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Thursday, January 17th 2019
Theresa Shipp
On the evening of January 15, 2019, Theresa Shipp passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, surrounded by family and friends. She died of natural causes at the age of 81.

Theresa was born in Glasgow, MT on August 12, 1937 to Leo and Pauline DeBray. She grew up west of Glasgow, attended Glasgow schools (most of the time), and graduated in 1955 from Glasgow High School.

Theresa met Lloyd Shipp and was married on July 22, 1956 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. The couple ranched north of Glasgow and raised five children. Theresa spent many hours helping on the ranch and raising pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and any other animal the kids would talk her into getting. She kept very busy raising a house full of children who were always up to some type of shenanigans. In her later years, she always enjoyed reminiscing about those earlier times. Theresa was a 4-H leader for many years, in addition to being a member of the Cowbells Club and Homemakers Club. She was also a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

Theresa received employment in the early 1980's at the ASCS office in Glasgow. She enjoyed working and visiting with the farmers when they came to the office. She developed many friendships during that time and worked at the ASCS until retirement. Theresa thoroughly enjoyed her retirement where she traveled to many places with older people (she was never old). She loved to play the slot machines and looked forward to trips to Four Bears and Wendover. Theresa was an avid quilter and made over 100 baby quilts to donate to the Denver Children's Hospital. She loved her quilting friends and always looked forward to her quilting retreats with the ladies.

Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. Whether it was going paddlefishing with Jaylein, gambling with Patty, hunting elk with Doyle or shopping with Rose, she loved the experiences. Watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in activities, along with spending time with them, and watching football on TV were some of her favorite times.

Survivors include her children Jaylein (Les) Nickels, Patty (Dan) Geer, Doyle (Colleen) Shipp and Rosalie (Greg) Spinler; grandchildren Jesse, Krista, Tanner, Lindsey, Wyatt, Joe, Erika, Della, Renee, Kyle, Ryley, Reo, Quinn and Gavin; and 12 great grandchildren.

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; son, Wayne; mother and father, Leo and Pauline DeBray; brother, Jake; and son-in-law, Jeff Geer.

Family will receive friends 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will follow at the First Lutheran Church.

Monday, January 14th 2019
Curtis "Curt" Alan Wesen
Curtis “Curt” Alan Wesen, 61, of Glasgow, Montana passed away at his home during the early morning hours of Friday, January 11th, 2019 with his family and his best friend by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Glasgow, Montana on April 7th, 1957 the oldest child of John A. & Dolores (Lee) Wesen. In his early years, he spent his days playing with his five younger siblings and helping his dad on the family farm and ranch where his love of tending the land and caring for livestock began.
Curt attended school in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School. He participated in football and medaled in multiple events in track and field. A very significant trip in Curt’s life was a trip to Washington D.C. for 4-H, where he formed several lifelong friendships and where he met his best friend of 46 years, Gary Kolstad. While attending MSU Bozeman he studied agronomy and excelled in socializing and skiing. He often spoke fondly of the time he spent in Bozeman and of the close friends he connected with there who referred to themselves as the Wild Bunch. Curt became a lifelong MSU Bobcat football fan and continued to attend and cheer on the Cats often with Sam and Judy Waters.
Curt met the love of his life, Darcel Burfield at MSU and he filled her life with love and laughter for 36 years. They were married May 29th, 1982, during one of the worst snow storms to ever hit the northern Hi-Line. They lived on the family farm/ranch where he partnered with his father and brother. Soon after they were blessed with three children Jeron, Cole, and Kara. Curt loved spending time with his family and enjoyed teaching his children about farm and ranching, cooking them breakfast, and watching them participate in their various sporting activities. Curt was proud to be able to coach his sons, daughter, and the Glasgow High long and triple jump athletes to success at State. He had a gift for coaching and was always proud of his athletes.
A major highlight in Curt’s life was becoming a grandfather. He loved to spend time with his grandkids, photographing their adventures, taking them for rides on the equipment, checking the fields and cattle and sharing his love of motorcycles and music.
Curt had a wide variety of interests and enjoyed landscape photography, building stereo systems/listening to music, and visiting pawn shops. He often spent early mornings on his computer researching the different varieties of crops, livestock feeds and his latest interests. He served on the Valley County Fair Board and volunteered at various community events.
Curt was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma of the esophagus in December 2016. He began two years of palliative chemotherapy until early November when he made the decision to end his treatment after complications. He never lost his ambition to live every day to its fullest, enjoying many concerts, a trip to the Super Bowl and a trip to Going to the Sun, Waterton and Many Glaciers with his grandkids. He never lost his incredible, quick sense of humor or his ability to make everyone in the room laugh. Curt said from the very beginning of his diagnosis “I am going to laugh my way out of here” and he did exactly that up to the day he passed.
Curt was preceded in death by his beloved father John Wesen; father-in-law Ted Burfield; brother-in-law Mitch Burfield; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
He is survived by his mother Dolores; his mother-in-law Diana Burfield; wife Darcel, sons Jeron (Sarah) and Cole of Glasgow, MT and daughter Kara (Noah) of Butte, MT; grandson Dallas; granddaughters Alexys, Harper, Kinley; sisters Susan (Dan) Hausauer, Joyce Wesen, Donna Wesen, Mike (Tara) Wesen, Lisa (Alan) Larson; sisters-in-law Perian (Chris) Smith, Teddi Jo (Paul) Johannsen, Caron (Joe) Lavoie and his beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Glasgow Evangelical Church Friday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m., with internment at the Hi-Line Cemetery with reception to follow at the Cottonwood Inn. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com
Memorials in Curt’s name may be made to the Glasgow Trust Fund, Glasgow Track and Field Program or a memorial of your choosing.
Thursday, December 27th 2018
Elizabeth Born Reddig Friesen
Elizabeth Born Reddig Friesen
February 15, 1913-December 25, 2018
On October 30, 2018, at the age of 105, Elizabeth Friesen moved from Nemont Manor to Valley View. Her desire to be home with Jesus was granted and she passed away less than two months later on the morning of Christmas Day, 2018. She is survived by her children, Elinor (Lon) Runner, Harry (Judy) Reddig, and Eileen (Kevin) Clemans; and grandchildren, Charlotte (Jack) Runner, Ruth (Rosoe) Kronfuss, Kathy (Steve) Marks, Dean (Karen) Sauskojus, Ken (Debbie) Sauskojus, Jim (Patty) Sauskojus, Deanette (Ron) Piesk, Nadine (Wayne) Steiner, Don Reddig, Charlene Reddig, Kelsey (Micah) Kramer, Tim Clemans, Josh Clemans, Jordan Clemans, and Josiah Clemans. She is also survived by 25 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Friesen was born on February 15, 1913 in Omsk, Russia, to Jacob and Katarina Born. When Elizabeth was one year old, her family, grandparents and relatives, a total of 28 people migrated to Liverpool, England. From there they took a passenger ship and headed for Canada. In 1916, Elizabeth, with her parents, sister and two brothers crossed the border of the United States in a covered wagon and homesteaded in Larslan, Montana, moving to Lustre, Montana, in 1923. After graduating from grade school and finishing two years at the local Bible School, she married Harry F. Reddig in 1932. Their daughter, Elinor, was born in 1933. In 1935, her husband Harry died of pneumonia. Their son, named Harry after his father, was born in 1936. It had always been a dream of Elizabeth’s to teach, so she finished high school by correspondence and then attended Northern Montana College—all the while helping her dad with calving, milking and other farm work. Elizabeth graduated in 1948 with a 6-year teaching certificate. Three years later, she married Pete Friesen and their daughter, Eileen, was born in 1958. In 1983, they retired from the farm and moved to Glasgow, Montana. Pete died in 1996 and Elizabeth moved to Nemont Manor.
Elizabeth loved the Lord, her family, attending church, quilting, and entertaining among many other things. In 2011, she wrote that “Everything is getting slower, also my mind but I still enjoy going to church, singing, listening, praying and Bible studies. I did enjoy sewing, reading, singing, quilting, embroidering and other handwork… Of course, I enjoyed visiting with the family both here and in their homes. One of my greatest joys is holding a baby, new life!” She read through the Bible every year from 1976 through about 2015, a tradition she hoped her children and future generations would continue. Most of Elizabeth’s family lived miles away but they all knew that she prayed for them every day; she will be greatly missed!
The funeral service will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Glasgow Evangelical Church with reception following. Burial will follow at Lustre Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Lustre.
In memory of Elizabeth, donations can be made to her church of the last 35 years, Glasgow Evangelical Church.
Thursday, December 27th 2018
Jack Albert Boston
Jack Albert Boston passed away on the morning of December 17, 2018, of natural causes. Born in Glasgow, Montana, on September 11, 1934, to parents Albert and Ellen Boston, Jack grew up helping out on the farm and welding with his dad on the Fort Peck Dam. He attended schools in Fort Peck and California and graduated from Glasgow High School. He was the oldest child and naturally took on the role of big brother and caregiver to his four siblings: Sally (Boston) Shipp, Dick Boston, Carol (Boston) Stein and Judy (Boston) Van DeVeer.

After graduating from high school, Jack joined the United States Army and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1955. He married the love of his life, Sharon Hopkins, on October 30, 1965. They combined their two families, totaling eight in all and spent the next 53 years together.

Jack had a long and accomplished career of 36 years with Montana Job Service and was known for his sound leadership and encouraging his employees' growth and success. He was a loyal advocate for local employers and had a strong involvement with the business community. He retired as Manager of the Bozeman office in December 1993.

Jack's life was filled with love, purpose and activity until the end. He learned to pitch horseshoes at a young age, often winning to avoid getting stuck washing the dinner dishes. His love of horseshoe pitching continued, and he participated in World Class A tournaments throughout his adult life and especially after his retirement. He became the Montana State Class A Champion three years: 1997, 2000 and 2004. Even while competing, he never missed an opportunity to help others by sharing tips and joining in to organize matches and events. His wide circle of horseshoe pitching buddies became lifelong friendships. Jack also loved golf and traveled the state playing at different courses. The Rio Grande Valley was a special place for Jack. After being invited by dear friends for a visit, he returned for the next six years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for three to four months of the year and playing golf. In addition, he spent an extraordinary amount of time in service to various community groups. He was committed to the Evangelical Free Church and his men's bible study group. Their weekly breakfast meetings were a highlight and the friendships he made were lasting and important. Jack's faith in the Lord was strong and constant. He made a daily effort to lead by example and share the Lord's message with all who would listen.

He also volunteered regularly with the Bozeman Senior Center and their Meals on Wheels program and freely donated time with Love, Inc. All who knew him would say that Jack never met a person he couldn't help. He will be remembered for always lending a helping hand and his positive influence in communities far and wide.

Spending time with his 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren brought him constant joy. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Boston; and his children, Bill Boston of Oregon; Lorna Marie (deceased), children Ryan, Curtis and Andrea of West Virginia; Monte Boston (Aleka) of Colorado; Tim Boston (Lisa) of Bozeman, children Nathan, Brendan, Nicole, Lindsey, Loran, Kyle and Kim; Henry Boston (Joyce) of Billings, children Blake and Brenna; Lonnie Chappel of Helena, children Patrick and Tia; Deborah Foy (Richard) of Colorado, children Meredith and Olivia; and Michael Boston (Tonya) of Idaho, children Mikaela, Chance and Levi.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a program near and dear to Jack's heart, the Meals on Wheels Program at the Bozeman Senior Center, 807 N. Tracy Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.

A celebration of his life will be planned in early 2019.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

Thursday, December 20th 2018
Marilyn Lee (Hughes) Dykstra
On Nov. 23, 2018, our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Marilyn Lee (Hughes) Dykstra, joined her Heavenly Family. She died peacefully in her sleep just short of her 89th birthday at her apartment in the Missoula Manor with her daughter, Carol, and granddaughter, Jana, by her side.

A celebration of life was held Friday, Dec. 7, at Grizzly Peak and a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2019 at the First United Methodist Church with burial of her cremains at the Highland Cemetery.

Marilyn was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Litchville, N.D., as the second of five children to Hugh and Emma (Tweit) Hughes. In 1942, the family moved to Richland, Mont., where her father and mother managed the Farmers Union Store. She was a big help for her mother who was the community seamstress, while her father also hauled grain with the first semi-truck in the county, which turned into a lifelong trucking career for him.

After graduating eighth-grade in Richland, with no high school available for her freshman year; she commuted by riding the mail train to Peerless, Mont., and lived there in the dorm during the week.

She moved to Glasgow, Mont., for her sophomore year of high school to live with her sister, Darlene Nichols, and her children while Harold (Darlene's husband) was in the Navy overseas in WWII. The move to Glasgow resulted in meeting two of her best friends for life, Dorothy Dolson Eayrs and Nell Collins McIntosh. In addition, she met the boy next door, Cecil Dykstra, who later became the love of her life.

It was during her junior year at Glasgow High that she met a young WWII Navy sailor, Kenneth M. Butts on leave and visiting his brother. They were married on April 1, 1947, during her senior year. Upon graduating with the GHS class of 1947, they moved to Kalispell, Mont., where their first of four children, Frank Daniel (1948) was born. The family moved to the West Coast while Ken was receiving treatment from the VA; settling in Salem, Ore., where their second child, Suzette (1950) was born. The family moved to Bellingham, Wash., where their third and fourth children were born, Marie (1952) and Carol (1958). In 1962, the family moved to Nashua, Mont., where they bought the Home Café and made it the family business, as well as having the mail route north of Nashua. In 1966, after selling the Home Café; they moved to Glasgow, and owned and managed Brad's Place (night club north of Glasgow) and the Skylark Club (now the Sunnyside Country Club).

After 24 years of marriage, Marilyn and Ken divorced.

Marilyn continued her 20-plus year career as a bookkeeper for United Building Center, Newton Motors, Econo Lumber and Econo Glass in Glasgow and later at a car dealership and construction company in Plentywood, Mont., and Winona, Minn., while her daughter, Carol, finished high school.

Marilyn loved all the places she lived, always making lifelong friends everywhere she went and later would always stay in touch with them through letters and phone calls. While she was in Washington, she would design and sew matching outfits for Sue and Marie and canned the fruits from their many trees. She would make buttermilk and butter from their milk cow.

Her love for living was fueled by her natural curiosity of life and what was yet to come... The wonder of the future and her passion to learn more...

Marilyn eventually became reacquainted with the "boy next door," Cecil Dykstra, who was working as a railroad conductor. Their renewed relationship blossomed and on Aug. 14, 1977, they were married. Having so much in common, life took on a whole new meaning for both of them. They became avid rock hounds traveling throughout Montana hunting for sapphires, agates and fossils. They enjoyed hunting and fishing, and she canned and smoked deer jerky and filled their freezer with all the wild meat.

She continued with her activities in Glasgow's Methodist Church. Her faith was very important to her. She was a dedicated member, volunteering countless hours baking or making her famous caramels, fudge, and sour cream raisin pies to raise money for the church. She also was an essential part of getting the Methodist Hand-Bell Choir started and served as its director. Marilyn took great pride in the beautiful performances the choir gave at the church and for public gatherings.

In 1989, Cec and Marilyn retired to St. Marie, Mont. They enjoyed their life in the rural community where they made many new friends. Marilyn looked forward to the weekly gatherings where they played cards or dominos and shared a potluck meal, which she always liked to bring more than one dish. During this time, Marilyn became a breast cancer survivor, and added the annual cancer Relay for Life to the many local events she never missed.

Cec and Marilyn truly enjoyed their lives together; sharing 26 years of love, music and laughter until Cecil's passing in 2003. Her youngest daughter Carol moved to be with her while Marilyn continued with her church and volunteer work and helping put together care packages for soldiers serving abroad. She and Carol enjoyed their favorite pastimes, garage sales and traveled for visits with family and friends.

In 2013, she moved to the Grizzly Peak Retirement Home in Missoula, Mont., for better health care and to be near her granddaughter and family. For five years she thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and participating in the activities there. She again started and directed a hand-bell choir; fulfilling and sharing her love for the sound of the bells.

She moved to the Missoula Manor this May where she enjoyed the company of new friends and was known for her pinochle skills. Marilyn was under the care of her daughter Carol and Hospice of Missoula. Her apartment, with the beautiful views of the mountains, was to be the final earthly home for this truly gracious woman who loved life and her family so very much.
Our mom was such a loving and compassionate lady, who always found the best in everyone. When she wasn't busy baking or other activities; she loved reading books and writing poetry. She would cut out articles about her grand and great-grandchildren's accomplishments to compile scrapbooks. Mom never missed sending birthday and Christmas cards which always had a warm, uplifting message. We will miss her beautiful smile and her loving talks.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Club, Al-Anon, Rebekah's Club, Degree of Honor and St. Marie Women's Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Emma Hughes; her husband Cecil; two brothers, Donald (Bud) Hughes and William (infant); two sisters, Darlene Nichols and Jacqueline Alsberg Hughes; one son-in-law, Daniel Lasar; one brother-in-law, Harold Nichols; and Mrs. Mary Butts (mother-in-law and friend).

She is survived by her son Frank (Dan) Butts, of Missoula; three daughters, Suzette (Rick) Kinzell, of Glasgow, Marie (Robert) Rundle, of Hamilton, and Carol Butts, of St. Marie; one brother, Murray "Mike" (Kim) Hughes, of Joliet; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Jean Hughes, of Glasgow; seven grandsons, Daniel Butts, Kenneth Butts, Teage (Kristie) Kinzell, Trent (Deb) Kinzell, Chris Partridge, Jason Partridge and Josh (Natalie) Partridge; one granddaughter, Jana (Duncan) Crawford; 17 great-grandchildren; extended family members, Wayne (Liz) Dykstra, Debbie Walston, Connie St. John and Greg (JoAnn) Dykstra; and many loved nieces and nephews and their families.

Thursday, December 20th 2018
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