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From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT

Chuck Dodrill
Charles R. (Chuck) Dodrill, 45, of Libby, died on Monday, July 24, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital after a long battle with cancer.  
He was born on June 19, 1955, at Sacramento, Calif., to Albert and Elinor Casto Dodrill.  
He was raised and educated in the Sacramento area and graduated from Miraloma High School in Sacramento.  
While in high school Chuck worked for his grandfatherís Christian radio station and obtained his FCC license.  
He attended Sacramento Junior College for two years and later worked in a local lumber yard. At various times he drove truck,  worked in the woods and mills, and most recently designed web sites. His primary career was as a family man, always placing his family first. He was a good provider and role model to his children and a loving partner to his wife.  
Charles married Theresa Paine in 1987 and in 1993 they moved to Libby.  
He loved the mountains, hunting and guns.  
Survivors include his wife Theresa, sons Aaron, Jonathon, Luke and Samuel and daughter Marianna, all of Libby; parents Albert and Elinor Dodrill, Eureka Springs, Ark., and brother Steve Dodrill and his wife Rose, Eureka Springs.  
Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to  St. Johnís Hospice.  
Arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Helen Mjelde
Helen Carpenter Mjelde, 71, a Libby resident for the past 20 years, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born on Feb. 13, 1929, in Iowa and worked as an apartment manager, waitress and bartender at various establishments in Iowa, Colorado, Utah and Montana.  
She married Ronald Mjelde in 1977 and had been a homemaker for the past 25 years.  
Survivors include her husband Ronald, brothers-in-law Ramon Mjelde and his wife Rosemary and Thomas Mjelde and his wife Catherine; sisters-in-law Sharon Ellsworth and Nancy Mjelde; mother-in-law Alice Mjelde and nieces and nephews, all of Northfield, Minn., and nephew John Barnes and his wife Kim and great-niece and nephews Brittani, Brandon and Brian Barnes, all of Libby.  
Interment will take place in Minnesota. Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Henrietta Wauer
Henrietta K. Wauer, 83, of Troy, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her home south of town.  
She was born on April 23, 1917, at Melstone to Henry and Benedicta Grinstad Arlin.  
Henrietta grew up and attended schools in the Melstone, Roundup and Harlowtown areas. She graduated from Harlowtown High School in 1934.  
She worked as a telephone operator and married Charles Wauer on June 23, 1940, at Harlowtown.  
They farmed at Hobson until moving to Molalla, Ore., in 1955.  
Henrietta worked as a practical nurse in Oregon.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles in November 1981.  
Survivors include sons Paul Wauer and his wife Sue, Missoula, and Arlin Wauer and his wife Margaret, Newport, Ore.; daughter Naomi Schoenborn, Sandy, Utah; eight grandchildren, Paula Aubertin, Philip Wauer, Kristin Andrus, Arlene Wauer, Anne Wauer, David Wauer, Holly Andrews and Bill Schoenborn and nine great-grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Wauer home near Troy.  
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Edgar Diller
Longtime Libby resident Edgar R. Diller, 77, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the Laurel Care Center in Laurel.  
He was born in New Lexington, Ohio, on Aug. 24, 1922, to Michael and Faye Diller.  
After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from August 1942 until January 1946 in the Philippines during World War II.  
After the war he and his wife Geneva settled in Libby where they raised a family of five sons.  
Edgar worked for J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis and Champion, until retiring.  
Active in the community, Edgar played baseball with the town team, conducted umpire clinics and officiated at innumerable baseball games.  
He served several terms as justice of the peace and was a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, his wife Geneva and sons Eddie and Dan.  
Survivors include sons Robert of Park City, John of Missoula, and Roger of Leavenworth, Wash.; brother Melvin, Thornville, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  
Cremation has taken place and military graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Glenn Hugill
Longtime Libby resident Glenn R. Hugill, 75, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.  
He was born on Feb. 16, 1925, at Humboldt, Minn., to Robert Hugill and Alma Hjelness Hugill, and came to Libby with his family in 1927.  
Raised and educated in Libby, Glenn graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1943.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1943 and served in the European theater during World War II.  
Wounded in action in Italy in 1944, Glenn was a recipient of the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged in 1946.  
He married Germaine Schlumm of Libby on Aug. 18, 1949 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  
Glenn was a longtime employee of J. Neils Lumber Company and St. Regis Paper Company. He was pole yard foreman 1948-1969; sawmill foreman 1969-1975, and loading yard foreman from1975 until he retired in 1981.  
He participated in all activities that involved his children, including many hours spent coaching Little League ballplayers in the 1960s.  
Glenn served on the city zoning board and worked in development of the Cabinet View Country Club.  
Glenn and Germaine celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1999.  
Husband, father and grandfather, Glenn will be remembered as one whose priority was his family.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Eleanor Post.  
Survivors include his wife Germaine, Libby; daughters Kathy Sokoloski, Spokane, and Sheila Margado, Vancouver, Wash.; sons Kent Hugill, Boston, Mass.; Stuart Hugill, Boston, Mass., and David Hugill, Denver, Colo.; and seven grandchildren, Paul, Dana, Amber, Laura, Kevin, Ryan and Kira.  
Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Monday with parish vigil and rosary to follow at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Hannigan as celebrant.  
Interment with military honors will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Martha Wenger
Martha M. Wenger, 90, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at her home in Libby.  
She was born on March 24, 1910, in Germany, to Christian and Louise Hacker Fleisch.  
She grew up in Germany, where she attended school until coming to the United States when she was 16 years old.  
Martha was living in Cleveland when she met Otto Wenger and they were married in March 1935 at Youngstown, Ohio.  
They moved to New Jersey where they lived for 45 years.  
Martha worked as a cook and maid at a number of New Jersey estates before moving to Libby in 1982.  
She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, bingo and ceramics.  
She was preceded in death by her husband Otto in 1994, and by her son Raymond Ross and grandson Gary Ross.  
Survivors include her daughter Wilma Dotson and her husband Charles, Libby; sister Anne Frank and her husband Wilhelm, Beitigheim, Germany; five grandchildren, Gabrielle Dotson, Sheila Thorstenson, Sherry Ross, Randy Ross and Linda Jarvis, and four great-grandchildren.  
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, July 24 at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Elijah Candee 
Elijah Drake Candee, infant son of Sharla Dauphine and Chris Candee of Libby, died July 3, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
Survivors in addition to his parents include grandparents Jayne and George Dauphine and Mary Beth Louden, all of Libby, and Jerry Sather, Great Falls, and great-grandparents Helen Dauphine, Bethene Candee and Ernie Leir, all of Libby.  
Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Arrangements were by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

June Backen
Former Libby resident June Backen, 41, of Billings, died July 7, 2000, at Deaconess Hospital in Billings.  
She was born on June 11, 1959, at Shelby, to Elbert (Bud) and Hazel Hamlin Skillings.  
The family moved to Libby in 1962 and June attended Libby schools.  
She and her husband Joel Backen lived in Columbia Falls and Spokane before moving to Billings 10 years ago.  
June was employed at Alternatives Inc. Pre-Release Center. In recent years she enjoyed traveling throughout the country.  
Survivors include her husband Joel, Billings, daughters Sarah Backen, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Va., and Kayla Backen, Billings; son Buddy Skillings, Kalispell; sisters Lori DeShazer, Columbia Falls; Cory Snyder, Libby, and Nita McLaury, Seeley Lake; brother Jerry Skillings, Libby; half-brothers and half-sisters Pat Sorum, Auburn, Wash., Charlie Laasch, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Virgil Laasch, Cut Bank; Doris Cook, Troy, and Beauty Davis, Bonners Ferry, and numerous nieces and nephews.  
June was preceded in death by her parents.  
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel in Libby with Pastor Darwin Scofield officiating.  

Joanne Waldo
Former Libby resident Joanne Mae Waldo, 62, of Albion, Wash., died July 10, 2000, at Pullman Memorial Hospital following a long illness.  
She was born on Nov. 8, 1937, at Libby, to Joseph and Annie Paulson Becker.  
She grew up in Libby, attended Libby schools, and graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1956.  
Joanne married Robert Waldo on July 15, 1956, at Libby, where they lived until moving to Seattle in 1960.  
They returned to Montana in 1968, living first at Troy and later in Libby.  
In 1978 they moved to the Palouse area when Robert accepted a position at Washington State University.  
Joanne was a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother. She worked as a library assistant at Libby and as an assistant in the registrarís office at WSU.  
She enjoyed flower gardening.  
Survivors include her husband Robert; daughters Patricia Wilson, Pullman, Wash., LaRaye Gwinn, Libby, and Bobbi Joe Turner, Albion, and four grandchildren.  
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Bob Jaqueth
E. Robert (Bob) Jaqueth, longtime Libby businessman, died June 30, 2000, at the home of his daughter Brooke in Missoula.  
He was born on May 17, 1926, at Libby, to Erford and Marie Jaqueth, and spent most of his life in Libby.  
He graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy on Guam during World War II.  
Bob fell in love with Wanda E. Mourar, and they were married in Missoula in 1949.  
After graduating from the University of Montana in 1950, Bob and Wanda returned to Libby, where Bob joined the family business, Jaquethís Inc., where he worked until his retirement in June 1992.  
Bob was a member and past master of Libby Lodge No. 85, AF&AM, a charter member of the Rotary Club, a director of the Montana Automobile Dealers Association, and a director of the United Bank of Libby.  
Survivors include his wife Wanda, Libby; son Mark Jaqueth and his wife Kris, Missoula; daughter Jan Turpen and her husband Cody, Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Lynn Wright and her husband Jim, Stockton, Calif.; daughter Brooke Jaqueth, Missoula; daughter Amanda Lacek and her husband John, Gillette, Wyo., and eight grandchildren.  
Bob was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1951.  
Private family services were conducted in Missoula. The Rev. Dale Pederson officiated at a celebration of life Tuesday afternoon at Faith Bible Church that included a traditional Masonic memorial service.  
Memorials can be made to Guardian Angels Cancer Fund, in care of  Dr. Judy Schmidt, 2835 Fort Missoula Road, Suite 301, Missoula MT 59804.  

Douglas Papineau
Douglas T. Papineau, 81, of Libby, died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born to Thomas and Emma Papineau on Aug. 30, 1918, at Whitefish, where he was raised and educated.  
He later worked as a machinist in the Great Northern Railway roundhouse at Whitefish. He served with the U.S. Navy as a chaplainís yeoman aboard the USS Cecil during World War II.  
After the war Doug lived in Spokane, where he was employed by the Washington Water Power Company until coming to Libby in 1962. He worked as an electrician on the Libby Dam Project and for the J. Neils Lumber Company and St. Regis Paper Company until his retirement.  
He married Rachel (Rae) Pringle on Dec. 22, 1962, and together they operated Papís Enterprises, marketing and selling Lyndall Cedar Homes in the Libby area.  
Doug was active in local veterans affairs and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, as well as the Military Order of the Kooties.  
He served as VFW post commander and as district commander, was a member of the VFW Honor Guard and an advocate for the VFWís Voice of Democracy program.  
Doug enjoyed the Montana outdoors and spending time with his woodpile.  
He was preceded in death by his wife Rae in 1968 and by a sister, Lucille Campbell.  
Survivors include sisters Mildred Baker and her husband Ben, Libby, and Florence Cowan and her husband Winfield, Whitefish, and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eric Christiansen officiating.  
Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane.  

Ray Finstad
Ray Finstad, 79, a retired city police officer, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane.  
He was born on April 23, 1921, at Priest River, Idaho, to Jesse and Laura Finstad and was raised and educated in the panhandle area of Idaho.  
He served with the U.S. Army in the European theatre during World War II.  
Finstad lived in Kansas for a time before returning to Idaho.  
He and his wife Katie, were married on Aug. 4, 1962, at Coeur díAlene, Idaho,  and lived in Libby for many years.  
Ray worked as a heavy equipment operator and as a police officer with the City of Libby.  
He and Katie were musicians and played with several area dance bands.  
His wife preceded him in death in December 1995 and he was also preceded in death by brothers Ken and Norman.  
Survivors include son Les Finstad, Conway Springs, Kan.; daughter Sharon Rantin, Hutchinson, Kan.; friend and caregiver Jessie Stewart, Coeur díAlene; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  
Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles McReynolds officiating.  
Interment with military honors followed in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  

Ivan Hodges
Retired educator Ivan H. Hodges, 93, of Troy, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born on April 2, 1907, at Fayetteville, Wis.., to William Harrison Hodges and Jessie Ann Nokes Hodges.  
The family came to the Winnett area of Montana when Ivan was a young child. They homesteaded near Winnett, where Ivan attended schools, graduating from high school in Winnett.  
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Intermountain College in Helena, where he also played football. He later received a masterís degree from the University of Montana at Missoula.  
Ivan taught school and coached at Charlo and married Inez Marie Calkins in 1934.  
He served as principal and coach at Winnett from 1934-1945, before coming to Troy as school superintendent.  
Ivan moved to the Rocky Boy Reservation in 1963, serving as principal until retiring in 1969 and returning to the Troy area to live at Bull Lake.  
He was a member of the Troy United Methodist Church and a member and past master of Troy Lodge No. 126, AF&AM. Active in the Boy Scouts of America program for many years, Ivan received the Silver Beaver Award in 1959 for distinguished service to the organization.  
He enjoyed fishing and gardening and remained an ardent sports fan.  
He also remained a faithful alumni of Winnett High School and participated last year in the all-school reunion fun run.  
Inez died in 1998, and Ivan was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lori.  
Survivors include his son, Allan Hodges and his wife Sue, Bull Lake; daughter Sylvia Maffit and her husband Wayne, Troy; sister Ruth Freburg, Winnett; brother Forrest Hodges, Roundup; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Troy United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Foote officiating.  
Memorials may be made to the Intermountain Childrenís Home, Helena, or to the Bull Lake Volunteer Ambulance.  
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Donna Hutton
Donna M. Hutton, 65, of Libby, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
She was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Colville, Wash., to Charles and Annetta Shuck Maurer.  
Donna was raised and educated in Harrington, Wash., and graduated from Harrington High School.  
She married Ronnie Schwehm on July 2, 1952, at Harrington.  
They both worked at the Eastern State Hospital and lived in the Harrington area.  
She married Jim Hutton in 1980 at Coeur díAlene, Idaho and they lived in Libby where Donna owned and operated Fashion Crossroads with her daughter Rhonda.  
She enjoyed fishing, cooking, traveling and playing bingo.  
Survivors include daughter Rhonda Fisher and her husband Richard, Libby; step-children Joanne Carver and her husband Larry, Kalispell; Ronnie Hutton and his wife Dametrie, Libby, and Christy Miller, also of Libby; brothers John Maurer and his wife Sunnie of Spokane, and Donald Maurer and his wife Carol, Moses Lake, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Justin Lauer, Jonelle Lauer, Charise Fisher and Trista Fisher, all of Libby.  
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home  and services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Interment will follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.  

May DeShazer
Former longtime Libby resident May DeShazer, 79, died of cancer on June 29, 2000, at the Newburgh HealthCare Center in Newburgh, Ind.  
She was born on April 20, 1921, in Wisconsin.  
May married Tom DeShazer of Rexford on June 24, 1939, in Libby, and they lived at Rexford, Ural and Whitefish before moving to Libby in 1949.  
May and Tom were expert archers and operated an archery shop in Libby for many years.  
May was a member and longtime officer of Libby Chapter No. 69, Order of the Eastern Star.  
She was a member of the Libby Christian Church and after she moved to Indiana belonged to the Tennyson Free Methodist Church.  
Preceded in death by her husband Tom in 1991, May moved to Indiana in 1995, to be near her son and his family.  
May was also preceded in death by a grandchild.  
Survivors include sons James DeShazer and his wife Nellie, Gentryville, Ind., and Thomas DeShazer of Dexter, Ore.; brothers Robert Brouillier, Niantic, Conn., and Charles Hathaway, Helena; sister Elinor Lofald, Mount Vernon, Wash., four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Libby Christian Church with burial to follow in Tobacco Valley Cemetery in Eureka, beside her husband.  
A memorial service was held on Saturday at the Free Methodist Church in Tennyson.  
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donorís choice.  

Bob Goff
Robert W. (Bob) Goff, 79, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his home in Troy.  
He was born on June 25. 1921, at Tonopah, Nev., to Vera (Wilson) and George Goff.  
Soon after graduating from high school Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II with the 341st Infantry in both the European and Pacific theatres.  
Following his honorable discharge with the rank of staff sergeant, Bob was recalled to serve as a non-commissioned officer in reconnaissance at the Persidio during the Korean conflict, proudly serving his country for eight years.  
An electrician by trade, Bob owned and operated B&G Electric in Libby for 20 years.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Douglas; sister Caroline and stepson Keith Craig.  
Survivors include his wife Jo, Troy; step-son Roy Craig and his family of Alamo, Calif.; sister Geraldine Wagner, Las Vegas, Nev., and Jacklyn Huckabee and family and Robin Castro and family, who are also part of his extended family.  
It was Bobís choice to be cremated and not to have funeral services. His wishes were carried out.  
Local arrangements were under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Memorials in Bobís name can be made to St. Johnís Hospice, in care of St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital, 350 Louisiana Ave., Libby.  

Cecil Riggles
Cecil J. (Pody) Riggles, 81, of Libby, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Thompson Lake.  
He was born on Oct. 18, 1918, at Cass Lake, Minn., to William and Clara Riggles. He was raised and educated there.  
Riggles served with the U.S. Army during World War II and following an honorable discharge, he returned to Cass Lake.  
He married Adrienne Miller on June 18, 1955, at Cass Lake. They moved to Libby in May 1956, where they have raised their family.  
Riggles worked as a sawyer for various gypo loggers in the Libby area until his retirement.  
He spent the past 15 years at Thompson Lake, caring for the campground during the summer and monitoring the loons as they nested in May and June.  
His constant companion, even when he was fishing, was his faithful basset hound.  
Riggles loved the northwest Montana outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and feeding the animals. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.  
Survivors include his wife Adrienne, Libby; sons Curtis Riggles, Billings; Cecil (Jamie) Riggles and William (Bill) Riggles and his wife Penni, all of Libby; Mark Riggles, Elko, Nev.; daughters Claire Riggles Filler, Woonsocket, S.D.,  and Bonnie Porter, Deltona, Fla.; brother Harold (Hody) Riggles and his wife Liz, Libby, and six grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Foote officiating.  
Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and until noon Wednesday.  
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Basic Needs Store, 713 Main Avenue, Libby.


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