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Category Archives: Obituaries

David L. Ashman

Hamilton – David L. Ashman, 69, of Hamilton passed away Friday, January 24, 2014. He was born May 18, 1944 to Frank C. and June R. (Smith) Ashman. He grew up and was educated in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada where he received a degree in Wildlife Biology. He began his career working for the…

Bonnie Scripps

  Bonnie Sue Scripps (nee Storey) of Darby, Montana, passed away on February 7, 2014 at the age of 63. She had fought a courageous battle since being diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. Bonnie was born on January 26, 1951, and her lifelong passion for the culinary arts led her to Florida, where she…

Bruce Takeshi Burk

Bruce Takeshi Burk, 53, died at his home in Lolo, Montana on January 28th, due to complications from lifelong muscular dystrophy. He had lived in Lolo for the past 30 years, where he founded and served as editor-publisher of a community newspaper, The Lolo Peak News. Bruce was born in Kalispell on April 7, 1960,…

Kathleen Ann Wessel

Florence – Kathleen (Kathy) Ann Wessel, 61, unexpectedly passed away January 26, 2014 due to natural causes. She was born June 6, 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Edward and Frieda Dietz. Married to Cliff Wessel for the past 17 years. They were filled with fishing, reading, boating, hunting and enjoyment of the outdoors in big…

Donald Lee Johnston

Hamilton – Donald Lee Johnston, 57, died on Thursday, January 23, 2014, due to multiple medical issues at the St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born to Goldie Lee (Lewis) and Clarence H. “Slick” Johnston on Friday, March 30, 1956, in Baker, Oregon. First a logger by family tradition, Don was able to grow…

Frank Roger Grenfell

  Frank Roger Grenfell, 61, died suddenly at his home in Missoula on January 16, 2014. Roger was born to Frank and Dorothy Grenfell on December 29, 1952, the second youngest of six kids. Roger grew up in the Three Mile area in Stevensville, where as a child, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with…

Loretta ‘Otis’ Morrell

Missoula – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our “sweetheart” of a wife, Mom, and Granny, Loretta “Otis” Morrell, 78. Loretta was born to August and Augustine Hertz on June 3, 1935 on the family farm in Charlo MT. Loretta graduated from Charlo High School in 1953. She moved to…

Chad Donald Berard

Corvallis – Chad Donald Berard, 36 years of age, passed away January 2, 2014 at St. Patrick Hospital after a short and bravely fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Chad was born on November 16, 1977 in Missoula to David and Lori Berard. He attended high school in Stevensville. Chad was married to Gina Neaves in…

Nancy Jane Blahnik

  May 8, 1951 – December 15, 2013 Stevensville – Nancy Jane Blahnik passed away at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital with her loving husband Bruce by her side on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Nancy was born May 8, 1951 in Superior, Wisconsin to Eugene and Gertrude Olson. Nancy is survived by her husband Bruce; two…

William Robert Knox

  Corvallis – William Robert Knox (“Bill”), 89, of Corvallis, MT, died peacefully December 17, 2013 surrounded by his family. Born October 3, 1924 to Lawrence Mason and Mabry Alice (Black) Knox in Marble Falls, Texas, he was a gentle, loving man with a keen mind, dedicated to bettering people’s lives. He is survived by…