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Evelyn D. Larson

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Margaret G. Stokes

Margaret G. Stokes, 86, entered into the Lord’s arms on April 29, 2013, at her home in Trego.

Margaret was born May 9, 1926, in the town of Barrow–In-Furness, England, to parents Charles and Margaret Love Day.

Margaret came to the United States in 1947 as a war bride.   She was a member of the third order of St. Francis. She was committed to My Word of Today. She attended Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for many years, until her health declined.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Acord of Trego; sons Douglas Fuller of Tulare, Calif.;  and Larry Stokes of Fortine; she is the beloved “Nana” to  eight grandchildren: Denise Escobar, Marlene Fuller, Don Tripp, Joshua Fuller,  Paula Pitts, Sarah Fuller,  Rebecca Brower,  Caleb Fuller;  12 great  grandchildren and the “great grandmamma” to one great-great  grandson.

Margaret leaves behind many friends and acquaintances she has met along the way and through the years.  She was loved and will be missed by all.

Services are Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Eureka.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka

Paul C. Beckstrom

Paul C. Beckstrom passed away April 20, 2013, at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish after an extended battle with pneumonia.

He was born Dec. 17, 1932, in Tucson, Ariz., to Wilmer and Grace Beckstrom. At the time of his birth, they were living in Bowie, Ariz.  They lived in Douglas, Bisbee (twice), Wilcox, Yuma and Tucson.

In January 1937, his father was transferred to Havre, Mont., then to Sweetgrass, Fort Missoula and finally to Eureka, where Paul graduated from high school in 1951.

Paul then entered  the University of Montana as a journalism major, and then changed to unlisted major.  While in college, he worked in the kitchen of the Chimney Corners Café next to the campus and for  the Carpenter Paper Company.  He was also active in square dancing in The Royaleers, where he met Delores Eileen Howard.  They were married Sept. 19, 1959, in Missoula.  He was employed by Carpenter Paper from 1955 to 1964, during which they lived in Yakima, Wash., Wenatchee, Billings and Kalispell .

He was then employed at Columbia Falls Lumber until early 1966.  He then was employed at the Anaconda Aluminum Plant until his retirement Jan. 1, 1995.  In June 1965, the family moved to Columbia Falls, where he lived until his death.  He was a part-time gunsmith until his retirement, when he and his wife became too busy enjoying travel for him to continue.

Paul shot his first firearm — a BB cap .22 rifle – during the summer of 1937, igniting a life-long passion for all things related to the sport. During his life, he was active in many shooting clubs and other firearm related activities, including  being an instructor for the Junior Rifle Club, a hunter safety instructor, chairman of the Kalispell Gun show, and avid gun and ammunition collector.  He passed his love for shooting and firearms on to his wife, children, other family members and many friends.

Paul studied many reference books and was always eager to pass along his knowledge. He also enjoyed horse riding in his youth,  spending time with his family and friends, reading many genres of books, and camping, fishing and being in the outdoors his entire life.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by his younger brothers David and John, and his children James and Kathryn.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend a note of gratitude to the staff of the Nite Owl Restaurant for giving Paul such hospitality after his wife’s death.

The memorial service is May 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls, followed by a reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Back Room of the Nite Owl Restaurant.

Cremation has already taken place.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Paul’s name to a charity such as The American Cancer Society, The American Lung Association, NWMACA, the American Diabetes Association, the North Valley Sportsman Club, the Les Bauska Shooting Range,  or the NRA.

John “Jack” R. Sturgis

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Betty Lee Garrison

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Theodore Francis Pomeroy

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Steve Hawkins

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Diane M. Butts

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Pauline K. Farr Bennett

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Ken Lawyer

Ken Lawyer was born on April 25, 1942, in Yuba City, Calif.

When he retired from the maintenance department of Yuba City School District, Ken traveled. He fell in love with Northwest Montana and decided to make this his home.

He spent his summers as camp host at Therriault Lakes. He died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and was buried on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Fortine/Trego cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Bryan and family in California and his long time best friend, Mike Jenkins in Libby.

Ken leaves many friends in California and Montana. He was especially grateful for his neighbors Jan Washburn and Bob Wuebler, who were his caretakers in his final weeks.

Penny Lee Montgomery

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Paul E. Gibson

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Glen Alan Charles Helms

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George Andrew Curtis

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Llahnna Rene Deasy

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Selmer E. Spier

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Harold Mace Sanders

Harold Mace Sanders, 87, entered heaven’s gates Jan. 10, 2013.

Harold was born to Mace and Wilma Sanders in Tonkawa, Okla., on May 19, 1925.  He and his younger brother, Donald, grew up together in Douglas, Wyo.  He graduated from Converse County High School, Douglas.

Enlisting in the Army in November 1943 at age 18, he served as a radio operator on several ships for two years.  During his service he received a Medal of Honor for good conduct.  He was honorably discharged in December 1945.

The next few years he worked as a ranch hand in the Douglas area.  During that time he, his brother and Dick Hornbuckle traveled and played music with great aspirations of making it big in music.  Harold played the harmonica, concertina, banjo and piano.

He then attended two years of college at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Harold also enjoyed training horses and racing in the wild horse races during these years.

In 1948, he met and fell in love with Patricia Blackburn.  They were married Aug. 29, 1948.  They began their life together living out of a sheep wagon in the Medicine Bow Mountains.  Moving to and working on Harold’s family homestead near Douglas, he became the proud father of Arthur and Judy Sanders.

In 1957, Harold purchased the Silver Spruce Dude Ranch west of Douglas.  For 11 years he and Pat worked the dude ranch and created innumerable fond memories; many involved initiating unsuspecting city folks to country living.

Horseback riding, practical jokes, water fights, story telling and dancing were some of their favorite past times.

In 1970, Harold purchased the Wagner Ranch near Fortine and moved his family from Wyoming to raise cattle there.  The next 28 years were lived ranching and enjoying their children and grandchildren.  He loved working hard on the ranch and teaching his grandchildren life lessons.

He retired to Eureka in 1998.  There he enjoyed playing his instruments, listening to music, reading, spending time with family, playing pinochle and doing honey dos for the wife he adored.  Harold and Pat were married for 64 years.

Harold will be remembered as a man who faithfully and wholly loved his Lord, his wife and his family.  He was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken man whom many knew as friend and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by wife Patricia Sanders; brother Don Sanders; children Art Sanders and Judy Smith; grandchildren Melissa Vandeberg, Nathan Steele, Travis, Luke and Justin Sanders; great-grandchildren Mikayla and Zach Vandeberg, Darya and Dylan Moyan.

Memorials can be sent to High Road Ministries, PO Box 347, Eureka, MT 59917.  Services were Monday, Jan. 14, at the Eureka Church of God.

Local arrangements are by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka.

Barry Lee Batten

Barry Lee Batten (Papa), passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, surrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Whitefish, to the late Keith and Gwendolyn (Wied) Batten.

As a child he grew up hunting, fishing and exploring in his beloved Rocky Mountains. He graduated from Lincoln County High School in Eureka in 1971. He served his country as a military policeman in the Army stationed in Germany from 1972 to 1975.

He married Geraldine Breseman on April 29, 1978, in Blaine, Wis., where they lived and raised three children. He was a safe and dedicated driver for H.O. Wolding for 27 years.

He always had a deep passion for the outdoors and he loved camping, deer hunting, fishing, gardening and bird watching. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, especially his dear grandson Aiden, who brought him endless laughs and joys.

He will be remembered for his kind, gentle nature, zany sense of humor and his passion for life.

He is survived by his loving wife Geraldine and children: Jasmine Batten and Chad Courtney of Blaine; Dustin Batten and Suzy Bickler of Madison; and Brittany Batten of Sun Prairie; his pride and joy grandson Aiden Moe;  brothers: Dan and Sandra Batten of El Paso, Texas; and Doug and Carol Batten of Enterprise, Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other loving family members and friends and special pets Maisy and Pretty Kitty.

A memorial service was held at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, Wis.. Sunday Dec. 30, with the Rev. Eugene Gauerke officiating. Military honors were observed following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in memory of Barry L. Batten.

Barry’s family would like to thank the many friends and family who supported them throughout this journey and the outstanding health care provided by his many doctors and special nurses, in addition to the Palliative Care staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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Robert McClure

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.