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Karen Lou Sampson

Monday, May 20th 2019

Karen Lou Sampson, age 68, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, after a lengthy battle with COPD.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m., at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow with Pastor Bonnie Novak presiding. Cremation and burial will take place at a later date.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Bell Mortuary.

Karen was born in the town of Glasgow, Montana on July 6th, 1950. She was the second of six children, and the first daughter, of Morris Ellwood and Evelyn Elizabeth (Nayes) Anderson.

Karen graduated from high school in 1968. She worked at the Deluxe Cleaners as a young adult, a job she often spoke very fondly of (something about a mangle? What is that?!) She was also a dog groomer for 20 or so years, and could make even the mangiest mutts look loveable. Perhaps her most favorite job was tending bar at the Montana for a number of years, where she considered most patrons to be friends (and a few jerks--Not her words exactly, this is a PG obituary).

In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling, dart league, and competitive pool league. She could handily kick butt in all of them, and didn’t mind telling you so. Karen was a skilled seamstress, from the fine details of clothing creation, to upholstery, she could do it all. She also was a self-taught hairdresser, and could not-only nail a 1980’s style perm, but also gave many grandchildren and great-nieces their first haircuts. (If you are looking for a Flowbee, we know where it is.) She taught her daughters to fish, and could fix nearly anything, even before YouTube existed. She was a caretaker through and through, and along with her sister Rene, she afforded her own mother to live independently as long as was possible. Karen was an avid shopper, and we hope the local delivery drivers will continue to have work after her passing.

Karen leaves behind a hell of a lot of ‘treasures’ that her family doesn’t know what to do with. For her friends that loved to see her come to their yard sale, please come collect your belongings, we won’t even charge you for them. If anyone is looking for an obnoxious gold cat vase/container, or any other odd yet fine piece of houseware, you should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch with the family.

Tomorrow would be fine.

In addition to her stuff, she leaves behind two daughters that she was extremely proud of, Angie (Bob) Peterson and Brandi (John) Knierim, as well as her husband of 48 ½ years, Lorrie Sampson. She will be missed by her five grandchildren who she did daycare for and taught to curse and play video games, Randy Peterson, Ian Peterson, Will Knierim, Sam Knierim, and Mary Knierim. She also left behind siblings Butch Anderson, Jo (Chuck) McAllister, Rene (Curt) Clampitt, and Victor (Carmen) Anderson, as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be having a reunion with many family members and friends that have gone before her, and being a bartender and a good cook, they will be happy to see her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn; her father, Morris; infant brother, John Dennis; brother-in-law, Leroy McAllister, and her father-in-law, Al Sampson.
A common line in obituaries is “She never met a stranger”, in Karen’s case, this was true. She was difficult to move through Disneyland as she attempted to get to know every other person visiting the park.

Despite her occasional saltiness and colorful language used when demonstrating frustration, Karen was a loving, giving, and caring person. The evidence is the sorrow felt by her family after her passing. Karen had a peaceful death, due entirely to the care and dedication of the FMDH hospital staff. The breathlessness that can accompany chronic lung disease can be overwhelming, but they helped her to handle it with grace, and we will be forever indebted to them. As a final gift, Karen was able to donate her corneas as a lasting tribute to her giving spirit.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to any animal assistance foundation or other charity of your choosing.

Berna Jo "BJ" Menge Fiedler Allen

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

In the early morning hours of Monday May 13th, our beloved mother was raised up by our heavenly father to be with her creator and savior after a beautiful and peaceful Mother’s Day and a courageous battle with cancer. And that she was, a warrior of faith, love and perseverance for family friends and her community. B.J. (Berna Jo) Menge Fiedler Allen was born in Glasgow, MT on August 27th, 1944 to Bernard J. “Pat” and Pansy Menge of Saco, MT. She is the devoted sister to Darrell (Loretta) Menge of Saco, Gregg (Sue) Menge of Lewistown and Kirk (Kelly) Menge of Billings. BJ is a loving and dedicated mother to her children Rachael (Lindy) Haynes of Red Lodge, Kristin (Paul) McColly of Hinsdale, and Clint (Anna) Allen of Ankeny, IA. Her grandchildren, Ethan and Aidan Haynes, John, Kaitlyn, CharLee and BaiLee McColly and Caleb and Addison Allen will remember her devotion and love!
Berna Jo Menge, or BJ as she was most affectionately known by, was named after her father, something she would occasionally refer to with her mother. Overheard one evening sometime in the late 80s after mom got off the phone spelling her name a few times to someone who must have been a bit hard of hearing possibly, “So mom ...why does the only daughter get named after a man and go by BJ and THREE boys get simple names like Gregg or Kirk??” “Well gee honey, maybe I should have stuck with flower names like Rose or Iris. At least I didn’t name you Bachelor Button!” replied her mother Pansy.
BJ attended Beaverton School Elementary and graduated from Saco High School in 1962. She grew up on a working farm just outside town here in Saco with 3 brothers who taught her many valuable life lessons which she would pass along to her children. Be respectful, gracious, kind and grateful. Remember, how fortunate you are because she had to feed the chickens, gather the eggs, get fresh water from the well to wash up in, make breakfast and wash the dishes every morning before having to walk 5 miles to school uphill both ways in a blizzard every day!
After graduating high school, she went to nursing school and earned her associates of nursing degree from Montana State College of Bozeman in 1964. The commencement exercises were held at Warm Springs State Hospital. After passing her boards, she moved to Washington DC where she worked as a registered nurse and met many new fun entertaining and interesting friends, Mary Ann Cohen and Susie Waksman. Together, the three musketeers camped, backpacked across Europe, and remain good friends.
One special and interesting friend was Theodore Raymond (Teddy Ray) Fiedler who would later become her husband. At that time, he was stationed at Fort Eustis, VA. After Ted’s release from the Army in 1970, they married and moved to Canyon City, CO where they managed a small airport and organized air shows. After Teds death in 1974, B.J. loaded up their daughter, Rachael, and began down the path to her next chapter. They moved to Denver, CO where she dusted off her nursing degree and went to work.
After working a few years in Denver, she was introduced to C.K. Allen who she married in 1976 in Maysville, MO. They bought a little farm in Kansas City, MO and added two kids, Kristin and Clint to the family. Her love of nursing and serving others continued. The family later moved to Savannah, MO where she worked at the St. Joseph Hospital, raised three children, and helped with the many nuances of the farm.
In 1984, B. J. moved back to Saco, MT and began working in Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. She worked night shift there and enjoyed nighttime microwave cooking and staff antics. She attended to her patients with the utmost care and respect only the best nurses possess. Five years later, she took her skills to The Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Malta, MT where she continued her service to others. She was the director of nurses for a number of years before her retirement. The care and love she gave her residents, patients, nurses, and neighbors was full of patience and compassion and genuinely putting others first. Traits she would instill not only in her own children, but to anyone who would walk through her doors be it at home or work. If you spent time with her, you knew immediately you were in the presence of a real friend, sister, wife, aunt, cousin, confidant, teacher, protector… mother. Whenever she was around, there was a peace and a calm that would surround her and envelope you. (Her children MIGHT have tested those skills once or maybe twice, and have proven them).
BJ was a valuable asset to her community, she served on the Saco school board, ran home health care for anyone in need, and would drop everything if you came to her need. She was the first one to call in an emergency - usually before an ambulance even. Her home was a place of healing, safety, and compassion to those who needed it. And if you couldn’t go to her, she would come to you.
Throughout her entire life the only thing larger than her kindness and compassion was the always strong, never wavering love for her Savior, her Father and King, Jesus Christ. If you had a problem, she would have the right words and the right scripture! We, as her family - and her community - won’t be the same, without her physical presence. But, her spiritual presence will always be felt by those fortunate enough to have known her.
Berna Jo, this beautiful child of God, was preceded in death by her father Bernard Menge, her first husband Ted Fiedler, her mother Pansy Menge, her niece Jody Menge, and her grandson Cohen Haynes. All of whom, she is celebrating with again today and reveling in the joy of eternal life… so be joyful unto the Lord, be joyful in life and be joyful today and always!
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Saco High School Gymnasium, with Howard Pippin officiating. There will be a reception following the service at the Saco IOOF Hall. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Memorial in BJ’s name may be sent to either these or a charity of your choice https://www.gohomefoundation.org/ or https://www.ethanlindberg.com/donate

Donna Mae Austin

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Donna Mae Austin passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2019. She was born the second daughter of Marvin L. and Jean (Westby) Shanks on June 24, 1943 in Portland, Oregon.

After the Second World War ended in 1945, and the war manufacturing machine no longer was needed, the families moved back to Montana, residing at the Poplar and Flaxville areas. Marvin obtained a job with the Corps of Engineers and they moved to Fort Peck in 1948.

Later, Marvin & Jean built and managed the Lakeridge Motel and Conoco. Their children attended schools in Fort Peck, Nashua, and also Glasgow.

Donna Mae’s first job was with the Buttrey Clothing store until its closing, then for the United Insurance Company (Feda, Lee, Urs). She worked for Dwight Bramble for many years at the Credit Bureau.

In 1970 she married Ernie Austin, had two sons, Brian and Wade. She worked with Ernie, commercial fishing on Fort Peck Reservoir. They also worked with Pratt Enterprise making electric components. They also worked for Sam Allie at Sam’s Supper Club.

After the boys graduated high school, they moved to northern Nevada where Ernie worked construction, and Donna Mae became a postmaster at Valmy, Nevada, then back to Glasgow.

She was preceded in death by her Grand Parents, Frank and Alma Westby, her parents Marvin and Jean Shanks, sister Carolyn (John) Dick, and sister Peggy Brieland.

She is survived by her husband Ernie of 49 years, sons Brian and Wade (Vanessa), daughter Debe Miller, son Ken Austin (Janis). Grandson Travis Austin and Grandsons Drew and Cody Stensland, Granddaughter Laura Rookheizer(Kevin) and great Granddaughter Amy and many nieces and nephews.

A service for Donna Mae will be announced at a later date.

Dale Edward Marshall

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

Dale Edward Marshall was born March 31, 1956, in Malta, Montana, and died May 6, 2019, in Malta. He was raised 20 miles north of Saco on the Marshall family ranch with his older brother, Dick, and he attended Saco Public School all through his schooling. Though he wasn’t the most attentive student, he had basketball and Cecil Sudbrack to keep his grades up. Dale also enjoyed his fair share of shenanigans; one such shenanigan was a “baptism” at the Dumps that involved rolling down the hill and ended with cactus extraction. Refer to Corby for details.

In 1976, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue Albus, and they made their home on the family ranch. He took a job with the county in 1977 and continued working on the ranch as well. Dale and Sue had three daughters, Kelly, Trista, and Justinn. He loved to follow their activities, especially basketball and rodeo. Dale raised his daughters to have a strong work ethic, and they have excelled to become an English teacher, a nurse, and a physician, respectively.

Dale started battling health issues before he turned 40 that continued until his death. He overcame leukemia and several heart attacks, and he battled kidney failure for the last few years of his life. In addition to his health issues, Dale and his family lost their first home to a fire and later were hit by a tornado. Through every hardship, Dale kept his chin up and displayed a warrior’s resilience and perseverance, and through every hardship he had his rock, Sue, right by his side.

Throughout life, Dale enjoyed rodeoing, snowmobiling, branding, hunting- especially beavering on the Frenchman Creek. Most of all, he loved to socialize with friends and family. His favorite time of the year was always hunting season, and he enjoyed the week with the Frenchman Crew the most.

He retired from the county in January of 2018 after working there for 41 years. During his retirement, he enjoyed cruising around Saco in his side-by-side; shooting gophers; eating biscuits and gravy at Pip’s Diner; hanging out with this best buddy, Batman the corgi; and chasing around his grandkids.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Gladys Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his brother Dick (Jan) Marshall; his daughters, Kelly (Shawn) Downing, Trista (Jake) Nelson, and Justinn (Kody) Lahaye; his nephews Brett and Brad Marshall; his grandchildren, Blaine, Emerson, and Trey Downing, and Blaizy, Bridger, and Bostynn Nelson; and his faithful corgi companion, Batman.

Dale had many friends near and far, and he will always be remembered for his quick wit with a dash of orneriness. He had a zest for life and an iron will to live that was beyond measure. Dale led a life from which we can all glean strength and inspiration. He truly made the world a better place, and he will be sorely missed by all his family and friends he left behind.

Jeane L. Hughes

Tuesday, May 7th 2019

Jeane L. Hughes, age 87, passed away on May 2, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Jeane Hughes was born on April 27, 1932 to Gertrude (Vegge) Figmaka and Stephan Figmaka. She grew up on the Figmaka farm south of Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950.

She married Donald “Bud” Hughes on October 6, 1951 in Glasgow, Montana. Their first child Barbara was born in 1953 and in 1955 their son Mitch was born.

Jeane began her paralegal career working for Thomas Dignan. She also worked for Larry Miyasato and County Attorney Gordon White, until Gordon retired at which time she went to work at the Clerk of Court’s Office, where she worked until retirement.

Jeane loved spring and couldn’t wait to get outside and get her hands in the dirt. She had a green thumb and had many beautiful flowers in the front yard and at the farm. As summer turned to fall, she put her gardening tools away and set up her sewing machine. She loved to quilt. She really enjoyed making baby quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. I think they all have several of her quilts.

Jeane was the official pie maker of the family. It didn’t matter what holiday it was, she always made the pies. Her apple pie was the best we ever had and was always requested by many who had tried it.

Jeane was a strong believer in education and she was particularly proud of all her grandchildren as they all received college degrees.

Jeane was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her sister Shirley Lacy.

Jeane is survived by her daughter Barbara Gallagher of Glasgow; son Mitch (Mary) Hughes of Glasgow; her four grandchildren, Steven (Janell) Wieder of Billings, Tammy (Jordan) Lanning of Boise, Karissa (Dominick) Keenan of Salt Lake City, and Dylan (Jami Johnson) Hughes of Glasgow. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Gabe and Liam Wieder and Dani Jo Lanning, as well as a brother Dennis (Sally) Figmaka.

Funeral Services will be held at the 1st Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

Mary JoAnn Miller

Thursday, May 2nd 2019

JoAnn Miller, age78, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at her home in Glasgow, MT.

JoAnn was born on October 30, 1940 in Culbertson, MT to Evron and Maxine Shuman. She grew up and graduated from Wolf Point, MT in 1958.

JoAnn married Richard Miller on February 23, 1960 and had 3 children - Rick, Darla and Dan.
JoAnn loved to have fun and was always the life of the party. You never knew what she was going to say of do but it was always wild and crazy. Her biggest passion was her family and her 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She always made sure to go to all their events. She enjoyed going to church,
playing cards, having lunch with her ("Cackling Hens") friends.

She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Darla (Gregg) Russell, son Dan (Joyce) Miller, 7
grandchildren -Jeff Grewe, Mandi Grewe, Peri Russell, Sarah Miller, Ryan Smith, Parker Miller, Mason
Miller, 3 great-grandchildren - Leo, Laynee & Kodi Bakeburg, 2 sisters - Edna (Gene) Songer and
Margaret (Jim) Thomas, 1- sister-in-law - Judy Shuman, several nieces and nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents- Evron and Maxine Shuman, 1 son - Rick Miller and 1 brother-
Bud Shuman.
Services will be held later this summer.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Douglas Wayne Murdock

Monday, April 29th 2019

Douglas Wayne Murdock (Tí ?hpé’ic’ia) (throws himself in the lodge) passed April 25th peacefully with his family by his side in the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.

Dougal (as named by his Uncle Puss early in his childhood) was born in Poplar, Montana July 13, 1950, he was the second child of Albert “Bert” and Rosella (McConnell) Murdock. He grew up with his siblings Albert, Debra, Barbara, and Kurt in Frazer attending the school there. He worked on Jim Scott’s Farm in his early years into high school alongside of his dad and brother Albert, until he decided to forgo college and get an education from Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children in 1968 at the age of 17. He served in Vietnam as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, as the smallest member of his squad, he served as a “tunnel rat”, he was in the Da Nang area for most of his tour.

Dougal married Janice Wallette June 9th, 1973, later that year he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in October. They moved back to Montana where he started his career with the Corps of Engineers in 1974. His son, Jason, was born later that year in October.

He retired in 2007, with 37 years of total federal service. He soon got bored with retirement and started working at the Silverwolf Casino and later worked for the TERO office for four years, he retired again. Once again, he got bored and started working for the Frazer School and eventually retired for health reasons from being an Assiniboine Language Teacher, a job he loved. Dougal had a great desire and love of coaching and sports in general, he coached alongside his dad as an assistant for Frazer. He coached junior high and high school boys’ and girls’ teams throughout the years, as well as teams for the youth tournaments. He followed all sports, except soccer, his favorites were the LA Angels, the KC Chiefs, the Washington Americans (Redskins) as he called them. He danced Fancy Dance and later switched to Grass Dance, which he danced with his nephew Aaron and his grandson Nathan. Traveling everywhere to attend many celebrations, he was active with the Red Bottom Committee from 1981 until 2016.

In 1998 he purchased his first Harley; that gave him a hobby that lasted the rest of his days. He attended Biker New Year (Sturgis Rally) every year from 1995 to 2018. He rode for cancer awareness, riding 1700 miles across the state, stopping at all seven of the reservations in Montana in one week. The only thing that rivaled his bikes was his family and his grandchildren, Nathan (Thunder Boy), Alyssa (Holy Tree), and Alexis (Grey Flying Woman). As his Facebook friends will recognize “well Lunatics it’s been a good ride that is all. Good night Chesty wherever the f#*k you are.”

Dougal is survived by his sisters Deb Murdock and Barb (Frank) Dumont; brother “Charlie” Huber (Deb) Wright; son Jason (Lisa) Murdock; grandchildren Nathan, Alyssa and Alexis; nephew Aaron (Stephanie) Murdock; aunties Ruth Todd of Frazer, Montana, Daisy Sherman of Havre, Montana, Liz Sherman of Browning, Montana and Audrey Hall of Billings, Montana; adopted brothers David (Victoria) Adams of Billings, Montana and Jeff Cappo of Canada; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and his traveling partner Colleen Birdsbill.

A Wake will be held at 7:00p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Frazer Community Hall. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 in the Frazer School Gymnasium. Burial will be in the Oswego Catholic Cemetery.

Roy Wetzel

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Roy Lee Wetzel, age 88, of Glasgow, Montana passed away April 22, 2019 at Valley View Home.

Roy was born in Malta, Montana September 3, 1930 to his parents Ernest and Theresa (Pecora) Wetzel. Along with his brother Ray, he grew up in the Malta/Glasgow area. After the death of his mother in 1942, he resided with his grandparents Luis and Leona Pecora in Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1950.

He married Ione Collings in 1952 and they raised their five children here; Royanne Somers, Rene’ Morth Siler, Wade Wetzel, Dan (Kerry) Wetzel and Lisa Lehner.

Roy served in the National Guard. He was active in the community participating in Kiwanis, Elks, Glasgow Sports Club, Glasgow Football Chain Gang, Valley View Home Board, Glasgow School Board and served as a fireman for many years. He was a loving father, husband, son, uncle, and grandfather. He worked delivering milk and managing Vita Rich Dairy while providing up-keep on his many rentals in Glasgow. They bought Glasgow Auto Safety Center in 1978. Ione and Roy built one of the first cabins at the Pines and loved to spend time there. Ione passed away in 1998.

Their grandchildren are Jace and Brady Lehner, James and Dan Morth, Tanya (Luke) Renner, Beau (Bethany), Tyler and Casey (Brandie) Somers, Tiffany and Cassidy Wetzel. Great-grandchildren are Nyah and Naomi Somers, Alice and Sullivan Somers and Kellen Renner.

In 2004, he married his lifelong friend Beverly Gallagher. Roy and Bev enjoyed many summers together at the cabin and she cared for him as his health declined. From that marriage he was blessed with an extended family including Florann Hannesson of Glasgow, Colleen McAlmond (Ronnie) of Florence MT and Dean Farrington (Maria) of Alamogordo NM, six grandkids, sixteen great-grandkids and two great-great-grandkids, he is also survived by a step- sister Gayla Barbier of Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Roy was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Ray and daughter, Rene’.

Roy’s family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at First Lutheran Church, Glasgow. Burial will follow at Glasgow Highland Cemetery. The reception will be held back at the Lutheran church following interment. Condolences may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Darlene Darcel Henderson

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019

Darlene Darcel Henderson

Darlene Darcel (Komrosky) Henderson, age 61, passed away after a brief but valiant battle with cancer Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was surrounded by her beloved family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Mont., where Darlene will be buried at the foot of her mother, Beverly's, grave. Family and friends are invited to a reception following the service at El Cor Del in Glasgow.

She was born in Miles City, Mont., on Dec. 10, 1957, to Leroy (Harry) and Beverly Komrosky.
Darlene married Roy M. Case in June 1982, and together they had one son and one daughter. Later, in June 2007, Darlene married Jim Henderson, who had one daughter of his own.

Darlene lived in several places throughout her life including: Glasgow, Great Falls, Mont., Phoenix, Ariz., Golden Valley, Ariz., Laughlin, Nev., Las Vegas, Nev., Pueblo, Colo., and Denver, Colo.

She loved Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon (#24), the Denver Broncos, and was a big hockey fan. She enjoyed working on Teeny Weeny with her dad, and when his health began to fail, she helped her mother care for him. She was adventurous and a bad-ass, but was incredibly big-hearted and would give anybody the shirt off her back. She was kind and funny, and her laugh was contagious.
Without a doubt, family came first for Darlene and her grandkids were her whole world.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy “Harry” and Beverly Komrosky; three brothers, Norris, Norman and Darryl; uncle Norman (Bawky) Dahl; and her best friend, Wilma Jaquez.

She was survived by her two children, Ryan Lee (April) Case and Lucinda Joy (Amory) Case and one stepdaughter, Autumn Henderson; her husband, Jim; four siblings, Debbie Bryan, Douglas (Carol) Komrosky, Roy Lee (Ole) Komrosky, and Raelynn (Dale) Harris; five grandchildren, Skyler, Jessica, Zachary, Nevaeh and Amory, Jr.; two step-grandsons, Noxx and Lyrx; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Francis Gabin Laumeyer

Monday, April 22nd 2019

Francis Gabin Laumeyer, 87, of Nashua, Montana, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor went to be with his Lord and Savior, his best friend, April 18, 2019, surrounded by his wife and children.

Francis was born May 16, 1931 at his family home and farm outside of Nashua to Rose (Wagner) and Joe Laumeyer. He attended grade school at the French Country School and high school in Nashua, graduating in 1949. He then went to Northern Montana College in Havre and attained a welding certificate. It took Francis a trip to Iowa in December 1967 to find his bride and cook, Sandra Sonnenburg. They married October 5, 1968 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in Nashua last year. They had four children, Virginia Rose, Linda Louise, Carl Joseph and Joseph Albert.

Francis took over the family farm in 1966. Together with his wife, they raised their four children teaching them that God is first, family is second and all the rest of life will follow. Francis passed on his unflagging work ethic, but he also shared his enjoyment of fishing on the Milk River and horseback riding, especially his horses Flicka and Baldy, to his children. He was an extraordinary card player and he and Sandy attended many card parties where they were a fearsome pair. Practice included many weekends at various neighbor’s houses. Francis attended every dance possible and while his favorite partner was his wife, he never passed up an opportunity to dance with ‘a pretty girl’, which to him was every girl. After retiring to Nashua, Francis thoroughly enjoyed riding around town on his scooter with his cup of coffee and stopping to visit anyone out and about and watching the children play.

He was a lifetime member of Queen of Angels, serving on the council and as a lector for several years. He became an Extraordinary Minister of the Cup and home minister and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Francis was a member of the Soil Conservation Board. Practicing and promoting care of the land was of the utmost importance to him and it was his love for the land that led him to plant the first tree shelter belt in Valley County in 1967 that people involved in conservation and agriculture toured. He was a member of the East HiLine Hereford Association and was widely respected for his registered Polled Herefords. He expanded to include other registered breeds, but his first love were the Polled Herefords, which afforded him many hours of humor and controversy with his beloved friend Wayne Waarvik. Francis was also a member of the Nashua Lions, NFO, and more organizations than it is possible to remember.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Joe Laumeyer, brother Lawrence, sisters Delores Brabeck and Frances Minks, and sisters-in-law, Verna (Fuhrman) Laumeyer, Bonnie (McGlynn) Laumeyer, and Elizabeth Laumeyer.

Francis is survived by his wife, Sandy, brother Robert (Bob), brother-in-law Steve, daughters Virginia Long and Linda Laumeyer, sons Carl (Justine) Laumeyer and Joe (Crystal) Laumeyer, and grandchildren Dalton, Denton, (Virginia), Taylor, Trace, Caden, Ellie, (Joe and Crystal), Hannah and Walker (Carl and Justine), and many nieces and nephews.

More than anything, Francis will be remembered for his service to his family, friends, neighbors, community, people in need and above all, to his God.

Vigil service is Thursday, April 25 at 6pm and Funeral service is Friday, April 26 at 10:30 am at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Nashua, MT.

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