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Friday, June 26th 2015
Elmer E. (Red) Whitten
Elmer E. Whitten (Red), of Nashua, Montana, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the age of 57.

Red was born to parents Elmer and Mary Whitten on August 26, 1957 in Canyon, Texas. He was the oldest of three boys and attended Canyon High School. On March 29, 1986 Red married Connie Murch. The couple had four children.

Red worked as a self-employed drywall finisher, at BNSF, and gunsmithing until he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2013.

Red enjoyed his children and grandchildren very much. Red was a wonderful father and husband. They had an awesome love and life together. Red was a friend to everyone he met and loved to visit with all he saw. Red was full of life and loved to joke around with everyone. Red knew the meaning of love and life and was full of both. He was a true southern gentleman, opening the doors for Connie and taking her arm to walk side by side with her.

Red loved going to the range to sight in guns and he loved to hunt. Most of all he loved being with his family and playing with his grandkids. His laughter, kindness, and smile we will always miss but never forget.

Red is survived by his wife Connie, his mother Mary Whitten of Canyon, TX, his children Michael (Erin) Myrick and their children Ashtyn, Blaine, Cade, and Davyn of Glasgow; his daughter April (Jesse) Block and their children Keigan Skolrud and Kambryn Block of Nashua; his daughter Krystal (Brian) Cahill and their son Mason Reid Cahill of Killeen, TX; and son James Whitten of Billings. He is survived by two brothers; Erik Whitten of Canyon, TX and Evan Whitten of Dallas, TX. Red is also survived by Connie’s parents Walt and Darlene Murch. Red is survived by sister-in-laws Peggy Lauckner, Lori Kolstad and their families. He is survived by a brother-in-law Dave Murch and his family as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. A luncheon will follow at the church. Condolences for the family may be left at: www.bellmortuarymontana.com. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015
Donald Strang
On a beautiful day on the Hi-Line (which he loved so much) Donald Strang saddled up and rode into his eternal green pasture. After a short bout of cancer his passing was very peaceful at Francis Mahon Hospital in Glasgow, with family and friends by his side. He passed this world exactly one year to the minute of his beloved oldest grandchild, WD, passing last June 14th.

Donald was born in Bozeman to Newell and Annabelle on Aug. 7, 1941, and married his high school love, wife Judy, on May 14, 1959.

As a young man he was presented a national award by the Coca Cola Company. At the age of 21 he was honored to join the Bozeman Police Force also achieving honors from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He was given the opportunity to head the city water department for several years eventually enabling him to purchase the Rosenberg place on Portnell Rd. He continued his custom haying in his wonderful new neighborhood of farmers and friends, and along with his dog Blue was seen around the Gallatin Gateway community where the farmers would gather for coffee regularly.

Don's greatest memories were the years he raised and trained his beautiful quarter horses for calf/team roping and was so proud of some that went on to be successful, even appearing in horse magazines. He was also proud of belonging to the "roping club" in Bozeman, roping and entering rodeos with them, and mentor, icon and friend Hup Davis.

Due to the growing population, Don pursued the opportunity to purchase farming and horse property in Townsend. He and his family enjoyed many years building new friendships there, as well as the privilege of riding and helping at the Iverson ranch. After moving there he did not stay retired as he was asked to "help" open and manage the new silo gas station at Wheat Montana Bakeries. He found giving out information and directions to tourists brought even new friendships and many returned to see him through the years. Oh yes, let’s not forget his special friends in Three Forks and his loved "green caddy" from there.

After purchasing a horse haven in Malta, he and his wife actually, finally retired, in Hinsdale, where they learned the true meaning of retirement, and fellowship of a little village. Friendship of their new community and friends, brought happiness and relationships that are priceless. Once again he was helping with branding, shipping and shearing with local ranchers (a retired farmer's dream).

He and his family enjoyed the fellowship of Grand Avenue Christian Church (where he and his wife served in many leadership roles for many years), the Methodist church in Townsend and the Lutheran Church of Hinsdale.

The last few weeks of his life an opportunity arose that he wished he had been able to explore earlier, giving railroad employees transportation for PTI along the highline, meeting yet more wonderful friends, coworkers and an awesome boss.

Our family has already been comforted by the outpouring of wonderful tributes shared by people he touched throughout his life, "Don was a nice guy, that was always kind, you don't forget people like him," "I always used Don as the standard to measure other cowboys."

Being a graduate from the "new" (1959) Bozeman Senior High School, Don remained a fan of the Bozeman Hawks, Bobcats, Townsend Bulldogs, Malta Mustangs, Glasgow Scotties, the great Hinsdale Raiders and the NFR and PBR.

Many memories include celebrating his youngest granddaughter graduating from Bozeman Senior High, the week prior to his passing, at which time he reunited with many Bozeman friends and family.

Priceless memories were made at the Strang family reunion hosted by the Craigs at their beautiful cabin lakeside at Canyon Ferry, and a recent reunion hosted by his sister Esther in Billings.

Our Papa is survived by his high school love Judy, wife of 56 years, daughters Vicki (Rick) Harrison, Teri (Russ) Thayer, Staci (Monte) Anderson all of Bozeman. Grandchildren Max (Nichole) Lane and Riley Harrison, of Bozeman, Tawni (Justin) Jetter of Salt Lake City, Utah, Nikki (Todd) McGraw of Houston Texas, Matie (Dakota) Gary and EldaMae Allard and Annabelle Anderson of Bozeman. Sisters Esther (Dick) Strong and Betty Stratton of Billings and Linda (John) Craig of Helena. Cousins Barbara Farnes of Laurel and Howard Hersey of Utah, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by parents Newell and Annabelle. In-laws, Max and Betty Puckett, cousin Bobby Hersey. Aunt Maude and Louis Hersey, Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Forrrest Goman, Aunt Jean Wilson and Uncle Tom, Grandparents Harry and Ruby Wilson, his "buddy" and Grandson Dub Harrison, God-son Dusty Cline and numerous friends.

Celebrations of Donald's life will be held Sunday, July 5 in Hinsdale at the Legion Hall at 2:30 p.m. The celebration in Bozeman will be held at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 2.

Monday, June 22nd 2015
Harold Dean Eide
Harold Dean Eide age 89 of Glasgow, Montana passed away March 18, 2015 in Billings, Montana. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 29th at 11:00 AM at Bell Mortuary. Reception will follow at 12:00 noon at the Cottonwood Inn. For those who would like to attend a graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM at Highland Cemetery.

Harold was born June 29, 1925 to Chester H. Sr. and Erminia J. Eide. Harold lived near Damar, Square Deal, than Glasgow. Harold graduated from Glasgow High School in 1943. He started farming immediately after graduation. Not long after establishing his farm Harold also branched into ranching. Harold and Mary Lou Molvig who had met in high school were married on August 29, 1948 in the Lutheran Church in Wolf Point, Montana.

Harold not only loved farming and ranching, but every animal out there. He was notorious for bringing home strays of any kind. Even Sage hens had a special place in Harold’s heart. Harold also had a love for aviation. He liked to hire pilots to fly him out to check his cows.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Chester H. Jr., Clifford C., Harry E., and nephew Chester H. III (Skip).

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou; nieces Rebecca Rens, Susan Douglass, and Debra Ray; nephews Clifford Jr. (Clay) and Michael.

Monday, June 15th 2015
Robert Dunseth
Robert Dunseth age 81 of Glasgow, Montana passed away June 15th, 2015 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Services will be on Thursday June 18th, 2015 at 1:00 PM and will take place at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Jim O’Guin will be officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Sultan, Washington. Bell Mortuary is assisting in arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Robert was born to Frank and Marian (Stenger) Dunseth July 28, 1933 in Clarkston, WA. He graduated from Charles Francis Adams High School in 1952. Robert enlisted in the military in 1957 and served 9 years in the Air Force. Robert married Candis France in January of 2002.

Robert enjoyed fishing, golfing and eating at buffets. He loved to travel and tell stories. Robert was also known for his quick wit and humor. Robert always talked about him and his father logging in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Robert’s parents precede him in death.

He is survived by his loving spouse Candis A. France; children, Cheryl (Gary) Seese, Laurel (Dale) Wineberner, David Dunseth, Beth Hall(Roger Folden), and Jen (Jim) Brodal; stepdaughter, Angela (Brian) Austin; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Stella (Torgerson) St. Clair
Stella (Torgerson) St. Clair, 101, passed away Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at Frances-Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 10th, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. 2015 at Bell Mortuary. Services will be Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM also at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana. Interment will follow services at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow interment at the Glasgow VFW. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bellmorturarymontans.com.

Stella was born December 4, 1913 to Mikal and Bergit Torgerson in Hatton, ND. She grew up in a family with 9 siblings in Grain Community, Montana north of Nashua. Stella loved being outdoors and helping her father farm. Stella loved every craft imaginable, dancing, exercising, cooking and baking everything; especially Norwegian foods.

Stella married Russell Edward St. Clair and they spent 33 years together until his passing on March 28, 1965. She was an excellent homemaker, worked as a bookkeeper, and in the jewelry business for St. Clair Jewelry.

She was a member of Eastern Star and numerous other civic activities in her community.

Stella is survived by her son, Charles St. Clair of Glasgow, MT; daughter, Nina (Jake) Wines of Helena, MT; six grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great, great, grandchild.

Preceding her in death are her parents, nine siblings, and three spouses.
Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Ethel Lenore Partridge
Ethel Lenore Partridge passed peacefully at Valley View Home in Glasgow on May 21st, 2015 at the age of 95.
Services and a celebration of her life will be Friday, July 3rd at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Glasgow.
Ethel was born in Hinsdale, Montana on April 5th, 1920 to John and Tillie Rasmussen and was the second of eight children. She grew up on the farm and was the valedictorian of the Hinsdale class of 1937 where she played basketball for the Raiders. In 1939 she married Richard Partridge in Glasgow. They lived in Malta and Havre before moving to Glasgow. Together they had seven children. Ethel was a stay at home mother until her youngest children started school when she went to work at Sears in Glasgow and later for the Glasgow School District. She was active in the Southside School PTA as she had children in the Glasgow school system from 1946 to 1973. She was also an active member of the Methodist Church and was a state rep for the United Methodist Women for many years. She was a long time member of Degree of Honor. She served many years as a volunteer working elections at the courthouse. Ethel was instrumental in helping start the Valley County Food Bank from its humble beginning in the basement of the Methodist church. Her leisure time was spent in her garden, doing yard work, and spending time at her cabin at Nelson Reservoir, where she spent three days a week throughout the summer months. Life went full circle for Ethel in her later years, living for a time at Nemont Manor and Valley View Home where for years she had volunteered doing prayer readings, devotions and fixing hair for the residents.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents John and Tillie Rasmussen, four sisters and two brothers, her husband Richard in 1980, daughters Sandra Sandidge in 1995 and Sheila Coates in 2001.
Ethel is survived by sons Frank of Chinook and John (Debi) of Glasgow: daughters Sharon (Dave) Ferguson of Helena, Susan (Richard) Jaworowski of Denver, and Patti (Randall) Fought of Perrysburg, Ohio; sisters Delila Holderman of Glasgow and Doris Reiber of Tacoma. Fifteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews from her large family.
Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Joseph Sugg
There will be a graveside memorial service for Joseph Sugg on Friday, June 12th at 2p.m. at Highland Cemetery. Following the service there will be a reception at the Glasgow VFW.
Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
Charles "Charlie" A. Chapman
Charles “Charlie” A. Chapman, 65, of Glasgow, passed away May 31, 2015 at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.

Funeral services for Charlie will be held Thursday, June 4, at 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, with Pastor Scott Hedegaard officiating, burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 3, from 4-6 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Tributes of sympathy may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Charlie was born on July 4, 1949 to Glyn and Loa (Huxatable-Cruz) Chapman at Park City, Utah. He attended Boulder River School/Hospital and graduated from there in 1962. He later moved to Malta, MT. In 1979, he moved in with the McAuley family for adult family foster care. In 1984, he moved to Glasgow to the Warren Group home and worked at the Milk River Activity Center and the Group Home Garden.

Charlie enjoyed his motorcycle rides, horseback rides, convertible rides, camping and riding his tricycle. He collected radios, and had a huge collection, country music, tv, airplanes and parades. His favorite was the fireworks on his birthday.

Charlie is survived by his sisters; Lisa Chapman, Tina McCombs and Beverly Murnen, and numerous very close friends and care-givers at Milk River.

Preceding him in death are his parents.

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