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Category Archives: Obituaries

Leon Becktold

Leon Becktold passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 27, 2015, five days after his 82nd birthday. He was born on January 22, 1933 in Sawyer, North Dakota to Carl and Rosa Becktold. He was one of 15 brothers and sisters. In 1950, at 17 years of age, he joined the United States Army….

Norman Cardwell Cary

Victor – Norman Cardwell Cary, born March 28, 1947, passed away January 23, 2015 at 67 years. Norm was predeceased by loving parents Vernon Cary and Patricia Cary and good friends Jim Seppel, Newt Roberts and Penny Lambert. Born in Southern California, Norman enjoyed a young life of sailing and motor cycling, igniting his passion…

Stanley B. Parr

Stanley B. Parr, 75 of Grantsdale passed away on January 29, 2015 at his home. He was born November 7, 1939 in Richmond, Indiana, the son of Wm O. and Carrie M. Parr. Stan graduated from Pueblo HS, Tucson, AZ in 1957, then joined the USAF. While stationed in Great Falls, he met and married…

William R. Holden, Jr.

William R. “Bill” Holden, Jr., passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Bill was born on September 4, 1963 in Missoula to William R., Sr. and Vera M. Holden. Bill grew up in Missoula attending Franklin, Target Range and Hellgate High School. Bill loved the forests. During his early childhood he rode with his dad and/or…

Lila Jane Greenup Daw

Darby – Lila Jane Greenup Daw was born December 7, 1916, in a small cabin out of Darby, to Ernest and Pansy Greenup. She died January 27, 2015 just a few miles away, insisting she never saw the reason to leave such a wonderful valley. She attended Darby schools and married Elgin Daw on February…

Patricia O’Hare Rhodes

Stevensville – Patricia Jeannette O’Hare Rhodes, 80, passed away from natural causes on the evening of January 16, 2014 at her daughter and son in law’s home. Patti was born on February 21, 1934 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, the only child to Edward and Myrtle O’Hare. They made their home on a ranch…

Esther M. Swisher

Stevensville – Esther M. (Norris) Swisher, age 74, passed away January 21 at 8:30 a.m. at her home in Stevensville, Montana. Esther was born December 15, 1940 in Great Falls, Montana. Esther is survived by her husband, Thomas H. Swisher of Stevensville; Montana, an older brother, Jack C. Norris of Browning, Montana; a younger brother…

Montanans being robbed of insurance coverage

By Duane Krowen, Victor Sarah Palin was right, she said that Obamacare would lead to death panels that would have the power to withhold healthcare, and lead to deaths of some people. And it has. But the death panels aren’t in Washington, they are in the state governments that refuse to expand medicaid, including Montana….

Gertrud ‘Trudy’ A. Landwehr

Corvallis – Gertrud (Trudy) A. Landwehr, age 94, passed away January 16th, 2015 from natural causes with her “Montana Family” nearby. She was born February 24, 1920 in Gossau, St. Gallen, Switzerland. She traveled to the United States in 1958. She married the love of her life, Ludvig (Ludy) Landwehr on September 26, 1959 in…

Joseph ‘Joe’ Burgett

Stevensville – Joe Burgett, 81, of Stevensville passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Living Centre in Stevensville. Joe was born July 15, 1933 in Cortland, NY, the son of Arden and Marion Burgett. Joe served in the US Coast Guard from November of 1951 to May of 1954 and then in the Coast…