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Christmas has come and gone and 2020 has arrived! While many new, wonderful memories have been made in 2019 and most are looking forward to what the new year will bring, it’s time to take a minute and remember those who will not be making memories with us in 2020, but gave us some of the best memories while they were here. 

This article not only remembers those lost, but also celebrates the life they shared with us. This may not be a complete list of all those who passed, but it is a listing of all those the Promoter knew about.

Sincere condolences to all who are grieving a loss and it is our sincere wish that 2020 is a year of happiness and good health for all.

January

Letha “June” Eide, 101, passed away Dec. 22, 2018.

Shawnee Rae Fowler, age 66, passed away Dec. 25, 2018.

Kenneth William “Bill” Boltz, 82, Dec. 30, 2018.

Robert William Parsell, Jan. 9, 2019.

Melvin Gail Linnell, 67, Jan. 16, 2019.

Eva Mary Geich Campanian, longtime Sweetgrass resident and co-owner of Bill’s Bar and the family-owned and still operating today business, the Glocca Morra, passed away at the age of 89 on Jan. 27, 2019.

February

Kathleen Marie (Stevenson) Barcus, age 84, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3.

Henry “Hank” E. Smith, 56, Feb. 10, 2019.

K. Wallace “Wally” Bradley, 86, Feb. 7, 2019.

Norma Jean Wood, 98, Feb. 7, 2019.

David Olson, 62, Feb. 8, 2019.

Sandra Bucher, 66, Feb. 15, 2019.

Rosalie Preputin, Feb. 25, 2019.

Theresa Diane Kimmet, 86, Feb. 26, 2019.

Ruth Hatch, 96, Feb. 27, 2019.

March

Beva Bingham, 100, March 13, 2019.

Mary Jean Reeser, 90, March 8, 2019.

Ina Ree Dreiling, 89, March 13, 2019.

Gayle Larson Moon, March 15, 2019.

Grace Ellen Nelson Harden, March 24, 2019.

Lyla Margaret Lingle, March 27, 2019.

April

Vivian Eldora (Spooner) Peters, longtime Toole County resident, was well-known far and wide for her and husband, Bud’s, association with the Montana Model T Association and setting up birdhouses all along the Marias River, passed away April 1, 2019.

Catherine Mae Evans, 73, passed away April 1, 2019.

Joyce Ann Edwards, 69, April 1, 2019.

Ruth M. Wright, 91, April 2, 2019.

Wilfred “Will” Gravelin, 61, April 5, 2019.

Peggy Ann Woodworth, 88, April 8, 2019.

Jerry Maxwell, 80, April 9, 2019.

   Jess Allred, 78, passed away April 15, 2019. Allred got his start in the newspaper printing business in Shelby after his sophomore year of high school and went on to work at the Great Falls Tribune and from there to lead several newspaper organizations.

Chanda Whitney, 51, passed away April 20, 2019.

Jeromy Wade Bryant, 43, April 22, 2019.

Richard Allen Moench, April 22, 2019.

May

Mary Adeline Rogers, 93, May 1, 2019.

Clella Rose Bykonen, May 3, 2019.

Judy Ann Baker Nelson, May 8, 2019.

Ruth Marie Meech, age 73, May 10, 2019.

June

Dennis Hemmer, 69, June 1, 2019.

Marvin Cook, 70, June 10, 2019.

Christian P. Hofer, 78, June 12, 2019.

Mary Ann Skeslien Welker, 73, June 11, 2019.

Connie (Voorhies) Marcum, 69, longtime Shelby resident, Elks and VFW Auxiliary member and caregiver, passed away June 21, 2019.

Sandra “Sandie” Schmidt, June 24, 2019.

Sheena Hutton, June 25, 2019.

Wayne Martin, June 25, 2019.

Randal Harshbarger, June 28, 2019.

Sam J. Ohanesian, 80, former Shelby Schools teacher and winner of the Montana Teacher of the Year award not once, but twice, passed away June 29, 2019.

July

Jules Henke Jr., July 7, 2019.

Harvey Moore, 85, July 11, 2019.

Jane Butkay, 88, July 16, 2019.

Bonnie Mae Whitt Aschim, lifelong North Toole County resident, farmer and rancher, passed away July 17, 2019.

Diane Joyce Evans, July 18, 2019.

Mitchell “Mitch” Kelly, 62, July 18, 2019.

Evelyn D. Aikin, 94, July 23, 2019.

James Galen Sletten, July 23, 2019.

Bruce Howard Taft, 72, lifelong farmer and resident of Shelby and Devon, passed away July 28, 2019.

Clara Kalgaard Skeslien, 102, July 31, 2019.

August

Mavis Farnham, 71, Aug. 13, 2019.

Pamela Porter, 90, Aug. 13, 2019.

Duane Byron “Skip” Zorn, 78, Aug. 28, 2019.

Deborah (Wells) Ballantyne, Aug. 28, 2019.

Stanley “Barney” Borninkhof, Vietnam veteran awarded three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with Valor, passed away Aug. 28, 2019.

Dorothy “Dottie” Moss, 77, Aug. 30, 2019.

September

Edward A. Goodan, 83, longtime Shelby resident and math teacher, passed away Sept. 3, 2019.

Gerald “Jerry” Larson, 72, Sept. 17, 2019.

Ron Bealer, 61, Sept. 23, 2019.

October

John Roland Harper, Oct. 3, 2019.

Curt Skeslien, Oct. 16, 2019.

Monte Lerum, 75, longtime rancher and Toole County resident, passed away Oct. 20, 2019.

Jeannine Atkins, longtime area farm wife and active Baptist Church member, passed away Oct. 27, 2019.

November

Carol Rae Mundt, 71, longtime Shelby resident involved in many different organizations and the Lutheran Church, passed away Nov. 1, 2019.

Evelyn Jean (Kingston) Johnson, Nov. 1, 2019.

Phillip Don Benjamin, 42, Nov. 3, 2019.

James H. “Bert” Rogers, Nov. 7, 2019.

Betty Mae (Flesch, Fauque) Snyder, 85, Nov. 9, 2019.

Gerald Joseph Habets, 100, the “Man of Steel,” passed away Nov. 16, 2019.

Blaze Adam Flesch, 57, longtime Shelby resident, lover of summer ice cream socials and famous for his Fourth of July backyard barbecues, passed away Nov. 21, 2019.

December

Lester Earl Nevins, longtime Shelby resident best known for his dedication to the Tri-County Shrine Club and Corvette Patrol and the children it serves, passed away on Dec. 1, 2019.

Ronald Dale Sonju, 65, Dec. 2, 2019.

Dolores Whitt, 87, Dec. 3, 2019.

Diane Fauque, beloved Sunburst teacher, passed away Dec. 4, 2019.

Arthur L. Erickson, owner of Erickson’s Store and Postmaster for over 25 years in Ethridge, passed away Dec. 13, 2019.

Laverne Atchison Kavanagh, 80, wife of Promoter publisher emeritus John Kavanagh, realtor, worldwide traveler and skier, passed away Dec. 15, 2019.

Harvey Hawbaker, a dedicated Shelby Coyote who selflessly gave to the community for decades, an icon recently commemorated with “Hawbaker Court,” passed away Dec. 21, 2019.

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