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Mark was born November 16, 1955 in Glasgow to John and Nadine (Snyder) Jakanoski. He grew up on the farm Southeast of Glasgow on the south bench, and attended the Newton Country School until its closing. He attended schools in Glasgow playing basketball, football, and baseball. He loved the Scotties and bled Scottie plaid his entire life faithfully checking scores every Saturday and Sunday mornings. He attended MSU-Bozeman for a year than returned to Glasgow where he married Paulette Etchart and worked for Montana Power. The returned to Bozeman where Mark graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He then worked for Bruce and Anderson construction as an office manager and helped put Paulette through the rest of her schooling. Upon her graduation they moved to Billings and Mark took a job with MacArthur Company working there for 30+ years eventually retiring from there. It was in this time period when he divorced and later married Barbara Jones Gallagher and took on the role of father to Barb’s daughter Nicole. They later divorced but still remained close friends.
Mark was an avid hunter, loved shooting clays and became a skilled marksman. He always enjoyed the farm and came back to work many harvests helping his dad and brother bring in the crop. He was of the opinion that golden retrievers were the greatest dog known to man and owned 3 of them over the years. He trained them, hunted with them and loved them to a fault. He was huge fan of MSU Bobcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Miami Dolphins, and the Oakland A’s and attended as many Cat games as he could.
Mark was a kind and gentle soul who loved his family and friends dearly and would help anyone at the drop of a hat. We will miss him every day.
Mark was preceded in death by his father John Jakanoski and sister Cheryl Erickson.
He is survived by his mother Nadine Jakanoski; brother Scott (Kim) Jakanoski; sisters Paula (Andy) Hicks and Lana (Jamie) Koch; nieces Leah (Nate) Miller and their children Vaughn and Tessa, Bridget (Justin) Sholley, and their children Tatumn, Bo, and Tucker, Jana (Jordan) Nelson, Brynn Feldman and Savannah Feldman; ex-wife and close friend Barbara Jones Gallagher, daughter Nicole (Neil) Kiner, grandson Moses and his faithful golden retriever Bonnie.
A memorial service will be held May 10, 2019 11:00 at Bell Mortuary. Condolences for the family may be left bellmortuarymontana.com.
Bill was born June 6, 1948 in Great Falls, MT to Mary Evelyn Beauchamp and William Henry Sugg, Sr. Until he was 8 years old, Bill was raised by his grandparents, Edward “Shorty” and Annie Beauchamp, near Porcupine Creek on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Bill’s grandpa, who worked for the Etchart Ranch, taught him to hunt, fish, and build fences. Bill attended Glasgow Schools, and at age 14, he went to work for Gene and Mitch Etchart and spent his summers out south at the Stone House.
In 1965, at age 17, Bill enlisted in the Marines and attended basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and then Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1967 where he was a Scout Rifleman for the Third Platoon of the Delta Company. Despite being severely wounded in the jaw by an enemy grenade, and having several other puncture wounds throughout his body, Bill continued to fight. He inspired his fellow Marines with his aggressive fighting spirit, inflicting much harm on the enemy, who outnumbered the Delta Company. Under cover of darkness, Bill helped to carry those who were unable to walk and saved several of his fellow Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Mast, Marksman Rifle & Pistol Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal. He earned his GED while in the Marines.
After spending several months recovering in the hospital at Bremerton, Washington, Bill returned to Glasgow and his cowboy lifestyle at the Stone House. This became his refuge and a place to heal his many wounds. He also worked for masonry companies and competed in rodeos as a bareback bronc rider. It was during this time that he met Mary Anne Walker. When he got bucked off and broke his wrist, he decided it was time to quit rodeoing.
In 1972, Bill started working for Tumpane/AVCO Company at the Glasgow Air Force Base as a security patrolman. He was eventually promoted to Desk Sergeant and ultimately to Shift Lieutenant.
On November 30, 1973, Bill and Mary were married at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow. He patiently tolerated Mary’s dedication and involvement in the church and eventually became curious enough to join the RCIA program. With much prayerful support from family and friends, Bill was baptized and received the Sacraments of Initiation in 2013.
Bill worked for the Bentonite Plant for several years and then for the State Department of Natural Resources and Northern Border Pipeline, where he retired at the young age of 55. In “retirement”, he worked part time for the Farm Service Agency while taking care of his own farm/ranch operation. Bill had a deep love for all livestock, especially his paint horses. Another “retirement” job was the Glasgow Flower & Gift Shop, which he and Mary purchased in 1989. Bill was instrumental in the delivery portion of the Flower Shop operation during holidays, often making hundreds of deliveries in the area. He knew where everybody lived!
Bill was very active in the VA as a volunteer representative for northeast Montana. He helped many of his fellow servicemen get enrolled in the VA benefits to which they were entitled. Bill was Post Commander of VFW Post 3107 in 2009-2010. He was always in tune with the happenings at the VFW, whether it was fix-it projects, meetings, or events. Bill was one of the first people to be called whenever anyone needed anything. The Flag Pole Project was one of the things he relentlessly worked to complete. Bill was successful in coordinating and completing the mission to acquire the French Legion of Honor medals for local WWII veterans Lloyd Eide, Kenny Newton, and Gordon Olson.
Hunting and fishing with his sons, Ed and Levi, was a huge part of Bill’s life. He faithfully followed them in their sporting adventures – whether it was wrestling, football, basketball, or baseball. He spent lots of time in the bleachers. Bill never missed an event that his grandkids were involved in. He was a good Papa to Wyatt, Willow, Walker and Rivers. Horseback riding was an activity enjoyed by the whole family.
Beginning in grade school, Bill cultivated his artistic spirit. He started with pencil and pen then graduated to India ink and sketch pens on paper and wood. For the past several years, his sketches were of wildlife on sun bleached shoulder blade and rib bones from various animals. Bill was extremely generous and gave most of his art work to friends and family members.
Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Shorty and Annie Beauchamp, and his parents, Jack and Mary Sugg.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Ed (Dawn) of Verndale, MN and Levi (Bobi) of Glasgow; grandchildren Wyatt, Willow, Walker, and Rivers; siblings Ernie (Barb) of Glasgow, Jeff of Longview, WA, Judy Bow and Joe Sugg of Wolf Point, Margaret Aguiar (Jimmy) of Glasgow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Salt Lake City VA Fisher House (690 S. Valdez Dr., SLC, UT 84113), VFW Post 3107 in Glasgow, or a charity of your choice.
Patsy was born September 18, 1955 to Sade and Beulah (French) Allie in Glasgow, Montana. She was a 1973 graduate of Glasgow High School. Following graduation, she went to college in Havre for one year and worked many years at Sam’s Supper Club. Patsy was a wonderful cook, a great mother, and a loving grandmother.
She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Brown of Billings; a son, Robert (Brandi) Brown and grandchildren Jesse and Ellie of Bowman, ND; a step daughter, Tricia (Bryan) Anderson and granddaughter Kaitlyn of Billings; a sister, Pamela Laroque of Glasgow; an aunt, Lorraine Gundermann of Glasgow; various nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her long-time friends, Alicia Zeller of Glasgow; and Jory Scott of Glasgow.
She is preceded in death by one sister Myrna Lee and her parents.
A memorial service will be held at Alley’s Palace Bar from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 with a luncheon to follow.
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