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Obituaries and Death Notices

Helen Belknap
Helen E. Belknap, 89, died Aug. 30, 1999, in Spokane.
She was born on Oct. 31, 1909, in Spokane, to Grace and Clifford H. Clay.
Helen attend Spokane schools and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School.
She married Earl Belknap on Oct. 30, 1951.
Helen was a hostess and cashier in the hospitality industry, was employed at Greenoughs Grocery and worked with the Deaconess Hospital Volunteers.
She also volunteered with the annual American Cancer Society fund drive.
She was a member of Women of the Washington Water Power, Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Manito Methodist Church.
Survivors include son Clifford Laehn and daughters Barbara Downs and Marti White, all of Spokane; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Earl in 1976; daughter Bette Byington and great-grandson Brandon Kelsey.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church in Spokane, and a graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Troy City Cemetery.
Heritage Funeral Home, at 508 N. Government Way in Spokane, is in charge of arrangements.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]



Jim Carney
Jim Carney, 57, gifted actor, sculptor, painter and teacher, died of a sudden heart attack Sunday night.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1941, in Billings, to Ethel and Charles Carney.
Jim attended Eastern Montana College where he earned a bachelor of science degree in education with an extended major in physical science.
He was employed as program coordinator and literacy teacher with Project Challenge: Work Again, a dislocated worker program. He was a state certified teacher and represented PCWA on the Lincoln County Resource Committee which coordinates agency services to the community. Jim was also a board member of the Economic Development Council.
He married Eileen Driscoll, a Libby High School teacher, in 1996.
A member of St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Jim served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was a volunteer with the Libby Logger Speech and Drama team and involved in Kootenai Karacter, Troy Community Theater and Donovanís Dinner Theater productions.
Jim was vice president of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers and a board member of the Libby Pioneer Society.
He is survived by his wife Eileen, Libby; sister Carole and her husband Everett, Billings, niece Tory Wright and her husband Mike, Denver and nephew Lance Jones and his wife Nancy, Phoenix, Ariz.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. Rosary will be held in the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Keith Clairmont

Keith Clairmont, 71, of Libby, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1927, at Polson, to Ernest V. and Olive Josephine Dupuis Clairmont.
Raised and educated at Polson, Keith served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Caldwell in the Pacific during World War II He married Delma Bellon on Oct. 15, 1952, at the St. Ignatius Mission.
The family lived at Polson for many years and Keith worked as an industrial engineer throughout northwest Montana and the western states.
He and his wife moved their family to Libby in 1969 and Keith worked on the Libby Dam Project. He continued working as an electrician on local and regional construction projects until retiring in 1979.
Keith was a proud member of the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe, and in later years the proud and doting grandfather to 15 grandchildren. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 768.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dillon in 1998, and sister Joan Noel earlier this month.
Survivors include his wife Delma, Libby; six children, Rod Clairmont and his wife Marj, Goldendale, Wash.; Mike Clairmont and his wife Geri, Bemidji, Minn.; Dan Clairmont and his wife Elaine, Polson; and Cheryl LeCount and her husband Bob; Jeanne Robertson and her husband Jeff and Brenda Nelson and her husband Jim, all of Libby.
He is also survived by sisters Kay Neiss and Rhonda Swaney, both of Polson, 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary and Parish vigil services were Monday at 7 p.m. at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Ray Hannigan as celebrant. Interment services, with military honors, followed at the City of Libby Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Aug/Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Jean Habeck
Longtime Libby nurse Jean F. Habeck, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital following a long illness.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1931, at Hoquim, Wash., to Paul and Emma Boerner.
She attended school at Aberdeen, Wash., graduating from high school in 1949. She completed nurses training at Olympia, Wash., graduating as a registered nurse in April 1953.
Jean was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1953, serving until her honorable discharge in 1956, when she came to Libby.
She started working at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital in 1958 and during 35 years of service worked as a nurse, as director of nurses and director of purchasing and supply until retiring in 1992.
An avid bird watcher, Jean was a longtime member of the National Audubon Society and loved the Montana outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Survivors include her children, Bruce Habeck, Denver, Colo., and Kathy Sauby, Oilmont; brothers John Boerner, Montesano, Wash., and Francis Boerner, Cosmopolis, Wash., and six grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Robert Edwards officiating.
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Bernice M. Haines
Bernice M. Haines, 89, of Libby (MT) died Friday evening, Nov 9 (2001) at her home. She was born July 22, 1912 at Alexandria, South Dakota to Henry Brummer and Peterka Smith Brummer. She lived in Broadview, Montana from 1918 until 1939 when she moved to Libby. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Libby. She had a great love for the Lord and her family. She married Orville Haines on October 2, 1937 in Columbus, Montana; he preceded her in death January 1, 1969. She was also preceded in death by 7 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 child and one grandchild. Survivors include five children, Charles Haines of Enterprise, Ore.; Wayne Haines of Libby, MT; Betty Ann Decker of Sandpoint, ID; William Haines of Libby, MT and James Haines of Odessa, WA; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Services will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church with Rev. Les Nelson officiating; interment services will be at the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home."
[Nov 2001 - Sub by M. G. Ocando]

Edwin Jacobs
Edwin J. (Jake) Jacobs, 69, of Libby, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane of an apparent heart attack. He was born on Oct. 13, 1929, at Pierre, S.D., to Edward and Ruth Westland Jacobs.
He grew up in Pierre, where he attended school and graduated from Pierre High School. Jake served with the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, spending a year in Korea. He married Beverly Engel on June 29, 1953, in the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Bismarck, N.D. He earned a degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University in 1956. The family moved to Libby in 1967 and Jake worked on the Libby Dam Project for the Corps of Engineers until 1970. He retired to Libby in 1984, after spending eight years in Saudi Arabia. Jake enjoyed flying and making model airplanes, refinishing furniture and reading. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Survivors include his wife Beverly, Libby; sons Terry Jacobs and his wife Alison, Gouverneur, N.Y., David Jacobs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; daughter Ruth Jacobs Jackson, Sacramento, Calif.; sister Edith Herbert and her husband Francis, North Port, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Whitney, Caitlin, Christian, Mitchell, Rebecca, Marshall and Benjamin, and his dog Molly. Visitation was from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson & Vial Funeral Home and services were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church. Local arrangements were by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Mildred Johnson
Mildred Florence Johnson, 83, of Libby, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999, at the Libby Care Center.
She was born on Aug. 5, 1916, at Lead, S.D., to Walter and Catherine (Katie) Touhy Kelloniemi.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Jack Johnson of Lead.
Survivors include sons Billy Simon in South Dakota; Oren Farris and his wife Deena, Libby, and Mike Johnson, Libby; daughters Kathryn Farris, Miles City, and Sharon Tiensvold and her husband Gayle, Alliance, Neb.; sister-in-law Alva Rantata, Seattle; brother-in-law Stanley Sorenson, Rapid City, S.D.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Thomas Johnson
LIBBY, April 19. - Thomas Johnson of Libby died at his home on a small ranch west of the city Friday morning. His death came suddenly, although he had been ill for two years. He was seated at the breakfast table with his 12-year-old son when the boy saw him fall from his chair. Death seems to have been instantaneous, the result of paralysis. Mrs. Johnson was in Spokane at the time. There are three children in the family, two boys and one girl. Mr. Johnson was about 60 years old, and had lived in Libby a good many years. He owned a home in West Libby in addition to his ranch.
[Anaconda Standard Apr. 20, 1920 - Sub. By Marla Zwakman]


Gladys Luedecke
Longtime Libby resident Gladys H. Luedecke, 84, died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.
She was born on July 30, 1915, at Butte, to James and Florence Breckenridge.
Gladys enjoyed cake decorating, bowling, walking, flowers, church, friends and family. She was much loved and will be missed.
Survivors include sons James Luedecke and his wife Anne, Atwater, Calif.; David Luedecke and his wife Angela, Garden City, Kan.; Donald Luedecke and his wife Marie, Gelnhausan, Germany; daughters June Clark, Libby, and Tonya Ledford and her husband Fred, Shawnee, Okla., and 21 grandchildren.
Private family services will be conducted.
Local arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Judith MacAskill
Judith Marie MacAskill, 44, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at her home in Whitefish, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on Sept. 24, 1954, in Kalispell, spent her early years in Libby, and graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula in 1972. She married Donald J. MacAskill on Feb. 16, 1974, in Missoula.
In 1989 they moved to Whitefish, where Judy was employed as a pre-school special education aide at Muldown School. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish and involved in many church activities.
Judy is remembered for her special talents as a quilter, carver, gardener and cook. Simple pleasures were important to her and small occasions became celebrations of life.
Survivors include her husband Don in Whitefish; daughter Melanie MacAskill, Whitefish, and son Don A. MacAskill, Coeur díAlene, Idaho; mother Carol M. Olson, Kalispell; father Donald E. Olson, Stevensville; sisters Karen S. Foss, Libby; Kathleen Jovin, Escondida, Calif.; Janice L. Damion, Spokane, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends and co-workers. Memorial services will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish. Arrangements are under direction of the Austin Funeral Home in Whitefish.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Aug/Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]


Donald McFaydean
Longtime Eureka businessman and rancher Donald McFadyean, 80, father of a Libby woman, died Sept. 11, 1999.
He was born in Augusta on March 5, 1919, to Scottish immigrants Margaret and David McFadyean. He was raised on a sheep ranch in the East Glacier area and attended Browning schools.
He worked in a grocery store while attending school and when only 19 years old owned and operated a small grocery store in Cut Bank. He married Dorothy Sume in 1940.
McFadyean enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1943 and was discharged in December 1946 after serving in the Pacific area. In February 1946 he established Macís Market in Eureka and was in the grocery business until selling to his son David in 1972. From that time on McFadyean concentrated on raising purebred Hereford cattle on his ranch northwest of Eureka. in 1981, due to health problems, he retired and moved with his wife to Oregon, returning to Montana in 1989 to live at Kalispell. Survivors include his wife Dorothy, Kalispell; children David McFadyean, Kalispell, and Dolly Crum, Libby; two grandchildren, Kim McFadyean and Kari Morris, and great-grandson Matthew Morris. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Baptist Church in Eureka with burial in the Tobacco Valley Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Elda Moen
Elda Moen, 86, the mother of Libby residents, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at the Glacier Manor in Kalispell.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wernell, two brothers and son-in-law Jerry Syth.
Survivors include daughters Jean Owens, Kalispell, and Noreen Syth, Fortine; sons Donald Moen and his wife Ginny and Dale Moen and his wife Renee, all of Libby; sisters Selma Connolly, Grants Pass, Ore.; Ruth Olson and husband Wally, Hoople, N.D.; Alvida Anderson, Edmore, N.D., and Marion Dowling, Green Island, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell with burial to follow at the Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Myrtle Morrow
Former Libby resident Myrtle (Miki) Lenore Morrow, 71, of Longview, Wash., died Aug. 25, 1999, at St. John Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 3, 1927, at Arden, Wash., to Samuel and Effie Lewis Morrow.
She moved to Longview three months ago from Libby.
Myrtle worked as a secretary for the Department of Labor and Industry. She was a member of Toastmasters and enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was happy with her life and loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lorain Morrow, son Robert Lynds and sister Peggy Wentworth.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-lw Michael and Donna Lynds, Longview; brother Gerald Morrow, Sequim, Wash., and sister Lucille Schouten in Canada, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place under direction of the Columbia Funeral Service in Longview and private memorial services will be held at a later date.
[Libby, MT newspaper, Aug. 1999 - submitted by Suzy Brown]

Clarence W. Palmerton
Longtime Libby resident Clarence W. Palmerton, 86, died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at the Libby Care Center.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1912, at Henning, Minn., to Edward and Ellen Johnston Palmerton.
Clarence attended school in Pablo and married Dorothy Whitlatch in 1940.
He worked on the Fort Peck Dam Project, at the Anaconda Company smelter, and for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad before moving to Libby in 1947.
Clarence worked first for the J. Neils Lumber Company and later for St. Regis Paper Company, retiring on Jan. 1, 1977.
He enjoyed walking, fishing, hunting and gardening.
Clarence was preceded in death by son Richard in 1948, brothers Melvin and Earl and sisters Hazel, Rosemand and Pearl.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy, Libby; sons Daniel Palmerton and his wife Peggy, Portland, Ore.; Darrel Palmerton and his wife Maureen, Libby; Kenneth Palmerton, Phoenix, Ariz.; Randy Palmerton, Libby; daughters Joanne Rosander and her husband Cisco, Portland, Ore.; Sherril Seifert and her husband Steven, Whitefish, and Judith Bailor and her husband Claude, Kalispell; brother Ernest Palmerton and his wife Connie, Great Falls; sister Norah Rux and her husband Clifford, Snohomish, Wash.; 14 grandchildren, Tina, Debbie, Danyle, Jason, Jennifer, Jessica, Jeremy, Rick, Angela, Kelly, Brianna, Trinity, Kimberly and Nicole, and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church with interment to follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

F.M. Plummer
LIBBY, Mont., Sept. 18. - F. M. Plummer, one of the old time residents of Libby, and one of the wealthiest merchants of this community, died suddenly at his home here Monday of erysipelas. Mr. Plummer was 60 years old and for more than 20 years has made Libby his home. Funeral services were held at the Plummer home and internment was in the Libby cemetery.
[Anaconda Standard Sept. 19, 1920 - Sub. By Marla Zwakman]


Evelyn Price
Former Libby resident Evelyn Price, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in Whitefish.
She was born on May 15, 1908, at Rockford, Wash., and married Charlie A. Price on Nov. 22, 1932, in Spokane.
They moved to Libby in 1982. Survivors include daughter Charlene Winter, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovahís Witnesses.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Ernest Rowley
Former Libby resident Ernest LaVal (Val) Rowley, 60, of Golconda, Nev., died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1999, at Washoe Medical Center in Nevada.
He was born on June 11, 1939, at Choteau, to Ernest N. and Thora Shelmerdine Rowley.
Val served in the National Guard and worked as a truck driving for a mining company. He was also a training specialist for transystems.
A resident of Libby for more than 30 years, Val had lived at Golconda for the past two and a half years.
He was preceded in death by daughter Dawn Rowley in 1987.
Survivors include his wife Connie, Golconda; sons Stacy L. Rowley of Libby and Tyler J. Rowley, Golconda; daughter Connie Earon, Post Falls, Idaho; brother Clyde Rowley in Texas and sister Lynn Purkett in Montana.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Libby.
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Sharon Rynders
Sharon Alice Rynders, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, at her home in Libby after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on June 20, 1941, at Conrad, to Frank and Evelyn Myers.
Sharon lived in Great Falls; Sacramento, Calif., and Libby. She worked for many years with the Cal Life Insurance Company in Sacramento and as a para-legal for a Sacramento law firm.
A loving and caring person, Sharon continually put the needs of others first.
Survivors include daughters Sandra, Sacramento; Kathy Rynders, Beaverton, Ore., and Colleen Rynders, Reno; brothers Dennis Myers, Sacramento; James Myers, Libby, and John Myers, Yakima, Wash.; three grandchildren, Curtis Towse and Sarah Wright, Sacramento, and Armanda Rynders, Beaverton; nephews Frank, Dan and Mike Myers, Libby; Joshua and Zachery Myers, Yakima, and niece, Christine Baroch, Great Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A vigil service was conducted at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Conrad and funeral mass was conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michaels.
Interment followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Conrad, under direction of the Pondera Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Mrs. Selms
Mrs. William G. Selms, one of Libby's well-known matrons, died at a Spokane hospital this morning following an operation. She leaves a husband and many friends to mourn her demise. Funeral arrangements have not been made as yet. [Anaconda Standard Sept. 6, 1920 - Sub. By Marla Zwakman]


Ty Sheppard
Ty Sheppard, 31, of Troy, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital, following a long battle with cancer.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1967, at Glendale, Ariz., to Cyrus Sheppard Jr. and Mary Prouty Sheppard.
Ty was raised and educated at Glendale and later at Flagstaff, Ariz., where he graduated from high school.
He worked as a restaurant cook for many years in Colorado and for the past four years in Montana, at the Silver Spur in Troy and more recently at Treasure Mountain Casino and Restaurant in Libby.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Garcia, Flagstaff; father Cyrus Sheppard, Troy; sister Shari Sheppard, Troy, and brother Joey Sheppard, Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandmothers Margaret Sheppard, Peoria, Ariz., and Anna Prouty, Sun City, Ariz., and nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at noon Tuesday at the Troy Christian Fellowship with Pastor Dick Barnes officiating.
Arrangements are under direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]


Iris Sparkman
Iris Sparkman, 81, who managed the Silver Spur in Troy for 16 years, died on Aug. 18, 1999, at the Regency Care Center in Monroe, Wash., of kidney failure, following several years of poor health.
She was born on April 16, 1919, to Harry and Myrtle Henderson on the family homestead on the Kootenai River north of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Iris, the youngest of four children, was introduced to the food service business at an early age. The family had lost the homestead during the Great Depression, and when Myrtle Henderson found employment in a Bonners Ferry restaurant, she took Iris to work with her because she couldnít afford to pay for her care.
Over the ensuing years Iris worked as a waitress in many different towns, and during World War II she and her mother teamed up in Spokane as owners of the Diamond Cafe in the Garland district.
After the death of her mother in 1947, Iris moved her two boys and baby daughter to St. Louis where her sister Gladys lived. She worked as a Harvey Girl and gained experience that would serve her well in later years.
In the 1950s Iris and another sister, Peggy, managed the Mint Cafe and bar in Bonners Ferry.
In 1959, seeking a better life for her family, Iris moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and although she started working as a waitress in the coffee shop of the biggest hotel in Alaska, she soon became assistant banquet manager, a position never before held by a woman. Her interest in current events led her to participate in politics, as a Democrat. She was active in union affairs, gaining election to the highest office in the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union.
It was at Anchorage that Iris was asked to assemble a small staff to serve President John Kennedy and his entourage during a resting stop there. Iris enjoyed a personal visit with the president that remained a special memory.
In 1972 Iris was elected as an Alaska delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Miami Beach, where she supported George McGovern.
An early attempt to retire to southern California sent Iris into a deep depression which she countered by returning to Alaska. She became the first woman to work as a union business agent on the Alaska Pipeline.
The next time she contemplated retirement, Iris chose to return to the Kootenai River valley where she grew up. She purchased the Silver Spur from her sister Gladys Blake in December 1976 and operated it for the next 16 years, selling it in December 1992. Iris was preceded in death by her brother Alden Henderson, killed in the 1964 Alaska earthquake; sister Peggy McElroy in 1992 and granddaughter Julie Steel of Bonners Ferry.
She is survived by her children, Jack Steele and his wife Jill, Lynnwood, Wash.; Elizabeth Rogers, Anchorage; Jim Sparkman, Troy; her sister Gladys Blake, Bonners Ferry; sister-in-law Catherine Henderson, Oak Harbor, Wash.; nephew Harry and his wife Patty Henderson and their daughters Laura and Lisa, all of Oak Harbor; daughter-in-law Donna Day, and great-grandchildren Josh and Logan, all of Bonners Ferry; grandsons Brian Steele, Post Falls, Idaho, and Scott Desmareis, his wife Cheryl and their children Nicole and Joshua, all of San Jose, Calif.
Cremation has taken place and Elizabeth will take her motherís ashes to Anchorage so that in the spring they can be scattered in a field north of town that is filled with spectacular blooms of iris. This action seems appropriate to all who knew and loved this remarkable woman.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Aug/Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Gordon Trulock
Gordon A. Trulock, 75, of Libby, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital.
He was born on March 25, 1924, at Paxton, to Judson and Ruby Trulock and was raised and educated in eastern Montana. Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1941 and served with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Gordon returned to Montana. He worked at various jobs throughout the country, living for a time at Havre where he was employed with the Hill County road crew. He was also a professional musician. Gordon married Dorothy Freier on Nov. 19, 1961, at Havre. They moved to Bremerton, Wash., where Gordon was employed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards for many years until retirement. They also lived in southern Utah until moving to Libby five years ago.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy, Libby; his children Fred Brooks, Elko, Nev.; L.D. (Dean) Brooks, Las Vegas, Nev.Robin Trulock, Great Falls, and Lee and Sheila Trulock; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment with military honors will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Dan Vial
Daniel M. Vial, 39, of Libby, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, 1999, as the result of injuries received in a truck accident near Greensboro, N.C. He was born on Dec. 9, 1959, at Fort Benton, to Mel and Joan Vial.
Dan lived with his family at Fort Benton, Great Falls, Deer Lodge and Laurel before coming with them to Libby in 1969.He attended Libby schools and graduated from Libby High School with the Class of 1978.
Dan attended Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell and later graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He was associated with Vial Funeral Homes of Libby and Eureka for several years and was employed as a commercial truck driver for Swift Trucking at the time of his death. Dan enjoyed the Montana outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father Mel Vial on Aug. 18, 1999.
Survivors include his daughter Shannon, Boca Raton, Fla.; mother Joan Vial, Libby; sister Debra Huisentruit and her husband Maurice (Mo), Troy; nephews Jeremy Huisentruit, Kalispell and Josh Huisentruit, Missoula; special friend Diane Siefke, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles Couch officiating. Interment services will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

Wayne Wooldridge
Wayne Curtis Wooldridge, 61, of Libby, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, the victim of a house fire at his residence.
He was born Oct. 7, 1937, at Mariposa, Calif., to Eric and Ruth Johnson Larson. Wayne graduated from Mariposa High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959. While reporting to a new duty station in England he suffered permanent disabling injuries when his transport aircraft went down. He moved to Libby in 1974, raised two children here, and found Libby to be the place he was meant to be.
A man with an independent spirit, Wayne was most at home in the outdoors. He lived to hunt and fish and his perseverence was an inspiration to his family and friends. Despite his own needs and limited physical abilities, Wayne always found a way to serve the needs of others. His smile and sense of humor will be missed.
Survivors include son Wilbert Larson and his wife Gale, Palmer, Alaska; daughter Wanda Belle Burkhalter and her husband Jeff, Wolf Creek, Ore; brothers Wilbert A. Wooldridge, Boise, Idaho; Dale Wooldridge, Elko, Nev., and Charles Wooldridge; sisters Joyce Bluthardt, Las Vegas, Nev., and Crystal Dompier, Grants Pass, Ore., and 10 grandchildren. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Local arrangements are by the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Sep 1999, added to the website by JoAnn Scott]

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