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Ralph Edward Bick

RONAN — Ralph E. Bick passed away Nov. 30, 2011, in Williams Lake, B.C. He was born April 14, 1923, at home near Broadview, Mont., the second child of Clarence and Evelyn Bick. His childhood was spent on farms in the Broadview and later Creston areas and finally the family moved to the Mission Valley in 1934. Ralph married Arla Anderson of Pablo in 1945 and the couple farmed west of Pablo where their 5 children were born. In 1967 they moved to BIX Ranch east of 70 Mile House, BC and enjoyed the next 27 years ranching, which was their life’s dream. They retired in 1994 and spent time at Rock Creek, Midway, Grand Forks and finally Williams Lake. Arla passed away in 2009 a...


Merle Jo Murray

POLSON —Merle Jo Murray, 90, of Polson, Mont., died on Dec. 8, 2011. Merle Jo was born in Forsyth, Mont., on Oct. 6, 1921. She married Clarence Murray and became mother to his three sons. Merle and Clarence had seven children, three of whom died prior to birth. She is survived by her children, daughter...


Stephen Ray Shaw

RONAN — Stephen Ray Shaw, 61, of Ronan, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 at St. Luke’s Community Hospital. Cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time. Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory in Polson is assisting with arrangements: www.groganfuneralhom.com


Alice McCrea Gillin

RONAN - Alice Loretta McCrea Gillin, 76, passed on Nov. 19, 2011. Alice was born on May 28, 1935 at St. Lukes Community Hospital to Oliver McCrea and Loretta Dellwo McCrea. A member of the CS&K Tribes, she attended school in Ronan. Alice is survived by her two sons, Lytle “Bud” Gillin (Cha...


William “Bill” E. Phillips

PABLO - William “Bill” E. Phillips, 83, of Pablo, and formerly a Perma, Mont, resident, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at his home. Cremation will take place and services will be announced. Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory, Polson, is assisting with arrangements.


Ted LeRoy Smith

RONAN - Ted LeRoy Smith, 82, a Moses Lake, Wash. resident, died on Nov. 22, 2011. Family and friends surrounded Ted during his final days during his fight against lung cancer. Ted was born on August 31, 1929 in Chelan, Wash. to Ed and Kate Smith. He married Frances Alayne Everett on August 12, 1947 in Sea...


Kevin Cole McCrea

POLSON - Kevin Cole McCrea, 45, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. A Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal member, he was born Dec. 10,1965 to Robert and Dorothy McCrea, Sr. An accomplished special Olympian, he received many medals. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mike, Linda, V...


Dr. John Paul Daniel

ST. IGNATIUS - Dr. John Paul Daniels (“Doc Daniels”) 78, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. John was born on Jan. 4, 1933, in Madison, Wisc., to Einar and Lorraine Daniels. John is predeceased by his parents, and his son Erik. John is survived by two sons and a daughter: Jeffrey Dani...


Chester Winfred Zimmer

POLSON — Chester Winfred Zimmer was born on March 15, 1913 in Banks, Idaho. He was the only son of Carl and Evie Zimmer. He had three sisters, Florence, Beulah, and Jewel. He married Betty Hahn and brought her to Polson in 1947.  He is survived by his four children: Lloyd Kilman, of San Fran...


Merrie Holley Prewett

ARLEE — Merrie Holley Prewett, of Arlee, died from cancer on Nov. 13, 2011. She was taken into the arms of the Savior she loved and served for forty years. Merrie was born Dec. 31, 1952 in Memphis, Tenn.to Grace and Kelsie Holley. Merrie married Kenny Prewett and together they had four children. They m...


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