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Richard Beller Richard Beller

PLAINS — Lifelong local rancher Richard Beller, born on Oct. 18, 1924, in Seattle, Washington, passed away peacefully at home in Plains on Aug. 15, 2021, at age 96.  Richard was born weighing 3 pounds, 13 ounces, in Seattle , Washington, given little chance of survival. He was relinquished by his birth parents following his birth and Ora Beller returned to Dixon, with Richard in a shoe box where she and Dick Beller raised him as their own. The depression brought many jobs to the Bellers and young Richard. By the time he was five, he was running wild horses with his dad, Dick. At 16, he went west to work at Haugen logging camp, followed by a job guiding fall bear hunts in the N...

Sarah Joan Shortman-Buckman Sarah Joan Shortman-Buckman

POLSON — Sarah Joan Shortman–Buckman, age 41, left our lives peacefully on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. She was born on Dec. 23, 1979, at Fort Belknap Hospital in Harlem, Montana, to Glen and Jolene (Shortman) Buckman. Our Sarah began her life in her family&r...

Margaret Hanson Margaret Hanson

POLSON — Margaret Elaine Hanson of Polson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Aug. 19, 2021, at Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Oct. 15, 1940, to Walter and Delma (Brott) Zimmerman in Beatrice, Nebraska, grew up on a farm near Jansen, Nebraska, and graduated from Fa...

Preston Henifin Preston Henifin

RONAN — Preston Wayne (PD) Henifin passed on July 30, 2021, in Ronan. He was born on Dec. 31, 1976, at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Tamara Rae (Camel) Henifin. His is also survived by his parents, Wayne Boyd and Mindy Kay (Rhoad...

Jack Bishop Jack Bishop

RONAN — It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Howard Bishop announces his passing on May 27, 2020, at the age of 81. In 1938 he was born in Oakland, California, to Howard and Dorothy Bishop. Jack became a big brother to Sister Nancy in 1945. Jack served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. ...

Geoffrey Smith

JUDITH GAP — Geoffrey Paul Smith was born in Havre, on July 22, 1959, to the Reverend Warren Paul Smith and Marjorie S. (Smith) Smith. He passed away at his home in Judith Gap on July 31, 2021. Geoff attended Western Montana College in Dillon, earned a teaching degree, and taught from 1986 through 2019...

Ryan O’Brien

ST. IGNATUS — Ryan Paul O’Brien, “Ta Mahpiya Magazu” (His Rain Cloud), left this world to be with his creator, family, and friends on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Ryan was born on March 1, 1984, in Williston, North Dakota, to Shannon O’Brien Murphy. Ryan loved life but more than a...

Allen Swalling Allen Swalling

RONAN — Allen W. Swalling, 84, passed away Aug. 8, 2021, at St. Patrick Hospital, following a long battle with kidney failure and multiple other medical issues. His daughter and son-in-law were at his side. He was born on Dec. 20, 1936, to Oscar and Verna Engle Swalling in Charlo. He graduated as sa...

Merle Jore Merle Jore

RONAN — It is with mixed emotions, in one sense great sorrow and in another, relief, that the family of Merle Jore announce his passing on Aug. 11. Sorrow because we have lost a patriarch and a good man … relief because his last year was lived in too much discomfort. Merle was born, he always us...

Carol Tiernan Carol Tiernan

RONAN — Carol Joann Nelson Tiernan was born on Nov. 7, 1937, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and passed away on July 7, 2021, in Ronan, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Carol’s father, Dr. Robert V. Nelson, was an officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Carol’s fami...

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