Dwight Gene Dwello, 93, of Libby

Dwight Gene Dwello, 93, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at the Libby Care Center where he had been a resident for 4½ years due to dementia and post polio syndrome. He was born April 27, 1925, the sixth of eight children, to Fredrick Ellis and Agnes Sophia (Lyng) Dwello at Granville, ND.

Dwight was baptized on July 31, 1932 at First Lutheran Church in Granville and he was confirmed at the same church on May 14, 1939. He graduated from Granville High School with the class of 1944 and was Salutatorian of his class. In school he couldn’t do some of the sports due to complications from polio, so he became active in the Glee Club and played the trumpet in the high school band. He then attended and graduated from the Industrial and Teacher’s College at Ellendale ND, in 1948, with a degree in Business Education. Dwight was in the boxing program during his college years, sang in the choir, and played his trumpet in the college dance band. They played for many dances in the area.

In 1948 he got his first teaching job at Fairmount, ND where he taught all the business classes and was Year Book Advisor and Senior Class Sponsor. It was in Fairmount where he met Katherine Hoefs, his future bride. They were married on June 4, 1950 at the First English Lutheran Church in Fairmount.

Dwight accepted a teaching job in the fall of 1950 in Geraldine, Mont.  He taught all the business subjects plus taught the band for two years. In 1956 he became the High School Principal.

They began to raise a family during their stay in Geraldine. Kelvin Gene was born in 1954, Kurtis Wayne was born in 1956, and Gary Ellis was born in 1960. Dwight accepted a teaching job in Libby after being in Geraldine for 12 years. He taught Business Education and Drivers Ed; a job he had for over 20 years. He was also offered a job as manager of the Teacher’s Credit Union, which he held for 27 years. When his boys were young, he was kept very busy attending Boy Scout events, Little League Baseball games and all of their school activities. He loved sports of all kinds.

Dwight retired from teaching in 1982 after 34 years. However, he was not ready to retire from working completely, so he was offered a secretarial job at the high school and held that job for 13 years. Dwight was a past member of the Libby Education Association, the Montana Education Association and a lifetime member of the National Education Association.

In 1995 he and Katie became “snowbirds” and went to Yuma, Ariz. for the winters. They did this for 20 years. Dwight enjoyed camping with the Libby Dam Good Sam Club and he was a 40 year member of the Sons of Norway. In 1992 he was crowned the King of Nordicfest. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. Dwight was an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church, having been president of the congregation, sang in the Praise Choir, and helped with the youth group. He was on the Rural Fire Board for many years.

He loved his family, friends, and especially God.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers – Ellis (Mary), Glen (Laney), Robert (Christine), Earl (Elsa) and Howard (Lyla); two sisters – Esther (Gene) Anfinson and A. Muriel Dwello; his mother and father in law Herbert and Sophia Hoefs; and brother and sister in law Kenneth and Betty Hoefs.

Survivors include his wife Katie of 68 years; sons – Kelvin, Boise, Idaho; Kurtis (Becky), New Meadows, Idaho; Gary (Susan), Caldwell, Idaho; ten grandchildren – Bethany (Stacey) Mello, Nampa, Idaho; Zachary (Danielle) Dwello, Nampa, Idaho; Katie (Danny) Brown, Kinnear, Wyo.; Lauren Dwello, Orange, Calif.; Garret Dwello, Dublin, Calif.; Sean Dwello, Salt Lake City, Utah; Steven Dwello, Boise, ID; Stuart Dwello, Canberra, Australia; James Dwello, Nampa, Idaho; Jonathan  Dwello, Caldwell, Idaho; eight great grandchildren – Madelyn and Briarus Mello, Nampa, Idaho; Jordyn, Clayton, Rustin and Brooklyn Dwello Nampa, Idaho; and Killian and Maura McCall Kinnear, Wyo.; sisters in law Shirley Hoefs, Breckenridge, Minn.; Ardis (Orville) Smith, Greenwood Village, Colo.; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and several cousins.

Visitation was  Thursday, Oct. 25, at Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Services were Friday, Oct. 26, at St. John Lutheran Church with burial following at the City of Libby Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or any charitable organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Steven R. Powell Sr., 74, formerly of Libby

It is with great sadness that the family of Steven R Powell Sr. announces his passing through the pearly gates on Oct. 9,  2018. Steve was born on Oct. 5, 1944 in Libby, Mont. to Jacqueline M  and Donald L Powell.

He was the second oldest in a family of twelve children.

Steven spent his younger years in Libby where he frequently would come back to attend his class reunions and had many fond memories to share.  He had many trades in his life, but being a roofer was where you would find him during the working years.

Betty Pentlen was Steven’s first wife and they had three beautiful children; Cheryl Ann (Missoula, Mont.), Steve Jr (St Mary’s, Idaho), and David Maurice, (Cheney Wash.).

Later in life, Steve would marry Patricia Stein. Patricia had a young son that Steven would take into his heart and love like his own. Guy (Spokane Wash.), would be joined by little brother LeRoy James (Spokane, Wash.) to complete this family.

Although his family has 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Steven had many others that he called his own. He loved like no other, and the count of kids and grand kids is lengthy with love. Making kids laugh made his soul happy. If a man died only having one true friend, he would be rich. Steven left us very wealthy having many friends in his lifetime. They were his treasure.

The golden years were spent in Tigard, Ore. with partner in love, Diane Kindrick. He enjoyed teaching their grandkids and watching them grow daily.

His passion was collecting firearms and antique Indian dolls, and in his spare time, he would have a smile on his face while fishing or clam digging. His family has fond memories of him eating from his garden while he weeded it. His greeting of “I love your face,” will be dearly missed by all.

Steven left this earth due to complications from brain aneurysm surgery.

A celebration and remembrance of his life was held in Tigard, Ore. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

In the springtime of 2019, a gathering in his home town of Libby, Mont. will be announced by his family.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Donald, and younger brothers Billy and Danny Powell.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren and brothers and sisters Wayne Powell, Sharon Bedwell, Sandy Dempewolf, Debra Stubbs, Cindy James, Mark Powell, Kelly Powell, and Rebecca Sharp.

Steven will be missed by all, including his dog Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea was by his side at every adventure in life.

Condolences and especially fond memories can be sent to his niece Heidi who will pass those on to his family. Email