Melvin J. Dyrland Sr., age 83, of Opheim passed away in his home on December 5, 2018. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is being planned for next spring. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
Tuesday, December 4th 2018
Lois Esther (Montag) Cool
Lois Esther (Montag) Cool, age 91, passed away in her home after a long fight with dementia. She peacefully joined her Lord and Savior on November 28, 2018 as her daughter, Wendi, son-in-law, Mike, and caregiver, Carol held her hand. The chorus of Hallelujah played in the background. Lois was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on December 2, 1926 to John Francis Montag, Sr. and Esther Emilie Marie (Schroeder) Montag. She attended Oakwood grade school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lois graduated from Oshkosh High School. Lois worked at the American Excelsior Factory where her Dad was the superintendent. She was grateful for the high paying job that helped her to attend college. Lois attended college at North Central Bible College (NCBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she studied three years of theology. Lois worked part time in the library checking out books to students. She enjoyed this job because she was able to study while she was working. While attending NCBC, Lois met her sweetheart, Fred Cool. At NCBC, Lois and her friends wanted a ride to the park. Lois knew that Fred had a Buick, so she asked him for a ride. Fred, already her secret admirer, gladly accepted and they were soon dating. Lois and Fred married on September 29, 1951 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After their wedding, they resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a period of time and then moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lois and Fred were blessed with a son, Stephen Monte Cool, on July 15, 1952. On September 24, 1954, Wesley Frederic Cool joined their family. Upon Fred’s dad’s sudden death in December 1954, the Cools lived in Larslan, Montana during the farming season to help with the family farm. During the rest of the year, they resided at their home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While in Oshkosh, Lois worked part time. In 1962, the Cool family permanently moved to Larslan, Montana to run the farm and raise sheep and pigs. Wendi Jo joined their family on October 4, 1965. Lois and Fred resided in their Larslan home until 2014 when they moved to Coupeville, Washington to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law. Lois was a member of the Assembly of God church in Glasgow, Montana. She taught Sunday School to the teens. Lois was blessed to be a ‘stay at home’ mom when she lived in Larslan. She loved to drive the combine during harvest season. Lois was an amazing cook and baker. One of the family’s favorite desserts is her famous oatmeal cake. She enjoyed gardening and had many beautiful house plants. Lois and Fred held Bible study in their home. Lois was an avid reader. She always tried to learn new words and proudly used them. Her faith was the one thing she continued to recognize during her battle with dementia. Most words became difficult for her to articulate however, you could still hear her say the name of Jesus. Lois always had something nice to say to the people she met, whether it was telling them, ‘You’re beautiful’ or just to say, ‘God Bless You’. Her smile lit up the room and she wanted people to feel comfortable. Lois loved her family and prayed for each one of them every day. Lois is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Fred William Cool; her father, John Frances Montag, Sr; mother, Esther Emilie Marie (Schroeder) Montag; brother, John Francis Montag, Jr; brother-in-law, John Ohlin; father-in-law, Frederick Cool; mother-in-law, Ruth (Borum) Cool , sister-in-law Dorothea Alice Bertelsen; brother-in-law Verner Bertelsen; sister-in-law Violet Mae Belling; brother-in-law, Olaf Belling; grandson, John Wesley Cool. Lois is survived by her son Stephen (Carol) of Glasgow, Montana; grandson Joseph (Jennifer) of Baardstown, KY; grandson Justin (Amanda) of Calais, Maine; son, Wesley (Jackie) of Glendive, Montana; grandson, Treven (Alicia) Cool and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Conall of Glendive, Montana; granddaughter, Trenna (Bob) Antonelli and great-grandchildren, Jayden, Genesis, Noelle, Gabriel of Nixa, Missouri; daughter, Wendi Tow (Mike Anderson) of Oak Harbor, Washington; grandson, Micah Tow (Alexis Elsevier) of Oak Harbor, Washington; granddaughter, Chelsi (Sean) Simpson & great-grandson, Zayne of Pinehurst, North Carolina; sister, Joanne (Montag) Ohlin of Springfield, Missouri and nephews, nieces and cousins. Family will receive friends Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 7:30 -9:30 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Tom Fauth officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
Anthony R. D. Curley
Anthony R. D. Curley, 71, of Nashua, Montana, passed away November 23, 2018 in Glasgow, Montana.
Anthony was born July 1, 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Mr. Edmund Curley and Mary Eileen Pope. He received his early education in Pasadena, California graduating from Pasadena Academy High School.
He attended several colleges including receiving a Master’s Degree from Point Loma Nazarene as well as Doctorate in Sacred Theology.
Anthony was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, from which he retired. He was a survivor of the Vietnam War.
He was called by God to become the founder and Bishop of The Benedictine Community of Saint Anthony.
He is survived by children Martin A. Pritchard-Curley, Elizabeth Hahn and Matthew Curley. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Family will receive friends on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary. Burial with military honors will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nashua Cemetery. A Requiem Mass will be held following the burial at The Monastery in Nashua, Montana with The Most Reverend Abbott Martin Andrew officiating.
Monday, November 19th 2018
Dan Franklin Collins
Dan Franklin Collins passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018 following a brief stay in Valley View Home. Dan was born December 27th, 1924 in Glasgow, Montana. Dan was the son of Fred A. Collins and Ada Pearl (Nance) Willmore Collins. Dan lived in Valley County his entire life except for his United States Navy service during WWII. Dan left Glasgow High School during his Junior year and enlisted in the US Navy on December 16, 1943. He was discharged from the Navy December 30, 1945. Dan was a Radarman 3rd Class and served in the South Pacific on the island of Pelelieu Pelieu (Palau) during the invasion of the Caroline Islands. Dan never talked much of his Navy service except to say that in addition to standing watch on the radar he also stood guard duty because there were still Japanese soldiers on the island. He said he didn’t get much sleep. Dan returned home following the War and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947, graduating with his youngest sister Nell. He ranched with his father near Willow Creek about 30 miles south of Glasgow until they sold the ranch in 1965. Dan told stories about life on the ranch, encounters with rattlesnakes, his Airedale terrier, ice skating across Ft. Peck Reservoir and the 125-mile sheep drive that had a few mishaps along the way. After selling the ranch Dan worked as a heavy equipment operator for Valley County for several years and retired from the County on August 31, 2004. Dan married Martha Kolm at Sodus, Michigan on February 13, 1966. Dan and Martha resided on Dan’s ranch near Tampico, Montana. Martha passed away on August 24, 1984. Dan married Lillie Schroeder on June 1, 1985 in Fargo, North Dakota. They resided on Dan’s ranch near Tampico, Montana until retiring and moving to Glasgow in 2011. Lillie passed away September 20, 2018. Dan loved to play music and would play on the piano, fiddle or mandolin. He played music with his friend Hoolie Edwards for about 10 years and played dances in the Haxby and Ft. Peck areas. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nance Collins, his sister Luella Collins Morken; his six-year-old sister Mildred; a brother who died at birth; his first wife Martha Collins (Kolm) and his second wife Lillie Collins (Schroeder). Dan is survived by his sister Nell Collins McIntosh of Spokane, Washington; his step-children, Glen Schroeder of Cameron, Montana, Maxine Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana and Howard Schroeder of Carlsbad, California; two step-grandchildren, Daniel Schroeder of Washington, DC and Justin Schroeder of Bozeman, Montana and several nephews and nieces. Dan was a quiet man, a gentle man, a patriot and what he loved most a rancher. He will be missed by all who knew him. Another great Montana cowboy is now riding God’s range in Heaven. Dan, we all loved you. Family will receive friends Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor John Valle officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A reception will be held at the VFW Hall in Glasgow.
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