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Lois Marie (Bailey) Knutson Haley

POLSON - Lois Marie (Bailey) Knutson Haley, 79, of Polson and Yuma, Ariz., passed away on May 12, 2012, with her loving family by her side. She fought a courageous battle with ovarian cancer for the past 4 years. She has gone to be with her savior and is now reunited with her loved ones who were waiting for her in heaven. She was born to Art and Blanche Bailey in Polson, on Sept. 7, 1932 and was raised in Valley View along with her four siblings. She attended school in Polson where she met her childhood friend Jim Knutson, who later became her beloved husband of 55 years. They were married in Waukegan Ill., Dec. 23, 1950, where Jim was stationed in the Navy. Jim was discharged on June 7,...


William R. “Ron” Powell

ST. IGNATIUS — William R. “Ron” Powell, 79, passed away in Missoula on May 11, 2012. One of nine children, he was born Dec. 16, 1932 in Georgia to Roland Quinton and Naomi Alice (Burkett) Powell. He was raised on a farm and attended school in Telfair Co., Georgia. Ron joined the Army for th...


Donna Lee Grunloh (Hawke)

POLSON — Donna was born in Butte, on Dec. 11, 1945 and passed away at her home in Livingston, Calif., on May 8, 2012. Donna graduated from Butte High School and became a secretary working in Butte, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. She married William “Bill” Grunloh in 1967. She graduated ...


Marilyn Marlene (Gokey) Baltz

PABLO — Marilyn Marlene Baltz, 66, of Pablo, passed away Sunday morning, April 22, 2012 at 3:45 a.m. Marilyn passed away at home with her family and Kathy, an R.N. from Hospice by her side. Marilyn was born Nov. 21, 1945 in Burlington, Vt. She was the daughter of Joseph R. and Helen Gokey. Marilyn g...


Thomas F. Smith

POLSON – Thomas F. Smith, born March 20, 1929, passed away at his home in Polson on May 3, 2012. Tom was born in St. Ignatius, and graduated from Hot Springs High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Frankie Beebe, on July 31, 1949. She preceded him in death on June 24, 2004. Tom was membe...


Alverda “Verdi” Malgren

BIGFORK — Alverda “Verdi” Malgren passed away Saturday, April 28, at the Lakeview Care Center in Bigfork. Grogan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements and condolences can be left at: GroganFuneralHome.com.  


Johnny Lee Kelly

RONAN - Johnny Lee Kelly, 58, passed away April 29, at his home near Ronan. A member of the Blackfeet tribe, he was born to Dorce Jack and Edith Charlene (Nequette) Kelly on Dec. 27, 1953 in Ronan. John was raised locally on the Flathead Reservation and in Drummond. He logged with his uncle in his younger...


Paul F. Derflinger

ARLEE – Paul F. Derflinger, 83, of Arlee passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 of natural causes. Paul was born Jan 2, 1929, in Vinita, Craig County, Okla., to George Albert and Blanche Mae Derflinger. He married Violet Anita Derflinger in Eureka, Calif. and they were married for 54 years.  Paul i...


Darlene Louise Walker

ARLEE — Former Arlee resident, Darlene Louise Walker, passed away April 8, 2012 in Gates, Ore. Darlene was born to Walter and Bonnie Hacker Dec. 21, 1939. She married Charles Edward Walker in 1958 and they had two children. Her parents, her husband and her son Darrel Edward Walker precede her in ...


Charlotte Alice Terry Powell

RONAN — Charlotte Alice Terry Powell, “Grandmommy,” went to heaven to be with her husband and two of her daughters on April 15, 2012. Grandmommy died of natural causes at the age of 97 in Ronan. She lived a very full and blessed life. Grandmommy was born in Missoula on March 3, 1915 to L...


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