THE DAILY INTERLAKE - Kalispell                                 Monday, May 24, 2004

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 Curtis L. ‘Rocky’ Humphreys

   Curtis L. "Rocky" Humphreys, 91, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2004, at the Brendan House in Kalispell.

   He was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Bird Island, Minn., to James Curtis and Bertha (Jacobson) Humphreys.

   Rocky came to Great Falls in 1916. His father died and his mother went to work for Gilbert Haugo, to cook for his thrashing crew at Silverbow.    They later married and Rocky was raised in the Hogeland, Silverbow, Cherry Ridge area of the "Big Flat Country" north of Harlem.

   Rocky married Hazel A. Birdwell in 1936. She would be his wife for 43 years. They had six children and were together until her death in 1979.

   He served for 10 years in the National Guard in Harlem and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he went to work for the Great Northern Railroad as a section hand at Turner. He worked for the railroad for 29 years as a section laborer and as a heavy equipment operator in the Cat Pool, from Williston, N.D., to Seattle, Wash., where he was known as "Rocky" to all his Great Northern friends and co-workers.

   Rocky married Belva Walton in 1982. They have made Kalispell their home ever since. They enjoyed traveling, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, dancing and camping out for many happy years. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation fan.

   Rocky was an avid member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and participated in starting the lodge in Columbia Falls. He was also an avid member of the Moose Lodge in Kalispell, and received many commendations from both orders.

   Rocky is survived by his wife, Belva, of Kalispell; his six children, James "Gil" and wife Mary Ann of Hamilton, Betty George and husband Rueben of Napa, Idaho, Sharron Holden of Sunnyvale, Calif., Karl and wife Peggy of Harlem, Steve and wife Annie of Hogeland, and Aileen Gates of Albuquerque, N.M.; Belva’s children, Prentiss Foster and wife Joyce of St. Cloud, Minn., Winifred Bredy of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Carolyn Meyers and husband Lowell of Drummond, and Connie Robey and husband Ronnie of Parkerburg, W. Va.; a sister, Aileen Bevolden, and her husband, Leroy, of Hamilton; 20 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, his wife Hazel, and a grandson.

   Local visitation will take place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services for Rocky will be held at the Hogeland Lutheran Church on Friday, May 28, at 11 a.m. with burial following at the Silverbow Cemetery in Hogeland.

   The family suggests memorial gifts be given to VFW 2252, 111 Main Street, Kalispell, MT 59901.

   Local arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory, with Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook serving the family in Hogeland.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, May 26, 2004

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Curtis Humphreys

   Curtis L. “Rocky” Humphreys, 91, passed away on Saturday. May 22, 2004 at the Brendan House in Kalispell. Funeral services will be held in the Hogeland American Lutheran Church on Friday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m., with burial follow­ing in the Silverbow Cemetery in Hogeland.

   Arrangements in Kalispell were under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and
Crematory, with local arrangements under the direction of Ed­wards Funeral Home of Chinook.

   Rocky was born on October    17, 1912 in Bird Island, MN to James Curtis and Bertha (Jacob­son) Humphreys. The family moved to Great Falls in 1916. When his father died his mother went to work for Gilbert Haugo cooking for his thrashing crew at Silverbow.  

   Bertha and Gilbert married and Rocky was raised in the Hogeland-Silverbow-Cherry
Ridge area of what is known at the “Big Flat Country” is located north of Harlem.

   In 1936 Rocky married Hazel Birdwell and they had six children. He served with the National Guard unit in Harlem for ten years, and enlisted in the Navy dwing World War II. Fol­lowing his discharge in 1945, he went to work for the Great Northern Railroad, beginning as a section hand at Turner. For 29 years he worked for the railroad, first as a section hand and then as a heavy equipment operator in the “Cat Pool” that covered from Williston, ND to Seattle, WA. He was known as “Rocky” to all his Great Northern friends and co-workers. When Hazel passed away in 1979 they had been mar­ried for 43 years.

   In 1982 Rocky married Belva Walton and they’d made their home in Kalispell ever since.

   They enjoyed traveling, 4-wheel-ing, snowmobiling, dancing and camping out. Rocky loved the outdoors and was an avid hunt­ing, fishing and outdoor recrea­tion fan. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and participated in starting a lodge in

   Columbia Falls. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Kalispell and received many commendations from both the Eagles and the Moose.

   Survivors include his wife Belva of Kalispell; his six chil­dren, James “Gil” (Mary Ann)

Humphreys of Hamilton, Betty (Rueben) George of Napa, ID, Sharron Holden of Sunnyvale, CA, Karl (Peggy) Humphreys of Harlem. Steve (Annie) Hum­phreys of Hogeland, and Aileen Gates of Albuquerque. NM; step-’children, Prentiss (Joyce) Foster of St. Cloud, MN, Winifred Bredy of Bonners Ferry, ID, Carolyn (Lowell) Meyers of Drummond and Connie (Ronnie) Robey of Parkerburg, WV; a sister, Aileen (Leroy) Bevolden of Hamilton; 20 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; his first wife, Hazel; and a grandson.

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