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In Memory

Remy Pochelon

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01/07/13 05:22 PM #1    

Holt Anderson

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Remy H. PocheIon

Age: 64

Residence:  Philipsburg, MT

Approx. Date of Death:  09/30/2009

"PHILIPSBURG - Remy Hathaway Pochelon, 64, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at his home in Philipsburg of natural causes.  Remy was born July 4,1945, in Geneva, Switzerland.  He spent his childhood in George's Mills, N.H., and graduated from Mount Hermon High School in Northfield, Mass.  In 1965, Remy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Reese Air Base in Lubbock, Texas.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged from the service in August 1972.  Following his military service, Remy headed west and began his 36-year career with the Forest Service.  He started as a seasonal employee in 1973 while attending the University of Idaho.  He graduated with a degree in forest resources and started working as a firefighter for the St. Joe Interagency Hot Shot crew based out of Clarkia, Idaho.  In 1976, Remy accepted a permanent position with the U.S. Forest Service in Wallace, Idaho. His work later took him to Clarkia, Idaho, the Philipsburg Ranger District, and eventually to the Flathead Valley where he worked for the Swan Ranger District as resource assistant until retiring in 2004.  Remy was especially proud of his role in the development, permitting and eventual establishment of the Blacktail Ski Area on the Flathead National Forest near Lakeside.  Throughout his career, Remy was active in the fire program and continued to be a member of a Northern Rockies Type 2 incident management team after his retirement.  He was one of the longest-serving safety officers for the USFS and had just completed an assignment on the Table Mountain fire southwest of Philipsburg.  Indeed, Remy was around for so long, his co-workers eventually gave him a symbolic stuffed dinosaur that was a permanent fixture on the dashboard of his pickup.  His knowledge and experience with forest policy and recreational issues continued to serve him well in retirement.  Remy worked as a part-time consultant on forest planning issues throughout the west for Ecosystem Research Group in Missoula.  Remy thoroughly enjoyed himself in retirement.  He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and skiing, especially skiing with his granddaughters.  He was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Silver Mountain, Idaho, and at Lost Trail and Discovery Basin in Montana.  He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and a member of the Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Department.  One of Remy's simplest pleasures was firing up the barbeque on a summer evening for a gathering of friends and family, enjoying their company, and treating them to the awesome views of the Flint Creek Valley from his deck.  He is survived by his wife, Mary McDonald of Philipsburg; his daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Todd Seiger, and their children Abby and Caitlyn of Spokane, Wash.; his sister Gabby of East Aurora, N.Y.; his brother Allen of Cardwell; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Suzanne (Hathaway) Pochelon.  A celebration of Remy's Life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Granite High School Gymnasium in Philipsburg with the Rev. Rusty Craig officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Sydney Rae Cutler Fund c/o Flint Creek Valley Bank in Philipsburg or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation's 52 Club in Boise, Idaho.  Services and cremation are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Philipsburg."

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