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Monday, July 25th 2016
Melvin Sorensen
Melvin William Sorensen was born at home on July 26th, 1941 in Hinsdale, MT to Hans and Grace Sorensen. He attended school in Hinsdale.

Melvin joined the Airforce at the age of 18 and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged.

In 1968, he met the love of his life, Diana Larsen, in Hinsdale at her parent’s farm. When Melvin asked Diana to marry him he said “Would you marry me if I asked you?” and on September 18th, 1970 they were united in marriage at the Lutheran Church in Hinsdale. They made their home in Glasgow, MT. Melvin and Diana were never blessed with children but had plenty of nieces and nephews around them at all times to enjoy.

Melvin’s passion in life was his toy train collection which he spent hours building. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and his Farmville Farm on Facebook.

Melvin passed away on July 22nd, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. He is preceded in death by both his parents, Hans and Grace Sorensen; brother, Gordon Sorensen; nephew, Calvin Sorensen; niece Janelle Johnson; sister-in-law, Mary Sorensen and brother-in-law, Bill Yoss.

Melvin is survived by his wife Diana Sorensen of Glasgow; brothers, Edwin (Dorothy) Sorensen of Ogden, UT and Harry (Diedra) of Sidney, MT; a sister Marlene (late Bill Yoss) of Nashua, MT. As well as numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and special friends.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial to celebrate Uncle Melvin’s life will be held at the VFW on Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 2:00 PM. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Wednesday, July 20th 2016
Fred Kindle
MALTA- Fred Kindle 81 passed away peacefully the morning of Tuesday, July 19, 2016 of natural causes at the Hi-Line Retirement Center.

Funeral will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 22, 2016 at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. View will be from noon until 7:00 P.M. of Thursday. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Malta Cemetery. a luncheon to follow at the Malta Community Church. Memorials may be made to the Shiners’ Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1355, Malta, MT 59538 or Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Ave, Great Falls, MT 59405. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Fred was born July 8, 1935 at their homestead south of Saco, MT to Roy and Laura (Baker) Kindle. He was raised in this area and completed grades 1 thru 8 at the Bowdoin School before going to work full time on the ranch. In June 1956 he joined the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged in June of 1964. During this time he attained the rank of E6 Staff Sergeant and was a Tank Commander.

Fred married Mary Alice Duty on Valentine’s Day 1963. Fred and his brothers built a house in the Bowdoin community and called it home until 1997. Fred and Mary raised three boys and a bunch of cattle on this place. Over the years Dad added on an attached underground garage to the house, a shop to the west, and another large, underground storage shed to the south. If you knew Dad he liked to keep his vehicles and machinery out of the weather. In the summer of 1997 they moved to a house in town which soon became a house with a shop in the back yard. Having the shop allowed him to continue to mechanic, fabricate and yes, keep his equipment out of the weather.

Fred wore many hats during his life. He was first and foremost a rancher and was very proud of his Black Angus herd. He also owned and operated his own heavy equipment, was a partner in a Polaris dealership in Malta, and trucked a lot of cattle around the county with some trips to the local markets. His hobbies included two, three, and four wheeled bikes and snowmobiles. He was a pretty fair rider and also knew how to keep them running which was handy for his boys and many in others in the community.

Survivors include his wife Mary Alice, sons, TJ (Tom) and Mildred “Millie” Kindle and their sons Frank, Robert and Pat; and Bryan and Camille “Sam” (Pippin) Kindle and their kids Reese, Kristen, and Sawyer; brothers, Floyd and Sharon Kindle and Ray and Rose Kindle.

He was preceded in death by older brother Arlyn, parents, youngest son Jack and his good friend and neighbor Jimmy Salsbery. And Thank You to the Country Home and Hi Line Retirement Center for making it possible to keep Dad close to family and home.

Condolences can be sent to: Mary Kindle, PO Box 257, Malta, MT, 59538.
Monday, July 18th 2016
Susan Irene (Miller) Poling
SUSAN IRENE (MILLER) POLING
Susan Poling passed away on June 29, 2016, at the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with her loving family by her side. Services will be Sunday, July 3rd at 4 pm at the Cultural Center in Lincoln City where the family encourages the sharing of their stories and fellowship celebrating her life.
A service is being planned in Nashua, MT at a later date.
Susan “Tootie” was the 3rd of 4 daughters born to Harold and Mildred (Anderson) Miller on October 30, 1947, in Glasgow, Montana. She was raised and attended school in Nashua, MT.
On December 7, 1964, she married Reginald Nelson in Glasgow, and later moved to Washington State. Two daughters, Darci Jean and Wendi Rae were born to this union. Tootie and Reg were later divorced and Tootie and her daughters moved back to Glasgow, Montana. While employed at the Glasgow Air Force Base, she met Neil Poling and they married on June 30, 1972. A daughter, Allison Marie and a son, Ryan Neil, were born to this union. Allison passed away at 6 months. Tootie and Neil moved to Washington state and were later divorced.
Tootie worked at the Teacher’s Credit Union and was later employed at the Clark County Treasurer’s office in Vancouver, WA.
In 1991 she moved to Lincoln City, Oregon to start a new chapter in her life with Lon Meldrum. Lon was self-employed and Tootie became the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Board of Realtors, where she worked up until her death.
Susan also served on many boards in the coastal community where she felt so “at home” and gained many wonderful friendships. In many of the various positions held with her employers, it seemed that Sue was continually setting her goals higher and “raising the bar” for those following.
Sue was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2015 and fought a valiant battle right to the end.
Tootie is survived by her loving companion of 10 years, Phillip Marple, children Darci (Arne) Wiebe of Helena, MT, Wendi Deal of Vancouver, WA and Ryan Poling of Lincoln City, OR, step children Tim and Tawna Meldrum, whom she thought of as her own children, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, sisters Pat Hallett of Nashua, MT, Barb LaRoque of Roundup, MT, and Charlotte (Mark) Arneson of Glasgow, MT as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Susan’s comfort zone was her home, yard and garden of beautiful flowers where she and Phil tended the plants and enjoyed the rewards. The greenhouse Phil built provided the start of many plants which gave them plenty of hours of work and garden therapy for which she was so anxious to begin every spring. A daily, year round ritual was the fierce Scrabble competition with her close friend, Mark Neighorn.
Living at the beach suited Tootie who became fond of the many cats that adopted her home through the years, especially her beloved pick of the litter, “Buddy”. Many friends and family enjoyed coming to her home where it was often said that the outside world melted away and time didn’t matter.
She was much loved and will be missed by many friends, near and far - from Oregon to Washington to Montana and North Dakota. The outpouring love and generous support of her friends, co-workers and folks that care is simply overwhelming and very much appreciated.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23rd, at 10:00a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua.

Monday, July 18th 2016
Rueben Kindsvogel
Rueben Kindsvogel, age 84, longtime resident of Glentana, Montana, passed away at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana on July 8th, 2016. A graveside service will be held July 25th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, Montana.
Thursday, July 7th 2016
Amanda Eckard
Amanda Eckard

Amanda Eckard, 90, of St. Marie, Montana, died late Friday afternoon, July 01, 2016 at the
Billings Clinic after a short illness.

Mrs. Eckard was born November 01, 1925 in Stuttgart Germany. She met and married her late
husband Leslie Martin Eckard after the war was over in Germany. They had two sons in Germany before Martin transferred to Augusta, GA, where they had their third son. The family lived in Augusta, GA, New Jersey and Huntsville, AL where Martin retired. Amanda and family later moved to Colorado, Washington State and their final move to St. Marie, MT, in 1986.

Amanda was a devote Catholic. She loved to knit and loved to teach anyone how. She loved to make Christmas Stolen and cookies which she shared with her friends and neighbors. This Christmas Stolen recipe is still being made by some today. Her life centered around her family by giving all she could of herself and to others. She was loved by all as all loved her. She also
enjoyed nature and the beauty it had to give. She also devoted her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and prayed the rosary daily. Where ever Amanda moved to she made friends, her neighbors were drawn to her by the loving spirit in her heart. She was a gift from above.

Survivors include sons Fred Eckard of St. Marie, Paul Eckard of St. Marie, Montana and Doug and his wife Margaret of McAlpin, FL

Funeral Mass is Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St Raphael’s Catholic Church, Glasgow, Montana.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016
James "Jim" Arneson
James “Jim” Arneson, 87, formerly of Glasgow passed away July 4, 2016 at Laurel Health and Rehabilitation in Laurel, Montana.

Jim was born in February 2, 1929 to John and Amanda (Nordlund) Arneson Sr, in Glasgow, Montana. He was raised on a farm in Opheim, Montana and graduated from Opheim High School. He served three years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1949. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing from the University of Washington.

In December of 1952 he married Gloria Miskoski in Seattle, Washington. While the couple lived in Seattle, Jim started his teaching career that would span nearly 50 years.

Jim loved his work and spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, John Arneson, Fordie Lewis, and Hubert Doug Arneson; sister, Arlene (Gordon) Larson and Marion (Troy) Dunn.

Jim is survived by his four children Peggy (George) Cassity of Port Orchard, WA, Lezlie (Takao) Ito of Nagoya, Japan, Mark (Charlotte) Arneson of Glasgow, MT and Jon (Melanie) Arneson of Laurel, MT; sister-in-law, Dorean Arneson; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Dad should be with Gordie, Arlene, T, Marion, Doug and Joann planning their next great adventure.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 10th from 4-6 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be Monday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Tuesday, July 5th 2016
Louis Durrell Sather
Louis Durrell Sather, 90, of Glasgow died July 2nd at the Valley View Nursing home.
Louis was born on September 4, 1925 in Glasgow Montana. He graduated from Glasgow High School and enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He was discharged in 1946.
He married Patricia Ann Geiger on July 24, 1948, in Glasgow, Montana where they lived and raised their four children. He farmed and held numerous jobs until 1959 when he and his wife, Patricia, built and ran the Fort Peck Marina. They sold the marina in 1963, and he continued farming until 1989. He enjoyed boating on Fort Peck Lake, dancing, spending time with family, golfing, and Friday night get-togethers with friends.
After his retirement, he and Patricia were snowbirds in Palm Desert, CA and spent the remaining months in Glasgow watching grandkids in events, playing golf at Sunnyside, and enjoying great times with friends and family!
On January 6, 2010, Patricia, his wife of 62 years, passed away. He later married Bernadine Gallagher. They enjoyed dancing, socializing, and spending time in Palm Desert.
Louis was blessed with and survived by his wife, Bernadine Sather; sons Terry (Kathy) of Billings, Lynn (Terry) of Billings; daughters Candice Dunn (Gary Gebert) of Lewistown, and Barbara Etchart (Paul) of Glasgow; grandchildren April Sather (Molly McAllister), Amber Sather (Matt Banbury), Ben Sather (Heather), Neven Sather (Callie), Quin Sather (Amanda), Jana Sather, Erin Catron, Ryan Dunn , Evan, Emily, and Ethan Etchart and 7 great-grandchildren. Louis was a wonderful dad and grandfather. Rest in Peace. We Love You!
A visitation will be held Friday, July 8, at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow with family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow with Pastor Howard Pippin officiating. Burial with military honors will follow the service at Highland Cemetery.
Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
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.
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