James Richard Teslow

STEVENSVILLE – James Richard Teslow, 60, passed away at his home in Stevensville on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 from complications stemming from his fight with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

James was born on July 21, 1952 in Bozeman to Richard M. and Collette Marie (Myers) Teslow. They lived in Manhattan, and later moved into Bozeman where he graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1970. He was drafted into the United States Army Reserve in 1972 and he was honorably discharged in 1977. One year earlier, in 1976, he married Jeanne Marie Pronovost. He worked for the family grain elevators until his father passed away and continued on with Pea Vee at the Gilford grain elevators in Gilford. In 1979 he and Jeanne gave birth to their son, James Walter Teslow. They continued to live in Gilford until Jim decided to go back to school. The family then moved to Missoula where he enrolled in the University of Montana where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1983 and passed the CPA bar exam that same year. They moved a short ways down the Bitterroot Valley to Stevensville where he opened his accounting practice and bought a home.

Over his life, James was an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing all over Montana, South Dakota and Canada. He loved NASCAR, rooting for good ole’ Dale, going to many race tracks. He also loved watching the UM Grizzlies play. He was the President of the Stevensville Civic Club during the Montana State Centennial in 1988 and helped with the festivities to launch the wagon train out of Stevensville. He was an avid member of the American Legion Post No. 94, helping out with all sorts of fundraisers to support local youth groups, including the annual crab feed, the barbecue chicken booths at both the Creamery Picnic and the Ravalli County Fair and was in charge of the color guard for numerous years. He always started the duck race with the ceremonial shotgun start every year. He also served as post commander. James served on the Stevensville zoning committee and won the 2012 business of the year award at the 100th anniversary of the Creamery Picnic.

On July 16, 2005 he suffered the tragic loss of his wife, Jeanne Teslow. But as life and time remind us, he found love and happiness again when he was married to Danielle (Landburg) in August 2008.

Together they found happiness and went on many adventures from camping, fishing, taking day and weekend trips to Idaho and even did some prospecting. They always enjoyed the time they spent together, even if it was camping in Jim’s favorite way of just a tarp and a sleeping bag.

James was preceded in death by his father, Richard M. Teslow; his wife, Jeanne Teslow; his father-in-law, Joseph O. Pronovost; and his sister-in-law, Karen Bleibtrey. He is survived by his wife Danielle Teslow of Stevensville; his son, James Walter Teslow of Stevensville; step-daughters, Summer (Dirk) Rudolph and Heather Landburg, all of Oregon; his mother, Collette (Teslow) Vorell of Bozeman; brothers, Mike (Sue) Teslow of Texas and Steve (Sue) Teslow of Sheridan, Wyo.; sister, Marie (Rich) Stevenson of Livingston; mother-in-law, Doris S. Pronovost of Billings; sister-in-law, Nancy (Keith) Metzger of Laurel; brother-in-law, Jim Bleibtrey of Victor; numerous nieces, nephews and grandkids, who all miss him very much.

Services will be held at the American Legion Post No. 94 Hall, 754 Middle Burnt Fork Road in Stevensville on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.

Following the service there will be a potluck meal at both the High Country Club and the Full Moon Saloon in Stevensville. Instead of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Jim’s memory to the ALS organization, Evergreen Chapter. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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