Merle R. Kaasa
Merle R. Kaasa, age 54, went to join his parents as a result a farming accident on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.
Merle Richard Kaasa was born to Osbourne “Ozzy” & Joy Kaasa on January 19, 1965 in Malta, MT. Merle grew up in Dodson, working on the family farm and graduating from Dodson High School in 1983. He loved playing basketball in high school. His mother Joy kept a large scrapbook of his basketball games. Merle touted himself an “OK ball player that was “kinda big and slow”. To his mom, he was a talented player as she tallied and archived his games stats over the years – including fouls. His Dodson Coyote Team saw much success his senior year. Merle had a very close relationship with both parents. Ozzy was glad to have his son by his side until his death in 1997. He worked on the family farm until it was sold.
Merle married Jacki Berrisford in 2001. They welcomed sons, Dalton & Charlie and operated Jake’s Bar in Saco until they later divorced.
Merle worked for Wes Whitaker, Tom Boschee, and Gary Anderson throughout the years. In 2012, Merle went to work for Galen Zerbe at Zerbe Farms. He and the boys moved up to the Pearson Place at Richland.
According to Dalton, Merle loved it when harvest and seeding were done and he could get to hauling grain in the Maroon Kenworth truck that he drove for Zerbes. It was his baby. He hated it when Daryl would drive his truck and “tear it up”. Merle’s favorite car was a 1967 GTO. It was his dream car. He had been looking for one and almost had one found last year.
Merle loved playing pool league, darts, and palling around with his buddies from Malta/Dodson area during his years in Phillips County.
Merle was known for being a hard worker, never asked for much of anything and appreciated anything given to him. Things didn’t matter to Merle – people did. To him your handshake meant more than your checkbook. Merle valued the friendships he developed over the years like that with Galen, Daryl and John.
Merle’s world revolved around his boys, Dalton (17) & Charlie (11). He enjoyed going to their basketball games, their “guy” trips to Havre, and just spending time together at home.
Merle is preceded in death by his parents, Ozzy & Joy; and half siblings, Charlie Kaasa (Ozzy) and Christine Kaasa (Ozzy).
He is survived by sons, Dalton Kaasa & Charles “Charlie” Kaasa of Richland; half-brother, Alan “Butch” Fleming (Joy) of Wisconsin, half-sister Lynn Fleming (Joy) of Kalispell; uncle, Art Kaasa of Bowdoin; aunt, Mary Jane Ketchum of Hinsdale; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins- including Dale Kaasa of Malta and Duane (Wanda) Berrisford of Hinsdale; and many life friends.
Merle Kaasa will forever be missed and his legacy will live on through his boys whom he cherished.
Merle’s family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. His Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20- also at the Bell Mortuary. A luncheon will follow the service. Merle will be buried next to his mother, Joy, in the Dodson Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
Services for Joan McGarvey will be 11AM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Fulkerson Memorial Chapel in Plentywood. Joan McGarvey, 82, of Plentywood (formerly of Grenora) died August 16, 2019 at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Joan was devoted mother to Steve, Randy & Tim Muse. A full obituary will be released when completed by the family.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: read the complete obituary, post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com
Mitchel Joseph Etchart
Mitchel Joseph Etchart was born in Glasgow, Montana on August 11, 1921 to John and Catherine Etchart, Basque immigrants. He passed away on August 13, 2019. He was the third of five children. He grew up in Tampico, Montana and had fond memories of going to school in a one room school house he called “Tampico Tech”. He graduated from Glasgow High School with the Class of 1938. He also graduated from St. Thomas College in Minnesota with a degree in Economics.
Mitch’s brother Gene taught him to fly at Gene’s flying school in Havre in 1940 as part of the Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) program. Gene was an important influence throughout Mitch’s life and he always looked up to him. Mitch hauled gas in 5 gallon cans to fuel airplanes to earn money for his lessons. In the spring of 1941 he completed the secondary CPT course at Johnson’s Flying Service in Missoula. By July 1941 he had become a certified flight instructor and held a commercial license at the age of 19. Mitch was then a CPT instructor for Lynch’s Flying Service in Belgrade, MT until Pearl Harbor.
Mitch entered the Army Air Corps in July 1943. He instructed Primary Air Corps cadets in Stearman biplanes and Basic Training cadets in BT-13s in Lancaster, CA. After World War II ended, he joined the Air Reserve Squadron and served for 20 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Mitch Etchart retired from flying in 2009 at the age of 88. He had over 10,000 hours of flight time and was a certified flight instructor with over 69 years of flying experience. Mitch received the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award in 2004. Flying was his true passion.
Mitch returned to the ranch in 1945 upon the death of his father. He and his brother Mark eventually took over Etchart Ranch and enjoyed a lifetime partnership raising sheep and cattle. They were involved in all aspects of the ranch, including sheep and cattle drives. Working together they spent a half century running Etchart Ranch. They weathered northeast Montana’s extreme conditions, volatile markets and long distances. Mitch retired from ranching in 1993 when Page Whitham purchased Etchart Ranch.
Mitch met his future bride, Donna Lee Squires, in St. Paul in 1950. They were married in 1952 at St. Raphael’s. They raised a family of five children: Danielle, Rita, Paulette, Nancy and Paul. Mitch and Donna had a great life together. They loved traveling, boating at Fort Peck, attending their grandchildren’s activities and flying to air shows whenever they could. Sister Ferne and family visited every summer to enjoy the lake with him and his family. Mitch loved his friends and liked to visit and play cards with them. He especially enjoyed his talks with brother Leonard on visits to Billings in later years.
His advice to his children was often “use a little judgement” and the motto he lived by was “keep it simple”. His faith, family, flight, friends and fun was the essence of his life.
Etchart was an active member of the community serving on many boards over the years, including the Montana Pilots Association, Montana Stockgrowers, Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Montana Wool Growers Association, the American Legion and many more. He was also President of the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts.
He is predeceased by his wife, Donna Lee; his daughter, Nancy; his parents, John and Catherine; his brothers Gene, Mark and Leonard and his sister, Ferne. He is survived by his children: Danielle (Einar) Anderson, Rita (Mitch) Gallagher, Paulette (Jon Satre) Etchart, and Paul (Barb) Etchart; grandchildren: Angie Watson, Lisa Swanson, Nicole Anderson, Thomas Gallagher, Alyssa Furman, Alex Gallagher, Erik Satre, Aron Satre, Brooke Satre, Evan Etchart, Emily Etchart and Ethan Etchart; great grandchildren: Quinn Swanson, Lauren Watson, Connor Swanson, Ealin Gallagher and Shelby Metz; sister-in-law Delores Etchart; brother-in-law Leon Squires and many nieces and nephews.
He was a founding member of the Glasgow High School Educational Trust. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the GHS Educational Trust, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, Montana 59230.
A Rosary will be prayed 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. A Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding. Following Mass there will be a reception and fellowship at the Glasgow Elk’s Lodge. A private family burial is scheduled in Highland Cemetery.
Albert George Franzen
Albert George Franzen, 88, of Glasgow Montana passed away peacefully August 10, 2019.
Albert was born September 7, 1930 to John and Alma (Willer) Franzen at Anna Chester’s Boarding House in Hinsdale, Montana. He attended school in Hinsdale for six years and then the family moved to Glasgow where he went to school until he went to work for his sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Clarence Fuhrman at their family farm near Opheim.
Albert joined the Army in 1948, serving in the Army Reserves. He was called to active duty in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. He completed his GED while serving his country. After returning from Korea he went back to work for Clarence and Charlotte. While working for them he met the love of his life, Doris Johnston. The couple married July 1, 1954.
That fall he went to work for Wagenhal’s Electric. Albert worked for several electric shops and earned his Master Electrician License. In 1982, he went into business with his brother-in-law, Bud Johnston, together they opened Glasgow Electric. He retired in 1993 to enjoy his family.
His family started with the birth of Rollie in 1955, 360 days later Brenda came along. Over the next twelve years the family grew to a total of eight children: Ann, Sharon, Louise, Linda, Bridger (Albert was so surprised it was a boy after five girls. He didn’t believe Doris so he had to go and check the equipment) and Theresa.
In 1961, Albert and Doris decided to build a home for their ever growing family. They constructed a beautiful five bedroom, one bathroom house that became a home for ten people. The second bathroom wasn’t added until most of the kids had moved out on their own. Once the children moved out there was no need for the large country home, so they moved to town in 1988. Their new home was a fixer-upper that they remodeled to reflect Albert’s many talents.
Albert and Doris enjoyed many happy retirement years with family and friends. One highlight was traveling to China with their son and daughter-in-law. He was a creative card player and taught his children how to cheat. We never played for money. It was all for fun! He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, VFW Post 3107, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 233 and 8th District Unions, Valley County Mosquito Board and Friends Of The Pioneer Museum.
He left this world a very happy man feeling blessed by his beautiful family!
Albert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris. Albert was often heard saying “she’s such a wonderful woman!”; children Rollie (Lorie) Franzen of Henderson, Nevada, Brenda (Butch) Leckie of Glasgow, Montana, Ann (Tim) Potter of Glasgow, Montana, Sharon (Nick) Thelen of Kenmare, North Dakota, Louise (Clem) Lemieux of Glasgow, Montana, Linda (Jimmy) Kuich of Spanaway, Washington, Bridger (Thelma) Franzen of Henderson, Nevada and Theresa (Allen) Sevareid of Belgrade, Montana; 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Alma; brothers, Bill and Tom Franzen, and Virgil Barnett; sister, Charlotte Barnett Fuhrman; infant sister, Dorothy Franzen and grandson, Derek Leckie.
Family will receive friends 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A Mass of Christian Burial at St Raphael’s Catholic Church will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 with Father Jose Valliparambil presiding. Burial with Military Honors will be at Highland Cemetery. Albert’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Albert’s memory to Friends Of The Pioneer Museum, VFW Post # 3107, Valley County Hope Project, St. Vincent’s Health Care Foundation in Billings, or Milk River Activity Center.
Audrey L. Feda
Audrey L. Feda, 89, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Audrey was born in Missoula, Montana to Robert and Edna (Fuller) Wingo. She attended grade school in Missoula, graduated from Hellgate High School, in 1947 and went to Western Union School in California. After a short time in Dillon, she was sent to Glasgow to manage the local Western Union Office; in fact, she was the manager during President Truman's visit to Glasgow. She was raised by a single mother and she knew the value of hard work and even taught herself to drive as an adult.
It was in Glasgow she met Gerald “Jerry” Feda and they were married June 10, 1950, after a year and a half courtship. Jerry and Audrey settled in Glasgow and raised four children. They had a life full of adventures: from boating on Fort Peck to trips to Rome and Africa. A small part of their time was spent in Helena while Jerry was in the legislature and Audrey was able to experience another a circle of friends and activities. They set the standard when it came to marriage.
Audrey enjoyed her yard, playing with her bridge group, needlepoint, good books, crossword puzzles and sewing many of her daughters’ and her clothing. She loved her family and coffee. Her wit and humor were admired by those close.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Katherine; son, Daniel; sister, Barbara and brother, Gene.
Audrey is survived by Gerald, her husband of 69 years; daughters, Valerie (Duane) Bauch, Janice (John) Swanson and Donna Weise; grandchildren, Marie, Anne, Lisa, Julie, Joe, Beth, and Lana; 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow with Father Jose Villiparambil presiding. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. This would have been her 90th birthday. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Lalon Roger Trang
Lalon Roger Trang, 83, of Nashua, Montana, died Thursday, August 8, 2019, in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana. Our beloved father, husband, grandfather and great-grandfather will be missed, but he's no longer in pain, and for that we are grateful.
A memorial service will be held at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow, Montana, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua and a gathering of his friends and family will follow at the Nashua Senior Citizens Center.
Lalon was born on February 7, 1936, to Ole and Anna (Paulson) Trang. He was raised on a farm in the Ossette community with his two sisters and four brothers. From the very beginning, he developed a love for the land and farming. After graduating from Glasgow High School in 1954, he married the schoolteacher at the Cottonwood School across from the farm, Arlene Ramsbacher, on June 15, 1958.
He received his draft notice in the mail on the day they returned from their honeymoon, and he served in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Lewis, Washington, for the next two years. He then received “an early out” to go home and run the farm. He was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve on August 31, 1964.
Lalon loved farming, ranching, family and sports. His favorite time of day was the early morning. He loved breathing in the crisp, cool air and listening to the birds sing as he started the daily chores. Lalon was also a carpenter. When he wasn’t tending to fields or caring for cattle, he was busy remodeling or building additions to his own home, sharing his love for woodworking with his kids by building projects alongside of them, or building cabinets in his workshop for neighbors in the surrounding areas. He played on the Ossette baseball team with his neighbors, even during harvest, and he attended all his children's events at the Peerless School and surrounding area. One of his favorite pastimes was to drive to the Silver Dollar in Richland and play Pitch.
He was elected to the Daniels County Board of Commissioners in 1996 and served for approximately 10 years. In 2008 he left his commissioners job mid-term to move to Wyoming to raise goats, but they stayed there for just a few months. Upon their return from Wyoming, they moved into Lorel Waarvik's house in Nashua.
He was a member of the Peerless School Board, served on the board of the Richland Oil Station, Our Savior’s Lutheran, and the Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua. He was confirmed in Glasgow by Rev. Huseby and later became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, of Larslan, Montana, where he maintained his membership until its closure in 1994. He was married at Our Savior's Lutheran and his oldest son was also married there in 1992. He became a member and was a regular attendant at Grace Lutheran in Nashua at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Borghild Trang and Millie (Trang) Clausen; and three brothers, Lavern, Jake and Ernie.
Lalon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arlene; three sons, Roger (Terry), Kelly (Pam) and Thom (Dina) Trang; two daughters, Barb (Mike) Castleman and Vicki (Justin) Heupel; thirteen grandchildren, Taylor (Chaz) Hopstad, Matt (Melissa) Sonsteng, Jessica Sonsteng, Morgan Trang, Jake Trang, Caleb Trang, Elia (Scott) Jarvis, Logan Castleman, Nathan Trang, Mikaela Trang, Abigail Trang, Luke Heupel and Evan Heupel; three great-grandchildren, Reese Sonsteng, Kellan Sonsteng and Silas Hopstad. He is also survived by one brother, Myron (Sharon) Trang, and several nieces and nephews.
May God bless his memory.
A Wonderful Life with a Wonderful End
If you asked Frank Helland about his life, chances are he would have said it was wonderful. Dad felt this way up to the moment he passed away in Bozeman, Mont., from pneumonia on Monday, July 22, 2019, at age 92.
A memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, with lunch served following the service.
The family will spread Dad’s ashes with Mom’s ashes at the cedar bush on the Reimche farm, where the Sam Reimche family picnicked during the summers. There is no more fitting place to put Dad to rest than with the love of his life in the beautiful countryside.
Franklin Raymond Helland was born on March 23, 1927, in Glasgow, Mont., to Harold “Cy” and Nellie (Blikken) Helland of Opheim, Mont. Like his parents, Dad was 100 percent Norwegian and, like his kids, he loved lefse but was not a fan of lutefisk. Brother Wayne joined the family before they moved to Glasgow in the early 1930s. Sadly, Wayne passed away at age 6. Brother Ronnie joined the family in 1937 and became Dads’ new buddy. Although they were 10 years apart in age, Dad and Ronnie shared a lot in common: They both had seven children (four boys three girls for Dad, three boys four girls for Ronnie); they both raised their families two blocks away from each other, and they both married amazing women, as shown by the fact that all 14 Helland cousins were born between 1954 and 1967.
In 1953, Dad met Carol Reimche, a farm girl from Nashua, Mont. For Dad it was love at first sight. Mom, on the other hand, took a little longer. However, Dad’s persistence paid off on Jan. 3, 1954, when he married the girl of his dreams and together they raised seven children, all who survive, including: Steve, Terry, Kathy Pence (Paul), Chris, Jean Mickelsen (Bruce), Pete (Allison) and Kari Barnett (Jay). Dad is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad loved the Reimche family he married into. He admired his father-in-law Sam for his integrity, work ethic, and ability as a farmer. He respected his mother-in-law Lois’ intellect and determination, and he became life-long friends with Mom’s siblings, including the late Virginia Kalantzes and her husband Nick, Gordon Reimche and his late wife Patsy, and Mary Larson and her late husband Al. Some of Dad’s favorite memories were of traveling with Mom, Gordon and Patsy. Sadly, Carol passed away in August of 1992 following a brain aneurysm.
While growing up, Dad developed life-long friendships with neighborhood boys Leo Pattison, R.D. “Tag” Markle, and Francis “Butch” Gallagher, all who also lived and raised their families in Glasgow. In fact, the Hellands lived between the Markles and the Gallaghers for nearly 50 years. Ironically, there were also 14 children between the three families. In high school, Dad quarterbacked the Glasgow Scotties to the state championship game where they lost to Anaconda. Like most young men of his time, Dad entered the Army after graduation in 1945, where he later served in Panama. He considered himself fortunate to be discharged in time to be home for Christmas in 1946. Dad was also grateful to have benefited from the GI bill, which provided the opportunity for him to graduate college with a degree in business.
Beginning with his first job as Glasgow’s only newspaper delivery boy for the Tribune, Dad developed a life-long passion for work which continued until his retirement in 1991. Dad taught his kids that they “get” to go to work, not “have” to go to work, even on Saturdays. After college, Dad began a life-long career in sales with a stint traveling the country selling soap door-to-door. Before long, Dad went into the car business, first as a salesman for Kenny Newton, then owning his own Chevrolet agency in Nashua and culminating in a partnership with Peyton Terry in Terry Helland Chevrolet in Glasgow. Dad once said his time selling Chevys in Nashua was the best of times. In 1958, Dad became an agent for Farmer's Union Insurance working out of a small office in the back of the local Farmer’s Union service station. He retired in 1991 after sons Terry and Chris joined the agency. During his 30-plus years selling insurance, Dad thoroughly enjoyed his insurance customers, especially the farmers and ranchers he insured, and their families. In fact, Dad knew the names of his customers’ kids. His customers had a special place in his heart as people, not just insureds.
Dad loved his hometown of Glasgow and the surrounding communities. He especially loved the people and spent time every day in the closest coffee shops conversing with them. He served as a Shriner, as a board member for Valley View Home Foundation, as a board member and usher at First Lutheran Church, and he was co-founder of Luke’s 100, a charity which benefits the Valley View Home. A classmate and life-long friend described Dad as the friendliest person he ever met, earning him the nickname “friendly Frank.” Dad was well known for his ability to remember names after meeting a person the first time. In fact, Dad was so good at remembering names that if he called a person by the wrong name the first time they met and that person did not correct him, they forevermore had a new name whenever Dad saw them.
Dad left us two weeks after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Our family will be forever thankful for the blessing of the time we had to say goodbye and that he maintained that same, sharp mind he was known for until his final hours. This time together was so wonderful that Dad lived a week longer than the doctors thought possible. During his last days, Dad exhibited a sweetness and grace that will forever warm the hearts of his children and grandchildren. Dad’s final days were a testament to the power of love and family (and of bit of Norwegian stubbornness, Uff da!). Although this time ended with his passing, the love our family got to share with Dad and each other was truly wonderful. We should all be so lucky.
Our family would like to thank the medical providers and staff at Highgate Senior Living and Spring Meadows for their exceptional care of Dad over the last three years. We would also like to thank Bozeman Health Hospital, Bozeman Health Hospice and Gallatin Rest Home for the wonderful care and treatment dad received. Finally, thank you to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home for making the arrangements for our family to bring Dad home.
The family suggests anyone wanting to make a donation in memory of Dad do so to any organization that supports Glasgow and the surrounding communities.
Frances C. (Sandvig) Newton
Frances C. (Sandvig) Newton, passed away peacefully July 30, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.
Frances was born December 27, 1918 in Bremerton, Washington to Carl J. and Helen J. (Pederson) Sandvig. The family moved to Sandpoint, Montana where Frances received her grade school education. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1937.
She married Walter Newton October 25, 1937. Walter and Frances took over the Newton Farm in 1947 with the passing of Walter’s father. The couple farmed, raised cattle, hay, pigs and milked cows. Frances raised chickens, sold eggs and was the caretaker of a large garden for many years. They sold the farm in 2000 and moved to Glasgow.
Frances and Walter enjoyed square dancing and playing cards. They were members of the Ridge Runners Saddle Club. She was a great cook: cooking dinners served at the Saddle Club and lunches at the sale ring, but she was better known as a baker: making 16 loaves of bread every Saturday and Lefsa on Fridays.
Family was always important to them and as couple they traveled to visit family in California, Western Montana, Ohio and Maine. In later years, Frances traveled several times to Arizona to visit her daughter and sister there.
Frances is preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter Newton; her parents Carl and Helen; daughters Carol and Myrna and grandson Dane Newton.
She is survived by daughter, Helen Squires; sons, Carl Newton and Gale Newton; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marge Rundle Webber and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Inurnment will take place in Highland Cemetery.
Graydon "Bub" Edwards Jr.
Graydon “Bub” Edwards Jr., age 90, went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2019 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, in Glasgow, Montana. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and neighbor, who will be missed by all those that knew him.
He was born in Opheim, Montana in 1929 to Emma & Graydon Edwards Sr. His early childhood was spent on the family farm, where his love for the land and farming way of life became evident. He attended the single room Wheatland School just up the road from the family farm through the 8th grade, eventually graduating from Opheim High School in 1947. Upon graduation he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by beginning to farm and ranch a short distance outside Opheim. In 1948, he married Evelyn Larson in Nashua, Montana. Together they had four children, Ronnie, Alan, Randy, and LeRae. He proceeded to build a family farm operation, that through the years saw him work together closely with his father, brothers, & his son Randy. In 1971, he married to Wanda Green, adding her children Judy and Brad to the family. Bub served on the Opheim school board, town council, and was a co-founder/ board member of the Treasure State Bank. He and Wanda enjoyed various travels, and among the other things that he cherished through his years were his dogs, driving the country side looking at crops, helping where he could on the farm by operating machinery, bowling, playing a game of cards, and of course Wanda’s cooking. But most of all he loved the time he was able to spend with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bub was preceded in death by his parents Emma and Graydon Edwards Sr; brother Fay Edwards; sister Harriett Carlson, and step-son Brad Green.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda; his children Ron (Penny) Edwards of Lebanon, Oregon, Alan (Sue) Edwards of Aurora, Colorado, Randy Edwards of Opheim, Montana, LeRae Sutton of Enumclaw, Washington, and Judy (Jay)Graham of Libby, Montana; his grandchildren Laura, Ryan, Erik, Jason, Lana, Andra, Jessie, Angela, Amy, Wynden, Jacob, Justin, Joel and Josh; great-grandchildren: Emma, Evelyn, Daphne, Cantyn, Kendall, Samantha, Sterling, Savannah, Mavin, Kamëra, and Everly; his sister's Marge Burdette of Opheim, Montana and Phyllis Furhman of the Furhman Community, Joan McKewon of Joliet, Montana, brothers Wayne Edwards, and Dick Edwards of Billings, Montana, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. A luncheon will follow services at the Opheim Community Church.
Andros Delton Strommen
Andros Delton Strommen was born on January 3rd, 1920 on the Saco homestead in the wild rocky hills and arrived at heaven’s pearly gates on July, 25th, 2019, surrounded by family.
Andy was born to Andrew Mathias and Orl (Crance) Strommen and raised with siblings Andresa, Oris and Olaf. Andy and his siblings were pivotal in the running of the homestead from very early ages and this is where he found his love for hard work. He valued hard work and appreciated seeing others work hard, too. He was known to outwork men a quarter of his age. Seeing the fruit of his labor was the best part, as swathing and combining tickled him so much he continued running a machine until he was well into his eighties.
Andy started out his life without electricity, running water and automobiles. By age seven he drove a team of horses, broke up coal for the heater at school and washed clothes by hand. He witnessed the extraordinary advancements in technology while retaining every memory from his humble beginnings. Andy wasn’t afraid to embrace technology or change. He would brag “of course I email, I am a digitized man!” while he held his hands up in a quick typing motion to demonstrate his skills.? Andy shared amazing stories with his grandchildren over the years, including the time he took a train carload of cattle to Chicago on his own at the age of 17. During this trip, he attended a Chicago Cubs game, watched Dizzy Dean pitch, and had a following of fans mesmerized by his old, crumbly cowboy hat.
Andy graduated from Saco High School in 1937. He was drafted to the US Army on April 6th, 1942 and worked his way up to Staff Sergeant. He worked in the Judge Advocate General’s office and had hopes of continuing his interest in law. Andy met and married Elizabeth “Bette” Weier on November 17th, 1943 during his time in the army. When his father passed away, the army gave him a Service Necessity Discharge for the Good of the Nation, and he returned home to farm.
Andy and Bette were blessed with three boys to complete their “ABC’s” and named the El Cor Del bowling alley after their children. While raising the boys, Andy and Bette were busy building a bowling alley in Opheim, auctioneering, farming in five places, starting a lumber yard, and creating the Opheim Motor Company. Andy was also the director of the Montana Stock Growers Association, board director of Hinsdale National Bank, started an American Legion Club in Saco,
and ran a roulette table and dealt blackjack for a few years. During this time his boys started singing and performing alongside their mother for rodeos and fairs while Andy did the announcing. Andy’s love of baseball was instilled from his Chicago adventure and eventually led him to manage the town of Saco’s baseball team as well as the little leaguers of Opheim. Andy and Bette always lived in the area, with the family moving from Saco to north of Hinsdale, Opheim, Glasgow, and finally to Vandalia in 1965. In March of that year, there was a snowstorm and as the dedicated rancher he was, the 25 or so new calves were brought onto the hardwood floor of the house. Andy was proud of his boys as they grew into young men who shared his love of service, ranching, farming, singing, and auctioneering.
Bette died on July 4th, 1976. Andy continued his many trades and ventured to Arizona in the winters where he met Char. After a year of flirtation at the laundromat, he and Char were married on January 25th, 1986. The last 33 years with Char were spent being more of the audience member than the spotlight. He and Char enjoyed winning big bucks in casinos, betting on races, wintering in Arizona, spending time with grandkids, cutting hay and grass seed, branding (where he was lead castrater), harvesting, golfing, and going to sporting events, concerts and holidays. Char kept him 99 ½ years young. She took care of him at home until the last weeks of his life.
Andy was a man who enjoyed many types of notoriety. Whether it was writing to the President of the United States on policies, getting a patent on his bale wagon, being the Grand Marshall for Saco Fun Days,?going to the school named after Chet Huntley where his mother taught, winning a bowling or card tournament, co-hosting the Longest Lanes Tournament at the Fort Peck Spillway, playing the best pool player in America, writing poetry for The Army Times, or playing cards with Doris Day.
He was a competitor, gambler, bowler, auctioneer, golfer, businessman, inventor, writer, jelly-maker, Norton’s spice innovator, poet, rancher, farmer, soldier, PRCA Announcer and sports fan. One thing Andy was very proud of was listening to his sons and eventually grandchildren and great-grandchildren perform.
Andy had many accomplishments and accolades. Andy loved a bountiful crop, a lucky hand of cards, a well-placed bet and a good drink. He loved his family even more. In times of celebration and in times of trial, whether it was a death or a much needed rain, Andy kept his Faith. He would often say, “It’s up to the Maker above.”
He was a mover and a doer. He was 45 minutes early to everything, anxious and impatient, highly motivated, persistent, witty, amusing, steady and wonderful. We will miss him so.
In Andy’s words, “The first 100 years are the toughest, then it gets easier.”
Andy was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Orl, his siblings Andresa, Oris and Olaf, first wife Elizabeth, son Delton, and daughter-in-law Judy. He was also preceded in death by many family members and lifelong friends.
Andy is survived by his wife, Char, his sons Corb Strommen and Eliot (Penny) Strommen, daughter-in-law Janice Strommen, and grandchildren Tanya (Jason) Brown, Tate Strommen, Justin (Amber) Strommen, Lucas (Tara) Strommen, Christopher (Jessica) Strommen, Jennie (Paul) Yoakam, Annie (John) Thayer, and Misti (Brent) Larson.
Great grandchildren: Elizabeth Brown, Elise, Cienna, Kade, and Kort Strommen, McKenna, Summer and Kinley Strommen, Adeline, Leila, Grace, and Lucy Strommen, Braden, Noah, Jonah, Marina, Tarren, Bennett, Brinley, Dodge, and Sarah Larson, Myles, Mayzie Del, and McKay Yoakam, and MelAndie Thayer. Andy is also survived by nephews, nieces, and extended family members.
Andy is survived by his stepchildren Sherrea (Wes), Greg, Shelly (Cliff), and Chad (Stacy) and their families, as well as brother-in-law Doug Jones.
In lieu of flowers, Andy’s family graciously suggests memorials to the American Legion, the Glasgow Elks or the charity of one’s choice.
Service will be Tuesday July 30,2019 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery with luncheon to follow at the VFW.
Sharon (McElvain) Robinson
Sharon (McElvain) Robinson passed away peacefully in Chandler, Arizona in the early hours of July 18, 2019 at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Sharon was born in Glasgow Hospital April 1, 1940 to Robert James and Alice (Jones) McElvain. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Sharon will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. She spent her childhood years in Hinsdale Montana and graduated from Hinsdale High School in May of 1958. She continued her education at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana and Eastern Montana College in Billings, Montana. In March of 1963 she moved to Helena where she worked for the State of Montana as a key punch operator. She was married to Gerald Robinson for 42 years and together they raised their 3 sons. She dedicated her time being a stay home mom and was well known for her cookie baking. Sharon had a giving heart and was an active volunteer with organizations that served others. Some of the places she called home over the years included, Helena, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Bellevue, Washington; Bismarck, North Dakota; Mesa and Chandler, Arizona. She had great friends in all these places and was an active member of the local United Methodist Church during her time in each place. She was an avid hiker and walker. She loved sunny weather and her tan skin was the envy of many. She had an infectious laugh and beautiful smile. She was crafty and made many quilts, cross-stitch and needlework projects, and could be found knitting up until the last couple years of her life. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alice McElvain; her brother Bud McElvain; her brother-in-law Sam Mercer; the father to her children, Gerald Robinson and her nephew Terry Lee Mercer.
Sharon is survived by her sisters Marlys Mercer of Shelby, Montana and Maxine (Kenneth) O’Brien of Kalispell, Montana; her sister-in-law Wilma McElvain of Billings, Montana; sons Gregory (Karen) Robinson of Chandler, Arizona, Todd (Charity) Robinson of Orofino, Idaho, and Dirk Robinson of Selah, Washington; nine grandchildren in Arizona and Idaho; and loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial plans include burial service Hillview Cemetery, Hinsdale, Montana on August 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM to be followed by a reception at the Willie Nelson American Legion Post in Hinsdale. A celebration of life will be held in Helena, Montana on August 4, 2019 at 2PM at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 E Broadway St., Helena, Montana. Both will be officiated by her son, Pastor Dirk Robinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or Hospice of the Valley (hov.org).
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