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Wayne E. Tree

Born: Sun., Sep. 23, 1934
Died: Fri., Jun. 22, 2018

Private Interment


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jun. 27, 2018
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

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Stevensville - Wayne E. Tree, 83, of Stevensville passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at The Village Health Care Center in Missoula. He was born September 23, 1934 in Berwyn, Illinois, the son of the late Thomas H. and Florence (Thompson) Tree. He graduated from Grangeville High School in LaGrange, Illinois in 1952. Wayne and some of his friends came to Montana in 1954 and decided to make Missoula their new home. Wayne graduated from the University of Montana and also got his Master's degree from there. His first teaching job was in West Yellowstone from February 13th to June 2, 1967. He then took a teaching positon at Rattlesnake School in 1967. He taught 7th and 8th grade science at Rattlesnake School until his retirement in 1992. After retiring he did some subbing in Stevensville and Florence schools. He was also the score keeper for football, girts' basketball and volleyball at Florence for several years. He was an avid bird watcher and made many friends in Montana and Idaho in his years of birding. He was also a volunteer at the Teller Refuge and the Lee Metcalf Refuge. His prize achievement was when he got 300 different bird species in a year. A lot of time went into this achievement. Wayne is survived by his wife Arla of Stevensville; one daughter, Arnica and husband Scott Ziebarth and two sons Chad Tree and his wife Nadine and Brad Tree and his wife Christy; four granddaughters and three grandsons. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 P.M. at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.

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Barbara Shubert
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018


Arla and family, Our thoughts and love are with you at this sad time in your life in the loss of Wayne. We hope you can find comfort in memories of better times and wish peace for Wayne. Barb and Dick Shubert and Judy Neilson

Wilma Tabaracci
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
I worked with Wayne my first year teaching 8th grade. He was always so kind and helpful, a very nice man. So sorry for your loss

Doretta Clevenger
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Arla I was sorry to read of Wayne's passing. Sending my condolences. Doretta

Forey Bradley Cederberg
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Dear Family of Mr. Tree,
Please know I am thinking of you all at this most difficult time.
I was one of Mr. Tree's students his first year at Rattlesnake. He instilled in me a love for Science. A priceless gift indeed.
As a now retired teacher myself, I still look back to my own teachers with gratitude and he was one of the best!
A short story from that year of 1967. I found out Mr. Tree was new to town and asked him if he had a place to go for Thanksgiving. He said, "nope".
So after checking with my folks I asked him to join us. Much to my delight he accepted and joined our rather large family group for the day. I have never forgotten his wonderful teaching nor his willingness to join us for Thanksgiving.
I even remember the Science fair project he guided me through that won a blue ribbon that year. Quite a guy. So sorry for your loss.
One of Mr. Tree's many students

Dee Dee Brooks
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Wayne Tree was a remarkable teacher and person. I was lucky enough to have him as my homeroom teacher and science teacher at Rattlesnake Middle School. It is because of him that I still remember the first 20 elements of the periodic table by heart. :) His passion for science and his students was truly inspiring and I am very sad to hear of his passing. So sorry for your loss.
Dee Dee Brooks

Luanne Gilder
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
My husband Richard and I knew Wayne from his activities at Florence Carlton School. I will always remember him as my go to for any information regarding birding. He introduced me to Blue Herons landing in pine trees at the Metcalf Refuge. This instilled a love of bird watching that I have never lost. Will miss Wayne and the knowledge he was always willing to share. My deepest sympathies to your family.

michael lyons
   Posted Wed June 27, 2018
Wayne mentored me as a new teacher in 1982. His humor, kind heart, stayed with me, a saying was, "we are only as strong as the weakest link in the chain." A man of passion, and many pursuits, always done full speed ahead. Thank you for sharing your life with me.
Love, Mike Lyons

Kristen Sohlberg
   Posted Fri July 06, 2018
Please accept my condolences. Mr. Tree was one of my all time favorite teachers. My brothers and I can still recite some of the phylum class order genus species (missing a few😬) that we learned from him and can recall the animal notebooks we had to create as our BIG project. He taught me how to take notes, a lifelong skill. He was my homeroom teacher and he made me feel listened to in a way other teachers had not, up to that point in my education. He met the future Mrs. Tree in between my 7th and 8th grade years and we all noticed that he stepped up his clothing choices after he started dating her! Before, it had been the same coat and tie every day, but turned into some flashy dress shirts after he met her. He really had a lasting impact on my life.

Mary Archer
   Posted Sat July 07, 2018
I will miss all our Lady Griz talks and everything about Wayne. We worked together at Rattlesnake and have kept in touch since then. I remember when he said, "We'll go over the test" and walked over the test-he was fun but also very compassionate and quick to notice when something was going on with a student. (I am sorry I only found out Wayne was gone yesterday.)
I know he will be missed by lots of people including former students-lots of them out there and especially his family.

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