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Thursday, May 25th 2017
Edmond Ellis Cole
Edmond Ellis Cole passed away with family by his side on Saturday, May 20, 2017, of compilations from IPF and a stroke.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1972.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Dennis and Judy Cole; and grandparents, Claude and Alpha Traver, and Forrest and Hilda Cole.
Survivors include six siblings, Terrace, Shannon and his wife, Jennifer, Derwin and his wife, Danise, Denise, Robert and his wife, Helen, Danial and his wife, Nicole; his estranged wife, Lisa; seven children, Liberty Argabright, Thaison and his wife, Kimberly, Le, Samara and Sierra Yanny, Phoenix Nivens, Mythias and Mykhia Cole; grandchildren, Lillyanna, Tristan, Jaxon and two on the way; niece and nephews, Noah, Lucas, Raina, Kathryne and her husband, Quentin, Nikki Bergstad and her husband, Brad, Abygail, Duane, Mark and Maria; great-nephews and -nieces, Madison, Hayden, Taylor and Craig and Samirah; one uncle, Darrell Cole; and two aunts, Beryl DeTienne and Tess Watterud.
Monday, May 22nd 2017
Bernard Thomas "Bunky" Sullivan
Bernard Thomas "Bunky" Sullivan, Jr., 84, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Glasgow, Montana, following an extended illness. Bunky was born September 16, 1932, in Great Falls, the son of Bernard and Elsie Mae (Illman) Sullivan. At age three, he and his parents moved to Glasgow, where his mother's family had homesteaded just northeast of the present Glasgow High School.

A graduate of GHS in 1950, Bunky was active in all sports, excelling in both football and basketball. He spent summers playing baseball, and his father coached him and his brother Jim in Junior Legion Baseball. He took great pride in Sullivan Park's being named in honor of his father, who had been so instrumental in ensuring that Junior Legion Baseball flourish in Glasgow. He attended Carroll College 1950-52, where he played football for the Fighting Saints.

Sullivan entered the U.S. Army October 23, 1952, and served in Korea until he was released from active duty September 1954. He transferred to the Army Reserves until November 1960.

Following his active service, Sullivan returned to college at the University of Montana, Missoula, graduating in 1957 with degrees in history and physical education.

Upon returning to Glasgow, he was first employed by Northern Testing Laboratories at Glasgow Air Force Base. School Superintendent William Greer persuaded him to join the high school faculty to fill a desperately needed history teaching position the fall of 1959, a career that continued for Bunk for the next 35 years. He ably taught generations of GHS students U.S history, world history, and Montana history. His love for the subject matter spilled over into the classroom, where he instilled that enthusiasm for history and the love of learning itself in generations of students, many of whom remember him as knowledgeable, funny, demanding, and beloved. He made a lasting impression; he was a loyal Scottie. He loved teaching, regarding each day as a new adventure. He went to school each morning eager and excited.

From 1986-1994 he chaperoned history students to Washington, DC, for a week of intense government Close-Up, an activity that many remember as the highlight of their high school years. Besides academics, Mr. Sullivan served as an assistant coach in both football and basketball for 11 years. He spent many summers coaching Junior Legion Baseball.
Bunk met a fellow teacher, Bernardine Wentz, the fall of 1960. They married July 15, 1961, and have lived in Glasgow since. Bernie taught until the birth of their daughter, Suzanne Michelle, November 1965. A son, Thomas Bernard, died at birth July 1969.

Sullivan, a life-long Democrat who never missed an election, was a member of NEA-MEA-GEA, Elks, American Legion for 54 years, National Lewis & Clark Society, Montana Historical Society. He was a director for many years in the Valley County Historical Society, where he volunteered at the Pioneer Museum. He was also a director for the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center. He co-wrote an often-cited article about Fort Peck Dam for the Summer 1977 issue of Montana, the Magazine of Western History, having worked many summers as a Park Ranger at Fort Peck, a job he so enjoyed.

Bernard Sullivan was preceded in death by his mother and father, his infant son, and his brother-in-law, Nick Heisler. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bernardine; his daughter Suzanne (Charles) Berg; and his grandchildren, Hannah Marie and Ethan Thomas, all of Seattle, Washington. His only sibling, James (Marge) Sullivan, resides in Libby. Brother-in-law R.N. (Carol) Wentz, Billings, and sister-in-law Bonnie Heisler, Morehead, Minnesota, as well as many nieces and nephews, also survive.

He was actively involved in St. Raphael's Catholic Church, where his memorial services will be celebrated at a later date in June. Should anyone desire, memorials are preferred to the GHS Trust, c/o Jeanine Markle, or to a charity of your choice.

Monday, May 22nd 2017
Denise Lucy Fuhrmann
Denise Lucy Fuhrmann was born on November 7th, 1941 in Glasgow, Montana to Joseph Birkoski and Jennie Sobolewski. Denise worked for many years in the health care field, first as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Valley View Home, and later at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Denise married Terry Fuhrmann on June 6th, 1970. They raised 5 children on his farm in the north country before moving to Glasgow. In 1986, Denise and Terry started the Hi-Hat Drive Inn, along with their oldest daughter, Tammi. They successfully ran the restaurant for 7 years. Denise maintained her CNA job at the same time, and worked in that field for several years before her retirement in 2002. In 2003, Denise and Terry moved to Saint Marie where they planted flowers, a garden, and fished the Milk River for catfish every chance they had.

Denise loved many things, but most of all, she loved her family. Denise was a devoted wife and mother, and she was always willing to talk or lend an ear when it was needed most. She always made time for them and tried to help any way she could. Denise loved gardening, fishing, and watching Walker: Texas Ranger with her husband.

Denise passed away on Sunday May 21st, 2017 from complications after suffering brain seizures at St. Vincent Medical Center in Billings. She was preceded in death by her husband Terry Fuhrmann after 46 years of marriage, and her daughter Brenda. Her only surviving sibling is Rosalie Winters of Chicago, IL. She is survived by her 5 children; Larry, Duane, Tammi, Bonnie, and Terry Jr. Denise was a caring and nurturing mother, a true friend, and an inspiration to those that were around her. She was always willing to help out, and never judged anyone by their shortcomings. Denise is once again reunited with her loving husband Terry. Denise Lucy Fuhrmann will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, MT with Pastor Herb Sand officiating. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT. Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Timothy Michael Young
Timothy Michael Young passed away on May 14, 2017 of natural causes while camping at Zortman, MT. He was born on June 13, 1983 in Albuquerque, NM to Terry E. Young and Debra Stenswick Young. He was a graduate of the Glasgow High School class of 2002.
Tim was perhaps best known for his sense of humor, hilarious phrases and ability to make anyone in the world laugh until tears filled their eyes. He lit up a room when he entered with his infectious laugh and booming personality.
Tim was an avid collector of firearms, and always enjoyed target shooting and hunting for coyotes, gophers, whitetail deer and maybe even a chick now and then. He was always ready for a back-road drive and an adventure of any kind. He could be seen playing cards at the Elks, patrolling for the catfish tournament, running a table in a branding corral, swathing and bailing hay, hauling cows, fixing pickups and bikes - all while cracking jokes and leaving everyone with a smile. He was always on the go, lending a helping hand whenever and where ever needed.
His career path started by delivering The Glasgow Courier around downtown businesses with a little help from his dad. He discovered his love for farming and ranching when he worked for the Cornwell ranch. This led him to dabble in the cow business while working with Jon Engstrom and periodically lending a helping hand to Macy Klind, John Kalinski and many others. He always had an interest in taking things apart and putting them back together, so going to work for Rock Degele tinkering on engines seemed to fit. It was there he was introduced to the fast lane of stock car racing. He also worked for Tire-Rama, Nemont Beverage and Newton Motors. Anyone who knew Timmy, knew he had a gift for wheeling and dealing, and it was no surprise that he went to work for Food Services of America, as he could sell anything.
Tim was an active member of the community, serving as Esquire of the Elks Lodge 1922, volunteering at the Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament, Rodeo Association, Derby Races, and any other fundraiser or community event happening around town.
Tim was preceded in death by his sister Terri Anne, uncle Robert Stenswick and aunt Mona Stenswick.
He is survived by his loving parents, Terry and Debbie, twin brother Todd (Emily), brothers Travis (Hollie), Trent (Tara), niece Kamry Ann, nephews Julian and Trystan, Uncle Jack Stenswick, Auntie Mary and Uncle Mitch Hughes, cousins Karissa (Dominick) Keenan, and Dylan Hughes. He is also survived by numerous cousins, his new faithful traveling companion Trigger and many, many special friends. We hope they enjoy him in heaven as much as we have all loved and enjoyed him here on earth. He will be missed.
An open viewing will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Bell Mortuary. Services will also be Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Valley Event Center. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at the Glasgow Elks Lodge. Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.
Monday, May 15th 2017
John Newton Etchart
Helena —John Newton Etchart, age 71, passed away peacefully April 5, 2017.

John was born July 2, 1945 in Glasgow, MT, the second of five children to Gene and Elaine Etchart —a well-known and respected, second generation, Northeastern Montana Basque sheep and cattle ranching family. John graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963 and went on to attend Carroll College, playing football, basketball and baseball for the Fighting Saints. His treasured time as a student and athlete at Carroll inspired a life-long love for the college and the Helena community. John graduated from Carroll in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing Marine Corps officer candidate school, John was commissioned a second lieutenant. Upon his promotion to the rank of first lieutenant John was assigned to a rifle company which he commanded during a combat tour in Vietnam.

After returning from Vietnam, John was accepted into law school at the University of San Francisco where he studied for two years before realizing his heart was not in a law career. It was during that time that John met Sarah Fortune Russell from Bronxville, NY on a blind date. The pair fell in love and were married on October 18, 1975 in the Borromeo Chapel at Carroll College. John and Sarah then moved to Montana where John received a masters degree Eastern Montana College.

Living in Billings, John served as the inland states coordinator for the Northern Tier Pipeline, which began his long career in public policy and governmental affairs consulting. John served as an Under-Secretary of the Department of Interior under President Reagan, before becoming a Vice President of Burlington Northern Railroad.

In April 1984, John and Sarah welcomed their only daughter, Jeannie, who was, from the very beginning, the light of John's life.

John was well known for his extensive experience in legislative and communications work throughout the Northwest and in Congress. Throughout his professional career, John assumed a number of leadership positions. He served multiple terms as chairman of the Northwest Power Planning Council, Executive Vice President of Tonbridge Power, and as a partner at the Gallatin Group Public Affairs. He also served on a number of boards including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, St. Peter's Hospital, the Helena Forest Foundation, Montana Chamber of Commerce, and was a long-time trustee at his beloved Carroll College.

John was a natural leader known for his quick wit and incomparable memory. He loved athletic competition - especially those contests involving the Carroll College Fighting Saints and Notre Dame Fighting Irish - and had an extraordinary array of other interests including politics, history and golf. Above all other pursuits or interests, however, was John's love and devotion to his countless friends and his precious family. John was a man of great faith and long-time member of the Helena Cathedral.

A life well lived is a life surrounded by family and friends, and there is no truer example of such a life than that of John Etchart. He touched the hearts of everyone he met and will leave that lasting legacy to the many who were blessed to know him.

John was preceded in death by brother-in-law Brent Frederickson, sister-in-law Alicia Russell, nephew Jacob Etchart, and niece Sally Jo Page Haynie. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sarah, and daughter Jeannie; his parents, Gene (age 100) and Elaine (age 95); his siblings Michele (Steve) Page, Joe (Patt) Etchart, Janeen (Tom) McCarvel, and Jacque Frederickson; his many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews who "Uncle Cookie" loved so much.

Please join us in celebrating John's exceptional life. A vigil service will be held at the Carroll College PE Center on Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm, with family receiving friends at 6:00pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 11 at 12:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Helena followed by burial with full military honors at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. A reception will take place from 2:00-4:00pm at Green Meadow Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the John Newton Etchart Project at Carroll College, 1601 North Benton Avenue, Helena, MT 59625. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of John.

Monday, May 15th 2017
Mary Ann Clem
On the evening of May 11, 2017 Mary Ann Clem passed into glory at the home of her dear friends, Cliff and Dianna Isakson, in Glasgow, Montana from renal failure. Mary was 76 years old.

Mary Ann was born in Sioux City, Iowa on June 15, 1940 to Jess and Alice Flick Yassen. She had one older brother, Ed. Mary graduated from Central High School in 1958 in Sioux City, IA. She was cruising around the city when Frank spotted her. He said, “You, in the middle, let’s go on a date.” They spent many dates bowling. Frank and Mary soon married in the Spring of 1959.

Frank’s duty in the U.S. Air Force landed the newlyweds in Valley County. They had three children. Frank always said he had four kids. Mary Ann loved to play! Swimming, volleyball, bowling, board games and card games, Mary enjoyed them all. And she kept playing when grandchildren came along. She played with plastic and plush animals with Alexie and Brianne, Hot Wheel cars with Shyanne and Barbies with Caite. She was a dedicated Jeopardy fan, watching her favorite TV show for five decades.

In the 70’s Mary operated Clem’s Pilot Car Service. This was her favorite occupation. Her husband would haul mobile homes across the northern states and Mary would lead the way. She was an avid CB radio user. She was well known as Cactus.

Mary worked in the bakery department for Buttrey Foods for a brief time. Her next career was with the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. She earned achievement awards for her excellent service. We are not sure what she enjoyed most, delivering the mail or giving treats to the dogs on her mail route. She often delivered home baked cinnamon rolls to the Valley County Road Department as insurance that her country roads would be passable. Mary retired from the postal service.

Mary was a den leader for Boy Scouts. She was active in the Glasgow Schools’ PTA. She was a member of the local CB radio club. Her pretty voice helped many a traveler. Mary and Suzi Frost spent hours and hours together driving around Glasgow running errands. Mary was the youth group leader at Calvary Baptist Church for quite a few years. Many of the youth stayed in touch with Mary as adults.

Mary and Frank were married for 43 years. A few years after Frank passed away, Mary moved to Billings, MT. She lived there with her son, Frank E. and Marie for five years. Marie is the Clem family’s Jersey angel.

In June of 2013, Mary came back to Glasgow and resided at Nemont Manor. She soon had a circle of friends to play pinochle with her. She also hosted a weekly bible study in her apartment. As the years went by her love of the Lord increased. Her daily bible reading brought her boundless joy. If she said she would pray for you, be assured she did. Frank Jr. said she had a direct line to God.

Mary’s gift was hospitality. She loved to give to others what she knew made them happy, especially in the food department. Everyone was welcome at Mary’s table.

Mary was a frequent patient at the Glasgow Clinic. Bob “Sparky” Hanson, Dr. Janet Armstrong, Patti Fogle and Darci Ellefson were not only caregivers, but friends. Mary’s family would like to say thank you, a very sincere thank you, to them and the others who gave mom such superior care.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Clem; son, Frank E. Clem; and brother, Ed Yassen.

Mary Ann Clem is survived by her daughters, LaWana (Ward) Grewe and Twylla (Randy) Isakson of Glasgow; daughter-in-law, Marie Gefers of Billings; grand-daughters: Alexie (Zach) Beil, Brianne (Dustin) Brunelle, Shyanne Clem-Isakson and Caite Grewe; and one great grand-daughter Corey Lee Beil.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. A reception will follow at the Glasgow VFW (Fort Peck Post 3107). Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

Friday, May 12th 2017
Candy Arvilla Walker
Candy Arvilla Walker of Glasgow, Montana died on March 4, 2017.

She worked at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow from February 23, 2008 until August 6, 2015 and is sadly missed her family and co-workers.

Candy previously lived in Prattsville, Alabama, Panama City Beach, Florida, and Troy, Montana.

She is survived by her mother, Leona Dutton of Alabama, and her daughter Jymie L. Walker of Montana.

She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Chad Dutton, her husband, William James (Jimmy) Walker, her father, Samuel Dutton Sr., and her brother, Samuel Dutton, Jr.

Condolences may be left at the Cottonwood Inn, which will go to her daughter who graduates from high school this month.

There will be no funeral service.

“We have been reunited, He will be forever more.”
Tuesday, May 9th 2017
Arlene P. Knaff
Arlene P. Knaff passed away January 13, 2017 at the age of 92 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arlene was born Arlene Paterichia Rennick and lived in Hinsdale, Mt until she graduated from High School.

Arlene grew up on the high line and worked in the ship yards in Seattle during World War II. She lived the majority of her life in Glasgow, raising her family after marrying Lawrence Knaff. Arlene was known as a straight forward business person, a very good friend and a person of boundless energy. Arlene was especially lucky at card playing. She loved going out to the “lake”, working in her garden, hunting and fishing with the family and traveling with her husband Lawrence and best friend Irene Allie. Arlene always had one of the nicest yards in town. She had “Pride of Ownership” in everything she did.

Arlene was a woman of the Montana prairie- all nuts and bolts with a beautiful soft side. She was 100% Irish and was born on St. Patrick’s Day.

She is survived by her sons, Tom Vertz and his wife Barbara of Cougar, Washington and Brian Knaff, and his wife Susan, of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also survived by four grandsons, one granddaughter, two great grandchildren and her better than best friends, Sam, Janet, Doug and Linda “Shep” Allie and their families of Glasgow.

She was preceded in death by her former husband Donald Vertz and her late husband of 37 years, Lawrence Knaff, her mother and father Flora & Walter Rennick, both of Hinsdale; a brother and a sister.

Rosary will be May 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Services will be May 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Highland Cemetery. A Luncheon will follow at the Glasgow Elks Lodge.

Arlene will be laid to rest beside her husband Lawrence Knaff and her best friends Sam and Irene Allie.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Roymane V. Christiana
Roymane V. Christiana, 95, passed peacefully May 1, 2017 at FMDH with her family by her side.

Roymane was born November 11, 1921 to Edward and Edith (Matz) Priebe. She was raised on a farm near Wolverton, Minnesota. She was one of three children.

She came to Montana to begin her teaching career. While in Glasgow she meet Francis (Chris) Christiana, the couple married April 8, 1950. To this union two daughters were born. They celebrated 24 years of marriage, before Francis passed away in 1974.

Roymane taught school for 38 years, teaching numerous generations of Valley County Students in their elementary years. She graduated in 1970 from Valley City, North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In addition to her teaching career, she was committed to God and Faith Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. She was a Sunday School Teacher and trustee. Roymane was the last surviving charter member of the Faith Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Montana Education Association and the Retired Teachers Association.

After Roymane retired from teaching she spent the next 20 years of her life alongside her daughter, Anita at the Dairy Queen. Whether frying food, washing dishes or washing the kitchen floor, Roymane was always present and willing to help.

Some of Roymane’s treasured memories included trips and cruises with her daughter Anita. Her grandsons, Ryan and Eric, held a special place in her heart. Her only great-grandson, Jason, was a joy to her as well.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband and her older brother, Warren.

Roymane is survived by her daughters Barbara (Frank) White of Saco and Anita Christiana of Glasgow; grandsons Ryan and Eric White; great-grandson Jason White; sister Beth Sherwin of Northfield, Minnesota; sister-in-law Marguerite (Glenn) Miller of Glasgow.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor John Vallie officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery.

Monday, May 1st 2017
Jane E. Knudson
Jane E. Knudson age 97, passed away on April 30, 2017 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, MT. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5-7 PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT. Services are May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Saco, MT. Interment to follow at Grandview Cemetery in Saco, MT.
Friday, April 28th 2017
Bernard, "Barney" Schultz
Bernard, “Barney” Schultz passed away on April 27, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born in Glen Ullin, ND to Benjamin and Mathilda (Morman) Schultz. Barney had a habit of running through the fields after he was dropped off at country school to get home before his parents did. So, they enrolled him in Glen Ullin at the Catholic School. He graduated in 1953, after which he was drafted into the Army. He was granted a special leave to go home and marry his love, Phyllis Duckwitz of Hebron, ND. After serving as an army medic in Germany, he returned home to his wife and attended Dickinson State Teachers college. In 1959 he was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers where he worked as a sediment sampler on the Missouri River. He was later hired into a training program at the hydroelectric plant in Fort Peck, MT. He went on from journeyman and electrician to eventually supervise the powerhouse. He retired in 1998.

Barney loved his Lord, his wife, and his family. He taught Sunday school and led Boy Scouts for many years. He was an avid hunter throughout his life. Though he may have been a man of few words, he had no problem showing his excitement at his sons’ football games or when a huge buck was spotted in the hills. It was a joy to hear him sing like Jim Nabors.

Barney was preceded in death by his parents, and four siblings, Bob, Adeline, Martha, and Tom. He was survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Terry (Kim) Jung, Dale (Dorothy) Schultz, Daryl (Deb) Schultz, Patrick (Annette) Schultz, and Connie Sharp; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, and 5 siblings, Ken (Rene), Burton (Ellie), Clifford (Ella), Norma (Melvin), and Cathy (Tom).

A visitation will be Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 6-7 PM at the Bell Mortuary. Services are Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary with internment to follow at Highland Cemetery with full military honors.

Thursday, April 27th 2017
Courtney Carlson
Courtney Carlson, 90, of the Baylor, MT community passed away Monday, April 25, 2017 at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.

Courtney was born to parents Arthur Carlson and Amy Watkins Carlson on September 2, 1926 in the family home in the Baylor community. He attended school in Baylor and Opheim as a member of the graduating class of 1945.

Courtney married Harriet Ann Edwards of Opheim, MT on November 22, 1947. They settled on the Carlson family farm, where Courtney and Harriet raised four children and actively farmed until they retired in 1989. Courtney continued to live on his farm until his passing.

Courtney was proceeded in death by his wife Harriet, Brother Cecil, and his father and mother, Art and Amy Carlson.

Courtney is survived by his daughters Shari, Vicki and Kathy, and a son, Corey. Courtney also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Courtney Carlson will be held Monday, July 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Bell Mortuary Chapel in Glasgow, MT, with internment to follow in the Highland Cemetery.

The family requests that donations be directed to the Opheim Ambulance Service.

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