Valley Journal

Obituaries

Randy Hanson Randy Hanson

JOCKO VALLEY — Randy Hanson died of a stroke on August 1, 2012. He was born on January 25, 1936 in Froid, Montana. Randy spent most of his 76 years in the Jocko Valley. He moved here as a young man and fell in love at first sight with Anita Espinoza. They married two days after he turned 19 and spent the next 45 years together. They raised three children, Charles, Carla, and Charleena. One of Randy’s favorite roles in life was Papa to Rusty Hanson, Anita Jean and Seth Hershman, his beloved grandchildren. Randy’s work ethic is legendary, and he spent much of his life doing physical labor and ranch work, always with the intention of providing for his family. For many y...


Joanne Inez Ferris Mangels Joanne Inez Ferris Mangels

POLSON — Joanne Inez Ferris Mangels, 76, of Polson, passed away on Aug. 4, 2012, of natural causes. Her husband, three children, and numerous grandchildren survive her. Joanne was born in Los Angeles on Aug. 10,1935. She married Gilbert Mangels on Valentine’s Day 1965, and in 1984 they co-foun...


Adam Grant Kirsch

RONAN — Adam Grant Kirsch, 83, of Ronan, passed away on Jan. 30, 2012. Please join us on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. for internment of his ashes at the Ronan Cemetery. Immediately following food, beverages will be served at the Bonada Ranch, three miles south of Ronan. Sharing stories and ...


Mondell Metz

POLSON — A memorial mass will be held for Mondell Metz at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2012. Concelebrants will be Rev. Reller, Rev. Connor, Rev. Zdilla, and Rev. Miroslaw.


Robert O. Oie

POLSON — Robert O. Oie, 85, died July 6, 2012. Bob was born on Jan. 28, 1927, in Polson. He was a graduate of Polson High School Inducted into the U.S. Army in April of 1945, he was honorably discharged in December of 1946. He received the Pacific Service Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the ...


Francis “Van” Leonard van Veen

ST. IGNATIUS — Francis “Van” Leonard van Veen passed away peacefully at his home in Spokane, on June 28, 2012 at the age of 94 following a brief illness. Born Dec. 15, 1917 to Theodore and Doris (Habersetzer) van Veen in Portland, Ore., Van graduated from Franklin High School in Portland, r...


J. Hilbert (Hib) Hanson

POLSON — J. Hilbert (Hib) Hanson died in Lacey, Wash., on Dec. 20, 2011 at the age of 94. He was born in Polson on May 27, 1917, the son of Hilbert S. and Inez S. Hanson. Hib’s father and J. A. Johnson founded the Security State Bank in Polson in 1910. Hib graduated from Polson High School in ...


Gust Joseph Aipperspach

RONAN — Gust Joseph Aipperspach, age 76, passed away July 9, 2012, in his residence. He was born March 11, 1936, in Stutsman County, N.D., to John and Susie (Kaseman) Aipperspach. He spent most of his life in Montana and the western states. He was a true cowboy at heart and a real gentle...


Kathleen “Kathy” (Airhart) Nelson

ST. IGNATIUS – Kathleen “Kathy” (Airhart) Nelson passed away peacefully July 13, 2012. Kathy was born May 23, 1949, and graduated from Plains High School in 1968. Her parents Patrick and Rosalie Airhart, and brothers Patrick “Buck” Airhart and Patrick Collins precede her in d...


Phyllis O. Ekblad

HOT SPRINGS — Philanthropic Hot Springs Telephone Company executive, Phyllis O. Ekblad, died peacefully on July 2, 2012, of ovarian cancer, at Brendan House in Kalispell. She was born in Hitchcock, S.D., on Mar. 9, 1929 to Grant and Garnet Preston, as the youngest of three children. The family moved du...


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