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William Gordon Wilson

MESA, ARIZONA — William Gordon Wilson, 81, passed away peacefully after a short illness in Mesa, Ariz., on Dec. 27, 2013. Dad was born in Missoula to W. C. (Jack) Wilson and Catherine Wilson on Feb. 9, 1932. Raised in Charlo, he was president of the student body and valedictorian of his graduating class (1950), a member of the Order of DeMolay, lettered in basketball, football and track, played saxophone and clarinet in the band and worked part time in the family business. These traits of leadership, integrity and hard work were the benchmarks of Dad’s life. With amazing blue eyes and killer curly hair, he married his high school sweetheart Shirley Goplin on Sept. 3, 1950....


Richard ‘Dick’ Barber

KASILOF,  ALASKA — Longtime Kasilof, Alaska, resident Richard Emmanuel “Dick” Barber, 77, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Kat’s Elder Care in Kasilof. Dick was born April 15, 1936, in St. Ignatius. He grew up and went to school in Ronan and was a member of the CS&...


Frances J. Markovic

POLSON — Frances J. Markovic, age 81, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Memorial services for Frances are pending. Arrangements are under the care of Grogan Funeral Home.    


Bette Marie Lillethun

RONAN — Bette Marie Lillethun, 90, passed away of natural causes at St. Luke Extended Care on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. She was born to Ruth and Russell Wilson on Oct. 5, 1923, at the Catholic Hospital in St. Ignatius. She was the older of two children.  She grew up in Charlo and attended grade sc...


Merrie Gale Lewis

POLSON — Merrie Gale Lewis, 58, of Polson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 4, at her home. Merrie was born July 10, 1955, in Billings, to Virgil Escoe Lewis and Billie LaFern Brown. She grew up in Billings and when she was sixteen years old her family moved to Kalispell where she graduated fro...


Marguerite Gordon

POLSON — Marguerite Winona Gordon passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2013, at St. Luke Nursing Home in Ronan, at the age of 93. Marguerite was born in Seattle, Wash., on April 29, 1920.   She and her mother, Emily, moved to Juneau, Alaska, in the 1930s where she graduated from high school. She ...


Jean Mackie Cumming

CHARLO — Jean Mackie Cumming, 90, passed away at her home on Saturday, Dec. 28. Born on April 30, 1923, to Harold and Nellie (Twichell) Mackie in Southern California, she went on to become a newspaper reporter after education at Santa Barbara State. She married James A. Cumming in 1942 and as a mili...


Ferucio Freschet

RONAN — Ferucio Freschet, age 86, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at St. Luke Extended Care in Ronan. Memorial services for Feruico are pending. Arrangements are under the care of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.  


James Francis Guinn James Francis Guinn

POLSON — James Francis Guinn, age 89, of Polson was reunited with his wife and the Lord on Dec. 21, 2013. While we will all miss him terribly, he is where he wanted to be with his wife. Jim was born June 1, 1924, to Harold and Maggie Guinn and raised in Polson. They lived on a 500-hundred acre farm,...


Belle Bartel Belle Bartel

RONAN — Belle Bartel passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at her home in Ronan, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Marcella Theodora Ernste, on Dec. 10, 1930, in Faribault, Minn. to John and Marie (Bongers) Ernste, she was the fifth of ten children. Growin...


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