Great Falls Tribune -25 May 1998

John H. Latray.

   Chinook - Longtime Blaine County farmer and rancher, John H. Latray, 74, died Friday in a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.

   Vigil services are 7pm this evening at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass is 2pm Tuesday at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. Burial with military honors, is in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

   Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

   Latray was born Feb 3 1924, in Cleveland, Mont. and attended school in Zurich.

   He worked for Miller Brothers in a sheep camp and served in the military from 1945 to 1947.

   On May 12, 1948, he married Sophie Shambo in Chinook.

   From 1952 until 1966, Latray worked as a caretaker for the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

   He also farmed and ranched at Three Buttes on the Fort Belnap Reservation. His interests were

farming, his horses and yard.

   Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Joan Christofferson of Missoula; sons, Frank, Ronnie, Lynn and Lyle of Chinook, Buddy and Marlan of Havre, Terry of Missoula, and Gaylord of Shelby; brothers, Alex, Bud and

Donald of Anaconda and Harold of Deerlodge; sisters, Clara Norberg of Portland, Ore, Alice Schnabel and Pearl Anderson of Anaconda; and 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Wednesday, May 20, 1998

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JOHN H. LATRAY

   CHINOOK-John H. LaTray, 74, longtime Blaine County farmer/rancher, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at a Great Falls hospital due to natural causes.

   Vigil services were Monday evening. Mass was recited Tuesday afternoon in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church with burial following in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery with mili­tary honors.

LaTray was born Feb. 3,1924, to William and Jenny (Gardipee) LaTray in Cleveland. He attended school in Zurich, He worked for Miller Brothers as a sheep  ten­der. He was in the mIlitary from 1945-1947.

   On May 12, 1948, he married Sophie Shambo in Chinook. He worked as a caretaker for the Kuper Memorial Cemetery from 1952-1966, and also farmed and ranched at Three Buttes on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

   His interests besides farming were his horses, yard and visiting with friends.

   Survivors include his wife, Sophie of Chinook; sons, Frank, Ronnie, Lynn, and Lyle of Chinook, Buddy and Marlan of Havrc, Terry of Missoula, and Gaylord of Shelby; daughter, Joan Christofferson of Missoula; brothers, Alex, Bud, and Donald of Anaconda, and Harold of Deer Lodge; sisters, Clara Norbberg of Portland, Alice Schnabel and Pearl Anderson of Anaconda; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

   He was preceded in. death by his parents, six brothers, and two sis­ters.

   Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrange­ments.                                 

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