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In Loving Memory / David K. Petersen
« Last post by Gary Baker on October 12, 2019, 12:16:33 PM »
David Kenneth Petersen, 57, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Orcutt, California, leaving his family heartbroken but with many cherished memories.  David was born on November 17, 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin to Donald and Mary Petersen.  Though the family lived in several states, most of David’s childhood and school years were spent in La Crescenta, CA.  He enjoyed playing baseball and looked forward every year to summer vacations in Montana.  Following high school graduation from Crescenta Valley High in 1980, David joined the Marines and after serving four years honorably, earned his Degree of Bachelor of Technology in Electronics from Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern) in 1986.  David eventually settled in Orcutt.  Shortly thereafter, his daughter Samantha was born in 1991.
 
David worked as an electrical engineer in Sustainment Engineering and later Flight Safety Engineering.  During his time as a sustainment engineer he was responsible for various projects to upgrade and improve launch support sites at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  His career as a Flight Safety Engineer involved work on airborne Range Safety Systems for Minuteman, SpaceX, Atlas, Titan, and various other launch programs at Vandenberg AFB.  His Flight Safety work supported the 30th Space Wing Range Safety mission.  David’s dedicated career spanned ITT Industries, Northrop Grumman, InDyne, and Craig Technologies as the Range Contract was re-awarded to multiple companies over the years.  His title was Systems Analyst Principal.
 
David had a huge heart and unwavering love for his daughter, entire family, and friends, as well as a lifelong love of Montana.  David always considered Montana home.  Indeed he had planned to retire in the near future and move back to Montana permanently to enjoy more time fishing and camping in Yellowstone and Glacier, but most of all, to be closer to family and the original family homestead which was most important to him. 
 
We will be bringing David home to be forever a part of the land he loved so much.
 
David is survived by his beautiful and loving daughter Samantha Noel, parents, Donald Haines Petersen (Theresa) and Mary Ramona Petersen, sisters, Kathleen Petersen Schaefers, Andie Petersen Moore, and Jennifer Petersen, eight nieces, Drew (Brock), Danni, Destinee (Anthony), Devon, Delaney, Dale, Dylan, and Davis, great nephew and nieces, Rhys, Coco and Daphne, wonderful aunts, uncles, many close cousins and extended family, all of whom will miss him dearly.
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In Loving Memory / W. Lee Baker
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 31, 2019, 05:19:41 PM »
W. Lee baker, 87, of Punta Gorda, Florida passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

He was born in Lustre, Montana on his grandparents Ranch.  After graduating from high school in Lewistown, MT, he attended Montana State University for a year.  He then enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany.  Following that he began his career as an Industrial Engineer in hte aerospace industry at Rohr Aircraft Co. in San Diego and Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. in Sunnyvale, CA.

He returned to Lewistown as owner/manager of the Trails End Motel for ten years.  During that time he was very involved with aviation issues regarding Federal reduction of Flight Service Stations and the deregulation of the airlines and the effects they would have on Montana.

In 1983 he moved to the East Coast where he returned to his career as an Industrial Engineer working with computer systems at Martin-Marietta in Maryland and as a consultant at Arde, Inc. in New Jersey.

1997 Lee and Carole retired and moved to Punta Gorda.  Lee enjoyed flying his airplane, skiing, sailing, golf, and driving fast cars.  He also enjoyed inviting friends over for sourdough waffles and sticky buns.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Carole; sons Brett (Karen), and Brian (Heather); grandchildren Sara, Mark, Colin, and Olivia; brother Gary (Pat); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Per family tradition, his ashes will be scattered at the family homestead in Clancy, MT at the annual family reunion.
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In Loving Memory / Helen Louise Rose
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 07, 2019, 01:20:22 PM »
HELEN LOUISE ROSE Helen Louise Rose, age 90, died November 11, 2018. She was born in Helena, Montana September 10, 1928 to Jesse E. Haines and Minnie Haines. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Harry, and her twin brothers, Ted and Ed Haines. She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Rose-Wever (Larry), grand-daughter Emily Wever (Rob) and great grand-children Maxon and Samantha Edens. The family moved to California in 1935 due to her father's employment with the Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields Company. Louise remembered the good times she had living in the dredge camp in Snelling, CA. In 1939, the company transferred her father to Durham, to work on the dredge at the Marybill Ranch on Butte Creek. The family decided to settle permanently in Durham, purchasing land on Hanlon Road. The Haines family operated a dairy ranch there for the next 45 years. Louise enjoyed living in Durham, and was active in many school activities, attending dances and basketball games with close friends. She was a good volleyball player and still had a strong arm well into her 80's. She married Harry Rose in 1947, and worked at Chico Pharmacy, and then at the W.T. Grant store in Chico. She became a full time homemaker in her late 20's. During that time, she developed a strong interest in ceramics, first as a hobby and later as a business. She and Harry with Jim and Betty Abbay opened Abbay Ceramics, and later, opened their own ceramic shop, Adobe Ceramics. She was skilled at china painting, especially porcelain bird figures. Her daughter and son-in-law enjoy them to this day. Louise was a devoted gardener, and always maintained a beautiful garden, even when gophers forced her to plant her beloved succulent and cactus in pots. Louise loved to travel, and she and Harry took numerous trips to Alaska, Hong Kong, the Eastern Sea-board, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, often traveling with their close friends, Bud and Maxine Hubbard. Louise was an avid reader and passed that love onto her daughter, along with her love of gardening. She also excelled in the arts of crocheting and sewing, and made most of her daughter's clothes through-out her junior high and high school years. Both Louise and Harry were long standing members of Trinity United Methodist Church and served on many church committees. Louise was very active in the United Women's Methodist group and had a special focus and interest in Methodist mission work. She also felt strongly about alcohol abuse, and was a board member of the local branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. During the time her daughter was going through the line in Job's Daughters, Bethel 326, she served as Bethel Guardian. In memory of Louise's love and affection for rescue dogs and cats, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the animal welfare organization of your choice. At her request, Louise's ashes will be scattered on the Haines family homestead in Montana.
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In Loving Memory / H. Joann Neidhardt
« Last post by Gary Baker on June 18, 2017, 04:13:24 PM »
On Tuesday May 30th, a beautiful, warm sunny day, H. Joann Neidhardt left this world for her next adventure.
Joann was born in Helena, MT on Feb. 13th, 1928, the first child of Emil and Helen Petersen, followed by Kenny, Don, Karen, Lois, Duane, and Linda.

Joann had a happy life that led her from Helena to Conrad to Cut Bank where she met and married the love of her life, Hank Neidhardt, on June 30th, 1950. Marriage brought three step-children to her new family, Jerry, Brian and Marilyn. Later, Joann and Hank had three more children, Dana, Sheila, and Paul. They took many family camping vacations, fishing, and hunting trips, and weekends at their cabin; these were some of her happiest times. Her later years were quieter and she missed Hank terribly after his death in 2006 but she lived fiercely independently, in her own home, to the end.

A favorite part of her childhood was living in Conrad where she and brothers Kenny and Don roamed free during the week when her Daddy was working out of town. They swam in irrigation ditches, and had lots of fun climbing sugar beet piles in the late summer (she said that sugar beets taste awful) and running from the authorities when they got caught. She enjoyed spending time with her cousin Shirley at the Kelly ranch east of Augusta during the summers and had many stories about her Uncle John Kelly. Joann was proud of serving in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. She loved reading, the annual family reunions at the Homestead near Clancy, MT, the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman every summer, driving around to look at Christmas lights, and taking the road less traveled just to see where it went. Joann loved the history and had extensive knowledge of the Cut Bank area and the people who lived there.

Joann’s last family adventure was to her much-loved cabin for the Memorial Day weekend which was a good one up to Sunday morning when she suffered a stroke which proved too much for her tired body to handle. During the last, fast trip to KRMC, she was still commenting on the mountains and river scenery.
Keeping her sense of humor to the end, when the nurses at KRMC asked her when everything started and what happened, she replied, “I got old!”

Joann died calmly and peacefully with two of her children, Sheila and Paul, by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and best friend Kenny, siblings Duane and Lois, and by her husband Hank. She is survived by her children, Dana (Patty), Sheila, and Paul (Karen), and her beloved cats, Tiger, L.C., and Gracie.

Darlington Cremation and Burial Service is caring for Joann's family. A memorial service in Cut Bank will be held in the fall. In lieu of flowers, Joann would have loved donations to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, or to your local animal shelter or food bank.

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In Loving Memory / Diane Barker Gillingham
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 30, 2016, 04:23:20 PM »


  Diane Lynne Gillingham, died Jan. 22, 2016 after a three-
year battle with cancer.  Like so many in the early 40's,
Diane's parents, Charles W. Barker and Lois A, (Haines)
Barker, moved from Montana to work in the shipyards. 
Diane was born in Vancouver, WA on June 1, 1943.  She
attended John Rogers Elementary, Lewis Junior High, and
Hudson's Bay High, graduating with the class of 1961.
     Diane married Don B. Gillingham on Dec 1, 1961.
     She was very active in her children's school activities and
volunteered at grade school level to tutor children in the
HOSTS reading program.
     Diane joined a Bunco group and was a member for
50 years.  In retirement, she enjoyed activities with her
Red Hat Society friends, and also extensive travel.

     Family was very important to Diane,
and she worked hard to be supportive of all.

     Diane is survived by her husband of 54 years, Don:
two sons, Greg (Kelli) and Scott (Cindy): One daughter,
Jodie Rogers (Jay); eight grandchildren, Nick (Emily Rosae),
Alexis, Jamie, Ben, Ian, Emily, Jake, and Jack; two sisters,
Sue Krygier and Betsy Maynard; several nieces and
nephews; and many close friends.
    Diane's parents, and older brother Jim, preceded her in
death
    A funeral service will be held at Evergreen Memorial
Gardens Mon., Feb 8th at 3:00 p.m., followed by a
reception at Club Green Meadows.
     In place of flowers, donations to ALS Evergreen Chapter @
www.webwa.alsa.org, Special Olympics @ www.specialolympicswashington.org,
or your favorite charity is appreciated.
     Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

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What's New / 2015 Financial Report
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 26, 2016, 07:48:17 PM »
The 2015 Homestead Financial Report has been uploaded to the website.  It's accessible from the Company section.  E-mail me if you need the password.
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In Loving Memory / Michael L. Stanley
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 05, 2016, 03:28:28 PM »
Michael “Mike” Lane Stanley, 51, of Smelterville, Idaho, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 18, 2014 at his home of Smelterville. He was born July 12, 1963 in Lewistown, Montana; Mike was the son of John and Vicki (Lucero) Stanley.

Mike attended and graduated from the Grass Range High School of Grass Range, Montana in 1983.

Mike moved to the Silver Valley in 1990 from Montana. He had worked in the mill at the Galena Mine.

Mike enjoyed spending his free time four-wheeling, traveling, and collecting die-cast model cars. He loved most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Mike is survived by two daughters; Karlee Stanley (Chad Weeks) of Page, Idaho and Megan Stanley, of Smelterville; two granddaughters Maddie Jo and Hudson Grace, a baby girl on the way; his mother Vicki Johnson, of Kellogg, Idaho; two sisters Thea (Bill) Jackson, of Pinehurst and Annie (Floyd) Hasler, of Lewistown, Montana; two brothers Larry (Maria) Stanley, of Gilbert, Arizona and Jason Stanley, of Lewistown, Montana. Mike is also survived by his nieces and nephews Zane Jackson, Justin Stanley, Josh Stanley, Dominique Briseno and Azela Briseno. Mike was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 P.M at the Cloyd Funeral Home of Lewistown, Montana.

SHOSHONE FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORY KELLOGG, IDAHO is entrusted with funeral arrangements.A
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In Loving Memory / Vicki B. Johnson
« Last post by Gary Baker on January 05, 2016, 02:03:20 PM »

Vicki B. Johnson, 77, of Kellogg, Idaho passed away January 1, 2016 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho. Vicki was born October 20, 1938 in Helena, Montana. She was the daughter of Victor and Le Jeune (Shelley) Sweeney. From early childhood she was raised by the Louis and Bennie Baker family.

Vicki grew up and attended school in Lewistown, Montana. She moved to the Silver Valley from Lewistown in 1992. She worked as a housekeeper at a retirement home and also had spent time working as a waitress and cashier.

Vicki married John Stanley in 1961 and together they raised five children, Larry, Mike, Thea, Jason and her niece, Ann. They later divorced. She married Kenny Johnson in 1977.

In earlier years Vicki loved living in the outdoors with her husband Kenny. She later enjoyed watching TV, reading and being with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Eagle’s Auxiliary Club.

Vicki is survived by her three children, Larry (Maria) Stanley of Gilbert, Arizona, Thea (Bill) Jackson of Pinehurst, Idaho, and Jason Stanley of Lewistown, Montana; niece Ann (Floyd) Hasler of Lewistown, Montana; one sister, Susan Davy of Missoula, Montana; nine grandchildren, Justin and Joshua Stanley and Zachary Boncella, Karlee and Megan Stanley, Curtis and Zane Jackson, and Dominique and Azalea Basiro. She is also survived by five great grandchildren. Vicki is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her son Michael Stanley, her brother Scott Lucero and her sister Shelly Lucero.

Vicki’s strong personality and outspoken nature will be missed. While she always had the right to remain silent, she often lacked the ability.
 
Cremation will take place and private family services at the family homestead in Clancy, Montana are planned for a later date.

One may sign Vicki’s online guest book at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com

SHOSHONE FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORY KELLOGG, IDAHO is entrusted with funeral arrangements.                                     
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What's New / 2015 Reunion Photos
« Last post by Gary Baker on July 26, 2015, 02:54:54 PM »
The 2015 reunion photos are available for your perusal in the photo gallery.  Thank you to all who provided pictures!
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What's New / 2015 Business Meeting Minutes
« Last post by Gary Baker on July 09, 2015, 04:01:47 PM »
The 2015 minutes have been put on the Company page of the website.  It's password protected, so e-mail me if you need the password.
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