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Tuesday, November 12th 2019

Beryl Ruth DeTienne

On Nov 9th, 2019, Beryl DeTienne began her next journey when she passed away at Valley View Home in Glasgow. She was born in Glasgow on June 25, 1932 to Earl and Alpha (Sevire) Traver. She grew up in Nashua and graduated from Nashua high school. She married Charles DeTienne on April 1st, 1950 and moved to Glasgow later. Beryl worked at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide for many years. She made many wedding and birthday cakes. Her hobbies included gardening and sewing. She enjoyed family time at the cabin and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Alpha Traver; her husband Charles (Charlie); all 4 of her children, Randy, Martin (Marty), Michael and Cathy; and her granddaughter Cassandra. Siblings that preceded her include Charles (Chuck), Duane (Spud), Don (Doc), Judy and George.

Beryl is survived by her sister, Tess (Larry) Watterud and her daughters Brenda and Tami; her daughter in law, Tracy (Ralph) Arnold; her 6 grandchildren, Kay DeTienne (Ray Greenough), Crystal Fallat, Victor (Amy) DeTienne, Joel (Jenny) DeTienne, Kelly Scott Long & Bailey Witte Shields; 16 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, Skyla, Portia, Conner, Tanner, Ethan, Dylan, Harper, Hailey, Christian, Jonathan, Nathanael, Brynlea, Aubree and Brayden. Also 11 great-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Beryl will be held at the Bell Mortuary Thursday, November 14, at 11:00 a.m. with Inurnment in the Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Post #3107.

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Eddie Anthony Erwin

Eddie Anthony Erwin (82) was called home on October 23rd 2019 at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital with his family by his side.

Graveside interment with Military Honors will be Friday, November 8, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. There will be a luncheon following services at the Glasgow VFW.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Eddie was born December 10th 1936 to Samuel & Bulah Erwin of Hugo, Oklahoma. Eddie grew up in Hugo with his siblings; Roscoe, Autrey, Norma, Jo, and Martha. Following in his big brothers footsteps, Eddie enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1957. Eddie completed Air Police Tech School then traveled the world as an Air Force Security Police Specialist, spending years in places like Okinawa, Korea, Canada, and Turkey. Eventually assigned to a small radar base in Opheim, Montana in 1971, Eddie met and fell in love with a “Sassy Little Opheim Girl” (His Words).

In 1973, Eddie married Mildred “Dolly” Isackson and her two children, Betty and Kennie Hallock. Eddie and Dolly packed the family and moved to his next assignment, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A few short years later, Eddie and Dolly were surprised with an unexpected addition to the family, Brian Ed Erwin. In 1977, Eddie retired from the Air Force and the family (Mom) decided to move back to the Glasgow area and made it their home, still to this day. Eddie retired again after working another 20 years at Great Plains Lumber Yard. After retirement, Eddie continued to enjoy life! Loving Fort Peck, camping, fishing, woodworking and home projects. Eddie loved his puppies, watching tennis, spending time with friends and being harassed by his grandbabies

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents and his five siblings. Eddie was survived by his wife, Dolly, of 47 years, his four-legged companions, Charlie and Hope, son Brian (Tierra) Erwin of Wolf Point, son Kennie (Jetra) Hallock of Glendive, daughter Betty (Kevin) Lawrence of Billings, Grandchildren, Samuel and Annika Erwin, Brodie and Josie Hallock, and Aaron Dowell, a special sister-in-law, Lorraine Archambeault, countless nieces, nephews, and many countless friends all across the country, all whom he held close to his heart.

Forever Missed, Often Remembered, Never forgotten.

Monday, October 28th 2019

Jack Edward Bishop

Jack Edward Bishop passed away into the loving arms of his Savior, Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Hi-Line Retirement Home in Malta, Montana, with his loving wife by his side. Born the youngest of ten in Bassett, Nebraska, on April 26, 1940 to Fred and Ida Ellen (Lesher) Bishop. Jack would often tease he had more moms to keep him in line than any kid he knew. Early on he was given the nickname Jackson by his sister, Doris. The family moved to Minnesota and finally settled in International Falls. Jack and his brother, Floyd, were the prankers of the bunch. The stories they would share would have you laughing, add the Brottem family into the mix, and it was guaranteed hours of entertainment.
After graduating from Falls High School in 1958, Jack took on carpentry, and it was his life-long hobby. He then was hired on the paper mill, moving up to maintenance supervisor right away. He married Janice Dugas and together they had three children: Lori, Jeff, and Mary. They later moved to Lebanon, Oregon, where he became a journeyman pipefitter crane operator and foreman with the plywood mill. After their divorce, Jack transferred to Bonner, Montana, to work in the mill. While in the Missoula area, he bought Montana artist Edgar Paxon’s home and completely restored it to put it on the historical register.
After the mill shut down, he drove over-the-road as a truck driver. He then became the state boiler inspector for the eastern half of Montana. After moving to Bridger, he went back over-the-road and drove for a few more years. Jack decided on a career change; he worked for the Sage Corporation as a truck driving instructor, he taught hundreds of students all over the western United States. While working in Kalispell, he met his wife, Leslie. Together they had Jackson and Jacob.
Jack was contracted through Schlumberger to teach driving in Wyoming and Colorado. He was offered to be hired full-time and to move his family to Egypt. After finding out he was going to be a father again, he declined their offer. A medical issue forced him into early retirement. Jack and Leslie acquired an antique store and ran it for a number of years. However, Jack knew the importance of living on a farm, so the family moved to Opheim. Moreover, he wanted to go back to basics and live on a farm to raise his boys like he was raised. He did enjoy a few years, often hauling for local farmers. Jackson and Jacob loved riding in the semi with their father. Unfortunately, Jack became ill again, and his dream was shattered. He was diagnosed with the early stages of vascular dementia. The most challenging task was for him to surrender his commercial driver’s license.
Jack was raised in the Assembly of God Church and loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. He believed in being saved by grace and the power of prayer. He looked forward to going to church on Sunday mornings. He loved his family, extended family, and friends. Jack and his daughter, Mary, restored a 1965 Mustang as gift to her. Jack was an avid elk hunter in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. He enjoyed collecting antiques, playing cards, traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, the outdoors, raising goats, and Thanksgiving dinner. He was a master welder and carpenter. Jack was a natural leader and hard worker, but also a prankster, loved to laugh, and always optimistic. He enjoyed singing gospel, country western, and bluegrass music. He was a union and Elks Club member.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his sisters, Lulu Rogee, Vivian Clyde, Peggy Korte, Deloris Brottem, and Dorothy Cranston, and a special nephew J.R. Rogee.

Survivors include his wife, Leslie, of Glasgow, Montana; sons Jeff Bishop of Portland, Oregon, Jackson and Jacob Bishop of Glasgow, Montana; daughters Lori Bishop of Lebanon, Oregon and Mary (Jay) Durkee Albany of Oregon; brothers Fred Bishop of Glendale, Arizona, and Floyd Bishop of Lake Charles, Louisiana; sisters Doris Van Hale of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Leora Simon of Crookston, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews known as the Brottem bunch of China, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Canada and good friends Tom and Kathy Mudd of Bridger, Montana.
The family would like to thank Hi-Line Retirement Home and the loving care they provided Jack, especially in his last days.
“Dad, you were the best ever, we will always love you and miss you”…Your Kids.
As per Jack’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Glasgow Evangelical Church with Reverend John Skillman officiating. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service. Condolence may be sent to P.O. Box 727, Glasgow, MT.

Monday, October 28th 2019

Richard Lynn Skyberg

Richard Lynn Skyberg, 60, of Havre, Montana passed on October 25, 2019. He was born in Glasgow, Montana on May 17, 1959. He was the second son of four, born to Melvin and Borghild (Hove) Skyberg. He graduated from Nashua High School and DeVry University with a Bachelor's Degree in the Electronic Technician Curriculum, working in cable/satellite installation for 32 years.

Richard moved to Havre, Montana in 1990 where he met his current wife Sharon in 1992, they married October 4, 1997. Although he did not have any biological children, Richard raised his two step-daughters and two adopted sons as his own. He resided on the family farm that he shared with Sharon in Havre until his passing.

He was a long-time member of Northwest Antique Power Association and North Central Montana Antique Enthusiasts. He enjoyed hunting, camping and basically anything having to do with the outdoors. His major passions were the antique engines that he worked on.

Richard is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sharon Skyberg; his four children, Ella Olin, Jessica Garza, Gabriel and Alexander; his 11 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Richard, Rebecca, Thomas, Isaiah, Christian, Emma-lee, Kira, Nora and Anastasia; three great-grandchildren, Kaison, Kinsley and Jaxon; three brothers, Steve Skyberg of Columbia Falls, Montana, Jim (Carol) Skyberg of Greenville, South Carolina, and Paul (Bobbi and their two children, Emily and Nick) Skyberg of Fort Peck, Montana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his mother Borghild, his father Melvin and first grandchild Taylor.

A Celebration of Life will be held 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Eagles Club in Havre, Montana. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Bonnie Novak officiating. Burial will follow services in Fort Peck Cemetery, Fort Peck, Montana.

Monday, October 21st 2019

Lona Lee (Montgomery) Simensen

Lona Lee (Montgomery) Simensen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana where she has resided since 2017.

Born April 11, 1934 to Oliver and Viola (Johnson) Montgomery in Wolf Point, Montana, Lona also grew up in Wolf Point where she met and married a handsome young man, the love of her life, Kastor Simensen on April 29, 1950. Together they raised six children: four boys and two girls: Dean, Tom, Mona, Kenn, Marlyce, and Kris.

While at Wolf Point High School, Lona was a cheerleader, a twirler, and drum majorette. She loved the basketball and football games as well as anything involving music.

In her early adult years, Lona was a devoted full-time wife, mother, and homemaker, often singing as she worked. She loved all kinds of music, especially the old gospel hymns, country music, and later on the Gaithers gospel music. She also took time for church activities including choir, lady’s aide activities, even serving as president for a term. When the kids were older, she helped Kastor with his plumbing and heating business by working at the shop, taking phone calls, cleaning, and catching up on her ironing.

She loved to cook and bake and became very good at it. Her family, as well as many friends and neighbors were the beneficiaries, and will always remember her delicious meals and baked goods— especially her homemade buns and cinnamon rolls. She collected cook books, and actually read them, always looking for new recipes to try. She learned and perfected many Norwegian recipes such as meatballs, rice pudding and baked goods.

Lona’s culinary skills, along with her love of people, (possibly her most shining attribute), all came together in 1976 when she and Kastor bought and operated Hamill’s Drive-in in Wolf Point —where she realized her dream of having a “part-time job.” In 1978, the old drive-in was torn down and, in its place, they built Burger Kitchen, a beautiful new restaurant which became a more-than-full-time job for more than 12 years until it was sold.

After selling the Burger Kitchen, they moved to the Park Grove area on the Dredge Cuts of Fort Peck Lake. She and Kastor both loved the outdoors, boating, and traveling the world, including several trips to visit Kastor’s relatives in Norway. They also made time to attend graduations, weddings, and other special events involving their 14 grandchildren. For 12 years, they spent winters in Queen Valley, Arizona, where they met several delightful couples and enjoyed many good times together— golfing, hiking, sightseeing, shows, or just enjoying a meal together.

Lona was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Viola Montgomery; Kastor’s parents Torbjorn (Tom) and Andrea Simensen; one sister and her husband, Jeannie and Hans Pohl; brother-in-law James Burt; all of Kastor’s siblings and their wives: Susie and Johannes Osterhus, Gerald and Ruth Simensen, Donald and Dorothy Simensen, and son-in-law Terry Fast.

She is survived by her husband Kastor Simensen of Fort Peck, Montana; sister, Helen Burt of Billings, Montana; her six children: Dean (Lu) Simensen of Minot, North Dakota, Tom (Cathy) Simensen of Kalispell, Montana, Mona Fast of Fort Peck, Montana, Kenn (Lynette) Simensen of Minot, North Dakota, Marlyce (Bill) Braaten of Fort Peck, Montana, and Kristopher (Leslie) Simensen of Glasgow, Montana; plus 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
We are sad and mourning her loss, but also rejoicing over the many promises in the Bible, God’s love letter to us, that Lona is now healed and whole in heaven—with her new body—singing and dancing and praising her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ for his awesome love and sacrifice, and being reunited with loved ones already there.

A special thank you goes to some “earthly angels” Martha, Joanne, Kim, and all the staff at Valley View Home for your loving care of Mom during her last difficult days and hours on earth.

A memorial service celebrating Lona’s life will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 2PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana.

All are welcome to attend, but if you cannot, cards may be sent to the family at PO Box 125, Fort Peck, Montana 59223.

Memorials in Lona’s name may be given to Valley View Home Foundation, 1225 Perry Lane, Glasgow, Montana 59230

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Charles "Chuck " P. Sundeen

Charles “Chuck” P. Sundeen, 60, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away October 13, 2019 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Chuck was born July 12, 1959 to Kenneth and Doris (Lehn) Sundeen in Princeton, Minnesota.

Chuck married Laurie Gobely in 1979 and they made their home in Minnesota. In 1999 they moved to Gillette, Wyoming and eventually made their home in Fort Peck, Montana in 2013. Chuck was a carpenter by trade.

Chuck will be remembered as a great family man, even to the “outsiders”. He loved to make people laugh. Chuck loved all manners of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and being outdoors; except for golfing.

Chuck is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurie; mom, Doris; daughter Jessica (JD); son Thomas (Tonia); nine grandchildren Kyler, Breanna, Austin, Quinten, Olivia, Taden, TenLea, Taryn and Taya; great-granddaughter Charlotte; brothers Ron, Mark, Brian, and Jeff; sisters Mary, Deb, Jan and Jodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana, with a Rosary being prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will be at a later date.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

Robert J. Schumacher

Robert J. Schumacher, 102, of Glasgow, Montana passed away peacefully at Valley View Home October 10, 2019.

Robert was born to Julius and Jennie (Emler) Schumacher August 2, 1917 in Bloomington Township, Wisconsin. Robert served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate with the Construction/Builder unit and later settled in the Glasgow, Montana area. He was a part of numerous musical groups and taught many kids how to fish.

Robert is survived by his children, Loetta Kurt, Robert Schumacher Jr., John Schumacher, James Schumacher, Joshua Coder; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Loeffelholz.

Military Honors and a short Time of Remembrance will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Burial will be in the Nashua Cemetery in Nashua, Montana.

Monday, October 14th 2019

James D. Holmes

James D. Holmes passed away September 30th, 2019, at his home in Freeport, Florida, after a brief bout with an aggressive cancer. He was born the fifth of six children, to Richard Holmes and Minnie Quattlebaum-Holmes in Pulaski County, GA on December 11th, 1931.

James grew up in a farming community, plowing a mule from 8 to 16 years of age, as he loved to tell us. He had a burning desire for an education and a career, which led him to join the Navy at the age of 19 and half years old. During his years in the Navy he served in the Korean War. After receiving his high school diploma, he continued his education at Devry Tech in Chicago, IL and Southern Tech in Chamblee, GA. He never stopped pursuing success, which he eagerly chased. During his 30 years in industry, his perseverance through his career brought him to efficaciously climb the ladder within the corporate world. One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1973 when he was chosen to represent the U.S. State Department to negotiate with the Vietnamese Government, to end the Vietnam War. He also spent 20 years in U.S. Civil Service – the last 10 years he spent with the Space and Missiles System Program. James was a 59-year Master Mason of the Tyrian Lodge in Macon, Georgia. He was a Scottish and York Rites Mason and a Shriner for over 50 years.

However, James Holmes was more than just a hard-working man. He was a revered man by family and friends alike. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Richard and Minnie Holmes, his sister Flora Mae Benford, and his brother Jessie Holmes. His beloved wife, Arlene Holmes, to whom he was married for over 46 years, survives James. He is also survived by his sisters Kathleen Hall, Trudie Warren and brother Louie Holmes; his daughter Pam Wilcox and husband Dr. John Wilcox, his son Bradley Holmes and wife Marshea, and his son Jeffrey Holmes; his six grandchildren Robert Wilcox, Katherine Wilcox, Samuel James Wilcox, Kelly Lynn Wilcox, Judson Holmes, Anna Shea Holmes; his three great-grandchildren Hudson, Landon and Grayson Wilcox; and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his family that survives him, James will be missed by many friends he has made through his remarkable life.

Funeral graveside services with military honors will be held October 4, 2019, 2:00PM EDT, at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA. Address for Andersonville National Cemetery is 760 POW Road, Andersonville, Georgia 31711.

Graveside services will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia beginning at 2 p.m. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy.

Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

Tiburscia “Toby” Anderson, 91, went to be with the LORD on October 10, 2019.

Born the eldest child of the late Alberto and Pilar Gomez on November 27, 1927.

Her entire life was devoted in service to her Savior, Jesus Christ and to her family in whom she loved so very much.

Her early life experience was in the state of Kansas and later in the state of Indiana. Eventually, she married Henry R. Vallejo and settled in Chicago, Illinois and remained there for about 35 years.

Toby and Henry begat a family of 10: Linda, Dolores, Richard, Henry Jr., Rosemary, Albert, Samuel, Patricia, Christine, and David.

In September 1971, Henry her spouse of 23 years passed away.

In August 1974, Toby married Robert L. Anderson of Riverside, California and became a loving mother to Rick, Terry, and Tina Anderson.

She loved her family and friends very much and especially the folks of St. Marie and Glasgow.

Toby remained married to Robert until her death, and is survived by the Vallejo and Anderson children and their spouses, and 120 grand and great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., October 18, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Owen Childers officiating. Burial will take place in Highland Cemetery following services.

Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

Monday, October 14th 2019

Tuburscia "Toby" Anderson

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