August 9, 1934 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 85)


Kenneth Albert Breitenstein


  In the early evening of July 28th 2020, the Yaaks last Great Historian left his Earthly confines to partake in a much deserved rest. Kenneth Albert Breitenstein, 85, passed away at home to join his departed loved ones. Born August 9th, 1934 to Albert and Margaret Breitenstein, the eldest of two sons, Ken would choose a path in life that closely paralleled his beloved father, Albert.

  He spent time in exploration and with that had a vast and intimate knowledge of the Yaak and the surrounding area. From the old town site of Silvanite’s ruins, lost in the 1910 fire, the Lost Boyd’s Mine, the Old N.F. Cabin along the Canadian Border, to the furthest and most obscure lookout tower, CCC Camp, and especially turn of the century mine sites sprawled out in every corner of Lincoln County. These replaced only by his chosen occupation of Logger, of which he stated boldly is slightly ahead of only his hobby, logging. Although early on he found work with the USFS and almost every single Timber Company a man can name who has intimate knowledge of the rich history of Logging in this area.

  This would eventually lead to his profession as owner and operator of Breitenstein Logging. Prior to this he would find his anchor and lifelong companion when he married the lovely Edith Beverly Tiffany of Eureka, MT in 1956.

  In April of 1957 they were blessed with a healthy baby girl, Elizabeth Ann Breitenstein and again in June of 1959 they added the last child to their family, Kenneth Lee Breitenstein. Although currently working around the northern area of Lincoln County, Ken and Edith made their way to the last place they would ever live. A homestead once owned by the Roderick family on the South Fork of the Yaak River. It bordered the homestead Ken had grown up on to the North. As time does always do, in time he made it his own and it is arguably the most pristine and well maintained 160 acre parcels of land ever to be trodden upon by those who have been fortunate enough to tread upon it. This took them many years of happiness and of heartache to achieve, though through sheer force of will and fortitude of spirit, the land reflected his mind’s eye.

  Sadly as this world he helped mold ends for him he leaves his daughter, Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Brian and Mandy behind in his immense shadow. Numerous others whom live will not be mentioned yet know who they are. As for those whom went before him, they are numerous and also will also go unnamed because they have already been etched upon the stone slabs that mark them. 

Friend, Father, Mentor, Hero

We Love You and We Will Miss You

Rest In Peace

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Tobacco Valley Cemetery in Eureka.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at


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