Obituaries

Ruth Ann Graybill Magone

Polette, 84 of Libby

Ruth Ann, 84, was born on April 11, 1933 to Letcher and Alma Graybill in Tucson, Ariz. She left this world to be with Jesus on July 3, 2018 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.      Her early childhood years were spent in Ariz. where she loved walking in the desert with her younger brother Tom, while her dad was mining for gold. She also spent time in Calif. during World War II. Her teen years were spent in Superior, Mont., where her parents ran the Evening Star Motel. She met her first husband, Dan Magone, in Superior, and they were married August 13, 1950, in Superior.

Ruth Ann and Dan had three sons in Superior. The family moved to Great Falls in 1958, and in 1959 a daughter joined the family. In 1960 they moved to Libby. Ruth Ann and Dan were divorced in 1966 and on Feb. 9, 1967 Ruth Ann and Arthur Polette were married. This added a step brother to the Magone siblings. Art and Ruth spent time in Alaska with her daughter’s family and the majority of their retirement was spent in Black Canyon City, Ariz.

Ruth Ann loved the desert, especially in the springtime when the cactus was in full bloom. She loved baking, cooking, and making sure that everyone had plenty to eat. She really enjoyed shopping, and eating at restaurants. She had a soft spot in her heart for all animals, and never turned away a stray cat. She enjoyed being outside, doing simple things like walking around the yard, checking out all the flowerbeds and plants. She loved the forest and mountains, especially when the huckleberries were ready for picking. Most of all, she loved being with her family, and making sure everyone had a good time, and a full tummy.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Polette, her parents, Letcher and Alma Graybill, and a brother Thomas Graybill, and his wife Rhoda.

She is survived by a brother, Douglas Graybill (Betty);  her children, Terry Magone (Barb), Steven Magone (Charlotte), Tom Magone (Ritchel), and her daughter Dana Henry, and stepson Jim Polette (Terry); 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

A private family service has taken place, and she will be interred at the city of Libby Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

Mom was loved immensely, and will always be in our heart.

Robert Keller (Bob), 91 of Libby

THE HONORABLE ROBERT S. KELLER

Robert Keller (Bob) was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Bellefonte, Pa. to Ellis and Marguerite Keller, and passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018, at the Libby Care Center in Libby, Mont.

Bob grew up in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and moved back to State College, Pa. his junior high school year, graduating in 1945. He attended Penn State University where he was active in campus politics and boxing, and he earned a pre-law degree in 1950 with one military service interruption (Air Force at the end of WWII).    Upon graduation, Bob was commissioned in the Army, serving two tours in Korea as a tank commander where he earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and was wounded in action earning the Purple Heart and a medical retirement.

In Dec. 1952, Bob married his high school classmate, Susan Bissey, in Colo. while on leave from the Army.

Bob always said his four favorite passions in life were hunting, fishing, skiing and flying. After his military service he decided to move west to pursue those passions and attend law school at the University of Utah. Upon graduation Bob and Susan moved to Kalispell, Mont. where Bob practiced law with the Murphy & Robinson firm before setting up his solo practice. He particularly loved trial practice, and was very comfortable in the courtroom where he later served as a Montana District Court Judge in both in Flathead County (1968 – 1976) and in Lincoln County (1988 – 1995).

In his retirement Bob enjoyed acting as a visiting judge in Great Falls and Miles City, and teaching law students at the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Montana School of Law.

Bob and Susan raised their family in the Flathead Valley where he enjoyed coaching and umpiring the boys’ baseball teams, flying Cessna planes, participating in Evergreen Lions, playing bridge with friends and skiing at Big Mountain in Whitefish (where the family earned the first Kalispell Ski Club Family Race trophy).

In 1988 Bob and Susan moved to Libby where he golfed daily, played duplicate bridge, and skied the slopes at Turner Mountain. Bob truly loved Montana – in the summer he enjoyed cocktails on the dock at Echo Lake while planning the annual family fly fishing and horse packing trip to the South Fork of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Bob’s last 25-mile trail ride in was at age 74. But his favorite Montana activity was pheasant hunting with his beloved springer spaniels and his dear friend and neighbor, Bill Crismore, by his side.

Bob is survived by his children Geoff (Teri) in Billings, Jamie (Catriona) in Ohio, and Jill Mitchell (Kurt) in Minnesota, six grandchildren (Ian, Gillian, Fiona, Sophia, Olivia, Lara), and sisters Tish (Ted) Bunnell, and Skeety (Maurey) Tosi. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Susan (July 1, 2014), a special needs daughter, Johanna (2000) and his sister Anne (Ted) Butler.

Donations may be made to a charity of choice. A memorial will be held by the family at a later date. Special thank you to the staff at the Libby Care Center, who gave “Judge” excellent care and a reason to share his big smile and sparkling blue eyes. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

JoAn Rai Riedlinger, 91 of Troy

JoAn Rai Riedlinger, 91, of Troy, Mont. passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Boundary County Hospital extended care facility in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Her passing follows a lengthy struggle with dementia.

JoAn was born in Aberdeen, Wash. on June 5, 1927 to Charles and Ruth Chapel, and lived most of her life in the Troy area. She attended schools in Troy and married Martin Riedlinger on Nov. 2, 1941. JoAn and Martin formed Riedlinger Logging, an independent contractor business, which they operated for several decades. As she often said, “Martin was the logger and I was the bookkeeper and raised the kids.”

She was a staunch supporter of the Montana Logging Association and Communities for a Great Northwest. For a brief time, she and Martin also owned the Home Bar in Troy. JoAn was a long-time member of the Troy Business and Professionals Club. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening, reading, and hosting large family gatherings at their home. Whether keeping a mulligan stew going for the hunting camp, preparing Thanksgiving dinner, or using her converted washing machine lid fry-pan to cook trout over a campfire, she was a great cook. JoAn volunteered for many years covering emergency calls for the Troy Area Dispatch; Yaak and Bull Lake Volunteer Ambulance; and, was an active member of the Troy Quilters Guild, and the Yaak and Bull Lake Rod & Gun Clubs.

JoAn was preceded in death by Martin, her husband of 72 years; her mother and father; and, brothers, Wes and Lonnie Chapel.

Survivors include daughters Bonnie (Clayton Price), Troy; Donna (Larry Nelson), Monroe, Wash.; son Dennis (Karen), Troy; “the twins” Darla (Tim Lindsey), Houston, Texas; Carla  (Jim Bombino), Beaverton, Ore.; brothers, Alton, Pat, and Albert Chapel; sister, Leah Voorhies; along with many grand-children; great grand-children; great great grand-children; nieces; nephews; in-laws; and others.

JoAn had numerous good friends who, along with family, will cherish lifetime memories. She is now at peace. Private family services are planned. Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnacken bergfh.com.

Diana Louise Rosenquist, 71 of Libby

Diana Louise Rosenquist, 71, went home to heaven on July 2, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born on January 18, 1948 to Robert and Crystal McKee in Monrovia, Calif. She graduated from Arcata High School and married Lloyd Jole.

Diana and Lloyd divorced in 1970 (though remained friends forever.) She worked full time, raising her only child Tina in Trinidad, Calif. where they rode horses and beachcombed. In 1975, she packed up her truck and moved to Libby, Mont. marrying Donald Rosenquist on Feb. 17, 1978. They were married for 40 years. She was employed until she retired at First Montana Bank.

She and Donald spent many summers camping and fishing on the boat.  Diana was an avid outdoorswoman, often backpacking into the high country to camp alone or with her grandchildren or friends. She had a deep love for her Lord Jesus and talked much about heaven, and the things of God. She participated in jail ministry and wrote encouraging cards to the girls in jail, friends, and family. She loved Libby, her friends, family, and especially Donald. She was deeply loved and cherished and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Rosenquist;  her daughter, Tina Puckett; seven grandchildren, Brandon, Lucas, Sarah, Ahriel, Elianna, Jezreel, and Abbagail, and a great-granddaughter, Lily; a sister, Marianne Job, a brother, Richard McKee, and many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.