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Monday, August 14th 2017
Terence "Terry" Colbrese
Terence “Terry” Scott Colbrese, 59, of Glasgow, Montana passed away August 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Montana.

Terry was born October 4, 1957 in Glendive, Montana to John and Joyce (Patterson) Colbrese. He graduated from Dawson County High School in 1976. He started to work at Reynold’s Market in 1976 in Glendive as a stocker, working his way up to manager of the Glasgow location.
On February 7, 1976 he married Vicky Raisl and they had two daughters, Tara and Lynsey. In 1982 he met Stacy Bryant and they were married August 4, 1984 and they divorced in 2017.

Terry was an avid football fan and loved his Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed doing things for his community and supporting community events; he was a Glasgow Chamber member, served on the FMDH Board, was active working with the Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament. Terry had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his dog, Bentley. He valued his friendships and held them close to his heart. He adored and loved his daughters and grandkids, they always said “Just ask grandpa, he never says no.”

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, John and Joyce Colbrese.

Terry is survived by his daughters, Tara (Darin) Bulock and their children Daltin, Maklay, Brock and Taitlin of Miles City and Lynsey (Ricky) Reyes and their children Ava, Grace and Rico of Glasgow; brothers Mike (Jan) Colbrese, Dennis (Sonja) Colbrese, Brad (Michelle) Colbrese and Craig Colbrese; sister Diane (Pete) Leath; numerous nieces and step-mother Jackie Colbrese of Rapid City.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. His funeral service will be Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, MT. Inurnment will take place at 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive, MT.

The family asks that memorials be left in Terry’s name to (City of Glasgow- Memo: swimming pool) or a community club in his honor.

Monday, August 14th 2017
Linda Nybakken
Linda Nybakken passed away, surrounded by family, at Hillside Health Care Center in Missoula, Montana, on Sunday, August 6, 2017, following a long and courageous battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other health problems. She maintained an upbeat and positive attitude until the end and as her great friend Karen Gaskill wrote, “Can you imagine the cleanest, purest air she is breathing right now? I am just happy for her at this moment.”

She was born August 16, 1944, in Broadus, Montana, to Leland and Montana “Tana” (Ames) Cook. Linda had one sibling, Robert (Bob) Cook. She was preceded in death by her parents. Linda loved horses and the ranch life growing up and her favorite vacation spots were the “hills of Powder River County.”

Linda graduated from Powder River High School in 1962 and then attended Eastern Montana College. She married Dan Fraser and they had two sons. Linda and Dan later divorced. She lived in many different places during her life, including Billings, Browning, East Glacier, Helena, Boise, Miles City, and Glasgow. She was a very hard worker and had a number of different jobs including working for an oil drilling outfit and a company that built doors for naval ships. She also worked for the Blackfeet Tribe in Browning and finally for the Welfare Department for the State of Montana.
She moved to Glasgow, Montana, in 1991. While in Glasgow, she met her future husband Don Nybakken, whom she married in 1993. Don brought three children to the union, and together they ended up with 12 grandchildren that they were both tremendously proud of. Linda worked in Glasgow as the County Director for the Welfare Department while Don farmed. She retired from the state with 30-years of service in 2005. After retirement, she took on contract work in addition to the many duties required of a farmer’s wife.

Linda loved her post-retirement work as the District One Trustee and Chairman for the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center. She also loved to stay in contact with her many friends and family no matter where they lived, and she just loved visiting with people. She enjoyed politics, cooking, sewing, arts and crafts, and began making jewelry as her health deteriorated and endless hours of physical work became more difficult. She found true joy in giving to her family and many friends. Don always said her jewelry making was a great business that probably only cost her about $5,000 a year, not counting the many hundreds of hours of her time. But she loved the hours spent, and she loved the people she gave the jewelry and other crafts to, most often with an accompanying note.

She is survived by her husband Don Nybakken of Nashua, Montana; her brother, Bob Cook of Pocatello, Idaho; her sons Denver (Tammy) Fraser of Clancy, Montana, and Dax (Kim) Fraser of Missoula, Montana; two grandchildren, Dane and Kodi Fraser; three step-children, Brian Nybakken, Greg (Kelli) Nybakken, and Jana (Luke) Tolzien; and 10 step-grandchildren: Jordan, Trinn, Allie, and Kyra Nybakken; Katelin Anderson, Hayley, Brianna, and Cash Nybakken; and Davis and Garris Tolzien.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Linda touched are invited to the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana, at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 26, 2017, for a funeral service. Lunch will follow. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, PO Box 1569, Big Timber, MT 59011.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017
Leith Wimmer
Leith Dewayne Wimmer, age 82, of Glasgow, MT passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive, MT. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church.

Leith was born on May 18, 1935 to Earl and Dalene (Crone) Wimmer in Scobey, MT. He grew up in the town of Fort Peck graduating from Glasgow High School Class of 1953. He was proud of accomplishing an Eagle Scout ranking. Leith was awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship, and attended Iowa State College, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering in

During college, Leith met Frances "Anne" Radcliffe, the soon-to-be love of his life, and the two were married on December 24, 1956 in Moline, IL. Upon graduation Leith was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and assigned to San Diego, where he served as an Engineering Officer on the Destroyer USS Bradford (DD-545), making deployments to the Western Pacific Ocean.

Completing military service, the family added two sons, Leith and Chuck, and returned to Fort Peck where he began working as a Civil Engineer at Glasgow Air Force Base. His next stop, with an additional family member (Sue), was Kalispell, MT where he designed roads for the Forest Service.

Leith then decided that he wanted to raise his family in a better environment and purchased a farm in Glasgow. He became a farmer in 1965, shortly there after adding a ranching operation located near Tampico, MT. During that time another Wimmer family member was added (Sandy). Leith became a Real Estate Broker and later served as a real estate appraiser. Leith slowly transitioned to retirement, eventually spending time with family as much as possible.

Leith was passionate about fishing, bow hunting, golf, and most of all his wife Anne, his kids and grandkids. He and Anne shared incredible life experiences from building their home in 1982 to traveling together on many adventures. Relationship with the Lord, Bible Study Group and fellowship were key elements in his life. He was a member of the Glasgow Evangelical Church, the Gideons and Sunnyside Golf Course.

Leith was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Dalene Wimmer, his wife Anne and his son- in-law Walt Peterson. He is survived by his children, Leith S. Wimmer of Montana City, MT; Chuck (Becky) Wimmer of Havre, MT; Sue Peterson of Glendive, MT and her daughter Katy; Sandy (John) Nichols of Escondido, CA and sons Andre, Quinn and Liam; one sister, Beve Finley of Bozeman, MT. Sister-in-laws Dor Sease, Margaret Radcliffe and Karen (John) Molgaard.

Leith’s last words to family was: “see you later alligator”, a true testament to his wonderful sense of humor, even at death’s doorstep.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017
Dorena Blanchard
On August 5, 2017 we lost our sister, mother and best friend, Dorena Blanchard, unexpectedly in the comfort of her own home. Dorena was born April 9, 1969 in Glasgow, Mont. to Myron Blanchard and Helen (Nelson) Blanchard. She attended Glasgow High School from where she graduated in 1987. She then went on to graduate from UND-Williston with her Associates in Interior Design in 1989. Only a short while later she had her first child, Brittany Anne, in May of 1991. Her second daughter, Elena June, came along in March on 1993. Her third child and eldest son, Ryan Joseph, joined in April of 1995. Her youngest baby, Robert Joseph, joined the family in November 1996. Her life then became full of sleepovers, birthday parties, laughter and creating memories.

Dorena was an extremely hard worker, which she did solely to provide for her children. She wouldn’t have changed that for the world. She worked at Tastee Freeze in her younger years, then as a house keeper at La Casa and the Rustic Lodge. She eventually went to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital where she dabbled in many departments. She finally settled in on the second floor Outpatient Clinic where she spent the rest of her remaining time. She absolutely loved her spot on the second floor where she cared deeply for all her patients, doctors and friends who became family. Many will remember her for her huge heart and compassionate soul. She never turned away a friend in need of someone to cry to, to lean on or even to rant to. She constantly had a warm, genuine smile for everyone she saw.

Dorena loved her children more than anything. Everything she did was for the sake of her babies. She was the most extraordinary mother who taught us all to show compassion to everyone we met. To always forgive anything. Give everyone the chance they deserved and how to live every day to the fullest with no regrets. She gave the best advice ever.

Dorena had many joys to fill her time. From kicking back and watching shows with her beloved pets, Rhino and Quanick, to spending time in her gorgeous yard, where she was most at peace. Dorena was an avid collector of “treasures”. She deeply enjoyed people watching, taking drives and listening about her babies’ days. There wasn't anything Dorena didn’t do for her babies.

Dorena will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include her daughters, Brittany Anne and Elena June; sons, Ryan Joseph and Robert (Robbie) Joseph Grandchamp; loving sister, Georgie Kulczyk; nephew and niece, Parker and Jordan Kulczyk and many cherished family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mother Helen Blanchard and father Myron Blanchard; grandma Mabel; grandpa Burt; her second family, Iris Grandchamp, Robert (Bobby Joe) Grandchamp Sr., Robert (lil Bob) Grandchamp Jr., as well as numerous aunts, uncles and friends.

Family will receive friends on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Burial will follow in Glasgow's Highland Cemetery. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held at the Evangelical Church. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, August 3rd 2017
Ronald Warren Bondy
Ronald Warren Bondy, the oldest son of the late Warren and Betty Bondy, was born July 20, 1945 in Walla Walla, WA where his father was stationed as an Arial Gunnery Instructor for the Army Air Corp. Following Warren’s release from active duty, the family moved to Ft. Peck, MT where Ron attended grade school. Ron attended high school in Nashua where he graduated in 1963. After a year of continuing education in Nashua, Ron joined the U.S. Navy where he enjoyed four years of active duty at Great Lakes, Il, Newport News, VA, Hawaii and Guam. He had sea duty on the USS Isle Royale and the USS Newport News.

After his Navy tour, he returned to the family home in Highmore, SD where he took a job as the “Sunshine Milk Man”. He then attended Black Hill State College in Spearfish, SD during which time he worked seasonally as a firefighter for the US Forest Service. This eventually turned into permanent employment with the BLM in fire suppression. Ron moved to Riverside, CA and later transferred to Battle Mountain, NV where he retired from the BLM in 1999 and moved to Park Grove, MT.

Ron never met a stranger. He would visit with anyone, anywhere and even though he was a big man with big hands, he was an expert at counted cross stitch, crocheting, tatting, fly tying, leatherwork, and lathe work. He would make gifts for a lot of people he met which included crocheted scarves, personalized book markers, tatted crosses and pen and pencil sets. He also made many rattlesnake belt buckles after eating the snake for breakfast! Ron loved Amtrak and would usually take the train whenever he traveled to see family for holidays although would sometimes drive. Sadly, he was never able to make his dream trip across Canada via Amtrak but in his earlier days, he was able to go through Scandinavia with his youngest sister, Chucky. Ron was a back roads kind of traveler and wasn’t afraid to go off the beaten path to explore small town USA. He would occasionally look up long lost relatives and stop in to reconnect during his travels.

Ron was light on his feet and loved to dance. He belonged to Square dancing and Clogging Clubs and would dance 7 days a week. He was great at Waltzes, Polkas and Jitterbugging. Any time there was music on, you could be sure he was dancing to it with anyone he could get out on the floor with him.
Ron also loved hunting and fishing and was a licensed Ham Radio Operator with a call sign of KB7GCX.

Sadly, Ron’s traveling days ended after suffering multiple strokes which ultimately lead to him being admitted to Valley View Nursing home in Glasgow later transferring to Fallon Memorial Nursing Home in Baker, MT to be closer to his sister Terry. Ron passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday August 1, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Betty Bondy and two nieces, Christy and Michelle Mace. He is survived by his brother, Rick of St. Ignatius, MT, Mikey (Jim) Hamlin of Spokane, WA, Terry Bondy (Dave Hickey) of Baker, MT, Nicki (Larry) Mace of Spring, TX, and Chucky (Jeff) Fink of Elk Grove Village, IL as well as numerous and dearly loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on August 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT.

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017
Lois Marguerite Wilson Markle
Lois Marguerite Wilson Markle peacefully passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow on Aug. 2, 2017 from complications of a stroke. She was 96 years old.
A private family funeral service will be held at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on Saturday, Aug. 5, with Episcopal Deacon Shirley Putz officiating. Friends are invited to a celebration of her life at the VFW Club in Glasgow beginning at 4:30 on Saturday, August 5. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
Lois was born March 14, 1921 in the Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow to Mary (McKitterick) and Floyd G. Wilson. She attended Glasgow schools for most of her education and graduated in 1938. She attended MSU in Bozeman and NMC in Havre where she studied business and earned a private pilot’s license. Returning to Glasgow, she was employed by MT Bell and in the Valley County attorney's office before her marriage to O.E. Markle in April of 1942. They lived in California while O.E. was in the Army Air Corp and where their oldest son, Tom, was born. They moved back to Glasgow in 1945 and were blessed with Jack, Dick and Janet.
An important and meaningful part of her life was her work with the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, started in 1964 by members of her class of 1938. Lois was a founding board member and served as chief executive officer until the year 2000. It was a great satisfaction to her as the trust helped GHS graduates further their educations while it also provided much needed equipment for the school. In recognition of her work with the Trust, the auditorium at Glasgow High School was named the Lois Wilson Markle Auditorium. It was a great honor to her.
Lois was very active in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, serving for many years as leader of the Altar Guild. She and O.E. were active participants in numerous civic organizations. Lois had many talents which she graciously shared with so many. She was a wonderful cook and meticulous with her needlework; she enjoyed golf and found great joy in playing bridge with her friends.
She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children: Tom (Cindy), Jack (Jeanine), Dick (Janet Perkins), and Janet (Meredith) Reiter; grandchildren: Mary Beth (Kevin) Kofstad, Drew (Ashley) Markle, Michelle (Brett) Huntsman, Annie (Rob) Compson, Dirk (Bonnie) Markle, Bess (Nick) Reid, Kitty Earley, Krista (Ty) Traxler, and John (Anna) Earley; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Kae Markle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister Alice Huxsol, brothers-in-law C.D. Markle, Tag Markle and Robert Huxsol, and sister-in-law Jean Markle.
Monday, July 31st 2017
Thomas James Miller
Thomas James Miller went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, July 28, 2017. He passed away in a tragic car accident, due to no fault of his own. Thomas was born to Wesley and Sheila (Toavs) Miller in Glasgow, MT on June 12, 2001. He attended school in Nashua where he would have been a junior this year. Thomas was a polite, fun-loving kid. He was a hero to his little sister Kaitlyn; Right hand man to his father; and the light of his mom's life.

He loved to make those around him laugh and smile by pulling a prank or two on them. Thomas was an avid fisherman. He had worked for over three years perfecting the fine art of crank bait fishing with his father. This dedication paid off: He and his father entered Thomas' first ever fishing tournament this summer in Hell Creek. They won second place out of 89 teams AND first place adult child team AND they caught the largest Northern of Day 1 of the tournament. It was an awesome day for this great young man.

Thomas may have only been 16 years of age, but he had knowledge and skills that far exceeded his age. He was skilled in computer science and had hopes of pursuing higher education in this field. He was also a trumpet player, practically a master mechanic, and an accomplished grill master and BBQ chef. Thomas enjoyed doing farm work for his grandpa and was happy running the swather, balers, tractors, and trucks. He had a knack for repairing equipment and was enjoying restoring several vintage cars with his father.

Sadly, we were forced to say good-bye to him.

Thomas is survived by his devoted and loving parents Wes and Sheila; his loving sister, Kaityn, whom he adored; Grandparents, Virgil and Marlene Toavs of Fort Peck; Grandmother, Mary Lou Miller of Wolf Point; Aunts, Uncles, and cousins: Stacy and Jared Albus and their children Aiden, Walker, and Cooper of Hinsdale, Terry and Tammy Toavs and their children Trevor and Hannah of Fort Peck, and Marla and Rob Zeluff and their children Amari and Eli of Glasgow; Cassidy Greene and Gunner Greene who were truely like brothers to Thomas. And many, many other special friends that he has touched along his journey.

He will be remembered in our hearts forever.

Services for Thomas James Miller are Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 6:00p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, MT.

Monday, July 31st 2017
James (Jim) K. Seiler
James (Jim) K. Seiler, age 73, of Glasgow, MT passed away on July 28th, 2017 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. Jim was born on February 8th, 1944 in Glasgow to Charles M. Seiler and Marie Roos and received his early education from St. Raphael's Catholic School, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1962. Immediately after graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving 4 years. He married Teddi L. Kamrud on December 27th, 1969 and made their home in Glasgow where they raised two children, Doug and Rachel.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for a number of years and volunteered on the Long Run Fire Department. Jim worked at and later managed Northeast Auto Parts in Glasgow for 25 years, and then worked as a custodian at the Glasgow High School until retirement.

Survivors include: wife, Teddi; son, Doug (Michelle) Seiler of W. Richland, WA; daughter, Rachel Seiler of Havre, MT; 3 grandchildren, Cayden, Erica, and Jeremy; 2 sisters, Marlene Zinner of Aurora, CO and Sherryee (John) Turner of Nashua, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister-- Lois Marcinkowski and brother-- Chuck Seiler.

Per his request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
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