoula; grandsons Dylan and Jordyn and granddaughters Callie, Samantha and Taylor, and nephew Nick.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Jerry Bell officiating.  
Interment with military honors will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday and until noon on Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Terry Doxtater
Former Libby resident Fern Harriet (Terry) Doxtater, 87, died Sept. 15, 2001, at Timberhill Place in Corvallis, Ore.  
She was born on Dec. 22, 1913, at Breckenridge, Minn., to Robert Roy and Cora Rebecca Johnson Waite.  
She attended school in Breckenridge, graduating from high school in 1931.  
She attended Hamline University in St. Paul, graduating in 1935 with degrees in secondary education and social service.  
Terry worked for a year in social services at Winona, Albert Lea and Rochester, Minn.  
She had met Charles Homer Doxtater at Hamline and they were married on Oct. 18, 1936.  
They lived in Billings, where daughter Gail was born, and in Deer Lodge, where son Dennis was born during World War II, before moving to Libby in 1951, where twins Jane and Jean were born.  
At Libby, they took over the Blue Bear, a drive-in and fountain lunch, in 1951 and owned and operated it until selling it in 1963.  
While living in Libby, Terry attended summer school at the University of Montana in Missoula and began teaching the fifth grade in Libby. She taught fifth grade for two years and seventh grade math for three years.  
In 1968 the family moved to Corvallis where they bought a franchise and started Taco Time, a fast-food Mexican restaurant, operating it until 1975 when they retired.  
After retiring Terry and Homer traveled and built a log cabin on Crystal Lake near Libby where they spent summers.  
Her interests included reading, playing bridge, golfing, watching basketball games, church, Bible study, sewing, crocheting, knitting and walking.  
At age 75 she took a water color class and painted extensively including solar paintings.  
Terry held office in the Libby United Methodist Church, was active in the Four L Study Group, enjoyed playing bridge and helped with Vacation Bible School.  
Terry and Homer moved to Timberhill Place in November 2000  
Survivors include her husband Homer, Corvallis, daughters Gail Diedrich, Los Alamos, N.M.; Jane Kay Esping, Beaverton, Ore., and Jean Anne Bays, Bellingham, Wash.; son Dennis Charles Doxtater, Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Terry was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.  
Memorial services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis, with the Revs. Ann Bateman, Bert Scott and Ruth Shirley officiating.  
A reception followed the service.  
Memorial contributions may be mailed to the church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave, Corvallis 97330.  

Ira Brazington
Former Libby resident Ira William Brazington, 40, died Sept. 13, 2001, in Colville, Wash.  
He moved to Libby in the early 1970ís, working in local restaurants, at Koocanusa Marina, Nickel Cars and W.R. Grace Co.  
He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and loved to tell jokes.  
Ira is survived by his wife LaPreal Brazington and her daughter Shawna; his father Walter E. Brazington Sr., and mother Judy Brazington; brothers Walter Jr., and Clayton; sisters Mitzie, Rita and Annette; grandfather Don Davis, 17 nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts, uncles and friends.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 11515 E. Broadway, Spokane.  
For information about memorials Call Mitzie, 509-684-0456 or Rita, 509-465-9266.  

Sophie Nellis
Longtime Libby resident Sophie Anna (Hunt) Nellis, 71, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at the Nampa Care Center in Nampa, Idaho.  
She was born on Dec. 17, 1929, at Kalispell, to Jack Hunt and Anna Cada Hunt (Fantozzi), and grew up in the Ural area north of Libby.  
Sophie moved to Libby with her family in 1940. She attended Libby High School and worked at the J&I Cafe in Libby.  
Sophie married Marvin B. Nellis on June 7, 1946, at Libby, after Marvin returned from military service during World War II.  
After her children were all in school, Sophie completed practical nurseís training and was employed at the Libby Care Center and as a nurse at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital for more than 20 years until her retirement.  
Sophie and Marvin managed rental properties in Libby and Spokane and also enjoyed harvesting Christmas trees each fall in Libby and Eureka, an activity they continued after retirement.  
After retirement they also enjoyed spending time at their cabin near Eureka, visiting children and grandchildren, traveling, and maintaining active membership in the Libby Christian Church and its Seniors Group.  
Sophieís church family was very important to her and she is remembered as a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She gave unselfishly to others through her talents as a nurse and as a committed friend. She enjoyed entertaining others at her home and family cabin with wonderful meals and fellowship.  
She is also remembered for her talents as an artist, cake decorator and seamstress.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin in February 2000, granddaughter Leanne Zook and sister Delores Hardy.  
Surviving are her children, Marcia J. Thomas and her husband Robert, Meridian, Idaho; Linda Zook and her husband George, Polson, and Duane Nellis and his wife Ruth, Morgantown, W.Va., sister Dorothy Dennis, Walla Walla, Wash.; brother Albert Fantozzi, Libby; grandchildren Lisa, Lori, Larissa, Robert, Deanna, Jonathan and Jason, and great-grandchildren Samantha and Sophie.  
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Libby Christian Church with interment following in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Shirley Williams
Shirley A. Williams, 65, of Libby, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born on Jan. 16, 1936, at Martinsville, Va., to Eugene and Iva Rosella Burkes Williams.  
Shirley was active in the Moose Lodge. She was preceded in death by her husband Vic.  
Survivors include son David Rossing and his wife Tami, Missoula; daughters Brenda Miller and her husband Russ, Kalispell, and Linda Huffman of Coeur díAlene, Idaho; step-son Bill Farnsworth and his wife Tina, Libby; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Mary Duffield
Mary A. Duffield, 87, of Libby, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born May 3, 1914, in Lemons County, Mo., to Edward L. and Mary Lou Smith.  
The family came to Montana, settling at Cleveland near Chinook.  
Mary was raised on the family homestead at Cleveland and attended high school in Chinook.  
She married Ensign Duffield on April 23, 1932, at Chinook.  
They moved to the west shore of Flathead Lake in 1936 and came to Libby in 1960.  
They operated the Town Pump in Superior, 1975-1978, and the Town Pump in Plains, 1979-1981.  
Following their retirement they lived in Superior until 1988, when they returned to Libby.  
Mary was active in the ministry of the Jehovahís Witnesses for 60 years, assisting in the founding of four congregations in western Montana.  
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998, and by daughters Juanita Duffield Weatherly and Sharon Duffield Green.  
Survivors include daughters Arlene Gosselin, Moscow, Idaho; Shirley Robins, Libby; Bonnie Connors, Redmond, Wash., and Karen Wormuth, Mesa, Ariz.; son Gary Duffield, Chinook; 29 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  
Services will be announced by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home at at a later date.  
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorís choice.  

Wilber Myers
Wilber  E. (Peewee) Myers, 82, died Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born on March 7, 1919, at Minneapolis, Minn., and was raised and educated at Sisseton, S.D.  
Wilber served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.  
He came to the Libby area in the 1960ís, working on the Libby Dam Project and later in the timber industry until his retirement.  
Survivors include a brother and several nieces and nephews as well as good friend June Kirkhoven of Libby.  
Graveside services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Alice Parkison
Alice J. Parkison, 87, who grew up in McGinnis Meadows, died Sept. 7, 2001, at Brendan House in Kalispell.  
She was born on Jan. 12, 1914, at Alberton, to Charles Van Alstine and Mabel Mary Rice Van Alstine.  
After the death of her mother and younger sister in 1918, Alice lived much of the time with her grandparents on the family homestead in McGinnis Meadows. She also lived and attended school at Harlowton and other Montana towns, staying with her father who worked for the Milwaukee Railroad.  
In 1931, she married Homer Davis and they were later divorced.  
She lived and worked in the Kalispell area for several years and married Bert Parkison in 1952.  
For many years they lived in McGinnis Meadows, where Alice drove the bus to transport children to school at Happyís Inn and Manicke. She was a supportive member of the Manicke church for many years.  
Alice will be remembered for her love of horses, rabbits, goats and pet dogs. She enjoyed reading, growing plants and the solitude of her mountain home.  
She moved to Kalispell in 1998 and has resided at Brendan House since 1999.  
Survivors include five children, sons Irwin Davis and his wife Dottie, Coeur díAlene, Idaho; Allen Davis and his wife Dorothy, Hot Springs; Tom Davis, Kalispell and Larry Parkison and his wife Shelly, Kalispell; daughter Jeanette Halvorson and her husband Ron, Libby; step-son Dewey Parkison, Kalispell, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Bert Parkison in 1981 and three step-daughters, Donna Harp, Vaeda Cole and Sharon Bunyea, all of Kalispell, and grandson David Parkison on July 25, 2001.  
Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson Mortuary Chapel in Kalispell with Pastor Nathan Bemis officiating.  
Graveside services followed at 3 p.m. at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Arrangements were under direction of Johnson Mortuary & Crematory.  

Jacqueline Powell
Jacqueline M. Powell, 74, of Libby, died Sept. 5, 2001, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
She was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to George and Nora Doyle Cottrell and moved to Montana when she was four years old.  
Jacqueline attended school at Jennings and then moved back to Sandpoint, where she married Don Powell.  
They returned to Libby, where they raised their 12 children.  
Jacqueline loved fishing, camping and doing volunteer work. She attended the Libby Christian Church.  
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, sister Georgia Parker, brother Melvin Cottrell and her husband Don.  
Survivors include her children, Donald Powell, Sandra Dempewolf, Billy Powell, Debbie Stubbs, Cindy James and Danny Powell, all of Libby; Becky Sharp, Kalispell; Sharon Bedwell, Billings; Steven Powell, Portland; Mark Powell, St. Helens, Wash.; sisters Bethene Candee, Jody Collier and Jerri Fletcher, all of Libby; brother Darrell Cottrell, Columbia Falls; 48 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Libby Christian Church.  
Arrangements were under direction of the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Melvin Baeth
Former Libby resident Melvin L. Baeth, 62, died on Sept. 4, 2001, at his home in Elko, Nev.  
He was born on Aug. 28, 1939, in Libby, to William and Violet Stapley Baeth.  
An artist and musician, Melvin played steel guitar with the Libby Musicians.  
He moved from Libby to Elko six years ago and was a top lander for Barrick Goldstrike at the time of his death.  
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Don.  
Survivors include his wife Judy Baeth, Elko; mother Violet Torpin, Libby; sons Kenneth Baeth, Elko, and Alan Baeth, Mountain Home, Idaho; daughter Wanda Halverson, Libby, and five grandchildren.  
Memorials services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Burns Funeral Home in Elko with the Rev. Dan Figiel officiating.  
A service will also be held at Milnor Lake Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.  
Cremation has taken place at Sunset Crematory.  

George Cunningham
George G. Cunningham, Jr., 75, of Fairfield, Ohio, father of Toni Snyder of Libby, died Sept. 3, 2001, at Hospice of Cincinnati.  
He was born on Dec. 27, 1925, at Cincinnati, Ohio to George and Marguerite Distler Cunningham.  
He married Marjorie Lewis in Hamilton on May 16, 1953.  
George served as a B-25 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and as an ordnance officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  
After his career in the service was over he continued to fly and worked as an engineering designer of aircraft engines for General Electric.  
He served as a deacon and Bible School teacher and was a leader in other ministries in Fairfield.  
He is survived by his wife Marjorie; son George G. Cunningham III and his wife Mary Kay, Mason, Ohio; daughter Toni Snyder and her husband Rod, Libby; grandchildren Aaron David and Anna Marie Snyder; brother Paul A. Cunningham, Mason; and several nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Peggy Hubbard.  
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Avance Funeral Home in Fairfield with David Hargrave, Ray Jones and Doug Smith officiating.  
Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Church of Christ, 745 Symmes Road, Fairfield, Ohio 45014 or Hospice of Cincinnati, Hamilton Inpatient Unit, 896 NW Washington Blvd., Hamilton, Ohio 45013.  

Harold Fletcher
Longtime Libby resident Harold H. Fletcher, 78, lost a long battle with cancer and died Sept. 1, 2001, at Valley Vista Hospice in Sandpoint, Idaho.  
He was born March 22, 1923.  
During the past year Harold underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle, while living with his daughter Carolyn in Shelton, Wash.  
He spent the month of July in California with his daughter Nancy and then was in hospice care for the past six weeks.  
Survivors include his brother Robert Fletcher, Libby; sons Kirk, Libby, Morris, Deer Lodge, Mac, Bigfork, Marvin, Beaverton, Ore., and Toni in North Carolina; daughters Carolyn Fellenburg and her husband Bill, Shelton, Wash.; Nancy Buccola, Westminster, Calif., and Lillie, Beaverton, Ore.; 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  
Memorial services will be held later, on a date to be announced.  

Peggy Landis
Margaret (Peggy) Carol Landis, 70, of North Bend, Ore., died Aug. 29, 2001, at her home.  
She was born Jan. 5, 1931, at Paradise in Butte County, Calif., to Glenn L. Gordon and Margaret Isabell Eddie Gordon.  
Peggy grew up and attended schools in Paradise and Chico, Calif., and later lived in Darrington, Wash.  
She also lived in Boise, Idaho and the Tri-Cities in Washington.  
Survivors include her husband of five years, Robert E. Landis, North Bend; step-son Rob Landis Jr., Roseburg, Ore.; step-daughter Mary E. Landis in Texas; sons Raymond Gunter and Glenn Neidigh, Everett, Wash.; five daughters, Mary Johnson, Medical Lake, Wash.; Karen Wilkinson, Edmonds, Wash.; Patricia Neidigh, Libby; Pamela Kyles, Darrington, Wash., and Angela Cope, Marysville, Wash.; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  
She is also survived by sisters Frances Miley, Yuba City, Calif., and Evelyn Stevens, Marysville, special friend Audrey Leedle, Marysville, and her pet dog Sam.  
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, sister Glenda Gordon Hiersche and two grandchildren.  
Services, under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home, were held at the City of Libby Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation. 

Dick Martin
Francis D. (Dick) Martin, 75, died on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at his home near Troy.  
He was born on March 8, 1926, in Missoula, to Ralph and Jeannette Martin.  
Dick and his sister Billie were raised in Orchard Homes but enjoyed time spent with their cousins at the Sol Dairy in Grass Valley.  
Dick learned to work hard, but he also loved music, had a rich singing voice, took violin lessons and played the harmonica.  
After completing high school, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Occupied Japan.  
Returning to Missoula, Dick attended the University of Montana, earning a degree in forestry.  
He met Jeannine Dudley at the university and they were married in 1950, graduating together in 1951.  
They moved to Lincoln County, settling in Troy, where Dick worked as a forester for 16 years. After an accident in the woods, he changed professions and became a schoolteacher. He also took up painting and retired after teaching for 22 years in the Libby Public School System.  
Dick was active in the Boy Scout program, serving for many years as a troop leader and scoutmaster. He received the Silver Beaver Award for service in 1968.  
He served on the Troy city council and was active in the Troy United Methodist Church, participating in the church choir and contributing to many building and renovation projects.  
He loved the outdoors and his great joys were hunting, fishing and huckleberry picking. Many of his best paintings were western landscapes and wildlife. His dry sense of humor, love and loyalty for family and friends, his honesty, forthrightness and sometimes fierce temper will be missed.  
Survivors include his wife Jeannine, his children and their spouses, Ralph and Becca Martin and Craig and Marie Martin, Troy; Tom and Janet Martin, Missoula; Allison and Rod Meilicke, Kalispell; Louise and Tim Hutchison, Antioch, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Billie Marie and Krnneth Coon, Missoula, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Troy United Methodist Church.  
A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula.  
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Lincoln County or the American Cancer Society.  
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.

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