Hilton (Bill) W. Bowers, 59, of Libby

Hilton (Bill) W. Bowers, 59, of Libby, Montana, passed away on August 10.

Bill was married for 32 years to the love of his life, Kris Bowers.  Together they raised 4 children, David Amber, Nicole, and Chance. He had a love for many things including hunting, fishing, picking berries, gold panning, caring for animals, and above all, collecting his “precious rocks.”

All who knew Bill were aware of his giving personality.  He was an outstanding father to his children.  He has touched many lives.

Bill is survived by his mother Helen Lahr and stepfather Jack (Garry) Lahr; his children David Ford, Amber Bowers, Nicole Cutsforth, Chance Bowers; seven grandchildren; and of course his lifelong love, Kris Bowers. Bill will be grievously missed by many.

Services for Bill will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.

Arrangements are under the care of the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby.  Memorials and condolences may be shared by visiting

Carl A.

Petersen, 92, of Troy

Carl A. Petersen, born 1931, to Carl and Bertha Petersen in Spokane, WA, died July 31, 2023, in Troy, MT. A man for all seasons, Carl charged into life with great exuberance; testing all limits; his own and his loved ones.

His empathy was evident as he sat with his scared nephew in the first grade at Sacred Heart. At Gonzaga Prep, Carl said he spent more time in the “jug” than in the classroom. As a young man his mother praised his driving ability in that “he could roll a car and not get hurt.” Carl served his country and was proud to be a veteran, taking advantage of the G.I. Bill of Rights to earn a degree at Gonzaga University.

Carl married Colleen Jewell and they had 4 children, Brenda, Karen, Kathleen, and Carl Jr. Unfortunately, alcohol played a strong role in Carl’s life from an early age and accounted for much sadness in his life. However, with the help of his new wife, Dot, he moved wholeheartedly into the AA community where he found and supported many strong new friends. In his recovering years, it was clear that Carl’s priorities were his God, his family, his fellow AA members, and his beautiful Montana home on the banks of the Kootenai River. Relishing being known as “Bertha’s Son”, he made it known to all that his family patriarch was there for them.

He bore the trial of his blindness with the assistance of his beloved Dot, who was his eyes through this difficult time; both with their complementary senses of humor and their hearty laughs.

Carl died peacefully at home surrounded by his family and canine pals.

Carl is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Bertha; daughter Brenda; and his six siblings, Lucille, Evelyn, Frances, Mary, June, and his twin Jerry.

Carl is survived by his wife Dot; children Karen (Mark), Kathleen (Jerry), and Carl; many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements were under the care of the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby. Memorials and condolences may be shared by visiting


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Erik V. Jenson, 88, Of Libby

Erik V. Jenson, 88, passed away on August 9, 2023, at the Libby Care Center. He was born on November 20, 1934, in Kremmling, CO.  Arrangements are under the care of the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby.

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit, in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because all flesh is as grass, and the glory of man as the flower of the grass.  The grass withers and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  I Peter 1:22-25a

– Submitted by Ruthanne Dolezal

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Nancy E. Neubrech, 64, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at her home in Libby, Montana.  She was born on February 21, 1959, in Seattle, Washington.  Arrangements are under the care of the Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby.