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Obituaries

Victor Starkel

RONAN - Victor Starkel was 88 years old when he broke his hip Friday morning, June 17, and passed away peacefully less than 12 hours later at St. Pat's hospital in Missoula. Victor was born in Winside, Nebraska to Peter Starkel and Christina Kaiser Starkel. He moved to Montana with his family when he was about 7 years old. He worked on the family farm and attended school until the eighth grade. He was the "son who stayed home from the war" to help his parents keep the farm going. He started working a man's job when he was only 14 years old. He worked long days at hard manual labor jobs until he retired in his sixties. He was a very hard worker and proud of the accomplishments he made wi...


Ron Plouffe

POLSON — Ron Plouffe, 69, of Polson, passed away at his home on June 12 of natural causes. Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; his daughters, Collette Plouffe (Lance Whittaker) of Longmont, Colo., Audrey Plouffe (Mike Hanson) of Polson, Lissa Peel (Dennis) of Polson, and Ron Plouffe, Jr...


Daryl HomeGun

ARLEE — Daryl HomeGun, 62, passed away at his home on Monday, June 13. The son of Paul HomeGun and Audrey Whitegrass, he was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and a dedicated Christian. He was also a skilled carpenter and jack-of-all-trades from cooking to construction. He served his country proudly ...


Bernard L. Hayes

ST. IGNATIUS - Services will be held Tuesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius for Bernard L. Hayes, 78. Born to Roy and Florence (Armstrong) Hayes on November 25, 1932, Bernard lived most of his life in the St. Ignatius area. Bernard passed away on Dec. 5, 2010 in Ronan fr...


Lavern R. Bailey

Lavern R. Bailey, 88, of Polson passed away on June 10 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. Lavern was born on May 13, 1923 in Milk River, Alberta, Canada to Clarence and Minnie Moerke. She grew up in Sweet Grass, Mont., until moving to Valley View near Polson in 1933. Lavern graduated from Polson High S...


Lester Charles Shank

RONAN — Lester Charles Shank, 85, of Ronan, went to be with his Heavenly Father and his beloved wife on June 7 at Community Medical Center in Missoula surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his father Charles, his mother Lydia, his brother Morris, his beloved wife of 38 years, Pauline,...


Norma V. “Muggs” Martin

POLSON — Norma V. “Muggs” Martin, 77, passed away Friday, June 3, in Missoula. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Shawn; her brother James Silverthorne and sister Jean Sitch; her uncles Archie and Sonny Silverthorne and her aunt Sis. She is survived by her children Rober...


Ronald Jacobson

BIG ARM — Ronald Jacobson, 76, of Big Arm, went to be with our Lord on June 4. He is preceded in death by his son, Edd, his mom and dad and two brothers, Jim and Abel Jr. He is survived by his wife, Jolene, son Marvin and friend Laurie, daughter Debra, daughter Bevra and friends Ken and Kienan;...


Violet E. Dumontier

MISSOULA — Violet E. Dumontier, 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 10, at Riverside Care Center in Missoula. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank Dumontier and Mary Genevieve Riekena and siblings Lee and Bosco. She is survived by her children Betty Albert of Louisville, Ken., Ed...


Dr. Merle Clifford Thomas

MESA, ARIZ. — Dr. Merle Clifford Thomas, 80 years old, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on May 28, in Mesa, Ariz., with his loved ones at his side. Merle was a great man who achieved more in his lifetime than most. He served in the military for 20 years ...


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