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    Bert E. Inman, 69, commandant of the Montana Soldiers Home at Columbia Falls died at a Whitefish hospital early yesterday morning. Mr Inman was born in Peroria, IL, July 10, 1879. He moved to Ohio and on June 12, 1904 he was married at Piqua, OH. On March 30, 1917, they came to Havre and lived there until 1946 when they moved to Kalispell.
    On October 1, 1948, they moved to Columbia Falls when he became commandant of the Soldiers home there. He is survived by his wife, Pansy; two daughters, Mrs Frances McFarland of Lewistown, MT, and Mrs Irene Damschen, Havre, and two sons, LeRoy of Billings and Bert Jr of Havre. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    The body is at the Johnson Funeral home where services were to be conducted this afternoon at 3:30 pm by the Rev Amos Crawford. The body will be sent to Havre, where services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 and will then be sent to Piqua, Ohio for services and interment.

Death: 15 May, 1949 Whitefish, Flathead, Montana

    Died at Simons Hospital, Whitefish, MT May 15, 1949 3:30 am He was a Spanish American War Veteran. At time of death he was Commandant of Montana Soldiers Home at Columbia Falls, Montana. Have Certified death certificate #12539.
Burial: May, 1949 Piqua, Miami, Ohio, Forest Hill Cemetery.

    Frank Leslie Thomas, 87, retired Fresno area farmer, died Saturday at a local rest home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm Tuesday from the Holland and Bonine Funeral Hone.
    Mr. Thomas was born on December 2, 1873, at Hazelgreen, Wisconsin. He moved to Fresno in 1911 from Britt, Iowa and homesteaded one-half mile east of there.
    He was married April 20, 1889, at Britt to Eva Mae Reisinger, who died August 20, 1950.
    Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Bessie Clark of the Philippine Islands; Mrs Oscar (Evelyn) Johnson of Kremlin, Mrs. Bert (Frances) Inman of Havre, Mrs. Earl (Ilene) Haxton of Norfolk, Virginia, and Helen Foran of San Francisco, California, and by 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Havre Daily News May 1, 1961

THE DAILY INTER LAKE Monday September 14, 1970


    COLUMBIA FALLS---Bert Edgar Inman, 62, Martin City, died in Whitefish Sunday morning.
    Mr. Inman was born in Piqua, Ohio, July 30, 1908. He moved to Havre with his parents in 1908 where they farmed. He continued to farm there until moving to Martin City last October.
    Mr. Inman was a member of the Eagles Lodge at Havre and also served on the Board of Hill County Electric Cooperative and was chairman for a number of years. November 30, 1934, he was married to Frances Thomas at Havre and is now survived by her; two sons, John Inman of Chinook, Charles Inman; his mother, Mrs. Pansy Inman of Havre; one sister, Mrs. Roy (Irene) Damschen of Havre and six grandchildren.
    The body of Mr Inman will lie in state at the Van Leuven Funeral Home in Columbia Falls until 9:30 this evening.
    Tuesday morning the body will be taken to the Holland-Bonine Funeral Home in Havre where funeral services are being planned for Wednesday at 2 pm.

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Tuesday September 11, 1978

    DEATH Correction: Pansy Inman, not her daughter Irene Damschen, passed away September 10 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. We are sorry this mistake occurred, but we had received the information from what we consider a very good source.


    Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, September 12 , 1978, at Holland-Bonine Funeral Chapel for Pansy H. Inman, 95, who passed away at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd on September 10. Following the service the body will be shipped to Piqua, Ohio, for graveside services to be held this weekend.
    Mrs. Inman was born August 31, 1883 in Piqua, Ohio. She married Bert Inman there on June 12, 1904. They came to Montana in 1917 and farmed near Fresno until 1946 when they retired and moved to Kalispell. Mr. Inman died on May 15, 1949, after which Mrs. Inman moved back to Havre. She lived in the Eagles Manor until 1976, and then moved to the Lutheran Home.
    She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Roy (Irene) Damschen, Havre ; a sister, Hattie Compton, Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; several, great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, Bert Jr. and LeRoy, one daughter, Frances McFarland, and her husband.

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Thursday September 14, 1978

    FUNERAL PROGRAM HOLLAND & BONINE CHAPEL Wednesday September 13 , 1978

IN MEMORY OF: Pansy H. Inman
Date of Birth: August 31, 1883
Date of Death: September 10, 1978
Services: Wednesday, September 13, 1978 2:00 PM Holland & Bonine Chapel
Officiant: Reverend Kenneth Hoschouer
Interment: Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Ohio

Havre Daily News Friday, July 8, 1988


    GLENDIVE - Les Pasma, 88, longtime Blaine and Hill County resident, died of natural causes at his home in Glendive. Pasma was born in Michigan, Jan 30, 1900, where he attended elementary and high school.
    In 1916 he moved to Montana to join his older brothers, settling on the family homestead near Lloyd in the Bear Paw Mountains. He worked on various cattle ranches for several years and obtained his own holding in the Rattlesnake area, where he was engaged in cattle ranching and coal mining. He retired and moved to Havre in the 1950s.
    He was a lifetime and charter member of the Havre Saddle Club founded in the 1940s and took interest in rodeoing and Western culture.
    Pasma is survived by a son, Earl (Junior) of Glendive, whom he was residing at the time of his death; a daughter, Helen Plovanic of Spokane, Wash; a sister, Cecellia Murphy of Chinook; seven grandchildren; and bumerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers and sisters. Services and burial will be in Havre with ditails to be annouced.

At Gendive Montana. Funeral Services at Holland-Bonine Funeral Home in Havre, Montana-- Hill County July 14, 1988 2:00 PM Reverend Jerry Bonnell officiating. Music Bill Lisenby Organist, Ron Pasma Soloist sang The Old Rugged Cross and Sweet By and By.-- Casketbearers - John Pasma, Tom Pasma, Robert Pasma, Gerald Murphy, Gary Mueller, and Melvin Cross.Burial in Highland Cemetery, Hill County, Havre, Montana.
    He was son of Jacob and Cora Pasma. He had a sister Cecelia Murphy of Chinook, Montana. Lester "Les" E. Pasma was a homesteader in the Bear Paw Mountains in the Cleveland-Lloyd area, moving to a ranch on Cow Creek in the 1940's.
    Retiring to Havre in 1956. He moved to Glendive in 1985 to be near his family. He was a member of the Havre Saddle Club. This was per article in Billings Gazette- Sunday July 10, 1988.

Havre Daily News Friday, July 15, 1988


    HAVRE - Funeral services for Lester Pasma Sr., 89, Glendive, who died at his home in Glendive on July 7, were at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel Thursday afternoon with Rev. Jerry Bonnell officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.
    Soloist was grandson Ron Pasma, singing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Sweet Bye and Bye." Organist was Bill Lisenby. Granddaughter Patty Pasma read a poem she wrote.Honorary pallbearers were all his friends.Pallbearers were John Pasma, Robert Pasma, Gary Mueller, Tom Pasma, Gerald Mumper and Marvin Cross.

Havre Daily News Thursday, July 11, 1988


    HAVRE - Funeral services for Lester Pasma Sr will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel.Internment will be in Highland Cemetery.

THE BILLINGS GAZETTE Page 10A Friday December 13, 1991

Esther L. Inman

    Esther L. Inman, 55, of 1224 Yellowstone Ave., passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 11, 1991, in Deaconess Medical Center. She was born September 2, 1936, in Reedpoint, Montana, the daughter of Harry and Esther Churchill. She attended a country school in Molt until the sixth grade and then moved to Billings with her parents in 1949. She graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1955. She worked as a medical technologist at the Deaconess Medical Center for over 25 years and retired in 1987. While employed at Deaconess, she attended Eastern Montana College and received a B.S. Degree in 1976.
    She was married to Charles R.(Bob) Inman in June 1957. They were divorced in 1982.
    She enjoyed needlework, photography, music and most of all her two grandsons, Matthew and Neal Inman. She was a member of the Faith Chapel and loved the Lord.
    Surviving is one son, John Inman of Seattle, WA; one Sister, Mrs Don Joyce Kuehn of Billings; one brother, Charles Churchill of La Puente, CA; and two grandsons.
    Memorial servics will be at 3:00 pm Monday December 16, in Faith Chapel, corner of Broadwater and Shiloh. Private family graveside services will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens prior to memorial services. Memorials to Faith Chapel or to charity of choice. Smith Downtown Chapel is in charge.

Page 10A THE BILLINGS GAZETTE Friday December 13, 1991

LOCAL DEATHS - Esther Inman, 55, 1224 Yellowstone Avenue

Page 10A THE BILLINGS GAZETTE Friday December 13, 1991

Smith Funeral Chapels

INMAN - Esther L. Inman, 55, of 1224 Yellowstone Ave. Memorial services 3 pm Monday, December 16 in Faith Chapel, corner of Broadwater and Shiloh. Private family graveside services will be held in Sunset Memorial Gardens prior to memorial service. Memorials to Faith Chapel or to the charity of your choice.(12/16)


GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Wednesday May 31, 1995

Roy E. Damschen

    HAVRE - Roy E. Damschem, 73, a retired railroad employee and Navy veteran, died Monday of natural causes at a local hospital. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sixth Avenue Christian Church. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Havre Youth Baseball Program.
    Born Aug. 26, 1921, in Choteau, Damschen lived in several communities before moving to Havre and graduating from Havre High School in 1940. He worked for the Great Northern Railway before enlisting in the Navy in 1941. In 1942, he married Irene Marie Inman in Bremerton, Wash. After his discharge, he returned to Havre and continued to work for the Great Northern and later the Burlington Northern Railroad, retiring in 1981. A member of the Sixth Avenue Christian Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles, he enjoyed fishing, yardwork and sports. He was a founder and past president of the Babe Ruth Baseball League and was also involved in building the Legion Baseball Field in Havre.
    Survivors include his wife of Havre; two daughters, Linda Savage of Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Debbie Hamnes of Billings; a son, Barry Damschen of Helena; seven grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Thursday June 1, 1995

Correctiom - Roy E. Damschen

    HAVRE - In the Wednesday obituary of Roy E. Damschen, two sons were omitted as survivors. They are Bob and Don Damschen of Poulsbo, Wash.

NOTE: This can't be right as he was never married a 2nd time and only had the 3 children by Irene Inman Damschen. jli 06/01/95

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Tuesday May 30, 1995


    Roy E. Damschen, 73, longtime Havre resident died Monday morning, May 29, 1995, in a local hospital of natural causes. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Sixth Avenue Church with Rev. Jack Rampelberg officiating. Damschen was born on Aug. 26, 1921, in Choteau, the son of Roy and Myrtle (Brokelsby) Damschen.
    Damschen lived in and attended schools in several communities in Montana before his family moved to Havre where he graduated from High School in 1940. After high school, he worked for the Great Northern Railroad for a short time prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1941. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Presley, a destroyer escort in the South Pacific, during World War II. On May 25, 1942; Damschen married Irene Marie Inman in Bremerton, Wash. After his discharge from the Navy, Roy returned to Havre and continued to work for the Great Northern and later the Burlington Nortrhern Railroad until his retirement in 1981.
    He was a longtime member of the Sixth Avenue Christian Church, the V.F.W. and the Eagles. Damschen loved to fish and work in the yard, and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports. He was one of the founders and past president of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was also involved in the building of the Legion Baseball Field in Havre.
    Roy was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Dick Damschen. He is survived by his wife, Irene, of Havre; two daughter, Mrs. John (Linda) Savage of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, and Debbie Hamnes of Billings; a son, Barry Damschen and his wife Paddy of Helena; seven grandchildren, Kyle and Scott Kelley, Mike Hirch, Ryan and Carrie Damschen, Emily and Erik Hamnes; and five great-grandchildren.
    Memorials are suggested to the Havre Youth Baseball Program. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Thursday June 1, 1995

Corrrection - Four relatives were inadvertly left off the Roy Damschen obituary by the Holland & Bonine Funeral Home in the Tuesday, June 30, edition of the Havre Daily News. The relative included: brothers, Robert and Donald Damschen of Poulsbo, Wash.; aunts, Florence E. Walters, Big Sandy, and Marjorie Jacobson , Eugene, Ore. and numerous nieces and nephews.

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Friday June 16, 1995

The family of ROY DAMSCHEN wish to thank the staff of 5th floor at Northern Montana Hospital for the excellent care given Roy, and for the love, caring, and support extended to us, and to Dr's. Ward and McCoskey. Also to Northern Montana Care Center. Thank you also to relatives and friends for the food, visits, telephone calls, flowers, cards and the various memorials made for Roy. Additionally thanks to Rod Kirkland of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home for his help and support, the Military Honor Guard of VFW #497, Reverend Jack Rampelberg, and the ladies of the VFW Auxilary for the lunch. All your kindness and generosity never be forgotten.

Irene Damschen
Linda & John Savage - Kyle, Scott & Mike
Barry & Paddy Damschen - Ryan & Carrie
Debbie Hamnes - Erik & Emily

GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Thursday October 3, 1996

Elva Jean Pasma

    LEWISTOWN - Elva Jean (Newman) Pasma, 64, died of natural causes Monday at her home. Although a specific cause of death has not yet been determined, she had been ill for several years with heart problems and hypertention, her family said. Her funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at Beal Funeral Home Chapel in Forsyth, with burial in Forsyth Cemetery. Cloyd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Elva J. Pasma Memorial or the Montana Chapter of the American Diebetes Association. She was born 29 Aug., 1932, in Forsyth, where she was raised. In 1957 she married Earl Pasma in Great Falls. They lived in various area throughout Montana, including Glendive. In 1989 he retired and they moved to Lewistown. She enjoyed writing. Survivors include her husband of Lewistown; four sons, John Pasma of Helena, Ron Pasma of Kennewick, Wash., Tom Pasma of Bow, Wash., and Bob Pasma of Fort Shaw; two daughters, Penny Mumper of Missoula and patty Romo of Saco; five brothers, Adrien Newman of Ballantine, Bruce Newman of Florida, Darryl Newman of Hysham, Byron Newman of Forsyth and Willard Newman of Anaconda; two sisters, Shirley Warren of Hysham and Lue Shield of Dillon; and 12 grandchildren.

GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Thursday October 4, 1996

Correction - Elva Jean Pasma

    LEWISTOWN - Thursday's obituary for Elva Jean Pasma, 64, should have included as survivors a brother, Burton Newman of Forsyth, and a sister, Lue Schield of Dillon.

    Ethel Inman Humphreys, wife of Reese W. Humphreys, died Jan. 15, 1999, at St. John's Lutheran Home, where she had been a resident for several years. She was 89.
    She is survived by her husband of 25 years, also a resident of St. John's; children from her first marriage to Fred L. Inman (deceased) include two sons, C. Robert Inman and Fred Lee Inman; two daughters, Helen Graham and Mary Bartlett; a brother, Warren G. Smyth; a sister, Ruth Sabins; nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; as well as stepsons, R. William Humphreys of Langley, Wash., Richard Humphreys of Spokane, Wash., and Thomas Humphreys of River Falls, Wis. 
    Ethel graduated in 1926 from Malta High School. She took her RN training at Kennedy Deaconess Hospital in Havre. Mrs. Humphreys retired from Billings Deaconess Hospital in 1970, where she was Director of Nursing Service for many years. In 1973, she married Reese Humphreys. They moved to St. Paul, Minn., until Mr. Humphreys retired from his position with the railroad. They returned to make their home in Billings.
    Ethel enjoyed traveling, and in addition, sewing, quilting, knitting, and other handicrafts. She was associated with many service organizations during her working years and after her retirement which included Pink Ladies and the Red Cross. She was also an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Billings.
    Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Gary Treglown officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Grace United Methodist Church or St. John's Lutheran Rome.
    Michelotti, Sawyers & Nordquist has charge of arrangements.

Source: The Billings Gazette

John F. Bartlett

    AVOCA, Iowa - John F. Bartlett, 81, passed away on March 12, 1999, in Council Bluffs. He was born in Pinedale, Wyo., to Clarence and Carrie Bartlett, fourth of 11 children.
    He grew up in Glacier National Park and graduated from high school in Browning, Mont. After graduation, John joined the CCC and helped build dams in Petroleum County, Mont., one of which was Yellow Water. In 1942, John joined the U.S. Navy and came back to Petroleum County after the war. He worked for 16 years on the Lancelle Ranch near Winnett, Mont. John then went to work for the Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service in Winnett for a while and then worked in highway construction until retiring. He lived in Winnett, Roundup and Forsyth before moving to Avoca in 1991.
    John loved to play cards and bowl...he was tough to beat, at both. He bowled up until a year ago.
    John leaves his wife, Margaret of Avoca; daughter, Connie Nesheim (Jean) of Roundup; four stepchildren: Joel Inman of Omaha, Neb., Steve Inman of Sioux Falls, S.D., Robert Inman of Avoca, and Terry Lipke of Great Falls, Mont.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two sisters, two sons and one grandson. John willed his body to science and wanted no services.
    We wish him a fond farewell and know he is safe in God's hands, out of pain and feelin' good! From now on, when we hear thunder, we'll think: "Pop got another Strike!"

Source: The Billings Gazette March 18, 1999

Shawn T. Inman

    Shawn T. Inman, 26, passed away at Harms Hospital in American Falls, Idaho, due to a vehicle rollover on Jan. 24, 2000. Vigil services will be Thursday Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook.
    Mass will be recited there on Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. with burial following in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.
    Memorials may be sent to the Madison RaeLynn Inman Trust at Western Bank, P.0. Box 9, Chinook, MT 59523. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
    Shawn was born on Sept. 13, 1973, to Thomas and Vicki (Reynolds) Inman of Havre. He attended schools in Chinook and graduated from heavy equipment operation school in Portland, Ore., with a superior rating in 1995. In the spring of 1996, he started working for the Harp Line Construction in Kalispell, and he has been traveling with the company to different job sites all over the Western United States.
    Shawn loved snowmobiling, working on his older cars, golfing, and had plans on starting to ice fish. As a young boy, he loved to travel with Grandpa Bob and eat Snicker candy bars and drink Cokes with him. He always had a big smile and greeting for everyone His first love was his family and daughter and second was his job and work. Shawn married Gretchen Sevenon in Chinook on Jan. 24, 1998.
    Shawn is survived by his wife, Gretchen of Billings; three-week old daughter, Madison Inman of Billings; father, Thomas Inman and his wife, Tawna Inman of Chinook; sisters, Tracie Inman, Katie Scott, Becky Scott all of Chinook; step-son, Tyler Brost of Cody, Wyo., with whom he loved playing basketball; grandparents, Robert and Nancy Inman and John and June Reynolds all of Chinook; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother Vicki Inman in September 1996.

Source: Billings Gazette January 26, 2000

Clarence W. 'Pee Wee' Inman

    CHICKASAW, Ala. -- Clarence W. "Pee Wee" Inman, an Air Force veteran and former Belt resident, died of natural causes Tuesday at a hospital in Mobile, Ala. His age was unavailable. 
    Services and burial took place in Alabama. Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chickasaw. 
    Born in Good Springs, Ala., he lived in Chickasaw and served in the Air Force. He married Josephine Urick on Nov. 24, 1956. 
    After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, he and his wife lived in Belt for 14 years before returning to Alabama in 1994. 
    He enjoyed gardening and visiting. 
    Survivors include his wife; sisters Doris Simms of Leeds, Ala., and Ervel Johnson of Chickasaw; and a brother, Bruce Key of Showall Creek, Ala. 

The Great Falls Tribune 0nline - Friday, May 11, 2001   


    Frances Lorraine Inman, 94, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at a Havre Care Center of natural causes.
    Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Holland and Bonine Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jack Rampelberg officiating. The committal rite will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Havre. A fellowship luncheon will follow the committal service at the Havre Eagles Club.
    Frances was born Dec. 2, 1908, to Frank and Eva (Reisinger) Thomas in Britt, Iowa, the fourth of six children. At the age of four she moved with her family to homestead in the Fresno area. She attended elementary school south of Fresno, and high school in Fresno, finally graduating from Havre High School in 1926. She then attended and graduated from Aberdeen Teacher's College in Aberdeen, S.D. She taught at the Grainbelt and Border Schools north of Havre, the Harron School south of Havre, and the Lindstrom School south of Fresno.
    Frances married Bert Inman, Jr. Nov. 29, 1934. To this union two sons were born. The family farmed in the Fresno area until retirement in 1969. After retiring they moved to Martin City. Bert passed away Sept. 13, 1970. Frances then moved to Havre in 1980. She then moved to the Northern Montana Care Center in 2001.
    Frances was a charter member of the Havre Aerie Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary, a member of the First Presbyterian Church and she attended the Fifth Avenue Christian Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing about the homestead days and had several articles published in the Havre Daily News. She took up painting after she was 75 and enjoyed it very much. She also loved to spend time with her family and at the senior center.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Eva (Reisinger) Thomas; brother, Cecil Thomas; sisters, Bessie Clark, Evelyn Johnson, Ilene Haxton; grandson, James John Inman.
    Survivors include her sons, John L. (Beverly) Inman and Charles (Burn Ace) Inman, both of Havre; grandchildren, Joyce (Scott) Billmayer of Conrad, Judy Inman of Phoenix, Ariz., Jill (Lorin) Krass of Hogeland, Robert (Twila) Inman of Conrad, Craig Inman of Havre, Chris Inman of Havre; nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
    Memorials in Frances' honor may be made to North Central Senior Citizens Center, 2 2nd St. W., Havre, MT 59501.
    Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre.

HAVRE DAILY NEWS Monday, March 17, 2003

Florence June Inman
    Florence June Inman, 84, passed away in the evening, Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at the Hillside Manor in Missoula. Service arrangements are pending.
    Ronald Brothers of Dowling Funeral Home and Crematory, 415 S. Second St. in Hamilton, is caring for the family.

Ravalli Republic (Jan/22/2004)