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Friday, October 5th 2018
Wilmer John Britzman
Wilmer John Britzman
“Uncle Bill”
May 31, 1922 – October 4, 2018 96 years old.
Uncle Bill was born in Glasgow May 31st, 1922 the youngest of 9 children born to pioneer homesteaders, William and Paulina (Neumann) Britzman. Bill attended Glasgow schools and graduated from Glasgow High School.

He spent most of his life on the family homestead on the Westfork of Porcupine Creek midway between Glasgow and Opheim - taking care of both his dad and mom until their deaths. He helped his Dad and Mom run an overnight stopping place for the old freighters hauling supplies north and wheat and coal south. The old barn had room for 100 horses they could put up in there – along with room for the teamsters to roll out their bedrolls in the barn or house during cold weather.

After WWII he was in partnership with his brothers Lee and Carl in Britzman Bros farming operation which included a dairy for several years. In 2010 at the age of 88, after an illness, he was forced to move to Nemont Manor and then Valley View home.
His greatest enjoyment in life was his horses, cattle, border collie dogs and barn cats. His patience gave him a knack with training animals- especially horses and border collies. Bill kept riding horses well up to his eighty’s even though he was losing much of his balance. After having a young horse go over backwards and he was found unconscious in the yard he still would not blame the horse- said it was just his loss of balance that pulled the horse over on him. We finally convinced him not to go riding when no one was there.

His second favorite activity- was visiting. Neighbors that stopped in always knew there was a pot of coffee on the table and he was ready to hear what was happening in the community. Fridays were his favorite day- as he would come to Glasgow to deliver cream from the 2-4 cows he milked for years and eggs to his customers around Glasgow. That day usually started with a stop at Doc Browns Vet Clinic where he would visit with whoever there. After his day of visiting and deliveries he’d load up a pickup load of hay - stop and get groceries (where he might visit for a few more hours) and head back north to the homestead. Uncle Bill died Oct 4, 2018 at the age of 96.
Wilmer was preceded in death by 6 sisters, Wilma Britzman, Alice Bates, Clara Dix, Marie Pulliam, Edna Davidson, and Mildred Chidley; and brothers, Lee and Carl Britzman and a special niece Bonnie Britzman Billing.

Uncle Bill is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Local nephews are Dick Britzman, Lee Dix, Carl Dix and Jack Dix. After the passing of his brother Carl- Uncle Bill became like Grandpa to Stacy, John, Janeen and Carla Britzman and great grandpa to their kids.

Uncle Bill was baptized in the Methodist Church but usually was only seen in church at funerals or weddings. But in talking with him I know he was a very religious and spiritual person. I found an article one time that fit Uncle Bill and so many old-timers of the area. It was written by Stan Lynde the Montana artist originator of the Rick O’Shay cartoons. He was talking about how his most popular cartoon ever was about Hipshot riding thru town and past all the Christmas eve activities to a lonely hill side- where he takes off his hat - looks skyward and says, “Happy Birthday Boss”.

Lynde wrote that he thought the popularity of that cartoon lies in the nature of our relationship with the natural world and with the power that created the universe in which we dwell. As individuals we may have been disappointed or turned off by organized religion. We may have followed dark trails that led to dead ends and pain. We may even come to deny the existence of a creator at all, (if we can do that Hipshot says, we just aren’t paying attention.)

Growing up among cowboys, sheepmen, and ranch people in eastern Montana, I noticed a common trait. Men who earn their livings in the natural world are often deeply spiritual men. They may not confess an established denomination, they may not have been inside a church or synagogue since childhood, but they nearly all seem to be aware of a creative power in the world, a power Hipshot refers to as “The Boss”.
How could it be otherwise? Men who live close to creation, whose lives and welfare are affected on a personal level each day by weather, who witness the cycle of the seasons, the miracle of birth, the progression of growth, decline, and death, how could they not be believers?

Uncle Bill was a believer- and I’m sure he’s having coffee and a visit with “The Boss” right now.

At Uncle Bill’s request there will be no funeral - the family will spread his ashes on the homestead he lived most his entire life on.

Friday, September 28th 2018
Ivy (McNulty) Stebleton
Ivy (McNulty) Stebleton (1931-2018)
A celebration of life for Ivy Stebleton, age 87, of Glasgow, MT will be held Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 11a.m. at the Methodist Church in Glasgow. A dinner will be held directly after the service at the Glasgow VFW Hall. Condolences can be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Ivy was blessed to have her loved ones by her side when she passed away in the early-morning hours on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.

Ivy was born on April 3, 1931 in Fergus Falls, MN to Martin and Hattie (Northup) McNulty. In the spring of 1934 Ivy's mother, Ivy, and most of her siblings, along with their two-family dogs, and all their belongings crammed into a 1929 Dodge to travel to the Fort Peck Dam project in northeastern Montana. There they joined their father, Martin McNulty, who had begun working on the Fort Peck Dam project in October of 1933. He was one of the first people hired to clear the land on the Missouri River bottom. In later years Ivy's mom told her that all they could see when reaching the boom town of Wheeler, was a “sea of tar-paper shacks”, with one of them to become their home.

The first winter in their tar-paper shack the temperatures dipped to -35 to -40 below zero. The following year Ivy's dad purchased a 24-foot by 24-foot home for $300. It came with logs whitewashed inside and out and even had linoleum on the floor. “Although it wasn’t a mansion, the new house seemed like one to us,” Ivy once wrote.

While growing up in The Great Depression of the 1930’s, Ivy made the most of things, displaying an entrepreneurial spirit lasting most of her life. By age 5 in Wheeler, Ivy was making wildflower bouquets and selling them to neighbors for 5 cents. She collected pop and beer bottles and redeemed them for coinage. Believe it or not Ivy even collected rocks and polished them, selling the pretty ones for 5 cents each.

Ivy moved to Glasgow at age 13 and eventually attended Glasgow High School. She worked for 7 years as a fountain girl at Al’s Cafe. Her can-do attitude would later turn into a lengthy career of selling cosmetics, owning and operating the Unique Shoppe and Ivy’s Gingerbread Crafts in Glasgow, where she would sell her many homemade crafts. Later in life Ivy purchased and operated the Buckhorn Lodge in Wheeler, MT where her childhood roots began.

On March 29, 1953 Ivy married Frank W. Stebleton. Frank was employed for nearly 40 years by the Great Northern and the BNSF Railroads. Together they raised their five children in the Glasgow community.

In the 1980's Ivy was the driving force behind creating the farmers market at the Red Rock Plaza. This was one of Ivy's proudest accomplishments. It was here that Ivy began selling her delicious homemade pies and crafts.

Ivy loved baking and cooking; homemade Italian raviolis were her specialty! She was also extremely creative when it came to arts and crafts. Ivy had a heart for animals but a real soft spot for cats.

In her later years Ivy enjoyed watching Turner Classic movies, especially John Wayne westerns. Musically she liked the big-band sound of the late 1930's and 40's with Glen Miller but Elvis was her all-time favorite musician.

In 2012 Ivy was interviewed for the Montana PBS documentary titled, “Fort Peck Dam”, where she shared her experiences of growing up in the boom town of Wheeler during the construction of the Dam. This film can still be seen today on the Montana PBS channel.

Miss Ivy's greatest joy and accomplishment was the time and love that she spent investing in the lives of her children, grand-children, extended family, and her friends within the community.

She is survived by: a daughter Diane (Jim) Brandt; four sons, Joe Stebleton, Steve (Mary) Stebleton, Mike Stebleton, and Doug Stebleton; four grandchildren, Matt (Amanda) Brandt, Dan Brandt, Angela (Rapheal) Gavin, and Jeremy Stebleton; and three great-grandchildren, Blaine Brandt, Jacob Brandt, and Xavi Gavin.

Ivy was preceded in death by: her parents Martin and Hattie McNulty; four sisters, Claryce, Dorothy, Irene, and Margaret; four brothers, Bud, Don, George, and Joe; and her husband Frank Stebleton.

Ivy had a love for life, color, laughter, music, and dancing and now because of her faith in Jesus Christ, she is dancing with her Lord.

Memorials in honor of Ivy can be sent to the Fort Peck Summer Theater, Valley View Home, and The Pioneer Museum.

Thursday, September 27th 2018
Lexis Synan
“A Thousand Moments That I Had Just Taken For Granted-Mostly Because I Had Assumed There Would Be a Thousand More.” ~ Morgan Matson
On September 24th, 2018 our lives changed forever. Lexis Telsea’s life began on January 19, 1996. She was the first and only girl in a family that made it very known she was their whole world. She has three little brothers: Alec, Dawson and Tavin that she absolutely adored and loved, these boys belonged to her and she was their “Sister”.
In a world full of brothers, sports were a huge deal; with hair and makeup running a very close second. Her game wasn’t only strong on the court, her selfie game was just as consistent. Her beauty was so radiant and shined through in both her personality and her appearance.
When you think of Lexis; loving, kind, humble, compassionate and a pinch of stubbornness are a few words that come to mind. Lexis loved hard, and was loved even harder. She had a unique and beautiful soul. She believed that everyone had a good side and deserved second chances.
Those that have gotten the pleasure of crossing paths with Lexis, never left without a huge smile. Her smile and her laugh were infectious. She made many long lasting friends that she loved immensely. Lexis leaves behind many memories, tears and broken hearts of friends and family that are here loving her from a distance. How lucky we are to get to love someone whom is making it so hard to say goodbye!
Those that are left to miss here are her parents Matt and Charlene Boland; brothers Alec, Dawson and Tavin Boland; Papa Bob Olson, Grandpa William (Karen) Synan, Grandparents Rod and Karen Boland, Uncle Terry (Denise) Synan, Uncle Wayne (Jaye) Synan, Aunt Sheena (Kent) Hubbard, Aunt Ashley Olson and Uncle Taylor (Audrey) Olson, Aunt Angela Boland and numerous cousins whom she loved dearly.
She was welcomed home into the open arms of her Grandma Linda and her Great-Grandparents Jim and Olive Mullen and Great-Grandpa and Grandma Synan.
Family will receive friends from 2-6p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral service is at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church, 125 Aberdeen Street, Glasgow, Montana.
Tuesday, September 25th 2018
Terry Bud Zeiger
Terry Bud Zeiger was relieved of pain September 23, 2018. Terry was born in Libby, Montana on January 26, 1943 the son of Roy and Violet (Kapphahn) Zeiger. He was raised from an early age in Glasgow and attended Glasgow Public Schools through the 8th grade. He married Nora Irene Dalby June 16, 1964. Together they raised three children Danny Mike, Cindy Lou, and Carol Ann (Bootie).

Terry spent his life working various jobs including Pacific Hide and Fur, Morehouse Painting, and with Larry Scanlan, but his lifelong occupation was dealing in fur from trapping in his early years to raising fox, bobcats, and mink up until his retirement in 2012.

Terry enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Combining his passion for nature and his love for his grandchildren, he taught them a respect of nature as well as life skills he felt were important. He lived life by his own rules and in his own way. He believed in a life of working hard and installed this value into his children.

He is survived by his wife, Nora; his son Danny (Shantel) and their children Luke and Rachael; Cindy Hill and her daughter DeAnna; and Carol Stingley (Bert) and their children Trysta and Brady. He is also survived by his cousin Gary Barnett who has been a faithful companion and friend especially these last few years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Violet Zeiger. Services will be held Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Bell Mortuary is officiating, and burial will be in the Highland Cemetery. Eulogy and services will be delivered by Brian Austin with luncheon to follow at Senior Citizens Center.
Monday, September 24th 2018
Lillie Irene Collins
Lillie Irene Collins passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, September 20, 2018, following a brief illness. She was born Lillie Irene Streick the only daughter of Gotlib (George) Streick and Wanda Streick (Bohn). Lillie was born November 9, 1927, in Ridgeville, Manitoba, Canada. She grew up in Ridgeville and worked briefly in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1948, she married Roscoe Schroeder. They lived in Pembina, ND, Glasgow, MT, and Hamilton, ND where they farmed and worked town jobs. In 1974 they moved to Fargo, ND where Roscoe worked as a communications engineer and Lillie worked at Perkins Restaurant. Lillie became a Naturalized United States Citizen in 1951.
Roscoe and Lillie had three children; Glen, Maxine and Howard. Glen is married to Jean (Lindseth) and they live near Cameron, MT, Maxine lives in Bozeman, MT and Howard lives in Carlsbad, CA
Roscoe passed away in 1980 and Lillie remained a widow until 1985, when she married Roscoe’s lifelong best friend Dan Collins. Lillie came to Glasgow following their marriage. They lived and ranched in the Tampico area. Following retirement, they moved to Glasgow in 2011 and lived in town until her passing.
Lillie loved gardening- always raising a large garden. She was a farm girl at heart and loved having cows and sheep within view of her home. She was a devout Christian and a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her husband Dan; her three children and two grandsons, Daniel of Washington, DC and Justin of Bozeman, MT; her brother, Harvey Streick of Portage La Prairie, MB and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Wanda Streick; her first husband Roscoe Schroeder and four brothers, Wally, George, Erwin and Gordon Streick.
Lillie was a devout wife and mother. Her smiling face and pleasant voice will be missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Bell Mortuary from 5PM to 7PM. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. All are invited to join the family for a remembrance reception at the VFW Hall, Glasgow, MT following the service at noon on Thursday. Interment will be at 11AM on Monday, October 1, 2018 in Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND.
Thursday, September 20th 2018
Joe Carson
FORT PECK- Joseph Carson 95, passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital surrounded by his devoted wife and family Saturday, September 8, 2018 of natural causes. Per Joes request he has been cremated and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be on September 29, 2018, at the Evangelical Church, at 11:00, with military honors. A luncheon will follow at the Glasgow Elks Lodge.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Joe was born March 1, 1923 in Wolf Point, Montana to Charles and Margaret LaRoque Carson. He attended school in Wolf Point for 8 years. At the age of 16 he went to work with the section crew on the Great Northern Railroad. In 1943 he joined the Army as a heavy equipment operator and as a construction laborer. Joe served in New Guinea, Luzon, and Korea. Joe was honorably discharged on December 28, 1945.

In 1950 Joe met the love of his life in Brockton, Montana – Mary Ann Johnson – On January 27, 1951 they eloped to Glasgow Montana and were married in the Methodist Parsonage. They have been together for 67 years, proving that a man can actually love a woman faithfully and unconditionally for a lifetime.
Joe was a jack of all trades. Besides the railroad he worked for Servisoft, the Glasgow School District, Saboe Oil, finally landing a job with the Corp of Engineers as a laborer and heavy equipment operator. In 1979 Joe suffered a heart attack and retired on January 2, 1986 with 28 years of service.

Joe is survived by many people who loved him and laughed with him, including his loving wife Mary Ann, daughters Mary Jo (Bruce) Berry of Superior, Montana, Ginger ( Jerry ) Rice of Belgrade, Montana, son Rick (Melissa) Carson of Montrose Colorado, and Debbie ( Butch ) Heitman of Glasgow, Montana. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Annis of Denver Colorado.

He has 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins besides many other extended families including Tan Leckie, and Diane Carlson. He is preceded in death by his brother Robert Carson, sisters Alice Boyer, Katie Belle Mc Dermott, and Josephine Berger.

Tuesday, September 18th 2018
Zane James Tollefson
Zane James Tollefson, 69 passed away September 15, 2018 at Valley View home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Malta, Mont., the son of Jim and Georgel (Elhard) Tollefson. He was the oldest of four siblings.

Zane attended Malta, Vandalia and Hinsdale schools, graduating in 1967 from Hinsdale High School. While in high school, he began working for KLTZ filling in on Saturdays hosting a program called “Record Romp”, a call-in request show. Following graduation, Zane attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. to study radio broadcasting. He worked in Minneapolis for four years before returning to Hinsdale in 1971 and purchasing the Hinsdale Tribune and Saco Independent newspapers. He eventually merged the two papers, calling the publication the Independent Tribune. In the four years he operated the Independent Tribune, he won several newspaper awards including those for general excellence, best photography, and best special issue. I

In 1975, Zane moved to Corte Madera, Cali. where he worked for the Twin City Times and the Corte Madera Larkspur News. He also worked in La Jolla for Del Mar News Press in sales. After his time in California, Zane moved back to Montana and owned and operated several small businesses, including the Sunlit Plains publication and two TMG (Tollefson Media Group) video stores in Glasgow and Wolf Point. He also had an interest in the arts and was involved in several productions at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Through all of these ventures, his passion for radio never ceased and he continued working for KLTZ for many years. Zane was an extremely creative and talented individual.

Survivors include one brother, James (Doris) Tollefson, Hinsdale; sisters, Hollie (Stuart) Frost and Ruth (Roger) Waarvik, Glasgow; two nephews and four nieces. Zane is preceded in death by parents, James G. Tollefson (1993) and Georgel E. Tollefson (2011); nephew, Adam Tollefson (2007).

There will be a Memorial Service for Zane James Tollefson on Saturday, September 29th at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church at 11:00a.m.; Reception to follow.

A private family ceremony will be held at Reitan Cemetery north of Saco at a later date.

Memorials in honor of Zane can be sent to Valley View Home or Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

Monday, September 17th 2018
Virginia Lee Olson Enman
Ginny Enman, age 67, passed away peacefully at her home near Drummond on September 13, 2018.

Virginia Lee Olson was born September 6, 1951, in Glasgow, Montana to Stanley and Lenore (Frisch) Olson of Larslan. She was raised on the family farm and developed strong work ethics that she demonstrated throughout her life. She attended grade school in Larslan and graduated from Opheim High School in 1969. She attended Airline Training School at Denver, Colorado and early in 1970 was hired by Telemax of Omaha, Nebraska to complete her training. She returned to Montana in the fall of 1971.

Ginny married Duane Palin in 1972 and they made their home in Drummond, MT. They had two sons, Jason Duane and Eric Stanley. She began a career in the restaurant business working 2 days a week as a waitress at the D-M Café. They eventually purchased that café and Ginny was the primary cook and managed it until selling in 1999. She and Duane were divorced in 1988.

She married Elliott Ralph Enman in August of 1999 and they moved to a new home in the country, where they established a yard that the family now lovingly calls “the park”. She continued to work at the restaurant until she was hired by the school as a cook and worked there until retiring this year.

Ginny, true to her “farm girl” roots enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed her flowers and the birds in their yard.

She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Olson; two infant sisters; grandparents; aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband Elliot; sons Jason Palin and Eric (Becky) Palin; step-daughters Lisa Beach and LaRae Munns; grandchildren Jake, Dylan, Ava, Abby, Lucas Palin and Gavin Munns; mother Lenore (Ray) Hinerman; siblings Dan (Rose) Olson, Kathy (Leland) Smith, Karen (Joe) Bergtoll, and Dave (Michele) Olson; stepbrother Neal Hinerman; aunt Helen Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Celebration of life will be at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment in Highland Cemetery will follow the Celebration of Ginny’s Life on Friday.


Monday, September 17th 2018
Jack Snare
Graveside services for Jack Snare will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 10:00a.m. at the Scobey Cemetery with a reception following at the Scobey Lutheran Gym/Education Center.
Monday, September 17th 2018
Kenneth L. Cumber
Kenneth L. Cumber, 83, of Glasgow, Montana passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 peacefully at his home.

Kenneth was born May 17, 1935 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Conroy and Irene (Peckham) Cumber. He received his early education at Montpelier, North Dakota. He served in the Army which he was stationed in Germany for a couple of years. Upon returning state side he met Delores Wuzke. The couple married June 28, 1958 in Jamestown, North Dakota. The couple made their home on the plains of North Dakota in Jamestown, where Kenneth made a living hauling grain and cattle. To this union three boys were born. Later Delores and Kenneth separated. Kenneth married Cynthia Manns, to this union one son was born. When Cynthia passed away he and Delores reunited and were married in 1986.

Kenneth managed the Blair Ranch from 1976 until 1988 until a horse riding injury forced him to retire from ranching.

Kenneth was an avid wood worker, with Delores by his side they logged many hours in the “shop” making signs and shelves for friends and family. In his retirement, the couple was able to travel more: with trips to visit family in Oregon and California and multiple trip to Arizona, Mexico and South Dakota.

Preceding Kenneth in death are his second wife Cynthia Manns, parents Conroy and Irene and sister Collen.

He is survived by his wife Delores; sons Ronald (Susanne), Randal (Tracy), Kevin (Gabrielle) and Ritchie; special family friend Kim Gookin; grandchildren Kristina, Brad (Lauren), Anthony, Colter, Amber, Dusty (Zack), Gus, Marissa and Gavin; several great-grandchildren; step-children Mitch, Julie, Michelle, and Tina.

Family will receive friends Thursday, September 20, 2018 6-8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Burial will take place following services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A reception will follow burial at VFW Fort Peck Post #3107 in Glasgow, Montana.

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