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Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Charles "Chuck " P. Sundeen

Charles “Chuck” P. Sundeen, 60, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away October 13, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Chuck was born July 12, 1959 to Kenneth and Doris (Lehn) Sundeen in Princeton, Minnesota.

Chuck married Laurie Gobely in 1979 and they made their home in Minnesota. In 1999 they moved to Gillette, Wyoming and eventually made their home in Fort Peck, Montana in 2013. Chuck was a carpenter by trade.

Chuck will be remembered as a great family man, even to the “outsiders”. He loved to make people laugh. Chuck loved all manners of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and being outdoors; except for golfing.

Chuck is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie; mom, Doris; daughter Jessica (JD); son Thomas (Tonia); nine grandchildren Kyler, Breanna, Austin, Quinten, Olivia, Taden, TenLea, Taryn and Taya; great-granddaughter Charlotte; brothers Ron, Mark, Brian, and Jeff; sisters Mary, Deb, Jan and Jodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will be at a later date.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Robert J. Schumacher

Robert J. Schumacher, 102, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Valley View Home October 10, 2019.

Robert was born to Julius and Jennie (Emler) Schumacher August 2, 1917 in Bloomington Township, Wisconsin. Robert served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate with the Construction/Builder unit and later settled in the Glasgow, Montana area. He was a part of numerous musical groups and taught many kids how to fish.

Robert is survived by his children, Loetta Kurt, Robert Schumacher Jr., John Schumacher, James Schumacher, Joshua Coder; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Loeffelholz.

Military Honors and a short Time of Remembrance will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Burial will be in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Montana.

Monday, October 14th 2019

James D. Holmes

James D. Holmes passed away September 30th, 2019, at his home in Freeport, Florida, after a brief bout with an aggressive cancer. He was born the fifth of six children, to Richard Holmes and Minnie Quattlebaum-Holmes in Pulaski County, GA on December 11th, 1931.

James grew up in a farming community, plowing a mule from 8 to 16 years of age, as he loved to tell us. He had a burning desire for an education and a career, which led him to join the Navy at the age of 19 and half years old. During his years in the Navy he served in the Korean War. After receiving his high school diploma, he continued his education at Devry Tech in Chicago, IL and Southern Tech in Chamblee, GA. He never stopped pursuing success, which he eagerly chased. During his 30 years in industry, his perseverance through his career brought him to efficaciously climb the ladder within the corporate world. One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1973 when he was chosen to represent the U.S. State Department to negotiate with the Vietnamese Government, to end the Vietnam War. He also spent 20 years in U.S. Civil Service – the last 10 years he spent with the Space and Missiles System Program. James was a 59-year Master Mason of the Tyrian Lodge in Macon, Georgia. He was a Scottish and York Rites Mason and a Shriner for over 50 years.

However, James Holmes was more than just a hard-working man. He was a revered man by family and friends alike. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Richard and Minnie Holmes, his sister Flora Mae Benford, and his brother Jessie Holmes. His beloved wife, Arlene Holmes, to whom he was married for over 46 years, survives James. He is also survived by his sisters Kathleen Hall, Trudie Warren and brother Louie Holmes; his daughter Pam Wilcox and husband Dr. John Wilcox, his son Bradley Holmes and wife Marshea, and his son Jeffrey Holmes; his six grandchildren Robert Wilcox, Katherine Wilcox, Samuel James Wilcox, Kelly Lynn Wilcox, Judson Holmes, Anna Shea Holmes; his three great-grandchildren Hudson, Landon and Grayson Wilcox; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his family that survives him, James will be missed by many friends he has made through his remarkable life.

Funeral graveside services with military honors will be held October 4, 2019, 2:00PM EDT, at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA. Address for Andersonville National Cemetery is 760 POW Road, Andersonville, Georgia 31711.

Graveside services will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia beginning at 2 p.m. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy.

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

Tiburscia “Toby” Anderson, 91, went to be with the LORD on October 10, 2019.

Born the eldest child of the late Alberto and Pilar Gomez on November 27, 1927.

Her entire life was devoted in service to her Savior, Jesus Christ and to her family in whom she loved so very much.

Her early life experience was in the state of Kansas and later in the state of Indiana. Eventually, she married Henry R. Vallejo and settled in Chicago, Illinois and remained there for about 35 years.

Toby and Henry begat a family of 10: Linda, Dolores, Richard, Henry Jr., Rosemary, Albert, Samuel, Patricia, Christine, and David.

In September 1971, Henry her spouse of 23 years passed away.

In August 1974, Toby married Robert L. Anderson of Riverside, California and became a loving mother to Rick, Terry, and Tina Anderson.

She loved her family and friends very much and especially the folks of St. Marie and Glasgow.

Toby remained married to Robert until her death, and is survived by the Vallejo and Anderson children and their spouses, and 120 grand and great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., October 18, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery following services.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

Monday, October 7th 2019

Cliff Isakson

Cliff Isakson, 76, passed away September 26, 2019, at Valley View with family by his side.

Cliff was born July 24, 1943, to Joe and Verna (Stellflug) Isakson in Opheim, Montana. He was the fifth of six children. He loved horses which began as a young child riding stick horses, he learned pinochle at a very young age and played it as often as he could with anyone willing to take him on. He married Dianna Hallock on November 28, 1964. Together they had three children. He was a ranch hand, veterinary’s assistant, and jailer. He was an avid rodeo fan and attended as many as possible. He enjoyed driving horses and attended wagon trains. He and Diane hosted hayrides for family and friends for many years at their home. For the Christmas stroll he would hook up the team and give hayrides for the town. He also enjoyed hunting with his kids, team roping, and trail rides. Later in life, he couldn’t give horse rides anymore, so he loved giving little ones rides on his electric wheel chair. He loved kids and last words were to his new great granddaughter. He also loved his little four legged friends.

He is survived by his wife Diane; sons Randy (Twylla), Wes; grandchildren Heather (Nick) Delaney, Shyanne Isakson, Cody Kovach, Scott Michael and Tianna Cook; great grandchildren Trevor and Kimber Dulaney, Willow Anne Britsch all of Glasgow; brother Ray of Bellingham, WA, sisters Lorraine Archambeault, Dolly (Ed) Erwin both of Glasgow, sister-in-law Kelly Isakson of Bellingham, WA; numerous nieces and nephews and his lifelong friend Benny Hallock.

He is proceeded in death by his parents Joe and Verna; daughter Brenda Cook; grandchildren Hanna and Ty Cook; brothers Alvin and Marvin.

Service will be held on Friday, October 11th at 2:00 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Leo Ludwig Murr

Leo Ludwig Murr, 87, of Glasgow, Montana, peacefully passed away on October 2, 2019 at Prairie Ridge Village.

Leo was born in Flaxville, Montana to Ludwig J. and Viola C. (Linder) Murr on November 24, 1931. He attended school in Wheeler and Glasgow, Montana. He married Margaret C. Wagar on October 12th, 1954 at the St Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow. He worked as a lineman for Valley Rural Electric for 37 years. The union of their marriage blessed them with five children: Gwen, Leo, Trent, Valerie, and Kent. Leo was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the St Raphael’s Parish for many years.

Leo will be remembered for his kind eyes and big smile. He loved to play pinochle and was crowned the winner and held the trophy amongst his friends often. He loved homemade baked goods. He never missed a sporting event, especially when it came to his grandchildren’s sports. He loved fishing, camping, horseback riding and going to church every week. He loved his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; it brought joy to his life when they would come to visit.

Leo is preceded in death by his beautiful wife Margaret of 61 years; son, Trent; granddaughter, Amy Murr; son-in-law Curtis Johnson; brother, Anton Murr; sister, Nona Jimison, and parents Ludwig and Viola Murr.

Leo is survived by his sisters Beatrice Johnson and Shirley (Leroy) Siefert; kids, Gwen (Dean) Hawkins, Leo (Diane) Murr, Valerie (Chuck) Barstad, and Kent Murr; grandkids Angela, Travis, Lisa, Tony, Joseph, Chris, Nate, Kylan, Kristi, and Susan; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Monday, October 7, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, Funeral Mass will be Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Roger S. Hetrick

Roger S. Hetrick departed this life on October 2, 2019. He was born November 1,1929 in Glasgow, Montana to parents John (“Stan”) Hetrick and Gertrude (Schultz) Hetrick. He was raised with his sister Betty (Martinsen) in Saco, Montana in the Milk River area. He graduated from Saco High School in 1947.

Roger married Helen (“Nel”) Murdock in 1950, and served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1952-1954. Upon returning to Montana, Roger managed a ranch with a large cattle herd outside of Cut Bank for a couple of years, putting many miles on his horse, before he and Nel moved to Glasgow. They later divorced.

Roger moved to California where he married Edith “Ede” Wratislaw. He worked for Plant Maintenance in Martinez, California for 25 years and retired in January 1990 as Vice President/ General Manager. After retirement, he got his real estate license and also developed a passion for golf.

After Ede’s death in 1999, Roger met Bee Bedwell in 2000 and they have been together since then.

Roger is survived by: Bee Bedwell, Albert “Fred” Wratislaw (Mary), Vicki Braden/Nelson, Steve A. Wratislaw (Vicki), and Kirk M. Hetrick; grandchildren Nathan Wratislaw, Natisha Powell (Clint), Heather Wratislaw, Brent Braden (Katherine), Kaysi Braden, Brooke Wratislaw, and Matt Wratislaw; great-grandchildren Carlie and Amanda Powell; Cody Wratislaw; Michael, Alexia and Anthony Braden; Vanessa, Jocelyn and Edith Wratislaw.

Roger will be missed for his love of family and friends, his wisdom and his humor.

A memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula, Montana at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 25, with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001, or the non-profit of your choice.

Monday, October 7th 2019

Anita Elizabeth Little

Anita Elizabeth Little

On the morning of September 30, 2019, Anita Elizabeth Little passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Anita was born to Dr. B. P. Little, Jr and A. Charlene (Henry) Little on a spring day in 1955. She attended school in Glasgow and graduated from GHS in 1973. Two of her favorite childhood treats were green beans and a cold hot dog. The fight was on if you asked her to drink her milk! One of her favorite past times growing up was spending time at the cabin at the Pines with her family and the Lynn Grobel family. She held many fond memories from that part of her life.
Anita worked for many years as a desk clerk at the Roosevelt Hotel. She held various jobs in the community throughout her work career and most recently worked as a home care service provider.
Anita made friends wherever she went and always had a smile for all those she greeted. She loved to visit and she made many special friends at Nemont Manor over the years.
Aunt Anita had an unending love for her nieces and nephews. She was very proud of her extended family.
Anita is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Anita is survived by six siblings John (Brenda) Little of Miles City, Montana, Alice (Floyd) Hopstad of Glasgow, Montana, Bridger P. III (Angie) Little of Altus, Oklahoma, Michael Little of Glasgow, Montana, Darin (Donabel) Little of Guam; and Kevin (Kassia) Little of Texas; nieces Annette (Chris) Braaten of Velva, North Dakota, Alicia (Travis) Nielsen of Glasgow, Montana, Molly Little of Burbank, California and Lexie Little of Altus, Oklahoma; nephews Jeremiah (Amy) Hopstad of Billings, Montana, Dustin (Shannon) Little of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Christopher (Katie) Little of Bozeman, Montana and Kiefer (Bianca) Little of Gainesville, Texas and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday October 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow Montana with Bonnie Novak officiating. A private family inurnment will take place in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Heather Dawn Opheim

Heather Dawn Opheim

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend, Heather Dawn Opheim. Heather passed away on September 28th at St. Vincent’s Hospital due to health complications.

Heather was born on December 9th, 1978 to Jim and Kari Opheim in Glasgow, MT. Jennifer Jo Opheim is her loving sister and they have many great memories growing up together. She gave birth to her son Deavan Taud Jones on August 7th, 1996. 13 months later he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and she did everything possible to ensure that he had a healthy and active life. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1997 with honors and had many friends. She then attended Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT. She graduated with a double bachelor’s degree and a triple minor. After college, she joined a career in the health insurance field and enjoyed working with people.

Heather’s favorite things to do included going to her son’s sporting events, traveling, attending concerts, trying new foods, and laughing as much as possible. There was always a smile on her face and she loved to spread positivity to everyone she met in her life. She once traveled to Jamaica with Deavan and her best friend Kristi and family. She loved relaxing on the beach and enjoying a cocktail. Everybody who knew Heather knew that she was an avid Oakland Raiders fan and loved going to Montana Grizzlies football games. After many people had tried to convince her to get a dog, she finally got Brutus who she loved dearly. Heather touched so many lives and we are all sad to see her go, but she will be forever loved and missed by many.

Survivors include her precious son Deavan, Father Jim, Mother Kari, Sister Jennifer (Kenny Grimm), Boyfriend Brandon Chase, Dog Brutus. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 5th at Heights Family Funeral Home and Crematory on 733 Wicks Ln. in Billings, MT at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Louise "Lucy" (Dees) Linner

Louise “Lucy” M. (Dees) Linner, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow. She was born January 28, 1938 in Hazelton, North Dakota to Fredrick and Christina (Oswald) Jenner. She attended school in Emmons County, North Dakota. Lucy met Edward “Humpty” Dees in 1963 while working at a restaurant in McLaughlin, South Dakota. The two would soon marry. After traveling the country with a drill rig crew, Lucy and Humpty settled in Fort Peck in 1967. Their marriage would produce three sons - Rick, Tim, and Rod. Humpty died in 1973 and Lucy would later go on to marry Darrell Linner, in 1975, and inherit four new children – Dawn, Donovan, Dodee, and Daron. Unfortunately, the two parted ways in 1985.

Lucy began her career as a waitress but later found employment working as a housekeeper for the Lakeridge Inn, the Fort Peck Hotel, and even Valley View Nursing Home, always taking great pride in her work. She loved to go fishing with Humpty and had a fondness for Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and, especially, Elvis. Lucy’s children and grandchildren were the light of her eyes. She showered them with love and spoiled them with sweets. Like clockwork, you could always count on Lucy having a plate of freshly baked caramel rolls on-hand when anyone arrived at her home. Lucy had a huge heart and loved dogs. She provided a home to many over the years. She never missed an episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and loved to “play the machines”, once hitting two Royal Flushes in one night. She will be deeply missed by all of her friends and family.

Lucy is survived by sons Rick (Gail) Dees, Tim (Janice) Dees, Rod (Deb) Dees, Donovan Linner, Daron (Christie) Linner, daughters Dawn (Wes) Thompson, and Dodee (Dennis) Oxarart, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sisters Violet Anderson, Luella Stegeman, and brother Sam Walker. She was preceded in death by brothers Reinhold Walker, Edward Walker, Lavina Opp and Loretta Moser.

A memorial service for Lucy will be held next summer in Fort Peck.

Monday, September 30th 2019

Mildred Floerke Irving

August 2, 1925 - September 24, 2019
Mildred, age 94, passed away on Tuesday morning surrounded by her loving family. She was a country girl who was raised on a cotton farm in Taft, Texas with her two brothers whom she dearly loved. Mildred was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother whose first priority was always family.

Mildred was born August 2, 1925 in Taft, Texas to Max August and Hattie (Schilhab) Floerke. As a young girl, her father taught her how to shoot by aiming at water moccasins in the stock tank of the family farm. She played basketball in high school and learned to play tennis on a sea shell driveway on the farm. She graduated from Taft High School in 1942. Mildred continued playing in college winning the freshman Tennis Championship at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She stayed physically fit throughout her long life through golf, long walks with friends across town to the post office, and spending time working in the house and the yard.

Mildred was very frugal, having grown up in the Depression and World War II era, and as a young girl she helped her mother sell eggs by the roadside. She was very determined and was a practical, hard-working, “no nonsense” type of person. She was a good neighbor and looked after her friends, values learned in her farming community.

While he was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mildred met and married Ken Irving, a Navy pilot and flight instructor, in 1945. They moved from Texas to Florida, where Ken was a flight commander on a flattop carrier preparing for the invasion of Japan. After the War they moved to Montana to raise their children where they lived until her death. Initially, Ken had moved to Valley County as a young man to work on the Fort Peck Dam. Mildred worked as a bookkeeper at the Valley County Courthouse for 23 years, first in the Assessor’s Office, then the Treasurer’s Office, and ultimately the Clerk and Recorder’s office until her retirement in 1985. Mildred made many lifelong friends at the Courthouse. Ken retired in 1984 after 47 years working for the Great Northern Railroad. They were active members of the First United Methodist Church.

Mildred was actively involved in the family farm in Texas. She also managed Irving LLC, the building formerly known as the First National Bank Building, of Glasgow- which is now on the National Register for Historic Preservation. She always had a special bond with her family and friends in Texas and traveled there on a regular basis. She enjoyed her brothers’ bar-b-que, trips to Mexico and shopping. Mildred stayed in her beautiful home, where she had lived since 1955, and continued to host ‘the bridge bunch’ every Friday afternoon. She was very good at cards. She and her husband had played couples bridge for almost 50 years.

She was very creative. Among her other lifelong hobbies were sewing, gardening (she entered her prize-winning roses in the Fair), cooking, canning and ceramics. She also enjoyed hunting; once filling both her antelope and deer tags in the same afternoon within minutes apart. She was one of the first elk hunters to draw a tag on the newly introduced elk herd in South Valley County (Ken had been a part of the team that got this herd introduced).

Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Irving; brothers, Roy Floerke, Max Floerke, Jr. and Dan Edward Floerke, and sister-in-law Betty Floerke. She is survived by her son, David (Debra) Irving; grandson, Jeff Irving; daughter, Debra (Phil) Freese; nieces, Diane West, Pattie Floerke, and Brenda Floerke; nephews, Monte (Pattie), Benton (Linda), Bart and Brad (Kris) Floerke; sister-in-law PD Floerke, and numerous grand nieces and nephews, as well as her special friends and caretakers Brooklyn McGarry and Connie Wethern. She will be missed by many. In her words, “I will be buried in Glasgow next to my husband, but my heart will always be in Texas.”

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Rick Thompson officiating. Condolences for the family may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com or emailed to bellfuneralhome@nemont.net. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Glasgow or Valley County Museum.

Monday, September 30th 2019

Melvin Joseph Gauthier

Melvin Joseph Gauthier, age 93, passed away peacefully at Valley View Home September 26, 2019. He was born March 20, 1926 to Edmund and Agnes (Stater) Gauthier in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Melvin married the love of his life Verna McCastle in 1948. They had three children together- Victor, Timothy and Lisa.

Melvin had a long military career. The military took him to Colorado for basic training, Florida, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Iceland and ended at the Glasgow Airforce Base, Glasgow, Montana. Mel was trained as a ball turret gunner (aka suicide mission) on a B-17 known as the Flying Fortress. Lucky for his family WWII ended before he had to fly on a mission. Melvin retired after 20 years in the military. He and Verna stayed in Glasgow and purchased Trails West Trailer Court and a few other businesses such as the Clansman Café, Fabric Square and the Country Cafe. His wife, Verna passed away August 1998, just two months short of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Mel enjoyed carpentry from building houses to building model boats and planes. He was very skilled and could not only do all the carpentry but also the plumbing and wiring.

When not working Mel loved to travel, hunt, fish and camp. He enjoyed his yearly leave “home to Michigan” in his van to see his brothers and sister.

Mel loved to plant trees and shrubs, he was fondly called Johnny Appleseed by his family, friends and neighbors.

Charlie Pride was Mel’s favorite singer and all his vehicles had Charlie Pride music in them.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Agnes; son, Victor; wife, Verna; his brothers, Dean and Linus and his sister, Emily Walter.

He is survived by his brothers, John (Ruth) and Jim (Phyllis) Gauthier; significant other, Ethel ‘Jan’ Buchheit; son, Timothy (Karen Omdahl); daughter Lisa (Matt) Baxter; grandsons, Tyler (Casey)Edwards, Michael Gauthier and Jeremy Gauthier; granddaughters, Erica (Joshua) Ames, Candice Gauthier (Daniel Shawler), Bailee Baxter; great-grandsons, Michael Ames and Owen Shawler and many nieces and nephews.

Melvin wrote, “Six honorable discharges and not too bad a life all the way.”

Family will receive friends Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bell Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday October 4, 2019 11:00 a.m. St. Raphael’s Parish with Father Jose presiding. Burial with Military Honors will be at Highland Cemetery. Reception following at the Glasgow VFW Post #3107. Memorials can be made to St. Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left at bellfuneralhome@nemont.net

Thursday, September 26th 2019

Larry Scanlan

Larry Scanlan, 82, was called home to join our heavenly father in the evening of Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Larry was born in Fergus, Montana on May 5, 1937. The Scanlan family moved to the Kinsey Project near Miles City in 1940 to farm and ranch. He graduated from Custer County High School where he met the love of his life, Betty Lou Guidice. They were married Dec. 31, 1955.

In the early years after their marriage, they worked construction in the western United States until they returned to Kinsey, Mont., in 1967 to farm and ranch, continuing to do so until 1982. During that period, they raised five children on the farm.

Larry was a Custer County Commissioner from 1977 to 1983. In 1982, they moved to Fort Peck, where they continued their construction business. Having completed many notable projects, one he was very proud to have been a part of was building the NE Montana Veterans Memorial in Fort Peck.

In 1995, Larry and Betty started "snowbirding" in Arizona and New Mexico, joining with her brothers during the winter months. They loved to travel and enjoyed many cruises and other adventures around the world. Their snowbirding resulted in becoming winter residents in Lake Havasu City.

Larry and Betty were proud to have celebrated 62 years of marriage prior to the loss of Betty. Survivors include five children, Valerie Larimore and her husband, Marsh, Les Scanlan and his wife, Patti, Curt Scanlan and his wife, Lori, Tom Scanlan and his wife, Krissie, and Greg Scanlan and his wife, Susan; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. And of course, their schnauzer, Fritz!

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Selma (Toews) Olfert

Selma (Toews) Olfert was born on December 16, 1923, the eighth child of Abram and Helena (Martens) Toews, two of the original homesteaders of Lustre, Montana. She had 2 brothers and 10 sisters (in order of birth: Anna, Abe, Tena, Lena, Sara, Martha, Rudolph, Selma, Mary, Elma, Linda, Viola and Bertha). Midwife Mrs. Baker was present at her birth on the homestead.

Selma attended the Lustre Bible School and then Glasgow High School. During and after school, she worked at Bowles Jewelry as well as serving Glasgow and Lustre homemakers. During later high school years, a close friend was hospitalized in Glasgow. Her surprise visit to serve him a milkshake, led to a long lasting relationship with Elvin. He recovered!

On March 28, 1946, she married Elvin Olfert. She and Elvin moved into their first home on the Olfert homestead which was a converted wooden granary, where they lived, remodeling and updating it for nearly 73 years until his death in December 2017.

Elvin and Selma had 3 children, Ken (Robin) of Seattle, Ron (Etta) of Lustre, and Jeanette Williams of Havre, who preceded both of her parents in death in March 2006. Selma has 9 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. And she knew them all by name!

Selma was a busy wife and mother. She loved cooking (her zwieback and green bean soup were always hits) but also tending her garden, harvesting the produce and berries. She loved being outside taking meals to the fields, going to the hills for chokecherries and juneberries, and tending her flowers. Then in the later years she loved her sewing projects as long as her eyes could see and Elvin would thread the needle.

She was kind, hospitable, generous, and gracious. Each one of her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren has special blankets or embroidered pillowcases she made for them. The Seattle grandchildren all have fond memories of picking rocks in the garden and then making zwieback with her!

She loved and asked about people, the kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren, taking a great deal of interest in their lives, praying for them each daily by name. During the last years, when her vision and hearing were failing, and she was alone in a room, she often would be singing, quoting Scripture, or praying for her family.

Selma understood forgiveness in a very personal way. First, needing forgiveness from her Heavenly Father, she then felt the need to offer it and receive it from those around her. This was a life-long process bringing her much peace and joy.

Her life verse was Galatians 2:20 and was quoted to almost all of her care givers, friends, and family. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Selma especially appreciated the care given by the staff of Valley View and Glasgow Hospital prior to her death. Not remembering all of their names, she called them “servants”. She passed away at the Glasgow Hospital on Saturday, September 14, enjoying the “party” of visiting children and friends.

Selma is survived by her siblings, Rudolph, Viola and Bertha; sons, Ken (Robin); grandchildren Jeff (Heidi) and their 2 children, Stephen (Carmen) and their 3 sons, Stacy (Scott) Rupp and their daughter, and Grant Olfert; Ron (Etta); grandchildren Landon (Mindy), and their 5 children, Dawson (Alicia), and their 5 children, Ronda (Anthony) Lind and their 4 daughters, Caleb (Becca) and their 3 children, and Dhana Olfert.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Lustre MB Church in Lustre, Montana with Pastor Frank Lenihan officiating. Burial will follow at the Lustre MB Cemetery.

To honor Selma’s desire to give to others her many gifts of time and love, gifts may be sent may be sent to El Roi School in Haiti (www.elroihaiti.com) or a charity of your choice.

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg

Sunset Hills Funeral home

Leslie Loring (Sam) Kitzenberg died peacefully in his sleep at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT on September 12, 2019. Sam was 72 years old and suffered the last several years from dementia. Sam is survived by his wife, Ronnie of Deer Lodge, MT; children Mark (Paula) Kitzenberg, Josh Kitzenberg, Samantha (Corey) Kitzenberg of Billings, MT and Jordan (Jake) Lowney of Draper, UT; grandchildren Katie and Cole Kitzenberg, Jackson and Lily Lowney; brother Kim (Mary) Kitzenberg and their children Kyle and Kristina Kitzenberg of Williston, ND. Sam is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Agnes (Thorstenson) Kitzenberg.

Born on July 25, 1947 in Williston, ND to Leland and Agnes Kitzenberg, Sam graduated from Plentywood High School in 1965 and the University of Montana in Missoula, MT in 1969 with a BA in Education.

He married Ronnie Gilman in February 1969 and they moved to Columbia Falls, MT where Sam began a career in education. Sam and Ronnie later moved to Williston, ND where Sam joined the family shoe business (H & H Shoes/Sam’s Shoes) from 1977 to 1990.

Sam went back to school and updated his teaching certificate which led him to a teaching position at Glasgow High School until 2005.

During his time in Glasgow, Sam fulfilled a lifetime dream of serving in the Montana legislature in both House of Representatives and Senate for a period of 14 years. Showing early signs of political ambition, he was elected Boy’s State Governor in 1964, and, from then on, it was full steam ahead! He was extremely proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Montana. His accomplishments include: establishing the Fort Peck Fish Hatchery, the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT and the Fort Peck Interpretive Center in Fort Peck, MT.

He also was instrumental in establishing the All-Day Kindergarten in MT. He was the presenter/champion of the School Bullying Bill and was a leader of the 4 for 2 Highway Campaign. Sam was tenacious on all projects he undertook and rarely took no for an answer, “anything was possible”. Riding around in his green Volkswagon Bug, proclaiming his faith on his license plate, “PRSEHIM”, Sam’s faith was an integral part of his life. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and occasional Lay preacher. Anyone who knew Sam the least little bit, knew he chugged those 12 packs of Diet Pepsi like a thirsty man in the desert. Add a few turkey dinners in the mix, and he was a happy man.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Deer Lodge, with a reception to follow from 12-3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, please share Sam’s memories at sunsethillsfuneralhomes.net . The family would like to thank the Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs, MT, the Genesis Home and the Renaissance Assisted Living Home in Deer Lodge, MT for their continued quality of care they gave Sam.

Tuesday, September 17th 2019

Cecil D. Spear

Cecil D. Spear of Glasgow, age 78, passed away at Valley View Nursing Home on September 15, 2019. He was born on April 5, 1941 in Scobey, Montana to Florence (McCabe) and Donald Spear. He graduated from Opheim High School in 1959 and served in the US Marine Corp from 1961 to 1965. He was Honorably Discharge as a Corporal in August of 1965. Cecil then returned home to work on the family ranch.
In 1976 Cecil married Anna Lavey of Scobey. They later were divorced. To this union one child, Tara, was born. Cecil raised Tara in Opheim until she graduated in 1998. During this time, he worked for PRO-COOP. After he retired from PRO-COOP, he worked for Virgil and Travis Nelson on their family Farm/Ranch.
He remained living in Opheim until 2011. He then moved to Glasgow to be closer to Logan and Tara. This was a very special time in his life enabling him to have an even closer relationship with his daughter and son-in-law. Cecil was able to enjoy many family holiday dinners and BBQ’s with Tara and Logan.
In the community of Opheim, Cecil was very active and always had a smile on his face. His home was always open for anyone who wanted a cup of coffee or a hot meal. He loved cruising the town of Opheim with his best buddy, Jake Dog.
Survivors include his daughter, Tara (Logan) Hicks of Glasgow; sister, Eunice (Bill) Benjamin of Billings; and brother, Larry (Kathy) Spear of Roslyn Washington. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Florence Spear; grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services will be Friday September 20, 2019 at Bell Mortuary at 3:00 PM with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. Cremation has taken place; the family will have a private burial at a future date. A luncheon will be held following the services at the Elks Club.
The family would like to thank Doctor Anne Millard-Bradley for her wonderful care over the years and the wonderful nurses and Staff at FMDH. Also, a special thanks to the staff at Valley View Nursing Home for the amazing care they provided for Cecil.

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