FLORENCE — Arloene (Biltoft) Lay, of Florence, passed away on Feb. 9, 2020, in Hamilton.
Arlo was born to Arthur N. Biltoft and Anna G. (Falk) Biltoft in Valentine, Nebraska, on Jan. 2, 1931.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Ann (Wineteer) Hitchcock and husband, Albert Hitchcock; her daughter, Maxine Joan (Wineteer) Donahue and husband Stephen Donahue; her son, Steven Charles Tallent and wife Kathleen Tallent; stepdaughter, Virginia (Lay) Duchesne and her husband Michael Duchesne; her grandchildren, Lisa (Hitchcock) Kunze, Brian Hitchcock, Erika (Donahue) Close, Jace Tallent, Jake Duchesne and Gabriella Duchesne. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her brother, Donald Biltoft of Tenino, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 53 years, Johnny R. Lay; her two brothers and one grandchild.
Arlo had a successful career as a real estate broker in Helena and loved to fish Canyon Ferry and the Pacific Ocean. In retirement she and John spent their time traveling all over the United States and split the seasons between their home in Florence and Yuma, Arizona. She never quit exploring her artistic side, she loved everything from painting to doll making. While wintering at her home in Yuma she never missed a pool tournament or good card game. She loved her reputation as a pool shark.
Arlo will be cremated and a private service will be held to place her and John at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Marilyn A. Banks became absent from the body and face to face with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Marilyn was a long time resident of Stockton and Sacramento, California. She worked as a teacher’s aide, later becoming co-owner and vice president of Banks Outdoor Products in Sula. She was an amazing wife and mother and was loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Robert, her seven children, a brother, 14 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
A Celebration of her Life will take place at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Grace Doctrine Church 1821 S. River Rd. St. Charles, MO 63303 .
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.