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Thursday, August 16th 2018
Edward Adolf Frueh
A much loved father and grandfather, Edward Adolf Frueh, 88 passed away on August 10, 2018. Ed was born to Edward A. Frueh Sr. and Catherine (Patterson) Frueh on March 26, 1930 in Lima, Ohio. Ed was the eldest of two sons.

He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College of Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. In 1957 Ed was ordained a priest. After ordination, he spent many years in spiritual leadership and seminary work in parishes located in both North Dakota and Montana.
On August 13, 1970, Edward married Marcellena A. Wehri and they moved to Glasgow, MT. Married for 45 years, Ed and Marci raised their six adopted children at their farm in Glasgow.

Ed wore many hats throughout his life. To name a few, he was an addiction counselor with Family Training Center, manager of Milk River Activity Center, a baker at Glasgow Bakery, a butcher at Treasure Trail Processing and an insurance agent.

Ed and Marci made a big difference in many lives as foster parents. Their hearts and home were always open for children in need of shelter for the night or for months at a time.

Ed was an avid reader and writer, enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, playing pinochle and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was a theologian and a studier of Human Kind. Both Ed and his late wife, Marci, enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with each other. Even though in the past two years Ed had slowed down a bit, he continued to be a master cook, baking pies and banana bread to share with his neighbors and grandkids. Ed was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would greet him after his passing.

Ed is survived by his six children, Jim Frueh (Alicia Doke) of Glasgow, Bobbi Jean (Michael) Kirby of Hershey, Nebraska, Anthony (Sandra) Frueh of Pueblo, Colorado, Ann (John) Kulczyk of Glasgow, Beth Jeide of Bismarck, North Dakota and Byron (Robyn) Frueh of Stanley, North Dakota, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his brother Theodore (Wilhelmine) Frueh of Lima, Ohio, brother-in-law Cletus Wehri, sisters-in-law Bernice Wehri, Eleanor Wehri all of Glen Ullin, North Dakota and Marie Wehri of Miles City, Montana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed requested to be cremated and to have a small private service with his family. A family memorial service to celebrate the life of Ed will take place in Haymarsh, ND where Ed’s ashes will be buried alongside the love of his life, Marci Frueh.

In lieu of flowers or visitation, the family ask that you send a donation to the Glasgow Snack Pack Program, c/o Katie Kaiser, #1 Scotty Pride Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230, or any local program that feeds hungry kids.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018
Eugene “Gene” Naasz
Eugene “Gene” Naasz, age 94 of Glasgow, went to be with his Savior on August 12, 2018 at the Prairie Community Hospital in Terry, Montana.

Gene was born April 28, 1924 at Crow Rock, Montana; the son of Ludwig and Christina (Wahl) Naasz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, was a lifetime Christian, and was active in Joy Fellowship in Glasgow for many years.

Gene’s native language growing up was German, and he attended a country school at Crow Rock up through 3rd grade. He had to drop out of school, as his older sister, Erna, who interpreted for him, moved on to middle school at a different school. Gene later learned English, and his beloved wife, Gladys Rachel Hill Naasz, who he married on July 2, 1960, taught him to read. Gene loved to read, and learn new things.

Gene left the family ranch in Crow Rock when he was 21 to follow his dream of being a construction worker. He worked on many of the wooden bridges in eastern Montana, and always had many funny stories to tell passengers whenever he traveled, and they passed over a wooden bridge. Gene also worked on Tiber Dam, Yellowtail Dam, and Libby Dam. Gene retired from Western Energy in Colstrip, and was a cat operator and an oiler.

Gene and Gladys were lifetime members of the Nashua Senior Citizens, and were Nashua’s Senior Citizen’s of the Year in 1998. Gene loved to socialize, tease people, and to find the little joys all around him. He never met a stranger, and appreciated all people. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed horses, and was always one to tell a great story.

Gene is survived by one son, Kenneth Eugene Naasz; one daughter, Diane Marie Naasz; one sister, Delila Scheid and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; one infant daughter, Dawn Christina Naasz; his parents; two sisters, Martha Neiffer and Erna Haber and two brothers Edgar and Edwin Naasz.

Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will be at the Nashua Cemetery with a reception at the Nashua Senior Center.

Friday, August 10th 2018
Alden Leland Smith
Alden Leland Smith passed away on Thursday, August 9 in Glasgow Montana. He was born on August 26th, 1921 in Glasgow, Montana, in the "old hospital". He was the firstborn of Samuel & Lena Smith. He grew up on their family farm/ranch in rural Richland/Larslan Montana with his parents and sisters, Verneille, Margaret, and Verda.

Alden was baptized and confirmed, and throughout his life he was a man of strong Christian faith. He attended grade school at the little country Sunnyside School and graduated from Richland High School in 1939.

After high school, Alden went to Long Beach, California, and worked in an aircraft factory. When WWII was declared, he came back to Montana so he could enlist in the Army Air Force. His dream was to be a pilot. But, after drinking a case of carrot juice, his eyes still failed the eye test for pilots. He was sent to aircraft mechanics schools, and eventually became a crew chief on P-51 Mustangs in India and Pakistan. He was in the air force almost 4 years, stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, North Africa, and India.

After his discharge from the service, Alden returned to Richland to farm with his Dad.

Alden met the love of his life, Audrey Berntson, on a blind date arranged by his childhood friend, Bob Hansen. At the time, Audrey was a nurse at the Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow. They were married on June 18, 1949. Alden and Audrey had two children, Leland and Jacquelyn. They lived, loved, and worked on their Richland farm for the majority of their married life.

During those years, Alden served on many boards, such as the Deaconess Hospital Board, Hospital Foundation Board, Farmer's Union Elevator, Farmers Union Station, Lukes 100, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He was chairman of the hospital board for 9 years. He taught Sunday School for many years.

Alden never forgot his love for flying and he earned his private pilot's license after training in Bozeman and Glasgow. Eventually he purchased an airplane of his own and every Sunday morning that he could, he flew to Glasgow for coffee and to get the Billings Gazette for Audrey (his excuse).

Alden loved visiting and helping neighbors of all ages. He acted as a fantastic medical assistant and ''makeshift ambulance driver'' to Audrey, as she cared for the medical needs of the surrounding community.

Alden and Audrey loved attending family activities, community events, local theater, and local sports. While members of the Good Sam's Club, they traveled to many interesting places including camping trips in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. Alden made sure that they rarely missed a thing, no matter if they arrived by car, truck, tractor, airplane or snowmobile. He loved traveling, music of all kinds, adventures, playing baseball, photography, camping, fishing, hunting, and playing a lot of pinochle.

They retired from farming and purchased a home in Glasgow. While living there, they joined the 1st Lutheran Church. Alden volunteered much of his time to the maintenance of the church and also, the Valley County Pioneer Museum. Later, dad decided it was time for Mom to retire as well and they became a part of the Nemont Manor community. He was able to be there until his health required that he become a resident of Valley View Home. His family can never express enough how grateful they are for the wonderful and loving care he received from all the staff there.

Alden was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents; his sisters, Vemeille Faulk and Margaret Music; and brothers-in-law, Glen Sillerud and Jack Faulk.

He is survived by his sister, Verda Sillerud; son Leland (Kathy) Smith and daughter Jacquelyn (Steve) Lund. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Shane Smith, Joel (Lara) Smith, Alana Zayden, Geoff Lund, Jessica Lund and Jason (Michelle) Lund; and 5 great-grandchildren, Joey Zayden, Riley Smith, Annika Smith, Addison Lund and Aiden Lund; numerous nieces and nephews and 14 godchildren.

Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Friday August 10th , 6-8p.m. at Bell Mortuary with the Service held Saturday August 11th, 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow followed by burial in Highland Cemetery

Wednesday, August 8th 2018
Dennis Lee Jansa
Dennis Lee Jansa, of Glasgow, Montana, died on August 5, 2018, surrounded by his family, at Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana, at the age of 79, from natural causes. Dennis was born in Omaha, Nebraska to his parents, Louis Edward and Maxine Todd Jansa on May 27, 1939. Dennis lived at Nemont Manor in Glasgow for the past three years where he met many friends and enjoyed dining and visiting with them.
Dennis is survived by a brother, David Jansa (Pamela) of Huntsville, Texas and his four children: Ken Jansa (Cheryl) of Glasgow, Montana; Anthony Jansa (Valerie), of Wellington, Colorado; Shelli Potts (Scott) of Elko, Nevada; Kelli Drake (Steve) of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and his former wife and friend, Joyce Jansa Corcoran, of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Dustin Lee Troup.
The ten grandchildren are Christopher Troup (Kristie), Kristina Gordon (Dale), Stacie Hillman Canen (Ray), Tyler Hillman (Christy), Anthony Jansa, Jr., Brittany Jansa Samsel (Dan), Joshua Herbst (RaCheal), Nikole Herbst (Kris Palmaccio), Eli Miller (Megan Ferguson), Alexis Tornquist (Eric). The twenty-one great-grandchildren are Mariah Moreno, Ahrian Troup; Trinity, Dale III, and Isabella Gordon; McKenzi and Avery Troup; Derek Canen (Michelle), Kendra Canen (Phillip Luedtke); Sawyer Hillman, Danika Soper, Berkley Hillman; Madysin Herbst; Olivia Palmaccio; Justice, Kimber and Ackley Miller; and Caleb, Cadrin, Corbyn and Cambryn Tornquist.
Dennis was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the Heavy Cruiser USS Albany and the Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt from 1956 – 1960. He was a member of the Steamfitters Local 464 in Omaha, Nebraska and worked building nuclear power plants in Brownville and Fort Calhoun, Nebraska along the Missouri River. Dennis had a love for art. He honed his artistic skills under the tutelage of Tom Palmerton. Dennis made sure all his kids and grandkids had plenty of artwork to adorn their homes and offices. He continued to paint into his retirement years until his eyes failed him. Dennis was a recovering alcoholic with thirty-one years of sobriety, thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous and his higher power. Dennis also had a passion for Walleye fishing with his sons at Fort Peck Reservoir near Glasgow, Montana and Devil’s Lake in North Dakota. “Dad could always catch the BIG ONE”
The family will have a reunion and fishing trip in his honor at Devil’s Lake in North Dakota at a later date.
The family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary, 701 2nd Avenue South in Glasgow on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5 – 7 pm.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association.
Monday, August 6th 2018
Leonard J. Hersel
Funeral Services for Leonard J. Hersel, of Scobey will be 10AM Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at the Scobey Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Landeraan officiating. Interment will follow at the Daniels County Cemetery in Scobey. Visitation will begin at the Waller Funeral Home Sunday afternoon. Mr. Leonard J. Hersel, 65 of Scobey died at his home with his loving wife of 45 years, Linda Hersel near his side. The Waller Funeral Home of Scobey has charge of arrangements: read or print the complete obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers online at www.wallerscobey.com
Friday, August 3rd 2018
Justin Estabrook Johnson
Justin Estabrook Johnson, 38, of Belle Fourche, SD passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 30, 2018.

He was born September 21, 1979, in Glasgow, MT. Justin grew up in Nashua, Montana, and graduated from Nashua High School in 1998. While in high school he played basketball, football (earned all-conference for his kicking abilities) and was in track. Justin earned several awards in track and when he was running you could hear his friends yelling “Run Forest, Run” or “Go Gump, Go”.

He eventually moved to Aurora, CO where he worked for Mountain Wireless and loved his job.

Somewhere along the line he earned the nickname “Lunchbox” which was eventually shortened to “Box” and friends still call him that.

On one of his visits to his grandfather Gail in Nisland, SD, he met Jenny Rude and they married on June 12, 2010 in Belle Fourche.

Justin then went to work for American Colloid which is where he was employed at the time of his death. He enjoyed his job and was always willing to work an extra shift for anyone who needed him to.

Justin was very proud of the fact that he was a member of the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department.

Justin is survived by his Jenny, daughters Marissa and Madison, sons, Dylan and Daxson, all of Belle Fourche, SD; his parents Patricia and Karl Johnson, Nashua, Montana; his brother Christopher Perdew, Billings, Montana; sister Meghan Johnson and her children Ashlyn Aten and Rylan Johnson, Glasgow, Montana; grandmother Alicia Hoyt, Glasgow, Montana; Grandfather Gail Johnson, Nisland, SD; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Helen Johnson, grandfather, John Hoyt and aunt Kacey Johnson Hoffbauer.

The viewing will be Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 7:00p.m. at Kline-Frost Funeral Home with the funeral services to be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 2:00p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Will Olsen officiating.

The Pallbearers are Kelly Dean, Scott Redstone &Tyrel Brandt of Glasgow, MT, Cody Grimsrud of Collinsville, TX, Dave Ornelas, Aurora, CO and Jesse Staley, Jon Carbajal, and Jesse Kracht of Belle Fourche, SD.

Honorary Pallbearers are the 1998 Nashua High School graduating class, Nate Sillerud, Glasgow, MT, Jason Skolrud, Clancy, MT, John Johnson, Aurora, CO & Rory Blount, Belgrade, MT and the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Depart

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department.

An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com

Monday, July 30th 2018
Susan Marie Jones Miller
GLASGOW- Susan Marie Jones Miller passed away July 18, 2018 at the age of 68 from a longtime illness. Memorial service will Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Graveside to follow at Malta Cemetery. A potluck will follow Graveside at the Trafton Park in Malta, Montana. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

She was born in Malta, Montana. on September 24, 1949 to Robert “Al” Jones and Wilma Young Spoonheim. She attended school in Malta until 8th grade, then later received her GED. She worked many jobs during her life time, however her favorite job was being a mom.

Susan enjoyed her family most and other things such as picnics, camping, fishing, barbequing, puzzles, and most of all reading.

She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and baby sister, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is survived by her three children; Darla (Chris) Gillaspie, Harlan (Paula) Rankin, and Kelly (Rick) Rankin. Her grandchildren Breanna Buckles, Taylor Marquart, Hunter Rankin, Samantha Gillaspie, Connor Gillaspie, Curtis Rankin, Ethan Rankin, and Alyssa Rankin.; two great granddaughters Laila and Kelsey; three brothers and their families Dan (Linda) Jones, Michael (Deb) Jones, James (Amayi) Jones; Three sisters and their families, Diana (Fritz) Trumbo, Sherry (Mike) George, and Tracy (Rick) Spoonheim-Wells; as well as many more important family and friends.

Monday, July 23rd 2018
Ruth Emma Feigel
Ruth Emma Feigel age 88, passed away July 23, 2018 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Ruth was born on July 15th, 1930 in Santa Barbara, California to Robert and Beulah (Bright) Feigel. Ruth Completed the 8th grade in Saco, Montana. Her Comment on her education “I learned everything I ever needed to know”.

Ruth’s parents farmed south of Saco and moved into town for the school term. They sold garden produce and grain. As a young girl, Ruth sang on the radio, traveling from Saco to Wolf Point for a 15-minute set. She was known as “Little Ruthie” singing with her father who was known as the singing farmer. Ruth also had polio as a young girl.

The Feigel’s moved to Saco permanently in 1952. Ruth was often seen around town pruning trees or pulling “that darn creeping Jennie.” Every Mother’s Day Ruth would play the piano and play the song “Mother” in tribute to mom’s everywhere. She was active in and faithfully attended Saco Methodist Church, Women’s Club, Royal Neighbors, The Rebekah’s and the Garden Club. Ruth was also known for keeping lists of everything from trapping mice to greetings cards.

She moved to Valley View in 2004, due to health issues. She had one half-brother Elmer, who owned Feigel Photos. He preceded her in death. Ruth is survived by nieces, nephews and many friends in Saco.

Funeral services will be held for Ruth at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Saco Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

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