Family History

The information published here is a collection from various websites.

Some of this information is based upon research in progress and

and has not necessarily been proven or finalized.

Welcome to our family pages.  We are Jay Funk and Barbra Ballard Funk and these pages are a labor of love for our children and the reset of the family.  These pages are simply an attempt to research and document where our families have come from, plus any other interesting tid-bits.

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Holcomb Family



James H. Holcomb (1851-1912)

James H. Holcomb (1851-1912)

Susan I. Holcomb (1857-1945)

1900 United States Census - Custer County Nebraska  James & Susan

1. Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb (1899-1959)
Virgil Holcomb (1902-1976) of Wyoming                         1959 living in Wyoming
3. Ernest Holcomb (1898-1968) of Montrose Colorado          1959 living in Colorado





Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb 1899 - 1959

Adrian Leland "Lee" Holcomb
Birth:            September 23, 1899 in Nebraska (Ernest was born in 1898 in Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska)
Parents:      James Holcomb (1851-1912) & Susan Holcomb (1857-1945)
Marriage:  1. Ella Sanks  about 1929
Residence:   1959 Leland lived in Deer Lodge, Montana.
                     After coming to Montana, he was employed by the Milwaukee and Norther Pacific Railroad for several years.
Marriage:    #2 Garnet of Deer Lodge
Death:        Monday, September 14, 1959 in Deer Lodge, Montana
                      Montana Standard (Butte) September 15, 1959 - Leland Holcomb Obituary

Marriage #1: Ella married Lee about 1929.
Marriage #2: Garnet of Deer Lodge

Ella Fanny Sanks
Birth:            April 7, 1908 in Hooker Nebraska -- Ella was one of eight children
Father:        Claude Everett Sanks (born May 5, 1883)
Mother:       Flora Mae Wengard(born Feb 29, 1884 in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE.
Death:          November 14, 1935 in Deer Lodge, Montana

Ella Fanny Sanks



Montana Death

Certificate 1935

Marriage #1 John Lesser on August 16, 1924
Marriage #2 Leland Holcomb about 1929


Lee and Ella's Children

1. Leland Adrian Holcomb  aka. Lee Laverne Hill
Birth:      June 17, 1930 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Adopted: by Hill family at age five and name changed to Lee Laverne Hill
Married: Haxel Jean Hill born 9/28/1932 in Kalispell Montana   <> 2018 living in Kelso Washington
Death:     December 12, 2014 at Ilwaco Washington
Burial:     Longview Washington
Children: Deborah Lee Rixie      born 1952 in Kalispell Montana    currently living in Longview Washington
               Michael Laverne Hill    born 1955 in Kalispell Montana   currently living in Clatskanie Oregon
                Katherine Jean Wicker born 1957 in Kalispell Montana   currently living in Longview Washington

2010 : Lee living in Ocean Park Washington
Lee, Kathy, Michael, Debbie, Hazel        Michael & Cheryl

2. Donna Jean Holcomb
Birth:     May 6, 1932 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska born to Leland Adrian "Lee" Holcomb and Ella Fanny Sanks
              Ella died in 1935 in Deer Lodge Montana and Lee was unable to care for the children.
Adopted: by John Bert Brink and Lucy Elizabeth Applegate Brink
Marriage: #1 Robert Ernest Stinson on June 30, 1951 in Deer Lodge, Montana. Divorced in 1953
Children:    Daniel R. Stinson born June 1952 living in Helena in 2010
Marriage: #2 Ernest Becker born ~1931 in Wilsall Montana on August 21, 1955
Children:    Cheryl "Woody" Wallace born 1959 in Bozeman MT and living in Malta in 2010
                   Allen H. Becker born 1957 in Bozeman living in Whitefish in 2010
                          married Debora "Debby" Goodsell in 1979 now divorced
Grandchildren: Shawna, Lindsay, and Eric Great-grandchildren: Jason, Devon, Jeremiah, Lua and Ember
Death:     Friday, July 2, 2010



picture taken in 1980s of
Donna and Sue Funk
at Donna's home in
Glasgow, Montana


Ella Sanks and John Lesser Children:

  1. Dorothy Alvina Lesser
    Birth:        April 20, 1925 in Gering, Nebraska
                    Dorothy moved to Montana with parents Ella and Lee at the age of 7.
                    After the death of her mother, she was placed in the state orphans home in Twin Bridges from
                     1935 to 1941.  After 1941, She lived with the Tom and Nellie Wilson family on Indian Creek
    Marriage: #1 Harold Donegan Funk in 1942; Harold died in 1962.
    Marriage: #2 Larry Duncan Preston on April 24, 1981.
    Death:      Dorothy went home to be in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, June 25, 2007

    1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Dorothy Holcomb age 14

  2. Mildred born about 1927 in Gering, Nebraska
    1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Mildred Holcomb age 13

  3. Herrietta born 1929 and died of diabetes when she was about 15.
    Possible Grave: <> https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113085753/etta-b-lesser


1930 United States Federal Census
about Ella Holcomb

Name: Ella Holcomb
Home in 1930: Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1908
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's name: Claude Emmett
Mother's name: Flora May
Spouse's name: Llard
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Claude Emmett Sanks 47
Flora May Sanks 46
Edmond Sanks 19
Owen Sanks 16
Nona Sanks 11
Martha Sanks 9
Ruth Sanks 4 4/12 1940 United States Federal Census - Montana State Orphans Home - Dorothy Holcomb age 14
Le Roy Sanks 2 1/12
Llard Holcomb 28
Ella Holcomb 22
Dorothy Lener 5
Mildred Lener 3 3/12
Etta Lener 1 10/12










To Be Continued......