Swan Songs - March 2009
Cynthia Jane “Janie” Morigeau
Cynthia Jane “Janie” Morigeau, 64, of Greenough passed away at St. Patrick Hospital on Thursday, February 26, 2009.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 7 at 2pm at the House at Bethany, 2415 Arcadia Drive in Missoula, followed by a potluck reception. A complete obituary will follow.

Robert Peter Joseph Rogers
Robert Peter Joseph Rogers, 62, of Seeley Lake and Dixon, better known to his friends as “Ace”, left us on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 near Seeley Lake, when his car went off the road in icy conditions.
Ace was born in Amarillo, Texas, the fifth of six children of Walter E. and Catherine R. Rogers of Pampa, Texas. His parents allowed his older siblings to give him his three names.
When he was four, his father was elected to Congress and the family moved to Washington, DC, where he later graduated from St. John’s College High School. His teachers didn’t believe he was university material but he proved them wrong by attending Cranwell Prep in Lenox, Massachusetts and Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, where he was a founding member of the crew team and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelors of English. He also completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of Montana.
Ace was a man of many talents. He worked as a substitute teacher, a process server for the US Marshals Service and an interviewer for a bail agency, a crewman on a sailboat, a forester, and he owned several bike shops. The porches of these shops, along with yearly rainbow gatherings, the internet, and all gatherings with family and friends served as occasions for deep thought about the state of the world and political discussion. He was a force with a brilliant mind and a warm heart…he was one of the few who truly understood how the world works.
In his youth he participated in many cycling events (a life long passion), summited Mount Rainier, and sailed across the Gulf of Mexico on a boat that was pirated the first day out of port. When he graduated the U of M, he loaded up his two youngest sons and drove through the US, and Mexico to reach Belize where he completed a forestry internship. He then returned through Guatemala and back up through Mexico. A daunting achievement for any one. To do this, accompanied by a nine and an eleven year old is a testament to his will power.
At one point, while hiking along in the deep woods far off trail, he fell and broke his leg in a compound fracture. He was wearing only hiking boots, shorts and a T-shirt, and was unable to stand or walk. Over a period of two days he had to scoot backwards, inches at a time, for several miles in a sitting position until he could get back to the trail and get help. At night, he would tear strips off of his T-shirt to start a fire to keep animals away. Ace was never a hero about any of this and always said “stuff just happens”. This was just one of life’s many harsh lessons. Instead of having his spirit broken, these made him a bigger man.
Ace was a leader and advocate to the land and the people. He was deeply spiritual. He helped those close to him see themselves with fuller vision and encouraged them to move toward their dreams and educate themselves…He supported and facilitated the education of his children and extended family. He generously and without hesitation helped his family and friends. He made us feel safe.
He is greatly missed by his wife Alexandra Wolf, his stepson Schandor Wolf, his children Holt and Cheyenne Rogers of Missoula, Gavin Rogers of Westfield, NJ, Jenny Hancock of Sisters, OR. His son, Cedar, passed 5 years ago. He also leaves his brothers, John Rogers of NY, NY, Walter Rogers of Naples, FL, Tom Rogers of Arlington, VA and his sisters, Susan Healey of Chevy Chase, MD and M.C. Rogers of Ft. Myers, FL. His many friends and beloved pets will also miss him dearly.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 2pm at his home at 115 Revais Creek Road, Dixon, MT.

Kenneth L. “Ken-Dog” Miller
Kenneth L. “Ken-Dog” Miller, 55, passed on Friday, March 13th at Kalispell Regional Hospital.
Born to Clifford & Leah (Foss) Miller on Nov. 21, 1953 in Lewistown, MT, he was raised in Lewistown and graduated from High School there.
Following his graduation he worked on the oil rigs and hauled oil waste. He was also a UPS driver based out of Missoula and at the mill in Missoula and eventually put his master carpentry skills to use in his contracting business, Grizzly Construction.
Kenny was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed by his family and his true friends.
Ken-Dog enjoyed the outdoors. If he wasn’t fishing, he was hunting or hiking. He enjoyed camping and was an avid river rafter living on the North and South Fork of the Flathead. It was his favorite thing to do.
He was also proud to be a member of the Dream Team on Big Mountain which taught the handicapped to ski. He also had the chance to star in a commercial and enjoyed being called the new nickname of “Hollywood Miller”.
He is survived by his wife Michelle of the family home; a daughter Makenzie Miller; step children Angela Phillips, Aria Haliday and her children Nora & Adam, Jamie Haliday, Jeffery Hughes and Cole Milne-Jones; his parents Clifford & Leah Miller of Lolo, MT; sisters Janet Granthum and her children Lea & Roxanne of Maui, HI, Cathy Miller of Lolo, MT and Debbie West of Leavenworth, WA and a brother James Miller of Missoula as well as many close friends and extended family members.
As per his request a Celebration of His Life was held at the family home in Bigfork, MT on March 21, 2009.

Melanie Lee Vestre Stone
Melanie Lee Vestre Stone, 51, of Seeley Lake, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009 at home from complications of pneumonia.
Melanie was born May 31, 1957 in Kalispell, MT to Melvin and Emma Vestre. She grew up on the family farm near Lake Blaine. Melanie attended Kayuse Prairie School in Lake Blaine and then attended Flathead High School in Kalispell.
After high school she opened her own nail salon and continued the business for many years. Melanie won awards and had articles written on the wonderful service that she provided for her clients.
On August 22, 2002 Melanie married Spike Stone at the Kalispell Nursing Home in the presence of her father Melvin whom was very sick at the time. It meant the world to all that this union came to be in the presence of her father.
Melanie enjoyed everything outdoors, including camping, fishing, hunting, picking rocks and just enjoying the nature with her life partner, Spike.
Her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren. The days she spent indoors you could find her reading her Womens Devotional Bible, sewing or doing nails.
Melanie was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother and had 2 very special "girls" (her dogs Prissy and Sassy) that were her life.
She was preceded in death by her father Melvin. Survivors include her husband Spike, mother Emma, daughters Rochelle and Angela (Daniel), son AJ (Andrea), brother Rod, sister Jackie, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, 6 grandchildren and many dear friends.
Services will be held Thursday March 19, 2009 at 2 pm at the Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church with Pastor Louis Stoker officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be AJ, Rod, Coop, Don, Tom, Roy and Stuart.
There will be a luncheon held at the church after the service. We welcome you to come and celebrate Melanie's wonderful life.

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