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Thursday, August 18th 2016
Jerry Henry Hanson
Jerry Henry Hanson, 80, of Malta Montana passed away at his home Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Malta with Father Cory Sticha officiating. Burial will follow at Malta City Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Kirkwood Funeral Home, Friday, August 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. and the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Jerry was born March 16, 1936 in Malta to Lillian (Fortin) and Henry “Shorty” Hanson. He was raised and received his education in Malta. He graduated from Malta High School in 1954.
He joined the National Guard Tank Company on March 19, 1953. In 1955 he went to work for the Montana National Guard full time serving as an Administrative Supply Technician.

On August 31, 1957 Jerry married Alice Henry and the couple was blessed with four children; Cheryl, Jerry, Kim and Mark.

Jerry had a great career with the Guards over the years and received numerous awards for his high performance. Jerry retired as Command Sergeant Major on May 19, 1986. He went on to work at True Value and the Phillips County Court House. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and most of all golf. He loved spending time doing his favorite things with his kids and grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Lou Hanson, Jo Ann Jacobsen, and Phyllis Simpson; brother, Billy Hanson and grandson, David Pankratz.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cheryl (Steve) Pankratz, Jerry A. (Tammy Bolechala) Hanson, Kim (Bill) Granlund, and Mark Hanson; eight grandchildren, David Pankratz, Stephanie (Robert) Knox, Wesley (Ashley) Pankratz, Stacie Pankratz, Michael Hanson, Collen (Chris) Brown, Kaycee Granlund, and Kristi Granlund; eleven great-grandchildren, Austyn Pankratz, Tanner Pankratz, Lindsey Pankratz, Ryder Knox, Gunner Knox, Burke Pankratz, Danaley Smith Pankratz, Mason Daniel, Trinity Brown, Jeri Brown and Evan Brown; one great-great-grandson, Gage Pankratz; sisters, Barbara (Robert) Darrah, Rosie Russell, Connie (Tom) Hasler, Patsy Gilman, and Greta (Norman) Barnard; brothers, Eugene (Linda) Hanson and David (Margaret) Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews and life long friends.

Friday, August 5th 2016
Agnes Margaret (Jones) Mogan
Agnes Margaret (Jones) Mogan passed away peacefully at home August 2nd, 2016. Agnes was born to Marion and Harvey Jones on July 4th, 1931 in Hinsdale, MT. She attended school in Hinsdale. She was a caring sister to her brother Harvey Lloyd and sister Dorothy, and later cared for her half-sisters, Opal, Joan, Alma, and Julanne.

Agnes met her husband of over 69 years, John Mogan, on a movie date. They were married July 3rd, 1947. Agnes then moved north to the farm and immediately started cooking for the farm crew without the conveniences of running water or electricity. Agnes maintained a large garden, sewed all her children's clothes, canned, and became well known for her cooking.

In 1960 Agnes, John and the family she cherished moved to their home just outside of Hinsdale on Happy Flats. Agnes was in her glory in the kitchen cooking for large crowds of people, always remembering everyone's favorite dish. Her culinary prowess led her to selling Princess House Crystal and being a food superintendent at the county fair. She also had a massive collection of cookbooks each of which she had read from cover to cover. She knew exactly where to find the perfect recipe for any occasion.

Agnes was always willing to step in and be a substitute mother or grandmother to anyone who needed it. The coffee was always on and there was hardly a day when friends and family weren't gathered around the table. She extended her hospitality to all and kept busy visiting friends and neighbors, sending cards, and cooking for those in need. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren immensely and played a very active role in their lives. She always had something fun and productive planned to keep them out of trouble.

Agnes was proceeded in death by her parents, Brother Harvey Lloyd, brother-in-law Hazen Flickinger, and nieces Stephanie Cecil and Laura Mogan.

Agnes is survived by her husband John, sisters Dorothy Flickinger, Opal (Jay) Rosendahl, Joan (Jim) Dimsdale, Alma (Terry) Hering, and Julanne Gauger, sister-in-laws Joan (Bob) Howey and Evelyn Jones, daughters Dannette O'Connor and Nancy (Jim) Bowman, sons Gilbert (DeDee), Marlin (Connie), and Edwin (Shirley) Mogan, grandchildren Tracy O'Connor, Jenni Crowe, Payton Chopper, Jeremy Longtree and Zandora Longtree, Sherri (Ky) Idler, Chad (Kristine) Bowman, Peter Mogan, Brian (Alissa) Mogan, Marcus Mogan, Andy Mogan, Christina Mogan, Lacey Mogan, Kenny Mogan, Sammy (Casey) King, Mary Baumgartner, and Derek Baumgartner, and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT with family receiving friends. Services will be held Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Hinsdale School in Hinsdale, MT. Burial will take place at Hillview Cemetery and a luncheon will follow at Hinsdale Legion Hall.

Memorials in honor of Agnes Mogan may be sent to Hinsdale American Legion Post #45. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016
Gary Lawrence Taylor
Gary Lawrence Taylor, 68, passed away July 25, 2016 at his home south of Saco from complications of his illnesses. Gary was a life-long resident of the Saco community. Gary was born in Glasgow, Montana on June 28, 1948 to Florence and Lawrence Taylor. On June 23, 1973, the rancher married the school teacher, Vivian Baquet, in Choteau, Montana.

Gary attended Saco School graduating in 1966 and then attended Northern Montana College majoring in business. Before finishing his degree, he returned to the ranch when is father became ill. He continued working on the ranch for most of his life. He liked the cattle and made several of them his pets. After many years on the ranch, he leased the place and became the owner and operator of Saco Auto and Ag. He took great pride in providing humor and words of enlightenment to those who stopped by.

In 2010, he started another chapter of his life. He was diagnosed with a paralyzed diaphragm due to injuries sustained by a motorcycle accident many years prior to the diagnoses. Also at this time, he was appointed as the Phillips County Justice of the Peace. Following the appointment, he was elected and served for four years. During this time, he formed many friendships with the officers, his clerk, Debra Peigneux, and the people in the courthouse. He also formed many friendships with fellow Justices of the Peace throughout the state. Gary took great pride in serving the community in this role.

Gary served on the Phillips County Youth Probation Board for many years. He was honored to work with Clark Kelly and the other members of the board in trying to make a positive difference for the youth of Phillips County.

As a teenager he began playing the guitar and singing with a band. He worked with many local musicians and appreciated a good song and a good guitar player. He considered it an honor to play for weddings and funerals. He also liked playing for church. He continued playing his guitar for his own enjoyment and enlightened his grandchildren with many songs. His guitar was by his chair and many hours were spent strumming while watching TV. Gary was a prolific poet and song writer. Those people, who received one of his poems or songs, usually enjoyed his wit and unique sense of humor.

Gary was also an inventor. He always wanted to make work easier and would make inventions to do this. While working at Saco Auto and Ag, he designed, built, welded, and manufactured lots of tools and items for himself and others. Whatever he made, we always knew it was built to last.

For his mid-life crisis he purchased a Honda Goldwing Bike. He cruised many miles on his bike from Glacier Park to Sturgis to Buffalo, Wyoming to Washington and numerous places in between. He especially enjoyed traveling with his biker buddies. He finally was able to convince Vivian to ride with him and they took a few trips together, too. He called her “His Waterwoman”. Every time she rode they encountered rain. After he developed health issues, he sold his bike and purchased his “Ranger.” This became his mode of transportation through the hills, entertaining the grandkids and trips to town for mail, food and conversation (not gossip).

Gary is survived by his wife, Vivian, who he loved and appreciated for the care that she provided. He is also survived by his daughters, Shyla (Carter) Clausen of Malta, Lara (Joel) Smith of Glasgow, and son, Jered (Mandy) Taylor of Bigfork. His grandchildren whom he adored are Payton, Connor and Kendall Clausen, Riley and Annika Smith and Nicholas Taylor. He is survived by two nephews, Paul and Stacy Johnson, and numerous cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, Carol Johnson.

Service for Gary will be held on Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Saco Lutheran Church is Saco, MT with inurnment to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
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