Valley Journal

Obituaries

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-taught in many things; he took an interest in something and then mastered it. At a young age his interest was farming which then led to motorcycles, snowmobiles, racing and ultimately to his mastery at engine work. Mark married Caralee Starkel in 1988 and adopted her 8-year old daughter, Jamie, on Nov. 16, 1988. In March of 1989 they had a son, Alan. Mark and Caralee later divorced. In ...


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...


Delmar L. Carey Delmar L. Carey

CHARLO — On Sept. 15, 2014, a cowboy rode through the pearly gates and out onto the green pastures of heaven. Delmar L. Carey came into this world at the family home in Charlo, on April 2, 1944. The eighth of nine children, he was born to Paul and Leona Stockton Carey. At a very young age Del was...


Mark Thomas Gilroy

OLSON — Mark Thomas Gilroy passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 13, 2014, while at home in Polson. Family was very important to Mark and he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy Gilroy; two daughters, Shawna Gilroy of Polson and Sarah Gilroy of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Samara Gilroy-Hicks, of Vancouv...


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