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POLSON Edward Roland “Eddy” Unger passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at age 86. He was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Poplar to John and Minnie Unger the fifthof six children.

He moved with his folks to Polson in 1948. He graduated from Polson High School in 1949. He served in the Army Reserves.

He married JoMay Mellinger from Thompson Falls on Nov. 13, 1960. They had five children. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He owned and operated a ranch west of Pablo for over 55 years. He also worked at Plum Creek Mill and Jore Corp.

Anyone who knew him knew that he was a man of faith, love, integrity, honesty and hard work. He will be greatly missed but we know he is at peace now and in his heavenly home.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Minnie Unger, brothers Lawrence Unger, Reynold Unger, sister Martha Kroemer and infant son Leonard Unger.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years JoMay Unger and four children, Kathryn Cutting, Janet (Gary) Reynolds, Vern Unger and David Unger and two sisters Marie Leivestad and Rosalia Skaar, seven grandchildren, Bethany, Kimberly, Christopher, Rachel, Zachary, Hope and Kaleb, five great grandchildren Thomas, Ryland, Kyler, Robert and Kennedy, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Kyle Whaley officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Cemetery, Polson. Memorials can be made to Cheerful Hearts Inc. PO Box 688, Polson MT or Mount Calvary Lutheran 1608 SecondSt. W., Polson MT.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.

LIBBY John K. McBride, 90, died on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at his home in Libby of natural causes. He was born on Jan. 30, 1928, at Fort Totten, New York, to John and Dorothy (nee Kenly) McBride.

John served in the Army Artillery Infantry and was honorably discharged in 1948 as a Corporal. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1952 and received a Bachelor of Science Forest Management degree. He worked in private industry with J. Neils Lumber Company, St. Regis Paper Company and Champion International.

He moved to Libby in 1952 and built his house, with Carolyn. Together they raised children, taught Hunter Safety for 40 years, and worked on the family land “The Walker Tract” in Troy.

John was a devoted family man and a good friend, tree farmer, horse lover, gun collector, military historian, and a consummate story teller with a great and dry sense of humor. He loved to teach: forestry with the 6th graders and new teacher’s tours of the woods; Civil War history classes in schools. He worked hard and had a knack of turning work into fun.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Dorothy K. McBride, his father John McBride, his brother, James McBride, and an infant son, Jeffry Gordon.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Carolyn McBride, Libby; daughter Dorothy McBride, Libby; Karyn Larsen, Libby, John S. McBride, Redmond, Oregon, and daughter Janet Kvernvik, Petersburg, Alaska. Grandchildren include Jeremy Bowker, Taska Larsen, Amber Larsen, Kaylee Hammond, Keegan McBride, Carolyn Kvernvik and Adanna Kvernvik. Great grandchildren include Ariana Hammond, Aidan Hammond, Kenly McBride and Kai McBride. He leaves many good friends, and beloved dog, Corky.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Nelson Funeral Home in Libby. at the Ponderosa Room, Libby City Hall. A family Celebration of Life will be held in July 2018 in Troy at the family cabin.

ARLEE Correna Lee Moran (Butler), 50, born Nov. 29, 1967, left us Sunday, March 11, 2018. Correna lost her long, hard battle with her brain tumor. Even though she suffered terribly she never complained or felt self pity and she is to be commended for that. She went all through her school years in Arlee where she was active in sports and was a cheerleader. After graduation she did clerical work until deciding on a new career as a Headstart teacher and had just received her degree when her brain tumor was diagnosed so she was unable to teach.

She leaves behind her parents, John and Karin Butler. Bud (Audi) Moran, Daughter Samantha Couture, Son Cody Couture, Sister Lovette (Lawrence) Kemill, Brothers Buddy Moran, Billy (Lori) Moran, Mike Butler and several half and step siblings and last but not least the love of her life Rory Stone.

She was preceded by her grandparents Chuck and Margaret Sanders, Ernie and Alice Moran, Special Niece Tiffany TwoTeeth and several Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. Special thanks to her Aunt Sheila for the weeks of caregiving and to Rory for his care and devotion. Thank you Dr. Snyder for all the years you cared for her. Tuesday. Wednesday, March 14, at the Arlee Community Center with burial to follow at the Jocko Cemetery.

PORTOLA, Calif. It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the sudden death of Bruce R. Bingenheimer who passed on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Bruce was born Aug. 4, 1955, in Guam to Raymond and Ester Bingenheimer. He graduated from Superior High School in Montana. He managed the local cedar mill in Superior until 1988 then moved his family to Elko, Nevada, where he then worked in several of the area gold mines. He retired from Joy Global in January 2017 to purse his passion for custom knife making.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Marilyn; his three children Brandi (Andrew) Flores, Candi (Rich) Quilici and Philip Bingenheimer; and four grandchildren: Cory, Jordan, Rylea, and Charlie.

MISSOULA Thomas Lyle Finch, 96, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Tom’s long, engaging life began on Aug. 21, 1921, in Spokane, where he and his older brother and sister were raised among a large extended family. He often talked of the many outdoor camping and fishing trips the family enjoyed, which were a genesis for his love of the outdoors and the forests. After graduation from high school, Tom set out for Montana State University (now the U of M), where he received a degree in forestry the first in his family to earn a degree.

In 1942, while at college, he met the temporary replacement for the secretary at the School of Forestry, June Delaney, and they were married Jan. Army from 1943 46. Stateside assignments made it possible for them to be together for one of the three years of service, but for the remainder, Tom was in the Pacific Theater and was part of the occupying forces in Japan after their defeat in WWII. He remembered and shared many interesting stories about his assignments north of Tokyo.

Tom and June’s son, Terry L. Finch was born in May of 1946 and was almost two when Tom returned from the war and got to meet him for the first time. He is now known as Michael T. Delaney and lives in Missoula. For many years Michael performed dynamic impersonations of Mark Twain at First Night events and in many other communities around Montana.

After returning from the war, he joined the Forest Service in 1947 and served there until retiring in 1972. He served in many different forest regions including Missoula, St. Maries, Metaline Falls, Palouse and then back to Missoula. Tom and June bought a home on Beckwith in 1964, where they resided and were “adopted” as neighborhood grandparents. Tom began his Forest Service career as a surveyor and mapper in the Sullivan Lake District. He was a fire fighter, a district supervisor, he did timber inventories and was involved in many land swaps, the most notable being the land transfer with The Big Sky Resort. He had a thank you letter in his file from Chet Huntley praising him for his excellent representation of the Forest service in that exchange.

Everywhere the Finch’s lived, while moving often with the Forest Service, they joined a Presbyterian Church and got involved with other community activities. As a dearly loved member of First Pres. Church of Missoula, Tom commented that he had served in about every position of leadership available as an elder, president of the campus ministry, the rebuilding after the fire committee, pastor seeking committees, the Fellowship Hall building committee, and various other roles.
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