Barbara Brandis, 75, of Thompson Falls, formerly of Surrey, England, passed away Nov. 22, 2012. She is survived by her three children Ann, Paul and Susan; two grandsons, Jacob and Nicholas; and sister, Paula Evans. A simple ceremony and scattering of ashes will be privately held by the family.
Don Mapes, 87, died Sunday evening, Nov. 18, 2012. He was born June 2, 1925 in Midland, Mich. to Oscar and Grace Mapes and attended Midland schools. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in World War II.
He married Arlene Heppner, also of Midland, March 15, 1945 and they raised four children. He worked at Dow Corning Corporation. When he retired in 1979, he and Arlene moved to Grayling, Mich. where they enjoyed gardening and traveling together. They moved to Thompson Falls, with their daughter, Linda McGraw, in 2002 and joined their three grandsons who had moved west a few years earlier. Don enjoyed going for coffee daily and chatting with friends. He also enjoyed watching Nascar races, and sitting on his porch swing watching deer.
Don is survived by his wife of 67 years, Arlene; a son Charles (Pam) Mapes of St. Ignace, Mich.; daughters, Daryl Scribner of Pipestone, Minn., and Linda McGraw of Thompson Falls; daughter-in-law, Jackie Mapes of Midland, Mich. He had 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by brothers, Douglas and Keith, both of Midland; sister, Glee Lions of Midland, and sister Mary Lewis of Coleman, Mich. He was preceded in death by son, Stephen V. Mapes; brother, Wilbur; and sisters, Ida, and Joan.
He was dearly loved and will be missed by his family. A family gathering is planned at a later time.
Richard Franke Bertram, 78, of Thompson Falls and formerly White Bear Lake, Minn., passed into Glory Nov. 17, 2012. Dick was born in India to parents Walter and Emilie (Franke) Bertram who were missionaries with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He remained true to the LCMS faith his entire life holding various positions of service in the church.
He spent his early years in India then traveled to the United States by ship to attend boarding school with his brothers Edward and John at Concordia in Fort Wayne, Ind. In high school Dick excelled due to his brilliant mind and was a star on the tennis courts. After graduating from Concordia High School he joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Key West, Fla., serving in the blimp corps. He also served his country proudly for many years in the Reserves as a radio operator on P2V aircraft. He attended the University of Minn. then went to work for the alarm company Electro Watchman, Inc. He met and married Marjorie Vadnis and through that union had six children. Dick worked for Electro Watchman Inc, for 40 years becoming CEO and co-owner with his then wife, Marjorie.
The family had a cabin “up north” in Minn. where they spent many happy days together hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and enjoying nature. He had an eagle eye and was an excellent hunter. Deer camp was a big deal for Dick, his brothers and friends. In 1991 he met and later married the love of his life, Judith, and made her every dream come true. After his retirement in 1997 they enjoyed traveling and spent their winters on South Padre Island, Tex. and the rest of the year in the beautiful north woods of Minn. Due to health challenges in 2007 they moved west to Montana and took up residence on Cougar Mountain Ranch to be close to family. He spent the rest of his days enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountain Northwest.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Emilie, sister Grace and step-son Albert. He is survived by his beloved wife Judith, sons; Robert (Christine), Brian (Joan), Steven and daughters: Barbara (Mike) Bowes, Carol (Edward) Gerlach, and Grace (Curtis) Back, step-sons: Seth Alexander, Adam (Chong) Alexander, Nick (Cassandra) Kersting and step-daughters; Judith Alexander and Evelyn (Glenn) Schenavar, 27 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and brothers; John (Gloria), Edward (Marilyn), Art, Allen, Bruce (Maryanne) and sisters; Karen Reek and Brenda (Chuck) Fredlund, numerous nieces, nephews and a plethora of friends.
Please join us to celebrate his life with a viewing Friday, Nov. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and funeral services, officiated by Pastor Duane Simonson LCMS, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2p.m. Both services will be held at St William Catholic Church in Thompson Falls.
We will miss you, true and humble servant!
Graveside services for Joseph S. Dyer IV will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Whitepine Cemetery between Thompson Falls and Trout Creek. A reception will follow at St. William Parish Hall in Thompson Falls.
A benefit account for his daughters, Savannah and Tabitha, is being established at First Security Bank. Donations may be made there for their future educational needs.
Floyd LeRoy “Bud” Derrickson, 87 died June 1, 2011 at his home in Eagle River, Alaska. Bette June (Shoemaker) Derrickson, 81 died Nov. 2, 2012 at her home in Eagle River. A memorial service will be held at Plains Cemetery in Plains at a later date.
Floyd was born February 29, 1924 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bette was born June 13, 1931 in Baker, Mont. Bud honorably served in the US Army during World War II. Floyd and Bette were united in marriage Sept. 13, 1947. The couple was self-employed for most of their lives until retiring in 1991 to Plains. They later moved to Post Falls, Idaho before moving to Eagle River, Alaska Dec. 5, 2010. They were devoted members of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, where they also volunteered with the Real Life Ministries Thrift Store.
The only thing Bud loved more than fishing was Bette, and a close second was fishing with his kids and grandkids. The only thing Bette did more than loving Bud was worrying about the trouble he was getting into.
Their family wrote: ‘Bud was young at heart, with a healthy sense of humor and a prankster streak up until the end. Bette had a capacity to tolerate Bud that couldn’t be matched. Her compassion and love of her friends and family made her the adopted mother and grandmother of many. Their friends and family will miss them at holidays, card parties and gatherings for years to come, but we know they are happy together, causing a ruckus in heaven!”
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Clifford Crismore, Eagle River, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Chris Derrickson, Minong, Wisc.; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jamie and Spring Tancre, Rathdrum, Idaho; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Michelle Crismore and Toby Valkenburg, Anchorage, Alaska; grandsons, Bryce and Brett Derrickson, Minong, Wisc.; and granddaughter, Brooklyn Derrickson, Minong, Wisc.; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bette is also survived by her sister, Faith Frank, Rathdrum, Idaho and her brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Ilene Shoemaker, Thompson Falls.
The couple is preceded in death by grandsons, Benjamin Derrickson and Jason Tancre.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in their name to Great Alaska Council- Boy Scouts of America, 3117 Patterson, Anchorage, AK 99504.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Alaska.
Charles R Franck, 77, of Missoula, passed away Nov. 7, 2012 at St. Patrick Hospital, of sepsis-pneumonia.
He was born Aug. 15, 1935 in Troy to Claud and RoseAnna Franck.
He lived with his family up Vermilion River, and attended school in Trout Creek.
Chuck loved the outdoors, and worked in the woods running machinery for many years.
He is survived by daughter Rosemary, of Washington; son, Charlie of Thompson Falls; two step-children and wife, Loretta Franck of Missoula.
Other survivors include five sisters and two brothers, seven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is being planned for Dec. 1 in Trout Creek.
Milton H. “Bud” Mosley, 74, passed away at home in Heron Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bud was born January 16, 1938 in Toombs County, Ga. to Jackson L. Mosley and Viola Boatright Mosley. Bud’s growing years were happily spent in the Rock Hill, S.C. and Southeast Georgia areas. He graduated from Rock Hill High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. Bud served his country honorably for eight years including considerable time in Special Operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era conflict. Bud met and married his wife, Diane Smith Mosley, in Miami, Fla. in 1981. Early in their marriage, they relocated to Port St. Lucie, Fla. where they spent many happy years. Bud was employed as a Nuclear Reactor Operator, and later as a Quality Control Auditor for Florida Power and Light Company at the St. Lucie Nuclear Plant, Hutchinson Island, Jensen Beach, Fla. He retired in 1993 after 23 years of service. In 1994, the family, including son Daniel, relocated to Heron. Bud truly loved life in the peaceful and beautiful Clark Fork River Valley, which he recognized as a true gift from God.
Bud attended Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel in Clark Fork, Idaho where he greatly enjoyed teaching children’s bible study with his wife Diane for many years. He served for many years on the Heron Rural Fire Dept. Board of Directors and greatly enjoyed participation in the Heron Players drama group, bringing many memorable characters to life over the years. Bud was a talented craftsman who enjoyed creating Western decorative art items and children’s wooden toys. Bud’s greatest love after God and family was flying his Cessna 175 in this incredibly beautiful mountainous area. Many of his life’s dreams were fulfilled living in Montana for which he was most grateful.
Bud was preceded in death by his natural parents, Jackson L. Mosley and Viola Boatright Mosley; his foster mother and father, Daniel and Minnie Walker; son, Mikele Lee Mosley; and daughter, Minnie Elizabeth Mosley. He is survived by his wife, Diane of Heron; son, Daniel J.P. Mosley of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter, Charri Mosley Walters of Medford, Ore.; daughter, Tina Mosley of Mt. View, Hawaii; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bud is also survived by his loving stepmother, Bonnie Mosley of Brunswick, Ga., along with sisters, Helen O’Neal of Tampa, Fla.; Joanna Solock, Brenda Howell and Judy Wallace of Brunswick, Ga.; brother, Philip S. Mosley of Brunswick, Ga., and many loving nieces and nephews. There will be a Life Celebration Memorial Service at Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel in Clark Fork, Idaho, Pastor Scott Douglas officiating, Saturday, Dec. 1. Time to be announced – check locally.
Memorials may be made to the Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel, 136 Calvary Way Clark Fork, ID 83811; Friends of Cathy, PO Box 4 Heron, MT 59844; or American Cancer Society Lodging Program, 3550 Mullan Rd Suite 103, Missoula, MT 59808.
Family and friends are invited to sign Bud’s online guestbook at coffeltfuneral.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.
Keith Loring Austin, 85, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, 2012, at 5 a.m. at Rexburg Care and Rehabilitation Center. Keith was born June 1, 1927 in Thompson Falls. Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Rexburg City Cemetery.
David Jonathan Conklin, 39, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. He was born May 5, 1973 in Pasco, Wash. and raised in Trout Creek. During his life David lived in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Colorado.
He leaves behind his daughter, Shaun Marie Keys; parents Rex and Darian Conklin of Trout Creek; siblings, Gina Noirot of Trout Creek, Benjamin Conklin (Nancy) of Selitz, Ore., Channah Wedel (Joe) of Arlington, Wash., and Elissao Rojas Conklin of Mexico, four nieces and three nephews.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald and Lillian Boyer and William and Phoebe Conklin. David was loved and is missed; the family looks forward to the soon return of Jesus and the promise of the resurrection. A Memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Trout Creek Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Joseph S. 'Bear' Dyer IV left this life behind him Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Sidney. He was born Oct. 30, 1977, at Plains to Joe and Ginny Dyer, joining his sister, Robin, at the family home in Thompson Falls. He was given his nickname, "Bear," by his parents as an infant and it stuck with him his entire life.
He was raised in Thompson Falls and attended schools there, graduating in 1996. He joined Boy Scouting as a Cub Scout and was active in high school. His high school involvements included band, choir, and Student Council. He was senior class secretary/treasurer. He was a volunteer Junior Firefighter with the Thompson Falls Rural Fire Department.
He has been an active member of St. William Parish Youth Group and made the journey to Denver, Colo., in 1993 to attend World Youth Day with His Holiness Pope John Paul II. He made his Cursillo at Camp Bighorn in 1995.
In the fall of 1996 he married Heather Fausett in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. They were blessed with their two daughters, Savannah Michelle in 1998 and Tabitha Aron in 1999. They were later divorced but shared custody and parenting of their girls.
Joe loved driving truck and had much experience as on OTR, freight driver, logging truck and eventually as an owner-operator.
He formed his own company, Joseph Dyer Trucking, realizing one of his dreams to work for himself, and was working in Sidney at the time of his death. He was extremely proud of achieving his first million safe miles and was well into his second. He also loved riding Harley Davidsons and had a deep affinity for wolves.
He must have inherited his mechanical abilities from his grandpa, Sandy, and his dad, Joe, as well as his special "uncle" Butch Millar. He had an uncanny ability to be able to make something from nothing and to make anything work.
He and his finance, Jeanette Hawley, began their life together in the spring of 2007. They shared their lives together with his two girls, their numerous feline friends, their five aquariums and their special dog, Bailey. The family was making plans for their future together.
Joe was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sandy Dyer and Helen and Hank Cookingham; his maternal grandparents, Daniel and Blanche Medvetz; uncle, Darrell Dyer; cousins, James and Brandi and his dear "uncle" Butch.
He is survived by his parents; his sister, Robin Dyer (Chuck Mashtare) of Spokane, Wash.; daughters, Savannah and Tabitha of Missoula; fiancée Jeanette Hawley of Missoula; aunts and uncles, Jon and Donna Dyer of Rathdrum, Idaho, Bonnie Dyer of Winifred, Linda and Jim O'Tremba of Billings, Dean and Gloria Cookingham, Leila and Tammy (Mike) Cookingham, all of Billings, Melody (Larry) Benefiet and Gladys (BJ) Pierce of Billings; numerous cousins and a multitude of dear friends.
Cremation has taken place and services are pending at this time.
Joe, you will never know the amazing impact you have had on your friends and family. Because we remember with love you will forever and ever live in our hearts. You are missed beyond measure.