Franklin Buril Powell
Franklin Buril Powell was born August 17, 1932 in Effie, Minnesota to Wilbur Delton Powell and Macy Gertrude Mohn. He was the 14th of 16 children. Frank grew up in a logging family in northern Minnesota. Frank logged for a while after school and then when he was 20 he saw a sign for the Air Force and decided to talk to the recruiter. As the story was told he hated logging and wanted out of Effie. The recruiter asked him why he wanted to join and Frank said to see the world. Soon after he enlisted, while stationed in California, the same man that recruited him called him to his office and asked if he still wanted to see the world, Frank answered “When do I leave?” He went into the Air Force in 1952 and served for 14 years. He served in France, Germany, Belgium and Tripoli, Africa during his duty. His last tour of duty was Glasgow Air Force base in St. Marie. His time spent overseas was a very cherished time of his life.
He married Sylvia Mae Lenz on July 3, 1969. They raised 4 children: Carolyn “Sue”, Franklin C, Macie and Adam. Frank worked for Etchart Ranch in 1969 and then Hinsdale Livestock until 1977. They then farmed and raised Hereford cattle on the Lenz family farm east of Glasgow. Frank and Sally enjoyed many camping, hiking and rock collecting trips with the kids. He enjoyed pulling the kids on their sleds behind the snowmobile in the winter. Frank was always willing to help a neighbor out in a time of need. He loved cutting firewood and always had huge piles around the house. Frank and Sally loved watching the kids play sports in high school. He always planted a large garden and could often be found eating vegetables right out of it. He was always trying to grow trees and even hauled a pickup load of fertile soil back, from Minnesota to try and help them grow. Frank loved having the grandchildren around enjoying their laughter and often feeding them things they probably shouldn't have.
Frank moved into Valley View after Sally passed away. The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff there for taking such great care of him the past couple years. We know it couldn't have been all sunshine and roses.
Frank passed away in the early morning hours on March 22, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana. He was preceded in death by 14 of 16 siblings and his wife Sally. He is survived by his children: Sue (Bob) Reinhardt, Frank (Jen Skoyen), Macie (Randy) Andersen, and Adam (Amanda); grandchildren: Alyx (Errick) Tracy, Sami (Jason Haider), Paige, Julian and Evan Powell, Kathryn (Tristan Estes), Dwayne, Dawn Andersen, and Tristan Powell; great-grandchildren: Tucker Powell, Madisyn, Caden and Kayson Murch; younger brother Wilbur; older brother Albert; and more nieces and nephews than he could count.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Frank's memory. Funeral services will held at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Evelyn V. Kemp
Evelyn V. Kemp, 89, passed away March 20, 2020 in Glasgow, Montana. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Duane Nasner, age 67, of Wolf Point passed away on March, 10, 2020 in Mesa, AZ.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. The family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. A graveside service will be held 12 p.m. on Monday, March 23 at the Greenwood Cemetery.
If friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to Gospel Fellowship Sunday School (children’s ministry) or the Wolf Point 100 Club.
Mary Ann Remus
Mary Ann Remus of Glasgow, Montana, passed away peacefully at Valley View Home on March 16, 2020 at the age of 90.
Mary Ann was born in Williams, Montana, on February 22, 1930 to Theodore and Genevieve (Hamaker) Farrell. In 1949 she married Hugh Remus and they had four children: Ted, Tim, Connie and Jeff. They later divorced in 1976.
Mary Ann had many hobbies including cross stich, bowling, bingo and she loved to fish. She worked in the Appraisal Office for 26 years and then worked at Dairy Queen for bingo money. She was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, served as Secretary of LWML and taught Sunday school for many years.
Mary Ann is survived by her brother, Tom Farrell of Laurel, Montana; her four children: Ted (Susan) Remus of Green River, Wyoming; Tim Remus of Glasgow, Montana; Connie (Alan) See of Ashland, Montana; and Jeff (Maridene) Remus of Glasgow, Montana; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her father, Ted Farrell; mother, Jennie McIntyre; sisters, Bonnie Garvin and Jennie McPherson and brother, Ted Farrell.
She is with the Lord now and we will always remember for her Christmas cookies.
Mary Ann’s family is having a private family graveside burial. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Sandra Kay Laumeyer
After a very long and courageous battle with cancer, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Sandra Kay Laumeyer, 76, of Nashua, Montana, was greeted with all the fanfair a true warrior and champion deserves by her Lord and all His angels March 9, 2020.
Sandy was born April 14, 1943 in Albia, Iowa to Virginia (Brozovich) and Carl Sonnenberg. She attended school in Albia, Washington Elementary, grades 1 -5, St. Mary’s Parochial School, grades 6-8 (those nuns were strict!) and Albia High School, graduating in 1961. After that,
Sandy stayed at home for a year to help care for her mother. In 1962, she worked for a year as a secretary at Albia High School. She then studied arduously for a position in John Deere and for the next 5 years, worked as an Audit Clerk. She was offered a substantial promotion, but
as the Good Lord would have it, in December 1967, Francis took a trip to Albia to visit his brother where he met Sandy, whom he always called his bride and cook. Within 10 days they knew they had met whom God intended for them, so when Francis asked her to marry him, she quickly said yes (mom always said it was a quick yes because she was sick and wanted to go back to bed!).
Francis and Sandy married October 5, 1968 and, with great joy, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018. They were blessed with four children, Virginia, Linda, Carl and Joseph. Sandy joined Francis on the family farm, where they raised their four children teaching them that God is first, family is second and all the rest of life will follow. She and her husband were widely respected for their registered Polled Herefords. Sandy also worked alongside Francis for many years in all aspects of the farming end including insisting Francis teach her to operate the baler so she could have a break from “the tribe” and of course running for parts, which always included harassing her favorite parts men. However, Sandy had just gotten started...After her children were older and had either moved out or were in high school, she worked part-time at the Farm Service Agency office. After she left FSA, Sandy went on to work closely with Doris Franzen as a volunteer in the typing and editing of Footprints in the Valley. That job led to her being hired by the Glasgow Courier where she worked for the next 9 ½ years. During that time, Sandy was also the writer and editor for the Farm & Ranch magazine. After leaving the Courier, deciding she needed something more to do, Sandy opened River Run Printing in 2001 in Nashua. She kept her doors open until 2012 when her fight for the second time with cancer began in earnest. Although Sandy retired from River Run Printing, she did not quit writing. She began the column for the Courier, “Just a Thought”, in 2013 and wrote for the next 7 years until her health made it extremely difficult to continue. Sandy never failed to take delight and pride in the people’s comments and mailed notes about how much they enjoyed her column. Every compliment was received with the same enthusiasm as the first one. Sandy also took great
pride in her many newspaper awards. One of the most notable moments in her journalism career was meeting US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, or possibly, him meeting her…..
Sandy was a member of Queen of Angels, serving in several capacities, among them teaching
catechism for more than 30 years and as a lay leader for 24 years, until her health dictated otherwise. She was also a member of the Nashua Lions, WIFE, NE MT Hereford-Angus Show and Sale, East HiLine Hereford Association and more organizations than can be remembered. Sandy was an ardent supporter of Nashua Public Schools donating numerous school supplies for children who might not otherwise have enough. Sandy not only believed in helping others, no matter the cost to herself, she practiced that belief every day in countless ways.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Francis Laumeyer, parents, Carl and Virginia Sonnenberg, sisters-in-laws Delores Brabeck, Frances Minks, Verna (Fuhrman) Laumeyer, Bonnie (McGlynn) Laumeyer, and Elizabeth Laumeyer and her brother-in-law, Lawrence Laumeyer.
Sandy is survived by her brother Steve Sonnenberg and his children Chris and Jill; her daughters Virginia Long and Linda Laumeyer; sons Carl (Justine) Laumeyer and Joe (Crystal) Laumeyer; grandchildren Dalton, Denton, Hannah, Walker, Taylor, Trace, Caden and Ellie; brother-in-law Robert Laumeyer, many nieces and nephews and countless other children she always counted as her own.
More than anything, Sandy will be remembered for determination of will, her unflagging spirit and her unconquerable faith.
Vigil service and Funeral service for Sandra have been postponed.
The family of Sandra Laumeyer sincerely appreciates your cooperation in this matter and are grateful for all expressions of sympathy extended to our family.
Delores "Dee" L. Wesen
Dolores “Dee” L. Wesen 91, entered into eternal rest on March 7, 2020, surrounded by her family in Glasgow, Montana
Dee was born on April 21, 1928 in Waseca, Minnesota to Emma (Johnson) and Joseph B. Lee. Dee attended the Waseca Country School until 8th grade and then graduated from Waseca High School in 1946. Dee continued her studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She would spend her college and teaching summers working at various National Parks.
In 1951, Dee was offered a 4th grade teaching job at the South Side School in Glasgow, Montana. On her train ride to Glasgow, she met her life-long friend, DeLores (Larson) Gilchrist, who was also coming to Glasgow to become a teacher. To avoid confusion, Dolores took the nickname “Dee”. The two young ladies then became roommates and shared many special memories together. One of their special memories was double dating their future husbands together.
Dee met her handsome cowboy, John Wesen at Ken’s Supper Club. Dee married John on June 19, 1954 in North Waseca Lutheran Church. The newlyweds made their home at the Micky Anderson place in 1954, shortly thereafter they moved into town to the Shuland addition of Glasgow. In 1961 they became partners in Killion’s Shoes, Dee was active in the running and ownership of the business for more than 50 years. In 1964 they moved to their farm where they kept busy with their ranching and farming duties, and raising their six children. Dee was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and a 4-H leader for 25 years plus. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, cooking, baking with her grandchildren, playing cards, socializing with friends, and walking her dog, Holly. But, her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dee is survived by four daughters, Susan (Dan) Hausauer, Bismarck, North Dakota; Joyce Wesen, Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Donna Wesen, Pocatello, Idaho; Lisa (Allen) Larson, Savage Minnesota; son, Mike (Tara) Wesen of Glasgow, Montana; daughter-in-law, Darcel Wesen of Glasgow, Montana; thirteen grandchildren: Jeron (Sara), Cole, and Kara Wesen; Jon, Jen and Mike Hausauer; Anastasia and Victoria Wesen; Tyler and MaKenzie Wesen; Nick, Matthew, and Josh Larson; four great-grandchildren: Alexys, Harper, Dallas, and Kinley; sisters-in-law Carolyn Muggli and Lois Wesen and numerous nephews and nieces.
Dee is proceeded in death by her cherished husband of 58 years, John; beloved son Curtis; parents, Joe and Emma Lee; brother, Sidney Lee; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.
Family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Memorial Services will be at the First Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 16, 2020 with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. A luncheon will follow the Memorial Service and inurnment will be Highland Cemetery following the luncheon. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com. Memorials can be left in Dee’s name to the donor’s choice.
Donald Gerald Parpart
Donald Gerald Parpart, age 91, formerly of Fort Peck, Montana, went to his Lord on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Glendive Medical Center in Glendive, Montana. Memorial services for Don and Beulah will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Private interment services will be held in the Galpin Church Cemetery in Valley County, Montana Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Donald was born in Antelope, Montana to Paul and Ida (Iverson) Parpart on January 7, 1929. He attended elementary school in Antelope. Dad quit school to work on the family farm as he was gifted in handling the family’s team of horses and was often hired out when the team was rented out to neighbors. Don enlisted into the service in July of 1948 at age eighteen. He trained at Fort Ord, California and although he enlisted in the Army, he served for the 13th Air Force in Japan and the Philippines. He did construction work for military communications and lines. While on leave at home in 1951, he met Beulah Motschenbacher. Don and Beulah married in Peerless on June 12, 1955. The lived in Shelby, Montana where Don was employed as a lineman for Maris River Electric. Don completed his GED during this time. They were blessed with three children: Donna June, Neil Charles, and Ned Alan. In 1963, the family moved to Fort Peck. Don worked for the DOE. He completed a correspondence course in electronics and left the line crew to become a meter relay technician. He retired from the government in 1990. They lived on the project until the fall of 1970 when they completed construction of their home in Park Grove. They purchased land in Wheeler. He and Beulah raised cattle and horses. Don's horse, Dolly, was trained to pull a buggy and sled. She was also an awesome cow pony. Don enjoyed cowboying during the first years of his retirement.
Don was a builder and an inventor. No job was too large for him to undertake with the help of his wife and sons. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife enjoyed doing many activities together. They spent a couple winters restoring trunks and they also enjoyed traveling.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah; parents, Paul and Ida (Iverson) Parpart; and siblings, Barbara (Leon) Anderson, Lyle (Lucille) Parpart, Floyd (Florance) Parpart, Ralph (Romona) Parpart, Howard (Luellen) Parpart, Edward (Mae) Parpart, Roy Parpart, and Joan, Doris, and James who all died in infancy.
He is survived his children, Donna (Steve) Merrill, Neil (Anita), and Ned (Linda); grandchildren, Allen (Kaydie) Merrill, Teresa Merrill, Hannah (Mike) Jones, Cavan Parpart, Melissa Parpart, and Daniel Parpart; great-grandchildren, Eli, Easton, Emree and Ean Merrill; sisters-in-law, Mae Parpart and Lucille Parpart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silhafuneralhomes.com.
Beulah June Parpart
Beulah June Parpart, age 88, formerly of Fort Peck, Montana, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Eastern Montana Veteran's Home in Glendive, Montana. Visitation will be held from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Private interment services will be held in the Galpin Church Cemetery in Valley County, Montana. Memorial services for Beulah and Don will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Beulah was born on June 9, 1931 in Peerless, Montana to Charles and Elsie (Mahlsted) Motschenbacher. She attended school in Peerles and graduated from Peerless High School in 1949. She started her teaching career the next school year 1949-50 at a one room school, Hambert School. She taught in Scobey, Antelope, Shelby, and Fort Peck. While teaching school in Antelope, she met Donald Parpart. Don and Beulah married in Peerless on June 12, 1955. They lived in Shelby, Montana. They were blessed with three children Donna June, Neil Charles, and Ned Alan. In 1963, the family moved to Fort Peck. They lived on the project until the fall of 1970 when they completed the construction of their home in Park Grove. They purchased land in Wheeler. She and Dad raised cattle and horses.
Beulah enjoyed reading mysteries, crafts, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed doing many activities together. They would spend a couple winters restoring trunks.
Beulah is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elsie Motschenbacher; sisters, Marie Jensen, Lorraine Hansen, Charlotte Jones, and Judith Puckett; and infant brother, Charles.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Parpart; children, Donna (Steve) Merrill, Neil (Anita), and Ned (Linda); grandchildren, Allen (Kaydie) Merrill, Teresa Merrill, Hannah (Mike) Jones, Cavan Parpart, Melissa Parpart, and Daniel Parpart; great-grandchildren, Eli, Easton, Emree and Ean Merrill; siblings, Lois (Leonard) Studlien, Barbara Nickola, Russell Motschenbacher, and Johanne (BD) Vinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.silhafuneralhomes.com.
Allyn "Buster" Walter Skyberg
Allyn “Buster” Walter Skyberg, age 95, of rural Fort Peck, passed away March 6, 2020 in Glasgow, Montana. He was born December 14, 1924 in Bonin, McCone County, Montana to Melvin and Thora (Wangsness) Skyberg. He grew up on the family ranch where, in his youth, he herded sheep and later cattle.
Allyn attended country grade school and three years of high school in Nashua and Frazer, but never finished the last year to graduate, as WWII drew his brothers away, leaving him to help with the ranch. Allyn took flying lessons in 1951 and got his pilot’s license in 1952.
On June 6, 1956 he married Dorothy Evenson. They lived on the family ranch for a year and a half. In 1957, they bought and moved to an irrigated hay farm on the Milk River southeast of Nashua, where they raised three children: Debbie, Jeff and Audrey. During this time, Allyn took a correspondence course and became a certified diesel mechanic. Allyn served on the Nashua School Board and the Valley Electric Co-op Board.
In 1972, they sold the farm and he went to work for the Glasgow Angus Ranch. In 1974, Allyn went to work for MDU at the Fort Peck Compressor Plant, where he worked his way up to Plant Supervisor. Allyn retired from MDU in 1989. In 1991, Allyn and Dorothy started to build a house on the original ranch homestead site, in McCone County, and moved in in July of 1992, where he spent his days doing yard work (digging dandelions!) and helping the neighbors. He spent his evenings and winters reading Louis L’Amour books over and over and over.
Allyn was preceded in death by his brothers Kristian and Melvin; his sister Margaret and sister-in-law Borghild.
Allyn is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his daughter Debrah; son, Jeffery (Mary); daughter Audrey (Perry) Breitbach; grandchildren, Megan (Layne) Thomas, Chase Breitbach, and Shelby Breitbach and great-grandson Braydon Thomas.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Holler-Dinsmore officiating. Luncheon will follow services. Burial will be in Fort Peck Cemetery. Feel free to come in casual western wear and something turquoise (Allyn’s favorite color).