Miscellaneous Lincoln County, Montana Obituaries

From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT

Rhonda Barrett 
Rhonda Dee Barrett, 36, who lived in Libby with her sons for several years, died in Belgrade, where she had lived for the past few years.  
She was born on November 16, 1963, at Hardin, to Carole Zimmer-Warzeka and Edward (Cisco) Chavez  
The family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Rhonda attended school and married Ramon Pedraza in 1980.  
The couple was later divorced and Rhonda and sons Eric and Ronnie traveled throughout the United States with the Renaissance Fair. While with the fair, Rhonda created and sold crystal jewelry.  
She and her sons moved to Libby, where Rhonda earned a GED from Lincoln County Campus of Flathead Community College.  
She worked in several delicatessens until she became disabled.  
Rhonda was also married to and divorced from Tim Barrett.  
According to friends, Rhonda was an avid scrabble player, master puzzle solver and a short story author and journal entry writer.  
Survivors include her mother, Carole Warzeka and step-father Ron Warzeka, both of Belgrade; son Eric Pedraza, at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, Calif.; son Ronnie Pedraza, Belgrade; brother Ronald Chavez, his wife and daughter, all of Las Cruces, N.M.; grandmother Marlys Zimmer, and numerous other relatives.  
She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents Dave and Esther Chavez; cousin Michelle Critchlow; grandfather Herbert Zimmer and other family members.  
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Belgrade Christian Assembly Church.  
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Montana Affiliate, Inc., Box 2411, Great Falls, MT 59403.  

Richard Green 
Richard K. Green, 63, died May 24, 2000, at his home in Libby.  
He was born on Oct. 11, 1936, at Bay City, Mich., to William and Ethel Green.  
Richard served in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in 1958.  
He worked as an aide at Mendosa Hospital in Madison Wis., and married Zelma Phillips on March 24, 1966. Later that year they moved to Libby.  
Zelma died in February 1999.  
Survivors include granddaughter Pam Davis, Bay City, Ore.; great-grandchildren Hadassah Galey-Krieger, Scappoose, Ore.; Nyree Wismer, Chico, Calif., and Preston Wismer, Tillamook, Ore.; and Khaya, Matt, Mark, Luke, Zoe and Octavia Galey, and special friend LaDonna Condit.  
Visitation was from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City of Libby Cemetery, under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Pat Tackes 
Former Libby resident Patricia M. Tackes, 65, of Florence, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, in a boating accident on the Bitterroot River.  
Pat was born on Jan. 17, 1935, in Hamilton, to John and Olie Sheehan.  
She grew up at Somers, Libby, and in Dodge City, Kan.  
After graduating from high school, Pat entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque, Iowa.  
For the next 16 years Pat was known as Sister Mary Anastasius.  
She received a bachelorís degree from Clark College in Dubuque and taught school in Lincoln, Neb., Chicago, Ill., Missoula and Butte.  
In 1969 Pat received permission to leave the order and was married to Jim Tackes in August that year.  
The couple lived in Minneapolis, Minn., until 1974. During those years they adopted their daughter Lori.  
In 1979 the family moved to Libby, their home for 20 years, until they moved to Florence in July 1999.  
Pat was totally involved in church and community activities, including Hospice, Habitat for Humanities, Bible studies, art projects, Cursillos, Renew, working with people with developmental disabilities and the blind, usually doing many other things at the same time.  
During the past year Pat became an associate member of the Sisters of Charity, a community that was part of her life for many years and with which she felt a bond, even after marriage.  
Survivors include her husband Jim, 4912 Hoblitt Lane, Florence; MT 59833; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Tom Clemens, Missoula; brother John and his wife Pauline, Lake Stevens, Wash., and other family members.  
Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula with vigil services at 7 p.m.  
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Missoula with a reception to follow at the church.  
Funeral arrangements are under direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.  

Michael H. Warren
Former Libby resident Michael H. Warren, 57, of Missoula, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital.  
He was born on July 7, 1942, in Eureka to Jack and Clara Warren.  
Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and after receiving his honorable discharge, continued to serve with the National Guard.  
He earned a GED in 1973.  
Mike made a career of driving truck, everything from highway to logging. He was also a good mechanic.  
He loved fishing, working on his friendsí cars, hanging out at Kent Brothers and Rubyís and just driving around town. A fun-loving individual who took pleasure in the simple things, Mike loved life and was at peace with himself.  
Preceded in death by his parents, great-uncle Warren Pomeroy and brother Larry Warren, Mike is survived by oldest son Travis Warren, Missoula; youngest son Calvin Warren, Billings, and five grandchildren, Cody, Kylie, Malorie, Rayson and Alyssa.  
Services will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Garden City Funeral Home with a reception to follow in the community room at the funeral home.  
Arrangements are under direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.  

Henrietta Hiatt
Henrietta S. Hiatt, 91, of Libby, died Sunday evening, May 21, 2000, in the Libby Care Center.  
She was born on Aug. 22, 1908, at the Ohio, Illinois home of her parents, Frank Neatherton Shawl.and Julia Young Shawl.  
She moved with her family to Hobson in 1918, where, at the age of 12 she was a ďhand,Ē driving the header barge team during the wheat harvests and doing numerous other chores on the family ranch.  
After her fatherís death in 1922, Henrietta and her brothers and sisters returned with their mother to Glen Ellyn, Ill.  
In 1930 Henrietta met and married Willis (Bill) Hiatt and they lived at Glen Ellyn until moving to Libby in 1947.  
Henrietta was a loving wife and mother. She and Bill were original and devoted members of Faith  Bible Church. She enjoyed music and always volunteered for the choir as well as kitchen duty.  
She loved to entertain and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends for a meal, a day or a week.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1992; sons Michael Scott Hiatt in 1970 and Dennis Hiatt in 1942; sisters Nell Slauson in 1991 and Blanche Nettels in 1984, and by brother Bill Shawl in 1967.  
Survivors indclude daughter Jacqueline Hiatt Wilson and her husband Wilbur, Libby; a brother, the Rev. Raymond Shawl, Woodstock, Ill.; granddaughters Jennie Hautala, Helen Wilson, Patricia Nielsen and Josie Smith; great-grandchildren Jerico Winchester, Jordan Winchester, Eric Hautala, Ian Ellis, Laura Hautala, John Nielsen, Karl Nielsen, Adam Nielsen and Patrick Wilson; great-great-grandchild Kollin Winchester, six nephews, three nieces and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.  
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Faith Bible Church with the Rev. Dale Pederson officiating. Interment will follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to Faith Bible Church.  
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home. 

Catherine Peterson
Former Libby resident Catherine Medora Schneider Peterson, 91, died May 13, 2000, in Walla Walla, Wash.  
She was born Feb. 10, 1909, at Libby, the oldest of the six children of Clarissa and John Schneider.  
Catherine married Floyd Peterson in 1926. He died in 1959.  
Catherine lived in Goldendale, Wash., from 1960-1980, was active in the United Methodist Church and was a longtime member of the Rebekah Lodge. She was recognized with the Rebekah Lodgeís degree of chivalry in 1984.  
She worked as a home health care assistant and housekeeper.  
Catherine enjoyed sewing, quilting, cookie baking and letter writing. Her love for small children and visitors never faltered and she will be remembers for her unassuming gentle nature and quiet chuckle.  
She had been a resident of the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla for the past 12 years.  
Catherine was married for 33 years and widowed for 41 years.  
In addition to her husband, Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Myrtle, who died at the age of six; grandson Frank Lyon; brothers Bill and George Schneider and sister Clara Day.  
Survivors include daughter Floydene Lyon, Klickitat, Wash.; son Lloyd Peterson, Fall City, Wash.; sister Frannie Oman, Everett, Wash., brother Clair Schneider, Libby, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  
A memorial service was conducted on May 20 at the Erdmanís Funeral Home in Goldendale.  
Her ashes will be buried with her husband in the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Ray Miner
Ray William Miner Jr., 74, of Libby, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at his home.  
He was born on Nov. 24, 1925, at Colusa, Calif., to Ray William and Carolyn Christensen Miner.  
Ray served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, participating in the invasion of Okinawa and serving in China.  
He married Dorothea Tyson at Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1947.  
Ray graduated from the University of California in 1952 and began working for the U.S. Forest Service at Grangeville, Idaho.  
In 1972 he and his family were transferred to Libby. Ray retired from the Forest Service in 1985.  
He spent many happy hours volunteering at the Heritage Museum.  
Survivors include his wife Dorothea, Libby, and children John and Stacie Miner, Ogden, Utah; Richard and Barbara Miner, Beaverton, Ore.; Susan and Michael Cummings, Fairfax, Va., and Dave and Virginia Miner, Temple, Texas. He is also survived by a brother, James Miner, El Dorado Hills, Calif., and eight grandchildren.  
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Lukeís Episcopal Church.  
Memorials may be made to the Heritage Museum or St. Lukeís Episcopal Church.  

Cathrine O'Rourke
Cathrine J. OíRourke, 89, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her home in Libby.  
She was born on Nov. 26, 1910, in Ely, Minn., the fifth of nine children of Steven and Manda Sporich.  
She moved to Warland as a child, where she was raised and educated.  
During World War II, Cathrine moved to Washington where she worked as a riveter for Boeing.  
She met and married Jimmie (Rocky) OíRourke in Seattle. They moved their family to Libby after the war, settling on Sheldon Flats where they started the Cripple Horse Ranch.  
Cathrine enjoyed raising horses, was active in the 4-H program and was the proud leader of the Flying Hooves Drill Team.  
She was a strong willed, hard working woman who touched the lives of many.  
Cathrine was preceded in death by her husband.  
Survivors include daughters Marijean Pittman and her husband Will, Waterloo, Iowa; Arlene Mary, Council, Idaho; Maureen Mar and her husband Sinyo, Lynnwood, Wash.; sisters Madge Moore and Barbara Orsborne, both of Vancouver, Wash., seven grandchildren, Ken, Kathy, Kelly, Wayne, Celeste, Jilene and Robert.  
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with interment to follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Jane Jensen
Jane Tangen Jensen, 73, of San Leandro, Calif., died Saturday, May 13, 2000, in Libby, while attending a memorial service for her brother Raymond Tangen.  
She was born on April 12, 1927, to Gust and Julia Tangen and grew up in Southern California.  
Jane began playing piano and organ at an early age, and played organ for her church while she was in high school.  
She attended Pasadena Community College and the University of California-Berkeley, graduating in 1948 with a degree in mathematics.  
Jane met her future husband, Peter Richard Jensen, at a dance where he was drummer for the orchestra. They were married at her parentís home in Libby in 1949 and lived in Libby for a time, enjoying going to country dances.  
They settled in San Leandro where they raised their family. They developed careers in music and played with their orchestra on weekends and for various lodges and private functions.  
The Jensens also produced a record of Scandinavian waltzes and polkas featuring their orchestra.  
Jane taught math classes at Alameda High School and became the chair of the mathematics department. She received a masterís degree in mathematics from Stanford University in 1972 and continued to teach mathematics at local community colleges and summer classes at California State University-Hayward.  
After retiring, she enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and spending time with her grandchildren.  
She was active in the Epiphany Lutheran Church where she often played the organ.  
Jane was lodge musician for the Sons of Norway in Hayward and was a member of Bjornsen Lodge in Oakland, the Danish Sisterhood in Hayward, Native Daughters of the Golden West Castro Valley Parlor, and a member of the Musicians Union, Local 6.  
She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Clarence and Ray Tangen.  
Survivors include daughter Janice Muzzy and her husband Lynn, Hayward; Calif.; son Richard and his wife Dianne and grandchildren Jeanne Marie, Forrest Anthony and Katie Jane, Atherton, Calif.; sisters-in-law Winifred Jensen, San Leandro, and Ilene Tangen, Libby; nieces and nephews Mary Goos, Portland; Rayetta Tangen, Teri Tangen and Wes Tangen. Libby; Ray Tangen Jr., Drummond; Sue Kasper, Tahoe, and Bonnie Skiles, Spokane.  
Memorials may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital Foundation for the emergency room.  

Valda Jordan
Longtime Libby resident Valda J. Jordan, 81, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital, after a long illness.  
She was born in Richland Center, Wis., on June 1, 1918, to Logan and Mary Beaty.  
Valda was much loved by her family and she returned that love, never hesitating to help whenever there was need. She faced personal tragedies with a strong faith.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Dyle and John Beaty, sisters Alice Peckham and Ariel Wagner, sons Norman (Buck) Jordan and Bryan Jordan, daughter Carol Williams, granddaughter Corinna Peek and grandson David Williams.  
Survivors include daughters Peggy Thomas, Libby, and Marie Raft, in California; sisters Kathleen Banta, Burlington, Wis.; Shirley Beckwith and Pat Clark, Richland Center; and Barbara DeVault, Phillips, Wis.; brothers  Wesley Beaty, Baraboo, Wis.; Kenneth Beaty, Richland Center; Wally Beaty, Blackearth, Wis., and Steve Beaty, Carmicheal, Calif.; special niece Mary Beth Draper, grandchildren Kerri Clark, Kevin Everett, Mark Gilroy, Ken Everett, Joann Rogers, Kathy Potter, Keith Everett, Dyle Williams, Gene King, Larry Williams Jr., Pete Thomas, Tessie Jordan, Jay Jordan, Andy Stapely and Jessica Jordan and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Libby Christian Church with the Rev. Curt Hensley officiating. Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Alice Maynard
Alice E. Maynard, 71, of Libby, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.  
She was born on Jan. 28, 1929, at Havre, to John and Bertha Baker.  
Alice was raised and educated in Havre until moving to Libby with her family in 1946.  
She married Lloyd Maynard on March 21, 1951, at Libby.  
A 54-year Libby resident, Alice was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening, canning and crocheting, camping and fishing and going for rides into the mountains. She was member of the Libby Assembly of God Church.  
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd in 1989; grandson Chris in 1983, and a brother, Morland Baker.  
She is survived by daughters Della Schnetter and her husband Dan, Libby; Norma (Deedee) Newmarch and her husband Dave, Lakeside; Vicky Serna and her husband Cruz, and Brenda Stamper and her husband Vern, all of Libby; sons Lloyd Maynard Jr. and his wife Evelyn (Beebee) Stockton, Calif.; Clinton Maynard and his wife Catherine, Libby, and Kevin Maynard and his wife Denise, Cloquet, Minn.; sister Carrie Low, Spokane and brothers John Baker Jr., Richland, Wash.; Robert Baker, Phoenix, Ariz.; Willis (Bill) Baker, Eugene, Ore., and Vernon (Toby) Baker, Meridian, Idaho; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Assembly of God Church with Pastor Paul Wheeler officiating.  
Interment services will follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Ray Tangen
Ray Tangen, 75, a longtime Libby resident, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at his home.  
He was born to Gust and Julia Gordon Tangen on Feb. 14, 1925, at Glendale, Calif., and was raised and educated in Southern California, graduating from Elliott High School in Glendale.  
He attended a technical school for two years before enlisting in the Navy in 1943, serving with the Seabees during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Ray worked as a mechanic in California.  
He came to Libby in 1948, working first as a mechanic in the Ford Garage and later as a mechanic for J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis and Champion International, retiring in 1986 with 32 yearsí service.  
Ray was active in the organization and leadership of the Lincoln County Junior Fair, the 4-H Club program and the Libby Saddle Club. He was a 32-year member of the Lumber & Sawmill Workers Local 2581, and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kootenai Valley Grange.  
He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially operating his tractor and riding his three wheeler, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.  
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and brother Clarence.  
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ilene, of Libby; daughters Mary Goos and husband Richard, Portland, Ore., Rayetta Morrison and husband Phil, and Teri Tangen and friend Dan Sharp, all of Libby; sons Ray Tangen Jr. and friend Cary McLure, Drummond,; Wes Tangen and wife Debbie, Libby; sister Jane Jensen of California; grandchildren Derrik, Kristina, Jason, Kevin, Danielle, P.J., Beth, Ashley, Danny, Justin, Kimberly and Tyler, and great-grandchild Austin.  
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Cal Noble officiating. A reception will follow at the VFW banquet hall.  
Memorials may be made to Wings, 310 Sunnyview Lane, Kalispell, or to Libby Volunteer Ambulance, Box 777, Libby.  

George Calkin
George L. Calkin, 75, longtime Libby resident, died May 6, 2000, at his home.  
He was born on Oct. 29, 1924, at Loma, to Gerald and Bertha Robison Calkin.  
George grew up in the Loma-Fort Benton area and attended Loma school through 8th grade. He graduated from Fort Benton High School with the Class of 1942.  
He served with the U.S. Navy for three years, received an honorable discharge, and returned to the Great Falls area where he worked as a carpenter.  
He married Iola Rogers in 1950 at the Methodist Church in Libby.  
George enjoyed yard work, gardening, making yard ornaments and getting firewood.  
Survivors include his wife Iola, Libby; sons George Calkin Jr., Molalla, Ore., and Lynn Calkin, Libby; daughter Laura Healy and her husband Scott, Camino Island, Wash.; grandchildren Pat Calkin and his wife Traci, Casper, Wyo.,; Beth Calkin, Casper, and Ryan Healy, Camino Island.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Memorials may be sent to the Libby Volunteer Ambulance.  

Jay Fisher
Jay Richard Fisher, 74, longtime Blackfoot, Idaho resident, died April 28, 2000, at Pocatello, Idaho.  
He was born on June 20, 1926, at Blackfoot, to Richard and Violet Fisher. Jay grew up in the Blackfoot area, graduated from Blackfoot High School and married Seretha Jones at Blackfoot on June 2, 1946.  
He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and worked for many years as a mechanic.  
After retiring, Jay spent 10 years as camp host at Dorr Skeels Campground . He was recognized as National Campground Host of the U.S. Park Service in 1994. He also managed a large R.V. Park at Quartzsite, Ariz.  
He was preceded in death by his wife in October 1994, and by two brothers, Don and James, and one granddaughter.  
Survivors include three daughters, Jeni Dusek, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Becky Denner, Pocatello; and Doni Welk, Soda Springs, Idaho; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister, Joy Hopkins, Beaverton, Ore.  
Graveside services were conducted May 3 at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot. Memorials may be made to the Dorr Skeels Campground, in care of the Troy Ranger Station.  

Wayne Peterson
Wayne K. Peterson, 68, of Libby, died May 6, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born on Aug. 31, 1931, at Libby, to Ernest and Irene Kammeyer Peterson.  
Wayne grew up in Libby, attended Libby schools and graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1950.  
He served with the U.S. Navy from July 1950 until his honorable discharge in May 1954.  
Wayne returned to Libby to work for J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis and Champion, retiring in 1992 after 37 yearsí service.  
He married Sandy Taylor at Sandpoint, Idaho in 1991.  
Wayne enjoyed woodworking, remote control airplanes and fishing.  
Survivors include his wife Sandy, Libby; step-son Robert J. Taylor and his wife Coreena, Kalispell; step-daughters Shannon Taylor in Virginia and Shelly DeHaven and her husband Jared, Libby; sisters-in-law Barbara Peterson, Seattle; Alice Peterson, Libby, and Helen Peterson, also of Libby; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Scott Schultz
Scott Schultz, 77, a longtime northwest Montana resident, died May 4, 2000, in Vancouver, Wash.  
He was born on Sept. 18, 1922, to Travis and Gus Schultz on their homestead land on the North Fork of the Yaak River.  
Scott was the second of two sons born to Travis and Gus. The older brother, Bobby, preceded Scott in birth and death, drowning in the North Fork when Scott was 2 years old. His mother died a few years later and in 1961 Scottís father died in a winter accident on the Yaak River Road.  
Scott attended elementary school in several one-room schoolhouses in the Upper Yaak Valley, a common situation for homestead families who periodically moved the schoolhouse to accommodate the students. Scott and cousins Dick and Cleve Runyan represented the North Fork student body and traveled home on weekends and school vacations. They shared rich tales of snow shoeing, trapping, travel and wildlife from this period.  
Scott graduated from Troy High School in 1941. Like other Yaak students, he boarded with various Troy families during his high school years, returning to the family homestead during the summer and vacation from school.  
Scott had a natural gift for problem solving and organization and an excellent memory, a set of gifts that led to a number of small inventions over the span of his life.  
He joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduation from high school and spent four years in the European Theatre during World War II. Like many men of his generation, he spoke little of his military life upon his return to Troy in 1945.  
He married June Carr in April 1945 and she was to remain his lifelong companion for 54 years.  
His post-military career began as a timber scaler for the U.S. Forest Service, a career interrupted when he contracted polio in 1952. Scott spent the rest of his working career with J. Neils Lumber Company in various positions. Known as Scotty to his co-workers, he was known throughout the Libby sawmill for his sense of humor, jokes and pranks.  
Scott and June retired to Spokane in 1988 and in recent years they relocated to Vancouver to be near their daughter Cathee Souza and her family.  
Survivors include his wife June, sons Terry and Bruce, daughters Cathee and Becky, several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Military memorial services will be held at the Boyd Cemetery in the Upper Yaak Valley in July on a date to be announced.  
Memorial gifts may be made to any Hospice Care organization.  

Leffard Smith
Longtime Troy resident Leffard E. Smith, 76, died on May 4, 2000, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.   
He was born on July 10, 1923, at Priest River, Idaho, to Lewis and Emma Smith.  
Leffard grew up in the Spokane area and graduated from Rogers High School.  
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and after receiving his discharge, moved to the Rexford-Upper Yaak area, where he engaged in logging and trucking.  
He and his wife Marion built a home on top of the Yaak Hill where they lived for 40 years.  
Leffard retired after working for much of his life for the Burlington Northern Railroad at Libby.  
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all, spending time with his family.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ilah Leighty.  
Survivors include his wife Marion Smith, Troy; sons Wade Smith and his wife Dianna, in Nevada; and Brent Smith, Troy; daughter Alana Kessel and her husband Duane, Libby; brother Colin Smith and his wife Jean, Spokane, and grandchildren Patrick Smith, Caresse Smith, Alan Smith, Ashley Kessel and Quinn Kessel.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Troy Church of God. A meal and time of sharing will follow at the church.  

Natashai Secrett Jacobs
Natashai Secrett Jacobs, 2, died at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on May 1, 2000.  
She was born on August 24, 1997, in Spokane, to Jesse and Tracy Jacobs.  
Natashai touched more lives in her two short years than many people do in a much longer lifetimes. Her family is thankful for Natashai, for the love she shared and the lives she touched.  
Survivors include her parents Jesse and Tracy Jacobs, Polson; grandparents William and Lova Jacobs, Polson; Brent and Joanna Rogers, Missoula; and Wally and Darlene Wuest, Salem, Ore; great-grandparents Jay and Donna Jacobs, Polson; William and Betty Hickenbottom, Polson; Jim and Bonnie Rogers, Ovando; and Larry and Liz Williams, Libby; great-great-grandmother Evelyn Stromberg in Minnesota and numerous family members.  
Mass of the Angels with Gary Reller as celebrant was at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Polson Thursday, because the Catholic Church is being renovated.  
Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery.  
Arrangements were by Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.  

Bob Thompson
Bob Thompson, 62, of Libby, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in St. Josephís Hospital in Chewelah, Wash.  
He was born on Oct. 2, 1937, at LaClede, Idaho, to Howard O. and Thelma M. Long Thompson.  
Bob was raised at LaClede and Priest River, Idaho, and moved to Libby in 1953, where he attended high school, and where he met Effie M. Wilkes.  
They were married in 1955.  
After high school Bob worked on the railroad  and for J. Neils Lumber Company.  
He started doing construction work in 1963, building bridges and dams, including work on the Libby Dam Project. For about 22 years he worked in the logging industry, taking pride and joy in his work.  
Bob loved the outdoors, hunting, camping and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Effie Thompson, Libby; daughters Penny Brown and her husband Tim, Libby, and Linda Remp and her husband Randy, also of Libby; grandchildren Lisa Holzer and her husband Brian; Aaron Brown, Hannah Serna and her husband Brian, Jessie Remp and Andy Remp; great grandchildren Chelsea and Whitney Holzer; sisters Phyllis Stevens and her husband Harley and Gloria Gustafson and her husband Garry; two brothers, Ronald Thompson and Jerry Christenson and his wife Corrine, and many other relatives. Viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Bible Church with burial to follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Phil Davis
Former Libby resident Phil Davis, 59, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, died at his home on Sunday, April 30, 2000.  
He was born on June 5, 1940, at Kalispell, to Ernest and Regina Davis.  
Phil grew up in the McGinnis Meadows-Manicke area and attended the Manicke School through seventh grade before completing high school at Libby.  
He had worked as a logger in the Bonners Ferry area for 30 years. Phil enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and spending time with family members and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.  
Survivors include daughter Becky Garrison, Troy; sons Barry Davis and Michael Davis, both of Bonners Ferry, and Dan Davis, Troy; sisters Barbara Messick and Rhea Norvell, both of Libby and Gina Edgar, Maui, Hawaii; brother Bruce Davis, Libby, 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  
Services will be conducted Friday in Bonners Ferry.

Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records: