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Obituaries

Keith James Montgomery

RONAN — Keith James Montgomery, 66, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at his home. Keith was born Aug. 16, 1943 in Aberdeen, Wash., to the late Lasharon and Pansy Montgomery. He was a true outdoorsman with a love of camping, fishing and packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Keith had ridden in several rodeos, trained horses, and worked at the Treasure State Mink Ranch. He considered himself a true cowboy and ranched most of his life. Survivors include children Trina (Ed) Phillips and Ben (Christle) Montgomery of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters Jeannette (Robert) Johns and Hester (Chuck) Clark; brother, Swan (Bonnie) Montgomery; nieces Debra (Peter) Kathe, Bobbie Jo (Dwayne) Folden,...


Jack M. Meuli

DAYTON — Jack M. Meuli, 77, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center from natural causes. Jack was born Oct. 28, 1932 in Missoula to Melville and Laura Meuli. On June 17, 1956, Jack married Lois Ann Ward in Billings. After his service in the Army, they returned t...


Elaine Barbara Rogers Hagestad

POLSON — Elaine Barbara Rogers Hagestad, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at St. Joseph Medical Center from natural causes. She was born in Myrtle Creek, Ore. on Feb. 7, 1922 to Ara Pratt and Benton (Banty) Rogers. She was raised and attended school in Chinook and Hope.  She married Bak...


Reynold John Unger

POLSON — Reynold John Unger, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at his home surrounded by family from cancer. He was born Jan. 22, 1930 in Poplar to John and Minnie Unger. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW and a council member and elder of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. ...


Bruce A. Rudd

RONAN — Bruce A. Rudd, 74, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18 at his home in Ronan. Bruce was born in Contact on Jan. 11, 1936. He joined the Navy at a young age where he became a Navy Seal, traveled the world and fought for our country in the Korean War. He honorably served our country from May 1953 to ...


Alma Josephine Morigeau Luedtke

RONAN — Alma Josephine Morigeau Luedtke, 99, shed her tired, broken body and passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Alma was born March 19,...


Vance D. Stapleton

HOT SPRINGS — Vance D. “Putts” Stapleton, 55, passed away Feb. 16, 2010 at his home. Born to Loren and Vera Koistinen on Sept. 18, 1954 in Cartwright, Manitoba, Canada, he was raised in Hansboro, N.D. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with grandchildren. He is ...


Lisa Marie Ellis

POLSON — Lisa Marie Ellis, 40, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. She was born May 1, 1969 to Fred and Cheryl Ellis in Spokane, Wash. Her family moved to Polson in 1976. At the age of 13, she had incredible talent for singing and a love for music. She played guitar, ...


Judy Lynn McDonald Matt

ST. IGNATIUS — Judy Lynn McDonald Matt, 43, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. A member of the CS&KT, she was born in St. Ignatius Dec. 15, 1966 to Francis and Julia (Hernandez) McDonald. She was preceded in death by father, Francis “Popsucker” McDon...


Harry L. Britton

POLSON — Harry L. Britton, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at St. Joseph Medical Center after a year-long battle with a brain tumor. Born and raised in Great Falls, Harry’s outgoing personality was a valuable asset in his career as a salesman. He worked many years as a buil...


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