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  • Robert James Herrmann, 89

    Apr 10, 2024

    Robert James Herrmann died on April 2, 2024, under his family's care and LeRoyer Hospice's care. He was 89 years old. He was born on June 3, 1934 in Red Springs, WI a son of the late Charles and Minnie (Loehrl) Herrmann. He married Judy Terrio on October 12, 1957, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bowler. She preceded him in death in December 2017. Robert graduated from Mattoon High School in 1952. He was a dairy farmer and logger in Aniwa, Wisconsin, until 1979. His passion for hunting and fishing led him to move West. Robert lived in Whitehall,... Full story

  • Jerome Cutler Rankin, 89

    Apr 3, 2024

    Jerome "Jerry" Cutler Rankin nearly traveled 90 years before Old Brain caught up with him. This genuinely Montana boy could have been born inside Glacier Park had not his mother, Gwen, nine months pregnant, snowshoed from their winter cabin across Lake McDonald to catch the train at Essex. Bound for Cleveland to stay with in-laws Lulu and Jimmy Rankin, she returned with newborn Jerry to join husband Barney, an engineer on Going to the Sun Highway, in a canvas tent surrounded by wires hooked up to a car battery to deter grizzlies. Jerry's early... Full story

  • Don Lee, 80

    Apr 3, 2024

    Don passed away peacefully in hospice care in the early morning of March 27, 2024. His wife of 57 years, Sharon, was by his side. Since January 2023, Don and Sharon have lived at Holladay Healthcare Center in Holladay, Utah. In March 2022, Don was diagnosed with what the doctors believed was Lewy Body Dementia. In November 2022, while moving from Montana to Utah to be near his son, he broke his ribs in a fall. There was another fall the following March, and Don could never recover. Don was born on June 1, 1943, at 7:01 PM in Warren (Ohio) City... Full story

  • Celebration of Life: Peggy Wilson, 81

    Apr 3, 2024

    Memorial services for Peg Wilson will be held at the Jefferson Valley Bible Church on Friday, April 5, 2024, at 2:30 PM. Join the live service at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Hodia at 1701 N 12th St., Boise, ID 83702, or a charity of your choice.... Full story

  • Sandra Louis Greenlief Sacry, 75

    Apr 3, 2024

    Sandra "Sandy" Lois Greenlief Sacry was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20th, 1948, to parents Robert and Roberta "Sis" Greenlief. Her parents lived on the Salish and Kootenai Reservation when Sandy was born, so she was a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and on the tribal rolls her whole life, something she loved to remind her brother Denny. As a child, she grew up all over Montana, with Meaderville, Cardwell, Whitehall, and Anaconda holding her fondest memories. She went to grade school in Cardwell and high school in... Full story

  • UPDATED: Peggy Wilson, 81

    Mar 27, 2024

    UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION: Peggy (Feil) Wilson, 81, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on February 6, 2024. Peggy was born on June 21, 1942, to John and Frieda Feil in North Dakota; she was the youngest of three children. She spent her childhood on a farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse, and going to community dances where her father would perform with his band. Peg would tell stories of falling asleep on piles of jackets as a young girl while her father entertained the dancers with his accordion. After graduating from high school, she... Full story

  • Evelyn Mae Ellis, 78

    Mar 13, 2024

    Evelyn Mae Ellis passed away on March 5, 2024, at her home in Whitehall, Montana. She was born on the farm in Gracefield, Minnesota, on April 7, 1945, the daughter of Walter Parrow and Edna (Ewert) Parrow. In 1957, Evie moved to Anaconda, Montana, and graduated high school there in 1963. Evie then moved to Minneapolis and worked as a secretary before returning to Montana, where she met her husband, Tom Ellis, at Cedar Park Lanes in Anaconda. Tom and Evie were married on March 26, 1966, and moved to Seattle, Washington, where they both worked... Full story

  • Anita Joanne Calbert, 60

    Mar 13, 2024

    Anita Joanne (Novasel) Calbert was born on August 12, 1963, and passed away on February 8, 2024. Anita was a loving and caring mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend to those who knew her. She was the beloved wife of Alan Calbert, mother of Tony Crew (and wife Haylee Hayward), grandmother of Dmitri Crew, sister of Tony, Mike, and Rose, and friend, cousin, and aunt to many. Anita had the biggest heart for others, especially her cats. She was kind and generous and was also very talented in her writing, music, and poetry. Anita's funeral wi... Full story

  • Hank King, 88

    Feb 28, 2024

    Hank, as he was known by most, died peacefully in the home of his grandson Mark LaMere and his wife Shae in Lewisville, Colorado. He was born in Montrose, Colorado. and was one of five children. He grew up in Leadville, Colorado. Life was difficult in the 1930s and 1940s for people of this country but Hank was resilient and thrived. He went to a Catholic elementary school and graduated from Leadville High School. In 1955 he started at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where he met the love of his life, Georgiana. They attended... Full story

  • Barbara Simmons Huntley, 93

    Feb 28, 2024

    As the morning sun crested the horizon on February 1, 2024, surrounded by her children, Barbara Huntley (93 yrs.) peacefully passed at her home in Sun City West, Arizona, and was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior. Barbara was born March 26, 1930, in Mackay, Idaho to Darwin and Zula Simmons. After numerous moves, her family settled in Whitehall, Montana where she graduated from high school in 1948. During her time at Whitehall High, she met a handsome young man who ultimately captured her heart. They continued their courtship while... Full story

  • Henry "Hank" Randall Piazzola, 90

    Feb 28, 2024

    Henry Randall Piazzola fondly known as (Hank) 90, passed away peacefully at his home on February 15, 2024, with his loving wife Lynne of 55 years at his side. Hank was born on August 11, 1933, in Dillon, Montana, to Lawrence and Nora (Paddock) Piazzola. His formative years were spent on a ranch in Pipestone, and he received his education from local schools in Whitehall. Shortly after graduating from high school, he worked as a fire control technician for the forest service. In 1967 Hank and his brother Jack embarked on a business venture, purch... Full story

  • Robert "Bob" G. Lack, 76

    Feb 21, 2024

    Bob passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, on his beloved ranch in Whitehall, Montana alongside his beautiful horses he cherished more than anything. Bob was born in Woodlake, California on August 15, 1947, to Robert Glenn Lack and Velma Jean Burns. He was an amazing bull rider in his earlier years and he also had the love of doing hair in Tri-Cities, Washington. He worked many jobs but his love was being a cowboy and the ranch life, He loved working on so many beautiful ranches up the Whitetail Road with so much love and support from the Whit... Full story

  • Scott Eugene Juhnke, 61

    Feb 21, 2024

    Scott Eugene Juhnke passed away at home on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at age 61. Scott was born in Shelbyville, Illinois to Charles "Bill" William Juhnke and Leola Jenell (Pfeiffer) Juhnke on May 4, 1962. He attended school in Shelbyville, Illinois, and Windsor, Illinois graduating high school in 1980. He spent years farming on his family's farm and other various jobs. In the early 90s, visits to his older brother Chuck's home in Montana made him fall in love with the mountains. In 2005 he decided to leave Illinois and live the rest of his... Full story

  • Hank King, 88

    Feb 21, 2024

    Hank King, 88, passed on February 15, 2024. He was a beloved member of the Whitehall Rotary Club, everyone's favorite school bus driver, and a Whitehall resident everyone enjoyed. His obituary and services information will be released at a later date.... Full story

  • Peggy Wilson, 81

    Feb 14, 2024

    Peggy (Feil) Wilson, 81, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on February 6, 2024. Peggy was born on June 21, 1942, to John and Frieda Feil in North Dakota; she was the youngest of three children. She spent her childhood on a farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse, and going to community dances where her father would perform with his band. Peg would tell stories of falling asleep on piles of jackets as a young girl while her father entertained the dancers with his accordion. After graduating from... Full story

  • Thomas Roger Carr, 69

    Feb 14, 2024

    Due to congestive heart disease, Tom left us on December 8, 2023. He will be greatly missed by his friend and caregiver, Jackie Johnson, his siblings Carol Lorang of Great Falls, Jane (Jim) Forthun of Seeley Lake, Roxcee (John) Kountz of Whitehall, Bill (Debbie) Carr of Minnesota, Jim (Glenda) Carr of Whitefish, Cathy (Tim) Garrad of Billings, Karen (Zane) Huff of Billings and John Carr of Billings. Also his children Jessie Carr and Jacob Carr of South Carolina and many nieces and nephews and... Full story

  • Susan Eileen Stout

    Feb 7, 2024

    If you are reading this, then I am gone. If you knew me, doubtless you would not be surprised to learn I wrote it. I've always been one to appreciate the humor in any given situation. I've loved my years in Montana. I was not born or raised here but certainly should have been. I didn't come from California to change Montana into the place I left or to find things "wrong" with this state. I embraced Montana and appreciated being able to live here. My life has included lots of friends and a number of lively experiences, animals I have known and... Full story

  • Ronald James Hain, 88

    Feb 7, 2024

    In the early morning of January 21, 2024, our beloved Ronald "Ron" Hain passed away at his home. Ron was 88 years old, born in 1935 in Lisbon, North Dakota during the Depression. He was the fourth child of Winnifred and Lawrence Hain. Their family made the trek to Whitehall, Montana, searching for a job. Although Ron lost his father at an early age, the family continued in Whitehall and thrived. After high school graduation, Ron joined the Army and was stationed at Presidio in San Francisco, CA for two years. This is when he met the love of... Full story

  • Terrence Owen Wisner, 72

    Jan 31, 2024

    Terrence Owen Wisner, 72, passed away on January 21, 2024, at home in Green Valley, AZ. He was born in the fall of 1951 in Hastings, MI, and raised in Grand Rapids. Terry was the son of Ted Owen Wisner and Eleanor June Everse. Terry graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 1969 and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he developed a lifelong loyalty to the athletic program. Though he moved out of state, Terry wore maize and blue to watch televised Wolverines games and also cheered on the Detroit Lions through many... Full story

  • Bonnie Jean Smolik, 82

    Jan 31, 2024

    Bonnie Jean Smolik, age 82, passed away peacefully with her devoted husband by her side on January 19, 2024, at their home in Bozeman, MT. Bonnie was born October 19, 1941, in Winner, South Dakota to Martha and Rudy Paseka. Her early years of education were in a rural school near Wood, South Dakota and she graduated from high school in Hill City, South Dakota. She went on to attend the National College of Business in Rapid City where she earned an accounting degree. While working for the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, she met the love of her... Full story

  • Patricia Carroll Miller, 81

    Jan 31, 2024

    Patricia Carrol Miller passed away Monday, January 22nd, 2024, at the age of 81. She was surrounded by her family at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. She was often referred to as "Saint Pat" by her eldest son, and also Gramma Pat, Nana, Granny, and Grandma by the family. Patricia was born May 18th, 1942, in Bradford, Pennsylvania to James and Marguarite (Barnes) Gemmell. From the Keystone State, the family moved to San Fernando, California. Patricia graduated from San Fernando High School and attended beauty college. On Valentine's Day,... Full story

  • John Herman Ballard, 77

    Jan 24, 2024

    John Herman Ballard left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior on January 21, 2024. John came into this world on November 22, 1946, with his twin brother Bill Ballard. He was born in Whitehall, Montana, and was raised with his four siblings up the South Boulder and in the Cardwell Basin by Jack and Gladys Ballard. John had a great passion for horses and big rigs. As a grown man, he almost always owned a horse and loved to ride and hunt. When he needed to work, even though John certainly dabbled in policework for a moment and plenty of... Full story

  • Eugene (Gene) Harold Crain, 84

    Dec 20, 2023

    On December 8, 2023, Gene left his family to join his mother, father, and brother in Heaven. He was born to Harold and Lillian (Norbeck) Crain in Butte, Montana on May 12, 1939, joining his brother Donald. He attended school in Butte graduating from Butte High School in 1957. After a short term at Montana School of Mines, he left the family business to work at various companies doing welding and mechanic work. He was a master mechanic and journeyman welder. He later began his own business (EH Crain Welding and Repair) in Butte then moved to... Full story

  • Dr. Rodney A. James, 81

    Dec 13, 2023

    Dr. Rodney A. James (Rod) passed away on December 2, 2023, at home. He was born August 3, 1942, in Phoenix AZ, the son of Robert James and Stella Toeckes. Rod graduated from Helena High School, in the Class of 1961. Following graduation, he attended Montana State University where he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering. Rod married his wife Mary Lee in June of 1965. They celebrated 58 happy years in June. After Rod completed his PhD, he and Mary Lee moved to Whitehall where they have spent the last 52 years. Rod was dedicated to his wife and... Full story

  • Dave Wassam, 86

    Dec 13, 2023

    Dave Wassam, 86, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on December 3, 2023. Dave was born on June 1, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio, to Homer and Doris Wassam. He lived in Michigan, California, and Washington before moving to his beloved Montana in 1983. Dave was a jack of all trades and did his best at everything he tried. He drove a cement mixer, was a long-haul trucker, and finally, a plumber who owned and operated Dave's Plumbing for decades. Dave was, at heart, a true cowboy, an avid hunter, and loved the outdoors. Dave also served in the Army. He... Full story

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