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Dagmar Farstad

Thursday, June 20th 2019

Dagmar Farstad passed away June 8, 2019 at Hi-Line Retirement Center of natural causes. Memorial services will be Friday June 21, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Malta Lutheran Church.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com
Dagmar was born September 3, 1924 to John and Mary Hjelmstad in North Dakota. She attended schools there and was an active member in the Lutheran Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and baking special Norwegian breads and lefse. She and James Farstad married and shortly after, he spent 2 years in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After his honorable discharge, the family moved to Montana where he managed grain elevators. They had two children Deanna Bergstrom of Harlem, and son James Farstad Jr. deceased.
Since living in Malta Dagmar has continued being active in the Lutheran Church. Serving on Church Council, Pres. WELCA, teaching Sunday school and singing in the senior choir. She was a member of P.E.O, and TOPS. The family attended many enjoyable family reunions in Colorado.
Survivors include Deanna Bergstrom-Harlem; brothers, Les Hjelmstad of Englewood, Colorado, Wendell Hjelmstad of Colorado Springs, Colorado; granddaughter, Susan (Rick) Anderson- Billings; great-grandsons, Teagan Anderson- Billings, and Taylor Nordhagen- Rowlett, Texas.
Dagmar’s family requests in lieu of flowers please do random acts of kindness.

Harold L. Holtan

Monday, June 17th 2019

Harold L. Holtan, 82, passed away on June 16, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana due to extended complications from his cancer treatments.
Harold was born December 8, 1936 to Martin and Alice Holton in Plentywood, Montana. He was the youngest of six children.
He graduated from Outlook High School in 1954. After graduation Harold enlisted in the Army. He then went on to college in Bozeman, Montana.
Harold married Kea Verhaar on October 31, 1965 and to this union they had Greg and Michelle. They were married for 10 years. Harold than married Billie Jean Crossen on January 22, 1977. Billie Jean had her daughter Kelly Loucks from her previous marriage. They all lived in Glasgow for many years and when the kids were all out of high school, Harold and Billie Jean moved to St. Marie.
Harold was a master electrician that started his career at Rainbow Electric, then had partners at Tri-electric, then had his own business, Holtan Electric until he retired. Once he retired, the couple became snowbirds and went to Yuma, Arizona for the past eleven winters, where they loved the warm weather.
Back in the day Harold was a great stock car driver at Duck Creek and other places winning many trophies. He also enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, boating and Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon. He was a member of the VFW and Elks Lodge.
Harold is survived by his wife Billie Jean of 42 years; a son, Greg Holtan of Ennis, Montana; a daughter Michelle (Creyton) Hughes of Ennis, Montana; a step-daughter, Kelly (Norm) Sillerud of Fort Peck, Montana; step-sons, Dutch Newby of Canaan, Maine; and Darrell Newby of Madison, Maine; His grandchildren, Lauren Holtan of Dillon, Montana, and Austin Hughes of Ennis, Montana; step-grandchildren Josh (Jenni) Sillerud, Jason Sillerud and Nate Sillerud all of Glasgow, Montana; great-step grandchildren: Sage, Carter, Karsyn. Siblings Gordon, Beverly, Deloris, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Alice; mother-in-law Eunice and his brothers Howard and Robert.
His big, warm smile will be missed by all.
Funeral service will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Steven Carl Bell

Friday, June 14th 2019

Steven Carl Bell, 70, passed away on June 11, 2019 surrounded by his family, from complications of a Cerebral Vascular Accident in Denver, Colorado. Steve was born November 18, 1948 to Carl W. Bill and Dorothy (Larson) Bell in Malta, Montana, he was the second of six children. He spent his early years of his childhood in Malta moving to Glasgow when he was in the fourth grade.

Athletics were a big part of Steve’s high school and college career: playing basketball, football, baseball and was a pole vaulter and a sprinter in track. Steve graduated from Glasgow High School in 1967. He then attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri. Steve was commissioned as an officer and was on Kemper’s basketball and football team. He then attended the University of Utah and Carroll College, where he majored in Biology, Business and Finance, and excelled greatly. Steve was a boxer and was proud to have fought in the Carroll College Smoker. He attended Mount Hood in Portland, Oregon to receive his Funeral Science Degree. He moved back to Glasgow in 1974 to operate Bell Mortuary, to carry on the family business, alongside his brother Kent. Together they served Northeast Montana for over 40 years in funeral service and operated Valley Monument.

On July 26, 1975, Steve married Vickie Lynn Schuler in Dutton, Montana. They established their lives in Glasgow, raising three girls, Nicole, Lisa and Jenna.

Steve was a professional man with a huge heart. His family was everything to him. He adored Vickie and courted her until the day he passed. He supported his girls and grandchildren like no other, he was the definition of Father and Grandpa. Steve was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and pilot. He treasured his time at his cabin, Fort Peck Lake, and Sunnyside Golf Course. He played in many golf tournaments and was very competitive. Steve was very proud to have run in the New York Marathon. He loved Glasgow and Fort Peck and would not want to be anywhere else. Steve loved traveling to Palm Springs with Vickie and his family. He enjoyed riding his Goldwing and attending his grand children’s sporting events. He was a Glasgow Scottie through and through. Steve had wonderful friends in his coffee groups, golf league, hunting and airport groups. He was a Patriot and loved his country.

Steve served as Past President of the Montana Funeral Association, and was active with First Congregational Church, the Montana Pilot’s Association, and helped with the Flight Search and Rescue, along with many other local organizations including the Scottie Booster Club. He was a man of faith and was active with North Star Lodge #46. A softball coach for his girls, Steve loved fishing in the Governor’s Cup with his daughter, Lisa, for nine years. They made quite a team and looked forward to this every summer.

Steve is survived by his wife, Vickie Bell, of 43 years, his three girls, Nicole (Jason) Herda Gleason of Great Falls, Montana, Lisa (Jace) Ball of Glasgow, Montana, and Jenna (Tony) Marsalek of Glasgow; his grandchildren, Hailey and Blake Herda, Alexa and Jacob Ball, and Joshua and Breelyn Marsalek; his step-grandchildren; Brady, Carson and Isaac Gleason and Adam, Jessica and AJ Marsalek ; siblings, Cherie Edwards, Kathy (Terry) Sather, Kari (Richard) Wiens, Kent (Kathy) Bell, and Jenny (Mick) Cunneen; mother-in-law, Joyce Schuler and in-laws Elaine (Mark) Elway; and several nieces and nephews that he absolutely adored. He loved being an uncle.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Dorothy Bell; brothers-in-law, Marvin Edwards and Scott Alexander, and father-in-law, Frank Schuler.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m. with sharing of memories at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Seth Runner officiating. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Memorials can be made in Steve’s honor to the Scottie Booster Club, Glasgow High School Educational Trust Fund or the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wesley Lester Burg

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Wesley Lester Burg
Wes Burg, Glasgow, Montana, passed away June 8th, 2019, in Malta, Montana of natural causes. Wesley Lester Burg was born September 13th, 1932 in Jasper, Minnesota to Lester and Alma (Handberg) Burg. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1950 and then enlisted in the army during the Korean conflict.

Wes married Marlyss Berge on August 30th, 1958. He was half owner of B&D Machine in Los Angeles, California, where they machined aircraft parts. Later they moved to Oregon where they owned a tavern, then onto Glasgow, Montana; where he worked at the air force base until its closure. He then worked at the packing plant until it’s closure, and finally the Corps of Engineers.

Wes was an avid hunter and fisherman; walleye and perch were his favorites. He participated in all of the first 20 Montana Governor’s Cups. He also enjoyed his pets through the years.

Survivors include one son, Dave (Mary) Burg, Williston, ND; one daughter Jana (Scott) Moran, Malta, Montana; four grandsons: Trent (Shandy) Moran, Scobey, Montana; Conor Moran, Malta, Montana; Seth Burg, Fargo, North Dakota; and Jared Burg, Williston, North Dakota. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marlyss; his parents and four sisters, infant Dorothy Burg, Lona Walvatne, Lois Jansma and Beth Parks.

Funeral services will be at 1pm Thursday June 13th, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Internment will be at Highland Cemetery.

Joan Ruth Helland

Tuesday, June 11th 2019

Joan Ruth Helland, 82, passed away Friday morning, June 7, 2019 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana surrounded by friends and family members.
Joan was born in Kensington, Minnesota, February 5, 1937, to Waldo J. and Eleanor (Larson) Wetterling. She was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Glasgow in 1945 to farm for Henry Osterberg, and Waldo later bought some land in the Milk River Valley between Glasgow and Nashua. Joan’s mother, Eleanor, was a long-time elementary school teacher in Valley County.
Joan graduated from Glasgow High School and married Ronald Blikken Helland on January 22, 1955. She was a homemaker for the first 15 years of their marriage, raising seven kids along with providing room and board for workers at the Air Force Base (now St. Marie) for a few of those years. When her seventh child started kindergarten, she began working alongside her husband at the Glasgow Courier and Courier Printing. In 1978, her husband Ron became the publisher/manager of the Glasgow Courier. Joan became the Publisher in 1988 after Ron passed away, and she left that position in 1993. She then worked at the Glasgow City Office until 2006. After retirement from her City Office job she had a part-time position at the First Lutheran Church as secretary.
Joan served on several boards and organizations: First Lutheran Church Council, Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, Valley County Republican Committee, FMDH Foundation, PEO, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and served her church on the altar committee and quilting group. She loved to play cards (bridge and whist being her top two games). Her first “bridge club” was started in 1958 and she continued to play bridge throughout her life. The last several years, she played bridge at least three times a week. She also enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and preferred a baseball, basketball, or football game on TV while doing her needlework and reading. She hand-stitched beautiful pillowcases and dish cloths. She was lovingly referred to as “Grandma Joan” to many of her great nieces and nephews and her grandchildren’s friends.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son David Helland; brother John Wetterling; sons-in-law James Fewer and Tom Link; and sisters-in-law Carol Helland and Pearl Wetterling.
Joan is survived by two sons, James Helland and Tom (Lynette) Helland of Rapid City, South Dakota; four daughters, Karen Link of Billings, Montana; Beth (Harry) Knowlton of Solon Springs, Wisconsin; Stephanie (Monte) Eayrs, Fallon, Montana; and Jennifer Fewer of Glasgow, Montana; and 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Wetterling, Eugene, Oregon; brother, Charles Wetterling, Missoula, Montana; a brother-in-law, Frank Helland, Bozeman, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends.
Services for Joan will be held at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Saturday, June 22, at 11 am followed by a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery. Her memorial preferences would be First Lutheran Church, The Pioneer Museum, and Valley View Nursing Home. Condolences may be left at bellmorltuarymontana.com.

Lyle Earl Franzen

Monday, June 10th 2019

Lyle Earl Franzen, 64, passed away on June 5, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends at home in Glasgow, Montana. He was a good man, who will be missed by many.

Lyle was born April 15, 1955 to William ‘Bill’ and Magdalina ‘Maggie’ (Schelert) Franzen in Glasgow, Montana. He attended St. Raphael Catholic Schools, graduated from Glasgow High School in 1973. Lyle was a successful competitor in stock cars.

In 1978, Lyle married the love of his life, Deanna ‘DeeDee’ Jackson. Together they built a home northwest of Glasgow. Lyle’s love of trees and plants led to the growth of the “Franzen Forest” that provides an oasis on the prairie.

Lyle began his career at Valley Electric as a lineman, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1989, for health reasons, the family moved to Great Falls, where he and DeeDee went back to school. He received his associates degree in accounting from the Great Falls VoTech in 1991. He retired as accountant from NorVal. Lyle developed lifelong friendships with his co-workers. Retirement finally brought enough time to dabble in his many hobbies. He was the ultimate handyman -- owning and maintaining numerous rental properties with family.

To prepare for the long Hi-Line winters, Lyle stockpiled firewood, canned and pickled garden items, and smoked homemade sausage. During the winter, bowling, woodworking, and furniture making provided Zen. Lyle’s wood inlay, “Pig in a Blanket”, won Best of Fair the Northeast Montana Fair. Lyle recently started turning bowls made from local trees. Lyle reconditioned his 1972 GMC pickup, completely rebuilding the engine and restoring the body and paint.

During the lovely summers, Lyle was frequently at Ft. Peck Lake where he enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, weather watching, and spending time with family and friends. In 2008, he and his wife purchased property in Duck Creek, where they grew another forest for their vacation home. He also enjoyed traveling, some highlights include an anniversary cruise to Alaska, chaperoning a KEY Club trip to Nashville and NASCAR races in Las Vegas. Lyle loved camping in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks -- he was particularly fond of The Trail of Cedars near Avalanche Lake.

Lyle is survived by his wife DeeDee; son, Jesse (Joice) Franzen, and daughter, Jennifer Franzen; siblings Bill Franzen, Lorna (Wayne) Pitman, Dale (Augie) Franzen; sister-in-law Jill (Scott) Sanders; father-in-law, Robert Jackson; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Kayleen Franzen and his parents Bill and Maggie Franzen.

Services will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:00 am. Immediately following the internment of his ashes at Highland Cemetery, a reception will be held at the Glasgow VFW. Honorary Pallbearers: Wayne Pitman, Tim Potter, Scott Sanders, Joe Tolzein, Mark Vosen, and Jim Wilham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to these organizations Lyle supported: Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation or Milk River Activity Center -- Special Olypmics.

Marguerite Elizibeth Gamas

Monday, June 10th 2019

Marguerite Elizibeth Gamas "Mugs", 96, returned to her heavenly home on the early morning of June 8, 2019 from complications of dementia. Her devotion and firm belief in God supported her during her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Marguerite was born on September18, 1922, on a homestead in her family two room home built from railroad ties 9 miles East of Glasgow Just north of “old” highway two on Lindike Coulee. She was the daughter of Mike and Caroline (Grabon) Hlad who immigrated to the United States, traveled West from Ellis Island and filed for their 160 acre homestead claim. Marguerite was the fourth child of six siblings: Anna 1916, Joseph 1917 (died in infancy), Frances 1918, Irene 1920, and Marguerite in 1922. Just when things were going as planned, Lawrence (1934) arrived twelve years later.

Marguerite attended public school in Glasgow, Montana, and graduated high school in 1940. Upon graduation from high school, she attended college at Kinmen Business College in Spokane, Washington and graduated in the field of office administration.

In 1942, upon completion of her studies at Kinmen Business School, Marguerite returned home to Glasgow. She lived with roommates in an apartment in Glasgow owned by the Gamas family in order to be closer to work. She worked first for what used to be called Sternhagen Insurance agency and gained experience in bookkeeping and office accounting that she would continue as work throughout her career. Several years later, Marguerite took an accounting position at Newton Motors in Glasgow and remained at Newton Motors until the late 60's. After working for Newton Motors, Marguerite accepted a bookkeeping position at Boutell Motors in Miles City. She developed a love for Cadillacs. Marguerite remained at Boutell Motors, until she retired in 1981. Upon retirement, Marguerite returned to her home in Glasgow. Marguerite truly enjoyed working with the public and being involved with local business. She was proud of her work ethic and accomplishments. She was an exceptional bookkeeper and was routinely recognized by General Motors as such. She was very methodical with her office work, and held herself to high standards.

In 1945, she met the love of her life, and her best friend Warren Gamas Sr. in Glasgow. They were married in Washington in 1947 and remained inseparably in love for 64 years. Warren had two children from a previous marriage: Warren (Nick) H. Gamas of Glasgow, Montana, and Charlotte (Nonnie) Gamas-Farrington of Great Falls, Montana. Wherever Marguerite needed to be Warren was by her side. Marguerite never applied for a driver’s license throughout her life, she would always remark “If I need to be somewhere Warren will drive me.” Marguerite always rode shotgun in the Cadillac. They were inseparable. Warren passed away at the age of 100 in July of 2011, and left a void in Marguerite's life. Until her last days, she would always respond when his name was mentioned. She missed him.

Marguerite gave much of her free time in service of the Lord. She was very much involved with her local church, St. Raphael’s Catholic Church of Glasgow. She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister for many years, and would travel to the neighboring Catholic churches administering communion, Warren in tow. She would also visit the sick and elderly who were unable to attend mass and bring communion. She was a member of the Altar Society, and in her early years offered her bookkeeping skills to the church administration. Back in the church choir days, she offered her voice and sang her hymns. She attended daily Mass, went to more funerals than could be counted, and was always there when the prayer chain needed prayers. Marguerite also enjoyed the duties of yard work. Her home resembled a doll house and was kept in order consistent with her bookkeeping standards. She was a historian on a personal level, and would always offer history of buildings, roads, and events that took place when she would ride along. She loved going for drives in the country. She never missed the Lawrence Welk show, and if Lawrence Welk was on TV, it was time for a Gin and Tonic and some music.

A Rosary will be prayed 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow burial at ST. Raphael’s Parish Center. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted. If you feel compelled to gift please give to any charity for the greater good, Marguerite would have done the same.

Corbin Francis See

Sunday, June 2nd 2019

Corbin Francis See passed away peacefully in his sleep May 29, 2019 at FMDH Hospital.

Corbin was born to Missouri Benjamin and Emma (Gaetzke) See on July 8, 1925 in Hinsdale, Montana. He attended school in Hinsdale and went into the Navy in 1943, serving in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1946.

Corbin married Alice Joyce Nelson October 14, 1951 and they had seven sons. Corbin farmed and ranched in the Hinsdale area and also owned and operated a motel. In 2004 Corbin retired and resided in Glasgow since.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; six sons; fourteen grandchildren; and 24 great – grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Romain; infant son, Tony Dean; and two grandchildren.

Margaret "Peggy" E. Pattison

Friday, May 31st 2019

Margaret “Peggy” E. Pattison, 98, passed away Monday May 27, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Peggy was born in Cohoes, New York October 21, 1920 to William and Ruth (Hartley) Donovan. She was destined to leave the East Coast when she met a handsome young Army Officer, Bill Pattison from Glasgow, Montana.

After a variety of assignments in the East, Southeast and the birth of their daughter, Karen, in Austin, Texas they made their way home to Glasgow.

Peggy did substitute teaching, bookkeeping for Pattison Implement and Motors. She loved to knit and sew right up until the time of her death. She was an avid reader, loved watching the birds at her bird feeder, but most of all she enjoyed her family and friends. She and Bill enjoyed traveling to see their first grandchild in Seattle, then Anchorage. Their travels took them to the four corners of the world: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and China. Their souvenirs were always large pieces of art that cover the walls of their home and stacked in closets.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Karen (Bob) Mathis of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Tyler Mathis and his wife Lesli Mathis of San Diego; and his sister Alissa Mathis of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many Pattison sisters and brothers -in-law, nieces and nephews.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

The Rosary will be said 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass with be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Terry Regan officiating. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

Donald James Helgeson

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Donald James Helgeson was born January 30, 1955, at Glasgow, MT. His parents were James O. and Imojean (Fuhrman) Helgeson. Donny passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home at Big Sandy Activity Center on May 27, 2019 at the age of 64.

Donny spent his younger years being dotted on by his family. His parents were primary care keepers and loved him dearly. His aunts stepped in and spent many hours helping his mother when he needed constant care. His cousins spent many hours entertaining him and being his companion.

At an early age he moved to his home at Boulder. After many years there he was moved to Eastmont Training Center in Glendive. His last big move in life was to Big Sandy Activities Center where he resided for over 20 years.

His ‘family’ at Big Sandy treated him with the most dignity and respect that a family could ever ask for. When asked what Donny likes most…their immediate answer was COFFEE! He loved taking car rides, viewing pastures and fields were his favorite and he did not like to look at water. He loved to be by himself where it was quiet and only a few people. Outdoors were the best and he looked forward to summer so he could just sit outside watching the birds. They also shared that he did not like concerts!

Donny was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Kon C & Emma Fuhrman and Helge & Luella Helgeson and numerous relatives.

Donny is survived by his sister Connie (Ben) Danelson; nephew Casey (Katrina) Danelson and their children Mesa, Colby & Caz; niece LeeAnn Danelson and daughter Shay all of Scobey, Montana; Godmothers/Aunts Hilda Rosencrans of Glasgow, Montana and Aunt Theresa Sather of Bozeman, Montana;. Uncle Joe (Della) Helgeson of Kalispell, Montana and Aunt Adeline Mitchell of Glasgow, Montana; along with numerous cousins and their families. We would also like to add, all of his Big Sandy Activities Center Family who knew him better than we did.

A Graveside service for Donny will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Glasgow Highland Cemetery.

Margaret "Peg" Pattison

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

Margaret Eileen “Peg” Pattison passed away May 27, 2019. Rosary will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church Thursday May 30, at 7:00 p.m. and the Service will be Friday May 31 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.

Floyd D. "Bill" Wood

Wednesday, May 29th 2019

To know Bill was to know a storyteller. He was the author of his own story in his own book which was made up of many chapters. It began with a “preface” of changing his name to Bill because he wasn’t impressed with the name “Floyd”. No one else knew exactly how his story went but Bill did, and it was definitely a colorful version. If you wondered if you had ever met him, you hadn’t because you WOULD remember.

Bill rode off into the final sunset May 24,2019. He lived most of his life in Glasgow where he was born to his parents Charles and Elva (Buster) Wood on May 11, 1940. He grew up on the family ranch north of Glasgow and joined sisters Charlotte and Joyce with Lynn following as his baby sister. On the ranch he developed country values, cowboy skills and a “can’t be beat” attitude.

He attended school in Glasgow and began a long career of “cowboying” for local ranches including the Etchart Ranch and the Cornwell Ranch. He was proud of his experience driving a team of horses for tours around Montana’s capital in Helena. He had a mind full of stories of his rodeo and “bronc breaking” days and loved to tell tales of the “old days.” Bill had a unique affinity for horses and a special place in his heart for children.

In “A Cowboy Comes to Montana” Will James wrote: “And fast action and danger was what he went after. With the big rough horses he’d go and pile his rope on everything that was wild and needed roping, and lots of big stuff that didn’t need roping. Many a cowboy held his breath at watching the “fool things” he’d do”. Will James could have been describing Bill in his younger days.
“Woody” was willing to help anyone do about anything. From riding to move cows to driving truck when chopping corn; pushing cows up an alley or pushing a lawnmower. If he was able, he was willing. He had a knack for making diamond willow walking sticks, canes and lamp stands and gifted many of his creations to friends. He could fix anything leather and loved a newly cleaned and oiled saddle.

Bill will be having a reunion with his parents Charles and Elva (Buster) Wood, his sister Charlotte (George) Kolstad, his uncle Dick Peck and nephews Austin Kolstad, Nick Kolstad and Shane Rees.
Bill is missed by daughter Lacy Wood and his granddaughter Madison, the apple of his eye and the center of his universe. He is also survived by his sisters Joyce (Dick) Peck, Lynn (Gary) Ediger and his brother in law George Kolstad. His extended family includes nephews Dean, and Darryl (Lori) Kolstad, Gene (Ehrica), and Lance Ediger and nieces Janet (Jim) Black and Carolyn (Randy) Rees, Lorrie (Lee) Knight, Jim (Lisa) Peck and Karen (Don) Stein.

Bill loved the old cowboy way of life and lived by the “cowboy code.” He was surely a country gentleman. If anyone met him, they never forgot him and came away feeling like old friends.
Bill Wood will be honored Friday, May 31st at 2:00 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary and a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery. Pie and coffee will be served at the Bell Mortuary following the graveside service. Please plan to come and share your memories of Bill “Woody” Wood.

Donald L. Plouffe

Monday, May 27th 2019

Donald “Don” Plouffe, 85, of Saco, Montana passed away the afternoon of May 26, 2019 in Glasgow, Montana.

Don was born June 13, 1933, in Malta, Montana, to Louis and Mabel (Homeier) Plouffe. He was raised and educated in the East Strater Community and helped on the family farm.

Don was working on a seismograph crew when he met his best friend and lifetime love, Nellie McNamara. Don was united in marriage to Nellie on November 1, 1953; the couple celebrated their 65th Anniversary last year. To this union they had four sons and one daughter.

Don’s family was important to him, which lead him to take a job as a farm laborer in the Saco area. He worked as a mechanic at the “Old Chevy Garage” prior to opening his own mechanic shop and gas station Don’s Conoco where he could make a motor hum. He then worked at MDU until he retired in 1995. Throughout the years while working full-time and raising his family, Don found time to be a wheat farmer. He took pride in farming his wheat and once was able to sell it for $20 a bushel.

Don had many hobbies which included restoring an old tractor, ice fishing on Nelson Reservoir, traveling and was always good for a game of cribbage. He was a lifetime Minnesota Twins fan getting to watch them play at both the Metrodome and Target Field. It was made even more special when, Trevor Plouffe, his cousin’s grandson played third base. Don had a deep sense of accomplishment for his blue-ribbon winning garden. He was even able to get his seeds in the ground this spring.

Don worked hard his entire life to provide for his family. He taught his kids that work ethic is a choice and one of the most important keys in life. Don took pride (and his children are grateful) that he had instilled those values.

Don is survived by his wife, Nellie; his children, Robert (Betty) Plouffe, Donna (Sonny) Anvik, Jason (Monica) Plouffe and Dale Plouffe; sisters, Gail Johannesen, and Judy Messerly; brothers, Gary (Wilma) Plouffe and Ed (Willie) Plouffe; sister-in-law, Jean Plouffe; brother-in-law, Gary (Vicki) McNamara; grandchildren, Tracey Plouffe, Melissa Plouffe (Mark Snodgrass), Travis Plouffe, Ashley Anivk (Tyson Swimmley), Caycee (Wyatt) Hermanson, Tyrell (Lacie) Anvik, Levi (Taryn) Plouffe, Randi Plouffe (Trennis Hindle) , Koltan Plouffe (Chad Sutton), Kalyn Plouffe, Karlyle Plouffe (Carley White) and great-grandchldren Olivia, Avery, Emma, Ryker, baby Cru, Tayson, Basil, Esme, Remmi and Bowie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mable Plouffe; son Steve Plouffe; great-grandson Cash Plouffe; siblings Louis Plouffe, Dale Plouffe, his twin Dorothy Ames, Dick Plouffe, Nancy Soennichsen and Grady Plouffe.

Don’s family will receive friends from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.
A funeral Service will take place at 2:00 pm, on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Methodist Church in Saco with burial in Grandview Cemetery.

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