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Darlene Watkins Darlene Watkins

RONAN — On July 10, 2020, Darlene passed on at St. Luke’s Hospital due to a long known, (but rarely shared), heart condition with damage to the heart muscle on the right side of her heart. She was as mentally vibrant, as she had always been, right up to the end. She was born on July 20, 1928, in Warren, Monroe County, Wisconsin, to Harm Henry Janssen and Katherine Harriet (Lawrence) Janssen. She grew up in and around Tomah, Wisconsin, with her three siblings, Lawrence, Henrietta and Lois. She served in the Army as a nurse and surgical technician where she met and married Sgt. John W. Watkins in 1951. Darlene was the mother of six children: John, Robert, Beth, David, Scott ...


Gary Ledeau

ARLEE — Gary Ledeau, (77), long-time resident of Arlee, left this world to begin his next adventure on July 28. Born to Damien and Valerie Bisson Ledeau on Feb. 9, 1943, Gary was raised within the heritage of the French settlers of the Missoula/Grass Valley area before it was “discovered.”&...


Connie Wilson Connie Wilson

POLSON — Connie Rae Wilson went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2020, at St. Luke Hospital in Ronan surrounded by her children. Connie was born on April 25, 1937, in Kalispell to Lucille and Ford Peckham.   She attended and graduated from Flathead County High School, where she was a member of t...


Jerry Akers Jerry Akers

RONAN — Jerry Wallace Akers, 88, went home to his Lord Jesus, July 18, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, after a tiring battle with cancer. Jerry was born on May 27, 1932, in Hillsboro, North Dakota, the only son to Donald and Artea (Mildred) Akers.  His family later moved and settled in M...


James “Jim” Schultz

KALISPELL — James “Jim” Edward Laurence Schultz, 78, passed away on July 23, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Hospital due to complications with COVID-19. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, family asks that people wear masks in public places.


Danny Vance Danny Vance

HOT SPRINGS — Danny Vance passed away on July 15, 2020, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center at the age of 71.  He was born in Polson to Harold and Vivian Vance and grew up in the peaceful Ronan countryside.  After graduating from high school, he attended a semester of college at MSU, B...


Sharon McDonald Sharon McDonald

RONAN — Sharon Laketa McDonald, (Grandma Sherri), passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, July 13, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family that cared for her during her illness. Sherri was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on Feb. 15, 1932. She was 88 years old. She was born into a loving Norw...


Wiletta Bocksnick Wiletta Bocksnick

CHARLO — Wiletta Ellene Bocksnick, 66, passed away on July 10, 2020, surrounded by her family at her home in Charlo, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Ronan, on Feb. 10, 1954, to Elmer and Christeva Daugherty.  Wiletta was raised on a dairy west of Charlo. That was the beginning ...


Doreen Hennesay Doreen Hennesay

BILLINGS — Doreen Constance Hennesay, age 93, passed away July 3, 2020, with family nearby. She was born April 4, 1927, in Los Angeles, California, to William Antone Kranzer and Emily Anne Kranzer. Growing up in Los Angeles, Doreen was quite athletic as a child, participating in multiple sports. ...


Grace Sager

RONAN — Grace W. Seines Sager of Ronan passed away on Nov. 6, 2019. She was born in Polson on Dec. 3, 1926, to Gladys and John Seines. The family lived in Irvine Flats and the Ronan area.  Following graduation from Ronan High School Grace went to work at Northern Pacific Hospital in Missoula, w...


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