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Friday, February 17th 2017
Ronald Peter Stein
Ronald Peter Stein, age 75 of Nashua, Montana passed away on February 16th, 2017 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Ronald was born on June 18th, 1941 to Roman and Flossie (Battin) Stein in Glasgow, Montana. Ronald met the love of his life Carol Beth (Boston) Stein and they had three children, Curt, Dawn and Jackie. Ronald and Carol enjoyed 55 years together. Ronald love hunting, fishing and his family. Ronald lived in the Glasgow area for 50 plus years and resided in Pembina, ND for 20 years.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Flossie Stein; brothers, Chuck and Mont Stein; and his sisters, Barb Stein, Pat Neulib, Dixie Wagner, Pam Stein and Sue Stein.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Carol Stein; children, Curt (Kelly) Stein of Great Falls, MT, Dawn (Boradway) Sansaver of Grand Forks, ND, Jackie (Shane) Borchert of Glenwood, Iowa; as well as numerous grand-children and great grand-children.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana.

Friday, February 17th 2017
June Arline Cotter
June Arline Cotter, 90 of Glasgow, MT passed away peacefully in Billings, MT on Wednesday February 15, 2017. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family and services will be held at a later date.

June Arline Nelson was born to Helga Nelson and Roy Hanson in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 9, 1926. She lived with her grandmother Johanna Nelson in Robinsdale, Minnesota until she was 9 years old at which time she moved to Glasgow, MT with her Mother Helga "Bobbi" Maxwell and Step Father Clegg Maxwell. She received her education in Glasgow. She was a member and official in the Hotel, Restaurant and Bartenders Union for years and the First Lutheran Church.

She worked as a bartender until she was 75 years old. She loved to go dancing, play cards, do crafts, socialize with friends, fishing, boating, camping with her late husband Bob Cotter and visiting her family.

She is survived by 2 children, Arnold (Shirley) Lehnert, Libby, MT and Rose Carr (Shane) Poll, Sandy, UT. Seven grandchildren, Darin (Amanda) Lehnert, Spirit Lake, ID, Stacy (Kirsten) Lehnert, Libby, MT, Keri (Robb) Turner, Parker, CO, Christopher (Terri) Logan, Worland, WY, Elizabeth (Shawn) Sexton, Sandy, UT, Emily Logan, Billings, MT, and Step-Grandchild Nancy Showerman Steele, Texas. Thirteen great grandchildren, one of which is named after her, Holly June Lehnert and 2 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob Cotter, significant other Walt Riggin, Step daughter Patricia Carr Showerman, Great Grandson John Colton Logan, step grandsons Bill Showerman and Richard Showerman.

Thursday, February 16th 2017
Ronald N. Anderson
MALTA-Ronald N. Anderson, 74, a retired carpenter, died Tuesday, February 14, at his home of natural causes.

Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, February 18, at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Cremation has taken place. Condolences for the family may be left kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.
Tuesday, February 14th 2017
Audrey (Berntson) Smith
Audrey (Berntson) Smith passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 93.

Audrey, the daughter of Alfred and Norma Berntson was born March 1, 1923 in Sanish, ND where she and her sisters, Thelma Berntson and Naomi Sherven were raised and lived through their high school years. Another sister, Minerva, died in infancy.

Audrey was confirmed June 28, 1936 at the Sanish Lutheran Church and graduated from high school in 1940. She attended college for 2 years at Minot State College and received her teaching standard certificate. Audrey taught 4th grade at Watford City, ND for 2 years. She also subbed at Sunnyside and Larslan later while living on the farm.

In 1944, Audrey joined the nurses’ cadet school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The last 6 months of her nurses' training she worked in Browning, MT at the Indian Hospital.

Audrey worked as a nurse in the Glasgow Deaconess Hospital following her graduation and later at Valley View home. She met Alden at Glasgow Deaconess Hospital, and they were married June 18, 1949. They had 2 children Leland and Jacquelyn Lund.

Alden and Audrey lived on a farm in Richland, MT until they moved to Glasgow and joined the 1st Lutheran Church. The last few years they lived at Nemont Manor.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 sisters.

Audrey is survived by her husband Alden, son Leland (Kathy) Smith, and daughter Jacquelyn (Steve) Lund. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Shane Smith, Joel (Lara) Smith, Alana Zayden, Geoffrey Lund, Jessica Lund, and Jason Lund; and 5 great-grandchildren: Joey Zayden, Riley Smith, Annika Smith, Addison Lund, and Aiden Lund.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 with family receiving friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral services will be Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with burial following services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana.

Monday, February 13th 2017
Gaylord Wayne Miner
Gaylord Wayne Miner, age 87, passed away February 9th, 2017, at Daniels Memorial Hospital in Scobey, MT. Services will be held at 2pm on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Scobey Lutheran Church, with Pastor Paul Landeraaen officiating.

Gayle was born September, 26th, 1929, in the Ossette Community to Nettie Ossette Sterner Miner and Fay Wade Miner. He was the youngest of 5 children. His parents homesteaded in 1914, and established the first post office in the area, naming the Ossette community. He started school at the one room Success School through grade 6, was homeschool by his mother for 2 years, and then attended high school in Scobey. Upon his father’s illness in 1945, Gayle returned to take over the farm. On June 22nd, 1952 he married Helga Antonie Mikat at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Larslan, MT. They made their home in the Ossette community. To this union were born 4 children, Mona, Edwin, Steven, and Marilyn. They loved entertaining family and friends throughout the years and enjoyed 42 blessed years of marriage before Helga’s passing in 1994. Gayle continued to farm until 2012, when he moved into Scobey. After this, he continued to stay active in the farm helping move machinery and delivering parts whenever asked. Harvest time was his favorite time of year and even rode some rounds in the combine this last fall.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helga, his parents, siblings Marjorie Solberg, Boyd Miner, Max Miner, and Wilma Krebsbach. He was also preceded in death by his special friend Arlene Halverson. He is survived by children Mona (Dwight) Marrs, Edwin (Monica) Miner, Steven (Jeannie) Miner, and Marilyn (Danny) Smith. Grandchildren Justin (Genny) Marrs, Megan Marrs, Heather Miner, Chad (Julie) Miner, Amanda Miner, Ben (Cindi) Haaland, Bobbi (Jason) Hanser, Mandy (Terry) Rasmusan, Courtney Miner, Kyle (Hana) Smith, Brandy (Larry Thompson) Smith. He is also survived by 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

Pallbearers: David Solberg, Russell Miner, Brian Halverson, Bruce Dighans, Bruce Fladager, and Raymond Belling. Music provided by Bev Lund and Jeannie Miner.

Memorials may be made to the Daniels Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Saturday, February 4th 2017
Lester “Swede” Earl Nickels
On the morning of February 3rd, 2017, at the age of 89, Swede saddled up for his last ride at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT, of natural causes. He was surrounded by all his family.

He was born in Glasgow at FMDH on June 20th, 1927. He was the youngest of six kids, born to HJ and Lydia Nickels. Swede attended school in Nashua through the 9th grade. He was unable to finish school as his father needed his help on the ranch due to the war. Despite not finishing school, he was very well read and was very interested in law.

He started taking flying lessons and received his pilot's license at the age of 17. He would run wild horses and fly mail and supplies to neighbors stranded during hard winters. He also spent many hours flying search and rescue looking for missing or lost people. He was very proud of his flying ability. He flew countless hours and did not have any mishaps.

During the war, he spent many weeks running wild horses, cutting stud horses and branding colts and cattle for his neighbors away at war. He was an amazing roper and passed on his talents to his sons and grandsons. Swede entered the army on January 12th, 1951 and received an honorable discharge on August 18th, 1951.

He married the love of his life, Mildred Maurseth on January 3rd, 1952 in Glasgow. They were married for 65 years. They spent their life on a ranch Southeast of Nashua. The ranch became the second largest commercial Hereford ranch in the state of Montana. There were 26 steers that went to the Denver Stock Show for the "Catch-a-Calf" program in January 2004. He was the Montana Commercial Hereford Breeder of the Year in 2006. When he was not working, his hobbies were working, working and working some more. He enjoyed following his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all their events.

Swede was preceded in death by his mother and father, one brother, 3 sisters and 2 grandsons (TJ and Zachary Nickels).

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, 2 sons, Lester (Jaylein), Steve (Sharon). 3 daughters, Wanda, Cindy (Paul) and Tammy (George). His grandchildren, Jesse, Luke, Krista, Jeremy, Kyle, Chantille and Asa. His Great-grandchildren, Lane, Cordelia, MacKayla, Jace, Isabelle, Ethan, Gabriell, Rebecca, Jaden, Ava and Leslie. And 1 brother, Jack Nickels.

A Visitation will take place on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 with family receiving friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Services are Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, MT. A luncheon will follow services at the church. Burial with military honors will follow the luncheon at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT.

Swede was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by all. His life mantra was, "It is better to wear out then rust out and I plan on never wearing out".

Friday, February 3rd 2017
Mary Helen Bakken
Mary Helen Bakken, age 70, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 22, 2017. She passed away due to complications from lung cancer. She was born in Scobey, Montana on February 20, 1946, to Carl and Laura Ruud, and raised on the family farm homestead south of Flaxville, MT. She graduated from Scobey High School in 1964, and briefly attended the University of Montana in Missoula. She was so in love however, she needed to return to Scobey to be near her dear Irv. She then married that wonderful man from Opheim, Robert Irving Bakken, at Pleasant Prairie Church, south of Flaxville, on February 19, 1966. They made their home in Opheim, where she later became the bookkeeper and office manager for 24 years at Northern Electric Co-Op, working there until retiring in 2005. She and Irv then moved to Havre, Montana, where they enjoyed their retirement together. Mary Helen enjoyed playing the piano and organ, oil painting, sewing, playing Keno machines, looking at recipes on Facebook, and just relaxing with friends and family. She was a strong advocate and supporter for the many activities of her daughters and granddaughters, and always imparted her foundation of faith with those who needed it. Preceding her in death are her parents, Carl and Laura Ruud.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert Irving Bakken; daughters Lisa (Mark) Rochin of Polson, MT, and Sharlyn Bakken of Havre, MT; sister Lilla Barsness of Scobey; brother Norman (Elaine) Ruud of Billings; granddaughters Laura, Taylor and Megan; great-granddaughter Brinley; grandpuppy Spencer; a niece and several nephews. Services will be in Havre on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, with an additional service and burial at Pleasant Prairie Church on Monday, January 30th at 11:00 am.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017
Bud Eugene August Thievin Jr
“Bud” Eugene August Thievin Jr
(Nashua/Scobey)

“Bud” Eugene August Thievin Jr., age 81, affectionately known his entire life as “Bud”, passed away on January 29, 2017 at his home in Scobey, Montana after a long battle with cancer.
The youngest of six children of Eugene Sr. and Jeanne (St. Germaine) Thievin, Bud was born on October 17, 1935 in Carbert, a community north of Peerless. His family farmed north of Peerless until Bud was seven, and then moved to the present and now fourth generation farm located north of Richland.
Bud and his siblings were self-taught musicians. At a very young age, he learned to play several stringed instruments which eventually led to him playing guitar with Melvin Werdahl, Vince Bingham and Ken Lekvold; the group known as Mel’s Westerners, during the late 50’s through the 70’s.
Bud attended grade school in Peerless until the age of 14, and then lived with his Uncle and Aunt, Tom and Kay St. Germaine, so he could attend high school in Opheim where he graduated in 1953.
After High School, Bud worked for his oldest brother Alfred building and repairing grain elevators all around Montana and North Dakota.
Bud married Myrna Spear in Scobey on August 31st, 1958. He was drafted into the United States Army in October of 1958, attended boot camp in Texas, and was stationed in Germany.
After his discharge in 1960, they moved back to Scobey where their three children Willie, Michel, and Melissa were born.
Bud worked various jobs, such as delivering propane and installing and repairing furnaces with his brother Phil at Farmer’s Union Carriers in Scobey. Bud sold Farmers Union Insurance for ten years. Bud and Myrna owned the Four Buttes Bar with her parents, Willie and Margaret Spear, during which time Bud served on the Four Buttes District School Board, was a member of the Frontier Car Club, Scobey Jaycees, Scobey Athletics, and was on the Daniels Federal Credit Union Credit Committee.
After Bud and Myrna divorced, he moved to Nashua, Montana in 1977 to work for his friend Mickey at Whitlow Steel in Glasgow, Montana. Bud later bought and operated Bud’s Petrolane in Glasgow, which was located near the current Fossum Ready Mix plant. Bud was mostly self-employed from that point on.
On May 9th, 1979, Bud married “Toots” Emma (Bondy) Kallem. Toot’s youngest daughter Myrna lived with them while she finished high school. Bud helped Toots and her son James run the Home Café in Nashua. Bud and Toots also had their own band for a short time, singing and playing for local dances. Bud served as Mayor of Nashua from 1989-1992. He sold his Petrolane business and purchased the old Nashua Conoco Station in 1988, which he renamed “Nashua Tire”. He later sold it to a close family friend, Duane “Squeak” Tihista.
After Toots passed away in 2002, Bud moved to Richland to help his brother Phil and nephews Marty and Perry on the Thievin farm where they were all raised.
In 2003, Bud became “famous” when he was cast as “Mayor” in the movie Northfork, which featured actors Peter Coyote, James Woods, Nick Nolte, and Darryl Hannah; filmed at the Fort Peck Power Houses. Bud’s son, Michel, and other local area Frontier Car Club members were also cast as extras—only after their restored era cars were requested for the movie.
Bud moved to Scobey in 2010 with plans to spend winters in town and summers in Richland to continue helping on the family farm. Sadly, health issues prevented him from doing the farming.
While living in Scobey, he enjoyed spending coffee hours at both of his son’s businesses, and getting old tractors running for them at their quonsets located near the north edge of Scobey.
A very skillful and knowledgeable man, there were few things he could not do. Bud loved to bowl, hunt, collect coins, fish, and follow his grandchildren’s activities, but his main passion throughout his life was the love of restoring old cars, pickups, and tractors. He was always finding “treasures” he thought his boys needed to buy, which continued right up until Bud’s final days.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Toots; his brothers Alfred and Phillip Thievin, and sisters Genevieve Messenger and Virginia Gundermann.
He is survived by one sister “Babe” (Vivian) and brother-in-law Ken Floyd of Opheim, and sister-in-law Lorraine Thievin of Scobey. Bud is also survived by his sons Willie (Lisa) Thievin, and Michel (Annette) Thievin all of Scobey, daughter Melissa (Richard) Beyl of Fargo, North Dakota, step-daughter Anita (Jim) Mayes of Lovell, Wyoming, step-son James (Leslie) Kallem of Powell, Wyoming, step-daughter Nancy (Danny) McCoy of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and step-daughter Myrna (Larry) Sichmeller of Roslyn, South Dakota; and together with Toot’s family; 11 grandchildren:
Tyler Thievin and Brianne Raulston; Amanda and Jared Thievin; Brady, twins Dylan and Jordyn Beyl; twins Ellen Todosichuk and Shiloh Hanzlicek, Eric Short and Ashley May; and 8 great-grandchildren: Austin, Natalie, and Cade Short; Dylan and Aubrey May; Emma Todosichuk; and Hadden and Kaeston Raulston

Services for Bud Thievin are Friday, February 3rd at 1p.m. at the Scobey Lutheran Church.

Monday, January 30th 2017
Jean L. Watts
Jean L. Watts, 70, of Saint Marie passed away in Miles City, Montana on January 24, 2017.
Bell Mortuary is assisting the family and services will be held at a later date.
Jean was born in Wahoo, Nebraska to William and Lois (Tennant) Cooper, on May 18, 1946.
Jean married Walter Watts in Las Vegas, Nevada October 9, 1989, the couple later retired to Saint Marie in 1992.
Jean was an active member of DAR. She liked to bake and sew but her passion was painting. The true loves of her life were her home in Saint Marie and her husband, Walt.
Jean was preceded by her parents and one son, Steven.
Jean is survived by her beloved husband, Walt; children, JoLynne, James, Patrick and Sean; numerous grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Rosenbohm and Charlotte Glaser.
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