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Thursday, July 30th 2015
Gisela Dotzauer Brooks
Gisela Dotzauer Brooks, also known as Gigi, 76, of Glasgow, Montana passed away from cancer Thursday, July 23, 2015, during the “Hour of Mercy” in her Glasgow home. This is where she wanted to meet “The Most Merciful” GOD, with her daughter Lura by her side in her last hours.

Gisela is survived by her loving husband, William J. Brooks; her sister, Brigitte and her daughter; her youngest brother, Peter, all still living in Germany; her two children, James and Lura and her three grandchildren, Whitney age 28, Aaron age 27, and Christopher age 21.

Gisela was the 2nd of youngest of 3 brothers and 1 sister. She was baptized Catholic. Their family name was Dotzauer. Gisela's parents and their six children were refugees from Sudetenland (an area of Czechoslovakia) a Country which was absorbed by the Czech Republic when they were invaded by the German Army at the beginning of WW II. Many people fled from that country as it was invaded by the Germans, and most ended up in West Germany. They were known as Volksdeutsch (immigrants), and later became naturalized German citizens. Gisela's family ended up in Kempten, Germany in the (Al-gow) Allgau District in 1945. They were a poor and struggling family throughout their childhood. She attended High School in Allgau until she was 17. She then moved to Munich, Germany in 1957 to work for an American family as nurse maid. She met Leo Gentry, a young handsome soldier in 1959 and were married. He was in the Army. She had her first son, James, in February of 1960. They were transferred to (Gee-son) Gissen, Germany then back to the U.S, were she gave birth to her daughter, Lura, in Shreveport, Louisiana in March of 1962. Gisela obtained her U.S. Citizenship in 1965 and the family returned to Germany. After her divorce from Leo, in 1972 Leo, the children and his new wife, Karin, also from Germany, came back to the U.S. Not many years passed and she longed for her kids, so later Gisela came to the U.S. to sunny California, but missing home terribly. And soon after living in California by herself she met and later married William J. Brooks, an Air Force retiree on March 19, 1988. They moved to Rialto California, then Banning California and later settled to the peaceful hills of Glasgow, Montana in 2000.

She and William have many friends here who loved her dearly. This is and always will be Bill and Gigi’s calling, here in beautiful Montana. Always remember Gisela’s laugh, kindness and her beauty….. she was so beautiful inside and out! Most importantly…..know that she is no longer suffering or in pain, and is at Peace. Gisela is with our Creator, whom she trusted and loved unconditionally!

A special thanks to all her doctors, nurses and staff in Billings and here at FMDH for their wonderful care during her final days. Another special thanks to her wonderful friends and neighbors who came to see her at home and say goodbye. I thank you all for your support during this very difficult time.

Visitation will be August 4, 2015 at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, Montana from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held August 4, 2015 at the VFW Hall in Glasgow, Montana at 5:00 p.m. Memorials can be made to Paralized Veterans of America, P.O. 921, Wilton, New Hampshire 03086-0921 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015
Marie Louise Kjelgaard Long Vaughn
Marie Louise Kjelgaard Long Vaughan
Marie Louise Kjelgaard Long Vaughan, 92, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away on July 22, 2015 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. With family by her side, Marie spent her final days recalling several stories throughout her life. Marie was the fourth child born to John and Esther (Pederson) Kjelgaard on March 20, 1923. Marie spent her childhood and early adult life in the Highland community of McCone County.
On January 10, 1943 Marie was married to Harvey P. Long. In this marriage, eight children were born. With sights on obtaining land with access to irrigation and greater opportunities, the family moved to Charlo, MT in 1962. Marie and Harvey adapted to life in the mountains and together worked tirelessly to establish and maintain the family ranch and dairy farm. In October 1964, Harvey passed away. With the support of her children, family and friends Marie persevered in keeping the family ranch running during difficult times.
Marie then met Gerald Vaughan and they married on November 21, 1981. This marriage expanded Marie’s family further by two sons and their families. Upon Gerald’s passing on April 16, 1996 Marie moved close to her son, Irvin until suffering a stroke in 2005. Marie then made her way back to Eastern Montana where she lived at Prairie Ridge Village and later Valley View in 2012 until presently. Her move back to Eastern MT made it possible to reconnect with old friends from around the Highland Community along with sparking new friendships.
Marie enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing cards and cooking as well as visiting family and friends which she always had goodies and coffee waiting. In her younger years she enjoyed dancing and horseback riding. Marie will be missed for her quick recall of family event and historical dates. Even at the spry age of 92, Marie kept close tabs on all her children down to her great –great grandchild. It is safe to say she was very proud of her family!
A special thank you goes out to all of Marie’s caregivers over the years. In addition, to FMDH staff for the wonderful care provided during her final days.
Marie is survived by her children: Carol (Dwight) Sibley, Gary Long, Irvin (Mary Jane) Long, Susan (Don Vaughan) Long, Ruth Moran, Gordon(Julie) Long, Leisha (Gary) Edwards, Pete(Nancy) Vaughan , Lonnie Vaughan and one sister, Ruth Miller, two sister-in-laws Betty Johnson and Thelma Frost , one brother-in-law Chancy Long. As well as 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter.
Preceding Marie in death include husbands Harvey P. Long and Gerald Vaughan, infant daughter Patricia Long and son Larry Vaughan, sisters Margaret and Ellen and her brothers Orville, Harold and Arnold.
Family memorial services will be held on August 1, 2015 in Charlo, MT with a celebration of life to follow at the Charlo Senior Center at 1p.m. Burial will take place in Ronan, Montana in Mountain View Cemetery. Additionally, a memorial service in Glasgow, MT will be held at the Bell Mortuary on September 10th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Monday, July 20th 2015
David Henry (Skip) Erickson
David Henry (Skip) Erickson, 67, of Glasgow, Montana, died at home after a tenacious but adventure-filled four-year battle with cancer. His was a life well lived.
Skip was born on May 2, 1948, in Glasgow, Montana, to Douglas and Winnetta Erickson. He grew up in Nashua, Montana, with his parents and four younger sisters. From his early childhood, Skip developed a deep attachment to wildlife and nature.
Skip's teammates selected him as the captain of the Nashua High School basketball team. He graduated in 1966 as class valedictorian.
Skip enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, in the summer of 1966, after nomination by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. As part of his education, Skip spent one year at sea transporting commercial and military cargos to Vietnam and other Asian countries. In 1970, Skip graduated with his bachelor's degree and as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Following graduation, Skip sailed the world for three years, ultimately retiring from his maritime career as a ship’s captain.
Skip married Marion Daley in 1968 and they had two children, Rachel and Robert. Skip married Lorinda Carleton in 1988. Throughout his life, Skip was a caring son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
Skip's affection for his family and the outdoors brought him back to Glasgow in 1973. For 40 years, Skip was a well-respected insurance and real estate agent at United Insurance and Realty, ultimately becoming an owner of the company.
Skip enjoyed distinguished involvement with his community. Among many other things, at different times Skip acted as the presidents of the Valley County Sportsmen's Club, Two Rivers Economic Development, the Glasgow/Valley County Planning Board, the Glasgow Rural Development Program, and the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation. In 1994, Governor Marc Racicot appointed Skip as an original member of Montana's Private Land/Public Wildlife Council. Skip was a 40-year member of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, arranging countless presentations to the community, which frequently included his own ubiquitous hunting and travel slide shows. In 2015, the Chamber of Commerce presented Skip with its President's Award.
An avid sportsman, Skip explored and hunted on six continents, but always maintained an affinity for eastern Montana. Throughout his travels, Skip collected a remarkable array of wildlife, photographs, and memories. Skip was a student – and later a master teacher – of hunting ethics and tactics. Just as he lived his life, Skip consistently hunted the "right" way.
Over the last few years, Skip developed the World Wildlife Experience portion of the Children's Museum of Northeast Montana, which highlights some of Skip's more interesting wildlife specimens. More than 130 mammals, fish and reptiles are on display. Skip conducted tours to students and adults, imparting his knowledge of the world's wildlife and culture.
Skip was a leader for his family, friends and community. He was a talented and entertaining storyteller. Skip created consensus through his wisdom, quick wit and humor. The many people that Skip touched respected and admired him. He lived and died with unsurpassed character.
Skip's parents preceded him in death. Skip is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lin Erickson; daughter Rachel Erickson (Jeff Larson) of Glasgow; son Rob Erickson (Casey) of Missoula; grandchildren Ryan Larson of Salt Lake City, and Cooper Larson and Sophia Larson of Glasgow; sisters Jacalyn Pippin of Lewistown, Kerry Kittleson of Miles City, Sherry Yager of Wayzata, Minnesota, and Shelly Sommers of Lake City, Minnesota; and nephews and nieces Jennifer McAllister, Chas Zimdars, Josh Kittleson, Kortney Esper, Mataya Yager, and Takira Yager. Skip's family and friends will sorely miss him.
Skip's funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Evangelical Church, immediately followed by burial at the Nashua Cemetery with a reception thereafter at the Glasgow Elks Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Children's Museum of Northeast Montana at P.O. Box 369, Glasgow, Montana, 59230, or at nemtchildrensmuseum.org.
Monday, July 20th 2015
Leslie "Les" Ralph Lloyd
Leslie "Les" Ralph Lloyd, 69, parted this world to join the Lord in peace on July 14, 2015, at his home in Wolf Point, Montana. He was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, on October 10, 1945, and was raised in Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania. Les received his education there until graduating from Kiski High in 1964.

Upon graduation, his first job was for Ludlum Steel Mill as a steel tech. Les went on to manage and operate a service station in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. He continued working various jobs throughout his life, always finding time to buy and sell cars.

After meeting Harriet Richard, they wed in 1966 and had two daughters, Tammy and Lisa. The family lived in Pennsylvania until 1981 when Les made his way to Montana, following in the footsteps of his parents and his brother Larry.

Shortly after arriving in Montana, Les met and fell for Cathy Vandall, who he affectionately called Effie. They married in February 1983 and he became a father to her four children. Les and Cathy added one son, Nathan Lloyd, to their family.

Dear to his heart was spending time with family, his children and grandchildren, and faithful four-legged companion Montana. He enjoyed pursuing antique cars, camping, hunting, fishing, and loved to travel. During his travels he was an expert at meeting new people through buying and trading. He was one of "Tradio's" biggest fans. Anyone who met Les knew they had found a one-of-a-kind. He showed compassion for all people, stemming from his deep faith and love of the Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Lloyd, of Nashua, MT, and their sons: Frank (Jennifer) Vandall, of Glasgow, MT, Wayne (Ruth) Vandall of Nashua, MT, and Nate (Kristen) Lloyd of Glasgow, MT, and daughters: Shirley (Richard) Green of Glasgow, MT, Faye Vondell of Newtown, ND, Tammy Lloyd of Spring Church, PA, Lisa (Michael) Goodman of Ford Cliff, PA, and Peace (Michael) Oliviero of West Caldwell, NJ, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Brother Larry (Sharon) Lloyd of Glasgow, MT, Sister Shirley Chizer of Arnold, PA, and special nephew Gary (Val) Lloyd of Nashua, MT, and many nieces and nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lyla Lloyd, his brothers Ralph and Ron Lloyd, numerous aunts and uncles.

A prayer service will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Assembly of God Church in Wolf Point. Condolences for the family may be left at: www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, July 14th 2015
Melanie (Cornwell) Solberg
Melanie (Cornwell) Solberg, 50, a resident of Cut Bank, was born August 13th 1964 and passed on July 10th 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

Services will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cut Bank. A second memorial will be held in Glasgow in mid-August, time and date to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitted Funeral Chapel in Cut Bank.

Melanie was born to Paul and Gwen (Rogers) Cornwell of Glasgow where she grew up. Melanie graduated from Glasgow in 1982 and spent most of her adult life in the Shelby and Cut Bank communities. Melanie married Howie Solberg in 1983 and they had 3 children. After many years of marriage, Melanie and Howie were divorced, Melanie later met Mike Loring of Cut Bank with whom she spent the rest of her life.

Melanie was a rancher at heart, even during the times of her life when she wasn\'t working on a ranch. She loved animals and was often called by the neighbors if they needed a Veterinarian and the vet was unavailable. (sometimes she was even called first) She had a great love of horses and was around them all her life, including many years of training race horses. She made friends anywhere she went and will be missed greatly. She was also a talented craftsman and seamstress.

Melanie is survived by her children, Tamara Kaye Thompson, Curtis Lyle Solberg (Stephanie), and Jessica Elaine Solberg (Brett Peterson); grandchildren Hadley and Harper Thompson; and a child of Jessica Solberg is expected any day; parents Paul and Gwen (Rogers) Cornwell, sister Carla Tihista (Doug), brother Bob Cornwell (Crystal); nieces and nephews Jeremy (Mary Kate), Jana, and Jake Tihista, Conner and Colter Cornwell, and many extended nieces and nephews. She is also survived by First husband Howie Solberg, Partner Mike Loring and his family: Francy Loring, daughter Katelin Conway (Nolan), their daughters Addison and Deni Conway, and son Jace Loring.

Monday, July 13th 2015
Albert Lane Wilson
Albert Lane Wilson, age 89, Civil and Chemical Engineer, of Glasgow Montana died Tuesday June 23, 2015 of natural causes.

He is survived by a brother Robert M. Wilson (Suzy) of San Jose, California, son Charles L. Wilson (Loretta) of Glasgow, Montana, daughter Holly Danneman of Sandy, Utah, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lenore, and a sister Beth Davis.

Albert was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He served with Patton’s Army in World War II, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin under the G.I. Bill with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering.

He was employed by Southern Alkali (Corpus Christi, Texas), Silas Mason Co. (Panhandle, Texas), C. F. Braun (Alhambra, California), and Procon (McLean, Virginia) as a Chemical Engineer, and also worked on highly classified nuclear projects. He later worked as a Civil Engineer for the National Park Service (Washington, D.C.) and oversaw contractors installing security enhancements around the White House, before retiring in 1989. With his wife Lenore, he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Wolf Point, Montana. He had also served in his church as Elders Quorum President, Ward Clerk, High Councilor, and District Young Men’s President.

He was an Eagle Scout, earned the Woodbadge Award (Beaver Patrol), was a member of the Order of the Arrow (Vigil), and served in many offices in the Boy Scouts of America, including Scoutmaster of Troops in Texas, California and Virginia over a period of 65 years. He was a member of an Indian Dance Team for the Order of the Arrow, including performing the hoop dance. He was a Scout leader for the 1964 National Jamboree at Valley Forge, and Philmont in 1965.

A viewing will be held Friday July 17 at 2 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 15 Airport Road, followed by a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Monday, July 13th 2015
Ralph Emerson Nelson
Ralph Emerson Nelson was born on July 21, 1937 to Ralph E. and Mabel (Humphries) Nelson. Ralph’s father was killed in a tragic accident when Ralph was three months old.

Ralph grew up in Glasgow and attended schools in Glasgow, graduating with the class of 1956.
Ralph leaves a legacy of love, hard work and the ability of many friendships along the way. Ralph was a hard worker all of his life, as a young man, he worked on farms in the Glasgow area. He helped with his family and never refused a job, no matter what is was. Ralph was always proud of his life working construction. He was a foreman on the building of the second powerhouse in Fort Peck at the age of 18 and he went on to work on other dams. Ralph was superintendent on the Pelican Prison and many high rises in the San Francisco area.

Ralph married Sharon Short in 1961 in Phoenix and they were blessed with a daughter, Marie Irene. Sharon passed away in 2000.

Ralph and his beloved dog Webe moved back to Montana, settling into Manhattan, where he loved to four wheel the mountains and fish the many streams available to him. He enjoyed woodworking; making bowls, trays and vases, which he shared as gifts with friends and family.

In 2003 Ralph met Rhea Haskin in Glasgow, they were married in 2004 in Manhattan and spent 11 years traveling, boating, fishing and most of all enjoying each other’s company.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Rhea; daughter, Marie (Darrel) Earle of Thorton, CO; special sister, Marie Hobby of Marietta, Gerorgia; Scott (Tammy) Haskin; special grandkids, Brandin, Dakota, Tilina, and Gabby Haskin of Middlebille , MI; many cousins; special cousins Don and Duane Johnson; nieces; and nephews, including special nephew, George (Corie) Hyde; many in-laws that he considered family, including Myrt and Glyn Bamford; friends, Gordon Eatinger and Wayne Andersen.

Preceding Ralph in death are his parents; wife, Sharon; brothers, George, Buddy and Brent; and sisters, Donna, Helen, Marsha, Sharon and Julie.

Ralph passed away April 26, 2015 at Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, AZ.

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