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  • Jace Tyler Layman

    Jun 29, 2023

    Jace Tyler Layman, age 20, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023, due to an undetermined medical emergency while working for the Padlock Ranch in Sheridan County, Wyoming. Jace was born January 2, 2003, in Missoula, Montana to his parents Heather & Justin, joining his older sister, Kiley. Jace was raised in Seeley Lake, Montana, until age 11, when the family moved to Havre, Montana. In 2017, the family moved back to Seeley Lake where Jace graduated from Seeley-Swan High School in June of 2020. At a young age, Jace enjoyed the outdoors. He...

  • William Richard Campbell

    Jun 22, 2023

    William Richard Campbell, 83, from Seeley Lake, MT, a loving father, husband, and faithful servant of the Lord, peacefully passed away on June 7, 2023. He was born on October 18, 1939, to Myron and Margaret Campbell. With his passing, the world has lost a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on those around him. William is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Madinger Campbell, his dear children, Wendy (John) Spencer, Tim (Sue) Campbell, and Tod (Ann) Campbell; his stepchildren...

  • Caroll Ann White 1943-2023

    Jun 15, 2023

    Caroll Ann (Manuel) White passed on June 3, 2023 of heart failure. She was born in Cut Bank, MT in 1943 and had just surpassed her 80th birthday. She grew up in the shadow of Glacier National Park, on the western edge of the Great Plains on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, all of which deeply influenced Caroll over her eight decades. She came home to Browning to parents Randy and Alma (Seekins) Manuel to join her sister Barbara. She grew up in Browning and attended high school in Great Falls. S...

  • Carol Ann Miller 1942-2023

    Jun 15, 2023

    Carol Ann Miller, 81, of Seeley Lake, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 4, 2023, after a prolonged battle with chronic kidney disease. She was born on March 8, 1942, to her parents, Van and Marie (Arvidson) Price of Ronan, Montana. As a young girl she enjoyed playing outside with friends and doing tomboy things like baseball and long jump competitions. She was not afraid to get dirty and would often play inside the tire stacks...

  • Donald "Bronc" Peterman 1938-2023

    Jun 8, 2023

    Donald "Bronc" Peterman was born in Wood Lake, MN on April 26, 1938. He was the 11th of 13 children born to Herbert and Milly Peterman. He passed away peacefully on June 1" following a short illness. Bronc was educated in MN until the end of 9th grade when he quit school to join the work force. In November of 1956 he moved to Montana to be with several older brothers. He arrived in Conrad, during a blizzard, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Soon after he met Lucille "Cec" Brophy of Valier....

  • Beth Williams 1958-2023

    Jun 8, 2023

    Sometime in the early morning hours of February 15, 2023, Beth Williams, our sister, aunt, grandmother and friend lost her life on the mountain she loved and called her forever home. Beth was born March 30, 1958 in Great Falls, Montana to Judy and Carter Williams. A twin to her younger brother Fred (by seven minutes), Beth entered this world the yin to Fred's yang. We all said she came into the world to make sure it was safe for Fred, calm and measured to his Tasmanian devil personality. Always...

  • Zachary Levi McElroy 1986-2023

    May 25, 2023

    Zachary "Zack" Levi McElroy was born Nov 18, 1986 at Wenatchee, Washington on a Tuesday at 5:48 p.m. It was the first snow of the season in the Wenatchee Valley. He weighed seven pounds even and was only 19 and three quarters of an inch long. Proof that big things in life come in small packages. In 1989, Zack became a big brother to his only brother, Joshua and in 1992 he became biggest big brother to his only sister, Elizabeth. They would make a lifetime of adventures and memories growing up...

  • Maureen La Pier-McMillan 1946-2023

    May 18, 2023

    Maureen was born on January 5, 1946, in Winnipeg, Canada. She immigrated at age 5 to Helena with her mother and grandparents. Maureen worked at the Montana Highway Patrol and Lewis & Clark Sheriff's office before moving to Lolo. She worked at Daly Meats in Missoula for years while living in the Bitterroot and eventually moving to Potomac. You may remember Maureen's smile from the years she worked at the Potomac Store. She was a dog musher for 40 years. She attended many races and enjoyed the...

  • George N. McCabe

    Apr 27, 2023

    George N. McCabe was born on December 25, 1930, in Great Falls, MT to George N. McCabe, Sr. and Helen Florence O'Day McCabe. He was raised in Cut Bank, MT. He was an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet and saxophone. He played in the high school band. On weekends, he played in Cut Bank dinner clubs with his own band. He graduated high school as the Valedictorian in 1949. After graduating, George attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He was a member of the Army ROTC. After 3 years...

  • Jay William Lapka, 1958-2023

    Apr 20, 2023

    Jay William Lapka passed away on April 11, 2023 at 64 years of age. He died at home with his family . He was born on October 4, 1958, in Leola, South Dakota to George and Leona Lapka. Jay was born with Downs Syndrome. He did go to a school in Aberdeen for a while but Jay was not meant to be a scholar. When he was eleven he moved with his family to Montana. It was there in the Swan Valley that his brother John taught him to chop wood. He became a champion wood chopper. He was still chopping wood...

  • Kenneth Lewis Ashcroft, 1990 - 2023

    Mar 16, 2023

    Kenneth Lewis Ashcroft, 32, of Seeley Lake, passed away suddenly, unexpectedly and certainly without permission, in his home on Friday, March 3rd. Kenny was taken from us much too soon. He was born August 1, 1990, in Missoula, MT to Rene Lewis Ashcroft and Jerry Ashcroft of Seeley Lake. Kenny grew up in Seeley Lake and graduated from Seeley Swan High School in 2008. Kenny had a variety of jobs in Seeley after high school, including spending a brief time in California. Then he landed his perfect...

  • Elizabeth C. Needles 1937-2023

    Feb 9, 2023

    OVANDO ~ Elizabeth C. Needles of Ovando, passed away suddenly and without permission January 28, 2023. Elizabeth was born in Big Timber to William (Bill) and Isabel Dickinson, May 15, 1937. Elizabeth attended high school in Deer Lodge. Elizabeth grew up in the logging camps of Montana. Shortly after high school, she fell in love and married Woodrow (Woody) W. Needles, Jr at the young age of 18 in Missoula on June 3rd, 1955. Of this marriage, four wild and crazy children were born, Arlene,...

  • Dennis William Jette 1937 - 2023

    Feb 9, 2023

    SWAN VALLEY - Dennis W. Jette, a long-time Swan Valley resident, passed away in Kalispell January 27, 2023 with his beloved wife, Billie and his step-daughter, Charlene Bartell, at his side. Dennis was born March 20, 1937 in Missoula to Evelyn and Art Jette. His early schooling was at St. Francis Xavier elementary school in Missoula. He, his parents and four siblings moved to the Swan in 1951. He went to eighth grade in the Swan at Smith Flats school. There was a total of 13 kids at Smith...

  • Elwyn (Pete) Petry 1945 - 2023

    Feb 2, 2023

    Elwyn (Pete) Petry went home on Jan. 15. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 22, 1945 to Annis and Theodore Petry. He had four siblings Ralph, Gloria, Wayne and Laverne. He had five children Nick, Rick, Steve, Angela and Amanda. There are 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren that will remember him through the stories told by the family. Pete always had a smile and loved to tease. He moved to Montana many years ago. He moved to Condon in the early 1990's. He was living in Essex and...

  • Mary Caroline Holmes, 1929 - 2023

    Jan 26, 2023

    Mary Holmes passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2023 at North Idaho Hospice with her daughter, Carolyn Holmes and husband, Ron Wooley, and eldest son Hank Holmes by her side. Mary graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Economics. She was recruited to be a teacher at the Swan Valley Grade School in Condon, MT and taught for many years. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) Holmes and two of her sons, Robert Holmes and Dirk Holmes. Mary has 8 grandchildren and 10...

  • Joanna Beardsley Kreitzberg, 1939 - 2022

    Jan 19, 2023

    Joanna Beardsley Kreitzberg died in Salem, Oregon on December 31, 2022 after a short illness. She was born in Salem on March 7, 1939 to Andrew Beardsley and Mildred Weeks. She is descended from ancestors who crossed the plains in 1846-47 in the Applegate wagon train. Joanna had a strong interest in history. She was a 4-H Club member for ten years with diverse projects, many awards, including two national trips, one of which included meeting President Eisenhower in the Rose Garden at the White House. She attended Keiser Grade School, Monument...

  • Harry Conner Wood, 1930 - 2022

    Jan 12, 2023

    On Thursday, December 22, 2022, Harry Conner Wood stepped into heaven with his famous smile. He was 92. He was born in Royalton, Minnesota to Daniel and Mildred Wood. Harry finished the 8th grade, then started working on the family farm. He was and always will be a Marine. He loved his country and served from 1952 to 1954. After serving, he moved back to Minnesota where he was a machinery operator in the iron mines. While working around Ely, he met and married his sweetheart Clarice J. Pennala,...

  • Jolene Jacobsen Hult, 1956 - 2022

    Jan 12, 2023

    Jolene Jacobsen Hult, currently of Deer Lodge and formerly of Potomac, passed away unexpectedly in Salt Lake City on Dec. 13. Born Aug. 22, 1956 to Harry and Dorothy Jacobsen in Deer Lodge, she was one of four girls. Jolene grew up in Deer Lodge, where in 1975 she met the love of her life, Ralph. After a short courtship, they were married in December 1975. In 1976, they welcomed the first of three girls Hollie, Heather and Corrie. They first lived in Lolo, then Missoula and made their final...

  • Sharon Moody, 1943-2022

    Dec 29, 2022

    Sharon Moody, 79, of Ephrata, WA went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. She was born March 3, 1943, in Tucson, AZ to Stephen Joseph Evans and Irene Darko Evans. Sharon graduated from Catalina High School in May 1961. She attended the University of Arizona the next two years where she pursued her love of library science. Sharon enjoyed working in the libraries of the University of Arizona, Arizona Western College, and Tempe McClintock High School. Sharon met her...

  • David Leonard Owen 1930 to 2022

    Dec 15, 2022

    On Monday, November 28, 2022, David Owen, loving husband, and father of four children, passed away at the age of 92. David was born in Madison, Wisconsin in March of 1930 to Gaylord and Frieda Owen. He grew up in Wisconsin and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, working, and playing football on the high school team. Following graduation, Dave spent a year in the army and then moved to Montana, earning his Airborne wings as a reservist, and, shortly afterward,...

  • Larry Miles Pagett February 15, 1940 to November 17, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Larry Miles Pagett was born in Grand Forks, N.D., to Moythan Pagett and Ardeth Crossan on Feb. 15, 1940. He grew up in eastern Montana and graduated from Saco High School as Valedictorian in 1957. He attended and graduated from the University of Montana in December of 1960. A job in a bank brought him to Havre where he married Karen Pewonka on May 26, 1961. Larry began his teaching career in Dutton, Mont., in the fall of 1961. He also taught in St. Regis and Seeley Lake, Mont. After 37 years teaching business and music, a retirement job...

  • Clarence (Chuck) Shoupe November 20, 1943 to October 22, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Clarence (Chuck) Shoupe, 78, of Seeley Lake, died Aaturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1943, in Oneida, KY, to Elisha and Maye (Terry) Shoupe. Chuck was the eldest of six children. He joined the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 30, 1960. After basic training, he was stationed in Great Falls, Mont., where he met and married his life-long companion Dollie (Zordel) on May 24, 1963. In 1969, Chuck moved his family to Missoula, Mont. He worked in the lumber industry, mining industry,...

  • Roberta Sellner February 22, 1941 to November 23, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Roberta Sellner died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. She was born Feb. 22, 1941, in Bemidji, Minn., to Theodore and Dorothy Adams Preston. Roberta met the love of her life, Gordon Sellner, at a truck stop where she was cooking. She would joke that he dripped water on her burgers from showering in a room above the kitchen, and that's how they met. They became good friends and were married on Nov. 27, 1966. They moved to Montana where they purchased property in the Swan Valley in...

  • Alden "Al" Lewis Rogers October 5, 1929 to October 22, 2022

    Dec 8, 2022

    Alden "Al" Lewis Rogers, 93, of Missoula, Mont., died at St. Patrick's Hospital on Oct. 22, 2022. Al was born on Oct. 5, 1929, to the late Eugene and Lila Lewis Rogers on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Following high school, Al left the Vineyard and attended Samson College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and in 1955 received his master's degree from New York University. In 1951 Al began a long and...

  • Keith Alan Reynolds October 3, 1948 - October 19, 2022

    Nov 24, 2022

    Our dear Lord Jesus took our beloved Keith to his heavenly home after his brave battle with a very long illness on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 Keith leaves behind two very devoted and loving families, and a multitude of loving friends and caregivers. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed. A celebration of life will be observed in the spring of 2023....

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