Obituaries

Harry Edwin Moe, 90 of Libby

The story of Harry Edwin Moe. A journey of 90 years begins in Sandpoint, Idaho on March 16, 1928 when he became the first son of Harry and Viola Moe. And his journey would end in the arms of his children in the home that he built on Thursday June 14, 2018.

But Oh what an incredible and amazing life he had. His parents moved him and his little brother Lloyd to Libby, Mont. at the age of four, where he and Lloyd became part of the gang called the South Libby Boys. Harry made lifelong friends from that neighborhood.

He did his schooling in Libby and would leave school at the age of 17 to join the Navy towards the end of World War II. He was a F2-C. He served aboard two U.S. Naval ships, his favorite being the USS Cecil as a Fireman Second Class in the boiler room.

After his Service he returned to Libby and continued his education and graduated from high school in 1947.  He began his career at J. Neils Lumber Company as a logging truck driver for several years. He later became one of the top crane operators for the mill for over 31  years. He was known as the Bear for his toughness, orneriness and fearlessness when he worked in the woods. If you hauled for the Bear, you better be dependable, reliable, or you would get a piece of his mind.

On Feb. 24, 1969, Harry loaded the largest load of logs to ever come out the Fisher River drainage, on Snell Creek. The load weighed in at 208,000 pounds, for a scale of 24,000 board feet – enough lumber to build three 1,200 -square- foot homes. Harry said, “Big logs always attract attention. When you put 18 of them on one truck, they look spectacular, even to a logger. That is a lot of wood.”

Harry was beyond proud of the job he and logging truck driver Dick Schrade did that day; always made him smile with pride to talk about it. It was something we will never see again.

At the age of 22 he met a cute little brown eyed girl by the name of Irene Jaros, they would marry on Aug. 20, 1950 and their union would last 67 years. They built their first home together and as the family grew Harry started on their second home which took several years to build because he paid for it as he built it. It was the home his children grew up in, their grandchildren would enjoy and he and Irene were blessed to leave for heaven from that home.

Harry and family spent a ton of time up Fisher River camping, fishing, and hunting.  There were tons of fish fries, fried taters and onions. He was made to be in the outdoors. There are many wonderful pictures of Rick and Ron with their dad with trophies from hunting and fishing. Also many fun times dancing with his girls in the kitchen. There was lots of laughter and silliness in the Moe house.

After the kids were grown, Harry and Irene started the BINGO circuit. They had a blast. They always had to leave any event to get to BINGO early enough to get their flimsies (Bingo talk.) They actually did quite well. They loved it and their time together. They won a suite at the Bonners Ferry Casino once with a hot tub in the room. Irene took a great picture of Harry in the hot tub wearing nothing but a smile and a cowboy hat; the picture makes all of us smile.

Harry loved his walks with the dogs and he always had a pocket full of doggy cookies, for his and other pups that came along.

After the loss of the love of his life Irene in Oct.  2017, Harry needed help because his dementia was taking over his mind and his legs didn’t work like he needed. His children chose to move into his home and into his world. With dementia any change can be devastating. And the loss of his wife was more than he could handle. His children took turns staying with him 24/7. They all learned his routine, his habits and his card game. As things worsened his children figured out how to conquer any issues. This was an extra special time that was given not only to Harry but also his children. Not only did they take care of their father, they also took care of each other. Their time with him was eight months and eight days and they are all so grateful for that precious time.

Harry is preceded in death by his wife Irene, his son Harry Moe Jr., his father Harry Moe, his mother Viola Moe Karnes, and his step father Clairence Karnes and his brother Lloyd Moe and granddaughter Tera Lynn Lippert.

Survivors include children Yvonne Resch (John), Libby; Susan Lippert (Ralph) Troy; Tina Thompson (Bob) Libby; Rick Moe (Kelli) Coeur d’Alene; Ron Moe (Patty) Libby;  11 grandchildren, Kimber, Tina, Tyann, Shana, Steve, Lindsey, Erin, Aaron, Alex, Elise and Chelcie; and 26 great grandchildren.

Services were held on Sat., June 23, 2018, at the Assembly of God in Libby and were followed by Military graveside honors.

Donations can be made to the Libby Volunteer Ambulance. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Gail Donovan Bennett, 71,  of Yaak

Gail Donovan Bennett passed peacefully away on Father’s Day, June 17, 2018 with his family there to support him. He was born on Jan.14, 1947 in Denver, Colo. to Fermin McCloed Bennett and Isabelle (Pat) Trujillo.

Gail grew up in Waitsburg, Wash. and always called himself Dad’s right hand man. His dad was one of his heroes and there was one simple phrase he used to express his love for him: me, my dad and John Wayne.

He loved gardening (he was called the potato man) hunting, fishing, logging and gambling. He particularly loved his grandchildren and taught them all to fish and shoot safely.        Gail was a ladies’ man and he was married to Connie Bowman and had two sons, Shannon and Leroy Bennett. In later years he married Janie Thompson and they had a daughter Janell Bennett. In 1987 he married the love of his life, Carolyn, and they spent 31 years doing everything together. Gail was fortunate to spend the last decades of his life exactly where he always wanted to be—enjoying the beauty and wonders of the Yaak. He was happiest when he was sharing his love of the forest and rivers and wildlife (and a few pet deer) with his dogs, friends and family and then telling the stories later at the Tavern.

Gail was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wally and his sister Barbara.  He is survived by his brothers Jim and Terry Bennett and his sister Patti Smith, children Shannon, Leroy, Janell and Bobbi, stepdaughters Cory and Robin and his grandchildren Dane, Vance, Graham, Brianna, Caleb, McKenna , McKenzy, Anthony and Andrew and his wife, Carolyn. Gail will be missed by many, he had an impact on every life he touched.

A celebration of his life will be held on July 28, 2018 at the Yaak River Tavern. Please contact Carolyn for details. In the words of Gail Bennett, “Thank You Lord for a Beautiful Day!”

Carlo Jean (Bricker) Morton, 84 of Libby

Carol Jean (Bricker) Morton 84, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Libby. Jean was born Dec. 16, 1932 in Douglas Wyo. to Harley B. and Esther B. (Smith) Bricker. She lived in Wyoming for a short while where her family homesteaded. She moved to Idaho in 1937. Her family first lived in a log cabin at Seneacquoteen and then moved to Laclede about a year later where she attended grade school.

Jean went to live with her grandparents in Glendale, Ariz. and spent her sophomore year there. When she returned to Idaho she attended school at Priest River. She later worked at Sprouse Reitz in Sandpoint. She met her husband Huston Morton in 1952. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Seward, Alaska were her sons Gary and Lee were born. The family moved to Spokane, Wash. in 1958 where Hugh worked in home construction. They moved to Libby, Mont. in 1964.

Their first business in Libby was a second hand store at the end of Mineral Ave. They moved to 720 Mineral about four years later where they ran an upholstery business. They did work for W.R. Grace and St. Regis and also did furniture work for others in the community.

Jean was a past president of the Women of the Moose Lodge, past President of the Eagles Auxiliary, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, past President of the Community Thrift Store, a member of the Libby Fine Arts Commission and a member of the United Methodist Church.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Hugh, parents, brothers Herbert and Gerald, a sister Dolores and a brother-in-law Don Morton. She is survived by her sons and their wives Gary and Sara Morton; Lee and Jeannette Morton; sisters Sharon (Bill) Mcinturff and Judy Morton; three grandchildren, Meagan, Cameron and Amy; three great granddaughters, several step grandchildren, step great grandchildren; sister –in-law Karen Bricker and lifelong friend Vi Torpen of Spokane.

Services were held on June 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church with the Reverend Karen Disney officiating. Burial was at the Libby Cemetery. A reception followed for her family and friends at the VFW Lodge.

Arrangements were by Schnackenbery & Nelson. Share online memories at www.schnackenbergfh.com.