RAVALLI COUNTY OBITUARIES
ROBERT A. O'HARA
June 10, 1867 - December 18, 1954
BOB O'HARA, DEAN OF STATE LAWYERS, DIES AGED 87 YEARS.
Robert A. O'Hara, prominent western Montana attorney,
who had practiced law in the Treasure State longer than any other living
attorney, died at his home in Hamilton a little before one o'clock p.m.
Saturday, December 18. His death followed that of his wife by less than
two months, Mrs. O'Hara having passed away October 24, 1954.
Funeral services were held at St. Francis Church in
Hamilton Wednesday morning with Rev. Robert O'Hara, a nephew of the deceased
attorney, officiating. The same nephew came to Hamilton from Sublimity,
Oregon in late October to conduct his aunt's last rites. O'Hara was buried
in Riverview cemetery. Active pallbearers at the funeral were Ed O'Hare,
Joseph Item, Henry Gilmore, Frank O'Donnell, Clare Conroy, and Claude Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were Hon. Fred Gibson, Livingston;
Hon. Wm J. Jameson, Billings; Hon. Howard Johnson, Butte; Robert Corette,
Butte; Judge Carl Rasch, Helena; T.B. Weir, Helena; E.C. Mulroney, W.T.
Boone, Judge E.E. Comer, Judge Albert Besancon, all of Missoula; Henry St.
John, Dr. R.A. Cooley, W.A. McElroy, H.C. Packer, John Howe Sr., Dr. C.C.
Tefft, Anthony Hork, Shirley Thane, Fred Roberts, Lloyd Roberts, and Steve
Collins, all of Hamilton. Rosary services were held at the Dowling chapel
Robert A. O'Hara was born June 10, 1867 at Plymouth,
Indiana. He was married to Frances Ann Hughes July 5, 1893 at Hamilton.
His wife was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hughes and came with
them to Hamilton in January 1891. They became parents of three daughters:
Mrs. Geraldine Macdonald, who resides in Hamilton and who has been associated
with her father in the practice of law since 1930; Mrs. Mary Frances Butzerin
of Spokane; Mrs. Roberta Hart of Metuchen, N.J. Others who survive Mr. O'Hara
are two grandsons and one granddaughter, four great grandchildren; a brother
who is Archbishop Edwin V.O'Hara of Kansas City, Missouri and a sister, Mrs.
Anna Daniels, who also lives in Kansas City.
Abstract from: The Western News, December 23, 1954
September 20, 1867 - January 24, 1938
OLD-TIMER TAKEN. LAST RITES TO BE THIS AFTERNOON AT MASONIC TEMPLE.
After an illness of about three weeks, death claimed
the life of Casper Oertli at his home in Daly Acres east of town late Monday
afternoon. Mr. Oertli had been seriously illl, at times showing improvement,
only to suffer relapses. He was 70 years of age and had been a Bitter Root
valley resident for more than 40 years. With him during his last illness
were his wife and members of the immediate family.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2
o'clock at the Masonic temple, Rev. H.H. Longnecker officiating, and interment
will be in Riverview cemetery. Mr. Oertli had been a
member of the Masonic order in Hamilton about 30 years. Pallbearers will
be B.W. Reimel, A.F. Hobbs, Henry See, C.A. Smithey, Merritt Magby, and
Hugh Wylie. The body will lie instate at the Dowling Funeral Home until
11 o'clock, at which time it will be taken to the temple.
Mr. Oertli was born September 20, 1867, in Chicago,
Illinois. When he was a small boy, he went with his parents to Nebraska.
He was married in that state in December 1891 to Ludy Turnell. They came
to Montana and first resided in Missoula, where Mr. Oertli was in the hotel
business until coming to the Bitter Root valley in 1894. The family has
resided in this section continuously since that time. They made their home
on a Sleeping Child ranch for many years and Mr. Oertli operated a threshing
machine outfit. At one time, he was foreman of the Bitter Root Stock Farm,
but most of his life had been spent caring for his own interests. For the
past 20 years the family had lived in Hamilton, part of the time in the
city limits and in recent years at their present place.
Relatives to survive include the widow and four daughters
and two sons: Mrs. Sam Downing, Mrs. C.W. Ellingwood, Mrs. Charlotte Centers,
Mrs. Frank Taulman, and Ben and Edward Oertli of Hamilton. There are four
brothers, Fred and Henry of Missoula, Leonard of Hamilton and Ben of Orofino,
Idaho. Mrs. Rose Harrison of Missoula is a sister. The family has the sympathy
of a large circle of friends throughout the valley.
Ravalli Republican, January 27, 1938
ETHEL LOUISE SHULTS OERTLI
February 1, 1917 - January 28, 2002
E. Louise (Shults) Oertli, 84, passed away Monday,
January 28, 2002, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
She was born Thursday, February 1, 1917, northwest
of Hamilton to Victor L. and Clara (Blodgett) Shults. She married Edward
T. Oertli on July 3, 1937. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1991.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers
Eldon, Delbert, Edward, and Glenn Shults, and sisters Clara E. Bohler and
Mary L. Nicol. She is survived by her son, Gerald E. (Pat) Oertli and spouse,
Paula, of Hamilton; two granddaughters, Lanette Darrow and spouse, Barry,
of Hamilton; and Renee Oertli of Florence; and five great grandchildren,
Dustin, Sean, Sage all of Florence, Rene of Reno, Nevada; and Gem of Missoula.
Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a sister-in-law,
Lucele Shults of Missoula.
Extract from: Ravalli Repulican, February 13, 2002
HELEN L. OGG
September 2, 1884 - May 22, 1944
Funeral Services For Mrs. Helen Off To Be Here Friday; Died At Missoula
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at
the Dowling Chapel for Mrs. Helen L. Ogg who died at a Missoula hospital
Monday afternoon following an illness of only three days. Rev. Earl R. Saladen
will officiate at the services and interment will be in the family plot in
Riverview Cemetery beside the grave of her late husband, Ben E. Off and two
children. The pallbearers will be E.G. Butterfield, L.E. Downing, Anthony
Hork, C.W. Ellingwood ,George Gordon, and John Parker. At the chapel services,
Jack Hawker will sing accompanied by Mrs. L.L. Goodman.
Helen E. Ogg was born September 2, 1884 at Chicago,
Illinois and came to Hamilton with her late husband to make the family home
in 1917. Her husband worked for the Bitter Root Drug Store for the late Dr.
George McGrath and later acquired the business which is now operated by Robert
Mrs. Ogg is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Chester Chaffin,
who is here from her home at Portland, Oregon; by her mother, Mrs. Mary Kaufman,
who is ill in a Missoula hospital; by her aunt, Mrs. George Fresheimer of
Missoula; by two nieces, Mrs. Jack Sanderson and Miss Virginia Barry of Oakland,
California; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Ogg, of Hamilton. Mrs. E.L. Sanderson
went to Missoula today to meet Mrs. Jack Sanderson.
The Western News, May 25, 1944
1851 - 1925
PASSED AWAY AT HAMILTON HOSPITAL TUESDAY AND WAS BURIED
AT DARBY WEDNESDAY NOON.
Lovelle Osborne, 73, and a resident of the Bitter
Root since 1880, died at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Hamilton hospital
after months of illness. He is survived by his widow, mrs. Isabelle Osborne,
two sons, Ferdinand of Portland, and Claude of St. Regis; a daughter, Mrs.
Rodney Kruot, and a daughter, Isabelle, of Hamilton.
Mr. Osborne was one of the first homesteaders in the
upper Bitter Root valley and was later employed for many years by the Bitter
Root Stock Farm. He was a native of Wisconsin.
Burial was at Darby, Wednesday, by the grave of his
first wife, Naomi Goff Osborne, who died about 25 years ago. Services at
the grave were by Rev. E. Clutterbuck of the Darby Community Church.
Ravalli Republican, March 6, 1925
ANNIA MERRILL OVERTURF
January 27, 1876 - January 22, 1952
Funeral rites will be conducted at Dowling chapel
in Hamilton Friday at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 22. Rev. charles West will
officiate at the services after which the remains will be taken to Lone
Pine cemetery in Darby in a funeral cortege. Burial will be made in the
family plot there. Those who will act as pallbearers are marion Oswald,
Herbert Wilkerson, Delmar Fox, Archie Dye, John Halder, and leslie Moles.
Mrs. Overturf was born January 27, 1876 at Chatfield,
Wisconsin, a daughter of Mr. and mrs. William Merrill. She was wed to Herman
Piper. Later, coming to Montana, she was married to Frank H. Overturf at
Hamilton, September 29, 1903. The couple made their home at Darby until
he was stricken with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, from which he died at
Hamilton, April 24, 1924. He is at rest in Lone Pine cemetery, Darby.
Those who survive Mrs. Overturf are three daughters
and one son, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two sisters,
one brother, and two step-children. The children are: Mrs. Boyd Gibford,
Darby; Mrs. Harvey Elliott, Hamilton; Mrs. Pearl Moffett, Sutters Creek,
California; and Leonard Overturf, Hoquiam, Washington. The brother is Chester
Merrill who lives at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as does a sister, Mrs. Ethel
Fleck. The other sister, Mrs. Lettie Holmberg, resides at Issaquah, Washington.
The stepchildren are: Mrs. Harry Gibford, Darby, and Mrs. Pat Roscoe, Tracy,
Abstract from: The Western News, January 24, 1952
Memorial services for Cloyse Overturf were conducted
Friday afternoon in Helena. Overturf, a Darby native, died unexpectedly of
a heat attack at his home in Helena Wednesday. He was 75 years old. He was
the son of the late pioneer family, Dave and Eva Overturf. On June 10,
1929, he married Dorothy White of Darby.
He is survived by his wife in Helena; a son, Edwin
of Toronto, Canada; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Enid) Agarmenoni, Great Falls,
and seven grandchildren.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 2, 1979