Miscellaneous Lincoln County, Montana Obituaries

From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT

John Hartry
Former Libby resident John A. Hartry, 71, of Kalispell, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1998, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.  
He was born Oct. 1, 1927, at Hannah, N.D., to George and Christina Hartry.  
As a small child he moved with his family to Culbertson, where he was raised and educated.  
John served with the U.S. Army during World War II and following his honorable discharge in 1947, returned to Montana where he was employed at various places as a truck driver.  
Johh came to Libby in 1967 to work on the Libby Dam Project, and later was employed as a woodsworker.  
He married Joline Bakker Hoefert on March 1, 1969, at Libby. They moved back and forth between Libby and Kalispell for several years until moving to Kalispell permanently in 1989. John worked in maintenance at the Blue & White Motel until retiring.  
An avid outdoorsman, John enjoyed hunting, fishing and prospecting with his metal detector.  
Survivors include his wife Joline of Kalispell; his children John Heims, Billings; Laura Hagar, Bozeman; Martin Hoefert, Yvonne Powell and Beth Scott, all of Kalispell; sister Thelma Larsen, Libby; brothers Floyd Hartry, Libby, and James Hartry, Kalispell; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
John was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a niece and a nephew.  
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.

Jim Mahoney
Libby native James P. Mahoney, 76, of Spokane, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, at Holy Family Hospital.  
He was born on Dec. 16, 1922, at Libby, the second of two children born to James and Julia Lynch Mahoney. Jim was preceded in death by his sister Mary A. Mahoney, a life-long Libby resident.  
Jim attended Libby schools, graduating from Libby High School with the Class of 1941. While in high school he worked on the family ranch west of town.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 21, 1942, serving as an altitude chamber technician and airplane armorer and earning his AF Air Crew Member Wings. During World War II Jim participated in the China Offensive and in Air Combat Borneo earning the American Theatre Service Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. Jim was honorably discharged on Feb. 24, 1946.  
In June 1950 Jim graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane and in 1951 he married Dixie Trimble of Spokane.  
Jim practiced law for several years, but for most of his career he was a support enforcement officer for the State of Washington.  
Never a man for hobbies, Jim kept busy helping his family, fixing up or adding on to his house, his children’s houses, rental houses, and his sister’s house in Libby.  
A committed family man, Jim was always ready to help others, and genuinely saw the best in other people. He and Dixie helped raise more than 50 foster children in addition to their own six children, Jim, Dan, Julie, Kathy, Colleen (deceased) and Peggy.  
Survivors include his wife Dixie, Spokane; sons Jim Mahoney Jr., his wife Gail and their children Jimmy and Diane, Spokane, and Dan Mahoney and his wife Scooter, Spokane, and their daughter Sara, Denver; daughters Julie Magee, her husband John and their three children, Alicia, Sam and Meegan, all in Spokane; Kathleen Conley and her five children, Bridget, Colleen, Kate and Tricia in Spokane and Matthew, in Yakima; and Peggy Gleesing, her husband Jim and their children Tim and Annie, all in Yakima.  
Services will be held at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Burial will follow at a later date in Libby.  
Memorials may be made to Fairview Assisted Living, 1617 N. Calispel, Spokane 99205.

Borghild Judkins
Borghild L. Judkins, 90, of Libby, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born on Oct. 31, 1908, at Bagley, Minn., to August and Louise Dahl and moved with her family to Banks, N.D., where she was raised and educated.  
Borghild married Jay F. Judkins on April 25, 1927, at Watford City, N.D.  
She worked for many years in the restaurant business, as a cook, and owning and operating a truck stop, later working at Mabel’s Cafe.  
Her husband Jay preceded her in death in 1955.  
Borgild came to Libby in 1962, again working in the restaurant business, at Libby Cafe, Husky Cafe and Jack’s Zip-In, until retiring. She had since continued to live in Libby with her son Charles.  
She is remembered as an excellent cook who enjoyed baking, raising a graden and canning vegetables and fruits. She was also an avid Atlanta Braves fan.  
Borghild was also preceded in death by son Duane, grandsons Robert Judkins and Stony Clinton, and sister Enga Schultz.  
Survivors include daughters Barbara Arthaud and her husband Bob, Dickinson, N.D.; Eileen Felland, Sandpoint, Idaho, and Elaine Laasch and her husband Virgil, Cut Bank; sons Leslie (Les) Judkins and his wife Maybelle,  Bridger; James (Jim) Judkins and Charles Judkins, both of Libby, and Jack Judkins and his wife Wilma, Troy; sister Olga Howard, White Bear Lake, Minn.; 26 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be from 3:30-8 p.m. tuesday and until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Assembly of God Church with Pastor Paul Wheeler and Pastor Raymond Bache officiating.  
Interment will follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to Libby Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 777, Libby 59923.

Janet Siegel
Janet B. Siegel, 60, of Libby, died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.  
She was born at Fort Peck on Feb. 21, 1938, to Dean and Ada Baird.  
In 1949 the family moved to Plains where Janet attended school, graduating from Plains High School in 1956.  
She worked for the Majestic Candy Company in Missoula, and later worked as a clerk at St. Patrick Hospital and for Central Ambulance and Answering Service.  
Janet came to Libby in 1976, working in the Clerk and Recorder’s office and later serving for several years as Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder.  
She later worked in the supervisor’s office of the U.S. Forest Service, until retirement.  
Janet is remembered for her friendly helpfulness and for her courageous battle against critical illness.  
She was preceded in death by her father.  
Survivors include her mother, Ada Qualey, Libby; brother Larry Daird, Evans, Ga., and step-mother Emma Baird, Plains.  
Private arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Memorials may be made to ‘‘Wings,’’ 310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, 59901, or to the American Cancer Society.

Joy Marcum Orsborn
Joy D. Marcum Orsborn, wife of former Libby resident Ray A. Orsborn, died Nov. 29, 1998, at Proctorville, Ohio.  
Surviving, in addition to her husband Ray in Proctorville, are son Glen Marcum, Huntington, W. Va.; brothers Ray Webb, McRoberts, Ky.; J.D. Webb, Louisa, Ky., and James Fred Webb, Proctorville; sisters Della Mae Gartin, Louisa, and Elizabeth Cote, Libby, and nieces, nephews and friends.  
Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Huntington.

Toni Riley
Libby native Darlene J. (Toni) Riley, 54, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital after a long battle with cancer.  
She was born on Nov. 9, 1944, at Libby, to Mark and Grace Burton Hall.  
Toni attended Libby schools and on Dec. 8, 1961, she married Vern Riley in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  
Toni had been a member of David Thompson Search and Rescue and an emergency medical technician with the Libby Volunteer Ambulance since 1985.  
She was a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office for five years and worked for a labor union for three years, until she became ill.  
Toni also worked at Asa Wood School for two years as a teacher’s aide. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, hunting, camping and riding horses. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.  
Survivors include her husband Vern, Libby; sons Mike and his wife Peggy, San Diego, Calif.; Billy and his wife Ramey, Marysville, Wash., and Chuck of Libby; daughter Laurie Kempter, Libby; mother Grace Emch, Williams, Calif.; brother Monty Hall, Hot Springs, and sisters Jean Carlson, Porterville, Calif.; Pat Weaver, Williams, and Barbara Dimmick, Corning, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Monika, Christian, Joshua and Jackie.  
Private family visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Libby Christian Church. 

John Evans
Former Libby resident John Daniel Evans, 60, died Dec. 2, 1998, at Reno, Neb.  
Born on Dec. 28, 1937, in Montana, John was preceded in death by his parents John Robinson Evans and Gladys Irene Evans Adams and brothers Jim and Paul Evans.  
He is survived by his wife, Joan Evans, Forks, Wash.; seven children, John, Bakersfield, Calif.; Joseph, Boulder; Charlie, Forks; William, Palmyra, Tenn.; Brett, Austin, Nev.; Joy Rountree, Bakersfield and Amanda Evans, Austin.  
He is also survived by six brothers, Ed, Bradshaw, Neb.; Fred, Spokane; Ernie, Libby; Ivan, Hasty, Ark.; David, Dix, Neb., and  Marvin, Kalispell; three sisters, Carol Schmitt, Libby; Dixie Ramsey, Dix, and Mavis Fisher, Bushnell, Neb., four granddaughters, three great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Friends are welcome to gather at the Ernie Evans residence five miles out on the Pipe Creek Road after the graveside services. 

Angie Reedy
Angeline M. (Angie) Reedy, 80, of Libby, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.  
She was born on May 9, 1918, at Comertown, to George and Ella Johnson.  
Angie came to Libby with her family as a child and attended Libby schools.  
She worked at the Kootenai Laundry and was on the housekeeping staff of St. John’s Lutheran Hospital for more than 30 years.  
She married Stanley J. (Stu) Reedy on Feb. 26, 1938, at Libby.  
Angie enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and needlework and was a life-long member of St. Joseph Parish.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Stu Reedy in 1990; her first husband John Herbst in 1937; her father, step-father, three brothers and a sister.  
Survivors include daughters Joan Kershner and her husband Dan, Winnemucca, Nev.; Myrna Pilny and her husband Charles (Chick), Libby, and Shirley Johnsrud and her husband David, Galena, Alaska; sons Bennett Reedy, Omaha, Neb., and James Reedy and his wife Laurie, Kalispell; her mother Ella Johnson Ayotte, Libby; sisters Florine Lawrence, Bend, Ore.; Evelyn Poling, Libby; Catherine Bitterman, Noxon, and Rosalie Ingrum South, Libby; brother Robert Johnson and sister-in-law, Madeline Johnson, of Libby, 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Visitation was from 1-6 p.m. Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home, followed by a parish vigil service and rosary at 7 p.m.  
Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Ray Hannigan as celebrant.  
Interment services followed at the City of Libby Cemetery. 

Audrey Watt
Audrey D. Watt, 64, of Libby, died of cancer on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.  
She was born Feb. 11, 1934, at Sherwood, N.D., to George and Edna Ritter Miller.  
Audrey attended school in Sherwood before moving to Big Bend, N.D., where she met William Watt.  
They were married on Sept. 25, 1949, at Glendive.  
The Watts moved to Libby in 1951.  
Audry was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.  
Survivors include her husband William Watt, Libby; sons Willis Watt and his wife Verna, Libby; Robert Watt, also of Libby; Bud Watt and his wife Darla, Polson; daughters Connie Thacker and her husband Ellery, Libby; Gerry Abbott and her husband Sidney, West Paris, Me., and Sharon Hale and her husband Cal, Glendale, Ariz.; step-father Frank Bonneau and his wife Helen, Libby; brother George Miller, Angles Camp, Calif.; sister Kathy Bonneau, Libby, 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson and Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.

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