|From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT
Benjamin (Benny) F. Bailey, 68, of the Middle Thompson Lake area, died
on Nov. 24, 2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
He was born on July 26, 1939, in Kalispell, to Francis and Vera May
Bailey. Raised in the Flathead Valley, Benny was co-owner of the Sportsman
Ski Haus for many years.
After retiring, he lived at Middle Thompson Lake, where he had long
enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Benny is survived
by his wife Patricia Bailey at the family home; daughters Janis Broeder
and her husband Dale, and Judy Bailey and sons Jim and Jon Bailey, all
of Kalispell; step-children Jon and David Link, Colfax, Wash., and Julie
Herro, Spokane; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the
Christian Center Assembly of God Church in Kalispell, with the Rev. John
Weaver Jr. officiating.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mervil LeRoy Mickelson, 57, of Libby, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000,
at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
He was born May 18, 1943, in Phillipsburg, to Arthur and Fanny (Dolly)
He grew up in Seeley Lake, where he attended school.
Mervil enjoyed camping and playing cards.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Emile Wheatenon,
brothers Johnny and Leland and sister Mary.
Survivors include Judy Wagner of Kalispell, the love of his life; daughter
Michele (Shelley) Mickelson and her husband Don Lyle, Troy; son Lance Mickelson,
Kalispell; step-son James (Jim) Beam, Deer Lodge; brothers Tom Mickelson
and his wife Carol, Clinton, and Merle (Rodo) Mickelson and his wife Traudy,
Fountain, Colo.; sister Irene Hellman and her husband Pat, in Idaho, 10
grandchildren including Nicole and Natusha and numerous nieces and nephews
including special niece Shelly Jo Peterson, Clinton.
Private family services are being held.
Local arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral
Eileen Moe, 76, of Post Falls, Idaho, died Nov. 17, 2000, at home,
after a long illness.
She was born on Oct. 16, 1924, at Viola, Idaho.
She married Edward M. Moe on Aug. 24, 1942, in Spokane.
Eileen ran the post office in Bayview, Idaho, for 18 months, while
Farragut Naval Base was under construction.
In October 1942, while they were still newlyweds, Eileen saw her husband
off to serve his country during World War II.
During the war years Eileen drove a 2½-ton International dump
truck at Camp Adaire in Oregon and hauled coal to the barracks, hospitals,
bakery, laundry and throughout the camp.
She was a companion and wife of 58 years and a devoted and loving mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother.
Always full of life, Eileen enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and
hunting. She was a wonderful cook and also enjoyed her yard, garden and
At home in Post Falls is her husband, Edward Moe. She is also survived
by children Marvin Moe, Libby; Sandy Wilkinson, Sandpoint; Dianne Hope,
Seattle; Gary Moe, Los Lunas, N.M, and Karol Moe, Chilco, Idaho; nine grandchildren
including Colleen Gallegos, Kenny Moe, Randy Roberts, Lynnett Hope, Billie-Jo
Casey, Darcy Hope, Crystal Curtis, Gary Moe Jr., and Michele Moe, and 18
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.
A private family memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 19. English
Funeral Chapel in Coeur d’Alene was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 9494 N. Government
Way, Hayden, or to the American Cancer Society, PMB 134, 212 Ironwood Dr.,
Suite D, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
Margaret (Peggy) Rogers Stearns, 89, known to her family and many others
as “Nana” died peacefully on Nov. 25, 2000, in Butte, with family at her
Peggy was born on April 19, 1911, in Acme, W.Va., to Paul Garfield
Rogers and Olive Velora Harrah. Her parents, sisters Madalyn and Mildred,
and brother Paul preceded her in death. Her dear husband, the Rev. William
Stearns, died in 1983.
Peggy was a graduate of high school in Clendenin, W.Va., where she
played on the girls’ basketball team. In 1933, she completed Mountain View
Nursing School in Charleston, W.Va., becoming a registered nurse. She devoted
herself to this occupation and was proud to later see her granddaughter-in-law
continue in the field.
On Sept. 15, 1938, Peggy married William Cooley Stearns in Clendenin.
Stearns was a minister for the Methodist Church and Peggy assumed the role
of minister’s wife with the pride and grace that befit a southern belle.
They moved to Montana in 1948, traveling by train, to serve the Methodist
Church. They spent the rest of their life together in Montana, serving
church communities in Libby, Hamilton, Bigfork, Shelby, Bridger, Plains
and Chinook, and after retiring, Havre.
Peggy performed as a soloist and directed the children’s choir, sang
in the choir, taught Sunday School and was involved in other church activities,
supporting her husband’s ministry. She was devoted to her faith.
On Sept. 14, 1949, Peggy and William adopted a daughter, now Anna Elizabeth
Stearns Coe. Anna was at Peggy’s side when she died.
Peggy was a giving, forgiving and caring woman, whose life centered
around her family and her beloved pet poodle, Pierre.
For many years, Peggy knit winter hats by the box full which she donated
to the Blackfeet Indian Mission in Browning. She was named an honorary
tribe member for her gifts of labor and love. She was also a life member
of the Eastern Star.
Peggy is survived by her daughter Anna Coe, son-in-law Douglas Coe,
Butte; Anna’s father-in-law Don Coe, Plains; grandson Stephen Eric Stearns
Coe and his wife Janet Richards Coe, and great-grand-daughter MacKenzie
Rose Coe, all of Nampa, Idaho, and granddaughter Cari An Coe and her husband
Viet Hoana, San Diego, Calif.
She is also survived by nephew Roger and his wife Dottie Kizer, Conshocken,
Pa., nephew John Kizer and family and niece Becky (Kizer) Fizer in West
In the year 2000, Peggy was slated to become a great-grandmother on
Jan. 26, and to attend the wedding of her granddaughter on July 3.
Peggy – “Nana” – will be missed by her family and friends who will
always remember her for her keen sense of humor and unfaltering wit, which
she maintained until her last days.
The family requests that memorials be made to Intermountain Childrens
Home in Helena, Van Orsdel United Methodist Church of Havre, Mountain View
Methodist Church or Aldergate Methodist Church of Butte.
Mrs. Stearns’ remains have been cremated in Butte. Memorial services
will be conducted in Havre at a later date. Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
Bert E. Anderson, 77, of Libby, died on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at
Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1923, at Burr Oak, Kan., and served with the
U.S. Army from 1943-1948 in the European Theater during World War II.
Bert worked throughout Washington state as a farmhand until coming
to Montana in 1992 and to Libby two years ago.
Survivors include his friend and companion, Ramona Boswell, Libby.
Private arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Paul Edward Jones, 75, of Troy, died on Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Kalispell
Regional Medical Center.
He was born on May 10, 1925, at Lufkin, Texas, to Edna Ross and Paul
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Billie Sue and
wife Elaine Eleanor.
Paul grew up in rural east Texas. After the outbreak of World War II,
he followed his older brother, enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He served in the Palsu Islands and was awarded two Purple Hearts for
injuries sustained in action.
At the end of the war, Paul relocated to the Seattle area where he
met his future wife, Eleanor.
After Eleanor’s death in 1994, Paul met Connie Passey at South County
Senior Center in Edmonds.
They were married on Nov. 2, 1996, and moved to Troy in 1997.
In Montana, Paul pursued his love of river runs, fishing, photography
and flying the couple’s para-wing aircraft.
He is survived by his wife Connie, Troy; daughters Colleen Davis and
her husband Dean, Sandpoint, Idaho; and Maureen Kuhnhausen and her husband
Tony, Salt Lake City, Utah; brother Linwood and his wife Helen, Yakima,
Wash.; sister Helen and her husband Guy, Gig Harbor, Wash.; two brothers-in-law,
Clifford Faulknor, Calgary, Alberta, and Robert Children, Lufkin, Texas;
stepchildren LaAnn Purbaugh and her husband Frank, Chandler, Ariz., and
Rob Passey, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren,
numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, Tom and Jessica Tonne,
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Paul’s life was held
at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the American Legion Hall, 601 Dayton
Avenue, Edmonds, Wash.
Burial followed at the City of Edmonds Cemetery.
James W. (Jim) Reynolds, 74, of Libby, died on Nov. 13, 2000, among
family and friends in Spokane.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1925, in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma.
He married Geri York in California and they had a son, Steven York,
who survives his father.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy and after his discharge, worked as a timber
faller for most of his life.
He moved to Libby in 1954, where he married Arlene Rayson. He later
married Hazel Masters.
Jim enjoyed singing and sang with a country western band, The Snake
River Outlaws. His hobbies were fishing, hunting and camping.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel Masters Reynolds.
Survivors include sons Randy Reynolds, Rodney Reynolds and Joshua Reynolds;
step-children Diane Murer, George Masters and Ronnie Masters; brothers
Gene, Bill and Jack; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren. and many
nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 am. on Saturday, Nov. 25,
at Wilkinson Hall.
Douglas Arthur Sheffler, 71, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, who attended
school in Troy, died on Nov. 15, 2000, at the Boundary County Nursing Home
in Bonners Ferry, after a long illness.
He was born on June 20, 1927, at Spirit Lake, Idaho, to Bert and Imogene
Sheffler Westover and attended school in Troy and in Spokane.
He served for a short time in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War
II before receiving a medical discharge.
Doug worked as a packer for a sheepherder in the Purcell Mountains,
was a logger and mill worker and also worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
He also owned and operated a sawmill.
Music was his passion and he sang and played guitar at an early age.
Over the years he played for dances at Curley Creek and State Line and
in the mid-1970s he built and operated the Little Opry Hall at Rocky Creek.
Musicians came from all over to jam and share their love of music.
Doug and his wife Kathy took their music on tour to Europe in 1979
and again in 1984 and were well received, making friendships that survived
time and distance.
His wife, Kathy Sheffler of Bonners Ferry, to whom he was married in
1978, survives him.
Doug married Juanita Randolph in 1945 and they were divorced in 1978.
He is also survived by his children, Mary Jo Moore, Sagle, Idaho; Michael
Scott Sheffler, Athol, Idaho; Rosanna Kay Zirkle and her husband Don, Gautier,
Miss., and Lena Jane Vahan, San Diego, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 10
great-grandchildren, his step-mother Dorothy Westover, four half-brothers
and three half-sisters.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God in
Arrangements were by Bonners Ferry Funeral Home in Bonners Ferry.
Former Libby businesswoman Carol McKee, 59, died Wednesday morning,
Nov. 15, 2000.
She was born on Aug. 19, 1941, at Chewelah, Wash., to Thomas and Nellie
Carol operated Carol Lee’s Dog Grooming on U.S. Highway 2 West for
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Tommy, who died
in infancy, and Carl, who died three years ago.
She is survived by her husband Brent McKee and Nellie (Angel) McKee,
at home; Mike Yost of Spokane and Leslie Waits in Nebraska.
She is also survived by seven brothers and sisters, Bill Kilgore, Libby;
Pat Rogers, Spokane; Ruth Johnson, Wasilla, Alaska; Nancy Kilgore, Medford,
Ore.; Jim Kilgore, Port Angeles, Wash., Kathy (Shortie) Poffenroth, Newport,
Wash., and June Kilgore, Missoula; five grandchildren and many nieces and
Memorial services are pending and memorials may be made to the Heart,
Lung and Kidney Foundation.
Former Libby teacher Alenath B. Rich, 95, longtime Rexford resident,
died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at North Valley Extended Care Center in Whitefish.
She was born on Sept. 27, 1905, at Whittier, Calif., to David and Carolyn
She was raised and educated at Huntington Park and attended teachers’
college at Los Angeles and at Dillon.
Alenath taught school at Rexford, Tooley Lake, Trego and Eureka and
also taught at St. John’s Lutheran School in Libby and in the Libby Public
She later taught at Whitefish until she retired in the late 1970’s.
Alenath married George (Shorty) Rich at Kalispell on Jan. 24, 1946,
and they moved to Rexford. George preceded her in death in 1985.
Alenath was a longtime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Eureka,
the Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a second
lieutenant in the Eureka Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
During the 1960’s Alenath chronicled the development and construction
of the Libby Dam Project for local news media, donating the collection
in written word and memorabilia to the Tobacco Valley Museum. Alenath and
George were also involved with the relocation of Rexford during the Libby
Alenath enjoyed handcrafts, especially knitting, and used her talents
to benefit Mountain View Manor in Eureka, knitting afghans, slippers and
socks for the residents.
Survivors include daughter Carolyn Pfrimmer and her husband Bruce,
Whitefish; sons Kenneth Payton and his wife Doris, Citrus Heights, Calif.,
and Richard Payton and his wife Mary Lou, Rexford; daughter-in-law Toni
Payton, Reno, Nev.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son Donald Payton in 1998.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral
Home in Eureka.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Lutheran
Church in Eureka with Pastor Chris Tabbert officiating.
Interment services will follow at Tobacco Valley Cemetery.
Robin A. (Rob) Sampson, 52, of Troy, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 15,
2000, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1948, at Kalispell, to William and Vera Huston
He attended schools at Bigfork and at Portland, Ore.
Rob served two tours of duty, from 1968 to 1970, with the U.S. Army
in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart.
Rob lived in Nevada where he worked as miner for BHB Mining and later
was employed as a prison guard before returning to Montana in August 2000,
to live at Troy.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Ronni, Troy; children Matthew, St. Helens,
Ore., and Adam, Ely, Nev.; step-children Heather, Jacob and Sefton Kienzle,
Troy; granddaughter Lacie Jade Rowe; sisters Joy Martin, Amity, Ore., and
Dera Davis, Troy; and brothers Steven and Abram Sampson, Noxon, and Thomas
Sampson, Washington, D.C.
Services were conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Nelson
& Vial Funeral Home Chapel in Libby.
Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Friday and until noon on Saturday at the
Wilma Marguerite Prichard Albert, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000,
at Brendan House in Kalispell.
She was born on June 7, 1911, at Fredona, Kan., to Tom and Elva Armstrong
She graduated from Brockton High School in Brockton, Mont., in 1929
and married Ralph Albert on June 11, 1930.
They lived for many years in Libby where Wilma worked as a cook in
her own restaurant and also as a camp cook for the Royal Logging Company.
Wilma loved sports, especially basketball and baseball and as a young
woman she was a very good basketball player.
She remained a devout fan of both games.
Wilma will be remembered for her love of family and her church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, two sisters
and a son Tom.
Survivors include son Fred and his wife Kaye Albert; daughter-in-law
Mary Albert; grandchildren Ralph Albert, Bob Albert, Jo Henley, Kelly Lee
and Karla Ogle, all of Kalispell; Russell Albert and Kyler Albert, both
of Denver; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation was from 3-6 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment followed at Glacier Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were under direction of the Buffalo Hill Funeral Home.
Margo Irwin, 55, of Libby, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at Brendan House
She was born on March 26, 1945, at Eldora, Iowa, to Royce Gilbertson
and Helene Witherspoon Gilbertson.
Margo came to Libby with her family and attended Libby schools.
She married Jim Irwin on Jan. 25, 1963 and they remained in Libby where
they raised their family. Margo assisted her husband in the operation of
Margo participated in League Bowling and enjoyed fishing, hunting and
She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents and an infant
Survivors include her husband Jim, Libby; sons Scott Irwin, U.S. Air
Force, stationed in Virginia, and Kevin Irwin and his wife Heather, Seattle;
her father Royce Gilbertson, Libby; step-father Forest Gilcrist, Tumwater,
Wash.; sisters Rene Stapley, Troy; Sue Chance, Las Vegas, N.M; Gail Price,
Missoula and Joan Olson, Sidney, and grandchildren Dustin and Amy.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Nelson & Vial
Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation took place from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Libby Volunteer Ambulance or the Libby Volunteer
Charles J. Martin Jr., 84, who grew up in Libby, died on Wednesday,
Oct. 25, 2000, in Mead, Wash.
He was born on May 12, 1916, at Ogden, Utah, to Dr. Charles J. and
Blanche E. (Race) Martin, and moved with his family from Driggs, Idaho
to Libby in 1925.
Chuck attended Libby schools and graduated from Libby High School with
the Class of 1933. An outstanding athlete, Chuck played on the Libby Terrier
championship football team in 1932. In recent years he returned to Libby
with other members of that team and their coach George Vogt, to inspire
Libby High School athletes.
Chuck attended Wentworth Military Academy for a year and then transferred
to the University of Washington at Seattle, where he met and married Kathryn
Kearns. They had two children and their marriage ended in divorce.
After graduating from the University of Montana at Missoula in 1939,
Chuck coached for a year at Stevensville in Montana before beginning a
10-year career as high school football coach and teacher at Pilot Rock
and Prineville, Ore.
Chuck served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
In 1952 he moved to the Portland area, where he was associated with
Farmers Insurance for many years, traveling extensively and working for
the company in various capacities.
He retired in 1978, married Carrie Schmeltzer, and moved to the Spokane
Chuck was a member of the Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his second wife Hazel, son
Bill, daughter Sue and one grandchild.
Survivors include his wife Carrie, Mead; son Gerald Martin and his
wife Tina, Portland, Ore.; brothers D.R. (Bill) Martin and his wife Pat,
Kalispell; and Harold Martin and his wife Jennie, Salem, Ore.; sisters
Elizabeth Arsers, San Antonio, Texas, Helen Turbyne and her husband George,
Eugene, Ore., and Lenore (Tiny) and her husband Bill Seims, Yuba City,
Calif., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Cremation took place under direction of the Neptune Society of Washington.
A gathering in memory of Chuck will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday,
Nov. 25, at the Martin Cabin on Lavon Lake in the Happy’s Inn area.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spokane Food Bank.
Evaline M. Willliams, 90, a lifetime Libby resident, died Tuesday,
Nov. 7, 2000, at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital.
She was born on July 11, 1910, at Libby, to Peter and Sarah Barr Detjens.
Evaline grew up in Libby, attended Libby schools and married Fred G.
Williams on Nov. 14, 1930, at Libby.
They lived all their lives in the Libby area, residing at Raven and
Upper Ford ranger stations for long periods of time before moving back
Along with her husband, Evaline enjoyed the Montana outdoors, hunting,
fishing and camping. She particularly enjoyed being a mother, grandmother
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1995, and was also
preceded in death by daughter Irene Hutchison in 1998, brother Paul (Pete)
Detjens and sister Dee Allen.
Survivors include daughter Viona Lamey and her husband Bill, Libby;
grandsons Don Thomson, Spokane, and Kirk Jaynes, Libby; granddaughter Kelli
Jaynes, Libby, six great-grandchildren, sister Ruth Person, Libby, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Nelson & Vial
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the Nelson & Vial
Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darwin Scofield officiating.
Interment will follow in the City of Libby Cemetery.
Longtime Libby resident Velta S. McAllister. 84, died Saturday, Nov.
4, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.
She was born on Sept. 3, 1916, at Sandpoint, Idaho, to John and Julia
Velta grew up and attended school at Trego and graduated from the eighth
grade in Eureka.
She worked all her life as a caregiver.
Velta married Sam McAllister on April 25, 1938 in Kalispell. They lived
in Eureka until moving to Libby in 1941.
Velta enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening. She was a devoted mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, June Tholen, her parents
and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband Sam of Libby; daughters Evelyn McAllister,
Spokane, and Judy McAllister and Carol McAllister, both of Libby; a brother
Melvin Edwards, Libby; four sisters Violet Malicot, Libby, Vivian Wiyrick,
Iva Schmidt and Fedalma Evans, all of Spokane; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren
and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Libby
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Janiece Rae Orr, 55, of Troy, died on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at her
home, following a long battle with cancer.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1945, at Libby, to Ray and Ellen Trustee Cole.
She grew up on Bull Lake and attended Troy schools.
Janiece married David Orr on March 16, 1978, and faithfully followed
wherever he wandered.
They returned to Troy in 1989 and purchased the King Ranch.
Janiece enjoyed running the ranch and hosting holiday dinners there.
She enjoyed riding her horse in the woods, spending time outdoors, photography,
gardening and playing the drums.
Her family always came first and she enjoyed being a grandmother.
Janiece bowled for more than 30 years and was a Top Five bowler every
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband David, Troy; son Curtis Oldes and his
wife Gloria, Troy; daughters Melody Schrader and her husband Steve, Kalispell,
and Dusty Maggi and her husband Matt, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; sisters Darlene
Lee, Clarkston, Wash.; Jeannie Osborn and her husband Ozzie, Bonners Ferry;
Bernice Curtiss, Phoenix, Ariz; Rayetta Cole, Bonners Ferry, and Gloria
Patricia Cunnington and her husband Nile, Troy, and five grandchildren.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Troy Christian Fellowship
Church, with burial in the Milnor Lake Cemetery.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Longtime Troy resident Oliver F. Stone, 76, died at his home on Thursday,
Nov. 2, 2000.
He was born on June 16, 1924, in Williston, N.D., to Flavian and Carrie
After serving with the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, and spending a year
in California, Stone moved to Troy in 1947.
He married Betty Russell of Troy on March 12, 1949, and worked for
J. Neils Lumber Company before starting his own gypo logging company.
He worked for Lincoln County for eight years and then in various construction
jobs until retiring in 1983.
Stone enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; brothers Elmer and Delmer
Corey; his parents, and a grandson, Robert Stone.
Survivors include four children, Dennis Stone, Elko, Nev.; Laurel Rose,
Grand Mesa, Ariz.; Clinton Stone, Troy and Oliver Stone Jr., Carlin, Nev.;
sisters Louella Bailey, Palm Desert, Calif., and Evelyn Anderson, Troy,
and eight grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at a later daate.
Arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Lee Ann Morris
Former Troy resident Lee Ann Morris, 63, of Kalispell, died Oct. 21,
2000, in the Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
She was born on May 15, 1937, at Long Beach, Calif., to Cecil and Ethel
She grew up in California where she received her education.
Lee Ann married Willie Sulzmann in 1960. They had one daughter and
were later divorced.
Lee Ann started several businesses in California before moving to Troy
in 1992. She moved to Kalispell in 1994, after suffering a stroke.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cecile and David McRill
and their children Matt and Coel, all of Troy.
A memorial service will be conducted at 12 noon on Saturday at the
Northwest Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Two Mile Drive in Kalispell.
Max Allen Offenbecher, 64, the father of a Libby man, died Sunday,
Oct. 29, 2000, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1935, at Union City, Mich.
He served as a missile technician with the U.S. Navy for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife Diana, Wichita Falls; daughters Rhonda Denton
and Tammy Goodwin, Angola, Ind., sons Aaron Offenbecher, Wichita Falls;
Rex Offenbecher, Libby, and Todd Offenbecher, Phoenix, Ariz., and several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Danny Joe Smith
Former Libby resident Danny Joe Smith, 31, of Missoula, died on Wednesday,
Oct. 25, 2000.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1969, in Libby, to Terry and Barbara Smith.
Danny was raised and educated at Libby.
He married Ramona Dillman on Nov. 16, 1995, at Bonners Ferry, Idaho,
and they moved to Missoula in June 1997.
Danny enjoyed bowling and outdoor activities, especially hunting and
He was always ready to help anyone in need.
His grandparents and several uncles preceded Danny in death.
Survivors include his wife Ramona, Missoula; step-daughters Jennifer
Murer, Missoula; Misty Norstebon, Great Falls; Shannon Norstebon and Debra
Norstebon, both of Missoula; step-grandchildren Shelby Murer, Brandon Murer,
Mersadies Bates and Kali Tucker; his parents, Terry and Barbara Smith,
Libby; sisters Teresa Smith, Libby, and Kayla Smith and her son Hunter,
Spokane; grandparents Ralph and Frances Cole, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; nephews
OJ Dillman, Missoula, and Shea Johnson, Great Falls; niece Nikki Johnson
and her children Anthony and Trey, all of Libby, and several aunts, uncles,
cousins and other relatives.
Visitation was from 4-7 p.m on Friday at the Garden City Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at
the City of Libby Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made in Danny’s name to a charity
of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral
Home and Crematory, Missoula, and Nelson & Vial Funeral Home of Libby.
James H. Teschler, 46, who attended Libby schools, died Oct. 31, 2000,
at his home.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1953, at Fort Benton, to Howard and Phyllis
Jim attended grade schools in Libby and in Cincinnati, Ohio, where
he graduated from Western Hills High School in 1971.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1974,
taking time to travel throughout Europe before returning to Cincinnati.
He later graduated from the University of Cincinnati.
Survivors include his mother Phyllis, Nampa, Idaho; his wife Deborah,
Antioch, Calif.; sisters Linda Hill, Crow Agency; Ellen Howard, Nampa,
and many other relatives and friends from coast to coast.
Cremation has been handled by the Neptune Society.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Contra Costa Foundation, 2051 Harrison
Street, Concord, CA 94520 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.