|From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT
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
Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the City of
Memorials may be made to St. Johnís Hospice.
Arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
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
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
Interment will take place in Minnesota. Local arrangements are by Nelson
& Vial Funeral Home.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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
Arrangements were by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
Survivors include sisters Mildred Baker and her husband Ben, Libby,
and Florence Cowan and her husband Winfield, Whitefish, and numerous nieces
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, 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
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.
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
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,
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 M. Hutton, 65, of Libby, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at St. Johnís
She was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Colville, Wash., to Charles and Annetta
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
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
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.
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
A memorial service was held on Saturday at the Free Methodist Church
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of
the donorís choice.
Robert W. (Bob) Goff, 79, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at his home in
He was born on June 25. 1921, at Tonopah, Nev., to Vera (Wilson) and
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
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
Memorials in Bobís name can be made to St. Johnís Hospice, in care
of St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital, 350 Louisiana Ave., Libby.
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
Riggles loved the northwest Montana outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing,
camping and feeding the animals. He will be greatly missed by family and
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.