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.
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.
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.
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.
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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