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Leonard Haack Leonard Haack

POLSON — Leonard Haack was born on Oct. 13, 1919, to Julius and Emma Haack in Polson. Leonard passed away Oct. 23, 2014, at the age of 95.  Leonard’s parents and two brothers preceded him in death.  During the war effort Leonard worked for North American Airlines building airplanes in California. He returned to the Polson area to resume farming and also met his future wife. They made Polson their home. Sadie and Leonard celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Aug. 31, 2014.  Leonard worked as a mechanic for several car dealerships and was a boiler engineer for the local Lumber Mill located in Polson. Leonard and Sadie spent many enjoyable years ridin...


Kathryn Coffman Kathryn Coffman

RONAN — Kathryn “Kathy” Jean (Snyder) Coffman, 63, of Ronan, Montana joined her loved ones that left before her and are in Heaven, on Oct. 22, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., after her courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born July 5, 1951, in Ronan, da...


Mark Alan Lee Mark Alan Lee

RONAN – Mark Alan Lee, age 58, passed away suddenly at his home on Oct. 11, 2014. Born Dec. 4, 1955, in St. Ignatius to Joseph Fay Lee and Doris Aletha (Durrant) Lee, he was raised in St. Ignatius on their dairy farm. Mark graduated in 1974 from St. Ignatius High School.  Mark was self-taugh...


Sheila R. Rockey

WITCHITA, KANSAS — Sheila R. Rockey, 60, a former retail clerk, passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. She was born June 4, 1954, in Ronan to Richard and Helen Lutton.  Survivors include her husband Nicholas; daughters Judi (Andy Perry) DeLaBarre of Hutchinson, Kan., Dani (Nathan) Hulings of Mer...


Jody Laureen Butler  Jody Laureen Butler

POLSON — On Oct. 9, 2014, after a long intensive struggle with health issues, Jody Laureen Butler left on her journey to be with the Lord, her friends and family.  Jody was born to Joseph and Sybil Hawkins Butler on Dec. 10, 1967. She was proud to be a member of the Confederated Salish and Koot...


Mark Alan Lee

RONAN – Mark Alan Lee, 59, passed away at his home Saturday evening. A visitation will be held Friday at the Foster Funeral Home of St. Ignatius and continue on Saturday morning. A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, St. Ignatius Ward. A...


Brandon Bryce DuMont Brandon Bryce DuMont

RONAN — Brandon Bryce DuMont, 18, was called home on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Brandon was born March 26, 1996, in Missoula to proud parents, Dennis Alexander DuMont and Sarah Elaine Webster-Decker. Brandon was a proud 2014 graduate of Ronan High School. He was a talented athlete who participated in b...


Sheila Rae Christensen

VICTOR — Sheila Rae Christensen (Nana) was born on Nov. 20, 1943, in Bellingham, Wash. She lived a happy, fun-filled 67 years, but left us for her next adventure on Sept. 29, 2014. She grew up in Seeley Lake and attended high school at Hellgate and Sentinel schools. She retired from Victor School Distr...


Esther Knopp Hamel Esther  Knopp Hamel

PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA — Esther Vera Mae Knopp Hamel, 92, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and formerly of St. Ignatius, died on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Palms of Punta Gorda Retirement Home. She experienced a stroke in May of 2011 and never fully recovered from it. Esther was born on May 20, 1922, at the family...


Virginia Schmidt Virginia Schmidt

ST. IGNATIUS — Virginia Schmidt passed away in her home, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, after a long and valiant battle against cancer. Her resiliency was incredible, showing us her true character of perseverance and fortitude.  Virginia was born in Kila on May 13, 1929, to Anna and Andrew Everett. Sh...


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