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Category Archives: Obituaries

Joyce M. West

Joyce M. West, 74, of Polson, Montana passed away October 21, 2014 in Bigfork Montana. Joyce was born July 14, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John and Mildred Janecek. Joyce was a loving mother and friend to everyone that she met. Joyce is survived by her sons Frank of California and Jim of Libby, daughters…

Michael J. Funston

Florence – Michael J. Funston, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday October 16th, 2014. Mike was born in Anaconda, Montana on May 24, 1964 to Jerry and Agnes Funston. He was raised in Anaconda, MT and lived in Spokane, WA; Juneau, AK; Missoula, MT and most recently Florence, MT. Mike graduated from Anaconda High School…

Gene W. Crosby

On October 16, 2014, Gene W. Crosby’s biological military experiment ended for him. Gene’s experimentation began as a part of U.S. Army Project–Operation Whitecoat in December of 1965 at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland (Ward 200—an extension of Walter Reed Army Medical Center). Gene was drafted into service in the U.S. Army in 1964 and…

Gary Geer

  Stevensville – Gary Geer, a longtime resident of Stevensville, passed away in Arizona from Huntington’s Disease on Monday, September 29, 2014. He was born on September 19, 1937, to Walter and Beulah Geer in Rolla, North Dakota. He moved to Montana as a teenager and graduated from Stevensville High School in 1955. Gary married…

Dr. Raymond ‘Ray’ Karr

  Dr. Raymond W. Karr, 89, passed away on September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Hospital. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois on November 4, 1924 to Peter and Eda Karr. Ray attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois in 1942. World War II broke…

Harold D. ‘Harry’ Squires

  Missoula – A True Son of the Bitterroot was lost when Harry Squires passed away on September 19, two days after his 76th birthday and just three days shy of the 42nd Anniversary to his beloved wife Carolyn. Harold D. “Harry” Squires was born September 17, 1938 in Missoula, Montana to William M. and…

Leland ‘Gene’ Ayres

Hamilton – January 3, 1932 in a cold and snowy storm, the doctor arrived by a horse drawn sleigh to greet Leland Gene Ayres into Wetonka, South Dakota. Gene was the last child to Rusty and Iva Ayres. He had two brothers, Frank Elsworth (Bud) and Ralph William (Rod), and two sisters, Frances Elva and…

Helen Rose Holanchock

  Stevensville, MT – Helen Rose Holanchock died peacefully at home of natural causes August 29, 2014 at the age of 96. Helen lived with her niece, Anita Brown, and family for the last 8 years. Helen was born October 15, 1917 to Mary and Charles Holanchock in Pottsville, PA. She moved to Wisconsin and…

James Edward ‘Jim’ Potton

  Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada – It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of James “Jim” Potton of Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the age of 75. His passion for the outdoors drove his desire for becoming a part of the Forestry/Parks Sector. After receiving a Masters degree in Recreational Management…

Timothy Marvin Betschart

  Stevensville – Timothy Marvin Betschart, 44, passed away, Wednesday September 10, 2014 at his home in Stevensville from complications due to diabetes. Tim was born May 15, 1970 in Carson City, NV to Carol Roberts and Marvin Betschart. Tim graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Tim has been married…