Elden LeRoy Rammell (1936 - 2023)

Elden LeRoy Rammell, best known as "Papa Smurf," passed away on Dec. 6, 2023. He was 87.

Elden was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was raised on a farm in Fort Shaw. He married his wife, Dorine Mable Dorr, on June 16, 1957 in Vaughn, Montana. They made their home in Seeley Lake.

Elden's passion was working in the woods as a sawyer. Later in his life, he loved helping others in the Seeley Lake area by making sure they had plenty of firewood for the long winter ahead, including his firestarters that he made and gave away.

Elden had a sense of humor that always put a smile on everyone's face who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorine Mable Rammell, and his eight children. Carlin (Danette) Rammell, Seeley Lake, Wesley Rammell, Marion, Jaylund (deceased), Seeley Lake, Tonya (Ernest) Hals, Potomac, Chris (Shelle') Rammell, Stevensville, Brenda (William) MacAllister, Lolo, Shanun (Jamie) Rammell, Choteau, and Melanie (Odin) Warriner, Kalispell. They were also blessed with 31 grandchildren.

We will always carry Dad's memories in our hearts. Elden will be sadly missed by his family and many dear friends he made in his lifetime. There will be a Celebration of Life for Elden in the spring.


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Woodysdad writes:

We first met Papa Smurf around 1990 when we bought property on Lake Inez….,Throughout the years we’d always give him a T Shirt from our cabin The Black Dog Lodge….He was a super guy and we were fortunate to have him as a friend…,R.I.P…Steve and Susi Aldridge

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