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Wednesday, September 21st 2016
Karen Darlene Newton (Horning)
Karen Darlene Newton (Horning) unexpectedly passed away on September 8th, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Karen was born in Lewistown, Montana to Clarke and Darlene (Pospisil) Horning on May 8th, 1950. She was the oldest of four children. She grew up in Lewistown and graduated with honors from Fergus County High in 1968. Karen went on to get her Masters of Education at Eastern Montana College in Billings.
In 1972 Karen moved to Glasgow, Montana to start her career in Education. She soon caught the eye of local banker Tim Newton while dancing at the Elks Club and they were married on August 3rd, 1974. The couple built a house on the East side of town next to Tim’s parents. In 1980 they had their first child, Andy. Followed by their second, Dyan, in 1982. Karen taught one year of 5th grade and then moved to 4th grade for the next 28 ½ years in the Glasgow School System. Karen was known for bringing out the best in people. Many student still remember her as being their favorite teacher. She retired from teaching in 2001.
Karen was an avid sports fan. She would be at every one of Andy’s little league games or high school football games. She filled out a March Madness bracket every year and knew all about the up and coming players and teams. When her children both lived in Arizona, she became a Cardinals, Suns & Diamondbacks fan. She would try to attend a game whenever she would visit. And if she was at home she would text them when she was watching an AZ team from Montana so they could watch it together.
In 2012 Karen and Tim built a house and moved out to Fort Peck, Montana. Their “lighthouse” garage quickly became the place to gather. Karen loved to plan parties and impromptu get-togethers. She was always the first to welcome any new families to the neighborhood and introduce them into their tight-knit community. Their famous Kentucky Derby Party has become an annual tradition combining her love of sports and community. She kept a book of everyone’s birthday. She would send a card or gift and try to make you feel special on your day. She also enjoyed being a member of the Soroptimist, Book Club and several coffee groups. Dyan always teased her about being the busiest retired person she knew.
Karen loved her family. She loved gushing about and sharing pictures of her new Granddaughter Zoey and Grandson Hunter. Her home décor changed quite a bit as pictures of the 2 of them filled every room. She couldn’t wait for her daily pictures of Zoey to giggle at and share with her friends. She loved watching and cheering Hunter on in his soccer games and wrestling matches. She was so happy and proud to be Grandma Karen.
Karen touched a lot of hearts and we are grateful for the love and support you have all shown in her sudden passing.
Karen was preceded in death by her father Clarke Horning and mother-in-law, Shirley Newton.
Karen is survived by her husband, Timothy Newton; son, Andy (Sara) Newton; daughter, Dyan (Ben) Garcia; grandchildren, Hunter William Pierce and Zoey Darlene Garcia; mother, Ruby Darlene Horning; sister, Kristine (Geary) Brisendine; brothers, Russel (Carey Jo) Horning, Rodney (Carolyn) Horning; father-in-law Kenneth Newton, sister-in-law Carole Appling, brother-in-law Terry Newton, brother-in-law Ted (Karen) Newton, sister-in-law Lorie (Bob) Newton Sachs, sister-in-law Lisa (Andrew) McCormick and numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will follow services at the Glasgow Elks Club. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Friday, September 9th 2016
Jerry E. Koski
Jerry E. Koski, passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital on September 7th, 2016. Jerry was born in Butte, Montana to Sam and Evelyn (Gisley) Koski on January 3rd, 1942. They moved back to Hinsdale in 1945 where they resided on the South Bench. In 1952, Jerry moved with his Aunt Lucille, Uncle Pete and Cousin Marlene to Crawfordsville, Indiana attending the 5th grade there.

In 1953 he moved back to Hinsdale and finished his remaining school years, was very active in basketball and graduated in 1960. In 1961 he and Zella Lacock were united in marriage. Of this union two sons were born, Jeffery Eugene and Paul James. Jerry worked for Farmer’s Union, then went to work for Ed Swanson and Farm Equipment Sales from 1963-1995. He bought the old Pippin Motel in 1989. Jerry and Linda built up the motel as Koski’s Motel.

On May 2, 1992 Jerry and Linda Bagley were married. In May of 1996, they bought the old “Roost” and turned it into a bar, restaurant, and casino. “The Hangar” was opened on Orville’s birthday, in September 1996.

Jerry had a passion for flying and he used his license to travel to various destinations like Canada and Mexico. He purchased a Supercub so he could fly more frequently. He was also involved in bringing air shows to Glasgow. There wasn’t anything mechanical that he couldn’t fix, even if it took him awhile. Jerry retired from the volunteer fire department after 20 years of service.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father Evelyn and Sam Koski, brother James Koski (California), sisters Janice McInerney (Helena) and JuDee Koski Blockhus (Hinsdale), and a sister, Joyce, who passed away at a young age, uncle Gene (Tucson), aunt Lucille (Indiana).

Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda Lee (Tremblay) Koski, sons, Jeffrey Eugene (Colleen) Koski, Paul James (Lisa) Koski, Kelly Eugene (Roxann) Bagley, a daughter Kacie Lynn Sieffert, Grandchildren, Shane Taylor Koski, Samantha Jo Koski (Nick Trott), Jordan Rose Koski (Jon Welk), Dillon Paul Koski, Kyler Robert Koski, Connor James Koski, Kyla Joe Kelsey, Kelli Jene Kelsey, Whitt Colter Bagley, Wyatt Lane Bagley and Syndr Celeen Bagley, Great-grandchildren, Tayven Jeffrey Bietz, Oakleigh Faye Bietz, Avalee Anne Trott, Cazden Timothy Welk and Brynlie Fae Welk.

An open viewing will be held Friday, September 9th, 2016 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT from 1:00 till 5:00 PM. Services will be Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Burial will follow services at Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, MT. A luncheon will be at 2:30 PM at the Hangar in Glasgow, MT.

Memorials in Jerry’s Honor may be given to the GHS Educational Trust Fund or the Hinsdale Community Cooperation Fund, PO Box 127 Hinsdale, MT 59241, Attn: Linda. Condolences to the family may be posted online at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.
Friday, September 9th 2016
Verlin Dale Fuhrmann
Verlin Dale Fuhrmann passed away September 7th, 2016 at the Daniels Memorial Nursing Home. Verlin was born March 6th, 1933 in Baylor, Montana to Konrad and Lillie Fuhrmann. He was raised on the family farm along with five brothers and one sister.

Verlin attended the North Fuhrmann School for eight years. He worked on the family farm and when he got older he worked on the Earl Fuhrmann and Bob Fauth farms. He then worked on the Clint Nelson Farm north of Opheim for a number of years. Verlin then moved to Scobey, MT and work on the Jim Wilcoxen Farm until he retired in 2005.

Verlin lived in the Pioneer Retirement Home in Scobey until November 2015 when he became a resident of the Daniels County Nursing Home until his passing.

Every fall he looked forward to hunting season when he would go by himself and get a deer. Verlin also loved to play Yahtzee.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Konrad Fuhrmann of Great Falls, MT and William Fuhrmann of Opheim, MT; his father, Konrad E. Fuhrmann in 1954 and his mother, Lillie L. Fuhrmann in 2001.

Verlin is survived by his sister, Lorraine Gonsoir of Kalispell, MT; brothers, Archie (Charlene) Fuhrmann of Bremerton, WA, Larry (Karen) Fuhrmann of Nashua, MT, and Terry (Denise) Fuhrmann of St. Marie, MT. He is also survived by seven nephews and four nieces.

Services will be held on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 2:00p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Scobey, MT.
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Donald Ray Watson
Donald Ray Watson, Age 79, went to meet the Range Boss on August 31, 2016. He passed peacefully at home.

Donny was born on April 6, 1937 in Malta MT to Ray and Laura Watson. He grew up on the family ranch in the Content Community, attending the Tallow Creek School. Donny left school early for the cow camps, taking riding jobs for the various neighboring ranches and working for Glasgow Stockyards. He enjoyed playing music with his brothers for country dances and events throughout his younger years.

Donny was a skilled horseman throughout his life. He enjoyed raising and breaking horses on his place north of Malta. He ran cows and even a dairy at one time. He looked forward to and rode on the Milk River Wagon Train for over 30 years. Donny enjoyed playing cards with friends and reminiscing of the old days. He always had a story and loved to visit.

As his health started to slow him, Donny took great pride in his grandchildren. He was one of the biggest “Hinsdale Raider Fans” that never lived in Hinsdale. “Papa” was never afraid to offer his opinion – ever.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray & Laura Watson, daughter, Denise Watson, a great granddaughter, Willow, and nephew, John Watson.

He is survived by his brothers, Tom (Lorraine) Watson of Malta and Ken Watson of Victor, MT, longtime companion and friend, Christine Leo, a son, Don Watson of Superior, MT, a daughter, Tina (Cody) Palm of Hinsdale, MT, numerous step children, 8 grandchildren; Sacarra, Drake, Whitney, Jon Rey, Devon, Kannon, Kameron, and Nova, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donny was a beloved brother, father, grandfather and friend.
Until we meet again, Rest Easy Cowboy.

A visitation for Donny will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Elim Lutheran Church in Malta. A graveside service will be held in the Malta Cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be posted online at www.bellmortuarymontana.com

Thursday, September 1st 2016
Duane Allan Williams
Duane Allan Williams, 58, of Nashua, MT passed away at his home August 31, 2016.
Duane was born March 7, 1958 in Warren, PA to Francis ‘Bub’ and Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Williams. He attended and graduated school in Warren, PA in 1976. He went on to become an ASE certified mechanic and also received certification in metal fabrication and welding.
As a child Duane loved fishing, hunting, and playing in the woods but most beloved past time was spending time at his grandparent’s house.
In 1993 Duane moved to Gillette, WY to be closer to his parents. It was then that he met the love of his life Ann McGee. They were married on July 28, 2001. The couple spent 22 wonderful years together snowmobiling, fishing and pending time together with family and friends.
Duane enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling and anything that he could be outside doing. When he wasn’t outside working on a vehicle or enjoying the open air you could find him watching old westerns or WWE. Duane ran his own engine repair shop and there was not an engine that he could not fix whether it was a lawn mower, tractor or truck. From the time he was little you could always find a tool in his hand or pocket, but most of all he loved spending time with his friends and family.
Duane was an independent spirit who loved his wife children, grandchildren and great-grandson.
Duane is survived by his wife, Ann Williams of MT; sister, Donna (Greg) Nelson of PA; brothers, Dan Williams of WY, Doyle Williams of PA, Dana Williams of WY, Darrin Williams of PA and Joe Williams of WY; children, Brenda Banks of PA, Bobbie Williams of PA, Christopher Benjamin of PA, JoAnna (Jake) Turner of MT, Shana (Sean Fintak) Benjamin of NY, D.J. (Casie) Oswalt of PA, Mike Johnson of MT and Alisha (Rick) Battko of PA; grandkids, Nikita, Haley, Dege, Trista, Scotlyn, Dylan, Elexis, McKenzie, Logan Trenton, Corbin, Brysten, Mason, Reagan, Tyler, Trever, and Makiah; great-grandson, Noah; numerous nieces and nephews and to many friends and customers to count.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Elizabeth Williams.
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