Roy Dean Gilbert, 43
Roy Dean Gilbert,43, of Lolo was born Oct. 11, 1959, in Kalispell to Walter and Rose
(Shefferd) Gilbert. He passed away on June 8, 2003, after being involved in a motorcycle accident near Florence.
Roy was raised in Kalispell, attended Demersville School and graduated from Flathead High School in 1977. In 1980, Roy married Mary Heston, and in 1981, they had a son, Treavor. From the time Roy could walk, he went to the woods with his father who was a lifelong woods worker. Roy followed in his father’s footsteps and
was an avid outdoorsman and logger.
Through years of hard work, Roy formed a logging company called GW Logging with his lifelong friends, Orville Wise and Barry Smith. He was at his best with a fishing pole in his hand, boating and camping, riding his Harley, and goofing off with his son and friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his father, and best friend, Wally Gilbert, in 1993. He is survived by his mother, Rose Gilbert of Kalispell; his son and daughter-in-law, Treavor and Kristin Gilbert of Seattle; his sister and brother-in-law,
Debbie and Jim Thompson of Bigfork; half-brothers, Gary Gilbert of Kalispell, and Jay Gilbert; his half-sister, Gloria Gilbert of Kalispell; nieces and nephews, Frank Gilbert, Tia Yaryan, Jaine Thompson, TJ Thompson, Beth Smith and Jamie Karlan; and cousin Ron Profitt who was like a brother. He is also survived by many special friends, co workers, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Roy’s passing will leave a void in many people’s hearts, his presence and personality touched many people around him and he will always be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday June 13, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispell. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.
Helen ‘Carol’ Smith, 59
Galena, Alaska, resident Helen "Carol" Smith, 59, died in her sleep June 7, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska from colon cancer.
A small service for friends and family will at 2 p.m. Thursday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. in Anchorage. A second memorial service in Whitefish is pending.
Carol was born March 18, 1944, in Whitefish, to Maxine Lodinoff. Her stepfather of many years was Alex Lodinoff. She married James Smith in 1963, right after graduating from Whitefish High school. After four years of college in Superior, Wis., she and her husband spent 32 years serving education in Montana and Alaska. The family spent 21 years in Rudyard.
She moved with her husband to Galena in the summer of 1999 where she worked for the Galena City School District in the library.
Her family wrote, "Carol was a true angel in every way. She was a nurturing mother and loving daughter, who thrived on daily contact with her children. Her granddaughter, Trinidi, was the focus of these last eight years of her life and will carry her spirit into the future. In Carol's world, friends became family and these lasting adoptions used up all the time in her day. Her parents, children, and siblings were her fondest possessions. She had an extensive cookbook collection and was happiest when she was preparing meals for all her friends and family. Her kind heart and beautiful smile will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to share a moment with her. Knitting, cooking and spending time with her family were her favorite things to do."
She is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Jim; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Patti, all of Galena; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Ameer of Anchorage; and granddaughter, Trinidi of Anchorage; parents, Maxine and Alex Lodinoff; brother, Bubby; all of Whitefish; brothers, Bernie Robertson of Ranier, Wash., Bob Robertson of Havre; sisters, Penni Robertson of Havre, Debbie of Billings, and their families; sister-in-law, Shirley Devoe of Nova Scotia; father- and mother-in-law, Marjorie and Lloyd Brownell of San Francisco.
She was preceded in death by her natural father, Bill Robertson; and sisters, Carlene and Linda.
Thomas Albert Bennett, 83
Thomas Albert Bennett, 83, of Missoula, "went to be with the Lord and his beloved wife, Ruth" on June 11, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital due to complications of a long-term cardiac condition. He was born in Missoula on March 13, 1920, the youngest of six children. His parents, Thomas and Martha Bennett, emigrated here from England in 1914 and Sonny, as he was known by his family, was only the second member of his family born in the United States.
In 1937, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Hesselgesser, and they continued their love story for 60 years until her death in 1998.
Thomas is survived by his sons, Paul and Marlene of Chewelah, Wash., and Bruce and June of Whitefish; four grandchildren, Debby McConnell and Don of Virginia, John Bennett and Gayle of Colorado, and Matthew and Olivia Bennett of Whitefish; and two great-grandsons, Patrick and Sean McConnell of Virginia. He is also survived by numerous sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews on both the Bennett and Hesselgesser sides of the family.
Tom followed his father into service for the Northern Pacific railroad in 1940 and worked for 40 years as a machinist in the round house at Missoula. He also worked for two years in the refuel systems with Atlas Missiles.
He was a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Missoula. He was involved in many worthwhile causes and was a longterm member of the Masonic order and, along with his wife, volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
His greatest joys were his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and the days he spent fishing were some of his happiest.
Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; son, John A. Bennett; and his brother and four sisters.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 16, at Garden City Funeral Home, corner of Mullan Road and West Broadway, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 S. Sixth St. E., Missoula.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangments are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Frank Clyde Gregg
Frank Clyde Gregg, 77, died June 14, 2003, at Brendan House in Kalispell with his beloved brother by his side.
He was born May 25, 1926, in the Whitefish family home located at Third and Karrow.
He loved to reminisce about the "good old days"growing up in Whitefish.
Frank graduated from high school in 1944 and joined the Navy, serving for two years in the South Pacific. He saw the actual raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. He came home, and after working a few odd jobs, went to work for the Great Northern Railway as a clerk and railroad cop.
When he retired, he turned his love of the railroad and history in what became his true life work — saving and documenting the history of Whitefish. He was recently honored by the Chamber of Commerce as the first recipient of the "Great Whitefish Award" for a lifetime of service to Whitefish.
Frank was a member of the Order of the Moose, the American Legion, Big Brothers Big Sisters, president of the Stumptown Historical Society and author of two books, one on Colt 45s and the second on the history of the railroad in the Flathead from 1870 to 1904.
Frank is survived by his sister, Kathryn Mathews and her husband, Bill, and their children, Meredith and Gregg; his brother, Wesley and his children, Dewey, Myrtis, Joe, Dawn, Dana and Joan; numerous nieces and nephews, and a large number of boys and men whom he mentored and loved as his own.
Memorials may be given to the Stumptown Historical Society and will be used to start a scholarship in his name.
Please join us in a celebration of Frank's life at a ceremony to be held at the depot in Whitefish he helped to save at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.
LeRoy Brush, 63, of Miles City, formerly of Kalispell, passed away at his home in Miles City on June 16, 2003.
LeRoy was born on Aug. 26, 1939, in Miles City, the son of Melvin Clay and Hazel (Woodruff) Brush Sr. He grew up in Miles City, and on Nov. 14, 1959, he married Carol Madler and together they raised four children; Rick, Les, LeRoy Jr., and Kimberly.
In 1961, he began working construction until 1969 when the family moved to Kalispell. He owned and operated LeRoy and Sons Autobody from 1969 until 1990 when he began to sell fruit in Miles City and surrounding areas, including Forsyth, Baker and Lemmon, S.D.
LeRoy was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He looked forward to going to Arizona for the winters with his wife and most of all he loved his family and spending time with them.
LeRoy is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Brush of Miles City; his three children, his son, LeRoy Jr. and his wife, Teresa, and their children, Crystal, Justin, and Timothy Brush of Kalispell; his son, Les and his wife, Monica, of Parkersburg, W.Va., and their son, Eric and his wife, CeCe, and their children, Preston, William and Mickey of Parkersburg, and Mandy and her husband, Nathan Casto, and their daughter, Kaliegh; his daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Don, and their children, Samantha and the twins, Daniel and Danniell Enger of Kalispell; three brothers, Ervin and wife, Gail Brush, of Las Vegas, Melvin “Shorty” and wife, Judy Brush, and Joe and wife, Jane Brush, all of Miles City; two sisters, Louise and husband, John Baugate, of Miles City, and Joan and husband, Dan Myth, of Ellensburg, Wash.; and his sister-in-law, June Brush.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his son, Rick in 1978; his parents, Melvin and Hazel; two sisters, Carol Ann Moode, and Joyce Brackel; and his brother, George Brush.
Visitation will begin on today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services in Miles City will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at noon on Monday, June 23, at the Glacier Memorial Cemetery in Kalispell.
If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Shelley Cureau Cole, 44
Shelley Cureau Cole, 44, of Columbia Falls, died of a long battle with cancer Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at Brendan House in Kalispell.
She was born March 5, 1960, to John P. and Lucy Cureau in Atlanta, Ga. Shelley attended Libby High School and graduated in 1978. During high school she worked as a cook at Henry's in Libby, and after graduation, she worked for a short time at St. Regis Paper Company.
She attended Salish Kootenai College for her registered nursing degree. Following graduation she continued her profession at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center for about 13 years.
Shelley was an avid outdoors person, loving fishing, hunting, swimming, and also cooked for an outfitter in the Bob Marshall during vacation.
She loved music, cooking, sewing, artwork and gardening.
She is survived by her two daughters, Kelley and Sarah of Columbia Falls; her parents; four brothers, Carlton, Eric, Curtis and Paul; also several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls. A reception will follow the service at the North Valley Eagles in Columbia Falls.
Frank J. Dierman, 82
Frank J. Dierman, 82, died on Oct. 27, 2004, at Colonial Manor in Whitefish.
He was born to Peter H. and Blanche Dierman on Dec. 18, 1921, in Eureka, and lived his entire life there.
He spent his working years at various sawmills and his later years as a carpenter. Frank suffered a stroke in 1994 which confined him to a wheelchair. He loved to park in front of his home and greet the children walking home from school. He also loved hunting and fishing, and was an expert in tracing family histories from the early days of the valley.
Frank married Margie M. Troop in June of 1945, and from this union five children were born.
He is survived by his wife, Margie; and his children, Dennis L. Dierman and wife, Marilyn, Becky Evins and husband, Gary, Sam J. Dierman of Havre, M. Kate Dierman, and Frank J. Dierman Jr. and wife, Barbara. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Darby, Damon and Deanna Dierman, Gabe Evins, Kacey Josephson and Jessie Hall, Beau Dierman, Josh and Bailey Dierman, and Kayleen, Kris and Jason Sperry; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.
There will be no public service.
Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Eureka is handling arrangements.