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Monday, June 18th 2018
Lyle Arthur Walstad
Lyle Arthur Walstad, 85, of Opheim, MT passed away on June 13, 2018, at Valley View Nursing Home of Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born in Opheim on May 26, 1933, to Elmer and Alvina (Stein) Walstad, the 3rd of 4 children and the only boy. He graduated from Opheim High School in 1951, where he was active in football, basketball and student council. He attended college at MSU Bozeman for a brief time before coming home to help on the family farm due to an illness in the family. Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Nina Flickinger, on June 20, 1953, at Holy Family Parish in Glentana. From this union, seven children were born. Lyle was a farmer his entire life, and in the off seasons he worked for construction building as heavy an equipment operator. He worked to build many dams in the area and also cleared snow at the Opheim radar base. He was involved in many community activities and served on various boards including the Opheim School, Farmers Union Grain, First Security Bank, and Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Lyle lived an active life. He played catcher on the local baseball team for many years and traveled to tournaments in Canada. and made many friends. At age 68, he became an avid runner, and participated in many Governor’s Cups and Fort Peck Dam runs. In 2006 Lyle climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his son, Michael. Lyle and Nina did much traveling in the winter time, and together they saw the entire world. His passport included stamps from all seven continents: favorites were Mexico, much of Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, many different islands, and repeated visits to Australia and New Zealand. His fondness for Guinness can be traced back to this spirit of adventure and eventually, he would travel to Dublin and enjoy it at its birthplace. He and Nina made friends wherever they went, and hosted many of them on their farm, giving people from all over a chance to see the life of an American Farmer.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nina; his sister Carol Williams of Edgewood, WA; his seven children – Donette Johnson of Opheim, Michael (Sherri) Walstad of Chester; Paulette (Steve) Knaff of Glasgow; Lynnette Nelson of Opheim; Darrell (Maggan) Walstad of Glasgow/Opheim; Annette Walstad (John Rausch) of Helena; and Suzette (Steve) Stokke of Belgrade.

Nineteen (19) Grandchildren: Lisa George of Edmonds, WA; Sarah Morales of Opheim; Stephanie Johnson of Washington, DC; Bethany (Matt) Schatzke of Billings; Stacee (Dru) Lyders of Tuscon, AZ; Patrick (Gaylen) Walstad of Billings; Greg Knaff of Omaha, NE; Laura (Isaac) Vigil of Glasgow; Loren (Kendra) Nelson of Billings; Luke (Ashley) Nelson of Opheim; Leah (Kevin) Johnson of Highwood; Ellen Walstad of Glasgow/Opheim; Abigail, Emma and Isabel Rausch of Helena; and Jacob, Paige and Hanna Stokke of Belgrade.

Sixteen (16) Great grandchildren: Tree, Kenya and Eli George, Keleigh Morales, Kenzee, Adalyn and Lylah Lyders, Payton Heilbrun, Hazel Walstad, Hailey and Jason Vigil, Kaelynn Canfield, Nash and Briggs Nelson, Elliot and Avery Nelson; and many other relatives.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alvina; sister and brother-in-law Viola and Floyd McDowell; sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Lee Conley; brother-in law Wayne Williams; grandson Erik Walstad; and sons-in-law Brad Johnson and David Nelson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave N, Billings MT 59101 https://www.alz.org/montana/ or to a charity of donors choice.

Monday, June 18th 2018
Mary Lou Eide
Mary Lou Eide, age 91, of Glasgow, Montana passed away January 9, 2018 in Glasgow.

Mary Lou was born Mary Lois Nell Molvig to Susan Walde Molvig and Ole Christopher Molvig. Mary Lou was raised in the Tampico area where she attended several of the rural schools before the family moved to Glasgow.

Mary Lou graduated from Glasgow High School in 1945. After graduation, Mary Lou worked at several jobs including the Glasgow Stock Yards before going to work at the Valley County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Mary Lou was elected as Valley County Clerk and Recorder in 1955 and was re-elected until she retired 1998.

After Mary Lou retired, she was able to spend her days with Harold farming and ranching. Mary Lou met Harold in high school and they were married in 1948. Loving her job as Clerk and Recorder, as Mary Lou did, it was easy to see that working with Harold was what Mary Lou enjoyed most. While working for the county, Mary would drive to the ranch in the spring, when the road was passable. May Lou would fix supper on a wood stove and get up to check cows throughout the night. Mary Lou would then return to Glasgow in the morning to go back to work.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; brother Glen “Buddy” and sisters Evelyn and Betty Ann.

Mary Lou is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the Schlabs, DeDobbeleers and the Borseths for the care and consideration they showed Mary Lou.

A Celebration of Life for Mary Lou will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be held following burial at the Cottonwood Inn. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mary Lou’s name to Valley View Home, FFA or 4-H. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, June 15th 2018
Verona "June" Eklund
MALTA-Verona “June” Eklund, 92, passed away on June 12, 2018 from natural causes at Hi-Line Retirement Center.

Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Saco Lutheran Church. Internment of ashes will be at Grandview Cemetery Saco, Mt. following the services. Condolences maybe left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Verona “June” Eklund was born June 11, 1926 to Carrol and Hazel (Kapphan) Young in Saco Mt. She grew up in the Saco area and graduated High School there. June married Chris Pacadena on July 26, 1943 in Washington. They had a daughter Vicki Rae. Because of circumstances beyond her control she allowed Vicki to be raised by her father in California. June married Adolph Eklund on September 13, 1947 in Great Falls Mt. they made their family home near Cole Ponds North West of Saco Montana with their sons Daniel “Tom”, and Richard.

June was a homemaker and helped with the animals on the family farm. She also helped Adolph on his mail route if the weather was ok. June and Adolph enjoyed camping and fishing with their family. June loved baking, knitting, crocheting, and needle point. June was also very active with the youth in her area.

June is survived by her children Vicki Bermodes, Richard (Joyce) Flom, and Daniel “Tom” (Eva) Young, and sisters, Betty Flom, & Donna Kirkaldie. She is also survived by numerous grand and great grandchildren.

June was preceded in death by her parents Carrol and Hazel Young, Husband Adolph Eklund, Son John Eklund, sisters Pearl Skinner, Dorothy Scheffelmaer, Carol Jean “Kitty” Scheffelmaer; and Brothers Calvin Young and Daniel Lee Young.

Thursday, June 14th 2018
Lloyd Lindvig
Lloyd Lindvig, age 70, of Glasgow, Montana passed away June 11, 2018, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Lloyd was born June 8th, 1948 in Williston, North Dakota to John W. And Mabel (Trehaus) Lindvig. He was the oldest of 6 children. He was raised on the Lindvig Family Farm south of Williston. He attended schools in the Williston area. After High School, Lloyd moved to Seattle, Washington, and worked at Boeing. After a short stay he decided that city life was not for him and he moved back to Williston to start a lifetime of rural living.
Lloyd graduated from Chadron State College with a degree in Social Work in 1971. After college, he moved to Minot, North Dakota, and eventually ended up working for Dakota Boys Ranch, which started his passion of service to others and the community.
Lloyd later moved to Northeastern Montana, first to Bainville and then to Culbertson, where he ended up working at the Culbertson Implement. He started out working as a salesman, but couldn’t keep his hands clean. He just couldn’t stop himself from working or fixing his customers’ equipment; this lead to his career change, from salesman to service technician.
Lloyd moved to Glasgow, Montana, to finish his career as a service technician at Zerbe Brothers. He loved working on equipment and his co-workers soon found that things around the shop became “Lloydatized”. Lloyd was always trying to make a process easier and shorter. He was always willing and ready to help a friend or farmer in need. Lloyd retired from Zerbe Brothers as the Service Manager, in March of 2015, to spend more time with his family and friends.
In June of 1969, Lloyd married Wendy Hamre and was blessed with two daughters Lea and Jelena.
In November of 1990, Lloyd married Colleen Deutsch/Lannen and took on the role of Dad, to Michael, Teresa, Andrea, Curtis and Cassandra.
With the birth of his first grandson Corey, in 1997, he took on the new role of Grandpa; a role that fit him to the T. You could always find a kid on Lloyd’s lap if there was one around. He loved doing things with all the kids from shooting gophers, to playing Pooh sticks, and rides in Ole (Lloyd’s side by side).
Lloyd was noted for his love of horses. He was an active member of the Culbertson Saddle Club, and organized many roping and O-mok-see events. Lloyd was always up for a horse ride, whether in cowboy boots and blue jeans or his bright yellow shorts and flip flops. He loved going on the Wagon Trains. If he was driving his team of Belgians, he would always have the wagon or sleigh full of kids.
Lloyd took great pride in his sobriety.
Lloyd will be remembered for his big smile and his infectious laugh, which could be recognized from across the room.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Colleen; his children: Lea (Chris) Johnson of Charlotte,TN and their children: Corey, Mahaila, Arianne, Judah, Solomon, and Matthias; Jelena (Eric) Ranum of Billings, MT and their children Ashtyn and Brittyn; Michael Lannen of Grand Forks, ND and his children: Logan, Cullen and Tarek; Teresa (Lloyd) Revious of Bozeman, MT; Andrea (Michael) Frovarp of Bismarck, ND and their children: Emalin, Eli and Ellie; Curtis (Erin) Lannen of Carson City, NV and Cassandra (Kyle) Shipp of Opheim, MT; siblings Thomas (DorisAnn) Lindvig Joan (Bob) Olson, Donald Lindvig all of Williston, North Dakota, Mavis (Dennis) Johnsrud of Epping, ND, Marilyn Lindvig (Roy Schmit) of Concord, CA.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mabel Lindvig.
There will be a Family Receiving Friends Service on Friday, June 15th from 6-8pm at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Service will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana on Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. with Father Rodrigo Mingollo presiding. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com
Wednesday, June 13th 2018
Lyle Walstad
Lyle Walstad age 85 of Glasgow, Mt.
Rosary will be at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow Friday June 15, at 7 – 8 p.m.
Service will be held at the Holy Family Parish in Glentana June 16, at 2:00 p.m.
Burial will be in Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim
Monday, June 11th 2018
William R. "Bill" Grant
A graveside service for William R. “Bill” Grant, 80, of Portland Oregon, will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Highland Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by U.S. Navy and VFW Post #3107.
Monday, June 4th 2018
Agatha Lenore Rohde
Agatha Lenore Rohde, age 85, passed away on December 31, 2017, in St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings.

Agatha was born on December 14, 1932 to William & Gladys (Miller) Harmon in Bainville, Montana. She received her education at Lakeside Elementary and graduated from Bainville High School. She worked for Smestad Lumber and the Culbertson State Bank before marrying Richard F. Rohde on June 18, 1951.

Agatha and Richard would spend the next 65 years together raising their 5 children and their families.

Agatha was “Aggie” to her friends and “Mumzie” to her children, grandchildren and all their spouses. She spent her life caring for family, caring for patients as a nurse’s aide at the hospital and caring for all the customers at Rohde Seed House. Mumzie made work fun, was full of laughter and enjoyed dancing. She learned to play the electric guitar, knitted and sewed many clothes, played cards and even played in a pool league. When she reached her 60’s, she bought a computer, took a class at the high school and soon she was navigating the internet. Mumzie loved to learn and spent her entire life reading whatever she found interesting from Biblical topics to nutrition to self-help books. When she found a book that made a difference to her, she excitedly bought five copies and all her children received another volume for their library. Even during her last months in the nursing home, she still would pick up any magazine or paper and start reading out loud. She brought joy to all who came into her life.

Agatha was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Rohde in 2017 on their shared birthday.

She is survived by her 5 children, Colleen (Larry) Pankratz of Opheim, Glenn (Lori) Rohde of Glasgow, Alan (Nancy) Rohde of Absarokee, Nola (Jeff) Howell of Billings and Echo Konecki of Billings; her 25 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service to celebrate Agatha’s life will be 1:00 p.m., June 8, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating.

Wednesday, May 30th 2018
Mable Jo Engstrom
Mable Jo Engstrom (4/11/1932 – 5/28/2018)

Mable Jo Engstrom, 86, will be forever remembered by family and friends. Mable passed away May 28th, 2018 in Glasgow, Montana. She was born April 11th, 1932 in Helena, MT. She attended school in Medicine Lake and continued her studies for a short time in nursing in Aberdeen, SD. She moved to Glasgow, MT, where she worked at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for two years. She met and married the love of her life, John Engstrom on November 8th, 1952. “We raised four of the world’s best boys! The Lord knew we needed them”.

Mable enjoyed living out on the Engstrom Ranch raising her four boys. She took pride in cooking for family, friends, and for all the help when it came to branding and harvesting. One thing was for certain- you would always find Mable in the kitchen. Everyone loved her apple pie. The love for her family grew with every grandchild. She was a strong-willed woman and you never questioned what she thought. Through the eyes of her grandchildren she was perfect and more than a grandmother, she was a friend and confidant. Through her eyes, she was very proud of each and every one of them. She taught them all to be strong, have a sense of humor, and that life goes on.

She was a lifelong member of St. Raphael’s Parish in Glasgow. Mable’s favorite Bible verse was Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”.

Mable was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sons Robert Ensgtrom (Janet Stahl), Wade (Karen) Engstrom, Jeri (Tammie) Engstrom and Jon Engstrom (Jill Ferdina); grandchildren Zach (Jacqui) Engstrom, Amanda Engstrom, Jake (Karra) Engstrom, Avery (Leif) Sorensen, Jordan Engstrom, Kati Engstrom, Abby Engstrom, John Engstrom Jr., and Ethan Engstrom and her great-grandchildren Bostyn, Beckett and Berklei Engstrom, Knox Sorensen and Makenna Engstrom, as well as three great-grandchildren due in July, September and January.

The family would like to thank the many employees at Valley View Home who cared for and loved her over the years.

Family will receive friends 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Tuesday, May 29th 2018
Agnes Lenora Lasar
Agnes Lenora Lasar, 96, of Davenport, Washington, passed away May 18, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Davenport.
Agnes was born October 31, 1921 at Colgan, North Dakota to Carl E. and Laura (Asplund) Monson. She received her early education at Crosby, North Dakota where she graduated from 8th Grade. She worked in Sewing Room in Crosby, Continental Can Company in Chicago, Illinois and then was a hired girl for Henry and Glenda Gardner in Richland, where she met and fell in love with Frank Lasar.
She married Frank on November 11, 1944 at Plentywood, Montana and the couple made their home in Richland, Montana (five miles south of Richland), in a two-room house. They remained there for five years until Frank was able to build their first real home in 1949. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She was very religious. The couple raised four children.
Agnes was a member of the Ladies Temperance Society, Nazarene Church, and then Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She was like an angel among us. She taught lots of children about the Lord, both at home and at church. When it came to entertaining children she was amazing perhaps because she was a child at heart. Agnes was a good cook and whenever company came, she always found something for all to eat and enjoy. She sang and played the guitar and piano. She sewed and quilted. She enjoyed cross-word puzzles and other types of word games. She enjoyed discovering her family roots via genealogy. She loved reading and writing letters over everything else and was a pen-pal to many.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Laura; her husband Frank Lasar; son Danny; half-brother Ken Monson; half-sister, Ella Holte, Verna Welsch and Aileen Reckner; brother Clair Monson; and sisters, Irene Armitage, Eleanor Globis, Marie Warwas and Lenora Pettit.
Agnes is survived by her daughters Lenora Kelly of Glasgow, Montana and Diane McGovern of Davenport, Washington; son Ken Lasar of Glasgow, Montana; brother Lloyd Monson of Citrus Heights, California; sister Stella (Vern) Challes of St. Cloud, Minnesota; thirteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Bell Mortuary from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Bell Mortuary with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Bell Mortuary following the burial.
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