Swan Songs - August 2009
Jean (Reithmeier) Paul
Jean (Reithmeier) Paul, age 78, passed away July 31st, 2009 in Kalispell, MT.
Jean was born in Kansas City, KS on January 9th, 1931.
Jean is survived by her husband Robert (Rip) Paul, her daughters Janice (Dwight) Glenn & Kathy Wood, her stepsons Robert (Linda) Paul, Edward Paul, Fredrick Paul & Joseph Paul, her grandchildren Brian & Eric Glenn, Jamie & David Wood, and great-grandchildren Dakota, Kilty, Tucker & Kaylise and many other family members who cared about her deeply.
Cremation has taken place and her memorial service will be at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home in Kalispell on Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 1:00pm.

Marvin Lee Hayes: A Life Story
Marvin Lee Hayes, 87, went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 18, 2009 at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Missouri.
Marvin was born on March 28, 1922 in Murrayville, Illinois and he grew up on a farm near Whitehall, Illinois. He was the second of six children born to Charles and Charlotte Blackford Hayes.
After several attempts to join the Navy when he was under age, Marvin enlisted in the Navy on April 19, 1941. Marvin served in the Pacific campaign during World War II, first as a fireman and then as a radioman on various ships, including the USS Enterprise. His favorite post during the war was Bora Bora, near Tahiti in the south Pacific.
After the war, while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station north of Chicago, Marvin met the love of his life, Betty Ellison. They went on a blind date to the circus. After a relatively short courtship, Marvin and Betty were married on May 20, 1950 in Waukegan, Illinois.
During the twenty years that Marvin was in the Navy, he spent a lot of time away from home serving our country. While Marvin was at sea, Betty returned home to central Wisconsin for the births of their first two sons. David Lee was born on March 24, 1951 and Mark Leslie was born on Marvin’s birthday in 1953.
In 1954, Marvin was transferred to the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where his only daughter, Lisa Lynn, was born on May 18, 1956.
In the fall of 1956, Marvin was transferred to Bainbridge, Maryland and his youngest son, Christopher Charles, was born on April 30, 1959.
Marvin rose to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, and later was offered the chance to become a commissioned officer. Believing that the Lord was leading him to spend more time with his family and also go to college, Marvin chose to retire from the Navy on June 1, 1961, with 20 years of full-time service. However, Marvin continued to serve in the Naval Reserve for another 10 years after the family relocated to Normal, Illinois.
After retiring from the Navy, Marvin attended Illinois State University on the GI bill. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1964 and a Master’s degree in psychology in 1965.
Upon his graduation, Marvin accepted a job with the Waukegan, Illinois Public School District as a school psychologist. In his new job, Marvin truly believed in giving back as much as he could to make a difference in the lives of the students he advised and counseled.
Marvin received several rewards for his outstanding work, but in June 1983, he decided to retire after 18 years of service. Marvin and Betty started a new adventure–moving to a brand new mountain home in Seeley Lake, Montana, just two hours south of Glacier National Park.
One of Marvin’s life missions was to serve the Lord as faithfully as possible. After leaving Cuba, he was an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Bainbridge, Maryland and Vale Street Baptist Church in Bloomington, Illinois. Marvin also served the Lord for many years at Lewis Ave. Baptist Church in Waukegan, Illinois, and First Baptist Church in Missoula, Montana. Later, Marvin and Betty were charter members of a new church, Missoula Southern Baptist Church.
In all the years that he faithfully attended church, Marvin was always willing to give his time and use his talents to help the church by serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and church treasurer. While in Missoula, he spent literally thousands of hours helping build a new sanctuary for his church. It was typical for the Hayes family to be the first to arrive and the last to depart at church each Sunday as Marvin had accepted the responsibility of unlocking and locking the church each week.
When Betty’s health required relocation to a larger city, Marvin and Betty moved to Foxwood Springs in February 2003 to be closer to family and health facilities. Like all the places he had lived before, Marvin quickly adapted to his new life and he began looking for ways to help others. He never met a stranger and enjoyed greeting people with a smile and a hello. He was given the nickname, “The Candy Man”, for his generous handing out of lots of candy and gum to the staff at Foxwood Springs.
Throughout his entire life, Marvin devoted himself to serving God, country, family, and people. Every day, he strived to live a life that exemplified his faith in Jesus Christ as a witness to others.
He will be missed by his family, including his devoted wife of 59 years, his four children, his six grandchildren: Chris, Alex, Christina, Sarah, Ben, and Hannah, and his lone surviving sibling, Earl Hayes, of Ledyard, Connecticut. However, the family knows that his spirit will live forever in the hearts of those who will always love him, and that our Lord welcomed him to heaven with “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Cynthia Marie Kobylenski
Our beloved Cynthia Marie Kobylenski passed away Sunday August 9th. How does one begin to describe the life force of Cindy? To begin, Cindy was born May 30, 1957 in Riverhead, New York to Helen and Frank Ruskowski.
She attended NYU Polytechnic in Brooklyn where she received her masters in electrical engineering. Her degree culminated into a job at Hazelteen Corporation where she was an aeronautical antenna development engineer and taught as an adjunct professor at NYU Poly for electrical engineering.
Cindy lived and worked in New York until she and her future husband Len, married on May 10, 1986. After their wedding, Cindy moved to Montana where they grew with great flourish and ingenuity, Mission Mountains Mercantile.
Through the store, Cindy’s cooking and creative genius soared, bringing delicacies previously unknown to the valley. After building the successful Mercantile, Len and Cindy started Swan River Valley Real Estate which expanded across western Montana.
Her love for children and the community was exhibited through her dedication to Swan Valley Elementary where she served as a School Board Trustee for ten years, a track and soccer coach and a devoted mother.
Life for Cindy was made even better by obsessive downhill skiing, boasting 1,200,000 vertical feet just this last year at Big Mountain with her other ski bums. She was a pedal to the metal wave-runner, avid snow-mobiler and a gourmet chef who loved entertaining.
Cindy’s love for life extended to all of her family and friends for whom she would donate time and her vast energy and love. Most of all, however, she prided herself in being the number one fan of her children.
She is survived by husband Len Kobylenski, daughter Basia and son Lenny, both current students at MSU; parents Helen and Frank Ruskowski, siblings Frank and Susan, and Len’s parents Leonard I. and Anelia.
There will be a Funeral Mass on Saturday, August 15 at 11am at Our Lady of Swan Valley. Following shortly after the service there will be a celebration of Cindy’s life at Tori and Ronnie Matthew’s residence. For more information please contact Dawn Bishop at 754-2444 or Lucinda Heekin at 754-2448.
Donations may be made in Cindy's name to the Condon QRU.

Rodney Jacob (Jake) Loudon
My dearest son Rodney Jacob Loudon (Jake) died June 25, 2009 in Seeley Lake, MT at the age of 18. He was riding his bicycle on Hwy. 83 and was struck by a pickup truck.
Born in 1991, Jake spent his early years in Oregon and loved the summers spent in Montana with his Aunts and Uncles.
The past four years Jake lived in Seeley Lake with his grandmother Liz and sister Hailey, graduating from Seeley Swan High School the spring of 2009. Jake went out for most sports but his true love was baseball.
Montana was a great place for the self proclaimed "Red Neck." Two years ago he was lucky enough to get a 5pt. Bull Elk. He loved to fish, hunt and drive around the back country roads listening to music with his many friends.
Jake's friends came from all walks of life. He will surely be missed by many whose lives he touched.
His heart was a mixture of butter and iron, and he was one of the most sensitive men we ever knew. A true friend.
I've never seen or heard of better friends than Jake had. These young people can be so proud of themselves for making a mother see what special children she has.
They say it takes a Village to raise a child. To the Village of Seeley Lake I'd like to say "Thank You" for the love and kindness you showed Jake the past years of his life and the beautiful cross placed on the Hwy. by his loving friends.
Yes, he was taken from us way too soon, but God must have had something in mind for him.
Hailey coordinated an emotional Celebration of Jake's Life at the home of Mark and Laurie Darrow the 4th of July, a favorite holiday of his. Thank you for all who made that day so special.
Jake was very proud of his Pioneer Heritage with families dating back to 1845 in Oregon and to 1870 in Montana. He even had family members who pushed handcarts to Utah. Jake was a member of the Church of the Latter-day Saints in Seeley Lake.
He is missed by his family and friends from all over: mother Jeri of Oregon, Grandmother Liz Loudon, best friend and sister Hailey Louden, Aunt Margaret Ogg Phelps and Uncle Bud Phelps all of Seeley Lake, as well as many other numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews in Oregon and Montana.
Jake is also survived by his 100lb. companion dog, Leroy, who is now in the loving care of his dear friend Tim Pratt. Jake was very close to the Pratt Family and our many thanks to them for their care and help to our entire family. Special thank you to Shelby and son Scott, Becky and son Brandon and his girlfriend Maria. We were so glad you were there for him.
Jake, we love and miss you, Mama.
If you have any photographs of Jake from his high school years, especially graduation, and photographs of Hailey and are willing to share them with their mother, please call 503-960-0255 or email msjloud@yahoo.com.

Maxwell Melvin Hamilton
Melvin Hamilton, 83, of Ovando, passed away surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, August 12, 2009 of natural causes at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
Melvin was born October 12, 1925 to Mary and John Hamilton. He was raised and educated in Helmville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma.
Survivors include his son, Punk (Aggie) of Helena; daughter, Maxine (Roy) of Ovando; son, Willard of Potomac; daughter Wanda (Bill) of Deer Lodge; nine grandchildren, Justin, Nicole, and Misty Hamilton, Melissa Hoover and Joe McCoy, Jon and Cristal Hamilton, and Billie Orvalla and Sam Duenas; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for Melvin were held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Ovando School Gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the charity of your choice.

Robert (Bob) Glen Hawkins
Robert (Bob) Glen Hawkins, 76, passed away August 12, 2009 at his home in Seeley Lake of natural causes.
Bob was born in Fairplay, CO to Frances and Lulu (Strangeway) Hawkins. He was one of thirteen children.
Bob served in the Army during the Korean Conflict Era from January 1953 until December 1954. He was a Corporal in the Signal Corps and served in Italy, Camp Kilmer New Jersey, and Camp Gordon Georgia.
On August 23, 1956 he married Sarah K Baker in Anaconda. Bob wanted a larger family, and he and Sarah raised five children. Bob worked for the Smelter in Anaconda and various ranches, but the Logging Industry became his career.
Bob loved the outdoors; he loved to hunt, fish, camp, picnic and hike to high mountain lakes. Dad was a gentle man, loved and respected by his family and friends. He was a kind person who helped anyone in need. Dad enjoyed an audience and commanded the conversation. He loved to tell stories, reminisce and just visit.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his loving wife Sarah of Seeley Lake, his children Julie (Ray) Mann of Garrison, Glenda (Troy) Bauer of Missoula, Gary Hawkins of Seeley Lake, Peggy (Mike) Gerig of Austin Texas, and Cliff Hawkins of Seeley Lake, his Grandchildren Keith and Timothy Mann and Colin and Miranda Gerig, his brother and sister-in-law Walt (Juanita) Hawkins, and sisters Ellen Merrill and Julia Moore, numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 11 am in Seeley Lake at Mission Bible Fellowship. A private burial will follow at the Seeley Lake Cemetery.
Take a deep breath and exhale in memory of Dad. Every breath is a gift.

Linda Lee Duncan
1948 ~ 2009

Linda Lee Duncan of Salt Lake City, UT passed away peacefully on August 22 2009 at her home after a long battle against breast cancer.
Linda was born in Rush City, MN on October 27, 1948 to Myrtle and David Nordstrom. Linda grew up on a dairy farm in Sandstone, MN. She attended college at the University of Minnesota Duluth and later moved to the twin cities where she worked for Northwest Airlines, and Sperry Univac.
Linda met and later married Paul Jass whose work relocated them to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1977. They had two children, Patrick and Peter Jass. After a divorce in 1982, Linda raised her two sons while working for Litton Guidance and Control Systems.
On September 27, 1987 Linda married Jim Duncan and moved to Park City, UT. From 1990 to 1992, the family relocated to Littleton, CO for Jims’ work, then returned to Salt Lake City, UT.
Linda was an animal enthusiast who always had pets. She loved the summers at the family cabin on Big Sky Lake in Montana, enjoying the evening boat rides and the wildlife that came to visit, somehow always knowing when she was there.
Linda was an avid reader, loved to follow and invest in the stock market, had an interest in astrology and the Native American culture. Linda was the type of person who would light up the room when she walked in. She had one of the biggest hearts of anyone and taught us all how to love unconditionally.
Linda is survived by her husband Jim Duncan, her sons Patrick Jass (Jenn Major) and Peter Jass, her step daughters Lindsey Duncan and Ashley Spear (Steven) and granddaughter Aubrey, her in-laws Dick and Shirley Duncan, her sister Ruby Brull and brother Dennis (Pete) Nordstrom.
Preceding Linda in death are her Parents David and Myrtle Nordstrom and brother Don Nordstrom.
Linda will be deeply missed by all that were fortunate enough to have her in their lives. She taught us so much.
The family would like to thank the Utah Cancer Specialist team, Intermountain Medical Center and Intermountain Homecare for their wonderful support.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make donations to the Susan G Komen Foundation in Linda’s memory.

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