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Dwight Preston Dwight Preston

POLSON — Dwight Ellsworth Preston, part of the greatest generation, passed away at his home in Polson on Feb. 14, 2019. He was 93 and fiercely independent to the very end. He was born to Grant and Garnet Preston on Aug. 10, 1925, in Hitchcock, South Dakota. His family moved to Hot Springs, while Dwight was a young boy, where he grew up loving swing music and learning the telephone business from his mom and dad who had bought the fledgling Hot Springs Telephone Company. Dwight was kind, generous, fun loving and had an early interest in all things mechanical; he learned to fly airplanes and had a lifelong career in the aeronautics industry. He joined the Navy after high school and wa...


Brian Jones Brian Jones

POLSON — Brian Keith Jones, age 59, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019, at his home in Polson. Full obituary can be seen at: www.jgfuneralhome.com. Cremation has taken place and a Montana memorial service will be planned in the spring. Brian loved Montana but requested “send me back to Texas&rdqu...


Lesley Rice Lesley Rice

ST. IGNATIUS — Lesley Lawrence Rice was born on Sept. 27, 1957 and passed away on Feb. 11, 2019. Our community lost the best storyteller, coach, friend, dad, grandpa, and husband who lived every second on his own terms ... AHHSUM! Les lived a life full of joy and happiness. He lost his battle with c...


Fred Whitworth Jr.

NARADA — Fred Martin Whitworth Jr., 67, passed away at the family ranch in Narada on Feb. 15, 2019. Services are being arranged with Foster Funeral Home.


Paul Mahseelah

RONAN — Paul Edward Mahseelah, 73, passed away in Ronan on Feb. 14, 2019. A wake will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in the evening, followed by a burial on Wednesday morning.


Catherine Corrigan

POLSON — Catherine Marie Corrigan, 67, passed away on Feb. 18, 2019. Arrangements will be announced at a later date. 


Barbara Cripps Barbara Cripps

DIXON — Barbara Jean Cripps, 76, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. She was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Great Falls to LeRoy and Jean Ellis. She grew up in Lewistown, met and married Donald Blaine Cripps of Guilt Edge, the love of her life. They raised four beautiful daughters and lived all o...


Vivian Aylesworth Vivian Aylesworth

MISSOULA — Vivian Faye Parker arrived on Aug. 28, 1931, in Weedpatch (her mother would say “in a weedpatch”), California. Born to Mabel Estella (Stonehocker) and Frank Guy Parker, she joined older sister Eileen in the cotton fields south of Bakersfield, where scarce depression era jobs had ...


Patrick McClure Patrick McClure

MISSOULA — Patrick Scott McClure made his journey to the Great Creator on Saturday. Feb. 2, 2019. He was embraced by his family that have gone before him, his father, Roy; his mother, Lois; his, brothers: Richard, Paul, and baby Jimmie and his sister, Sharon. Scott was born on Oct. 19th, 1947, in St...


Dean Hermes Dean Hermes

POLSON — Dean Walter Hermes, 74, of Polson, formerly of Williston, North Dakota, passed away on Feb. 6, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born on May 8, 1944, in Glen Ullin, North Dakota, to Wilbert and Madeline (Mosbrucker) Hermes. He was raised in Williston where he learned a lifelong love ...


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