Allen Luedecke was born June 20, 1939, in Missoula and died Jan. 30, 2020, in Chico, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Noel Lang Luedecke; parents, Oscar and Dorothy Luedecke; and brother, Lloyd Luedecke. He is survived by daughter, Susan Gordon Green (David Gordon); son, John Michael Luedecke; grandchildren, Alexander Green and Clara Green; brother, Robert Luedecke (Sharon); and many nieces and nephews.
Allen grew up on his parents’ farm located in the Bitterroot Valley near Corvallis where he attended grammar and high school. He was a good student. He participated in many school activities and excelled in football and track and field. He played the trumpet and was a member of the high school band, the high school dance band and choir.
Allen was active in the Summerdale 4-H Club and exhibited many farm animals at the Ravalli County Fair. He was often chosen to attend the annual state 4-H Club Congress held in Bozeman.
Allen became an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting and trout fishing. He continued to enjoy these activities throughout his life, even though he was stricken with polio in 1955, which resulted in paraplegia, necessitating the use of braces, crutches and eventually a wheelchair.
After graduating from high school in 1958 (although he was a member of the class of 1957), Allen enrolled at the University of Montana. He graduated with BA (1961) and MA (1963) degrees in mathematics. In 1963, he went to work as a systems engineer at Honeywell in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1965, he accepted a systems engineering job at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (a nonprofit research organization) in Buffalo, New York. He met Noel Carol Lang in Buffalo and they were married on Aug. 13, 1966. In 1967, they moved to Minneapolis where Allen rejoined Honeywell. He continued to work there until retiring in 2000. During this time period, Allen held various systems engineering, staff engineering and management positions.
Allen and Noel lived in Plymouth (a Minneapolis suburb). Their children attended school in the Wayzata School District. The family enjoyed the many outdoor and cultural activities available in Minnesota. Allen served two years as president of the Minnesota State Archery Association. During his term he volunteered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help pass protective legislation placing hunting restrictions on Minnesota’s black bears.
Allen became a skilled target archer and bowhunter. He competed in both indoor and outdoor archery leagues and tournaments. One of his passions was bowhunting in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, including many successful hunts.
Camping, fishing and visiting national parks were frequent family activities highlighted by trips to northern Minnesota lakes, the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, and the Bitterroot and Big Hole rivers of Montana. And yes, even ice fishing in Minnesota was enjoyed.
Allen was an avid reader of Western non-fiction and history.
Allen’s ashes will be interred at the cemetery in Corvallis.
No funeral will be held. A no-services memorial party will be held at Nash’s on the Esplanade this spring. Family and friends will be notified of the details.
Donations in Allen’s memory can be made to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), the Butte County Humane Society, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
HAMILTON — Michael R. “Mike” English, LCSW, 78, passed away in the night, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at his home in Hamilton. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.
Joel H. Waldo
CORVALLIS — Joel H. Waldo, 74, of Corvallis, died Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Montana State Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
Roxie Ann Hausauer
LOLO — Roxie Ann Hausauer, 63, of Lolo, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, at her home of natural causes. Arrangements are under the care of Whitesitt Funeral Home.
Barney J. Taylor
STEVENSVILLE - Barney J. Taylor, 89, of Stevensville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Arrangements are under the care of Whitesitt Funeral Home.
VICTOR — John Robert “Bob” Burt, 92, of Victor, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at The Living Centre in Stevensville. He was born June 1, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Julius Charles and Thora Myrtle (Madsen) Burt.
Bob graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City and then attended the University of Utah. He married LaVon Afton Gerber on Sept. 28, 1958, in Salt Lake City.
Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class until his honorable discharge in 1951. He then retired from the Salt Lake City Fire Department after many years of service.
Bob was preceded in death by his daughters, Heather and Julie; and son, Steve. He is survived by his wife, LaVon Burt; his children, Linda Lucky, Diane Taylor, Stan Burt and David Burt; 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Corvallis Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. at the church. There will be a reception following the Military Honors at the church. Burial will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
FLORENCE — Marilyn Ramona Schmidt was born Dec. 22, 1937, to Duane and Fern Shaffer in Mason City, Iowa. She passed away Jan. 31, 2020.
She is survived by her husband Ed, daughter Laurel Penick and her husband Walter Ray, their four sons and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her son Bill, his wife Denise and their two children.
Marilyn attended school in Orchard, Iowa.
She graduated in 1955 valedictorian and later attended the Gale Institute where she trained to be an airline stewardess.
On Feb. 9, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Ed.
They moved to Springdale, Arkansas, where she would work in banking and he as an electrician.
They settled there for a time where they had their two children.
Later business fortunes moved them back to Mason City.
During the following years they traveled extensively as Ed pursued his trade. This eventually led them to settling in the Florence/Stevensville area in Montana. During this time kids married and they became loving, doting grandparents.
They eventually came to Florence Carlton Community Church. Here they found a loving community of Godly people who surrounded them, and welcomed them in their family.
They had enjoyed their retirement for 20 years.
Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Florence Carlton Community Church.
Born on a blustery winter day in Saginaw, Michigan, David was the youngest child of Steve and Greta Berenyi. His family moved to Doylestown, Ohio, when David was very young, and he grew up learning the construction trade from his father, and Hungarian cooking from his mother. He was a Cub Scout, and spent time in the Ohio forests, but his itch to roam grew early.
He attended Chippewa High School and graduated in 1968. He worked in construction, and began his fine woodworking hobby.
In 1971, he met his wife Brenda and they began a 49-year romance. They crossed the country with little more than a camper and a pickup truck, exploring the wilds of the Western US and Canada. Dave helped raise his sister's two daughters, Michele and Gretchen, helping them to become strong, independent women, and supporting their dreams and goals while teaching them how to fish, camp, and enjoy the outdoors.
David and Brenda married in 1979, and began chasing their dreams of mountains shortly thereafter. They settled first in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where Dave continued his work in construction, moving to a Superintendent position with the newly created Hagadone Construction, and then to Project Manager with Goebel Construction and Goodale Barbieri Co. During this time he and Brenda welcomed two children: daughter, Jackie and son, Stephen.
Yearning for a quieter life, in 1993 the family moved to Corvallis — a place they would call home for the remainder of David's life. David went to work for Western Interstate, Inc. as a construction manager, before becoming a co-owner. He worked with businesses across western Montana for more than 20 years, building and remodeling.
At home he kept a pristine garden, filled with plants he coaxed from the soil each spring, gently cajoling them to life with a combination of care and muttering. He spent much of his time creating fine woodworking projects of his own design and upgraded the family home space-by-space and whim-by-well-planned-whim.
He powered through health problems after retirement to regain mobility and strength, and used his determination in all manner of projects and ideas.
Together with his best friend and soul mate, he traveled, camped, and planned more travel. He was extremely proud of his two children and spent as much time with them as he could. He was always up for an adventure or a beer, depending on the circumstances, and could be counted on to show up to supervise any project his kids came up with. His favorite places were his back deck, his garden or shop, and his daughter's patio, sharing a drink.
He never grew tired of the mountains of Montana, or his Corvallis east bench view, and could frequently be heard telling anyone who came by "look at this view, this is why we live here."
He took great pride in teaching his children his woodworking and construction skills, and though a compliment was rare, he was very proud of their growing portfolio of work and individual career achievements. His favorite days were a quiet, sunny spot, a cold beer, and a dog laying nearby, surrounded by his family.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Greta Berenyi; and his brother, Stevie, all of Ohio; close friends, PJ Cunningham of Coeur d'Alene, and Clark Carey, of Stevensville.
He leaves behind wife, Brenda, of Corvallis; daughter, Jackie and son-in-law Steve Gundersen, of Hamilton; son, Stephen, of Everett, Washington; sisters, Kathy and Veronica; nieces, Michele (Tim) Dobbins, and Gretchen Berenyi; step-daughter, Missy Swinderman-Wein (Adam); special sister-in-law, Sherrie and husband Will Leach; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Ohio. He also leaves behind close friends, Larry Polin, Buddy Boggess, Jerry Gardner, and Bill Wilkie. Dave had a special bond with his dog, Abby, and his cat, Frank.
A private celebration of life will take place at the height of summer, Dave's favorite time of year. Daly Leach has take care of cremation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Bitter Root Humane Association. Condolences may be left for the family at dalyleachchapel.com.