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Wednesday, July 16th 2014
William D. Omvig

William D. Omvig passed at his home in Kalispell, Montana on May 14, 2014, as he had lived with enduring strength and quiet dignity. Born to Arthur and Nellie (McEwen) Omvig on May 24, 1931, on the family farm/ranch he so loved, Bill was educated at, and graduated from, Opheim High School in 1949. It was during his Sophomore year in high school that he met his best friend and future wife, Yvonne Gilbert. Upon graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force serving four years in Korea and Texas, while earning the rank of Staff Sargent. Upon his return, Bill and Vonne married August 10, 1952, residing in Great Falls and then Havre. In 1956, they returned to the family farm/ranch for the next 45 years where they raised their family, crops and livestock until Vonne’s passing in July 2001. They enjoyed each other and their life together. Bill spent his life as a devoted family man, loyal friend and servant of the Good Lord. His passions were his family and farming the rich soils at the headwaters of Roanwood Creek and ranching at the headwaters of Morgan Creek. He had a strong love for his family, his land and his livestock. Upon Vonne’s passing and despite the physical challenges caused by degenerative arthritis, with a strong mind and great determination, Bill continued to actively farm and ranch until July 2011. Since July 2011 he lived with his daughter, Kristin, residing in Billings and Kalispell, Montana.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne; his father and mother, Arthur and Nellie; brothers, John and Leroy; and sister Elda. He is survived by two daughters Wendy (David) McGee of Cophenhagen, Denmark and Kristin Omvig of Kalispell, Montana; two grandsons Tyler McGee of South Carolina and Colin McGee of College Station, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Beryl and Bill Arvin of Havre, Montana, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside interment service was held May 19, 2014, with Pastor Dave Rogenes speaking a few kind words. Pall bearers: Jeff Roberton, Rick Stahl, Tim Steinglen, Doug Omvig, Les Redfield and Dean Barnes.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that Day; and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8. The life lessons, values, and work ethic, exemplified by the life you lead, will be remembered. You are already greatly missed.

Friday, July 11th 2014
Mary Louise Jellum Tonning

Mary Louise Jellum Tonning, 68, passed away at Valley Vista Care Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Memorial services were conducted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 am in Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with inurnment in Lakeview Cemetery in Sandpoint. A reception followed at 12:00 pm.

She was born December 24, 1945, in Fosston, Minnesota to Gordon and Ruth Jellum.

When Mary was 8 years old, the family relocated to Glasgow, Montana, where she was raised and educated. Mary graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963.

Mary loved being a mom, grandma, and great grandma. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, crafts and was highly skilled in all she put her hand to. Her grandkids were well stocked with Beanie Babies from her huge doll collection. Many in her circle of family and friends have enjoyed the benefits of her sewing and gardening and she will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers: Dennis, Donald and David and a sister Gloria.

She is survived by her children Paul Tonning, Dana Wooden Tonning, and Aaron Tonning; 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren;

Also surviving are brothers; Gale Jellum of Chinook, MT and Steven Jellum of Gillette WY, sisters; Susan Boid of Great Falls, MT, Carol Morehouse of Thompson Falls, MT, Diane Rosander and Lois Morehouse of Billings, MT.

She also leaves behind many much loved numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014
Charlotte Mae Anne Tipton

NAME: Charlotte Mae Anne Tipton
AGE: 78
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday – July 4, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Charlotte Mae Anne Tipton, 78, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Char was born May 25, 1936 in Glasgow, the daughter of Lars Eric and Mary Dolores (Johnson) Weltz. She was raised in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954. She enjoyed being a cheerleader.

On March 19, 1955 Charlotte married Edgar Tipton in Glasgow. Ed was in the Air Force commuting to Opheim while Char was working for Tork’s Drug Store. After Ed was discharged from the Air Force in 1955 they lived in St. Louis for a year, and then returned to Glasgow. Ed worked for the US Weather Bureau for a year and then they moved to Santa Monica, California for three years before and finally settling in Glasgow. Char worked for Mountain Bell Telephone in the 1960’s and later for Valley Drug, Killions, and Johnnies Café

Bob was born in St. Louis on March 19, 1956 and Dennis was born in Glasgow on April 23, 1961

She enjoyed bridge, golf, water aerobics, crocheting afghans, baking, and the Hospital Guild. She was very active in the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. Her life was being Gramma and Great Gramma (“GG”). She was a constant part of their lives. Her family gave her joy in life.

She was preceded in death by her sister Dolores Nass West and her brother Walter Dahl.

Char is survived by her husband Ed Tipton of Glasgow, sons Bob (Candy) Tipton of Helena, Montana and Dennis (Ann) Tipton of Billings, grandchildren Travis (Alishia), Andrew (Hallie), Amber (Andy), Sam, and Kelly, great grandchildren Kaylee, Kynzlie, Keldyn, and Dacre.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014
Lorin E. Flesjer

Lorin E. Flesjer died at home and went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on July 5, 2014 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. We will miss our intelligent, fun-loving, friendly, beloved grandpa, father, and husband.

Visitation will be held from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and 6p.m. to 8p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive, Montana. You are invited to attend Lorin Flesjer’s celebration of life on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church located at 401 Riverview Drive in Glendive, MT. A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, July 11, 2014 in Glasgow, MT at 2:30 p.m. at Highland Cemetery, Highland Drive with a gathering afterwards at First Lutheran Church located at 641 2nd Ave North. Silha Funeral Home is in charge of Glendive arrangement and Bell Mortuary is in charge of Glasgow arrangements.

Lorin Edward Flesjer was the oldest son of Lloyd and Gladys (Stensland) Flesjer born on December 1, 1944 in Glasgow, Montana. He was raised on the family homestead in Tampico with a couple years spent in Kalispell, Montana and Washington. He went to school in a two-room building in Tampico, MT with his cousins.

He attended high school in town and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1963. He attended Billings Business College in Billings, MT for two years where he met Lilla (Flugge). They married at the Buffalo Community Church in Buffalo, MT on June 11, 1966. They lived in Glasgow where he ran the movie theater and was the office manager for Terry Chevrolet. Then, he was hired by the State of Montana to work as an auditor where he worked with counties, cities, towns and school districts. In 1971, the couple moved to Glendive, Montana where they raised their family of two children. Lorin worked as an auditor for the State of Montana for 35 years. He traveled all over Montana and really focused on helping the people by working in Eastern Montana. He was well trained in record retention and storage. Later, he studied and received his administrator’s license in Hospital Administration.

He loved the Lord and served as a deacon at Zion Lutheran Church. He was part of many committees at Zion Lutheran Church over the years, most recently serving on the Memorial Committee. He helped Dawson County and the community of Glendive by serving on the Urban Transportation Board for 18 years, acting as the chairperson for much of that time.

After retiring in 2005, Lorin enjoyed golfing, spending time visiting family including trips to Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington and Nevada. He enjoyed collecting things and in the last years he collected stamps.

Lorin is survived by his wife, Lilla (Flugge) Flesjer, his daughter, Lisa (Flesjer) Seekins and her husband David and their sons, Noah (15) and Colton (12) of Minneapolis, MN and his son Larry Flesjer and his wife Nicole (Brattin) and their children Alexiss (7), Grayson (4), and Zander (6 months ) of Miles City, MT; and his brother Gail Flesjer and his wife Edina (Thogersen) of Glendive, MT. He was preceded in going to glory by his father, Lloyd Flesjer in 1988 and his mother Gladys Flesjer in 2008.

Donations in memory of Lorin E. Flesjer can be made to:
Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Glendive Hospice, 1221 Ames, Glendive, MT 59330
Zion Lutheran Church, 401 Riverview Ave, Glendive, MT 59330

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
Kathleen Rose Leeds

NAME: Kathleen Rose Leeds Age: 63
DATELINE: Havre, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Sunday, June 22, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Monday, July 7, 2014, 11a.m. at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre,
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Kathleen Rose Leeds
Mrs. Kathleen Rose Leeds, 63, died in Glasgow on June 22, 2014 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin she is survived by her parents Ralph Sommer and Virginia (Gates) Sommer and brothers Paul, William, and Jerome Sommer. Twice widowed, she leaves three children; Nathan Wood, Krysta (Wood) Drugge, and Amy Wood from her marriage to Charles Brent Wood, 3 step-children; Scott Leeds, Doug Leeds, and Kevin Leeds from her marriage to James Stuart Leeds, and 11 grandchildren. She is survived by former huband Robert Allen McCluskey. A memorial service will be held at the Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre, Montana on July 7th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Havre HRDC or Havre Quality Life Concepts though United Way.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
Dorval Kittleson

NAME: Dorval Kittleson Age: 90
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10a.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Galpin Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Dorval Kittleson
Dorval Kittleson, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Dorval was born October 14, 1923 in Glasgow, the son of Alex and Eva (Stevens) Kittleson.

He was raised in the Galpin Community and on May 26, 1945 married Blanche Fullerton in Glasgow.

Dorval enjoyed farming and considered sitting on the tractor a vacation. He was always building and inventing something. He also enjoyed ice fishing and piloting his houseboat. Dorval loved his kids, western TV shows, and country music. He also enjoyed wrapping up dollar coins in cellophane and giving them to kids.

He was preceded in death by his wife Blanche in 2012, his son Michael Kittleson, and grandsons Bradley and Brian Frye.

Survivors include his children Dianna (Robert) Golimowski of Glasgow, Rocky (Colleen) Kittleson of Glasgow, Clay (Holly) Kittleson of Fort Peck, Darin (Anne) Kittleson of Great Falls, Karla Frye-McGill of Wolf Point, 21 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and a sister Frances (Punky) Drtina of Sumner, Washington.

Monday, June 30th 2014
Orlie P. Linn

SACO-Orlie P. Linn, 89, an Army WWII veteran, POW and rancher of Saco, died Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

Military graveside honors will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 1 at the Grandview Cemetery in Saco. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Orlie was born 28 September 1924 in Mowquea, Illinois, the son of Harry and Mintha (Perry) Linn. He and his two sisters and three brothers made their home in small town Illinois. After serving in WWII, he and Ed Pekovitch were traveling through Montana when their vehicle broke down in Saco. They both went to work for local ranchers and married local women.

Orlie went to work for Dann Garrison on the ranch and then married Pamela Garrison on 21 July 1951. Orlie was active in community affairs. He served as Chief of Police for Saco as well as a deputy sheriff for Phillips County for many years. He was an instructor of Hunter Safety and Rifle Club for over 25 years. Orlie was also active with Phillips County TV Board, American Red Cross and 4-H leadership. Orlie was an active member of the American Legion and VFW for over 60 years. He proudly served as Commander for Saco Legion Post #79 for many years. Orlie was also one of the original founders of Saco Fun Days sponsored by the Saco Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in all aspects of the event as well as providing rides on the ferris wheel and the last 10 years was in charge of picking the Grand Marshal.

Orlie took over running the ranch after Dann and Florence Garrison retired. Orlie was a very competent mechanic capable of repairing all things. He was very inventive. Orlie was a good horseman. He held the record for the ½ mile at the Glasgow Racetrack. Orlie and Pam also square danced and Orlie was a caller. Orlie enjoyed fishing, cooking, singing, playing harmonica and music. Orlie and his family were all avid Amateur Ham Radio operators. Pam and Orlie have been operators for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela D. Linn of Saco; son, Donni (Terri) Linn of Saco; daughter, Joy Linn of Saco; granddaughter, Kimberly (Tim) Guardipee of Great Falls; grandson, Brian Linn of Saco, and three great grandchildren, Isaac, Isabella, and Aaron Guardipee of Great Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers, and infant twin son and daughter.

Phillips County Car Six is off shift and K7OZU is saying 73.

Friday, June 27th 2014
Grant Donovan Risa

NAME: Grant Donovan Risa Age: 94
DATELINE: Opheim, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday, June 26, 2014
CAUSE OF DEATH: natural causes
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Monday, June 30, 2014, 11a.m. at the Opheim Lutheran Church in Opheim,
INTERMENT: Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Grant Donovan Risa
Grant Donovan Risa passed away June 26, 2014, at the age of 94 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

He was born December 17, 1919 to Martin and Thea (Blikken) Risa. He was one of 7 children and called Opheim home his entire life. He proudly served in the Army during World War II where he earned the Purple Heart.

On May 20, 1949 he married Patricia Taylor in Rockglen, Saskatchewan. They farmed northeast of Opheim where they raised their sons Wayne and Billy. In 1973 Wayne was tragically killed in an automobile accident.

He loved horses, was an avid history buff, and enjoyed playing cards and visiting with their friends at Nemont Manor. Don also served on the Lutheran Church Board, Elevator Board, and taught Sunday School for many years.

In October 2012 they moved to Nemont Manor but came back to help with seasonal farm chores, including driving truck for last years harvest. Farm, family and friends were Don’s passions.

He is survived by his wife Pat of 65 years at Nemont Manor, his son and wife Billy and Jeanette of Opheim, sister Jenny Panks of Canada, brother Theron and Dorothy Risa of Glasgow, sister-in-law Pearl Risa of Billings, step-grandchildren Chad, Becky, Jaedon, Dylan, an Brooklyn Phillipi of Billings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Opheim Lutheran Church in Opheim with interment in the Lawndale Cemetery.

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