Miscellaneous Lincoln County, Montana Obituaries

From the "Western News" newspaper in Libby, MT

Mary Jo Anderson
Longtime Libby resident Mary Jo Anderson, 70, died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital following a long illness.  
She was born on Dec. 10, 1929, at Sidney, to Richard and Gertrude Prichard Fields, and moved with her family to Libby in 1945.  
Mary Jo graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1947 and worked as a nursesí aide until she married Elmer Anderson of Libby at Kailua, Hawaii in July 1949.  
They returned to Libby in 1951.  
Mary Jo belonged to St. John Lutheran Church, where she served on the Altar Guild for many yeas. She also was a volunteer with the American Red Cross.  
She enjoyed cooking, reading, skiing, visiting with friends and spending time at the family cabin on Middle Thompson. Lake.  
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband Elmer and a brother, Willis Fields.  
Survivors include daughter Christine M. Anderson, Libby; son David B. Anderson and his wife Barbara, also of Libby; brother Richard Fields, Newport, Wash., sisters Elva Hauck and Sally Noyes, both of Spokane; grandchildren Laurren Nirider, Brian Anderson and Eric Anderson, all of Libby.  
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Johnís Lutheran Church.  
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Interment was in the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to Kootenai Winter Sports, Box 210, Libby.  
Lucille Myers
Lucille Marian Boyce Myers, 91, a longtime resident of Eldora, Iowa, died Feb. 21, 2000, in Libby.  
She was born on Sept. 18, 1908, at Newell, Iowa, to Lewis and Julia Prescott Boyce.  
Lucille and her two brothers were raised on the family farm. Lucille exhibited an early love for school and would slip away to go to a nearby rural school. The teacher would keep her occupied until her mother could retrieve her.  
She graduated from Newell High School and Iowa State Teachersí College in Cedar Falls and taught at Garfield School near Rockwell City and at Indianola Public School before her marriage to Milo Myers on June 20, 1934, in the Congregational Church in Newell.  
They lived in Manning, Iowa, until moving to Eldora in 1935 when Milo joined the Eldora school faculty as instrumental music teacher and band director.  
In March 1951 Lucille accepted a position as teacher at the Iowa State Training School for Boys in Eldora, continuing in that position until retiring in June 1976.  
She continued to do volunteer work at the school for several years.  
Lucille was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Martha Circle, past president and 50-year member of Chapter FA, PEO; past worthy matron and 50-year member of Ascension Chapter No 158, OES; Eldora Hospital Auxiliary, Mothersí Club and the Hardin County Historical Society.  
A devoted wife and mother, Lucille provided loving support and encouragement to her family while working full time.  
She was noted as a great cook, especially for her divinity candy and early morning breakfasts for vacation bound friends. She enjoyed knitting for her children and grandchildren and traveling to visit all of them.  
She appreciated drama, literature, music and playing solitaire and bridge.  
Survivors include her daughter Julie and her husband Jim Shadle, Libby; grandchildren Stacy and her husband Tom Christie, Gallup, N.M.; Stephanie and her husband Jeff Paradee, Federal Way, Wash., and Eric Shadle, Kirkland, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Annalyssa and Brian Paradee; brother Gladwyn Boyce, Des Plaines, Ill., and 10 nieces and nephews.  
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, brother Wayne, her husband Milo and their son, David Myers.  
Memorials may be directed to the PEO Educational Loan Fund, in care of Peg Rooks, 1611 9th St., Eldora, IA 50627 or the United Methodist Church 1415 12th St., Eldora, IA 50627  

Ruth Richards
Ruth Ellyn Richards, 74, died Feb. 18, 2000, at her home in Hamilton, following a year-long illness.  
Born on July 30, 1925, in Randall, Wash.., to Sylvester and Frances Cross, Ruth Ellyn was the wife of former Libby resident John M. Richards of Hamilton.  
She is also survived by son Michael Bunnell and his wife Judy of Bellingham, Wash.; daughter Lloyde Byrd, McMinnville, Ore.., and sister Helen  Baily, also of McMinnville.  
Cremation is under the care of Dowling Funeral Home.  
Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.  

Dorothy Pozar
Dorothy M. Pozar, 84, of Libby, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born Feb. 3, 1916, at Winona, Minn., to Chauncy and Emma Mundt Cada.  
Dorothy grew up in Winona and graduated from Winona High School.  
She moved to Montana in 1936, where she met and married George T. Wood.  
Dorothy worked in the George Wood Hardware store with her husband and after his death in 1958, she continued to manage the hardware store. She married M.G. Pozar in Libby in 1968.  
Dorothy enjoyed fishing, camping, wintering in Arizona and spending summers at her home on Bull Lake.  
Pozar died in 1994.  
Survivors include five sons, George Wood and his wife Glenda, Libby; Phillip Wood and his wife Mary, Albuquerque, N.M.; Jerry Wood and his wife Pat, Wenatchee, Wash.; Bruce Wood and his wife Penny and Keith Wood and his wife Nancy, all of Helena; brother Lester Cada, Winona, Minn.; and grandchildren including Kevin, Jeana, Kraig, Hidi, Lacey and others.  
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  
Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home, with Rosary beginning at 7 p.m.  

Ruth Walker
Ruth Walker, 77, of Libby, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
She was born on March 7, 1922, at Reardon, Wash., to Harry T. and Sophia M. Zeimamtz Phillips.  
She grew up in Davenport, Wash., where she attended school, graduating from Davenport High School with the Class of 1937.  
After graduating from high school, Ruth worked in Spokane before moving to San Diego.  
She met and married Charles Walker in 1944. They moved to Kalispell in 1945, to Spokane in 1947 and to Walnut Creek, Calif., in 1966.  
They retired in 1978 and returned to Spokane. Ruth had lived in Libby since 1995. She enjoyed playing the piano, the out-of-doors, singing, dancing and telling stories.  
Survivors include daughters Terrey Winkler and her husband Ed, Libby, and Sherrey Flodin and her husband Dick, El Sobrante, Calif.; four grandchildren, Katie Winkler, Seattle; Michael Winkler, Denver, Colo.; Stefanie Flodin, Sacramento, Calif., and Erik Flodin, Moscow, Idaho, and niece Shirley Gunning and her husband Richard, Davenport.  
Services were conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church.  
Interment will take place Wednesday in Davenport.  
Local arrangements were under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Charlie Welch
Charles Mel ( Charlie) Welch, 78, longtime Libby resident, died on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.  
He was born on Jan. 13, 1922, at Marmarth, N.D., to Charles F. and Maude Welch, moving to a Montana homestead in Carter County as a child.  
Charlie attended rural schools and graduated from Carter County High School in Ekalaka in 1941.  
As a teenager Charlie worked as a ranch hand during the summer months, trailing cattle to the railroad at Baker.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as a flight engineer and crew chief with the Naval Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II He received an honorable discharge in 1945.  
Charlie married Verna Frye in 1946.  
He worked as a mechanic, construction worker and in the gold mines until moving to Libby in 1956.  
A longtime employee of the J. Neils Lumber Company and St. Regis Paper Company, Charlie was a respected member of the Lumber  & Sawmill Workers Local 2581, serving as union representative from his election in 1967 until his retirement in 1982.  
A member and deacon of Libby Christian Church, Charlie served on the board of the Montana Christian Evangelistic Association, responsible for building churches in Montana.  
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, loved to travel, hunt and dance, and relished the role of loving husband, father and grandfather.  
Charlie was preceded in death by a son, Sgt. Robert Welch, killed in action while serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968. He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister Lucile Venhauus and brothers, Jerry Welch and Eldon (Cub) Welch, longtime Libby chief of police.  
Survivors include Verna, his wife of 54 years, Libby; his children Peggy Tong and her husband Larry, Naples, Idaho; Charles (Chuck) Welch, Libby, and Jeanne Goodnough and her husband Greg, Kalispell; sister Gladys Parker and brother Clyde Welch and his wife Donna, all of Billings; sister-in-law Marilyn Welch, Missoula, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Libby Christian Church with Pastors Curt Hensley and Cal Noble officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Friends may call at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Friday and until noon Saturday.  
Memorials may be made to the Montana Christian Evangelistic Association or the Libby Christian Church.  

Mary Flickinger
Mary E. Flickinger, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.  
She was born on May 5, 1909, at Hamill, S.D., to James and Anna Beranck Pelkey.  
She was raised and educated in South Dakota before moving to Grants Pass, Ore., where she and her husband Clem lived for many years.  
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990 and moved to Libby in 1994.  
Mary was also preceded in death by a son, Gene, in 1985.  
Survivors include daughters Bette Garcia, Troy, and Juanita Schwab, Jacksonville, Ore.; son David Flickinger, Sterling, Alaska; sisters Elsie Austin, Roseburg, Ore., Eve English and Bea Mann, both of Hot Springs, S.D.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  
Private arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorís choice.  

Bill Gerstenberger
William Theodore (Bill, W.T.) Gerstenberger, 79, of Trout Creek, died Feb. 13, 2000, in St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born on Feb. 10, 1921, at Browerville, Minn., and moved with his family to Havre when he was 3 years old, and to Trout Creek in 1936, when he was 15.  
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served with the Alaska Railroad Battalion during World War II.  
Following an honorable discharge in 1946 Bill returned to Trout Creek. He married Ann Larkin on Oct. 12, 1946, at Wenatchee, Wash.  
Bill worked on construction of Libby Dam and Cabinet Gorge Dam, in sawmills, and on the railroad.  
He enjoyed his family and especially his grandchildren. Bill enjoyed life and made life joyful for others.  
He is survived by his wife Ann in Trout Creek; daughters Sherry Peters and her husband Allen, Troy; Kathy Brown and her husband George, Trout Creek; Marianne Laws and her husband Tim, Hayden, Idaho; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Gloria Jose, Spirit Lake, Idaho; Mike and Cindy Gerstenberger, Clark Fork, Idaho; Jeff and Scooter Gerstenberger, Trout Creek; Steve and Lori Gerstenberger, Trout Creek; sister and brother-in-law Pat and Les Rogers, Sandpoint, Idaho; brothers Richard Gerstenberger and his wife Jean, Trout Creek, and Albert Gerstenberger and his wife Violet, also of Trout Creek.  
Bill is also survived by 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Robert Leland.  
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. William Catholic Church in Thompson Falls.  
Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.  

Cy Moles
Longtime Libby resident Clarence W. (Cy) Moles, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane.  
He was born on Aug. 5, 1917, at Belknap to Albert and Sophia Skiera Moles, the third of seven children.  
Cy grew up on the family farm at Belknap and attended the nearby country school. He attended high school at Thompson Falls.  
After high school Cy worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, driving truck and delivering supplies to all the CCC camps in Montana.  
He met Ann Kolendich in Missoula and they were married in Missoula on Sept. 10, 1940.  
Cy was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in June 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1945.  
Returning to Thompson Falls, Cy converted an old army truck into a logging truck, hauling logs and working as a gypo.  
In 1947 he moved to Libby, where he continued to work as a logger.  
Cy started building the family home in Libby in 1950 and with the help of his wife and children, finished it four years later.  
Cy ran the American Legion Club in 1959-1960 and leased Gopher Inn for two years before returning to logging.  
He tended bar at the Elks Lodge, the Play Lanes and the VFW Club, where he also worked as manager.  
He started doing carpentry work with Elmer Matson in later life and continued well into his seventies. He enjoyed bowling with the same group of Libby men every Friday night for 45 years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.  
Cy was a charter member of the Elks Lodge and was also a member of the Moose Lodge, the DAV, Eagles Lodge and American Legion.  
He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, a son and two brothers.  
Survivors include sons Clarence Moles, Seattle; and David Moles, Lolo; brothers Les Moles and his wife Edith, Libby; Wilfred Moles and his wife Agnes, Terre Haute, Ind.; and Lavern Moles and his wife Katherine, Grants Pass, Ore., sister Altha Thompson and her husband Rex, Thompson Falls; five grandchildren, Nicole Moles, Megan Moles and her daughter Katya, all of Portland; Chris, Chadra and Nicholas Moles, all of Lolo; special niece Clara Tucker, Asotin, Wash and numerous other nieces and nephews.  
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Rae Vinion
Former Libby resident Rae Louise Vinion, 74, of Coos Bay, Ore., died Jan. 31, 2000.  
She was born on May 31, 1925, in New Westminister, British Columbia, Canada, to Ray and Gina Leavitt, and grew up in Idaho, Washington and Montana.  
She met her husband, Bud Vinion, in Idaho and they were married on Jan. 27, 1946, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy.  
They both went to college in Lewiston, Idaho, before moving to Libby where they taught school.  
Rae also worked as a secretary for many years, retiring in 1975.  
Rae and Bud moved to Washington and after Budís death in 1986, Rae moved to Coos Bay.  
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Eileen Vinion, Libby; daughters and sons-in-law Leslie and Mike Cook, Coos Bay, and Julie and Paul Pickett, Petersburg, Alaska; her step-mother Gladys Leavitt, half-brothers Harold and Albert and half-sister Pat Clark, all in Washington; grandchildren Cory, Bryn Dee, Ryan, Kellie, Krystie, Christopher, Miranda and Ely; special niece Gina Young, five great-grandchildren, many friends and relatives and the caring staff at Golden Age Adult Foster Home.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, step-father and sister.  
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the home of her daughter at 1090 N. 10th Court, Coos  Bay.  
Cremation was at Ocean View Memory Gardens.  

Leon Fulgham
Leon T. Fulgham, 64, of Troy, died of cancer on Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his home.  
He was born on July 13, 1935, at Emmett, Idaho, to Roger and Minnie Cox Fulgham.  
He grew up at Emmett, where he attended school through the tenth grade before moving to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where he graduated from high school.  
He earned an associate of arts degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore.  
Leon was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad most of his adult life, retiring in 1990.  
He enjoyed cooking and experimenting with recipes.  
Survivors include his wife Glenda of Troy; sons Scott Fulgham, Kellogg, Idaho; Steve Fulgham, New Bern, N.C.; daughter Renee Brooks, Birmingham, Ala.; brothers Lee Fulgham and his wife Luanne, Colfax, Calif.; Duane Fulgham and his wife Marti, Whidbey Island, Wash.; Tom Fulgham and his wife Sharon, Valrico, Fla.; and Sam Fulgham and his wife Sandra, Libby; sisters Arlene Norwood and her husband Bob, Bonners Ferry; Betty Adkins, Bonners Ferry; step-son David Phillips and his wife Yvette, Spirit Lake, Idaho, and three grandchildren.  
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of God in Troy.  
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Steward Orvik
Steward James Orvik, 55, died on Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his home in Libby, from apparent heart failure.  
He was born on Oct. 25, 1944, at Ada, Minn., to James and Selma Hanson Orvik.  
He graduated from Climax High School in 1962.  
Steward married Beverly Parker on Feb. 22, 1980, in Coeur díAlene, Idaho.  
He had coached the Blackhawks, a girls softball team, for two years.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.  
Survivors include his wife Beverly, Libby; sister Joyce Boeddeker and her husband Dale, Minot, N.D.; brother Jay Orvik, Bellingham, Minn.; aunts Florence Orvik and Blanch Orvik, both of Spokane; cousin Roger and his wife Jan of Shelly, Minn.; step-daughter Julie Rice of Odessa, Wash.; four grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Marvin Nellis
Longtime Libby resident Marvin B. Nellis, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Nampa, Idaho.  
He was born on May 6, 1920, at Baker, Ore., to Winfred E. and Inez Hutton Nellis, and moved with his family to Eureka in 1934.  
Marvin grew up and completed his education at Eureka and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy and Africa during World War II.  
Following his honorable discharge in January 1946, Marvin returned to Montana.  
He married Sophie Hunt on June 7, 1946, at Libby.  
Marvin worked as a timber faller and heavy equipment operator for J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis and Champion for many years, retiring in 1982.  
Marvin and Sophie celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1996.  
The Nellis family harvested thousands of Christmas trees each fall, an activity Marvin and Sophie continued to enjoy after Marvin retired. He also enjoyed trout fishing, outdoor activities and spending time at the family cabin near Eureka.  
He was a member of the Libby Christian Church, the Lumber & Sawmill Workers Local 2781 and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1548.  
Survivors are his wife Sophie; daughters Marcia Thomas and her husband Bob, Meridian, Idaho, and Linda Zook and her husband George, Polson; son Duane Nellis and his wife Ruth, Morgantown, W.Va., sisters Beulah Childs, Libby; Freda Tiffany, Pasco, Wash., and Ilean VanDeVanter, Spokane; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Libby Christian Church with Pastors Cal Noble and Curt Hensley officiating.  
Interment with military honors will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.  
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  

Homer Frazey
Homer Warren Frazey, 80, of Libby, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at his home.  
He was born on March 1, 1919, at Cody, Neb., to William and Blanche Kirk Frazey.  
He attended schools in Nebraska.  
When Homer was 16 years old he moved with his family to Naples, Idaho. He also lived at Coeur díAlene, Idaho.  
He entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 18, 1940, served in New Guinea and the Philippines, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 24, 1945.  
Homer returned to the Post Falls, Idaho, area where he found work moving houses.  
He moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1950 and married Nola French at Coeur díAlene on Dec. 19, 1951.  
In 1958 they moved to Libby, where Homer worked as a logger. He had worked for Bache Logging, J. Neils Lumber Company and St. Regis before retiring in 1982.  
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, pool and cards.  
Survivors include his son William (Bill) Frazey, Libby; daughter Nola Osteen, Yuma, Ariz.; brothers Harlan Frazey and his wife Maggie, Calvin Frazey and his wife Mary and Steven Frazey and his wife Barbara, all of Post Falls; sisters Retha Just, Cheney, Wash., and Emily Parker, Hay Springs, Neb., and four grandchildren, Angelina, Ryan, Narven and Alexandria.  
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home, with interment with military honors to follow at 2 p.m., Pacific Time, at Rest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coeur díAlene.  

Ron Huth
Ronald Edward Huth, 46, of Libby, died of apparent heart failure on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.  
He was born on June 25, 1953, at Sioux City, Iowa, to Roger and Aprilla  Downing Huth.  
Ron was actively involved with girlsí softball, coaching his daughterís team for 10 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his father in 1981.  
Survivors include his wife Jini and daughter Anika Huth, Libby; son Russ Kirkham and his wife Brenda and their children Lynsey and Kaley, Mountain View, Calif.; his mother, Aprilla Downing, in Florida; five brothers, Kenneth, Al and Roger Huth, all of Florida; Keith Huth in California and Vernon Huth of Iowa and their families; niece Holly Decker and her son Jacob, Libby; sister-in-law Christine Andrusco and her husband Billy, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Canada; and brother-in-law Tracie Barnes, his wife Joni and their children Juli and Justin Barnes, all of Libby.  
Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.  
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel.  

Stanford Johnson
Stanford L. Johnson, 74, longtime Troy resident, died Jan. 27, 2000, at the Libby Care Center.  
He was born Sept. 17, 1925, at Somers, to Clarence and Ruth Hanscam Johnson.  
Stanford was raised in the Flathead Valley and graduated from Flathead County High School in 1943.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  
Following his honorable discharge, Stanford returned to western Montana where he was a longtime employee of the U.S. Forest Service, retiring in 1989.  
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1548, and the VFW Color Guard.  
Stanford enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and taking care of his yard and home at Savage Lake.  
He had recently moved to Libby because of deteriorating health.  
Preceded in death by his first wife Marguerite in 1983; his parents, three brothers, a sister and his step-son Jan, Stanford is survived by his wife Ida; step-son Neil Nelson and his wife Gailene, Libby; step-daughter Pam Starke and her husband John, Prescott, Ariz.; brother Kevin (Cab) Johnson and sisters Hazel Motichka and Lila Bear, all of Kalispell; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben Nardi officiating.  
Interment with military honors followed at the City of Libby Cemetery.  

Barry Schlecht
Barry Mark Schlecht, 47, of Stevensville, died Jan. 26, 2000, of injuries in a work related accident.  
He was born on Feb. 17, 1952, at Missoula, to John and June Wagner Schlecht.  
Barry graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1970 and served for six years with the engineering battalion of the Army National Guard at Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  
He married the former Linda Plummer, also of Libby.  
Barry had worked for the past 26 years as a welder, mechanic and crane operator with EquipCo Corporation in Missoula, where he was well liked and respected.  
Barry attended the Stevensville Community Baptist Church, loved his Lord and was said to have no enemies.. He loved the mountains and was an avid hunter, enjoying all of Godís creation. He shot his first deer in 1961, when he was nine, and had not missed a hunting season since.  
He fulfilled his dream of being a hunter and tracker, a real mountain man. He and his family lived on his grandfatherís old farm for the past 24 years.  
He was preceded in death by his biological father, Ray Winkler of Stevensville, in 1952 and by his grandfather, Bill Morris, in 1988.  
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Linda, Stevensville; daughter Tanya and her husband Joe LeCoure and their children, Adrienne, AJ and Liam, all of Stevensville; his parents John and June Schlecht, Florence; grandmother Emma Morris, Stevensville; sister Rhonda and her husband Lou Grant, Florence; and niece Lawanda Kelley of Florence.  
Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.  
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Whitesitt Funeral Home with Pastor Earl Hargis officiating.  
Burial at Carlton Cemetery in Florence was followed by a reception at St. Maryís Family Center in Stevensville.  

Hollis Youngs
Former Libby resident Hollis C. Youngs, 87, of Buckley, Wash., died Jan. 23 at Enumclaw, Wash.  
He was born on Sept. 6, 1912, at Shovel Lake, Minn.  
His father died when Hollis was eight years old and the family moved to Libby.  
Hollis and his wife, Eleanor Stevens of Libby, moved to Buckley in 1943. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.  
The well-known cattleman was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church and the Cascade Masonic Lodge and was past patron of the Mount Rainier Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He also belonged to the Marion Grange, the Cattlemanís Association, Rails to Trails, the Long Ears Association and the Foothills Historical Society. He enjoyed fellowship at the Buckley Senior Center.  
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, Buckley; son Rod Youngs and his wife Cathy, Covina, Calif.; daughters Pamela Schmitz and her husband Jerry, of Buckley and Eileen Argo and her husband Don, Carbonado, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.  
Memorials may be made to the Franciscan Home Care, Diabetes Associaton of Pearce County or the American Heart Association.  
Memorial services were conducted on Jan. 28, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Buckley followed by a reception at the Marion Grange Hall on the old Sumner Buckley Highway.

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