LaVonne Lawrence passed away in Billings on Thursday, January 16th. Her funeral will be on Thursday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 218 N 34th Street, Billings, MT. Obituary to follow.
Donald “Don” LeRoy Potter
Donald Leroy Potter passed away from complications of lung cancer on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 81, at his home in Glasgow, Montana.
Don was born on June 15, 1938 to Orville and Rowena (Rice) Potter, in Glasgow, Montana. They lived in Wheeler, Montana where Orville worked as a welder on the dredge; something that always made Don proud. In 1941 they moved to Ogallala, Nebraska and then to Portland, Oregon where Orville worked on the Kingsley Dam on the North Platte River in Nebraska, and the dredges along the Columbia River.
In 1945 they returned to Glasgow. Don loved spending time on the farm along the Milk River with grandparents, Fred and Jenny Potter. Living with his Uncle Dave Rice and family for a short time while working on their farm was a very enjoyable time of his life. It was during this time that Don developed his love for the outdoors and agriculture. So much so, that every one of his grandkids can recite at least one story from that chapter in his life.
Don completed all his schooling in the Glasgow school system, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1956. His extracurricular activities included playing in the marching band and singing in the choir. While going to school, and after graduation, Don worked as a mechanic at Markle’s Implement.
Following his high school graduation Don bought a pink and black 1948 pan head Harley Davidson motorcycle, with a hand shifter. He, along with Darrell and Lee Blatter, Les Truebell, Johnny Beardsley, Chet Birkland, and others did a lot of riding together, including an impromptu ride in the Wolf Point Stamped parade. It’s been said that getting to ride with him was a big deal.
Don met Margaret Riley, through mutual friends and Margaret’s brothers. They married six months after their first date, on November 23, 1958, and recently celebrated their 61st anniversary with a quiet dinner in their home with family. They raised three children. Veronda was born in 1960, Sue was born in 1962 and Ron was born in 1963.
In 1965, Don relocated the family to Kalispell where he worked for the International truck dealership. After a short time they returned to Glasgow and Markle’s Implement as shop foreman. In 1972, he along with his Dad and brother, established Town and Ranch Servicenter, a farm implement dealership, in Glasgow. They sold Steiger Tractors as well as Owatonna and Will-Rich farm equipment. Don enjoyed his association with Scotty Aitken, Lyle Nelson, Johnny Bellon, and Ingrahm Bellon. Later, the business was named Prairie Ag at which time they sold John Deere Implements. Don seemed to “retire” several times before retiring for good.
Don’s hobbies included spending time with family, fishing, photography, woodworking, racquetball, playing cribbage and worrying about family members. Don loved playing racquetball with a group of men who played during their lunch hour and travelled the state to many tournaments.
The family spent numerous enjoyable weekends each year at Duck Creek or The Pines camping, boating, swimming, skiing, and spending time as a family. Don and Margaret made it a priority to take the family on an annual vacation. It usually included extended family and camping. Don always took time for his family and was interested in all they did.
Don especially loved his grandkids and was so very proud of each one of them: Julia, Brady, Megan, Jonathan, Rowena and Olivia. He and Margaret rarely missed a ballgame, track meet or rodeo. They took the grandkids on many camping trips during the summer visiting the national parks, Mount Rushmore, and family reunions in Canada. The grandkids delight in retelling stories of these fun trips.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Julia Funk; Margaret’s parents, Ernest and Julia Riley; brother-in-law and good friend, Doyle Riley, and sister-in-law, Sharon Ozark.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; brothers Bob (Joyce) Potter of Glasgow, Dick (Linda) Potter of Laurel; children Veronda (Craig) Biggart of Cascade, Sue (Shawn) FitzGerald of Jordan, and Ron (Deb) Potter of Glasgow; grandkids Brady (Matt) Brooks, Megan (Dustin) Pankratz, Jonathan (Courtney) FitzGerald, Rowena FitzGerald, Olivia FitzGerald, Nick (Kelsie) Stamper and Jenna Stamper and Jeremy Henderson; great-grandkids Cooper, Wylie, and Augustus Pankratz; Bridger & Houston Brooks; Taryn & Landon FitzGerald; Sophia & Carson Stamper; numerous nieces and nephews; caregiver and friend, Virgie ‘Izzy’ Abanes.
Family will receive friends from 4 - 6 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Rick Thompson and Howard Pippin officiating. There will be a celebration of life at the Glasgow Elk’s Lodge following burial at the Highland Cemetery.
Michael Chamberlain passed away unexpectedly on the morning of December 26, 2019 at his residence in Glasgow. As per his wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial service is being planned for this spring.
Lloyd Edward Sundby
Lloyd Edward Sundby died of natural causes in his home near Glasgow on 23 December 2019. The “ol’ kid from Glasgow” spent about 35 years on “The North Ten” property.
Lloyd was born the fourth child of Orvin and Isabelle (Bakkum) Sundby 3 October 1948 in Glasgow, MT, the ninth child of Orvin’s children and always the “baby” of the family.
Lloyd graduated from Glasgow High School in 1966. He enlisted in the Army in 1968, spending ‘69-’71 stationed in Germany. He attended auctioneer school. L.E. then worked for Tumpane at Glasgow Air Force Base where he also became chief of law enforcement on the base.
Lloyd met a new teacher, fresh out of Eastern Montana College, Linda Jane Nash from Columbus, MT, who taught at the South Side School. Lloyd and Linda married in 1972.They welcomed sons Wade in 1975 and Myles in 1978.
Lloyd then became a deputy for the Valley County Sheriff Department and then an investigator for VCSD. L.E. was a valued officer, as his partner Dick Britzman said that you “knew he had your back covered.”
Lloyd was an Army National Guardsman from 1978-2007. After years as a part-time soldier, Lloyd served in the Guard full time in supply as a Readiness/Training/Operations NCO for the Cavalry, the Field Artillery, and then the Military Police. Glasgow Armory soldiers didn’t dare mess up his sparkling drill floor. Throughout his distinguished time in the Army and MT Army National Guard he continuously molded soldiers into men. Lloyd’s last deployment was to Fort Richardson, Alaska with the 484th MP’s from ‘04-’06. Lloyd earned numerous ribbons and recognitions in his 31 years of service, including being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for military service.
Lloyd volunteered with the Long Run Fire Department for many years with many friends who called him “cupcake”, retiring as a chief of the department.
LloydE returned to law enforcement in 2008 as a probation and parole technician for the Montana Department of Corrections. He served at the Valley County office until 2017. He also provided security as an officer for Hi-Line Security in St. Marie.
Lloyd also molded many boys into young men. All those who worked with LloydE may remember the advice that sometimes “s*** happens”, but always “... and we proceeded on” like Captain Clark said.
Lloyd and Linda spent many weekends with friendly neighbors who became family. After a day of deer or elk hunting, the lid to the fifth was tossed away. L.E. could be found stoking the wood stove at home in the winter. His favorite pet was his boxer Titan, who would ride on the 4-wheeler snowplow with him. Lloyd could be found in the summers at Fort Peck, camping and fishing with many dear friends. Evenings around the campfire may find the hat “cocked and locked” and ready for a good time.
“Pretty Boy Lloyd” proudly displayed the U.S. flag and much military and fire-fighting insignia on his person, his home, and his vehicles. L.E. was a member of the American Legion and the First Lutheran Church. He was one of Dale Earnhardt’s biggest fans and excitedly attended a few NASCAR races. He kept busy in retirement working with leather and diamond willow carving. Many of us are lucky to have a piece of leatherwork or a diamond willow lamp or a walking stick hand-crafted by LloydE.
Not only was he Grandpa to his five Sundby grandchildren, LloydE became known as Grandpa to young friends.
LloydE’s survivors include his wife of 47 years Linda Nash Sundby; son Wade (Brenna Billingsley) of Glasgow; son Myles (Jennifer Berg) and children Isabelle, Tyson, Rylan, Brynn, and Chania of Maddock, ND; sister Myrna Blatter of Great Falls; sister-in-law Becky (Roger) Woltermann of Lewistown; brother-in-law Gary (Laurie) Nash of Absarokee; brother-in-law David (Julie) Nash of Billings; mother-in-law Dorothy Trask of Lewistown; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; special friends Teddi Seiler; Doug Seiler; Rachel Seiler; Walt (Bonnie) Bell and daughters Riley and Cessna.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lorraine Spaulding; sister Darlene Monson, sister Lois Hermanson; brother Elroy Sundby; brother Orvin Sundby, Jr.; sister Shirley Strom; sister Joan Bekkedahl; and special friend Jim Seiler.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be December 28 at 4:30 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with a reception following at the VFW. The family suggests memorials be made to the Long Run Fire Department or to the Glasgow VFW. L.E.’s family would like to express its appreciation to the VCSD and the LRVFD for the special treatment and professional service. Online condolences may be made on the Bell Mortuary website.
Edith Margaret Scheele
Edith Margaret Scheele, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 21, 2019 at her home with her family at her side.
Edy was born to the proud parents, Leo and Geneva Griffin, on June 22, 1939 in Montevideo, Minnesota. She attended many different schools and shared stories of different pranks she learned along the way.
Edy met the love of her life and joined hands with Donald Dale Scheele on February 24, 1960 in Glasgow Montana, where she worked for her mother who, at the time, owned and operated the local truck stop. They had two daughters and two sons and went from Glasgow to Wolf Point and finally ended up on the Scheele farm north of Saco. After the farm life they moved to town where she never slowed down, taking on the Vita Rich milk business, sewing jobs, upholstery, both home and auto, and stayed with the post office for many years.
Edy took pride in everything she did, including her hobbies which were quilting, crocheting, stamping, woodworking, painting, ceramics and many others as she was a very creative and talented lady. She was an active member at the Saco Lutheran Church as a Sunday school teacher, member of the ALCW, the quilting team and numerous Bible studies as it was her desire to serve the Lord wherever needed. Her love for her family and friends was unconditional and nobody was a stranger in her eyes, she would sit at the kitchen table with her coffee and her morning devotional waiting for those who knew the coffee was always on. Her heart of gold was evident in many of their homes as she shared many of her homemade gifts with family and friends. One of her favorite sayings was "honey, a 100 years from now we will never know the difference".
Survivors include her loving husband, Don Scheele, daughters Leora (Craig) Robinson, Cindy (Wade) Riden and Sons Greg Scheele, Rick (Mary Ann) Scheele, a total of 58 grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service is Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 1p.m. at the Saco Lutheran Church.