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Monday, December 5th 2016
James Casper (Jim) Holter
Jim Holter, age 70, passed away December 2, 2016, after a short battle with cancer.
Services will be held at the Assembly of God Church Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11a.m.
James Casper (Jim to most, Jimmy to only a chosen few) was born October 16, 1946, in Billings, MT to Cap and Idell Holter.
The young family moved back to Glasgow when Jim was still a baby, where he was joined by sister Sylvia, brother Curt, then sister Joyce.
Jim attended Glasgow schools, actively involved in FFA, 4-H, Key Club and Wrestling. After the family moved to the farm in 1957, Jim’s days were spent milking, feeding the animals, cutting hay, picking rock out of the fields and burning the midnight oil doing his school work.
He enjoyed riding horses, rock cutting and polishing and wood lathing.
Wrestling became a great passion of his, so he had to fit that activity in with all his chore duties.
Jim attended Concordia College, then enlisted in the Marines and was stationed at San Diego, California, and Okinawa, Japan.
He married his first wife, Joyce Granley from Bainville and they had two children, daughter Kirsten followed by son Dion. He and Joyce were divorced and he later met and married Sandra Halverson, together they raised Shaw Halverson.
Jim enjoyed teaching for several years.
Jim has remained active in all the wrestling programs as fan, assistant to coaches and coaching AAU wrestling. He also enjoyed his bowling team and missed being involved with that this season.
Mission trips to Mexico were highlights in his Christian life. Jim loved music and used his talents to man the sound board for the church worship team.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Cap and Idell Holter and his second wife Sandra.
He is survived by his children Dion (Kelley) and grandchildren Sydney, Isaac, Macey and Remi Holter of Greenville, Tennessee; Kirsten (Jake) and granddaughter Paige Hatzenbiler and a great grandson, Rylan of Belle Fouche, South Dakota; Sisters Sylvia Little, Joyce (Dan) Miller and brother Curt (Becky) Holter, and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim has been laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm.
Friday, November 25th 2016
Gary Wayne Klind
Gary Wayne Klind, 71, died on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 in Billings, MT.
Gary Wayne Klind was born on June 23rd, 1945 to Wiano and Eleanor Klind in Malta, MT. Gary was the second of three children.
Gary was a lifelong resident of Hinsdale, MT. He was raised on a ranch south of Hinsdale. He graduated in 1963 from Hinsdale High School. After Graduation, Gary attended Northern Montanan College in Havre. In 1965 Gary took over the farm and ranch south of Hinsdale. In 1967 Gary married Gloria Faraasen. Gary and Gloria had two sons, Gary Scott who was born in 1969 and Macy Lee in 1971.
In his early years when Gary was not busy on the ranch he enjoyed spending time with his family water skiing, fishing, and barbequing at the Milk River. Gary was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed bowling, playing softball, and snowmobiling. Gary enjoyed the time he spent refereeing basketball and umping baseball. He was also a substitute teacher in the Ag department at the Hinsdale school. He as an honorary lifetime member of the FFA. Gary was also active in the Kyle Lodge #96 for many years. He served on the Nemont Telephone board for thirty plus years. He spent many hours volunteering in the Hinsdale community. He was a member of the Milk River Cowboy Association, as well as the Hinsdale roping club.
Gary was very proud of his boys Scott and Macy. During their high school years he spent many hours on the road following Raider Basketball and High School Rodeo.
In 2000 Gary retired from the farming and ranching business. He then enjoyed carpentry and following his grandkids.
One of Gary’s biggest highlights was when his sister Debbie came to visit. Together they enjoyed traveling the State of Montana and catching up with friends and family near and far. Gary spent one winter in Virginia with Debbie. That winter was one of his fondest memories and spoke of it often.
Gary was blessed with a true friend in David, Dodad, Hillman. In their younger years, they reffed, hunted and fished together. When their kids got old enough to play sports they gave up their whistles and stated cheering from the bleachers. Dodad was a loyal friend to the very end.
When Gary’s health started to fail he really enjoyed getting on Facebook to follow and catch up with family and friends. One of Gary’s biggest highlights was when friends stopped by the ranch to have a cup or two of coffee and visit.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Margaret Carl. Survivors include sons Gary Scott Klind of Worden, MT and Macy (Toby) Klind of Glasgow, MT. Grandchildren Cassidy (Cody) Stensland, Kylee Klind, Caitlyn Moran, Randi Klind, Trevor Klind and Huxley Klind. One sister, Debra Owen of Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 1p.m. in Hinsdale at the Legion Hall.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Hinsdale Fire Department or the Hinsdale Ambulance.
Wednesday, November 16th 2016
LeRoy Donald Johnson
LeRoy Donald Johnson, age 87, passed away on November 16th, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

LeRoy was born in Cartwright, North Dakota on May 21st, 1929 and was raised in Froid, Montana. He was the son of Emil and Hilma (Erickson) Johnson. He started working for the Railroad in 1947 and retired in 1991. LeRoy was a proud Marine having served from 1949-1952.

LeRoy married Rose (Nelson) Johnson in 1965 and enjoyed 51 years of marriage. From this union three daughters were born Joey, Pam and LeAnne.

LeRoy is survived by his loving wife, Rose; daughters Joey (George) Eastman, Pam Johnson and LeAnne (Hank) Donovan; Sister-in-law Verna Johnson; his buddy Bimbo; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews including Korene (Andy) Anderson and Dale, Dean and Dallas Johnson.

LeRoy was preceded in death by grandson T.J. Miller; two brothers Gilman and Nonie Johnson; and sister Hazel Peters.

Services will be held Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana with full military honors. A reception will be held afterward at Pam Johnson’s home at 507 10th St. North in Glasgow, Montana.
Tuesday, November 15th 2016
Leo F. Barthelmess Sr.
MALTA-Leo F Barthelmess Sr. (88) surrounded by family and friends peacefully passed away on November 14, 2016.

The family will receive friends at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 16, at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday November 17 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. In-Lew of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hi Line Retirement Center in Malta MT.

Leo was born May 3, 1928 in Miles City MT to Casey and Anna (Oby) Barthelmess. He grew up on the family ranch at Olive MT with 4 Brothers and 1 Sister, Richard, Bob Casey (Ward) Rosemary and Randall. He Graduated from Custer County High School in 1946. Leo married Mary Emily Robinson on October 16, 1954 out of the marriage came 4 children born Leo (1955) Chris (1957), Emily (1974) and Marian (1977). Leo, Mary Emily and the boys moved to a ranch near Fort Peck Montana in the spring of 1960 where they lived until they moved and settled to the Content Community in South Phillips County Montana in 1964. Leo with his family by his side weathered all the ups and downs of agriculture for 52 years. Leo and Mary Emily moved to Malta in 2011 where he continued to make positive contributions to the management of the ranch until his passing.

He is survived by his wife Mary Emily, Leo & Darla (Ereaux) Barthelmess, Chris Barthelmess, Emily & Scott Arthun and Marian Barthelmess. His grandchildren are Anna & Cliff Merriman, their children Courtney and Beau, Eric Barthelmess and Scot & Rachel (Nash) Barthelmess and their children Tade and Toby. He is also survived by his older brother Ward Barthelmess, Rosemary (George) Zettler and Doctor Randall (Judy) Barthelmess. Survived by close family and friend, Scott (Lisa) Bjornson and Walter “Chip” Gibbs and numerous nieces and nephews.
Monday, November 14th 2016
Casper O. (Cap) Holter at age 97, passed away, in the comfort of the Lord surrounded by family, November 9, 2016.
Casper O. Holter was born April 3, 1919 to John and Karen Holter. Cap’s father and mother came from Norway and homesteaded in 1908. Cap bought the land from his dad and continued to farm it himself until he began leasing the farm land, lending an active hand as he could, to whoever was putting the crop in and harvesting.
Cap attended country schools in the Cherry Creek area, walking several miles and riding in a buggy. He was disappointed that he didn’t go through all the grades, but had to go to work after the eighth grade, like many depression era young men had to. As a young man, during the building of Fort Peck Dam, he was hired and worked until someone discovered the young men were too young to be working there, so, they were assigned to the CCC’s, the Civilian Conservation Corps. They were sent to western Montana to work on roads and learn trades. This prepared them for enlistment in the Military. Cap told stories of traveling with other CCC members from the area, it was always an adventure!
In 1940 Cap enlisted in the Army Montana National Guard 163rd Infantry, serving as T-SGT Instructor, New Guinea/Papuan Campaign. Motor Vehicle Maintenance, earning a Distinguished Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal.
In 1945, he returned to the states to Fort Benning, Georgia where, at a USO club dance, standing in the line waiting to be paired up with dance partners, he traded places with a tall guy because he had spotted the tiniest little thing next in line, and he wanted that one. He and Idell Wood from West Point, Georgia were married there June 17, 1945.
They returned to Billings, Montana where Cap worked for Archie Cochran Ford and son Jim was born. Cap’s dad was getting older and needed help on the farm, so they moved back to Glasgow, and Cap began a long career as an autobody repair man at Hanson Merson Motors.
Three more children were born, Sylvia in 1949, Curtis in 1952, and Joyce in 1958. Growing up during the depression years formed much of Cap’s personality. Working hard was second nature, making do and being thankful for what you have was expected, and enjoying yourself when the work was done, was your reward.
Cap never forgot not having things to use or work with during those lean years, so he learned to take what he had and turn it into what was needed, either by fixing it or manufacturing it. The process came in handy when he was in New Guinea and Australia in the war. He made a welder and a washing machine among many other innovations, which proved useful to the cause.
“The Farm” was where many enlisted men who were stationed at Glasgow Air Force Base, could spend their time off, Cap would come home from working at the Body Shop and help fix a car to get them back to the base on time. He let the guys heading overseas, store their car till they returned. Even if they didn’t come back to get it, he wouldn’t get rid of it.
Cap tells that at a very young age, maybe 6 or so, he heard a woman who was cooking for a threshing crew, playing an accordion and she asked him if he wanted to try it. He played well enough that she told his mother, she better get that boy an accordion. Throughout 90 years Cap has been entertaining folks with his music!
Cap was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Idell, his sisters Bertha Vukasin and Elsie Kessler and brother Art Holter.
Cap is survived by his youngest sister Inga Shay, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, by his children Jim, Sylvia, Curt (Becky), Joyce (Dan) and extended family and friends.
Cap has been laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm. VFW Post 3107 provided military rites.
Services will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 2p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.
Thursday, November 10th 2016
Connie Mae Whitten
Connie Mae Whitten passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family beside her on November 9th, 2016. Connie was diagnosed in 2009 with Pancreatic Cancer. Connie was in remission for six years. In 2015 Connie was told her cancer was back and had spread. Connie knew she had limited time so she spent her days with her family loving them and making memories.

Connie was born on June 27, 1958 to Walter and Darlene Murch. Connie attended School in Nashua, Montana until she graduated in 1976. Connie married her one true love Elmer Whitten better known as Red on March 29, 1986. This is when they started the dance of their lives. They raised four amazing children; Michael, April, Krystal and James Andrew (Andy). Connie loved every minute of her life with Red and their kids. Then came the grandkids. They were blessed with seven perfect angels; Ashtyn, Blaine, Cade, Davyn, Keigan, Kambryn and Mason. Grandma Connie spent many hours watching school programs, sporting events and loving and cherishing every moment with them. Connie would light up whenever talking about her kids and grandkids.

Connie was a giving, caring, loving person. She would always tell her sisters “Our kids have three moms- we all love them and we will always be there for them”. Connie was a loving sister and always took care of all of them. Starting with beating up any boys that ever picked on her brother Dave, to putting up with her two baby sisters always getting into her things and telling all her secrets.

Connie lived the dance of life right up to her final day. Connie left us with memories of love, laughter and smiles.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Red Whitten.

Survivors include her parents, Walt and Darlene Much of Nashua; son Michael (Erin) Myrick and their four kids, Ashtyn, Blaine, Cade and Davyn Myrick of Glasgow, daughter April (Jesse) Block and their two kids, Keigan Skolrud and Kambryn Block of Nashua, daughter Krystal (Bryan) Cahill and their son, Mason of Killeen, Texas and son James Andrew Whitten of Billings; brother, Dave Murch of Billings; sisters, Lori Kolstad of Glasgow and Peggy Lauckner of Nashua; numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own.

Connie will be missed by all and loved forever. We will look to the stars at night and know that she is there smiling down at us sending us love until we see her again.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. A luncheon will follow services at Sunnyside Country Club. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com.
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