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Milton I Barstad

Wednesday, March 13th 2019

On March 7, 2019, Milton Barstad decided to quit fighting Alzheimer’s disease. After struggling on his admittance to FMDH, he settled down for a relaxing day of family visitations and then just drifted off peacefully.

Milton Ingvar Barstad, age 78, was born in Glasgow, Montana at FMDH on April 16, 1940 to Ingvar Barstad and Myrtle (Paulson) Barstad. Milton went to school in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1958.

After high school Milton worked on the runway at the Glasgow Air Force Base. He spent summers doing what he loved, helping his father on the Barstad Farm. In the winter he went to Denver. Then traveled to California to do various jobs including driving machinery on a rice farm. He then joined the National Guard and after training hired on the Great Northern Railroad in Glasgow and retired after 35 years of service.

He married Roberta Thompson on his 25th birthday. Milton enjoyed Montana’s two biggest lakes, Fort Peck and Flathead, fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing. After he grew his white beard, Roberta would look back and feel as if she were pulling Santa.

Milton was an avid bicycle rider which he was seen by many on the Tampico Road, or the face of the Fort Peck Dam, or riding to Nashua or Hinsdale depending on the wind.

He also liked driving the combine and checking on all the wheat fields wherever he traveled on vacation or on the train.

Survivors include his wife of almost 54 years, Roberta and their three children, Mitchell (Dawn) Barstad, Brent (Danelle Murch), and Callie Pennington; grandchildren, Spencer, Banner, Skylar, and Ryder (Mitch’s children), Colton and Breanna (Brent’s children), and Mikayla and Cameron (Callie’s children); his brothers, Marvin (Georgia), and Harvey, and their sons and families. He was preceded in death by his parents, four aunts and Uncle Henry.

His funeral will be 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Mt. with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Private family burial will be at a later time.

In Lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, the New Glasgow Swimming Pool or the Pioneer Museum.

Shirley Marie (Engstrom) Fuhrman

Sunday, March 10th 2019

Shirley Marie (Engstrom) Fuhrman, 88, passed away March 2, 2019, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on November 16, 1930, in Glasgow, Montana, to Adolph and Amanda (Gilbertson) Engstrom, the first of their seven children. She was raised on her family’s farm 10 miles southwest of Glasgow, moving into town with her family each schoolyear, and returning to the farm in the summers. She attended elementary through high school in Glasgow, graduating in 1948. She had many happy memories of growing up with her brothers and sisters. On the windswept and sometimes lonely prairie, Shirley recalls climbing to the top platform of their windmill, probably with her siblings in tow, to attempt a glimpse of the world beyond the farm. A child during the Great Depression and then the war, Shirley remembered rationing of food and supplies, driving no more than 35 miles per hour on the highway to conserve fuel and tires, and saving everything possible, including lard and aluminum foil, to support the war efforts.

At a young age, Shirley wanted to be independent and earn her own money. She began babysitting at 12 years old, worked at Corrie’s Confectionery Store as a sophomore, then assisted in the office at the dry cleaners in her senior year. After graduating from high school, she worked as a telephone operator at “Ma” Bell.

While in high school, Shirley began dating a handsome young man named Ken Fuhrman. From early on, Shirley was impressed by his kind heart and hard work, and knew he would make not only a wonderful husband, but also a loving father. The high school sweethearts were married on December 4, 1949, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. They settled in the Larslan, Montana area after their marriage, first living with Ken’s parents and then moving to their own farmstead in May of 1953. While Ken farmed and ranched, Shirley was happy to be raising their five children – Greg, Kevin, Brent, Darcie and Paul.

Shirley loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally, and from the moment they arrived in the world until Shirley passed away, they were always her first and foremost priority. Her and Kenny’s home was a frequent stopping place for many friends, family, and neighbors. Shirley was never too busy to welcome those who dropped by the house for a visit, no matter the time of day, always offering them food, beverages (the coffeepot was always on!) and good company.

In 2017, Shirley began a new chapter of her life, and her tenacity and strength became increasingly evident when she first was involved in a serious automobile accident in October of that year. About that same time, she had to make an immediate and unplanned move from the Montana home she had known for decades, to Idaho Falls, Idaho to begin kidney dialysis three times a week, every week for the remainder of her life. Through this difficult journey, Shirley rose above the multiple challenges she faced, made new friends and began adjusting to her new normal. As a result of this time in Idaho, her family was blessed beyond measure to have nearly an extra year and a half with her.

Shirley was a gracious and classy lady, up until the very moment she passed away. She always put the well-being of others above herself. She was a peacemaker, kindhearted, compassionate, humble, intelligent, always thankful and appreciative of others, and a friend to all.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Amanda; four brothers, Robert (Bobby), Wayne, Ingmar, and John; her loving husband, Ken; and beloved grandson Robert Martinson.

She is survived by her five children, Greg (Debi) Fuhrman of Larslan, Montana, Kevin (Joan) Fuhrman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Brent Fuhrman of Hayward, California, Darcie (Steve) Martinson of Idaho Falls and Paul (Shari) Fuhrman, also of Idaho Falls; nine grandchildren, Marcea Soper, Jerod Fuhrman, Leah Fuhrman, Amanda Jenson, Wayne Fuhrman, Kendra Vaalemoen, Kaitlin Fuhriman, Clint Fuhrman and Laurel Fuhrman; five great-grandchildren, Sawyer Jenson, Parker Jenson, Macie Fuhriman, Bridger Fuhriman and Nicole Morocco; two sisters, Anita Gilbert and Vivian Hand; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,March 16, 2019 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. A visitation will be held with family and friends from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Food will be served at the First Lutheran Church following graveside services at Highland Cemetery.

Rita Mae Stein Zeller

Friday, March 8th 2019

Rita Mae Stein Zeller age 71, of Glasgow, passed away on March 6th, 2019 from a brief battle with cancer.

Rita was born on September 1st, 1947 in Glasgow Montana; the daughter of Raymond and Anna Mae (Zimmer) Stein. She grew up on a small farm east of Glasgow on the Fort Peck Highway and later moved to town. Rita attended St. Raphael's Catholic School and graduated from Glasgow High School in May of 1966. She moved up north to help her Uncle Leo and Aunt Dorothy Zimmer with the children and their home during high school summers and after graduation. She spent four years with the Zimmers on the ranch cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children in preparation for her future as a loving mother, meticulous homemaker and talented cook. During that time she met and married Wilmer Zeller on August 14th of 1970. She became a mother to “Little” Willie in December of 1971 and seven years later was blessed with a daughter Alicia in May of 1978. Rita was a hard worker, a trait she inherited from her parents, all anyone had to do was look at her loving hands and see the work they had done. Rita spent a short stint working at A&W, and then went on to work at Woolworths, a place known for the best hoagies in town. In the thirteen years of Rita working Woolworths’ Crazy Days Sales she found a passion for dressing up which led to her outrageous Halloween parties for which she will always be remembered. In 1981, Rita worked as a sub in the Irle School kitchen, she was then hired full time in 1990. It was in this kitchen Rita made her career not only as “The Best Lunch Lady Ever” but as a successful prankster as well. Though Rita was known for her humorous side, she also is known for her compassion. She loved the children of Irle School and often bought clothing and coats for those in need. When she retired in 2014 Rita had impacted the lives of thousands of Glasgow’s children.

Rita’s love of gardening and her ability to grow beautiful flowers will be something she will always be remembered for. During the summer months, her yard would be overflowing with flowers from front to back. Then during the Christmas season, her yard would be lit up with thousands of Christmas lights and ornaments. The lights had to be up and on by dusk on Thanksgiving Day. Rita’s cinnamon rolls were so famous that people would line up at the back door of the Irle School on days she made them, and during Christmas people would also be in line for a bag of her caramel corn. Rita’s infectious sense of humor and her ability to be a prankster made her one popular lady, because of this, she was a part of many friend groups including the Badland Bitties. Throughout Rita’s life, she has loved and touched countless people and was much loved back. She will be missed.

Rita was instilled with a strong faith in the Lord from birth. She lived by her faith to the very moment of her passing. She was proud of her beliefs and was always there to share with those who needed guidance.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and baby Mary. She is survived by Willie Zeller Senior; her children: son Willie (Heather) Zeller and grandson Hunter; daughter Alicia and furbabies Bella and Lulu of Glasgow; siblings: Dan Stein of Missoula, Tony (Becky) Stein of Glasgow and their children Kyle and Mariah, Rod Stein of Miles City children Kinsey and Josh; beloved pets Jeffery, Jackson and Bobo.

Rosary will be said 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow, Montana. Funeral Mass will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, with Burial to follow in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Elk’s Lodge in Glasgow, Montana. Memorials in Rita’s name may be given to St. Raphael’s Coat Drive.

Matthew Levi Ersland

Thursday, March 7th 2019

With deepest sorrow, we announce that Matthew Levi Ersland, age 51 passed on the evening of February 28, 2019, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) in Glasgow, Montana.

A hug, a handshake, and my name is Matthew and my birthday is September 3rd was how most people will remember being greeted by Matthew. He was the son of Levi and Shirley (Kuecks) Ersland. Matthew was a very sociable person. The first years of his life were spent on the family farm in the Ossettee community where he enjoyed farm life. He enjoyed checking cows with his dad and when he was taught how to drive the old yellow pickup. After that, he moved on to driving a grain truck on the run while his dad drove the combine and his mom tried not to have a heart attack over it.

Matthew attended the Nashua school system for 12 years. During those years, janitor Bob Robbins took Matthew under his wing and taught him some important lessons of life such as the need for a good coffee break.

In 1985, he began working at The Milk River Activity Center in Glasgow. His tasks included sorting, folding, and delivering laundry to FMDH. For a short period of time, he worked as a janitor at U.B.C. Lumber.

Besides work, Matthew had other areas of interest. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as an usher. He routinely competed in Special Olympics in multiple events and even attended the International Special Olympics in St. Paul, Minnesota. Matthew enjoyed doing things with and for his family. He liked going on vacation with his parents and sister Diane. He mowed grass at his family’s house as well as at his Granny’s. He attended Griz games with his Aunt Nordy. And last but not least, he thoroughly enjoyed making the first pot of coffee every morning.

Matthew is survived by his parents Levi and Shirley Ersland; sister Diane Ersland; four aunts, Delores (Rodney) Baldry, Lorraine (Keith) Langseth, Nordy Riley, Darlene (Ken) Greenwood, and multiple cousins.

Matthew was preceded in death by his sister Marcie; grandparents Nels and Borhild Ersland Henry and Sarah (Sally) Kuecks; cousins Rodney Greenwood, Jason Riley, Steven Langseth and several other family members that he will be enjoying coffee within the hereafter.

Funeral Service for Matthew Ersland is Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, MT.

Terrance Michael Grady

Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Terrance Michael Grady, age 71, and a life-long resident of Valley County passed away Monday, February 26, 2019. Mike was born on August 27, 1947 in Glasgow, MT to Philip and Florence Grady.

Mike served as a Tank Driver in the National Guard. He graduated from technical school in Billings, MT. Mike worked several different construction jobs in the state, including the Bentonite plant south of Glasgow and building pole barns. He worked with his father running the family ranch and later took it over. In his later years Mike worked for the county road department.

He was a man of few words, he loved a good joke. Even though he seemed rough on the outside, he was very tender hearted. His gruff exterior hid a keen mind. He was an avid student of history and his artistic talents included leatherwork and drawing. Mike was devoted to his family and friends. Mike was part of the community of Hinsdale, he helped others when he could and he will be missed.

Mike is survived by his sisters Valerie and Sheila and his brother Arden; his niece Billie and her husband Randy; his nephews Ryley, Brandon and his wife Kirstie, Shannon and his wife Kelly.
He is preceded in death by his parents Philip and Florence; his sister Phyllis and his brother Vaughan.

Services will be held at St. Alberts Catholic Church in Hinsdale, MT on Monday March 11th at 10:00 AM. A luncheon will be held at the American Legion Hall with burial at the family cemetery north of Hinsdale.

Robert W. Smith

Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Funeral services for Robert W. Smith, age 75 of Glasgow, Montana, who passed away unexpectedly at Billings Clinic on February 26, 2019, will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Deacon Judi Martin officiating. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery. Bob’s family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow.

Bob was born May 20, 1943 in Rochester, Minnesota to Irvin Smith and Florence Keckhafer. He received his early education at Northrup School and graduated from John Marshal High School. He then attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota.

He married Marilyn Amundson on June 11, 1977 at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana where they made their home.

For 30 years, he and Marilyn owned and operated the Quick ‘N’ Tasty restaurant. They sold the business in 2011. Bob was a dedicated and active member of the First Lutheran Church. He was considered a “Mega Fan” of Glasgow Scottie sports, especially wrestling. He rarely missed a duel or meet. The highlight of his year was attending Montana High School State Wrestling Tournaments in Billings. Even as ill as he was, he made it to his final State Tournament- just weeks before his passing.

Because of his fond memories of hunting and fishing with his father, Bob fit seamlessly into the Glasgow community, hunting every fall and fishing every summer. He shared his love of the outdoors with many, but especially Ryan.

Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn; his daughters, Denise (David) Jarman, Karen Jenkins, Debbie (Brandon) Williams, Kristi (Bud) Bittner; his grandson/son, Ryan; his sisters, Sharon Smith and Nancy (Jeff) Haas; and his grandchildren, Alex Jarman, Jeanae Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Shaian Jenkins, Jasmine Hammond and Haley Bittner.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn Sparks; and an infant sister, Lois Smith.
In the immortal words of Bob Smith, “CROSS FACE AND WHIZZER HARD!” ”GO SCOTTIES GO!!”

Patricia Jane Brunelle

Monday, March 4th 2019

Patricia Jane Brunelle, 71, Glasgow, MT, went to be with the Lord, Saturday March 2, 2019. Pat was born April 3, 1947 in Saint Paul, MN, the daughter of Fred E. and Viola E. (Kiihbaugh) Hill. She was baptized at Lutheran Memorial Church in South Saint Paul, MN.

She was raised in South St. Paul, Cannon Falls, and Cottage Grove and she graduated from Park Senior High, St. Paul Park, MN.

Pat married Dave Brunelle, the love of her life, and they were blessed with three children, Rob, Tammy and Michele. They lived in several cities in Minnesota before settling in Glasgow, MT. Pat loved her family and spending time with them. She equally loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She loved decorating her home year-round especially in autumn! She loved doing crafts and was very creative. She made many beautiful woodworking items and cross-stitch that she gave to family and friends. Pat had a love for her pets and there wasn't one that wasn't spoiled.

She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and travelling. She loved nature and going out on the prairie collecting unique rocks. She passed her love of rocks all the way down to her great grandchildren.
We can't forget to mention Pat's love and loyalty to the Minnesota Vikings!

Pat is survived by her three children, Rob (Connie) Brunelle, Tammy Lewis and Michele (Steve) Frost; her grandchildren, Brandon (Mary Lynn), Dustin (Brianne), Dean and Katelyn; her great-grandchildren, Brantley and Maia; her sisters, Kitty (Gary) Robinson, Sandy Hill, Beverly (Dan) Scott and Cindy (Leo) Ballesteros; her brothers-in-law Tim Brunelle and Scott Brunelle and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dave; her parents; brothers Gary and Mike; niece Becky; mother-in-law Dorothy and sister-in-law Jane.

There will be a celebration of Pat’s life on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 1-3 pm at the Cottonwood Inn and Suites.

Shirley Fuhrman

Monday, March 4th 2019

Shirley Fuhrman, 88, formerly of Larslan, Montana, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Services are pending at this time. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Alice May Hinerman

Friday, March 1st 2019

Alice May Hinerman, 88, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away peacefully at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana on February 25, 2019.

Alice was born on May 21, 1930, at the family home near Larslan, Montana to William Ray Hinerman Sr. and Anna (Garbe) Hinerman.

She grew up on the family farm, attended school in the one-room schoolhouses at Harmony and
Larslan, graduating from Nashua High School in 1948. She attended Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana, graduating in 1953 with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics and a minor in English. She started teaching that fall and throughout her teaching career taught in several schools throughout the state.

In January 1957, Alice became a worker with the American Red Cross, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in South Korea, France, Morocco, Philadelphia Naval Hospital and the A.R.C. Recreational Supervisor at Andrews U.S.A.F. Hospital in Washington, D.C. This ended her career with the Red Cross in June 1969 – she went on to something different.

She became a Montana State College Cooperative Extension Service Agent in Big Horn County on the Crow Reservation at Hardin and Crow Agency.

In 1975 she was back teaching school again in Montana. Alice retired in 1986 in Billings, Montana due to poor health.

She later moved to Nemont Manor in Glasgow. She enjoyed bird watching, loved cats and dogs and enjoyed gardening. She was loved by her family and friends and she will be missed greatly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ethel (Hinerman) Maki, and Ilene (Hinerman) Hanson; two infant nephews and step-niece Virginia Olson Enman.

She is survived by her brothers, Ray (Lenore) Hinerman and Samuel Hinerman; sister, Norma Jean (Bruce Grossman; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Maki and Jim Hanson; niece La Mona Hanson; nephews, Neal Hinerman, and Ken (Shelia) Clark; many cousins; several step-nieces and nephews and great-step-nieces and nephews.

By her request no services are planned.

Gordon Olson

Monday, February 25th 2019

Gordon Olson, 98 passed away February 10, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

Gordon was born November 7, 1920 on his father's homestead 25 miles south of Flaxville, Montana. In 1942 he joined the United States Army Air Force of Engineers where he built runways in Europe and Africa. After his honorable discharge, he returned and married Roberta in 1945. He went to work for the Great Northern Railway (now known as at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway) in 1947 as a telegraph operator and depot agent in Lambert and Forsyth, Montana. He also had a mechanics shop as a hobby and business. He retired from the railroad in 1981. Gordon remarried in 1992, moved to Glasgow, Montana, owned a ranch, and divorced in 2008. Nemont Manor was his home for ten years (2008-2018). He played pinochle, bingo, led exercise sessions, and took care of the fish tank.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Roberta; parents Nels and Alma Olson; sons Gordon Olson Jr., and baby boy Olson; brothers George and Kenneth Olson and sister Grace Olson.

He is survived by daughters Christine Mlinar, Carol Olson, and Cynthia Kromarek; brother Neal Olson; sister Nada Shanks; grandchildren Richard Mlinar, Jeffery Mlinar, Callista Frye, and Michael Kromarek; great- grandchildren Kalei and Cole Mlinar.

Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral Services will be 1:00p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow with Seth Runner officiating. Burial will be 11:00 a.m. at the Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth Montana, Friday, March 1, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Nemont Manor or the Evangelical Church of Glasgow, Montana.

J.C. Clemmer

Monday, February 25th 2019

J.C. Clemmer, 93, peacefully passed away at his home Saturday, February 23, 2019. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, Montana. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

J.C. was born at home to Parker Estle and Essie Mildred (Beatty) Clemmer on September 9, 1925. He was the third of seven children. J.C.’s mother died when he was ten. J.C. received his education in schools at Reed and Altus, Oklahoma. Much of his learning was self-taught as he had to quit school and go to work to help make it easier for his father to raise the younger Clemmers.

As a teenager, J.C. had already begun making a living for himself. He followed the combine harvest north from Oklahoma. He was working in Wyoming and not yet eighteen when World War II began. As soon as he was old enough, he enlisted in the Navy Seabees at Cheyenne in 1943. J.C. was stationed at Saipan during the war. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Not long after that, he came to Montana and worked at a number of places. He went to Oregon and worked for a while and then came back to Montana. He seemed to prefer the Hinsdale, Montana area.

J.C. met Jean Wessler at the Rainbow Room in Hinsdale on January 4, 1953. J.C. was there for a bite to eat. Jean had just returned from Christmas vacation and had also gone there to have something to eat. J.C. and Jean were married six months to the day they met, July 4, 1953. Shortly afterwards, they went to Lebanon, Oregon, where his family had relocated from Oklahoma. After six months, the cloudy and rainy weather got the best of them and Montana called them back. They have made their home in Glasgow since February of 1954. Jean died November 15, 2008. Jean and J.C. were married for over 55 years. They had three children: Roberta “Bobbie”, Wanda and Paul.

J.C. worked for the State Highway Department from June 1, 1956 to January 4, 1991. He used to help family and friends on their ranch for years during his off time. He was the family fix-it man. If he couldn’t fix it, it was broken beyond repair.

J.C. was preceded in death by his wife Jean; his parents; sisters, Mildred Zuhlke and Ristora Morris and brother, Melvin Clemmer.

He is survived by daughters, Roberta (Richard) Britzman and Wanda Clemmer; son,Paul Clemmer; grandchildren, Stacy (Brent) Joseph, John (Katie) Britzman, Janeen Britzman (Ben Unterseher), Carla (Ricci) Olson, and Hannah, Wyatt, and Zane Clemmer; great-grandchildren, Leinie Hughes, Gabriel Hughes, Deshawn Joseph, Clair Britzman, Kendal Britzman, Paityn Britzman, Chezney Olson, Lakelyn Olson and Kreed Olson; his sister, Ellen Rogers; brothers, Ernest Clemmer and Calvin Clemmer and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald Larsen

Thursday, February 21st 2019

Donald Larsen
Donald “Donnie” Arthur Larsen passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Montana. Donnie was born in Glasgow to Melvin and Lois Shattuck Larsen on May 4, 1960, joining his brother and sister, Neil and Ruth and a foster sister Betty. He grew up in Glasgow and had many loving caregivers and therapist during his formative years. Donnie attended the opportunity room, a privately run school in Glasgow, Eastmont School in Glendive and Nashua Public Schools between 1966 and 1978. Donnie began attending Milk River Activity Center in 1978. He lived in the Milk River (Warren) Group Home from 1978 until his passing.
While living at Warren Group home, his dad would bring him the Courier every Wednesday and would read the church bulletin to Donnie on Sundays. Donnie loved these visits and the paper that was brought to him. Donnie loved paper. He enjoyed talking on the phone, playing with his hot wheels car, and was very patriotic, even though he didn’t enjoy fireworks, Donnie enjoyed going on outings to get a pop or go out to eat.
During his years at Milk River, he participated in Special Olympics. During one event, he was given an award by Governor Marc Racicot, who was in turn given one of Donnie’s famous hugs. Donnie enjoyed time with his friends and the staff. Donnie had a mischievous spirit and was spontaneous and fun. He was the greeter at the Activity Center for many years. He would meet you with a hand shake and a hug.
Donnie is survived by his father, Melvin Larsen of Glasgow; sisters Ruth (Lowell) Yaeger of Owensboro, Kentucky and Betty (Varian) Brandt of Fort Benton, Montana and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews around the country.
Donnie was preceded in death by his grandparents, several aunts and uncles, his mother Lois Larsen and his brother Neil Larsen in 2011.
Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, at Bell Mortuary. Celebration of his life will 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 11:00 a.m. at Bell Mortuary with Howard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

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