Miscellaneous Montana Obituaries


Edgar Louis Bowers died at the age of 100 years February 17, 2000, at Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson, Mont., following a short illness.
Born Nov. 3, 1899, Edgar attended schools in Culbert son and then attended Montana Wesleyan College in Helena where he participated in track, football and basketball.
Edgar was an active mem ber of the Masons for 78 years and was honored recently for being the oldest living Mason in Montana.
Edgar is preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Cora Bowers; his wife, Ruth Bowers; and four grandsons.
He is survived by his chil dren, Jack Bowers of Cave Springs, Ark.; Ellen Babbitt of Wahalla, SC; Alberta Clawson of Plentywood, Mont.; Mar jorie Burkitt and her husband, Bill, of Bellingham, Wash.; Joyce Erickson and her hus band, Wayne, of Polson, Mont.; and Edgar Bowers Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Hele na.
He is also survived by many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.
Services have already taken place.

Sy (Sylvester) J. Landwehr of Bullhead City and Helena passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma. He was born in St. Cloud, Minn. On March 23 1921, to August and Henrietta Landwehr. Raised and educated in Min nesota, Sy served in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946. He was a life member of the VFW and a member of St. Margaret Mary's parish of Bullhead City.
Sy and Valerie Baxter, who preceded him in death, were married at Verndale, Minn. in 1954. On June 17, 1978, he and Frances Warner were united in marriage in Helena where they lived until his retirement.
Sy was a Communications Lineman with the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railways for 33 years, retiring in 1981. After retir ing, Sy and Frances enjoyed the winters of Arizona and summers of Montana and Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife Frances; daughter Nancy Allen (Larry) of Little Falls, Minn.; sons, Mike Landwehr (Marion) of Anacortis, Wash., Jerry Landwehr of Indio, Calif.; step children, Harley Warner (Donna) and Glenda Craft of Helena, sisters Olivia Foster, of St. Cloud, Minn, Loretta Landwehr of Little Falls, Minn., Agnes Chaney of Zimmerman, Minn., Rose Messing (Martin) of Edmonds, Wash., Florentine Raichel (David) of Venice, Calif.; brother Gilbert Landwehr (Frances) of Enum claw, Wash.; sister-in-law Euladia Landwehr of Wadena, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Margaret Mary's, 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 29. Mass will be celebrated by Father Peter Dobrowski.
Burial of the ashes will be held in Montana at a later date.

Wanda L. Petersen, 74, of Helena passed away Feb. 24, 2000, at St. Peters Hospital.
Wanda was born in Flora, Ill.
On March 31, 1925 to Earl and Agnes (Wathen) Creek. The family moved to Prior, in the 1930's. After completing her education in Quapaw, Okla., she moved back to Montana.
In 1988 she retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana in Helena. After retirement she enjoyed gar dening, fishing and oil paint ing.
She is survived by her three sons, Jerry Nash of Helena, Gordon Nash of Harlowtown, and Randy Nash; brother Lloyd Creek of Billings; sister June Reich of Oregon; five grandchildren including John Nash of Helena; several nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Thelma McHaftery.
A Private Funeral Service is planned at Linden's Herrmann and Company Funeral Home at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please remember the St. Peter's Hospital Dialysis Unit.

Ray William Fenton, a former writing and design consultant, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his home in Helena. He was 80.
A memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Retz Funeral Home of Helena is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund is being created in Ray and Mary’s names for the School of Journalism at the University of Montana.
Born on June 25, 1921, in San Diego, Calif., Ray was the only child of Virgil and Georgia Fenton. He attended Fort Benton High School where he graduated in 1939. He then attended the University of Montana, receiving a B.A., cum laude, in journalism in 1943. While at the University, Ray met Mary Bukvich, whom he later married at Farragut, Idaho, in April 1946.
During WWII, Ray served in the Pacific Theater as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 through 1946. He received the Bronze Star (decorated with a “V” for valor), three Purple Hearts, and a Navy Unit Commendation. After the war, he continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, serving as the commanding officer in Great Falls from 1958 until he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1959.
Following the war, Ray was an instructor for the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. In 1948, he joined the staff of the Great Falls Tribune-Leader as a telegraph editor. In 1960, he helped form and served as the executive director of public relations associates, the first accredited public relations firm in the state of Montana.
In 1982, he and his wife, Mary, formed a new partnership, Fenton and Fenton, communications consultants specializing in public relations and presenting communication seminars throughout the northwest United States. During this partnership, Ray refined his contemporary writing techniques which were created to make writing more readable. This lead to several publications that he authored for agencies in Montana and Washington to assist in creating readable governmental documents.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who died in 1984.
He is survived by four children: Neil of Bozeman, Bruce and his wife, Beth of Rochester, N.Y., Ross and his wife, Pam of Kirkland, Wash., Janis Kollar and her husband, Bill of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren: Chad, Clint, Noah, Nick, Katie and Kelly; several nieces and nephews including, Carol Perkins of Helena and Margie Judd of Butte; and his longtime companion, Foxie the dog.
Throughout his life, Ray was active in the community, including service as the fund drive chairman for the Cascade County Heart Association, participation in the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster and an executive board member for the North Central Montana council. He also participated on the advisory council for the Montana district Red Cross, and served as an advisor for the AARP.

Dorothy M. Turner, 72, of Billings, passed away Aug. 21, 2001, at Horizon Hospice Home. The daughter of Chris and Mildred Miller, Dorothy was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Townsend.
Following graduation from Helena High School, Dorothy became a cosmetologist and owned and operated salons in Billings and Great Falls.
Dorothy was an active member of the Montana State Cosmetologists Association for 46 years. She served the MSCA as its president in 1955-56 and 1968-69 and held each of the other offices at one time or another.
Survivors include her daughter, Connie (Frank) Isambert of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Margaret Tokarski of Aurora, Colo., Edith Ann (Fred) Foster of Chinook, Phyl Miller of Billings; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Her parents and brothers, Ernst and Philip preceded her in death.
Cremation has taken place. Private inurnment will be at Deep Creek Cemetery in Townsend. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Horizon Hospice Home, P.O. Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107 or Deep Creek Cemetery Assn., P.O. Box 12, Townsend, MT 59644, The family can be contacted at P.O. Box 51043, Billings, MT 59105.

Brian Joseph “BJ” Wreggelsworth, 32, of 1534 Mineral Road, a route salesman for Meadow Gold Dairies, died unexpectedly at home Monday, Aug. 27, 2001.
Brian is survived by his wife, Kae Wreggelsworth; two daughters, Brooke and Brittany; and a stepson, Tanner Erdmann, all of Helena; his parents, Bud and Rosie Wreggelsworth, three sisters and one brother, all of Michigan.
BJ’s pastime was building, as he was a skilled carpenter, and he loved to sing country music. We will miss you.
Services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at The Liberty Baptist Church on the corner of Green Meadow and Sierra Drive. A viewing will be held at the church beginning at 2 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Retz Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

Edward W. Mantel died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2001, of complications from myelofibrosis and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Ed was born in Townsend April 24, 1943, to Josephine and John Mantel. He joined four siblings: Mike, Mary Jane, Annabelle (Muggs) and Dorothea Sass. A sixth sibling, Judy Guffey, completed the family with her birth in 1947.
After second grade, Ed’s family moved to Helena where Ed completed high school in 1961. He then went to Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., receiving a BA degree in 1964. After a year of graduate schoolwork at Roosevelt University, Ed began teaching English and social studies at Harrison High School on Chicago’s southwest side.
After five years at Harrison High School, Ed moved in 1970 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There he taught Department of Defense dependents for two years. He then transferred to a Department of Defense high school in Nuernberg, Germany. He met and married on April 24, 1973, his wife Mary Jane. They had two sons, Mark born in 1976, and Michael born in 1978.
While teaching at Nuernberg High School, Ed continued his studies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Arizona in 1975 and his doctor of education degree from the University of Southern California in 1979.
In 1983, Ed became an administrator at Nuernberg High School. In 1985, he was transferred as an assistant principal to Osterholz American School near Bremen, Germany. In 1988, he was transferred as principal to the Illesheim Elementary/Middle School.
He served there until January 1998, when he was diagnosed with ideopathic myelofibrosis and medically retired. His wife and he then moved to Layton, Utah, so she could work with the Army recruiting station in Salt Lake City.
Ed was preceded in death by his mother Josephine Guffey (July 2000), his biological father, John Mantel (April 1955), and his sister Judy Guffey Zuroff (November 1994). He is survived by his wife Mary and his two sons, Mark of Wixom, Mich., and Mike of Shawnee, Okla. He is also survived by his father Charles Guffey of Helena; his brother Mike Sass of Helena; and sisters Dot Gilbert of Helena, Muggs Bridgewater of Shelton, Wash., and Mary Jane Anstine of Greenacres, Wash. He is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews, ten grandnieces and nephews and four great-grandnieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 30, at 4 p.m., in the Ogden United Church of Christ (Congregational), 3350 Harrison Blvd., followed by a dinner. Ed will then be transported to Helena. An interment service will be held on Aug. 31, at 4:30 p.m., at the Forestvale Cemetery, followed by dinner at Jorgenson’s.
The Rev. Carla Gilbert will officiate both services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Myers Mortuary of Layton. Send condolences to family at: www.myers-mortuary.com.

Christiane Bliss Bovee Roemer - Chris was born July 15, 1952, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Kermit D. Bovee and Beverly J. (Bowman) Bovee. She moved with the family to Helena, where she graduated from Helena High School in 1970.
Chris completed her degree in social work from the University of Montana in 1975. During that time she met her former husband, John Roemer, and the couple was married in 1975 in Missoula. She died on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
Chris worked several years for the 4B’s Corporation as a computer operator and as bookkeeper at Roemer’s Tire and Auto Centers in Missoula. Through her gourmet cooking and energetic conversation, Chris made friends easily wherever she worked and played. She was a loving mother, caring friend and was known for having a soft heart for the “underdog.”
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Mikiko Roemer of Athens, Ga., and their children Kaito and Julia; her daughter, Andrea Roemer of Missoula; mother, Beverly Bovee of Helena; and brother, Brent Bovee. Her father, Kermit, and her brother, Kevin, preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at 7 p.m. at the University Congregational Church, 405 University Ave., Missoula. The family asks that memorials be sent to the charity of your choice.

Darrell Loren Davis met with a tragic death at the age of 36 while hiking in the Elkhorn Mountains southeast of Helena. An area where he loved to recreate and the family owns a cabin.
Darrell was born March 11, 1965 in Helena and was educated in the Helena school system. After graduation in 1983, Darrell worked at his father’s business. He married Annette Larson to which a son and daughter were born. He joined the United States Army on Sept. 15, 1987. His tour of duty included Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training and four years at Fort Carson, Colo., and he accomplished a rank of E-4. Darrell graduated from Non-Commissioned Officer’s School and spent 13 months with “Hardship Tour” in the DMZ zone of Korea where he was promoted to the rank of SGT. His next tour of duty was four years at Fort Hood, Texas. Darrell achieved many certifications and medals while in the service of his country and was honorably discharged on Aug. 8, 1995.
Darrell loved his children and spent every moment possible with them. He spent much volunteer time and was a member of the Last Chance Stampede Committee.
Darrell is survived by his daughter, Heather; his son, Devon; and his fiancé, Dawn Dunaway; as well as his mother, Avis and stepfather, Bob Dickens, of Washington, his father, Loren; brothers, Wesley, Joel and his wife, Bobbie; Brett, and his niece, Tori, all of the Helena area, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service in celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 1400 Stuart, with Pastor Loren Gustafson officiating. A graveside rite with military honors will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery. By request of the family, memorials may be sent to the Veteran’s Museum, Ft. Harrison Museum Foundation and Montana Military Museum, P.O. Box 125, Ft. Harrison, MT 59636-0125. Retz Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

E. Pearl Ingram, 78, of Missoula, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001, at the Village Health Care Center of natural causes.
Pearl was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Billings, to Roy G. and Vivian Dale.
At two she moved to a ranch in Park, Wyo., following the death of her mother. Upon her father’s remarriage, she moved to Helena, where she was educated and graduated from Helena Senior High School.
During World War II, she moved to Seattle where she worked and attended technical school. Back in Helena after the war, she met and married Orrin Frank “Ty” Ingram, to whom she remained married until his death in 1983. Together they raised three children and she became deeply involved in numerous service and charitable activities. She was Past Matron of Miriam Chapter, Eastern Star of Helena and Past Matron of Electra Chapter, Eastern Star of Missoula. She also belonged to Sapphira Temple, Helena, Daughters of the Nile and was a member of the Egyptian Oriental Band.
Active in churches, schools, and children’s organizations in Helena and Missoula, she also volunteered at the Montana State Library and the Missoula Historical Museum, tutored refugees in English, delivered Meals on Wheels, and spent her life serving her community.
An avid traveler, she visited Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She developed a special interest in Spain, attending college Spanish classes and hosting visiting Spanish students. She was an accomplished gardener, seamstress, hand embroider and china painter. Throughout her activities, she demonstrated a firm allegiance to Montana, its history and its people.
Preceded in death by her husband, Ty Ingram and her sister, Francis Dickson of Billings, her survivors include brother Bill Dale and sister Lois Maris; daughter Jody Ratchford and her husband, Tom Racthford of Missoula; son Frank Ingram and his wife Patti Ingram of Rochester, Minn., and daughter Patricia Ingram and her husband, Thomas Pegram of Baltimore, Md.; and four grandsons, Dean and Christopher Ingram and Tavish and Rafferty Pegram.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Garden City Funeral Home, Missoula and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Masonic Temple, Helena.
The family suggests memorials to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, N. 820 Summit Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201; the Masonic Home of Montana, 2010 Masonic Home Rd., Helena, MT 59602 or the Missoula Historical Museum, Fort Missoula.

Sandra Copeland, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at her home after an extended illness.
Sandra was born August 7, 1937, in Bozeman to John W. and Helen L. Schofield. The family moved to Helena while she was still a small child. She attended Helena schools graduating from Helena High School in 1955.
She married Larry Copeland in Helena on Sept. 29, 1957. At that time, she began the most important career of her life — that of a homemaker. Larry and Sandy’s marriage was blessed with three children.
Sandy worked as a secretary in the Helena School district for 27 years retiring in 1997.
She worked at Jefferson School, Smith School, C.R. Anderson and ended her career with 12 plus years at Four Georgians.
She was an avid bridge player, a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed cross-country skiing. With the help of her friends at Heritage House she recently became a published author. The Copeland/Schofield family enjoyed an annual weeklong family reunion at Seeley Lake, Montana. This tradition was started in 1963 by Sandy’s oldest brother John and was an event that she treasured.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, John Schofield, Jr.; sister-in-law, Helen Schofield; granddaughter, Jessica Leppink; and great-grandson, Alec Kaufman.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 44 years Larry E. Copeland; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Starr of Helena; son Curt Copeland of Burke, Va.; daughter, Pam Leppink and her special friend, Martin Garlick of Lewistown; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan and Lu Schofield of Fresno, Calif., and Bob and Pat Schofield of Boulder City, Nev.; her sister, Jinks Schofield of Spokane; grandchildren: Chris Starr, Sarah Bartholome, Kayla Copeland, Lane and Moira Copeland; and sister-in-law, Ruby Lee Kasman.
Sandy’s family was her pride and joy as she was ours. She was a kind, loving, and giving woman who will be deeply missed.
Services will be held this Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing, Helena. There will be a reception lunch at the church with interment at Forestvale Cemetery to follow.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of St. Peters, do St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601 or Heritage House Adult Day Care, 309 N. Rodney, Helena, MT 59601
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hagler Anderson Funeral Home.

William Frank Donaldson, 81, of Montana City formerly of Tucson, Ariz., passed away at his son’s home following an extended illness with cancer.
Frank was born July 9, 1920, in Spur, Texas, to the late Mock and Lou Donaldson. He attended schools in both Texas and graduated from Tucson High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his two sons, Jim Donaldson and his wife, Terri of Helena and William Frank Donaldson Jr.; and a daughter, Anita Raney and her husband, Mike, both of Tucson.
There were no services in Helena with the body being forwarded to the South Lawn Mortuary and Cemetery in Tucson for funeral services and interment.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hagler-Anderson Mortuary.

Dr. Rae Joseph Johnstoh, 71, of Missoula passed away while on a heli-hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001. Arrangements will be announced by the Cremation Society of the Rockies, 2510 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, (406) 543-5595.