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Graydon M. Edwards Jr.

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019

Graydon M. Edwards Jr., 90 of Opheim, Montana passed away July 22, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Opheim Community Church in Opheim, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating.

Walter Dewey Murch

Friday, July 19th 2019

Walter Dewey Murch, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family July 16, 2019 at Valley View Home, in Glasgow, Montana.

Walt was born on June 18, 1931 to Dewey and Beatrice (Zeiger) Murch, the oldest of five. Walt graduated from Nashua High School. Walt served in the Army toward the end of the Korean War from 1953 – 1955 where he was an Army Air Section Aircraft Mechanic and achieved the status of a 6th Wing Corporal by the end of the Korean War. He lived in Nashua, Montana all of his life where he met his wife Darlene “Toots” and they were married for 64 years. They raised four children, Dave (Deby) Murch, Connie (Red) Whitten, Lori (Darryl) Kolstad, and Peggy (Will) Lauckner. Walt was proud of his family and loved when they all came to visit.

Walt and Toots enjoyed camping, travel, family dinners, crafts and watching their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Walt was very proud of his family and would smile so big when he spoke of them. He loved to talk about his grandkids. Walt enjoyed his daily drives. Walt always greeted people with a smile and his favorite phrase “Enjoy life while you are young”. He always told everyone enjoy your kids. His love showed through to everyone he came across in his smile and laughter.

Walt is survived by his wife, Toots; three of his four kids and their spouses; fourteen grandkids and twenty-four great-grand kids. Walt is preceded in death by daughter, Connie Whitten; son in-law, Red Whitten and grandson Nick Kolstad.

Services for Walt Murch will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday July 20, 2019 at Peggy Lauckner’s yard at 1402 Milk River Road in Nashua, Montana. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Walt’s life.

Vincent "Jim" Green

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

Vincent “Jim” Green, age 77, of Glasgow, Montana passed away on July 15, 2019.

Jim was born May 18, 1942 in Deer Park, Illinois to Vincent and Ellen (Snell). He attended Ottawa High School. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduation in 1960 where he was stationed in Constantine, Spain.

He married Karen Gremaux in 1964 and had three daughters: Dawna, Stacy, and Heidi.

Jim married Bonnie Watterud in 1978 and had two children; Luree and Jason. Together Jim and Bonnie ran Taco Johns and later Taco Shack in Glasgow.

Jim enjoyed gardening and was an avid supporter of anything that involved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Green; children Dawna (JR) Rasmusan, Stacy Green, Heidi Green, Brad (Jennifer) Stein, Luree (Mike) Chappell, and Jason (Brooke) Green; sister Linda (Roger) Hilton; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Ellen Green, and brother Terry Green.

Services will be at the Assembly of God Church Thursday, July 18th. 11:00 a.m. with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Marvin Barnby

Wednesday, July 10th 2019

Marvin Barnby, 90, passed away in Nampa, Idaho, on Tuesday, April 4, 2018.

He was born August 1, 1927, to George and Frances Barnby. He married Clara Stein in 1950. They later divorced.

He was a Veteran and served in the Air Force in Germany from 1946 – 48. In the Air Force he learned the trade of an electrician and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the National Brotherhood of Electricians Union and worked throughout Montana as an electrician.

In his early career, he was a lineman for Opheim Northern Electric and later at the Glasgow Air Force Base. He also worked in Columbia Falls, Great Falls and finished his career in Colstrip.

He loved horses and gardening. He participated in many of the Northeast Montana wagon trains. He shared a love for the wagon train by inviting family & friends to participate in the events. Marvin owned his own covered wagon. If he wasn’t on a wagon train he could be found in his garden.

He is preceded in death by his son, Darrell Barnby, in 2001; three brothers, Dick, Dale and Don; and one sister, Fern.

Survivors include his son, Randy, and his wife Marla, of Glasgow; daughter Karla, and her husband Robert Newell, of Nampa, Idaho; four grandchildren, Miranda Rice of Glasgow, Chad Newell of Kent, Washington, Lindsey and Landon Newell of Nampa; and one great-grandson, Ryan Rice of Glasgow.

There will be a grave side service for Marvin, Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2p.m. at the Opheim Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, MT. Friends and family are welcome.

Gene LaVerne Brandt

Monday, July 8th 2019

Gene LaVerne Brandt, age 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, friend, and neighbor went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 4, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow.

Gene was born March 22, 1924 on a farm north of Nashua to Otto and Effie (Speyer) Brandt. He attended school at the Bjorklund School north of Nashua through grade 7 and attended Nashua school beginning with grade 8 and graduated from Nashua High School in 1942.

After High-school, Gene went on to Coyne Electric School in Chicago, completing the basic Electrical Course and worked as an Electricians helper in a steel mill in Indiana Harbor, Indiana. He returned to Montana and worked for Nyquist Ranch north of Glasgow for four years before returning to Coyne Electric School to complete the Radio and Refrigeration Course. Gene returned Montana and worked as an electrician in Wolf Point. In 1949 he was called into the Army and was a Radio man at Battalion Headquarters at Fort Lewis, WA. Gene was transferred to the Army Reserves in Jan. 1950 and returned to Wolf Point to work as an electrician where he met his future wife, Doris Georgette Hustad. They were married on July 16, 1950 in Wolf Point. They raised five children: Terrance Keith, Colleen Marie, Barbara Faye, Mark Eugene, and Rebecca Arlene. In Sept. 1950, Gene was called back into the Army and was assigned to a Military Police Co. at Presidio of San Francisco, CA. until Nov. 1951. Gene moved back to farm north of Nashua for many years until retiring and moving to Glasgow in 2000.

Gene was a mechanic, craftsman, inventor, he could repair anything and made some of his own farm equipment. Gene had many hobbies; he was an Amateur Radio Operator “K7HLU” for over 60 years and enjoyed talking with the radio group every morning and still had a current license. He loved restoring things and getting old tractors running again, Gene was a member of the N. E. Montana Thrashers Assoc. and went there for many years running the threshing machine. He enjoyed shooting his black powder rifle and putting together jig saw puzzles which he glued to plywood and hung on the walls.

Gene was on the Board of Directors of the Farmers Union Grain Co. of Glasgow/Nashua for thirty years, the Farmers Union Oil Company of Nashua for ten years, the Valley View Home Board for 6 years and served 2 terms on the Lutheran Church Council in Nashua.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents Otto and Effie Brandt, a brother Ivan Brandt and twin sons who were born prematurely.

Gene is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris; his children, Terrance (Dana) Brandt of Belgrade Mt., Colleen (Tom) Tripp of Glasgow, MT., Barbara (Don) Jones of Sagle, ID., Mark (LeAnne) Brandt of Glasgow, MT., and Rebecca (Carl) Tarum of Saginaw, MI.; his grandchildren, Jason, Rachel, Kierstyn, Stephen, Katrina, Arden, Joshua, Daniel, Jennifer, Marina, Matthew, Benjamin, Kathleen, Andrew, Holly and Nathan; numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren, and his sister Marle Brandt of Gig Harbor, WA., as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary. A reception will follow. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Highland Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. Condolences for the family may be posted online at https://bellmortuarymt.com/ .

O.K. Forest

Monday, July 1st 2019

O.K. Forest, age 88, passed away on June 26, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, MT. O.K. was born August 2, 1930 South of Poplar, MT to Bert and Edith (Westfall) Forest. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. On August 10, 1953 he married Jeanette Brenden. To this union they had three children; Deena, Mike and Kim.
Following his discharge, O.K. started his life long career with Glasgow Readi-Mix. After numerous huge jobs like the Glasgow Air Force Base, Byron Tressler entrusted the Wolf Point Readi-Mix operation to O.K. The family moved to Wolf Point where O.K. finished out his tenure of 42 years in the cement business.
Upon retirement O.K. and Jeanette fulfilled their lifetime dream of having a home on Fort Peck Lake. Jeanette made sure O.K. always had a project; although complaining, he loved every minute. They at last had time to do gardening, canning, fishing and boating that they thoroughly loved. Hosting Family for countless get-togethers was something O.K. really looked forward to and enjoyed. Following their Fort Peck adventure, they spent a few years in Bullhead City, AZ experiencing the warm weather. Ultimately, they returned to O.K.’s beloved Montana to be close to family.
O.K. loved his horses, whether it was roping with his son Mike or taking the family on wagon trains and rodeos. He enjoyed the yearly hunting trips with family and friends, mostly into the Montana Mountains for moose & elk. He was always trying to challenge anyone to a good game of cribbage. O.K. gave endless time every year to the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede.

O.K. is survived by his son: Mike/Laura Forest of Peerless, MT and their children Chad/Jackie & son Easton of Richland and Kyla Forest of Glasgow. Daughter: Kim/Dennis Visser of Williston, ND and their children; Jade of Williston and his daughter Brianna of MN; Ryan and his children Kaeley & Elijah all of Williston; and Jaclyn/Casey Bohanon & daughter Avery Jeanette of Lebanon, TN. The children of the late Deena DeWitt: Stacey DeWitt and her children Slade Martinez both of Wolf Point, Walker DeWitt/Shayna of Billings and Maestro Martinez of Phoenix, AZ; Justin/Arden DeWitt and their children Miexel and LaSandra DeWitt all of Wolf Point along with numerous nieces and nephews. O.K. was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jeanette; daughter Deena DeWitt, his parents, sister Louise McNally and brother LeRoy Forest.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life for O.K. Forest will be held at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer Street in Wolf Point, on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place at the Forest family plot of Poplar, MT Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point, MT has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Richard David Winderl

Monday, July 1st 2019

Richard David Winderl, 85, Longtime resident of Valley County, Passed away at Valley View Home on the afternoon of Friday, June 28, 2019.
Richard was born on March 22, 1934 to Theodore and Blanche (Rouse) Winderl. He was the ninth child of ten sons. He lived on the family farm just south of Richland, Montana.
Richard attended Highland School through 6th grade. He went to a boarding school in Great Falls for a couple of years and then just started high school when he ended up in the hospital and from there he returned home to work on the family farm. In 1957, Richard and his brother George, purchased the farm from their mother. He was also in the National Guard from 1958-1963. Richard and George also started moving houses/building in1963 until they sold their equipment in1978. They leased their farm out in 1997 and eventually sold it to their nephew, RJ.
Richard was a private person and kept many things to himself. If you are lucky enough to earn his trust, he would share personal stories with you. Along with his brothers, he liked spending time in the outdoors. They grew up hunting, trapping animals and working the farm to make a life for the large family. Richard said he first learned to shoot a gun after George gave him a shotgun and a box of shells. He always had an interest in guns and obtained quite a Collection over the years. Richard also had a large fun shell collection and enjoyed re-loading empty shell casings. As an avid collector of guns and shells, he could tell you the history of each particular kind, how many were made, which one he had, and the value of all. Richard was also a collector of coins and has many coin books filled. He also enjoyed finding and ordering coins for friends and family to complete their collections. Richard found pride in always getting the best deal.
Richard and George were almost always seen together, whether it was working on the family farm or going to town. They spent many hours together shooting gophers or whatever critter was in sight. Richard and George also enjoyed going to auctions and gun shows. They didn’t necessarily come home with a purchase as they knew when something was a good deal. They knew the value of everything and would not spend a penny more. Richard also enjoyed his daily drives around the countryside, making sure everything was in its place and if it was not the neighbors were informed. He said he was the “neighborhood watch”. Richard liked to watch a western movie and have a bag of popcorn before going to bed.
After George entered the nursing home in 2007, Richard continued to live on the family farm and would come to Glasgow every week to visit and get groceries. In Mach 2018, Richard ended up in the hospital and with failing health, went to live at Valley View Home. He enjoyed giving the caregivers a hard time and always seemed to know what was going on without ever leaving his room. Richard enjoyed watching the many birds that came to the feeders outside his room. He always appreciated his family and friends who came to visit him.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Joseph, William, Frances, George, Steve, Louis and Charles. Richard is survived by his brothers, Harold (Ann) Winderl of Syracuse, New York and Martin (Janet) Winderl of San Francisco, California; many nieces and nephews including R.J. (Deb) Winderl, Richard Winderl, and Teresa (Grady) Breipohl of the surrounding area.
Services will be Monday July 8, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with Burial in Highland Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Parish center.

Francis V. Jacobs

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

MALTA-Francis V. Jacobs, 82, passed away on June 24, 2019, in Malta with loved ones by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. Viewing will be Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:00 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral Service will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 A.M Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Burial to follow at Malta Cemetery. Francis’s family has requested that memorial donations be made in his name to a charity of your choice.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com
Francis was born in Malta, Montana on June 6, 1937 to Vernon and Frances (Hulbert) Jacobs, and grew up and attended the Community Elementary School in the Whitewater-Loring area. He attended and graduated from Malta High School in 1955. This is where he met the love of his life Dolores Henderson. They were married on June 14, 1958. After marriage they lived and farmed and ranched on Dolores’s family’s homesteads in southern Phillips County, where they continued to grow to help make Jacobs Ranch what it is today. In the fall of 1958 he was employed with a contractor building power lines for the Big Flat Electric Cooperative. They had three children, Joyce, Lee and JoAnn. In the fall of 2012 they bought a home in Malta, and this is where they were residing at the time of his death.
Francis was a gentle, kind and proud man who loved and enjoyed his family. He truly loved what he did on the farm and ranch and worked on it until he just couldn’t any more. He enjoyed the outdoors, in particular dirt work, including his own gravel pit which helped gravel roads in the community. He had a sense for spotting certain rocks and artifacts, and enjoyed dances at the First Creek Hall and polka music. He also enjoyed Saturday nights at the Bucket.
He was involved in his community and served on the Second Creek School Board, the Phillips County Planning Board, the Big Flat Electric Board, was elected and served as a Phillips County Commissioner for six years, and was also appointed to serve on the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana Resource Advising Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Frances Jacobs, sisters Eva May Jacobs and Ina Bell Severeide, and brother Wayne Jacobs.
Francis is survived by his wife Dolores of 61 years, children Joyce (Willy) Hammar of Malta, Mt., Lee (Perri) Jacobs of Malta, Mt., and JoAnn (Bruce) Normandy of Havre, Mt. Grandchildren Julia (Nathan) Aasen, Nicole (Jonathan) Hutchinson, Trent Normandy, and Brett (Shelby) Normandy, great-grandchildren Brody, Logan and Brantley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sherry Lersbak

Wednesday, June 26th 2019

Sherry Lersbak
Sherry L. (Bradley) Lersbak, 73, after returning from a six-week tour of Europe, was diagnosed with Organizing Acute Lung Injury and passed, onto the Lord Tuesday, November 7, 2018.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Sherry at the Glasgow Evangelical Church, in Glasgow, MT, Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12noon. A light lunch will be served during a video and speaking tribute.

Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

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