Womack Obituaries

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*   KATHERINE RUTH WOMACK nee LICHTE,    Jul. 11, 1925 – Jun. 15, 2009

Ruth Womack died June 15 at Madison Valley Manor in Ennis at the age of 83.

She was born in Abe, Mont., along the Upper Madison on July 11, 1925, on her parents' homestead, the Lichte ranch. This ranch, near Wall Creek Ranger Station, was the source of many fond memories. She loved her frequent visits to this spot with her family.

After attending first grade in a one-room school on Ruby Creek, she continued her education in Virginia City, graduating in 1943. She then got a teaching degree from what was then Eastern Montana College in Billings. This lead to a two-year stint as a second grade teacher in Manhattan.

In 1947 she married Pete Womack. They built their house along the Madison River in Ennis and raised four children, Pete Jr., Greg, Tim and Teresa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, and son, Greg.

Survivors include her children, Pete Jr. of Astoria, N.Y., Tim of Ennis, and Teresa of White Salmon, Wash.; grandchildren, Shoshone and Brett Womack, and Dane and Chelsea Ludwig; sisters, Dorothy Smith of Reed Point, and Vivian Wills of Torrance, Calif., and brother, Gary Lichte of Tucson, Ariz.

Memorials are preferred to the Madison Valley Library; to the Lions Club Park in Ennis; or to the Madison Valley Historical Society.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

*  JOHN JAMES WOMACK,   Sep. 26, 1920 – Nov. 11, 2011  

Major General John James Womack, 91

That big booming voice that called out to so many on the streets of Dillon was silenced on 11-11-11. The General led his last command on Veterans Day after suffering a severe stroke on Sunday, Nov. 6.

John “Jim” Womack was born in Ennis, Mont., on Sept. 26, 1920, to Frances and Emmett Womack. He was a 1938 graduate of Ennis High School and earned his degree from Montana State Normal College in 1947. He was awarded a masters degree in education in 1955.

Jim met Vivian Marie Love and they were married in November 1942. There were four boys born to this union. Vivian and Jim lost their two middle sons. Jon D died in 1970 with a brain tumor. Joe, founder of the Dillonite Daily, died in 2000 from complications of type 1 diabetes.

He enlisted in the Army in April of 1942. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1945 at Fort Bennington, Ga. He joined the Montana National Guard in May of 1949. He served as a Company and Battalion Commander.

In 1969, Col. Womack was appointed to the office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard. He was promoted to the rank of Major General and held that office until his retirement in January of 1981.

Jim had a variety of business interests in the area, including founding the Dillon Cable TV system, Carter Creek Mining Company, Pacific Mining, Minerals Engineering and many other enterprises with his long time partners and close friends, Carl Davis and John Erb. Many remember him as their teacher and many others remember him as principal Womack.

His hobbies include going to garage and estate sales. He was an avid collector of books on western history. He co-founded the Western Historical Library with Steve Hamilton in Three Forks with over 14,000 volumes at present time.

The general leaves behind his wife of 69 years he lovingly called ‘Little Grammie’; sons, Jim and Jack (wife Kathy); daughter-in-law, Brenda Womack; adopted daughter, Juanita Browne; grandchildren, Jon, Dillon, Jennifer, Jeff, Carson, Kylie, Alexa and Wyatt; two great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many special family and friends.

As his request, cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brundage Funeral Chapel. Services will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Dillon National Guard Armory. Refreshments to follow. A private internment will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10004 orwww.jdrf.org, Beaverhead Humane Society, Dillon Food Pantry or a memorial of the donor’s choice. A guestbook is available on-line atwww.brundagefuneralhome.com or express condolences atwww.mtstandard.com/obits.


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