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Eileen Montgomery Eileen Montgomery

CHARLO — Eileen Mary Montgomery of Charlo passed away on Oct. 10, 2017. Eileen was born on the family farm near Hamlet, Nebraska, to Webb and Ruth Colvin on March 2, 1937. She attended various schools in Washington and Montana graduating from Charlo in 1955. Shortly after high school she met and married (Alvin) Monty Montgomery. Monty’s employment with the Forest Service took them into Big Prairie. They went on to purchase the farm at Charlo where they resided the remainder of their lives. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Monty; her grandson, Brandon Montgomery; and her parents. Eileen is survived by her children, Lee (Denise) Montgomery, Lynn (Denise) Montg...


Kristian Wock Kristian Wock

POLSON — The sadness is overwhelming as we announce the passing of our son and brother, Kristian John Wock at his home in Maryland on Sept. 21. Kristian was born Aug. 6, 1980, to Keith and Toni Wock. His sister Amber was born Oct. 10, 1982, and made the family complete. He always said he had the per...


Charles O’Connor

POLSON — Charles Frances (Chuck) O’Connor, 86, of Polson, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12. Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 301 Fourth Ave. E, Polson, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a reception to follow. A full obituary will publish in next week’s paper.


Andrew J. Smith Andrew J. Smith

KALISPELL — Andrew J. Smith, 83, of Polson, passed away in the Kalispell Regional Hospital, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. A retired Chief Master Sergeant, Andy served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Joy; daughter, Stephanie Hunt and her husband, David; six grandchildren; three...


Karin Heggen Karin Heggen

MISSOULA — Karin, 64, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 7, 2017. Karin was born in Polson on Aug. 26, 1953, to Bernard and Letitia Johnson. She grew up on the family farm in Round Butte (outside of Ronan). Their family moved to Missoula when she started school. After graduating, she went on to att...


Frederick Haninger Frederick Haninger

RONAN – Frederick “Fritz” Haninger, 85, of Ronan, passed away peacefully in Bigfork on Sept. 28, 2017. He was born on March 24, 1932, in Wichita, Kansas, the second of three children born to Marguerite and Frederick Haninger. Fritz enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in May of 1949 and serve...


Roberta Erickson

POLSON — Roberta Grace Erickson, 85, passed away at home in Polson from natural causes on Oct. 2, 2017. Roberta was born on Sept. 7, 1932, to Ross and Bessie Ruth Erickson. She grew up in Lewistown with her older brother, Paul, and younger sister, Mary Lou. Roberta graduated from Fergus High School. ...


Raymond Theiler Raymond Theiler

POLSON — Raymond “Ray” Russell Theiler, age 78, died at home on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. He was born to Martin and Myrtle Coates Theiler on Nov. 12, 1938, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, the youngest of three children. Ray spent his childhood on the family dairy farm o...


Margaret Wiley Margaret Wiley

RONAN — Margaret Grace (Potter) Wiley died on Sept. 23, 2017, at age 97. Margaret was born in Ronan, the daughter of Silver and Gladys Potter and niece of Jake and Rosie Pfaff. Although she always described herself as a farm girl from Ronan, life took her far from those rural origins. Born in Grangevil...


Laura Vandegrift Laura Vandegrift

POLSON — Laura Victoria Vandegrift, 98, walked on from Polson on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Laura was born in Belcourt, North Dakota, to Joseph and Ernestine (DuBois) Primeau on May 22, 1919. Laura was an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. After her training at the Missoula Busin...


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