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Monday, June 27th 2016
Lester Lorne Stevenson
HAVRE - Lester Lorne Stevenson, age 55, passed away on June 23, 2016, of apparent natural causes in Malta.

Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.hi-linefuneralservices.com

Les was born to Les and Zelda Stevenson in Havre on March 7th, 1961. Les married Stephanie Clikeman on November 20th, 1991 and together they had three children, Nick, Sam, and Amy. They resided in Havre for the majority of their marriage.

Les worked hard in his profession of being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and worked in many rural hospitals around the Hi-Line and the state of Montana, He highly enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, his two sons, Nick, age 23; and Sam, age 22 and his daughter, Amy, age 20, all of Havre; his parents Les and Zelda Stevenson of Great Falls, MT; his sister Julie Stevenson of Great Falls MT; his sister Sheri Stevenson Bartz of Wichita, KS; his brother John (Anne) Stevenson of Great Falls, MT; and his many nephews and niece.
Friday, June 24th 2016
Kay Ellen Dorr
Kay Ellen Dorr, age 72, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on June 20th, 2016 at the Billings Clinic.

Kay was born on October 13th, 1943 in Glasgow, Montana to Evelyn Mihm Dorr and Ross Coffey Dorr. She was the youngest of four children. She attended elementary and high school in Glasgow. Following high school graduation she attended Rocky Mountain College for a year and transferred to Montana State University attending from 1962 to 1965, graduating with a B.S. in General Studies. From 1965 to 1967 she attended University of Montana receiving a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. She later attended Auburn University and received her Ph.D. from 1975 to 1979.

She was employed at the Anaconda Job Corps Center from June through September of 1967. She also worked at the Yellowstone Boy’s Ranch in Billings, Montana from 1967 to 1971 as a Social Service Director. In 1971 she was employed as a resident counselor at the Micronesian Occupational Center in Koror, Palau, Western Caroline Islands. This Center was a technical residential school for Micronesian Students.

Her life-long employment began with Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in 1972. She was a counselor with this agency, as well as a supervisor for a branch office. During her employment with the Mental Health Center, she was employed as a clinical psychologist as well as an Associate Director for a 5-county area. She did clinical supervision of mental health services as well as conducted psychological evaluations and individual/family counseling. Kay was a certified Mental Health Professional and was also a licensed school psychologist. She retired from EMCMHC in October of 2011. However she did fill in on a part-time basis from 2011 until November of 2014.

She was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Montana Psychological Association, and the Nation Association of School Psychologists. She served on the Montana Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Psychologist’s, as well as the Foster Care Review Committee.

In January of 2003, Dr. Dorr received an award from the Mental Health Legislative Association for Long Term Service to mental health in Montana. She dedicated her life to helping others and touched the lives of many. She had a love for nature, animals and people. She loved working outdoors and enjoyed working with the land. She was a well-read woman who always enjoyed learning about other cultures, religions and beliefs. She took a special interest in working with Native Americans and learning and working with their traditional, spiritual and healing practices.

Kay was an avid supporter of the local and state wide Humane Society, the Montana Audubon Organization, the National Wildlife Federation as well as the Glasgow Mental Health Center. Please make any memorials to the Glasgow Mental Health Center.

Kay was preceded in death by her late husband, Jerry Hould; her mother and father; a niece, Zandra Liegh Dorr M.D. and a nephew, Terry Bowman.

She is survived by sisters, Grace Bowman and Bonnie Francesca Parker; a brother, Lee Ross and wife Barbara; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many long-time friends, co-workers, colleagues and consumers. As well as her two dogs, Bodhi and Ahli and her two cats, Tiger and Beauty. She will be missed by many.

A memorial service for Kay will be held Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with Bonnie Novak officiating. A private burial will be held on the homestead. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
Lloyd Thomas Eide
Lloyd Thomas Eide, 96, passed away of natural causes on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.

Lloyd was born October 28, 1919, in Anaconda, MT to Norwegian immigrant parents Nels O. and Elna (Karlson) Eide. As a young boy he, along with his parents, moved to a homestead farm in North East MT in the Baylor Community. He attended grade school at a country school in the Midway Community and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1939. After graduation he worked on the Fort Peck Dam construction until World War II broke out in 1941. Just one week after Pearl Harbor was attacked Lloyd joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. He spent four years with the 79th Fighter Group in the European war effort including France, Italy, and North Africa. When Lloyd returned home from the war in August of 1945 he went to work on the family farm raising wheat, barley, and cattle until his retirement in 1990.

In September of 1952 he married Alice Waetzig and together they had three daughters. Lloyd was active in the Air Force Reserve and commander of the VFW. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Toast Masters, Sons of Norway, and many other community organizations. He was very involved in the Republican Party and enjoyed public speaking. He also taught amateur boxing and sold insurance for Farm Bureau. In his retirement years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, helping out on the farm, and spending afternoons at the VFW reminiscing and telling war stories. On October 28, 2014 Lloyd was awarded the French Knight of Legion of Honor Award. This is the highest and most renowned distinction in France, given in appreciation for his contribution to the United States role in the liberation of France.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents Nels and Elna Eide, as well as an infant grandchild. Lloyd is survived by his wife Alice, daughters Stephanie (Glen) Meier, Heidi (Larry) See, and Lisa (Les) Redfield; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was proud of his Norwegian ancestry and liked to speak Norwegian to anyone who could understand and talk with him. Lloyd was known for his exuberant personality and was a kind gentle spirit with an unconditional love for his family.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with friends receiving family from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Services will be Friday, June 24th, 2016 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana at 11:00 AM with Pastor Hedegaard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Shriners Children Hospital, or charity of your choice. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Monday, June 13th 2016
Barbara Walden
Barbara Walden, 76, of Glasgow, Montana passed away June 13, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.
Barbara (Harrison) Walden was born August 28, 1939 to Verne and Dorothy Harrison at St. Helena, Napa County, California.
Barbara attended local schools in Lower Lake, California. She graduated from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California in 1961. She taught high school in her hometown then worked as an extension agent for Oregon State University in Baker, Oregon.
In 1963, Barbara married Harold Horting from Jerome, Idaho. Harold passed in 1987.
Barbara married Jim Walden in 1988 in Jerome, Idaho where they raised sheep, cattle and horses.
In 2001, after twenty-nine years of teaching Barbara retired, she and Jim moved to Saco, Montana and later to Circle, Montana. They made Glasgow their home in 2008.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Jim; stepchildren, Jamie (Craig) Ivie of Willis, Texas, Jim (Shelia) Walden of Philipsburg, Montana, Bub (Kathy) Walden of Denver, Colorado, and Bob (Sylvan) Walden of Fort Peck, Montana; nine grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Friday, June 10th 2016
Ruth Walberg (Davis)
Ruth Walberg (Davis), passed away October 28, 2015. Private graveside services will be held June 20th, 2016 at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.
Wednesday, June 8th 2016
Adeline Hazel Peterson
Adeline Hazel Peterson (nee Zimpel), 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 18, 2016 in Meridian, Idaho.

A memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 641 2nd Ave. N. in Glasgow, Montana on Thursday, June 9 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Scott Hedegaard officiating. Inurnment to follow at the Glasgow Highland Cemetery.

Adeline was born on October 5, 1925 in Princeton, Minnesota to George Henry Zimpel and Wilhelmina “Erna” Kuether Zimpel. She grew up on the Princeton farm and at age nine helped raise her younger siblings after her mother passed away at age 36.

Adeline attended school in Princeton and Little Falls, Minnesota and then worked as a typesetter for 3M and a telephone operator with Western Union in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in Los Angeles, California.

On June 10, 1950 Adeline married ex U.S. Marine Eugene Allen Peterson in Minneapolis. They moved to Montana where Gene worked for the Great Northern Railroad, (later Burlington Northern) as a station agent. They lived for a short time in Glasgow, Harlem and Snowden, and then for 34 years in Richland, Montana. In 1989 they retired to Glasgow where Gene passed away in 1990. Adeline continued to live in Glasgow until 2012 when she moved to Meridian, Idaho to be near her family.

Gene and Adeline had three children, Steven born in 1951 in Glasgow, Sally born in 1953 in Williston, North Dakota, and Don born in 1960 in Scobey, Montana.

Adeline was a devoted mother and homemaker and in 1961 she also began to work outside the home as a clerk at the Richland Post Office and as the bookkeeper for Farmer’s Union Oil Co. (later Richland Farm Supply, then Cenex). She also helped form the Richland 4H Club and Home Demonstration Club and was a member of the Richland American Legion Auxiliary, and also served on the Valley County Election Board.

She was an active member of both the Richland Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. She taught Sunday school and Bible School for 18 years in Richland, served as Church Treasurer and held the offices of President, Vice-President and Treasurer in the ALCW (American Lutheran Church Women) in Richland.

At the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow Adeline served as President, Vice President and Secretary of WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association). She was the Community Chairperson and Coordinator of the Fort Peck Cluster Women’s Organization. She was also a member of the Aid Association for Lutherans local branch where she served as Secretary/Treasurer and Chairperson.

Adeline volunteered wherever there was a need and through the Church Visitation Program she visited the homebound, gave communion and provided rides to appointments. She enjoyed participating in projects for Lutheran World Relief and made many visits to the residents of Valley View Nursing Home.

Adeline enjoyed her involvement with the Glasgow Senior Citizens Club by helping with the Bingo games and pancake breakfasts and the card recycling project. She held numerous offices there, as well as Vice President of the Montana State Senior Citizens. She was named as Glasgow’s Senior Citizen of the Year in 2000.

Adeline also volunteered at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Pioneer Museum and Hospital Gift Shop and she enjoyed keeping up with Gene’s railroad colleagues by being a member of the Railroad Retirees.

Adeline was well known for her hospitality and for hosting many family gatherings.
She always included her children’s friends, or anyone in need of a “family”, especially for the holidays. She was also well known for her baking, winning many blue ribbons and “Best of Fair” awards at the N.E. Montana Fair.

Adeline enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, playing cards, Bingo, Scrabble and travelling throughout the US and Canada with her family and on many bus trips, and she especially enjoyed time spent with her three granddaughters and four great grandchildren, who all brought much joy to her life.

Adeline was preceded in death by her husband Gene, her mother and father, her step-mother Ida Miller Zimpel and her brother Wayne Zimpel.

Survivors include her children, Steven (Linda) of Meridian, Idaho, Sally (John) Flowers of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, and Don of Haltom City, Texas; three granddaughters, Kelly (Kevin) Olson, Jessica (Mark) Mills and Erin Peterson; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Madeline, Camden and Isaac, all of Meridian/Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Lloyd Zimpel of San Francisco, California and George (Colleen) Zimpel, of St. Paul, Minnesota and one sister, Mildred Neubauer, also of St Paul. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Cece Tulberg and Pat Zimpel as well as numerous beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the caring staff at the Cottages of Meridian where Adeline spent her final happy years and to all the staff at Hearts for Hospice in Meridian for their companionship, nursing, music and spiritual guidance, and to daughter-in-law Linda Peterson for the teddy bears made for family members from Adeline’s clothes.

Adeline will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her family, friends and all who were touched by her warm smile and service to others. If you wish to make a donation in Adeline’s name, please consider the Alzheimer’s Society and/or the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow. Local arrangements are under the direction of Bell Mortuary of Glasgow. Condolences may be sent to the family at bellmortuarymontana.com
Sunday, June 5th 2016
Nancy Ann Holter
Nancy Ann Holter, 91, passed away peacefully Saturday at St. Patrick Hospital, surrounded by her family. She lived at The Springs Independent Living since March and is formerly of the Bigfork area, Great Falls, Glasgow, and Sun City, Arizona.

Nancy was a loving mother and grandmother, and a proud veteran of the Navy WAVES during WWII. (“Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service.”) She was born in Chisholm, MN, in her grandparents’ home on Jan. 4, 1925. She was full of stories about her youth in that area, the “Iron Range,” once rich in iron ore mining, and growing up among so many ethnic groups – Scandinavians, “Slavs,” Poles, Italians, and Greeks. It may have nurtured her deep love of all people and her talent for getting to know them.

Her parents were Van and Jenny Stolpe. Her grandparents were Charley and Nancy Peterson. Charley’s brother Gus married Nancy’s sister Hulda so Nancy’s cousins were “double cousins” and close companions through her life as she was an only child. She showed her talent for music at an early age. She said her life changed when she started piano lessons at age 13, played in the orchestra and the school song at all of the assemblies and asked to accompany soloists. In the WAVES, she was accepted to the “Singing Platoon” of talented women and recalled singing with
Perry Como at a memorial service for President FDR at Rockefeller Center.

She attended Hibbing Junior College and University of Minnesota, earning a B.S. in Music Education in 1949. Looking back, her life changed at a ‘boogie woogie’ dance at the nearby town of Hibbing, Minnesota, when she met a handsome dark-haired young GI named Willard Holter. She and Bill were married August 14, 1948. Before graduating from UM, she’d had baby #1, a daughter named Lynn, and Bill began his studies in the new field of radio broadcasting. His career would eventually bring him to Glasgow, MT, where he and two others founded KLTZ and later KLAN radio. Bill was inducted into the MT Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002 for his radio ownership across the state including stations in Great Falls, Missoula, Helena, Malta and Livingston.

Bill was a Marine 2nd Lieutenant and flight instructor and always had a passenger plane. Nancy was a willing “co-pilot” and the two traveled extensively across the world to Mexico, the Bahamas, Panama, Costa Rica, and Cuba, not to mention flights across Montana and the USA.

A highlight of her married life was attending Alliance Francaise language school and moving to Paris. Bill was a broadcaster for CBS Paris bureau and Blue Danube radio network in Austria. Once back in the states, the other children arrived: Todd, 1951, Jann, 1953, and Ross, 1959. Nancy said she was born with bright red hair like her dad’s, but it became light golden blonde and was so throughout her life. She was also born with innate musical talent and had perfect pitch. Through life she was a choir director or accompanist at various churches and sang in the Great Falls Symphony Choir. She served on volunteer boards for United Way, Girl Scouts, YWCA, and the Symphony.
She was active in her P.E.O. group Chapter AX of Great Falls and Daughters of the Nile as Bill was active in the Shrine. She had a knack for writing special songs for friends and family, performing on the piano for the honoree. In her eighties, she went from songs to “toasts.’

In 1972 the Holters moved to lakefront property on Flathead Lake and spent summers working the sprawling cherry orchard of 700 trees. In 1987, Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and they downsized to a smaller place near Yellow Bay with a gorgeous view. Bill passed away in 2005 due to complications of Parkinson’s. Nancy began snow birding to Sun City during winter months. There she kept up with a Minnesota group of friends, the Red Hats, her ex-WAVES, P.E.O., and daily swimming. Her dearest group of “gals” were 12 friends since kindergarten who called themselves the “Dizzy Dozen” and who were able to have a Chisholm reunion in 2006. With Nancy’s passing, they are now down to 5.

She is survived by daughters Lynn (Mike) Redpath, Great Falls, Jann Berntsen of Livingston; sons Ross (Janet) Holter, Kalispell, and Todd Holter, Los Angeles; Lynn’s children Krista Redpath Pyron and Van (Brooke) Redpath, of Missoula; great grandsons Evan and Oliver Pyron, and Finley Redpath, of Missoula, and grandsons Carl Berntsen and Casey Berntsen, Livingston; Mack (Rebekah) Holter and Dillon Holter, of Kalispell. They were the loves of her life! She is also survived by the close friends who’ve shared her almost-daily phone calls and surrogate daughters and sons she has loved for years. You know who you are.

A Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held Saturday, June 11, at 1pm, at Garden City Funeral Home and Crematorium, 1705 W. Broadway, in Missoula, with a reception to follow. Cards, letters and stories are welcome!

Tuesday, May 31st 2016
Gordon Lee Brown
Gordon Lee Brown, age 77, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at his home in Glasgow, Montana.

Gordon was born in Glasgow, Montana on September 16, 1938 to Harold and Virginia (Beadle) Brown. He was a Glasgow Scottie Alumni of the class of 1956. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 and served until 1959 on the USS Midway as a parachute packer. He boxed in the Navy and was the 1957 Welter Weight Champion and received many trophies. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he returned to Glasgow and worked in the auto parts business and other misc. jobs including Newton Motors, where he became life-long friends with Terry Newton.

In June of 1963 he married the absolute love of his life, Dolores Albert, in Glasgow. In 1973 he went to work for the United States Postal Service in Glasgow, retiring from there in 1999.

He also had a passion for muscle cars and enjoyed drag racing, setting a national speed record for his class in April of 1965 at Lions Drag Strip in California. He also loved working on cars and restoring them.

He loved camping with his family and the Thorn Family. He also had a deep love for the time he spent at the cabin on Nelson Reservoir. He loved to read and he had a deep love for animals, especially his dogs and granddogs. He cherished his family and friends. He loved working in his yard, and he had a talent for working on chainsaws and sharpening chains.

Survivors include his wife Dolores of Valley View Home in Glasgow; a son Gordon L. Brown II and his wife Brigitte of Billings, MT; daughters Samantha Floyd and her husband Bruce of Opheim, MT; and Cassi Ruiz and her husband Joe of Lancaster, PA; grandchildren Jay Brown, Sophia Ruiz, Joseph Ruiz, Nolan Ruiz and Sarah Fischer. He is also survived by his three brothers, Jerry Brown and his wife Judy of Rowlett, TX, Robert Svingen and Jon Svingen of Glasgow and his best friend and classmate, Paul Monson. He also has many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Virginia (Beadle) Brown Svingen and his beautiful granddaughter, Alison Kay Brown.

Services will be held at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating. A gathering and lunch will be held at the VFW in Glasgow immediately following the service.
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