|From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT
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
She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents Dave and Esther
Chavez; cousin Michelle Critchlow; grandfather Herbert Zimmer and other
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 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
Richard served in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge
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
Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City of Libby Cemetery,
under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
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 bachelor’s 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 friends’ cars, hanging out at Kent
Brothers and Ruby’s and just driving around town. A fun-loving individual
who took pleasure in the simple things, Mike loved life and was at peace
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 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 “hand,” driving the header barge team during the wheat harvests
and doing numerous other chores on the family ranch.
After her father’s 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
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.
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 Lodge’s 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 Erdman’s Funeral
Home in Goldendale.
Her ashes will be buried with her husband in the City of Libby Cemetery.
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. Luke’s
Memorials may be made to the Heritage Museum or St. Luke’s Episcopal
Cathrine J. O’Rourke, 89, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at her home in
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) O’Rourke 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
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
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 Tangen Jensen, 73, of San Leandro, Calif., died Saturday, May
13, 2000, in Libby, while attending a memorial service for her brother
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 parent’s home
in Libby in 1949 and lived in Libby for a time, enjoying going to country
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 master’s 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
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
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. John’s Lutheran Hospital Foundation for
the emergency room.
Longtime Libby resident Valda J. Jordan, 81, died Monday, May 8, 2000,
at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, after a long illness.
She was born in Richland Center, Wis., on June 1, 1918, to Logan and
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
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
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 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
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, 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 years’ 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 L. Calkin, 75, longtime Libby resident, died May 6, 2000, at
He was born on Oct. 29, 1924, at Loma, to Gerald and Bertha Robison
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
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
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 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 K. Peterson, 68, of Libby, died May 6, 2000, at St. John’s Lutheran
He was born on Aug. 31, 1931, at Libby, to Ernest and Irene Kammeyer
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 years’ 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
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 Scott’s 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.
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
Leffard grew up in the Spokane area and graduated from Rogers High
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
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
Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.
Bob Thompson, 62, of Libby, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in St. Joseph’s
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
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.
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
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.