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Robert McClure passed away Dec. 24, 2012, of a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease at Home Sweet Home. He was 83.
Bob was born Feb. 24, 1928, to John A. McClure and Myrtle Lovinia Frost in Eureka. He was the middle of three siblings, Frank John, Robert J. and William S.
He spent his childhood raised at the homestead “cabin” on Sinclair Creek and went to school in Eureka, where he graduated from high school in 1947.
After high school he worked for J. Neil Lumber Co. as a heavy tractor operator before enlisting in the Army in 1952. He served in Germany during the Korean War.
In 1956 he married Dona Rae Woodbury, who would be his love and “rock” until her death in 1984. With Dona Rae he inherited two stepsons, Marvin and Dudley, and in 1958 Robin Rae was born.
Bob worked many heavy equipment jobs in Washington state around areas like Moses Lake, Curlew and wherever jobs could be found, before moving back to Eureka and the Sinclair Creek homestead that he loved so much. He worked many jobs before finally hiring on with the Lincoln County Road Department, which he eventually retired from.
Bob was a man of many talents. If it could be welded and designed, he could do it; if it was woodwork, regardless of the difficulties, he could do it. He had a shop that would be the envy of most professionals and his retirement years were spent in there producing furniture of practical and functional design and various art work of your design.
He loved the great outdoors, the wildlife, the seasons, a good thunder-and-light show, the mountains. He loved fishing and camping and his favorite spot was the Ten Lakes area, especially “The Lakes,” and who around here doesn’t know where that’s at?
These expeditions generally turned into a contest as to who could catch the most fish – and most of the time it was Dona Rae. It wasn’t unusual to find Bob out there in the dark trying to catch one more fish just to beat her — never happened.
He liked doing things around the house: mowing the lawn, trimming trees, building picnic areas down by the creek, cutting firewood; he was always busy, always inventive, never stopping. This part of Montana was his playground; his life, family and friends were here and no other part of the world was sufficient for living in — his point was well made.
Bob was a very active member of VFW Post 6786 and a member of the Tobacco Valley Cemetery Board.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents John and Myrtle; his wife Dona Rae; brothers Frank and Bill; stepson Marvin and foster son Gary Jackman.
He is survived by stepson Dudley and daughter Robin Rae.
The family wishes to thank those wonderful girls at Home Sweet Home for their love and care in his final days, the VFW for its behind-the-scenes help in transportation and equipment and support, especially Tom Price, Sr., whose help and support were invaluable; and, of course, “That Gal,” Marilou Payton and Mountain View Manor.
Bob will be missed and the world a bit emptier — our loss, Heaven’s gain.
Patrick Clint Mills, 82, of Eureka, died Dec. 11 at St. Mary’s Assisted Living with loving caregivers by his side.
Cremation has taken place with ashes to be spread on Bugle Mountain. A celebration of his life will be in the spring in Choteau, Mont.
Clint was the son of Patrick and Opal Mills. He graduated from Conrad High School. He played football, ran track, and his greatest passion being baseball.
Clint was married to Gloria Reardon Mills for 58 years.
He was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in the Pendroy/Dupuyer area, which was the beginning of a lifetime on the back of a horse. Clint’s employment included operating/managing wheat and cattle, a dude ranch, a private ranch resort, working all phases of the oil fields, logging, and operating heavy equipment on dirt construction.
He spent several years as a licensed hunting and fishing outfitter and guide. He was an awesome saxophone player and was in a traveling band. He was so proud of his 24-year career with the U.S. Army with several years in the Airborne and Green Berets. He was always grateful for his military family.
Clint traveled to many places with his “beautiful Indian princess,” Gloria. He left this ole world to join his princess.
He was preceded in death by wife, Gloria; daughter Billie; sister Berniece Hager and niece JoAnn McFarland.
He is survived by sister, Dorothy Boucher; grandson Gregory; sister-in-law Colleen and husband Cal Sorby; nieces Terry and husband Mike Mills, Gail Hager, Carmen Erickson, Patty Busby, Colleen and husband Jim Russo, Dawn and husband Bob Woods; nephews Craig Sorby, Randy and wife Lisa Reardon, Stephen and wife Lia Reardon; great niece and nephew Staci and husband Luke Snellman and Brett and wife Sonya Mills, and many life-long friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (Clint was the first life-time member), VFW, or the charity of your choice.
An informal tribute to celebrate and honor Gloria and Clint will be Jan. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. at RiverStone Family Lodge, Eureka.
Gloria Reardon Mills, 80, of Eureka, died Oct. 29 at St. Mary’s Assisted Living with husband, Clint, and loving caregivers by her side.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be in the spring in Choteau, Mont.
Gloria was the daughter of James and Myrtle Reardon of Choteau. She graduated from Choteau High School and was married to Patrick Clint Mills for 58 years. She was Clint’s “beautiful Indian princess.”
Gloria lived in many places during Clint’s military career and their other adventures. She graduated as a beauty operator from Dodd’s Beauty College in Great Falls and also attended ACC College in Anchorage, Alaska. She worked for the Alaskan Exchange System, as well as a beauty operator/manager, and also alongside Clint at the Yaak River Ranch, and a private ranch resort.
In 1992, Gloria and Clint settled in Eureka.
Gloria loved her daughter, Billie, and was deeply saddened by her death. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Alton Reardon.
Gloria was survived by her husband, Clint, grandson, Gregory, sister, Colleen and husband Cal Sorby; nephews Craig Sorby, Randy and wife Lisa Reardon, Stephen and wife Lia Reardon; nieces Colleen and husband Jim Russo, Dawn and husband Bob Woods, Terry and husband Mike Mills, and Gail Hager. She leaves behind many life-long friends spread across the country.
Memorials are suggested to your local breast cancer association, Hospice or the charity of your choice.
We were extremely saddened to learn that Wayne William Butts passed away in St. George, Utah, on Nov. 19, 2012. His wife Shirley was at his side.
Wayne was born Oct. 20, 1938, to Harold and Ena (Ingram) Butts in Eureka.
He was raised on his grandparents’ homestead on the West Kootenai near the Canadian border. He attended the one room school house of Tooley Lake and then his high school years were at Lincoln County High School. He graduated with the class of 1956. During his school years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping various animals for their pelts.
Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army. His military career held many special adventures, memories and friends. Upon his discharge he met Trudy Rae Peck, and they were married in 1962. From that union two daughters were born that he was very proud of and loved more than life itself. He always was quick to tell of their accomplishments and adventures.
He was divorced from Trudy in 1983. He went on to marry Helen Watson in 1985, and they later divorced in 2002. He married Shirley Roberts in November 2010.
Wayne worked at various jobs, such as the Eureka Creamery, Gwynn Lumber, Pacific Standard Insurance, and ended his working career with a 31 year retirement from the Lincoln County Road Department. He took great pride in his work and only had his plow truck on its side once!
He always enjoyed visiting with people, keeping a meticulous yard and was very involved with the VFW. Very notably, Wayne was a lifetime member of the VFW in Eureka, Post 6786. He served as the veterans service officer and the post chaplain for many years. Wayne was found serving holiday meals for the veterans for many years, wearing his big smile. We’re sure he is still serving now. He was also instrumental in making sure the white crosses indicating road deaths were marked for the American Legion.
Wayne was passionate about bird watching, traveling, Montana history and family get-togethers. He was always the first person to a family gathering and the very last to leave! He cherished his family and his heritage of growing up on the West Kootenai. His daughters would state that their dad never knew a stranger and that everyone was a friend. Countless times they would be sitting in the car, waiting to go, and their dad would still be in a restaurant talking to the chef, waitress or hostess.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ena Butts. He is survived by his wife Shirley; his two daughters; Lori and husband Jim Sherwood, and grandson Andrew of Mulino, Ore.; Lisa and husband Ken Marek of Eureka; grandson Patrick and wife Anna Marek of Milliken, Colo.; granddaughter Jessica and husband Josh Hunt, and great-grandson Jonathan of Kalispell; brother Sherman and wife Faye of Eureka; sisters Judy and husband Stu Cannon, and Lois and husband Charlie Croucher, both of Libby; and many nieces and nephews who will miss the stories he told. All will miss his ready smile and infectious laugh.
No services will be held at this time per Wayne’s request. There will be a private family burial to be determined at a later date. Anyone wanting to make a donation in Wayne’s name may do so to the VFW of Eureka.
Jeannie Lalum went home to the Father, the creator of all, on Nov. 9, 2012, after an extended illness.
She is survived by her husband, Clint, her two sons, Randy and Darin Newton, her two step-sons, Jason and Jon Lalum, her mother, Gertie Heibien, her two sisters, Gloria Jones and Carol Cogar, six grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeannie was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Cranbrook, Alberta. She was raised in Eureka, where she loved ice skating, fishing, and enjoying pets as a young girl and lady. Later, in Renton, Wash., she enjoyed time with her sons and grandchildren, as well as enjoying some of her artistic talents with crafts, particularly sketching.
There will be a memorial service in Eureka next summer.
Dale Lucore, 51, of Eureka, died of natural causes Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Kalispell Regional Hospital.
He was born June 17, 1961, at Fullerton, Calif., to Frances C. Lucore III and Mary Sue (Sharpe).
He attended Earl Warren Elementary School in Garden Grove, Calif. He went to Meadow Brook School for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and then Mount Carmel School for freshman and sophomore years both at Poway, Calif. He was at Gooding High School in Wendell, Idaho, until the junior year, then got his GED in November 1983.
He attended college in southern Idaho and Seattle, Wash., for a degree in graphic arts. He enjoyed his family, friends, cats and computer art. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a field radio operator until his honorable discharge in 1982. He was a long haul truck driver cross country for Lucore Trucking and MT Express.
He married Anne K. Nelson June 14, 1985, and they were later divorced. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Lucore, and a sister, Susan Frances Lucore.
Survivors include his father, Francis C. Lucore III; a brother, Warren Terry Lucore and wife Joetta, all of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Kathleen Ann Herres and husband Robert of Eureka; brother Francis C. Lucore IV and wife Shannon of Tampa Bay, Fla.,; daughter Britini Catyln Lucore of Godrey, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
Private family services are being held.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka.