Maxine Ruth Lutnes, 83, Williston, formerly of Westby, Mont., died peacefully on Sunday, May 30, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Williston.
She was born on Oct. 11, 1926, in Seattle, the only daughter born to Thomas and Lena (Sherman) Marshall with her brother Thomas W. Marshall completing the family in 1931.
Maxine was raised in the Renton area, attending schools in Honeydew and Issaquah, Wash.
She graduated from Issaquah High School in 1944 and then went to work at Boeing Aircraft manufacturing in Renton and Seattle until the end of the war.
She attended Seattle Pacific College under the Cadet Nurse Corps until an illness made such a career inadvisable.
Maxine worked at various secretarial jobs in Seattle until she married Duane Lutnes on March 6, 1949, in Washington. The new couple returned to Duane’s family farm near Westby where they made a life together, farming for over 50 years until they retired to Williston in the fall of 1999.
Maxine always enjoyed her early childhood exploring the deep pacific northwest forests near her Renton, Wash., home.
She throughly enjoyed her job at Boeing Aircraft where she worked as a “Rivet Bucker”: holding a steel bar — the “bucking bar” — against the end of a new rivet on the inside of the plane while a “Riveter” would drive the rivet from the other side to shape and tighten the rivet. Maxine and her riveting partner made a very good team as he perfected a bucking bar that made it possible to get rivets into very difficult locations on an aircraft.
Their riveting talents took them throughout the Boeing plants in Renton and Seattle to take care of difficult riveting jobs assembling many different types of aircraft.
In her later years, Maxine took up crocheting and fondly enjoyed making afghans, potholders and reading.
She also enjoyed traveling by car and train to visit her children and grandchildren, and being able to bring people pleasure by smiles, words and acts of thoughtfulness and appreciation.
Surviving Maxine are her loving husband of over 61 years, Duane Lutnes, Williston; her eight children and their spouses: Richard Lutnes, wife, Beth Lafayette, La.; grandkids, Danny Lutnes, Tisha (Lutnes) and Quinton Miller greatgrandchild, Bristol; Raymond Lutnes, partner, Suzie Travarthan, Oakland, Ca.; Merle Lutnes and Jean (Miller), Thornton, Colo., grandchildren, John Lutnes, Julie (Lutnes) and Scott Ortez grandchildren. Lauren, Katherine, and Christian, Daniel and Jamilla (Walker) Ayden, Avory, and Anayah, Lucinda (Lutnes) and Kevin McElhatten, Robin (Lutnes) and Brian Sugihara-Xoxa, Jade, and Kioshi, Keith Lutnes, Williston, grandchildren, Shondel Lutnes, Jessie (Lutnes) and John Querl and Ann Lutnes, granchild, Emily Lutnes, Cathy (Lutnes) and Dennis Hanson, Fortuna, grandchildren, Justin Hanson, Mandy (Hanson) and Garth Peterson, grandchild, Jordyn, Dana (Hanson) and Scott DeVries, and Brittany Hanson; Allan Lutnes and partner, Bonnie Gilbertson, Glen Rock, Wyo., grandchildren, Troy and Kat (Smith), Erick Lutnes and Stephanie (Jackson) Kaden, Ciera, and Carlee; Laurie (Lutnes) and Doug Sparr, Sunset Hills, Mo., grandchildren, Kelsey, Ian, Haley and Eric Sparr; Terri Lutnes, Williston, grandchildren, Kristen Lutnes and Linda Borrer, neices, Lorna Lockhert Lutnes and Mona Lutnes, as well as numerous friends and relatives.
Her funeral service is at 10 a.m. (MDT) on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the Fulkerson Memorial Chapel, Plentywood. The Rev. Greg Smithson is officiating.
Burial is to follow the luncheon and is at approximately 12:30 p.m. (MDT) at the McElroy Cemetery, Westby, Mont.
Memorial donations may be made in Maxine’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Service is under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home, Plentywood.